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Detroit area civic leaders rally in support of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

Southfield Mayor Brenda L. Lawrence and Vice Chancellor Dr. Omobonike Odegbami of Wayne County Community College District along with concerned citizens held a rally May 10 to demand the return of more than 270 abducted Nigerian school girls to their families. Agents of Hope, a Detroit-based non-profit committed to education freedom and financial literacy, was also a key supporter of the rally and movement. ...

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Detroit Raw

America is not at work on Belle Isle. Fear is not a recreational pursuit. Belle Isle was bare of Detroit on Mother’s Day even as Detroit rocked the Riverwalk by the thousands, family intact as we got a great view of one another. My scouting mission revealed a naked Belle Isle, dead with no car trunks up kicking the rhythm of the D — no nothing except the blue cars of the occupying army daring us to enter. ...

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DJ Jay Daniel at Movement Festival

Detroit is well known for producing some of the best electronic music artists in the world. Its tradition continues with up-and-coming artist Jay Daniel. At age 23, Daniel has been a DJ and producing music for the past four years, quickly gaining notoriety and respect among his peers. On May 24, he will be featured at 1515 Broadway as a part of an after-party for the Movement Electronic Music Festival. Dani ...

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‘Freedom Rides’ on Belle Isle

The Michigan State Police and the Department of Natural Resources have come under scrutiny for their new policing practices on Belle Isle. A rally to demand respect for Detroiters from the state’s law enforcement was held on the island May 9. "What we're focusing on is that people are tired of being treated with disrespect," said Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality and Peace Zones fo ...

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Duggan brings ideas for improved employment through DPS

Mayor Mike Duggan offered the Detroit Public Schools elected board four plans he has to make DPS graduates read to be hired right out of school. He also put to rest rumors that he was going to take over DPS when he told the members of the elected board May 8 in a meeting at Amelia Earhart Middle School that he was not interested and would prefer to work jointly to improve opportunities for the city’s gradua ...

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Teens learn to row

Friends of Detroit Rowing recently announced the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has approved a grant request for expansion of its Youth Learn-to-Row Program. “This grant helps Friends of Detroit Rowing build on its mission of expanding the sport of rowing throughout the Detroit metropolitan area,” said FDR president Todd Platt. “Youth are the lifeblood of the sport… This also can help open door ...

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Painter Steve Locke returns home with evocative solo exhibition

Curator Helen Molesworth has called Steve Locke’s paintings on bodiless heads, many with their tongues sticking out, “alternately disturbing, comical, vulnerable and sensual.” The bright polychrome paintings, part of Locke’s upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit titled, “There’s No One Left to Blame,” are mounted on various pillars and poles, hovering over or looking up at exhibition ...

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JET Magazine goes digital

Johnson Publishing Company recently announced that JET magazine will transition to a digital magazine app at the end of June. JPC is making the proactive decision to adapt to the changing needs of its readers as their desire to get information quickly and easily increases, the company stated in a release issued last week. JET, the number three magazine in the African American market, with a rate base of 700 ...

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‘Twisted Storytellers’ keep reality entertainment real

Although less than two years old, the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers has already been lauded by the Detroit City Council and awarded a prestigious Knight Arts Award. SSTS, a live monthly storytelling event, is the brainchild of playwright, author, comedienne and musician Satori Shakoor. Shakoor, who also hosts the SSTS events, is masterful storyteller herself — National Public Radio’s the Moth Radio ...

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Detroit was important to Malcolm X’s past

A deeper look at the life of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated Black leaders will be available to metro Detroiters May 18. The Black Scroll Network History and Tours presents Beyond Detroit Red: The Detroit History of Malcolm X Bus Tour. The ride around the city will be a unique opportunity for participants to relate their own history in Detroit with the life of a man who broke ground for liberation ...

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