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GM Student Corps members will help improve neighborhoods, learn valuable life skills

A group of 110 Detroit-area high school students are about to begin paid summer internships as members of the brand new GM Student Corps, a program introduced May 20 by General Motors North America President Mark Reuss that combines service, education and mentoring. The students representing 11 United Way Network of Excellence Schools will work in teams of 10 to develop and implement service projects in Det ...

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BMe awards grants to Detroit community leaders

Fourteen Black male leaders in Detroit were honored with BMe Leadership Awards. These men have helped to build, protect and educate the community, showing a personal commitment to the well-being of others. For that commitment, they, along with recipients from Baltimore and Philadelphia, were awarded a total of $600,000 in small grants paid for by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Open Socie ...

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Oakman School parents ask EM for answers

Parents of children at Oakman Orthopedic School have questions that no one in the administration of Emergency Manager Roy Roberts seem able to answer. Roberts told Oakman parents April 10 that the school was closing. He made the decision without their input or comments and could not answer specific questions, according to LSCO President Alyia Moore. Since then, questions have multiplied, Moore says. ...

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Farrakhan: Detroiters need faith and each other

Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan visited Detroit’s Fellowship Chapel Banquet and Conference Center to address some 3,500 guests May 17. The controversial religious leader’s comments, expected to focus on the sociopolitical and economic concerns of Detroit, a city the Nation of Islam calls home, addressed a different elephant in the room. Farrakhan’s message of Christ-likeness called out the c ...

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Video contest for high school, college students announced

DETROIT — As part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 Walk to Freedom, a video contest for high school and college students was recently launched. The “Now Is the Time” contest asks entrants to upload a one-minute video to explain how they are helping with community rebuilding in Detroit — essentially living up to King’s dream. Participants must enter by June 1 at www. ...

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PACs offer election forums

Black Slate Inc., Eastside Community Slate and Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee will host a series of City Council and Police District Forums DETROIT — Black Slate Inc., Eastside Community Slate and the Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee will join together to host a series of City Council District and Police District Forums to help educate voters for the City of Detroit’s upcoming 2013 e ...

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Bing says no to second term, eyes county office

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing will not run again for mayor but is considering a run for Wayne County executive. In a speech at the Charles H. Wright African American History Museum May 14, Bing said he had an “unwavering devotion” to the city and announced that he would not seek reelection but would form an exploratory committee for a county run. It is not clear if he could or would be a resident of Wayne County ...

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Scott wins 13th district chair

Wayne County Commissioner Martha G. Scott is the new chairperson for the 13th Congressional District. Scott’s May 4 victory follows much controversy over leadership within the new district, represented by Congressman John Conyers. At the Feb. 23 elections during the state’s Democratic Party convention, Rev. D. Alexander Bullock emerged the 13th’s victor. Another candidate for the position, Frazier Kimpson, ...

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New TV series seeks family stories from Detroit residents

PBS and Detroit Public Television announced that the new series ‘Genealogy Roadshow,’ which premieres this fall, is seeking local participants to share their families’ stories. Final participants will be part of an episode taping in Detroit on July 14. The show producers are looking for Detroit-area residents who have a historically significant story in their family. Chosen stories will be linked to the lar ...

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‘Mama, what would I do without you?’

As young as 5 years old, Twan Woods would wake up at night and hear his mother having a seizure. He would know exactly what to do. He would run into her bedroom, hold her, put a cold rag in her mouth, comfort her and keep her from falling until it was over, he recalls. “My Mom, she’s a sick lady. She’s like, handicapped, she’s been like that all her life,” said the 37-year-old. Woods says, his mother, Franc ...

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