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#45 Hates Women

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, President and CEO of the National Congress of Black Women (TriceEdneyWire.com) – #45 hates women!  It probably was not necessary for me to say that, but if you didn’t already know it, we now know that #45 hates women—and he’s off the chart in his hatred of women of color.  Never…

Making the Case for More Men of Color in Early Education

By Royston Maxwell Lyttle As educators, we have an obligation to give our students every opportunity to succeed. Parents rely on us to ensure their children are armed with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive once they leave our classrooms. Over my more than 15 years in education, I have learned that to…

NFL Must “Provide a Better Platform” on Racism and Criminal Justice Reform

By Marc H. Morial, President of the National Urban League “We want to make sure we are understanding what the players are talking about, and that is complex.” – National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year began kneeling during the National Anthem at the start of games, he…

What is a Black Identity Extremist?

By Julianne Malveaux While White men are beating Black men on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, while a lone White wolf is shooting people from the Mandalay Bay Hotel, while the word “terrorist” is hardly used to describe these men, the FBI, under the leadership of the racist Attorney General Jeff Beauregard Sessions, is thinking…

Students Are The Losers In Adults’ Political Games

By Barney Blakeney  Over the past week, a couple of things have gone down that illustrates how the political agenda of adults continues to stifle our children and their futures. I got the call as I left Wesley UMC Sunday where young Rev. Sh’Kur Francis had given a dynamic message telling our young people to…

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An Occasion for “Thanks & Giving”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   Around this time of the year during every November in the United States of America, families gather together on the fourth Thursday to celebrate what has become known traditionally as Thanksgiving Day. It’s an annual public and festive occurrence that brings much joy and happiness to many ethnic citizenry of our…

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The Future Lies in Land and Education

By Barney Blakeney I was watching something on television the other day when one of the characters said, “It’s the future that counts.” The comment made me reflect on what we so often think is important. It made me think about my maternal grandfather, Washington Miller. I never knew my grandfather. He died before I…

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Thanksgiving: A Happy Time For Some, Not All

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As we approach the Thanksgiving holidays, I am reminded of just how blessed I am. While I am counting my blessings, there will be those among us that are not as fortunate.  The poor, homeless and jobless will always be among us.  There will be those who feel like throwing in the…

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Homage to Sarah Buncum Simmons: Mother’s Day 2017

By Ade Ofunniyin, PhD It has been nearly five years since I began my work with Gullah Society and African Burial Grounds. My interest was spurred by a visit to the gravesite of my ancestor William Simmons Senior. The late Mr. Simmons is the grandfather of my grandfather Philip Simmons. William Simmons Sr., his son…

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Does History Make a Difference?

By Dr. William Small, Jr. The American political landscape currently seems to be in a state of disarray. The confusion that now seems to abound serves to create the impression, in the minds of some, that the nation is experiencing some transition in its national values. It is true that we have a President who…

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Let’s Talk About SEX!

By James Johnson    One of the worst tragedies within the African-American community is our failure to properly educate our youth in regards to sex and instill in them a strong sense of sexual responsibility. Even within many of our churches, the topic of sex is all too often “swept under a rug” and danced…

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Strengthen the Economic Foundation of African-American Small Businesses

Booker T. Washington, educator, author and leader in the African-American community, once said, “At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion itself, there must be, for our race, as for all races, an economic foundation, economic prosperity, economic independence.” Uttered more than 100 years ago, the words…

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The Special Needs Prom To Be Held August 18

In an effort to provide ongoing recreation and social opportunities for community members with disabilities, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) and the City of Charleston Therapeutic Recreation Division invite people with special needs to a prom-themed celebration on Friday, Aug. 18. People with special needs and their families and caregivers are invited…

Preserve The Gullah presents ‘GEECHEE GALA: An Archival Fundraiser’

Preserve The Gullah and CharlestonGOOD have teamed up to bring a night of artistic and cultural exploration with “The Geechee Gala” Archival Fundraiser on July 15, 2017. The gala and gallery, which will take place at 2 Canal St., marks PTG’s first ever fundraising event and aims to raise funds to go towards the historic…

Comedian Trevor Noah Takes Over North Charleston PAC September 22

Reserved seat tickets go on sale Friday, July 14 at 10AM Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. This year “The Daily Show” has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award (Comedy/Variety Series). Noah joined “The Daily…

Live from the Underground to Return on July 22

Live from the Underground: The Cookout returns to Purple Buffalo on July 22, 2017. In partnership with Dope & Rare and Blu Gorilla Tattoo, Tee N Mac will create a music-fest vibe with two stages, performances and a vendor market. What started off as a concert will now be the ultimate summer experience with food…

The Charleston Rhizome Collective to host multi-media installation at City Gallery July 22-August 27

  The Charleston Rhizome Collective and The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs present conNECKted: Imaginings for Truth and Reconciliation, a multi-media installation, at City Gallery July 22 through August 27, 2017. The exhibition will open with a reception Friday, July 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. All events are free and open to…

Special Needs Swim Nights continue July 15 and 29

  The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is welcoming people with special needs, their families, caregivers and friends to a unique night at the waterpark! On Saturday, July 15, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark in North Charleston will open its gates in the evening for these guests to enjoy. Splash Zone will host its Special Needs…

The Charleston Friends of the Library Host John’s Island Book Sale

  Are you ready to find some great books at a great price?  The John’s Island Book Sale, offered by the Charleston Friends of the Library is just around the corner.  On July 28th and 29th, more than 10,000 books, DVDs, and CDs will be available at the John’s Island Regional Library (3531 Maybank Highway), for…

Ill Vibe The Tribe presents Elevators Volume 3

On Friday, July 14, 2017 at Purple Buffalo, local culture curators Ill Vibe the Tribe are presenting the third installation of their ever popular Hip Hop Showcase, Elevators. Elevators Volume 3 features the talents of JDanzo, of 803 The Clique, Charleston’s own Sunny Malin and two very special guests Mostafa and Landon Wordswell. Dj SCrib and IllVibe’s…

July 2017 events and programs at Charleston County Parks & Recreation

July Special Events   Uncle Sam Jam Tuesday, July 4, 7 – 11 p.m. Mount Pleasant Pier Get your tickets early! Celebrate the Fourth of July on the Mount Pleasant Pier! Dance to Carolina beach and party music performed by Recollections, at an excellent venue for viewing fireworks displays throughout the Lowcountry. Beverages will be…

Charleston County Public Library July 2017 Program Lineup

The Charleston County Public Library offers the following free programs in July for children, teens and adults.  Saul Alexander Gallery Exhibit Throughout July Main Library – downtown, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC  29401: 843-805-6930 Seven Plus One by Beth Melton-Seabrook The works in this exhibit are the result of Beth’s connection to her kindred spirit, the octopus,…

Charleston County Public Library offers free solar eclipse programs and safety glasses

Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) will provide numerous opportunities in August for residents of all ages to learn about the upcoming solar eclipse and pick up a pair of free safety glasses.   A total eclipse of the sun will be visible Aug. 21 in the continental United States for the first time in almost…

The Bend Announces Lineup for 2nd Installment of Marsh Jam, July 6

The Bend, a 17-acre property on the banks of the Ashley River, is proud to announce the July lineup for Marsh Jam, a series of outdoor performances occurring on the first Thursday of every month. The event will take place on Thursday, July 6 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. and is open to the public…

Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series hosts Jah Works July 21 at James Island County Park

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s (CCPRC) Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series continues on July 21 at James Island County Parks with Jah Works. Gates open at 7:30 p.m and the music will begin at 8:30 p.m. All gates will close to incoming traffic at 10:30 and the concert will end at 11 p.m.…

Charleston County Parks hosting Solar Eclipse programming in August

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) will offer a variety of programs in August to view and learn about the total solar eclipse expected to be visible in Charleston on the afternoon of Aug. 21. CCPRC will host a pre-eclipse program as well as two programs on Aug. 21 at select county park…

Odyssey Media’s Writer’s Boot Camp set for July in Downtown Charleston

“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” –– TONI MORRISON Congratulations to Reverend Claudia W. Spradley! Her new book, REvision: 2000 Year Old Principles That Are Relevant for Women Entrepreneurs Today, is now the number one Christian book on…

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