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60-year journey from segregation

Because I was a horribly ill-behaved child, I found myself shipped from San Francisco to Moss Point, Miss., in August 1969. My mother’s plan was that I’d spend my junior year in high school there and live with my schoolteacher aunt, Annie Mae Randall, who was somewhat affectionally known as the «kid breaker.” It was legend if you did not understand rules she would beat them into you, but her method was unli ...

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Indenturing our young people

The young in America are being forced into cruel levels of debt, and this debt is already curbing their life prospects. Its economic effects are damaging to everyone. Yet, with Washington frozen, the debt burdens on the young are likely to get worse. For the young, a college education or post-high school professional training is the equivalent of what a high school degree was a generation ago. College is th ...

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‘The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style’ 

They should have called you Super Fly. Yep, that’s what you were, dancing in front of your TV every Saturday morning, spinning on the carpet and waving your arms around until you got yelled at because you were “going (to) break something.” But you were the flyest of fly. The only thing you were going to bust was a move, just like on “Soul Train.” And in “The Hippest Trip in America” by Nelson George, you’ll ...

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Big bucks, violence and Black women

The manipulation and one dimensional portrayal of Black women on television was once again thrust into the spotlight after an on-camera blow up by two cast members of the popular “Real Housewives of Atlanta” series. The profanity-laced, finger-pointing, hair-pulling melee, which aired April 20, resulted in battery charges, an arrest warrant, endless replays and debates on morning news shows and social media ...

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FAMU becomes partner in creation of Black TV News Channel

Florida A&M University, one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has signed on to a partnership with the Black Television News Channel (BTNC) making the university home to the nation’s only Black-owned cable news network. The network will be operated and managed at the School of Journalism and Graphic Communications building by co-founding partners: former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watt ...

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MSU amplifies summer camp

Families can register youth now for one of two weeklong summer music day camps held at the Michigan State University Detroit Center in Midtown. MSU Rock Camp takes place June 16-20 from 1-5 p.m. each day, and the Aspiring Musicians Program Camp is June 23-27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Both camps are part of MSU’s Community Music School program. Rock Camp, led by professional rockers and music educators Th ...

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Jackson Rising

The first weekend in May, I was able to attend the Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference in Jackson, Miss., with an incredible Detroit delegation. The conference was birthed out of the vision of late Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (Baba Chokwe), the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), which he founded, and the Jackson Peoples’ Assembly. ...

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Detroit Sound Conservancy presents ‘Conserving Sounds, Telling Stories’

The Detroit Sound Conservancy is attempting to fill a hole in the history of Detroit music. The DSC is an organization bringing together collectors and archivists to help preserve the history of the songs of the Motor City — and the musicians who made them — for generations to come. On May 23, the group will present its first conference “Conserving Sounds, Telling Stories” at the Main Branch of the Detroit ...

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Detroit area civic leaders rally in support of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

Southfield Mayor Brenda L. Lawrence and Vice Chancellor Dr. Omobonike Odegbami of Wayne County Community College District along with concerned citizens held a rally May 10 to demand the return of more than 270 abducted Nigerian school girls to their families. Agents of Hope, a Detroit-based non-profit committed to education freedom and financial literacy, was also a key supporter of the rally and movement. ...

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Crisis in education

We may as well call it “Edu-pay-tion, as far as many prospective students are concerned. The cost of a college degree has risen 1,120 percent since 1978,” but wages have increased a mere six percent during that same period. The national collective college debt is more than $1 trillion! We have college grads mired in $29,000 of debt, on average, while they are looking for jobs that do not exist. Parents and ...

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