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Chrystal ‘The Outlaw’ Fortner, 1972-2012

She attended Hamtramck High and graduated from Detroit’s Osborne High School. In the ‘90s, she was a DJ for Detroit rapper Nikki Nik and had a hit song "Yo Baby Yo," released on Ton Def Records. Chrystal had a long career of discovering artists, poets and authors in the Detroit area and abroad. She was one of the founders and co-owners of SVmixMedia and SVmxRadio.Com. Her warm sense of humor and inviting in ...

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President Obama deserves our vote

In just a few days, millions of Americans will vote in the Nov. 6 national elections. In those states where there is early voting, millions have already voted. There is a clear choice between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. At the end of the day it is reduced to the question of "going forward" or "retreating backward" in clear terms of the social, economic and political emp ...

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The minority business hustle

While the 20 percent cited above may now be 30 percent in some areas of the country, the issue raised in 1992 is still valid. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, small firms with fewer than 500 employees represent 99.9 percent of the total number of businesses in this country. This statistic is relevant not only to the political discussions regarding taxes but also to the disparities in the system, especia ...

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Romney continues campaign of lies

As we have seen during three presidential debates and in his campaign speeches, Mitt Romney will say anything — even when he knows it is untrue — in his effort to dislodge President Obama from the White House. Romney charged in the second presidential debate that "it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an ‘act of terror.’" Obama denied it, urging Romney to "get the transcript. ...

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Parents have rights

Detroit parents’ continued outrage over the emergency management of Detroit Public Schools (DPS) is justified. After 10 years of state control of DPS, the education picture is bleak: overcrowded classrooms, unilateral decisions from the top down, relentless privatization, dropping scores, fleeing students, chaotic school openings and a demoralized staff. No one has access to finances to know what is being s ...

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Prop S continues progress for DPS

On Nov. 6, Detroit voters will have the opportunity to vote on renewing and restoring the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Operating Millage (Proposal S). Renewal of DPS Operating Millage on Nov. 6 means teaching and learning will go on uninterrupted and progress will continue. This millage provides for continued operating funds — approximately $80.9 million or 21 percent of DPS’ annual operating budget — to al ...

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There’s still work to do: vote ‘Yes’ on Proposal 2

As I talk to people in my hometown of Detroit, I’m confronted with a question more often than I would like. I hear it asked by young people frequently, but increasingly I’m hearing it from veterans of the workforce, too. The issue at stake is collective bargaining, and the question is, "Why do unions still matter?" There’s another question implicit there. Even if unions and collective bargaining do matter, ...

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