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Paradise Gray of X-Clan visits Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Turning through the pages of an over-sized portfolio, Paradise Gray, the well-known producer and visionary for legendary hip hop group X-Clan, showed Michiganders his collection of original New York hip hop party flyers from early 1980s, a time when hip hop artists were first becoming stars. As a guest of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, Gray visited University of Michigan Ann Arbor Jan. 22 in celebrati ...

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Black Women Rock

“We are Black women and we play rock ‘n’ roll. We’ve been doing it since the beginning of time,” says jessica Care moore, founder of Black Women Rock (BWR). BWR will perform Feb. 8 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Black Women Rock is a living tribute to Betty Davis — one rocking Black woman. ...

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Detroit, HP journey to D.C. for education justice

“We’re fighting for ourselves and our civil rights,” Helen Moore of Keep the Vote/No Takevoer, announced to the group of students, parents and public education advocates on the bus upon reaching the nation’s capital the morning of Jan. 29. Turning to the students who attend Detroit Public Schools and the state district Education Achievement Authority schools — including Mumford, Cody, Central and Henry Ford ...

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Detroit’s Black History

To mark Black History Month, The Michigan Citizen reached into its photo archives to repost a variety of events that tell some of Detroit’s recent history. We encourage readers who can add to the narrative of any of the photos to please do so by submitting comments to editor@michigancitizen.com. ...

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A chef’s midlife crisis

In the Bible, Joel 2:28 states, “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” With that said, I must be in the throes of a midlife crisis, because I am dreaming of and envisioning a strong and vibrant food system. ...

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Ma Dukes Yancey prepares for Dilla Day Detroit 2013

James “J Dilla” Yancey, the Detroit born and raised son of Mrs. Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, is known as the greatest hip hop song producer of all time, having created a timeless soul sound and influencing a generation of music superstars before his early death in 2006. Now, as an annual celebration is set to return with a concert in his honor, Mrs. Yancey sat down to discuss this year’s Dilla Day tribute and ...

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Quest to film reunion uncovers modern-day slavery in Africa

In their startling and eye-opening documentary, directors Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw take viewers on a journey to a land of vast deserts and even bigger secrets. Their film, “Stolen,” which captures a land at the juncture of politics, nationality and race, premieres Feb. 5 at 7 pm ET as part of season five of the AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange. The series is hosted by actress Gabourey Sidibe on ...

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HP residents want answers on water bills

Angry citizens facing water bills in the thousands of dollars packed the Highland Park Council meeting, Jan. 22, only to discover the person responsible for their grief, Mayor DeAndre Windom, was still in Washington, D.C. for the Inaugural events. Residents received water bills days before Christmas for the first time in over a year — many have yet to receive a bill — and the amounts of the bills ranged fro ...

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‘Maybe it’s time for a female mayor’

City lawyer Krystal Crittendon was demoted from her top position as Corporation Counsel because she challenged the Fiscal Stability Agreement aka Consent Agreement between the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. Crittendon filed a lawsuit in June 2012, asking a state judge to determine whether the Consent Agreement was legal since the state owes the city. Per the city’s charter, the city cannot enter ...

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