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The 2019 Edition of the Award-Winning Our Jamaica Annual Destination Guide Released

On the heels of a wildly successful 2018 edition, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and HCP Media are excited to announce the release of the 2019 edition of Our Jamaica magazine. This annual in-room destination guide earned five major awards for its most recent issue from the Florida Magazine Association, McClatchy, Graphic Design…

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Retired From Politics, Jacob Zuma Reveals Plans For New Career 

After a brief spin as President of South Africa, the multi-talented Jacob Zuma is plunging into a new and exciting career path – he’ll be a recording artist of liberation songs from the anti-apartheid struggle. A full-length album will be recorded in April during the Articulate Africa project, a program of national and international literary…

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3,500 Lose Jobs As New Currency Shortage Hits Zimbabwe

Over 3,500 youth officers have been laid off as part of the nation’s shortage of currency amid efforts to streamline the wage bill. It was explained that the layoffs would save the country a substantial amount while the nation’s economy is limping. Public Service Commission secretary Jonathan Wutawunashe said the layoffs were in line with…

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African Leaders Confront A ‘Blue Wave’ Demanding Change

When Democrats captured one House seat after another in the midterm elections, observers brushed it off as a “blue trickle.” Later they had to admit: it was a giant blue wave. Africans are also yearning for change and their frustration is erupting across the continent with a new crop of activists challenging the old order.…

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The Wakanda One Village Project: African Union Ambassador Promotes Diaspora Homecomings

This is the first installment of a news series and the global initiative of NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. to expand the international reach and impact of the Black Press of America. By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent As she entered her office in Northwest Washington, D.C., African Union (AU)…

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Press Freedoms Return To Gambia Under New Government

Following the end of the regime of former President Yahya Jammeh, journalists in The Gambia are beginning to enjoy press freedoms for the first time in 22 years. During the two decades of ex-President Jammeh’s rule, journalists were regularly abducted, tortured and killed. The new government has pledged to respect the media. Outdated sedition laws…

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No Winner Seen in ‘Messy’ Elections for New Congo President

Observers of the contested elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo have reported so many irregularities that a winner may not be produced in the coming days when the counting of votes is complete. Millions of votes were counted on Monday amid alleged errors in the voter roll, technical problems and delayed or missing polling…

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Flags Fly For An Ex-President Of Nigeria ‘Too Nice’ For The Job

Former President Alhaji Shehu Usman Shagari, a devout Muslim, a former school teacher, son of a farmer, trader and herder, is being remembered as a nice man, a gentle man but not a particularly strong man. Nice, gentle and amiable – good qualities – but just short of what the opposition desired for the leader of Africa’s…

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Swahili Speakers Stunned As Disney Claims Trademark For ‘Hakuna Matata’

The once common phrase “Hakuna Matata” (No Problem!) is now off limits for African speakers of Swahili. Any commercial use of the two word expression is reserved for its new owner – the American company that produced The Lion King. That’s right – Walt Disney! The California-based company is preparing to release its remake of…

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Emeralds, Rubies Score Big Profits For Foreign Firms As African Countries Go Broke

Foreign mining companies extract more than a quarter of the world’s production of rare emeralds in Zambia yet declare losses to make themselves tax exempt. So far, charges of tax evasion filed against Kagem mine, a subsidiary of the London-listed gemstone miner Gemfields, have been unsuccessful – dismissed by the Zambian Revenue Authority. Gemfields owns…

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In a Perfect World

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) – In a perfect world, for a State of the Union address (SOTU), we likely would’ve heard a president who actually made sense and who likely would’ve been truthful even if we disagreed with the content of what he said. We’ve learned to set a low bar for #45;…

Embracing My Imperfections Studying Abroad in London

By Chinwendu L. Maduegbunam, Fayetteville State University Growing up in North Carolina, I was shy and my need to be perfect in everything I did made it difficult to connect with others. I always thought I had to be perfect: playing basketball, earning high grades, being the perfect daughter, etc. I feared how others would judge…

Moments and Migrations

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Every year the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) choses a theme for Black History Month. This year they have chosen, Black Migrations emphasizing “the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.” Their theme is important, especially…

For Black Children, Attending School Is an Act of Racial Justice

By Kayla Patrick, The Education Trust As a seemingly twisted way to ring in 2019, the Trump administration has sent a loud and clear message that it’s okay for educators and school leaders to keep Black children out of school buildings and exclude them from opportunities to learn. It may sound extreme, but that’s exactly what…

Trump Cranks Up the Miseries of the People of Venezuela

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – President Trump apparently has decided that intervention in Venezuela’s agonies can help repair animage scarred by the government shutdown debacle. In recent days, he recognized an obscure, right-wing opposition leader when he declared himself acting president. Trump has blustered that “I am not going torule out a military option.” Mike…

Losing Your Driver’s License to Debt: 43 States Allow Suspensions Due to Unpaid Court Debt

By Charlene Crowell Today, personal vehicles transport parents to work, take multiple family generations to school, access medical and/or business services, and more. With a car and a driver’s license, consumers gain mobility to go about their daily lives in all of its multiple dimensions. But what happens when that driver’s license is revoked or…

On the Way to a Pensive Thought

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Life is an introspective journey in more ways than one. I’ve come to that realization while going through many of the most difficult and exhilarating periods of my own life. I believe that if you’re completely honest with yourself, you’d probably say the same thing. Oftentimes, life makes us think about what…

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Whippings: “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child?”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It’s no surprise that the year started off with a bang; 2018 ended with a bang. I have been trying to make sense out of all the nonsense—three and four shootings a day, not to mention the mistaken identity auto shooting where a seven-year-old was killed in Houston. Old schoolers think millennials spare the rod…

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Local Republicans Should Step Boldly Into The Future

By Barney Blakeney This thing about racial intolerance long has been out of hand, but it’s become scary! As a Black man in America I learned a long time ago that this country is run by racists. It was founded by racists, developed by racists and is perpetuated by racists. I’m sorry, but there just…

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Looking Ahead While Never Forgetting

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Sometimes, I ask myself, as I’m now asking you, “Does Black America, as a collective grouping, ever really expect to be free of all the negative things that hold them back in their quests for freedom, justice and equality?” No matter what day or year that it is, as I grow older,…

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Folks, Y’all Better Get A Grip!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Happy New Year!! While some folks were preparing for Watch Night, others were gearing up for parties or both. I am wondering just how happy 2019 will be with so many problems plaguing the Black community and this country. We ended 2018 with a partial government shutdown. President Trump is so child-like. If…

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Maybe I’ll Get a Life In The New Year

By Barney Blakeney Sometimes I tell myself, “Self, get a life!” As a reporter I cover so much stuff that brings me down, I have to remind myself there’s an awful lot of great stuff going’s on (as the late great comedian Bernie Mac might say). I don’t do a lot of fluff stuff. My…

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Shop Local This Season

By Rhea Landholm, Center for Rural Affairs This holiday season, will you be among 83 percent of consumers who plan to do some portion of their holiday shopping at a small, independently owned retailer or restaurant? These types of businesses are what keep our small communities thriving. Up and down rural main streets, shopkeepers are…

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Domestic Violence and Domestic Abuse: The Silent Epidemic

By Linda Lucas, Charleston youth and education advocate Physical abuse and domestic violence have become all too common or “normalized” in today’s society. According to national statistics, every minute, twenty people become the victims of intimate partner violence or domestic violence. A woman is beaten every nine seconds in the United States. We have moved…

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The Misogynistic and Racist Lindsay Graham

Dear Gentlepeople Of South Carolina, I am writing because I just cannot take this racist and misogynistic political rhetoric from Lindsay Graham and the Republican Party anymore without speaking up. I am appalled that one of our own senators from our lovely state of South Carolina has decided to take a starring role in the…

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American Democracy: A View from the Mirror

By Dr. William Small, Jr. In the world of politics, both international and domestic, perhaps there is nothing more important for governments than the maintenance of the ability to self-define. This statement is very much connected to the strategy for constructing public arguments or debating, which says that once the major premise is accepted, the…

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Black History Month Spotlight: Hiram Revels, the first Black Senator

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Damon L. Fordham teaches African American history at various colleges in the Charleston area. The above story is referenced in his book “True Stories of Black South Carolina,” and he may be reached at Damonfordham@yahoo.com for speaking engagements.