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Dwele drives the future with Black United Fund

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Dwele has a full agenda these days. His name has been plastered across signs and he’s been on the red carpet every week it seems. However, the R & B icon hasn’t been promoting his latest album — he’s been using his celebrity to promote charitable causes. He has aided in the fight against cancer and is now sparking young professionals to “make things happen” in communities ...

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Starring role for the Motor City

The Mitten Movie Project Detroit Night is a night of short films either about the city of Detroit or shot prominently in the city. A monthly film festival dedicated to screening independent short films, the MMP, generally held at Royal Oak’s Main Art Theatre, returns to Michigan’s largest city for the second time. This year’s MMP Detroit Night will be held Oct. 22 at Cinema Detroit at the Burton Theatre (pr ...

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Last week, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the federal corruption case. Kilpatrick was convicted of extortion, racketeering, conspiracy and fraud charges. Kilpatrick is 43. "I'm ready to go so the city can move on," Kilpatrick told the judge during his sentencing. "The people here are suffering, they're hurting. A great deal of that hurt I accept responsibility for." ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Motown legend Maxine Powell was a lady for all seasons who helped those most in need of handling themselves and fame. My superficial contact with Madame Powell consisted of giving her a ride to work as she waited on a bus around Livernois, and seeing her assist Councilwoman Martha Reeves on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young City-County building. Goodness knows there were elected officials then and now ...

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Big visions, big grant, big growth

In September, the Arts League of Michigan received the largest single year grant Knight Arts Challenge has yet bestowed — $100,000. The grant will be used for multiple programs at the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center. The over 40,000 square foot multi-story Carr Center, home of the Arts League, is located in 118 year-old building overlooking Paradise valley Park in downtown Detroit. Originally built as a ...

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D.S. Sense takes hip hop and R&B on a ‘Space Audissey’

“Nobody has to take interest in what I’m putting out, how I feel or how I present it,” says D.S. Sense, sitting comfortably outside on a fall afternoon in Detroit. “But the fact there is an audience who appreciates it is priceless.” If the timing were not right, D. S. Sense would not accept the crown. Detroit is not a city that requires one queen upon the throne of their hip hop community, too many women ho ...

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