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Event specialist looks to make good First Impressions

After her position was eliminated following 20 years of dedicated service in Human Resource Management, Dawn E. Trapp stepped out on faith and began her own business. “My position was eliminated so I retired and we parted on good terms,” Trapp told the Michigan Citizen. “My position with the company, in addition to my main responsibilities, required that I organize company picnics, holiday parties, etc. I t ...

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Traveling partner

By Frankie Darcell In life, there are people that will travel though your life and make a rest stop, but then there are those like you, Detroit, that will travel the entire distance. Thank you for riding shotgun with me.   ...

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Working off that winter weight

Michigan is the 11th fattest state in America and two thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Sixty-six percent of adults in Michigan are overweight, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or greater. If you are looking for fitness tips or diet and exercise tips, Bridget Porter, a personal trainer at YMCA, will offer a beginners workout plan and offer diet tips. Most people gain weight during the win ...

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Black Women Rock

“We are Black women and we play rock ‘n’ roll. We’ve been doing it since the beginning of time,” says jessica Care moore, founder of Black Women Rock (BWR). BWR will perform Feb. 8 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Black Women Rock is a living tribute to Betty Davis — one rocking Black woman. ...

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Ma Dukes Yancey prepares for Dilla Day Detroit 2013

James “J Dilla” Yancey, the Detroit born and raised son of Mrs. Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, is known as the greatest hip hop song producer of all time, having created a timeless soul sound and influencing a generation of music superstars before his early death in 2006. Now, as an annual celebration is set to return with a concert in his honor, Mrs. Yancey sat down to discuss this year’s Dilla Day tribute and ...

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Quest to film reunion uncovers modern-day slavery in Africa

In their startling and eye-opening documentary, directors Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw take viewers on a journey to a land of vast deserts and even bigger secrets. Their film, “Stolen,” which captures a land at the juncture of politics, nationality and race, premieres Feb. 5 at 7 pm ET as part of season five of the AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange. The series is hosted by actress Gabourey Sidibe on ...

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Plowshares presents political power of Black female music in ‘The Divas Project’

This February, Plowshares Theatre Company debuts a new musical revue that puts the music of African American female greats in a new light: as the catalyst and impetus for social change and the advancement of women. “The Divas Project” is the first show of Plowshares’ 2013 season themed “Celebrating the Black Woman.” It will feature the music of 10 select popular artists from the past 50 years, including Nin ...

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Slum Village to release ‘Dirty Slums Volume 2’

No other hip hop group in Detroit history has a legacy like Slum Village. For decades, Slum Village has been an industry force that has influenced nearly all popular artists in hip hop today. Along with legions of fans, hip hop musicians such as Kanye West, The Roots, Common and Big Sean consider the group that started in Conant Gardens in 1993 as one of the most influential of all time. ...

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Celebrating diversity in Detroit: 16th annual Sphinx competition

The 16th Annual Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino String Players, presented by the DTE Energy Foundation and hosted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will bring 19 of the country’s top young Black and Latino string players to Southeast Michigan. Over the past 16 years, Sphinx artists have made more than 250 solo appearances with orchestras around the country, engaged 100,000 young people in sch ...

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