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State of Equality and Justice in America: It’s time to step it up, we have not arrived!

Reflecting upon the past 50 years since the 1963 March on Washington, we must pay homage to our civil rights leaders for their hard work, strength and endurance in the fight for equality and justice in America. Their unwavering commitment to The Movement made it possible for a Black man named Barack Obama to become President of the United States. ...

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The mythical Black economy

Although the dictionary calls it archaic, the “management of a household” is one of the definitions listed for the word “economy.” Another definition is “a saving or attempt to reduce expenditures.” Yet another has to do with “the production and consumption of goods and services of a community regarded as a whole.” As I look at the descriptions, only the last one partially applies to Black Americans collect ...

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Achievement gap or opportunity gap?

African American students achieve at a different level than white students. Test scores are lower, as are high school and college completion rates, and the number of African Americans attending four-year institutions is falling. The rate of African American suspensions and expulsions from K-12 schools is higher than that of other groups. By almost any metric, there are gaps between African American students ...

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Detroit Public Schools is funding EAA

What exactly do the offices of Gov. Rick Snyder, State Treasurer Andy Dillon, Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts, Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) Chancellor John Covington and the EAA Executive Board know about $12 million in loans made to the EAA from Detroit Public Schools? It appears the Gov. Snyder and Treasurer Dillon helped push a loan for their otherwise failing and underfun ...

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The unlikely path to entrepreneurship

The path to a career in the early 21st century is anything but a straight line. The very idea that you will just have one career is becoming increasingly antiquated. We have to be creative in our plans for economic sustainability. This means building upon success, and even as you go for your dreams, having a practical means to meet the demands of your economic reality. ...

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Proposal to elect insurance commissioner faces ‘uphill battle’

By Justine McGuire Capital News Service LANSING — If Michigan had an elected insurance commissioner rather than one appointed by the governor, consumers would benefit from more favorable policies and insurance rates, Sen. Virgil Smith, D-Detroit, said. Smith proposed a constitutional amendment to elect the insurance commissioner and said his research found that states that elect their commissioners tend to ...

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African Americans shift spending in tight economy

According to the data found in a new report, “The Buying Power of Black America,” now may be the most opportune time ever for businesses to develop a strategy for increasing their share of the Black American market. With the nation slowly recovering from recession, Black consumers represent the margin of profitability in most consumer product categories. ...

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Wayne State University commencement ceremonies celebrate class of 2013

More than 3,500 students will participate in two Wayne State University spring commencement ceremonies May 9. The ceremonies, which will conclude the university’s 145th academic year, will be held at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. The ceremonies will be one of the last major university events for President Allan Gilmour, who will retire in June. Gilmour stepped in to lead WSU in 2010 on an interim basis an ...

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Jesse Jackson honored for anti-apartheid work

Human rights activist Jesse L. Jackson has been presented the Companions of O.R. Tambo Award, the highest award a non-South African can receive, for his extensive efforts to help end apartheid in the country. Jackson, founder and president of the Chicago-based RainbowPUSH Coalition, accepted the award Saturday from President Jacob Zuma at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, one of the nation’s capital ...

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