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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

For those of us seeking orgasmic relief without the physical or emotional risk factors, Labor Day weekend was sexed up for all but haters of a good time. Royal Oak produced a major league packed house for MC Hammer (the Detroit Jazz Festival is a far better bargain and much hipper than Arts, Beats and Eats — but why compare great releases?). Enough of the feel good crap, we go hard here. So, if Dan Gilbert ...

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Lord Jessiah releases new album “Grounds of Detroit”

Lord Jessiah is a hip hop producer who has stuck with the sonic fundamentals of the craft, matching sample loops with street rhymes that beat straight to the soul. His new album, “Grounds of Detroit,” is a throwback to 90s era hip hop, when songs reflected the rawness of the blocks, unlike today’s rap music, which tends to be more polished for pop appeal. ...

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Detroit North End Healing

The strip of Oakland Avenue in Detroit’s North End district may be riddled with vacant homes and fire-damaged structures, but the historical significance of the region has kept the people together over the years — fighting to renew the history of a community once known for greatness. On Aug. 24, over 200 people gathered at the Oakland Avenue Community Garden & Greenhouse, located at 9354 Oakland Avenue in D ...

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‘Low pay is not OK’

Workers in the fast-food and retail industries from eight cities have called on low-wage workers around the country to join them in a national day of strikes Aug. 29. The workers, who in recent months have been standing up for higher wages and going on strike for a better future for their families and communities, are fighting for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation or unfair labor ...

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‘Emergency management is racism’

Over 150 people gathered at the Samaritan Center Aug. 17 to resist emergency management in Detroit and other Michigan cities. Organized by Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM), The People’s Forum to End Emergency Management in Michigan brought together lawyers, activists and civil rights leaders to examine the usurpation of democracy in Detroit and create a unified action plan for continued res ...

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Cosmic Slop Festival returns to spotlight Black rock artists

Detroit Rock City is recognized around the world for some of the meanest, nastiest, hard grinding rock music to have ever been played. Names like Kid Rock, Jack White and Bob Seger may first come to mind, but the Cosmic Slop Festival hopes to bring a new image of rock music to the Motor City. The Cosmic Slop Festival is “the only intentionally diverse, the only intentionally multi-racial, multicultural cele ...

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Spirit Filled Yoga dispels myths in faith community

“It’s time to get in touch with yourself, take time to breath, slow down and find your breath,” said Kimberli Boyd, founder of the Spirit Filled Yoga Institute. “It’s time to be at home with yourself.” The Spirit Filled Yoga Institute Annual Community Wellness Event will take place for eight consecutive days from Aug. 10 to Aug. 17 at various locations around the metro Detroit area. ...

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Passalacqua, hip hop for Detroit’s changing era

This current era of Detroit has an energy within itself, a spirit and resonance that will soon become something new. Detroit 2013 is marked by accelerated change in many aspects of city life, from politics and economics to culture and arts, as well as the resident’s demographic make up. Detroit hip hop duo Passalacqua represents this era binding the city’s dynamic past to its unwritten future, with a presen ...

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Napoleon, Duggan face off

Mayoral candidate Mike Duggan, spending about $56 per vote, won the top spot in Detroit’s mayoral primary Aug. 6. He beat out 13 candidates including Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, city attorney Krystal Crittendon and Tom Barrow, CPA. Duggan won leading an unprecedented and historic write-in campaign. Incumbent councilmembers Saunteel Jenkins, James Tate, Andre Spivey and Brenda Jones were also top vo ...

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