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Spain Gives ‘Safe Harbor’ to 629 Africans Stranded at Sea

After European leaders from Italy and Malta refused to accept a ship with over 600 mostly Africans aboard, it took the new prime minister of Spain to allow the stranded migrants a safe refuge. Pedro Sanchez, who took office a week ago, said the ship could dock in the Spanish city of Valencia. The migrants…

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Worldwide Campaign Frees Prominent Cartoonist in Equatorial Guinea Prison

If you’ve ever received a request to step up for a jailed author, artist or journalist, you might have wondered later: Was he ever freed? In the case of Ramon Nse Esono Ebale – he certainly was and he thanks you. In a moving letter published under the title “Artist, Finally Free, Leaves Country”, artist…

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Utah State and Fort Hare University Conservationist Tapped for U.N. Expert Panel on Biodiversity

U.N. activities for World Environment Day on June 6 were focused this year on plastic pollution. Marked every year since 1974, the day is celebrated in over 100 countries. Dr. Luthando Dziba, managing executive for conservation services at South African National Parks (SANParks) has been appointed to the UN body on biodiversity and ecosystems. Dziba,…

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Retirement Pledge in Doubt as Ivory Coast President Eyes a Run for 10 More Years

In a recent interview with a French magazine, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara revealed his vision of two more terms in office despite having repeatedly said he would step down at the end of his second term in 2020. The news throws cold water on the plans of the opposition and even members of Ouattara’s…

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South African Promise of a ‘New Dawn’ Slowed by Infighting

South Africa’s former leader Jacob Zuma is among those said to be impeding efforts by his successor, President Cyril Ramaphosa, to create a “new dawn” for citizens and foreign investors – free of corruption and cronyism which became associated with the Zuma regime. Zuma was ousted as president of South Africa three months ago. It…

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Riot Police Break Up ‘Transparency Rally’ in Mali

The UN is calling for calm in Mali after dozens of protestors were attacked by soldiers in the capital city Bamako, two months ahead of a presidential election. Several hundred people attended the rally, outside the headquarters of the Democratic Alliance for Peace – the party of the current President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Some 30…

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Lawyers Building Case Against Gambian Ex-President Over Mass Killing Of Refugees

Strong evidence has been gathered linking the former president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, to the murder of 44 West African migrants mostly from Ghana by operatives of the ex-president. The sole survivor of the mass killing, also from Ghana, promised himself not to rest until Mr. Jammeh was brought to justice. ”It is my…

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#MeToo Movement Reaches Into African Halls of Power

A promised investigation into gender discrimination at the African Union appears to be idling on the back burner, according to the South African Mail & Guardian. Some 37 women employees at the African Union Commission (AUC) have complained of “ill-treatment and humiliation”, investigators at the South African paper found. The women, who work at the…

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African Who Saved Child From Fall Gets French Citizenship

A migrant from Mali who scrambled up the side of a building to save a 4 year old child dangling from a fifth floor balcony was thanked this week by President Emmanuel Macron and offered citizenship. Mamoudou Gassama had been living without papers in France when the incident took place. “You have become an example…

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Human Rights Trampled in Burundi, Rights Groups Charge

A president who once banned the popular pastime of jogging now aims to rewrite the nation’s laws and rule the nation of Burundi until 2034. A referendum is scheduled to take place this week that would give President Pierre Nkunrunziza two more terms of 7 years each. President Nkurunziza, 54, has strong support from his…

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It’s Time to Stop Marginalizing African Americans in Public Higher Education

By Spencer Overton, The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Students across the country are putting final touches on their applications for some of our country’s most prestigious public institutions. Higher education officials and policymakers alike need to ensure that these universities are not underserving Black students. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of work to…

Black Millennial Voices: Stop the Torture of U.S. Prison Inmates

By Malika Elmengad We are so proud of the thousands of young people who stood for hours and days in blistering cold weather outside the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York to raise their fists and voices in protest over the poor treatment of inmates and terrible conditions in the jail. Hundreds of…

Black Boys Need Rites of Passage Programs in 2019 Across the Country

By Roger Caldwell 2019 is important to African American Men because the opportunities are boundless and amazing. If you can conceive it, you can achieve it. The only barriers holding Black men back are preparation, knowledge and education. The challenge for Black men is Black manhood. There are many different definitions of manhood, but to…

CFPB Makes Move to Support Payday Lenders During Black History Month

By Charlene Crowell, Communications Deputy Director with the Center for Responsible Lending and NNPA Newswire Contributor Each February, Black History Month commemorates the unique American experience of Blacks in America. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown, Virginia arrival of captured and shackled Africans. In the ensuing years, as slavery grew, so did the…

In a Perfect World

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) – In a perfect world, for a State of the Union address (SOTU), we likely would’ve heard a president who actually made sense and who likely would’ve been truthful even if we disagreed with the content of what he said. We’ve learned to set a low bar for #45;…

Embracing My Imperfections Studying Abroad in London

By Chinwendu L. Maduegbunam, Fayetteville State University Growing up in North Carolina, I was shy and my need to be perfect in everything I did made it difficult to connect with others. I always thought I had to be perfect: playing basketball, earning high grades, being the perfect daughter, etc. I feared how others would judge…

Timothy Taylor: One Step Closer To Freedom

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   Thursday, August 16, Timothy Taylor was released once again on bond and on Saturday, the community held a welcome home celebration at Bible Way Baptist Church in West Ashley. Timothy’s supporters were on hand to greet and meet him for the first time. Many had participated in marches and demonstrations at…

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A Message Especially for a Brother

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    My vibes today are taking me to a place where I need to go in addressing a young brother of color’s concern about giving up on life’s possibilities. It’s a point that needs to be emphasized, especially in our current fast paced world of occasional temporary and sometimes hopeless thinkers. I…

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Aunt Lillian’s Reunion

By Barney Blakeney I was talking with a friend yesterday telling him about recent stuff going on in my life. Some of it was stuff we’ve shared in our more than 50-year friendship and some was personal. We talked about our former high school teacher Mrs. Marjorie Howard’s 106th birthday and other stuff. When I…

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School: Getting Off On The Right Foot

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   Monday marked the first day of school. As I encountered students in Office Depot and Walmart, they seemed eager to return to school as they made their way through aisles of school supplies filled with paper, pens and notebooks. The tax-free weekend was a nightmare, but a good thing for parents…

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Thinking of Respect on a Summer’s Day

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  This summer season so far has been one where it’s been somewhat hard to describe in mere terms of simplistic expressions. It’s really been something unexpected and thought-provoking in many norms. You see, it’s been raining a lot off and on where I live in the coastal Charleston,  South Carolina, area locally…

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Lynching In America Just Took A Different Form

By Barney Blakeney   Lately I’ve been in that melancholy mood I sometimes get when I’m depressed about the future of Black folks. Over the past few days there were five murders in the same number of days in North Charleston. All but one of the victims was Black. And if it ain’t enough for…

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Gentrification Destroys Charleston Black Heritage, Yet Black Leaders Are Silent

An open letter to the community by Jerome Smalls As a 65-year old African-American, I have been confronting former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley for the last 20 years on his leadership. Unfortunately I was dealing with a man who seemed blind to the racist injustices his policies were causing. Yet he, and so many of…

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So Can You: “Keys To Successful Living After Prison”

By James Johnson  I recently found myself engaged in a conversation with a young man who was just released from prison. He said to me “James, you just don’t get it. It’s hard out here. Nobody wants to hire a convicted felon, much less a Black man that’s a convicted felon. I gotta do what…

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Black Politics and the Declining Influence of Black Leaders

By Dr. William Small     The passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is regarded by many as the “high water mark” in the struggle for African American political empowerment in America. Until the adoption of this legislation, in spite of the global pronouncements about the value and importance of “Democracy”, it must…

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The Quest for 21st Century Black Empowerment: Breakdown the Silos

By Dr. William Small, Jr.      The current Presidential election process is as interesting as it is as important to the determination of Black political interests in America as any that I have experienced. This is not because the times are more challenging, but it is because the “Black Community” is probably more confused,…

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