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Rights activist enters race for South African presidency

The largest opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance, has announced anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele will be their Presidential candidate for this year’s elections which take place in April. Helen Zille, the president of the DA, stated there was “no better person” for the presidential nomination. Ramphele, who heads her own independent party, has taken on the ruling ANC with scathi ...

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Women to enjoy rights under new Tunisia constitution

Tunisia’s new constitution is being called “a revolution in itself” for its promises to women of gender equality and other rights. “It’s a big, historic step, not only for Tunisian women,” said Lobna Jeribi, a member of the Ettakattol party, one of the secular coalition partners within the Islamist-led government. “It was a very emotional moment for me when it passed” on Jan.26. ...

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‘Sisterlocks’ stylist gives natural alternative to haircare

The number of salons dedicated to natural hair styles is increasing as more African American women seek natural hair care resources. Angela Hammond, owner and stylist for Ms. AaH’s Natural Hair Care in Ypsilanti, has developed her business to help Black women maintain a hair style authentic to their natural selves. “We put a lot of money in other people’s hands to be something we’re not. And it’s a façade,” ...

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‘Passing’ returns to Charles H. Wright Museum

The play “Passing” — a one woman performance about the story of Minerva Roulhac and her journey as a light skinned Black woman who could “pass” for white — made its return to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Feb. 1. Detroit playwright Dara Harper, who is the great-granddaughter of Minerva, was present to introduce the play and contribute to a panel discussion after the play about rac ...

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Dilla Day Detroit

Dilla Day Detroit, the official annual Detroit celebration of the life and music of the late hip hop producer J Dilla, will take place with a concert Feb. 7 at The Fillmore on Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit. Dilla Day Detroit will feature performances from hip hop legends De La Soul, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson and Slum Village. The concert takes place on the birthday of the late prod ...

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Security unsafe for Detroit students

Security guards are supposed to keep students safe, according to school administrators. However, a recent trend of physical contact between guards and students at Detroit Public Schools have parents, students and residents questioning that assumption. A video of Cass Tech star quarterback Jayru Campbell “body slamming” a security guard surfaced Jan. 22. Many believe Campbell was protecting himself. “I think ...

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Mapping the Motor City

Since December, the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force surveyors have photographed nearly every parcel of land in the city, encountering residents who are either “excited” or “suspicious,” says Tanya Lamar-McDonald. McDonald is a supervisor and one-time surveyor working on an unprecedented effort to catalog all properties in the city of Detroit. Surveyors — Detroit residents from the neighborhoods they are c ...

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Winter Blast 2014, at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit, Feb. 7-9, is expected to attract more than 85,000 people. Detroit’s music scene will be on display on three stages, with more than 50 entertainment acts performing. Many signature winter activities are returning: the 200 Foot Snow Slide, free ice-skating in Campus Martius Park, Professional skating demonstrations, unique sculptures in the ice ga ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

In a news report, the youngest member in the history of the Detroit City Council sounded as if she was challenging the old ways with old-fashioned common sense. “Why are we transferring over this (public) property for a dollar, when the value of the land is worth way more than that?” said Detroit City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield. “It’s hard for me to just give away land with nothing in return.” ...

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