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A Parade? What’s Next?

By Julianne Malveaux Our 45th President wants a parade. He wants it in November, probably before the mid-term elections, as a way of mobilizing his base and glorifying himself more than, as he suggests, celebrating the military. He wants the parade because he saw a parade in Paris on Bastille Day. If he went to…

Distraction

(TriceEdneyWire.com) — We’ve just heard #45’s first State of the Union message.  Some had hoped he’d be decent, if not presidential.  Considering White House paranoia over the Russia investigation, for many, his speech has already been pushed into the fog of forgetfulness by news of the public release of classified information from the House of Representatives’…

Black Women Show the Way Forward in 2018

By Monica Simpson, SisterSong Executive Director There is a reckoning afoot in this country. On one side, Trump has emboldened and embodied a virulent and reckless hate that targets women, Black people, and immigrants (among many others). Each day brings a new outrage. On the other side, #MeToo has followed #BlackLivesMatter as a hashtag-turned-movement, led…

Investing in Workforce Generates Healthy Returns

By Odie Donald II In the last month, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced that the nation’s capitol has lifted the label from the U. S. Department of Labor as a “high-risk” partner in job training and employment programs, and “at-risk” in Unemployment Insurance programs. The District had carried these risk designations since 2012,…

One Year of Trump: What We’ve Lost and What We’ve Learned

By Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) The year leading up to his inauguration in 2017, as the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump espoused senseless, baseless and ultimately empty assertions about the state of Black Americans and our communities. “What the hell do you have to lose?” he screamed in front of a predominantly White crowd in…

Blacks and Politics: Either Get Engaged or Get Left Behind

By Jeffrey Boney, NNPA Member/Houston Forward Times Okay, everyone, if you are reading this, welcome to 2018. You made it, and with that being said, I feel that this is the perfect opportunity for us to be honest about an important truth. First of all, as I see it, it is extremely clear to me,…

Building An Economic Infrastructure

By Barney Blakeney For the past little while I’ve been thinking about how getting stuff done takes time and effort. What’s the saying, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’? So as I thought about the $17 million that blanketed Charleston along with the August 21 solar eclipse, I better understood why Black owned businesses saw…

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“KEBUKA!,” An Unforgettable Memory

By Hakim Abdul-Ali There are times in my life when I have to step back and seriously reflect about many isolated, disturbing and poignant issues that affect me as a thinking “hue- man” being of color. “Life’s occurrences are symbolic metaphors in so many instances” is something that I always have to remind myself of.…

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Arduous Voyages

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today’s rap is rather simple in literary delivery, but it’s powerful in meaning. It’s about handling some of the distressing twists and traumatic turns in our lives. We all go through some “Arduous Voyages” in life as my mother used to call the difficult times in life that many “hue-mans” in her…

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What a Difference A Day Makes

By Beverly Gadsom-Birch   Good Morning Charleston! What a difference a day makes.  I believe it was Dinah Washington who sang that song back in the day. The storm passed over, hallelujah!! I decided to lighten up a little bit today with a little bit of humor because Irma really put me through the stress…

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What’s Good For The Goose …

By Barney Blakeney    I probably shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was reading a news report about the sentencing of the first of nine suspects involved in the local college illegal drug ring Charleston police busted last year. According to the report a circuit court judge gave 24-year-old Benjamin Nauss two years’ probation instead…

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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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