Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

Now we are facing the consequences of a city given away to corporate interests. And we are seeing a new industry being born by those who will profit from this municipal rape. ...

REPORT: Michigan’s Black jobless rate is among highest in the US

REPORT: Michigan’s Black jobless rate is among highest in the US

The African American unemployment rate in Michigan is one of the highest in the nation, according to a new Economic Policy Institute analysis from Valerie Wilson, EPI director of t ...

Race and opportunity in Detroit

Race and opportunity in Detroit

In a town where the population of approximately 700,000 is over 80 percent African American, Hill’s research shows the beneficiaries of funding and investment are nearly 70 percent ...

Endorsement: Mark Schauer is the best candidate for Michigan

Endorsement: Mark Schauer is the best candidate for Michigan

The Michigan Citizen endorses Mark Schauer for governor. One cannot support any other candidate and say they have love or respect for Black people, working people or the historic s ...

Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle, J.D.

Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle, J.D.

“We must give people reason to vote their interests by keeping them informed of the consequences of not voting. And we must be where real people are to speak to them — be it the do ...

Obama visits Detroit to boost Mark Schauer

Obama visits Detroit to boost Mark Schauer

The 44th president will speak at Wayne State University’s Matthaei Physical Education Center (5101 John C. Lodge, Detroit). ...

Valerie Jarrett featured on ‘Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’

Valerie Jarrett featured on ‘Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’

Professor Gates and the 'Finding Your Roots' team investigates Jarrett’s lineage to shed light on this mystery. Also on the show actress Angela Bassett and rapper Nas. ...

Senegal’s new president launches anti-corruption crusade

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from GIN DAKAR — Senegal’s new President Macky Sall is shaking up government with a clean sweep of former officials in the cabinet of ex-President Abdoulaye Wade, who faces charges of corruption. Ousmane Ngom, a former minister of ex-President Wade was among those detained. His arrest in southern Senegal took place while he campaigned for July 1 legislative polls. After ...

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DIA asks for support

By Zenobia Jeffries and Catherine Kelly The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts may close if a multi-county Art Authority millage does not pass in August. The proposal will appear on the primary ballot in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. “A lot of people are talking about regionalism. This is a good and small first step to regional development,” Annmarie Erickson, vice president and ...

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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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