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Subtle racism damages health

What might seem like little jabs, can have a major impact on Black longevity. There’s a term for this death-by-a-thousand-cuts phenomenon: microaggressions. It might not be in most whites’ everyday vocabulary, but Black and brown people in the United States know the meaning intimately. ...

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Revisiting the November 1963 Grassroots Leadership Conference

This week is the 50th anniversary of the Grassroots Leadership Conference (GRLC), which most people associate with Malcolm X’s speech at the closing rally. In his speech, Malcolm projected his own ideology for the Black revolution, which, he explained, is based on a struggle over land and on a class distinction between field Negroes and house Negroes, and is therefore very different from a Negro revolution. ...

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Focus on food — a foundation for a disease free health

The American Heritage Dictionary defines “foundation” as the basis on which a thing stands, is founded or is supported. The growth and development of human life is dependent on the soundness and quality of that which makes up its foundation. Let’s be clear, when it comes to human health, first foods feed the foundation for future health. This raises the question: What foundation is being laid for future gen ...

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Film about Garifuna culture highlights African diaspora in the Caribbean

“Garifuna in Peril,” a provocative new film detailing African Diaspora culture and its struggle to survive is scheduled to premier in Detroit Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The film is presented in partnership with the Belize Garifuna Cultural Organization of Michigan and will feature an interview with co-director Ruben Reyes. ...

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Jazz master classes at the Carr Center

On Nov. 16, the Carr Center will hold the first of three jazz master classes this season. Jazz at the Center launches the Carr’s new Michigan’s Amazin’ Blues & Jazz concert series. Featured artists are Robert Hurst and Friends. The master class and concert will take place at the Carr Center, 311 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit. ...

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Detroit chooses

The photo above is of the landmark Dr. Kenneth and Mamie Clark study asking Black children to choose between a white and Black doll — as a measurement of self-love and the impact of racism on children. More often than not, the Black child chose the white doll. The study made us consider this election. Was the choice of Michael Duggan nothing more than the choice of whiteness over Blackness? Or does it signa ...

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Selling out and buying in

During the enslavement period of Africans in America, the Meritorious Manumission Act of 1710 was enacted in Virginia. It was the legal act of freeing a slave for "good deeds," as defined by the national public policy, and could be granted to a slave who saved the life of a white master or his property, invented something from which a slave master could make a profit, or "snitched" on a fellow slave who was ...

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Poor whites are blaming the wrong people

I read a very sad article in the Washington Post on Oct. 29. It concerned the base of the Tea Party movement, specifically focusing on some economically distressed whites living in Georgia. They, like many other residents of Tea Party-controlled Congressional districts, are suffering under the weight of an economy that will not get fully in gear. Who do they blame? Obama. Who do they support? Congressional ...

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Governor Rick Snyder’s generous bankruptcy fountain leaves pensioners thirsty

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder remains in charge of Detroit’s future with assistance of willing participant former Jones Day attorney, now Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. Snyder and Orr control Detroit’s fate. If Federal Judge Steven Rhodes’ decision on Orr’s insistence Detroit is completely incapable of paying its debts results in a Chapter 9 Bankruptcy, pensioners stand to lose up to 90 percent of their month ...

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