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Late novelist Achebe to receive ‘grand send-off’ in Nigeria next month

(GIN) — Africa’s acclaimed man of letters Chinua Achebe  will be laid to rest this month in his hometown of Ogidi, Anambra state, in eastern Nigeria, surrounded by friends, Nobel laureates and other luminaries. Among those who have reserved their place at the memorial are Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nadine Gordimer, author Toni Morrison, Ruth Simmons and Johnetta B. Cole. Achebe, the author of “Things Fall Apa ...

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Stand up for Detroit, fight Wall Street

Across the country, cities and states are operating under deficit. Public debt is spiraling out of control — millions and billions of dollars owed. Public officials are responding by cutting city services, closing schools or making cuts that negatively impact our schools. All over, police officers, firemen, and the men and women that make our country work are being laid off and long-term benefits are being ...

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Playing the hand you were dealt

I learned about economics and politics the hard way. In 1983, at 26 years old, I had the opportunity to travel to London and meet with a gentleman who had set up a deal to place a RC Cola factory in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He had done everything in his power to make this happen and had most of what he needed to close the deal. However, two key pieces were missing: the blessing of then President Siake Ste ...

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New auto no-fault bill slashes health care, fails to address affordability

Last week, the Detroit Democratic Caucus announced its united opposition to HB 4612, an insurance industry-backed measure forwarded by Gov. Rick Snyder, which eliminates the life-saving health care coverage currently provided under Michigan’s auto no-fault law, without addressing the unaffordable premiums motorists in the state’s urban areas are forced to pay. ...

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‘EAA cheats students’

“A different system for a different outcome” is the motto of the experimental state-run Education Achievement Authority (EAA) schools. Created by Gov. Rick Snyder using Detroit students, buildings and resources, including a $12 million loan, the EAA is now in its first year. Detroit parents, education professors and advocates have questioned the quality of the program since its beginning. Now, it seems, eve ...

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THE LEGENDS OF HIP HOP

Old school hip hop fans are in for a treat as Slick Rick (left) and Doug E Fresh (right), along with Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, Sugarhill Gang, Rob Base and Whodini, take the stage for a one night only performance May 18 at the Fox Theatre. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices. Also at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. For more ...

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Moratorium NOW!: ‘Make the Banks Pay’

“We can find one banker and put that banker in jail!” With those comments, Rev. Ed Rowe, pastor at Central United Methodist Church, directed the focus of the May 4 People’s Assembly to Make Banks Pay Detroit for the Destruction They’ve Caused. Over 250 people heard Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs explain the banks’ criminal activity and how Detroit’s emergency ...

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Southwest residents demand action in wake of explosion

Over 60 residents and community leaders called on local, state and federal officials to design an evacuation plan in wake of the April 27 explosion at the Marathon Petroleum refinery in the 48217 neighborhood. State Representative Rashida Talib, Detroit City Council Member Brenda Jones and members of the Community Advisory Panel: Theresa Landrum, Dr. Delores Leonard, Jackie Smith and Tyrone Carter held a pr ...

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Don’t ignore women for mayor!

Folk in mainstream media have mastered the art of looking and sounding as if they might really know WTF is going on. These jerks anoint leadership with a few clicks of the keyboard as they cut and paste their way up the journalistic dead end career ladder. Before the first suspect poll was foisted upon us in the sluggish jog for mayor of Detroit, two guys were scrounged up as sure to get through the primary ...

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What matters

Sometimes the earth slows you down. It is planting time in Detroit. There is a rhythm and focus brought by the turning of the seasons. At long last, the weariness of winter is falling away. Soil must be prepared. Soon seedlings will find their way into the thousands of urban garden and small backyard plots that have made Detroit a global leader in urban agriculture. Such moments of slowing down and finding ...

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