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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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Charleston Enters Second Sister City Relationship With Panama City

By Barney Blakeney Two weeks ago Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and city council agreed in principle to develop a second ‘sister city” relationship. This time the relationship will be coupled with Panama City, Panama in Central America. Charleston currently is sister city to Spoleto, Italy. It’s a relationship that spawned the annual Spoleto Arts Festival…

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US Starts New Relations With Sudan; Human Rights Watch Calls the Lifting Sanctions ‘Serious Mistake’

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) Sudan’s strained relations with the US have suddenly taken a turn for the better. In a move that caught some diplomats and human rights defenders by surprise, the US State Department announced the lifting of some of its toughest economic and trade sanctions against Sudan. The initiative was reportedly hammered out in the last…

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Rwanda Jails Women’s Rights Activist After Presidential Bid

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) Diane Shima Rwigara, who took on Rwandan President Paul Kagame in recent national polls, has been arrested and sits in jail, charged with “offenses against state security and forgery.” “These charges are false and nobody in Rwanda believes the validity of these charges,” said Rwigara’s brother, Aristide Rwigara, who lives in the United States,…

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New Travel Ban Listing Important U.S. Ally Stumps Area Experts

(GIN) African countries working with the US to defeat terrorism are questioning why Chad has been added to the latest group of countries excluded under the US travel ban. The addition of Chad took that country’s government by surprise and bewildered analysts of Central Africa. For years, the United States and its European allies have…

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A Nation Remembers the Steve Biko Legacy

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – South Africans marked the 40th year since the death of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre. An African nationalist and African socialist, Biko was at the forefront of a grassroots campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement during the late 1960s and 1970s. His ideas…

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Scarred and Battle Tested from Heart Disease, But Still Fighting

By Rhonda E. Monroe, Incoming Board Chair-elect, WomenHeart WomenHeart (the first and leading voice for the 48 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease) story begins in February of 1999, when three women, united by heart disease, formed an organization that was destined to become a lifeline for women across this…

Standing on the Side of Love

By Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund Every July people of faith gather at the Children’s Defense Fund’s Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry at our Haley Farm servant leadership training site. This year, the call by all major faiths to protect children and welcome the stranger has become an urgent and deafening…

White America and the Hypocrisy of Trump’s Immigration Policy

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Columnist There has been a strange response by many White conservatives to the separation of migrant children from their parents. Whether we are discussing undocumented migrants or those requesting asylum, there has been rightwing pushback to the larger chorus of condemnation of the Trump administration for its zero tolerance.…

Black Workers Need “Real” Not “Fake” Paid Family Leave

By Melanie L. Campbell and Jennifer Tucker When Dorcas, a home health aide living in New York, learned of her mother’s illness, she used most of her vacation time to fly home and care for her. After a few weeks her leave was exhausted and tragically she could no longer afford to be with her…

The Audacity of Ida B. Wells

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The crusading journalist, Ida B. Wells was born on July 16, 1862. Although she made her mark as a journalist, she was also a social worker, advocate, feminist, and organization leader. She too often gets short shrift in history, mainly because she did not go along to get along with…

Passing of Civil Rights Legend John Mack is Deeply-Felt Loss to Urban League Movement

Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “John understood that to truly change hearts and minds in the LAPD, he had to go to work on the inside. And because he was not someone who just shouted in anger and tore things down for the sake of tearing them down,…

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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Ungrateful White America

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   Every day in these not so “United States of America” is a struggle for Black folk.  This is worth repeating, I said “everyday” is a struggle for Black folk. Before the sun rises, folks are scheming on what they are going to do and how they are going to keep black folk…

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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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