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Highland Park businesses unite

The Highland Park Business Association hosted their annual meeting and holiday reception at the Wayne Metro building on Nov. 21.Awards were presented to Errol Service of McDonald’s for starting the Highland Park classic car cruise; Highland Park Fire Chief Derek Hillman; Debbie Schutt, executive director of WA3, for their work on revitalizing the Ford plant; and Teresa Harrington from Wayne Metro. A perform ...

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‘Deadly Stuff Players’

General Motors hosted a book signing and reception for media personality Flo Anthony’s newest book “Deadly Stuff Players” Nov. 18 in Detroit. On bookshelves now, “Deadly Stuff” is a murder-mystery chronicling Hollywood’s hottest names, nightclubs and events. ...

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Morgan Plowden kicks her way to the top

Every sport has its most valuable player. In Detroit, Morgan Plowden is emerging as a martial arts star. The 23-year-old karate champ won the diamond ring at the Diamond Nationals World Karate Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Oct. 5, and two weeks later won the World Karate/Kickboxing Council’s (WKC) world championship and Champion of Champion’s title in Taranto, Italy. ...

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Loyola Academy bound for Ford Field

For this year’s MHSAA state finals, the city of Detroit has gone to the dogs — the Loyola Bulldogs. The Loyola Academy, located on Pinehurst and Fenkell with an enrollment of only 150 boys, will be the only school from the city of Detroit at this year’s MHSAA State Football Finals at Ford Field. The undefeated Bulldogs (13-0) will face defending champs Ishpeming. Loyola punched its ticket to the big dance w ...

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Detroit PSL out

Cass Tech’s hope for a state championship three-peat in Division 1 came crashing down as the Technicians were shut out by Novi Catholic Central on Nov. 23. Cass beat Novi two consecutive years for the state championship in 2011 and 2012. The loss ended Cass Tech’s season at 12-1. ...

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My chicken story

The mighty Mississippi River is one of America’s greatest rivers — so I was taught by my geography teacher way back in Africa, when I was in grade school. How can I ever forget the Mississippi? Although I had at that time never set foot on American soil, I one day got my fill of the Mississippi in my spelling class. ...

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‘New York, New York: It’s a wonderful town!’

A couple of weeks ago a team of activists from the Boggs Center and I spent a few days in New York City so we could attend screenings of “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” with filmmaker/director Grace Lee. It was an unforgettable experience. Grace Lee had been sending me reports of the warm reception the documentary has been receiving at film festivals around the country. But it was ...

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Wages, not welfare

For the past year, an organization called OUR Walmart, has protested, raised questions and asked their employer — one of the nation’s largest employers — to treat them fairly. They have asked for better wages, more full-time (as opposed to part-time) hours, and for the opportunity to earn benefits. Walmart has responded with well-timed publicity moves. They will allow same-sex couples health insurance and o ...

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War on Black women

My good friend Dick Gregory says when America suffers an “economic cold,” Black folks suffer economic pneumonia. So it is in every major facet of life here in our country. We’ve heard a great deal about the War on Women. This conflict features government intrusion in the affairs of women and their doctors, such as legislated invasive medical procedures, pay-inequality and other inequalities that tilt the sc ...

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