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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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2013 inaugural address

Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What ...

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Slum Village to release ‘Dirty Slums Volume 2’

No other hip hop group in Detroit history has a legacy like Slum Village. For decades, Slum Village has been an industry force that has influenced nearly all popular artists in hip hop today. Along with legions of fans, hip hop musicians such as Kanye West, The Roots, Common and Big Sean consider the group that started in Conant Gardens in 1993 as one of the most influential of all time. ...

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God’s House

All in the Family: Improvisational architecture in the work of Beverly Buchanan “Beverly Buchanan’s artworks are full of humanity, depicting the grace of everyday lives and the power of the human spirit. They remind us of our abiding connections to the places we call home,” writes curator Marianetta Porter of the work of artist Beverly Buchanan. Buchanan’s work is on display through Feb. 1 at the Department ...

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Dale Rich Collection presents Emancipation Proclamation exhibit

Nationally acclaimed photographer, historian, genealogist and activist Dale Rich will present “Thenceforward and Forever Free: The Emancipation Proclamation,” a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of that historic document signed in 1863, Feb. 2, from 1-4 p.m. The presentation will feature a powerful multi-media exhibit showcasing historically important paintings, photographs and other documents illustra ...

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DR. KING DAY EVENTS

For 27 years we have observed civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday, celebrating his life, works and death on the third Monday in January. This year on Jan. 21, states nationwide will commemorate Dr. King’s legacy. The second inauguration of the first Black president, Barack Obama, will also be held on the same day. We can give thanks to Congressman John Conyers, musician ...

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