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On the water front: The struggle for water in Michigan’s Black cities

A city caught in the throes of a financial crisis and under the control of a state-appointed manager seeks to privatize its water department in a desperate attempt to balance its budget and remain solvent. Residents — many of whom are African American living in poverty — face mounting hardships as their water is being shut off when payments are delinquent. “Yeah, I know all about what’s happening in Detroit ...

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Detroit’s Hispanic business community weathering time of economic crisis

The Latino Press explored the effects of the current economic crisis in Detroit on the business environment of the Hispanic community. Mexicantown in Southwest Detroit, is where the Hispanic community of the region is primarily settled. It is a vibrant community of neighborhoods, parks, schools, and churches. One of the anchors of the community and of its success has been the burgeoning small business econo ...

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Legendary Detroit artists honored at opening of hip hop history display

May 24 marked another milestone in Detroit hip hop history, when the Black History 101 Mobile Museum celebrated the opening of its permanent display at 5e Gallery in Detroit. The display — a unique collection of memorabilia from some of hip hop’s greatest artists and moments in time — features items from legendary international artists and local heroes alike, designed to give audiences young and old a fresh ...

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Work in Detroit

On June 5 and 6, in three different areas of the city, three types of public work was underway with three different wage levels and three separate employers. At the high end: A crew comprised entirely of Mexican workers, employed by Giorgi Concrete, were installing new sidewalks in the North End on streets south of Holbrook and north of Grand Blvd. and east of Woodward. ...

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Only one of Obama’s Promise Zones is majority-Black

Despite the disproportionate impact of poverty found in African American communities, only one of President Barack Obama’s “Promise Zones,” is majority-Black, according to a new report. The Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan research and educational institute, offered recommendations on the role the federal government should play in breaking barriers to social and economic mobility. Earlier this ye ...

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Lagos spices up local food scene

Tunde Wey is earning quite a reputation in Detroit’s culinary avant-garde, first with his Hamtramck Revolver pop-up concept, followed by Goldfinch American. The Nigerian born chef recently launched a third concept, Lagos, a Saturday-night-only Nigerian barbeque joint in Southwest Detroit. But Wey, who moved to the U.S. by himself at 16 to attend college, doesn’t just jockey the finances; on opening night, h ...

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‘Bad deal vs. worse deal’

Pensioners have less than a month to vote on Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan of adjustment to cut the city’s debt and get out of bankruptcy. Ballots were mailed to the city’s 32,0000 pensioners in May, and the deadline to cast their vote on what Orr and supporters call a “grand bargain” is July 11. Pensioners in both classes, the general retirement system and the police and fire retirement system, have t ...

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EM’s failure shuts down DPS Head Start

Because Detroit Public SchoolsEmergency Manager Jack Martin and his staff couldn’t get its application for Head Start funding to the federal government on time, there will be no Head Start in Detroit schools next year, according to elected board President Lamar Lemmons “It is malice of intent or gross incompetence,” Lemmons said in a phone interview. It is part of the “constant school closings and the progr ...

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African Union to campaign against child marriages

The West African nation of Niger has one of the highest rates of child marriage. About a quarter of all girls are married by 15 and on the road to child-bearing. That rises to nearly 80 percent by the age of 18. Prominent clerics in Niger staunchly defend the practice. Sheikh Abbas Yahaya at the Koranic school in Agadez, for example, told the BBC marriage depends on the body of the girl and the man. “If the ...

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Movement 2014

Over 100,000 attendees gathered in Hart Plaza during Memorial Day weekend in Detroit for the annual Movement Electronic Music Festival. The three-day event is regarded as one of the country’s best music festivals and one of the world’s largest for electronic music. Presented by Detroit promoter Paxahau, the festival was once again a success in bringing the futuristic sounds of the world to the city credited ...

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