Opinions & Editorials

Education: You Can’t Catch A Car With A Bike

By Beverly Gadson-Birch According to the State Department of Education Comprehensive Support and Improvement’s (CSI) recently released report, Charleston County School District has nine schools on the list: Greg Mathis Charter High, Morningside Middle, North Charleston Elementary, Chicora Elementary, Mary Ford Elementary, Burns Elementary, R.B. Stall High School, North Charleston High and St. John’s High…

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Preparing For The Gray Tsunami

By Barney Blakeney It was good getting the call from Mrs. Delaris Risher, former C.A. Brown High teacher and widow of the late Burke High and Charleston Rec. Dept. icon, Modie Risher. A fascinating and dedicated woman, Mrs. Risher is one of those women when in her presence, no matter how wild and crazy a…

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Success is an Opportunity Worth Exploring

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I come in contact with many diverse sectors of the so-called American People everyday and, as such, I’m always amazed at how many of them look at their respective lives. Recently, I had the good fortune to experience that firsthand and upfront. On this past Sunday, I was confronted by a young…

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Domestic Violence – A Serious Matter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I wrote an article several years ago that caught an inmate’s attention while serving time in prison for spousal abuse and rape. His name was David and had served time in the military. He thanked me for doing the article and in his own words said, “You taught me what I was…

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Fearful Birthday To Me

By Barney Blakeney I just celebrated another birthday – turned 66 November 24. Never in any stretch of my imagination did I ever conceive of being 66. What’s it they say – youth is wasted on the young? I don’t know how true that may be, but as a young man I never thought of…

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Questioning and Being Who You Are

By Hakim Abdul-Ali For today’s article, I’m going to address some grown folk ethnological issues that I feel needs to be discussed about how some of us in “hue-manity” view ourselves and others. So, please take this occasion to read what I’m putting forth with a little bit more than a grain’s worth of formality…

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Holey, Holey, Holey or Wholly, Wholly, Wholly

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There are distinct differences between “old school” and “new school” or “Baby Boomers” and “Millennials”. Generations evolve over time. As an old schooler, I still iron clothes and linens. During a recent trip to Houston with my son and family, I observed several Millennial differences first hand. They don’t iron clothes. They…

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Facebook Pearls Of Wisdom

By Barney Blakeney I started a Facebook account a few years ago thinking I would be another source for information. That’s worked out better sometimes than others. I’ve seen some crazy stuff on Facebook, but also have found some real pearls of wisdom. Recently I saw something about voter suppression on Facebook. The subject’s been…

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It’s Still About Seeking Clarity

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It rained this past Monday in the Lowcountry sector of South Carolina where I live, and, as usual, my mind traveled to different inquisitive areas of reminiscent thoughts reflecting my “our-storical” past. I’m like that as my mood swings as an artist, a poet and a writer took root. As I sat…

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Sorry, But No Cigar

By Barney Blakeney Well, it’s all over but the shouting. Voters went to the polls November 6 in unprecedented numbers, especially for a midterm election. That’s a good thing. But sorry, no cigar. I hate being the guy who always sees the glass as half empty. But the reality of the optimism that the glass…

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