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 ...

J Dilla’s legacy preserved in the Smithsonian

J Dilla’s legacy preserved in the Smithsonian

James “J Dilla” Yancey, the late Detroit music producer whose stardom has grown globally since his passing in 2006, is headed toward enshrinement in the Smithsonian Museum in Washi ...

Poetic Menace continues to revive hip hop culture

Poetic Menace continues to revive hip hop culture

Poetic Menace struggled as a Detroit recording artist for over 20 years. The independent MC has gone from the highs of being on stage in front of a packed room and holding his own ...

Tarot and Tea divines brighter present for Detroiters

Tarot and Tea divines brighter present for Detroiters

Nefertiti comes from a long line of spiritually precocious people. Her grandfather was a spiritualist. His son, a jazz musician, also had the gift. “He used to touch people’s hands ...

The Shed is ‘so Detroit’

The Shed is ‘so Detroit’

Akwamu and his apprentice, Tresvant Wallker, 18, capitalized on the trend and designed "IAMSODETROIT" T-shirts. Entrepreneur Kwasi Akwamu is so Detroit he designed T-shirts from a ...

Brightmoor to Beijing

Brightmoor to Beijing

Help the efforts of Kyle Baker, Jr.; Tanay Floyd; and Lashay Pearson to raise $13,000 to fund their trip. Emerging out of an abandoned garage in the Brightmoor community on the wes ...

Get out the vote, Detroit

Black Press Week is the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual event, where over 125 African American newspaper publishers gather in the nation’s capitol to meet with public officials and policymakers about issues as they relate to Black America. In March, the group met with the Obama administration. At that meeting, publishers from across the nation pushed the administration on what they believ ...

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NASA visits DPS

DPS students learn hands-on with NASA NASA, STEM Education Symposium DETROIT — It’s not every day that kids get to meet a real live astronaut. Or build cool stuff that brings NASA Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to life. But more than 150 Detroit Public Schools students got that opportunity May 1-2. Through a collaboration with Detroit’s Reginald Francis Lewis Reading Academy, NASA’s Glenn ...

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Western International keeps on rolling with 21-4 record

Boys Baseball Roundup — Week 5 King and Mumford sweep doubleheaders; CMA still leads PSL West with Henry Ford right behind By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — With Western International way out in front in the PSL Mega Division, the question remains: Who’s going to finish second for playoff contention — King, Cass Tech or Renaissance? The Cowboys (9-0 PSL Mega, 21-4) won five ...

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Nsoroma Institute Free Orientation/Open House

Detroit African-centered Elementary/Middle School May 23, 4:15 p.m. Nsoroma Institute, 20045 Joann, Detroit Nsoroma Institute is an independent African-centered charter school, located in Detroit. Characterized by its small class sizes and extended family atmosphere, the school offers full day classes for students in kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. In addition to offering rigorous instruction i ...

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Cass Tech, Renaissance win divisional titles

Girls Softball Round Up — Week 5 Crockett Tech, Southeastern also clinch playoff spots By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — As a few years of tradition would have it, Cass Tech and Renaissance are on their way to meet up for the PSL Title. Renaissance, the defending PSL Champs, is way ahead in the PSL West with one game to go. The Phoenix (7-0 PSL West, 13-5) routed Central 18 ...

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The Wright Museum hosts Malcolm X Day

Event includes exhibit of Malcolm X artifacts, presentations by notable authors  DETROIT — The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will host a keynote program honoring famed human right leader, orator, organizer and freedom-fighter El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, more widely known as Malcolm X, on May 19 from 3-5 p.m. at the Museum, located at 315 E. Warren Ave., in Midtown Detroit. Also on displ ...

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State to oust East St. Louis school board

By James Ingram Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American After years of scandal, recent friction between the superintendent of East St. Louis schools and school board and an investigation into School District 189 finances, the Illinois State Board of Education has finally said, “Enough.” According to spokesman Matt Vanover, State Superintendent Christopher Koch will ask the State Board to dissolve th ...

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We are all in this together

The city of Allen Park is inching closer to a state takeover. Last week, Allen Park voters rejected a tax increase that would help the struggling city meet a $2.6 million a year loan obligation. The city is operating in deficit because of declining property tax revenues and is more than $30 million in debt because of a failed film studios project. This was the second time voters rejected a tax increase. Cit ...

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Malcolm X: Message to the Grassroots

The following is an edited version of Malcolm X’s speech delivered Feb. 14, 1965, the day after his home was bombed in New York City. The speech given at the historic, now demolished Ford Auditorium, here in Detroit, was his last public speech. He was assassinated one week later on Feb. 21 as he began a presentation in Harlem. On May 19, Malcolm X would have turned 87 years old. Attorney Milton Henry, disti ...

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Boys Baseball Roundup — Week 4

Western International stuns Catholic Central 9-2 Cass Tech, Renaissance split twin bill; CMA rally upsets Henry Ford 11-8 in PSL West By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — The Western International baseball machine is now transforming into a steamroller as the Cowboys (6-0 PSL Mega, 12-4 overall) are beginning to rollover its competition. The Cowboys went up against Catholic Le ...

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