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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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SUPA EMCEE nominated as ‘rapper of the year’

Highland Park rapper recognized for 4th annual 2012 Detroit Black Music Awards HIGHLAND PARK — Jim-mie “SUPA EMCEE” Brown, Highland Park native, entertainer and community activist, was nominated as “Rapper of the Year” for the fourth Annual 2012 Detroit Black Music Awards. The Detroit Black Music Awards in collaboration with the Motown Alumni Association is elated to present this years’ event. “It is more t ...

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Something for everyone at Midtown business

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Rachel Lutz has lived in Midtown most of her life and still loves living there. That’s one of the reasons why she opened her business there. Lutz opened the doors Dec. 3, 2011 and invited customers to step into The Peacock Room. Located at 15 E. Kirby, Suite 110, The Peacock Room is a retail women’s clothing store that sells men’s accessories as wel ...

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The Detroit Youth Food Brigade

By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Honey buns, Skittles, McDonald’s and Hot Cheetos were some of the favorite snacks for participants in the Detroit Youth Food Brigade. But that was before they were introduced to the healthy food program. The Detroit Youth Food Brigade is a program that collaborates with high school students and local food-based businesses, including neighborhood ma ...

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