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5e Gallery struggles to keep its home

5e Gallery in Detroit has been a mainstay in the city’s hip hop landscape since 2008. Since its opening on Michigan Avenue in Corktown, 5e has provided a welcoming creative atmosphere for the area’s large community of talented hip hop artists. In the summer of 2010, the gallery moved down the street to its current location, 2661 Michigan, Avenue, a larger building that could better accommodate the founders’ ...

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‘Highland Park’

Detroit has one of the most fascinating cultural scenes in the nation. As a city vibrant, lost and now in recovery, it’s a place both raw and refined, with gritty street art and edgy theatre, as well as remarkable museums and architecture. Yet, like many other things about the city, the culture here is subtle and discreet—it requires seeking out—but its impact is and always has been significant. ...

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Iconic lyricist Talib Kweli partners with to promote positive hip hop

One of hip hop’s most celebrated conscious emcees, Talib Kweli, is teaming up with new urban video social network to give away $12,000 in prizes to artists who uplift hip hop culture and their communities with positive content. The Speak Up Campaign and Video Contest is a platform for music artists and creators around the nation to Speak Up and be heard. ...

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‘Own it’

As the warmth of spring brings a thaw to the recently frozen soil, Detroit residents, once again, prepare for a new season of urban gardening and activities throughout their neighborhoods. However, as the city evolves through a state takeover, the question of land rights is on the minds of many and artists are once again taking the moment to speak out for the people. ...

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One Book, One Community

The Detroit Public Library (DPL) kicks off its 2013 One Book, One Community reading program by selecting “Perfect Peace” by Daniel Black. The One Book, One Community reading initiative’s goal is to encourage the community to read one book and discuss the book at community gatherings and programs held around the city. The program culminates with an author presentation by Daniel Black, May 4 at 2 p.m., Main L ...

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‘Center of the Movement’ music video from ‘Rebirth of Detroit’ now released

The release of the new music video, “Center of the Movement,” is a new chapter in the legacy of the late J Dilla. Hip hop icons 5 ELA and rising star Pierre Anthony appear on the newest single from “Rebirth of Detroit,” the latest album from J Dilla released on Ruff Draft Records. The music video, directed by Steve Furay of Common Breath Media, shows the city of Detroit unified as the center of a new music ...

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Jazz Dance troupe comes to WCCCD

TAYLOR – Now celebrating its landmark 50th anniversary season, the nationally renowned Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) comes to Wayne County Community College District’s (WCCCD) Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center, April 20 at 8 p.m. The Educational and Performing Arts Center is located on the WCCCD Downriver Campus at 21000 Northline Road in Taylor. ...

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Hardcore Detroit, a world class hip hop dance crew in the 313

Standing behind the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation building in Detroit on a Monday night, members of the Hardcore Detroit hip hop dance crew prepare themselves for their weekly practice. The group members have all made a lifetime commitment to the art of dance and the Hardcore Detroit brand has become one of the most respected dance groups in the nation. ...

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Bikers Heaven offers a ‘last ride’

Bikers Heaven owners Herman Johnson and Diann Letson created a unique approach for families to transport their deceased loved ones for a funeral. The deceased are carried by a 2010 Harley Davidson Street glide Trike and a hearse that was handmade in Jackson. “We carry the deceased to the funeral home to the cemetery or the church to cemetery,” Johnson told the Michigan Citizen. “It’s a three-wheeler pulling ...

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