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Thousands Uprooted From Safe Haven Now Desperate For Food, Water And Shelter

An estimated 30,000 refugees have been uprooted by officials in Cameroon and Nigeria this month and sent to known hotbeds of insurgents including Boko Haram on the Nigerian side of the border. Humanitarian groups including Action against Hunger are questioning the wisdom of forcing refugees to move to the city of Rann in Borno state,…

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More Lives Lost In Africa’s Unsafe Mines

In a nation with sky high unemployment, the promise of found gold, diamonds, and other precious gems scraped out of underground pits makes the reward seem worth the risk. But in February, dozens of miners in Zimbabwe lost the gamble when two mine shafts west of Harare were flooded by rains. Rescuers retrieved the bodies…

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Minor League Baseball Becomes First Sports Property to Join Alliance for Inclusive & Multicultural Marketing

Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) announced last week its membership in the Association of National Advertisers’ (ANA) Alliance for Inclusive & Multicultural Marketing (AIMM). MiLB is the first sports property to join 75 member companies currently participating in the multicultural marketing initiative. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) created AIMM to provide corporations with viable solutions for growth by targeting…

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Unrest Deepens Across East Africa and Africa’s ‘Horn’

Instability is growing in the East African nations of Sudan and South Sudan while the U.S. pursues a military solution to a decades-long civil war in Somalia. Recent U.S. bombing raids are claiming 35 al-Shabab victims in the Hiraan region of central Somalia, the U.S. military’s Africa Command reports. Such airstrikes in Somalia are typically…

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Nigerian Nun Shames Catholic Church for Silence on Sex Abuse

A Nigerian nun faced a Vatican summit on sexual abuse in the Church and delivered a stinging indictment to stone-faced church leaders who failed to take action against abusers. It was the third day of the Vatican summit. Sister Veronica Openibo did not mince words. A member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus,…

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Eulogies Flow For A Golden Voice That Challenged Apartheid

A baobab tree has fallen with the passing of a one-of-a-kind musician. Those were the words spoken of the legendary Mama Dorothy Masuka by South African Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa. She was hailed alongside her friend, the late veteran star Miriam Makeba, for using music to highlight the plight of South Africans during…

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Discovering the Excellence Within: Realizing My Greatness in South Africa

By Jorian Reeves, Xavier University, Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy I had my first taste of global cultural learning in 2015 when I traveled to Qatar at the age of 14 for a week-long Arabic debate competition. Two years earlier, in seventh grade, I had started taking Arabic classes at Lindbolm Math and Science Academy, a…

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Voters Turned Back As Nigeria Cancels National Polls

Late breaking news. Voting for the nation’s next president has been called off for today. Thanks for coming. Stay tuned for further announcements. Not the kind of message one would expect from the superpower of Africa. But indeed, five hours before polls were set to open on Saturday, Nigeria’s electoral commission announced that unspecified “challenges”…

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Gruesome Torture Of African Villagers For ‘Blood Rubies’ Worn By Stars

A British mining company will pay over $7 million to settle allegations of torture and murder at ruby mines in the northeast of Mozambique. The red stones, worth millions, have been worn by international actresses Mila Kunis, Bel Powley, and Sophie Cookson, among others. The settlement covers the murder of at least 18 people allegedly…

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State Department Raises Travel Warning Over Haiti Unrest

Demonstrators are filling the streets of downtown Port au Prince in Haiti as anger and frustration over government mismanagement, corruption and grinding poverty boils over. Protestors are now demanding the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise over the disappearance of nearly $2 billion for a program earmarked for the poor. The Venezuelan PetroCaribe Discount Oil…

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One Year Out, Efforts to Sabotage 2020 Census Must Be Defeated

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “The same folks who don’t want people of color to vote don’t want us to be counted. The Census is about three things: money, power and information. And unless we rise up to save Census 2020, this rigged, intentional undercount will cost us political power at all levels; billions…

Student Loan Debt is a Crisis!

By Harry L. Williams, Thurgood Marshall College Fund There has been a lot of talk about whether or not there is a crisis on the border. I will leave that debate to the politicians. However, there is no debate about whether or not America has a crisis hitting all 50 states and over 40 million…

Stop Invisible Lynchings in America

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association No form of lynching should be tolerated or permitted in America. A lynching is defined as putting a person or a group of people to death by hanging a person or group with or without legal due process. However, in the no…

Women are Stepping Up!

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) – We’re near the end of Women’s History Month! Every woman should be proud of who we are, about the number of women who serve as Mayors of key cities, women who ran for and won Congressional seats and the number of women who’re in the race for President of…

Prayers and Petitions Call for Payday Loan Rule Enactment

By Charlene Crowell Every year the payday lending industry convenes in an effort to further expand and preserve the combined $8 billion-dollars in fees generated each year by consumers caught in that and car-title loans. This year, 2019, also marks the second consecutive year, that the organization representing sellers of these debt-trap loans, the Community…

The Myth of Meritocracy

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – William Singer is going to jail. He’s the man who masterminded the college cheating scandal, collecting more than $25 million in bribes between 2011 and 2018 for helping the children of millionaires get into college through what he called “the side door.” More than 50 people got caught up in…

So CofC Students Are Racist… And Wha?

By Barney Blakeney I haven’t seen the recently revealed video of white College of Charleston students engaged in racist behavior that’s created a stir among Black students and given the local media another hot button story. After writing about racism in Charleston the past 40 years, I’m hardly moved. I’ve lived with racism a lot…

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Charleston County School Board: “Do The Right Thing!!”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Like spiders, Charleston County School Board has woven a web making it almost impossible for low performing students to escape. And, it’s not just minority students but white students as well. The Board has used their majority 5-4 vote to create a dual system of education to trick minority parents. The problem…

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The Tests of Life

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today my message is one where I was inspired to write this because a dear friend of mine is presently going through a very traumatic time in his life. He shared some of his very personal concerns with me about what was affecting his health, which had been troubling him inwardly for…

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Get Up and Walk, Black Man!

By Barney Blakeney I’m constantly reminded I don’t know everything. It’s something I learned a long time ago and a lesson that sunk in, but it often is reiterated because a lot of stuff goes on I know nothing about. It happened again February 2 when I attended a men’s program at Old Bethel United…

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Are We Still Interlopers in This Country?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali By the time that you’ll read this, the yearly February Black History Month’s annual observances will be coming to its conclusion in the United States of America. To many aware folk of color that’s an inconsiderate slight because, to them, the universal recognition and study of all Afrikan folk’s cultural struggles and…

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Time To Re-Write Black History

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As Black History Month comes to an end, let’s not forget to continue teaching, learning and sharing information on Black achievements. It is going to take more than one month to undo the distorted history and/or misinformation filtered down through generations. Students who are now adults are passing the same distorted history down to…

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Rural communities in the face of climate change

By Katie Rock, Center for Rural Affairs Climate change can be difficult to fully wrap your mind around. My fear is that more people will engage only after facing a crisis themselves—losing a home due to flooding, markets upended by multi-year droughts, or water shortages. We know warming trends can accelerate or decelerate quickly depending…

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Lowcountry Students for Political Action to Hold Second Annual March For Our Lives in Charleston

The student activist group that formed after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February of 2018 to organize the Charleston March For Our Lives will be holding their second annual march on Sunday, March 24th from 3:30 to 6:30 at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Lowcountry Students for Political Action is holding this demonstration…

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Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative recommends changes to innovative schools, teacher salary, early childhood

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative announced the first of what will likely be a series of actions needed to support the reformation of public education in the tri-county region and across the state. Education attainment in the region has shown almost no progress over the past six years, and TCCC has expanded its advocacy work…

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Toddler Trump Needs A Timeout In The Oval Office

President Trump announced an end to the government shutdown on January 25. Is it a real deal to reopen the federal government or another tactic of the power-grabbing politician? Is Trump backing down or bamboozling Congress again? Is this a permanent or temporary solution? The elephant and donkey games continue. Trump is using his demand…

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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.