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From King’s Dream to street dreams: Just being Jay Z is enough

In the wake of Jay Z’s so-called beef with actor and activist Harry Belafonte, Hova has been criticized for saying that his presence is a charity — his existence provides hope. At first blush, these words seem to have been baptized in a pool of arrogance; however, further examination reveals that they are the words of a man who has successfully escaped the urban ghetto and his existence proves that street d ...

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Diminishing arts in schools shreds children’s souls

Detroit School of Arts (DSA) was designed to provide enriched academic arts opportunities for students under the tutelage of high quality academic arts instructors. DSA was founded on the principles of leadership integrity and community engagement. These two qualities helped advance DSA into national and international acclaim. It is difficult and painful to learn about the disruption of DSA’s educational at ...

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In the aftermath of murder, a mother’s grief never ends

What happens in the aftermath of a killing — not the funeral, not the media sensation (if there is any) — but what happens to the victim’s loved ones? Today would be my son Jeaco’s 41st birthday if he was not murdered nine years ago. Jeaco was the “go to” person in my immediate family and in his circle of friends. Jeaco was a very wise and respected young man. Since he left, my daughters and grandson, young ...

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Segregation persists

“Lee Daniel’s The Butler” has sparked conversation about the need for intergenerational dialogue. “The Butler,” the story of Cecil Gaines, who served eight consecutive presidents — from Dwight Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan — as butler at the White House, was masterful at exposing the complexities between generations. At its essence, “The Butler” is also the story of a Black family and the struggles each gener ...

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