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Black homicides remain at unacceptably high rate

As the nation continues to ponder possible solutions to curb carnage that results from the easy accessibility to firearms, nowhere is the loss of lives from guns greater than in the Black community. According to “Black Homicide in the United States: An Analysis of 2009 Homicide Data,” a report by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., the Black homicide rate in the year studied was more than six ti ...

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Constructing a new democracy

The anti-democratic efforts by the right-wing Republican legislature in Lansing are putting Michigan in the national spotlight. One national commentator, Jim Hightower, is now referring to our state as “Michiganistan” because of what he called the rule of “iron fist-democracy, rule-of-law, fairness and the people be damned.” He described the lame duck session as “dumbfounding, anti-democratic zealotry.” Oth ...

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Girls: King stays hot; Renaissance gets first win under new coach

The King girls hoops squad continues to make a statement as they bash away at their opponents. Senior forward Takira Height scored 16 points to lead the Crusaders to 59-7 thrashing of East English Village to start the PSL East campaign. In other key PSL East games Senior forward LaKayra Carlisle scored 24 points and senior guar Nish Hill scored 10 as Pershing (2-0) defeated Denby 68-46. ...

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Living for Change in China

The University of Minnesota Press, publisher of “Living for Change,” has signed an agreement with China Film Press in Beijing to publish a Chinese translation of my autobiography in China and sell it “throughout the world.” This is exciting news. I was born in the USA and I was in China only once — for two months in 1984 when I discovered that I was much more American than Chinese. But I am conscious and pr ...

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Detroit Food Policy Council year in review

Imagine a Detroit where everyone has access to fresh produce and food that is not saturated with added salt, sugar and fat. Imagine a Detroit where everyone understands what healthy food is and where it comes from; people grow food on the abundant available land in the city; and people know their local farmers and grocers. ...

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2012 Review: Emergent systems abound in Detroit

I write this 2012 review just days before the winter solstice, a day important to me personally because it is also the day that I was born, here in Detroit, in 1969. Maybe it is the nature of the season to be more reflective, but for this column I’m inclined to write more directly from my lived experience. The winter solstice, Dec. 21, has also been blasted into popular culture due to the date being the end ...

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Cold Men Young wants you to be a fan with new album

Cold Men Young have proven themselves to be rising stars among the newest breed of hip hop artists from Detroit. The collective of four emcees is quickly becoming known for intense live shows and matching urgent revolutionary lyrics next to pulsating party jams. Their new album, “YSBAF (You Should Be A Fan),” was released this month to high critical acclaim. ...

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A battle in Michigan for the American dream

On Dec. 11, thousands were set to demonstrate at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing to protest a frontal assault on working people. Republican majorities in the state House and Senate had vowed to jam through right-to-work legislation. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who originally said this wasn’t part of his agenda, has flip-flopped and said he would sign the legislation. To protect the legislation from a ...

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