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GED offers lesson of hope, perseverance

Darerraul Jackson was 14 years old when fate threw him a jump ball he said he could not attempt to catch. He quit school in the ninth grade due to his mother’s illness and other family-related issues. His mother had a stroke that derailed young Jackson’s dream. Yet Jackson, now 24, said he did not give up or lose hope. “I was 14 years old, when I dropped out of school,” said Darerraul, whom most of his frie ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Belle Isle: Sacred ground Belle Isle is sacred ground not a race track. I know on this weekend — when the might of the Grand Prix, Roger Penske, and profiteers of white privilege roar round and round on the concrete that has replaced the grass, while white environmentalists roar alongside with their silence — now may not be the best time time to spoil the party. ...

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Richard Williams writes about life, race and reality

Richard Williams, best known as the father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, has written his first book. It isn’t about how to play tennis. “There are enough books out about tennis — tired of teaching tennis, tired of talking about tennis,” Williams told a standing-room only crowd at a mid-Manhattan Barnes & Noble bookstore May 7, the day after the release of his book, “Black and White: The Way ...

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Western, E. English Village win PSL baseball titles

DPS Family Fun Night at Comerica Park is becoming a tradition. Western International High School’s habit of winning Detroit Public School League baseball championships is already one. Coach Juan Sanchez’s Cowboys (12-0 league, 16-5-1 overall) have not lost to a PSL team in three seasons and they once again exerted their dominance May 19, as senior Louis Chapa pitched a complete-game, one-hit 6-0 shutout aga ...

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You won’t believe how ‘well-spoken’ these guys are

The cyber-conversation has turned to a bungled white-guy-to-Black-guy handshake, which possibly involved too many moves, dap and so on. “Handshakes are a tricky subject, man,” says Gavin Yates, shaking his head. Myke Wright jumps in. “I think hand shakes are on the font line of race relations. They are definitely the weirdest part. Whenever I go in to dap a white guy, I know they are going to mess it up. It ...

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Royal Detroit artist paints colorful vision of peace

“If you want to talk about balance, a balance of colors is always the best in order to facilitate a nice living environment,” says Her Highness Princess Sherry Selassie-Young, a master painter, humanitarian, and descendant of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. “Or you could stress one color over another if you’re ill, or if you’re depressed, or if you’re stressed or something of that nature. But balance ...

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Fast-food workers arrested at McDonald’s headquarters

Over 100 protesters were arrested May 1 at the national headquarters of McDonalds in Oak Brook, Ill., as more than 1,000 people from across the country demonstrated in favor of raising the minimum wage. Rev. Charles Williams II, president, Michigan National Action Network was one of 40 Detroiters arrested. Workers and activists are raising awareness and urging the McDonald corporation to raise the minimum w ...

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‘Hollywood Craig’ featured in NRA publication

Detroit Police Chief James Craig is making national news, again. This time for his profile in a National Rifle Association publication, America’s 1st Freedom. Craig’s stance on citizens arming and defending themselves, when faced with violence, has attracted the attention of the gun rights organization. In the article, “A show of courage in Detroit” the motor city chief says Detroit has a “culture of violen ...

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Climate challenges

As the economic, political and media elite prepare for their annual gathering on Mackinac Island, they should stop and take a close look at the water. Coast Guard cutters only recently freed it from ice three feet deep. Tim Hygh, the director of the Mackinac Island Convention Bureau said he had never seen anything like the ice encasing the island this winter. “Some of the locals,” he said, “will tell you th ...

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CMA’s Jason McCoy signs to swim for Lincoln College

Communication and Media Arts High School acknowledged its first student-athlete to earn a swimming scholarship Monday with a celebration for Jason McCoy in the school library. McCoy, who competes in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle, signed a letter of intent to swim for Lincoln College, a two-year institution in Lincoln, Ill. He plans to major in history. ...

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