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Hip-Hop and Transformative Teaching for the Community: Bonus Cut Visits #ULITT2014


By: Daniel Hodgman

On Saturday, Gus and I headed over to Brody on the campus of Michigan State University to attend the Urban Literacies Institute for Transformative Teaching (ULITT), an annual event that supports teachers, educators, students, youth organizers, activists and community leaders that engage in social justice and hip-hop pedagogy. One of ULITT’s most important missions is to explore critical issues affecting today’s youth, and through this ULITT uses spoken word poetry and hip-hop as powerful tools and a lens to explore language, privilege, youth development and community action. ULITT is held by CAITLAH, a campus program organized by one of the directors David Kirkland, dedicated to further understanding teaching and learning through the fields of arts and humanities. CAITLAH works with educators, students, families, communities and schools to better the advancement of language and literacy for life.

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Further Developments on the Renisha McBride Story


By: Gus Navarro 

In a previous issue we ran an article about the tragic death of a 19-year-old African-American girl, Renisha McBride. At that time, a lot of information was unknown and details were sketchy at best. The identity of the shooter had not been released, no charges had been filed and within the Detroit community, there was much to be desired with regard to the speed of the criminal justice system. Thankfully, as I write this today details have been released and there has been movement in this heartbreaking story. We feel it is necessary to follow up last week’s story with some comments on these recent developments.

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The Tragic Story of Renisha McBride and What Needs to Be Done


By: Gus Navarro

Early in the morning of Saturday, November 2nd, a 19-year-old African-American girl from Detroit named Renisha McBride was shot and killed.

Reportedly, she was shot to death early Saturday morning outside a home in Dearborn Heights where her family believes she was asking for help after a car accident. The details of this case are highly contested as the Dearborn Heights police disputed early statements by the family that McBride was shot in the back of the head as she turned to leave the porch and that she was hit in the face after the shooter accidentally fired his shotgun. There are questions as to when the car accident occurred, what time Renisha was shot, what transpired between these two events and if the shooter even called 9-1-1 or if it was a neighbor. The identity of the shooter is still unknown, an arrest has not been made and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office issued a statement saying that it is awaiting further investigation by Dearborn Heights police before deciding whether any criminal charges will be authorized in the case.

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