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Hip hop shines a positive light on Detroit via music videos

With all of the troubles facing the city of Detroit, the mainstream media has been working overtime to drag the public image of a proud city through the dirt. Now more than ever, the city must reclaim ownership of how the Motor City is seen to the rest of the world, and among the leaders of this movement are independent hip hop artists creating music videos in the city. ...

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IFOMA exalts age of women in new exhibit

The arts flow in the heart of Detroit’s Corktown district, as the Suddle Creations Gallery opens its doors for a unique and empowering exhibit. “Woman Shrine Exalting the Feminine” opened March 1 to the public as a testament to the power, grace and femininity of women. Noted photographer IFOMA has been watchfully crafting this anthology for over three decades. The exhibit is a collection of photographs of b ...

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Beauty school owner has passion for natural hair care

Shelia Everette-Hale has been styling hair since 1978. The Detroit resident opened Everette’s Natural Hair and Beauty School in downtown Detroit in 2000. At 60, the president and educational director of Everette’s dedicates her training to the women in her family. Hale, the oldest of four, says her sisters were her first clients and that is where she learned how to provide natural hair services. ...

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Sharon Banks elected chair of Detroit Jazz Festival Board of Trustees

The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation Board and board of trustees has elected Sharon Banks as chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Board of Trustees, a 19-member board that helps to support the Festival. Banks replaces Dr. Stanley M. Berry of Meridian Health Plan, who served two years as the chair and will remain on the board. ...

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The Ones to perform at N’Namdi

The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, 52 E. Forest St., Detroit, presents The Ones — YAW and Khari, March 30. Pathe Jassi and Charity will also perform. YAW and Khari have worked together since 2002 when they found themselves in a studio recording together. The reception is at 7 p.m. with the performances starting at 8 p.m. There will be a cash bar. ...

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We don’t have to yell

When Gov. Rick Snyder announced the confirmation of a financial emergency and the imminent appointment of a emergency financial manager (EFM), he said he wouldn’t deal with those who oppose his position by yelling. It must be nice not to have to yell to be heard. Republican policy makers certainly don’t have to. ...

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Women rule

As I write, Chaka Khan’s empowering “I’m Every Woman” loops in my head — like a soundtrack. (By the way, have you seen her lately? All slim, trim and more fabulous than ever). It’s Women’s History Month and the lyrics to that iconic anthem should be resonating with all women, and those who love us, as we celebrate ourselves and the countless contributions we make everyday — both large and small — that keep ...

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Michigan cuts to higher education among the worst in country

Michigan has cut investment in its public universities by 32 percent since 2008, driving up tuition and undermining educational quality, while making it harder for the state to attract businesses that rely on a well-educated workforce. That’s a decrease of $1,817 per student, when adjusted for inflation, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Michigan is just one of 18 st ...

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All of Nain Rouge, not just the dwarf, should be banished

On Sunday, March 24, some Detroiters will gather in Cass Park to watch the 4th Annual Marche du Nain Rouge. According to legend, the founder of Detroit, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, encountered a nain rouge (French for red dwarf) one morning while out on his daily walk through the city. Cadillac’s immediate response was to strike the dwarf with his cane. The dwarf ran off, cursing the city as he fled. It i ...

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