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Articles from the February 13, 2020 edition


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  • Black voters are the cornerstone of the Democratic Party and the most reliable voting block.

    Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Columist|Feb 13, 2020

    During the State of the Union, Trump featured several African Americans from the gallery with long words of praise and detailed introductions. The Republican party has always struggled with Black voters. But Trump's political team believes that even a small percentage of that vote could mean victory. Trump is increasingly highlighting his pitch to African Americans as Democrats struggle to decide amongst a crowded field. Political observers understand that Trump is unlikely to win more than ten... Full story

  • Is your license plate light on?

    Gina Steward, Publisher|Feb 13, 2020

    Do you know why I stopped you? That is what the police officer said to me the other day? Lights blarring and my passengers looking at me. No, I don't know why you stopped me sir. The officer says, 'Your license plate light is out. What?? Yes, your license plate light is out. My question was, how was I to know that? Is there a sensor on the dashboard that lets me know? So I ask, can I get out and look? No, my headlights are shinning on your car, so you wont be able to tell. OK. So for $7.00 and... Full story

  • Our free world in peril

    Dr. John Telford, Contributor|Feb 13, 2020

    On January 29, before the cravenly Republican senators voted on February 5 to give the criminal false president Donald Trump dictatorial powers instead of righteously removing him from office, I and countless others received a fund-raising email from his co-conspirator in his Ukraine coverup--Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell--via the 'Daily Grind News.' Perhaps because I "redacted" the fund-raising information in that January 29 email from Sen. McConnell to which I was responding and had... Full story

  • Nasty Nancy

    James Abeare, Contributor|Feb 13, 2020

    On Nancy, Nancy, Nancy. Why make such a spectacle of yourself. It did in some way work. No one is talking about the speach, just about you tearing up the State of the Union speech. According to you who listen to, it might have been a felony. I don’t believe anyone will prosecute if it was, but Nancy Pelosi did make a statement even better than Gretchen Whitmer did. Now it might have been the snubbed handshake that she didn’t receive but I did hear she did a practice tear on the speech to mak... Full story

  • Write Your Own Obituary. Your Life Depends on It.

    James Washington, NNPA Columnist|Feb 13, 2020

    My immediate reaction to a recent sermon I heard was to share it. Although this was not the topic of the message, the pastor’s comment about life and death made me think about my own obituary. It seems that the inventor of dynamite got an unusual chance to read his own obituary and was very irritated about what it said about him. The question that this little-known fact made me think about was, “How will God respond to mine?” Better yet, “How would I respond to my own obituary?” I mean if y... Full story

  • SPOTLIGHT ON HEALTH

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Feb 13, 2020

    When it comes to chronic diseases in the United States, diabetes is one of the most prevalent. In fact, one out of every 10 people in the country has been diagnosed with the disease and one out of every four Americans has diabetes and is unaware of it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the African American community, the statistics are more dire. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) states that an estimated 4.9 million-or 18.7 percent-of African... Full story

  • Students start the sit-ins to demand equality

    Feb 13, 2020

    Ultimately, all mass student protests of the 1960s and thereafter owe their viability to the student-led Greensboro protests of 1960, including student black power activists and anti-war activists of the late 60s and 70s.Although its origins predate 1960, even one of the largest and most noteworthy national student organizations, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), owe its resurgence and major elements of its effectiveness to the spark ignited by the Greensboro Four on February 1, 1960. Eve... Full story

  • Detroit Institute of Arts Millage Up for Renewal in March

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Feb 13, 2020

    On March 10, the Art Institute Authorities of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties are seeking a millage renewal to ensure the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) can continue offering residents across southeast Michigan access to its vast art collection which encompasses both history and culture. Thanks to the 2012 millage approval, over 2 million tri-county residents enjoyed free general admission to the DIA from 2013 to 2019. The millage has been an educational boost for students in the... Full story

  • The150th Anniversary of the Fifthteenth Amendment

    Dale Rich, Photo Journalist|Feb 13, 2020

    Dale Rich in partnership with the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH) Detroit, presented a 150 year celebration of the 15th Amendment. " "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." The First Vote On Feb. 3, 1870 the Fifteenth Amendment was the last of the three reconstruction amendments to be ratified. It gave all male... Full story

  • COMMENTARY: Snoop Dogg V. Gayle King and Ambassador Susan Rice

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Correspondent|Feb 13, 2020

    Last week, just days after the tragic death of basketball superstar and entrepreneur Kobe Bryant, CBS This Morning co-host, and Friend of Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King sparked a controversy following her interview with former WNBA star and longtime friend of Bryant, Lisa Leslie. During an interview that covered a wide range of subjects, King was persistent and insistent as she pressed Leslie to respond to the resurfacing of 17-year-old rape allegations against Bryant. Bryant was not convicted of... Full story

  • In Memory of Kevin'Charlie' Hamilton

    Feb 13, 2020

    In loving memory of Kevin Louis Charles Hamilton, better known as 'Charlie Smooth", who passed away on Saturday, February 1. 2020 in his home amongst the people he loved and cherished the most. His going home services were Saturday, February 8, 2020 at New Greater Bethlehem Temple Community Apostolic Church, under the pastorate of Bishop Anthony V. Price, where Kevin was Assistant Pastor. Kevin was greatly loved by everyone, especially his church family. Kevin was a life-long Ecorse resident.... Full story