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Where do we stand?

Chaka Khan sang, “Tell me somethin’ good.” The 2014 National Urban League (NUL) report, “State of Black America, One Nation Underemployed; Jobs Rebuild America,” contains a lot of great information, but it will only prove to be “good” if we use it to build a solid and long lasting economic base. The 236-page report is full of statistics and insights Black people need to know — and act upon. Knowledge is onl ...

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Acceptance by eight Ivies doesn’t remove race stigma

You would think news of a high school student from a family of African immigrants getting accepted into all eight Ivy League universities would be met with universal celebration. If you thought that, think again. First the news. USA Today reported: In the next month, Kwasi Enin must make a tough decision: Which of the eight Ivy League universities should he attend this fall? A first-generation American from ...

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Detroit leads Michigan in stressed-related deaths, reports show

According to reports published by the Center for Disease Control, Detroit leads Michigan in the rate of unnecessary deaths caused by heart disease. These disturbing facts are no surprise to health officials, considering the chronic economic and political troubles besetting Detroit including high crime and unemployment rates, high car insurance premiums and unreliable city services. When compounded, these is ...

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The audacity of voting

I love voting. Every time I go into the booth, I see little girl me — pigtails and all, plaid skirt, white blouse and green sweater, part of my Catholic school uniform. Most of my relatives were Democrats, though my grandmother voted Republican a time or two because “Lincoln freed the slaves.” In 1960, I had the privilege of pulling the lever to elect John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the candidate the nuns at Immac ...

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Black capitalism: Fulfillment or failure?

In light of what most of us know about the economy and where Black people fit, mostly as consumers rather than producers, a discussion of Black capitalism is in order. The term was promoted by Stokley Carmichael in 1966 as part of the “Black Power” movement, but came into vogue in 1968 when the Nixon administration adopted it from a proposal by Robert Kennedy. Black capitalism originally called for loan ass ...

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Declaring class war on ‘the least of these’

The Bible’s injunction that we shall be judged by how we have treated the “least of these” (Mathew 25:40) appears in different forms in virtually every religion or faith. And surely the measure of a country is how it treats the most vulnerable of its people — children in the dawn of life, the poor in the valley of life, the ailing in the shadows of life, the elderly in the dusk of life. This week, the House ...

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No debate: Detroit Future City is the People’s Plan

As community members and organizers who were heavily involved in the extensive planning and engagement activities that led to the Detroit Future City (DFC) Strategic Framework, we have a responsibility to our constituents to be stewards of the Strategic Framework, which has been widely adopted as the starting point for the transformation of Detroit. Accordingly, we feel it’s necessary to correct Professor P ...

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President Obama leaves out Black businesses

It is almost a given that African Americans are going to be proud of the first Black president of the United States. In the elections of 2008 and 2012, African Americans voted for Barack Obama at rates well above 90 percent. Additionally, African American voter-turnout was higher than that of the general population in either election, per the University of Michigan’s Social Science Data Analysis Network and ...

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