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Two Detroits

I just read Malik Yakini’s interview in the recent Metro Times issue. In just a few statements, he hit key points African Americans face nationally and locally, ranging from white supremacy, to food policy, to Black self-determination, to race and class disparities. What I really applaud was his framing of the “two Detroits” concept. Baba Malik outlined how one Detroit located in the downtown/Midtown area h ...

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I Have a Complaint

I am an African/American. Every Black History Month celebration I attend starts our history with slavery. If we are African/Americans, why the hell don’t our history celebrations start with Africa? That is a rhetorical question, the reason our Black History celebrations do not start with Africa is because most of us don’t know a damn thing about Africa. We don’t know Africa contains 20 percent of all land m ...

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Big money lobbying protects big tax havens

Eighteen American multinationals — companies such as Nike, Microsoft and Apple — have used tax havens abroad to avoid what Citizens for Tax Justice estimates as $92 billion in federal taxes. This is money that could be used to provide universal pre-school for America’s children. CTJ also found 235 companies reported last year over $1.3 trillion stashed abroad to avoid paying the taxes that domestic companie ...

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My sister’s keeper

In all the hoopla surrounding President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, overlooked is the fact our young girls also need to be targeted for special attention. Sure, they outpace Black males in college attendance and, in many instances, in the workplace. Still, that does not mean they do not also need special attention and encouragement. Nothing illustrates this better than events of the past week. S ...

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A mixed Obama legacy

President Barack Obama announced a “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative to help young Black and Brown men succeed. Many present in the East Wing of the White House described the announcement of this initiative as “an emotional moment” for President Obama and for many of the others gathered there. ...

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Detroit shall rise again

Social change happens dramatically, yet is barely noticeable to most people. But to a patriot returning from afar to his/her native land, the change is obvious and can be shocking if not devastating. Since I was — in a way — living in forced exile from the city of Detroit for 23 years, many people of all races, age groups, ethnicities and educational backgrounds have asked me more than casually in the last ...

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Women’s History Month offers opportunity to reflect, fight

As a young girl growing up on Lumpkin Street near the historic Conant Gardens community on Detroit’s north east side, I, along with so many others, learned African American women, like white women, were active in the women’s suffrage movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In fact, Sojourner Truth, a former slave, became legendary as both an abolitionist and an advocate of woman suffrage. She of ...

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Mayor Duggan’s State of the City: Major emphasis on city services

As one of Mayor Duggan’s harshest critics during the mayoral election, I attended the State of the City Address Feb. 26 with an open mind to hear his plans to move our city forward. A super shout out to Jimmy Settles, UAW VP for his continued philanthropic investments in the city of Detroit. It is leaders like him who make me strive to do better, to give more and to expect greater! ...

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US seeks to destabilize Venezuela

Whether under Bush or Obama, the U.S. appears determined to destabilize the Bolivarian government of Venezuela. The U.S. political establishment, including these two administrations, regularly provoke the Venezuelan government, make false allegations, and demonstrate their support for the opposition forces in Venezuela irrespective of the strategies and tactics the opposition pursues. Enough! This must end. ...

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US spending extraordinary amounts on ‘guard labor’

America’s gun culture costs lives and feeds our fears. Consider the most recent injustice in Florida — the verdict in the Michael Dunn case — and the most recent news about America’s «guard labor.” In Jacksonville, Fla., Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, was aggravated by the loud rap music coming from an SUV filled with four Black teenagers in a convenience store parking lot. An exchange of insults en ...

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