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The Association of Black Cardiologists and the Heart Institute of the Caribbean Conclude Successful First Annual Joint “Masters of Cardiology” Conference

The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), Inc., an inclusive organization dedicated to eliminating disparities in cardiovascular diseases, and the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC), the premier center of excellence for cardiovascular care in the English-speaking Caribbean, concluded its first joint conference with more than 150 registered attendees on January 18 – 20, 2019. Various…

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Zimbabwe Forges Ahead With 5 Nation Tour Despite Mounting Pressure at Home

There’s a time for everything and this appears to be the worst time for a deal-making tour across five nations led by President Emmerson Mnangagwe whose country Zimbabwe is roiling with angry citizens furious over a massive 150 percent increase in the price of fuel. The price hike was announced just as President Mnangagwa flew…

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Calls For Recount Reveal Doubts About Congo Polls

Calls for a vote recount, first from defeated opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, are now being heard widely, sparking concerns that outgoing President Joseph Kabila played a behind the scenes role in swinging the election for Felix Tshisekedi, an opposition leader. Despite video footage of Congolese voters cheering the presumed victor, credible sources say Mr. Tshisekedi…

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The 2019 Edition of the Award-Winning Our Jamaica Annual Destination Guide Released

On the heels of a wildly successful 2018 edition, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and HCP Media are excited to announce the release of the 2019 edition of Our Jamaica magazine. This annual in-room destination guide earned five major awards for its most recent issue from the Florida Magazine Association, McClatchy, Graphic Design…

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Retired From Politics, Jacob Zuma Reveals Plans For New Career 

After a brief spin as President of South Africa, the multi-talented Jacob Zuma is plunging into a new and exciting career path – he’ll be a recording artist of liberation songs from the anti-apartheid struggle. A full-length album will be recorded in April during the Articulate Africa project, a program of national and international literary…

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3,500 Lose Jobs As New Currency Shortage Hits Zimbabwe

Over 3,500 youth officers have been laid off as part of the nation’s shortage of currency amid efforts to streamline the wage bill. It was explained that the layoffs would save the country a substantial amount while the nation’s economy is limping. Public Service Commission secretary Jonathan Wutawunashe said the layoffs were in line with…

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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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Losing Your Driver’s License to Debt: 43 States Allow Suspensions Due to Unpaid Court Debt

By Charlene Crowell Today, personal vehicles transport parents to work, take multiple family generations to school, access medical and/or business services, and more. With a car and a driver’s license, consumers gain mobility to go about their daily lives in all of its multiple dimensions. But what happens when that driver’s license is revoked or…

Spike Lee’s Best Director Nomination is Long Overdue

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “People of color have a constant frustration of not being represented, or being misrepresented, and these images go around the world … I do not think there is going to be any substantial movement until people of color get into those gatekeeper positions of people who have a green-light…

African Diaspora Rising: The Year of the Door of Return to Africa

By Dr. Ron Daniels (TriceEdneyWire.com) – This year, 2019 marks the 400th year since the Dutch ship White Lion arrived in Jamestown in the British Colony that was to become the Commonwealth of Virginia with “20 and odd Negroes” from Africa.  The arrival of these indentured enslaved Africans was the opening chapter in one of the…

Securing the Opportunities of American Energy

By Elia Quintana, Director of Stakeholder Relations, American Petroleum Institute 15 or 20 years ago, there were very few people who could have imagined that the U.S. would again lead the world in the production of natural gas and oil. And even fewer who would have thought that we could reduce carbon emissions faster than…

The Real Issues with the Government Shutdown

By Dr. John E. Warren, Publisher of the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint The media and the public have given too much attention to Donald Trump the man and the President and not enough to this system of government we have with built-in checks and balances. Case in point: instead of spending so much time…

Elected Enemies – The Government Shutdown That’s Crippling America

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Political Analyst Imagine having to choose between paying your mortgage and picking up the much-needed prescription for your health crisis because the job you report to and the federal resources you have relied on to live day to day are no longer available to you because of things beyond…

Victims Of Our Own Creation

By Barney Blakeney I had to ask myself, “What have we done?” after receiving the police report about the 26-year-old man accused of shooting two people two years ago at a West Ashley Chuck E. Cheese’s Family Fun Center and Arcade and the January 3 shooting of another man in North Charleston. A few days…

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On the Way to a Pensive Thought

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Life is an introspective journey in more ways than one. I’ve come to that realization while going through many of the most difficult and exhilarating periods of my own life. I believe that if you’re completely honest with yourself, you’d probably say the same thing. Oftentimes, life makes us think about what…

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Whippings: “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child?”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It’s no surprise that the year started off with a bang; 2018 ended with a bang. I have been trying to make sense out of all the nonsense—three and four shootings a day, not to mention the mistaken identity auto shooting where a seven-year-old was killed in Houston. Old schoolers think millennials spare the rod…

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Local Republicans Should Step Boldly Into The Future

By Barney Blakeney This thing about racial intolerance long has been out of hand, but it’s become scary! As a Black man in America I learned a long time ago that this country is run by racists. It was founded by racists, developed by racists and is perpetuated by racists. I’m sorry, but there just…

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Looking Ahead While Never Forgetting

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Sometimes, I ask myself, as I’m now asking you, “Does Black America, as a collective grouping, ever really expect to be free of all the negative things that hold them back in their quests for freedom, justice and equality?” No matter what day or year that it is, as I grow older,…

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Folks, Y’all Better Get A Grip!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Happy New Year!! While some folks were preparing for Watch Night, others were gearing up for parties or both. I am wondering just how happy 2019 will be with so many problems plaguing the Black community and this country. We ended 2018 with a partial government shutdown. President Trump is so child-like. If…

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Will men in America speak out against domestic violence?

By Melissa Martin, Ph.D To prevent and stop violence against women, men in all 50 states of the USA need to stand up and speak out. Mothers, sisters, and daughters are victims of domestic violence. Wives, live-in partners, and girlfriends are victims of domestic violence. Relatives are victims of domestic violence. Neighbors are victims of domestic…

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Beef With Bobby Seale Over Pork

By D.R.E James  Emcee and fellow 910 native J. Cole had a song on his 2014 album Born Sinner called “Let Nas Down,” lamenting about how he felt the pressures of his label for a radio single and deviated from his conscious, Ginsu-sharp, mile-deep brand of hip hop that purists like myself championed him for. This…

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Transit Enabled Community That Works For North Charleston

A rising cost of housing which outstrips local wages and the declining quantity and quality of public transit has created a crisis for people living and working in the Charleston area. Hard working people whose skills are essential to our economy now live lives shredded by distance and long, slow commutes. Their capacity to contribute…

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Shop Local This Season

By Rhea Landholm, Center for Rural Affairs This holiday season, will you be among 83 percent of consumers who plan to do some portion of their holiday shopping at a small, independently owned retailer or restaurant? These types of businesses are what keep our small communities thriving. Up and down rural main streets, shopkeepers are…

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Black History Month Spotlight: Hiram Revels, the first Black Senator

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