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South African Research For HIV Drug Goes Back To The Drawing Board

Vaccinations have been halted in a test of a new HIV vaccine after it proved no more effective than a placebo, researchers announced. In the “Uhambo” study – also called HVTN 702 – tested in South Africa – it was determined that 129 people who received the vaccine developed HIV while 123 who were given…

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New Hurdle For Nigerians Seeking U.S. Visas To Settle Here

She’s your pediatrician. He’s your surgeon. She’s a civil engineer. He has a doctorate. She’s an Emmy Award winner. He was a Chicago Bear. They’re Nigerian-Americans who have set down roots in Dallas, Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, Phoenix and Houston – the latter of which has the largest Nigerian population outside Brazil and Africa. They’re the…

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U.S. Launches New Deal For Africa As ‘Growth And Opportunity’ Act Soon To Expire

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (known as “AGOA”) which aimed to assist the economies of sub-Saharan Africa and improve economic relations between the U.S. and the region is out of step with the new trade deals of the Trump administration. In other words, time’s up. A new economic plan is on the drawing board…

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A ‘Green’ Message Shakes Up The Industry At Mining Confab In South Africa

After years of defending dirty extractive industries such as the mining of coal, large mining companies seemed to have switched sides and joined the Greens, or so it seemed at the African Mining Indaba held last week in South Africa. At the Indaba, the continent’s biggest gathering of one of its most vital industries, the companies…

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Authorities In Ivory Coast Launch Demolition Of Shantytowns Housing Thousands

Bulldozers have begun demolishing homes built in the shantytowns of Abidjan, the commercial capital of the Ivory Coast, leaving thousands without shelter as authorities carry out plans to build a buffer zone around an international airport. This comes as large numbers of Ivorians are leaving remote farms and villages for a better life. The demolitions…

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AP News Wire Issues Apology For Cutting The Only Black Activist From A Group Shot

A group shot of young environmental activists at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, appeared in final form without one of the activists. Vanessa Nakate of Uganda was missing from the photo of Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Loukina Tille and Isabelle Axelsson. All the young women in the photo were white. Nakate confronted AP…

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Women’s Rights Take Center Stage At Emergency World Bank Meeting With Activists

The World Bank’s executive board cancelled expected action on a $500 million loan to Tunisia where teenage girls can be expelled from school because they are pregnant. The Bank had been under pressure from rights activists and held a last-minute emergency meeting this week with Tanzanian and international human rights organizations. The activists demanded that…

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Love Triangle Dooms Prime Minister Of Lesotho’s Government Career

Citizens of Lesotho looking forward to some good news about their country to go viral, are instead watching the tragic story of the prime minister, his first and second wife, unfold. It’s been called an African “Game of Thrones” and has Lesotho’s 80-year-old prime minister, Thomas Thabane, walking the plank since his latest wife became…

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Creation Of New Currency Faces Setback As Six Countries Object

French-speaking countries will have to put the cork back in the champagne bottle after six member countries of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) comprising Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, have rejected the adoption of ‘Eco’ as the name of the proposed single currency for West Africa. At a special meeting, five…

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NNPA Urges Better U.S.-Cuba Relations

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. joined experts and academics from the United States and Cuba in Havana to seek strategies, solutions, and projects they hope would help rekindle relations between the countries. “The majority of the people of…

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No, President Trump, the Never-ending War in Afghanistan is Not Ending

By Jesse Jackson Sr. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Don’t fall for the hype. That is the one lesson that we all should have learned about President Donald Trump. He’s a salesman, not a statesman. He offers up fantasies, not facts. The most recent agreement with the Taliban in Afghanistan is a clear example of this. In the…

Building A Powerful Black Media Based on Human Rights

By Roger Caldwell, NNPA Newswire Contributor It is now 2020, and Black-owned media in America is struggling to stay alive, and many in mainstream media believe Black media is not necessary. “Black ownership is dying,” said Armstrong Williams, whose Howard Stirk Holdings owns seven of the Black-owned commercial television stations. “Newspaper ownership, radio ownership –…

Trump’s 2021 Budget Reflects His Values

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – If you tell me how you spend your money, I can tell you what your values are. You say you are a Christian but neither tithe nor have a church home. You say support civil rights but have no connection to a civil rights organization. You love your alma mater…

Why “green buildings” are a civil rights issue

By Jacqui Patterson and Mandy Lee, NAACP Voting rights. Segregation. Criminal justice reform. For more than a century, the civil rights movement has taken on the inequities that divide and disfigure American society. Now the green building sector has joined the fronts of struggle for access and equity. Why? The green building sector is transforming…

Obama Legacy Demonstrated at Kobe Bryant’s Funeral

By Dr. Stephanie E. Myers and Daun S. Hester For eight years America, and the world witnessed a dignified, elegant First Family led by President Barack Obama, the first African American President, of the United States. Barack and Michelle Obama led the country with dignity, elegance, intelligence and integrity. And, on February 24, 2020, Barack…

National Urban League and BET Networks Launch #ReclaimYourVote

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Voter suppression isn’t guns and hoses and bully clubs and Bull Connor. It’s administrative burdens that interfere with your right to vote. In the south they try to stop you from getting on the rolls … and to stay on the rolls … and have your ballot be counted. We…

The Time is Now

By Hakim Abdul-Ali This rap is for a young Euro-American teenager who I saw one day recently walking her big sister’s dog in the park. The dog got away from her and as she was chasing it, she obviously was getting out of breath doing so. When I saw her dilemma, I gave chase too…

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Single Member District Is No Cure All

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Temperatures boiled over at Monday night’s heated meeting on single member District. Charleston County School Board member Kevin Hollingshead, an organizer of the meeting and vocal advocate for equity, said the meeting was called to receive input on a recent move by Charleston County Legislation Delegation to slow Superintendent Postlewait and the…

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Listening to the Sistahs and Brothas Speak

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Greetings everyone. It’s now the assembled and festive time of the year in February where most ebony folk of color here in the USA illuminate their ethnic recognition genes by celebrating the annual Black History Month observances and activities. For many folk like me, we recognize and celebrate it everyday of every…

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It All Depends On Who’s Got The Juice

By Barney Blakeney The South Carolina Department of Transportation vows it will be more considerate of the impact highway construction has on the minority communities it impacts. In the past highway construction usually went right through minority – Black – communities. Mrs. Lucas, my old sociology professor at Knoxville College said there was a reason…

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Black Youths: Get a Grip

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It’s Black History Month! We are losing too many young people to gun violence. So, I am on my soapbox this week trying to reach out to our young people. Last week, sixteen-year-old Jaquarie Perry, a student at Summerville High School and on the track team, was gunned down while on his…

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We Can’t Just Talk About It, We Gotta Be About It

By Barney Blakeney Here we go again. I got a call Sunday morning asking if I’m writing a story about Elliott Summey’s appointment as executive director of Charleston County Airport Authority. The issue actually wasn’t a priority for me. We’ve been here before. Powerbrokers do their do then Black folks get mad and want to…

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My Contaminated 40 Acres Killed My Mule

TO ALL CONCERNED:   People there has been an extremely pressing issue facing us all daily—global warming. Since the first so-called settlers invaded these lands there has been an environmental injustice plagued upon the indigenous people. After slavery the injustice continued until today. Big corporations have ignored the cries of the people to “save our…

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Letter to the Editor: Bring D.C. to North Charleston

My name is Trojan Bell and I am writing this letter again in hopes that some outside influence from Washington, D.C. can look into the practices of the North Charleston Police Department (NCPD). In 2005 Sheriff Al Cannon asked for the NCPD to be investigated. The investigation by SLED turned out to be an assassination…

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Letter to the Editor: Santee Cooper

Rural households across our nation spend a disproportionate share of their income on energy bills. It’s a huge problem in the South, especially in low-income homes. It is not right that people face decisions of should they buy a prescription, food or pay their utility bill. Since 2012, Santee Cooper, the state-owned and largest utility,…

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Get Social: A Call to Lowcountry Small Businesses

Social media plays an important role in today’s digital world. We use these channels to stay connected to friends and family and build communities. One of the biggest benefactors of social media, however, has been America’s small businesses – small businesses like ours, Charleston Gourmet Burger Company. As a husband and wife team that is…

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Discussion With The Chronicle

“The Chronicle” is a revered institution in the Charleston Black community, with loyal readers and subscribers of all ethnicities. As the Palmetto state’s recognized leader in African-American news coverage for more than forty-four years, “The Chronicle” has successfully reported on, gathered, recorded, told and printed about the penetrating known and invisible stories of the Black experience, both locally and nationally, with unquestioned verve and tenacity.

Chronicle staffers Barney Blakeney, Hakim Abdul-Ali and Damion Smalls sat on the panel