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The Black Press: The voice of Black America

Amid the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon, June 25-28, I was reminded repeatedly that Black Americans have had a long, storied tradition of newspaper publishing. Since the first publication of Freedom’s Journal in 1827, Black American publishers have worked heroically to earn the title “Voice of Black America.” From the east coast to the west coast, in b ...

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Detroit’s Jewish community reconnects with ‘the old neighborhood’ to offer helping hand

Local conversations about suburban residents coming to the city of Detroit tend to revolve around downtown and Midtown, as if there’s a transporting device that beams crowds of people for sporting events, concerts and the like. Do residents from the ‘burbs ever come to less alluring places in the city and work collaboratively with Detroiters to strengthen their neighborhoods? They do, and in increasing numb ...

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The national impact of the Calif. Superior Court ruling on teacher tenure

Recently, the California Superior Court ruled as unconstitutional three state laws pertaining to teacher tenure. They include tenure to teachers after teaching two years, layoffs by seniority of teachers and a comprehensive and complex process for firing teachers. While the public school system would like to ensure that a quality education is rendered to all students, the critical questions to be asked are: ...

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Pontiac’s New Water World

If you want to see just how far-reaching the powers of an emergency manager are, and what that can mean in terms of how the issue of water is dealt with, cast your eyes toward Pontiac. The seat of government in one of America’s richest counties was placed under state control in 2009. Since then, the municipal workforce hasn’t just been slashed — it has practically been obliterated. Changes in the way water ...

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Justice Denied: Most states have not obeyed court ruling on juveniles sentenced to life

Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 28 states cannot automatically sentence juveniles to life in prison for murder without the chance of parole, a decision that affected mostly imprisoned Black boys, only 13 states have changed their laws to comply with the ruling. Fifteen states have not passed any statutory reforms, according to a study by The Sentencing Project, which works for a fair and effect ...

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“What to the slave is the Fourth of July?”

“Fellow citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? “And am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar and to confess the benefits and ...

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‘Lion of Harlem’ roars to victory

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, “the Lion of Harlem,” roared again on election night, June 24. The 84-year-old congressman overcame a fierce challenger in the Democratic primary to virtually ensure a 23rd term representing New York’s13th Congressional District. With all precincts counted, the results show Rep. Rangel was ahead by 1,800 votes over state Sen. Adriano Espaillat in this rematch. Overall, Rep. Rangel ...

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Dallas County accidentally backs reparations

It was a mistake … but it was well executed. During a meeting of the Dallas County Commissioners Court last Tuesday, officials voted on an item called the “Juneteenth Resolution,” in reference to the annual commemoration of the day U.S. soldiers arrived in Texas to free slaves after the end of the Civil War (June 19, 1865). The only Black commissioner, John Wiley Price, submitted the resolution. The resolut ...

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