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Think spring!

The weather we have been experiencing in Detroit has been downright frigid. Snow and ice is covering everything. These months have been hard — leaving us indoors due to the extreme cold and hazardous roadways. This is a prime opportunity to think of warmer, greener days! Spring — when the robins return and the crocuses bloom — is a time to look forward to and envision what those balmier days of our future w ...

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Celebrating MLK Week at NYU

It gave me a lot to think about. On Feb. 6, I participated in New York University’s 9th annual celebration of MLK Week. The theme of this year’s celebration, organized by a 25-person committee led by Monroe France, NYU’s vice-president of diversity, was “The Power of Courage, Passion, Purpose, Perseverance.” About 75 percent of those seated in the big auditorium were young people of color. ...

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Multimedia artist expands with ‘Suddle Creations’

A true artist must complement their thorough knowledge of their craft while adapting to new ways of creating with the ever-changing technology of the day. Urban artist Nivek Monet, owner of the art gallery Suddle Creations, is a prime example of being able to evolve as an artist. Born and raised on Detroit’s east side, Monet learned how to draw at the age of six. “I remember sitting down drawing with my gra ...

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Spike Lee wants your music

Spike Lee is busy finishing up his latest movie, “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” financed entirely through the online crowdfunding website kickstater.com. According to a Feb. 10 Kickstarter project email, he is crowd sourcing music for the soundtrack as well. Lee is currently accepting “submissions for only R&B and rap songs by independent/unsigned artists,” says the email. “The music is inconsequential to the s ...

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Local press publishes imprisoned man’s book of haiku

James Fuson has been in prison for two decades. At the tender age of 17, not yet old enough to buy cigarettes, he was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole. “Prison is not for the naïve,” he writes, “and … a kid … is not ready for it. One of two things will happen to that kid: He will either break and become part of the machine or get tough and grow into a stronger individual. Either way… ...

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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble to perform at N’Namdi Gallery

The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble returns to Detroit for another live performance on Feb. 28. The Chicago-based ensemble combines contemporary African American musical styles with traditional African instrumentation and rhythms. Percussionist/composer/band leader Kahil El’Zabar, saxophonist Ernest Khabeer Dawkins and trumpet-player Corey Wilkes make up the group. The show will take place at the N’Namdi Center fo ...

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Rev. Joseph R. Jordan, influential pastor, dies

Rev. Dr. Joseph Ralph Jordan, pastor of Corinthian Baptist Church in Hamtramck, died at the age of 77 on Monday, February 3rd at Detroit Receiving Hospital in Detroit. He served as Corinthian’s pastor for 40 years. Rev. Wayne Little, senior associate pastor of Corinthian reflected, “Those he touched will remember him as a servant, teacher and a man with a Pastor’s heart.” He distinguished himself as a man w ...

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Monetizing a murderer

Had he not murdered Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman would be an average white man holding down a mediocre job, living under the radar and aspiring for a law enforcement job. He and his wife would probably be divorcing (as they are now) on account of his brutality (she cites his beatings in her divorce proceedings). Nobody, but nobody, would know his name or give a hoot about him. Though a jury found Zimmer ...

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Dr. King ‘turning in his grave’ over family greed

The children of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sue each other — as well as loyal family friends — so often you need a program to keep up with the court action. Bernice and Martin Luther King III sued Dexter because he failed to open the books of their father’s estate. Dexter, hoping to sign a $1.4 million book contract, sued Bernice, who administers their mother’s estate, for not sharing their parents’ love le ...

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What will (y)our legacy look like?

As America “celebrates” the countless achievements of African Americans during the February observance of Black History Month, I think it makes sense to remind each other of the things we do every day will be the historical recollections for future generations. There is no question of the value of recounting the daring exploits, the against-all-oddsbattles won, or of revisiting the horrors and brutalities t ...

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