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The “Motown sound” has been heard worldwide. Now the behind the scenes story of the one-of-a-kind sound that shaped American culture is playing on Broadway. “Motown: The Musical” charts Motown-founder Berry Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. F ...

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Black Chamber of Commerce picks new chairperson

National Black Chamber of Commerce President Harry Alford announced March 4 that Black newspaper publisher and businesswoman Dorothy R. Leavell has been installed as the new chairperson of the nation’s leading minority business organization. She will preside over the group’s 18-member board of directors and help the trade organization expand its mission of strengthening minority-owned businesses, job creati ...

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Is there a relationship between housing policy and violence?

Most people agree that high-rise housing projects in Chicago like Cabrini Green needed to be demolished. But the neighborhoods where many of the former project residents ended up often weren’t much better than the projects themselves. Moving project residents into new neighborhoods created tensions with established residents and that sometimes led to violence. In fact, some say public housing policy is one ...

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Trayvon Martin case: One year later

Feb. 26 will mark one year since then-17-year-old Travyon Martin was gunned down by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator in a gated community of Sanford, Fla. Martin was visiting family in the area and was walking back from the store when, despite requests by local police not to do so, Zimmerman began following Martin because he appeared “suspicious.” ...

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Rosa Parks Statue to be first of African American woman on Capitol Hill

Bravery, tenacity and maybe a little of her own stubbornness led Rosa Parks to refuse to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala. bus on a cold December day in 1955. Almost 60 years after Parks’ act became the leading edge of the Civil Rights movement, she will be honored with a statue of her likeness on Capitol Hill. ...

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Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife to enter guilty pleas

The swift political and personal descent of former Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. has accelerated with criminal information documents being filed accusing him of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and making false statements in connection with allegations he diverted approximately $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use. ...

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Civil Rights leaders applaud Obama’s new initiatives

Two weeks ago, a group of civil rights leaders, led by National Urban League President Marc Morial, threw down the gauntlet, strongly urging President Barack Obama to address the jobs crisis and economics in America’s urban communities. Gauging applause following Obama’s Feb. 12 State of the Union address, he is at least beginning to meet the demand. ...

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Congressional Black Caucus outlines agenda for 113th Congress

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will continue its fight to reverse policies adversely impacting communities of color during the first session of the 113th Congress. The group’s legislative agenda for the next few months will include advocacy on issues regarding voting rights, economic empowerment and immigration reform, according to a list of priorities released in early February. ...

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Michigan Democratic Party may get new leadership

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer may be on his way out. Many Democrats believe it is time for new leadership and will select a new chair Feb. 23 at the 2013 party convention in Detroit. “Mark Brewer is one of the most ineffective chairmen we have ever had. He is absolutely not producing,” said political analyst Art Blackwell. “You can’t point to one election he was directly responsible for and he ...

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