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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…

NFL Season Marred By Controversy

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Columnist I was thrilled that the Philadelphia Eagles defeated New England in Super Bowl LII. This season, however, I took a complete break from watching the NFL and, as a result, missed the game completely. While the coup de grace was the exiling of quarterback Colin Kaepernick by the…

A Parade? What’s Next?

By Julianne Malveaux Our 45th President wants a parade. He wants it in November, probably before the mid-term elections, as a way of mobilizing his base and glorifying himself more than, as he suggests, celebrating the military. He wants the parade because he saw a parade in Paris on Bastille Day. If he went to…

Distraction

(TriceEdneyWire.com) — We’ve just heard #45’s first State of the Union message.  Some had hoped he’d be decent, if not presidential.  Considering White House paranoia over the Russia investigation, for many, his speech has already been pushed into the fog of forgetfulness by news of the public release of classified information from the House of Representatives’…

Black Women Show the Way Forward in 2018

By Monica Simpson, SisterSong Executive Director There is a reckoning afoot in this country. On one side, Trump has emboldened and embodied a virulent and reckless hate that targets women, Black people, and immigrants (among many others). Each day brings a new outrage. On the other side, #MeToo has followed #BlackLivesMatter as a hashtag-turned-movement, led…

Everyone’s “Hue-man”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It would be rather cliché for me to say that racial antagonism is very much alive and serving out a rekindled life sentence in the hearts, minds and souls of more than a few callous folk in America, even though everyone knows it’s still silently extant. As you read on, I trust…

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I Hope Avery’s Race Study Triggers Some Change

By Barney Blakeney    Over the past few weeks I’ve been writing about the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture’s report on racial disparities in Charleston County. Its commissioner and author said the report is important because it documents what most of us already know – that racial disparities in our community…

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Beginning Today With Afro Reflections

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   Each day that I’m blessed to be present in this phase of living in the here and now is a spiritual delight in more ways than I can count or relate to you. This experience is a stimulating virtuous atmosphere for me, especially when I think of being a Black man…

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Christmas: A Time of Reflection

By Beverly Gads0n-Birch  “It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.”  Everywhere I go, I see Christmas.  This time of year is very nostalgic.  It’s a time of giving and a time of reflection.  It’s a time to think more of others than of self. It’s a very special time of the year.  In the…

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If There’s Economic Hell Below, We’re All Gonna Go!

By Barney Blakeney    I cut hooky from church again last Sunday trying to fight off a cold. Seems a bug’s going around. It gave me a chance to catch some of the Sunday morning ETV shows I usually miss. One was Carolina Business Review. I can’t remember the host’s name, Chris William I think,…

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Suggestions to a Troubled Brother

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   I was motivated to write this article based upon an experience I had with a brother of color who was simply lost in his own irritating moment(s) of despair. I guess we’re all like that  from time-to-time, so this story must told. Well, you see, this brother, and I use that…

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