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DILLA DAY 2014

If you listened to hip hop or R&B any time from the mid 90s through the first decade of the new millennium, chances are you’re familiar with James Dewitt Yancey, known as J Dilla or Jay Dee. J Dilla came from a musical family — his mother was an opera singer and his dad a jazz bassist. He was one of the founding members of Slum Village. The music he produced influenced a generation of artists including A Tr ...

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CAMPBELL FACES 10 YEARS

Excessive is how some describe the charges against Cass Technical High School student-athlete Jayru Campbell. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced at a press conference Feb. 11 the 17-year-old football player will be charged as an adult. Campbell, a junior quarterback, who led his team to back-to-back state championships as a freshman and sophomore in 2011 and 2012, faces a felony charge of assault ...

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Freedom House protects global refugees, American LGBTIs

David Kato Kisule died while fighting a bill that is now law in Uganda — an anti-homosexuality law that makes being gay punishable by life imprisonment. Citizens in Uganda are now also required by law to report “homosexuals” to the government within 24 hours to avoid being prosecuted themselves. This legislation, however, is not unique to Uganda. According to the 76crimes.com, 78 countries have “criminal la ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Everyone with a smart phone is now positioned to be a techno-eye witness. You can back up what you thought you saw and heard with the clarity of video from your smart-cam. An editorial bonus: You are now a supreme formulator of opinion and jury shaping; “did you see the video?” The work of newscast producers is given a helping hand — no white balance required. Parents if you equipped your child with a smart ...

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Redford Theatre fetes Foxy

Not only is Pam Grier, star of “Foxy Brown” and “Coffy,” a synecdoche for blaxploitation, but many credit her as the world’s first female action film star. Grier exploded on the screen in the 70s, aiming her guns at both on-screen villains and the cameras — behind which were legions of ogling male audiences. In the late 90s, controversial but critically-acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino wrote the movie ...

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No support for Detroit artists on local radio

2013 was the first time in the 58-year history of Billboard Top 100 song chart-rankings that an African American artist did not reach the number one position — all year long. Among the chart-topping songs for 2013, two white rappers had number one songs, R&B inspired artist Robin Thicke ripped off Marvin Gaye for a 12-week run, and Miley Cyrus reinvented herself — “twerking” her way up the charts in a sembl ...

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The significance of the Black Church in American history

The Black Church and the Black Movement in America have always been bound by an unambiguous umbilical cord. Denmark Vesey, an African who was enslaved in South Carolina, was a co-founder of a branch of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1817. He later planned a rebellion in the United States in 1822. Richard Allen, an abolitionist, business owner and activist, founded the African Methodist Episcopal ...

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Mapping the Motor City

Since December, the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force surveyors have photographed nearly every parcel of land in the city, encountering residents who are either “excited” or “suspicious,” says Tanya Lamar-McDonald. McDonald is a supervisor and one-time surveyor working on an unprecedented effort to catalog all properties in the city of Detroit. Surveyors — Detroit residents from the neighborhoods they are c ...

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DETROITERS STIFFED

Construction on a new hockey stadium will begin this spring — with help from bankrupt Detroit. Against much community opposition, the Detroit City Council voted 6-3 to approve a land transfer deal that paves the way for the new $650 million project. Council President Pro Tem Cushingberry and Councilmembers Spivey, Leland, Jenkins, Benson and Sheffield voted in favor of the transfer; Council President Brenda ...

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Rebellion Fitness

The Rebellion Fitness-N-Self-Defense is a workout and martial arts class that takes place every Saturday at the House of Bastet located on Lafayette between Brooklyn and Eighth Street. The program combines elements of cardio and Tang Soo Do giving participants a great way to get in shape while picking up a few self-defense techniques along the way. Tang Soo Do is a Korean style of Martial Arts that originat ...

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