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To Be Young, Black, and in Education

By Nicole Sahbaee In the next week, I will be closing my time as a summer intern at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and beginning my final undergraduate year at Howard University. I’ve learned more about public education at the National Alliance in two months than I have in the past year. However,…

To Fight the HIV Epidemic, We Need the Black Church

By Dr. Marjorie Innocent, NAACP Senior Director of Health Programs Black Churches are more than places of worship. They are the vibrant hearts of the African-American community that bring the Gospel into our lives, inspire faith, grace, love and mercy and foster a deep commitment to service. For centuries, Black Churches and faith leaders have been…

Trump’s cold-hearted agenda is immoral

By Jesse Jackson Candidates say campaigns are about articulating programs, issues and priorities. But people vote for candidates based on how that person makes them feel. Consciously or unconsciously, elections are about giving voice to values. Voters are moral proxies who want to know that a candidate or elected official truly cares about them — that…

White House Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut In Education Funding

By Charlene Crowell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) No one ever said that higher education wouldn’t cost money. Across the country, tuition is steadily rising and students are taking longer to pay off their student loans. Today, 44 million consumers share $1.4 trillion in borrowed student debt – more than double what it was in 2008. On…

Look Back and See the Future (Part Two)

By James Clingman An excellent example of the impact our history has on the way we are today, especially economically, can be found in an article titled, The Reluctant Entrepreneurs, by Joel Kotkin, author of the book, Tribes. The feature discusses several reasons for Blacks not going into business and being surpassed in this area…

Look Back and See the Future (Part One)

By James Clingman I often use the phrase, “Our history is our future,” to express the fact that everything we need to do today, vis-à-vis economic empowerment, has been done before by African Americans in this country.  Just look back at what Black people built in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, Durham, North Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma’s…

And The Brother Tells Me “Times Have Changed”

By Barney Blakeney It’s old news now. Too many public school students in Charleston County don’t perform well academically. The past few weeks I’ve been receiving reports about student performance. The information mostly has been depressing. Among some of the comments and statistics were: Tri-county region sees declines in key reading, math test results; 50,681…

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Gun Control No Longer An Option (It’s a Mandate from the People)

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I was compelled to do a follow up article on gun control after members of Congress and the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) par for the course response to the Las Vegas mass shootings. Elected officials have an obligation to serve their constituents effectively and responsively. I am baffled over the NRA’s response…

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Las Vegas is on My Mind

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   The horrific slaughter that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, this past Sunday has left me deeply thinking once again. In case you aren’t aware, more than 58 people were killed and 515 injured when a 64-year-old madman named Stephen Paddock randomly opened fire from the 32nd floor of a luxury…

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Enough of the Rhetoric!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  Good Morning, Charleston!  What ‘da heck is going on in this country? We barely got through the hurricanes then another church shooting and now the Las Vegas slaughter have rocked the country. How could someone gun down innocent people out for an evening of fun? Is there anywhere safe? While America has…

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SCANA Debacle Is Just Business As Usual

By Barney Blakeney   I like to keep things simple. Although we live in a complicated world, I’m convinced most things really aren’t that complicated. People make stuff more complicated than they are because, as my dear departed brother Ellis Mack used to say, “Everybody’s got an agenda.” So I’m looking at this whole SCANA/SCE&G…

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Whole Person

By Victoria Rae Moore Dear Reader, Imagine this scene; a woman gazing deeply into her lover’s eyes as she mutters the words, “I love you. I am nothing without you. You complete me.” Romantic, right? But what if that isn’t a good thing? There are challenges couples will inevitably face. Among these is the fact…

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