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Like Malcolm: Remembering Jesse Long Bey

He had an unusual advantage as an editor — namely, the perspective of one of society’s throwaways, an ex-convict who’d done hard time. Of course, Malcolm X had the same experience. Like Malcolm X, Jesse was forever marked by his time in prison. In his posthumously published autobiography, Malcolm X observed through Alex Haley, his ghostwriter: “Any person who claims to have deep feeling for other human bein ...

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$30 million for Detroit

A Detroit transit plan will be funded, announced U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Jan. 18 in Detroit. He congratulated state lawmakers and city stakeholders for working to create a regional transit authority and committing $100 million in local dollars. Detroit will receive a $25 million TIGER grant that will go to the M-1 Rail Project, which will connect the three-mile stretch between downtown Det ...

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‘Maybe it’s time for a female mayor’

City lawyer Krystal Crittendon was demoted from her top position as Corporation Counsel because she challenged the Fiscal Stability Agreement aka Consent Agreement between the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. Crittendon filed a lawsuit in June 2012, asking a state judge to determine whether the Consent Agreement was legal since the state owes the city. Per the city’s charter, the city cannot enter ...

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Questions for Detroit Works

In the last days of his first term, President Barack Obama held a press conference. He spoke about the violence that has become a normal part of children’s lives. He said protecting our children should be our highest priority, the way we will be judged as a people. “It is our responsibility to care for them,” he said. “To shield them from harm. To give them the tools they need to grow up and do everything t ...

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Feds uncover race, sex bias at MDOT

President of BBF Engineering Services, Dr. Bellandra Foster has been systematically discriminated against by the Michigan Department of Transportation. Years of discrimination were acknowledged recently when the federal government recommended that MDOT pay former contractor and licensed professional engineer Bellandra Foster $12 million. ...

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For 27 years we have observed civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday, celebrating his life, works and death on the third Monday in January. This year on Jan. 21, states nationwide will commemorate Dr. King’s legacy. The second inauguration of the first Black president, Barack Obama, will also be held on the same day. We can give thanks to Congressman John Conyers, musician ...

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BH gets a new EFM

Effective Feb. 1, Joseph Harris will no longer be the emergency financial manager (EFM) of Benton Harbor. But that’s only to make room for his replacement: 26-year-old Tony Saunders II. The Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board voted unanimously Jan. 11 to appoint Saunders, a former financial consultant for the City of Highland Park. ...

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Beyond Detroit Works

Detroit Works recently released its framework for the redevelopment of the city. The project began two years ago amid a contentious series of town meetings following Mayor Dave Bing’s pronouncement that he intended to “shrink the city” and relocate people. The mounting public criticism of the effort forced a major rethinking of the approach. Highly paid consultants were quietly shifted into the background a ...

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