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  • (BPRW) Nearly 90 Percent of Black Homicide Victims Killed With Guns,

    Georgia Seltzer, Violence Policy Center|Jul 11, 2024

    (Black PR Wire) Washington, DC - Guns are by far the most common weapon used to kill Black homicide victims in America according to Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An Analysis of 2022 Homicide Data, a new study from the Violence Policy Center (VPC). The study shows that in 2022 there were 13,466 Black homicide victims in the United States and that 87.4 percent of these victims were killed with guns. Black Americans represented 13.6 percent of the U.S. population that year yet...

  • Survey Finds Black Adults Develop Unique Coping Skills for Racism

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Jul 11, 2024

    Black adults in the United States often develop distinctive coping skills by adulthood to handle the chronic stress of racism, according to a new survey by Duke University researchers. The study, as reported by Duke Today, suggests that these coping mechanisms are not typically found in their white counterparts, highlighting the unique resilience cultivated through lived experiences of racial discrimination. The study identifies that social support and religion are among the most common coping...

  • Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Yemen for Temporary Protected Status

    Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security|Jul 11, 2024

    WASHINGTON – Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension and redesignation of Yemen for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months, from September 4, 2024, to March 3, 2026, due to country conditions in Yemen that prevent individuals from safely returning. After consultation with interagency partners, Secretary Mayorkas determined that an 18-month extension and redesignation of Yemen for TPS is warranted because ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and t...

  • Belanger Park is getting a Facelift

    Xaiver Jones|Jul 4, 2024

    River Rouge - The EPA has been working diligently for approximately four months to eliminate the contaminated soil from some areas of Belanger Park. There were many steps that had to be taken to get to this point. The Just Transition Team – MI has been engaged in learning the process as it directly ties into their efforts to educate the community and fight for Environmental Justice issues. To keep the community informed on the process of elimating the contamination at the park, Mayor William C...

  • 60th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act: Reflecting on Progress and Persistent Challenges

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Jul 4, 2024

    As the United States commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the nation reflects on a transformative law that reshaped American society by prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The landmark legislation emerged from a period of intense struggle and demand for the fulfillment of the 14th Amendment's promise of "equal protection of the laws." Due to widespread opposition to desegregation and the assassination of civil rights a...

  • How Black Journalists in Detroit and Canada Have Passed their Pens Along the River

    Saarthak Johri and Courtney DuChene, University of Michigan|Jun 27, 2024

    On any given day, it wouldn't be surprising to see Orlando Bailey knocking on people's doors as he navigates Detroit's neighborhoods. As the former director of engagement for BridgeDetroit - a digital, nonprofit news site - he was conversing with Detroiters about what they want to see covered in the media. It's an approach that was born partly out of exasperation: BridgeDetroit's founders desired media coverage that reflected the city's demographics and residents' priorities. So, they built a...

  • Juneteenth celebrations reiterate Freedom in Metro Detroit

    Kellee Jordan, Telegram Reporter|Jun 27, 2024

    Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, Black Independence Day, Jubilee Day, or simply Juneteenth, June 19th is a day to honor. The fairly new nationwide holiday celebration is rapidly rising. A holiday observing the emancipation of those who were enslaved in the United States. This specific day marks the day the message arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 ensuring the last group of slaves were informed they were free. Freedom Day is the oldest known celebration...

  • The Highland Park NAACP Branch has been Re-Activated

    Dominique Madden, Contributing Reporter|Jun 20, 2024

    The wait is over. After several tries to reactivate the Highland Park NAACP Brancn, it has been done. On May 18th, 2024 it became official. Several die hard community members worked tirelessly over the past seven months to get enough members to fulfill the requirements to be reactivated. They held membership drives at local churches, the Recreation Center, at Ministerial Alliance meetings, at Block Club meetings, and several businesses throughout the city of Highland Park. Now it is time to...

  • Mexico Celebrates Election of First Woman President

    Wayne Campbell and Francine Mclean, The AFRO|Jun 20, 2024

    "For the first time in 200 years of the republic, I will become the first female president of Mexico. I do not arrive alone. We all arrived, with our heroines who gave us our homeland, with our ancestors, our mothers, our daughters and our granddaughters." – Claudia Sheinbaum Women have played a fundamental role in Mexico's independence, reform and revolution. Unfortunately, they did not have a right to political participation. Finally, women in Mexico got this fundamental right to vote on O...

  • House Members Observe Juneteenth Around Michigan

    Michigan News|Jun 20, 2024

    LANSING, Mich., June 18, 2024 - Across the state, members of the House Democratic Caucus are celebrating Juneteenth tomorrow. "June 19 is a day across the nation and our great state that is set aside to honor the resilience, courage and strength of our ancestors on Juneteenth. We remember those who lost their lives while fighting racism to ensure every person enjoys the fullness of their rights and freedoms," said Speaker of the House Joe Tate (D-Detroit.) On June 19, 1865, Union Gen. Gordon...

  • Biden-Harris Campaign 2024 Commits $1.5 Million Advertising Buy with the Black Press of America

    Claudette Perry, NNPA|Jun 20, 2024

    Baltimore, MD, June 22, 2024: The Biden-Harris Campaign announced an immediate commitment to a $1.5 Million advertising-buy with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) representing the Black Press of America across the United States. The Biden-Harris Campaign also helped to sponsor the NNPA's 2024 Annual National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, June 19-22, 2024. Jasmine Harris, Director of National Black Media for Biden-Harris 2024, made the announcement of the advertising-buy...

  • Project 2025 and Election-Year Hate Group Spike Pose Risks for People of Color

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Jun 13, 2024

    People of color have made unprecedented progress in policymaking during the Biden-Harris administration. This has been overlooked in the misinformation, disinformation, and support of convicted felon and presumed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump by well-known and influential African Americans such as Ice Cube, Stephen A. Smith, Rep. Byron Donalds, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Ben Carson, Sexxy Red, Snoop Dogg, Don King, Mike Tyson, Ye, Killer Mike, Azealia Banks, Lil Wayne, DaBaby...

  • INDYCar Racing Takes Over Downtown Detroit

    Clifton R Kirkman II, Telegram Reporter|Jun 6, 2024

    Loud engines roaring and lightning-fast speeding cars were spotted on the streets of Downtown Detroit for this year's, The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. All weekend long local, national and even international car enthusiasts traveled from across the globe, just to visit the Motor City for the INDYCAR Races. This weekend and last year's racing that led to returning to the streets of Detroit, has history dating back to the early 1980s. So, the Grand Prix this year was more like a homecoming and...

  • Biden, Harris Invited to NNPA Convention as Black Press Celebrates 197 Years, Addresses Voter Turnout and Empowering Black Communities

    Stacy M. Brown|May 30, 2024

    The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) will host its annual national convention from June 19 to 22 at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. The NNPA is the trade association of the more than 250 African American-owned newspapers and media companies that comprise the Black Press of America. This year's event, themed "Empowering Black Press, Communities, Families, and Voter Turnout," marks the Black Press's 197th anniversary, just three years shy of its bicentennial. The Black Press was...

  • Proposal would make MI State Capitol a 'gun-free zone'

    Chrystal Blair, Michigan Information News Connection|May 30, 2024

    If two Michigan lawmakers have their way, there will be fewer locations in the state where people are allowed to carry firearms. State Sen. Dayna Polehanki, D-Livonia, and state Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-Beverly Hills, have introduced bills that would expand gun-free zones within the State Capitol complex. Both have advocated for stricter gun laws in Michigan. Senate Bills 857 and 858 would make it illegal to carry a firearm in the State Capitol building, the Binsfeld Senate Office Building, and th...

  • More than 77,000 Sign Petition for Justices Alito and Thomas to Recuse in Capitol Attack Cases

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA - National Correspondent|May 23, 2024

    A petition calling for conservative Supreme Court Justices and noted Donald Trump supporters Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas to recuse themselves from major cases related to the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack has amassed 77,000 signatures as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 21. Following a report from The New York Times that highlighted potential conflicts of interest for the conservative justices, MoveOn launched the petition. The Times reported that an upside-down American flag, a symbol associated...

  • Federal Judge Names DTE a Defendant in SW Detroit Pollution Case Residents impacted by EES Coke's illegal emissions celebrate the ruling

    Timna Axel, Earthjustice|May 23, 2024

    DETROIT, MI – In a major win for overburdened communities of color in southwest Detroit, a judge has granted the EPA's request to add multibillion-dollar energy company DTE Energy as a defendant in a federal lawsuit brought against the company's subsidiary, EES Coke. The lawsuit alleges that EES Coke's coke oven facility on Zug Island in River Rouge unlawfully releases thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide, an air pollutant known to cause respiratory problems, heart attacks, and premature d...

  • Wayne County Deploys Air Quality Monitoring Network in Southwest Detroit and Other Downriver Communities

    Clifton R Kirkman II, Telegram Reporter|May 16, 2024

    Americans continue to be harmed by the air quality that surrounds them, each and every time they step outside of their homes, etc. About 1 in 4 Americans and close to 120 million people live in areas where, the quality of air creates health issues and the end result leads to death. Unfortunately, those who are most disproportionately affected are people of color, according to the American Lung Association. Research shows that, "African Americans tend to live where there is greater exposure to...

  • Former State Representative Kevin Coleman Becomes Westland's 10th Mayor

    Renee Summers, Telegram News Reporter|May 9, 2024

    Last November, Westland residents elected Kevin Coleman to serve as the city's 10th mayor. Having been sworn into office last November 13, Coleman is finishing out the four-year term won by former Mayor William Wild in 2021, who later resigned as mayor. Coleman replaces Mike Londeau, who was chosen by city council in January 2023 to finish out the role of mayor for that year, following Wild's resignation. Following a primary vote, Londeau and Coleman became the two candidates in November vying...

  • DETROIT BRANCH NAACP 69TH ANNUAL FIGHT FOR FREEDOM FUND DINNER SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2024

    Rev. Wendell Anthony|May 9, 2024

    DETROIT – The great philosopher and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson left us a prolific paradigm when he said, "Democracy is not a spectator sport. It is a participatory event. If we don't participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy." This is why the Detroit Branch NAACP continues to call upon all of us to participate in the preservation of our liberty and the protection of our freedom. The 69th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, at Huntington Place. As we face c...

  • NOAA Administrator Meets with Mayors to Discuss Infrastructure Flood Solutions Underway in Southeast Michigan

    Christine Maydossian, Leliken Strategy Advisors|May 2, 2024

    Dearborn Heights, MI, April 25, 2024 – Today, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., met with local mayors to discuss infrastructure flood solutions underway in Southeast Michigan. Mayors in attendance included Mayor Bill Bazzi of Dearborn Heights, Mayor Lamar Tidwell of Ecorse, Mayor Michael Higgins of Lincoln Park, Mayor Gail McLeod of Allen Park, and Mayor Tim Woolley of Taylor. The Cities Initiative received Infrastructure Investment and J...

  • Detroit NFL Draft 2024, Community Focused USAA, Comcast share with the Detroit Community

    Clifton R Kirkman II, Telegram Reporter|May 2, 2024

    The Detroit NFL Draft 2024, was an experience that many Detroiters and Michiganders will never experience again. If you missed it, well you missed out on making memories of a life time! Trying to get to the Draft area was a sight to see. Cars and people were everywhere and parking was a challenge. There were so many people downtown during the Draft that people were seen parking as far away as the Midtown area and walking or taking the Q-Line down to Campus Maritus Park. I think honestly the...

  • Vice President Kamala Harris Announces Nationwide Economic Opportunity Tour

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|May 2, 2024

    Vice President Kamala Harris has announced a nationwide Economic Opportunity Tour to spotlight the Biden-Harris Administration's efforts to foster economic growth, build wealth, and ensure American prosperity. The tour, which will begin with a moderated conversation in Atlanta on April 29, will see the Vice President visiting several states to emphasize the administration's commitment to creating an economy where every person can thrive. A subsequent event is scheduled for Detroit, with more dat...

  • May Memorials Kick Off to Honor Law Enforcement and their Families in Michigan

    May 2, 2024

    Grand Rapids, MI: Michigan residents are invited to join Law Enforcement, and their families for a special Memorial at the Michigan State Capitol on Monday, May 6, 2024 at 7:00 PM. Details provided in attached handout. Media encouraged to attend. For 30 years, this event has taken place. Police Week Michigan is excited to help elevate and promote this important gathering hosted by MI-C.O.P.S. Citizens, elected leaders, and communities are encouraged to attend. Police Week Michigan Chair Amy...

  • 56 years later, bias case is closed: Hamtramck completes new housing

    Darci McConnell|May 2, 2024

    HAMTRAMCK - The City of Hamtramck is pleased to announce the dismissal of Garrett, et al. v. Hamtramck, et al. U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth A. Stafford issued the order of dismissal on April 23. The case was dismissed because the city fulfilled an obligation to build 350 housing units. The final units were completed in December 2023. The class action case began in 1968 and was perhaps the oldest case in the federal court system. The original action charged that African American homeowners in the...

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