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‘Nobody’s laughing now’

Before the arrival of Sharon Lee as head volleyball coach at the Detroit International Academy, some teams in the PSL didn’t take them or their nickname, the Pink Panthers, seriously. In her first season two years ago, they went 7-3 and made the PSL playoffs. The DIA finished third in the PSL East with a 5-2 record and 7-2. The Pink Panthers made the playoffs again this season. Not only did the Pink Panther ...

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Is inequality shortening your life span?

Imagine you got to choose whether to be born Black or born white in America. Here are a few health statistics that might inform your decision: If you chose to be born white, your chances of dying of Parkinson's disease would be twice as likely as if you chose to be Black. Your chances of dying from cirrhosis of the liver or Alzheimer's disease would be 25 percent higher. As a white person, you'd also be two ...

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‘Detroit, the Chiapas of North America’

Regarding Martin Luther King, Jr., Grace Lee Boggs talks of “catching up with Martin" and recapturing his "Radical Revolutionary Spirit." She says King realized after the Watts uprising in 1965 how little his struggle for measures like the Voting Rights Act was relevant to "the powerlessness and uselessness that is the daily experience of Black youth made expendable by technology." It was more than just ass ...

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Seventh Annual Green Screen accepting student, youth produced short films

Teachers, educators and organizers are invited to submit student and youth produced short films to the 7th Annual East Michigan Environmental Action Council’s youth environmental film festival, Green Screen. Entry deadline is Oct. 31, 2013. Green Screen provides a forum where students and youth from across southeast Michigan and beyond can showcase their short films with environmental themes. These films al ...

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Dwele drives the future with Black United Fund

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Dwele has a full agenda these days. His name has been plastered across signs and he’s been on the red carpet every week it seems. However, the R & B icon hasn’t been promoting his latest album — he’s been using his celebrity to promote charitable causes. He has aided in the fight against cancer and is now sparking young professionals to “make things happen” in communities ...

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Starring role for the Motor City

The Mitten Movie Project Detroit Night is a night of short films either about the city of Detroit or shot prominently in the city. A monthly film festival dedicated to screening independent short films, the MMP, generally held at Royal Oak’s Main Art Theatre, returns to Michigan’s largest city for the second time. This year’s MMP Detroit Night will be held Oct. 22 at Cinema Detroit at the Burton Theatre (pr ...

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Detroit hip hop recognizes Indigenous People’s Day

On Oct. 14, Columbus Day, a special evening of hip hop hosted by The Raiz Up was held at 5E Gallery in recognition of Indigenous People’s Day. The Raiz Up is an artist collective formed in Southwest Detroit in 2012, bringing hip hop artists and activists together for performances and community education. Indigenous People’s Day is recognized throughout the Americas as a response to the day celebrating Chris ...

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Local comedy event to feature laughs, breast cancer awareness

Metro Detroit comedians will come together Oct. 23 for a special evening of laughs in support of the American Breast Cancer Foundation. This special edition of “What a Witty Wednesday” will feature some of the area’s finest female comedians along with music performances, beginning 9 p.m. at The Bullfrog in Redford,15414 Telegraph Road. ...

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