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After the March on Washington: ‘Going back home to agitate’

More than 100,000 people who convened on the Washington Mall Aug. 24, rallied, marched and heard dozens of speakers in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. But the clearest message they heard was to unify, go back and fight. “We’ve come to Washington to commemorate! We’re going back home to agitate! We’ve come to Washington to commemorate! We’re going back home to agitate!” ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

National Action Network stalwart “Blue”, who took a lot of punches in the ring as a boxer, and Ihekerma Goree, my Facebook friend and NAN loyalist, were among 40 survivors of a horrific bus fire on the Ohio Turnpike that destroyed the bus on which they were riding back to Detroit, after participating in the 50th Anniversary March on Washington. In a Facebook post, Goree said, “I’m glad God gave us a chance ...

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Barrow files for recount

On Aug. 23, Tom Barrow, defeated in the mayoral primary election, filed a petition to recount the Aug. 6 Detroit primary. The 99-page document lists a number of irregularities that Barrow refers to as “crimes” committed during the course of the election cycle. “The entire petition is rife with details concerning potential crimes and other illegalities, as well as substantial fraudulent acts which affected t ...

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The city?

Nearly 50 years ago, James Boggs wrote an essay that startled the country. It was entitled, “The City is the Black Man’s land.” Boggs described the historic pattern of American municipal governments as the place where ethnic groups gathered and developed economic and political power. He explained how cities had been dominated at various times by Irish, Polish or Italian immigrants. With changing demographic ...

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Church gets into the coffee business

Grace United Church of Christ has entered the coffee business as Higher Grounds Ministries runs The Higher Grounds Coffee Cafe in a three-story, newly renovated building on the corner of Nottingham and Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Park Rev. Marica Fairrow is the pastor of the small congregation who, on Sundays, hold worship service right in the middle of the cafe. She has been pastoring this ministry for al ...

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Cass Tech favored in PSL West

With two state championships under their belt, Cass Tech Head Coach Thomas Wilcher and his Technicians are getting ready for another run at a third consecutive MHSAA Division I State championship. Although they haven’t won a Detroit Public School League Championship, the Technicians are the favorite front runners to win the PSL West Division. Martin Luther King and East English Village are favored to win th ...

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The next affirmative action

Affirmative action as we know it is dying. A growing number of states have moved to prohibit public universities from considering race in admissions, and the U.S. Supreme Court recently made a decision in an anti-affirmative action lawsuit that left little doubt about where the Court’s conservative majority stands. ...

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Reflection on the August 17 People’s Forum

Over 200 Detroiters of all ages and many ethnicities gathered for the Aug. 17 People’s Forum to remove the emergency manager. Arriving promptly at 9:30 a.m. were a lot of oldsters, mostly members of the 50+ sponsoring organizations, but many unaffiliated. There was much hugging and kissing because we/they had not seen one another for years and were looking forward to the opportunity to be active together ag ...

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Have you read any good labels lately?

When grocery shopping, we usually buy food based on what is on the front label. That label is there to entice you to buy their product. It has all the buzz words like gluten-free, reduced calorie, low fat, no fat, all natural ingredients and maybe even organic. How many times have you picked up a bottle because of what was listed on the front and never gave the back label a second thought? ...

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Detroit reborn through hip hop and hard work

The Rebirth Experience concert and community activist event is scheduled to bring light and energy to Detroit through a weekend of hip hop music and hard work. The event will take place beginning the evening of Aug. 30, leading up to the main event concert featuring the group dead prez Aug. 31. The event was organized by community activists Yusef Bunchy Shakur and Greg “GMAC” McKenzie of The Urban Network. ...

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