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Two Detroits

River Days, along with the annual Fireworks display, are billed as family-friendly events showcasing the best of downtown Detroit. Complete with corporate sponsors and media coverage, the signature events mark the beginning of summer for Detroit. Contrasting one Detroit where leisure and fun are a premium is another where 60 percent of children live in poverty, mass water shutoffs are attracting internation ...

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Shinola expands manufacturing, creates jobs, opportunities to craft leather

In its first few years, Shinola’s watch manufacturing operation has made international news. Former President Bill Clinton even sports a few Shinola watches and took a tour of the factory. Last year, Shinola assembled over 50,000 watches; this year they believe they’ll get closer to 150,000. “We simply did not imagine we’d have the success that we’ve had,” says Shinola CEO Steve Bock, who started the enterp ...

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‘No Fly Zone’ enforced: Rick Ross cancels Detroit performance, ‘fears for life’

Rap star Rick Ross was forced to cancel his Chene Park performance at Hot 107.5’s annual Summer Jamz concert June 21. Chene Park officials says 100-150 individuals blocked the service entrance into the venue, forcing Ross to cancel his appearance. A video of the interaction posted online shows Detroit rapper Trick Trick — the man who has declared Detroit a ‘No Fly Zone’ for out of town artists who don’t pay ...

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Wayne County exec. candidates

Sixteen names are on the official candidate list for the office of Wayne County Executive. Detroiters and residents in the other 42 Wayne County communities will have to wade through the long list of familiar political family names and political veterans looking to unseat incumbent Robert Ficano. Ficano’s administration has been marred by federal investigations, a failed jail project and a $175 million budg ...

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Ancient healing art Qi Gong taught weekly in downtown park

Eighteen years ago, Emily Rogers walked into her doctor’s office in Atlanta, Ga., for back pain that nearly disabled her. Rather than commit to surgery or a dependence on pain killers, the doctor taught her about Qi Gong (pronounced chee-gung) and allowed her to experience the body’s natural healing ability. “By the time I would leave his office, I would feel invigorated, just great,” Rogers told The Michig ...

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Global photographer helps local politician

Photojournalist Monica Morgan is showing her work at a fundraiser for state representative candidate Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, June 26. The exhibit, “Global Journey” consists of images Morgan has taken of President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, Rosa Parks and photos from the funeral service of South African global icon Nelson Mandela who died in December. She has selected images she believes will highligh ...

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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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