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This is America: Black Clergy Jailed and Shackled for Supreme Court Prayer Protest

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Columnist Faith and prayer have been the backbone of the African American community since we came upon these shores. We have counted on our faith leaders (the roll call would include Revs. Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, James Walker Hood, Martin Luther King, Jr., Wyatt Tee Walker, Jesse L. Jackson, William…

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

By Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) Black mothers are dying and it’s time to do something about it. Every year, more than 700 American mothers lose their lives to pregnancy or birth-related complications. Some medical professionals estimate that at least half, if not more, of these deaths are entirely preventable. While the deaths of 700-plus American…

Credit South Korean President for Setting Up Trump-Kim Summit

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un got on track because of the extraordinary leadership of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Remember how we got here. In 2017, Trump and Kim were trading insults and threats. Trump called Kim “Rocket Man” in his first…

Advice to Graduates: Pursue a PhD in Common Sense

By Marc H. Morial “Education must not simply teach work. It must teach life.”       – W.E.B. DuBois (TriceEdneyWire.com) – This time of year brings great pride and congratulations for graduates at all levels, from high school to doctorates. But the most important degree I can recommend is a PhD in common sense, with a…

Private-Public Business Partnership Key to Strengthening DC Workforce and Economy

By Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes Cranes in the air, vital communities and a progressive push toward changing the image of a diverse federal district are signals that the District of Columbia is evolving. As robust construction of affordable housing and development of retail projects continue, DC’s economic boom is a shared benefit for residents and businesses.…

Redlining Settlement Fails to Provide Strong Penalties: Other Actions Signal More Backward Turns on Fair Housing

By Charlene Crowell For as long as many people of color can remember, succeeding generations have called for justice. Despite these age-old pleas, justice is not only elusive, but frustrating since the enactment of a series of civil rights laws. Despite federal guarantees of equal treatment, much of Black America experiences something short of what was…

America: No Place For Hate

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Well Lowcountry, we made it through the great eclipse of 2017. We also made it through the throng of visitors who came to witness the once in a lifetime phenomenon. Folks were everywhere! Restaurants, grocery and retail stores were packed to the brim as folks prepared for the event. Traffic was horrendous!…

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The Priority of Symbolism

By Barney Blakeney    I have mixed feelings about calls to tear down monuments and stuff related to The Confederacy. I think symbolism without substance is just so much stuff. But I also know that symbolism can represent stuff that perpetuates things like racism, hate and separatism. Since the melee that broke out in Charlottesville,…

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Crime and Sentencing

By Barney Blakeney I get crime reports all the time. So much, I’m concerned about becoming desensitized. I’m seldom surprised at what I get. But for some reason a report other day that some 17-year-old kid received a 30-year sentence stuck in my craw. The report said the kid must do 85 percent of the…

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Charlottesville Delivers a Message

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   This past weekend, America experienced another shameful round in its continuing battle with some of its citizenry as it relates to the establishment of freedom, justice and equality for all. The menacing occasion, now sadly and tragically known to this country and the rest of the world was the alt-right movement’s…

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Lighten Up: You Won’t Get Out Of This World Alive

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   When I say so much is happening in the world today, that’s an understatement. It is easy to get caught up in the drama and not find beauty in nature or peace at the beach. Although I have always been fascinated by the ocean, I am not a swimmer. I just love…

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Solving Conflicts Require Understanding

By Barney Blakeney I received a telephone message the other day that’s been bothering me ever since. There must have been a bad connection because I could understand very little of what the caller said except that he was ticked off at me about something. I have no idea what he was saying otherwise. The…

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