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Trump Tries to Divide Us, But We are a Bigger Nation Than That

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. When Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem last year, he acted alone, a silent protest against a society that repeatedly fails to hold police accountable for the killing of unarmed African Americans. Kaepernick was condemned and now essentially has been banned from the NFL, with…

Don’t Let “45” Take Credit For President Obama’s Economy

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Columnist The income, poverty and health insurance data released by the Census Bureau on September 13 confirms what many of us already knew. President Obama’s last year was one of economic improvement for many individuals. The median income rose from $57,230 in 2015 to $59,039 in 2016, an increase of…

African-American Tourism Conference, $2.4 Billion Dollars, and You

By Kwadjo Campbell, CEO, JC & Associates (jc-associates.com) The $2.4 Billion dollar spent by African-American visitors is waiting for you to come up with the entertainment, retail, restaurant, or accommodation idea needed to attract it. How can you be a part of this booming sector? Join us this year at the African-American Tourism Conference on…

How Racism Impacts People, Families and Communities of Color

By Rosa Riley (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The statistics are troubling. People of color are far more likely to suffer from inequity. Inequity that can be traced directly to racism, a side effect and the enduring legacy, of slavery. The legacy of slavery has insinuated itself into the very fabric of our society via the criminal justice…

Equifax data breach leaves at least 143 million consumers credit at risk

By Charlene Crowell, communications deputy director with the Center for Responsible Lending Record-breaking back-to-back hurricanes in Houston and Florida brought unprecedented winds and rains affecting millions of Americans. Yet another storm just as brutal but financial in nature is also raging and affects at least 143 million Americans, as well as consumers in Canada and…

Black Ink: The Impact of Storytelling

By Chase Quinn I remember venturing out last fall shortly after moving to Charleston from New York City to attend Black Ink, Charleston’s First African American Book Festival. I’d seen the event advertised in the local paper and was both surprised to learn it was the first one of its kind and committed to getting…

“A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As I shift into writing gear, there is so much swirling around in my head.  So, why don’t I just do a bits and pieces article? Ashleyville Mobile Home Park Residents Caught Between Rock and a Hard Place –  Folks in the mobile home park will be asked to leave and they…

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Black Banking – Self Help Economics

By Barney Blakeney    Here we go again. Another big bank has settled a discrimination lawsuit. The other day I read where Bank of America settled a complaint alleging a James Island branch discriminated against Hispanics trying to make homeownership loans. A couple of years ago it was Wells Fargo whose employees sold customers products…

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Thoughts for the Inquiring Mind

By Hakim Abdul-Ali        Our country’s going through some hard times of late in many sectors of far too many neglected ethnic folks’ hearts, souls, minds and thoughts. And it seems as though a lot of these folk from all cultures, from California to Maine, are showing blossoming signs of desperate angst and…

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Ruthless Killers: Younger and Younger

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    Every time I think things can’t get any worse they do. As cruel and inhumane as it may be, senseless deaths of children are happening more and more frequently. Recently in Colleton County, a 19-year-old male was arrested for murdering three members of a Ruffin family, a couple and their 13-year-old…

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New YMCA Facility Will Continue Its Old Mission

By Barney Blakeney    The YMCA of Greater Charleston this week will break ground on a new facility in Berkeley County’s Cane Bay Community realizing a dream its founders never could have imagined, says Executive Director Paul Stoney. The late Charleston County School District teacher and administrator Nathaniel Washington taught me the fundamentals of organized…

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When is Living Not Sacred?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali         Life presents every living “hue-man” soul with different challenges galore. The living experience also has many in between contrasting moments of ups and downs when, sometimes, you can’t describe those entities with degrees of certainty. Does any of what I just said make any sense to you now…

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