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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

There were over 60 individuals who had picked up petitions to run for mayor of Detroit when I strolled into City Clerk Janice Winfrey’s abode to pick up stacks of petitions for mayor and council-at-large. It had just been broadcast that ex-mayor Dave Bing had picked up petitions, though he had not stated for sure whether or not he would run again, for his vacated office. Bing was merely exercising his optio ...

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Democracy in Detroit?

The questions being raised in Detroit are important for the whole country. Over the last few years, we have seen an assault on our shared values, conventions and civic assumptions unlike anything previously experienced in this country. Except for brief, extreme periods of Martial Law, declared in emergency situations, no citizens of a city have had their basic rights and responsibilities so perversely viola ...

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Nametag and Nameless release ‘For Namesake’

Hip hop music needs a return to the fundamentals, bass-heavy beats, drums to get the people moving and an emcee to keep the crowd hype. “For Namesake,” the new album from Nametag and Nameless, is one of those albums that will make fans remember why they first fell in love with hip hop, from the first turntable scratch to the last bass kick. ...

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Mama’s Sweet Side

Good cooking has been a part of the Haralson family’s tradition for many years. Siblings Anthony and Kathleen Haralson opened Mama’s Sweet Side, two years ago. “I’m over the moon and very excited, Anthony Haralson, 45, told the Michigan Citizen.” Anthony, a marketer and strategist by profession says he and his sister are looking to expand.” Currently, Mama’s Sweet Side has no storefront. But the space they ...

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University Prep wins PAL volleyball crown

University Preparatory High School continues to have success with its athletic program as the Panthers added another trophy to their case. The Panthers girls’ volleyball team won the Gold Division at this year’s Detroit Police Athletic League Volleyball Champions held March 24 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Fieldhouse. “I had a formidable team that went all the way,” said UPA Head Coach Fred Henry. ...

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Some squads getting stronger while others still learning

While Renaissance and Cass Tech are the softball pacesetters of the Detroit PSL, other teams are trying to establish themselves with winning programs to catch the high flying Phoenix and Technicians. Two of the teams in the PSL West, Western International and Mumford are now playoff contenders, but both coaches are looking toward the future to go beyond playoff contenders. Don Nolan, the head coach of the W ...

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Institute of the Black World announces ‘Day of Direct Action’

An organization that is escalating its call for the end to America’s so-called ‘war on drugs’ is organizing a ‘Day of Direct Action’ with a goal of pressuring President Barack Obama to address ways to repair the havoc the ‘war’ has wreaked in Black communities. “Against the back drop of what the Institute of the Black World 21st Century believes is a state of emergency in urban, inner city neighborhoods, wh ...

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Redefining the American Family: A 21st Century Perspective

The American family must be redefined, reinvented and re-created because today’s nuclear families are caricatures of what families have been and can be. The family is still the best place to prepare the next generation for life. But to fulfill this role, families need to become multi-generational communities of work. This transformation cannot take place separate and apart from the transformation of our com ...

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Spring has sprung with April showers and farmers markets

I love this season: waking up the garden, prepping beds, planting transplants and planning opening day for farmers market. Farmers markets are an important part of the landscape in the Detroit community because this is the place where you can find the freshest produce, breads, cheese, eggs and more. It’s also the place where food assistance shoppers may optimize their shopping dollars. When making a purchas ...

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Reparations in order for 1963 bombing

It was terror that shook the nation. On Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963, a bomb exploded in the basement of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Four little girls, all dressed in white — 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, and 11-year-old Denise McNair — died in the explosion, and are remembered in history. Congress now is considering offering them posthumously a C ...

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