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Campaign preserves Detroit home, musical legacy

Kenny Cox was a powerful and talented contributor to Detroit’s musical legacy. As a piano player whose career began in the bop-era, Cox began to infuse traditional jazz sounds with Afro-Caribbean flavors, and with elements borrowed from rock and soul. In the 70s, the city blooming with artistic inspiration and civic vitality stemming from the election of Coleman Young, Cox founded a record label, Strata Rec ...

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Mural honors Motor City’s musicians

On Dec. 23, 2013, Detroit jazz legend Yusef Lateef passed away at the age of 93, marking a lifetime of greatness from one of the city’s true ambassadors of sound. A composer, educator and instrumentalist, “Yusef Lateef’s Detroit” album is celebrated for its tribute to his hometown, where he grew as a player of multiple instruments, most notably tenor saxophone and flute, alongside many other jazz greats. ...

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Celebrating Detroit’s Dudley Randall, poet and publisher

Detroit’s current poet laureate, Dr. Naomi Long Madgett, will join other Detroit literati in celebrating the centennial birthday of Detroit’s first poet laureate, Dudley Randall, on Jan. 12 at the University of Detroit Mercy in the McNichols Campus Library. Randall was not only an accomplished poet, he became an incredibly significant publisher, founding the Broadside Press in Detroit in 1965. ...

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5 ELA re-releases ‘YesterYears,’ a Detroit hip hop classic

Over the holiday season, Detroit’s own 5 ELA re-released the classic 5 Elementz “YesterYears” EP on their group’s website. “YesterYears” is a five-song record from 1994 that helped define the sound of Motown hip hop during the 90s. After many years and different evolutions of the group, 5 ELA continues to release new music with a progressive Detroit sound, but the re-emergence of this classic EP makes for a ...

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Find time for your passion in the New Year

In January, the job search websites go crazy as people start the new year resolved to find work that’s more satisfying. “While thousands of people are dealing with the tragedy of unemployment, many others are looking for jobs that are more fulfilling than the ones they have,” says attorney and author Pamela Samuels Young. ...

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Detroit artists share lessons learned from 2013

“My biggest takeaway (of 2013) is to see challenges as opportunities,” Insite the Riot, a Detroit hip hop emcee, activist and motivator told the Michigan Citizen. “Like for real, I had a lot of roadblocks this year and within the year my perspective is kind of skewed, but I was able to recognize those challenges as opportunities for me to try new things and learn some things about myself.” ...

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