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 ...

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 ...

Detroit Raw

I will vote for Elena Herrada, the one candidate Gov. Rick Snyder does not want in Lansing. A mother of four, this life-long Detroiter knows firsthand the challenge of raising a family during tough times in a tough azz city. Still, Elena is the most energetic grandmother to ever seek office that I have known. Elena is running for state representative in the 6th district — my district. There are a number of ...

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MAJOR CRIME SUMMARY REPORT

On July 16 at 11:30 p.m. at W. Chicago and Wyoming, the 26-year-old female agreed to meet a suspect with whom she became acquainted on Craig’s List. They met at the above location and the suspect produced a handgun and robbed the complainant. The complainant’s cell phone, and purse were taken. The complainant ran away after the suspect robbed her and she heard approximately four gunshots and realized that s ...

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Black Press: The Voice of Black America — Part III

Former U.S. Rep. Parren Mitchell, D-Md., once told me, “It is long overdue for Black Americans to understand the urgent and ongoing necessity to defend and to support Black-owned businesses in the United States.” Mitchell was an outstanding freedom fighter and one of the original founders of the Congressional Black Caucus more than 40 years ago. Mitchell was also probably one of the strongest advocates for ...

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Connecting the dots throughout the world

The idea hit me during the International Panel at our 22nd Annual Conference in Chicago last week. Speaking on the panel were National Black Chamber of Commerce members from Colombia, Benin, Ghana, Suriname, Ethiopia and France. Ghana, France and Suriname have participated at previous conferences. It was Colombia’s first and they were given an NBCC board seat (Juan Camilo Cabezas) for their effort in formin ...

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Malala, a Taliban victim, finds sisterhood with Nigeria’s missing girls

A Pakistani teen who survived certain death from a terrorist’s gunshot to her face has met with the mothers of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by elements of the group Boko Haram. On the first leg of a three day visit last week, Malala Yousafzai, now 17, and her father, Ziauddin, spoke with some of the mothers, telling them she saw the more than 200 kidnapped girls as her sisters and would stand up for them. ...

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Top Democratic candidates, Schauer and Peters, headline 14th District fundraiser  

Top state Democratic candidates will appear at the 14th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization’s annual fundraiser on July 25. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, a former state senator and U.S. Congressman from Battle Creek, will be keynote speaker for the event. According to recent polls, Schauer is embroiled in a tight contest for the governorship. ...

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Detroit water department places 15-day moratorium on shutoffs

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced July 21 it will suspend its controversial water shutoffs for 15 days. The shutoffs, called a violation of human rights by the U.N., have gained national and international attention. The announcement came following Federal Judge Steven Rhodes’ order for the department and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to come up with a solution to what he called an embarrassm ...

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Black burlesque connects ‘History and Her-story’

On July 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the “Unveiling the Hidden Story of Black Burlesque: Connecting History to Her-Story” workshop will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The discussion and presentation is hosted by International Black Burlesque Performers, a Detroit-based production company. Although the historical and cultural impacts of Black burlesque performers are often o ...

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