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African Ministers Foresee ‘Break The Glass Moment’ Without Major Debt Relief

Multilateral lenders and investors are being asked to pony up a modest stimulus package that would halt the spread of the coronavirus in Africa and keep economies from crashing under the weight of debt-servicing costs. African finance ministers, at a meeting last week, calculated that an injection of $100 billion – including $44 billion in…

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South African Police Unleash Water Cannons During Virus Lockdown

Despite efforts by President Cyril Ramaphosa to enforce a pandemic lockdown at South Africa’s overcrowded slums without violence, defense forces were reported to be joining police in firing on the community with rubber bullets and water cannons. Visuals of the heavy-handed treatment were seen in news broadcasts around the continent and on social media. The…

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Handwashing and More in New Pop Song by Ugandan Singer Bobi Wine

Ugandan pop star and opposition leader Bobi Wine, who describes himself “a singer, an activist and a member of parliament” is known for his “must plays” – and his latest tune “Corona Virus Alert!,” is definitely one of them. The lyrics remind listeners to wash their hands to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.…

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Volkswagen Suspends Production in Europe

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is taking action in response to the coronavirus pandemic and will be suspending vehicle production. The company noted that the suspension of production would begin on March 19, and it’s anticipating that it would last for 10 working days. Production at plants…

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Kenya Surges On U.N. ‘Happiness’ Report

As Mae West once said, “I’ve been rich, and I’ve been poor; believe me, rich is better.” But could there be more to the story? A landmark survey of the state of global happiness designates Kenya as more positive and hopeful than its neighbors despite the challenges that the country faces. In fact, Kenya is…

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China Heeds Global Demand For Anti-coronavirus Masks

As much of the world attempts to source much needed face masks, Africa has been offered 5.4 million masks, more than a million testing kits and other items in a donation from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma. Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti will be the first countries to receive the consignment to be shipped out of…

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Film review: There’s Something in the Water

They’re making a lot of noise up in Nova Scotia. Local activists of African and Native American descent are holding big businesses and the government accountable for polluting their water and causing an uptick in cancer cases. They’re sounding the alarm and applying pressure. The surprising but very worthy champion of their efforts to expose environmental racism is actress…

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In Major Breakthrough, Domestic Workers Win Coverage For Injuries On Duty

Close to a million domestic workers in South Africa will be able to claim for injuries sustained on duty after passage of a bill supported by the nation’s major labor unions. Under the bill, approved by the South African Cabinet, employers would be held liable for any negligence. According to domestic services union Western Cape…

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Single Mothers Group Charges Miscarriage Of Justice In Arrest Of Famed Malian Star

A Change.org petition has collected over 23,000 signatures in support of acclaimed singer and human rights activist Rokia Traore of Mali following her arrest in Paris for a child custody violation. According to French authorities, Traoré was jailed on a Belgian warrant for failing to hand over her five-year-old daughter to her estranged partner, a…

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Ghanaian Women Push For Passage Of Affirmative Action Bill

Under the banner “EachforEqual,” women’s rights groups in Ghana turned out this year on March 8, urging President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to address gender inequalities and social injustices and promote women and girls’ rights in the country. “If we believe in the campaign theme #EachForEqual, which marks the International Women’s Day for 2020, then…

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Racial divide of coronavirus is real, so are innovations that can help

By Allyson Y. Schwartz and Martha A. Dawson News about the novel coronavirus, which has now claimed over 100,000 American lives, is all around us. A subtext told in this reporting is the painful story of the pandemic’s devastating effect on people of color. While coronavirus does not know boundaries of race, income, or ethnicity, its disproportionate…

Can’t Stay Home, Can’t Keep Curfew: People Experiencing Homelessness Caught in Pandemic, Curfews, Violence

By The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty People experiencing homelessness in the United States—already at heightened risk and with fewer resources due to the pandemic—now face even greater challenges as a result of the both the violence sweeping many city streets and the curfews many are imposing in an effort to control. While people…

When the Protesting Ends – Do You Just Go Home?

By Roger Caldwell, NNPA Newswire Contributor There is a ground swell in America, and for 13 days there has been multiracial protests and demonstrations based on the killing of George Floyd by four Minnesota police. There have been many different videos of the killing, with Mr. Floyd handcuffed and policeman Derek Chauvin holding his knee…

Police Reform Was Never Going to Be Easy — But Now’s the Time

By Jesse Jackson As the worldwide demonstrations continue two weeks after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman, the question is whether outrage will lead to real reforms? Fundamental reforms would begin with ending the “qualified immunity” of police, curbing the militarization of police forces, transferring funds and functions to social agencies, imposing…

Black Enterprise CEO: “I Am Tired…The Pandemic Of Racism Must End”

By Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. Over the past few days, civil unrest has gripped our entire nation. This was due to the unwarranted and senseless murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week by a police officer who placed his knee on the neck of Mr. Floyd for nine minutes as he begged for his…

ASK DR. KEVIN: An Unfamiliar, Rare Disease Associated with Heart Failure in African Americans

By Dr. Kevin Williams, the Chief Medical Officer for Rare Disease at Pfizer The “Ask Dr. Kevin” series is brought to you by Pfizer Rare Disease in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to increase awareness and understanding of ATTR-CM, or transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy, and the risk to African Americans. As you may…

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

By Barney Blakeney I can’t remember exactly when it was I first met Augustus ‘ Gus’ Holt. It was a long time ago. But over the years I found him to be giving, unselfish, appreciative and incessant. After a long battle with various health issues, Gus died April 16 at 73. Over the past few…

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We’re All Standing in the Need of Prayer

By Hakim Abdul-Ali In my view, everyday is a day of celebration because it represents a reflective spiritual occasion because, during these times of personal struggles and massive uncertainties, we all have so much to be thankful for. The living process is becoming more chaotic with each passing moment. I was thinking about what I…

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COVID-19 Virus: Educate, Educate, Educate

By Beverly Gadson-Birch One of my legendary orators of all times was Frederick Douglass. When a young man wanting to become involved asked him, what can he do. An older Douglass responded “Agitate, Agitate, Agitate”. And, one of my favorite responses for those wanting a better way of life is “educate, educate, educate”. I have been writing about…

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Black Business Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

By Barney Blakeney Right now everybody’s focus is on Covid, but I couldn’t help noticing the other day as I rode into Charleston on I-26 how much construction is ongoing. On the peninsula east of the interstate high rise buildings lie adjacent to it. For old school natives like me, the sight is awesome. New…

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Understanding Love at All Levels

By Hakim Abdul-Ali These are still some very difficult times that the entire world-at-large is facing due to the dreaded coronavirus. Unless you’ve been on a spaceship to nowhere in particular in the last six months, you know undoubtedly what I’m referring to. In today’s message, I’m going to delve into a feeling and an…

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COVID-19 Does Discriminate

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It’s amazing how one’s life is dramatically changed at the drop of a hat. Prior to the Covid-19 virus, folks were living the American dream. Folks were on a fast track doing their thing. An average week would be wrapped around worshipping, working, shopping, writing, reading, exercising, dining out, boating, vacationing, date nights,…

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A Radical Act of Personal Reparations

By Elaine Jenkins Merriam–Webster defines the word serendipity as “the faculty or phenomenon finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.” That definition was made concrete for me in about 2010 when I attended a peace conference held at the United Methodist Retreat Center at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. During one of the sessions I…

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The Lowcountry Food Bank Needs Increased Support During COVID-19

With our network of community partners, the Lowcountry Food Bank has a proud history of responding to crises and supporting our neighbors who struggle with hunger – every day of the year. For our neighbors, who are already facing food insecurity, being quarantined to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 means the very real danger of…

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Charleston Branch NAACP President Joins Supporters of North Charleston Police Independent Audit

By Dot Scott Today I’m writing not as the President of the Charleston Branch NAACP, but instead, as a citizen of the City of North Charleston, and a former member of the North Charleston’s Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Police-Community Relations. I join in the Charleston Area Justice Ministry’s call for an independent audit of the…

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COVID-19, Karma, and the Future of Black America

By Dr. William Small, Jr. The 21st century and the years escorting us into the present place in history flashed a lot of warning signs that our egos and our mythologies made it very easy to ignore. America has been blessed since its inception with geographical and technical arrows in it’s national quiver, that reinforced a…

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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 [email protected] for speaking engagements.