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Local centenarians honored at Charles H. Wright Museum’s Summer Theater Festival

Two local centenarians were honored July 13 at Charles H. Wright Museum’s Summer Theater Festival. At the age of 114, Jeralean Talley of Inkster, Mich., is the oldest person alive in the United States and the second oldest living person in the world. She was joined by fellow centenarian Precilla Jessie of Oak Park, Mich., who is 100 years old. Talley was born on May 23, 1899. She grew up on a farm in Montro ...

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Hood Camp to teach youth ‘urban’ survival

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. — For its third year, Hood Camp will bring inner-city youth together for an overnight camping experience Aug. 24-25 that aims to equip them with the tools for “urban” survival as well as creating a more positive and productive living experience in their communities. Activities include a self-defense/urban survival demonstration, first aid training, fire safety, conflict resolution, comm ...

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Stevie Wonder initiates celebrity boycott of Florida

“I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Stevie Wonder said at a July 14 night show in Quebec City, Canada. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.” The boycott started just days after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the February 2012 shooting death ...

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Harley-Davidson turns 110

F. Gary Gray, who has directed such box-office hits as “Friday,” “Set it Off” and “Law Abiding Citizen,” combines his two passions of motorcycling and making movies in a documentary that follows his journey riding his custom Harley-Davidson. In the video, Gray describes riding his Harley-Davidson as a form of meditation. “When I’m not working, I’m riding.” he said. Joining Gray on the 500-mile ride from Atl ...

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Detroit R&B singer Pierre Anthony’s star rises

Pierre Anthony is one of Detroit’s most exciting lead male vocalists, a versatile lyricist who excels both on stage and in the recording booth. His new self-released album “Motor City” is a tribute to the city that raised him and a statement to the world that his time has arrived. “This is my introduction to the world, to the city of Detroit,” says Anthony. “To let them know that I love them, that I appreci ...

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The return of rebel rap: Can hip hop still fight the power?

Back in 1969, Jimi Hendrix outraged some folks when he pulled out his guitar and rocked out on “The Star Spangled Banner” during Woodstock. Forty-some years later, the drama continues as Lil Wayne aka Weezy is in the center of a storm of controversy for wiping his Spectre sneakers on the American flag at a recent video shoot. From Woodstock to Hood-stock, the game remains the same. ...

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Teen HYPE event to benefit Detroit youth

In pursuit of its mission to empower urban youth to thrive, Teen HYPE (Helping Youth by Providing Education) will host HYPE the Rooftop Aug. 8 from 6-10 p.m. to benefit programs that help keep teens on the right track and lead healthy lives. Among those attending this inaugural event are Alexis Wiley of Fox 2 News and former Detroit Lions safety Ron Rice, who will serve cocktails as celebrity bartenders. Th ...

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Dale Rich Collection presents movie and lecture to celebratae Emancipation Proclamation

To celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation’s 150th anniversary, the Dale Rich Collection will present a screening and lecture of the movie “Glory” and a discussion of the Civil War soldier Joseph Proctor July 17 from 5-8 p.m. in the Friends Auditorium at the Detroit Public Library. Re-enactors of Frederick Douglass and his wife will read the Emancipation Proclamation and a letter from May 1, 1863, written b ...

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WCCCD offers educational summer camps

Wayne County Community College District is offering a variety of summer learning experiences for ages 4-18. The District’s series of youth summer camps will run from July to August on its five campuses and are structured to stimulate creativity and expand students’ interests. The camps emphasize hands-on learning and focus on programs ranging from sports, college prep, the performing and traditional arts, r ...

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