‘Our unfinished work’

‘Our unfinished work’

So that’s the world we’ve got to reach for — the world where every single one of our children has the opportunity to pursue their measure of happiness. That’s our unfinished work. ...

Get ‘A Piece of the Action’: New album by DJ Butter and DJ Dez spotlights Detroit hip hop

Get ‘A Piece of the Action’: New album by DJ Butter and DJ Dez spotlights Detroit hip hop

DJ Butter explains the album is an opportunity to give Detroit artists an opportunity to work “with artists that have sold tons of records and collaborate." ...

Always Brewing open mic uplifts Detroit talent

Always Brewing open mic uplifts Detroit talent

Detroit’s open mic scene remains a vibrant part of the city’s arts community, and the Thursday evening spotlight at Always Brewing Detroit, a community coffee shop at 19180 Grand R ...

Detroit EM transfers authority  to mayor, council

Detroit EM transfers authority to mayor, council

After two days of closed door meetings with the City Council and Mayor Mike Duggan, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has transferred all authority back to the executive and legislative ...

EDITORIAL: ‘Dear Livonia’ and the self-determination mayor

EDITORIAL: ‘Dear Livonia’ and the self-determination mayor

On the campaign trail, candidate Duggan said self-determination was a central value and guiding principle in his campaign to become Detroit’s mayor...This week, Mayor Duggan faces ...

Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

This process has starkly revealed Duggan’s strengths as a technocrat and his weaknesses in looking “honestly” at the real situation Detroiters are facing. The primary goals of Dugg ...

Michigan GOP limits public debate

Michigan GOP limits public debate

This campaign season, Republican candidates appear to be running from public forums. It took several weeks and considerable wrangling to schedule one debate for the executive candi ...

ANALYSIS: ISIS and US foreign policy: My enemy’s enemy is not my friend

It is important to recognize President Obama’s jingoistic rhetoric was stated primarily for domestic consumption. He has made some Americans feel that their commander–in-chief is taking charge of this situation. But ISIS could really care less. A group of people (ISIS) who have committed their lives to martyrdom will never be frightened or deterred by threats of death. Instead, they will only be inspired. ...

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Census Bureau: Wages up for Black men, down for Black women

Even though Black men suffer with the highest unemployment rates in the country, during the recovery period following the recession, Black men who worked full-time, year-round experienced a 1.6 percent gain in median earnings, compared to white men whose earnings fell 2.1 percent over the same period. ...

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EDITORIAL: Republicans, the new minorities with more control

Nationally, the Republican Party has been criticized for leading a number of efforts that have made it harder for young people, poor and people of color to vote including enacting mandatory photo-ID among other regressive efforts. Be clear, the Republican Party is a minority and, according to polls, smaller than it has ever been before. ...

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Detroit turnout critical for Dems

The Michigan Democratic Party is rolling out an aggressive plan to win the African American vote this November. President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign transformed Democratic strategy for one of its core constituencies, African Americans. The Obama-effect, as it is called, brought out an unprecedented number of young and Black voters, according to a Pew analysis of census data. Black women voters were especi ...

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UPDATE: Authority to operate Detroit Water and Sewerage Department

One of the last city assets, the Detroit water system has met the same fate as the Detroit Zoo, Cobo Hall, Belle Isle and the Detroit Institute of Arts before it. The newly-created Great Lakes Water Authority will soon control the regional system of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. ...

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The reality of climate change

...(A) true climate change plan involves much more than having a battery-powered radio or an alternate power source for charging electronic devices. It requires serious action by governments, industries and individuals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But the past year has made clear that, in the meantime, we should all do what we can to make our own homes resilient to climate change. ...

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OPINION: The cost of not doing business

You have heard the term, “the cost of doing business,” which means folks in business have certain costs that come with the territory. Some characterize it by saying, “It takes money to make money.” Agreed, of course, but how much money does it take for businesses that Black consumers support to make more money? What is their cost of doing business within the Black consumer segment? ...

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OPINION: The CBC — Then and Now

Too often people who have experienced and endured long-term oppression and suffering take for granted some of the socioeconomic and political indicators of progress. In other words, it is important periodically to assess both the setbacks and the gains Black America has made during the past 50 years. ...

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Always Brewing open mic uplifts Detroit talent

Detroit’s open mic scene remains a vibrant part of the city’s arts community, and the Thursday evening spotlight at Always Brewing Detroit, a community coffee shop at 19180 Grand River on the city’s west side, has become a trusted venue for talented vocal artists to be heard. Running from 7-10 p.m., anybody is free to sign the open mic list and present their music, poetry or message. ...

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Detroit EM transfers authority to mayor, council

After two days of closed door meetings with the City Council and Mayor Mike Duggan, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has transferred all authority back to the executive and legislative branches. Late in the afternoon, Sept. 25, following a public hearing Orr signed Order 42 to Address Issues Relating the the Conclusion of the Emergency Manager's Tenure and Transfer of City Operations. ...

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