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Memories of our special sister

Many people will remember Dr. Maya Angelou for her phenomenal career. She was a true renaissance woman — an author and teacher, a dancer and performer, a radio personality and a producer. I will remember as a sister friend a wise “auntie” who didn’t mind pulling your coat-tail, a generous spirit who made time for virtually any who asked, a gentle and kind spirit. If you dropped by when a meal was being serv ...

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Michigan Republicans are a disgrace to our country on Memorial Day 2014

A main slogan of the American Revolution was “taxation without representation is tyranny.” Michigan Republicans have imposed tyranny on citizens of cities throughout the state with institution of emergency managers who usurp elected representatives’ powers to steward the citizens’ tax money. Memorial Day celebrates the sacrifices of troops for the very American liberty the Michigan Tea Party Republicans hav ...

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Reparations redux

A replay on reparations is gathering a bit of traction nowadays thanks to the recent cover story in The Atlantic magazine by Ta-Nehisi Coates and a summary of a reparations conference at Chicago State University under the auspices of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century. The organization’s director of communications, Don Rojas’s summary of the conference was published by The Nation magazine and amp ...

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Housing recovery ignores Black and Latino communities

Scholars from several of the nation’s most-esteemed colleges and universities jointly concluded the nation’s so-called housing “recovery” is bypassing communities of color and working class neighborhoods. Underwater America, their new report, analyzed negative equity and foreclosure data using zip codes within both cities and metro areas. According to the report, nearly one in 10 Americans or — 28.7 million ...

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What about our vets?

The last Monday in May, Memorial Day, was designed to honor those who died in service to our country. It is tragically ironic that around the same time we honored and remembered the dead, we were learning about inefficiencies in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs that negatively affects the quality of life for those who were injured, not killed, during their term of service. Allegations many veteran’s hosp ...

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Requesting investigation of Detroit planners’ illegalities and environmental threats

Recently, I sent a request to the office of Detroit’s inspector general and City Council President Brenda Jones for an investigation of the Detroit Planning and Development Department because of the department’s arbitrary and secretive decision to change the development plan for the Art Center urban renewal area to build housing on E. Ferry Street near the I-75 expressway. Hilanius Phillips, a former P&DD e ...

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The browning of public schools after ‘Brown’

This is the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision outlawing “separate but equal” schools. And like most major anniversaries, incorrect information surfaces as purported fact, doing a disservice to the accomplishment being celebrated as well as truth itself. In this instance, some have asserted because of re-segregation, public schools in the South, where most Af ...

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Broken promises

While politicians in Lansing tout the policies they claim will boost Michigan’s economy, retirement security for hardworking Michiganders has come under attack. Governor Rick Snyder and the GOP-controlled Legislature have enacted policies that represent a direct assault on the promise a lifetime of hard work can provide for a safe and secure retirement. Under the guise of lowering the cost of doing business ...

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Rev. Bill Owens, gay marriage, attacks on President Obama and the absence of rhetorical substance

As an African American attorney and seminary-trained theologian and pastor, I am embarrassed by the comments made by the Rev. Bill Owens, who is president and founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors. This group has denounced the Obama Administration and Attorney General Eric Holder over their refusal to enforce same sex marriage bans, which the president, and at least one federal court judge ha ...

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Racism back in the news, Black people still slaves to the one percent

Cliven Bundy, the rancher who is mooching off of federal grazing land, but hates the federal government he’s mooching off, has already done us a great service by revealing his white supremacy on national news. The Republicans had to try to distance themselves from him. Ha. Along with the headline stories of taped white supremacist remarks by National Basketball Association owner Donald Sterling, and presto ...

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