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Cops and Kids Committing Murder

By Barney Blakeney I probably shouldn’t have been upset last week at the acquittal of Minnesota policeman Jeronimo Yanez who was charged with manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. Why would I expect that the video recording of a police officer shooting a Black man who posed no apparent threat would produce a…

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Making Dreams Become Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali      My thoughts today are short, sweet and to the point. It seems that life always teaches me so much, even from the slightest instance or occurrence. Last Sunday, I had to stop by a drug store to pick up some items and as I proceeded to the checkout counter my…

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“A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As I shift into writing gear, there is so much swirling around in my head.  So, why don’t I just do a bits and pieces article? Ashleyville Mobile Home Park Residents Caught Between Rock and a Hard Place –  Folks in the mobile home park will be asked to leave and they…

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Black Banking – Self Help Economics

By Barney Blakeney    Here we go again. Another big bank has settled a discrimination lawsuit. The other day I read where Bank of America settled a complaint alleging a James Island branch discriminated against Hispanics trying to make homeownership loans. A couple of years ago it was Wells Fargo whose employees sold customers products…

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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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