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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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Earth Day and Hantz Farm

As Judge Rhodes interviewed experts to comment on the feasibility of Kevyn Orr’s latest plan to redevelop Detroit, people around the world celebrated Earth Day. The United Nations declared it “International Mother Earth Day” in 2009. With the growing awareness that all human life is in peril because of the accelerating degradation of our planet, this year the Earth Day Network launched a Green Cities Campai ...

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We’re all losers after the Supreme Court’s decision in Schuette

There are many individuals and groups in Michigan who lost as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. Schuette is widely misunderstood as being a case about affirmative action. It is not. In fact, it leaves in place Supreme Court law recognizing diversity as a compelling governmental interest and permitting carefully constructed affirmative ...

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Detroit students athletes dine with, learn from Lions Head Coach Caldwell

On April 16, the Detroit Lions new head coach, Jim Caldwell, sat down to eat with more than 300 Detroit Public School and Educational Achievement Authority student athletes at the United Auto Workers-Ford’s (which hosted the event) National Programs Center. During the meal, Caldwell offered the students his thoughts on sport(wo)manship and respect, after which the students were able to ask the coach questio ...

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Detroit Raw

The defiant middle finger hurled at TV cameras by one of the defendants in the Eastside beat-down of the white pickup truck driver who hit a 10-year-old Black child is understood all too well by the streets of Detroit that one day may shock the nation, indeed the world, when the pent up rage coursing through Detroit is released in total. Those who serve as apologists for the right-peopling of Detroit lead t ...

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Grant program will give cash to veteran businesses

Nationwide, the media is buzzing about the transformation of Detroit’s downtown and midtown areas — the new stadiums, businesses, restaurants and apartment buildings, and the influx of new residents. Yet, many Detroit activists maintain this “rebirth” was only made possible by advantageous post-housing bubble land prices, and that residents, businesses and neighborhoods who survived disinvestment, the crack ...

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Cass Tech out hustles Western International 17-2

After losing to Renaissance the week before, Cass Tech got back on the winning track on April 17. The Technicians (5-2) erupted for seven runs in the first inning as they routed Western International, 17-2, in four innings in a PSL Division I matchup at DCP-Northwestern. Cass Tech scored four runs in the second and three runs in each the third and fourth innings. The Cowgirls (4-2) got their two runs in the ...

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K’Jon open casting call for “One Thing in Common”

R&B artist K’Jon’s latest single, “One Thing In Common,” will set the summer “on fire,” he says, starting with a video shoot that involves the community and supports Detroit-area businesses. Filming begins with an open casting call, April 26, at City Wings restaurant located at 2986 West Grand Blvd just off the Lodge (M-10) Service Drive. The Grammy-nominated crooner says, “It’s a family affair; we want all ...

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