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Freedom Awards ‘14

Ford Motor Company and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History have announced the 16th Annual Ford Freedom Award honorees. The theme of this year’s celebration, the power of perseverance, salutes former South African President Nelson Mandela, and scholar Myrlie Evers-Williams, whose activist work and 30-year struggle to ensure the killer of her late husband, civil rights activist Medgar Eve ...

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Green cleaning store makes Avenue of Fashion sparkle

Taking extra care of our living environment is important to our overall health and wellness. A new store in the Livernois, “Avenue of Fashion,” District is helping Detroit residents be more conscious by offering safe and non-toxic alternatives to the cleaning products they use on daily basis. The GreenBliss Lifestyle and Wellness store opened on April 17 at 19437 Livernois, offering products to help consume ...

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Ghanaian textilers demand end to Chinese knock-offs

Plagiarism by foreign manufacturers threatens to end Ghana’s standing as the maker of world-renowned textile patterns, while the country becomes an importer of its own imitated products, say local retailers. Artisans and retailers raised fears of their extinction due to the flood of cheap imports during a government-sponsored workshop for textile dealers. ...

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‘Michigan law carries badge and stigma of slavery’

Attorneys argued April 29 before U.S District Court Judge George Caram Steeh that Michigan’s Emergency Manager law is unconstitutional. It violates citizens’ — especially Black citizens’ — protected rights of free speech, right to vote, equal protection, due process and right to representative government. And it violates the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution Attorney Herb Sanders told Judge Steeh the ...

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Right-wing U.S. House budget bill hurts Michigan families

Who would turn their back on a battered woman? Who would steal food from a hungry child? Who would attack Medicare and the Affordable Care Act? Apparently, U.S. House Republicans have. A congressional budget is a statement of our priorities and values. It’s a contract with the American people. It contains public investment and spending. ...

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Two Detroits? Gentrification. talk gets real

The heated conversation about gentrification in Detroit came to the Jam Handy building April 26. Hosted by The Michigan Citizen, a panel discussed the challenges, opportunities and consequences of new development in Detroit. Topics included the displacement of longtime residents, the racial divide in the city, and access to business opportunities for both new and established residents. ...

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Black children deserve better

Forerunners like Carter G. Woodson, Mary McLeod Bethune and George Washington Carver must be walking out of their grave sites because of the dismal state of Black children across the country. In their time, they faced enormous obstacles and had far less financial support. Today, even with billions of dollars being poured into education, African American children still find themselves in inadequate and poorl ...

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Coco: Comedienne serious about empowering sisters

CoCo, quick-witted comedienne and radio personality, is partnering with Sow A Seed, Young Concerned Detroiters and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries for a May 10 “Salute to Sisterhood.” The event is “a collective effort to educate, empower and pamper 30 women and children who currently reside at the Genesis House II,” organizers say. Genesis House II provides housing for mothers and their children, and ...

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‘Las Rebeldes’ make art of Detroit Chicana life-stories

Proverbial wisdom holds art imitates life, and life imitates art. In the new exhibit “Las Rebeldes (The Rebels),” various students, scholars, artists and activists have collaborated to make art directly from the oral histories and personal ephemera of four women who shaped the Chicana movement in Michigan. Guided by exhibit curator and University of Michigan professor Dr. Maria Cotera, U-M students intervie ...

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