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March For Our Lives Follows a Venerable American Tradition of Student Social Activism

By Marc H. Morial “By our readiness to allow arms to be purchased at will and fired at whim, by allowing our movie and television screens to teach our children that the hero is one who masters the art of shooting and the technique of killing, by allowing all these developments, we have created an…

Students of Color Need to See More People of Color – That Shouldn’t Be Controversial

By Nate Bowling I spent most of my first year of grad school sitting in the back row of class with my hood up. There were nearly 40 of us in the cohort. Two were Black. My hoodie was an act of silent dissent. Today, I completely understand when my students want to do the same,…

Natalie Cofield: The Living Walker Legacy

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) Nine years ago, when she was just 26, Natalie Cofield was looking for a mentor.  A young woman with entrepreneurship hard-wired into her spirit, she was discouraged that many did not take her seriously and disheartened that she could not make the connections she needed to further her entrepreneurial mission.  So…

‘Scared Negro Disease’ Remains

By Gary L. Flowers (TriceEdneyWire.com) – As another Black History Month has passed, I revisited the relevant speech given by former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson in 2002 while speaking in Portland, Ore., titled, “The Scared Negro Disease.” Mayor Jackson’s diagnosis is seemingly cancerous in Black politicians in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in some other…

Civility on Social Media is Dead

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Columnist I have found myself increasingly wondering whether social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook, constitutes a vehicle for civil dialogue. The number of attacks that I have either witnessed or experienced has been astounding. It has gotten to the point that I rarely respond to comments on either Twitter…

The Student Loan Debt Crisis is a Civil Rights Issue

  By Wade Henderson, Founding Board Member, Center for Responsible Lending From attacks on voting rights to police killings of unarmed civilians and growing inequities in earnings and wealth, the civil rights gains of the past six decades are facing threat after threat. But one front in the fight for full equality—meaningful access to higher…

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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Some Folks Still Want To Shoot The Messenger

By Barney Blakeney   There is none so blind as he who will not see. After 40 years in this business I’ve learned to accept criticism. Much of my work is critical. If you can dish it out, you must be able to take it. But that’s not a common trait. A lot of people…

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Walter Scott: Bittersweet Victory

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  Like most Charlestonians, South Carolinians and the country, I have been following the Walter Scott case closely. What makes the Scott case so different from other cop killings of unarmed black men in America is “justice” was finally served. United States District Judge David Norton, sentenced Michael Slager, former North Charleston Police…

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Winter’s Songfest

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s now December, and it’s becoming like the dawning of a new “Winter’s Songfest” to me. I’m a nature lover at heart, so I trust that you’ll flow with me in this week’s article because it’s about being at peace as nature planned it. Yes, it’s the scenic time of the…

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