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Future of Belle Isle in limbo

The city of Detroit still owns and manages Belle Isle — for now. A few hours after Detroit City Council postponed a vote on the lease of Belle Isle Jan. 29, the state withdrew its offer. The following day the governor threatened the appointment of an emergency manger was inevitable. Council won’t take up the issue again for a few weeks, but it’s unclear what, if any, action will then be taken. ...

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Krystal Crittendon talks about 2013 mayoral run

Last month, former Corporation Counsel Krystal Crittendon, announced she would run for mayor of Detroit. Crittendon rose to public attention after questioning the legality of the city of Detroit’s financial stability agreement with the state of Michigan. Crittendon, who has worked for the city for 18 years, was first appointed Corporation Counsel in 2008 by interim Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr. She was twice reapp ...

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Detroit Works Project releases framework

After a year-long recovery effort, the Detroit Works Project has released a comprehensive document that provides a framework for the complete reorganization of the city of Detroit. The Detroit Future City strategic framework plan outlines citywide initiatives in five major areas: economic growth, land use, land and building property assets, city systems and neighborhood revitalization. ...

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Speaking truth

The Detroit Works Project (DWP) launched a new format for its public information campaign about its strategic framework for the redevelopment of Detroit. The most recent newsletter says, “We know that Detroit Future City is an extensive document, so we would like to highlight smaller sections of the framework to make it easier for you to become familiar with the different strategies.” ...

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Ma Dukes Yancey prepares for Dilla Day Detroit 2013

James “J Dilla” Yancey, the Detroit born and raised son of Mrs. Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, is known as the greatest hip hop song producer of all time, having created a timeless soul sound and influencing a generation of music superstars before his early death in 2006. Now, as an annual celebration is set to return with a concert in his honor, Mrs. Yancey sat down to discuss this year’s Dilla Day tribute and ...

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Quest to film reunion uncovers modern-day slavery in Africa

In their startling and eye-opening documentary, directors Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw take viewers on a journey to a land of vast deserts and even bigger secrets. Their film, “Stolen,” which captures a land at the juncture of politics, nationality and race, premieres Feb. 5 at 7 pm ET as part of season five of the AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange. The series is hosted by actress Gabourey Sidibe on ...

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