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Farrakhan to serenade the Motor City

Louis Eugene Wolcott was a violin prodigy, who played with both the Boston College Orchestra and the Boston Civic Symphony by the time he was only 13 years old. The charismatic youth continued to perform and win awards, expanding his repertoire to include singing and dancing. As a young adult, Wolcott earned a living as a calypso entertainer,performing under the monikers Calypso Gene and the Charmer. ...

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Keeping control

The debate currently underway in Lansing is focusing on how long the state will retain control over the city of Detroit. If the legislature is going to contribute more than $350 million to Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s so-called “grand bargain” that is part of his bankruptcy plan, then it wants “oversight” long after Orr leaves office. Twenty years of oversight. ...

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‘EAA caught overspending on travel, gas, new furniture’

A “waste and abuse of power,” is what Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson called spending done by officials at the Educational Achievement Authority Following a May 12, Detroit News report on Gov. Snyder’s state created experimental district exposing excess spending by the cash-strapped district, Johnson said. ”Spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on things like personal chauffeurs and new IKEA ...

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‘Freedom Rides’ on Belle Isle

The Michigan State Police and the Department of Natural Resources have come under scrutiny for their new policing practices on Belle Isle. A rally to demand respect for Detroiters from the state’s law enforcement was held on the island May 9. "What we're focusing on is that people are tired of being treated with disrespect," said Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality and Peace Zones fo ...

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Duggan brings ideas for improved employment through DPS

Mayor Mike Duggan offered the Detroit Public Schools elected board four plans he has to make DPS graduates read to be hired right out of school. He also put to rest rumors that he was going to take over DPS when he told the members of the elected board May 8 in a meeting at Amelia Earhart Middle School that he was not interested and would prefer to work jointly to improve opportunities for the city’s gradua ...

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Teens learn to row

Friends of Detroit Rowing recently announced the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has approved a grant request for expansion of its Youth Learn-to-Row Program. “This grant helps Friends of Detroit Rowing build on its mission of expanding the sport of rowing throughout the Detroit metropolitan area,” said FDR president Todd Platt. “Youth are the lifeblood of the sport… This also can help open door ...

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Detroit Community Markets

Detroit Community Markets (DCM) is a coalition of neighborhood food access outlets that provide additional opportunities for Detroiters to purchase fresh and nutritious food at convenient locations. Farmers’ markets, mobile food distributors and food box programs all work as partners to bring healthy, affordable food to Detroit residents, to create a more food secure metropolitan area. ...

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Ujamaa Food Co-op Buying Club: Save money and display your economic power

The Ujamaa Food Co-op Buying Club is one of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network’s many programs. Through this program, members of the club are able to purchase a wide variety of healthy foods, supplements and household items at discounted prices, while demonstrating the collective buying power of Detroiters Every four weeks, members submit orders through our vendor, United Natural Foods (UNFI) ...

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McConnell Communications celebrates 10 years

McConnell Communications Inc., a full-service public relations and marketing firm founded by former journalist Darci E. McConnell, is celebrating 10 years in business. The Detroit company, housed in Greektown’s International Center, was incorporated May 11, 2004. “I’m really proud of making it to 10,” said McConnell, 46. “And I had an awful lot of help along the way. That help came in the form of early clie ...

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