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Childhoods Ended by Guns

By Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund On July 16, 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson was shot and killed in front of her Washington, D.C. home trying to buy ice cream. Makiyah was a rising fifth grader who loved basketball, football, art, and puzzles. She had just opened her front door on her way to…

Is the Black Vote Still Being Treated Like a Political Piñata?

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Political Analyst When it comes to politics in this country, there is one thing that seems to be a constant—the Black vote is important and always tends to make a difference. Although Blacks make up roughly 13 percent of the overall population in the United States, Black voters remain…

Bank Overdraft Fees Strip More Than $11 billion from Consumers Each Year: Senate Bill Goes After Predatory Tax on Paychecks

By Charlene Crowell, Center for Responsible Lending deputy communications director For many people, little things can in time lead to big problems. When personal checking accounts are involved, transactions without available funds in checking accounts can trigger a series of fees that wind up taking a big bite out of the next paycheck. What’s more,…

Black Pastors Demonstrate Skunk-like Behavior in Meeting With Trump at White House

By Rev. Barbara Reynolds (TriceEdneyWire.com) – ”Many of us have been indicted, arrested and our homes bombed, but when we stand before the Negro population at prayer meetings, we can repeat that it is an honor to face jail for a just cause.” If only those words of just causes and sacrifices of Dr. Martin…

#AskYourWorth: The Black Women’s Pay Equity Gap is Growing

By Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “The equity gap is calculated not just on the basis of what the black female corporate lawyer makes, compared with her counterpart within the firm, but it looks at the median average salary … What is really bringing that wage gap…

We Have to Get Real about the Achievement Gap between Black and White Students

By Nate Davis, CEO and Board of Directors Chairman, K12 Inc. Our nation’s graduation rate is at an all-time high. The national figure shows 84 percent of young people, overall, graduating from high school within four years after first entering the 9th grade, a trend that has been on a consistent upswing since the 2010-2011…

Blacks Can Read & Write

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    NFL players are not the first to protest during the National Anthem.  The players’ protest is in support of Colin Kaepernick and his right to kneel to bring attention to the disproportionate number of blacks that are killed by police officers in this country. In the back of my mind, I…

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You Stop Being Racist!

By Barney Blakeney     I recently took to Facebook. Mind you, I’m computer illiterate, but I figured Facebook gives me another avenue to do some work. It’s all about the work, ya’ll. Forty years ago, I thought I’d get rich at this writing thing, but that ain’t gonna happen. I’m blessed to be doing…

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Love Thy Neighbor – Community Relationships

By Victoria Rae Moore Dear Reader, How well do you know your neighbors? We used to be able to easily define communities by neighborhoods. Who are the families living in the neighborhood? What businesses exist there? Who owns and works at those businesses? That was a community. I feel like right now, due in part…

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A Thought to Consider

By Hakim Abdul-Ali     Living in today’s American landscapes of racial, political and societal complexities in many ways is frightening at times, especially if you’re of color. To say that “it is what it is” is to be putting it subtly at best. Also, I believe that you’ll probably agree that the living process…

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And The Brother Tells Me “Times Have Changed”

By Barney Blakeney It’s old news now. Too many public school students in Charleston County don’t perform well academically. The past few weeks I’ve been receiving reports about student performance. The information mostly has been depressing. Among some of the comments and statistics were: Tri-county region sees declines in key reading, math test results; 50,681…

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Gun Control No Longer An Option (It’s a Mandate from the People)

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I was compelled to do a follow up article on gun control after members of Congress and the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) par for the course response to the Las Vegas mass shootings. Elected officials have an obligation to serve their constituents effectively and responsively. I am baffled over the NRA’s response…

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