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Photographers look around to see within

With the 2011 renovation of Oakman Boulevard’s Bell Building, which towers over the Detroit-Highland Park border, the Neighborhood Service Organization was able to provide fresh opportunities to the iconic piece of architecture and to more than 150 new residents, all of whom had been homeless. NSO’s program is unique and comprehensive; apartments are furnished with everything down to the toothpaste for inco ...

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Global photographer helps local politician

Photojournalist Monica Morgan is showing her work at a fundraiser for state representative candidate Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, June 26. The exhibit, “Global Journey” consists of images Morgan has taken of President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, Rosa Parks and photos from the funeral service of South African global icon Nelson Mandela who died in December. She has selected images she believes will highligh ...

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Wayne State Farmers Market supports healthy diets

The Wayne State University Farmers Market unveiled its seventh season on June 4 at its usual location, 5201 Cass Ave, across the street from the Main Branch of the Detroit Public Library. One of 10 neighborhood markets in Detroit, the market offers a range of fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, and prepared foods to eat at the market or take home. For 22 weeks, the market will host farmers and food businesses ...

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From Nairobi, Kenya to Detroit: Anything is possible!

Somewhere in the Great Lakes Region in East Africa, lies the country of Kenya. Most people know Kenya as home of long distance runners, while others think of it as a vacationing spot because of its wildlife. What most don’t know about Kenya is that it is also one of Africa’s most highly heterogeneous countries, containing some of the continent’s most diverse ethnic groups and complex cultures. One of Kenya’ ...

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ACLU to Detroit: Fireworks curfew violates the rights of young people and their parents

“It is ironic and unsettling that on the day set aside to celebrate the freedoms of our country, the City of Detroit effectively makes thousands of young people prisoners in their own homes. While the city has a legitimate interest in addressing potential problems at the fireworks celebration on the river, it cannot do so by relying on hurtful stereotypes or by criminalizing the innocent activities of young ...

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Rowing connects Detroit youth with fitness, the environment and big scholarship opportunities

The morning sun only just rose above the surface of the Detroit River, and Adrienne Thomas has already finished her workout. Thomas, a 16 year-old rower and rising Cass Tech senior, is helping to carry her boat, or “shell,, off the canal behind the former Fisher Mansion now a Hare Krishna temple surrounded by manicured grounds on the city’s east side and into the Detroit Women’s Rowing Association Boathouse ...

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Rev. Ed Rowe, senior pastor of Central United Methodist Church Detroit, will retire after 37 years of ministry

Rev. Edwin A. (Ed) Rowe will preach his last sermon at the 10:30 worship service, June 22, followed by a reception, light meal and program in his honor. Rev. Rowe has been in the ministry for over 40 years. He grew up on Detroit’s east side and attended Denby High School. He did his under graduate studies at Adrian College before he attended Garrett Theological Seminary in Chicago. In 1974, he was appointed ...

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Downtown Boxing Gym student takes home top honors at Junior Olympics

Downtown Boxing Gym’s Janelson Figueroa is the 2014 Junior Olympics National Champion. Competing in the 145-pound weight class, Figueroa won his last bout in a 3-0 decision. This is the first year he has competed in this division. “He works hard,” said Downtown Boxing Gym’s founder and head coach Khali Sweeney. “We are proud of him as an athlete, as a student, and as a citizen of the community.” ...

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Highland Park valedictorian chooses Spelman

Lea Rogers is the 2014 valedictorian of Highland Park Renaissance Academy where she excelled academically and was also on the cheer and volleyball teams. Rogers has been accepted and will attend Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., in the fall, where she will major in biology. After completing her undergrad education, Rogers plans to attend Johns Hopkins University and become a doctor. ...

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On the water front: The struggle for water in Michigan’s Black cities

A city caught in the throes of a financial crisis and under the control of a state-appointed manager seeks to privatize its water department in a desperate attempt to balance its budget and remain solvent. Residents — many of whom are African American living in poverty — face mounting hardships as their water is being shut off when payments are delinquent. “Yeah, I know all about what’s happening in Detroit ...

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