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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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‘NO EM!’

Several groups across the state have joined Detroiters in challenging the new emergency financial manager (EFM) law in federal court. Support mounted after the March 14 appointment of bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr as EFM of Detroit. “We’re looking at legal challenges in federal court and we expect that the Sugar Law Center or other groups will be filing such a challenge,” Attorney John Philo of the Sugar La ...

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‘MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL’

The “Motown sound” has been heard worldwide. Now the behind the scenes story of the one-of-a-kind sound that shaped American culture is playing on Broadway. “Motown: The Musical” charts Motown-founder Berry Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. F ...

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