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Marcus Belgrave to play free show on International Jazz Day

On April 30, a free concert at the Carr Center (311 East Grand River) in Detroit will celebrate International Jazz Day, featuring the legendary Marcus Belgrave on trumpet with Bill Foster of the Jazz Network acting as host. The event will take place from 7-10 p.m., and is a part of the Jazz-Off Detroit initiative, supported by the Knight Foundation among others. ...

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Green Living Science teaches DPS students to reduce, reuse, recycle

Earth Day is a global event, founded in 1970, designed to raise environmental awareness. This year, Detroit Green Living Science celebrated Earth Day with 300 third and fourth grade students during a special educational event held at the Lincoln Street Art Park. Teachers, volunteers and staff of Green Living Science and Recycle Here, a recycling center in Detroit located at 1331 Holden Street, welcomed the ...

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Black America was silent during Rwandan genocide

It was 20 years ago this month that the monstrous Rwandan genocide unfolded. In less than 90 days, close to 1 million Rwandan Tutsis and their Hutu allies were murdered by right-wing Hutu extremists, instigated by the government of Rwanda. The scale and speed of the genocide defied imagination. Dramatized in the film “Hotel Rwanda,” the events of 1994 were linked to both the externally imposed economic poli ...

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High insurance premiums turn many Detroit motorists into hit-and-run drivers

Detroit leads the nation in the number of deaths caused by hit-and-run drivers. In fact, according to Michigan Crash Facts, Detroit accounts for nearly 50 percent of all hit-and-run fatalities in Michigan. The spike in vehicular homicides over the past few years in the city of Detroit has inspired many writers to comment on it. Most of their observations, however, appear to deliberately shield big corporati ...

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NBA president: Blacks should be ‘almost religious’ about supporting Black businesses

National Bankers Association (NBA) President/CEO Michael Grant says mutual support among Black businesses and consumers must become an “almost religious” culture in America if the Black community is to ever to attain significant economic strength. “We are aware our community was hardest hit by this recession. We’re aware the historical and structural barriers against us remain. But, here is the real deal: W ...

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Fewer teens get pregnant except for those 10-14

Teen pregnancies are on the decline in the state except among the youngest girls, a Department of Community Health (DCH) report shows. The most recent report from 2012 shows there was a slight increase from 2011 in pregnancies among those 10-14. After decades of steady decreases, the number increased from 94 to 105 reported teen pregnancies. The reduction of other unintended pregnancies could be a result of ...

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Race is a ‘chronic’ enforcement problem

A recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union shows marijuana laws are enforced unequally for Black and white Americans nationwide. “The War on Marijuana in Black and White” released in March reports that though the percentage of Blacks and whites who use marijuana is virtually identical, African Americans are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested. The 190-page report states, “There were 140,000 mor ...

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Trish’s Garage tunes up Motor City fashion

Ebony Rutherford has been working on her dream of opening a retail clothing boutique, Trish’s Garage, since 2007, and thanks to an opportunity through a Detroit grant organization, her shop has opened for a two-month run in a prestigious location — 1249 Woodward Avenue, downtown between Grand River and State Street. “I think it’s for every woman — a lot of times we may have a look that we want to showcase, ...

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Hearing exposes horrors of the EAA

Children being slapped by staff and thrown to the ground, no legally-mandated provisions for special education students, limited supplies and few, if any books, non-functioning or missing computers, kids watching pornography, high teacher turnover, test scores showing students falling further behind, curriculum development left to inexperienced teachers, and a lack of teacher support were among the Educatio ...

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The land, the people

Kathina Carey has mixed feelings about the Hantz Woodlands’ development in her neighborhood on the city’s lower east side. Carey, a Detroit native, described how she’d single-handedly cared for her block on McClellan Street for seven years, using her own money to mow the vacant lots between abandoned homes, and feed homeless neighbors in the area who sometimes went for days without a meal. She was relieved ...

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