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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Her Legacy in Tatters, Faces Fury After Party’s Defeat

By Lisa Vives One of the most celebrated African leaders in recent memory will soon pass the baton to her successor, sports hero George Manneh Weah, amidst an outpouring of anger and claims of betrayal by members of her Unity Party whose candidate was trounced in Liberia’s recent poll. For the international community, it seemed…

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English-Speakers in Cameroon Seek Haven in Nigeria as Ethnic Tensions are Stoked

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Up to 40,000 refugees from the English-speaking regions in Cameroon could soon be arriving in Nigeria as the majority French-speaking government turns up the heat on the minority’s north- and southwest regions, installing a heavy military presence that some fear could lead to open war. What began last year as peaceful protests by…

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NAACP and Africa-America Institute Announce Alliance Partnership Includes Pre-K to College Curriculum on the African Diaspora

On Monday, January 15, 2018, the holiday marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the NAACP and the Africa-America Institute announced a groundbreaking partnership during the 49th NAACP Image Awards. The NAACP will work with the AAI on the development and distribution of a curriculum designed to highlight the accomplishments, achievements and history…

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Ghanaian Women Up Against U.S.-Owned Gold Mine that Destroyed Their Farms

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – On the website of the Colorado-based Newmont mine, the top page reads in bold letters: “Culture of Zero Harm.” This might come as a surprise to the Ghanaian women of Dormaa-Kantinka whose farms have been threatened and/or seized by the company many thousands of miles away. Yaa Konadu, a 74 year old grandmother,…

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South African War on Corruption Moves into High Gear

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – A shakeup in the African National Party has boosted hopes that new party officials will make a clean sweep of the backroom dealings that have made millionaires out of a small South African elite and punished the majority with high unemployment and a national credit rating downgraded to “junk status.” Business tycoon Cyril…

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Dr. Barber ‘Surprised’ by Moral Monday Fame in Rome

By Cash Michaels Special from the Wilmington Journal (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Rome, Italy is over 4,600 miles away from Raleigh, NC. But when it came to “Moral Mondays,” the massive yet peaceful demonstrations held in North Carolina’s capital city, and led by the former president of the NCNAACP, no distance was too far as far as admirers…

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Mammoth Diamond Brings Kono Miners a Share in $6.5 Million Auction Sale

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – When a Sierra Leonean pastor looked at the shiny stony that came from the ground, it didn’t look like much of a rock. It was orange with red speckles and the diggers at the Kono mining district almost tossed it aside. But the lumpy stone was unusual enough to bring to a local…

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Who Will Become the Next President of South Africa?

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s governing social democratic political party once led by the late Nelson Mandela, faces perhaps its most contentious and controversial election yet. On Dec. 18, the party will vote for its next president, a contest that puts former health minister Nkosazana Clarice…

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U.S. Plans Deadly Strategy Against Terror in West Africa

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Officials of the West African nation of Niger have announced they would allow the Pentagon to operate armed drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), out of the country’s capital, Niamey. The drones will conduct strikes on terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and its affiliates that operate along the country’s border with Mali. The move…

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Demonstrations Held to Spotlight and Stop African Slave Trade in Libya

  By Frederick H. Lowe (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Demonstrations recently have been held in major European cities to protest African men, women and children being sold into slavery in Libya, a practice that began after the United States and other countries overthrew Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, leaving the country ungovernable. Nearly 4,000 individuals protested in Stockholm.…

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Before the Parkland Massacre and Now

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) —What happened in Parkland, FL is too horrible to ignore. Yet we’ve tolerated too many of all kinds of evils, including murders. Too many did nothing to stop more destruction of Native Americans and theft of their land, lynching and enslavement of Black people, slaughtering of people at Pulse Nightclub…

‘Black Panther’ Showcases the Power of STEM Applications

By Tyra Metoyer, External Mobilization Manager, American Petroleum Institute) Article contains spoilers for the “Black Panther” movie. As I sat in the theater mesmerized by Marvel’s record-breaking “Black Panther,” there were so many moments and messages that filled me with an overwhelming sense of pride. The Black Girl Magic was palpable. King T’Challa was a…

Those Who Do Nothing on Gun Control Fail Our Children

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The United States is failing in what surely is the first duty of government — protecting our children from threats that they cannot deal with themselves. Voters and politicians are failing our children. After 17 students and teachers were killed and a dozen wounded on Valentine’s Day by an unbalanced…

Nothing Stands In The Way Of Gun Reform But Lack of Courage and Political Will. The Teens of Parkland Have Both

By Marc H. Morial “This is our first task, caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we’re meeting our obligations? Can we…

How My Grandparents Taught Me to Love Myself

By Lynette Monroe, Program Assistant, NNPA/ESSA Public Awareness Campaign I don’t remember my grandparents assisting me with homework beyond holding up flash cards for me to recite. They could have, I just don’t remember. I do remember Lil’ Bow Wow’s release of “Beware of Dog” in 2000 followed by my incessant pleading to hang his…

The Office for Civil Rights Needs to Listen to Teachers Like Me on School Discipline

By Tynisha Jointer As a school-based social worker for over eight years, I know firsthand how punitive discipline practices impact students both in the short and long term. In the short term, students are often harshly punished-missing valuable instructional hours and, more often that not, fast-tracked to special education services. I’ve also seen long-term impacts…

Joan Mack and Tessa Spencer Adams – Two Busy Bees

By Barney Blakeney  I’ve been trying to write this story for the past couple of years – something that tells the inspiring tale of two very energetic women who have had profound impacts in our community – a story about media journalists Joan Mack and Tessa Spencer Adams. Joan is Tessa’s aunt. I’ve always been…

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Martin Luther King, Jr: “You May Slay The Dreamer, But The Dream Lives On”

By Beverky Gadson-Birch   It was April 4, 1968, fifty years ago, when Dr. King was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee where he went in support of the striking sanitation workers. If you are old enough to remember the King’s assassination, you should also remember where you were when…

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Another Moment in Time

By Hakim Abdul-Ali     Greetings to you on this special day. It’s truly a marvelous occasion to relate to one and all that during this magnificent occasion in the here and now, it is a sublime juncture to celebrate “Another Moment in Time” by uttering that “All praises are due to God Alone.” I’m…

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The Big Picture Of North Charleston Shouldn’t Be Painted With Emotions

By Barney Blakeney It’s a subject I’ve tried to avoid – the 2019 North Charleston mayoral election. Right now we know at least three people will compete for the seat – incumbent Mayor Keith Summey, community activist Pastor Thomas Dixon and businessman John Singletary. Dixon and Singletary are African Americans in the city where almost…

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Bits & Pieces 2018

By Beverly Gadson-Birch HOLY CITY OR CITY WITH HOLES?  And, I ain’t talking about potholes. This week the world celebrates Holy Week and Charleston has long been called the “Holy City”. Sometimes, I wonder just how “holy” Charleston really is. When I was much younger, as my dad drove through the downtown, I would count the number of…

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Tranquility as a Pursuit

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   There are many private moments in my life when I think that solitude suits me very well. Being the creative soul that I’ve always been, I find solace in being able to discover what silence and isolation really means to me. I was in one of those moods recently during a…

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What kind of fools…?

By Gwen Bobo It seems to me that the more dastardly things politicians do . . . the less we seem to hold them accountable.   They are costing the taxpayers billions of dollars by their “private agenda” decisions with no regard as to how their blatant disregard of reasoning impacts all of us. After…

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The South Carolina State Legislature Must Stop Smacking the Tar Baby

By Dr. William Small, Jr., former Board Chairman at SCSU and retired educator   Recently I was contacted by Charleston Chronicle staff reporter Barney Blakeney to comment on an article he prepared. The timely, thoughtful and well-written piece entitled “South Carolina State University Needs A Few Good Recruits,” raised the issue of why individuals are…

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Garrett Academy of Technology and the Center for Advanced Studies: Moving Forward

By Jesse Williams, Co-chair, Quality Education Project (QEP) Political Action Committee; Co-Chair, the North Charleston Civil Coalition for Reform The Charleston County School District (CCSD), with the school board’s approval, plans to build a new Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) in North Charleston. This proposal for the new CAS will add several trades to the…

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Moving Beyond the Buddy System

By John Singletary, 2019 City of North Charleston mayoral candidate The recent article titled THE BUDDY SYSTEM in the Aug 27, 2017 edition of The Post and Courier outlines Keith Summey’s “ good old boy,” self-serving, greedy, egotistical twenty year reign as mayor for the City of North Charleston. Surprisingly, I learned of the article…

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