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Strong Apprenticeship Programs Key To Addressing The Wage Gap

By Odie Donald II,  director of the DC Department of Employment Services Over the last decades, many American inner cities have seen an economic resurgence. Buoyed by millennials and people’s desire to shorten their daily work commute, neighborhoods and communities that were all but pronounced dead two decades ago now find themselves flush with new…

An Abominable Massacre of Poor Children’s Futures

By Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund The United States Congress and Trump Administration are engaged in a morally abominable massacre of the hopes, dreams and basic survival and development needs of millions of babies, children and youths in America – 13.2 million of whom are poor. Many are hungry, homeless, unequally educated,…

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…

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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