African Americans

HIV at 40: Racial disparities continue to drive the epidemic in Michigan

BY: - June 4, 2021

“Why are you talking to them?” Hank Millbourne remembers friends saying to him during the 1980s gay scene in Detroit about other gay men. “They have the package.” Millbourne had only a passing idea of what the “package” was, but he was quickly taught the alleged telltale signs of it: darkened fingernails from using AZT, […]

Bipartisan police reforms win broad support at Senate hearing

BY: - June 3, 2021

A package of bipartisan police reform bills received the backing of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, a retired police detective, a civil rights lawyer and others during a state Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee hearing on Thursday. The bills would create guidelines for investigations into officer-involved deaths, limit no-knock warrants and boost support for de-escalation […]

Michigan Democratic Black Caucus starts Detroit petition drive for reparations

BY: - June 2, 2021

The Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) Black Caucus has launched a petition drive for reparations for African Americans — an issue debated for more than a century in America — to become a reality. The caucus has started a Detroit initiative called “Yes on Fairness” to get the word out and has placed more than 500 […]

On this day in 1963: Detroit NAACP calls on city schools to hire more Blacks, support teachers 

BY: - May 28, 2021

On May 28, 1963 the Detroit branch NAACP demanded that the Detroit Board of Education adopt an aggressive plan to increase race integration within the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) staff ranks.  The branch, the largest in the national civil rights organization, also called on the district to hold an election for teacher union representation. The […]

Congressional Dems scrutinize state elections laws for impact on minority voters

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House panel on Monday debated whether some state elections laws disenfranchise certain voters, including people of color, and split along party lines in their conclusions. The chair of the elections subcommittee of the House Administration Committee, Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), voiced his concerns about recent voting requirement laws […]

Black-owned cannabis facility breaks ground in Inkster

BY: - May 24, 2021

Michigan Agricultural Services (MAS), an African-American firm, on Friday broke ground on a 25,500-square-foot high-tech indoor commercial cannabis processing facility in Inkster.  The $6 million project is scheduled to begin construction soon and is giving hope to some who have advocated for more opportunities for African Americans in Michigan’s marijuana industry after voters in 2018 […]

Why are some health care workers refusing the COVID vaccine?

BY: - May 20, 2021

Not long after the COVID-19 pandemic began, Dr. Michelle Moniz said she and her colleagues learned of health care workers around the country reporting they would not get a vaccine to protect them from the disease that has killed thousands of their colleagues. “When COVID started happening, I was very curious about what we were […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Michigan mamas of color cheer national paid leave and childcare proposals

BY: and - May 14, 2021

April ended on a high note, with a whirlwind of action in support of progressive paid leave and childcare policies. Between President Biden’s address to the joint session of Congress and movement on these issues in Congress, federal policy supports for U.S. families are having a moment — and the nation’s mamas are here for […]

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Column: Nothing but racism explains Black women’s higher rate of horrible birth stories

BY: - May 13, 2021

Tatyana Ali, who starred as Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” from 1990 to 1996, entered Harvard the next year where she double majored in government and African-American studies. In 2016, Ali and her husband, an English professor at Stanford, welcomed their first child, but only after mother and baby were roughly treated […]

Bills you may have missed, from naming a state pet to prohibiting vaccine passports

BY: - May 6, 2021

Updated, 2:36 p.m., 5/6/21, to adjust the sponsor name for House Bill 4737   Michigan would designate a state pet and teachers would accrue years of service more quickly during the COVID-19 pandemic under bills introduced recently in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced […]

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Angela Vasquez-Giroux: Where is the allyship for BIPOC women in politics?

BY: - April 27, 2021

We’ve been talking a lot about what it’s like to be a woman working in politics in Lansing – a long overdue conversation that is finally shedding some light on the sexual harassment, toxic workplaces and abusive bosses that chased all too many of us out of jobs we loved and excelled at.  And, as […]

#MeToo was founded by a Black woman. So why are the voices of Michigan women of color often missing on the issue?

BY: - April 27, 2021

Inforum Michigan, a leading women’s organization, was recently holding a virtual information session to discuss the issue of sexual assault when Kalimah Johnson happened to stumble on the conversation via social media. Given that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who is African American, was a featured guest, Johnson […]