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Nothing without a woman or a girl

In February, President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative aimed at helping young men and boys of color. The initiative brings together foundations, businesses, governors, mayors, faith leaders and nonprofit organizations. At Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City address, he indicated he would support the Obama administration effort in Detroit. President Obama pledged $200 million to My Brothe ...

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‘Sunlight Through Bullet Holes’

Poet, publisher and educator jessica Care moore has recently released a new book of poetry, “Sunlight Through Bullet Holes,” and will be making two upcoming public appearances in Detroit in June to perform and promote her book. Moore describes her new work, influenced by the daily struggle of Detroiters to live and love amidst the harsh conditions of the city, as her strongest collection of poems to date. F ...

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Rev. Ed Rowe, senior pastor of Central United Methodist Church Detroit, will retire after 37 years of ministry

Rev. Edwin A. (Ed) Rowe will preach his last sermon at the 10:30 worship service, June 22, followed by a reception, light meal and program in his honor. Rev. Rowe has been in the ministry for over 40 years. He grew up on Detroit’s east side and attended Denby High School. He did his under graduate studies at Adrian College before he attended Garrett Theological Seminary in Chicago. In 1974, he was appointed ...

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Lawless Thugs III

In a stunning development, a conspiracy of silence has been discovered that proves just about all the players in the city of Detroit bankruptcy case are breaking the law. This is a serious allegation that deserves careful consideration before asserting. Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has repeatedly stated the reason for declaring Detroit bankrupt is due to an $18 billion debt. It has been demonstrated ...

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Downtown Boxing Gym student takes home top honors at Junior Olympics

Downtown Boxing Gym’s Janelson Figueroa is the 2014 Junior Olympics National Champion. Competing in the 145-pound weight class, Figueroa won his last bout in a 3-0 decision. This is the first year he has competed in this division. “He works hard,” said Downtown Boxing Gym’s founder and head coach Khali Sweeney. “We are proud of him as an athlete, as a student, and as a citizen of the community.” ...

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RIP Ruby Dee Davis, 1922-2014

Over the years, Ruby Dee has become a part of all our lives, because we have watched and identified with her in so many movies and at so many civil rights demonstrations. Despite her fame and artistry, she was extraordinarily unpretentious and could have been our sister, daughter, girlfriend. Ruby loved fresh ideas and was especially fond of Jimmy Boggs. I am not sure how she even knew he was dying, but two ...

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African World Festival wants to make Detroit designers fashion stars

For over three decades, the African World Festival has provided Detroiters a chance to experience the rich cultural heritage from all corners of the diaspora — drumming, dancing, arts and crafts, storytelling, poetry, food and fashion. Now organizers want to make sure the D is dressed appropriately at this year’s festival by launching the Detroit Rocks the Runway Emerging Designer Showcase. Selected local d ...

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Highland Park valedictorian chooses Spelman

Lea Rogers is the 2014 valedictorian of Highland Park Renaissance Academy where she excelled academically and was also on the cheer and volleyball teams. Rogers has been accepted and will attend Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., in the fall, where she will major in biology. After completing her undergrad education, Rogers plans to attend Johns Hopkins University and become a doctor. ...

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On the water front: The struggle for water in Michigan’s Black cities

A city caught in the throes of a financial crisis and under the control of a state-appointed manager seeks to privatize its water department in a desperate attempt to balance its budget and remain solvent. Residents — many of whom are African American living in poverty — face mounting hardships as their water is being shut off when payments are delinquent. “Yeah, I know all about what’s happening in Detroit ...

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Detroit Raw

Over a year ago I wrote the Detroit City Council’s and office of the mayor’s main roles would be to legitimate the illegitimate actions of the Negro proxy emergency manager of the union-busting, democracy-destroying Governor Snyder. I was on point. The continued illegal actions of those who place art over the people of Detroit require clear approval of Detroit City Council before a federal judge will approv ...

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