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House approves expansion of failing district

LANSING –  Michigan’s Republican-led House of Representatives approved March 20, legislation to expand the statewide experimental district for failing students, the Educational Achievement Authority. The EAA was created in 2011 by an agreement between Gov. Rick Snyder, former Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts and Eastern Michigan University’s board of regents. Fifteen DPS schools were tak ...

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State of Black Detroit focus: Economic and political power

Grow Black businesses, control communication and education, do “Jehovah Witness style politics,” stop begging, use the resources at hand, reach out to the youth, take care of your household and love yourself — and one another. The messages of empowerment were greeted with applause and enthusiasm by Detroiters weary of state imposed emergency management and the bleak future promised by bankruptcy and asset s ...

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Spike Lee ‘goes off’ on gentrification

This week, Filmmaker Spike Lee offered a rant on gentrification, according to New York Magazine. For Detroiters, experiencing gentrification, the comments are timely. Speaking Tuesday night in his hometown of Brooklyn, blocks away from his company headquarters and his father’s apartment, Spike Lee goes off. “Here’s the thing: I grew up here in Fort Greene. I grew up here in New York. It’s changed. And why d ...

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Mayor Chokwe Lumumba joins the ancestors

“Free the Land” Detroit native son Chokwe Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi joined the ancestors Feb. 25, 2014. He was 66. "It is with a heavy heart, that we inform you our beloved brother, civil rights activist, human rights activist and mayor, Chokwe Lumumba has passed away,” said Lumumba’s Chief of Staff, Dr. Safiya Omari in a press statement. The mayor died of heart failure, according to hospital r ...

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EM Orr files Plan of Adjustment

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filed, Feb. 21, the City’s Plan of Adjustment and a related Disclosure Statement with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The Plan and Disclosure Statement provide the details of the City’s proposal to "(i) adjust up to as much as $18 billion in secured and unsecured debt... ...

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Joining the ancestors: Margaret E. Waterman

Margaret Elizabeth Waterman (Grand Ma Rae' Rae') has joined the ancestors. She joins her husband, parents, eight siblings and four of five children. Words can not express our sorrow. Rest in Love. If only your physical heart was as strong and righteous as your spiritual heart. If only love could keep you here forever, but eternity is not ours to give. Only God! ...

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‘Ex-treasurer Andy Dillon enriches himself off Detroit bankruptcy’

“Conflicts of interest, corruption and cronyism are all becoming business as usual at Snyder's Treasury Department, and that's why we need an immediate investigation. Dillon used his position of public trust as State Treasurer to line up his next job and feather his own nest with the very firm he was supposed to be monitoring.” ...

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