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Frederick Douglass victorious

For the last two seasons, the Frederick Douglass Academy was runner-up to Birmingham Country. The Hurricanes, always strong competitors in district play, consistently came up short to the Yellowjackets in MHSAA Class B Regional action. But this year was different. On March 12, Frederick Douglass (16-9) defeated Birmingham Country Day 69-56 in the Class B Regional at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep advancing in the ...

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U-D Jesuit wins thriller

Last season, members of the University of Detroit Jesuit Basketball squad held their heads down as the Cubs lost to the Pershing Doughboys in the closing seconds of the Class A Regional at Southfield. The Doughboys hit a basket as the buzzer ending their season and hopes at a state title. This season was a different story for the Cubs. The Cubs (22-2) defeated the Cass Tech Technicians (18-6) in the closing ...

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Final push to get Blacks signed up for health insurance

With less than two weeks left to sign up for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, grassroots supporters of the mandatory law and federal health officials are rushing to enroll Blacks, other people of color and young people in order to meet the Obama administration’s goal of reaching 7 million people by the end of this month. ...

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New studies shatter myths about Black cohabitation and marriage

Decades of research and the warnings of Black mothers everywhere are being challenged by an emerging body of research that finds no link between cohabitation and chance of divorce. Further, researchers are asserting that cohabitation actually boosts the stability of resulting marriages for women who typically have lower marital rates — such as Black women. ...

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REPORT: South African Blacks need 500 years to close wage gap with whites

Union officials at a national bargaining conference in Pretoria had troubling news for workers hoping to get better pay and working conditions in the coming year. “We cannot lie forever,” said Andrew Chirwa of the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa). “In 1994 we said South Africa will be a better place to live and unemployment will be halved in 10 years. What have we achieved in this regard?” ...

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Another Kenyan steals the limelight over high-praised new book

She was the “Woman of the Year,” winner of the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing, screenwriter and organizer of the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Now, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Kenyan by birth like her sister Lupita Nyong’o, has a stunning new novel under her belt that is winning breathless reviews from the book trade. ...

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Music fest marred: Drunk driver kills two, Tyler arrested

Hip hop enfant terrible, Tyler, The Creator was arrested March 15 in Austin, Tex., for allegedly inciting a “riot” at the South by Southwest music festival. On March 13, the 23-year-old rapper, born Tyler Gregory Okonma, allegedly encouraged the crowd waiting outside the full-to-capacity room to push past the guards. The fans seized the opportunity and packed into the room. No one was seriously injured. ...

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Cash for artists with big ideas

Last year, the Knight Foundation awarded $2.1 million to 56 art projects the foundation believed would benefit the city of Detroit. Among them were awards for local dancer Haleem Rasul to make a documentary about the Detroit dance phenomenon “jit” and Omowale Entertainment to teach West African drumming and dancing classes. ...

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Ancestral journey: Diggin’ up your roots

Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) is the largest urban community college in the state of Michigan. It is a multi-campus district with five conveniently-located campuses, the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center and the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education (MIPSE). The District serves nearly 72,000 students annually. ...

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