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Building The Movement To Fight Extremism

By Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II (President, North Carolina NAACP) On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump wrapped up his first week of executive orders with a temporary ban on refugees and travelers from several Muslim countries. Effective immediately, this order impacted tens of thousands of people, leading to the detention of travelers in…

The Value of White Privilege and the American Dream

By Charlene Crowell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) As 2017’s Black History observances unfold in communities across the country, new research on racial wealth gaps refutes the age-old advice for people of color to pull themselves up by their proverbial bootstraps. According to researchers at Demos and the Institute for Assets & Social Policy at Brandeis University,…

It’s Time For The Democratic Party To Wake Up

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Everyone appears to have figured out that a dangerous, stupid fascist with no knowledge of how the federal government works is now the President of the United States. Everyone, that is, except members of the Democratic Party, now serving in the 115th Congress. You have to wonder how…

Remembering Coretta Scott King Among Those Who Moved Us Forward

Dr. Barbara Reynolds (TriceEdneywire.com) – Coretta Scott King died on January 30, 2006. Yet her legacy is very much alive as a coalition builder, a strategist and a moral voice that confronted detractors but insisted upon non-violent approaches, such as dialogue, protests and economic boycotts with the end goal of peaceful reconciliation. In their own…

How Did We Come to This?

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – For several months, we’ve been bombarded with so much hatred that we thought was in our past. How did we come to this? We’ve heard declarations of making America great AGAIN as though it’s always been great for all of us and not just the few. When I hear that declaration, I want…

Honoring Martin King, John Lewis and 1965

The 2017 King Holiday marks the 31st year of the event. When it was first celebrated on January 20, 1986, I was directing the Non-Violent Social Change Program for Mrs. King at the “King Center for Non-Violent Social Change” in Atlanta. I had attended meetings in the mid-1980s that Mrs. King held at the Center with…

Street Protests Should End In Court

By Barney Blakeney Tom Joyner or Steve Harvey, which morning show do you prefer? Me, I’m a Tom Joyner man. I’ve been listening to the early morning radio show for years. Steve Harvey’s show is alright, but I always have felt that the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) offers, as the host suggests, a “party…

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Elder James Johnson: “Belly Full”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch      Last week, I watched a disturbing video of a black man accused of shoplifting being severely beaten by the Middle Eastern shop owner. The man was struck with a sword, punched and kicked numerous times. One of the shop owners in the video could be seen flashing a gun. The…

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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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