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Black Ink: The Impact of Storytelling

By Chase Quinn I remember venturing out last fall shortly after moving to Charleston from New York City to attend Black Ink, Charleston’s First African American Book Festival. I’d seen the event advertised in the local paper and was both surprised to learn it was the first one of its kind and committed to getting…

Rebuilding the Gulf Coast, Preparing for the Next Hurricane

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. & Candice S. Cason, NNPA Newswire Columnists It has been nothing short of horrifying to watch the pictures of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas and Louisiana. We can only imagine what it has been like for those, who have been the direct victims of this storm. There is much that can…

Kaepernick’s Protest is Part of a Patriotic Tradition

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, is being blackballed — itself a revealing phrase — from the National Football League with the collusion of the all-white owners. He is ostracized because a year ago he exercised his First Amendment right to free speech by taking…

Blackonomics: Statues, Monuments, and Memorials

By James Clingman (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Many people are highly insulted by confederate statues and monuments, and they want them taken down and/or destroyed.  Since the latest movement in New Orleans to eliminate these relics that commemorate folks who tried to secede from the Union, which resulted in a war that cost 700,000 lives, some Black…

The Comedy of Tragedy

By Juilanne Malveaux, economist, author, and Founder of Economic Education I don’t often write about comedians, but the recent passing of my friend Dick Gregory reminded me of the very important role that comedians play in our lives.  Not that Gregory was simply a comedian.  He was so much more than that – a civil rights…

Embrace Racial Healing to Change Hearts and Minds

By La June Montgomery Tabron, president & CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Prior to the displays of hatred and the tragic loss of Heather Heyer, a young woman who seemingly embraced the virtues of healing, a transformation was taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia. This college town, where roughly 80 percent of the residents are white,…

Take The Blinders Off With Education, Not Indoctrination

By Barney Blakeney   I heard from my friends Verlyn and Tyrone Tarlton the other day. I met the Tarltons last year as they traveled with their three children through South Carolina on a nationwide journey to visit all states of the Continental U.S. The Virginians embarked on their quest as part of the children’s…

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“Hard Work Didn’t Kill Me”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    The younger generation can learn a lot from older folks. When I was younger, my grand momma used to say, “hard work don’t kill nobody.” Now, I am sure you know someone who hard work did in fact killed. Thank goodness for the elderly because their wisdom far outlived them. The…

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Living on Different Sides of the Street

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s no secret that the United States of America is a racially divided country. So much so that it shouldn’t be a surprise to any ethical person. “It is what it is” as so many candid pundits of modernity proclaim. I’m a man of color born in Harlem—the center of the…

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Affordable Healthcare Is Not An Option

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    The question in my mind is what will President Trump do next? What kind of lie or diversionary tactic will he come up with to get the spotlight off him? Since you never know which direction the President is headed, prepare yourself to be ambushed or bamboozled or both. With less…

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We’re Failing To Prepare Kids For Work

By Barney Blakeney    I’m amazed at how my city is changing right before my eyes. There’s construction everywhere and the thought of the changing economy is mind-boggling. The only problem is I don’t see black folks participating at any appreciable level in much of that change. I know a lot of what we see…

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Charleston County School District Minority Students: Shortchanged For Decades

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    Is there any good news lately? Well, let me share some good news/bad news as it relates to the Charleston County School District State and National Best High Schools rankings for 2016 by US News & World Report. What prompted this article was the recent news that SC is ranked #45…

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