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CBC should highlight Detroit

By William Reed NNPA Since the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) started its Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) weekend, the “Michigan Reception” and “Motown Live Afterglow” have always been the premier parties. From the first Black Caucus weekend in 1971, Motown music executive LeBaron Taylor held the record for hosting the best ALC party. Like other Detroit heavy-hitters, Taylor, a former radio DJ, stood ...

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Economic crime and punishment          

By James Clingman Trice Edney Newswire We talk a lot about criminal justice and crime in the streets, especially among Black people.  Mass incarceration of Black men, disparate sentencing, private prisons, legal slavery inside prisons based on the 13th Amendment, and all the other plagues that beset us vis-à-vis our criminal justice system and prison industrial complex, dominate our conversations regarding ...

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Motor City Comic Convention to spotlight independent artists

The Motor City Black Age Comic Convention returns for the fifth straight year and is ready to show Detroiters a new side of one of today’s most popular art forms. This free and all-ages comic book show will be held Sept. 27 and 28 at YouthVille Detroit, located at 7375 Woodward Avenue. The comic book industry has grown into one of the most popular forms of entertainment today, with recent films like “The Av ...

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The Avenue of Fashion gets a makeover

From Sept. 20-Sept. 22, 50 businesses on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion (Livernois between 7 and 8 Mile ) are participating in a festival aimed at highlighting their diverse and thriving community. The three-day event called, Art on the Ave, will feature galleries, restaurants, retail, art projects and events. The affair will flank the Detroit Design Festival scheduled for Sept. 20. Recently, Artplace America ...

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Wright Museum Gala brings Brazil to Detroit

On Sept. 28, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will transform parts of Detroit’s MGM Grand Casino into the Amazon rainforest with splashes of Rio carnival for their third annual Benefit Gala. Began in Dr. Charles H. Wright’s office on West Grand Boulevard in 1965, the museum is now the world’s largest museum of African American history with yearly attendance expected to surpass 250,00 ...

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Figures or folks?

Public policy makers have to juggle realities between what the budget allows and what the people need. Elected officials have to take into account the people’s needs and, if necessary, rob Peter to pay Paul, to make the budget balance to meet the needs of the public — or suffer the possible loss of an election. Under emergency management no juggling has to occur. Emergency managers can — at their own discre ...

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Inner city blue collars

What is happening to the great, thriving blue collar cities of America is more than tragic. It reveals a systemic pattern of benign neglect that strips away the chance of steady employment from adults and indirectly channels many of our nation’s at-risk youth toward a life of poverty and crime. The future is not bright unless we as a people lay hold of it. Black inner city blue collars are a perishing breed ...

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Blacks receive life sentences at high rates 

Although the number of prison inmates is declining nationwide, the number of Blacks serving life sentences continues to rise, according to a new study. A report by The Sentencing Project titled, Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America found that about 160,000 inmates are serving life sentences in prisons throughout the United States, and more than 47 percent of them are Black. Non-Hispa ...

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