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A voice for Michigan’s most vulnerable

On Nov. 1, the 47 million Americans enrolled in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), otherwise known as food stamps, experienced a $5 billion, across-the-board reduction in their monthly benefits. The reduction — a result of phasing out the economic stimulus package of 2009 — amounts to an average cut of $36 for a family of four. At a cost of about $2 per meal, this means 18 fewer meals are ava ...

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Shopping small makes a big difference

On Thanksgiving Day, eager customers looking for deals will line up outside of department stores in preparation for Black Friday, the fevered opening to the holiday shopping season. Retailers anxiously await the day with the same excitement as their customers. raditionally on that day companies report their ledgers go “into the black” for the first time in the year. ...

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Beyond Candied Yams and Sweet Potato Pie

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, ambitious home chefs are searching for the hottest new recipes, families are struggling to host the “best holiday ever,” and people are already dreading their New Year’s diets. Detroit nutritionist and food advocate Dr. Velonda Thompson has written a new book that will aid all of the above. “Beyond Candied Yams and Sweet Potato Pie” is a cookbook written to bring atten ...

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James Brown’s son finds solace in Detroit

“Soul Brother Number One” is a title that could only be held by one man, the great James Brown. Brown helped spark a revolution of his generation by providing the most dynamic and electrifying soundtrack for Afro-consciousness the world had ever heard. Now, almost seven years after his death, his family continues to be legally ensnared over his music catalogue’s earnings. For the sake of Brown’s legacy, his ...

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‘Negroes with Guns’ takes over the Wright Museum

Although widely unknown, Robert F. Williams (1925-1996) was one of America’s most important leaders of the Black liberation movement. Williams’ fought for African American human rights, armed self-defense and self-determination, and against KKK terrorists, fascist police, the FBI and civil rights pacifists. Williams was president of the Monroe, North Carolina NAACP, president of Republic of New Africa and C ...

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Of state takeover and Eichmann

The Detroit School Board under emergency managerment is forced to sue in court or request via the Freedom of Information Act any information other elected officials would routinely receive without even requesting it. Under the opaque practices of the emergency manager, no contracts have to go out for bid. All is decided by the emergency manager, or so it sometimes seems. Other times, the EM has no power. Fo ...

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Take a stand for cancer patients, pass the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act

On behalf of the Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology (“MSHO”), we encourage the Michigan Legislature to pass House Bill 4751, the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act. MSHO is a state-based professional organization, which currently represents over 93 percent of all practicing hematologists and medical oncologists in Michigan. It is the mission of MSHO to promote exemplary care for patients with cancer and ...

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What are the Detroit police about?

All around us and in daily news reports we are witnessing official disrespect for Black life. Street crime and Black-on-Black crime have earned headlines for years. It is the story corporate media loves to report; the kind of crime that builds fear of each other within the community and fear of the community in general by everyone else. Media creates the fear and disrespect that leads to a young girl gettin ...

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Putting the ‘Black’ in Black Friday

The Christmas season provides an excellent opportunity for Africans in America to engage in a season of resistance. The corporate retail establishment in this country is heavily dependent upon this season for consumers to participate in a frenzy of buying to buttress their bottom line. The unofficial kick-off of the “shop until you drop” season is the Friday after Thanksgiving, which is called Black Friday. ...

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International law says Michigan has no right to take away rights

Across the country, many minds have been boggled by the fact Michigan has an Emergency Manager law that allows the Governor to place all authority normally possessed by a mayor and city council in the hands of a single, unelected and essentially unaccountable individual. This breathtaking piece of legislation — which has been invoked most often in cities with substantial Black populations — strips citizens ...

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