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No debate: Detroit Future City is the People’s Plan

As community members and organizers who were heavily involved in the extensive planning and engagement activities that led to the Detroit Future City (DFC) Strategic Framework, we have a responsibility to our constituents to be stewards of the Strategic Framework, which has been widely adopted as the starting point for the transformation of Detroit. Accordingly, we feel it’s necessary to correct Professor P ...

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President Obama leaves out Black businesses

It is almost a given that African Americans are going to be proud of the first Black president of the United States. In the elections of 2008 and 2012, African Americans voted for Barack Obama at rates well above 90 percent. Additionally, African American voter-turnout was higher than that of the general population in either election, per the University of Michigan’s Social Science Data Analysis Network and ...

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Business mentorship program for creative start-ups

The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), a partnership between the College of Creative Studies and Business Leaders for Michigan, believes the city has the assets to be a global center of design and creative innovation. In order to manifest that belief, the DC3 started the Creative Ventures Residency Program in 2011. The CVRP chooses small local creative businesses to mentor and connect with larger clien ...

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‘We object!’ (VIDEO)

Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM), Moratorium NOW!, retired city workers and other community members gathered April 1 at the Detroit Federal Courthouse in Detroit to file and voice objections to "the unelected" Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s Plan of Adjustment. Objections focus on devastating cuts on the already meager pensions of Detroit city retirees as well as Orr’s plan’s to privatize cit ...

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Ella Baker: My civil rights heroine

Ella Baker was an outspoken warrior against injustice and inequality her entire life, and always, always unwilling to rest. Her words continue to be a rallying cry for all of us who believe our nation still does not see and value Black and white children’s lives the same way. I first met Mrs. Baker during my senior year at Spelman College in Atlanta. She was a staff member of the Southern Christian Leadersh ...

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March Madness: College athletes win right to unionize

The Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled in favor of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) in determining that the scholarship football players at private Northwestern University had the right to form a union. Courageous leadership by Kain Colter of Northwestern and CAPA founder Ramogi Huma led to this victory. Now everyone is crying in their beer because ...

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Douglass earns prep basketball awards

Although Frederick Douglass Academy’s boys’ basketball squad didn’t win the Class B State Championship, the Hurricanes did reap rewards during their successful 2013-14 season. Darrell Davis was named Class B Player of the Year and Head Coach Nkwane Young was named Class B Coach of the Year by the Michigan Associated Press. Davis, a six-foot, five-inch senior guard, averaged 24.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.2 as ...

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Cody standout bound for Duquesne

Although she only played half a season, Tyra Jones was an impact player for the Cody Comets girls’ basketball squad. Her play was so impressive, the six-foot, one-inch senior guard landed a four-year, full-ride scholarship to play basketball at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn. Jones had offers to play at Oakland University, Detroit Mercy, Virginia Commonwealth, Kentucky, Arizona, Texas El-Paso and W ...

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