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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrates its centennial

Members of Delta Sigma Theta sorority are celebrating their 100th anniversary with a series of events, including a Founders’ Day weekend that took place Jan. 11-13 in Washington, D.C. The centennial celebration touched off New Year’s Day when the sorority, which was founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University, presented a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., the parade that co ...

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African American Descendants sue to save Revilletown cemetery

Former residents of Revilletown — an African American community torn down 25 years ago in Iberville Parish — are trying to preserve a cemetery founded by ancestors there in 1874. The cemetery, started by ex-slaves, is now within the grounds of a vinyl-resin plant owned by Georgia Gulf Corp., based in Atlanta. The plant is in the city of Plaquemines, 17 miles below Baton Rouge. ...

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Spa A Peel gives customers a fresh new layer

After being laid off from the bank, Wanda Bynum took a chance. She started her own business. Bynum has owned Spa A Peel for over a year now and her clientele is growing more each week. Spa A Peel is a fabulous and relaxing studio where a person can come to be pampered. Spa A Peel features services such as massages, facials, manicure, pedicures and much more. ...

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Free basic computer classes available

Focus: HOPE is offering a free basic computer training class that provides graduates with the opportunity to purchase a low-cost computer. The class offers 12 hours of training over a two-week period, providing students with basic knowledge of computer operations, word processing and how to access Internet resources. ...

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Feds uncover race, sex bias at MDOT

President of BBF Engineering Services, Dr. Bellandra Foster has been systematically discriminated against by the Michigan Department of Transportation. Years of discrimination were acknowledged recently when the federal government recommended that MDOT pay former contractor and licensed professional engineer Bellandra Foster $12 million. ...

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For 27 years we have observed civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday, celebrating his life, works and death on the third Monday in January. This year on Jan. 21, states nationwide will commemorate Dr. King’s legacy. The second inauguration of the first Black president, Barack Obama, will also be held on the same day. We can give thanks to Congressman John Conyers, musician ...

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BH gets a new EFM

Effective Feb. 1, Joseph Harris will no longer be the emergency financial manager (EFM) of Benton Harbor. But that’s only to make room for his replacement: 26-year-old Tony Saunders II. The Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board voted unanimously Jan. 11 to appoint Saunders, a former financial consultant for the City of Highland Park. ...

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Beyond Detroit Works

Detroit Works recently released its framework for the redevelopment of the city. The project began two years ago amid a contentious series of town meetings following Mayor Dave Bing’s pronouncement that he intended to “shrink the city” and relocate people. The mounting public criticism of the effort forced a major rethinking of the approach. Highly paid consultants were quietly shifted into the background a ...

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