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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

For those of us seeking orgasmic relief without the physical or emotional risk factors, Labor Day weekend was sexed up for all but haters of a good time. Royal Oak produced a major league packed house for MC Hammer (the Detroit Jazz Festival is a far better bargain and much hipper than Arts, Beats and Eats — but why compare great releases?). Enough of the feel good crap, we go hard here. So, if Dan Gilbert ...

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Detroit transit suffers

The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) is struggling to satisfy local commuters. Bus drivers are often the first to receive criticism from riders, but some riders fail to remember that drivers are forced to work within a failing system, and have no control over bad service. Last April ­ — with the threat of emergency management looming over the city and the implementation of a consent agreement wit ...

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Duggan’s PAC gives $80,000 back

Tom Barrow’s allegations of election fraud are gaining traction; Quicken Loans has asked Mike Duggan’s Turnaround Detroit Political Action Committee (PAC) to refund $80,000 of campaign contributions. Dan Gilbert controls Quicken loans and its parent company Rock Ventures, both companies he founded; Gilbert is also a principal of Athens Acquisition, the corporate entity that is majority owner of the Greektow ...

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Media company gets $5 million deal with Orr

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr gave $5 million to local media group, Real Times Media. The two contracts were approved for the week of Aug. 12 by Orr, while city council was at recess. Real Times Media is the parent company of the Michigan Chronicle, Chicago Defender, Pittsburgh Courier among several other media properties. The contracts were brought to the city council table Sept. 3 — not for council approval ...

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Competent or incapable?

The new watch-words coming from Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr are “competence” and “efficiency.” We are being told he is busy “streamlining” city government. He is eliminating cumbersome bureaucracies. His target this week is City Planning and Development. People who care about the future of the city need to resist this effort to destroy democratic oversight in the name of competence and efficiency. We are ge ...

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Lord Jessiah releases new album “Grounds of Detroit”

Lord Jessiah is a hip hop producer who has stuck with the sonic fundamentals of the craft, matching sample loops with street rhymes that beat straight to the soul. His new album, “Grounds of Detroit,” is a throwback to 90s era hip hop, when songs reflected the rawness of the blocks, unlike today’s rap music, which tends to be more polished for pop appeal. ...

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Detroit North End Healing

The strip of Oakland Avenue in Detroit’s North End district may be riddled with vacant homes and fire-damaged structures, but the historical significance of the region has kept the people together over the years — fighting to renew the history of a community once known for greatness. On Aug. 24, over 200 people gathered at the Oakland Avenue Community Garden & Greenhouse, located at 9354 Oakland Avenue in D ...

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Fashion designer crafts gala out of talent and tragedy

Designer Mark England never stopped sketching, sewing, styling, illustrating and breathing fashion — even after being diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this year. So once the chemotherapy stopped and the doctors cleared him, he went right back to work. Since then, England has made it a mission to use his skill and trade to raise awareness in the fight against cancer . ...

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‘Idol’ gives message of redemption

Faith, money, fame and redemption make up “Idol,” the latest stage play set to hit the Paul Roberson Theater at Northwestern Activities Center on September 7. Produced by Janaya Black, “Idol” stars Kamal Smith, Dez Cortez, Nunu Thurman, DeLorean Cotton, Delores Harris, Michael C. Lee, Martini Harris and London Allen. “Idol” depicts the struggle of a young Christian man Rico Williams, played by Kamal Smith, ...

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Deconstructing Reconstruction

Children in elementary school often come home with the idea that the purpose of the Civil War was to end slavery, but if that were true why did it take Abraham Lincoln so long to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, and why was it less than universally popular in the Union states? If you see the movie “Lincoln,” you get a much fuller picture of the contingency of emancipation, and of the difficulty of passi ...

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