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Highland Park mayor declares state of emergency behind heavy rainfall in SE Michigan

In an official city bulletin Highland Park Mayor DeAndre Windom declared a disaster as of 12 p.m. Aug. 12 due to the recent heavy rainfall that has engulfed the city, county and entire southeastern Michigan. Windom says the extreme flooding on residential and commercial streets has created dangerous conditions that require additional resources. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Spurred on by the not-so-subtle support of the Queen of Detroit talk radio, Mildred Gaddis, and the unabashedly GOTV effort of the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, coupled with the tactical advice and dollars from Emily’s List, Mayor Lawrence will be addressed as “Congresswoman Lawrence” henceforth. ...

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Danny Simmons and Ron Carter make new book sing

Rev. Run and Russell Simmons’ older brother, Danny Simmons, who in addition to being a rapper is an abstract-expressionist artist, poet, and author, will join legendary bassist Ron Carter (See “Motown in the Big Apple”) for an evening of music and poetry at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Aug. 15. The two performances (beginning at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. respectively) will feature Simmons reading from his new ...

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Parents and community work to improve DPS

Detroit Youth Report’s Detroit Life Coalition will host monthly meetings with educators, parents and concerned citizens about improving Detroit Public Schools. According to organizers, Detroit students have been denied educational success due to poor educational policies. Current policies blame teachers, parents and students, not “broken school systems.” ...

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Detroit Jit film and dance comes to Capital Park, reviving a homegrown culture

Detroit Jit is an urban dance style developed on the rough streets of the Motor City by a few ambitious and talented young men in the 70s. Now jit is in the spotlight again thanks to a new documentary video, “The Jitterbugs: Pioneers of the Jit,” directed by Haleem “Stringz” Rasul Ar-Rasheed of the hip hop dance group Hardcore Detroit. On Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. in Capitol Park, the film will be screened for the p ...

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Detroit Bass Day: A tribute to the funk

Low-end lovers and four-string funkateers are set to gather in Detroit on Aug. 9 for Detroit Bass Day 2014: A Tribute to the Funk. The event will take place from 12-6 p.m. at the historic United Sound System Studios, 5840 Second Avenue. USSS was reopened this year as a museum and full service recording studio. Bass Day Detroit 2014 will feature performances from many of the city’s notable bass players, repr ...

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Motown in the Big Apple

For more than a year now, Detroit has been commanding space in the media in New York City — mainly the coverage of the city’s fiscal crisis and the bankruptcy. On the other side of the ledger is “Motown the Musical,” which after 500 performances on Broadway is still as fresh as “a brand new beat.” And in October, the show will be back in town where the music was created and shared with the world. There is l ...

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