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Elder James Johnson: “Belly Full”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch      Last week, I watched a disturbing video of a black man accused of shoplifting being severely beaten by the Middle Eastern shop owner. The man was struck with a sword, punched and kicked numerous times. One of the shop owners in the video could be seen flashing a gun. The…

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Exploitation, Abuse – It’s Business As Usual In The Black Community

By Barney Blakeney    Sometimes I get so backed up it seems there’s more stuff to do than time to do it. So it was several days after the incident that I learned about the March 31 assault of an accused shoplifter by operators at a North Charleston neighborhood convenience store. By then the incident…

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My Dad and the “Move to the Groove”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali      I’m sitting here seemingly looking aimlessly into space and, for some unfathomable reason, I’m presently thinking about my late father’s advice to me. I know this has to end soon because I’ve got stuff to do and truly it’s time to get busy. In my worlds of emerging urgent tasks,…

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Spring is a Time for Reflections

By Hakim Abdul-Ali        Greetings to you, and I trust that you’re doing well, especially doing so with an amicable heart and a sound mind. Being peaceful and happy are goals we all should strive for each and every second of our existences. From where I’m coming from today in my mind’s eye…

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Prostate Cancer

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  I was in a doctor’s office last week and the receptionist asked the patient in front of me for his list of medications.  As he handed over the list, he immediately started making excuses for not taking two of the prescriptions on the list—one for hypertension and the other for cholesterol.  The…

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What Would King Say?

By Barney Blakeney    Another significant date has sneaked up on me again. I realized last week April 4 is the 49th anniversary of Martin L. King Jr.’s assassination. Chronicle Publisher James French each year often ran an editorial piece with reference to King’s assassination pretty much asking what King would say about our country…

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In this episode of “Meet The Black Press,” NNPA Podcast Host Akil Wilson talks to James Washington, the publisher of The Dallas Weekly, about the business of running a Black newspaper and the future of the Black Press