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Detroiters get to tell their own stories of the city

Anyone with access to a video camera or smart phone will have the opportunity to direct and shoot their own Detroit story on April 26. The creators of the documentary “One Day on Earth,” which filmed every country in the world during one 24-hour period have selected Detroit as one of 11 cities to feature in their latest project titled, “Your Day. Your City. Your Future.” ...

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BMe honors Black men who help their communities

Clement “Fame” Brown, a Detroit entrepreneur who has been designing and selling clothes since he was 12, uses his experience to help others become creative professionals. Philadelphia college student, youth advocate and social entrepreneur Rashaun Williams educates high school students on environmental sustainability. Computer scientist Emmanuel Cephas of Baltimore has developed software to teach youth math ...

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MC Lyte to DJ Barristers’ Ball

MC Lyte changed history when she became the first woman to release a full-length mainstream solo hip hop album, “Lyte as a Rock,” in 1988. Now she’s taking the same spirit that inspired a generation of women emcees to entertain another group of crusaders, the Wolverine Bar Association. ...

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Honoring a revolutionary healer

Elizabeth Marie Jones-Gidney El-Bey, M.D., was memorialized at the Shrine of the Black Madonna on April 5, celebrating the extraordinary life of a leading doctor of holistic health and medicine. She was born on Feb. 15, 1938, and joined the ancestors on Dec. 20, 2013. The gathering of family, friends, patients and peers honored the loving, gentle spirit of Dr. Gidney, who in her life became a pioneer of nat ...

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Bring DIA artwork to your block!

In 2010 the Detroit Institute of Art commemorated its 125th anniversary by printing reproductions of the most famous pieces in its collection — one of the world’s largest — and hanging them outdoor in public places. The program, titled “Inside Out,” has been so popular the DIA has done it each spring and summer since; last year the DIA scattered eight reproductions across Detroit’s Belle Isle. ...

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Detroit poets celebrate Hayden, Randall

Detroit’s Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett joined some of the city’s renowned poets April 3 at Wayne State University for the Centennial Celebration of Robert Hayden and Dudley Randall, two of Detroit’s most recognized historical poets and cultural influences of African American culture. Robert Hayden (1913-1980) was the first African American named Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, and was e ...

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‘Jane’ walks the talk

Jane Jacobs, author and urbanist, was never one run from a good debate. In her book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” she wrote that urban renewal did not respect the needs of the people actually living in the cities. In 1968, she was arrested while protesting to stop a highway from being built through New York’s Washington Square Park. A dedicated activist, some, nonetheless, have accused her ...

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‘Pirate Radio’ gives alternative to the mainstream

Detroit underground hip hop received a boost of energy this year with the release of the “Pirate Radio” album from 313Phresh and TrueSpeech, two Detroit emcees who perform as the collective Family Grind. The album is their statement to fans of good music that the radio does not support genuine talent, instead promoting songs from corporate-owned record labels with mostly negative messages. ...

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New children’s book makes Detroit history exciting

Most of the stories that take place on Detroit’s famed Belle Isle will linger like fireflies on the front porch, shine in the moment and fade with laughter. But local author and WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis Ivery is making sure some of the island’s summer magic is available to the children worldwide in the pages of a new chapter book for children ages 8-11 that he co-wrote with his daughter Angela. ...

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Theater troupe shatters fourth wall, dimension

Sometimes it can be reassuring to remember the spirit of Detroit has been summoning more than Quicken loans employees and bankruptcy lawyers lately. In October 2012, theater artists Sherrine Azab and Jake Hooker forsook the Big Apple for the Motor City. “We wanted to be part of a city that has more ‘we’ mentality than ‘me’ mentality,” Azab and Hooker told the Michigan Citizen. “This place truly has affected ...

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