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 ...

Bankruptcy judge to Detroit EM: What are you doing to help with water shutoffs?

Bankruptcy judge to Detroit EM: What are you doing to help with water shutoffs?

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Rhodes, in court Tuesday, instructed Jones Day law firm, the lead restructuring attorneys in the city’s bankruptcy case, to return to the afternoon se ...

New Orleans brass band defied tradition to keep it alive

New Orleans brass band defied tradition to keep it alive

Traditions in New Orleans brass bands run deep. Fusing European marching standards with African polyrhythms in the 19th century, this musical practice gave birth to jazz, which con ...

Detroit, you are not alone

A message from Detroit City Council President Emeritus Erma L. Henderson On Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, Detroit City Council President Emeritus Erma L. Henderson celebrated her 92nd birthday. In 1977, she was the first African American and the first woman to be elected president of the city council and the first to serve three consecutive terms in that office. The Rev. Patrya A. Smith, Ms. Henderson’s daughter, ...

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A GAMBLE FOR AMERICA

When and why Bobby Kennedy visited 12th Street By Paul Lee Special to the Michigan Citizen The following article is adapted from a forthcoming book by Paul Lee, Bobby Kennedy @ Detroit’s “Ground Zero,” May 15, 1968. — Ed. The Democratic National Convention at Denver, Col., this week featured a rare speech by Caroline Kennedy, the last living member of the immediate family of President John F. Kennedy and hi ...

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Prophet of possibility Pt. IV

Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman and the roots of black power in Detroit By Paul Lee Special to the Michigan Citizen Pt. IV of IV: Spotlight on Black Power This week, we conclude our special four-part series celebrating the 97th birthday of the late Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman, formerly the Rev. Albert B. Cleage, Jr., the founder and First Holy Patriarch of the Shrines of the Black Madonna of the Pan African Orthodox Chri ...

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Prophet of possibility Pt. III

Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman and the roots of black power in Detroit By Paul Lee Special to the Michigan Citizen Pt. III of IV: Spotlight on Black PowerOur special series celebrating the 97th birthday of Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman, formerly the Rev. Albert B. Cleage, Jr., the founder and First Holy Patriarch of the Shrines of the Black Madonna of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church (PAOCC), concludes with the t ...

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Prophet of possibility Pt. II

Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman and the roots of black power in Detroit By Paul Lee Special to the Michigan Citizen Pt. II of III:The economics of power Black Star ventures On Jan. 22, 1969, Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman, then still known as the Rev. Albert B. Cleage, Jr., reviewed the contributions of the militant Citywide Citizens Action Committee (CCAC), which had been organized in the wake of Detroit’s destructive Rebe ...

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Prophet of possibility Pt. I

Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman and the roots of black power in Detroit By Paul Lee Special to the Michigan Citizen Pt. I of III: Programming for power This month, the Shrines of the Black Madonna of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church (PAOCC) are celebrating the 97th birthday of the church’s founder, Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman, who was born Albert B. Cleage, Jr., at Indianapolis, Ind., on June 13, 1911. He made h ...

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Where is your summer teen entrepreneur?

By Farrah Gray NNPA Columnist With the school year over in June and financial resources lacking, millions of parents are asking — how can my teen or young adult make money this summer? Okay, maybe its somewhere between having a neighborhood lemonade stand and working at a real job, so what should a young teen do? Many states have laws that limit when teens can get a job and how long they are allowed to work ...

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Create your own job

By Farrah Gray NNPA Columnist According to the U.S. Department of Labor in March 2009, the U.S. registered over 690,000 job losses. Are you looking for a job? Consider creating your own. There are numerous valuable resources to help you connect with aspiring entrepreneurs and get your business ideas off the ground using one of the 57 million social networks and blogs worldwide that generate over one million ...

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Youth economic empowerment

By Farrah Gray NNPA Columnist What are the current and future options for Internet savvy young people reading “the sky is falling” economic news on websites and blogs? The economic downturn is affecting their single or duel-income family households. And parents still want to give every possible advantage to their children. The economic crisis has begun to leave the lives of many in dire straits, especially ...

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YEAR END TAX TIPS

YOUR MONEY MATTERS By. Michael G. Shinn NNPA Columnist There are just a few weeks left before the end of 2008, but there are still some opportunities to successfully manage your tax burden. “To manage your taxes, you have to be on top of it. You have to have a good estimate of your income and tax deductible expenses. Don’t wait until April 15, because it’s too late to do anything about it then,” states Kevi ...

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