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8-year-old hero laid to rest

Eight-year-old Martin “Marty” Cobb and his 12-year-old sister had a special bond. They were by all accounts inseparable as siblings, best friends and playmates. “They were never apart,” said the Rev. Theodore L. Hughey, the pastor at Abundant Life Church of God in Christ, the family’s church. They would ride bikes and big-wheelers together, play side-by-side with children in their south-side neighborhood an ...

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Fast-food workers arrested at McDonald’s headquarters

Over 100 protesters were arrested May 1 at the national headquarters of McDonalds in Oak Brook, Ill., as more than 1,000 people from across the country demonstrated in favor of raising the minimum wage. Rev. Charles Williams II, president, Michigan National Action Network was one of 40 Detroiters arrested. Workers and activists are raising awareness and urging the McDonald corporation to raise the minimum w ...

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Conyers’ legacy, position at risk

Congressman John Conyers is poised to be the most senior member of Congress, the top U.S. House Judiciary Committee Democrat and the dean of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). If reelected, Congressman Conyers, who has served 50 years, would accrue all the benefits of the longest serving members. Yet, the veteran congressman is not currently on the August primary ballot, and is thus embarking on a campai ...

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Big bucks, violence and Black women

The manipulation and one dimensional portrayal of Black women on television was once again thrust into the spotlight after an on-camera blow up by two cast members of the popular “Real Housewives of Atlanta” series. The profanity-laced, finger-pointing, hair-pulling melee, which aired April 20, resulted in battery charges, an arrest warrant, endless replays and debates on morning news shows and social media ...

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FAMU becomes partner in creation of Black TV News Channel

Florida A&M University, one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has signed on to a partnership with the Black Television News Channel (BTNC) making the university home to the nation’s only Black-owned cable news network. The network will be operated and managed at the School of Journalism and Graphic Communications building by co-founding partners: former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watt ...

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MSU amplifies summer camp

Families can register youth now for one of two weeklong summer music day camps held at the Michigan State University Detroit Center in Midtown. MSU Rock Camp takes place June 16-20 from 1-5 p.m. each day, and the Aspiring Musicians Program Camp is June 23-27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Both camps are part of MSU’s Community Music School program. Rock Camp, led by professional rockers and music educators Th ...

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Jackson Rising

The first weekend in May, I was able to attend the Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference in Jackson, Miss., with an incredible Detroit delegation. The conference was birthed out of the vision of late Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (Baba Chokwe), the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), which he founded, and the Jackson Peoples’ Assembly. ...

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Michigan fast-food workers join international call for a $15 wage

While high profile morning protests and strikes took place May 15 at McDonald’s restaurants in Pontiac, Lansing, Detroit and Flint, smaller walkouts happened in at least two dozen Michigan cities, organizers said. Workers from all the major brands — from Subway to Burger King to Wendy’s — joined in the worldwide rally for wages that took place in 150 cities nationwide and at least 33 countries. ...

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Oklahoma executions reveal secrecy, inhumanity

The state of the flawed executions in America was by no means a secret, but it took a botched attempt in front of a tweeting reporter and witnesses to bring the true depth of this problem into the public eye. Though Oklahoma prison officials tried to pull the curtain to block the view of those watching a man, who was supposed to be killed quickly and “humanely” as required by the law, quiver, shake and try ...

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Marissa Alexander was a Mother’s Day symbol for Black women victims

Mother’s Day is an annual day to recognize all mothers, but a group of activists this year asked the special day for mothers be used to acknowledge two special groups — mothers who are victims of domestic abuse and those who are in prison. “Mother’s Day is special time to remember all mothers no matter where they are,” said Sumayya “Fire” Coleman, national organizer of the African American/Black Women’s Cul ...

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