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Free event offers ‘Economic Empowerment’ 

Business, entertainment, education and ministry leaders are expected to attend the 2014 Detroit Economic Empowerment Summit, July 18-19 in Detroit. More than 3,500 are expected to attend, say event organizers. The summit will be hosted by entrepreneur and global ministry leader Dr. Bill Winston. The conference theme is “Empowered by the Blessing” and will be held at Straight Gate International Church (10100 ...

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The Shed is ‘so Detroit’

Akwamu and his apprentice, Tresvant Wallker, 18, capitalized on the trend and designed "IAMSODETROIT" T-shirts. Entrepreneur Kwasi Akwamu is so Detroit he designed T-shirts from a trending phrase on Facebook among Detroiters. Two days ago, Facebook users in the metro Detroit area (and those who used to live here) began posting phrases showing their community pride. "I am so Detroit...." flooded many users' ...

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HP makes reading part of youths’ summer fun

On July 19, storytellers, poets, literacy activists, non-profits and businesses will come together to make reading fun for kids for whom access to books and literary programs is getting more and more scarce. “Kid Zone,” sponsored by Legacy of Literacy, Inc. and the Highland Park Business Association, will transform the grounds of the shuttered Highland Park McGregor Library (12244 Woodward Ave.) into a summ ...

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Summer program aims to make diplomats of Detroit teens

Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights will host the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute 2014, July 21-24, on the main Detroit campus. During the event, high school students will examine conflict resolution, diversity, civil rights, negotiation, bullying, environmental science, social justice, international affairs and how to individually fost ...

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Distorted reality

One year ago Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filed for bankruptcy. It has been a brutal year for the people of Detroit. Step by step we have seen long cherished rights and values trampled on in the name of financial necessity. Public lands have been given away. Generous tax breaks have been handed to developers, while elders have seen their pensions taxed and slashed. People have been threatened. Many have lost ...

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Groups announce plan to boost spending among Blacks

The U.S. Black Chambers and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers are formally partnering to make sure a significant portion of the $40 billion African Americans spend each year on travel and tourism remain in Black hands. The partnership was launched last week at the start of USBC’s professional development conference, held at the Marriott Marquis in the District of Colu ...

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Detroit Raw

Who gave the media an all-access pass into the lives of human beings 24/7? This presumption of media access has led to more undeserved trauma for an 88-year-old Detroit man who, after suffering through a beating and robbery, was taken into custody days later for allegedly firing a shot at a TV news crew. Initially this elderly Black man in Detroit was beaten and robbed after being set up by a woman. So ente ...

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‘Water isn’t free’

Despite errors, contradictions, DWSD continues water shutoffs While the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has pursued an increasingly aggressive payment collection/water shutoff campaign over the past few months, media reports have alleged Detroit residents weren’t the only ones behind on their bills. Billionaire stadium owner Mike Ilitch’s company Olympia Development was reportedly also delinquent. Las ...

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Bankruptcy judge wants solutions to water crisis

Tuesday, July 15, Judge Steven Rhodes heard two versions of how delinquent water bills are treated. After spending the morning listening to 17 citizens object to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan of adjustment, with some of the complaints and statements telling of the harm being done by the harsh Detroit Water and Sewerage Department cut offs, Rhodes ordered the DWSD to appear that afternoon and provide an ...

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Brightmoor to Beijing

Help the efforts of Kyle Baker, Jr.; Tanay Floyd; and Lashay Pearson to raise $13,000 to fund their trip. Emerging out of an abandoned garage in the Brightmoor community on the west side of Detroit, the Brightmoor Woodworkers began to make handcrafted wooden signs both as a community service project and as a business. From summer 2011 to the present, the Brightmoor Woodworkers have created and installed nea ...

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