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Legendary journalist Herb Boyd to chronicle Detroit’s Black history

Though a New York resident since 1985, Native Detroiter Herb Boyd is one of the city’s pre-eminent men of letters. The Wayne State University graduate (and former professor) has published 23 books — among them a biography of James Baldwin, Malcolm X’s diary and numerous works of Black history. Boyd helped to establish the first Black studies classes at WSU, and co-founded The Metro Times. A jazz lover and l ...

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Detroit pastors demand stop to water shutoffs

A group of Detroit pastors held a press conference July 3 calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to put a stop to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s aggressive water shutoffs in Detroit. “We have three demands,” Pastor Maurice Rudds told the Michigan Citizen. “One, create an effective affordability plan (for low-income residents); two, place a moratorium on the water shut offs; and three, restore service to those residents ...

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New app allows Detroiters to find small Black-owned businesses around them

Leaders and thinkers from Marcus Garvey to James Clingman have identified how Black neighborhoods could be transformed rapidly if billions of African American consumer dollars were spent in Black communities or with Black-owned businesses. Now a new cellphone app/website will allow Black entrepreneurs and consumers who want to keep their money in their community to find each other. The Small Black Business ...

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WATER: City officials quiet on shut-offs; DWSD dysfunction victimizes many

Although Gov. Rick Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr promised citizens that emergency management would mean improved city services, their program of water shut offs has left thousands of residents without the most essential service: water. Citizens who lined up outside the west side DWSD payment center, July 8, told stories revealing DWSD’s dysfunction more than the customers’ delinquency. DWSD reports ...

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Beyond the bottom line

The decision by Kevyn Orr/ Gov. Rick Snyder to make the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department more marketable by shutting off water to those who cannot pay raises fundamental questions. This crude, vicious and dangerous decision reveals what happens to ordinary people when unchecked authority makes choices dictated by profits. Bottom line thinking, devoid of human and civic values, puts individual lives and ...

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Detroit Raw

We shake our heads and get on with our Detroit-area day as news that a 2-year-old Black child was targeted and shot in the head and killed, so that her father might suffer. Two more Black children are missing after their mother was found murdered. In Chicago, 14 are killed, more than 80 wounded in a bloody Windy City July 4 weekend. If we have become immune to the madness that is life in Black America, we h ...

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Charity Mahouna Hicks joins the ancestors

Justice warrior Charity Mahouna Hicks joined the ancestors, July 8, 2014. Hicks was hit by a vehicle in New York City, May 31 which left her in a coma. Hicks is a well known and regarded community activist who was also policy director for the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC). Hicks was raised on Detroit’s lower eastside near the Detroit River which contributed to her love for the environme ...

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“Shame on you”: Maureen Taylor rips WDIV reporter

The United Nations, international and national media is covering the water shut-off crisis in Detroit but local media, including WDIV’s Hank Winchester, doesn’t seem to understand the scope of the problem, according to Maureen Taylor of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. In an MSNBC appearance, Winchester suggested Detroiters would rather pay for cable than water. “Let’s have some truth and a fair exchan ...

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