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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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Creating More Effective Systems

By Barney Blakeney    I found the news story about a 20-year-old Black man sentenced to 15 years in prison disturbing. The young man, charged in a robbery that resulted in a shooting death, was out on bond when authorities said he went on Facebook advertising drug sales and brandished a gun threatening people. The…

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Sustainability Institutue: Getting Back on Track

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    This is a follow up to last week’s article dealing with black folk “getting back on track”. Have you ever seen a derailed train? It’s not a pretty sight. Depending on the severity of the derailment, it can be a scattered, mangled mess. It’s physically impossible for men to return it…

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Let Your Thoughts Fly You Higher

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    The living experience in this phase of existence is a wonderful vestige to be a part of and to savor. Being that “hue-man” life is so temporary, I believe that each moment above ground in the here and now is a spiritual premium. I meet many different ethnic “colored” souls during…

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North Charleston Redevelopment Is A Game Of Chess

By Barney Blakeney    Vigilance, perseverance, planning and execution. I think that’s what it takes to be successful. So when I read last week two news stories about redevelopment occurring in North Charleston, I thought about something I’ve encouraged through this column – really since I’ve been writing professionally. That is collective effort to achieve…

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Tender is “This” Reality

By Hakim-Abdul-Ali      If you’re reading this article, you’re obviously in the here and now. To this singular experience there’s not too much more you can say to that except but to thank God Alone for being able to experience one more moment in time.       That’s a miraculous opportunity to say…

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