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Fencing club challenges Detroit youth to a duel!

Fencing began in Medieval Spain when men would settle their grievances one-on-one in a bloody sword-fight to the death. In the mid-18th century, long after dueling had been banned by the Catholic Church and made illegal by most European nations, the techniques of fencing shifted from battle to sport. Fencing is one of only five activities that has been featured in every modern Olympic Games. This summer Det ...

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Shinola expands manufacturing, creates jobs, opportunities to craft leather

In its first few years, Shinola’s watch manufacturing operation has made international news. Former President Bill Clinton even sports a few Shinola watches and took a tour of the factory. Last year, Shinola assembled over 50,000 watches; this year they believe they’ll get closer to 150,000. “We simply did not imagine we’d have the success that we’ve had,” says Shinola CEO Steve Bock, who started the enterp ...

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‘No Fly Zone’ enforced: Rick Ross cancels Detroit performance, ‘fears for life’

Rap star Rick Ross was forced to cancel his Chene Park performance at Hot 107.5’s annual Summer Jamz concert June 21. Chene Park officials says 100-150 individuals blocked the service entrance into the venue, forcing Ross to cancel his appearance. A video of the interaction posted online shows Detroit rapper Trick Trick — the man who has declared Detroit a ‘No Fly Zone’ for out of town artists who don’t pay ...

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Photographers look around to see within

With the 2011 renovation of Oakman Boulevard’s Bell Building, which towers over the Detroit-Highland Park border, the Neighborhood Service Organization was able to provide fresh opportunities to the iconic piece of architecture and to more than 150 new residents, all of whom had been homeless. NSO’s program is unique and comprehensive; apartments are furnished with everything down to the toothpaste for inco ...

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‘Sunlight Through Bullet Holes’

Poet, publisher and educator jessica Care moore has recently released a new book of poetry, “Sunlight Through Bullet Holes,” and will be making two upcoming public appearances in Detroit in June to perform and promote her book. Moore describes her new work, influenced by the daily struggle of Detroiters to live and love amidst the harsh conditions of the city, as her strongest collection of poems to date. F ...

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African World Festival wants to make Detroit designers fashion stars

For over three decades, the African World Festival has provided Detroiters a chance to experience the rich cultural heritage from all corners of the diaspora — drumming, dancing, arts and crafts, storytelling, poetry, food and fashion. Now organizers want to make sure the D is dressed appropriately at this year’s festival by launching the Detroit Rocks the Runway Emerging Designer Showcase. Selected local d ...

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River Days brings stars Keith Sweat, Mary Mary, Blackstreet to Motor City

Local students from the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Choir will be in the spotlight June 21 when they open for 90s R&B hitmakers Blackstreet featuring Teddy Riley and Dave Hollister at the 8th Annual GM River Days festival. The three-day festival, which takes place on the RiverWalk from the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor to the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal & Dock, just pas ...

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Detroit historian to lecture on Hastings Street

Preservation Detroit’s Third Friday Lecture Series, highlighting the rich cultural history of the people and places of the city, will continue on June 20 at the Hastings Street Ballroom, 715 E. Milwaukee Street. Award-winning performer Marsha Music, a writer, singer and story-teller, will share the tales of her childhood in Detroit’s Black Bottom before the African American district was demolished for the i ...

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Allied Media Conference gathers grassroots on Wayne State campus

The 16th annual Allied Media Conference, scheduled to return to the campus of Wayne State University June 19-22, is a gathering of progressive media creators, academics and grassroots activists discussing the future of media and the ways in which it can transform the world. The Allied Media Conference is designed around the concepts of “create, connect and transform,” inspiring the building of new communica ...

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Legendary Detroit artists honored at opening of hip hop history display

May 24 marked another milestone in Detroit hip hop history, when the Black History 101 Mobile Museum celebrated the opening of its permanent display at 5e Gallery in Detroit. The display — a unique collection of memorabilia from some of hip hop’s greatest artists and moments in time — features items from legendary international artists and local heroes alike, designed to give audiences young and old a fresh ...

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