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French Doctor Displaying ‘Colonial Mentality’ Suggests Testing Drugs on Africans

During a debate on drug testing on French TV, Jean-Paul Mira, head of intensive care at a Parisian hospital said: “If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we be doing this vaccine trial in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatments, no resuscitation”? He continued: “It’s a little bit like it’s been done for certain…

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African Ministers Foresee ‘Break The Glass Moment’ Without Major Debt Relief

Multilateral lenders and investors are being asked to pony up a modest stimulus package that would halt the spread of the coronavirus in Africa and keep economies from crashing under the weight of debt-servicing costs. African finance ministers, at a meeting last week, calculated that an injection of $100 billion – including $44 billion in…

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South African Police Unleash Water Cannons During Virus Lockdown

Despite efforts by President Cyril Ramaphosa to enforce a pandemic lockdown at South Africa’s overcrowded slums without violence, defense forces were reported to be joining police in firing on the community with rubber bullets and water cannons. Visuals of the heavy-handed treatment were seen in news broadcasts around the continent and on social media. The…

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Handwashing and More in New Pop Song by Ugandan Singer Bobi Wine

Ugandan pop star and opposition leader Bobi Wine, who describes himself “a singer, an activist and a member of parliament” is known for his “must plays” – and his latest tune “Corona Virus Alert!,” is definitely one of them. The lyrics remind listeners to wash their hands to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.…

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Volkswagen Suspends Production in Europe

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is taking action in response to the coronavirus pandemic and will be suspending vehicle production. The company noted that the suspension of production would begin on March 19, and it’s anticipating that it would last for 10 working days. Production at plants…

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Kenya Surges On U.N. ‘Happiness’ Report

As Mae West once said, “I’ve been rich, and I’ve been poor; believe me, rich is better.” But could there be more to the story? A landmark survey of the state of global happiness designates Kenya as more positive and hopeful than its neighbors despite the challenges that the country faces. In fact, Kenya is…

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China Heeds Global Demand For Anti-coronavirus Masks

As much of the world attempts to source much needed face masks, Africa has been offered 5.4 million masks, more than a million testing kits and other items in a donation from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma. Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti will be the first countries to receive the consignment to be shipped out of…

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Film review: There’s Something in the Water

They’re making a lot of noise up in Nova Scotia. Local activists of African and Native American descent are holding big businesses and the government accountable for polluting their water and causing an uptick in cancer cases. They’re sounding the alarm and applying pressure. The surprising but very worthy champion of their efforts to expose environmental racism is actress…

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In Major Breakthrough, Domestic Workers Win Coverage For Injuries On Duty

Close to a million domestic workers in South Africa will be able to claim for injuries sustained on duty after passage of a bill supported by the nation’s major labor unions. Under the bill, approved by the South African Cabinet, employers would be held liable for any negligence. According to domestic services union Western Cape…

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Single Mothers Group Charges Miscarriage Of Justice In Arrest Of Famed Malian Star

A Change.org petition has collected over 23,000 signatures in support of acclaimed singer and human rights activist Rokia Traore of Mali following her arrest in Paris for a child custody violation. According to French authorities, Traoré was jailed on a Belgian warrant for failing to hand over her five-year-old daughter to her estranged partner, a…

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What Do You Have to Lose? Your Health or Your Job

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – A little less than four years ago, the president tried to get Black votes with the question, “What do you have to lose.” The coronavirus offers a bleak answer. Trump was notified of the danger of the pandemic in January, but didn’t begin to address the issue until late February.…

Without More Help, Black-Owned Businesses Might Not Survive the Pandemic

By Eugene Cornelius Jr. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Black communities in the United States not only represent a disproportionate share of casualties from coronavirus, but they have also been deeply affected by the economic impact of the disease. Longstanding racial discrimination in economic and housing policy has increased their risk for exposure to the virus, as well as the resulting financial…

Stop Excluding People of Color in Environmental Policies

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association The deadly destruction wrought by the coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the harsh inequities in American society, disproportionately ravaging Black America and other communities of color, as well as individuals who were on the social margins long before the crisis. The inequities…

How Journalists Aid and Abet No. 45

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – For eight straight days, I forced myself to watch the “press conferences” presented by Number 45 (aka Donald J. Trump). The show was supposed to provide an update on the status of the destruction caused by COVID-19. My objective was not to get any valuable information from Number 45;…

COVID Exposes How Blacks are in Danger in Medical Facilities: Why Family Advocates are Needed

By Annette M. Alston My mother prays every day that my father who has been in and out of the hospital over the past few years, won’t have to suddenly go into the hospital during this COVID-19 pandemic. We know that when and if he does, he will likely die because my mother, who has…

Let Prisoners Go During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Across the United States and across the world, prisoners are among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Overcrowded facilities, shortages of food and medicine, and totally inadequate testing expose prisoners who are disproportionately poor and afflicted with prior conditions that render them vulnerable to the disease. Prisoners increasingly are protesting…

Black Life After COVID

By Barney Blakeney “The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced 127 new cases of the novel coronavirus Covid-19, and five additional deaths. This brings the total number of people confirmed to have Covid-19 in South Carolina to 3,439, and those who have died to 87.” Monday, I talked with Medical…

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Recognizing the Viruses of Self-Hatreds

By Hakim Abdul-Ali A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column entitled “Never Hate Yourself” which drew a lot of very positive looks from the loyal readership of this newspaper. And while in a local supermarket recently, a lady of color, who read that column, approached me and asked me to write a little…

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COVID-19: The Truth Is Yet to Come

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Governor McMaster’s mandate to remain at home and hour by hour updates on the Coronavirus have some folks going stir crazy. It’s difficult separating truth from fiction. You have President Trump on one hand grandstanding and providing “fake” information while noted health care professionals are painting a more serious picture of the…

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Coronavirus – The Path To A New Socio-Economic Order

By Barney Blakeney This coronavirus thing has me confused. At first I didn’t think it was as serious as the medical and media communities purported – not that the virus isn’t legitimate, but not as deadly as they said. Then this whole thing about social distancing became a priority. I didn’t – and still don’t…

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Envisioning “The Motherland”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali These are some very trying times for every conscious soul in global creation as we know them to be thus far. So many recent unexplained, unimaginable things have happened and are still going on until many pessimistic folk are left speechless with nervous uncertainties. All of this probably can and should be…

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COVID-19: Stay Woke America

By Beverly Gadson-Birch While millions of Americans are being held captive in their homes by Covid-19, the Coronavirus, people are discovering new ways of socializing and working from home. Families are taking advantage of the downtime to bond and discover things about each other that were lost prior to the arrival of Covid-19.  With the…

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The Lowcountry Food Bank Needs Increased Support During COVID-19

With our network of community partners, the Lowcountry Food Bank has a proud history of responding to crises and supporting our neighbors who struggle with hunger – every day of the year. For our neighbors, who are already facing food insecurity, being quarantined to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 means the very real danger of…

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Charleston Branch NAACP President Joins Supporters of North Charleston Police Independent Audit

By Dot Scott Today I’m writing not as the President of the Charleston Branch NAACP, but instead, as a citizen of the City of North Charleston, and a former member of the North Charleston’s Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Police-Community Relations. I join in the Charleston Area Justice Ministry’s call for an independent audit of the…

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COVID-19, Karma, and the Future of Black America

By Dr. William Small, Jr. The 21st century and the years escorting us into the present place in history flashed a lot of warning signs that our egos and our mythologies made it very easy to ignore. America has been blessed since its inception with geographical and technical arrows in it’s national quiver, that reinforced a…

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April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that the most common form of cancer in boys and young men ages of 15-35 is almost entirely curable if caught early? And did you know that awareness and screening are the most effective ways to fight that disease? Now that you know, how’d you like to help spread the word? April…

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As COVID-19 continues to spread amid a growing number of fatalities, Dr. James Hildreth said it’s critical that everyone follows stay-at-home orders, social distancing guidelines, and anything else that could help keep Americans safe during the pandemic

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