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‘Magic’ at State Fair

Lansing native Earvin “Magic” Johnson and business partners, Marvin Beatty and Joel Ferguson, could soon begin development on 157 acres of land at the old State Fair Grounds. Developers say the project includes more than retail, as they are considering single-family and senior residential housing. The site plan also includes a movie theater, entertainment venues and preservation of some historic buildings. ...

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14th Annual Rainbow Push Global Automotive Summit kicks off

Oct. 2, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., automotive partners and community stakeholders kicked off the 14th annual Rainbow Push Global Automotive Summit at MGM Grand Detroit. Early in the day, the Assault on Democracy panel discussed the strategic approach corporations are using to eliminate diversity. Black thought leaders discussed the importance of measuring Black buying power and the conscientious use of that po ...

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Council meeting gets heated

In the Sept. 24 council session, Asst. Corporation Counsel Lewis Smith stormed out of the meeting after being questioned by Councilwoman JoAnn Watson. Prior to his reaction, the council inquired about a written response from the law department regarding Watson’s request for representation in Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s bankruptcy filing. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

You love saying, “Race doesn’t matter to me…” We are the only people race hasn’t mattered to, who have been enslaved in these United States, and now you are a slave to mainstream media and self hate. KMA. You are that same house fella and girl that helped rebuild the plantation just after the Civil War, because you couldn’t stand a little freedom. But we do battle in the marketplace of ideas in a peaceful n ...

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Detroit hip hop dominates fall album releases

A worldwide audience awaits Detroit’s slate of autumn hip hop releases. Many of the artists represent a mix of independent and signed performers, who have influenced the sound of popular hip hop today. Most hope they can generate sales revenue to help rebuild the city’s music industry. Clear Soul Forces’ new album, “Gold PP7s,” was released Sept. 17, and new fans around the world have become excited for the ...

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Resisting the EM

As Rick Snyder campaigns for his second term, people are bombarded with images of the “can do” governor. One image we won’t see is Gov. Snyder meeting with the Detroit elected Board of Education. If the governor had his way, the elected board would pack up and get out of town. That is because the Detroit elected school board has been persistent in its resistance to the emergency manager and to the destructi ...

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New project links city’s greenways

Cyclists will soon enjoy greenways from their neighborhoods to downtown Detroit, Midtown, Eastern Market and the Riverwalk. Link Detroit, a $25 million multi-modal enhancement initiative administered by the city, is now underway. Link Detroit connects existing greenways and streetscapes, in five separate projects: a streetscape enhancement at Eastern Market, three non-motorized travel connections including ...

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RECOUNT PROBES FRAUD

Charges of voter fraud surround the recount of ballots cast in the Aug. 6 primary elections. On Sept. 5, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers accepted eight individual petitions from candidates to recount Detroit’s primary ballots. Those seeking a recount were required to pay $10 per each precinct they wished to see recounted. The Board of Canvassers approved Tom Barrow’s petition to recount over 400 precin ...

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