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Australian Researchers Say Botswana is Ancestral Home of Modern Humans

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The ancestral home of modern humans is in Botswana, according to a new study by researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. Although some of the oldest skeletal remains suggest an eastern African origin, Southern Africa is home to contemporary populations that represent the…

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A Market Grows In Africa For Weaponized Spyware Aimed At Activists

If you’re worried about robocalls offering a dubious sale of bitcoins, a new technology aimed at political dissidents will chill you to the bone. Pegasus, an all-seeing spyware, worms its way into phones and starts transmitting the owner’s location, encrypted chats, travel plans – and even the voices of people you meet – to servers…

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Raves For Anglo-Nigerian Writer Awarded Major Literary Prize

England’s most prestigious literary prize has been awarded to Bernadine Evaristo, an Anglo-Nigerian writer, for her eighth work of fiction, to be shared with Margaret Atwood , author of “The Testaments” in a surprise double award approved by the judging panel. Of Nigerian and British parentage, Evaristo is the first black woman to win the…

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Zealous Military Attacks Striking Students at Famed Ugandan University

As shocking images were viewed around the world of Ugandan police and soldiers beating and gassing students at the renowned Makerere University, President Yoweri Museveni was forced to acknowledge that his security forces were out of control. “The military is not trained to quell demonstrations,” he began. “They are trained to kill. Those students are…

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Old Enemies Tear Up Peace Pact After Elections ‘Tarnished By Fraud’

Hopes for a lasting peace between longtime rivals Frelimo and Renamo are fading fast as a recent vote for president of the southern nation of Mozambique has been muddied by claims of fraud, unjustified use of state resources, as well as sporadic violence including the murder of an election observer. “An unlevel playing field was…

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Black Press Joins Congressional Black Caucus in Denouncing New Cuba Travel Ban

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has heavily criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to limit further the ability of American citizens to travel to Cuba. CBC leaders said Trump’s actions would negatively affect the U.S. economy. They also called the decision another personal attack by the president…

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African Leaders and Russians Sign Nuclear Deals In A ‘Winning Week’ For Putin

Taking advantage of the Russia-Africa summit and the presence of dozens of African leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin advanced his goal of expanding Moscow’s geopolitical clout. At the two-day summit in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, the Russian president resurrected old bonds forged by the Soviet Union with the result that arms shipments…

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Supporters Ramp up Pressure on African Union to Reinstate Ambassador

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Did African Union Ambassador to the United States Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao lose her job because of her outspokenness about France’s continued profiting off of her beloved Africa? Or, is Her Excellency being shown the door because certain powers are exasperated that she’s exposed another “scramble for Africa?”…

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Liberia to Raise Up the Country’s Poorest with $100 in Cash

Thousands of Liberia’s poorest citizens will be getting an early Christmas gift of $100 this year as part of a five year project which the government hopes will shrink chronic poverty and eliminate hunger. Authorities at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection say they have started to disburse “social cash” to the extremely…

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African Geography Still A Work In Progress

Remember Bujumbura? Once upon a time it was the political capital of Burundi. But no more! The Burundian government has just adopted a historic bill in which Gitega on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, becomes the political capital and Bujumbura the economic capital. The decision has yet to be approved by Parliament, which is largely…

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FTC announces record $191M settlement against University of Phoenix: Secretary DeVos offers partial forgiveness for defrauded borrowers

By Charlene Crowell The University of Phoenix (UOP), one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges will pay a record $191 million settlement to resolve charges stemming from a five-year investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On December 10, Andrew Smith, Director of FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection noted it was the largest settlement the Commission…

Ask Dr. Kevin: Clinical Trials are the Foundation for Scientific Innovation

By Dr. Kevin Williams, 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 understanding of sickle cell disease. Dr. Kevin Williams is the Chief Medical Officer for Rare Disease at Pfizer where he leads…

Peace and Strength

By Angela Sailor My daughter’s name is Alamni. It means “the one who brings peace.” She is in her second year at the United States Military Academy, the first in our family to join the ranks of the Long Gray Line. As her name suggests, her dream of becoming a West Point cadet was not…

House Judiciary Impeachment Hearings

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – A few days ago brilliant constitutional law professors testified in Congress on the grounds for impeachment after hearing the facts coming from the Intelligence Committee under the direction of Chairman Adam Schiff. If anyone had told me before this hearing that Professor Jonathan Turley would have taken…

Black Communities Are Making A Difference In The Fight Against AIDS

By Marc Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “The fact that there’s a conversation that occurs on an annual basis on World AIDS Day is significant. The fact that the President of the United States, on an annual basis, now, comments and discusses AIDS, keeps it on the agenda. I think a very, very concrete outcome of that…

More Truths About Guns in America

By Marian Wright Edelman On November 6, 17-year-old Da’Qwan Jones-Morris, a former Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® scholar from St. Paul, Minnesota, was killed when he was accidentally shot in the chest by a 15-year-old friend playing with a stolen gun in our gun saturated nation. Da’Qwan and a group of friends were playing…

Black Voters Should Be Thinking Black Business

By Barney Blakeney I find so much upsetting about the November 5 municipal elections in Charleston and North Charleston it’s hard to focus on one thing. Voting was low; only about 12,000 of about 64,000 registered voters cast ballots in North Charleston. Charleston voters showed up in higher numbers, about 26,000 of about 99,000 registered…

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Barney Done Lost His Gosh Darned Mind!

By Barney Blakeney I knew when I decided to write the column about support for Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait I was flying into flak. The hits came almost immediately. One guy said I’m no ally of Black folks regarding public education. Another guy said the message wasn’t clear and asked if I’d…

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What is Being True and Loyal Today?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali My expressed vibrations today will touch on some things that have been on my mind for a little while now. It’s about being truthful and loyal in today’s realm. These are very important issues to me in my accreditation of who I call and value my “real” friends. So, forgive me if…

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Election Commission Denies Singletary’s Protest For New Election

By Beverly Gadon-Birch On Monday, Mayoral Candidate John Singletary presented a formidable and compelling argument before Charleston County Election Commission for overturning North Charleston Mayoral Election that returned incumbent Keith Summey to office for a 7th term.  Singletary presented signed affidavits and videos of election irregularities that were accepted into evidence as exhibits. After viewing clips…

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Telling It Is Like It Is

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’ve observed that in the living experience there are situations that arise where and when a lot of ethnic folk get tongue-twisted in trying to explain themselves, or trying to attempt to, in getting their point(s) across to others. Hmm! Does that sound familiar to you? I believe that it should because…

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Who Supports CCSD Supt. Gerrita Postlewait?

By Barney Blakeney I was talking to a friend digging up a story. He asked, whatever I did, don’t mention how much assistance Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait gives to Black folk’s initiatives. He didn’t want to stir up political wrath against her. Like any good reporter, I always try to accommodate my…

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Benny Starr Hosts Mo’ Better Brunch at Blue Note Bistro

My fondest childhood memories growing up in rural Berkeley County, South Carolina are filled with music. I recall the soulful voices of Whitney, Otis, Michael—Shirley Caesar, all leaping from my mother’s stereo and into my mind’s eye. These voices held a majestic quality and sounded as if they came from someplace far off. On Saturdays,…

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African Americans Saved Cadillac

At the turn of the 20th century, the automobile entered the American scene. During that period there was a proliferation of car manufacturers. In 1903 alone 57 companies came into existence and 27 went bankrupt. Over the years numerous models were introduced that are now a distant memory. Studebaker and Hudson come to mind. But the Cadillac, introduced in…

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A political lesson Political candidates need new strategy to attract Black voters

By Nate Abraham, Jr., Carolina Panorama Publisher The presidential campaigns have hit South Carolina like a hurricane. Presidential candidates seem to be everywhere, playing “Let’s Make A Deal” with potential voters and trying to line up endorsements from preachers to politicians. This outdated idea is based on the misguided premise that Black folks have “leaders” and…

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Burke School Improvement Council Oppose Garrett’s Proposals

The officers of the School Improvement Council (SIC) at Burke High School read Barney Blakeney’s recent piece in the Chronicle, “School Board Member Reflects On Burke High Graduation” with great surprise, in particular quotes attributed to School Board Representative Todd Garrett, who calls for shuttering the school and turning it over to a third-party operator.…

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Carolina Stories: "Charlie’s Place" tells the story of an African American nightclub in Myrtle Beach that was a significant stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit in the segregated South

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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.