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African Queen to Address PAFEN in South Carolina

Her Majesty Queen Mother Dowoti Desir Hounon Houna II (Queen of the Palace of Dada Daagbo Hounon Houna II Guely and Supreme Spiritual Chief of Vodun Hwendo) of Benin, West Africa will be the keynote speaker for the 5th Annual Meeting of the Pan African Family Empowerment and Land Preservation Network (PAFEN) on Saturday, May…

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Zambian Villagers Win Landmark Ruling in Water Poisoning Case

Zambian villagers whose livelihoods were turned upside down by a toxic spill from a copper mine will finally have their day in court. The villagers succeeded against the odds in a case pitting their claims against a worldwide mining company which denied responsibility for the spill caused by a local Zambian company it controlled. It…

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On Earth Day, Africa Braces For Severe Drought 

Water has no enemy. That’s the theme of a popular song by famed Nigerian singer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti who reminds us just how vital water is. If you’re going to wash, he sings, it’s water you’re going to use. If you want to cook soup, cool off in hot weather, give to your…

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Libya Faces New Round Of Fighting With Foreign Backers 

“Why is Libya so lawless”? That was the question on the lips of some of the reporters covering the dangerous new level of confrontation facing Libyans by internal and external forces including foreign countries in Europe and the Middle East. The capital, Tripoli, is now the scene of serious fighting between rival forces as negotiations…

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Ebola Outbreak Not A Global Emergency, Says World Health Group

The World Health Organization has declined to declare the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo a global health emergency because the disease is currently limited to two provinces, reports Science. On the same day, WHO reported the efficacy of an Ebola vaccine that is going through a preliminary trial to be 97.5 percent at…

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Sudanese Demands For A Civilian Government Remain Firm

Protests that began over the skyrocketing price of bread and shortages of food and fuel have accomplished what few people believed was possible in a country ruled by a leader with an iron fist.  A Sudanese people’s movement was born on the streets of Khartoum. Hundreds of thousands of women and men hunkered down and…

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African Leaders Build Weapons Stockpiles Aided By Russian Dealers

There’s a new “rumble in the jungle” in the words of Muhammad Ali but George Foreman isn’t a part of it. What’s changing on the African landscape is the configuration of allies and business partners. Russia, most notably, is making a comeback in weapons sales to Africa, topping western and Chinese arms sellers by a…

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African Philanthropist Corrects Misleading Migration Reports

Africans migrating from the continent make up a much smaller share of the global migrant population than is commonly reported and should be viewed as a positive phenomenon, not a threat. Those were the opening remarks of Sudanese philanthropist Mo Ibrahim, speaking at a weekend conference hosted by Ibrahim’s foundation in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Citing…

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Over 100 Kidnapped Girls In Nigeria Reach Five Years In Captivity

The 112 girls kidnapped from a boarding school in Nigeria and still being held by Boko Haram will have spent five years in captivity if they are not released by next Sunday. That was the sad message released by members of the Bring Back Our Girls movement who have been urging more action by the…

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African Culture Comes Alive in ‘The Burial of Kojo’ by Blitz the Ambassador

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia “The Burial of Kojo” — among the offerings from Ava DuVernay’s Array Now Film Distribution Company and currently airing on Netflix, has been called quite the marvel that flexes visual storytelling muscles that you didn’t know existed. Critics have also lauded the new flick for taking “unexpected risks with…

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47 State Attorneys General Tell Secretary DeVos to Follow the Law: Forgive Federal Student Loans Held by Disabled Veterans

By Charlene Crowell Although Memorial Day is considered by many civilians as the unofficial start of summer, the true intent of the holiday is to annually honor those who lost their lives fighting for our country.  The men and women who wear or have worn this nation’s uniform in military service across wars and generations are…

School Vouchers Are a Failed Experiment

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “How bad are school vouchers for students? Far worse than most people imagine. Indeed, the use of school vouchers—which provide families with public dollars to spend on private schools—is equivalent to missing out on more than one-third of a year of classroom learning.” – Center for American Progress study,…

“Black” or “African American?”

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia In a recent televised commentary, Dr. Greg Carr, chair of Howard University’s Department of Afro-American Studies kick-started a stirring conversation that has mostly taken place inside the confines of Black communities around the country. Carr tackled the sometimes-uncomfortable topic of identifying as Black versus African-American. “Despite the dictionary…

We Can Free a Generation from Burden of College Loan Debt

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The reaction — shock, joy, disbelief, euphoria — revealed the importance of Robert F. Smith’s stunning gift, when he announced, unexpectedly, that he would pay off all the college debts of Morehouse College students graduating this year. His gift literally changed the prospects and the lives of the vast majority…

Remembering Unita Blackwell

By Marian Wright Edelman I was deeply sorry to hear of the passing of my friend Mayor Unita Blackwell. She was one of a kind. She was always laughing and making other people laugh and she never stopped growing, learning, rolling with the punches, and punching back when she had to. As a civil rights…

The Congressional Black Caucus must oppose HR 246

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor Think about it this way. If every tactic that was used by African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement and/or in the fight against apartheid South Africa was either criminalized or attacked by the US Congress, how would you respond? HR 246 is a bill before Congress that…

Money Talks: Corruption In High Places

By Beverly Gadson-Birch How many of you have heard the saying, “money talks”? Y’all old schoolers can put your hands down. Now, how many of y’all old schoolers remember “Operation Lost Trust”?  Operation Lost Trust happened nearly twenty years ago involving South Carolina Legislators and resulted in specific limits being placed on campaign contributions in local…

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Ramadan Kareem

By Hakim Abdul-Ali In the Islamic world, the most anticipated time of the year is the arrival of the luminous month of Ramadan. It’s a sacred month where its thirty day month fasting period requirement is a premium virtuous endeavor for all of its sincere and dutiful observants. Ramadan is actually the ninth month of…

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Ride The Shared Future Wave

By Barney Blakeney From Day 1 I knew the shared Future Project would be an issue. I’ve done some time serving on boards of directors. They’re double-edged swords – they offer excellent and meaningful opportunities to give back, but they’re time-consuming and often require some financial investment as well. Ultimately I think they’re well worth…

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NAN Press Conference – No Longer Business As Usual

By Beverly Gadson-Birch We will not rest as long as there is unrest in our communities and disparities in our schools. We have had four senseless killings of young African American males within the past two weeks. That’s four deaths too many. While we can’t place the recent rash of murders by young African American males solely…

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The Voices of the Motherland Speaks

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Afrika is the mother of all “hue-manity” because it’s the birthplace of all “hue-man” creation. As such, I’ve come to recognize that much wisdom must be hidden within the very soul of this magnificent continent’s noble people. Over the past five decades, I’ve studied many proverbial offerings from this vast, ancient seat…

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The Death And Destruction of Two Children

By Barney Blakeney I had to think of Martin Luther King’s quote before starting to write this column – “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” I’ve been bothered ever since 10-year-old RaNiya Wright died after a…

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Children Are The Fabric Of Our Community

Adults should live so that young people would want to pattern themselves after us. We need to help young people stay focused so they would not end up a statistic or in jail. All young people want is for someone to love them. We have enough to go around. Adults should help young people make…

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Environmental Racism – A Quiet Killer in Black Communities

By Antoine M. Thompson  While we often hear and read about police brutality, housing and employment discrimination, there is simply inadequate media coverage of an equally destructive form of racism….environmental racism. The pollution of air, land and water are all environmental injustices that often shorten the life expectancy of Black people. This lack of attention…

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Enough Is Enough, Again

After reading writer after writer calling on our school board to “fix” our failing schools, I cried, I have seen this play before, always directed by white, educational protagonists. Consultants who have never addressed this problem in real life, are hired from our universities to show that something is being done. This effort, too, like others, will…

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A Tale of Two Cities: Charleston and North Charleston’s Approach to Policing Reform

By Shaundra Scott and Estherjoy Mungai Four years ago, on the fourth day of the fourth month of the year, Walter Scott was killed by North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager. The entire nation turned to North Charleston as footage of the horrific shooting forced us, once again, to confront the painful relationship between people…

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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 Damonfordham@yahoo.com for speaking engagements.