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Cops Are Scared As Hell

By Barney Blakeney ”They’re scared as hell!” That’s what a local civil rights leader said to me recently during a conversation about police/community relations. We were talking about how cops conduct business in Black communities and the comment was made as a remark on the side. I agree with the civil rights leader. When Minneapolis…

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Keeping Our Art Alive

By Barney Blakeney I don’t get out much these days. There was a time I used to run like the finest race horse. As a bachelor (not quite so confirmed) I’ve done some time in the street – up/down, wrong side/right side, under the lights/in the shadows – I’ve spent a lot of time in…

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Incompetent Health Care

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    While Republicans on the Hill toy around with repealing the Affordable Health Care Act, more often referred to as Obamacare, I am really concerned about the direction health care is headed. I have always been fond of the elderly; so, it’s no wonder that I begin to think of my own…

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Losers and Winners

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   Life is a wonderful voyage and the living arena is not a trivial adventure. It’s the journey of a lifetime in more ways than one. Some alert and varied “colored” folk among us know that, and there’s also a rather large populace of disingenuous folk among “The American People,” who say that…

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For Just One More Second

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  It’s a quiet time now as I gather my wits about me to write what is happening in my heart and mind for another article. With each passing day I truly recognize how precious each distinct phase of this living process is. I humbly have to give thanks to God Alone for…

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Summey Said “We Can’t Raise Your Children”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Did Mayor Summey really say “We can’t raise your children”?  Last week, Elder James Johnson, State Coordinator, National Action Network (N.A.N.) held a press conference calling for more accountability from Mayor Summey and Police Chief Driggers in reducing the high murder rate in North Charleston. As of last week, North Charleston had…

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