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Detroit hip hop dominates fall album releases

A worldwide audience awaits Detroit’s slate of autumn hip hop releases. Many of the artists represent a mix of independent and signed performers, who have influenced the sound of popular hip hop today. Most hope they can generate sales revenue to help rebuild the city’s music industry. Clear Soul Forces’ new album, “Gold PP7s,” was released Sept. 17, and new fans around the world have become excited for the ...

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Motor City Comic Convention to spotlight independent artists

The Motor City Black Age Comic Convention returns for the fifth straight year and is ready to show Detroiters a new side of one of today’s most popular art forms. This free and all-ages comic book show will be held Sept. 27 and 28 at YouthVille Detroit, located at 7375 Woodward Avenue. The comic book industry has grown into one of the most popular forms of entertainment today, with recent films like “The Av ...

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New project links city’s greenways

Cyclists will soon enjoy greenways from their neighborhoods to downtown Detroit, Midtown, Eastern Market and the Riverwalk. Link Detroit, a $25 million multi-modal enhancement initiative administered by the city, is now underway. Link Detroit connects existing greenways and streetscapes, in five separate projects: a streetscape enhancement at Eastern Market, three non-motorized travel connections including ...

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Charges of voter fraud surround the recount of ballots cast in the Aug. 6 primary elections. On Sept. 5, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers accepted eight individual petitions from candidates to recount Detroit’s primary ballots. Those seeking a recount were required to pay $10 per each precinct they wished to see recounted. The Board of Canvassers approved Tom Barrow’s petition to recount over 400 precin ...

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Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson (above) portrays the title role in the film “Winnie Mandela” out now in theaters. The movie depicts Winnie’s rise to leadership of the African National Congress (ANC), while her husband anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, played by Terrence Howard, was imprisoned. Another film about Nelson Mandela, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” starring Idris Elba, will pre ...

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Tour de Troit keeps rolling

In 2002, while having a drink at Detroit’s Baltimore Lunch, Mike Kiewicz and Edward Potas, dreamed of organizing a bicycle tour of Detroit. They had recently ridden a borough tour of New York City on bikes and thought a similar event would be perfect for their hometown. Their daydreams realized within the year, the inaugural Tour de Troit introduced 50 riders, from the U.S. and Canada, to the grandeur of th ...

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Detroit Design Festival 2013

The Detroit Design Festival begins next week with a variety of creative showcases that offer a new outlook on the future of the city. From Sept. 17 until the 22nd, venues throughout the city will host events spotlighting the work of Detroit-based designers. “Design means something to everyone,” says Melinda Anderson, a coordinator for the festival working through the Detroit Creative Corridor Center. “Art i ...

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Young photographers transform abandoned homes in Detroit

Twenty-one 6th-8th grade students spent the summer taking pictures as a part of Focus: HOPE’s summer Excel Photography Program. Sponsored by The Peck Foundation, Jenny Risher Photography and Detroit Institute of Arts, the photography program paired the students with adult mentors on a weekly basis throughout the summer and encouraged them to engage with each other and the community. When meeting with commun ...

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On Friday, August 30, a panel discussion featuring the influential revolutionary rap group, dead prez, took place at the Alkebu-Ian Village, discussing the future of hip hop as a tool for community building in Detroit. The event was a part of The Rebirth Experience, featuring a concert and community activities, organized by The Urban Network. The guest speakers were asked how hip hop can affect a rebirth in ...

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