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From Devil’s Night to Movement City and Bioneers

On Oct. 25, I participated in the Movement City symposium at the University of Michigan, and on Oct. 26, I was given an award at the opening session of the Ninth Annual Bioneers Conference at Marygrove College, which over the weekend offered dozens of workshops on Detroit’s rebuilding. At the Bioneers Conference, I learned Gloria Rivera, founder of Detroit Bioneers, Malik Yakini, director of Detroit Black C ...

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EMEAC to host Green Screen Youth Film Festival with Red Carpet extravaganza

East Michigan Environmental Action Council will host its Seventh Annual Green Screen Youth Environmental Film Festival on Nov. 9 from 3-6 p.m. The 2013 Green Screen will be held inside the D. Blair Theatre of the Cass Corridor Commons at 4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201. The afternoon’s theme is “mock-Oscar” party theme. Guests will have the opportunity to walk down a “green carpet” and be interviewed by ...

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DFPC engages candidates on food system issues

On Nov. 5, Detroiters will go to the polls to elect a new mayor as well as nine city council members. For the first time in more than 100 years, we will elect seven council members by district and two city-wide council members. In order to engage both Detroit residents and the candidates, the Detroit Food Policy Council asked all the candidates to answer six questions related to food and the food system in ...

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Black Bethoven brings ‘Heat’ to Detroit hip hop

Humbled that his music excites hip hop fans in his home city, Black Bethoven is quick to deflect compliments. He sits in his basement studio, for the moment turned away from multiple computer monitors and two powerful speakers, soon to have the room rocking. This is where his new album “Heat” was composed, crafted and released to the world on Oct. 22, giving hip hop a refreshing new contribution from the Mo ...

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Malcolm X in his own words

Award-winning journalist Herb Boyd and human rights activist Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, will release the long-awaited diary of Malcolm X on Nov. 10. The anticipated launch date is the 50th anniversary of “Message to the Grassroots,” a speech delivered by Malcolm X at King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, Boyd’s hometown. ...

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Wesley (“Wes”) Steele (“Oginga Odinga”)

Wesley Steele, a warrior for family, country, civil and human rights is at peace. He was relieved of duty, Oct. 9 at 7:02 p.m. in Detroit Receiving Hospital. As an advocate for women, children and men who were unable to help themselves, he routinely offered assistance where needed. Wesley was born, March 15, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to Mary Worthy Scott and Joseph Steele who both preceded him in death. Wes ...

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Freida Bailey Greene

Freida Bailey Greene, age 95, died on Oct., 13, in Redford, Michigan. Her memorial service will be held at Westminster Church of Detroit, 17567 Hubbell Street at West Outer Drive, Detroit, Michigan 48235, on Oct. 26 at 11:00 a.m., preceded by a family hour at 10 a.m. Reverends Mary Austin and Jim Rizer will officiate. ...

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Cleaning up the neighborhood

Volunteers, working with United Neighbors Association, cleaned up dump sites in the city, Oct. 12. It was the third cleanup of the year, they said. Charlene Johnson is CEO of United Neighbors; Elaine McKenzie is president. Working on Brush Street dumps sites were Alma Harris, Loretta Stafford, Farrand Park, Denzel and Jeremy Barber, Stanley Bridges, Willie Dawkins, Clarence Harris, Derrell Juster. McLean, F ...

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Whose city?

“We, the city.” That is the phrase used by the Jones Day attorney in court to identify his client. The Jones Day attorney is wrong. He represents Gov. Rick Snyder and his appointee, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. “We the city” better describes the hundreds of persons marching outside the courthouse in protest of the illegal proceedings inside. Appropriately, one of the chants city residents use while protesti ...

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M1 trolley folly versus transportation justice

The North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC) recently mounted a seven-day march. From Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, we marched round-trip from Woodward and Bethune to the Detroit Amtrak station, the closest place for North End residents to board the proposed M1 trolley. It’s not a great distance if you’re not in a wheel chair or use a walker or cane. In short, the M1 was not constructed with many North End resi ...

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