Michigan Chronicle’s Top 5 Stories of the week: Afro Nation Detroit, Trump’s Arrest, Detroit Teachers Raises, and more…

Here are the top stories from the Michigan Chronicle for the Week of Aug.19-25:

Afro Nation Detroit 2023 Recap: A Black Renaissance in the Heartbeat of Detroit
Afro Nation Detroit 2023 proves to be a cultural and musical masterpiece that showcased the city’s resilience, strength, and richness. Held at the historic Brewster Douglas project site – a breeding ground for talent, aspiration, and dreams – the festival celebrated black love, black culture, black joy, and black artistry. With renowned artists like Dej Loaf, Ari Lennox, Burna Boy, and emerging talents, the festival highlighted the power of black excellence and the undeniable spirit of unity and celebration.
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Donald Trump Isn’t the First President to Be Arrested
Former President Donald Trump turned himself in at Fulton County Jail, becoming the second U.S. president to be arrested in history. The arrest comes as a result of Trump’s involvement in an attempt to reverse Georgia’s 2020 election results by soliciting help from former Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Trump faces multiple charges and will be arraigned in September, with a trial date set for March 2024. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who brought the criminal case against Trump, has endured threats and accusations but remains committed to upholding the law.
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Detroit Teachers Reach Agreement for Largest Salary Hike in 35 Years
In a significant development for Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), a new contract agreement has been reached between the district and the teachers’ union. The tentative agreement proposes a six percent salary increase for top-tier teachers, potentially raising their base salary to around $74,000 for the upcoming academic year. While this marks the largest salary hike in 35 years for the Detroit Federation of Teachers, concerns persist about the contract’s limited impact on addressing systemic inequalities in the profession.
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Hair and Bias: Alleged Discrimination on the Baseball Field of Valdosta State University Raises National Concern
A video leaked by an anonymous Valdosta State University baseball player has sparked outrage after revealing discriminatory behavior from the team’s head coach. The video showed the coach allegedly barring the player, who is Black, from participating in a game solely because of his natural hair, specifically his locs. The incident highlights the ongoing struggle against hair discrimination, which has been deeply rooted in American history and perpetuates conformity to Eurocentric beauty standards.
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Remembering North End’s Phelps Lounge: Once a haven for top R&B and Soul Artists to Perform
The Phelps Cocktail Lounge, located in Detroit’s North End, was a renowned venue for R&B, blues, and soul artists from the 1960s to the early 1980s. Legendary musicians such as B.B. King, Gladys Knight & The Pips, James Brown, and The Temptations graced its stage, making it a music magnet. Despite its current dilapidated state, there are hopes of restoring Phelps Lounge in the future to revitalize the North End community and serve as a hub for the creative arts.
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