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The Infrastructure Hoax

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling.  Nearly ten percent of our bridges are deficient or decrepit, a quarter of our schools are in fair or poor condition. More than half of all schools need major repairs before they can be classified as good, but 31 states spend less on school construction…

Young, Gifted, and Black: What No One Told Me About Being “First” To Go To College

By Brandon Terrell I was reared and schooled in Detroit, where poverty and oppression eloquently danced while violence and crime serenaded the communities. The crime and oppression in my neighborhood drove me to submit a college application that changed my life’s trajectory. I wasn’t going to college to become an adult; I faced mature challenges…

Emancipation Day Was Jan. 1: We Must Never Forget the Sacrifice and the Triumph

By Jesse Jackson, Sr. One hundred forty-five years ago on Jan. 1, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, helping to transform this country from a union of states into a nation, from a country stained by slavery into one moving at great cost closer to “liberty and justice for all.” On Jan. 1, 1863, in…

Trump Doubles Down on U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem by Threatening U.S. Allies

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Columnist I wasn’t really surprised by Trump’s willingness to threaten the world for daring to stand up to his aggressive move of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; hearing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley suggest that the U.S. was taking names, made this…

Kwanzaa – An Antidote to Insanity

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The sickening sight of smug sycophantic Republicans celebrating the passage of their tax bill on the White House lawn was the Scrooge-like move to drop a lump of coal into the stockings of the 13 million Americans likely to lose health insurance coverage thanks to the move. Of course, corporations…

The False Slogan of Right to Work: An Attack on Worker Freedom

By Lee Saunders, President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a union of 1.6 million public service workers Today’s economy is rigged against working families and in favor of the wealthy and the powerful. That’s not by accident. CEOs and the politicians who do their bidding have written the rules that…

Houston, We Have A Problem

By Beverly Gadson-Birch According to Wikipedia, “Houston, we have a problem” has often been credited to communications between Astronaut Jack Swigert and NASA during an explosion that crippled Apollo 13 spaceflight.  Swigert’s words have been changed and shortened somewhat to the famous quote “Houston, we have a problem”.  In the aftermath of Harvey, these same…

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Beyond The Politics Of Workplace Violence

By Barney Blakeney   I got the call while writing on deadline. My mind was on the story I was writing so it took a minute to understand what the caller was talking about. The mind works a lot faster than the mouth. A lot of times people speak with half sentences as their mind…

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Don’t Let Negative Folks Destroy You

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   Today I’m going to rap to you about a very troubling situation that’s oftentimes occurring in our lives. And that is dealing with negativities floating all around us.      First, let me briefly set the scenario behind why I’m addressing this topic now. It’s based upon a rather impromptu  conversation…

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Taking A Pause

By Hakim Abdul-Ali     A lot of stuff is going on in the world. Some global ethnically abstract-minded “colored” folk, including some of them who are here in our own vastly racially separated and political divided nation, don’t even know or care about the real happenings and its signs that are flashing before their…

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Changing The Flava Of Charleston

By Barney Blakeney    There’s a new flava in the house. There’s a brand new flava in the house. I was reminded of those lyrics from some song, whose title I can’t remember, the other day during a conversation with a new friend. The guy grew up in the Upstate, but now lives here. His…

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Remembering Dick Gregory, “Our” Ultimate Activist

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    Legendary civil rights activist and accomplished former entertainer Dick Gregory died on August 19, 2017. The news of his death caused a stone, cold pause in my thoughts generating  immense reflective respect for this great teacher and iconic freedom fighter. I have nothing but respect for him because Mr. Gregory, or…

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