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WALK Fashion returns to Detroit

The Midwest’s largest fashion show is striding back to Detroit, May 31, as the WALK Fashion Show will return for its annual Motor City festivities. With dozens of designers, vendors and industry professionals, plus an expected attendance of over 1,500 people, the event will bring excitement and a family friendly environment to Detroit fashion. Created by fashion industry professionals Daishawn Franklin and ...

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Quick action called for on Community Advisory Councils

On April 1, Detroit City Council passed an ordinance allowing the establishment of Community Advisory Council in each of the seven council districts as is called for in the 2012 Detroit City Charter. CACs aim to improve community access to city government and connect resident voices to elected officials through an elected board of community leaders from each council district. Each CAC consists of five elect ...

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Rev. Bill Owens, gay marriage, attacks on President Obama and the absence of rhetorical substance

As an African American attorney and seminary-trained theologian and pastor, I am embarrassed by the comments made by the Rev. Bill Owens, who is president and founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors. This group has denounced the Obama Administration and Attorney General Eric Holder over their refusal to enforce same sex marriage bans, which the president, and at least one federal court judge ha ...

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Detroit youth transform their community, challenge others

Denby High School seniors have challenged the residents in their community to join the youth in cleaning up and redeveloping their district to have a high quality of life. In March, the students along with volunteers, cleaned up 16 blocks around the school, boarded up 11 vacant homes, and knocked on residents’ doors to advocating for them to join the Denby Alliance. The DA was set up to create blocks clubs ...

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The Foundation: 5 years of women in hip hop

Going strong for five years, The Foundation of 5e Gallery, will come together May 31 for its annual anniversary party to celebrate women in hip hop. Some of Detroit’s most talented female hip hop artists will unite for a night of peace, love and fun. “It’s definitely going to be dope,” says Miz Korona, the Motor City’s famed emcee, featured in the movie “8 Mile.” Miz Korona will headline the evening’s live ...

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Ras Baraka elected mayor of Newark

Ras Baraka, one of the sons of the late poet/playwright Amiri Baraka, handily beat rival Shavar Jeffries, May 13, to become the next mayor of his father’s city. The mayor-elect paid tribute to his father, who died in January, and his mother, Amina Baraka, who was nearby off-stage at the Robert Treat Hotel. ...

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8-year-old hero laid to rest

Eight-year-old Martin “Marty” Cobb and his 12-year-old sister had a special bond. They were by all accounts inseparable as siblings, best friends and playmates. “They were never apart,” said the Rev. Theodore L. Hughey, the pastor at Abundant Life Church of God in Christ, the family’s church. They would ride bikes and big-wheelers together, play side-by-side with children in their south-side neighborhood an ...

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RIP William Worthy, 1921 – 2014, Vincent Harding 1931 – 2014

This month, the world, the movement and I lost two irreplaceable comrades: William Worthy, the trailblazing journalist, and Vincent Harding, the historian, theologian and movement activist. The media including the New York Times, had a lot to say about Worthy. They wrote about how Bill, defying all kinds of government restrictions, had gone to China and Cuba. “Democracy Now” replayed its WWII interview with ...

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You won’t believe how ‘well-spoken’ these guys are

The cyber-conversation has turned to a bungled white-guy-to-Black-guy handshake, which possibly involved too many moves, dap and so on. “Handshakes are a tricky subject, man,” says Gavin Yates, shaking his head. Myke Wright jumps in. “I think hand shakes are on the font line of race relations. They are definitely the weirdest part. Whenever I go in to dap a white guy, I know they are going to mess it up. It ...

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Royal Detroit artist paints colorful vision of peace

“If you want to talk about balance, a balance of colors is always the best in order to facilitate a nice living environment,” says Her Highness Princess Sherry Selassie-Young, a master painter, humanitarian, and descendant of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. “Or you could stress one color over another if you’re ill, or if you’re depressed, or if you’re stressed or something of that nature. But balance ...

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