Motown in the Big Apple

Motown in the Big Apple

For more than a year now, Detroit has been commanding space in the media in New York City — mainly the coverage of the city’s fiscal crisis and the bankruptcy. On the other side of ...

‘Get On Up’

‘Get On Up’

This much-awaited bio-film tells you some things you already knew: James Brown could sing the funk out of a song. It also shows you some things you might not have grasped: Troubled ...

Keep Lipke Park public

Keep Lipke Park public

The battle over the future of Lipke Park in northeast Detroit says a lot about politics in the city, the sorry state of representative government, the lack of democracy. It also ex ...

Public art in the spotlight for Detroit Love 313 celebration

Public art in the spotlight for Detroit Love 313 celebration

Featured installations visited included “Butterfly Park” at the Brightmoor Community Center; “Talking Fence and Illuminated Garage” by Design 99 and Wiley McDowell on Lamphere Stre ...

Water warriors say Orr’s hand off to Duggan is a victory

Water warriors say Orr’s hand off to Duggan is a victory

Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointed emergency manager for the city of Detroit, Kevyn Orr, granted Mayor Mike Duggan the authority to manage the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, July ...

BACKPACK MUSIC FEST TO COLLECT SCHOOL SUPPLIES

BACKPACK MUSIC FEST TO COLLECT SCHOOL SUPPLIES

The 9th Annual Backpack Music Festival will be held at Belle Isle, Aug. 2, for a day of music, art, education and summertime family fun. The event is a fundraiser for the non-profi ...

Building an institution out of an old house on Ferry Park

Building an institution out of an old house on Ferry Park

Passing cars on slow down to wave at Yusef Shakur who is sitting on the steps of 2431 Ferry Park eating his lunch. A young man passes. He, too, connects with Shakur. “I ain’t too g ...

Censure mayor, citizens say

On June 18, Jenice Mitchell Ford editorialized about a series of events that had crippled the city’s governance structure. In her editorial comments, Ford stepped back away from the fray and gave a great summary of the legislative process and the implementation of new laws. She has always brought considerable talents to her deliberations and judgments to any civic issue. She succinctly explains how construc ...

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Media questions

By Shea HowellSpecial to the Michigan CitizenHantz Farms has launched a media blitz. They are pressuring the city into quick action on its land grab. The City Council should stand firmly against this push. There is no reason to act before the Detroit Food Policy Council and the City Planning Commission complete their work on agricultural policies for the city.This past week the Wall Street Journal and Huffi ...

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Senegal’s new president launches anti-corruption crusade

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from GIN DAKAR — Senegal’s new President Macky Sall is shaking up government with a clean sweep of former officials in the cabinet of ex-President Abdoulaye Wade, who faces charges of corruption. Ousmane Ngom, a former minister of ex-President Wade was among those detained. His arrest in southern Senegal took place while he campaigned for July 1 legislative polls. After ...

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DIA asks for support

By Zenobia Jeffries and Catherine Kelly The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts may close if a multi-county Art Authority millage does not pass in August. The proposal will appear on the primary ballot in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. “A lot of people are talking about regionalism. This is a good and small first step to regional development,” Annmarie Erickson, vice president and ...

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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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Flint native becomes a first-time female boxing Olympian

Staff Report This August the world will see, for the first time ever, women’s boxing in the Summer Olympics and Michiganders will beam with pride at Flint native Claressa Shields, who will compete for the gold in the Middle Weight Division. There will be three women’s boxing events: fly weight, light weight and middle weight. The 17-year-old boxer qualified for the Olympic boxing event earlier this year whe ...

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Additional $10 million in EVIP funding available

Grant application deadline extended to July 27 LANSING — The Michigan Department of Treasury is reopening the second round of the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) grant award process for the 2012 fiscal year, after Gov. Rick Snyder’s signing of a supplemental appropriation, which includes an additional $10 million for the popular grant program. The deadline for municipalities to apply for EVIP Gra ...

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Stay vigilant

Despite rosy predictions of Detroit’s rise and improved student achievement, we are doubtful and wary of state intervention. In 1999, Detroit Public Schools had more than a $1.5 billion budget and a functioning school board. Today, we have nearly half that in funding and state efforts to end what is remaining of the once largest district in Michigan. The state took over the schools in the late ‘90s with the ...

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Has Dred Scott risen again?

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. Trice Edney News Wire Growing up, I learned a lot about the Dred Scott Decision. Early on, I didn’t fully understand all of the ramifications of the case, but it became crystal clear that it was not favorable for my ancestors. As I assess Dred Scott today, I am struck by the parallels I see between it and the 2012 Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Just as in ...

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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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