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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…

Why I’m Proud of the B-CU Grads that Protested Betsy “DeVoid”

By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA Newswire Columnist) I could not be more proud of the students at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) than if I had raised them myself. Responding to the university’s very late selection of Education Secretary Betsy for the spring commencement speaker, graduating seniors chose to turn their backs on a woman who described HBCUs…

Trump’s Plans to Weaken Environmental Protections Would Harm Black Communities

By Keith Rushing   The Trump administration has made clear that it plans to limit environmental protections and reverse course on the stronger regulations achieved under President Barack Obama out of concern for the bottom lines of corporate America. Mainstream media has covered Trump’s decision to prioritize private profits over public health and the well-being…

Climate Change is Creating Climate Refugees

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Have you ever heard of the Marshall Islands? They are 1156 islands that constitute a republic in the South Pacific. Major battles during World War II were contested on those islands and, following the war, nuclear tests were conducted on there, too, from which there was significant radioactive…

Environmental justice must be a national priority

By Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (N.J.-10) Too often missing in discussions on the challenges facing African Americans is any focus on environmental justice, the idea that all people should enjoy a clean, healthy environment while being treated equally with regard to environmental policies, regulations, and laws. African-American communities are disproportionately burdened by environmental degradation,…

The Continuing Scourge of Poverty, Hunger and Hopelessness in Rich America

By Marian Wright Edelman  A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come…

Spring is a Time for Reflections

By Hakim Abdul-Ali        Greetings to you, and I trust that you’re doing well, especially doing so with an amicable heart and a sound mind. Being peaceful and happy are goals we all should strive for each and every second of our existences. From where I’m coming from today in my mind’s eye…

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Prostate Cancer

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  I was in a doctor’s office last week and the receptionist asked the patient in front of me for his list of medications.  As he handed over the list, he immediately started making excuses for not taking two of the prescriptions on the list—one for hypertension and the other for cholesterol.  The…

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What Would King Say?

By Barney Blakeney    Another significant date has sneaked up on me again. I realized last week April 4 is the 49th anniversary of Martin L. King Jr.’s assassination. Chronicle Publisher James French each year often ran an editorial piece with reference to King’s assassination pretty much asking what King would say about our country…

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CCSD Board Wants To Kick Garrett To The Curb

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The Charleston County School Board of Trustees at its March 13 Committee of the Whole Meeting decided to recommend to the Board as an Action Item to consolidate Garrett Academy with the new North Charleston Center for Advanced Studies at North Charleston High School. Background: The Board’s recommendation is a follow up…

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You Have To Plan Your Work, Then Work Your Plan

By Barney Blakeney I repeat this often – “Plan your work and work your plan.” My late cousin Winfred Miller used to say that’s what his father, my Uncle Teddy Miller, admonished. My uncle was a smart man. Not much formal education, but like his father before him, raised a house full of girls who…

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In Troubled Times, Remember “TTSP”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  This article is written for me, you and anyone else who has been through or is dealing with some problematic times in his or her life. I don’t believe anyone in “hue-magnify” can be excluded from this scenario. My identifying this topic the way that I hope to do today is because…

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