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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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Brand Camp visits Detroit

Hajj Fleming, owner of Brand Camp University, in collaboration with Shawn Lee, an award-winning photographer, provided the city of Detroit a four-hour brand makeover. Fleming, a digital brand strategist, held a brand makeover session Jan. 19 at Ponyride in Corktown. 2013 marks the fourth year of Brand Camp for Fleming. The 41-year-old Roseville native brought together an intimate crowd of 15 Michiganders to ...

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Detroit gallery presents ‘Black Detroit 21’ exhibition

In partnership with the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, the University of Michigan Detroit Center presents theWork: Detroit gallery exhibition, “Black Detroit 21.” Curated by Odie Rynell Cash, “Black Detroit 21” addresses social concerns within Detroit’s African American community by exploring the topics of identity, territory, protest, sexuality and transition. ...

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God’s House

All in the Family: Improvisational architecture in the work of Beverly Buchanan “Beverly Buchanan’s artworks are full of humanity, depicting the grace of everyday lives and the power of the human spirit. They remind us of our abiding connections to the places we call home,” writes curator Marianetta Porter of the work of artist Beverly Buchanan. Buchanan’s work is on display through Feb. 1 at the Department ...

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Dale Rich Collection presents Emancipation Proclamation exhibit

Nationally acclaimed photographer, historian, genealogist and activist Dale Rich will present “Thenceforward and Forever Free: The Emancipation Proclamation,” a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of that historic document signed in 1863, Feb. 2, from 1-4 p.m. The presentation will feature a powerful multi-media exhibit showcasing historically important paintings, photographs and other documents illustra ...

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I prayed, but God didn’t answer. Yes, he did!

I get letters all of the time from people who are in distress, feeling like they are at the end of their rope. They feel like all else has failed, then they write me. I received a heartfelt painful letter from a gentleman who wrote that he and his family were in the process of losing their home. Both he and his wife were forced to take a 10 percent wage cut in their salary, which caused a financial hardship ...

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Don’t block my daughter’s blessing

My daughter and I started attending what I consider to be a phenomenal church. What makes this place so unique and one of the fastest-growing spiritual institutions in the country is its pastor and his “now” leadership. He’s well-versed on the Bible and articulates each verse in a way that relates to the issues of today. His passion, compassion and love of God reek from the pulpit. It is a come-as-you-are w ...

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