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. ...

Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront

Interactive literacy program for kids runs July 12 to Aug. 17 at Rivard Plaza in Detroit DETROIT — The General Motors Foundation and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy will kick off the second annual Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront (R3) program at 11 a.m. on July 12 at Rivard Plaza with a reading by First Lady of Detroit Yvette Bing. R3, presented by the GM Foundation and hosted by the Conservancy, i ...

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Flint native becomes a first-time female boxing Olympian

Staff Report This August the world will see, for the first time ever, women’s boxing in the Summer Olympics and Michiganders will beam with pride at Flint native Claressa Shields, who will compete for the gold in the Middle Weight Division. There will be three women’s boxing events: fly weight, light weight and middle weight. The 17-year-old boxer qualified for the Olympic boxing event earlier this year whe ...

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Additional $10 million in EVIP funding available

Grant application deadline extended to July 27 LANSING — The Michigan Department of Treasury is reopening the second round of the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) grant award process for the 2012 fiscal year, after Gov. Rick Snyder’s signing of a supplemental appropriation, which includes an additional $10 million for the popular grant program. The deadline for municipalities to apply for EVIP Gra ...

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Stay vigilant

Despite rosy predictions of Detroit’s rise and improved student achievement, we are doubtful and wary of state intervention. In 1999, Detroit Public Schools had more than a $1.5 billion budget and a functioning school board. Today, we have nearly half that in funding and state efforts to end what is remaining of the once largest district in Michigan. The state took over the schools in the late ‘90s with the ...

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Has Dred Scott risen again?

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. Trice Edney News Wire Growing up, I learned a lot about the Dred Scott Decision. Early on, I didn’t fully understand all of the ramifications of the case, but it became crystal clear that it was not favorable for my ancestors. As I assess Dred Scott today, I am struck by the parallels I see between it and the 2012 Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Just as in ...

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Unique style by Stef-n-Ty

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Stephanie and Tyrone Dickey make beautiful cloth together. No doubt about it, Stef-n-Ty is a team. Stephanie designs and manages production. Ty is the marketing guy. Their line of clothing and hats are available online and through select locations. The Dickeys are celebrating 20 years of partnership — in marriage and business. Stephanie said her gre ...

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‘Let the people vote’

Snyder vetoes ‘voter suppression’ bills; citizens urge the governor to place PA4 on the November ballotBy Zenobia JeffriesThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder has been criticized for much of his administration’s policy for urban centers since taking office. His partial veto July 3 of the election reform bills, known by critics as “voter suppression bills” has been well-received by many, yet the qu ...

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A personal look at the lives of the Wilmington Ten

By Cash Michaels Special to the NNPA News Service from the Wilmington Journal Most of the defendants were young, some barely in their 20s, when they were convicted in 1972 of crimes they didn’t commit. Some were still in high school, and living with their parents. At least one, Anne Shepard, was rearing three young children. Most of them had dreams of a bright, hope-filled future. Their only “crime,” they s ...

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Steven Prince Stevens II

Monique Stevens, above, buries her husband U.S. Lance Corporal Steven Prince Stevens II of Detroit July 2 at Mount Hope Memorial Gardens in Livonia. U.S. Lance Corporal Steven Prince Stevens II of Detroit, Michigan was laid to rest July 2 — 11 days before his 24th birthday — at Mount Hope Memorial Gardens in Livonia. His home-going services were held at Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield. Stevens wa ...

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Welcome to the Motor City

By Sara Perryman Because The Michigan Citizen readers are probably curious about those visiting our city over the next two weeks for Detroit 2012: {Re}Imagine the World, Transform Ourselves, Fight for the Future! I’d like to introduce you to a few of them. Since a primary motivation for this gathering is to build an ongoing network of like-minded folk, it seems important to find out what other people are up ...

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