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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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America’s murderous historical continuum

“Can a Negro, whose ancestors were imported into this country and sold as slaves, become a member of the political community formed into existence by the Constitution of the United States … they are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word “citizens” in the constitution, and can therefore claim none of the rights and privileges which that instrument provides for…” Chief Justice Rog ...

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Incognito Effect: Why Jayru Campbell needs a second chance

Jayru Campbell, the top-notch teen football recruit, now in trouble for assault, was being groomed for a cutthroat competitive environment in collegiate sports. So, is it any wonder he allegedly body-slammed a Cass Technical High School security guard after a hoodie confrontation? A presumption of innocence always exists, but most have seen the video that went viral. The schoolhouse skirmish seemed — quite ...

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Carbon regulations

Imagine growing up near a coal-burning power plant with its giant smokestack towering over your neighborhood. Meanwhile, the plant’s excessive air pollution chokes out the skyline and clogs your lungs with a mix of deadly pollutants. Imagine an asthmatic child having to watch her friends play outside while she can’t. Or the mom who can’t afford to pay for her son’s medication. Or the factory worker who can’ ...

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Remembering Malcolm 50 years later

Feb. 21 marked the 49th anniversary of the assassination of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Omawale, “our Black shining prince,” Malcolm X. This year is also 50 years since Malcolm delivered “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech. Brother Malcolm made numerous speeches, and it is hard to imagine one that was not inspirational, informational and powerful. But, “The Ballot or the Bullet” is a milestone speech because it ...

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