• Detroiter to Finley: Yes, All Black Lives Matter

    By Denzel McCampbell News sources are supposed to act as a tool for the public to get the complete story. But, what happens when those who influence and write the news do not present the complete truth on issues? For those who do not know, Nolan Finley is the Editorial Page Editor for the Detroit […]

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  • No Human Being is Illegal: Alvaro Lopez’s Story

    By Kim Hunter It’s become cliché to say Detroit has been in the national spotlight because of voters battling the Emergency Manager, retirees fighting to keep their pensions and families struggling to keep their water on, just to cite a few items. Recently, Detroit’s City Council has taken positive leadership on another issue that deserves […]

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  • “Protecting” You from a Living Wage

    By Kim Hunter I was having a great time during my annual pilgrimage to the Detroit Jazz Festival until I heard a young man with a suspicious sounding pitch for people to sign a petition. He said the petition was to support “road funding.” As someone who tries to pay attention to what’s going on, […]

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  • The Photo That Personalized the Syrian Refugee Crisis

    By Marissa Luna I cried when I saw the photo published in news stories around the world last week of Aylan Kurdi, a 3-year-old boy from Syria who drowned after the boat ferrying him and his family from Turkey to Greece capsized in high waves. His family is one of millions fleeing war and violence […]

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  • If it Ain’t Broke, Get Rid of It?

    By Denzel McCampbell Ask many folks in and around the city of Detroit about the term “emergency manager” and you may get a response related to Kevyn Orr or the bankruptcy that the city went through recently. What about the names Robert Bobb, Roy Roberts, Jack Martin, and Darnell Earley? These are the names of […]

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  • 95 Years After Women Were Given the Right to Vote, We’re Still Treated as Second Class Citizens

    By Marissa Luna Today is Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 95th anniversary of women finally earning the right to vote through the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. It’s crazy to think that a woman having the right to vote in the early 1900’s was unthinkable and is now the norm. The tables […]

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  • Using Our Own Best Practice

    By Kim Hunter  As I traveled this summer for work and visiting family, many people asked me about Detroiters having their water shut off. Family and friends are amazed that city officials are still cutting off families’ water supply and they are even more amazed when I tell them there’s actually an alternative to shutoffs […]

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  • Inside Out is Not a Reflection of the Modern Family

    By Marissa Luna I went and saw Inside Out a couple weeks ago. It’s a new movie about a girl named Riley who moves with her family from the Midwest to the West Coast and her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – figuring out how best to navigate her new life situation. […]

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  • You’ve Got Mail?

    By Denzel McCampbell  For those who were surfing the web in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, you’ve probably heard the term, “You’ve got mail!” before. Many will remember this being said by a chipper male voice when you received an email message on the America Online (AOL) network. Email has evolved since those dial-up […]

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  • What You Really Need to Know About the Voting Rights Act

    By Marissa Luna Today marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, protecting Americans from being racially discriminated against in the voting process. The Voting Rights Act is a crucial tool in expanding voting rights that would be nothing if not for the people who lived and died in the struggle […]

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