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CCSD Board Wants To Kick Garrett To The Curb

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The Charleston County School Board of Trustees at its March 13 Committee of the Whole Meeting decided to recommend to the Board as an Action Item to consolidate Garrett Academy with the new North Charleston Center for Advanced Studies at North Charleston High School. Background: The Board’s recommendation is a follow up…

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You Have To Plan Your Work, Then Work Your Plan

By Barney Blakeney I repeat this often – “Plan your work and work your plan.” My late cousin Winfred Miller used to say that’s what his father, my Uncle Teddy Miller, admonished. My uncle was a smart man. Not much formal education, but like his father before him, raised a house full of girls who…

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In Troubled Times, Remember “TTSP”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  This article is written for me, you and anyone else who has been through or is dealing with some problematic times in his or her life. I don’t believe anyone in “hue-magnify” can be excluded from this scenario. My identifying this topic the way that I hope to do today is because…

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Take The Blinders Off With Education, Not Indoctrination

By Barney Blakeney   I heard from my friends Verlyn and Tyrone Tarlton the other day. I met the Tarltons last year as they traveled with their three children through South Carolina on a nationwide journey to visit all states of the Continental U.S. The Virginians embarked on their quest as part of the children’s…

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“Hard Work Didn’t Kill Me”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    The younger generation can learn a lot from older folks. When I was younger, my grand momma used to say, “hard work don’t kill nobody.” Now, I am sure you know someone who hard work did in fact killed. Thank goodness for the elderly because their wisdom far outlived them. The…

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Living on Different Sides of the Street

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s no secret that the United States of America is a racially divided country. So much so that it shouldn’t be a surprise to any ethical person. “It is what it is” as so many candid pundits of modernity proclaim. I’m a man of color born in Harlem—the center of the…

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