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A growing season to remember

As the days grow longer and temperatures begin to rise, Detroiters are welcoming spring by dusting off shovels and preparing for a productive growing season. Over the coming months, hundreds of residents will break new ground by starting or expanding community or market gardens in the city; thousands will grow vegetables at home for the first time; and tens of thousands of the city’s existing urban gardener ...

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First Saturdays at Ambiance

Ambiance Ultra Lounge in Detroit held its First Saturdays party March 2, where selected drinks were $5 and admission was $10 before midnight. “I have been doing First Saturdays for a little over two years now and it’s cool,” said DJ Steady Rock, who spun the latest tracks all night. The crowd numbered well over 300 people, some celebrating birthdays and others just looking for a night on the town. Quanique ...

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Carpenter wants to a see new Detroit

Rodney Prater, president of Prater Commercial Carpentry, started in the business 20 years ago. Now, the 39-year-old father of four heads his own company located inside the Ford Building on Griswold in downtown Detroit. “Business is oftentimes about winning and I love winning,” Prater told the Michigan Citizen. “Winning is a strategy (of) knowing who your opponent is and knowing how to maneuver to get the wi ...

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The sideline

MEDITATIONS By Frankie Darcell Stop standing on the sideline watching people screw up your life. Kick them to the curb and screw it up yourself — at least you’ll feel better, and may even improve your own quality of life.   ...

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Black unemployment has not improved

When this month’s unemployment numbers were released, commentators reacted joyfully. Alan Krueger, who heads the White House Council of Economic Advisors, described the creation of 247,000 jobs as a victory because the predictions were that the economy would only generate 170,000 jobs. Unemployment rates went down to 7.7 percent, while predictions were that they would drop to 7.8 percent. Some might call th ...

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Brandeis U study says policies and practices — not personal behavior — drive disparities

As long as most of us can remember, Black communities have taught and believed that a college education is the key to social and economic advancement. But according to a new research and policy brief by Brandeis University scholars, that long-held belief is only one of several factors affecting Black America’s ability to build wealth. ...

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Court misses white racial entitlement

In oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act, Justice Antonin Scalia slandered the act as a “racial entitlement,” arguing, “whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.” So, the right-wing justice intimated, the conservative “Gang of Five” on the Supreme Court had every right to step in and overrule the ...

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A historian’s statement on Kwame Kilpatrick’s conviction

While Detroit’s “white”-controlled news media is all but dancing in the streets over the conviction of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, proclaiming that “justice has been served,” most “Black” Detroiters recognize this for what it is: Part of a nationwide Justice Department campaign, which has continued under Republican and Democratic administrations, including President Barack Obama’s, to decapitater majorit ...

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