‘Our unfinished work’

‘Our unfinished work’

So that’s the world we’ve got to reach for — the world where every single one of our children has the opportunity to pursue their measure of happiness. That’s our unfinished work. ...

Get ‘A Piece of the Action’: New album by DJ Butter and DJ Dez spotlights Detroit hip hop

Get ‘A Piece of the Action’: New album by DJ Butter and DJ Dez spotlights Detroit hip hop

DJ Butter explains the album is an opportunity to give Detroit artists an opportunity to work “with artists that have sold tons of records and collaborate." ...

Always Brewing open mic uplifts Detroit talent

Always Brewing open mic uplifts Detroit talent

Detroit’s open mic scene remains a vibrant part of the city’s arts community, and the Thursday evening spotlight at Always Brewing Detroit, a community coffee shop at 19180 Grand R ...

Detroit EM transfers authority  to mayor, council

Detroit EM transfers authority to mayor, council

After two days of closed door meetings with the City Council and Mayor Mike Duggan, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has transferred all authority back to the executive and legislative ...

EDITORIAL: ‘Dear Livonia’ and the self-determination mayor

EDITORIAL: ‘Dear Livonia’ and the self-determination mayor

On the campaign trail, candidate Duggan said self-determination was a central value and guiding principle in his campaign to become Detroit’s mayor...This week, Mayor Duggan faces ...

Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

This process has starkly revealed Duggan’s strengths as a technocrat and his weaknesses in looking “honestly” at the real situation Detroiters are facing. The primary goals of Dugg ...

Michigan GOP limits public debate

Michigan GOP limits public debate

This campaign season, Republican candidates appear to be running from public forums. It took several weeks and considerable wrangling to schedule one debate for the executive candi ...

National museum curator seeks to ‘make America better’

  By Puakea Olaisha Anderson Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — During a recent visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts, Dr. Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, told Detroiters the new museum will “help shape America’s identity, educate new generations and illuminate dark corners (of the country’s history).” The historian, ...

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Store gone but not forgotten

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Crockett Groceries opened its doors at Ferry Park and 16th Street Jan. 16, 1968 and closed Aug. 30, 2012. That’s almost 45 years that James and Florence Crockett have sold meat, bread and milk, as well as beer and wine and all the other items associated with a mom and pop store. The Crockett’s have lived on 16th Street between McGraw and Marquette s ...

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The back end of D.C. minority ‘fronting’

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Sometimes the best intentions can be shattered by unforeseen consequences. Such is the case with the Washington, D.C.’s Department of Small and Local Business Development. One of its missions is to increase the participation of D.C.-based businesses, particularly small and minority-owned firms. It has become popular for this department to encourage minority/majority joint venture con ...

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15 memorable quotes from the Democratic National Convention

By George E. Curry NNPA #15 — Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.): “Congress is unable to do the work of the American people because too many politicians believe that compromise means capitulation. This must change, because just as bees cannot sting and make honey at the same time, members of Congress cannot simultaneously make passionate enemies and expect political progress.” #14 — Rep. Barney Frank (Mass.): “When ...

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Now the real work begins

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA The 2012 Democratic National Convention was an exuberant celebration of President Obama, his accomplishments and the many ways his presidency has made us better off than we were four years ago. Between a stirring and incandescent speech by First Lady Michelle Obama and an impassioned charge by former President Bill Clinton, the delegates were roused and the pressure was high for Pr ...

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Condoleezza Rice should tell the whole truth

Reality Check By A. Peter Bailey Trice Edney News Wire The only speaker whose performance I watched at the Republican National Convention was that of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. I mainly wanted to see the spin she would deliver to her brothers and sisters from another mother. I actually laughed when she said that though her father couldn’t take her to the local movie theatre because of ...

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Environmental aspects of proposed bridge draw little attention

By Anjana Schroeder Capital News Service LANSING — The long battle over building a second bridge between Detroit and Windsor has been almost free of environmental debate. Instead, opponents and supporters of the proposed project are concentrating on social and economic issues of the project. The Snyder administration says Michigan and Canada have adequately studied the environmental impacts of building the ...

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Xerox announces minority scholarship program

BlackNews.com Xerox is committed to the academic success of all minority students, and thus is announcing the 2012 Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program. The program awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above. The exact scholarship amount award depends on the student’s tuition balance, academic excellence and classif ...

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Who owns the elephant? A folktale from my village offers life’s lesson for all

By David C. Butty There is an African proverb that says, “One finger cannot pick a louse.” One may derive different interpretations from this proverb, but the Grebos of Liberia believe it can be interpreted as meaning that we all need each other’s assistance at some point in time. This proverb has given many meanings to the concept of working together in a traditional village setting in Africa for centuries ...

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State to lease Belle Isle

Staff report DETROIT — Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder announced Sept. 12 a tentative leasing agreement that will transfer management and operations of the city’s historic Belle Isle park to the state of Michigan and Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Additionally, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will assume responsibility for roads and bridges on Belle Isle. According to the propo ...

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