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Malawi joins hundreds ‘rising up’ against gender violence

The Girls Empowerment Network Malawi recently joined a global day of action for women worldwide whose message is “We’re proud to be girls. We’re proud to be women. We are not alone in the world.” The day of action against gender violence, Feb. 14, was marked by women’s groups across Africa and worldwide. The organizer, Eve Ensler, is a feminist activist and author of the play “The Vagina Monologues.” She ca ...

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‘TRAIN SECURITY GUARDS’

Royal Oak Township resident Mckenzie Cochran, 24, died Jan. 28 at the hands of three security guards at Northland Mall in Southfield. A mobile video shows the three mall cops holding down a hand-cuffed Cochran, pressing his chest against the floor — one has his knee in Cochran’s back — after pepper spraying him. Cochran can be heard saying, “I can’t breathe.” One of the guards responds, “If you can talk, yo ...

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Michael Dunn verdict seen as another permit to kill Black men

Civil rights leaders are shaking their heads and demanding justice after a jury verdict once again appeared to let the killer of a young Black man off the hook. Michael Dunn could actually face decades in prison as he was found guilty, Feb. 15, of three counts of attempted murder and one count of firing into an occupied vehicle. But, because the Jacksonville, Fla., jury did not reach a verdict on a charge o ...

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SAVIOURS’ DAY 2014

Minister Ishmael Muhammad: Detroit is our home. It is the home of the Nation of Islam; it represents the Mecca for the NOI. It is our roots. So coming back to Detroit we honor the man that founded the NOI in that city in 1930. That is why we’re coming back to Detroit. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Detroit is the one city on planet Earth that should open its arms wide and say “Welcome Nation of Islam.” Upwards of 40,000 members and fellow travelers of a liberating army will land on the shores of the Detroit River with a message of self-reliance, love of self and people as the NOI holds Saviours’ Day 2014 in Detroit this week. Detroit, America’s Blackest and poorest plantation is rife with Third World ...

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Blind justice

The plan proposed by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to address Detroit’s financial crisis is finding its way to court. Its outlines how the EM expects to deal with debt, pensions and services. The Plan of Adjustment and the thinking behind it have been kept from the public. Bits and pieces have emerged in press accounts, indicating Orr intends to offer pensioners more than the banks. He has been forced into th ...

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OBAMA SIGNS FARM BILL

Michigan Lawmakers look on as President Barack Obama signs the Agriculture Act of 2014into legislation Feb. 7 on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. Obama said the $956 billion farm bill “lifts up our rural communities and gives more Americans a shot at opportunity in the years ahead.” ...

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DILLA DAY 2014

If you listened to hip hop or R&B any time from the mid 90s through the first decade of the new millennium, chances are you’re familiar with James Dewitt Yancey, known as J Dilla or Jay Dee. J Dilla came from a musical family — his mother was an opera singer and his dad a jazz bassist. He was one of the founding members of Slum Village. The music he produced influenced a generation of artists including A Tr ...

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Defending PSL champion Martin Luther King High, PSL runner-up Cass Tech and playoff contender Mumford all won their matches in the first round of the Detroit Public School League Playoffs Feb. 5. The Crusaders (11-1) routed the West Side Academy 79-13, the Lady Technicians (12-3) clobbered Central 53-1, while the Mustangs (12-3) kept their hopes for PSL crown alive with a 59-29 rout of East English Village. ...

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Pershing, Cass Tech, Osborn advance

Cass Tech, Osborn and defending PSL Champion Pershing had to pull out all the stops to get their first round victories in the Detroit Public School League Playoffs, Feb. 7. Pershing (14-2) turned back Western International 69-61; Cass Tech (11-4) rallied past King 61-51, while Osborn (14-3) overpowered Cody 59-63. “Our guys came together and helped Justin (Tillman) with the rebounding,” said Pershing assist ...

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