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. ...

Analysis: Deadly force in Black and white

Analysis: Deadly force in Black and white

Young Black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being fatally shot by police than their white counterparts — 21 times greater, according to a recent ProPublica anal ...

Ferguson October in full swing as thousands march

Ferguson October in full swing as thousands march

Organizer Montague Simmons reminded demonstrators of African Americans’ centuries-long struggle. “It’s essential for us that you recognize this moment cannot end here,” said Simmon ...

Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration urges end to Columbus Day in Detroit

Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration urges end to Columbus Day in Detroit

Local artists and activists hosted the event “Last Columbus Day in Detroit” October 13 at Clark Park in Southwest Detroit in recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The day was est ...

Detroit water: Leaks boost costs

Detroit water: Leaks boost costs

According to Bob Daddow, the deputy Oakland County executive who studied Detroit’s system intently as he negotiated over the Great Lakes Water Authority agreement, to actually deli ...

Editorial: The Democrats still don’t understand emergency management

Editorial: The Democrats still don’t understand emergency management

With the Republican agenda being forced on Detroit — an emergency manager-led bankruptcy, the transfer of assets, and the nullification of the city’s elected officials and democrac ...

‘Awakening the Spirits:’ Egungun priest rouses Detroit’s ancestors for upcoming masquerade ball

‘Awakening the Spirits:’ Egungun priest rouses Detroit’s ancestors for upcoming masquerade ball

The ball, which runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., will feature different divination experts (tarot card readers, tea leaf readers and more), Rozenia Johnson’s African Adornment Project, ...

Renowned Detroit poet wins 2012 Kresge Fellowship

By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen “I’m not just a lesbian, I’m a woman. I’m not just a woman, I’m a Black woman. I’m not just a Black woman but a survivor of many things,” says slam poet Natasha T. Miller (T. Miller), a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow. As modest as she is creative, Miller said even though she is extremely excited about her recent honor, she remains calm through it all because if y ...

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Mombasa steels itself for attacks

IRIN MOMBASA — Following three grenade attacks in recent months and a U.S. “terror” alert, residents of the coastal Kenyan city of Mombasa are bracing themselves for the possibility of yet more violence; local leaders are working toward better disaster preparedness and improvements in the emergency services. Three people lost their lives after a grenade attack on a bar in the Mshomoroni area of Mombasa June ...

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Rainbow PUSH Michigan urges the nation to join the Crusade for America

DETROIT — As violence continues to take the lives of many across the nation, Rev. D. Alexander Bullock and Rainbow PUSH Michigan remind citizens to meet in Detroit Aug. 25 for the Crusade for America Parent and Youth March. “The concern for public safety is growing at a rapacious rate,” Bullock said. “In the last week, 7-year-old Heaven Sutton was killed by a stray bullet in Chicago while selling lemonade a ...

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What’s on your plate?

By Phil Jones The question “What’s on your plate?” can mean different things to different people, but two thoughts usually come to mind when I’m asked this question or hear it asked of others: What we have to do or what do we have to eat. Both are compelling interpretations that deserve some thought. It is the mission of the DFPC (Detroit Food Policy Council) to engage the community on both and we take that ...

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Appeals court stalls petition approval

Maureen Taylor of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization at June 29 rally. DALE RICH PHOTO Attorneys, activists occupy Cadillac building lobbyBy Eric T. CampbellThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — Attorneys for the coalition that collected over 226,000 signatures to repeal Public Act 4 (PA4) are now worried that the Michigan Court of Appeals is using stall tactics to stop the effort.A three-member panel ruled June ...

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Historic health care decision moves nation toward health equity

News Analysis By Brian Smedley, Ph.D. Trice Edney News Wire The U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents a significant advancement in the effort to repair the deeply broken U.S. healthcare system and promote equitable opportunities for good health for all. As long as its provisions are fully funded by Congress, the law wil ...

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‘Hey Young World’

Local artist sends positive message to metro youth By Steve Furay Special to the Michigan Citizen Hip hop has reached a point where youth worldwide have accepted the music as the voice of their generation, a 21st century expression of independence and self-confidence. For Matthew “Kodac” Caffey, his lyrics and dedication to the culture have led to opportunities to inspire a new generation of young men and w ...

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Former Lion Triplett recalls not-so glory days

First Black player to be drafted in NFL remembers bitter but breakthrough times for Black athletes By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — It was 1949, and Jackie Robinson recently broke the “color line” in sports two years ago when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Although Major League Baseball opened some doors, the National Football League was very staunched and stubborn t ...

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Make yourself a priority

By Frankie Darcell We prioritize the strangest things in our lives and put them first. This year, make yourself a priority. When our car needs servicing because it’s our pride and joy, we take it in for a tune up, but will not schedule our yearly mammogram or prostate exam. If we own a pet, we’re up at 6 o’clock in the morning to take the dog for a walk, but will not add exercise to our daily routine. We’re ...

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We the people of Detroit support Crittendon’s legal action over men in masks

By Patrick Geans-Ali This week we’re looking at EJ Principle No. 10, which “considers governmental acts of environmental injustice a violation of international law, the Universal Declaration On Human Rights, and the United Nations Convention on Genocide.” If only local governments listened to their citizens, there would be no need to appeal to the rule of higher law — whether it’s city, state, federal, inte ...

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