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It takes courage to live

Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times. Not just once, but a bunch of times. That’s cold-blooded murder. And why? The media won’t speculate, yet they did put out that the two argued after his girlfriend returned home late from a concert. Whatever the reason, in his mind, she did or said something that hurt his feelings. She definitely didn’t hurt him physically. ...

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Cable television: An American success story

It seems so natural today. Having cable television in our homes, giving us a vast selection of channels from which to choose, is a given condition for the vast majority of us. I can remember in my early years it was not like that. We had the three networks and a few local channels. A Black face on television doing something productive was very few and far between. When the great singer Nat King Cole got his ...

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A ‘perverse’ move by the National Black Chamber of Commerce

I have enjoyed an excellent relationship with the National Black Chamber of Commerce over the years. I have conducted media training sessions at national conventions, spoken at functions sponsored by state and local affiliates, and enjoyed a friendship with many of its top officers, including president and co-founder Harry C. Alford. That’s why I was stunned and mystified when, in the course of researching ...

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All power to the people

There was a historically self-determining session of the Detroit City Council on Nov. 15. The Council voted down a contract that would have cut the Water and Sewerage Department workers by 80 percent, busted the union and further remove control of the City’s Water Department from the City Council. It voted down a contract with the conflicted law firm, which Gov. Rick Snyder and State Treasurer Andy Dillon w ...

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Reach beyond U.S. borders to offset home-grown racial hostility

When President Obama proclaimed: “There’s not a Black America or a white America … there is the United States of America,” many people believed him. They should reconsider. If the recent contentious election with all of its racial overtones was not enough, a recent study on racial attitudes in America shows that the president’s soaring rhetoric is at best wishful thinking. ...

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Testimony on HB 6004 before the House Education Committee

The most fundamental problem with House Bill 6004 is that it is grossly unconstitutional. It establishes a state K-12 school district under the direct control of the governor. Article VIII of the Michigan Constitution, which defines roles and responsibilities in education, does not even reference the Office of the Governor. Section 3 of that article states: “Leadership and general supervision over all publi ...

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