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Here’s One Way We Could Keep More Black Male Educators in the Classroom

By Francis Pina Does being me give me an advantage in my inner-city classroom? I often reflect on this question because every school year I learn from a handful of students that I am their very first Black male teacher. If we got 100 teachers in a room, statistically I would be one of just…

March For Our Lives Follows a Venerable American Tradition of Student Social Activism

By Marc H. Morial “By our readiness to allow arms to be purchased at will and fired at whim, by allowing our movie and television screens to teach our children that the hero is one who masters the art of shooting and the technique of killing, by allowing all these developments, we have created an…

Students of Color Need to See More People of Color – That Shouldn’t Be Controversial

By Nate Bowling I spent most of my first year of grad school sitting in the back row of class with my hood up. There were nearly 40 of us in the cohort. Two were Black. My hoodie was an act of silent dissent. Today, I completely understand when my students want to do the same,…

Natalie Cofield: The Living Walker Legacy

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) Nine years ago, when she was just 26, Natalie Cofield was looking for a mentor.  A young woman with entrepreneurship hard-wired into her spirit, she was discouraged that many did not take her seriously and disheartened that she could not make the connections she needed to further her entrepreneurial mission.  So…

‘Scared Negro Disease’ Remains

By Gary L. Flowers (TriceEdneyWire.com) – As another Black History Month has passed, I revisited the relevant speech given by former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson in 2002 while speaking in Portland, Ore., titled, “The Scared Negro Disease.” Mayor Jackson’s diagnosis is seemingly cancerous in Black politicians in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in some other…

Civility on Social Media is Dead

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Columnist I have found myself increasingly wondering whether social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook, constitutes a vehicle for civil dialogue. The number of attacks that I have either witnessed or experienced has been astounding. It has gotten to the point that I rarely respond to comments on either Twitter…

Victoria’s Column: Marriage, Dating and Self-Love

Dear reader, Relationships are hard. They require mutual care and attention, selflessness and the ability to sacrifice. The past 18 months have been some of the hardest I’ve ever experienced. I gained a husband and lost someone else. I found God and, through that, am finding myself. I decided to start a column because at…

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Character Never Goes Out Of Style

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Within the past couple of months, two women were associated with men who had recently been charged with a crime.  Ladies, we need to talk! Is it worth going to jail for Mr. Cool, pants sagging, drug pushing, still living with momma pimp? Think about it! Relationships aren’t made in heaven, marriages are. …

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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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