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Don’t Let “45” Take Credit For President Obama’s Economy

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Columnist The income, poverty and health insurance data released by the Census Bureau on September 13 confirms what many of us already knew. President Obama’s last year was one of economic improvement for many individuals. The median income rose from $57,230 in 2015 to $59,039 in 2016, an increase of…

African-American Tourism Conference, $2.4 Billion Dollars, and You

By Kwadjo Campbell, CEO, JC & Associates (jc-associates.com) The $2.4 Billion dollar spent by African-American visitors is waiting for you to come up with the entertainment, retail, restaurant, or accommodation idea needed to attract it. How can you be a part of this booming sector? Join us this year at the African-American Tourism Conference on…

How Racism Impacts People, Families and Communities of Color

By Rosa Riley (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The statistics are troubling. People of color are far more likely to suffer from inequity. Inequity that can be traced directly to racism, a side effect and the enduring legacy, of slavery. The legacy of slavery has insinuated itself into the very fabric of our society via the criminal justice…

Equifax data breach leaves at least 143 million consumers credit at risk

By Charlene Crowell, communications deputy director with the Center for Responsible Lending Record-breaking back-to-back hurricanes in Houston and Florida brought unprecedented winds and rains affecting millions of Americans. Yet another storm just as brutal but financial in nature is also raging and affects at least 143 million Americans, as well as consumers in Canada and…

Black Ink: The Impact of Storytelling

By Chase Quinn I remember venturing out last fall shortly after moving to Charleston from New York City to attend Black Ink, Charleston’s First African American Book Festival. I’d seen the event advertised in the local paper and was both surprised to learn it was the first one of its kind and committed to getting…

Rebuilding the Gulf Coast, Preparing for the Next Hurricane

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. & Candice S. Cason, NNPA Newswire Columnists It has been nothing short of horrifying to watch the pictures of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas and Louisiana. We can only imagine what it has been like for those, who have been the direct victims of this storm. There is much that can…

A Thought to Consider

By Hakim Abdul-Ali     Living in today’s American landscapes of racial, political and societal complexities in many ways is frightening at times, especially if you’re of color. To say that “it is what it is” is to be putting it subtly at best. Also, I believe that you’ll probably agree that the living process…

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And The Brother Tells Me “Times Have Changed”

By Barney Blakeney It’s old news now. Too many public school students in Charleston County don’t perform well academically. The past few weeks I’ve been receiving reports about student performance. The information mostly has been depressing. Among some of the comments and statistics were: Tri-county region sees declines in key reading, math test results; 50,681…

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Gun Control No Longer An Option (It’s a Mandate from the People)

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I was compelled to do a follow up article on gun control after members of Congress and the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) par for the course response to the Las Vegas mass shootings. Elected officials have an obligation to serve their constituents effectively and responsively. I am baffled over the NRA’s response…

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Las Vegas is on My Mind

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   The horrific slaughter that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, this past Sunday has left me deeply thinking once again. In case you aren’t aware, more than 58 people were killed and 515 injured when a 64-year-old madman named Stephen Paddock randomly opened fire from the 32nd floor of a luxury…

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Enough of the Rhetoric!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  Good Morning, Charleston!  What ‘da heck is going on in this country? We barely got through the hurricanes then another church shooting and now the Las Vegas slaughter have rocked the country. How could someone gun down innocent people out for an evening of fun? Is there anywhere safe? While America has…

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SCANA Debacle Is Just Business As Usual

By Barney Blakeney   I like to keep things simple. Although we live in a complicated world, I’m convinced most things really aren’t that complicated. People make stuff more complicated than they are because, as my dear departed brother Ellis Mack used to say, “Everybody’s got an agenda.” So I’m looking at this whole SCANA/SCE&G…

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