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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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How did you get that name?

Deciding which ancestral line you want to research can be difficult. One of the greatest challenges my genealogy students at Wayne County Community College District have in researching their ancestors is finding them using a surname (last name). Researching the spelling of surnames in how they sound, as opposed to how we spell them today, can be a painstaking challenge like trying to find a needle in a hays ...

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‘You can’t download freedom’

Rapidly-expanding technology, social media and new smart phone apps are no substitute for the hard work needed to fight persistent racism in the United States, says Thomas N. Todd, a longtime Chicago activist and civil rights lawyer. Speaking at the annual convention of 100 Black Men in Florida last week, Todd proudly acknowledged he doesn’t use email, does not own a computer and doesn’t have a Facebook or ...

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Flint’s big gulp

A recent MLive-Flint Journal analysis of water and sewer rates in 25 Genesee County communities found the residents of Flint pay between $65 and $120 more per month than their neighbors. And those costs are soon to rise higher still. In his proposed budget, Emergency Manager Darnell Earley is calling for a 6.5 percent hike in water and sewer rates for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. Six percent more ...

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Nothing without a woman or a girl

In February, President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative aimed at helping young men and boys of color. The initiative brings together foundations, businesses, governors, mayors, faith leaders and nonprofit organizations. At Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City address, he indicated he would support the Obama administration effort in Detroit. President Obama pledged $200 million to My Brothe ...

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On the water front: The struggle for water in Michigan’s Black cities

A city caught in the throes of a financial crisis and under the control of a state-appointed manager seeks to privatize its water department in a desperate attempt to balance its budget and remain solvent. Residents — many of whom are African American living in poverty — face mounting hardships as their water is being shut off when payments are delinquent. “Yeah, I know all about what’s happening in Detroit ...

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Snyder names Orlene Christie Hawks director of the Office of Children’s Ombudsman

Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Orlene Christie Hawks of Okemos, who has worked for years with healthcare, child and family issues, to be the new director of the Office of Children’s Ombudsman. The Office of the Children’s Ombudsman was created in 1994 to bring greater accountability to Michigan’s child welfare system. The office is an independent state agency formed to receive and investigate complaints con ...

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