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Friendship triumphs in new film starring Black actresses

On Dec. 13, “Go for Sisters,” a new film by John Sayles, two-time Oscar nominee and writer/director of “Lone Star,” “Passion Fish” and “Brother from Another Planet” will make its Detroit-area debut at the AMC Forum 30 (44681 Mound Rd., Sterling Heights). The film tells the story of two estranged friends who have an opportunity to mend their relationship when Bernice (played by LisaGay Hamilton) becomes Font ...

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Gov. Rick Snyder’s determination to have Detroit under emergency management; Mayor Dave Bing’s years of deliberate inaction; a reduced tax base; and questionable financial deals with banks brought the city under Chapter 9 bankruptcy with Judge Steven Rhodes historic ruling Dec. 3 the city was eligible. ...

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Exploiting Black athletes

There have been so many former professional athletes in the news recently who have gone from rags-to-riches-back-to-rags that they could form their own reality show. Future Hall of Famer Terrell Owens, for example, accumulated some amazing stats during his 15-year NFL career as a wide receiver: second in league history with 15,934 yards, tied for second with 153 touchdowns and sixth with 1,078 catches. ...

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State of emergency

This is an unprecedented moment. Almost everyone agrees the drive to bankruptcy in Detroit is carving new paths on the American landscape. The facts are stark. A city of 700,000 people has been stripped of local representation; elders who have worked a lifetime on the promise of modest pensions and healthcare are facing devastating losses; big banks are lobbying to protect debts and secure payments on quest ...

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Protestors call for closing of check cashing store

The Coalition for Justice and Respect for Black Life rallied Nov. 29 for the immediate closure of an east side check cashing store where an alleged sexual assault of a local resident took place. The community organization formed after the alleged assault of a pregnant woman at the Gratiot Check Cashing store on Gratiot and Knodell. ...

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Giving back tasted delicious

The Second Annual Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ took place Nov. 17 at Bert’s complex in Eastern Market. Chef Toney served up hot meals TO 10,000 hungry and low-income Michiganders. The event was created by entrepreneur, author and real estate specialist Robert Shumake with collaboration from the Coalition on Temporary Shelter, Transforming Life Group, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and the CARICOM Cauc ...

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Loyola Academy bound for Ford Field

For this year’s MHSAA state finals, the city of Detroit has gone to the dogs — the Loyola Bulldogs. The Loyola Academy, located on Pinehurst and Fenkell with an enrollment of only 150 boys, will be the only school from the city of Detroit at this year’s MHSAA State Football Finals at Ford Field. The undefeated Bulldogs (13-0) will face defending champs Ishpeming. Loyola punched its ticket to the big dance w ...

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President honors ‘true champions’ with Medal of Freedom

During what he called one of his “favorite events every year,” President Obama presented 16 outstanding individuals, including four African Americans, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. President John F. Kennedy created the Presidential Medal of Freedom 50 years ago to honor exceptional people for their courage and contributions to society during their careers. ...

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