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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…

Election 2018: Another Stop on the Chisholm Trail?

By Kelly Dittmar and Glynda Carr Fifty years ago, Shirley Chisholm campaigned successfully to become the first Black woman in the U.S. Congress. Four years later, she became the first woman of color and the first African American to win delegate votes at a major party presidential convention. Throughout her presidential campaign, she attracted voters…

Before the Parkland Massacre and Now

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) —What happened in Parkland, FL is too horrible to ignore. Yet we’ve tolerated too many of all kinds of evils, including murders. Too many did nothing to stop more destruction of Native Americans and theft of their land, lynching and enslavement of Black people, slaughtering of people at Pulse Nightclub…

‘Black Panther’ Showcases the Power of STEM Applications

By Tyra Metoyer, External Mobilization Manager, American Petroleum Institute) Article contains spoilers for the “Black Panther” movie. As I sat in the theater mesmerized by Marvel’s record-breaking “Black Panther,” there were so many moments and messages that filled me with an overwhelming sense of pride. The Black Girl Magic was palpable. King T’Challa was a…

Those Who Do Nothing on Gun Control Fail Our Children

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The United States is failing in what surely is the first duty of government — protecting our children from threats that they cannot deal with themselves. Voters and politicians are failing our children. After 17 students and teachers were killed and a dozen wounded on Valentine’s Day by an unbalanced…

Two Sets of Rules: Powerful & Powerless

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  Since the beginning of time, people of color inhabited the Earth. Everyone is different! Even identical twins are different.  Think about it! There lies a lot of conflict.  With different personalities and backgrounds, folks are bound to disagree.  However, our differences should not be grounds for cultural or racial disrespect.  Neither should…

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Slager’s Debt To Society – Paid In Full, Or Pay It Forward

By Barney Blakeney   Michael Slager is back again. Slager is the former North Charleston police officer videotaped in 2015 shooting an unarmed Walter Scott in the back five times as Scott ran away. Slager this week is being sentenced in federal court for violating Scott’s civil rights. The incident occurred more than two years…

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So Much Trouble in the World

By Hakim Abdlu-Ali   The late and truly great reggae superstars Bob Marley and The Wailers once sang and recorded the intuitive song “So Much Trouble in The World” in 1979. Mr. Marley, who died in 1981, and his group from back then couldn’t have left or made a better intro to what’s happening in…

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Students Are The Losers In Adults’ Political Games

By Barney Blakeney  Over the past week, a couple of things have gone down that illustrates how the political agenda of adults continues to stifle our children and their futures. I got the call as I left Wesley UMC Sunday where young Rev. Sh’Kur Francis had given a dynamic message telling our young people to…

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An Occasion for “Thanks & Giving”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   Around this time of the year during every November in the United States of America, families gather together on the fourth Thursday to celebrate what has become known traditionally as Thanksgiving Day. It’s an annual public and festive occurrence that brings much joy and happiness to many ethnic citizenry of our…

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The Future Lies in Land and Education

By Barney Blakeney I was watching something on television the other day when one of the characters said, “It’s the future that counts.” The comment made me reflect on what we so often think is important. It made me think about my maternal grandfather, Washington Miller. I never knew my grandfather. He died before I…

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