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Charges dismissed against Jones Day protestors

Judge Kenneth King of 36th District Court in Detroit dismissed all charges “without prejudice,” against Elena Herrada and Bill Wylie-Kellermann, Jan. 27. The two were arrested last April when they deliberately knelt down before Detroit City Council to protest the city contract with the Jones Day law firm. Acting as their own lawyer, Herrada and Wylie-Kellermann appeared in King’s court in their second attem ...

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Wayne State theater brings Yoruba legend to the street

Director Aku Kadogo does not think the music initially selected to accompany a scene in the play “In the Red and Brown Water” is affecting the cast appropriately. The sound is eliminated and the next scene proceeds. Though small in frame, Kadogo is a powerful force, alternately jubilantly and fiercely exhorting Wayne State University student actors to give her “more” — vocally, physically and emotionally — ...

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‘DRUM MAJORS’ FOR THE FUTURE

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations around Detroit, Jan. 20, focused on an array of issues. Martin Luther King High School students highlighted the legacy King shared with Nelson Mandela, beginning with a one mile-long parade. The Central United Methodist (once visited by King himself) program remembered Fannie Lou Hamer, while setting an agenda for future activism. At the Detroit Film Theatre docum ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

George Cushingberry has become a distraction to divert our attention from a continued looting of Detroit assets. They have convinced you the looting of Detroit is cool by offering $340 million dollars for an undervalued DIA art collection worth billions that is being gift wrapped for purveyors of white privilege while we are media distracted into discussing a powerless city council. ...

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Shoppers take control of their food system, economic power

Detroit, unlike the national media has suggested, is not a “food desert.“ In addition to the new Midtown Whole Foods Market and the new State Fair Meijer, there are a plethora of great independent markets in the city: The Eastern Market; Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe and Goodwell’s in Midtown; Honeybee in Southwest; Al-Haramain and Bozek’s in Hamtramck; and Metro Food Land on the West side are just a few. ...

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Mural honors Motor City’s musicians

On Dec. 23, 2013, Detroit jazz legend Yusef Lateef passed away at the age of 93, marking a lifetime of greatness from one of the city’s true ambassadors of sound. A composer, educator and instrumentalist, “Yusef Lateef’s Detroit” album is celebrated for its tribute to his hometown, where he grew as a player of multiple instruments, most notably tenor saxophone and flute, alongside many other jazz greats. ...

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