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Though Detroiters said no, and despite a plan hammered out by a coalition of the city’s unions that would have saved $120 million in the budget, Council members Ken Cockrel, Jr. and James Tate, along with Council President Charles Pugh, worked behind closed doors with state officials and State Treasurer Andy Dillon on a consent agreement that cost the city additional millions of dollars, limited the power o ...

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Frankie Darcell: Off the air

Frankie Darcell is off the air. Fired by Clear Channel in December, Darcell’s popular and well-liked voice will no longer be heard on WMXD 92.3. Listener comments range from “Why did they fire her? I listened to her everyday,” to calls for a boycott of Clear Channel. ...

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Visionary leadership

The principles of Kwanzaa require that we pledge to solve problems together for the good of community (Ujima), recommit ourselves to supporting and building our own shops, stores and businesses (Ujamaa) and rededicate ourselves to preserving and appreciating our heritage and passing that same dedication to future generations (Nia). ...

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Detroit teams provide fireworks at Southfield High

Local prep teams from Detroit’s public and charter schools took part in the second annual Battle of the Best Holiday Showcase held Dec. 15 at Southfield High School. Sponsored by Prep Spotlight Magazine, the weekend hoops invitational featured five games, three of them involving schools from Detroit PSL and two local charter schools: Southfield against. East English Village, Cass Tech versus Community High ...

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The Landscape of Detroit is constantly changing

For some, Detroit is becoming an urban oasis for a healthy lifestyle shift, creating a change in the neighborhoods of Detroit. This change comes slowly for some, more rapidly for others and many are not sure what to think of it. As a lifelong Detroiter, I’ve witnessed a lot of changes, some I hope to never see repeated, such as the disrespect of citizens by city leadership, abuse of power, and economic ineq ...

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Letters from Wilmington Ten

His name was Allen Hall. In 1972, Hall was the star witness for the prosecution in the conspiracy trials against the Wilmington Ten — 10 civil rights activists, led by the Rev. Benjamin F. Chavis — falsely accused of firebombing a white-owned grocery store during the height of racial violence in Wilmington in 1971. According to New Hanover County prosecutor Jay Stroud, Hall, a convicted felon, had the goods ...

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