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Our/Detroit

Our/Detroit, a woman-owned vodka distillery, is slated to open this summer in Southwest Detroit. Located inside an old liquor store, the micro-distillery will be a meeting space for the community. “This will give me a space to prove businesses can invigorate communities in unexpected ways,” says Brandi Keeler, 25, one of Our/Detroit’s partners. ...

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BLACK WOMEN ROCK CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

Black Women Rock was the spectacle of the city this past weekend, as many of Detroit’s most dynamic women gathered together at two separate venues to celebrate their feminine strength, beauty and fire through music and dance. Hosted and organized by poet jessica Care moore, the main concert on March 15 at the Charles H. Wright Museum featured six headlining artists, including Wunmi, Imani Uzuri, Tamar-kali, ...

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African environmental justice activists to visit Detroit

Two African climate justice activists will visit Detroit March 25 to meet with local environmentalists to join a discussion about the city’s movement for environmental, land and economic justice. The discussion will take place at the Cass Corridor Commons, located at 4605 Cass, from 6-8 p.m. The event is designed to share information about environmental justice between Detroit and Africa. ...

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Free the school, the mind, life, city will follow

Thomas Jefferson said, “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr thinks Detroit can’t survive without filing for bankruptcy; activists say emergency management means Detroiters are no longer free; and education has ended for many of us with the attainment of a now-dusty diploma. A group in Hamtramck is fighting the atrophy of the intellect an ...

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Detroit playwright looks to Internet to finance production

Each week in this paper, Grace Lee Boggs talks about “solutionaries,” people finding ways to provide what is needed in their communities. Malcolm Harris and Devin Laster are two such young men, whose play “Jr.” uses true stories to investigate the relationships between fathers and sons. Harris, 18, believes the nuanced and intricate way the ensemble of young Black men examines those relationships can have a ...

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‘Greening’ Detroit with Shakespeare

Everything is going “green” in Detroit. With spring (hopefully) fast approaching, urban gardeners will soon be out tilling small farms throughout the city. Midtown’s Green Garage was specially developed to have a minimal impact on the environment. The recent introduction of the Chevy Volt even demonstrated the Motor City’s biggest industry was edging toward sustainability. And now a troupe of homegrown tale ...

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Detroit sushi business gets new home in a recycled shipping container

For the past few years Social Sushi Detroit has been a nomadic, bringing Japanese cuisine to Detroiters in a diverse array of venues, local businesses and offices. Now, they will be getting a new permanent home thanks to a partnership with students from both Lawrence Technological University and Western International High, a Detroit Public School. The restaurant will be constructed from a reclaimed shipping ...

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Black Women Rock

On March 15, jessica Care moore’s 10th Annual Black Women Rock will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The sold-out show will be one of Detroit’s most talked about concerts of the year. Featuring several internationally celebrated stars, the event spotlights the dynamic talents of Black women, with their fierce, sensual and courageous stage presence in front of a live band. ...

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Keir the poet

Poetry: “Awareness of things seen and unseen” He strolled across the parking lot from Starbucks into Whole Foods with the air of a man on a clearly defined mission. He uses his gifts of words, street rhythms and raw intellect — honed attaining a B.S. degree from the prestigious Michigan State University School of Packaging and years of private sector corporate know-how to encourage his people, in particular ...

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