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‘The State of Equality and Justice in America:’ The pendulum swings between joy and despair

Let’s just take one day, Feb. 27, 2013, as a snapshot of the state of equality and justice in America. For me, that day started off tense. The Supreme Court was set to hear oral arguments in the case of Shelby County v. Holder — a constitutional challenge to one of the most effective provisions of any civil rights law in American history: Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. ...

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Top 10 reasons people of color should care about sequestration

Thanks to congressional Republicans putting the economy in jeopardy during the debt ceiling debacle in the summer of 2011 and again in 2012, a package of automatic across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration is set to go into effect this month. Senate Democrats have proposed a balanced approach to resolve this crisis, urging congressional Republicans to avoid the damaging sequester cuts by accepti ...

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93-year-old hustle and ballroom dancer still going strong

Mr. Houston Pritchett, who will be 93-years-old on March 24, is still wearing his dancing shoes. For his birthday, Mr. Pritchett is going to show off his dance moves at the third annual Detroit Ballroom Convention dinner dance being held on March 16. He will attend with family, friends and the dancing community from Detroit and across the country. Attracting dancers at all levels, the convention will be hel ...

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Obama taps Democrat Party activist as envoy to South Africa

Patrick Gaspard, a campaign operative for President Obama, former union chief with the Service Employees International Union and campaign aide to NYC Mayor David Dinkins, is President Obama’s nominee for ambassador to South Africa. Gaspard, with long Democratic Party credentials, including executive director of the Democratic National Committee, was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo to Haitian parent ...

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Community quilt on display

Esther Collins, a Detroit resident and quilt artist, knows the value of the fine arts. She’s been sewing for over 20 years and quilting for eight of those years. Her passion was on display March 1 with the opening of the “Right On! Quilt Exhibition” and unveiling of the community quilt at the Carr Center in downtown Detroit. ...

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Teens dramatize ‘Miseducation’

Love. Trust. Betrayal. Envy. All are the makings of a good drama. And we all love drama — especially teens. On March 14-15, local teens from Teen HYPE (Helping Youth by Providing Education) will demonstrate how drama’s done in its ninth annual play, “Miseducation,” inspired by the 1998 album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” ...

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Practice on your faith

There are many ways to practice faith, as well as work on the outcome or actions of faith. Here is how I’ve learned I am becoming a believer and stronger in my faith: When I have an opportunity to hurt someone, I don’t; when I can break them down, I don’t; when I can effect their flow of money, I don’t. ...

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King tops Pershing in district final, 66-38

The King girls basketball squad continued to stake their quest to the Class A State Championship. The Lady Crusaders (23-0) so far have won the PSL Championship and the PSL/CHSL Operation Friendship. Now the Lady Crusaders have captured the Class A State District 7 Championship with a 66-38 victory over cross-town rival Pershing March 1 at Hamtramck High. Senior guard LaQuita Hart was the main sparkplug for ...

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