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Applications for Beverly J. Gilliam Scholarship for Foreign Study Open

The Beverly J. Gilliam Scholarship for Foreign Study offers financial assistance—up to $6,500—to students who already are accepted into recognized summer study abroad programs. The scholarship’s goals are to help students obtain international experiences that will allow them to become better world citizens and successfully compete in the global job market. Eligibility Criteria To qualify,…

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White Australians Debate Fast-Track Visas For Afrikaners Fleeing Land Reform

Australia’s national security minister has proposed fast-tracking immigrant visas for white South Africans facing “horrific circumstances” under the newly-elected head of the African National Congress. Minister Peter Sutton said Australia should speed up the visas for white farmers who, he claimed, are being “persecuted” since South African President Cyril Ramaphosa endorsed transferring land ownership from…

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Ghana Coal Miners Threaten National Walkout Over Profit-Driven Mining Layoffs

A South African mining company with a long-term contract to extract Ghana’s precious gold reserves is facing nationwide strikes after it announced plans to outsource some 2,000 jobs from their operations in Ghana. Gold Fields Ghana, which holds leases for 51,500 acres, produces about 550,000 ounces of gold per year at its Tarkwa mine and…

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U.S. State Secretary Fired, Cutting Short Long-Awaited Africa Visit

An extended visit to Africa this month by the U.S. Secretary of State to mend fences after the President’s crude description of African and Caribbean countries was cut short this week by the dismissal of the embattled Secretary Rex Tillerson. It was the first tour of the continent by the now ex-Secretary who was the…

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French Counterterror Scheme Draws Fire in Burkina Faso

The so-called French pillar of counterterrorism in West Africa drew fire this week from Islamic extremists who struck the French Embassy in Burkina Faso and that country’s army headquarters. Seven soldiers were reported killed, as were eight attackers. Over 80 persons were injured. The incident took place in Burkina’s famed capital city of Ouagadougou just…

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New ANC President Endorses Transfer of Lands from Whites to Blacks

Barely a month into his presidency, Cyril Ramaphosa has taken sides on a hot button issue whose resolution had eluded previous leaders. He vowed to speed up the seizure of land from white owners and turn the properties over to blacks. “This original sin that was committed when our country was colonized must be resolved…

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Mugabe Lets Loose in Fury at Former Allies Who Ousted Him

After weeks of silence, former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe came out of his shell and delivered a furious tirade against his one-time party allies who engineered his ouster last November in an action they called “Operation Restore Legacy.” In a rare display of resentment and bitterness Mugabe called his removal by military members of his…

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Congo Sends Asylum Seekers Back To United States

Six Congolese nationals and two Zambian citizens were sent back to the U.S. after Congolese officials called their deportations “inhumane.” The six arrived last week aboard an American aircraft at Ndjili Airport, “handcuffed, chained to the ankles and hips as slaves” according to Congolese Human Rights Minister Marie Ange Mushobekwa. Further, the expelled persons were…

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Gifted Filmmaker Passes in Burkina Faso

Just days before a major retrospective of his cinematic work in Brazil, Idrissa Ouedraogo passed away in his home country of Burkina Faso. He was 64. “We talked two weeks ago,” said a grieving Janaina Oliveira of Brazil’s Center for Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous Studies in a Facebook post. “I was bringing him to Brazil. Tickets,…

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Obiang Revives Death Penalty In Bid To Save Unpopular Regime

Equatorial Guinea, under President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is reviving the odious death penalty against 147 opposition activists accused of “rebellion, attacks on authority and public disorder” – a sign of deepening desperation under President Obiang. The activists include leaders of Citizens for Innovation (CI), many of whom were rounded up after a purported coup…

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MLK50: Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Kay Coles James, President, The Heritage Foundation Fifty years ago today, America lost one of her greatest leaders, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Like so many who were alive on April 4, 1968, I clearly remember the shock I felt when I heard that Dr. King had been assassinated. On that fateful day,…

On 50th Anniversary of King Assassination, We Have Work to Do

By Jesse Jackson The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination comes amid a fierce struggle for the soul of America. We will celebrate the progress that has been made since Dr. King was taken from us in 1968, and decry the agenda that is still unfinished. But we cannot ignore the systematic effort…

Ask Dr. Kevin – Stigma In Sickle Cell Disease: How It Affects ED Care

By Dr. Kevin Williams, Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Rare Disease Unit The “Ask Dr. Kevin” series is brought to you by Pfizer Rare Disease in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to increase understanding of sickle cell disease. The opioid crisis in the United States is at an all-time high, impacting thousands of…

What a Difference a Director Makes at CFPB: Trump Appointee Makes Changes to Help Companies, Not Consumers

By Charlene Crowell In 1959, the late Dinah Washington (1924-1963) won a Grammy Award for her R&B hit song, “What a Difference a Day Makes”. The song tells the story of how a blossoming romance dramatically changed life – for the better. Its last lyrics, conclude that “the difference is you”. When I consider the…

Let’s Move Forward Together

By Marian Wright Edelman In the spring of 1960, I was a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta and decided to help organize the civil rights student sit-in movement to desegregate lunch counters. I went to Atlanta’s City Hall to engage in our cause to end racial apartheid. I felt overwhelming gratitude for the chance…

Here’s One Way We Could Keep More Black Male Educators in the Classroom

By Francis Pina Does being me give me an advantage in my inner-city classroom? I often reflect on this question because every school year I learn from a handful of students that I am their very first Black male teacher. If we got 100 teachers in a room, statistically I would be one of just…

Respect Builds Character and Business

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Two Black men appropriately dressed enters Starbucks to meet a friend to discuss business over a cup of coffee and find themselves handcuffed and carted off to jail. Why? They asked to use the restroom without making a purchase. Really? At one of this country’s most prestigious institutions, Yale, a White student…

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Thirty Years After Her Death Septima Clark Still Teaches

By Barney Blakeney The May 3 unveiling of the marker noting the birthplace of Septima Poinsette Clark was more powerful than I thought it would be. The College of Charleston coordinated the event that included a luncheon and portrait unveiling honoring a woman too few realize was responsible for contributing to much of what America…

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Hailing the Mothers of Our Culture

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Next Sunday in the good old USA, there will be an observance day usually set aside for  the yearly recognition and valued appreciation of the past and present mothers in our lives. Traditionally, it’s called Mother’s Day. With the greatest respect to all the women in America, who are mothers of their…

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Mothers, Fight For Your Sons

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    As we approach Mother’s Day, I am reminded of what some mothers go through for their children. Last Saturday, Timothy Taylor’s mom, Joanne, organized another march to free her son. Saturday’s march was the second by Timothy’s supporters to draw attention to his unjust imprisonment.  If you have not been keeping up…

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A Forthright Look at Brotherhood

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’d like to address a subject that’s close to my heart and spirits. It’s about the subject of Afro-American unified brotherhood and its  importance for all of us in this nation’s Black communities. I’ve been moved to address this topic because I recently had a conversation with an intellectual acquaintance of mine, an…

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National Example of Double Standards

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   I get tired of folks talking about Black folk playing the race card.  This is what you hear when folks don’t want to own up to the truth. The naysayers will do almost anything to make you believe reality is fiction.  And, the reality is there are two sets of rules…

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Quality Education Project Weighs In On Garrett Academy’s Fate Ahead of CCSD Board Vote

The Quality Education Project (QEP), a community and research-based organization that seeks to implement a quality education for all students within the public school system, submitted the following statement regarding the future of Garrett Academy of Technology: On Monday, the Charleston County School Board will vote to determine the location of the new Center for…

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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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In this episode of “Meet The Black Press,” NNPA Podcast Host Akil Wilson talks to James Washington, the publisher of The Dallas Weekly, about the business of running a Black newspaper and the future of the Black Press