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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Mind snacking on what is the difference between Columbine, Oklahoma City, an Aurora, Colorado movie theatre, Newtown or 9/11 (two numbers that have become a world-wide lexicon for terrorist killings), USA Middle East drone strikes with “collateral damage” and now, the really not so unthinkable, “Boston Marathon?” I reached a 313 conclusion. ...

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Detroit’s great debaters take national stage

Detroit’s young people have been counted out more times than one cares to imagine yet, they continue to beat the odds. Through it all they’ve continued to set their sights to attain and achieve unprecedented goals. A group of six students, who have fought long and hard along with a collectively devoted and active group of teachers, administrators and community leaders, will display that resilience Detroiter ...

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Hardcore Detroit, a world class hip hop dance crew in the 313

Standing behind the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation building in Detroit on a Monday night, members of the Hardcore Detroit hip hop dance crew prepare themselves for their weekly practice. The group members have all made a lifetime commitment to the art of dance and the Hardcore Detroit brand has become one of the most respected dance groups in the nation. ...

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Bikers Heaven offers a ‘last ride’

Bikers Heaven owners Herman Johnson and Diann Letson created a unique approach for families to transport their deceased loved ones for a funeral. The deceased are carried by a 2010 Harley Davidson Street glide Trike and a hearse that was handmade in Jackson. “We carry the deceased to the funeral home to the cemetery or the church to cemetery,” Johnson told the Michigan Citizen. “It’s a three-wheeler pulling ...

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Integrated Inequality: A Tale of Two Americas, Part 1

“Our nation is moving towards two societies, one Black, one white — separate and unequal.” 1967 Kerner Commission In 1963, more than a quarter-million people gathered in Washington, D.C. for the historic Great March for Jobs and Freedom. This was a watershed moment in American history, giving unprecedented voice to the hardships facing Blacks as they sought a fair shot at an elusive dream. In 2013, America ...

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The State of Equality and Justice in America: No one can change the change

“The State of Equality and Justice in America” is a 20-part series of columns to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The contributors include: U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., LCCRUL 50th Anniversary Grand Marshal; Mr. Charles Ogletree, professor, Harvard University Law School/director; and the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., president/CEO, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, ...

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Yes! There’s (now) an app for that!

Supporters of African American businesses across the country can now access real-time information to locate providers of goods and services, no matter where they are in America. Through a groundbreaking partnership between the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) and Around The Way — developers of the smartphone application — consumers will be able to locate Black-owned businesses utilizing the GPS feature buil ...

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