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Exploitation, Abuse – It’s Business As Usual In The Black Community

By Barney Blakeney    Sometimes I get so backed up it seems there’s more stuff to do than time to do it. So it was several days after the incident that I learned about the March 31 assault of an accused shoplifter by operators at a North Charleston neighborhood convenience store. By then the incident…

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My Dad and the “Move to the Groove”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali      I’m sitting here seemingly looking aimlessly into space and, for some unfathomable reason, I’m presently thinking about my late father’s advice to me. I know this has to end soon because I’ve got stuff to do and truly it’s time to get busy. In my worlds of emerging urgent tasks,…

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Spring is a Time for Reflections

By Hakim Abdul-Ali        Greetings to you, and I trust that you’re doing well, especially doing so with an amicable heart and a sound mind. Being peaceful and happy are goals we all should strive for each and every second of our existences. From where I’m coming from today in my mind’s eye…

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Prostate Cancer

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  I was in a doctor’s office last week and the receptionist asked the patient in front of me for his list of medications.  As he handed over the list, he immediately started making excuses for not taking two of the prescriptions on the list—one for hypertension and the other for cholesterol.  The…

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What Would King Say?

By Barney Blakeney    Another significant date has sneaked up on me again. I realized last week April 4 is the 49th anniversary of Martin L. King Jr.’s assassination. Chronicle Publisher James French each year often ran an editorial piece with reference to King’s assassination pretty much asking what King would say about our country…

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CCSD Board Wants To Kick Garrett To The Curb

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The Charleston County School Board of Trustees at its March 13 Committee of the Whole Meeting decided to recommend to the Board as an Action Item to consolidate Garrett Academy with the new North Charleston Center for Advanced Studies at North Charleston High School. Background: The Board’s recommendation is a follow up…

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