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Right-to-Work for less Republicans are working to pass the Right-to-Work Law in Michigan. The law is one that will make it harder for unions to represent workers effectively. Why is Right-to-Work bad for Michigan’s working families? RTW states have a poverty rate of 12.5 percent compared with 10.2 percent in other states. More workers go without health care in right-to work states 15.4 percent than Michigan ...

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Paint store seals the deal with Benjamin Moore

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen DETROIT— When Marcus Anderson went after Benjamin Moore as a sponsor of a prospective paint store, he didn’t know he’d be setting a precedent. Anderson Paint Store, on Eight Mile Road, is now the only Benjamin Moore outlet in the city of Detroit. It’s the only Black-owned Benjamin Moore retailer out of 178 in the state of Michigan. Up until June of this year, Marcus ...

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Picture This Photography

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen DETROIT —Teresa Elijah’s association with the camera began with a career posing in front of it as a model. But a fascination with the process itself led to the other side, and a business venture called Picture This Photography. “I often became interested in what the photographer was doing,” Elijah told the Michigan Citizen, describing her start in photography and end ...

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The Finishing Touch

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen DETROIT, MI. — The grand opening of the Finishing Touch Beauty and Barber Salon is not Kelvin Warren’s first foray into the salon business, but it may be his most extensive. Located on Harper in Detroit’s near east side, the salon’s sleek interior is just one of the many characteristics that challenge the perception of what a neighborhood barber shop is supposed to l ...

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By choice: Word Play Tees

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen The tee shirt market is diluted with bold graphics and clever monikers. It takes something, and someone, quite extraordinary to break out of the crowd. Jasmine Deforrest, a Mumford High and Wayne State graduate, has taken her vision and created an imaginative line of tee shirts with messages that challenge the status quo. Word Play Tees is the name Jasmine uses to de ...

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Pink slip recovery option

By Farrah Gray NNPA Columnist The field of self-employment and entrepreneurship is a viable career option during sub prime meltdown causalities to keep their chin up. The basic difference between self-employment and entrepreneurship is that, self-employment is usually a one person venture operating from home, like consultants, programmers, graphic designers, freelance content writers, web designers and copy ...

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Arturo’s, the jazz spot

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen There are bound to be jazz purists who may be skeptical that metro Detroit’s new jazz mecca could be located adjacent to a modern, multi-theater movie complex. But once inside, the possibility of Arturo’s Jazz Theater and Restaurant becoming one of the nation’s premiere jazz destinations suddenly seems like a distinct possibility. Despite his distinguished history in ...

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LJ’s Lounge: Hip finds Old School

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Opening a successful and enduring bar establishment often times involves keeping a finger on the latest trends. Other times it simply means keeping the doors open and letting the so-called trendsetters find you. If you stay open long enough, the cycle of life dictates that you’ll be fashionable even a few times. Robert Jones celebrated his 60th birthday las ...

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Graduates need Cash “FLO” to survive

By Michael D. Wynn, CFE Special to The Michigan Citizen An “Open House” could provide Cash “FLO” (Cash and Financial Literacy Ownership) for a young person who will soon take their first step into adulthood with financial responsibilities. During the summer months, many of us will give a Graduate, a “Graduation Party”, or “Open House” more commonly called. This unique gathering could be more than just a cel ...

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Ladels Children’s Book Boutique

By Eric Campbell The Michigan Citizen The Corktown district is generally known for its historic architecture and contributions to the downtown restaurant scene. But nestled in a cottage, that is an almost visually perfect setting, is a new boutique dedicated to children’s books. Lauren and Debra Thomas, daughter and mother, have transformed a former pub into a space that could, itself, easily be found in a ...

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