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Diaspora: The links that bind Caribbean immigrants

By Tony Best Special to the NNPA from The Carib News It has become something of a rite of passage for Caribbean political leaders who direct the fortunes of the nations and territories that form the archipelago. Recently, Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, Guyana’s new President, Donald Ramotar, Grenada’s head of government Tillman Thomas, Mia Mottley, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Barbado ...

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Students pen their pains to ‘Live in Peace’

By Jazmine Steele Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Before you judge their future, make sure you read their stories about their past. A group of students have recently compiled a memoir of the real-life growing pains they experienced being raised in Detroit. The book is loosely titled “Can anybody hear us?” and will feature a foreword by their project leader, Shaka Senghor. “I’m excited for people t ...

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Many lost minds — and hearts

“I think the mayor has lost his mind.” That assessment by Council President Charles Pugh of Mayor Dave Bing is one widely held by Detroiters of not only the mayor, but the Council Five as well. The five — Pugh, with fellow Council members James Tate, Saunteel Jenkins, Ken Cockrel, Jr., and Gary Brown — approved the Consent Agreement (CA)with the state of Michigan that has added millions in expense to the ci ...

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Golf outing major fundraiser for Think Detroit/PAL

Paul W. Smith Golf Tourney raises major funds for Detroit youth organization By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — There are many fundraisers the Think Detroit/Police Athletic league puts on every year to raise funds to pay for their sports programs, but there is one fundraiser that stands out above the rest. That fundraiser is the Paul W. Smith Golf Outing, which is held annua ...

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Caprice Dennis of Pershing (left) and Dennis Norfleet of Martin Luther King were named the Detroit PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Year at the second annual Proud Strong Learners of the Year Banquet held at the Marcus Garvey Academy Harambee Center June 6. Dennis excelled in basketball for the Doughgirls and Norfleet in football and basketball for the Crusaders. Dennis will play college basketball at the U ...

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PSL squads ousted in regional play

State playoffs: Baseball/Softball Western International falls in baseball; Renaissance, Cass Tech dropped in regional softball semi-finals By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — For prep baseball and softball, it’s wait-until-next-year for the Detroit Public Schools as the three surviving DPS schools in the MHSAA state playoffs were eliminated June 9. In boys baseball, PSL and s ...

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40 years in the fight for peace and justice

Local church celebrates 40th Anniversary of Pastor Ed Rowe’s United Methodist ordination DETROIT — Detroit’s Central United Methodist Church will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Rev. Edwin A. Rowe, senior pastor, June 18 at 6 p.m. in Barth Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Detroit. A lifelong advocate for peace and justice, Rowe spent several years as a community organizer and Uni ...

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Teen pregnancies, dangers on the rise

By Zach Burgess Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune After more than a decade in decline, the United States teen pregnancy rate has been rising in recent years. According to, the estimated public cost for teen pregnancy in the United States is between $6 and $9 billion a year. Eighty percent of teen moms are on some form of public assistance. Seven out of 10 teen mothers are unlike ...

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Nation grieves for victims in Nigeria’s largest plane disaster in 20 years

By Fungai Maboreke Trice Edney News Wire President Goodluck Jonathan declared three days of national mourning for the victims of a horrific plane crash June 3 in which the aircraft, flying into Lagos, lost altitude and plummeted into a residential area, exploding in flames. All the passengers, over 150 people, died at the scene. The federal government suspended the operational license of Dana Air, citing “s ...

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Bunche Academy students get their hands dirty

Planting gardens improve kids’ attitudes toward fruits and vegetables DETROIT — Bunche Academy in Detroit planted the first American Heart Association Teaching Garden in the state of Michigan as part of an education initiative to help build healthy bodies and minds. The school was selected based on various factors including geographic location, community need and school commitment. “This is the first step i ...

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