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Author Hilary Jones shares new book in her hometown

Professor Hilary Jones showcased her book, “The Métis of Senegal: Urban Life and Politics in French West Africa,” at Source Booksellers June 22, in Midtown Detroit. Jones, an associate professor of history at Florida International University in Miami, felt it was very important to debut her first book in her hometown of Detroit. ...

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Detroit’s Zo! releases new R&B album, prepares for homecoming show

Detroit’s own Zo!, a soulful R&B music composer and master hip hop producer, has released a new album and is getting ready for a triumphant return to his hometown with a live performance June 29 at 8 p.m. Critics and fans are celebrating his newest release, making this show a highly anticipated summer performance. ...

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Summer jam: MonicaBlaire’s “Only You”

The best summers, the ones that go down in history, are oftentimes defined by good events, good weather and great songs. MonicaBlaire is starting this summer off right with the release of her new single, “Only You,” from her upcoming EP “The { } Between.” Shifting, strong melodic beats carry MonicaBlaire ’s flawless rich vocals to deliver her latest endeavor. This ode to love paints the portrait of a woman ...

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CAID presents Soul City

Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, in partnership with University of Michigan Dearborn, is developing a game that’s educational and fun. The groundbreaking game, Soul City, will prominently feature art, landmarks and situations unique to life in Detroit. The game idea was conceived by young adults who worked at the CAID last summer through a program run by the YMCA and funded by the City of Detroit. ...

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50th Annual Bal Africain

The Detroit Institute of Arts held its 50th Annual Bal Africain June 15. The event celebrates the cultural heritage of the African diaspora and is a fundraiser for the Friends of African and African American Art — supporting Black artists. This year’s theme was “The Whole World is a Stage ... The Art of Performance.” Danny Glover attended, and the event featured a special performance by dancer Carmen De Lav ...

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‘Beware of the Dandelions’

Several years ago, Grace Lee Boggs gave a speech highlighting the innovative small-scale models of social justice and community building that are emerging in Detroit and other communities. “These efforts,” she said, “are on a small scale. But as Margaret Wheatley points out in ‘Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World:’ ...

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The Raiz Up gives a hip hop teach-in about Detroit’s EM

Clark Park in Southwest Detroit June 9 hosted a special edition of The Raiz Up, a regular event held in the city designed to engage the community through hip hop. The topic of discussion was emergency management of Detroit and how people in the community can share information about the current state of the city. ...

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