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Oakman School parents ask EM for answers

Parents of children at Oakman Orthopedic School have questions that no one in the administration of Emergency Manager Roy Roberts seem able to answer. Roberts told Oakman parents April 10 that the school was closing. He made the decision without their input or comments and could not answer specific questions, according to LSCO President Alyia Moore. Since then, questions have multiplied, Moore says. ...

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Driving development

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s report has been greeted with little enthusiasm. It has not offered any clarity on plans for the development of the city under the new regime. The vague promises of improving the quality of life, while stripping the city, are as hollow as the document itself. Meanwhile, the city is developing. Dan Gilbert now owns 17 downtown buildings, totaling 2.9 million square feet o ...

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Farrakhan: Detroiters need faith and each other

Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan visited Detroit’s Fellowship Chapel Banquet and Conference Center to address some 3,500 guests May 17. The controversial religious leader’s comments, expected to focus on the sociopolitical and economic concerns of Detroit, a city the Nation of Islam calls home, addressed a different elephant in the room. Farrakhan’s message of Christ-likeness called out the c ...

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Detroit Hustles Harder brand to celebrate 5 years in Eastern Market

“Detroit Hustles Harder” has become a mantra throughout the city as the people of the region struggle to bring the Motor City back to its place as one of the world’s greatest cities. For the small startup company Aptemal Clothing, those words have helped them develop one of the most recognized brands throughout Detroit. On May 19, Division Street Boutique, the official home of Aptemal Clothing and the Detro ...

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NAACP sues, ‘EM law violates voting rights’

“Something is rotten in the state of Michigan!” Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit Branch NAACP, spoke these words at a press conference May 13 to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the state’s emergency manager law, Public Act 436. The lawsuit filed by the Detroit Branch and Michigan State Conference NAACP in the United States District Court for the Eastern District is now the thi ...

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Rep. Olumba enters race for mayor

State Rep. John Olumba, I-D, Detroit, says he wants to lead Detroit. In an interview with the Michigan Citizen, Olumba said he wants to lead the troubled city into an “age of revival.” “I’m encouraged because we’ve always shown our ability to bounce back,” he said. But he questions the record of some of the candidates. “Are we going to go with someone who’s been a part of the political establishment? Across ...

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The Foundation, four years of celebrating women in hip hop

Detroit hip hop artists are respected around the world as masters of their craft, but while much of the attention is given to the men holding the microphone, the women in the city have commanded the stage and set their own mark as leaders among a global community of artists. On May 14, the women of hip hop in Detroit will headline the stage as 5e Gallery’s The Foundation celebrates its fourth anniversary at ...

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Old school hip hop fans are in for a treat as Slick Rick (left) and Doug E Fresh (right), along with Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, Sugarhill Gang, Rob Base and Whodini, take the stage for a one night only performance May 18 at the Fox Theatre. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices. Also at all Ticketmaster locations and For more ...

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