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Who built what?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA The Republican National Convention’s theme was “We Built This.” One of the speakers was Sher Valenzuela, a Delaware businesswoman who happens to be Latina. She touted the success of her upholstery business and implied it thrived because of her hard work. That’s only partly true. She also thrived because she started out with a $2 million loan from the Small Business Administration, ...

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CODE 22 — No Violence Day: What does it mean?

By Ovella Andreas Codes of honor have been respected from street lords to biblical interpretation, military initiatives to sports tactics. It can be a set of rules or a system of communication. A moral code is a system of principles or rules. Can it be a successful tactic used to reduce violence? The United Communites of America (UCOA) and many citizens will be embracing Code 22 for that reason, a no violen ...

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Black people must rally for Obama more than ever

By Charles Brown We still hear some Black Detroiters saying things like “Obama isn’t doing anything for Black people,” “When is Obama coming to Detroit himself?” and “Why hasn’t the Obama administration helped Detroit fight off takeover by Lansing?” The answer to these questions, as stated in a column in the Aug. 26 issue of the Michigan Citizen, “It’s race, stupid.” The giant step forward that so many whit ...

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Local officials optimistic about their fiscal future

By Lauren Gibbons Capital News Service LANSING — A report suggesting local government leaders are more optimistic about their community’s fiscal health could be good news for the state, but officials say there’s still a long road to recovery ahead for many municipalities. Fewer local governments are less able to meet their fiscal 33 percent in 2012 down from 48 percent in 2011, according to a report by the ...

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Angela Davis defines what freedom really means

By Bobbi Booker Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune What is the meaning of freedom? Angela Y. Davis’ life and work have been dedicated to examining this fundamental question and to ending all forms of oppression that deny people their political, cultural and sexual freedom. “The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues” (City Lights Open Media) is a collection of 12 searing, previousl ...

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Black pastor, Obama critic linked to right-wing conservatives

By Freddie Allen Washington Correspondent NNPA WASHINGTON — Rev. William Owens, a Black minister who has launched a national campaign against President Obama because of his support of same-sex marriage, portrays himself as head of an independent grassroots organization when, in fact, he is being bankrolled by right-wing groups and maintains strong ties to Republican politicians, it has been disclosed. The M ...

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Washington Informer bolstered in its fight for city contracts

Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer The largest District of Coumbia-based African American-owned newspaper has garnered the support of an influential media association as it pursues its quest to continue to be considered a general circulation newspaper in the city. David Honig, the president of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, said The Washington Informer is justified in fight ...

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Community Forum Regarding Milton Hall Shooting

SAGINAW — A viral YouTube video released last week by CNN has civil rights and community leaders, locally and nationally, calling for immediate action and Justice for the family of Milton Hall. The video in question shows Milton arguing and surrounded by police when suddenly officers started to shoot multiple rounds at Mr. Hall, who was known by police and community. The family looks for answers as it is be ...

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Music and food and vendors, oh my!

Annual Detroit Jazz Fest keeps growing Puakea Olaisha Anderson Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — For over 30 years jazz enthusiasts worldwide have enjoyed great music, great food and great vendors at the annual Detroit Jazz Festival held Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit. This year, for the 33rd Annual DJF, the festival was the largest its ever been, stretching from Woodward Avenue, where it cov ...

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Equatorial Guinea takes on new life

By Harry C. Alford NNPA I have been hearing so much negative news and gossip about this small nation located on the Western African coast known as the Gulf of Guinea. It was as bad as the ridiculous things the press and others say about Cuba. We had to visit Cuba to see for ourselves. The negative things proved to be false. So, when the Sullivan Foundation formally invited us to attend the recent IX Summit ...

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