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Detroit poets celebrate Hayden, Randall

Detroit’s Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett joined some of the city’s renowned poets April 3 at Wayne State University for the Centennial Celebration of Robert Hayden and Dudley Randall, two of Detroit’s most recognized historical poets and cultural influences of African American culture. Robert Hayden (1913-1980) was the first African American named Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, and was e ...

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‘Jane’ walks the talk

Jane Jacobs, author and urbanist, was never one run from a good debate. In her book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” she wrote that urban renewal did not respect the needs of the people actually living in the cities. In 1968, she was arrested while protesting to stop a highway from being built through New York’s Washington Square Park. A dedicated activist, some, nonetheless, have accused her ...

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Detroit leads Michigan in stressed-related deaths, reports show

According to reports published by the Center for Disease Control, Detroit leads Michigan in the rate of unnecessary deaths caused by heart disease. These disturbing facts are no surprise to health officials, considering the chronic economic and political troubles besetting Detroit including high crime and unemployment rates, high car insurance premiums and unreliable city services. When compounded, these is ...

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Detroit Raw

While incarcerated in a federal prison, I watched them come through the prison gates — street swag intact — talking tough as they were led to newly assigned cells. I taught a number of them in G.E.D. prep classes handling the “I’m the baddest MF in here” attitudes. No, no, you’re not; I am. That’s how it worked when dealing with tough azz youngsters in prison many of whom will be old men when they are relea ...

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‘Black Shadow': Laced heroin implicated in deaths

A recent spike in heroin-related deaths have caused city health officials to strongly advise heroin users call the Institute for Population Health (800.467.2452) immediately for admission to treatment. Experts suspect the recent increase of fatalities in Detroit and across the country can be attributed to using heroin laced with fentanyl analogues, substances found in strong prescription pain medications. U ...

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On April 1 at approximately 12:25 p.m. in the Cadieux/Marne area, officers received a police run to the area for a person with a weapon. When the officers arrived, they observed a person matching the description of the wanted suspect toss a plastic bag containing suspected narcotics to the ground. Upon further investigation, officers recovered a handgun from the suspect. The suspect was arrested and transpo ...

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Snow delays spring corn planting, asparagus harvest

Farmers may be off to a late start this year after snowfall and low temperatures put them behind schedule. There is good news and bad news associated with the snow. The heavy snow insulated the ground, protecting micro-organisms that are good for corn. But the high water remaining in fields could strain the industry, said corn grower Scott Lonier, owner of Lonier Farms near Lansing. “We are at the mercy of ...

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Land ownership: The next step toward a sovereign Detroit

Detroit is finally thawing out from a long, cold winter — the birds are chirping, the grass is (slowly) turning green, crocuses are fighting their way up through the ground. Across the city, gardeners and farmers are dusting off their tools and preparing for another bountiful growing season. For decades, Detroit’s urban gardeners have grown more than food; they have beautified vacant lots, deterred crime, b ...

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The audacity of voting

I love voting. Every time I go into the booth, I see little girl me — pigtails and all, plaid skirt, white blouse and green sweater, part of my Catholic school uniform. Most of my relatives were Democrats, though my grandmother voted Republican a time or two because “Lincoln freed the slaves.” In 1960, I had the privilege of pulling the lever to elect John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the candidate the nuns at Immac ...

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Black capitalism: Fulfillment or failure?

In light of what most of us know about the economy and where Black people fit, mostly as consumers rather than producers, a discussion of Black capitalism is in order. The term was promoted by Stokley Carmichael in 1966 as part of the “Black Power” movement, but came into vogue in 1968 when the Nixon administration adopted it from a proposal by Robert Kennedy. Black capitalism originally called for loan ass ...

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