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African Leaders Confront A ‘Blue Wave’ Demanding Change

When Democrats captured one House seat after another in the midterm elections, observers brushed it off as a “blue trickle.” Later they had to admit: it was a giant blue wave. Africans are also yearning for change and their frustration is erupting across the continent with a new crop of activists challenging the old order.…

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The Wakanda One Village Project: African Union Ambassador Promotes Diaspora Homecomings

This is the first installment of a news series and the global initiative of NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. to expand the international reach and impact of the Black Press of America. By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent As she entered her office in Northwest Washington, D.C., African Union (AU)…

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Press Freedoms Return To Gambia Under New Government

Following the end of the regime of former President Yahya Jammeh, journalists in The Gambia are beginning to enjoy press freedoms for the first time in 22 years. During the two decades of ex-President Jammeh’s rule, journalists were regularly abducted, tortured and killed. The new government has pledged to respect the media. Outdated sedition laws…

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No Winner Seen in ‘Messy’ Elections for New Congo President

Observers of the contested elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo have reported so many irregularities that a winner may not be produced in the coming days when the counting of votes is complete. Millions of votes were counted on Monday amid alleged errors in the voter roll, technical problems and delayed or missing polling…

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Flags Fly For An Ex-President Of Nigeria ‘Too Nice’ For The Job

Former President Alhaji Shehu Usman Shagari, a devout Muslim, a former school teacher, son of a farmer, trader and herder, is being remembered as a nice man, a gentle man but not a particularly strong man. Nice, gentle and amiable – good qualities – but just short of what the opposition desired for the leader of Africa’s…

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Swahili Speakers Stunned As Disney Claims Trademark For ‘Hakuna Matata’

The once common phrase “Hakuna Matata” (No Problem!) is now off limits for African speakers of Swahili. Any commercial use of the two word expression is reserved for its new owner – the American company that produced The Lion King. That’s right – Walt Disney! The California-based company is preparing to release its remake of…

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Emeralds, Rubies Score Big Profits For Foreign Firms As African Countries Go Broke

Foreign mining companies extract more than a quarter of the world’s production of rare emeralds in Zambia yet declare losses to make themselves tax exempt. So far, charges of tax evasion filed against Kagem mine, a subsidiary of the London-listed gemstone miner Gemfields, have been unsuccessful – dismissed by the Zambian Revenue Authority. Gemfields owns…

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Sudan Leader Faces Calls For His Removal As Price Of Bread, Fuel Skyrocket

In the face of a growing movement of Sudanese opposition, protesting rising costs of bread and other essentials, security forces of the government of President Omar al-Bashir moved forcefully to end the demonstrations using tear gas, night sticks and live ammunition, according to witnesses. States of emergency and curfews have been declared in several of…

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Africa’s Blue Economy – The New Frontier?

Six counties in Kenya’s coastal region have been tagged for technical training in the blue economy – what some have called “the new frontier of the African Renaissance.” The goal is to enable young people to find jobs in the maritime industry. Kevit Desai, a Kenyan vocational training principal, says institutions of higher learning must…

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Somalia – A Military Intervention With No Purpose

Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen – Enough already! Unfortunately, not yet. Former Lieutenant Daniel L. Davis put it bluntly: “The purpose of the U.S. military has now become, unequivocally, to engage in permanent combat operations in dozens of countries around the world—none of which enhance America’s national security.” And yet here we are in…

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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…

The Paradox of Love: Trump’s United States of Hate

By Dr. Keith Magee America is experiencing the most perilous of times in recent history as the result of its president, Donald Trump. Even though Monday morning he stepped forward to speak against the weekend’s hate crimes, it lacks residence because of the hate that has been reverberating since his stance against the Central Park…

America’s Racial Wealth Gap Could Cost Economy $1.5 Trillion

By Charlene Crowell America’s nagging racial wealth gap has been the focus of many research reports and economic policy debates. Now new research analyzes the strong connection between disproportionate wealth and financial services and products that are either shared or denied with consumers of color. Authored by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), The economic impact of closing…

Mental Health Awareness Matters

By Cierra Mayes, Texas Metro News Writer With so much going on in the world today, there are many real-world issues that are in need of our focus. One of these issues happens in our everyday lives: mental health. There is so much awareness that needs to be brought to mental health that goes unnoticed.…

Celebrating Shirley Chisholm

By E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneywire.com) – It’s been 50 years since Shirley Chisholm was elected to the U.S. Congress and took Washington, DC by storm. A lot of men didn’t know quite what to do with her. She was the first Black Congresswoman and she made such a splash that many women were listening and…

NAN: Do You Hear Me Now?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch A whole lot of discussion is swirling around town and on Facebook following National Action Network’s (NAN) civil disobedience protest at last Monday school board meeting. Parents, community leaders, clergies and other stakeholders have been appearing before the board for years addressing inequities in education. And, for years, their concerns have ignored. In…

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The New Zealand 50 and the Current Worlds of Denials

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Death awaits us all and no one knows how or when he or she will leave this present phase of existence. That’s a definite certainty about the living experience for all “hue-mans,” and there’s no denying that process. The very specter of death brings me to my topic for this week, and…

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Actively Working For The Future

By Barney Blakeney Set a goal, keep your eyes on the prize and work toward it. That’s what you have to do. I was sittin’ here trying to figure out what the heck I’m gon write about this week. I had an idea in mind, but things didn’t go my way – one thing didn’t…

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Protesters Upset Charleston County School Board Meeting

By Beverly Gadson-Birch National Action Network, Prestige Preparatory Academy students and parents, and other community stakeholders brought the March 18 Charleston County School Board meeting to a halt. For years, the Board has ignored the wishes of the Black community and denigrated them while creating magnets and mostly white charter schools to circumvent true integration. The…

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How Do We Fix What Ails Black America?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali As a proud brother of color, I love my country, but I must admit that I’ve had to come to grips with many of this nation’s forefathers’ actions as they orchestrated for themselves and their descendants an America that’s inherently still a place of biased “hue-manistic” values, divided politics and questionable loyalties.…

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So CofC Students Are Racist… And Wha?

By Barney Blakeney I haven’t seen the recently revealed video of white College of Charleston students engaged in racist behavior that’s created a stir among Black students and given the local media another hot button story. After writing about racism in Charleston the past 40 years, I’m hardly moved. I’ve lived with racism a lot…

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Good(will) for the Environment & Community: The Case for Donating Locally

By Robert Smith, Palmetto Goodwill President/CEO Think globally, act locally is a phrase often used to encourage people to take small actions in order to do their part toward combating worldwide issues that seem daunting to take on. Protecting our planet is a perfect example.  One may ask, “What small actions can individuals take that actually…

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Celebration or Ritual?

  By Dr. William Small, Jr. The practice of effectively organizing and celebrating the importance of events is validated by its existence in all cultures. Celebrations on their face speak to values which define and affirm a people. Christmas, Columbus Day, the Fourth of July, for example all say something about the soul and character…

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A Public Call for School Board Members to Dismantle Racial Barriers in Education

The status of public education in Charleston County has been the subject of intense though warranted scrutiny by a high-profile report, “The State of Racial Disparities in Charleston County, South Carolina 2000-2015.” Dr. Stacey Patton, a professor of History and Journalism at Morgan State University and acclaimed author, published the report in consultation with the…

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The Fine Line

  By D.R.E. James I imagine my demeanor to be something like Drake’s on the cover of his magnum opus Take Care. Head down, by his lonesome in the corner of Joso’s dining room. Except at Henrietta’s, I’m not in Toronto. I’m on the wickered, Parisian-feeling patio of Henrietta’s. My waiter greets me; his hair…

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