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Trump’s cold-hearted agenda is immoral

By Jesse Jackson Candidates say campaigns are about articulating programs, issues and priorities. But people vote for candidates based on how that person makes them feel. Consciously or unconsciously, elections are about giving voice to values. Voters are moral proxies who want to know that a candidate or elected official truly cares about them — that…

White House Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut In Education Funding

By Charlene Crowell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) No one ever said that higher education wouldn’t cost money. Across the country, tuition is steadily rising and students are taking longer to pay off their student loans. Today, 44 million consumers share $1.4 trillion in borrowed student debt – more than double what it was in 2008. On…

Look Back and See the Future (Part Two)

By James Clingman An excellent example of the impact our history has on the way we are today, especially economically, can be found in an article titled, The Reluctant Entrepreneurs, by Joel Kotkin, author of the book, Tribes. The feature discusses several reasons for Blacks not going into business and being surpassed in this area…

Look Back and See the Future (Part One)

By James Clingman I often use the phrase, “Our history is our future,” to express the fact that everything we need to do today, vis-à-vis economic empowerment, has been done before by African Americans in this country.  Just look back at what Black people built in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, Durham, North Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma’s…

Trump turns back on a future with Cuba

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. In his perverse fixation on overturning all things Barack Obama, President Donald Trump now turns his attention to Cuba, the island located 90 miles off our shore. Reports are that the president plans to travel to Florida to announce that he will reverse Obama’s opening to Cuba, reinstate restrictions…

Summertime, When the Livin’ is Hard for Hungry Children

By Marian Wright Edelman  Summertime, and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high Oh your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’ So hush, little baby, don’t you cry. – Lyrics to Summertime, sung by Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald knew a lot about the haves and have nots. She grew…

Creating More Effective Systems

By Barney Blakeney    I found the news story about a 20-year-old Black man sentenced to 15 years in prison disturbing. The young man, charged in a robbery that resulted in a shooting death, was out on bond when authorities said he went on Facebook advertising drug sales and brandished a gun threatening people. The…

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Sustainability Institutue: Getting Back on Track

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    This is a follow up to last week’s article dealing with black folk “getting back on track”. Have you ever seen a derailed train? It’s not a pretty sight. Depending on the severity of the derailment, it can be a scattered, mangled mess. It’s physically impossible for men to return it…

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Let Your Thoughts Fly You Higher

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    The living experience in this phase of existence is a wonderful vestige to be a part of and to savor. Being that “hue-man” life is so temporary, I believe that each moment above ground in the here and now is a spiritual premium. I meet many different ethnic “colored” souls during…

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North Charleston Redevelopment Is A Game Of Chess

By Barney Blakeney    Vigilance, perseverance, planning and execution. I think that’s what it takes to be successful. So when I read last week two news stories about redevelopment occurring in North Charleston, I thought about something I’ve encouraged through this column – really since I’ve been writing professionally. That is collective effort to achieve…

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Tender is “This” Reality

By Hakim-Abdul-Ali      If you’re reading this article, you’re obviously in the here and now. To this singular experience there’s not too much more you can say to that except but to thank God Alone for being able to experience one more moment in time.       That’s a miraculous opportunity to say…

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Black Attack Got Us Off Track

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There is no mistake that crime is tied to education or lack thereof. Crime knows no boundaries; it’s everywhere. No one is immune from crime, no neighborhood, no school, no church, and no movie theatre. Crime does not discriminate. It comes in all colors and nationalities and by the rich and the…

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