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Our/Detroit, a woman-owned vodka distillery, is slated to open this summer in Southwest Detroit. Located inside an old liquor store, the micro-distillery will be a meeting space for the community. “This will give me a space to prove businesses can invigorate communities in unexpected ways,” says Brandi Keeler, 25, one of Our/Detroit’s partners. ...

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Black Women Rock was the spectacle of the city this past weekend, as many of Detroit’s most dynamic women gathered together at two separate venues to celebrate their feminine strength, beauty and fire through music and dance. Hosted and organized by poet jessica Care moore, the main concert on March 15 at the Charles H. Wright Museum featured six headlining artists, including Wunmi, Imani Uzuri, Tamar-kali, ...

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Free the school, the mind, life, city will follow

Thomas Jefferson said, “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr thinks Detroit can’t survive without filing for bankruptcy; activists say emergency management means Detroiters are no longer free; and education has ended for many of us with the attainment of a now-dusty diploma. A group in Hamtramck is fighting the atrophy of the intellect an ...

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Frederick Douglass victorious

For the last two seasons, the Frederick Douglass Academy was runner-up to Birmingham Country. The Hurricanes, always strong competitors in district play, consistently came up short to the Yellowjackets in MHSAA Class B Regional action. But this year was different. On March 12, Frederick Douglass (16-9) defeated Birmingham Country Day 69-56 in the Class B Regional at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep advancing in the ...

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U-D Jesuit wins thriller

Last season, members of the University of Detroit Jesuit Basketball squad held their heads down as the Cubs lost to the Pershing Doughboys in the closing seconds of the Class A Regional at Southfield. The Doughboys hit a basket as the buzzer ending their season and hopes at a state title. This season was a different story for the Cubs. The Cubs (22-2) defeated the Cass Tech Technicians (18-6) in the closing ...

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‘Greening’ Detroit with Shakespeare

Everything is going “green” in Detroit. With spring (hopefully) fast approaching, urban gardeners will soon be out tilling small farms throughout the city. Midtown’s Green Garage was specially developed to have a minimal impact on the environment. The recent introduction of the Chevy Volt even demonstrated the Motor City’s biggest industry was edging toward sustainability. And now a troupe of homegrown tale ...

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Detroit Raw

I figured what the hell, if Governor Snyder’s Negro proxy emergency manager overseer of the Detroit plantation was going to show up, I certainly could. Besides we’re both Michigan men. That is graduates of the University of Michigan Law School. I’m told that reality immeasurably enhanced the Mayor Duggan/EM relationship. Something like serf to master when it comes to bottom-line city of Detroit decision-mak ...

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Faltering fourth period drops King

The King girls’ basketball squad hasn’t won a state championship since 2006. Despite the Crusaders’ gallant work to get back to the Class A State Finals, this season’s effort has also come up short. Despite leading the majority of the game, King fell 58-46 to Farmington Hills Mercy in the MHSAA Class A Region 4 Championship at Farmington High School, March 4. The Crusaders (22-2), who executed a dominating ...

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