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Bankruptcy judge to Detroit EM: What are you doing to help with water shutoffs?

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Rhodes, in court Tuesday, instructed Jones Day law firm, the lead restructuring attorneys in the city’s bankruptcy case, to return to the afternoon session with a report on what their former partner Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is doing to aid people who are having their water shut off. ...

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New Orleans brass band defied tradition to keep it alive

Traditions in New Orleans brass bands run deep. Fusing European marching standards with African polyrhythms in the 19th century, this musical practice gave birth to jazz, which continues to proliferate into new styles worldwide, including hip hop, funk and afrobeat. But with that august legacy comes a certain rigid orthodoxy. In 1990, Lumar LeBlanc was playing snare drum in the legendary Harold Dejan’s Youn ...

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Thrift on the Ave: Redefining women’s fashion resale on Cass Avenue

Amidst a steadily rejuvenating Cass Avenue in Midtown Detroit, Thrift on the Avenue has become a local hot spot for shoppers on the lookout for a fashion fix with a quaint boutique experience. More comfortable than a typical thrift store, this independently-owned shop specializes in quality resale dresses at an affordable price. “We wanted a really good price point, but we wanted to provide a different expe ...

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Detroit pastors demand stop to water shutoffs

A group of Detroit pastors held a press conference July 3 calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to put a stop to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s aggressive water shutoffs in Detroit. “We have three demands,” Pastor Maurice Rudds told the Michigan Citizen. “One, create an effective affordability plan (for low-income residents); two, place a moratorium on the water shut offs; and three, restore service to those residents ...

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WATER: City officials quiet on shut-offs; DWSD dysfunction victimizes many

Although Gov. Rick Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr promised citizens that emergency management would mean improved city services, their program of water shut offs has left thousands of residents without the most essential service: water. Citizens who lined up outside the west side DWSD payment center, July 8, told stories revealing DWSD’s dysfunction more than the customers’ delinquency. DWSD reports ...

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Detroit Raw

We shake our heads and get on with our Detroit-area day as news that a 2-year-old Black child was targeted and shot in the head and killed, so that her father might suffer. Two more Black children are missing after their mother was found murdered. In Chicago, 14 are killed, more than 80 wounded in a bloody Windy City July 4 weekend. If we have become immune to the madness that is life in Black America, we h ...

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“Shame on you”: Maureen Taylor rips WDIV reporter

The United Nations, international and national media is covering the water shut-off crisis in Detroit but local media, including WDIV’s Hank Winchester, doesn’t seem to understand the scope of the problem, according to Maureen Taylor of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. In an MSNBC appearance, Winchester suggested Detroiters would rather pay for cable than water. “Let’s have some truth and a fair exchan ...

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WATCH: Congressman John Conyers addresses Detroit water shutoffs

At a news conference held in the headquarters of water activist organization, The Detroit Water Brigade, U.S. Congressman John Conyers said that water was a human right and the recent rash of shutoffs has led to an "emergency." He pledged to make ending the shutoffs a top priority. ...

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Local favorites, international stars give Concert of Colors its brilliance

Lola Valley, Detroit’s femme fatale rock/funk super group, is returning to this year’s Concert of Colors, scheduled July 10-13 at various venues in Midtown Detroit. The group has been a crowd favorite in the city for the past decade. “Lola Valley has created a space that is bigger than itself,” says Emily Rogers, who plays bass with the band and was one of the group’s founders. “It’s a space for the awkward ...

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Graffiti muralist Sintex premieres new work

Art by Detroit’s Sintex can be seen throughout the city, from the vivid portraits of indigenous men and women covering building sides to the fierce strength of Black children warriors fearless among the ruins of their city. Sintex’s spray-painted murals have inspired countless young artists and have brought an urgency of passion to the city’s street art, influencing a new Motor City culture brick by brick. ...

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