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Can we all just get along?

I never considered the late Rodney King anything of a philosopher, but as one observes Washington shenanigans, especially around fiscal matters, it seems that Brother King had a point. Can we all just, maybe, get along? In the wee hours of the morning March 23, the Senate finally passed a budget by the narrowest of margins, 50-49. Four Democratic senators jumped ship to side with Republicans, probably becau ...

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Black Democrats, Black Republicans fight each other for crumbs

On several occasions, I have listened carefully as a couple of Black Republican colleagues cite the grievous shortcomings and sins of the Democratic Party. More often than not I found myself in agreement with much of their analysis. After their critique is finished, I ask the Black Republicans what should be the response of Black people to their analysis. Their answer is, “Switch to the Republican Party.” T ...

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More youth priced out of college

Morehouse College, one of the most distinguished historically black colleges — with graduates like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, film director Spike Lee and others — literally shut down for spring break this week. As its 2,000 students took their break, every member of the faculty and staff was furloughed without pay as the college struggles to balance its books. ...

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We’ve only just begun

Mayor Coleman A. Young’s portrait was moved this week from Cobo Hall to Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, as if there was some attempt to honor the legacy of the city’s first Black and longest-serving mayor’s legacy. The move coincided with the first week of Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) Kevin Orr who, along with representatives from the Snyder administration, settled into work on the 11th Floor of the ...

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State police raid Romulus mayor’s home

Romulus Mayor Alan Lambert’s home was raided March 25 in what investigators are calling an ongoing investigation of public corruption. The corruption case is said to involve top Romulus city officials and may have connection to other departments. Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw released a statement stating that after troopers questioned Lambert, they searched the Mario Ann Court residence. “He has be ...

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Private colleges seek racial, not religious diversity

Some of Michigan’s private colleges are pushing for more racial and ethnic diversity, but not actively seeking more religious diversity. Colleges like Hope, Calvin, University of Detroit Mercy, Albion, Cornerstone and Concordia that are affiliated with denominations of Christianity are reaching out to minorities in recruitment. Yet, religious diversity is not a goal. Hope College professor of religion Barry ...

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Eliminating health disparities is Liberian native’s passion

People of African heritage in Minnesota experience higher rates of chronic disease, morbidity and mortality compared to nearly every other cultural group in the state, according to fact sheets compiled by the Minnesota Department of Health. Yet, despite these dismal facts, which would discourage some and certainly overwhelm others, there are women champions in our community. ...

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Children break rocks to pay for school in Sierra Leone

Thousands of children in Sierra Leone are paying for their own education or helping their families make ends meet by working as rock-breakers for the country’s construction industry. Labor is nothing new in Sierra Leone, but the brutal job of breaking stones with a hammer for hours on end in the baking heat has raised particular concern. Even for adults the work is extremely tough, and injuries are common. ...

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Detroit hip hop artists speak out on EFM

The city’s hip hop community is protesting Detroit’s new status under emergency management in its own unique way. Will Copeland, a community activist and emcee who performs under the name Will See, has recently released a song with a heated message to mobilize citizens against the state’s takeover of Detroit through an emergency manager. The song “Emergency” is a powerful example of hip hop as a tool of res ...

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