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Danny Simmons and Ron Carter make new book sing

Rev. Run and Russell Simmons’ older brother, Danny Simmons, who in addition to being a rapper is an abstract-expressionist artist, poet, and author, will join legendary bassist Ron Carter (See “Motown in the Big Apple”) for an evening of music and poetry at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Aug. 15. The two performances (beginning at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. respectively) will feature Simmons reading from his new ...

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Parents and community work to improve DPS

Detroit Youth Report’s Detroit Life Coalition will host monthly meetings with educators, parents and concerned citizens about improving Detroit Public Schools. According to organizers, Detroit students have been denied educational success due to poor educational policies. Current policies blame teachers, parents and students, not “broken school systems.” ...

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Detroit Jit film and dance comes to Capital Park, reviving a homegrown culture

Detroit Jit is an urban dance style developed on the rough streets of the Motor City by a few ambitious and talented young men in the 70s. Now jit is in the spotlight again thanks to a new documentary video, “The Jitterbugs: Pioneers of the Jit,” directed by Haleem “Stringz” Rasul Ar-Rasheed of the hip hop dance group Hardcore Detroit. On Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. in Capitol Park, the film will be screened for the p ...

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Detroit Bass Day: A tribute to the funk

Low-end lovers and four-string funkateers are set to gather in Detroit on Aug. 9 for Detroit Bass Day 2014: A Tribute to the Funk. The event will take place from 12-6 p.m. at the historic United Sound System Studios, 5840 Second Avenue. USSS was reopened this year as a museum and full service recording studio. Bass Day Detroit 2014 will feature performances from many of the city’s notable bass players, repr ...

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My Brother’s Keeper Initiative is destroying the Black Male Mentoring Movement

The White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is destroying the Black Male Mentoring Movement — decades-long work to save Black boys. Virtually all of the small, community-based agencies that comprise this substantial, historic effort to mentor Black boys have been left out of the overall conversation, the planning, and the funding essential to save Black boys and to chart a new course for their contin ...

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Minority teachers abandon nation’s classrooms

Minorities are significantly underrepresented in public schools, despite the fact the number of Black and Latino students have increased. A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Northwest — “The Leaky Pipeline for Teachers of Color: Getting More Teachers of Color into the Classroom” — revealed while much has been done in the past 25 years to substantially increase the number of minority ...

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Teaching responsibility

In the booklet, “Responsibility, Foundations of Democracy,” the Center for Civic Education lists six sources of responsibility: Promises, assignments, occupation, rules and laws, customs, and civic principles. I don’t disagree with this list. But in my 25 years as a physical education teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, I discovered much simple ways of teaching responsibility, ways that are also availabl ...

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Healthy food access includes first foods

An amazing thing has happened to me since my second son was born nearly one year ago. When we are in public places like the library or the grocery store and I need to feed him, I have gotten resounding messages of support and encouragement from virtual strangers — many of them also mothers, but some of them are not. I cannot express how reaffirming this encouragement is, because breastfeeding is hard. Women ...

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Sentencing guidelines drop for drug offenses

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the DOJ will implementing new guidelines that reduce sentences for certain incarcerated individuals. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reducing federal prison terms for drug traffickers currently incarcerated has excited a population who had all but given up hope. It has also reinvigorated inmates, their parents and attorneys who have fought to get lawmakers to revisit how society pu ...

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