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REPORT: South African Blacks need 500 years to close wage gap with whites

Union officials at a national bargaining conference in Pretoria had troubling news for workers hoping to get better pay and working conditions in the coming year. “We cannot lie forever,” said Andrew Chirwa of the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa). “In 1994 we said South Africa will be a better place to live and unemployment will be halved in 10 years. What have we achieved in this regard?” ...

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Another Kenyan steals the limelight over high-praised new book

She was the “Woman of the Year,” winner of the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing, screenwriter and organizer of the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Now, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Kenyan by birth like her sister Lupita Nyong’o, has a stunning new novel under her belt that is winning breathless reviews from the book trade. ...

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Music fest marred: Drunk driver kills two, Tyler arrested

Hip hop enfant terrible, Tyler, The Creator was arrested March 15 in Austin, Tex., for allegedly inciting a “riot” at the South by Southwest music festival. On March 13, the 23-year-old rapper, born Tyler Gregory Okonma, allegedly encouraged the crowd waiting outside the full-to-capacity room to push past the guards. The fans seized the opportunity and packed into the room. No one was seriously injured. ...

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Cash for artists with big ideas

Last year, the Knight Foundation awarded $2.1 million to 56 art projects the foundation believed would benefit the city of Detroit. Among them were awards for local dancer Haleem Rasul to make a documentary about the Detroit dance phenomenon “jit” and Omowale Entertainment to teach West African drumming and dancing classes. ...

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Ancestral journey: Diggin’ up your roots

Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) is the largest urban community college in the state of Michigan. It is a multi-campus district with five conveniently-located campuses, the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center and the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education (MIPSE). The District serves nearly 72,000 students annually. ...

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From NNPA to NAACP to Silicon Valley — Ben Jealous still pushing technology for equality

Benjamin Todd Jealous, the former NAACP president, who has weaved a career through politics, the Black press and civil rights, has now announced his next course of action in pursuit of racial equality and economic justice in America. Jealous and the Oakland, Calif.-based Kapor Center for Social Impact, located near the Silicon Valley, announced this week that he has joined the center as its first venture pa ...

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‘American Revolutionary’ joins the Freep Film Festival

The Freep’s inaugural film festival will showcase Detroit and Michigan-themed documentaries, along with film discussions, panels and a few other surprises. The curtain rises March 20-23 at the Fillmore Detroit and the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The latest films to join the schedule will be included in the “News” and “Films and Schedule” sections. The film series will initially hi ...

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‘Greening’ Detroit with Shakespeare

Everything is going “green” in Detroit. With spring (hopefully) fast approaching, urban gardeners will soon be out tilling small farms throughout the city. Midtown’s Green Garage was specially developed to have a minimal impact on the environment. The recent introduction of the Chevy Volt even demonstrated the Motor City’s biggest industry was edging toward sustainability. And now a troupe of homegrown tale ...

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Detroit sushi business gets new home in a recycled shipping container

For the past few years Social Sushi Detroit has been a nomadic, bringing Japanese cuisine to Detroiters in a diverse array of venues, local businesses and offices. Now, they will be getting a new permanent home thanks to a partnership with students from both Lawrence Technological University and Western International High, a Detroit Public School. The restaurant will be constructed from a reclaimed shipping ...

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