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Hardship, hard work mark journey into modern life – Burke County Notebook



In another video, Beverly Carlton talked to senior African-Americans at the Lake James Community Center in the early 1980s on behalf of the Burke …
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Panamanian founder of Black Solidarity Day transitions • Caribbean Life


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Another Black giant fell on July 10 when Dr. Carlos Russell succumbed at Maimonides Hospital.

The visionary author, playwright, educator, ambassador, and historian, acclaimed for establishing a Black Solidarity Day in 1969, died in his sleep at age 84. He was born in the Republic of Panama on Aug. 6, 1934.

“It is with great sorrow that we mourn the passing of Dr. Carlos Enrique Codington Russell. He was a beloved son, father, brother, uncle, cousin, teacher, and best friend to us and many in our community,” a family statement said.

“He is now at peace with our ancestors. His fervent desire was for us, the community, to continue the fight for social justice and equality for all. His intelligence, passion, wit and love…

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IMF likes Barbados’ plans • Caribbean Life


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Based on an International Monetary Fund’s preliminary assessment, Barbados appears to be moving correctly along the path towards securing refinancing of its debt obligations and for national economic restructuring.

One week after winning the May 24 elections, the Mia Mottley administration responded to being confronted with a national debt, that has more than doubled in the 10 years of the last government, by suspending liability payments and calling in the IMF for assistance with the aim of getting soft loans to help Barbados meet its obligations while righting a declining economy.

Following Mottley’s meeting with IMF Managing Director Christine Legarde, an IMF team visited Barbados from July 02 to July 12 for talks with…

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Asheville’s Eagle Street comes to life in 1959


Last week’s column visited 1930s Eagle Street, Asheville’s African-American business hub, and compared it to today.

This week, the comparison is to a time in between — 1959, before integration, highways and urban renewal displaced the former way of life.

East End homes         

Looking at “East End, 1972,” a photograph in Andrea Clark’s book, “East End Asheville Photographs circa 1968,” Willie Mae Brown,…

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Building powerful women in Jamaica • Caribbean Life


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Members of an organization dubbed Empowering Future Minds (EFM) exemplified a mission to help young women in Jamaica by hosting a fund-raiser at Markie B’s Jamaican Cuisine in Jamaica, Queens recently.

Their total membership comprises just more than a handful Jamaican women — residing in Silver Springs, Maryland, Long Island, N.Y. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. yet they are amplifying the phrase that many are called but few are chosen.

According to their web portal, together the women for women project is “a group of friends and associates all connected by our love of Jamaica and our desire to make a change. For many of us, our lives have been enriched by the amazing experience we had going to high school in Jamaica. We have…

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Williams submits nearly 70,000 ballot petition signatures • Caribbean Life


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Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, who is running for New York Lieutenant Governor, joined dozens of advocates outside State Board of Elections offices in Albany last Thursday to announce that his campaign has collected more than 68,000 petition signatures backing his effort to secure ballot access for his candidacy.

“I’d like to thank Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo and his Lt. Gov. [Kathy Hochul] for blocking our nomination during May’s [state]Democratic Convention,” Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, told reporters. “Because of their incumbent protection politics, our team has quickly built out a highly functioning campaign that has allowed us to engage with countless voters across New York by gathered a historic…

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