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Lupita Nyong’o named ‘World’s Most Beautiful Person’ by People

Lupita Nyong’o was named People Magazine’s “World’s Most Beautiful Person” 2014 — but the choice was hardly a surprise. The Mexico-born Kenyan beauty has been riding a wave of critical acclaim from her role as the enslaved character Patsey in director Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” — for which she won a best supporting actress Oscar. During the awards season, she also became the gold standard for a Holl ...

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Detroit Raw

America is not at work on Belle Isle. Fear is not a recreational pursuit. Belle Isle was bare of Detroit on Mother’s Day even as Detroit rocked the Riverwalk by the thousands, family intact as we got a great view of one another. My scouting mission revealed a naked Belle Isle, dead with no car trunks up kicking the rhythm of the D — no nothing except the blue cars of the occupying army daring us to enter. ...

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Farrakhan to serenade the Motor City

Louis Eugene Wolcott was a violin prodigy, who played with both the Boston College Orchestra and the Boston Civic Symphony by the time he was only 13 years old. The charismatic youth continued to perform and win awards, expanding his repertoire to include singing and dancing. As a young adult, Wolcott earned a living as a calypso entertainer,performing under the monikers Calypso Gene and the Charmer. ...

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DJ Jay Daniel at Movement Festival

Detroit is well known for producing some of the best electronic music artists in the world. Its tradition continues with up-and-coming artist Jay Daniel. At age 23, Daniel has been a DJ and producing music for the past four years, quickly gaining notoriety and respect among his peers. On May 24, he will be featured at 1515 Broadway as a part of an after-party for the Movement Electronic Music Festival. Dani ...

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Me and Jet magazine

Jet magazine’s becoming an online-only publication is not something to cheer about. For me personally, especially pre-1990s, JET was the magazine I read most often and most thoroughly. It played a significant role in my becoming what my grandfather and his friends used to call “a race man.” ...

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Keeping control

The debate currently underway in Lansing is focusing on how long the state will retain control over the city of Detroit. If the legislature is going to contribute more than $350 million to Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s so-called “grand bargain” that is part of his bankruptcy plan, then it wants “oversight” long after Orr leaves office. Twenty years of oversight. ...

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Empty houses

Homes left empty by the foreclosure crisis are like open wounds. My neighborhood is no exception. Over the years, we have had our share of abandoned houses, but most found their way to new families. But the foreclosure crisis hit us like a tidal wave. Three years ago, my neighbor of 35 years left her home. A retired Detroit Public Schools teacher, she took out a loan to fix her roof, build a new garage, and ...

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Civic leaders demand Olumba’s ouster

We, the undersigned, write to you today about the status of John Olumba, the state representative for the 3rd District. We are offended Mr. Olumba has moved out of the district that elected him. This move has been reported in the local media and is corroborated by his neighbors. The law requires an elected state representative to reside in the district in which he or she represents for a reason: so he or sh ...

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Whose island? Not Penske’s island

Reports flashed across Facebook on Mother’s Day, despite the beautiful weather, no one was on Belle Isle. What a contrast to years previous and city folk’s habits. Could the reason be state police harassment? The acres and acres of concrete covering the western half of the island? Or a combination of both? For sure, Detroiters were absent on the island while crowds thronged to the Riverwalk. Thousands were ...

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U.S. losing clout among entrenched African leaders

During his just concluded Africa tour, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was hitting a brick wall with African leaders who seemed unresponsive to his calls for free and fair elections, for new schools, hospitals, new roads and bridges, and for curbing rampant corruption in the region. In fact, Kerry had barely finished his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo when the local information minister issued ...

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