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Teens learn to row

Friends of Detroit Rowing recently announced the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has approved a grant request for expansion of its Youth Learn-to-Row Program. “This grant helps Friends of Detroit Rowing build on its mission of expanding the sport of rowing throughout the Detroit metropolitan area,” said FDR president Todd Platt. “Youth are the lifeblood of the sport… This also can help open door ...

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Tough getting a job after 55

If you’re 55 or older and hunting for a job, good luck. Michigan is one of the worst states for your employment prospects. Governing Magazine recently reported data showing nationwide employment-to-population ratios, a common economic measure of what proportion of a state’s eligible working-age population is employed. Michigan is the third worst in the nation for older workers, at 32.3 percent of residents ...

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Detroit Community Markets

Detroit Community Markets (DCM) is a coalition of neighborhood food access outlets that provide additional opportunities for Detroiters to purchase fresh and nutritious food at convenient locations. Farmers’ markets, mobile food distributors and food box programs all work as partners to bring healthy, affordable food to Detroit residents, to create a more food secure metropolitan area. ...

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Michigan cuts to higher ed among worst in country

Michigan has cut funding to public universities and colleges deeper than 37 other states since the start of the Great Recession, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. As a result, tuition has risen dramatically, making it harder for many to go to college and for the state to attract businesses that rely on a well-educated workforce. ...

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Ujamaa Food Co-op Buying Club: Save money and display your economic power

The Ujamaa Food Co-op Buying Club is one of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network’s many programs. Through this program, members of the club are able to purchase a wide variety of healthy foods, supplements and household items at discounted prices, while demonstrating the collective buying power of Detroiters Every four weeks, members submit orders through our vendor, United Natural Foods (UNFI) ...

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Painter Steve Locke returns home with evocative solo exhibition

Curator Helen Molesworth has called Steve Locke’s paintings on bodiless heads, many with their tongues sticking out, “alternately disturbing, comical, vulnerable and sensual.” The bright polychrome paintings, part of Locke’s upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit titled, “There’s No One Left to Blame,” are mounted on various pillars and poles, hovering over or looking up at exhibition ...

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JET Magazine goes digital

Johnson Publishing Company recently announced that JET magazine will transition to a digital magazine app at the end of June. JPC is making the proactive decision to adapt to the changing needs of its readers as their desire to get information quickly and easily increases, the company stated in a release issued last week. JET, the number three magazine in the African American market, with a rate base of 700 ...

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Media darlings

Two men who present themselves as leaders in the community are practicing objectionable examples of hypocrisy. Both men are highly visible, appearing daily on television and radio. One of them has two shows airing on TV, which is a rarity. Since nothing appears on television that isn’t planned (even the “news”) then these two men must be doing something right according to the planning of their respective bo ...

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McConnell Communications celebrates 10 years

McConnell Communications Inc., a full-service public relations and marketing firm founded by former journalist Darci E. McConnell, is celebrating 10 years in business. The Detroit company, housed in Greektown’s International Center, was incorporated May 11, 2004. “I’m really proud of making it to 10,” said McConnell, 46. “And I had an awful lot of help along the way. That help came in the form of early clie ...

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Detroit Raw

The EAA should be abolished for firing the teacher who used a broom in an attempt to restore order to her classroom. It is the parents of those youngsters who need to be explaining themselves instead of trying to find straw broom welts on their children’s back for TV cameras. There should have been some respect inflicted on the hind side of those boys long before they reached Pershing. Detroit teachers walk ...

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