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Detroit Raw

We shake our heads and get on with our Detroit-area day as news that a 2-year-old Black child was targeted and shot in the head and killed, so that her father might suffer. Two more Black children are missing after their mother was found murdered. In Chicago, 14 are killed, more than 80 wounded in a bloody Windy City July 4 weekend. If we have become immune to the madness that is life in Black America, we h ...

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Roberts court decisions should propel us to vote

Many of us who were reared in the Christian church remember stories of King Solomon. In his era, kings were the final arbiters of conflict in their kingdoms. Solomon was the epitome of the thoughtful and deliberate judge. In his most famous trial, he used his God-given wisdom to reach a balanced decision that saved the life of a child and reunited it with its natural mother. Solomon was wise and fair. Lacki ...

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Detroit hydroplane champ needs last minute boost

Champion hydroplane racer Jerry Bell is trying to raise the last funding he needs to race in this year’s American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup races July 11-13. Bell, who began racing in 1995, was trained by the first Black hydroplane racer, Terry Dudley. “I am appealing to the community and to businesses for additional sponsorship,”Bell said, having recently recovered from serious injuries sustained i ...

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Charity Mahouna Hicks joins the ancestors

Justice warrior Charity Mahouna Hicks joined the ancestors, July 8, 2014. Hicks was hit by a vehicle in New York City, May 31 which left her in a coma. Hicks is a well known and regarded community activist who was also policy director for the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC). Hicks was raised on Detroit’s lower eastside near the Detroit River which contributed to her love for the environme ...

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“Shame on you”: Maureen Taylor rips WDIV reporter

The United Nations, international and national media is covering the water shut-off crisis in Detroit but local media, including WDIV’s Hank Winchester, doesn’t seem to understand the scope of the problem, according to Maureen Taylor of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. In an MSNBC appearance, Winchester suggested Detroiters would rather pay for cable than water. “Let’s have some truth and a fair exchan ...

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WATCH: Congressman John Conyers addresses Detroit water shutoffs

At a news conference held in the headquarters of water activist organization, The Detroit Water Brigade, U.S. Congressman John Conyers said that water was a human right and the recent rash of shutoffs has led to an "emergency." He pledged to make ending the shutoffs a top priority. ...

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Justice Denied: Most states have not obeyed court ruling on juveniles sentenced to life

Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 28 states cannot automatically sentence juveniles to life in prison for murder without the chance of parole, a decision that affected mostly imprisoned Black boys, only 13 states have changed their laws to comply with the ruling. Fifteen states have not passed any statutory reforms, according to a study by The Sentencing Project, which works for a fair and effect ...

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What’s going on at Eastern Market?

If you have been down to Eastern Market lately you may have noticed a number of road and bridge construction projects. They are part of a project called Link Detroit that is comprised of four major elements: - Extension and connections of greenways Phase 2 of the Dequindre Cut and Phase 4 of the Midtown Loop will soon be completed. When they are connected at the northeast corner of Wilkins and Orleans you w ...

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Local favorites, international stars give Concert of Colors its brilliance

Lola Valley, Detroit’s femme fatale rock/funk super group, is returning to this year’s Concert of Colors, scheduled July 10-13 at various venues in Midtown Detroit. The group has been a crowd favorite in the city for the past decade. “Lola Valley has created a space that is bigger than itself,” says Emily Rogers, who plays bass with the band and was one of the group’s founders. “It’s a space for the awkward ...

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