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Ellis Island Tea brewed in Detroit

Young entrepreneur sells family tea blend By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — “When you drink my tea, I want you to feel healthy. I want you to feel refreshed, tropical, like you’re on vacation,” says Nailah Ellis, owner of Ellis Island Tropical Tea. “There doesn’t have to be anything bad going on in your life to feel like you’ve escaped.” The 24-year-old business woman began marketi ...

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Injury impetus for new business

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — It would be hard to convince Sandra Mayberry there is no silver lining in clouds. Mayberry founded S&M Jewelry Designs after suffering a work-related injury. Mayberry opened S&M Jewelry Design at Gibraltar Trade Center on Jan. 24, 2010. She proudly shows the $20 bill from the first sale she made. S&M moved to the Russell Bazaar in August ...

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The marriage of logic and feeling

By Tené Dismuke Everyone has goals they want to accomplish in life. But too often, we struggle with making them happen. We fail to recognize that we were given special gifts as we made our introduction onto this plane to carry out everything we need to be happy, healthy and successful. All of what we need, we have within. The only thing we need to do is allow it to flow through us. Have you ever heard the s ...

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If you say you forgive, then let go and let God

If you say you forgive, then let go and let God By Frankie Darcell There are hundreds of situations relative to relationships where partners disagree with each other, hearts are broken, feelings are hurt, trust is lost and forgiveness is hard to find. No matter how deep the pain or depth of the situation or problem there is always room for forgiveness. When you have been deeply hurt or betrayed by your belo ...

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Online radio station connects Motown to hip hop

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Although Stacy’e Jones grew up appreciating music she never dreamed she would own a radio station. But she does. Stacy’e J — as she’s known in the industry — owns Liquid Flow, an Internet radio station located at 1938 Franklin. Stacy’e J said online radio operates much the same as on-air radio. “Business owners can purchase ads, artists can rent the ...

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Young Detroit man finds passion in fashion

By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — “Working for someone else can be a great experience but it takes (even more) hard work and passion to work for yourself,” says Harry Richmond, a rising fashion guru in the metropolitan area. “We take more honor in what is ours.” Richmond, affectionately known as Harry Rich, unexpectedly became interested in fashion when he lost interest in what he ...

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The extraordinary is possible

By Frankie Darcell You have to believe that everything is possible, that any and all things you’ve ever dreamed of and wanted for your life is attainable and within reach; that a full life of love, happiness and professional fulfillment and development is in your hands and it’s up to only you to achieve it or lose the opportunity to have it. You have the ability to change your circumstances; commit to takin ...

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Student receives ALD scholarship

The Afrikan Liberation Day (ALD) Committee Scholarship Fund has awarded $500 to Solomon Gaut, a graduate of Denby High School. Solomon has been accepted into Grand Valley State School of Nursing. Nominees had to have reasonably high grade point averages and have been accepted at a college. Paul Taylor, a member of the Afrikan Liberation Day Scholarship Fund, said recipients must also commit to remaining par ...

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Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront

Interactive literacy program for kids runs July 12 to Aug. 17 at Rivard Plaza in Detroit DETROIT — The General Motors Foundation and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy will kick off the second annual Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront (R3) program at 11 a.m. on July 12 at Rivard Plaza with a reading by First Lady of Detroit Yvette Bing. R3, presented by the GM Foundation and hosted by the Conservancy, i ...

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Unique style by Stef-n-Ty

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Stephanie and Tyrone Dickey make beautiful cloth together. No doubt about it, Stef-n-Ty is a team. Stephanie designs and manages production. Ty is the marketing guy. Their line of clothing and hats are available online and through select locations. The Dickeys are celebrating 20 years of partnership — in marriage and business. Stephanie said her gre ...

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