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Hantz Farms relies on community support for project

Hantz Farms President Mike Score shows the demonstration project near Davison and Mt. Elliot, where over 900 trees were planted in vacant lots. ERIC T. CAMPBELL PHOTO By Eric T. CampbellThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — After initial skepticism, some community activists on the lower east side are supporting the sale of city-owned lots for repurposing as a large-scale tree farm. The 170-acre forestry development ...

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Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas, on Aug. 2, became the first African American gymnast to win the all-around event at the Olympics. Only three other U.S. gymnasts have achieved this honor in an event that determines the world’s best performer. Douglas’ win came just two days following her strong performance on vault that helped her team win the first women’s Olympic Gold medal for gymnastics in 16 years. According ...

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Worries about ‘upward mobility’

By William Reed NNPA The wealthiest Americans live in gated communities that protect them from the masses. A new poll reveals that many Americans are questioning their prospects for “upward mobility.” The high level of pessimism is reflected among respondents in a recent poll conducted by The Hill newspaper that found 47 percent of likely voters believe it’s impossible for them to become wealthy during the ...

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Gabrielle Douglas’ hair-raising experience

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA If you don’t follow Olympic gymnastics, you may not have heard about Gabrielle Douglas before this year. But the amazing grace of this 16-year-old African American propelled her to Olympic gold last week, and she is the first African American to win an individual medal in gymnastics. Indeed, her performance toppled the Russians, who have portrayed themselves as unbeatable. So unbea ...

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Anti-poverty programs have been successful

By George E. Curry NNPA Conservatives continue to assert that anti-poverty programs have failed when, in fact, they have saved millions of people from plunging into poverty. Fox News, the house organ for right-wingers, has led this disinformation campaign. Let’s examine what two network contributors said on the same day (July 23, 2012): Mary Katherine in an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor,” said: “Well, ...

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Coming to America: African hip hop artists visit the U.S.

Discuss using hip hop as social, economic change agent By Zenobia Jeffries DETROIT — Hip hop artists from across the continent of Africa recently visited the United States, some for the first time. Five members of the Hip Hop and Civic Engagement project attended various meetings and discussions with local hip hop artists, visited the city’s historical sites, local radio stations and recording studios Aug. ...

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Comedy: From ego to we-go

By Richard Feldman Boggs Center Last week, Ray Lesser and Sue Wolpert, publishers of Funny Times, came from Cleveland to visit the Boggs Center. Ray and Sue have been publishing for more than two decades. Today, their 24-page tabloid has more than 65,000 subscribers from across the globe. It is filled with cartoons, comic strips and stories readers have sent to them. During the day, they got a sense of our ...

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By Steve Furay Special to the Michigan Citizen “If you could make music for the world, who would you be? How would it sound? How would it feel? Would it make you think of Motown and the heart that pound The beat in the street, Dillatroit this is 313” — Supa Emcee, “Dillatroit” “Dillatroit” is the latest hip hop song from Detroit to make its way around the world. The new hit single is from the posthumous alb ...

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Grassroots activists struggling to motivate Blacks to vote

By Hazel Trice EdneyTrice Edney News WireWith Black unemployment levels stuck in the double digits, economic frustration and suffering in the Black community are making it difficult for grassroots organizers to motivate people to the polls Nov. 6.“We are in crisis,” says Baltimore Pastor Jamal-Harrison Bryant, whose Empowerment Movement is holding a “Code Red” conference Aug. 15-17 at the Empowerment Temple ...

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Handcuffed man shot and killed in cop car

Arkansas police claim suicide, mother believes they killed him Trice Edney News Wire The FBI is investigating how a 21-year-old Black man was shot and killed while handcuffed in a Jonesboro, Ark. patrol car on July 29. “We’ve been asked to get involved,” Kim Brunell, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Little Rock office, told The Huffington Post Aug. 2. The bureau’s ballistics experts will join the probe, she said ...

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