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Congo Sends Asylum Seekers Back To United States

Six Congolese nationals and two Zambian citizens were sent back to the U.S. after Congolese officials called their deportations “inhumane.” The six arrived last week aboard an American aircraft at Ndjili Airport, “handcuffed, chained to the ankles and hips as slaves” according to Congolese Human Rights Minister Marie Ange Mushobekwa. Further, the expelled persons were…

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Gifted Filmmaker Passes in Burkina Faso

Just days before a major retrospective of his cinematic work in Brazil, Idrissa Ouedraogo passed away in his home country of Burkina Faso. He was 64. “We talked two weeks ago,” said a grieving Janaina Oliveira of Brazil’s Center for Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous Studies in a Facebook post. “I was bringing him to Brazil. Tickets,…

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Obiang Revives Death Penalty In Bid To Save Unpopular Regime

Equatorial Guinea, under President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is reviving the odious death penalty against 147 opposition activists accused of “rebellion, attacks on authority and public disorder” – a sign of deepening desperation under President Obiang. The activists include leaders of Citizens for Innovation (CI), many of whom were rounded up after a purported coup…

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Nigerian Parents Plead With Officials to Speed Up Rescue of Abducted Girls

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Parents of young teenage girls are pleading with Nigerian officials to speed up rescue efforts for their children kidnapped by Boko Haram. “We don’t want these girls to stay long with those militants. Anything can happen to them,” said Kachalla Bukar, father of a 14 year old girl, one of 110 abducted by…

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UK Aid Group Knew of Sex Orgies By Staffers in Poor Countries – Report

Revelations that the renowned emergency aid group, Oxfam International, failed to catch rogue aid workers who admitted to hiring prostitutes for wild sex parties in Haiti and Chad, have shaken the aid community worldwide. According to a blistering new report in the Times of London, Oxfam knew of concerns about the conduct of two of…

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Ethiopian Resignation Met With Worry, Anger and State of Emergency

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – The Ethiopian government has given itself sweeping new powers – from restrictions on freedom of assembly and free expression to the deployment of combat-ready troops in civilian centers. The newly-imposed state of emergency is expected to last six months. The harsh new limits on democratic expression may have blindsided those in the international…

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Mall Developers Stake Out Turf Around Picturesque Victory Falls

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – A trip to one of Africa’s world class wonders doesn’t mean one needs to be deprived of the pleasures of shopping. At least that was the thinking of developers who obtained permits for a $13 million multi-purpose shopping mall not far from Zimbabwe’s renowned Victoria Falls. A groundbreaking ceremony took place last week…

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Cape Town in Survival Mode as Water Supplies are Near Zero

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Only days remain in Cape Town, South Africa, before a jewel of natural beauty and one of the wealthiest destinations in Africa becomes the first major city in the world to run out of water. Rationing has already begun with some 200 collection points around the city. Security guards stand watch as anxious…

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African Immigrants in Israel Face Forced Deportation

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Under a so-called “infiltrator’s law”, more than 1,000 African asylum seekers in Israel face deportation from Israeli detention centers starting in March. Speaking at a recent Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the harsh enforcement policy. “We are not acting against refugees,” he said. “We are acting against illegal migrants who come…

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Senegal Yet to Fulfill Pledge of Free Education to Girls

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – In a politely worded letter from Human Rights Watch, Senegalese President Macky Sall was highly commended for addressing abuses against street children including those exploited in the course of their education in the Koran. “We have conducted human rights research on children in Senegal since 2005,” the New York-based group wrote. “Our most…

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Natalie Cofield: The Living Walker Legacy

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) Nine years ago, when she was just 26, Natalie Cofield was looking for a mentor.  A young woman with entrepreneurship hard-wired into her spirit, she was discouraged that many did not take her seriously and disheartened that she could not make the connections she needed to further her entrepreneurial mission.  So…

‘Scared Negro Disease’ Remains

By Gary L. Flowers (TriceEdneyWire.com) – As another Black History Month has passed, I revisited the relevant speech given by former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson in 2002 while speaking in Portland, Ore., titled, “The Scared Negro Disease.” Mayor Jackson’s diagnosis is seemingly cancerous in Black politicians in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in some other…

Civility on Social Media is Dead

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Columnist I have found myself increasingly wondering whether social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook, constitutes a vehicle for civil dialogue. The number of attacks that I have either witnessed or experienced has been astounding. It has gotten to the point that I rarely respond to comments on either Twitter…

The Student Loan Debt Crisis is a Civil Rights Issue

  By Wade Henderson, Founding Board Member, Center for Responsible Lending From attacks on voting rights to police killings of unarmed civilians and growing inequities in earnings and wealth, the civil rights gains of the past six decades are facing threat after threat. But one front in the fight for full equality—meaningful access to higher…

Election 2018: Another Stop on the Chisholm Trail?

By Kelly Dittmar and Glynda Carr Fifty years ago, Shirley Chisholm campaigned successfully to become the first Black woman in the U.S. Congress. Four years later, she became the first woman of color and the first African American to win delegate votes at a major party presidential convention. Throughout her presidential campaign, she attracted voters…

Before the Parkland Massacre and Now

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) —What happened in Parkland, FL is too horrible to ignore. Yet we’ve tolerated too many of all kinds of evils, including murders. Too many did nothing to stop more destruction of Native Americans and theft of their land, lynching and enslavement of Black people, slaughtering of people at Pulse Nightclub…

Bits & Pieces 2018

By Beverly Gadson-Birch HOLY CITY OR CITY WITH HOLES?  And, I ain’t talking about potholes. This week the world celebrates Holy Week and Charleston has long been called the “Holy City”. Sometimes, I wonder just how “holy” Charleston really is. When I was much younger, as my dad drove through the downtown, I would count the number of…

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Tranquility as a Pursuit

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   There are many private moments in my life when I think that solitude suits me very well. Being the creative soul that I’ve always been, I find solace in being able to discover what silence and isolation really means to me. I was in one of those moods recently during a…

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Murder In Black Communities Is More Than An Annoyance

By Barney Blakeney    I tell people I don’t bad days anymore. No matter how tough things get, there’s always more for which to be thankful. There’s always some good in the bad and when I compare the good against the bad, I always come out ahead. I was coming out from under a particularly…

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Prostate Cancer: This One Is For You, Dad

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    The month of March stirs up painful memories for me. Dad passed away from prostate cancer.  Dad and I had a very close relationship. He was not just close to me but to all his children.  It didn’t matter how old we were or what type of activities we were involved in,…

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A Salute to “The Color of Love”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali The entire earth’s a place of perpetual learning for the aware among us, and I most definitely can attest to that. Take last week, for example, when I was in a local area mall that I learned another valuable lesson in the living process. It was quite an experience, filling my mind…

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Homeless To Hope Concert Was A Party With A Purpose

By Barney Blakeney   I got the chance to attend the March 11 inaugural Homeless to Hope Fund Benefit concert. Didn’t go to church, but went to the concert. And wouldn’t you know it, my preacher saw me there! I got busted, but it was worth it. The concert was off the chain. I don’t…

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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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The Case Against Steve Bannon

By Professor Damon L. Fordham, MA The following is the text of a speech given by Professor Fordham at the rally regarding the appearance of former Trump Administration Chief Strategist Steve Bannon at The Citadel on Thursday, November 9, 2017. It is reprinted here to inform the general public as to what Mr. Bannon represents.…

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Accountability is a Tough Pill for Some to Swallow

By Jon Butzon, Former Director of the Charleston Education Network There it is again, the term “watchdog” applied to the Office of Regulatory Staff.  These are the folks who were supposed to be overseeing construction of the V.C. Sumner nuclear plant, creating some accountability for our money, for our safety, and for the future of…

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The Gullah Geechee and Bunce Island–Sierra Leone Connection

The International African American Museum invites the public to attend a presentation on the Gullah Geechee and Bunce Island–Sierra Leone Connection by Professor Joseph Opala.  Opala has spent more than 40 years studying Bunce Island, the largest British slave trading base on the “Rice Coast” of West Africa, and its links to South Carolina and Georgia. Opala…

Charleston MS Community Connection

A new group of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Bringing people together who share common life experiences for support and mutual aid.

Charleston MS Community Connection

A new group of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Bringing people together who share common life experiences for support, education and mutual aid.

2018 Outer Banks Wedding Meet & Greet at Sanderling Resort

  Sanderling Resort, the Outer Banks’ only full-service resort and spa will transform on Saturday, March 10, 2018 into a one-stop wedding planning shop for the 2018 Outer Banks Meet and Greet. Taking place from 5pm-9pm, the comfortably elegant affair brings couples and nuptial enthusiasts face to face with more than 30 of the region’s…

Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant to Host Pomellato Spring 2018 Trunk Show

Pomellato is pleased to invites shoppers to discover the charm of its collections. Head over to Gwynn’s of Mt Pleasant and shop the new Pomellato jewelry collections for Spring 2018!

2nd Annual Head for the Cure 5K

WHEN:  9 a.m., Feb. 17; 5K run awards at approximately 10:15 a.m.   WHAT:  $35 (through Feb. 15); $40 for late registration (at packet pickup:  2-6 p.m., Feb. 16 @ Fleet Feet Mount Pleasant; or morning of the 5K). Discounts apply for family (3 or more) and teams (5 or more).    For the last…

Clemson University Men of Color National Summit

The mission of the Clemson University Men of Color National Summit is to close the achievement gap for African-American and Hispanic males, from cradle to career. Bringing together approximately 2,000 high school and college students, business professionals, educators, government officials and community leaders from around the country, the summit will emphasize the importance of education,…

Charleston MS Community Connection

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has a new self-help group called the Charleston Community Conncetion. The group goal is to bring people together who share common life experiences for support, education and mutual aid.

Old Bethel United Methodist Church

Celebration of the church 221 years , come worship and fellowship with us giving thanks to God for this great blessing .   222 Calhoun Street , Charleston SC

DHM Furs Trunk Show at Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant

Head over to Gwynn’s of Mt Pleasant for their end of the season fur sale. Shop new furs up to 50 percent off.

Wellness Beyond Fifty-Healthy Living Class

You know that little thing about yourself that you’d like to change? Maybe it’s your diet, your activity level, your lifestyle or even your outlook. We all want to change something about our lives. And yet we’re held back by doubt, confusion, lack of knowledge, hesitation or low motivation.   Or maybe it feels like…

Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant to Host Lafayette 148 Trunk Show

Discover the new spring 2018 collection featuring timeless and essential, go-to pieces. From outerwear to underpinnings, shop wearable silhouettes that are designed and tailored to fit with ease and effortlessness. Pre-order any style before it’s available in store. Enjoy bubbles and bites while you consult with Lafayette size and style advisers. Call to schedule your…

The Entrepreneurial Kickback

Refreshment + Networking + Information + Relaxation – This event is for entrepreneurs/business owners to have fun, fellowship, network, share their business experiences with and learn from one another in a relaxed setting. Your $20 investment includes an art activity, hors d’oeuvres, Klarity bag, and The Ultimate KKP Experience! There will also be giveaways! Only…

LOCAL JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW & PERSONAL APPEARANCE

Head to Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant for an exclusive jewelry trunk show event, featuring collections from 3 local brands. Shop from a unique selection of fine jewelry and meet jewelry designers Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage, Christina Jervey, and Leslie Willis!

Shop Like a Man at Gwynn’s

Gentleman, mark your calendars – Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant is here to help with all of your last minute shopping needs. They will have burgers, chicken sliders, award-winning chili, & brews – plus, a friendly staff on hand to help you find something special for everyone on your list. Complimentary gift wrapping available!

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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