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DWSD rep disses UN, says Detroit residents experiencing shutoffs aren’t protesting

When asked if the DWSD was going to respond the United Nations' reprimand of the department and declaration that water is a human right, Johnson said the department would not be issuing a statement in response the the U.N.’s “assertion.” “This is the same organization trying to achieve world piece, it ain’t going to happen.” ...

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Tarot and Tea divines brighter present for Detroiters

Nefertiti comes from a long line of spiritually precocious people. Her grandfather was a spiritualist. His son, a jazz musician, also had the gift. “He used to touch people’s hands and tell them about themselves,” Nefertiti says of her father. “(But) he was frustrated because he had to work a factory job. No one would take him seriously about his spiritual gift. It got to a point where adults would ask him ...

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Award-winning author brings perspective on Haitian crisis to Detroit

On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle it. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, was inside his house when it buckled along with hundreds of thousands of others. Katz chronicles the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and how the world reacted to a nat ...

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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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