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South African Student Makes History by Using Official Language in Thesis

By Stacy M. Brown,NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia When the time arrived for Nompumelelo Kapa to write her doctoral thesis at the University of Fort Hare in Eastern Cape, South Africa, she likely responded: Masambe – a word that, when translated in English, means “Let’s Go” in the original South African language of isiXhosa. The married…

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Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Denis Mukwege Inspired by the Women He Treats

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Having treated more than 50,000 rape victims at Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr. Denis Mukwege is known as “the man who mends women.” “The strength of the women I have been treating for more than two decades is what inspires me,” the newly-minted…

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Zimbabwe Leaders Urge Calm As Economy Veers Toward Collapse

Citing “these difficult times,” Kentucky Fried Chicken has closed its doors, prices are soaring, bread shelves are empty and fear is growing that an economic collapse is bearing down on a fragile population that was so full of hope not long ago. Under cover of night, Zimbabwe streets fill with street vendors, supplying necessities that…

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Mall for Africa Sells U.S. Cars to Customers in Nigeria

By Stacy M. Brown,NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Mall for Africa, an award-winning patented e-commerce platform, announced that it will add cars from the United States the long list of items that it sells. The company said it will sell American made cars to its customers in Nigeria, effective immediately, with plans to expand to 16…

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Ghana Proclaims Year of Return to African Descendants

By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Washington Correspondent Paying homage to the past and a hope to a brighter future, 2019 will officially mark the 400-year anniversary since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to English North America in 1619. In remembrance of the dark history and the celebration of the Black American’s triumph in the…

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Young Medical Worker Executed By Boko Haram Caliphate

“We urge you: spare and release these women,” begged Patricia Danzi, director of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Africa. .. “Like all those abducted, they are not part of any fight.” “They are daughters and sisters, one is a mother — women with their futures ahead of them, children to raise, and…

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College of Charleston Film Series Explores Links Between Gullah Communities, Sierra Leone

By Amanda Kerr The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) Program at the College of Charleston will host a three-film series exploring the cultural connections between South Carolina’s Gullah communities and Sierra Leone. All screenings will take place in Maybank Hall, Room 100, on the College of Charleston campus. The screenings are free and open to the public.…

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U.S. Gets Green Light to Boot Thousands of African Refugees

A simmering dispute between the U.S. and Ghana appears to be resolved. Some 7,000 Ghanaians can now be deported from the U.S. and a key demand – that their Ghanaian citizenship be proven before deportation – has been dropped. The dispute was settled at the United Nations General Assembly meeting last month. Speaking with the…

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Uproar Over Expulsion of Famed Anti-Colonialist Professor

China’s influence in Africa has some leaders trying hard to please their new, rich and seemingly generous foreign partners. This week, Zambian authorities roiled the nation’s waters by deporting an influential pan-Africanist professor before he could disembark at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and before he could address a class of graduating university seniors on the…

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Nobel Prize for Healing Rape Survivors in Midst of War

“For 15 years I have witnessed mass atrocities committed against women’s bodies and I cannot remain with my arms folded because our common humanity calls on us to care for each other.” Those were the words of Dr. Denis Mukwege, a physician working in one of the most dangerous regions of the world. Now, Dr.…

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Calling Out Racism, White Supremacy and White Nationalism is More Vital Than Ever

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The spectre of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and others that wrongly maintain that the American flag and free speech provide them with moral justification and protection for their abhorrent behaviors, has seen too many journalists frame their inadequate coverage under a cloak of “objectivity.” Journalism is…

Who Cares About Fair Elections?

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Contributor The US House of Representatives passed the Securing America’s Fair Elections (SAFE) Act in June by a nearly totally partisan vote of 225-184 in late June. Only one Republican voted for legislation that would mandate paper ballots, increase election security, and create safeguards to prevent foreign interference in our…

No Justice for Eric Garner: NYPD Must Terminate Officer Who Used Excessive Force

By Marc Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com)– “It was Eric and my family five years ago, but it could be you and yours today or tomorrow. They want all of us to believe that we didn’t see what we saw on that video, but our eyes do not deceive us … Eric is no longer able to speak…

Protect Children, Not Guns

By Marian Wright Edelman Will our nation ever decide to prioritize children’s lives over guns? Once again the headlines this week were all too familiar: “‘Nothing short of horrific’: Three killed, including two children, in shooting at California food festival.” “Gilroy joins grim fraternity of communities terrorized by mass shootings.” On Sunday, a dozen people…

Ronald Ray Gun’s Secret Past

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) – While Presidential Candidate Joe Biden is struggling with being confronted with his past, let’s not forget that there were politicians with far worse records of racism than Joe. Most of us have been able to witness Joe’s evolution to become a better person. One might say, he learned…

Another 100 million consumers at risk from Capital One Bank data breach: Largest bank breach affects 140,000 Social Security numbers, 80,000 bank accounts By

By Charlene Crowell A second major disclosure of major consumer data breach was announced on July 29 by Capital One Bank. That same day, the FBI arrested a suspect was charged with stealing the personal information on March 22 and 23. The apparent focus of the financial theft was credit card applications filed with the bank…

Divisions Within the Masses

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I was talking the other day with a conflicted ebony person of color who vehemently said that he was not an Afrikan-American because, in his opinion, the Afrikans are classless (sic), and he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) remotely relate to relate to that ethnic identity. It surprised me at first, but I calmly…

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Get in the Fight!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch This week as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with parades and grandiose speeches, what will we do when it’s all over? When the spotlight no longer shines upon you, what will you do to advance the “Dream”? Will you retreat to the comfort of your home in the…

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Victims Of Our Own Creation

By Barney Blakeney I had to ask myself, “What have we done?” after receiving the police report about the 26-year-old man accused of shooting two people two years ago at a West Ashley Chuck E. Cheese’s Family Fun Center and Arcade and the January 3 shooting of another man in North Charleston. A few days…

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On the Way to a Pensive Thought

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Life is an introspective journey in more ways than one. I’ve come to that realization while going through many of the most difficult and exhilarating periods of my own life. I believe that if you’re completely honest with yourself, you’d probably say the same thing. Oftentimes, life makes us think about what…

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Whippings: “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child?”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It’s no surprise that the year started off with a bang; 2018 ended with a bang. I have been trying to make sense out of all the nonsense—three and four shootings a day, not to mention the mistaken identity auto shooting where a seven-year-old was killed in Houston. Old schoolers think millennials spare the rod…

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Local Republicans Should Step Boldly Into The Future

By Barney Blakeney This thing about racial intolerance long has been out of hand, but it’s become scary! As a Black man in America I learned a long time ago that this country is run by racists. It was founded by racists, developed by racists and is perpetuated by racists. I’m sorry, but there just…

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Garrett Academy of Technology and the Center for Advanced Studies: Moving Forward

By Jesse Williams, Co-chair, Quality Education Project (QEP) Political Action Committee; Co-Chair, the North Charleston Civil Coalition for Reform The Charleston County School District (CCSD), with the school board’s approval, plans to build a new Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) in North Charleston. This proposal for the new CAS will add several trades to the…

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Moving Beyond the Buddy System

By John Singletary, 2019 City of North Charleston mayoral candidate The recent article titled THE BUDDY SYSTEM in the Aug 27, 2017 edition of The Post and Courier outlines Keith Summey’s “ good old boy,” self-serving, greedy, egotistical twenty year reign as mayor for the City of North Charleston. Surprisingly, I learned of the article…

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An Open Letter to Mayor Tecklenburg, White Supremacists and Their Supporters

We, the Charleston Democratic Socialists of America, and organizers of the demonstration against white supremacy in Marion Square on August 16, 2017, do not support Mayor Tecklenburg’s plans to leave local Confederate monuments standing while the city finds ways to “tell the whole story” through new plaques and language. Can Charleston sufficiently contextualize these public…

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Bringing meaningful reform to the criminal justice system

When I’m out talking with voters throughout South Carolina House District 113, I explain the change that I want to bring and why I need their support. Of all the issues that I speak about, one issue stands out, never failing to elicit agreement from voters. That issue is corrections reform.I first became concerned about…

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