H.M. Coakley’s “Holla II” Hits Theaters Friday, April 19th

With just the right amount of creepy, a touch of campy, and a comedic plot to kills coeds in gruesome, over the top fashion, H. M. Coakley’s “Holla II” set to hit theaters April 19th is sure to scare up interest among African American moviegoers, and being the first Black horror film in 13 years certainly helps.

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Reparations in order for 1963 bombing

It was terror that shook the nation. On Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963, a bomb exploded in the basement of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Four little girls, all dressed in white — 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, and 11-year-old Denise McNair — died in the explosion, and are remembered in history.

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Message to Congress: Show Courage on Gun Safety

“Sometimes I close my eyes and all I can remember is that awful day…But other times, I feel Ben’s presence filling me with courage for what I have to do…”  Francine Wheeler, mother of six-year-old Ben Wheeler, one of the 26 victims of the December 14 Sandy Hook tragedy.

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Makin’ A Way Out of No Way – Modjeska Simkins: Portrait of the Human Rights Activist

This Sunday at 3:00 pm, the Nickelodeon Theatre at 1607 Main St, Columbia, SC will feature a documentary about one of Columbia’s greatest civil rights social engineers as part of its Civil Rights Sundays initiative. Makin’ a Way Out of No Way is the story of South Carolina human and civil rights matriarch, Modjeska Monteith Simkins. This classic Carolina story is a portrait of an activist who laid the groundwork for some of the most significant civil rights cases in U.S. history. Produced and directed by Beryl Dakers. Talkback moderator: Beryl Dakers. Panelists: Emily Newman and Brett Bursey.

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Nation’s First Blended STEM Charter School Set to Open in Columbia

Education improvement initiatives on the federal and local level are based on the belief that all children are capable of learning.  However how each student learns can be as uniquely different as the individual. The South Carolina Science Academy, a new charter school, intends to address that reality by offering innovative learning techniques for teaching middle school students.

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Eau Claire Fest Celebrates Arts and Community

The Eau Claire Community Council and the City of Columbia present Eau Claire Fest, an annual celebration of arts and community, on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in the historic Eau Claire Town Center at North Main St. and Monticello Rd.

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Evolution and Development of Black Gospel Music

The University of South Carolina announces a special performance by the University Gospel Choir. Under the direction of Dr. Carl R. Wells, the Gospel Choir will present the Evolution and Development of Black Gospel Music on Saturday, April 20th at 7:30 p.m., at Second Calvary Baptist Church, which is located at 1110 Mason Rd., Columbia, SC 29203.

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President Obama’s High Stakes Budget Gamble

President Obama’s proposal to put Medicare and Social Security back on the budget bargaining table ignited a virtual palace revolt among administration loyalists. The flashpoint is the proposal to tie Social Security payments to a chained CPI. The chained CPI which uses the most tight fisted measure to gauge inflation would by all estimates gradually erode the purchasing power of millions of seniors over time by minimizing the impact of inflation. Putting Social Security on the bargaining table is tantamount to playing political Russian Roulette with a GOP that might this time around snatch at it in its relentless drive to hack away programs that directly benefit the poor and working class.

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The death of Martin Luther King Jr: James Earl Ray tapes raise more questions 45 years later

Two years after their re-discovery, restored video footage of Dr. King’s convicted assassin, James Earl Ray, in custody in Memphis as well as on trial, have been released just in time for the 45th anniversary of Dr. King’s murder.

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