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Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing at HUD

By Charlene Crowell When Dr. Ben Carson was named Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), many housing and civil rights advocates wondered how a world-renowned neurosurgeon would direct the future of housing in America. By his own admission, he arrived at HUD with no governmental experience or active interest in housing’s history…

Black Dollars Matter: It’s Time for Blacks to Pull the Trigger on Politics

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor How often do we hear messages about the amount of money Black people spend every year as consumers? In a recent report by Nielsen titled, “Black Dollars Matter: The Sales Impact of Black Consumers,” the message was once again highlighted: While African Americans make up just 14 percent…

A Cruel Abandonment of the ‘Least of These’

By Marian Wright Edelman “Little kids are begging and screaming not to be taken from parents, and they’re hauled off. Parents are telling their older kids, ‘Be brave, be brave.’ It’s as bad as anything I’ve seen in 25-plus years of doing this work.” –ACLU immigration attorney Lee Gelernt Once again Americans are at a…

This is America: Black Clergy Jailed and Shackled for Supreme Court Prayer Protest

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Columnist Faith and prayer have been the backbone of the African American community since we came upon these shores. We have counted on our faith leaders (the roll call would include Revs. Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, James Walker Hood, Martin Luther King, Jr., Wyatt Tee Walker, Jesse L. Jackson, William…

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

By Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) Black mothers are dying and it’s time to do something about it. Every year, more than 700 American mothers lose their lives to pregnancy or birth-related complications. Some medical professionals estimate that at least half, if not more, of these deaths are entirely preventable. While the deaths of 700-plus American…

Credit South Korean President for Setting Up Trump-Kim Summit

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un got on track because of the extraordinary leadership of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Remember how we got here. In 2017, Trump and Kim were trading insults and threats. Trump called Kim “Rocket Man” in his first…

Traffic Gridlock – A Transportation Nightmare

By Barney Blakeney  Man, I was madder than a wet hen last Friday trying to get to West Ashley from the peninsula at 5 p.m. during rush hour traffic. I was at The Chronicle’s North Central peninsula office and had to get to North Bridge so I could change clothes for a 6:30 p.m. appointment.…

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Never Lose Sight

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It seems that I’m always thinking about the majestic awesomeness of the Most High Alone. I make no apologies for that cool stream of thinking because without the gift of life that’s extended to me by God Alone, I wouldn’t be here sharing my thoughts with you now. I try to “Never…

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The Power is Within You

By Hakim Abdul-Ali There are many unexpected occasions in my life experiences that have occurred that I’ve been drawn to with humility. Such was the case this past weekend when I ran into a casual brother who I hadn’t seen for quite a while. You see, this missing “hue-man” from my memory was incarcerated for…

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Who’s Fooling Who?

By Barney Blakeney   I’ve always had a problem with the utilities monopoly in South Carolina. I wrote about it years ago in an op-ed piece for the Summerville Journal. I tried to express that consumers can be at a disadvantage when there’s only one option for a given commodity. My then editor and former…

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The January Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  It’s now just past the middle of the first month of the current new year and I’m thinking deeply about many issues that are popping up in my head. Those intimate thoughts are about the awe-inspiring “realities” of just being alive in the living process that are throbbing in my head. To…

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What Now After Tributes To King?

By Barney Blakeney   This week, Charleston and the nation wrapped up celebrations of the Martin L. King Jr. Holiday. What now, that the celebrations and programs are over? In Charleston, the Greater YWCA of Charleston marked its 46th annual tribute to King with 10 days of observances. The YWCA’s tribute has grown since it…

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