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National NAACP applauds historic expansion of voting rights

“This is a great step for Virginia, and we look forward to working with the Commonwealth … on expanding the vote,” stated Benjamin Todd Jealous, national president and CEO of the NAACP. “Anyone who has made a mistake, done their time and paid their debt to society should be able to join their neighbors at the voting booth.” ...

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Bill introduced to prevent firework disturbances

LANSING — Senator Tupac A. Hunter, D-Detroit, introduced legislation last week that would give local governments the power to regulate the use of fireworks on any day and at any time during the year. While Michigan law was amended to expand the sale and use of once-illegal fireworks in the state, there are currently no state laws that regulate their use the day before, day of and day after federal holidays. ...

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House of Art in Eastern Market offers Red Bull sponsorship for local artists

Tucked away on Winder Street in Detroit’s Eastern Market, the Red Bull House of Art is a new institution providing an environment for young artists to develop their craft. The facility provides space for artists to bring their visions to life. Once a month, the gallery hosts an open house for folks to mix, mingle and experience new and exciting art in Detroit. ...

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Book Beat to host fundraiser and welcome authors

City Girls Soap and Book Beat will host a benefit for the Samuel Gompers Elementary-Middle School library, part of the Brightmoor school district of Detroit, June 9 from 2-4 p.m. In 2011, John and Amy McIntire created City Girls Soap with the dream of utilizing ingredients sourced from the urban farms of Detroit and Southeast Michigan. ...

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Past time for building Black wealth

If you think about the problems that plague Detroit — inequity, school closings, poverty, unemployment, emergency management, violence and predatory lending — these are conditions that increasingly define the lives of too many Black Americans. As the wealth gap grows for all Americans, African Americans are particularly hard hit. From Chicago to Philadelphia, lack of Black wealth and opportunity is a persis ...

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Detroiters deserve the right to vote

By D. Etta Wilcoxon Arguably one of America’s darkest secrets is the fact that all African Americans were denied the American right to vote until the conviction, fortitude and desire to be on the “right side of history,” compelled Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and then President Lyndon Banes Johnson to fight for and to realize the 1965 Voting Rights Act. That was then and this is now. In 2009, our current city ...

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