This Week in History

Early Analysis shows Black precincts will suffer under ID law

According to a recent analysis by The Associated Press of precinct-level data provided by the state Election Commission, South Carolina’s new voter photo identification law appears to be hitting black precincts in the state the hardest.

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The Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. with Gabrielle Marshaé Dudley, scholarship recipient.

The Richland County Public Library Foundation has awarded the second annual Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship to Gabrielle Marshaé Dudley. A reception honoring Dudley was held on October 13 at the Main Library, with a special presentation by Ethel Bolden’s son, NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

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Rogers Editorial Cartoon

Straight Talk Helps

I received what initially seemed to be an interesting DVD in the mail a couple of weeks ago. The sender included a letter extolling the virtues of Black History, bemoaning the way that Black History is often ignored, and suggesting that tools like the DVD he sent me – “Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black and White” by David Barton – might help to tell the story.

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Cain’s Black Voter Fantasy

GOP Presidential Herman Cain again solemnly told a pack of pesky reporters in New Hampshire recently that he was absolutely confident that in a head to head match-up against President Obama that he could snatch a third of the black vote. The notion that he can get a big chunk of the black vote for the GOP is intriguing. It’s intriguing because it has a ring to it that appeals to GOP leaders who have long imagined that if they could get the right black candidate and package their message just right they could draw an appreciable number of black voters. It’s a good talking point with GOP hawker Cain out there leading the pack of GOP presidential contenders in some early but meaningless straw polls. Cain, though, is hardly the first to step into fantasy land with the notion that the GOP can grab lots of black votes.

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Bookin’ It On Main: A Celebration of Black Writers Workshops

Award-winning poet Glenis Redmond will be among the writers, artists, and musicians.

Columbia, SC – Fourteen of the country’s finest poets — all of whom are featured in Kwame Dawes’ soon-to-be-published anthology, “Home Is Where,” will be featured at the first “Bookin’ It On Main: A Celebration of Black Writers,” set for Saturday, November 12, 2011, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. in and around the Columbia Museum of Art. Joining them will be author and storyteller Darion McCloud, comic book artists Sammy and Dre of Piensa Art Company, poet Omari Fox of New Danger, and HeTePu Productions.

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Parenting Solo: Would My Mother and Father Approve

Back in the Stone Age when I was a teenager, my mother would insist that her children repeat a phrase that she was sure would help us make sound decisions. With her pointer finger extended for emphasis, she would slowly tell us to repeat this question to ourselves before we engaged in any questionable activity “Would my mother and father approve?” I can’t tell you how many times I stopped and asked myself that question before I did something that might be construed as stupid. Oh yes I can – never!

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Relationships: The Real Reason Wives Cheat

A recent study showed that women cheat at nearly the same rate as men. But it also found that women cheat for different reasons. The primary factor in a man’s infidelity, according to the study, is sexual excitability. That means he got excited, weighed the risks and ultimately cheated. For women, the primary reason is unhappiness in her relationship. Therefore, it isn’t as simple and reactionary as it is with men.

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Gamecocks win close against Miss. State; suffer heavy loss with Lattimore’s season-ending injury

South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore out for the season with knee injury.

South Carolina got a good win with its 14-12 squeaker over host Mississippi State, Sat. (Oct. 15), at Davis Wade Stadium, in Starkville, Miss.

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