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Here’s One Way We Could Keep More Black Male Educators in the Classroom

By Francis Pina Does being me give me an advantage in my inner-city classroom? I often reflect on this question because every school year I learn from a handful of students that I am their very first Black male teacher. If we got 100 teachers in a room, statistically I would be one of just…

March For Our Lives Follows a Venerable American Tradition of Student Social Activism

By Marc H. Morial “By our readiness to allow arms to be purchased at will and fired at whim, by allowing our movie and television screens to teach our children that the hero is one who masters the art of shooting and the technique of killing, by allowing all these developments, we have created an…

Students of Color Need to See More People of Color – That Shouldn’t Be Controversial

By Nate Bowling I spent most of my first year of grad school sitting in the back row of class with my hood up. There were nearly 40 of us in the cohort. Two were Black. My hoodie was an act of silent dissent. Today, I completely understand when my students want to do the same,…

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…

It’s Now Time To Act

By Barney Blakeney   How did we get here? That was the question my new friend asked as we discussed several issues on the subject of political corruption and social violence. I met with Vince Matthews to talk about his new role as Lowcountry coordinator for the S.C. Progressive Network. A few days earlier I…

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Black Life: Be proud of who you are

By Beverly Gadson-Birch This month as we celebrate Black History, I am still astounded by the many achievements and inventions by Blacks. Black History is my history.  It’s something I celebrate 365 days of the year because I am black 365 days of the year.  I don’t focus on my ethnicity 28 or 29 days…

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The Orangeburg Massacre Continues Still

By Barney Blakeney  February 8 marked the 50th anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre. It slipped past me – not the annual observance, but the recognition that this year was the 50th anniversary. Like so many observances, somethings become automatic. Feb. 7 was my father’s birthday. I went through the day without a thought about it.…

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Now is the Time to Be Thankful

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   Living among the globally ethnic diverse “colored” nations of “hue-manity” is a blessing in so many norms because it represents a means for conscious souls to experience so many things as a result of being alive in the hear and now. Thanking the Creator Alone of everything for this precious reality…

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SC Education Lottery: Glitch or No Glitch? (What lottery officials are not telling you)

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Good morning all of y’all lottery players out there.  Boy, have I got some news for you from a reliable source regarding the Christmas Day “Add a Play” lottery glitch. Before I share the information with you, let’s take a look at the South Carolina lottery’s history. According to the Daily News…

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Loving My Culture For All That It’s Worth

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s that annual time again in the village of Black Awareness in the USA for the celebration of Black History Month. Conscious ebony souls are rejoicing in anticipation of the numerous local and national events that are set to occur during the month and all around the bald eagle’s territorial landscape for…

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