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Trump Tries to Divide Us, But We are a Bigger Nation Than That

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. When Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem last year, he acted alone, a silent protest against a society that repeatedly fails to hold police accountable for the killing of unarmed African Americans. Kaepernick was condemned and now essentially has been banned from the NFL, with…

Don’t Let “45” Take Credit For President Obama’s Economy

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Columnist The income, poverty and health insurance data released by the Census Bureau on September 13 confirms what many of us already knew. President Obama’s last year was one of economic improvement for many individuals. The median income rose from $57,230 in 2015 to $59,039 in 2016, an increase of…

African-American Tourism Conference, $2.4 Billion Dollars, and You

By Kwadjo Campbell, CEO, JC & Associates (jc-associates.com) The $2.4 Billion dollar spent by African-American visitors is waiting for you to come up with the entertainment, retail, restaurant, or accommodation idea needed to attract it. How can you be a part of this booming sector? Join us this year at the African-American Tourism Conference on…

How Racism Impacts People, Families and Communities of Color

By Rosa Riley (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The statistics are troubling. People of color are far more likely to suffer from inequity. Inequity that can be traced directly to racism, a side effect and the enduring legacy, of slavery. The legacy of slavery has insinuated itself into the very fabric of our society via the criminal justice…

Equifax data breach leaves at least 143 million consumers credit at risk

By Charlene Crowell, communications deputy director with the Center for Responsible Lending Record-breaking back-to-back hurricanes in Houston and Florida brought unprecedented winds and rains affecting millions of Americans. Yet another storm just as brutal but financial in nature is also raging and affects at least 143 million Americans, as well as consumers in Canada and…

Black Ink: The Impact of Storytelling

By Chase Quinn I remember venturing out last fall shortly after moving to Charleston from New York City to attend Black Ink, Charleston’s First African American Book Festival. I’d seen the event advertised in the local paper and was both surprised to learn it was the first one of its kind and committed to getting…

The American People

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s now getting colder in most parts of the United States of America and all around the nation, “The American People” are being divided by more and more ethnic confusions and by additional external distrust in each other. These pervasive, internal factors are as real to some of the bald eagle’s…

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Sustainability Institute: Helping Change Lives

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   The longer I live, the less regrets I have.  It hasn’t always been that way.  It seems like such a long time ago that I was out living for the weekend like others of my generation. My generation is no different than the young people of today who have a very…

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For Charleston Sax Man, George Kenny – The Music’s In His DNA

By Barney Blakeney    I’ve been trying to pull together a story about Charleston musician George Kenny for years. The 84-year-old saxophone player was my high school music teacher and marching band director. Last week some of my old schoolmates from the gone, but not forgotten Charles A. Brown High, put something on Facebook about…

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Charleston County School Board Tossed A Bone To Garrett CAS Supporters

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Garrett Academy of Technology was established after closing out trades at Burke High School and a few other area high schools.  The Board’s decision at the time was to take the trades out of the high schools and place them at Garrett and allow students from each attendance area/county-wide to fill the…

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Things Not to Discuss at the Dinner Table

By Victoria Rae Moore Dear Reader, They say to never discuss money, politics or religion at the dinner table. Well, last weekend I had dinner at a stranger’s house with seven people I’ve never met and we broke all of those rules. The meal was called a Transformation Table and it was inspired (in part)…

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Thinking This Thing Out

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   The living arena is something that, if you’re alive while reading this, you should know that it is a constantly challenging phenomenon. To say that in plain English may not be suitable because the undeniable fact that each tender moment in the living process is becoming so very fragile may be…

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