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FACE Africa Hosts 10th Annual WASH Gala

On Saturday March 23, FACE Africa will host its 10th Annual WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Gala at Guastavino’s New York. This landmark 10th anniversary event will be held to commemorate World Water Day, (March 22nd) with the goal of bringing awareness to the growing clean water epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa and raising funds for…

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Fifty Years On, It’s Still A Man’s World At Africa’s ‘Oscars’

Africa’s major film event – on the scale of the Oscars – celebrated its 50th year this month with more films, more visitors and a disappointing showing of women selected to compete for any major prize. And women are not having it. “Can it be that in 50 years, there hasn’t been a single woman…

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Insufficient Training for Pilots Suspected in Deadly Ethiopian Crash

Fifty three minutes. That was the length of time approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) for pilot training on the upgraded Boeing 737 Max 8 jet that crashed Sunday in Ethiopia killing all aboard, according to a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association. Nor was the 53 minutes for face to face training.…

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African WWII Vets Seek Formal Apology and Compensation from UK

The UK government is coming under pressure to compensate and apologize to the last surviving African veterans who fought alongside white British soldiers in the second World War. More than half a million black African soldiers who fought in the British army were paid up to three times less than their white counterparts, a newly…

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My Trip to Ghana: a Valuable Learning and Spiritual Experience

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – About three years ago when Joomay Odongo Faye first introduced me to a new Pan African organization of which he was a co-founder, I had no idea that the introduction would lead to my going on an airplane for the first time in 33 years. I was already a…

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Ethiopia To Receive Repatriated Strands Of Hair Belonging To Former Emperor

Items stolen from Ethiopia by British troops over the years are being repatriated after renewed pressure from Addis Ababa. Most recently, locks of hair belonging to the widely revered Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros are slated for repatriation from the National Army Museum which claims the hair was donated by relatives of an artist who painted the…

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Thousands Uprooted From Safe Haven Now Desperate For Food, Water And Shelter

An estimated 30,000 refugees have been uprooted by officials in Cameroon and Nigeria this month and sent to known hotbeds of insurgents including Boko Haram on the Nigerian side of the border. Humanitarian groups including Action against Hunger are questioning the wisdom of forcing refugees to move to the city of Rann in Borno state,…

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More Lives Lost In Africa’s Unsafe Mines

In a nation with sky high unemployment, the promise of found gold, diamonds, and other precious gems scraped out of underground pits makes the reward seem worth the risk. But in February, dozens of miners in Zimbabwe lost the gamble when two mine shafts west of Harare were flooded by rains. Rescuers retrieved the bodies…

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Minor League Baseball Becomes First Sports Property to Join Alliance for Inclusive & Multicultural Marketing

Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) announced last week its membership in the Association of National Advertisers’ (ANA) Alliance for Inclusive & Multicultural Marketing (AIMM). MiLB is the first sports property to join 75 member companies currently participating in the multicultural marketing initiative. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) created AIMM to provide corporations with viable solutions for growth by targeting…

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Unrest Deepens Across East Africa and Africa’s ‘Horn’

Instability is growing in the East African nations of Sudan and South Sudan while the U.S. pursues a military solution to a decades-long civil war in Somalia. Recent U.S. bombing raids are claiming 35 al-Shabab victims in the Hiraan region of central Somalia, the U.S. military’s Africa Command reports. Such airstrikes in Somalia are typically…

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Stop Invisible Lynchings in America

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association No form of lynching should be tolerated or permitted in America. A lynching is defined as putting a person or a group of people to death by hanging a person or group with or without legal due process. However, in the no…

Women are Stepping Up!

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) – We’re near the end of Women’s History Month! Every woman should be proud of who we are, about the number of women who serve as Mayors of key cities, women who ran for and won Congressional seats and the number of women who’re in the race for President of…

Prayers and Petitions Call for Payday Loan Rule Enactment

By Charlene Crowell Every year the payday lending industry convenes in an effort to further expand and preserve the combined $8 billion-dollars in fees generated each year by consumers caught in that and car-title loans. This year, 2019, also marks the second consecutive year, that the organization representing sellers of these debt-trap loans, the Community…

The Myth of Meritocracy

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – William Singer is going to jail. He’s the man who masterminded the college cheating scandal, collecting more than $25 million in bribes between 2011 and 2018 for helping the children of millionaires get into college through what he called “the side door.” More than 50 people got caught up in…

It’s Time to Sign Colin Kaepernick

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Though this legal battle with Kaepernick has been resolved, he isn’t going away either. The league will forever have to live with the fact that it was complicit in destroying someone’s career simply because he wished to bring attention to the injustices suffered by his people. If owners and…

Everyone Must Condemn Trump’s Sly Encouragement of Lawless Violence

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Racism is not natural. Babies — black, brown, white — explore the world and each other with wonder, not hate. Racism has to be taught. It is learned behavior. To assume that a person is inherently superior or inferior to another based upon race is unnatural and ungodly. Racism is…

Protesters Upset Charleston County School Board Meeting

By Beverly Gadson-Birch National Action Network, Prestige Preparatory Academy students and parents, and other community stakeholders brought the March 18 Charleston County School Board meeting to a halt. For years, the Board has ignored the wishes of the Black community and denigrated them while creating magnets and mostly white charter schools to circumvent true integration. The…

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How Do We Fix What Ails Black America?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali As a proud brother of color, I love my country, but I must admit that I’ve had to come to grips with many of this nation’s forefathers’ actions as they orchestrated for themselves and their descendants an America that’s inherently still a place of biased “hue-manistic” values, divided politics and questionable loyalties.…

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So CofC Students Are Racist… And Wha?

By Barney Blakeney I haven’t seen the recently revealed video of white College of Charleston students engaged in racist behavior that’s created a stir among Black students and given the local media another hot button story. After writing about racism in Charleston the past 40 years, I’m hardly moved. I’ve lived with racism a lot…

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Charleston County School Board: “Do The Right Thing!!”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Like spiders, Charleston County School Board has woven a web making it almost impossible for low performing students to escape. And, it’s not just minority students but white students as well. The Board has used their majority 5-4 vote to create a dual system of education to trick minority parents. The problem…

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The Tests of Life

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today my message is one where I was inspired to write this because a dear friend of mine is presently going through a very traumatic time in his life. He shared some of his very personal concerns with me about what was affecting his health, which had been troubling him inwardly for…

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Get Up and Walk, Black Man!

By Barney Blakeney I’m constantly reminded I don’t know everything. It’s something I learned a long time ago and a lesson that sunk in, but it often is reiterated because a lot of stuff goes on I know nothing about. It happened again February 2 when I attended a men’s program at Old Bethel United…

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An Important Panel on Flooding in Charleston

Groundswell! is pleased to sponsor a panel of professionals who are bringing expertise and energy to the flooding crisis facing the Charleston community. This free event begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, in the auditorium of the Charleston County Library on Calhoun Street. The presenters will be: Mark Wilbert, Charleston City’s chief resilience…

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Black to the Future

By Ade Ofunniyin Are we truly returning “black” to the future? Who will direct this sojourn? What is the truth about this undertaking? While Disney and AMC Theatre’s motives may appear to be altruistic, I posit that they are capitalistic and misguided. The film Black Panther and its Afrofuturist imaginings demonstrate clearly the central role…

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Rural communities in the face of climate change

By Katie Rock, Center for Rural Affairs Climate change can be difficult to fully wrap your mind around. My fear is that more people will engage only after facing a crisis themselves—losing a home due to flooding, markets upended by multi-year droughts, or water shortages. We know warming trends can accelerate or decelerate quickly depending…

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Lowcountry Students for Political Action to Hold Second Annual March For Our Lives in Charleston

The student activist group that formed after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February of 2018 to organize the Charleston March For Our Lives will be holding their second annual march on Sunday, March 24th from 3:30 to 6:30 at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Lowcountry Students for Political Action is holding this demonstration…

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National Poetry Month Spotlight - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Gil Scott Heron

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