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U.N. Unveils Fight Against A Fake News ‘Infodemic’ That Puts Lives At Risk 

While Americans hotly debate the subject of “fake news,” Africans and others around the world marked a day for reflection on press freedoms in theory and in practice. The theme for this year’s event launched by the U.N. agency UNESCO was “Journalism without fear or favor”. The state of journalism in most parts of the…

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Catastrophic Floods, Linked To Human Activities, Submerge Lake Victoria Region

Pounding rains over the last two months have set off catastrophic flooding of biblical proportions, surging over the weekend into some 20 of the 47 Kenyan counties bordering Lake Victoria – a massive trans-boundary body of water shared by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Some 23 rivers empty water into the lake. “These floods are the…

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Africans Mourn the Passing of a Distinguished Thinker and Two Outstanding Artists

While the rate of fatalities in Africa is still much below that of developed countries, every life lost is a library gone, according to the saying. Here are three noted Africans who passed this year just as thousands of lives were tragically lost to a virus worldwide. Dr. Mansour Khalid, a prolific author in both…

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Kenyan Growers Send ‘Flowers Of Hope’ As  Major Markets Dry Up

It was inevitable during a lockdown that sales of Kenya’s flower exports would dry up as buyers make fewer impulse purchases of carnations, roses and other blossoms. According to data from the Kenya Flower Council, sales of cut flowers in overseas markets have fallen below 35 percent of what is expected this time of the…

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Young Kenyan Brothers Ease COVID-19 Mask and Clean Water Shortages

Journalists who step out of their high-floor offices or manage to escape from their coronavirus confinement sometimes find a great story right on the street below. Such was the story discovered by Kevin Phillips Momanyi, a reporter with Kenya’s Tuko news channel. His piece, titled the “Unsung Heroes such as of the Majengo slums,” profiled…

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African Climate Groups Denounce Bank Funds For ‘Exceptionally High-Risk’ Pipeline

A climate justice movement of over 100 major organizations in Africa and abroad has joined hands to press the African Development Bank (AfDB) to drop its support of an “exceptionally high-risk project” that threatens the livelihoods of millions of people in East Africa. In a letter to the Bank President, leaders of environmental and social…

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Sharp Rise in Deportations From China and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has deported close to 3,000 Ethiopian migrant workers to Addis Ababa, over the objections of the United Nations migration agency. An internal U.N. memo seen by Reuters said the Saudis were expecting to deport 200,000 Ethiopians in total. Other Gulf Arab states, Kenya and other neighboring countries are also expected to repatriate migrants…

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Team of Chinese Coronavirus Specialists Meet Wall of Opposition in Nigeria

A small team of China medical specialists headed for Nigeria is meeting stiff opposition from Nigerian medical groups who call the visit “an embarrassment” to hard-working doctors in the country. The visit by the Chinese specialists was announced last Friday by the Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire. He said they were coming to…

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Desperate U.S. Relief Agency Seeks Personal Protective Gear From Poor Countries

An unexpected “urgent request” from the USAID relief agency has popped up where least expected – on the desks of aid groups around the world that work with refugees and poor people. The U.S. agency asked them to find medical supplies and personal protective gear against the coronavirus that could be made available to the…

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French Doctor Displaying ‘Colonial Mentality’ Suggests Testing Drugs on Africans

During a debate on drug testing on French TV, Jean-Paul Mira, head of intensive care at a Parisian hospital said: “If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we be doing this vaccine trial in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatments, no resuscitation”? He continued: “It’s a little bit like it’s been done for certain…

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The Sword of The Black Press

By the Florida Courier Staff Never heard of Lucius Gantt? Here’s a sample of why he’s been considered one of America’s most provocative Black journalists for more than 40 years: From “Jogging While Black” – I think closet Klansmen that are living by their guns today can easily die by a gunshot tomorrow, especially if they…

As June 30 Application Deadline Nears, House Leaders Demand Details on PPP Small-Business Loan Program

By Charlene Crowell (TriceEdneyWire.com) – As the remaining days dwindle for small businesses to apply for loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), both banks and federal officials are being challenged by several House leaders to explain how the $670 billion program intended to aid the nation’s small businesses has actually been operating. Although…

Juneteenth: Honoring our Ancestors

By Dr. Gail C. Christopher, Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity Today, the Juneteenth holiday, should be a source of inspiration for all people in America. Commemorating this day will help us all breathe by inspiring us to see and to eliminate the lasting, until now, seemingly permanent, permission to devalue other human beings,…

‘Listening’ to Blacks Shouldn’t Be Conditional

By Rev. Dean Nelson Too many whites on the right and left only want to listen to Blacks who agree with them on everything. The horrifying murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd has sparked unprecedented conversations about race in America on every imaginable platform. I have been touched by many white friends…

The Impact of COVID-19 in Our Community: Let’s Not Put Our Health at Risk

By J.C. Watts Washington, D.C., city attorney George Valentine was black, brilliant, and fit. But after contracting COVID-19, he became so weak, he had trouble moving and even speaking. When it got to the point where he could barely breathe, George called an ambulance and waited on the steps of his house for it to…

ENOUGH – Will the Murder of George Floyd Finally Bring About the Change Black People Have Been Demanding?

By Jeffrey L. Boney, Houston Forward Times Associate Editor “I can’t breathe!” This has become an all too familiar phrase, uttered by yet another African American man on video, nearly six years after America was temporarily traumatized by the story of Eric Garner. Garner, of course, was infamously captured on video being choked to death…

Criticism and Facebook Posts Don’t Fix Problems

By Barney Blakeney I’m technologically challenged. I don’t do technology very well (mostly by choice).  So I tell folks, if you want me to see something immediately, don’t put it on Facebook, call or email me. Those two technical venues I can handle. So I’m on Facebook the other day when I see a message…

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Thinking About The Present Times

By Hakim Abdul-Ali As you read this, I’d like you to consider the spiritual fact about how bless you and I are to be alive in this phase of existence so far, especially, considering what’s going on. I hope you are not taking that for granted because the living experience thus far is becoming quite…

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Living Through Challenging Times

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I do not know about you, but I need to take a break from the news. As the country opens back up for business, folks are already letting their guard down. They are not wearing masks and practicing social distancing in public places. It is good some restrictions are being lifted, but shoppers…

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Change

By Barney Blakeney As the June 9 Democratic primary elections loom in the shadow of South Carolina’s reopening of businesses amid continuing escalation of the coronavirus pandemic which affects Blacks at disproportionately higher rates than others, the African American community has much to consider. Assertive, foresighted and progressive political leadership among Black elected officials has…

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Silent Reflections on a Spring Day

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today is one of those days where I’m silently “vibing” on simple realities signifying that I’m seeking peace and greater understanding of what the Most High Alone is presently revealing to me. I’m alone and very isolated while thinking about the quietness of this springtime power moment, and it’s truly an awesome…

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Folks, Why Make Your Head So Hard?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Last week, several groups of protestors converged on Columbia. There were those in support of opening the state back up for business immediately and those in opposition. I know no one asked me, but I support those that oppose re-opening the state prematurely and putting more lives at risk of contracting or dying…

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Lowcountry Local First Advocates A New Normal For Charleston’s Economic Future

Once the panic subsides, if the panic subsides, we would be mistaken to not pause long enough to think about the future of our city, region, and country with a new lens. Charleston’s real estate boom has been like a Girls Gone Wild video of investors clamoring to own a piece of the Holy City.…

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COVID-19 and Black America: Things A Vaccine Will Not Cure

By Dr. William Small, Jr. Old sayings often get to be old because they are most often true. One such saying that comes immediately to mind, suggests that when America gets a cold, Black America gets pneumonia. The current Covid-19 crisis illustrates that in spite of all of the political, social and economic progress that…

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COVID-19 is Disproportionately Impacting the Black Community; What Are Our South Carolina Officials Going to Do About it?

There is a clear racial disparity in how the coronavirus is impacting South Carolina communities. Throughout the United States and right here in Palmetto State, African-Americans are being disproportionately harmed by COVID-19. While African-Americans make up 27 percent of the state’s population, 57 percent of reported deaths and 36 percent of confirmed cases have been…

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City Councilman Sakran Response to April 15 Chronicle Article

By Jason Sakran As the newly elected Charleston City Council Member representing District 3, the past four months have been exciting, eye-opening, reaffirming and somewhat disappointing. A recent example that embodies these emotions can best be illustrated by my recent attempt to help small business owners here in Charleston in the wake of the COVID-19…

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