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Key Figure in Divestment Campaign That Halted U.S. Investments in South Africa Passes

In an interview for the book “No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists Over a Half Century”, Dumisani Kumalo recalled the struggle to cut off the U.S. funds that were sustaining the apartheid government of South Africa. “I spoke to more than 1,000 campuses all over the country in all 50 states,” Mr. Kumalo…

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U.S. Hits Ghana With Visa Sanctions In Spat Over Deportees

  The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and State Department say they will no longer issue visas for certain Ghanaians owing to a “lack of cooperation” by the West African nation – namely its refusal to accept 7,000 Ghanaian nationals that the U.S. wants to deport. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said Ghana…

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Ghana Rolls Out The Red Carpet To Encourage Resettlement In The Motherland

By Benjamin Tetteh In the heart of Accra, Ghana’s capital, just a stone’s throw from the U.S. embassy, lie the tombs of civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois and his wife, Shirley. The founder of the NAACP settled in the city’s serene residential area of Labone and lived there until his death in 1963. Mr.…

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Royal Canadian Mint dedicates its first Black History Month coin to Viola Desmond

In celebration of Black History Month, the Royal Canadian Mint have announced that its very first Black History Month coin pays tribute to Canadian civil rights pioneer, Viola Desmond. In 1946, Ms. Desmond was arrested and later tried after refusing to sit in a segregated area of a New Glasgow, Nova Scotia movie theatre. It…

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A Music Legend Passes in Zimbabwe and a Country Mourns

After 67 albums and a score of awards and honorary degrees, Zimbabwe’s musical legend Oliver Mtudkudzi lost his long battle with diabetes at the Avenues Clinic in Harare. He was 66. He was buried Jan. 27, with music, singing and dancing by thousands of his adoring fans. On the Afropop music website, guitarist Banning Eyre…

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NNPA Mid-Winter Training Conference Highlights Global Expansion of the Black Press

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) wrapped its Mid-Winter Training Conference on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Orlando, Florida, where publishers, corporate partners and sponsors gathered to help move the publishing industry forward with increased sustainability for the Black Press of America. Included among NNPA partners and sponsors…

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Congo’s Constitutional Court Upholds Election Win For Opposition Leader

The Democratic Republic of Congo finally has a president. Opposition figure Felix Tshisekedi was declared winner of the presidential race by the DR Congo’s top court on Jan. 20. The Constitutional Court said Tshisekedi had won by a simple majority, paving the way for him to take over from the current president, Joseph Kabila. The…

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Nigerian Lawyers Back Chief Justice With ‘Suspicious’ Millions In Unexplained Funds

Efforts to clean up government – difficult in the best of times – were hamstrung by none other than Nigeria’s top judge accused of failing to declare hundreds of thousands of dollars that ‘suspiciously’ appear in his accounts but were never declared as required by law. President Muhammadu Buhari, who has often accused the judiciary…

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Income Inequality Fueling Backlash And Elites Are Worried

The rich are getting richer, businesses are thriving, but it’s hard not to notice that discontent is growing among the expanding poor and middle class and could soon pose a threat to the well-to-do. At the exclusive World Economic Forum, an annual event held in Davos, Switzerland, income inequality was the talk among many corporate…

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Africa’s ‘Golden Globes’ To Screen 20 New Films Vying For Coveted Film Prize

Twenty feature-length feature films by African filmmakers will compete for the ‘Yennanga’ Gold Standard prize at the Pan-African Film and Television Festival held every other year in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This will be the 50th anniversary of the renowned festival known as “FESPACO” – an event along the lines of the “Golden Globes” that draws film…

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Disarm Hate

By Marian Wright Edelman On August 2 I wrote about the relentless scourge of gun violence and the two children killed in Gilroy, California and asked: Why does gun violence remain a uniquely horrible American epidemic and why does it go on and on and on and on? Two days later a new shooting made…

Please Bring School Supplies

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The event promised to be one of those last-gasp of summer events that would raise a little money for a good cause. The young woman who called to tell me about it promised that I’d meet interesting people, enjoy excellent wines and that the cost of attending was modest. “We…

Calls for Justice for a Black Immigrant

By Dr. E. Faye Williams In an article, titled “A Clarion Call for Racial Justice Reaches the Highest Level,” Rev. Jesse Jackson brought to light “the story of an immigrant, an internationally praised economist, and a whistleblower that exposed a $16 billion fraud against American taxpayers all wrapped in one person.” The immigrant is Dr. Yonas…

Five Years After Michael Brown’s Death: Despite Visible Progress, Racial Disparities Persist in Ferguson

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “The city’s personal-responsibility refrain … reflects many of the same racial stereotypes found in the emails between police and court supervisors. This evidence of bias and stereotyping, together with evidence that Ferguson has long recognized but failed to correct the consistent racial disparities caused by its police and court practices,…

Will You Answer the Call for Moral Revival?

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Contributor I cannot overstate my tremendous admiration for Rev. William Barber. Our connection goes back to North Carolina when I was the President of Bennett College, and he led the state NAACP. His daughter, Sharrelle, graduated from Bennett in the spring before I assumed the Presidency and as student body president,…

The Significance of the 1619 Project

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – On Sunday, the New York Times unveiled “The 1619 Project,” a journalistic series in the Sunday magazine that seeks to tell the “unvarnished truth” about slavery and its impact on America’s history. In 1619, just 12 years after the founding of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, the…

“Big Dogs Don’t Take No Stuff”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The first dog I bought my son was a Doberman. He grew into a beautiful red dog with red eyes. He had a big appetite and didn’t take “no stuff” from outsiders. Y’all, keep on reading and follow my drift! At its meeting last week, Charleston County School Board voted on a…

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Understanding “Reality” and a Few Vibes about Nipsey Hussle

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I was stopped recently on a local city street by a loyal reader of this newspaper who said she recognized me as one of its longtime writers. This lady wondered if she could ask me a question that’s been on her mind for quite a while, and that was why do I…

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Groovin’ With The Swings

By Barney Blakeney Last week the sisters of Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship, Inc. celebrated their 50th anniversary. Two of my sisters are Swings – Donna Singleton Pinder and Deborah McPherson Crawford. They bleed black and white. My fling with the Swings goes back to my time as a freshman at Barber-Scotia College in Concord,…

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Never Forget This

By Hakim Abdul-Ali My rap today is based upon a need to address an issue that afflicts a lot of “hue-mans,” including Afrikan-Americans, in particular, and many other disillusioned folk of color. That issue, simply stated, is one of lacking self-acceptance and self-respect. I’m on that topic because I came in contact with a person…

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Supporting Charter Schools

By Barney Blakeney I’m not really a supporter of charter schools. I subscribe to the KISS theory – Keep It Simple, Stupid. If we insure all public schools are quality schools that provide the highest quality education possible to students, I don’t really see a need for charter schools. Specialty schools that are accessible to…

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In Memory of RaNiya: Tidbits for Students

By Beverly Gadson-Birch In light of the untimely death of RaNiya Wright, a 5th grader at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, SC, it is time legislators implement stiffer penalties for bullying. Across the nation, children are fearful of going to school. They go to bed thinking how to avoid the bully the next day at school. Children…

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Who Owns The Streets? You Do.

By Enough Pie   Our streets are not safe. On March 23, art gallery owner and East Side resident Erin Nathanson was hit trying to walk across the Crosstown at Rutledge, resulting in surgery and a long road to recovery. Too many stories like hers unfold every week about neighbors being harmed or killed while…

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Petition to Place the International African American Museum at the Wilmot J. Frazier Elementary School Site

We, the following citizens of Charleston, South Carolina, are petitioning Mayor John C. Tecklenburg to fulfill the promise made by his predecessor Joseph P. Riley in 1975. Riley was elected with overwhelming support of the African American community in Charleston and promised to spread the city’s wealth the community that helped create it, but never…

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Ready, Get Set, Vote

Voters in our communities will soon be casting votes in the South Carolina Primary Election. Eligible citizens have until May 13 to register so they can vote in the June 12th Primaries and June 26th Primary Runoffs (runoff if needed). Now is also the time to familiarize ourselves with the candidates on the ballot and…

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Real support for moms this Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day we celebrate moms who are working to be the best moms they can be. Here in Charleston, many moms may be in need of some extra support, especially those women who are expecting their first baby. When I was pregnant with my first baby, I had so many questions about what to…

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