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All roads lead to D.C.

When more than 250,000 people convened on the Washington Mall Aug. 28, 1963, six million people were unemployed, 22 million Americans lived in poverty, voting rights for Blacks were barely existent and the profiling of African Americans, still dealing with vestiges of Jim Crow, was rampant. ...

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Learning lessons

As the process to decide whether or not Detroit can be declared bankrupt grinds on, a number of things are becoming clear. First, Gov. Rick Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr are neither truthful nor transparent. Secret dealings between the governor and Orr were uncovered by one of the many court cases filed to challenge the bankruptcy. Long before any public announcement, the governor had been in stead ...

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Companies interested in being a subcontractor, service provider, or supplier for the construction of the Woodward Avenue Streetcar line are invited to a Construction Open House on Friday, August 23, 2013. Stacy and Witbeck, the construction manager hired by M-1 RAIL, is hosting the open house at MotorCity Casino-Hotel, 2901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201. ...

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Problems with the primary

Defeated mayoral candidate Tom Barrow is challenging the primary election results that placed write-in candidate Mike Duggan as the top challenger in the November general election. Duggan and Clerk Winfrey were the top vote getters in the Aug. 6 primary with 44,395 votes and 57,601votes respectively. In an interview with radio host Angelo Henderson of AM1200 WCHB, Barrow implied the primary results were ill ...

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We have just begun to fight!

The Aug.17 People’s Forum, organized by Detroiters Resisting the Emergency Manager (DREM), is a historic meeting. I’ve been a Detroiter for 60 years, and this is the first time in my experience that so many different organizations with different ideologies and personalities have recognized the time has come for us to join together to resist and defeat the growing counter-revolution, now more than ever. This ...

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Detroit Environmental Agenda

The Detroit Environmental Agenda (DEA) was released in July, after two years of resident engagement around environmental concerns. The 72-page agenda focuses on the environmental, economic and social challenges faced by residents in the city of Detroit through an environmental lens of clean air, clean water, clean energy, zero waste, active transportation, healthy housing and healthy neighborhoods. The agen ...

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Cosmic Slop Festival returns to spotlight Black rock artists

Detroit Rock City is recognized around the world for some of the meanest, nastiest, hard grinding rock music to have ever been played. Names like Kid Rock, Jack White and Bob Seger may first come to mind, but the Cosmic Slop Festival hopes to bring a new image of rock music to the Motor City. The Cosmic Slop Festival is “the only intentionally diverse, the only intentionally multi-racial, multicultural cele ...

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Transforming Love Community celebrates 16th anniversary with event featuring Iyanla Vanzant

In honor of its 16th anniversary, Transforming Love Community (TLC), a trans-denominational community, will host the event “How Sweet It Is” Oct.12 at the Athena Banquet Center, located at 25650 Gratiot Ave., Roseville. The luncheon and workshop starts at noon and will feature New York Times bestselling author Iyanla Vanzant, who is a spiritual life coach and host/producer of the TV show “Iyanla Fix My Life ...

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Jamaal Malik Masia Cottrell El

Jamaal Malik Masia Cottrell El of Detroit passed away July 24 at the age of 77. A Washitaw Moor formerly known as Samuel Edward Cottrell III, Jamaal attended Detroit Northern High School. He joined the Air Force in 1955, trained as a metals processing technician and played semi-professional baseball in Japan while serving in the Korean Conflict. Jamaal’s entrepreneurial ventures included the Lion’s Den Rest ...

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