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Look Back and See the Future (Part One)

By James Clingman I often use the phrase, “Our history is our future,” to express the fact that everything we need to do today, vis-à-vis economic empowerment, has been done before by African Americans in this country.  Just look back at what Black people built in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, Durham, North Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma’s…

Trump turns back on a future with Cuba

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. In his perverse fixation on overturning all things Barack Obama, President Donald Trump now turns his attention to Cuba, the island located 90 miles off our shore. Reports are that the president plans to travel to Florida to announce that he will reverse Obama’s opening to Cuba, reinstate restrictions…

Summertime, When the Livin’ is Hard for Hungry Children

By Marian Wright Edelman  Summertime, and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high Oh your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’ So hush, little baby, don’t you cry. – Lyrics to Summertime, sung by Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald knew a lot about the haves and have nots. She grew…

Why I’m Proud of the B-CU Grads that Protested Betsy “DeVoid”

By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA Newswire Columnist) I could not be more proud of the students at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) than if I had raised them myself. Responding to the university’s very late selection of Education Secretary Betsy for the spring commencement speaker, graduating seniors chose to turn their backs on a woman who described HBCUs…

Trump’s Plans to Weaken Environmental Protections Would Harm Black Communities

By Keith Rushing   The Trump administration has made clear that it plans to limit environmental protections and reverse course on the stronger regulations achieved under President Barack Obama out of concern for the bottom lines of corporate America. Mainstream media has covered Trump’s decision to prioritize private profits over public health and the well-being…

Climate Change is Creating Climate Refugees

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Have you ever heard of the Marshall Islands? They are 1156 islands that constitute a republic in the South Pacific. Major battles during World War II were contested on those islands and, following the war, nuclear tests were conducted on there, too, from which there was significant radioactive…

Making Dreams Become Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali      My thoughts today are short, sweet and to the point. It seems that life always teaches me so much, even from the slightest instance or occurrence. Last Sunday, I had to stop by a drug store to pick up some items and as I proceeded to the checkout counter my…

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“A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As I shift into writing gear, there is so much swirling around in my head.  So, why don’t I just do a bits and pieces article? Ashleyville Mobile Home Park Residents Caught Between Rock and a Hard Place –  Folks in the mobile home park will be asked to leave and they…

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Black Banking – Self Help Economics

By Barney Blakeney    Here we go again. Another big bank has settled a discrimination lawsuit. The other day I read where Bank of America settled a complaint alleging a James Island branch discriminated against Hispanics trying to make homeownership loans. A couple of years ago it was Wells Fargo whose employees sold customers products…

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Thoughts for the Inquiring Mind

By Hakim Abdul-Ali        Our country’s going through some hard times of late in many sectors of far too many neglected ethnic folks’ hearts, souls, minds and thoughts. And it seems as though a lot of these folk from all cultures, from California to Maine, are showing blossoming signs of desperate angst and…

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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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