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National Urban League Young Professionals President Encourages Young Professionals of Color in the Age of President Trump

Carlos Clanton, National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) president provides words of encouragement for young professionals who may be living with intense uncertainty in the current political climate. In a recent blog post, he answered the question “what now?” Clanton draws upon the strength of leaders from previous eras and provides insights for action steps…

Research Paper Reveals ‘Ignored Potential’ of Black Women in Engineering

With employment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) expected to increase by 10 percent over the next three years, and thousands of unfilled positions reported in some STEM sectors, the dearth of African-American engineering graduates has been cause for alarm nationwide. Little known, however, is that gender is a major factor in the anemic…

Speak Out To Protect Your Health

By Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) For six years, Republicans have repeated the same phrase in every conversation about healthcare: “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now that Republicans control all levers of government, they are preparing legislation to strip 30 million Americans of the everyday security of health insurance. The impact of any…

Saving Hearts and Lives in the African-American Community

By Patricia Maryland, Dr.PH (NNPA Newswire Guest Columnist) Our heart is the engine that keeps our body running. That’s why problems with the heart—such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure or heart failure—can significantly impact a person’s well-being, and, at worst, be life-threatening. During February, American Heart Month, we were able to shine a…

Nation’s largest student loan servicer charged borrowers too much, says CFPB

By Charlene Crowell The financial futures of more than 12 million federal and private student loan borrowers who collectively owe approximately $300 billion is at the crux of a lawsuit filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). CFPB is suing Navient Corporation and two of its subsidiaries for using shortcuts and deception to illegally cheat…

Trump’s tough talk won’t fix Chicago

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Donald Trump is fixated on what he describes as the “carnage” going on in Chicago, suggesting that if Chicago’s horrendous homicide rate doesn’t come down, he’ll “send in the feds.” At his recent press conference, he announced plans to create “a task for reducing violent crime in America, including…

Ruthless Killers: Younger and Younger

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    Every time I think things can’t get any worse they do. As cruel and inhumane as it may be, senseless deaths of children are happening more and more frequently. Recently in Colleton County, a 19-year-old male was arrested for murdering three members of a Ruffin family, a couple and their 13-year-old…

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New YMCA Facility Will Continue Its Old Mission

By Barney Blakeney    The YMCA of Greater Charleston this week will break ground on a new facility in Berkeley County’s Cane Bay Community realizing a dream its founders never could have imagined, says Executive Director Paul Stoney. The late Charleston County School District teacher and administrator Nathaniel Washington taught me the fundamentals of organized…

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When is Living Not Sacred?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali         Life presents every living “hue-man” soul with different challenges galore. The living experience also has many in between contrasting moments of ups and downs when, sometimes, you can’t describe those entities with degrees of certainty. Does any of what I just said make any sense to you now…

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Summer Safety Tips For Parents

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    School is weeks from being over and 16-year-old Martin Capers of Walterboro will not be returning next school term. Capers drowned over the weekend and his body was recovered in the Edisto River. What a tragedy!!! The Charleston County Parks Department has many structured activities for children. Check out their website,…

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Charleston’s Freedom School a Step in the Right Direction

By Barney Blakeney    I’ve always thought that municipal governments should play a more significant role in public education. I was blessed to have come through school at a time when a public school education was as good as almost any other. Although ours was a racially segregated public school system (the current system is…

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Every Day Is A Noteworthy Happening

By Hakim Abdul-Ali      There are many times in my secluded thoughts that I wonder about the intrinsic realities of the omnipresent here and ubiquitous now with extreme spiritual reflections. It seems as though that the living experience is always teaching me something about the awesome simplicities of life itself. Take for instance when,…

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