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’92 Malice Green mural demolished, new mural to come

A group of Detroiters, including artist Bennie White Ethiopia, plan to reproduce the recently demolished Malice Green mural. One of Detroit’s most recognizable memorial tributes to the late 34-year-old victim of police brutality was reduced to rubble just last week. On July 8, city workers, without any notification prior to, bulldozed the storefront where Green’s mural stood as a reminder of the violence th ...

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Teaching a new generation

Baseball in the city of Detroit, as in other major cities, is on the decline for Black youth. Michael Wilson, program director of the Woodbridge Community Youth Center, has produced some facts to back up that claim: - In junior college and NCAA college baseball, only 4.3 percent of players are African American — only 1.1 percent at the Division I level. - At historical Black colleges, only 41 percent of the ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Media mind snack. Beware of personality reporting that masquerades as journalism. Even the Wall Street Journal can be reality fact checked as a “Slate” blogger did on a shaky WSJ report on global warming. Journalistic arrogance can always be checked. Never accept what these folk say blindly just because they are on your TV, in print or on your car radio. When the reporter becomes the story, watch out! I mea ...

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HP-style slowdown in Motown ties up rush-hour Woodward

Parents, citizens and residents, angry over the emergency manager’s destruction of thousands of books dumped from the Highland Park Senior High School Library and upset that the district deficit has doubled in two years and that another 12 percent of students have fallen into the failing category, took to the streets July 8. ...

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New life for a band called Death

Watching and experiencing the life and music of “A Band Called Death,” a documentary now at the Cinema Village in New York City, it’s hard not to think of “Searching for Sugar Man.” Both documentaries track the incredible journeys of Detroit musicians who years after their first appearances with little or no recognition are suddenly the center of acclaim that eluded them in the past. ...

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HP students win in court

A historic civil rights case can move ahead after Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Marvin R. Stempien ruled June 27 that the children of Highland Park have a statutory and constitutional right to a basic education. He ruled further that the state and emergency manager are not immune from lawsuits when a child’s constitutional right to a basic education is at stake. ...

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Belle Isle to become a commonwealth?

Holiday celebrants on Belle Isle this Fourth of July weekend could be counting their last such days on the island. Rodney Lockwood Jr. is the principal in a company that develops, builds and manages apartment and senior living communities. However, his recent fame comes from his proposal to buy Belle Isle from the city of Detroit for $1 billion and turn it into a commonwealth. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Mind snacks-at-large are intended to enhance the celebratory Fourth of July holiday activities. Chew on ‘em or spit ‘em out, whatever. A Facebook mind snack of mine: “Is it because you don’t know or don’t give a good damn? I will keep it in your face — don’t like it? Get off this page. All three branches of Detroit government are controlled from Lansing: the executive (mayor), the legislative (City Council) ...

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