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Thoughts for the Inquiring Mind

By Hakim Abdul-Ali        Our country’s going through some hard times of late in many sectors of far too many neglected ethnic folks’ hearts, souls, minds and thoughts. And it seems as though a lot of these folk from all cultures, from California to Maine, are showing blossoming signs of desperate angst and…

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Ruthless Killers: Younger and Younger

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    Every time I think things can’t get any worse they do. As cruel and inhumane as it may be, senseless deaths of children are happening more and more frequently. Recently in Colleton County, a 19-year-old male was arrested for murdering three members of a Ruffin family, a couple and their 13-year-old…

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New YMCA Facility Will Continue Its Old Mission

By Barney Blakeney    The YMCA of Greater Charleston this week will break ground on a new facility in Berkeley County’s Cane Bay Community realizing a dream its founders never could have imagined, says Executive Director Paul Stoney. The late Charleston County School District teacher and administrator Nathaniel Washington taught me the fundamentals of organized…

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When is Living Not Sacred?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali         Life presents every living “hue-man” soul with different challenges galore. The living experience also has many in between contrasting moments of ups and downs when, sometimes, you can’t describe those entities with degrees of certainty. Does any of what I just said make any sense to you now…

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Summer Safety Tips For Parents

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    School is weeks from being over and 16-year-old Martin Capers of Walterboro will not be returning next school term. Capers drowned over the weekend and his body was recovered in the Edisto River. What a tragedy!!! The Charleston County Parks Department has many structured activities for children. Check out their website,…

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Charleston’s Freedom School a Step in the Right Direction

By Barney Blakeney    I’ve always thought that municipal governments should play a more significant role in public education. I was blessed to have come through school at a time when a public school education was as good as almost any other. Although ours was a racially segregated public school system (the current system is…

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