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Be careful who you share your dreams with

By Frankie Darcell As much as we would like to believe that everyone around us has our best interest at heart or would be happy about the great things that are happening in our lives, the real truth is there are some who are not. We find ourselves at times perplexed at the people who we thought would cheer our successes and good news, but they choose to be negative and draining. When you decide to work on y ...

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Company makes art its business

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Gregory Anderson cannot paint, but he makes paintings last forever. He and his fiancé, Toyia Lee, own Last Forever Paintings, a channel for artists who are not business savvy. Anderson said he encounters a large number of artists who have talent but lack business and promotional skills. “That’s why Toyia and I started this business,” Anderson said. ...

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Baby, let’s cruise

By Puakea Olaisha Anderson Special to the Michigan Citizen ROYAL OAK — Families and friends gathered to show off classic cars, years of hard work and domestic auto pride at this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise Aug. 18. The Woodward Dream Cruise, which stretches from Pontiac to just north of Eight Mile Road, began 18 years ago as a fundraiser to restore a Ferndale soccer field. Today, car lovers from London, Ri ...

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You are not here by accident

By Frankie Darcell God created you to be unique and to be who you are, to be different from any other person — that’s what makes you amazing and incredible. The problem is when you try to be somebody else that you don’t like that, quite frankly, does not change the opinions of people that don’t like you. Everything that you are experiencing in your life right now is an opportunity to learn and grow from tha ...

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‘Dillatroit’

By Steve Furay Special to the Michigan Citizen “If you could make music for the world, who would you be? How would it sound? How would it feel? Would it make you think of Motown and the heart that pound The beat in the street, Dillatroit this is 313” — Supa Emcee, “Dillatroit” “Dillatroit” is the latest hip hop song from Detroit to make its way around the world. The new hit single is from the posthumous alb ...

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New Detroit organization empowers LGBTQ youth of color

DETROIT — This October, a small group of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) youth of color will be convening in Detroit to train one another in a range of media skills, and then put their talents to work in a collaborative effort to address community problems. The organization, which will hold weekly meetings that include youth-facilitated conversations about community problems, ski ...

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Permission granted

Inspirational jazz vocalist’s album is a conduit for peace By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen You may know her as a stage and film actress. You may know her from voiceovers. You may know her as a vocalist, service producer, performer, educator or teacher of the arts. But do you know Linda Boston as a musical peacemaker? If not, you soon will with her newly released CD, “Permission: The Power ...

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Jazz Saxophonist Randy Scott credits Detroit as musical influence

By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — “People don’t know that Detroit has some of the best musicians,” said Randy Scott in a July 28 interview. Scott was born in Baltimore, Maryland, moved to Philadelphia for high school and then attended Michigan State University on a Classical Music Scholarship. He changed his major his junior year to Music Education, which required him to learn all ...

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Detroit students discover art the the DIA

By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen The Arts Discovery Program at the Detroit Institute of Arts has offered a new creative element in teaching art appreciation this summer…teenagers. The summer pilot program gives up to 50 students the opportunity to learn and experience art in the city one day per week for five consecutive weeks. Since 1995 the program has provided exposure and art education ...

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Custom sewing business has larger ideas

By Marcus Wright Cynthia Willoughby founded Jasper Custom Sewing in 1995. Willoughby said she really likes sewing and needed to do something relaxing. “I was trying to quit smoking and sewing helped, although I didn’t quit (smoking) until 2003,” Willoughby said. Jasper Custom Sewing produces custom designed clothing made from original fabric including mud cloth. “I design and produce the items at home and s ...

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