FILM REVIEW: New movie calls out ‘white’ America

FILM REVIEW: New movie calls out ‘white’ America

'Dear White People' By Phreddy Wischusen The Michigan Citizen “Dear White People, knowing Lil’ Wayne lyrics doesn’t give you an honorary Black card. It just reminds me how much you ...

Price of communication when loved ones are behind bars

Price of communication when loved ones are behind bars

It was decided at the Sept. 9 court meeting that video visitation through Dallas-based Securus Technologies would not replace traditional in-person jail visits as originally planne ...

Filling Detroit City Council’s vacancy

Filling Detroit City Council’s vacancy

A number of people are interested in the spot, some have openly lobbied Council, and a few have been willing to go public with their wishes. ...

MDP joins grassroots to GOTV

MDP joins grassroots to GOTV

“It’s all about turnout. If Democrats vote, we win. We’re just trying to make sure Democrats get out to vote.” ...

EDITORIAL: ‘I quit:’ A betrayal of public trust

EDITORIAL: ‘I quit:’ A betrayal of public trust

Nowhere in Jenkins’ message to the public was there any connection to an idea other than her self-improvement. There was no get-out-the-vote message for Nov. 4. The one-time leader ...

UN experts condemn Detroit water shutoffs

UN experts condemn Detroit water shutoffs

From the woman who said she stopped cooking rice because of the amount of water it takes, to the parents who expressed fear the state would take custody of their children if it was ...

Council member Saunteel Jenkins resigns, leaves to head THAW

Council member Saunteel Jenkins resigns, leaves to head THAW

City council member Saunteel Jenkins has resigned, effective Nov. 7. ...

EM ‘inflates’ numbers

By Eric T. CampbellThe Michigan Citizen”DETROIT — Detroit Public Schools (DPS) emergency manager and Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) board chairman Roy Roberts is “inflating” his administrative success, according to a new study. Despite promises otherwise, the EM is directing more resources to his administration than the classroom.Roberts has consistently criticized DPS bureaucracy, saying it direct ...

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EAA absorbs turnaround money for DPS

SIG Funds Amount To Millions For EAABy Eric T. CampbellThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — After a drawn-out application process that included expansive turnaround plans, 18 Detroit public schools qualified for a total of $72 million in federal Student Improvement Grants (SIG) funds — $15 million in 2010 and $57 million in 2011. Those funds were to be allocated by the Michigan Department of Education over three y ...

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Coming out of the closet on mental health

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., has been away from Congress on medical leave for so long that his colleagues have been clamoring to know what’s wrong, and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reported that the congressman was receiving treatment for addiction. The truth, according the Rep. Jackson’s staff, is that the congressman is being treated in a residential facility for exhaustion a ...

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ACLU: State fails HP youth

Highland Park parent Michelle Johnson, a plaintiff in the ACLU lawsuit against the state of Michigan, says students deserve a fair education. ZENOBIA JEFFRIES PHOTO Civil liberties attorneys files complaint for students’ ‘right to read’By Zenobia JeffriesThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — The State of Michigan is in violation of state law for its failure to ensure students of the Highland Park School District (H ...

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Put U.S. jobs above D.C. partisanship

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Trice Edney News Wire African Americans and Latinos have suffered the most in the Great Recession. They were the first to lose jobs, and the last to find new jobs. They struggle with the highest unemployment, the greatest loss of personal wealth, the highest percentage of families losing their homes. The calamity has led many to call for programs that would target states and co ...

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Ellis Island Tea brewed in Detroit

Young entrepreneur sells family tea blend By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — “When you drink my tea, I want you to feel healthy. I want you to feel refreshed, tropical, like you’re on vacation,” says Nailah Ellis, owner of Ellis Island Tropical Tea. “There doesn’t have to be anything bad going on in your life to feel like you’ve escaped.” The 24-year-old business woman began marketi ...

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Injury impetus for new business

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — It would be hard to convince Sandra Mayberry there is no silver lining in clouds. Mayberry founded S&M Jewelry Designs after suffering a work-related injury. Mayberry opened S&M Jewelry Design at Gibraltar Trade Center on Jan. 24, 2010. She proudly shows the $20 bill from the first sale she made. S&M moved to the Russell Bazaar in August ...

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Romney and the NAACP: A missed opportunity

By Raynard Jackson NNPA As anyone who has followed me knows, I have been extremely critical of President Obama’s non-engagement with the Black community. Obama has deliberately ignored the plight of the Black community while giving preferential treatment to the homosexual and Latino communities. But I can’t in good conscious criticize Obama and then give the Republicans a pass when they display similar beha ...

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‘The Lone Star Forever’

By David C. Butty As the Republic of Liberia, Africa’s oldest politically independent nation celebrates July 26 its 165th anniversary as a nation, we must recognize that much has been gained over the years in one of the oldest African republics in the world. Liberia made history by electing Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as the first woman president on the African continent. But one thing remains the same: the natio ...

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Beyond protest politics

By Amaka Okechukwu I arrived at Detroit 2012 ready to leave protest politics behind. I was tired of and felt disempowered by demands that those in power change our conditions. At most, protests lead to policy reform, but do not restructure anything in a society that desperately needs transformation. I was not willing to compromise with state and corporate authorities when it came to our humanity — too much ...

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