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Nation Faced With Rising Suicides Among Young and Old

South Africa’s rising suicide rate is in the spotlight as the World Health Organization marks World Suicide Prevention Day. According to the Men’s Foundation of South Africa, 450 men take their lives every month with four out of five deaths being the result of suicide. Last month, Professor Bongani Mayosi succumbed to the pressures of…

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Brazil Museum Tallies Up African Antiques Lost in Fire

A fast-moving fire that swept Brazil’s National Museum on Sept. 2 incinerated priceless objects and reduced hundreds of African antiquities to ash, museum official are now saying. The museum’s permanent African exhibit was named Kumbukumbu – a Swahili word for the memory of people, objects and experiences. A throne from the Kingdom of Dahomey (current-day…

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African Critics See Dark Side To China’s ‘Charitable’ Loans

There are two sides to every coin and two widely opposing views on China’s offer of generous loans and grants to African countries announced at the recent Forum on China-Africa Cooperation forum in Beijing. At the confab, with representatives from 53 of 54 African countries, sky-high numbers were bandied about. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced…

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Ugandan Leader Tarnished By Torture of Reggae Pop Star

Images of a popular reggae music star in a wheel chair holding crutches have raised questions of whether Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni ordered the arrest and torture of the star-turned-parliamentarian, Bobi Wine, who attended a recent rally of the opposition in the town of Arua. Museveni was forced to release the star for treatment in…

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Guerrilla War Rages Between Big Oil and Institutions of the Art World

A growing number of museums in Europe are turning thumbs down on oil company dollars when the companies not only contribute to global warming but fund the “science” that supposedly disproves it. Oil company funding also misleads public perception of environmental devastation as in Nigeria where billions of dollars were made extracting oil while highly…

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Decades-Old Case Revives African Demand For Stolen Lands

  When colonial powers redrew borders in Africa and picked choice lands for themselves and less desirable land for everyone else, some of those deals remained through this century. Few were undone. This week, a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will decide if colonial deals that redrew African borders can be declared…

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Thousands of Settlers Face Eviction in Kenya to Save Trees

Some 40,000 settlers in the Maasai Mau forest in Kenya face imminent eviction by the Kenyan government which says it is protecting the forest in the name of conservation. Deputy President William Ruto said those who encroached on the forest should be flushed out but in a humane manner. “We respect every Kenyan’s rights. No…

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Kenyan Leader Signs U.S. Trade Deal To Finance Wind Power Plant

Kenya has signed agreements with a US wind energy company, providing a major boost for wind power and food security. Mr. Kenyatta said the ‘Big Four agenda’ projects – boosting manufacturing industry, promoting food security, providing affordable housing and universal healthcare coverage – present major opportunities for local and foreign investors. The Overseas Private Investment…

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Land Fever Sweeps Southern Africa, Pressing Governments To Act

The day of reckoning is arriving in Southern Africa for the hundreds of thousands of blacks whose lands were taken forcibly by white settlers – a crime that goes unpunished despite promises for land reform year after year. Pressure is growing on governments to take action and return ancestral lands to their original owners. But…

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South African Activist Takes The Reins At Amnesty International

Longtime social justice activist Kumi Naidoo began his four-year tenure this week as head of the rights group Amnesty International with a vision for the group to be “bigger, bolder and more inclusive.” In his first message as Secretary General on August 16, Naidoo said that Amnesty International “is now opening its arms wider than…

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From County Jail to Critical Condition

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor Can you imagine the heartache and disbelief the family of 30-year-old Chester “C.J.” Jackson has been experiencing after not knowing any details about what happened to their loved one after learning that his initial arrest on April 19th in one county ended up leading to his finding him in…

Ignorance Breeds Racism

By E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – By ignorance breeding racism, I don’t mean the lack of college or other educational degrees. I’m really talking about how some families teach their children to hate certain people based upon lies. In order to really drive home the point, I’m making, I recommend a book called Confessions of A…

47 State Attorneys General Tell Secretary DeVos to Follow the Law: Forgive Federal Student Loans Held by Disabled Veterans

By Charlene Crowell Although Memorial Day is considered by many civilians as the unofficial start of summer, the true intent of the holiday is to annually honor those who lost their lives fighting for our country.  The men and women who wear or have worn this nation’s uniform in military service across wars and generations are…

School Vouchers Are a Failed Experiment

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “How bad are school vouchers for students? Far worse than most people imagine. Indeed, the use of school vouchers—which provide families with public dollars to spend on private schools—is equivalent to missing out on more than one-third of a year of classroom learning.” – Center for American Progress study,…

“Black” or “African American?”

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia In a recent televised commentary, Dr. Greg Carr, chair of Howard University’s Department of Afro-American Studies kick-started a stirring conversation that has mostly taken place inside the confines of Black communities around the country. Carr tackled the sometimes-uncomfortable topic of identifying as Black versus African-American. “Despite the dictionary…

We Can Free a Generation from Burden of College Loan Debt

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The reaction — shock, joy, disbelief, euphoria — revealed the importance of Robert F. Smith’s stunning gift, when he announced, unexpectedly, that he would pay off all the college debts of Morehouse College students graduating this year. His gift literally changed the prospects and the lives of the vast majority…

Domestic Violence – A Serious Matter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I wrote an article several years ago that caught an inmate’s attention while serving time in prison for spousal abuse and rape. His name was David and had served time in the military. He thanked me for doing the article and in his own words said, “You taught me what I was…

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Fearful Birthday To Me

By Barney Blakeney I just celebrated another birthday – turned 66 November 24. Never in any stretch of my imagination did I ever conceive of being 66. What’s it they say – youth is wasted on the young? I don’t know how true that may be, but as a young man I never thought of…

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Questioning and Being Who You Are

By Hakim Abdul-Ali For today’s article, I’m going to address some grown folk ethnological issues that I feel needs to be discussed about how some of us in “hue-manity” view ourselves and others. So, please take this occasion to read what I’m putting forth with a little bit more than a grain’s worth of formality…

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Holey, Holey, Holey or Wholly, Wholly, Wholly

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There are distinct differences between “old school” and “new school” or “Baby Boomers” and “Millennials”. Generations evolve over time. As an old schooler, I still iron clothes and linens. During a recent trip to Houston with my son and family, I observed several Millennial differences first hand. They don’t iron clothes. They…

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Facebook Pearls Of Wisdom

By Barney Blakeney I started a Facebook account a few years ago thinking I would be another source for information. That’s worked out better sometimes than others. I’ve seen some crazy stuff on Facebook, but also have found some real pearls of wisdom. Recently I saw something about voter suppression on Facebook. The subject’s been…

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It’s Still About Seeking Clarity

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It rained this past Monday in the Lowcountry sector of South Carolina where I live, and, as usual, my mind traveled to different inquisitive areas of reminiscent thoughts reflecting my “our-storical” past. I’m like that as my mood swings as an artist, a poet and a writer took root. As I sat…

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Does the DeVos Education Budget Promote “Choice” or Segregation?

By Kimberly Hall and Michael Hilton The American public education system should provide an equal opportunity for all students to receive a quality rigorous education – regardless of class, race or ethnicity. In direct opposition to this goal, the Fiscal Year 2018 education budget recommendations from the Trump Administration show an effort to limit opportunities,…

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Homage to Sarah Buncum Simmons: Mother’s Day 2017

By Ade Ofunniyin, PhD It has been nearly five years since I began my work with Gullah Society and African Burial Grounds. My interest was spurred by a visit to the gravesite of my ancestor William Simmons Senior. The late Mr. Simmons is the grandfather of my grandfather Philip Simmons. William Simmons Sr., his son…

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Does History Make a Difference?

By Dr. William Small, Jr. The American political landscape currently seems to be in a state of disarray. The confusion that now seems to abound serves to create the impression, in the minds of some, that the nation is experiencing some transition in its national values. It is true that we have a President who…

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Let’s Talk About SEX!

By James Johnson    One of the worst tragedies within the African-American community is our failure to properly educate our youth in regards to sex and instill in them a strong sense of sexual responsibility. Even within many of our churches, the topic of sex is all too often “swept under a rug” and danced…

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