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‘Own it’

As the warmth of spring brings a thaw to the recently frozen soil, Detroit residents, once again, prepare for a new season of urban gardening and activities throughout their neighborhoods. However, as the city evolves through a state takeover, the question of land rights is on the minds of many and artists are once again taking the moment to speak out for the people. ...

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One Book, One Community

The Detroit Public Library (DPL) kicks off its 2013 One Book, One Community reading program by selecting “Perfect Peace” by Daniel Black. The One Book, One Community reading initiative’s goal is to encourage the community to read one book and discuss the book at community gatherings and programs held around the city. The program culminates with an author presentation by Daniel Black, May 4 at 2 p.m., Main L ...

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‘Center of the Movement’ music video from ‘Rebirth of Detroit’ now released

The release of the new music video, “Center of the Movement,” is a new chapter in the legacy of the late J Dilla. Hip hop icons 5 ELA and rising star Pierre Anthony appear on the newest single from “Rebirth of Detroit,” the latest album from J Dilla released on Ruff Draft Records. The music video, directed by Steve Furay of Common Breath Media, shows the city of Detroit unified as the center of a new music ...

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Jazz Dance troupe comes to WCCCD

TAYLOR – Now celebrating its landmark 50th anniversary season, the nationally renowned Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) comes to Wayne County Community College District’s (WCCCD) Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center, April 20 at 8 p.m. The Educational and Performing Arts Center is located on the WCCCD Downriver Campus at 21000 Northline Road in Taylor. ...

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Great cars do not happen without great people

Toyota recently unveiled their 2013 Avalon at a press junket in Cincinnati. The event not only provided the media in attendance with a look at the newly designed vehicle, but also an inside look at the company who makes it and their strong commitment to diversity. Billed a luxury car without the luxury price tag, the Avalon is sure to be a favorite among the African American consumer market. Members of the ...

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Integrated inequality: A tale of two Americas –  Part 2

“It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” — The late National Urban League and civil rights leader, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Last week, during the National Urban League’s 10th annual Legislative Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., we released the 37th edition of the “State of Black America, Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America.” This ...

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Obsession with testing is behind rampant school cheating

The Atlanta public school cheating scandal is but “the tip of the iceberg,” reports Bob Schaeffer, public education director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing. A new FairTest survey reports confirmed cheating incidents in 37 states and the District of Columbia in just that last four years. It also lists 50 ways adults in public schools artificially boost test scores. ...

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Jackie Robinson: “Too bad he’s the wrong color”

You could say “42,” the film about the life of Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson, is a gripping baseball tale and your assessment would be correct — but woefully incomplete. “42” is not just a baseball story. It’s a compelling history lesson as well. It tells the story of not just baseball but also of a central facet of 20th Century American life — the suffocating reach of racism— in the decades before ...

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Jay-Z pushes back against criticism of Cuba trip

Hip hop mogul Jay-Z has released a scathing response to politicians who criticized the rapper and his superstar wife Beyoncé for spending their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba. Scandal erupted in the past few days after the pair were photographed dining at local Cuban restaurants and touring historic sites in the country, which has been under U.S. sanctions for more than a half-century. On April 11, Jay-Z ...

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