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Obama: ‘We can’t forget about’ Black homicides

President Barack Obama greets NUL President Marc Morial. NUL PHOTO By Hazel Trice EdneyTrice Edney News Wire LOUISIANA—Applauded by a wildly enthusiastic crowd at the National Urban League convention in New Orleans, President Obama — in a rare moment — spoke of the war-level violence in Black communities. And, defying critics, he also seized the opportunity to say specifically what he has done for Black peo ...

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Nigeria and Ghana fastest growing economies

African Globe Nigeria and Ghana are among the three fastest growing markets in the world, a report released by Ernst and Young confirmed. “There is a mixed picture emerging across the world,” according to Ernst and Young’s quarterly Rapid-Growth Market Forecast (RGMF). “Although Asia is likely to lead the way, Africa remains resilient overall, with Ghana and Nigeria among the three fastest growing of the RG ...

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Policing the police: Knowing our rights

By W.A.T.E.R. 17 Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A number of people are exercising their civil and human rights and ensuring that the democratic system is being put to proper use. This past Sunday, volunteer activists across the city distributed informative literature to the masses in an effort to educate others and heighten awareness about their rights, while simultane ...

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Second woman sentenced to death by stoning in Sudan

Trice Edney News Wire Rights groups are demanding a review of the sentence of stoning issued against a 23-year-old Sudanese woman, convicted of adultery. It is the second such case in recent months. Laila Ibrahim Issa Jamool is reportedly shackled at the ankles in detention with her six-month old baby at her side. The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA), a local rights group, said he ...

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DDOT, SMART receive $30M federal grant

Staff report DETROIT — The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will split a $30 million transportation grant with Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), Mayor Dave Bing announced at a July 23 press conference. The grant, awarded from the Federal Transit Administration’s State of Good Repair program, will go toward replacement buses, the renovation of facilities and on-board ...

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An open letter to the community about Hantz Woodlands

By Mike Score Hantz Woodlands will clean up 170 acres on the lower east side of Detroit, by planting and maintaining more than 70,000 hardwood trees, eliminating blight and creating an environment where people want to live, work and play. Hantz Woodlands is a company formed by the Hantz Group to invest in improvement of Detroit neighborhoods. Nearly one-third of the city landscape has become publicly owned ...

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Inaccurate presumptions?

By Shea HowellThis week Mike Score released an open letter to the community about Hantz Farms. Tina Basset of Basset & Basset Incorporated forwarded a copy of the letter to me, with the following comment: “I have been reading your columns in The Michigan Citizen and wanted to be sure you saw Mike Score’s open letter to the community.  In all fairness, it should run in full in The Michigan Citizen.  Many of ...

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Obama signs new initiative to improve educational outcomes for Black students

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American NEW ORLEANS — During his remarks at the National Urban League conference in New Orleans, LA, July 25, President Obama announced he would sign an Executive Order to improve outcomes and advance educational opportunities for African Americans. The President has made providing a complete and competitive education for all Americans – from cradle to career – a top ...

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Loss of Black political power

By Virgie Rollins Across the nation, African Americans are losing their political power. Michigan, California, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia are all poised for significant loss of Black legislators due to redistricting and corruption. The U.S. Constitution demands that all 435 House districts be redrawn every 10 years, a situation that has allowed Republicans to use redistricting as a tool ...

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Bamboozled by financial systems

By Barbara Reynolds Trice Edney News Wire Suddenly it dawns on you that you lost your home, your life savings and your credit rating tanked not by accident, but by design of predatory lenders, vultures that circled Black communities looking for prey and you, a highly-educated, middle-class Black woman, fit the profile. I am among those in that profile of Black women who played by the rules that were passed ...

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