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Black Press attacked for efforts to strengthen ties with Africa

Black media critic Richard Prince has launched a series of attacks on a National Newspaper Publishers Association-led delegation for a trip to Morocco in early January paid for by the government, writing under one headline, “Black-Press Visitors to Morocco Called Pawns.” Prince said, “Members of the (B)lack (P)ress who took an expenses-paid trip to Morocco last week were pawns in a politically motivated mov ...

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Mozambican president commemorates “Heroes’ Day’ in ceremony

At a ceremony Feb. 3, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza decorated over 100 people, many posthumously, for their contributions to the country. The awards were part of Mozambican Heroes’ Day — an annual celebration that commemorates the death of the independence fighter and founder of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo), Eduardo Mondlane. Mondlane was killed by a parcel bomb in 1969 by Portuguese pol ...

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Family feuds could stall settlement of Mandela’s estate

A last will and testament by former Pres. Nelson Mandela published Feb. 3 offered some unpleasant surprises for children of the national leader and especially for his second wife, Winnie Madikizela Mandela, who was not listed among the beneficiaries. Madikizela Mandela, was married to Mandela for38 years during the struggle against racial apartheid. They divorced in 1996 but became close again toward the en ...

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What are the odds?

Twice now, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Stephen Rhodes has rejected proposed settlements that would enable the city of Detroit to extricate itself from terribly costly obligations known as “interest rate swaps.” These swaps were essentially a huge gamble, with the city betting that interest rates would rise over time when it borrowed more than $1.4 billion back in 2005-06 to shore up its two pension funds. I ...

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Justice for Jayru

This week, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Cass Tech high school senior Jayru Campbell with one felony charge of assault to do great bodily harm and one misdemeanor count of aggravated assault. After a heated exchange with a with a school security guard, who asked Campbell not to wear his hood in the building, the 17-year-old allegedly body-slammed the guard. The incident was captured on video, w ...

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CAMPBELL FACES 10 YEARS

Excessive is how some describe the charges against Cass Technical High School student-athlete Jayru Campbell. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced at a press conference Feb. 11 the 17-year-old football player will be charged as an adult. Campbell, a junior quarterback, who led his team to back-to-back state championships as a freshman and sophomore in 2011 and 2012, faces a felony charge of assault ...

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HP: Snyder pushing to merge city with Detroit

Highland Park city officials are determined the city will not be dissolved into Detroit. That, they say, is the true motivation behind Gov. Rick Snyder’s announcement Jan. 30 that a financial emergency exists. “We are the third and last domino,” said Councilperson Rodney Patrick in an interview. “Hamtramck and Detroit are under emergency managers. If we get one, the governor has all three and the merger is ...

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Freedom House protects global refugees, American LGBTIs

David Kato Kisule died while fighting a bill that is now law in Uganda — an anti-homosexuality law that makes being gay punishable by life imprisonment. Citizens in Uganda are now also required by law to report “homosexuals” to the government within 24 hours to avoid being prosecuted themselves. This legislation, however, is not unique to Uganda. According to the 76crimes.com, 78 countries have “criminal la ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Everyone with a smart phone is now positioned to be a techno-eye witness. You can back up what you thought you saw and heard with the clarity of video from your smart-cam. An editorial bonus: You are now a supreme formulator of opinion and jury shaping; “did you see the video?” The work of newscast producers is given a helping hand — no white balance required. Parents if you equipped your child with a smart ...

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No sense of shame

Many of us have seen photographs of lynchings. Most of them, in newspaper accounts and on postcards, depict some variation on the gruesome reality. Men hanging from trees, their bodies often mutilated or burned. Beneath them are groups of white people — men, women, and children. Sometimes they are milling about. Sometimes they are clearly having a party — some actually posing in front of the lynched body. ...

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