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Obama to Deliver 16th Mandela Lecture in South Africa

Former president Barack Obama will deliver the annual Nelson Mandela memorial lecture at a 4,000-capacity arena in Johannesburg in July. Obama met with Mandela in 2005 and eulogized him at his death five years ago, saying “(Mandela) makes me want to be a better man.” The lecture marks 100 years since the birth of the…

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With Winnie Gone, ANC Loses Its Grip

As Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was lovingly laid to rest with full state honors, her beloved country was being buffeted by published reports of a massive diversion of monies from the most vulnerable people, to whom she dedicated her life, to the wealthy. Among the victims of the apparent looting of government funds are black farmers in…

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Their Nightmare Ended, Freedom for the Nigerian ‘Chibok Girls’ Remains Out of Reach

Nearly four years after militants attacked a rural school and kidnapped over 200 girls in a well-planned raid, the nightmare has ended for about 100 Nigerian girls. Young women now, they study at a private school and grapple with life as a former “Chibok girl.” “I’m back, as they say,” Hauwa Ntakai told a newspaper…

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Israeli Opposition Dooms African Refugees Seeking Asylum

Thousands of African asylum seekers who reached Israel after dangerous voyages may have lost their last best hope to be released and sent to western countries or resettled in Israel after members of the Israeli coalition government trashed a negotiated asylum plan. A landmark agreement negotiated with the United Nations Commission on Refugees had been…

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Presidential Race Takes An Unexpected Twist In Nigeria

Next year’s race for the presidency in Nigeria just got a lot more interesting as a crusading journalist – an upstart known for exposing the millions and billions stolen by a national “loot-ocracy” – announced his candidacy for the nation’s top job. As news spread that the journalist, Omoyele Sowore, was testing the waters for…

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LGBT Activists Plan First-ever Pride March in Swaziland

LGBT activists in Swaziland are taking hopeful steps towards official recognition in the conservative nation of Swaziland, where male homosexuality is outlawed and members of the government have denounced it as “satanic.” The activists hope to win over some hearts and minds by holding a Pride march and festival in June. If the application by…

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Opposition Warns of ‘Fire and Fury’ to Halt U.S. Military Expansion in Ghana

Ghanaians are hopping mad over plans to expand the U.S. military presence in the country, spending millions on training and equipment in a move which could draw terrorists to the peaceful country. At a recent rally for “Ghana First”, opposition groups organized by the Ghana First Patriotic Front marched in the streets of the capital,…

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In South Africa, Pain and Shock at Passing of Winnie Madikizela Mandela

Tributes to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela Mandela filled the South African radio air waves this week as news of her untimely passing reached the far corners of the nation and the continent. Heart-rending classics from the American songbook – from The Song for Mama by Boyz to Men to Donny Hathaway’s A Song for You…

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Liberians in the U.S. Facing Mass Deportation

Liberians living in America since a devastating civil war that took 250,000 lives are now in the crosshairs of the current Trump administration, which is threatening to lift their protected status and deport them. Some five thousand people nationally are protected from deportation under the Deferred Enforced Departure or DED program which has been in…

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African Free Trade – A New Dawn for Africa?

In what was described as a “new dawn for Africa,” leaders from 44 of the 55 countries of the continent ceremoniously signed a trade pact creating a huge single market from Cape Town to Cairo. The national leaders agreed to eliminate cross-border tariffs and make border posts more efficient. Twenty seven countries signed an additional…

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Black Studies becomes major factor in social advancement

By Merdies Hayes, Editor, Our Weekly News The Black Power movement of the late 1960s helped to redefine African American identity and establish a new racial consciousness. As influential as this period was in the study and enhancement of the African Diaspora, this movement spawned the academic discipline known as Black Studies on our college…

One Year Out, Efforts to Sabotage 2020 Census Must Be Defeated

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “The same folks who don’t want people of color to vote don’t want us to be counted. The Census is about three things: money, power and information. And unless we rise up to save Census 2020, this rigged, intentional undercount will cost us political power at all levels; billions…

Student Loan Debt is a Crisis!

By Harry L. Williams, Thurgood Marshall College Fund There has been a lot of talk about whether or not there is a crisis on the border. I will leave that debate to the politicians. However, there is no debate about whether or not America has a crisis hitting all 50 states and over 40 million…

Stop Invisible Lynchings in America

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association No form of lynching should be tolerated or permitted in America. A lynching is defined as putting a person or a group of people to death by hanging a person or group with or without legal due process. However, in the no…

Women are Stepping Up!

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) – We’re near the end of Women’s History Month! Every woman should be proud of who we are, about the number of women who serve as Mayors of key cities, women who ran for and won Congressional seats and the number of women who’re in the race for President of…

Prayers and Petitions Call for Payday Loan Rule Enactment

By Charlene Crowell Every year the payday lending industry convenes in an effort to further expand and preserve the combined $8 billion-dollars in fees generated each year by consumers caught in that and car-title loans. This year, 2019, also marks the second consecutive year, that the organization representing sellers of these debt-trap loans, the Community…

A Message Especially for a Brother

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    My vibes today are taking me to a place where I need to go in addressing a young brother of color’s concern about giving up on life’s possibilities. It’s a point that needs to be emphasized, especially in our current fast paced world of occasional temporary and sometimes hopeless thinkers. I…

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Aunt Lillian’s Reunion

By Barney Blakeney I was talking with a friend yesterday telling him about recent stuff going on in my life. Some of it was stuff we’ve shared in our more than 50-year friendship and some was personal. We talked about our former high school teacher Mrs. Marjorie Howard’s 106th birthday and other stuff. When I…

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School: Getting Off On The Right Foot

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   Monday marked the first day of school. As I encountered students in Office Depot and Walmart, they seemed eager to return to school as they made their way through aisles of school supplies filled with paper, pens and notebooks. The tax-free weekend was a nightmare, but a good thing for parents…

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Thinking of Respect on a Summer’s Day

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  This summer season so far has been one where it’s been somewhat hard to describe in mere terms of simplistic expressions. It’s really been something unexpected and thought-provoking in many norms. You see, it’s been raining a lot off and on where I live in the coastal Charleston,  South Carolina, area locally…

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Lynching In America Just Took A Different Form

By Barney Blakeney   Lately I’ve been in that melancholy mood I sometimes get when I’m depressed about the future of Black folks. Over the past few days there were five murders in the same number of days in North Charleston. All but one of the victims was Black. And if it ain’t enough for…

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Death Visits Once Again

By Hakim Abdul-Ali The cloud of death hovers around everything in life. It’s an evident reality that all living things and beings will experience sooner or later. I’ve been writing about this ever-present shadowy phenomenon from time-to-time as a reminder to myself, you and others that each moment in time that we’ve been given is…

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