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Hundreds Rallied For Meek Mill, But What About The Rest?

By Lynette Monroe, NNPA Newswire Guest Columnist Recently, hundreds of fans and supporters held a rally outside a Philadelphia courthouse, chanting for Robert Rihmeek Williams a.k.a. Meek Mill, to be released. The rapper was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his parole, stemming from 10 year-old charges, including drug possession and…

Watch Your Mouth – Dental Health and Nutrition

By Julianne Malveaux,  author, national columnist and economist From the time I was a little girl, to just a day or so ago, someone has always told me to watch my mouth.  Why? My mouth runs, and sometimes it runs unplugged. I’ve been known to flim flam folks with flattery or eviscerate them with evil, sometimes…

Celebrating Good News

Dr. E. Faye Williams,  National President of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – By now you know I look forward to the weekly opportunity of sharing my opinions with my readers.  I pray that they offer helpful, thought-provoking, and uplifting ideas. For several months, we have mostly had dreadful events about which to write. …

Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali’s Diverse Career, Commitment to Social Justice, Earn Accolades from National Urban League

By Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “I absolutely love this country, but like so many people have some real questions and concerns about how things have gone down over the years and where we’re at. And that’s from a place of love, because I want the country…

If There’s Economic Hell Below, We’re All Gonna Go!

By Barney Blakeney    I cut hooky from church again last Sunday trying to fight off a cold. Seems a bug’s going around. It gave me a chance to catch some of the Sunday morning ETV shows I usually miss. One was Carolina Business Review. I can’t remember the host’s name, Chris William I think,…

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Suggestions to a Troubled Brother

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   I was motivated to write this article based upon an experience I had with a brother of color who was simply lost in his own irritating moment(s) of despair. I guess we’re all like that  from time-to-time, so this story must told. Well, you see, this brother, and I use that…

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Some Folks Still Want To Shoot The Messenger

By Barney Blakeney   There is none so blind as he who will not see. After 40 years in this business I’ve learned to accept criticism. Much of my work is critical. If you can dish it out, you must be able to take it. But that’s not a common trait. A lot of people…

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Walter Scott: Bittersweet Victory

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  Like most Charlestonians, South Carolinians and the country, I have been following the Walter Scott case closely. What makes the Scott case so different from other cop killings of unarmed black men in America is “justice” was finally served. United States District Judge David Norton, sentenced Michael Slager, former North Charleston Police…

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Does History Make a Difference?

By Dr. William Small, Jr. The American political landscape currently seems to be in a state of disarray. The confusion that now seems to abound serves to create the impression, in the minds of some, that the nation is experiencing some transition in its national values. It is true that we have a President who…

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Let’s Talk About SEX!

By James Johnson    One of the worst tragedies within the African-American community is our failure to properly educate our youth in regards to sex and instill in them a strong sense of sexual responsibility. Even within many of our churches, the topic of sex is all too often “swept under a rug” and danced…

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Strengthen the Economic Foundation of African-American Small Businesses

Booker T. Washington, educator, author and leader in the African-American community, once said, “At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion itself, there must be, for our race, as for all races, an economic foundation, economic prosperity, economic independence.” Uttered more than 100 years ago, the words…

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Why No African-American Museum in Columbia?

By Jordan Cooper University of South Carolina Graduate Class of 2015         The Clemson Area African-American Museum is the only government-funded black museum that covers the entire timeline of history of African-Americans in South Carolina and surrounding areas in the State of South Carolina. I have recently been appointed Publicity Manager of the CAAAM…

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Charleston County Public Library July 2017 Program Lineup

The Charleston County Public Library offers the following free programs in July for children, teens and adults.  Saul Alexander Gallery Exhibit Throughout July Main Library – downtown, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC  29401: 843-805-6930 Seven Plus One by Beth Melton-Seabrook The works in this exhibit are the result of Beth’s connection to her kindred spirit, the octopus,…

Charleston County Public Library offers free solar eclipse programs and safety glasses

Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) will provide numerous opportunities in August for residents of all ages to learn about the upcoming solar eclipse and pick up a pair of free safety glasses.   A total eclipse of the sun will be visible Aug. 21 in the continental United States for the first time in almost…

The Bend Announces Lineup for 2nd Installment of Marsh Jam, July 6

The Bend, a 17-acre property on the banks of the Ashley River, is proud to announce the July lineup for Marsh Jam, a series of outdoor performances occurring on the first Thursday of every month. The event will take place on Thursday, July 6 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. and is open to the public…

Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series hosts Jah Works July 21 at James Island County Park

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s (CCPRC) Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series continues on July 21 at James Island County Parks with Jah Works. Gates open at 7:30 p.m and the music will begin at 8:30 p.m. All gates will close to incoming traffic at 10:30 and the concert will end at 11 p.m.…

Charleston County Parks hosting Solar Eclipse programming in August

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) will offer a variety of programs in August to view and learn about the total solar eclipse expected to be visible in Charleston on the afternoon of Aug. 21. CCPRC will host a pre-eclipse program as well as two programs on Aug. 21 at select county park…

Odyssey Media’s Writer’s Boot Camp set for July in Downtown Charleston

“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” –– TONI MORRISON Congratulations to Reverend Claudia W. Spradley! Her new book, REvision: 2000 Year Old Principles That Are Relevant for Women Entrepreneurs Today, is now the number one Christian book on…

The Cocktail Bandits to Host Summer Social July 7

Summer in the Holy City is in full swing! Ladies, break out that summer dress and Gents, grab that new bow tie for an evening with some of Charleston’s best! On the first Friday of July, join us for a celebration of amazing food, great music, delicious drinks and lots of dancing! Local and regional…

NASA to Anchor Historic Solar Eclipse Broadcast From College of Charleston

NASA announced on Wednesday, June 21, that it will broadcast nationwide coverage of the historic solar eclipse later this summer live from the College of Charleston. The broadcast will be streamed on NASA TV, the NASA website and various public broadcasting stations across the United States beginning at 1 p.m on Aug. 21, 2017. The NASA…

Popular Social Justice Workshop to Return to Charleston

Strong demand for Racial Equity Institute training results in additional sessions In partnership with the YWCA of Greater Charleston, the Racial Equity Institute will conduct a social justice workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27 at the College of Charleston’s North Charleston campus at 3800 Paramount Drive.…

Ill Vibe The Tribe presents Art Binge: A Quarterly Art Market

On Friday, June 30, 2017 at  The Royal American, local culture curators  Ill Vibe the Tribe will present the first installation of their quarterly art market titled, Art Binge. This Art Binge will feature 4 visual artists, Soulful Bliss, Zulu Bantu, Love Samurai, and Charleston’s own Concept Rxch. There will be live performances by Poppy…

Charleston Carifest Celebrates 12 Years of Caribbean American Heritage Month

Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival will celebrate 12 years of Caribbean American Heritage Month, June 22-25, 2017. The featured country for this year’s carnival is Haiti. Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6pm the Symposium and Opening Reception will be held at the College of Charleston North Campus at 3800 Paramount Drive in North Charleston. The title…

Samaritan’s Feet and Elevation Church Team Up for the 2nd Annual Celebration of Love with Mother Emanuel Church

On Saturday, June 24th, Samaritan’s Feet and Elevation Church will team up for the 2nd annual Celebration of Love with Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. Volunteers will spend time with each shoe recipient by washing his or her feet, placing a new pair of athletic shoes and socks on them, and encouraging them.…

Charleston Branch NAACP To Host Town Hall, General Meeting Thursday

The Charleston Branch NAACP’s monthly General Meeting will be held in in the Fellowship Hall of Morris Brown AME Church, 13 Morris Street on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  The meeting will feature a “Town Hall” session on the status of the Charleston County School District and recent concerns related to the District,…

Magnolia Gardens’ History Fair returns with expanded program

Thirty historic organizations and groups that promote history in the Lowcountry will participate July 1 during the 5th Annual History Fair at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The History Fair will showcase well-known organizations in education, religion, social services, the arts and tourism, including the Cannon Street YMCA, the oldest continuously operating Y in the United…

Yappy Hour series kicks off April 27

Every dog’s favorite happy hour event is back! Yappy Hour at the James Island County Park dog park returns for the season on Thursday, April 27. On select Thursdays this spring and fall, dogs and the owners who love them are invited the dog park to relax with a cold drink during Yappy Hour. This…

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