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‘Jessi James Steals Kwanzaa’ at the 41st Annual Noel Night

Amidst the crowds and shopping of Noel Night this Saturday in Midtown, a special live jazz performance from renowned poet jessica Care moore will take place at the General Motors Theater inside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, free of charge. The show begins at 8:45pm. “Jessi James Steals Kwanzaa,” featuring moore with Jon Dixon and Nate Winn, promises to be full of revolutionary lo ...

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Friendship triumphs in new film starring Black actresses

On Dec. 13, “Go for Sisters,” a new film by John Sayles, two-time Oscar nominee and writer/director of “Lone Star,” “Passion Fish” and “Brother from Another Planet” will make its Detroit-area debut at the AMC Forum 30 (44681 Mound Rd., Sterling Heights). The film tells the story of two estranged friends who have an opportunity to mend their relationship when Bernice (played by LisaGay Hamilton) becomes Font ...

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People’s Forum uses hip hop and Detroit culture to oppose EM

Over 200 people attended the State of Emergency! People’s Forum Nov. 30 at the Northwest Activities Center on Detroit’s west side. The community forum was held to discuss methods of resistance to the city’s emergency manager. It was organized by the group Detroiters Resisting Emergency Managers (D-REM), a coalition of the city’s social activists, cultural creators and hip hop ambassadors. ...

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Just Speak

Developing the power of your voice after a personal trauma is essential to the healing process, and singers, poets and rap artists can be a great inspiration to many people. On Nov. 30, a special evening of music, poetry and art celebrated of the 10-year anniversary of Just Speak, a non-profit organization designed to help child victims of abuse find their voice and heal from their experiences. ...

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‘Deadly Stuff Players’

General Motors hosted a book signing and reception for media personality Flo Anthony’s newest book “Deadly Stuff Players” Nov. 18 in Detroit. On bookshelves now, “Deadly Stuff” is a murder-mystery chronicling Hollywood’s hottest names, nightclubs and events. ...

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Book Review

For a public figure as visible, controversial and outspoken as the Rev. Al Sharpton, whose every move and word are scrutinized by the media, a book by him would appear to be redundant. What could he possibly tell us that hasn’t already been in the news cycle, chewed up and spit out on the Internet and the hot gossip in every barber shop and beauty salon in the nation? ...

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‘Black Nativity’ in theaters

Jacob Latimore, Angela Bassett, Oscar-winners Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker (above) star in producer and preacher T.D. Jakes’ modern-interpretation of Langston Hughes classic “Black Nativity” due on big screen this holiday season. Heavy on symbolism, the story is woven with gospel music, and is a meditation on faith, healing and family. ...

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