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Dr. E. Faye Williams,  National President of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – By now you know I look forward to the weekly opportunity of sharing my opinions with my readers.  I pray that they offer helpful, thought-provoking, and uplifting ideas. For several months, we have mostly had dreadful events about which to write. …

Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali’s Diverse Career, Commitment to Social Justice, Earn Accolades from National Urban League

By Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “I absolutely love this country, but like so many people have some real questions and concerns about how things have gone down over the years and where we’re at. And that’s from a place of love, because I want the country…

Black Celebrities, Athletes and Politicians Must Respect The Black Press

By Rosetta Miller-Perry, The Tennessee Tribune/NNPA Member Throughout history, the Black Press has been the best friend that Black celebrities, athletes and politicians have ever had. The Black Press often covers Black public figures from the very start of their careers, before they’re “discovered” by the mainstream media, all the way through to their ascension…

Texans Owner Bob McNair “Inmates” Comment Sparks Outrage

By Jeffrey Boney, Houston Forward Times Associate Editor and NNPA Member Black players in the National Football League have been described as ungrateful, thugs, sons of b***hes and inmates by talking heads on sports radio, the commander-in-chief and most recently at least one NFL owner. Some current and former NFL players, including the exiled Colin Kaepernick, have decided to…

Winter’s Songfest

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s now December, and it’s becoming like the dawning of a new “Winter’s Songfest” to me. I’m a nature lover at heart, so I trust that you’ll flow with me in this week’s article because it’s about being at peace as nature planned it. Yes, it’s the scenic time of the…

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Two Sets of Rules: Powerful & Powerless

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  Since the beginning of time, people of color inhabited the Earth. Everyone is different! Even identical twins are different.  Think about it! There lies a lot of conflict.  With different personalities and backgrounds, folks are bound to disagree.  However, our differences should not be grounds for cultural or racial disrespect.  Neither should…

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Slager’s Debt To Society – Paid In Full, Or Pay It Forward

By Barney Blakeney   Michael Slager is back again. Slager is the former North Charleston police officer videotaped in 2015 shooting an unarmed Walter Scott in the back five times as Scott ran away. Slager this week is being sentenced in federal court for violating Scott’s civil rights. The incident occurred more than two years…

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So Much Trouble in the World

By Hakim Abdlu-Ali   The late and truly great reggae superstars Bob Marley and The Wailers once sang and recorded the intuitive song “So Much Trouble in The World” in 1979. Mr. Marley, who died in 1981, and his group from back then couldn’t have left or made a better intro to what’s happening in…

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There Must Be a Just Response to the Killing of Charleena Lyles

Death raises many disturbing questions and provides a crucial opportunity for Seattle police accountability system The following statement is from ACLU of Washington Executive Director Kathleen Taylor.  “The ACLU of Washington is dismayed and heartsick at the killing of Charleena Lyles, a mother of four and longtime Seattle resident, after she called to ask the…

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Jeff Sessions has done more damage in his first 100 days than his boss

By Hanna Kozlowska US attorney general Jeff Sessions may not be part of the biggest investigation in the Department of Justice, but as he reaches 100 days in office, there’s little doubt that he’s had an important impact on the American criminal-justice system-potentially for years to come. Despite the political turmoil of the Trump administration,…

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What the CBO Score Means for South Carolina

“There is a mean spirit rampant in our country that would have us punish our most vulnerable citizens for simply being poor, old, sick, or holding down well-paying jobs,” said Steve Skardon, Jr., executive director of Palmetto Project. “It suggests that if these people are starved long enough or allowed to be a bit sicker,…

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Does the DeVos Education Budget Promote “Choice” or Segregation?

By Kimberly Hall and Michael Hilton The American public education system should provide an equal opportunity for all students to receive a quality rigorous education – regardless of class, race or ethnicity. In direct opposition to this goal, the Fiscal Year 2018 education budget recommendations from the Trump Administration show an effort to limit opportunities,…

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August 2017 events and programs at Charleston County Parks & Recreation

    August Special Events   Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series: Mystic Vibrations Friday, Aug. 4. Gates open at 7:30; music starts at 8:30 p.m. James Island County Park The final event in the annual concert series will feature Mystic Vibrations. Bring your chair or blanket and rock the night away to traditional old school…

Charleston County Public Library August 2017 Program Lineup

The Charleston County Public Library offers the following free programs in August for children, teens and adults. Classic Arcade Throughout August Main Library – downtown, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC  29401: 843-805-6930 Play more than 280 arcade classics including “Double Dragon” (1987), “Golden Axe” (1989) and “Final Fight” (1989). View printed circuit boards and software on…

TheWettExperience’s 5th Annual Back 2 School Giveaway

It’s that time of year again and class is almost in session! The National Retail Federation estimated families will spend $674 on back to school supplies and clothing. TheWettExperience is making it their mission to provide school supplies to students for a successful school year. The back to school drive will be hosted by TheWettExperience,…

McLeod Plantation Historic Site hosts Pop-up Photography Exhibit August 20: Pete Marovich’s Shadows of the Gullah Geechee

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) is proud to host a one-day pop-up photography exhibit at McLeod Plantation Historic Site. On Sunday, Aug. 20, award winning photographer Pete Marovich will show selections from his exhibit entitled Shadows of the Gullah Geechee at the historic site on James Island. Marovich’s photographs explore the lives…

Non-Profit hosts 12th Annual Money Fair Free for Area Residents

The Increasing H.O.P.E. Financial Training Center is pleased to announce its 12th presentation of Money Fair Saturday, August 5th, 2017 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Alfred Williams Community Center at 4441 Durant Avenue in North Charleston. In addition to providing financial literacy and education during its annual community outreach, the non-profit organization will…

Reggae Nights finale August 4 with Mystic Vibrations at James Island County Park

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC)’s Reggae Nights Concert Series will host its last concert of the summer on Friday, Aug. 4 at James Island County Park with Mystic Vibrations.  Gates open at 7:30 p.m and music will begin at 8:30. All gates will close to incoming traffic at 10:30 and the concert…

Tickets Now On Sale for the 47th Annual Hendrick Charleston Sertoma Football Classic

  It’s the official kick off for high school football in the Lowcountry – the annual Sertoma Football Classic. For 47 years, local high school students from the tri-county area come together to showcase their school’s talent both on the football field and off. The 2017 Hendrick Charleston Sertoma Football Classic is Thursday, August 10…

North Charleston to present “Drum Sermons: Folktales Legends & Myths from the Far Corners of Africa” July 28

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department will present Drum Sermons: Folktales, Legends & Myths from the Far Corners of Africa performed by Orisirisi African Folklore on Friday July 28th. The program is for all ages and features two showings at two different locations. Daycares, community groups, families, and individuals are welcome to attend…

“Fa We Ancestas”: Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival August 4-6 At St. Helena

“Fa We Ancestas” is the theme of the 2017 “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™.”  This festival began on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation in 2005 and has since traveled to numerous cities of the Gullah/Geechee Nation as well as to the Bahamas. This year’s return to St. Helena Island…

Chronicles of Adam Musical Theater Workshop

The South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation has received Fy18 funding from the South Carolina Arts Commission to present Artist-in-Residencies in rural communities in South Carolina. The Foundation will present a three-day musical theater workshop, Tuesday, August 1 – 3, 2017 at the Household of Faith Church #3, 720 Hudson Street, Hartsville, SC, 5:00 –…

Edmond Robinson Football Camp at St. John’s High

Boys and girls ages 8-18 are welcomed and encouraged to attend this half day football camp featuring NFL players and coaches sponsored by Islander graduate and current Minnesota Vikings player, Edmond Robinson, this Saturday at St. John’s High School (1518 Main Road). Registration is FREE and activities will include conditioning, position drills, 7 on 7,…

Charleston Jazz and the Gibbes Museum of Art present ‘The Art of Jazz’ featuring Demetrius Doctor

Charleston Jazz is partnering with the Gibbes Museum of Art to present ‘The Art of Jazz,’ a summer series of music inspired by the current works on view at The Gibbes. The second concert of this 3-part series will feature the Demetrius Doctor Trio, taking place on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, from 6:00 – 7:00…

Charleston County Public Library announces photo casting call

Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) announces a casting call for patrons who love their local library! CCPL customers of all ages are invited to visit their nearest regional branch and be photographed using library services. Many of the photos taken will be featured on CCPL’s new website, which will launch later this year, along with…

Master Planning public meeting July 20 for West Ashley’s Old Towne Creek County Park

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) will hold a public information and input meeting for the master planning of its “Old Towne Creek County Park” property. All interested members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria…

Baptist Hill Raising Funds for Athletic Uniforms

Baptist Hill Middle High School is hosting a fundraiser this Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot (6251 Highway 162) in Hollywood. School administrators, coaches, and student-athletes are participating in a barbeque and car wash to raise a significant portion of their goal of $13,000 for…

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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.