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Rowing connects Detroit youth with fitness, the environment and big scholarship opportunities

The morning sun only just rose above the surface of the Detroit River, and Adrienne Thomas has already finished her workout. Thomas, a 16 year-old rower and rising Cass Tech senior, is helping to carry her boat, or “shell,, off the canal behind the former Fisher Mansion now a Hare Krishna temple surrounded by manicured grounds on the city’s east side and into the Detroit Women’s Rowing Association Boathouse ...

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African World Festival wants to make Detroit designers fashion stars

For over three decades, the African World Festival has provided Detroiters a chance to experience the rich cultural heritage from all corners of the diaspora — drumming, dancing, arts and crafts, storytelling, poetry, food and fashion. Now organizers want to make sure the D is dressed appropriately at this year’s festival by launching the Detroit Rocks the Runway Emerging Designer Showcase. Selected local d ...

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On the water front: The struggle for water in Michigan’s Black cities

A city caught in the throes of a financial crisis and under the control of a state-appointed manager seeks to privatize its water department in a desperate attempt to balance its budget and remain solvent. Residents — many of whom are African American living in poverty — face mounting hardships as their water is being shut off when payments are delinquent. “Yeah, I know all about what’s happening in Detroit ...

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Detroit’s Hispanic business community weathering time of economic crisis

The Latino Press explored the effects of the current economic crisis in Detroit on the business environment of the Hispanic community. Mexicantown in Southwest Detroit, is where the Hispanic community of the region is primarily settled. It is a vibrant community of neighborhoods, parks, schools, and churches. One of the anchors of the community and of its success has been the burgeoning small business econo ...

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Legendary Detroit artists honored at opening of hip hop history display

May 24 marked another milestone in Detroit hip hop history, when the Black History 101 Mobile Museum celebrated the opening of its permanent display at 5e Gallery in Detroit. The display — a unique collection of memorabilia from some of hip hop’s greatest artists and moments in time — features items from legendary international artists and local heroes alike, designed to give audiences young and old a fresh ...

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Work in Detroit

On June 5 and 6, in three different areas of the city, three types of public work was underway with three different wage levels and three separate employers. At the high end: A crew comprised entirely of Mexican workers, employed by Giorgi Concrete, were installing new sidewalks in the North End on streets south of Holbrook and north of Grand Blvd. and east of Woodward. ...

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Only one of Obama’s Promise Zones is majority-Black

Despite the disproportionate impact of poverty found in African American communities, only one of President Barack Obama’s “Promise Zones,” is majority-Black, according to a new report. The Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan research and educational institute, offered recommendations on the role the federal government should play in breaking barriers to social and economic mobility. Earlier this ye ...

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Lagos spices up local food scene

Tunde Wey is earning quite a reputation in Detroit’s culinary avant-garde, first with his Hamtramck Revolver pop-up concept, followed by Goldfinch American. The Nigerian born chef recently launched a third concept, Lagos, a Saturday-night-only Nigerian barbeque joint in Southwest Detroit. But Wey, who moved to the U.S. by himself at 16 to attend college, doesn’t just jockey the finances; on opening night, h ...

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‘Bad deal vs. worse deal’

Pensioners have less than a month to vote on Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan of adjustment to cut the city’s debt and get out of bankruptcy. Ballots were mailed to the city’s 32,0000 pensioners in May, and the deadline to cast their vote on what Orr and supporters call a “grand bargain” is July 11. Pensioners in both classes, the general retirement system and the police and fire retirement system, have t ...

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EM’s failure shuts down DPS Head Start

Because Detroit Public SchoolsEmergency Manager Jack Martin and his staff couldn’t get its application for Head Start funding to the federal government on time, there will be no Head Start in Detroit schools next year, according to elected board President Lamar Lemmons “It is malice of intent or gross incompetence,” Lemmons said in a phone interview. It is part of the “constant school closings and the progr ...

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