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Inspirational jazz vocalist’s album is a conduit for peace By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen You may know her as a stage and film actress. You may know her from voiceovers. You may know her as a vocalist, service producer, performer, educator or teacher of the arts. But do you know Linda Boston as a musical peacemaker? If not, you soon will with her newly released CD, “Permission: The Power ...

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Drug trafficking explodes in ‘coup-prone’ Guinea Bissau

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from GIN A massive drug trade in the West African coastal nation of Guinea Bissau is worrying world leaders at the United Nations. An international summit is being considered to see how democratic rule could be restored to the coup-prone nation. Military officers overthrew the last president, Raimundo Pereira, on April 12. About a quarter to two-thirds of the cocaine fro ...

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Summer Services Learning Experience

Summer Services Learning Experience is a program for middle and high school students. The program, held this year at Alkebu-Lan Village in the city’s east side, focuses on academics and employability; math and street sweeping; communication and graffiti removal. The emphasis is on community responsibility.The students received a $100 stipend and a trip to Cedar Point with a $50 gift card. They also received ...

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Show me the money!

The Black vote again taken for granted By Cloves Campbell There are less than 100 days until voters throughout the country will cast their votes for the next president of the United States of America as well as U.S. Senate, House and state legislatures. The campaign war chests for President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney total almost $3 billion! However, as of this writing, not one dollar ...

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‘From Hiroshima to Human Rights’

Labor, peace, religious and civil rights organizations unite for conference DETROIT — On Aug. 6t at 11 a.m., a Metro Detroit coalition of labor, peace, religious and civil rights organizations held a press conference in front of the McNamara Federal Building in downtown Detroit. The conference was a citizen’s call to action for federal budgetary action in the U.S. government to implement spending programs f ...

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Citizens say it is important to vote

Robert Simmons, Patricia Jones, Diallo McCaskle The primary election was held Aug. 7. Detroit turnout was typically low. Did you vote? And do you think it is important to vote? I voted. I vote every time I get a chance. I’ve been a precinct delegate for 20 years and the turnout seems to get lower each year. The youngsters are not participating. They came out for Obama. Maybe they’ll come out for him again. ...

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Community-centered media creating answers to environmental injustice

By Victoria Goff Each week, this column discusses the principles of different movements, including the environment, digital and food justice movements. This week, we’re discussing the 12th environmental justice principle, which “affirms the need for urban and rural ecological policies to clean up and rebuild our cities and rural areas in balance with nature, honoring the cultural integrity of all our commun ...

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National Council of Elders formed

By Cash Michaels Special to the NNPA News Service from Wilmington Journal GREENSBORO, N.C. — They come from all walks of the civil and human rights struggle, each a distinguished leader with a long record of advocacy, molded in courage and sacrifice. Ministers, activists, poets, former elected officials, retired military, disciples of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and even the former U.S. ambassador to South ...

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Primary 2012

This primary signals many changes for Detroit. The first being, the city effectively lost a congressional seat to Oakland County. The Congressional Black Caucus also lost a legislator when Gary Peters was elected to the new 14th district. The 14th district, one of the state’s largest Democratic districts, was represented by John Conyers since the 1960s. RoseMary Robinson and John Olumba beat back the corpor ...

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Jazz Saxophonist Randy Scott credits Detroit as musical influence

By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — “People don’t know that Detroit has some of the best musicians,” said Randy Scott in a July 28 interview. Scott was born in Baltimore, Maryland, moved to Philadelphia for high school and then attended Michigan State University on a Classical Music Scholarship. He changed his major his junior year to Music Education, which required him to learn all ...

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