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‘Passing’ returns to Charles H. Wright Museum

The play “Passing” — a one woman performance about the story of Minerva Roulhac and her journey as a light skinned Black woman who could “pass” for white — made its return to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Feb. 1. Detroit playwright Dara Harper, who is the great-granddaughter of Minerva, was present to introduce the play and contribute to a panel discussion after the play about rac ...

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Dilla Day Detroit

Dilla Day Detroit, the official annual Detroit celebration of the life and music of the late hip hop producer J Dilla, will take place with a concert Feb. 7 at The Fillmore on Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit. Dilla Day Detroit will feature performances from hip hop legends De La Soul, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson and Slum Village. The concert takes place on the birthday of the late prod ...

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Security unsafe for Detroit students

Security guards are supposed to keep students safe, according to school administrators. However, a recent trend of physical contact between guards and students at Detroit Public Schools have parents, students and residents questioning that assumption. A video of Cass Tech star quarterback Jayru Campbell “body slamming” a security guard surfaced Jan. 22. Many believe Campbell was protecting himself. “I think ...

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Mapping the Motor City

Since December, the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force surveyors have photographed nearly every parcel of land in the city, encountering residents who are either “excited” or “suspicious,” says Tanya Lamar-McDonald. McDonald is a supervisor and one-time surveyor working on an unprecedented effort to catalog all properties in the city of Detroit. Surveyors — Detroit residents from the neighborhoods they are c ...

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Winter Blast 2014, at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit, Feb. 7-9, is expected to attract more than 85,000 people. Detroit’s music scene will be on display on three stages, with more than 50 entertainment acts performing. Many signature winter activities are returning: the 200 Foot Snow Slide, free ice-skating in Campus Martius Park, Professional skating demonstrations, unique sculptures in the ice ga ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

In a news report, the youngest member in the history of the Detroit City Council sounded as if she was challenging the old ways with old-fashioned common sense. “Why are we transferring over this (public) property for a dollar, when the value of the land is worth way more than that?” said Detroit City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield. “It’s hard for me to just give away land with nothing in return.” ...

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Plans of adjustment

Plans to adjust Detroit are underway. Soon, the confidential bankruptcy plan, forged behind closed doors, will be made public. The adjustments to move through bankruptcy sought by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr should be carefully studied. Orr has repeatedly shown he does not value the people of the city. He would rather protect the profits of the banks. Now, we are depending on his belated efforts to hold ban ...

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Construction on a new hockey stadium will begin this spring — with help from bankrupt Detroit. Against much community opposition, the Detroit City Council voted 6-3 to approve a land transfer deal that paves the way for the new $650 million project. Council President Pro Tem Cushingberry and Councilmembers Spivey, Leland, Jenkins, Benson and Sheffield voted in favor of the transfer; Council President Brenda ...

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Rebellion Fitness

The Rebellion Fitness-N-Self-Defense is a workout and martial arts class that takes place every Saturday at the House of Bastet located on Lafayette between Brooklyn and Eighth Street. The program combines elements of cardio and Tang Soo Do giving participants a great way to get in shape while picking up a few self-defense techniques along the way. Tang Soo Do is a Korean style of Martial Arts that originat ...

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