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America’s prison dilemma

Even if every convict were rightly sentenced, America’s vast, racially skewed incarceration system would still be morally indefensible. Over the past four decades, the United States has become a vastly punitive nation, without historical precedent or international parallel. With roughly 5 percent of the world’s population, the U.S. currently confines about one-quarter of the world’s prison inmates. In 2008, ...

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PSL CHAMPS

The Renaissance Girls’ Golf Team won the 2013 PSL Girls’ Team Golf Championship. Evette Booker of the DIA won the individual title at the competition held Oct. 2 at the Palmer Park Golf Course. The Phoenix compiled 193 points to win their fourth straight title. King was second with 255 points followed by Cass Tech (267), DIA (277), Osborn (291) and Henry Ford (308). Booker won the individual title shooting ...

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Making Marxism from Gandhi in Detroit

The biggest internal debate absorbing the world left for at least the last 75 years has been whether identity is a left concept and therefore a left concern. In 1950, most activists on the left would have said no. Today, a majority would say yes, indeed. But the debate remains fierce. Grace Lee Boggs’ life has been both a prime example of evolution on this issue, and a prime exponent of the legitimacy of ma ...

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Our youth, our future

As we examine our food system, it is quite obvious it needs help. We are faced with large-scale issues that include a damaging diet, which consumes our people with diabetes, cancer and a host of other deadly and avoidable illnesses. We are bombarded by unscrupulous food producers with waves of false messages and product lines that are poor, at best. We are pumping our food dollars into a system where econom ...

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Ready 2 Grow program invites families to change their food-media diet

Have your child featured in a Ready 2 Grow healthy habit advertisement! Ready 2 Grow, a program of the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) is changing the corporate-dominated food media diet by making healthy, fresh, local media of our own for the wellbeing of our children and communities. We invite you and your child to be a part of this delicious movement. ...

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D.S. Sense takes hip hop and R&B on a ‘Space Audissey’

“Nobody has to take interest in what I’m putting out, how I feel or how I present it,” says D.S. Sense, sitting comfortably outside on a fall afternoon in Detroit. “But the fact there is an audience who appreciates it is priceless.” If the timing were not right, D. S. Sense would not accept the crown. Detroit is not a city that requires one queen upon the throne of their hip hop community, too many women ho ...

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Dancers bring images to life

The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art is alive this month with multiple show: French photographer Gilles Perrin’s “Yene Kono,” photographs taken in Africa, and David Philpot’s “Time,” an installation of intricately decorated living room furniture, on display until November. Yet on Oct. 12, gallery founder and director George N’Namdi will bring those images to life through dance in a performance titled “Th ...

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Big visions, big grant, big growth

In September, the Arts League of Michigan received the largest single year grant Knight Arts Challenge has yet bestowed — $100,000. The grant will be used for multiple programs at the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center. The over 40,000 square foot multi-story Carr Center, home of the Arts League, is located in 118 year-old building overlooking Paradise Valley Park in downtown Detroit. Originally built as a ...

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