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West Virginia miners’ struggles still relevant today

GeorgeSantayana famously said, “those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” Although the privatization of Detroit’s school system and public assets, growing wealthy inequality and the rapacious extraction of resources wreaking havoc on the environment and public health may seem like new problems for our times, David Alan Corbin’s 2011 book, “Gun Thugs, Rednecks and Radicals,” proves our cur ...

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Detroiters get first chance to hear new compositions by Black composers

Writing cutting-edge new music is hard enough, but assembling a whole orchestra of qualified musicians to play it while it is being composed is near impossible. Fortunately, a new partnership between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and EarShot (the National Orchestra Composition Discovery Netwrok) is giving four emerging African American composers an opportunity to develop their newest works with an orchestr ...

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Documentary series continues online with ‘War Don Don’ (‘The War Is Over’); remaining weekly episodes run through March 16

“AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange,” the public television series consisting of documentaries about contemporary life, art and culture across the African Diaspora, can now be seen online. The final three episodes, beginning with Rebecca Richman Cohen’s award-winning film “War Don Don” (“The War Is Over”), can be seen at www.blackpublicmedia.org. Season six of the series — which is produced by National ...

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Detroit teens get show in N’Namdi gallery, win money

Twelve local high school students recently won the 2014 “McDonald’s Celebrates Black History Moments on Canvas” art contest. First, second and third-place winners of the contest won $2,000, $1,000 and $500, respectively, in addition to having their work shown in an internationally acclaimed gallery of contemporary art. The nine remaining finalists each received a $125 Visa gift card. In a press statement, o ...

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US seeks to destabilize Venezuela

Whether under Bush or Obama, the U.S. appears determined to destabilize the Bolivarian government of Venezuela. The U.S. political establishment, including these two administrations, regularly provoke the Venezuelan government, make false allegations, and demonstrate their support for the opposition forces in Venezuela irrespective of the strategies and tactics the opposition pursues. Enough! This must end. ...

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US spending extraordinary amounts on ‘guard labor’

America’s gun culture costs lives and feeds our fears. Consider the most recent injustice in Florida — the verdict in the Michael Dunn case — and the most recent news about America’s «guard labor.” In Jacksonville, Fla., Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, was aggravated by the loud rap music coming from an SUV filled with four Black teenagers in a convenience store parking lot. An exchange of insults en ...

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America’s murderous historical continuum

“Can a Negro, whose ancestors were imported into this country and sold as slaves, become a member of the political community formed into existence by the Constitution of the United States … they are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word “citizens” in the constitution, and can therefore claim none of the rights and privileges which that instrument provides for…” Chief Justice Rog ...

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Much given; little gained

The Emergency Manager-led bankruptcy offers a poor financial plan, which fails to grow city revenue and represents a continued violation of civil rights and democracy. EM Kevyn Orr released his Chapter 9 plan to the bankruptcy court last week and it is the first reveal of the EM’s blueprint for Detroit’s ailing finances. Within the grassroots community, the plan fell with a thud. ...

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Incognito Effect: Why Jayru Campbell needs a second chance

Jayru Campbell, the top-notch teen football recruit, now in trouble for assault, was being groomed for a cutthroat competitive environment in collegiate sports. So, is it any wonder he allegedly body-slammed a Cass Technical High School security guard after a hoodie confrontation? A presumption of innocence always exists, but most have seen the video that went viral. The schoolhouse skirmish seemed — quite ...

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Carbon regulations

Imagine growing up near a coal-burning power plant with its giant smokestack towering over your neighborhood. Meanwhile, the plant’s excessive air pollution chokes out the skyline and clogs your lungs with a mix of deadly pollutants. Imagine an asthmatic child having to watch her friends play outside while she can’t. Or the mom who can’t afford to pay for her son’s medication. Or the factory worker who can’ ...

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