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Liberians Rejoice Over A Promised Path To U.S. Citizenship

As the Trump administration turns down an ever-growing number of applications for asylum, it surprised many that some 5,000 Liberians in the United States have been granted a path to citizenship. In fact, it was the product of decades of effort by the Liberian community and its allies. “This has been a 20-plus-year fight where…

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Feast on Toronto’s Multicultural Cuisine

By Dwight Brown Discover a vibrant international food scene in a city that’s home to 230 different nationalities. There are countless reasons to visit the very multicultural city of Toronto, the largest city in Canada. Movie lovers flock to the Toronto International Film Festival. Sightseers explore CN Tower. Tourists pedal around town on Toronto Bicycle Tours. Romantics head to Niagara Falls. And, history…

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Queen Quet Takes Part in United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid

Global leaders have gathered in Madrid, Spain for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) to take the next crucial steps in the climate change process. The conference took place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and was held with logistical support from the Government of Spain. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of COP25 said,…

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‘It’s Time For Africa To Do Things For Itself’ Proclaims Kenyan Peace Prize Winner

Over the last 100 years, Africa has been the eternal donor to the West but has been represented as always reliant on aid from the Western community. “We must find a way of reversing this by becoming makers of our own raw materials,” asserts Kenyan author and academic Ngugi wa Thiong’o who picked up a…

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Art World’s ‘Season Africa 2020’ Recalls Much Loved Nigerian Curator 

One of the more ambitious exhibits of African art to showcase French-speaking, English-speaking and Portuguese-speaking Africa, including North Africa, is scheduled to open June 2020 and run for 6 months. The occasion will also mark the passing this year of Bisi Silva, an adventurous curator who, with her own money, founded a nonprofit art gallery…

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‘More Than A Few Reasons To Be Happy’ – An African Writer Looks Ahead To 2020

While its soundtrack may have been grim and pessimistic, Africa has more than a few reasons to be happy, asserts prominent author, journalist and former editor of The East African, Charles Onyango-Obbo of Uganda. “There are many good stories in East Africa,” he begins. “East African citizens continue to travel in record numbers in the…

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West Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Is Dead! Long Live ‘The Eco’

A decades-old reminder of the years of colonial French rule finally ended this month with the renaming of the colonial era currency – the CFA franc – to a name of independence – the Eco. The announcement was made in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) by Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara. It was seen as an effort…

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African Leaders Face Upsurge Of Citizens Demanding Term Limits  

African leaders are facing an upsurge of citizen opposed to questionable re-election schemes, including tampering with the constitution, that leave countries in the hands of one or two families for decades. The latest upsurge is in Guinea where the political opposition has accused the president, Alpha Conde, of staging a “constitutional coup” by attempting to…

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African Fashion Star Announces Her Same-Sex Marriage On Social Media

South Sudanese model Aweng Mayel Chuol and fiancée Alexus defied the Africa’s tradition-bound views on LGBTQ lifestyles to announce their marriage glowingly on social media. Chuol, a striking beauty in high-end fashion magazines, posted pictures of the wedded couple on Instagram. “Married my best friend today. I am GEEKED,” she wrote on Twitter. “You mean…

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Anti-Corruption Commission Files Multiple Charges Against Ex-Wife Of Zimbabwe Veep

Marry Mubaiwa, estranged wife of Zimbabwe’s Vice President, faces a battery of charges – from fraud, money laundering to attempted murder- in a case that has startled even the most battle-hardened citizens. Ms. Mubaiwa, 38, is accused of unlawfully transferring $919,000 to South Africa under the guise of importing goods, according to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption…

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Hair Discrimination is Alive and Well

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Andrew Johnson, a high school wrestler, was forced to submit to the humiliating act of having his dreadlocks shorn or have his New Jersey team forfeit their match to the opposing team. A gleeful white woman seemed too pleased to invade the young man’s person, and his team won, but…

National Gun Violence Survivors Week Highlights Those Whose Lives Have Been Changed Forever

By Marc Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – On January 8, 2011, I was performing my favorite duty as a Congresswoman—meeting with my constituents—when it happened. In a matter of seconds, a gunman shot and killed six people, injured 12 others, and shot me in the head outside a Safeway in Tucson, Arizona. I keep the memories of…

Black Life Journeys Matter

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association The U.S. Census is now preparing to count all who live in the United States of America. For the more than 50 million Black Americans in the U.S., the 2020 U.S. Census is vital. Our numbers do matter and must be properly…

Plantation Politics in Minority Broadcasting

By Pluria Marshall Jr., President / CEO Marshall Broadcasting Group When I tell you that you can count the number of African American commercial TV station owners in the U.S. on one hand, I mean it literally. There are only five – and I’m one of them. Less than 1% of the nation’s 1,400-plus commercial…

Contempt for Palestinians

By Bill Fletcher Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor I was amazed by the audacity of Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” regarding the Israeli and Palestinians. It was called a “deal,” yet the Palestinians were never involved. It was called a “deal,” yet the Palestinians got nothing that they have demanded. Think about it this way.…

Republicans Have Coronated Trump as King

By Dr. Barbara Reynolds (TriceEdneyWire.com) – So now with the Republican-controlled Senate’s rush to acquit Trump in this rigged impeachment trial, Trump will soon be free to continue using foreign countries or any other illegal acts to ensure his re-election in 2020. What the Republicans have done is to coronate Trump a King who now…

Ain’t Nobody Gon’ Save Us, But Us!

By Barney Blakeney I had been thinking of writing about education for some time. I had a rare Facebook discourse recently in which I said quality education might positively impact crime in Black communities. One guy responded that what happens in our schools won’t change the dynamics that plague Black communities. I agree. But education…

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Another Day at the Office

By Hakim Abdul-Ali We all are living in this present moment while existing in the only arena that I know of that’s called life. Some of us cherish this pristine opportunity with spiritual significance, and some others obviously take it for granted that they are blessed to be in the here and now. In my…

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Culture Shock and Change

By Barney Blakeney I recently ran into an old friend, a white guy, who just moved to Charleston’s Eastside. I’ve known the guy for years. We share a lot in common, but grew up in different environments, different parts of the country, different socio-economic backgrounds and different cultures. And now he lives in my old…

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There’s No Need to Complain

By Hakim Abdul-Ali The living experience is full of tests, ordeals, disappointments and unimaginative upheavals for every created “hue-man” soul in the universe, including me and you. There’s no denying that in any shape, manner or form. To further illustrate that point, something occurred on my watch last week where I had to reflect on…

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Rosa Parks

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As the nation prepares to celebrate the birthday and reflect on one of the greatest civil rights leaders and orators of our time, I am reminded of Rosa Parks who served as the catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott Movement that lasted for a year and resulted in the desegregation of the…

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If You’re Gonna Criticize, Get It Right

By Barney Blakeney A friend recently sent me a link to a story noting that a Charleston Chronicle story led to the hiring of a local Black owned firm to do business with one of the presidential candidate’s campaigns. I’m low tech/no tech so when I pulled up the link I found myself on a…

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What You Need to Know About Interventions

Dealing with loved ones can be difficult sometimes and that only gets harder when they have a problem with drugs and alcohol.  A big part of dealing with a loved one’s addiction is getting them into treatment. But what if they are unwilling to go? Intervention is the next logical step, however what is an intervention and…

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Human Beings of All Races, Colors, Nationalities, Languages, and Faiths Should Lead the Eastside Charleston Community

By Mateusz Wojnarowicz My name is Mateusz Wojnarowicz, I’m 14 years old, and I recently read an article on The Post and Courier newspaper website that said the Eastside Community Development Corporation needs to “recruit whites.” Okay. Can someone explain to me what exactly does “recruit whites” mean? You don’t recruit just blacks or just…

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Let’s Support Our Bulldogs!

We’re asking everyone to show their support for the football team and the Athletic Department this school year (2019-2020). You can show your support to the athletes by donating to the Athletic Department and by coming out to support the athletes at the games. This year all of the home football games will be played…

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New Voting Machines

With less than two month before voting starts in Charleston County, the public has not been informed that new machines will be used. We are happy the new machines will allow voter verification, but such transitions must allow more lead-time for voter training. In 2015 Charleston County Election Commission Reports showed some precincts with 114%…

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Hair Love, an 2020 Oscar®-winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time

Charleston Hanging Tree

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.