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Detroit Raw

I figured what the hell, if Governor Snyder’s Negro proxy emergency manager overseer of the Detroit plantation was going to show up, I certainly could. Besides we’re both Michigan men. That is graduates of the University of Michigan Law School. I’m told that reality immeasurably enhanced the Mayor Duggan/EM relationship. Something like serf to master when it comes to bottom-line city of Detroit decision-mak ...

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Faltering fourth period drops King

The King girls’ basketball squad hasn’t won a state championship since 2006. Despite the Crusaders’ gallant work to get back to the Class A State Finals, this season’s effort has also come up short. Despite leading the majority of the game, King fell 58-46 to Farmington Hills Mercy in the MHSAA Class A Region 4 Championship at Farmington High School, March 4. The Crusaders (22-2), who executed a dominating ...

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Cass Tech holds off Pershing

Last season in the MHSAA District Final, Cass Tech jumped out with a big lead over Pershing by hitting key baskets. However, the Doughboys came back and won the game on a basket at the buzzer ending the Technicians’ state title hopes. They hung their heads as they exited the Western International High gym “I knew they learned a lot from that experience,” said Cass Tech Head Coach David Dixon. “Although most ...

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Orr’s focus: Balance sheet, crime

For the first time since his appointment by Gov. Rick Snyder in March 2013, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr agreed to sit for an interview with the Michigan Citizen. Orr’s interpersonal and logical skills were evident in the nearly one-and-a-half hour interview. Throughout, he reveals a view of the role of government that places an emphasis on accounting. Orr believes his work should be focused nearly s ...

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State of Black Detroit focus: Economic and political power

Hundreds braved the bitter cold and sudden early morning snow shower to hear city leaders discuss the State of Black Detroit, Feb. 27 at the first Michigan Citizen Grits, Politics and the Hard Truth breakfast. A panel discussion with former councilwoman Joann Watson, political veteran Art Blackwell, businessman Rufus Bartell, city lawyer Krystal Crittendon and community organizer Keith Williams discussed po ...

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The woman behind Heidelberg

Tyree Guyton is world-renowned for his work on Detroit’s Heidelberg project, which transformed vacant houses on the city’s east side into found-art mosaicked sculptural pieces. But Guyton was not alone in the creation of the project. During a decade-long period spanning the creation of Heidelberg Project and its rise to international prominence, Tyree Guyton had a partner in life and work, Karen Guyton. Aft ...

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Remembering Chokwe Lumumba

I first met Chokwe when he was an activist at Western Michigan University. He would often come to Wayne State where I was teaching to meet with other activists on campus. The late, radical attorney Kenny Cockrel was his idol and that may have been one of his reasons for later setting his goals on a law career. During our rallies on campus, which seemed to happen almost daily, he was often among the speakers ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Taras, the Ukrainian freedom fighter undaunted by Russians. Tamika, a Black woman totally disrespected at a Detroit Shell gas station but standing strong against big oil bullying. Both are Facebook friends of mine separated by thousands upon thousands of miles. Their fervor for justice appeared on the smart phone screen as I scanned my newsfeed to see what Facebook friends were posting. Hmmm, that Shell gas ...

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Charting new ground in Flint

Anyone at all familiar with Michigan’s Emergency Manager law knows the people who were handed control of municipalities and school districts facing financial crises have extraordinary power. In fact, the law goes even further than many realize, creating the possibility that residents of cities under emergency management may emerge from state control with a completely revamped form of local government impose ...

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