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Charity waters

The city does not need charity. We need solidarity. We, the people of Detroit, have for generations created imaginative, progressive solutions to our problems. We have turned vacant land into gardens and playgrounds, built communities out of vision and hope, and inspired world celebrated music, poetry, art and theater. ...

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D-Town Harvest Fest returns with fun, learning, global connection

By Steve Furay Special to the Michigan Citizen D-Town Farms’ Eighth Annual Harvest Festival will take the city into the fall season once more. The event is scheduled for Sept. 20-21. Located at 14027 W. Outer Drive in Detroit, the festivities will take place on both days from 12-6 p.m., with live entertainment, educational seminars, learnshops and children’s activities. Amid an urban agricultural movement i ...

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Detroit turnout critical for Dems

The Michigan Democratic Party is rolling out an aggressive plan to win the African American vote this November. President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign transformed Democratic strategy for one of its core constituencies, African Americans. The Obama-effect, as it is called, brought out an unprecedented number of young and Black voters, according to a Pew analysis of census data. Black women voters were especi ...

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UPDATE: Authority to operate Detroit Water and Sewerage Department

One of the last city assets, the Detroit water system has met the same fate as the Detroit Zoo, Cobo Hall, Belle Isle and the Detroit Institute of Arts before it. The newly-created Great Lakes Water Authority will soon control the regional system of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. ...

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Black lawyers to challenge police brutality in 25 cities

The lawyers group will file open records requests in Birmingham, Ala.; Little Rock, Ark.; Phoenix; Los Angeles; San Jose, Calif., Washington, D.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Miami; Atlanta; Chicago; Louisville, Ky.; Baltimore; Detroit; Kanas City, Mo.; St. Louis, Mo.; Charlotte, N.C.; Las Vegas; New York City; Cleveland, Ohio, Memphis, Tenn., Philadelphia; Dallas; Houston; San Antonio, Texas, and Milwaukee, Wis. ...

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Joining the ancestors: Bill Greaves, prolific filmmaker, dies at 87

A native of Harlem and a prolific filmmaker, William Greaves, once remarked he thought he would be a hurricane in documenting Black history and culture, but settled on the fact he was “only a single rain drop.” That single rain drop made a considerable splash, inspiring hundreds of artists, writers and filmmakers. Greaves, 87, died on Aug. 25 at his home in Manhattan, according to his daughter-in-law Bernic ...

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Black comic convention returns to inspire young artists in metro Detroit

By Steve Furay Special to the Michigan Citizen   Motor City Black Age of Comics Convention returns for its sixth annual gathering Sept. 13 at Youthville Detroit, 7375 Woodward Avenue, for a full day of entertainment and education about the comic book industry and the contributions of Black artists. The convention is one of the largest comic conventions in the nation highlighting Black artists. The itinerary ...

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