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Times Are Changing, So Should Our Political Strategies

By Barney Blakeney   The rumor mill had been buzzing for weeks about a political upheaval in North Charleston. The word was that S.C. House Dist. 113 Rep. Seth Whipper would be stepping down from the seat he’s occupied the past 23 years. I was a little conflicted. As far as I can tell, the…

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A Muslim Remembers the Departed

By Hakim Abdul-Ali            “Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raaji’oon” is what a Muslim says when someone passes. It literally means “To ALLAH we belong and to Him (alone) is our return.” That’s a powerful and resonant verisimilitude to always keep in one’s spiritual mirror going forward, and, as I’ve been…

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Mother’s Day: Reflections of a Daughter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    Mother’s Day is a special time set aside to recognize mothers nationally. And, if your mother has passed away, it’s a time of reflection. There is barely a day that goes by that I don’t think about my mother. Sometimes, it’s just the little things that pop up during the day…

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Whether Friends Or Allies – It’s All Good

By Barney Blakeney    When I was a kid – all those years ago – we used a phrase, “making friends”, that referred to building relationships. Making friends was serious business. It meant you had a bond, you cared about your friend, would support and defend your friend. People don’t make friends anymore. They develop…

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The Signs are Quite Evident

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    Anyone who knows anything about me personally and also about my philosophical writing style in general, knows that I always try to relate most things that I discuss in spiritual terms of understanding. It’s because I only worship, praise and honor the Creator Alone and no one else. That’s the only…

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Getting Back on Track: It Begins at Home

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   No one knows better than Professor Damon Fordham how slavery negatively impacts generations. The Professor may not have lived through it, but he studied it. I am certain the Professor did not wake up one morning and decided to study history because he had nothing better to do. And, similarly, I…

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