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Detroiters get first chance to hear new compositions by Black composers

Writing cutting-edge new music is hard enough, but assembling a whole orchestra of qualified musicians to play it while it is being composed is near impossible. Fortunately, a new partnership between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and EarShot (the National Orchestra Composition Discovery Netwrok) is giving four emerging African American composers an opportunity to develop their newest works with an orchestr ...

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Detroit teens get show in N’Namdi gallery, win money

Twelve local high school students recently won the 2014 “McDonald’s Celebrates Black History Moments on Canvas” art contest. First, second and third-place winners of the contest won $2,000, $1,000 and $500, respectively, in addition to having their work shown in an internationally acclaimed gallery of contemporary art. The nine remaining finalists each received a $125 Visa gift card. In a press statement, o ...

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DETROIT RAW

They came to the shores of the Detroit River with a message of self-reliance, love of self and people as the Nation of Islam held Saviours’ Day 2014 in Detroit. Millions of dollars were spent by the NOI in Detroit, but you’d never know it by the media focus on an alleged Instagram threat against a media intoxicated cop. ...

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SMUG fights for equality in Uganda

On Monday Feb. 24, in spite of international pressure, Ugandan President Yoweni Museveni signed into law a controversial anti-gay bill drafted first in 2009. The new law makes homosexuality, already criminal in Uganda, punishable by life imprisonment. Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex advocacy group Sexual Minorities Uganda has been leading the fight against this and other homophobi ...

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GM, Samaritan’s Feet pamper Detroit youth

Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme, native of Lagos, Nigeria, has dedicated his life to help children in need of inspiration — and shoes. Ohonme is the founder and CEO of Samaritan’s Feet, an organization providing children around the globe with shoes.In 2013, Ohonme and his team distributed over 1.1 million shoes to children worldwide. ...

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State of Black Detroit: Where do we go from here?

In 1973, a more hopeful time for African Americans, Coleman Young became the city’s first Black mayor and the outlook for Black political and economic empowerment appeared to be sure. Forty years later, Detroit is in the process of an emergency manager-led bankruptcy — the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Under emergency management, democratic values and practices are gone. The mostly Black cit ...

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Michael Dunn verdict seen as another permit to kill Black men

Civil rights leaders are shaking their heads and demanding justice after a jury verdict once again appeared to let the killer of a young Black man off the hook. Michael Dunn could actually face decades in prison as he was found guilty, Feb. 15, of three counts of attempted murder and one count of firing into an occupied vehicle. But, because the Jacksonville, Fla., jury did not reach a verdict on a charge o ...

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OBAMA SIGNS FARM BILL

Michigan Lawmakers look on as President Barack Obama signs the Agriculture Act of 2014into legislation Feb. 7 on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. Obama said the $956 billion farm bill “lifts up our rural communities and gives more Americans a shot at opportunity in the years ahead.” ...

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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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