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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Mind snacking in the Clique with Michigan National Action Network (NAN) president Rev. Charles Williams II, we were kicking it about the petroleum coke dumping on the banks of the Detroit River by Marathon Oil and the Koch brothers. What a duo that is - aided and abetted - as they use land provided by the owner of the Ambassador Bridge. ...

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Western International, Renaissance end up short in regional play

The hopes for a state title in baseball and softball for the Detroit Public Schools came to end June 8. Both DPL teams, Western International and Renaissance, were ousted from state tournament play. The Cowboys (24-11) came up short to University of Detroit Jesuit 4-2 in a baseball regional semi-final at Grosse Point South, while the Phoenix (31-7) lost the regional championship to Garden City 15-2 in the s ...

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PSL West coaches strive to make teams more competitive

Another season of girls’ softball has passed in the Detroit Public School League. Again, Renaissance and Cass Tech dominated their divisions, decimating their opponents. Both squads met for the championship, and Renaissance beat Cass Tech for the PSL championship. The Phoenixes won their district in state tournament play only to fall in the state regional final, ending their blossoming season. That has been ...

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Activists urge end to War on Drugs

Black activists marked the 42nd anniversary of the War on Drugs with a protest in front of the White House aimed at ending a targeted action that has led to the disproportionate arresting, conviction and incarceration of Blacks for decades. The Institute of the Black World 21st Century, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of the Black community, mobilized a network of community groups last Monday f ...

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Learning from Italy

Years ago, food critic Ruth Reichl declared, “There is no bad food in Italy.” She was right. Within Italy, the Emilia Romagna region is thought by many to offer the best food of all. But that is by no means its only distinction. What I did not appreciate until a recent trip to Bologna is that major components of the entire economy are organized as co-ops. ...

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A season of growing in Detroit

It is growing season in Detroit. The seeds have been planted and are being carefully tended. The urban growers will harvest and go to market with fresh produce and eat from its bounty. The flower seeds that have been planted will reach for the sky as they beautify the landscape while attracting honey bees, children and butterflies. Many urban gardeners and farmers are celebrating the legality of urban farmi ...

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Detroit’s Zo! releases new R&B album, prepares for homecoming show

Detroit’s own Zo!, a soulful R&B music composer and master hip hop producer, has released a new album and is getting ready for a triumphant return to his hometown with a live performance June 29 at 8 p.m. Critics and fans are celebrating his newest release, making this show a highly anticipated summer performance. ...

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Summer jam: MonicaBlaire’s “Only You”

The best summers, the ones that go down in history, are oftentimes defined by good events, good weather and great songs. MonicaBlaire is starting this summer off right with the release of her new single, “Only You,” from her upcoming EP “The { } Between.” Shifting, strong melodic beats carry MonicaBlaire ’s flawless rich vocals to deliver her latest endeavor. This ode to love paints the portrait of a woman ...

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