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Before the Parkland Massacre and Now

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) —What happened in Parkland, FL is too horrible to ignore. Yet we’ve tolerated too many of all kinds of evils, including murders. Too many did nothing to stop more destruction of Native Americans and theft of their land, lynching and enslavement of Black people, slaughtering of people at Pulse Nightclub…

‘Black Panther’ Showcases the Power of STEM Applications

By Tyra Metoyer, External Mobilization Manager, American Petroleum Institute) Article contains spoilers for the “Black Panther” movie. As I sat in the theater mesmerized by Marvel’s record-breaking “Black Panther,” there were so many moments and messages that filled me with an overwhelming sense of pride. The Black Girl Magic was palpable. King T’Challa was a…

Those Who Do Nothing on Gun Control Fail Our Children

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The United States is failing in what surely is the first duty of government — protecting our children from threats that they cannot deal with themselves. Voters and politicians are failing our children. After 17 students and teachers were killed and a dozen wounded on Valentine’s Day by an unbalanced…

Nothing Stands In The Way Of Gun Reform But Lack of Courage and Political Will. The Teens of Parkland Have Both

By Marc H. Morial “This is our first task, caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we’re meeting our obligations? Can we…

How My Grandparents Taught Me to Love Myself

By Lynette Monroe, Program Assistant, NNPA/ESSA Public Awareness Campaign I don’t remember my grandparents assisting me with homework beyond holding up flash cards for me to recite. They could have, I just don’t remember. I do remember Lil’ Bow Wow’s release of “Beware of Dog” in 2000 followed by my incessant pleading to hang his…

The Office for Civil Rights Needs to Listen to Teachers Like Me on School Discipline

By Tynisha Jointer As a school-based social worker for over eight years, I know firsthand how punitive discipline practices impact students both in the short and long term. In the short term, students are often harshly punished-missing valuable instructional hours and, more often that not, fast-tracked to special education services. I’ve also seen long-term impacts…

The Power is Within You

By Hakim Abdul-Ali There are many unexpected occasions in my life experiences that have occurred that I’ve been drawn to with humility. Such was the case this past weekend when I ran into a casual brother who I hadn’t seen for quite a while. You see, this missing “hue-man” from my memory was incarcerated for…

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Who’s Fooling Who?

By Barney Blakeney   I’ve always had a problem with the utilities monopoly in South Carolina. I wrote about it years ago in an op-ed piece for the Summerville Journal. I tried to express that consumers can be at a disadvantage when there’s only one option for a given commodity. My then editor and former…

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The January Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  It’s now just past the middle of the first month of the current new year and I’m thinking deeply about many issues that are popping up in my head. Those intimate thoughts are about the awe-inspiring “realities” of just being alive in the living process that are throbbing in my head. To…

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What Now After Tributes To King?

By Barney Blakeney   This week, Charleston and the nation wrapped up celebrations of the Martin L. King Jr. Holiday. What now, that the celebrations and programs are over? In Charleston, the Greater YWCA of Charleston marked its 46th annual tribute to King with 10 days of observances. The YWCA’s tribute has grown since it…

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“Me Too”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It was interesting to watch the Golden Globe awards and women in solidarity calling “time out” against men who used their positions of power to sexually harass, molest or engage in unsolicited sexual acts against women and children. However, not enough attention was focused on the same harassment, molestation and atrocities committed…

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A Snowy Wonder

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    The seasons of the year are simply spectacular to experience and behold and I’m a self-committed lover of them all. They are wondrous signs of the Creator Alone’s majestic powers. No matter the season or type of weather, I’ve become a humble, appreciative admirer of Mother Nature. That’s the only way,…

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