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Africa Seeks Commitments To Fight Climate Threat At World Climate Confab

Seyni Nafo, spokesman of the African delegation at the World Climate Conference taking place this week in Poland, is not one to mince words about the serious climate threat now facing the African continent. “We are the most vulnerable, we are the least responsible but we will suffer the most,” the Malian-born Nafo summed up…

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Oil Trial Forces New Security of Nigerian Billions Swiped in Massive Fraud

It’s been called one of the biggest corruption cases in corporate history which has escaped the attention of much of the media and few have even heard about it. In the drama, playing out in an Italian court, two middlemen have been convicted for their role in the scheme involving one of Africa’s most promising…

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‘Right Livelihood’ Awards To Visionary Global Citizens Announced

The laureates of the 2018 Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, will receive their prizes at this week’s award presentation in Stockholm, Sweden. Regrettably, three Saudi laureates were prevented from attending due to lengthy prison sentences for their work promoting justice and equality. The awards recognize the outstanding contributions of global…

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FILM REVIEW: British Director Anyiam-Osigwe Strikes a Nerve with No Shade

By Barrington M. Salmon, NNPA NewswireContributing Writer Clare Anyiam-Osigwe, a first-time director, is enjoying the type of success usually reserved for veteran filmmakers. Her film debut, ‘No Shade’ is a witty, wry romantic story that shines a bright light on the troubling issue of colorism. Anyiam-Osigwe, a Nigerian-British entrepreneur and an emerging talent in the…

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East Africans Score Victory For Minneapolis’ Amazon Workers

Somali women packers for the giant Amazon distribution center in Minneapolis are fired up and refusing to speed up the production line, becoming the first known group to defy Amazon management and bring them to the bargaining table. “Nobody would assume a Muslim worker with limited language skills in the middle of Minnesota could be…

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Kenyan Grassroots Activist Tapped For Major Humanitarian Prize

Kennedy Odede started SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities) as a teenager in 2004 with 20 cents and a soccer ball. Growing up in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa, he experienced extreme poverty, violence, lack of opportunity, and deep gender inequality. Odede also dreamed of transforming urban slums, from the inside out. SHOFCO,…

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SC State to celebrate history professor’s book: “Prison Architecture and Punishment in Colonial Senegal”

On Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m., SC State will host a celebration of history professor Dr. Dior Konaté’s new book, “Prison Architecture and Punishment in Colonial Senegal.” The celebration will include a panel discussion, book signing, reception and remarks by Dr. Learie Luke, acting provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. The event will…

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Teammates of U.S. Green Beret Face Murder Prosecution

More than a year has passed since the death of U.S. Green Beret Logan Melgar in Bamako, Mali. Investigators now believe they have men of interest – two Navy SEALS and two Marine Raiders. The four face charges that include felony murder in the strangulation death of Staff Sgt. Melgar. A preliminary hearing on the…

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Ahead of World AIDS Day, new UNAIDS report says “Knowledge is Power”

Ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1, the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS has some good news and some bad news. First the bad news. In some parts of the world, West and Central Africa in particular, just getting tested for AIDS is a challenge, the NGO says. The good news? As of 2017,…

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From Africa’s Emerging Markets Come Emerging Designers

Michelle Obama is well known for discovering and supporting up-and-coming designers from a variety of backgrounds and cultural influences and bringing them to prominence. From Taiwanese-Canadian Jason Wu to Finnish Teija Eilola to Nigerian Maki Oh, the former First Lady has placed a number of designers on the world stage and catapulted their careers forward.…

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Legalizing Marijuana

By Marc Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “The U.S. “war on drugs” — a decades-long policy of racial and class suppression hidden behind cannabis criminality — has resulted in the arrest, interdiction, and incarceration of a high percentage of Americans of color. The legal cannabis industry represents a great opportunity to help balance the detrimental effects of…

Vaccines, Preventable Diseases and Children’s Health: A Call to Action

By Marian Wright Edelman I’ve never forgotten my family’s sadness over the senseless death of my childhood neighbor little Johnny Harrington, who lived three houses down from our church parsonage in segregated Bennettsville, South Carolina. Johnny stepped on a rusted nail and died of the resulting tetanus infection because his hard-working grandmother had no doctor…

Black Women Taking on the Fight Against Diabetes

By Linda Goler Blount, MPH, President and CEO, Black Women’s Health Imperative The cost of insulin is skyrocketing and people—especially Black women—are dying because they cannot afford or don’t have access to vital medication. There is not enough being done to lower the prices of prescription medications that could mean life or death for so…

Reparations Must Include the Costs of Predatory Lending: New university studies track high costs of discriminatory housing

By Charlene Crowell, Communications Deputy Director with the Center for Responsible Lending In recent years, the spate of homicides linked to questionable uses of deadly weapons and/or force, have prompted many activist organizations to call for racial reparations. From Trayvon Martin’s death in Florida, to Michael Brown’s in Missouri, Eric Garner’s in New York and…

South Carolina Heads Down a Dead-end Street in Rejecting Medicaid Expansion

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) –  South Carolina’s James Louis Petigru was a Civil War-era lawyer, judge, congressman and most notably the attorney general who opposed South Carolina’s use of nullification of federal laws and, after Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860, opposed state secession. He famously quipped, after learning that his state had seceded…

Don’t Take Trump’s Bait!

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) – If you truly want to make America great, you must turn down Trump’s help to divide us. We were working toward being a better America for all before Trump became President. America was never her greatest for our Native American brothers and sisters, nor for much of America’s diverse…

An Afrikan Islamic Hero Worth Knowing

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today in the world it’s said that one out of every five “hue-man” beings in the world is a follower of the religion of Islam. These individuals are called Muslims, and the United States of America has a large, ethnically diverse and an ever-expanding population of Muslims everywhere you look. For today,…

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More Fact History for Black History Month

By Beverly Gadson-Birch If you read last week’s article, I promised to share more fact history from “The Afro-American in United States History” but I feel an urgency to expound on an recent article by Brian Hicks, Post Courier Columnist, on Sgt. Isaac Woodard—a deceased and decorated Army vet. I had to admit, I had…

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Stomping With The GOP A Rousing Experience

By Barney Blakeney The only way the Charleston County Republican Party Second Annual Black History Banquet could have been any better is if all of Charleston could have been squeezed into The Citadel Holliday Alumni Center on Hagood Avenue in downtown Charleston February 8. That way, our entire community could have witnessed one of the…

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Afrikan “Our-Story” Month’s Missives

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Black History Month is in full swing across the United States of America. It’s a grand time to reflect upon the past and present ebony heroes and sheroes of the world for all that they accomplished and achieved in the throes of injustices and discriminations galore. I’m a humbly proud brother of…

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True Black History Will Set You Free

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Several months ago, during the Governor’s mandatory hurricane evacuation, I flew the coop and landed in Atlanta to hunker down out of harm’s way. I had the rare opportunity of running into one of my long-lost cousins who had relocated to the Atlanta area from Atlantic City, New Jersey. As we sat…

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Black History Is Our Current History

By Barney Blakeney I recently had the distinct honor of participating in a panel discussion on racial disparities in Charleston County as part of a Black History Month program put on by the Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission at Friendship AME Church in Mount Pleasant. But the distinction was bittersweet. Being asked to participate…

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Justice is Not Just a Strong Sentence, but Also Reform

By Marquis Jenkins I wasn’t prepared to hear the news that Michael Slager, the police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, would have to spend 20 years in prison for depriving him of his civil rights. His sentencing in federal court last month was unusual at best. As we’ve seen time and again, even…

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Why is there a need for an alternative?

By Brother Earl Muhammad, Chairman, Lowcountry Education Many of us have read newspaper articles or assessments from prominent educators or heard via news and social media about the disparities in the distribution of resources in regards to either financial support, school supplies and learning tools or educators, from one district to another within the Charleston County…

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A Vision for a New Garrett Middle and High School

Submitted by Jesse Williams, Rep. Marvin Pendarvis & Dr. Carol Tempel When voting to build a new Center for Advanced Studies at North Charleston High School, instead of Garrett Academy of Technology, board members added that they would continue to invest in improving the quality of education at Garrett. In order to hold the school…

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Community Activist Lee H. Moultrie II Weighs In on the Avery Research Center’s Disparities Report

Barney Blakeney made a statement with his subject and article two weeks ago about the College of Charleston – Avery Research Center’s Disparities report about various inequities and/or injustices between the quality of life for individuals within the African American community and various other ethnic groups with special emphasis on the white community. He wrote,…

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