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Mammoth Diamond Brings Kono Miners a Share in $6.5 Million Auction Sale

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – When a Sierra Leonean pastor looked at the shiny stony that came from the ground, it didn’t look like much of a rock. It was orange with red speckles and the diggers at the Kono mining district almost tossed it aside. But the lumpy stone was unusual enough to bring to a local…

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Who Will Become the Next President of South Africa?

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s governing social democratic political party once led by the late Nelson Mandela, faces perhaps its most contentious and controversial election yet. On Dec. 18, the party will vote for its next president, a contest that puts former health minister Nkosazana Clarice…

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U.S. Plans Deadly Strategy Against Terror in West Africa

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Officials of the West African nation of Niger have announced they would allow the Pentagon to operate armed drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), out of the country’s capital, Niamey. The drones will conduct strikes on terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and its affiliates that operate along the country’s border with Mali. The move…

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Demonstrations Held to Spotlight and Stop African Slave Trade in Libya

  By Frederick H. Lowe (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Demonstrations recently have been held in major European cities to protest African men, women and children being sold into slavery in Libya, a practice that began after the United States and other countries overthrew Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, leaving the country ungovernable. Nearly 4,000 individuals protested in Stockholm.…

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CNN Video of ‘African Slave Market’ Sparks Outrage and Condemnation

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Footage obtained by CNN of an alleged auction of young Africans at an open market in Libya sent shockwaves through the diasporan community and the leaders of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The shocking images, shared worldwide on social media, were “despicable”, declared President Alpha Conde of Guinea, current chair of the African Union.…

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Home of Parents of Afrobeat Legend ‘FELA’ to Become Museum, Gov’t Says

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – A government-led plan to restore the home of the parents of Afro music legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and turn it into a museum has cheered and excited Fela’s many fans and followers. The colonial era one-story building was built by the late Israel Ransome-Kuti, Fela’s father, and his wife, Funmilayo, over a century ago.…

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International Court to Seek Reparations for Thousands of African War Crimes Victims

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – The International Criminal Court is preparing the ground for a determination of reparations owed to over 5,000 victims of atrocities that were committed in the Central African Republic. The atrocities were carried out by troops under former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and took place between October 2002 and March 2003. Sentenced to…

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Bishop William J. Barber II To Meet Pope Francis At The Vatican On Thanksgiving Day

By Cash Michaels, The Wilmington Journal/NNPA Member In an exclusive interview with The Wilmington Journal, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, the president of Repairers of the Breach, a nonpartisan, nonprofit social advocacy group, has confirmed that he and a delegation of “moral, workers’ rights, anti-poverty and ecological justice advocates…” will be meeting with Pope…

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Grueling Rescue Operation in Mediterranean Unable to Save 26 African Girls

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) –Shivering immigrants pulled from icy Mediterranean waters huddled under aid workers’ blankets hardly move the hearts of wealthy nationals in developed countries these days. But the story this week of 26 young African women whose bodies were recovered near a smuggler’s boatload of migrants caused some heads to turn and tears to fall. Their…

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Tax Havens for the Rich and Powerful Exposed in Latest ‘Data Dump’

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – The latest investigative bombshell by an international team of journalists reveals the kings and queens, presidents and CEOs who have hidden their wealth in foreign ports, far from the prying eye of the taxman. The new report is called the “Paradise Papers.” Extracts from the report have already appeared in the Wall St.…

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A Letter from America’s Children

By Ron Harris, NNPA Newswire Guest Columnist Dear U.S. Media, Democrats, Republicans, Independents and to the concerned Americans who poured out into the streets to protest Donald Trump’s cruel and faulty immigration policies, What about us? We understand and applaud your response to this administration’s malevolent separation of immigrant families from their children—policies and practices…

The Black Press of America is Facing Another Deadly Assault from Trump’s Tariffs on Canadian Newsprint

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, NNPA Amid the rush to comprehend the ramifications of a full-scale international trade war initiated by the errant and backward tariff policies of the Trump Administration, there are results of the tariffs that need to be challenged by Black America. The financial sustainability of the Black…

July 2nd Is My Independence Day

By Hank Sanders, Alabama District 23 Sen. Hank Sanders July 2nd is an important date to me.  It is important to others for different reasons. Let me tell you why. I grew up in a segregated society. It was not just segregated, but very oppressive. Most Americans think of segregation as just separation of the…

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing at HUD

By Charlene Crowell When Dr. Ben Carson was named Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), many housing and civil rights advocates wondered how a world-renowned neurosurgeon would direct the future of housing in America. By his own admission, he arrived at HUD with no governmental experience or active interest in housing’s history…

Black Dollars Matter: It’s Time for Blacks to Pull the Trigger on Politics

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor How often do we hear messages about the amount of money Black people spend every year as consumers? In a recent report by Nielsen titled, “Black Dollars Matter: The Sales Impact of Black Consumers,” the message was once again highlighted: While African Americans make up just 14 percent…

A Cruel Abandonment of the ‘Least of These’

By Marian Wright Edelman “Little kids are begging and screaming not to be taken from parents, and they’re hauled off. Parents are telling their older kids, ‘Be brave, be brave.’ It’s as bad as anything I’ve seen in 25-plus years of doing this work.” –ACLU immigration attorney Lee Gelernt Once again Americans are at a…

CAJM Addresses Affordable Housing At Nehemiah Action Assembly

By Barney Blakeney The Charleston Area Justice Ministry Monday night held its 2018 Nehemiah Action Assembly focusing on the ministry’s 2018 agenda of addressing affordable housing and gentrification. Last November members voted to address that agenda in 2018. About 2,000 people attended the sixth Nehemiah Action Assembly Monday night. CAJM’s had some success in the…

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Racism and Evolving Afro Ideologies

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    America is besieged with continuing plagues within its democratic landscape, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Sadly, that’s the way that it is as this nation struggles with the escalating pneumonic illnesses of racism and discrimination. I was thinking about how we Black folk have, “our-storically” speaking, managed…

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It Ain’t Racism, It’s Economics

By Barney Blakeney   I like to get feedback from the stuff I write. Good, bad or indifferent – it lets me know somebody read the stuff. But as I tell young writers, you can’t take feedback too seriously. Especially the positive stuff! The positive stuff helps you to gauge whether you’re on the right…

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Waffle House Murders: You Can’t Eat Out?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    It has been proven by the Emanuel 9 church murders that you aren’t safe in church, by the Pulse Night Club and Las Vegas Concert mass murders that you aren’t safe at night clubs and outdoor concerts, by Columbine, Sandy Hill and Douglas massacre that students aren’t safe in school and…

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Mood Vibrations from Within

By Hakim Abdul-Ali The total living experience is a magnificent opportunity to develop and achieve spiritual and psychological advancements for one’s soul. I firmly believe that all one can frankly say about the living experience and its mighty lessons is “it is what it is” and this rings true in more ways than one. It’s…

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Getting Older Is A Blessing, But Can Be Inconvenient

By Barney Blakeney My Aunt Sarah used to say getting old is a blessing, but it’s sometimes inconvenient. For two weeks I had planned the late Friday afternoon meeting with the folks from the Charleston Rhizome Collective. The Charleston Rhizome Collective last year received a grant from ArtPlace America which will be used to provide…

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With Liberty And Justice For ALL??? Part 2: Addressing The Roots Of Recidivism

“With Liberty And Justice For ALL??? Part 1: Addressing The Epidemic Of Mass Incarceration In America” can be read in the May 18, 2016 edition of The Chronicle and online at http://goo.gl/BfnzXi By James Johnson   For the countless men and women currently incarcerated in America’s prisons, the thought of being released can at times…

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Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Awareness, Public Dialogue, and Action (Part 2)

By Miya Fowler (Part 1 of this series can be seen in the May 18, 2016 edition of The Chronicle and viewed online at: http://goo.gl/p90BFw) From Part 1: “According to Senator Matthews, South Carolina spends over $16,000 per child on incarceration, while spending only $11,000 per child on education; although estimates from other sources have…

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Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Awareness, Public Dialogue, and Action (Part 1)

By Miya Fowler   On Saturday, April 2, 2016, five college students and their professor visited the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center on Leeds Avenue. Upon returning to class to share their experiences with the rest of the students, undergraduate Zac McFarlane commented, “They made me realize that what we’re doing out here in this…

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With Liberty And Justice For ALL??? Part 1: Addressing The Epidemic Of Mass Incarceration In America

By James Johnson   According to recent data from the International Center For Prison Studies, the United States currently has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Isn’t it ironic that a country which holds itself out as being the “Land Of The Free” incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than any other nation?…

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