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Memories of Jonestown Massacre Leave Haunting Memories, but Important Lessons During 40th Anniversary

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – The church building at 1859 Geary Street in San Francisco was in its earlier days festive, vibrant and joyous. Like a cultural hub, there was often plenty of dancing, entertainment; even skits, plays; lots of food and toys for the children. But, this Sunday morning was different. “There was an eerie type of…

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Rights Group Condemn Rise Of Gov’t-Sponsored Homophobia in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam’s governor Paul Makonda has begun urging citizens to report homosexuals for round-ups, sending hundreds of LGBT activists into hiding to avoid arrest. “If you know any gays … report them to me,” Makonda told reporters, according to CNN. In an interview posted on YouTube, Makonda said he had already received more than…

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African Diaspora Film Festival Takes on “Who is Black in America?”

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The 26th annual installment of the African Diaspora International Film Festival promises to tackle the topic: “Who is Black in America?” The popular festival, which showcases black filmmakers, actors, directors and producers all over the world, runs from Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Dec. 9, at venues…

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Trump’s Campaign Strategist Hired For Nigerian Presidential Race

Cash money makes things happen. That’s an expression taken from the Urban Dictionary but it may also be the hope of Atiku Abubakar, candidate for President of Nigeria with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party which just hired Donald Trump’s lobbying firm at an astronomical price. The Florida-based firm is led by Brian Ballard of Ballard…

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South Africa Must Address Air Pollution Hot Spots – Now!

The world’s largest air pollution hotspot is not where you might think. No, it’s not in New Jersey. But if you said South Africa you’d be right, according to a newly-released study by the environmental group Greenpeace. With coal and transport as the two principle sources of air pollution, Eastern Mpumalanga province in South Africa…

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Ethiopian Woman Breaks Glass Ceiling to Become Nation’s New Head of State

“Congratulations Madam President! Women do make a difference. We are proud of you!” That was the excited message from María Fernanda Espinosa Garces, President of the United Nations General Assembly, to a U.N. colleague selected to be the first woman president in Ethiopia. In a unanimous vote, Ethiopian lawmakers this week approved Sahle-Work Zewde for…

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Gabon Warned Against ‘Fake News’ While President Is Hospitalized For Exhaustion

Balloons and fireworks will have to wait as the longtime President of Gabon has been hospitalized at the King Faisal hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, suffering from severe fatigue. The party of President Ali Bongo had just “coasted to victory” in a second round of legislative elections this month when the President fell ill. A…

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Namibia Agrees to ‘Land Deal’ with Russian Billionaire

The Namibian government has leased four farms for 99 years to a company owned by a Russian billionaire. The farms, valued at $3 million and measuring a total 42,000 acres, were registered as state property by the land reform ministry. Land reform minister Utoni Nujoma appears to be having second thoughts about being linked to…

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Journalists Trek to Haiti for Cultural Tour

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – A group of African-American multi-media journalists and other professionals are on a cultural tour in Haiti this week. The nine-member group arrived in Port-au-Prince on Sunday, Oct. 28. The tour will include Port-au-Prince, which was hit with the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake which killed more than 100,000 in January 2010 and Gonaives which…

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Aging Autocrat Whips Opposition and Claims Victory in a Disputed Poll

Leaders of the opposition were roundly defeated in this month’s national elections that gave the six term incumbent President Paul Biya a new seven year term. The 85 year old chief of state was returned to power amidst a deepening split along linguistic lines, a quarter of a million of Cameroonians living in exile, and…

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Is U.S. marching steadily to war with Iran?

By Askia Muhammad, Senior Editor, The Final Call @askiaphotojourn WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump seems to want war with Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is beating the drum for war with Iran. National Security Adviser John Bolton is itching for war with Iran. Together they are orchestrating an all-too-familiar scenario to justify the use of…

Poverty and the Fallacy of Long-term Economic Greatness

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The first week of July produced a somewhat positive Employment Situation report. While the unemployment rate ticked up just a bit, about 224,000 new jobs were created, nearly three times as many as were created in the tepid previous month. There was, of course, the Administration crowing about the strength…

Color Blindness is Impossible in the United States

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Recently, while shopping in an Ethiopian-owned store in my Washington D.C neighborhood, I witnessed a verbal confrontation between and African-American woman and the Ethiopian sales clerk. She was very upset that on a previous visit to the facility he had told her that her credit was no good. What…

Michelle Obama at Essence Fest: Frank and Free

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “And if we’re thinking about what the agenda is, which is getting to a place where we all live in a country where we’re proud to pass on to our kids, going high is the only way we get there. It’s our patience, our tolerance, it’s our belief in…

Will White House Advisory Council Act to End America’s Affordable Housing Crisis?

By Charlene Crowell Nearly 90 years ago, Kelly Miller (1863-1939), a Black sociologist and mathematician, said, “The Negro is up against the white man’s standard, without the white man’s opportunity.”  As the first Black man to enroll as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in 1908, Miller also authored a book entitled Race Adjustment, published in 1908.…

Realizing a Dream for Our Children

By Marian Wright Edelman Next week, clergy, seminarians, religious educators, community organizers, young adult leaders and other faith-based advocates in the intergenerational, interracial, multi-ethnic, ecumenical community pursuing justice for our nation’s children will come together at the Children’s Defense Fund’s Haley Farm in Tennessee for the 25th Annual CDF Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy…

“What’s Going On” Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali The tumultuous living experience of today’s modernity is a continual episode in maturation and developing. I refer to living in that way because we’re always evolving in one sense or the other in our relationships with each other and nature be they with family, friends, strangers, who we may have just met,…

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It’s Not About Color; It’s About Survival

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Burrr! It’s cold outside. The Weather Channel issued a plant and pet warning with temperatures in the low teens. I decided I had too much invested in my porch plants to let the cold destroy them. I threw on a coat and grabbed a couple of covers to keep them warm. I…

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It’s Still A Dream

By Barney Blakeney It’s the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and I’m just getting around to writing something about the celebration of that great man’s life and work. I’m not much for celebrating holidays anyway, but King’s day usually is a work day for me. I think he actually asked that people remember him not…

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Divisions Within the Masses

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I was talking the other day with a conflicted ebony person of color who vehemently said that he was not an Afrikan-American because, in his opinion, the Afrikans are classless (sic), and he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) remotely relate to relate to that ethnic identity. It surprised me at first, but I calmly…

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Get in the Fight!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch This week as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with parades and grandiose speeches, what will we do when it’s all over? When the spotlight no longer shines upon you, what will you do to advance the “Dream”? Will you retreat to the comfort of your home in the…

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Victims Of Our Own Creation

By Barney Blakeney I had to ask myself, “What have we done?” after receiving the police report about the 26-year-old man accused of shooting two people two years ago at a West Ashley Chuck E. Cheese’s Family Fun Center and Arcade and the January 3 shooting of another man in North Charleston. A few days…

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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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Formal response to proposal to erect African American Confederate Monument

The members of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission would like to register our opposition to the ill-informed proposal to erect a monument in honor of South Carolina’s Civil War-era African American Confederate pensioners. First, we all can agree that the idea of a monument to recognize the significant role African Americans played in the Civil War is a worthwhile pursuit. However, a…

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Half of What You See

By Joyce Green   As I look out over Charleston, South Carolina I see a magical place girdled by water. I see sunsets in the seductive sky that carry me too deep into thoughts of yesterday. I see tourists roaming around in the bliss of preserved aesthetics, riding horse drawn carriages, listening to stories that…

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Quality Education Project Weighs In On Garrett Academy’s Fate Ahead of CCSD Board Vote

The Quality Education Project (QEP), a community and research-based organization that seeks to implement a quality education for all students within the public school system, submitted the following statement regarding the future of Garrett Academy of Technology: On Monday, the Charleston County School Board will vote to determine the location of the new Center for…

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