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Shawn Kolonich, a firearms expert for the Michigan State Police, testified Dec. 18 that the shot gun used by Theodore Wafer to shoot and kill Renisha McBride Nov. 1 did not fire by accident. Whether Wafer will face charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter — death by a weapon aimed with intent but without malice, and felony firearm in the death of McBride, 19, was the subject of a preliminary examinatio ...

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“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” the film biography of anti-apartheid leader and South Africa’s first Black President Nelson Mandela, will be released Dec. 25. Idris Elba and Naomie Harris will star as Nelson and Winnie Mandela, respectively. (Above) Elba is pictured with Winnie Mandela at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela who joined the ancestors Dec. 5. COURTESY PHOTO ...

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‘Follow the money’

Financial experts have come forth to aid the Detroit Board of Education in its battle to discover where public funds are being spent, all in the effort to oust the state-appointed emergency manager. Wayne County Circuit Judge Annette Berry ruled last month the elected board had a right to access the district’s financial software, PeopleSoft. Board members sued the emergency manager to access the financial d ...

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The exploitation of Black athletes

A description of Rice University’s stand-alone major in sports management describes the enormity of the sports business: “Experts conservatively estimate the sport industry at $500 billion a year making it one of the top 10 industries in the nation.” Touting its sports management program, George Washington University in the District of Columbia observes: “No single aspect of our culture receives as much med ...

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Sovereign cities

Cities hold a special place in the development of human beings. Their emergence is linked to the shift from hunting and gathering societies to the development of agriculture. As humans succeeded in agriculture, we were able to develop more permanent settlements and begin the process of specialization and the exchange of goods, services and ideas that gave rise to city life. ...

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‘Duggan names cabinet’

Mayor-elect Mike Duggan has named his cabinet, according to a Fox 2 news report. Reportedly, Lisa Howze will serve as chief of staff; Ike McKinnon, deputy mayor; Butch Hollowell, corporate counsel; John Hill, chief financial officer Charlie Beckham will oversee the Department of Neighborhoods; and Gary Brown will remain in Operations, currently part of EM Kevyn Orr’s office. ...

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Retirement Gala Tribute Honoring JoAnn Watson (Video)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 during the “Retirement Gala Tribute Honoring JoAnn Watson” for a Decade of Service on the Detroit City Council with Dr. Julianne Malveaux as Mistress of Ceremonies and Keynote Address by Dick Gregory (African American comedian and civil rights activist) at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201. ...

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