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Keeping community in urban agriculture

There has been a lot of discussion around large-scale urban agriculture in a city that is world renown for the re-emergence of community based agricultural projects. It is my hope that the influx of organizations and corporations in the transition in the city will not be a hindrance to the sustainability of long-standing community gardening projects. The projects have helped feed many people around the city ...

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Sheefy McFly hosts hip hop showcase

Sheefy McFly has become one of Detroit’s most recognizable artists. He is part of the new generation of hip hop talent rising throughout the city. His music is both irreverent and soulful, born out of the experiences of his generation with a sense of humor and plenty of bass to spare. Perhaps you could criticize McFly for his raw lyrics, but he has become a master at reaching listeners on their level and hi ...

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Source Booksellers moves

“I didn’t have a business plan, I didn’t write it out, I didn’t have a dream — I used an opportunity and I just followed the work,” says Janet Jones of Source Booksellers. The 75-year-old entrepreneur started her business 24 years ago and recently moved to a new location. Jones, who was one of the first business owners in the popular West Willis business strip, was encouraged by students at her church to be ...

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Fluent’s ‘A Man Can Change #10’

Joel Fluent Greene, poet, emcee, and mentor will host “A Man Can Change #10: A Family Affair,” Feb. 22 at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, starting promptly at 7 p.m. “The past few shows have been filled to capacity and people are responding in such a positive manner,” Fluent told the Michigan Citizen. “I had to have a bigger venue and that is why I chose the Charles H. Wright Museu ...

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Detroit’s Black History

To mark Black History Month, The Michigan Citizen reached into its photo archives to repost a variety of events that tell some of Detroit’s recent history. We encourage readers who can add to the narrative of any of the photos to please do so by submitting comments to ...

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State of equality and justice in America

At a time when our nation needed its legal community to step forward and join in the struggle for equality, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law was born. I was privileged to be present in the East Room of the White House on the day President Kennedy urged a group of 244 lawyers to use their training and influence to further the goals of the civil rights movement. ...

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Facism by another name: Whole Foods and whole fools

There is a Whole Foods store about three blocks from my home and around the corner from my gym. I am enamored by the displays of produce, the red peppers contrasting the yellow ones, the kale, chard and collard greens glistening from their morning sprinkle. I love the way the fish gleams back at you, char and salmon, swordfish and tilapia. ...

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Federal spending is out of control

There’s considerable confusion surrounding President Obama’s record on spending, debt and deficits. First time around, Barack Obama campaigned for president on a promise “to cut annual federal budget deficits in half” by the end of his first term. As we start his second term, out of control spending and rising federal deficits are significant threats to the country and Obama’s presidential legacy. ...

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Black history month’s powerful question

I have a rule about this month. If it’s February, I know that somebody somewhere has given an interview or written an article declaring America no longer needs Black History Month. And, sure enough, the conservative National Review Online of Feb. 4 has given us the article of one Charles W. Cooke. Its title is succinct — “Against Black History Month: This month is Black History Month. Let’s hope it’s the la ...

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