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What’s in our shopping carts?

  By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA With a current buying power of $1 trillion, manufacturers and marketers should be paying careful attention to the shopping patterns of African American consumers. Nielsen’s latest report on Black consumers, Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African American Consumer 2013 Report, illustrates how much of that spending breaks down: Our annual retail spending makes up 8 ...

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Violence against women

Domestic violence must be viewed as a men’s issue, not just a women’s issue, which requires changing the intervention strategies. We must deal with this issue from both sides by decreasing the number of male perpetrators and helping women stay out of abusive relationships. We know men who experience domestic violence as children are more likely to commit it as adults, so let’s break the cycle by providing c ...

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Detroit: Matters of the heart

During an interview with radio talk show host Mildred Gaddis, WCHB 1200 AM, at the 14th Annual Rainbow Push Global Automotive Summit, Rev. Jesse Jackson called the EM Law and Kevyn Orr’s blatant disrespect for Democracy “Plantation Politics”. So we ask again, how and why did we get here? What helped to foster this red herring of distrust and blame for African American leadership. ...

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A pillar of faith

In a democracy, no matter what the country, when someone goes into the election booth to vote he or she leaves expecting that “one person, one vote” rules the day and the result of the election is the will of the people. This is not a hope or a wish, but rather an expectation, where one of the pillars to a democracy and a fundamental part of the American way of life is the ballot box. Generations of America ...

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A do-nothing congress, ‘essential’ services and the rest of us

While some members of Congress are foregoing pay as long as other government workers are shut out of their offices, Republican Congressman Lee Terry (R-Neb.) says he won’t be giving his up. He told his hometown paper that he had to pay for his “nice house” and that he also had a “kid in college.” I guess he needs his pay more than the others who also have nice homes and college tuitions to pay for. ...

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