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African Union to campaign against child marriages

The West African nation of Niger has one of the highest rates of child marriage. About a quarter of all girls are married by 15 and on the road to child-bearing. That rises to nearly 80 percent by the age of 18. Prominent clerics in Niger staunchly defend the practice. Sheikh Abbas Yahaya at the Koranic school in Agadez, for example, told the BBC marriage depends on the body of the girl and the man. “If the ...

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Movement 2014

Over 100,000 attendees gathered in Hart Plaza during Memorial Day weekend in Detroit for the annual Movement Electronic Music Festival. The three-day event is regarded as one of the country’s best music festivals and one of the world’s largest for electronic music. Presented by Detroit promoter Paxahau, the festival was once again a success in bringing the futuristic sounds of the world to the city credited ...

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Detroit ‘WALKs’ down the runway

The WALK Fashion Show at the Garden Theater in Detroit, May 31, was a gala affair for designers, models and fashion industry professionals as the largest fashion show in the Midwest put on a spectacle for a packed audience. Over 40 design labels, many connected to the metro Detroit area, displayed their styles on the runway, giving attendees a fresh look at fashions for the summer. ...

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Cass Tech wins PSL boys’ and girls’ track and field titles

Cass Tech swept boys’ and girls’ team honors at the 2014 Detroit Public School League track and field meet May 22 at Renaissance High School. In addition to Coach Thomas Wilcher’s Technicians and Coach Chris Wright’s Lady Technicians doubling their school’s victory, both meets had three individuals emerge as double champions. ...

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Detroit Raw

Agnes Hitchcock, the erstwhile founder of Call ‘Em Out, held a “Blacinaw Island” gathering over the weekend with plenty of food and freedom fighting dialogue. The creative session focused on Detroit water shutoffs and direct action tactics. Water shutoff actions by the union-busting democracy-destroying proxies of Koch brothers-supported Gov. Snyder need to be challenged in the world U.N. forum as the city ...

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Protests continue against water shutoffs

“May is drinking water month in Detroit,” read a banner at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in downtown Detroit. But thousands of Detroiters don’t have running water in their homes and the numbers are growing. Demonstrators marched at the DWSD on Randolph St., May 30, to protest the mass water shutoffs of city residents. It’s been over two months since Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced DWSD is ...

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Headwrap Expo offers style, faith and diversity

On June 8, the 2014 Headwrap Expo will be held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. It will be a day of fashion, culture and interfaith workshops on style and spirituality. The event is presented by Beautifully Wrapped, an organization celebrating the art of headwrapping, and will be held from 12-7p.m. ...

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Dr. Maya Angelou joins the ancestors

“With her passing and that of other lights — General Baker, Queen Mother Mabel Williams, Amiri Baraka, Chokwe Lumumba, Vincent Harding — we are witnessing the closing of one era in our struggle for higher humanity, and the dawn of a new time. I am grateful dear Maya will be present in spirit to help us chart the journey.” ...

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From Black Wall Street to the Black Dollar Project

Despite historically high unemployment rates, African Americans have shown resiliency in their ability to persevere as consumers. In 2013, the National Newspaper Publishers Association collaborated with Nielsen to create a report and compile Nielsen’s third installment called, “The African American Consumer Report,” which showed the spending habits of the African American consumer. Most importantly, the rep ...

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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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