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Mother and daughter build business

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Peggy Gordon and Pamela Boatman are mother and daughter. They also own P Jazz Collections Boutique. P Jazz sells women’s clothing and jewelry. Like their sign says, “Jazzy, Sassy and Classy.” They’ve brought the boutique a long way. “I started P Jazz in my living room in August 1999,” Gordon said. “I had a few suits, coats, sweaters, a few purses an ...

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‘Doll Face’ premieres Sept. 22 at N’Namdi Center

Exhibit a commentary on beauty in media and culture DETROIT — How many women go to a plastic surgeon and order Angelina Jolie’s lips, Kate Moss’s eyes or Keira Knightley’s nose? What if you could simply pick and choose what you wanted? If you could have all three, would the result be beautiful? Those are the driving questions behind “Doll Face” by artist Ben Sharkey. “I first came up with the design in a sk ...

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Holding on to bitterness

By Frankie Darcell Here’s a news flash: Nobody cares that you’re mad! Mostly, when people are angry with each other they pretty much have a short window to resolve an issue then move on. Some of us, however, want to “wallow” in our sorrow and stay in an emotional funk. I love to tell the story of the two sisters that argued over their mother’s pendant after her death. A judge settled the matter with a legal ...

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Rapper Rakim celebrates 25 years of ‘Paid in Full’ with Detroit concert

  DETROIT — Rakim, with special guests Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick and Big Daddy Kane, will take the stage at Detroit’s Masonic Temple on Oct. 27. This special show, presented by Global World Enterprises and Kinpholk Entertainment, commemorates the 25th anniversary of Rakim’s platinum album, “Paid in Full.” “Rakim has touched so many people of all ages with his music. To have been in the rap game for 25 ...

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National museum curator seeks to ‘make America better’

  By Puakea Olaisha Anderson Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — During a recent visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts, Dr. Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, told Detroiters the new museum will “help shape America’s identity, educate new generations and illuminate dark corners (of the country’s history).” The historian, ...

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Store gone but not forgotten

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Crockett Groceries opened its doors at Ferry Park and 16th Street Jan. 16, 1968 and closed Aug. 30, 2012. That’s almost 45 years that James and Florence Crockett have sold meat, bread and milk, as well as beer and wine and all the other items associated with a mom and pop store. The Crockett’s have lived on 16th Street between McGraw and Marquette s ...

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Job Corps makes youth successful

Students graduate, work, travel with DJC By Puakea Olaisha Anderson Special to The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Detroit Job Corps graduated over 100 students in a number of specialized technical fields Aug. 24. A national Department of Labor program, Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people, ages 16-24, learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED and find and keep a goo ...

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Keep your past behind you

By Frankie Darcell No one is perfect. If they were, we wouldn’t need a God; there would be no need for the words “I’m sorry” or “forgive me.” We all stumble and fall in this journey. For some of us, the drop takes longer, but we can always catch ourselves before it’s too late. When many of us look at our past, we feel guilt, anger, resentment, fear, shame or embarrassment because of the decisions we’ve made ...

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