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Carpenter wants to a see new Detroit

Rodney Prater, president of Prater Commercial Carpentry, started in the business 20 years ago. Now, the 39-year-old father of four heads his own company located inside the Ford Building on Griswold in downtown Detroit. “Business is oftentimes about winning and I love winning,” Prater told the Michigan Citizen. “Winning is a strategy (of) knowing who your opponent is and knowing how to maneuver to get the wi ...

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The sideline

MEDITATIONS By Frankie Darcell Stop standing on the sideline watching people screw up your life. Kick them to the curb and screw it up yourself — at least you’ll feel better, and may even improve your own quality of life.   ...

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Community quilt on display

Esther Collins, a Detroit resident and quilt artist, knows the value of the fine arts. She’s been sewing for over 20 years and quilting for eight of those years. Her passion was on display March 1 with the opening of the “Right On! Quilt Exhibition” and unveiling of the community quilt at the Carr Center in downtown Detroit. ...

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Teens dramatize ‘Miseducation’

Love. Trust. Betrayal. Envy. All are the makings of a good drama. And we all love drama — especially teens. On March 14-15, local teens from Teen HYPE (Helping Youth by Providing Education) will demonstrate how drama’s done in its ninth annual play, “Miseducation,” inspired by the 1998 album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” ...

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Practice on your faith

There are many ways to practice faith, as well as work on the outcome or actions of faith. Here is how I’ve learned I am becoming a believer and stronger in my faith: When I have an opportunity to hurt someone, I don’t; when I can break them down, I don’t; when I can effect their flow of money, I don’t. ...

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DJ LaJedi releases ‘World Hip Hop Women’ mixtape

The art of the hip hop mixtape is to bring together new artists and new sounds for listeners to experience. Detroit-based artist DJ LaJedi has released a new mixtape on the Internet that has gained worldwide attention. Bringing together women hip hop artists from around the globe, “World Hip Hop Women: From The Sound Up” is helping change the perception of how women can participate in hip hop. ...

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