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Dwele drives the future with Black United Fund

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Dwele has a full agenda these days. His name has been plastered across signs and he’s been on the red carpet every week it seems. However, the R & B icon hasn’t been promoting his latest album — he’s been using his celebrity to promote charitable causes. He has aided in the fight against cancer and is now sparking young professionals to “make things happen” in communities ...

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Starring role for the Motor City

The Mitten Movie Project Detroit Night is a night of short films either about the city of Detroit or shot prominently in the city. A monthly film festival dedicated to screening independent short films, the MMP, generally held at Royal Oak’s Main Art Theatre, returns to Michigan’s largest city for the second time. This year’s MMP Detroit Night will be held Oct. 22 at Cinema Detroit at the Burton Theatre (pr ...

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Detroit hip hop recognizes Indigenous People’s Day

On Oct. 14, Columbus Day, a special evening of hip hop hosted by The Raiz Up was held at 5E Gallery in recognition of Indigenous People’s Day. The Raiz Up is an artist collective formed in Southwest Detroit in 2012, bringing hip hop artists and activists together for performances and community education. Indigenous People’s Day is recognized throughout the Americas as a response to the day celebrating Chris ...

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Local comedy event to feature laughs, breast cancer awareness

Metro Detroit comedians will come together Oct. 23 for a special evening of laughs in support of the American Breast Cancer Foundation. This special edition of “What a Witty Wednesday” will feature some of the area’s finest female comedians along with music performances, beginning 9 p.m. at The Bullfrog in Redford,15414 Telegraph Road. ...

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D.S. Sense takes hip hop and R&B on a ‘Space Audissey’

“Nobody has to take interest in what I’m putting out, how I feel or how I present it,” says D.S. Sense, sitting comfortably outside on a fall afternoon in Detroit. “But the fact there is an audience who appreciates it is priceless.” If the timing were not right, D. S. Sense would not accept the crown. Detroit is not a city that requires one queen upon the throne of their hip hop community, too many women ho ...

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Dancers bring images to life

The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art is alive this month with multiple show: French photographer Gilles Perrin’s “Yene Kono,” photographs taken in Africa, and David Philpot’s “Time,” an installation of intricately decorated living room furniture, on display until November. Yet on Oct. 12, gallery founder and director George N’Namdi will bring those images to life through dance in a performance titled “Th ...

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An ‘American Promise’ shines at the New York Film Festival 

As the New York Film Festival kicked off its 51st year, African heritage films were few and far between, but exceptional. “12 Years a Slave” stole the spotlight as it leads the Oscar race for Best Picture. The thought-provoking documentary “American Promise” is the modern-day bookend to a movie like “12…,” as it focuses on the way in which the African American middle class makes tough decisions about educat ...

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Detroit entrepreneur accessorizes

As an entrepreneur and professional, Angela Boone has worn many hats; she is the author of several books, the publisher of The Outer Court News, and a motivational speaker. Her former construction firm, Boone Management, completed school renovations at Howe Elementary and she worked in energy management as a project control specialist with Honeywell International. On Oct. 19, she will officially launch the ...

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