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Jay-Z pushes back against criticism of Cuba trip

Hip hop mogul Jay-Z has released a scathing response to politicians who criticized the rapper and his superstar wife Beyoncé for spending their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba. Scandal erupted in the past few days after the pair were photographed dining at local Cuban restaurants and touring historic sites in the country, which has been under U.S. sanctions for more than a half-century. On April 11, Jay-Z ...

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Income inequality wide in Michigan

Income inequality—long a social reality in America—may be permanent, a new study by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., suggests. The study reveals continuing opulence for a few top-earners and an ever-slimmer slice of the economic pie for the rest. And the inequality gap in Michigan is wider than in many other states. ...

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Michigan Court of Appeals allows Duncan case to move ahead

The Michigan Court of Appeals released an opinion April 3 affirming a lower court ruling in Duncan et. al. v. State of Michigan, allowing the case to move forward in Ingham County Circuit Court and denying again the state’s efforts to have the case dismissed. In the Duncan case, plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit from three counties asked the court to declare that failures in Michigan’s public defense sys ...

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New loan policies fail Black college students

Like thousands of Black college students, Bethanie Fisher, a psychology major at Howard University, depended heavily on the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) program that allows parents to borrow the full amount of college tuition and fees. During, the 2007-08 school year, an estimated 33 percent of undergraduate students that earned degrees at Historically Black Colleges and Universities receiv ...

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Blacks don’t have same views on same-sex marriage

Rev. Amos Brown, pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco and Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative in Washington, D.C., are brothers of the cloth. Though they share a love for Christ and the Bible, they do not share the same views on same sex marriage, an issue now before the U.S. Supreme Court. ...

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New partnership, new online focus for student teachers

The University of Detroit Mercy is partnering with the Michigan Virtual University to help UDM education students learn to teach online. Both undergraduate and graduate students can enroll this summer in Advanced Instructional Tech-nology/Teaching in the Virtual Environment. The program, which resembles a student-teaching experience, is an introductory course focused on online instruction. Students will hel ...

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