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Supporters seek justice for Renisha McBride

Justice advocates gathered in Grand Circus Park Nov. 16 rallying for the conviction of Theodore Wafer who is charged with killing Renisha Mcbride on his Dearborn Heights porch Nov. 2. Organized by the International Socialist Organization in conjunction with the Detroit chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) and the Detroit Eviction Defense, the demonstration marched through dow ...

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Local schools win district championships

Cass Tech (11-0) needed second-half heroics to keep their season alive. With veteran junior Jayru Campbell feeling ill, Cass Tech freshman Rodney Hall started as the QB. The Technicians weren’t able to move the ball, but the Warren Mott Marauders did. Cass Tech’s defense held strong though, keeping the first quarter scoreless. In the second quarter, Campbell returned at quarterback and the Cass Tech offense ...

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The Cass Tech Girls’ Swim Team (left) took first place at this year’s Detroit PSL Swim Championships at Western International Oct. 16. The Technicians compiled an impressive 161 points to capture the title. Renaissance was second with 86 points, Communication Media Arts (right) in its first year as a varsity program, took third (72), followed by Western (70), King (17), Cody (11) and the DIA (2). Cass Tech ...

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Dumping ‘at risk’ and other negative labels

Although most today’s headlines focus on Black educational failures, there are many positive achievements by Black students that often go overlooked, according to a new study. A recently released report from the National Black Child Development Institute takes a confident and constructive look at our children. “Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: A Strengths-Based Look at the State of the Black Child” is a co ...

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Higher standards for Detroit elections

Detroit is not so unique. While voter turnout in Detroit’s Nov. 5 municipal election was dismally low at 25.4 percent, we’re actually doing better than other major cities like Seattle, Pittsburgh and Atlanta. Each of these cities saw lower turnout than Detroit in their recent mayoral elections. We do, however, face other challenges. When Detroit emerges from state control, Mike Duggan will take the reins of ...

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Detroiter brings Arab culture to the big screen

Sami is a first generation Lebanese American who is forced to take over his family’s gas station. Living each day inside the station’s plexi-glass security cage was not what he had dreamed for himself. Just as he has resigned himself to an unsatisfying life apart, he meets Najlah, a girl distributing calling cards for her brother’s phone store. She is Sami’s opposite. Naj is passionate, excited and engaged ...

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Urban Economic Conference

The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Urban Economic Conference, Nov. 7 in Detroit. The Urban Economic Conference was held to connect urban entrepreneurs and business owners to the local, state and national resources, and networks they need to grow and hire. Making sure entrepreneurs have access to contracting opportunities is a top priority, according to an MBCC press statement. ...

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Five things Detroit’s new mayor must do to restore confidence

For the past few months, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has run the city of Detroit and Mayor Dave Bing has been nothing more than a figurehead; and yet, a new mayor was elected on Nov. 5. Amid a low voter turnout of around 20 percent, the election of Mike Duggan as Detroit’s new mayor was historic and significant. It was historic because he will be the first white mayor of Detroit in 40 years. It was signific ...

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