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Summey Said “We Can’t Raise Your Children”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Did Mayor Summey really say “We can’t raise your children”?  Last week, Elder James Johnson, State Coordinator, National Action Network (N.A.N.) held a press conference calling for more accountability from Mayor Summey and Police Chief Driggers in reducing the high murder rate in North Charleston. As of last week, North Charleston had…

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Blacks Folks Talking About Life, Others Talking About Lifestyles

By Barney Blakeney  I cut hookey from church Sunday. Not a good thing for someone who’s just getting back into church after years on the outside, but I take a Sunday off every now and then. Carolyn said it’s a good thing God doesn’t take days off from serving us. But anywho!!! I spent the…

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Mom’s 50-50 Plan

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   I had an opportunity to talk to an engaging young brother the other day about some of the trials that he was experiencing in his young life. He reached out to me because I’ve always been a friendly listener and serious communicator with this young soul. This young man has always…

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What’s There to Celebrate? Black Independence or Intolerance

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As another Independence Day has come and gone, just how independent are you? Do you own a business or a home? Can you afford to take a vacation across country or to another country? From slavery to freedom, black ancestors believed things would get better one day and God would deliver them out…

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You’ve Got To Pick Your Battles Cautiously

By Barney Blakeney If you’re scared, say you’re scared. But there’s a difference between being scared and being cautious. I’ve always tried to be cautious. I take risks, sometimes unnecessary risks. But I’m always cautious. I’m tempted to thrown caution to the wind in my discussion of the recent hubbub over a race bias audit…

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Mother Africa Speaks

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    It is said that wisdom lies at the feet of the mother. If that is correct, and I certainly agree with that sentiment in many aspects, then all of “hue-manity” should sit, respect, acknowledge and listen to the mother of all nations’ common sense, and that’s the circumspection coming from Africa.…

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