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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Everyone with a smart phone is now positioned to be a techno-eye witness. You can back up what you thought you saw and heard with the clarity of video from your smart-cam. An editorial bonus: You are now a supreme formulator of opinion and jury shaping; “did you see the video?” The work of newscast producers is given a helping hand — no white balance required. Parents if you equipped your child with a smart ...

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Redford Theatre fetes Foxy

Not only is Pam Grier, star of “Foxy Brown” and “Coffy,” a synecdoche for blaxploitation, but many credit her as the world’s first female action film star. Grier exploded on the screen in the 70s, aiming her guns at both on-screen villains and the cameras — behind which were legions of ogling male audiences. In the late 90s, controversial but critically-acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino wrote the movie ...

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No support for Detroit artists on local radio

2013 was the first time in the 58-year history of Billboard Top 100 song chart-rankings that an African American artist did not reach the number one position — all year long. Among the chart-topping songs for 2013, two white rappers had number one songs, R&B inspired artist Robin Thicke ripped off Marvin Gaye for a 12-week run, and Miley Cyrus reinvented herself — “twerking” her way up the charts in a sembl ...

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The significance of the Black Church in American history

The Black Church and the Black Movement in America have always been bound by an unambiguous umbilical cord. Denmark Vesey, an African who was enslaved in South Carolina, was a co-founder of a branch of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1817. He later planned a rebellion in the United States in 1822. Richard Allen, an abolitionist, business owner and activist, founded the African Methodist Episcopal ...

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Mapping the Motor City

Since December, the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force surveyors have photographed nearly every parcel of land in the city, encountering residents who are either “excited” or “suspicious,” says Tanya Lamar-McDonald. McDonald is a supervisor and one-time surveyor working on an unprecedented effort to catalog all properties in the city of Detroit. Surveyors — Detroit residents from the neighborhoods they are c ...

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Construction on a new hockey stadium will begin this spring — with help from bankrupt Detroit. Against much community opposition, the Detroit City Council voted 6-3 to approve a land transfer deal that paves the way for the new $650 million project. Council President Pro Tem Cushingberry and Councilmembers Spivey, Leland, Jenkins, Benson and Sheffield voted in favor of the transfer; Council President Brenda ...

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Rebellion Fitness

The Rebellion Fitness-N-Self-Defense is a workout and martial arts class that takes place every Saturday at the House of Bastet located on Lafayette between Brooklyn and Eighth Street. The program combines elements of cardio and Tang Soo Do giving participants a great way to get in shape while picking up a few self-defense techniques along the way. Tang Soo Do is a Korean style of Martial Arts that originat ...

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Spirit Fest 2014

The 2014 Spiritual Festival, Jan. 23-25, was an annual three-day event hosted by the United Voices of Detroit Choir at Bushnell Congregational Church on the city’s west side. Choirs performed Negro spirituals in the divisions of high school, college and adult. They competed against one another in front of judges on how well they interpreted the meaning of the music. ...

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Parents of dead teen demand justice

Justice for Kendrick “K.J.” Johnson is what his parents want, now. In a visit to Detroit, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson told an overflowing room at the Historic King Solomon Baptist Church they would not give up on looking for their son’s killer. “We are not going to stop no matter what it takes,” Mr. Johnson told those gathered Jan. 25, for a weekly Michigan National Action Network meeting. Detroit was the ...

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