Charleston Chronicle Exclusives

Black Residents May Get A Little Something From Charleston’s 2019 $223 Million Budget

By Barney Blakeney Last week Charleston City Council gave first reading passage to the city’s 2019 budget. Councilmembers were asked what the proposed $223 million budget means for the city’s approximately 30 percent Black population. In the city where redevelopment and gentrification has dwindled its Black population from about 70 percent in 1980 to less…

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Mack Elected Chair of CCSD Board Described as “Dysfunctional” – Promises Change

By Barney Blakeney Charleston County School Board last month elected two-term member Rev. Eric Mack board chair. Mack ascends to the board’s chairmanship as tumultuous activity advocating change occurs. Mack said he sees that change coming and is committed to making it happen. In a Tuesday interview, Mack said, “I definitely see change coming. Starting…

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Charleston 2019 Budget Should Include $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage, Workers Insist

By Barney Blakeney Charleston City Council’s regularly scheduled December 4 meeting appeared almost a feeding frenzy as Mayor John Tecklenburg and councilmembers discussed the city’s 2019 annual budget. The mayor is proposing a nearly $223 million operating budget and several entities seeking municipal funding are in line for a share. They include a group that…

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‘i style u’ – A Dream Come True

By Patrice Smith A new men and boys wear store has recently opened up in North Charleston. ‘i style u’ is a dream come true for owner Natalie Seel Ahadi. “It was always a dream of mine to have my own store. When I found out that Bluestein’s Mens Wear was closing at the end…

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Civil Rights Groups Protest Discrimination At Charleston Radio Stations

By Barney Blakeney Several local civil rights organizations November 27 began picketing at Cumulus Radio Station Group’s North Charleston studios to address allegations of racial discrimination in employment. Led by S.C. National Action Network, The Coalition (People United To Take Back Our Community) and the North Charleston Branch NAACP, enjoined about 30 picketers protesting at…

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An Argument Against Single Member District Voting

By Barney Blakeney In the wake of the November 6 general elections that shown a spotlight on polarized politics perhaps more than any in recent memory, reflections on statements made by the late W. Earl Douglas may offer some insight. Several weeks ago, former Charleston County Council Chairman Lonnie Hamilton, III provided this reporter with…

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