Detroit Pistons head coach chatting with Michigan Chronicle publisher Hiram E. Jackson. PHOTO: Monica Morgan

New Faces, New Places Reception Showcases Black Representation in Detroit

MICHIGAN CHRONICLE — The private event was held at the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in midtown Detroit Thursday night, welcoming the city’s newest power players to Detroit. While the city is going through its resurgence and renaissance, there are a multitude of African-Americans who have stayed in Detroit through its hardships and many others who have been influential in its revival. […read more]

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

A President Without a Country

AFRO — The funerals for two towering American icons, The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin and American hero Arizona Sen. John McCain, happened within days of each other. Dignitaries from around the globe paid homage (and RESPECT) to Franklin and McCain. A pantheon of entertainment legends and political luminaries, including former President Bill Clinton, attended Franklin’s funeral in Detroit, while former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama eulogized McCain. […read more]


America’s 11 Poorest Cities

  (CBS News) – For all its apparent conveniences and perks, city living has never been easy or inexpensive. And income inequality is often most obvious in metropolitan areas. U.S. Census Bureau data, cited by the Brookings Institution, found that the 50 largest American cities had Read More


Detroit Turnout Crucial for Dems

T. Kelly, Special to the NNPA from The Michigan Citizen DETROIT (The Michigan Citizen)—The Michigan Democratic Party is rolling out an aggressive plan to win the African American vote this November. President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign transformed Democratic strategy for one of its core constituencies, African Read More


No Rap, No Hennessy Allowed

Bar incident riles hipster community By Phreddy Wischusen Special to the NNPA from The Michigan Citizen There were about 15 or 20 people dancing, playing pool, chatting and having drinks the night of May 15 at the Painted Lady, a dimly-lit Hamtramck dive bar, frequented Read More

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Blackonomics: Detroit for Sale

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist I remember when Vice President Dan Quayle said we should be glad that foreigners are buying properties and land in our country. “America is for sale,” he said. I guess he was correct, considering what we have seen over the Read More


Campbell Faces 10 Years

Felony, Misdemeanor Assault Charges ‘Excessive,’ Some Say by Zenobia Jeffries Special to the NNPA from The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Excessive is how some describe the charges against Cass Technical High School student-athlete Jayru Campbell. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced at a press conference Read More


Judge Backs Snyder, Orr in Bankruptcy

by T. Kelly and Zenobia Jeffries Special to the NNPA from The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s determination to have Detroit under emergency management; Mayor Dave Bing’s years of deliberate inaction; a reduced tax base; and questionable financial deals with banks brought the Read More


GOP: Fantasyland or Real Alternative?

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   To double down is to significantly increase a risk or commitment. Well, welcome to the fantasyland of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. During a campaign stop to persuade more Blacks to vote Republican, Priebus met with Detroit-area business Read More


Real or ‘Humpty Dumpty’ Leadership?

by Bankole Thompson Special to the NNPA from The Michigan Chronicle There is a dearth of political and civic leadership in this town which makes me wonder why some people choose to accept certain positions if they are not going to either speak out or act Read More

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There Were Alternatives to Bankruptcy

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist You don’t have to be from Detroit to be angry at what is happening there. And you don’t have to be from Detroit to lend your voice to an injustice that not only affects Detroit, but also the rest of the Read More


Business Exchange: CBC Should Highlight Detroit

By William Reed NNPA Columnist    Since the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) started its Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) weekend, the “Michigan Reception” and “Motown Live Afterglow” have always been the premier parties. From the first Black Caucus weekend in 1971, Motown music executive LeBaron Taylor held Read More


Detroit Bankruptcy Challenged on Constitutional Grounds

(Reuters) – Public labor unions took aim at Detroit’s historic bankruptcy filing on Monday, asking a U.S. court to toss the city’s bid for protection from its creditors because it is constitutionally flawed on both the state and federal levels. A union that represents public-sector workers even Read More


Detroit: Death Certificate or Rebirth?

Blackonomics By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Will the largest city in history to file bankruptcy receive a death certificate, or will this action result in a new birth certificate for the Motor City?  Of course, a city as large and as well situated as Detroit Read More


Detroit Bankruptcy Turns Spotlight to Business Development

[Black Enterprise] The City of Detroit’s filing of Chapter 9 bankruptcy may be a blessing in disguise for Detroit’s business community, according to Michigan Business and Professional Association President and CEO Jennifer Kluge. “The business community long ago committed to re-developing the City of Detroit,” said Kluge. “With the City’s path Read More


Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, All Bets Are Off

by Bankole Thompson Special to the NNPA from the Michigan Chronicle Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr today asked a federal judge to place Detroit in chapter 9 bankruptcy, a move that, if allowed, would make the city the largest municipality in the history of the Read More


Detroit Mayor Bing “Not Surprised” At State Finding Financial Emergency

by Minehaha Forman Special to the NNPA from The Michigan Chronicle   Mayor Dave Bing DETROIT—After nearly three months of examining Detroit’s finances, a six-member state review team declared Tuesday that Michigan’s largest city is in a state of financial emergency. “Certainly I am not Read More



By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Again this year, African Americans placed higher priorities on participation in politics than the pursuit of capitalistic and business development initiatives to improve their economic conditions. Their primary motivation is to use “the vote” to get what they want Read More