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Noir is standing outside in the cold and snow, waiting for the bus driver — who is taking his break alone inside the heated bus — to open the door. Young Noir is frustrated with inadequate city services, joblessness and the city’s overall economic system, as are many of other the riders who were waiting at the Rosa Parks bus terminal in Detroit on April 15. He has a litany of complaints about social issues, ...

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‘The Retrieval’ reminds us to find dignity in hard times

“The Retrieval” is the story of orphan Will (Ashton Sanders), 13, who survives in the employ of his shady uncle Marcus (Keston John) and the cruel white bounty-hunter Burrell (Bill Oberst, Jr.), earning the trust of escaped slaves and tricking them into areas where they can be caught and returned to their “masters.” ...

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Schauer calls for federal probe of Snyder’s office

Mark Schauer, the Democratic candidate for governor, wants the U.S. Attorney to investigate Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration. During an interview with this paper March 27, Schauer said he thought it was appropriate for federal investigators to “look at what kind of favors were being done, if any.” ...

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Beatings in Detroit reveal ‘dual system of compassion’

Poor education. Unemployment. Encouraged vigilantism. These are the issues responsible for the recent beating of a Clinton Township man in Detroit, says the president of Michigan National Action Network Charles Williams III. “We fear more of this can happen,” Williams said at a press conference April 7. “That oppression that causes young men to (beat someone) can put the city in a boiling place. We really n ...

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‘We object!’ (VIDEO)

Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM), Moratorium NOW!, retired city workers and other community members gathered April 1 at the Detroit Federal Courthouse in Detroit to file and voice objections to "the unelected" Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s Plan of Adjustment. Objections focus on devastating cuts on the already meager pensions of Detroit city retirees as well as Orr’s plan’s to privatize cit ...

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Grand Rapids resident aims to bring Black-owned businesses out of the shadows

An ambitious and energetic entrepreneur, Jamiel Robinson looks at areas like Eastown, East Hills and the Wealthy Street district and wants the same for the Southtown area and other minority neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. He envisions vibrant business districts catering to the city’s African American residents, where they can shop, eat, work and live in thriving urban communities. ...

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Hundreds protest EM’s plan

City retiree Amru Meah and his wife Marlisa were among hundreds of demonstrators at the Federal Court in Detroit, April 1 to file and voice objections to Emergency Manger Kevyn Orr’s Plan of Adjustment. The Meahs joined the demonstration outside the courthouse led by grassroots organizations Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM) and Moratorium NOW! Coalition to protest Orr’s restructuring plan f ...

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ORR’S CUTS DEVASTATE RETIREES

Belinda Meyers-Florence worked for the city of Detroit for 35 years. A licensed social worker with a master’s degree from Wayne State University, Meyers-Florence spent much of her tenure with the city fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS, treating drug addicts, and helping struggling and jobless Detroiters use federally-funded grants to keep their heat on during Michigan’s harsh winters. Detroit Emergency Manage ...

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Urban radio broadcasts hope for youth

Urban Nation Radio is a web-based radio station that looks to lend a helping hand to urban communities around the country by providing information on becoming successful, staying healthy, and keeping youth focused on study and out of trouble. UNR founder Jason Dixon explained how the station emerged out of a mentoring program at Cass Technical High School. ...

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Our/Detroit

Our/Detroit, a woman-owned vodka distillery, is slated to open this summer in Southwest Detroit. Located inside an old liquor store, the micro-distillery will be a meeting space for the community. “This will give me a space to prove businesses can invigorate communities in unexpected ways,” says Brandi Keeler, 25, one of Our/Detroit’s partners. ...

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