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Local comedy event to feature laughs, breast cancer awareness

Metro Detroit comedians will come together Oct. 23 for a special evening of laughs in support of the American Breast Cancer Foundation. This special edition of “What a Witty Wednesday” will feature some of the area’s finest female comedians along with music performances, beginning 9 p.m. at The Bullfrog in Redford,15414 Telegraph Road. ...

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Remembering the past, challenging the future

Fifty years ago four little girls were killed by a bomb in a Birmingham church. Fifty years ago, two young boys, Johnny Robinson, 16, and Virgil Ware, 13, were killed in violent aftermath of that bombing. Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sent his letter from a Birmingham jail. To commemorate that grave year, the Birmingham Museum of Art commissioned the creation of Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Pro ...

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‘Coal can kill’

It should hurt anyone enough to hear the numbers from a Clean Air Task Force study showing DTE power plants contribute to 572 deaths, 916 heart attacks, 180 premature births and 8,990 asthma attacks each year. That hurt becomes so much more real, however, when you've spent the past year or so like I have organizing in communities like River Rouge and Trenton where two of DTE's coal-fired power plants reside ...

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No end to corruption

This week, Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison. When Judge Nancy Edmunds issued her order she said: “We’re demanding transparency and accountability in our government … If there has been corruption in the past, there will be corruption no more.” On the steps of the courthouse, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said the Kilpatrick sentencing sent a “powerful” message to Detroit and those who wan ...

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Shutdown is really a showdown

Did you happen to see Jimmy Kimmel’s interesting skit two weeks back, where he asked people on the street whether they preferred “Obamacare” or the “Affordable Care Act?” Far too many people chose the “Affordable Care Act” over “Obamacare” without realizing they are one and the same law. ...

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There were alternatives to bankruptcy in Detroit

You don’t have to be from Detroit to be angry at what is happening there. And you don’t have to be from Detroit to lend your voice to an injustice that not only affects Detroit, but also the rest of the nation. If you agree with the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition on this matter, please go to, search for “Detroit Bankruptcy,” and sign the Rainbow/PUSH-sponsored petition. ...

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What’s in our shopping carts?

  By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA With a current buying power of $1 trillion, manufacturers and marketers should be paying careful attention to the shopping patterns of African American consumers. Nielsen’s latest report on Black consumers, Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African American Consumer 2013 Report, illustrates how much of that spending breaks down: Our annual retail spending makes up 8 ...

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Inspiring smiles

Deirdre Young mentors future dentists By by Llenda Jackson-Leslie Deirdre Young, DDS is passionate about her work. She visits a different Detroit middle or high school weekly to share her enthusiasm and gather new recruits, with the focus and intensity of a devout missionary or an ambitious saleswoman. The only difference is she’s selling dentistry as a career. Young is director of multicultural affairs at ...

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HIV rates remain high, report finds

The HIV crisis is far from over in Michigan. Thirteen of Michigan’s 83 counties have high HIV rates as of 2012, according to the most recent Department of Community Health report. They include Ingham, Macomb, Allegan and Oakland. But higher than any county is the city of Detroit, with 778 cases per 100,000 people. Wayne County outside of Detroit ranks as the sixth-highest county. A high HIV rate is classifi ...

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Bridging the digital divide

Gerald Smith, the senior manager of government affairs for Detroit at Comcast, believes technology can be the great equalizer- giving people and especially children from all socio-economic backgrounds the ability to compete in today’s digital world. Sadly, according to a Pew Study, Smith says, 40 percent of people below the poverty line don’t have Internet service. When this statistic is applied to demograp ...

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