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We Americans Must Face Our Addiction to Guns

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Fifty-eight dead and counting; 500 sent to hospitals. The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history took place Sunday in Las Vegas, as a lone gunman firing from a window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel savaged a crowd gathered to watch a country music show.…

Racist Extremism Remains a Crisis in the United States

By Marc H. Morial, President of the National Urban League Now, therefore, be it resolved that Congress rejects White nationalism, White supremacy, and neo-Nazism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States urges the President and his administration to speak out against hate groups that espouse…

We Must Take Every Opportunity to Fight Voter Suppression

By Derrick Johnson (Interim President and CEO, NAACP) We all know the power of the vote. One person, one vote serves as the basic ethos and measurement of any democratic nation. Without true voter protection, integrity and universal access, America’s light on the hill dims. Since Shelby V. Holder dismantled the Voting Rights Act, many…

Trump Tries to Divide Us, But We are a Bigger Nation Than That

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. When Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem last year, he acted alone, a silent protest against a society that repeatedly fails to hold police accountable for the killing of unarmed African Americans. Kaepernick was condemned and now essentially has been banned from the NFL, with…

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…

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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Whole Person

By Victoria Rae Moore Dear Reader, Imagine this scene; a woman gazing deeply into her lover’s eyes as she mutters the words, “I love you. I am nothing without you. You complete me.” Romantic, right? But what if that isn’t a good thing? There are challenges couples will inevitably face. Among these is the fact…

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Sons of Queens

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   President Trump done stepped in it again! Why is it so difficult for Trump to remain quiet on matters that are simply none of his business?  The President needs to practice self-control.  He is having a difficult time running the country but thinks he can run the NFL?  Those of you…

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Ralph Johnson’s Story Is One We All Should Know

By Barney Blakeney   A couple of months ago I got an email from USN Ret. Capt. Taylor Skardon asking if I could do some things to put out the word about the Navy League’s effort to educate more people in our local community about Vietnam War hero Ralph Henry Johnson. I agreed. I figured…

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