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BLACK WOMEN ROCK CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

Black Women Rock was the spectacle of the city this past weekend, as many of Detroit’s most dynamic women gathered together at two separate venues to celebrate their feminine strength, beauty and fire through music and dance. Hosted and organized by poet jessica Care moore, the main concert on March 15 at the Charles H. Wright Museum featured six headlining artists, including Wunmi, Imani Uzuri, Tamar-kali, ...

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African environmental justice activists to visit Detroit

Two African climate justice activists will visit Detroit March 25 to meet with local environmentalists to join a discussion about the city’s movement for environmental, land and economic justice. The discussion will take place at the Cass Corridor Commons, located at 4605 Cass, from 6-8 p.m. The event is designed to share information about environmental justice between Detroit and Africa. ...

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Free the school, the mind, life, city will follow

Thomas Jefferson said, “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr thinks Detroit can’t survive without filing for bankruptcy; activists say emergency management means Detroiters are no longer free; and education has ended for many of us with the attainment of a now-dusty diploma. A group in Hamtramck is fighting the atrophy of the intellect an ...

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Detroit playwright looks to Internet to finance production

Each week in this paper, Grace Lee Boggs talks about “solutionaries,” people finding ways to provide what is needed in their communities. Malcolm Harris and Devin Laster are two such young men, whose play “Jr.” uses true stories to investigate the relationships between fathers and sons. Harris, 18, believes the nuanced and intricate way the ensemble of young Black men examines those relationships can have a ...

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Set your state reps straight

Two Detroit representatives are not doing their job in Lansing. They need citizens to take corrective action. Harvey Santana and John Olumba are on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the school question and on the worst side for children. They are preparing to join Gov. Rick Snyder, the Republican corporate “school reform” movement and vote yes to expand the Education Achievement Authority. ...

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Open letter to President Obama

I am doing my very best to continue supporting you. I trust your leadership, but I am very concerned about the problems Michigan residents especially those in Black communities have been experiencing ever since Mr. Rick Snyder became governor. He has eroded and disrespected democracy in Michigan by ignoring the United States and Michigan Constitutions and the Voter Rights Act of 1965. We need your intervent ...

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Scholars Behind Bars aim to reform prisoners through books, education

In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed into law the 1994 Omnibus Crime Bill — one of the most callous acts of legislation targeting prisoners that effectively put a lid over their educational ambitions. This act, hidden inside a subsection of that bill, overturned a long-standing section of the Higher Education Act of 1965 permitting inmates to receive a Pell Grant for post-secondary education while incarce ...

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Romancing the vote, but not the dollar

It’s silly for Black people to fight over the Dems and GOPs when it is counterproductive for us to be enslaved by either party. Between the late 1800s and the early 1900s, we voted nearly 100 percent Republican. Now we vote nearly 100 percent Democrat. What has that gotten us besides being ignored and taken for granted? Do we have real political power? ...

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