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Celebrate the holidays with Detroit artists

This time of year reminds us of the goodness in others. In many ways, this season unearths our humanity, by chipping away with acts of kindness the stone walls we build around ourselves. There are certain people, however, with creative gifts who do this all year long. The Michigan Citizen has reported on these people — artists, singers, rappers, authors, poets, etc. throughout the years. ...

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Franklin-Wright Settlements 132nd Anniversary Celebration

The Detroit Historical Society was the setting for the Dec. 14 Franklin Wright Settlements, Inc. 132nd Anniversary Celebration. The Spirit of Giving Awards saluted the commitment and dedication of five “givers:” U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Stephen Henderson, editor of the Detroit Free Press; Joyce Hayes Giles, DTE foundation; Randy Scott, an educator and nationally renowned saxophonist and Dee Dee Odom, M ...

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HOLLYWOOD MEETS HISTORY

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” the film biography of anti-apartheid leader and South Africa’s first Black President Nelson Mandela, will be released Dec. 25. Idris Elba and Naomie Harris will star as Nelson and Winnie Mandela, respectively. (Above) Elba is pictured with Winnie Mandela at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela who joined the ancestors Dec. 5. COURTESY PHOTO ...

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Tattoo artist profits from penitentiary

“Prison saved my life,” says Marcus “Big Penn” Samuel, owner of Penitentiary Tattoos on Detroit’s east side. Life hasn’t been easy for the self-made entrepreneur. His mother was neglectful and struggled with substance abuse. She kept Samuel away from his father for the first decade of his life. When he was 10 years old, the state put him and his siblings into foster care. Two years later, luckily, Samuel’s ...

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Progressive Underground

“I make sure to have Detroit artists all up in my playlists. I get international artists but I have Detroit all up in there,” says Chris Campbell, host of the Progressive Underground, which airs on Detroit’s WDET. Campbell offers one of the most eclectic mixes of new music on the radio dial. Airing throughout the week with new shows every Sunday from 8-11 p.m., the show features some of Detroit’s most legen ...

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President Obama’s remarks at memorial service for Nelson Mandela

To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of states and government, past and present; distinguished guests -- it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life like no other. To the people of South Africa -- people of every race and walk of life -- the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. H ...

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‘Jessi James Steals Kwanzaa’ at the 41st Annual Noel Night

Amidst the crowds and shopping of Noel Night this Saturday in Midtown, a special live jazz performance from renowned poet jessica Care moore will take place at the General Motors Theater inside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, free of charge. The show begins at 8:45pm. “Jessi James Steals Kwanzaa,” featuring moore with Jon Dixon and Nate Winn, promises to be full of revolutionary lo ...

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