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Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks during a hearing of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 4, 2017.Alex Brandon/AP

Former Michigan Rep. John Conyers, political icon dies at 90

By Commentaries/Opinions, Editors' Choice

Congressman John James Conyers Jr. (May 16, 1929 – October 27, 2019) By Herb Boyd — Unlike his often convulsive, tumultuous political career, former Congressman John Conyers, Jr. died peacefully in his sleep Sunday at his home in Detroit. The iconic and highly productive representative from Michigan was 90. More than half those 90 years were spent on the battleground for civil rights and public service, including 53 years as…

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Congressman John Conyers

John Conyers, longest serving black congressman, dies at 90

By News & Current Affairs

DETROIT (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. John Conyers, one of the longest-serving members of Congress whose resolutely liberal stance on civil rights made him a political institution in Washington and back home in Detroit despite several scandals, has died. He was 90. Conyers, among the high-profile politicians toppled by sex harassment allegations in 2017, died at his home on Sunday, said Detroit police spokesman Cpl. Dan Donakowski. The death “looks…

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NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. and BNC

Black News Channel (BNC) A New 24/7 News Network Scheduled to Launch in November 2019

By News & Current Affairs

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA — In a joint teleconference broadcast live from the Four Season’s Hotel in New York’s Financial District, the Black News Channel (BNC) and the National Newspaper Publishers Association announced the official launch date and time for the nation’s first 24-hour, 7-days a week all-news TV channel that will focus on African American news. The new channel promises to inform, educate, and empower nearly 50 million…

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Ghanaian Students Win World Robofest Competition

Ghanaian Students Win World Robofest Competition

By News & Current Affairs

By Daily Guide Network (DGN) — GHANAIAN STUDENTS from Methodist Girls, Mamfe, have won the 2019 World Robofest competition. This year’s competition was held in Michigan, USA. The Robot Olympiad is a global robotics competition organized annually for youngsters. The competition uses Lego Mindstorms manufactured by LEGO Education. The maiden edition of the competition was held in 2004 in Singapore. DGN Online understands that the competition now attracts more than…

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Rescuing Black Detroit, Legalizing Marijuana in New York State — March 18th Edition of Vantage Point

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

3/18/19 Vantage Point Radio with Dr. Ron Daniels — Topics: Rescuing Black Detroit, Legalizing Marijuana in New York State: A Reparatory Justice Framework. Guests: Korey Batey, Founder, Detroit Ain’t Violent (D.A.V.I.S.) Initiative, Detroit, MI and Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director, Drug Policy Alliance, New York, NY

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In Michigan, which accounts for nearly half of all committed federal funds for blight demolition, the average cost paid with federal dollars increased by 90 percent in less than three years.

‘The Divided City’ warns of Detroit’s inequality

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Bankole Thompson, Detroit News — Despite the revival taking place in cities like Detroit, Baltimore and Pittsburgh, they are being turned into “places of growing inequality where small, glittering enclaves of prosperity are ringed by larger areas of decline and where millions are relegated to lives of poverty and hopelessness.” That’s the message historian and author Alan Mallach conveys in his new book, “The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity…

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RiseUp Detroit (Teaser) – The Revolutionary evolution of Black Detroit during the 60’s

By News & Current Affairs, Video/Audio

RiseUp Detroit chronicles the Revolutionary evolution of Black Detroit during the 60’s. Featuring activists JoAnn Watson, Frank Joyce, Helen Moore, Rev. Dan Aldridge, Elliot Hall, Esq., Charles E. Ferrell and others. Produced by Junius Williams, for the Center for Education and Juvenile Justice. In partnership with Wayne State University, Rutgers University (Newark), Washington University (St. Louis). Research by Peter Blackmer. Video and Editing by 248 Pencils.

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Sonja Bonnett and other members of the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures in front of Bonnett's new Detroit home, which the group acquired for her.

“Make it right”: Coalition wants reparations for Detroit’s “unconstitutional foreclosures”

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Sarah Cwiek, Michigan Radio — One Detroit family celebrated getting a new home Thursday, as they also called for other families like them to receive similar compensation as victims of what they call “illegal” foreclosures. The Bonnett family lost their home to property tax foreclosure in 2015. Nearly one in four Detroit properties was tax-foreclosed between 2011 and 2015. Some researchers, led by Illinois Institute of Technology and visiting…

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How to advocate for reparations: Controversial idea topic at Detroit church

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

It’s an idea that has stirred controversy over the years: reparations to Americans harmed by U.S. government policies such as slavery and internment. On Saturday, Gesu Catholic Church’s Beloved Community on Detroit’s west side will hold a teach-in on advocating for reparations. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gesu School Social Hall on Quincy Street at McNichols. “Financial amendments to African Americans and Japanese…

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