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To Be Young, Black, and in Education

By Nicole Sahbaee In the next week, I will be closing my time as a summer intern at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and beginning my final undergraduate year at Howard University. I’ve learned more about public education at the National Alliance in two months than I have in the past year. However,…

To Fight the HIV Epidemic, We Need the Black Church

By Dr. Marjorie Innocent, NAACP Senior Director of Health Programs Black Churches are more than places of worship. They are the vibrant hearts of the African-American community that bring the Gospel into our lives, inspire faith, grace, love and mercy and foster a deep commitment to service. For centuries, Black Churches and faith leaders have been…

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…

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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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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