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Two Detroits? Gentrification. talk gets real

The heated conversation about gentrification in Detroit came to the Jam Handy building April 26. Hosted by The Michigan Citizen, a panel discussed the challenges, opportunities and consequences of new development in Detroit. Topics included the displacement of longtime residents, the racial divide in the city, and access to business opportunities for both new and established residents. ...

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NBA players should buy the Clippers

To date, over 75 percent of the league’s players are Black but owners are overwhelmingly white. While few African American have had majority ownership of a NBA team, there have been several minority owners. Team ownership is the next hurdle in economic justice.The model of Black labor and white wealth cannot endure in the National Basketball Association. ...

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McCormick seeks to disqualify two for residency

Monique Baker McCormick is challenging the right of Burton M. Leland and Ramon J. Patrick to compete against her for the seat of District 6 Wayne County Commissioner for northwest Detroit. McCormick is requesting Wayne County Clerk Cathy M. Garrett disqualify the two candidates for not living in the district they want to represent. ...

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CLIPPED! Sterling is not an aberration

An audio recording that captures Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling telling a girlfriend that he doesn’t want African Americans at “my games” ignited a furor. But it’s part and parcel of an increasingly rotten and ugly saga that has become all too familiar in recent days. In quick succession, GOP rocker and pitchman Ted Nugent maligned President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel,” GOP House representa ...

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Detroit Raw

An unemployed guy gives police a report he had $1,500 on him and says he was robbed at a strip club by (gulp) strippers. Problem is the guy is Joe Utash, the son of the driver of the pickup truck that hit a kid on Detroit’s east side. Joe’s father consequently suffered a near-fatal viral beat down. According to a Fox 2 report, Joe was blowing off a little steam after a fundraiser for his father. The streets ...

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National Association of Meaningless Awards

From Detroit to Los Angeles, Leon Jenkins has been selling out the whole way. Jenkins left Detroit disgraced. He was disbarred, removed from his seat at 36th District Court, and effectively run out of town. He was caught taking bribes and fixing tickets and was under FBI surveillance. So he leaves Detroit and goes to Los Angeles for what could have been a fresh start. What better place to go, following thou ...

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‘Untitled Prints’ makes fine art accessible

Robert-David Jones sold his first painting when he was eight years old and has been submerged in art as a painter, ceramicist and sculptor ever since. Now 29, the Detroit native is not only making work, he is curating shows as well. On May 10, Jones and Allison Kruske, a painter and photographer, will unveil “Untitled Prints,” an exhibition designed to simultaneously engage first-time art buyers and introdu ...

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Marcus Belgrave to play free show on International Jazz Day

On April 30, a free concert at the Carr Center (311 East Grand River) in Detroit will celebrate International Jazz Day, featuring the legendary Marcus Belgrave on trumpet with Bill Foster of the Jazz Network acting as host. The event will take place from 7-10 p.m., and is a part of the Jazz-Off Detroit initiative, supported by the Knight Foundation among others. ...

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NBA president: Blacks should be ‘almost religious’ about supporting Black businesses

National Bankers Association (NBA) President/CEO Michael Grant says mutual support among Black businesses and consumers must become an “almost religious” culture in America if the Black community is to ever to attain significant economic strength. “We are aware our community was hardest hit by this recession. We’re aware the historical and structural barriers against us remain. But, here is the real deal: W ...

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Trish’s Garage tunes up Motor City fashion

Ebony Rutherford has been working on her dream of opening a retail clothing boutique, Trish’s Garage, since 2007, and thanks to an opportunity through a Detroit grant organization, her shop has opened for a two-month run in a prestigious location — 1249 Woodward Avenue, downtown between Grand River and State Street. “I think it’s for every woman — a lot of times we may have a look that we want to showcase, ...

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