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Opposition Warns of ‘Fire and Fury’ to Halt U.S. Military Expansion in Ghana

Ghanaians are hopping mad over plans to expand the U.S. military presence in the country, spending millions on training and equipment in a move which could draw terrorists to the peaceful country. At a recent rally for “Ghana First”, opposition groups organized by the Ghana First Patriotic Front marched in the streets of the capital,…

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In South Africa, Pain and Shock at Passing of Winnie Madikizela Mandela

Tributes to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela Mandela filled the South African radio air waves this week as news of her untimely passing reached the far corners of the nation and the continent. Heart-rending classics from the American songbook – from The Song for Mama by Boyz to Men to Donny Hathaway’s A Song for You…

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Liberians in the U.S. Facing Mass Deportation

Liberians living in America since a devastating civil war that took 250,000 lives are now in the crosshairs of the current Trump administration, which is threatening to lift their protected status and deport them. Some five thousand people nationally are protected from deportation under the Deferred Enforced Departure or DED program which has been in…

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African Free Trade – A New Dawn for Africa?

In what was described as a “new dawn for Africa,” leaders from 44 of the 55 countries of the continent ceremoniously signed a trade pact creating a huge single market from Cape Town to Cairo. The national leaders agreed to eliminate cross-border tariffs and make border posts more efficient. Twenty seven countries signed an additional…

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Cuban MDs Head to Kenya to Teach and Learn

Following a health agreement signed last year, 100 Cuban doctors will travel to Kenya to fill gaps in specialty care at Kenyan hospitals. Fifty Kenyan doctors will be sent to Cuba for specialized training. Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki said the visiting personnel would include critical care physicians – family physicians, physicists, oncologists…

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Asylum-Seeking Mother and Daughter Reunited After Immigration Nightmare

After an episode described as both cruel and horrific, an asylum-seeking mother and her daughter were reunited this month in Chicago. The daughter, who just turned 7, had been held thousands of miles apart from her mother since November. According to an American Civil Liberties Union attorney representing the family, the mother and child fell…

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No Voting Rights For The Diaspora, Zimbabwe Court Rules

Zimbabweans in the diaspora with money to invest are holding on to their wallets. An invitation to rebuild the country rings hollow without the right to vote, they say. This week, the Constitutional Court reviewed the case of three Zimbabweans living abroad and seeking voting rights. The court declined to rule on the case. “The…

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Applications for Beverly J. Gilliam Scholarship for Foreign Study Open

The Beverly J. Gilliam Scholarship for Foreign Study offers financial assistance—up to $6,500—to students who already are accepted into recognized summer study abroad programs. The scholarship’s goals are to help students obtain international experiences that will allow them to become better world citizens and successfully compete in the global job market. Eligibility Criteria To qualify,…

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White Australians Debate Fast-Track Visas For Afrikaners Fleeing Land Reform

Australia’s national security minister has proposed fast-tracking immigrant visas for white South Africans facing “horrific circumstances” under the newly-elected head of the African National Congress. Minister Peter Sutton said Australia should speed up the visas for white farmers who, he claimed, are being “persecuted” since South African President Cyril Ramaphosa endorsed transferring land ownership from…

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Ghana Coal Miners Threaten National Walkout Over Profit-Driven Mining Layoffs

A South African mining company with a long-term contract to extract Ghana’s precious gold reserves is facing nationwide strikes after it announced plans to outsource some 2,000 jobs from their operations in Ghana. Gold Fields Ghana, which holds leases for 51,500 acres, produces about 550,000 ounces of gold per year at its Tarkwa mine and…

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The Shirley Chisholm Legacy

By Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore, Co-Authors of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics November 5th marked the historic 50th Anniversary of the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Congress, Rep. Shirley Chisholm. This important milestone marks a watershed moment in American politics for black women, to emerge and take their rightful…

The Real Deal in Politics

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – With the midterm elections November 6, we Black folks should pay serious attention to observations made by Dr. William Scarborough, president of Wilberforce University and by Professor Harold Cruse in his book, “Plural but Equal”. In his February 11, 1899 speech at a Lincoln Day celebration, Dr. Scarborough included…

Anatomy of a Theft

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, President of the National Congress of Black Women (TriceEdneyWire.com) – One of the simplest crimes for police to analyze is the basic crime of theft. It’s always accompanied by the motive of profit or gain. In other words, someone else possesses something that would bring another person a benefit and…

I Will Vote! – Choosing NOT to Vote Still Impacts You

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Political Analyst “I Will Vote!” That is such an empowering statement, when you think about it, especially considering how important voting is for Black people at this critical time in this country. The voting rights of Blacks are being targeted and threatened every day and those threats have become extremely…

School Grading Practices Are Inaccurate and Inequitable to Black Children

By Joe Feldman The battle for equity in our schools is not only a fight to guarantee access to great teaching and high-quality learning environments, programs, and materials. The battle for equity also includes the practices and policies that teachers use to describe students’ success or failure in school. An issue often overlooked, grading, is…

Done to us Not With Us: Calling for New Voices

By Khalilah Long, Communications Manager, UNCF Parents play critical roles in their child’s achievement from kindergarten through high school graduation. Parent advocacy has proven to have positive implications on student educational success. But who advocates for and supports parents and caregivers? In African American households, oftentimes, clergy or other prominent community leaders are the galvanizing…

About “The Apology”…

By Barney Blakeney I try to stay away from ‘hot topics’ when writing this column. I figure if everybody else is talking about a subject, how much more can I add? But a friend and regular reader of this diatribe said she is interested to see what I have to say on the subject of…

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Coming Together as One

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  I was out of town recently and I came across a truly wonderful sight. It was a scene where I witnessed an elderly Afro-American male and female couple lovingly walking hand in hand and clearly enjoying each other’s company. It made me stopped immediately in my tracks and in my reminiscent way…

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Visions For The Future Versus Views Of The Past

By Barney Blakeney   The fallout’s still raining down from the June 12 primary elections. I started Father’s Day with the receipt of a telephone text about some crap about a story I wrote and Black folks being bought off as I prepared to hear Summerville Apostle Christopher Coleman tell the congregation at Wesley UMC…

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Suicide and Lessons Learned

By Hakim Abdul-Ali My article today is truly for grown folk and the aware youth of consciousness. It’s about a depressing subject that’s been occurring in many glorified and not-so-venerated circles in America and beyond. You see, I’m a very peculiar thinker when it comes to looking at many of life’s sorted experiences. For one,…

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Fathers, All Y’all Matter!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   Sunday, June 17 has been set aside to honor fathers. Father’s Day really got me thinking this time around. We go overboard for mothers and while mothers are so deserving of all the hoopla, let’s not forget the many contributions of fathers. There are some deadbeat dads and dads who have…

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Selection and Elections

By Barney Blakeney By the time this is published, the primary elections will be over. I usually vote early. For years, Tuesdays have been my most demanding workdays. Nowadays, I vote early every election. My parents were responsible citizens. I never heard them talk politics much. They were Black folks in the segregated south who…

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Are We Kidding Ourselves?

By Dr. William Small, Jr.     Black History Month is or should be a season for the recognition and celebration of the gains and accomplishments of African descendant peoples throughout the Diaspora. The times dictate that we cannot continue to be primarily concerned with the culture and contribution of Black people in America. In…

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Black Dollar$ Matter

By James Johnson    Surely we’ve all heard it said before that “It takes money to make money.” While we may all have different opinions regarding this statement, it does hold some degree of truth. In order to attain thorough understanding of this, we must foremost acknowledge the essentiality of money. Regardless of who you…

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History Has its Eyes on Us: What Will We be Judged On?

By Thetyka Robinson, contributing writer Eugene Woods, President and CEO of Carolina’s HealthCare System, opened up his keynote address at the YWCA’s 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Business and Professional Breakfast with a warm smile and charismatic energy. He shared what he had learned through his friend, who was smitten for Charleston and…

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Order in the Court

By James Johnson    Foremost, I must express my deepest condolences to the entire Scott family as they continue to grieve the loss of their beloved Walter Scott and seek justice on his behalf. It is with the utmost respect to you all that I pen these words. My sole intention is to generate much…

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