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Pershing leads PSL East; Cass Tech tops in PSL West

Pershing temporarily secured its spot on top of the Detroit Public School League’s East Division with two big wins last week, an 87-52 win over Davis Aerospace on Jan. 15 and a crucial 63-54 victory over second place Southeastern on Jan 18. Both wins gave the top-ranked (Class A) Doughboys a 5-0 divisional (PSL East), 11-0 overall record with two weeks left in the regular season before the PSL playoffs. ...

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2013 inaugural address

Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What ...

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Slum Village to release ‘Dirty Slums Volume 2’

No other hip hop group in Detroit history has a legacy like Slum Village. For decades, Slum Village has been an industry force that has influenced nearly all popular artists in hip hop today. Along with legions of fans, hip hop musicians such as Kanye West, The Roots, Common and Big Sean consider the group that started in Conant Gardens in 1993 as one of the most influential of all time. ...

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Celebrating diversity in Detroit: 16th annual Sphinx competition

The 16th Annual Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino String Players, presented by the DTE Energy Foundation and hosted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will bring 19 of the country’s top young Black and Latino string players to Southeast Michigan. Over the past 16 years, Sphinx artists have made more than 250 solo appearances with orchestras around the country, engaged 100,000 young people in sch ...

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Brand Camp visits Detroit

Hajj Fleming, owner of Brand Camp University, in collaboration with Shawn Lee, an award-winning photographer, provided the city of Detroit a four-hour brand makeover. Fleming, a digital brand strategist, held a brand makeover session Jan. 19 at Ponyride in Corktown. 2013 marks the fourth year of Brand Camp for Fleming. The 41-year-old Roseville native brought together an intimate crowd of 15 Michiganders to ...

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Detroit gallery presents ‘Black Detroit 21’ exhibition

In partnership with the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, the University of Michigan Detroit Center presents theWork: Detroit gallery exhibition, “Black Detroit 21.” Curated by Odie Rynell Cash, “Black Detroit 21” addresses social concerns within Detroit’s African American community by exploring the topics of identity, territory, protest, sexuality and transition. ...

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A culture of cheating

Who is surprised that Lance Armstrong was doping? Who thinks he was the only one? Who is surprised that he used the Oprah Winfrey show as his platform to “come clean?” We are a nation of cheaters and Armstrong is one in a long line of our nation’s cheaters. Indeed the very foundation of our country is the result of cheating. The Pilgrims cheated the Native Americans by befriending them out of their land. La ...

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King’s greatest legacy: Seeing polarization as progress

I’ve always disliked the way Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is often celebrated. The reasons why became even clearer to me these past few days, as the importance of considering King’s life and work was juxtaposed against three other developments: the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation; the celebration of Barack Obama’s second inauguration as president of the United States; and the splene ...

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Hands off Malia and Sasha Obama

Just when you think leaders of the National Rifle Association can’t stoop any lower, they keep managing to plunge even deeper. This time, they have strayed way over the line of respectability by using Malia and Sasha Obama’s enrollment in Sidwell Friends, a private Quaker school, to malign President Obama over his proposal to place limits on the sale of assault rifles and expand background checks. ...

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