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 ...

Thrift on the Ave: Redefining women’s fashion resale on Cass Avenue

Thrift on the Ave: Redefining women’s fashion resale on Cass Avenue

Amidst a steadily rejuvenating Cass Avenue in Midtown Detroit, Thrift on the Avenue has become a local hot spot for shoppers on the lookout for a fashion fix with a quaint boutique ...

Open letter to DWSD mediators:

We write to you because the future of the (Detroit Water and Sewerage Department) is currently being determined behind closed doors. Mediation by United States District Court judges and local political leaders will determine the utility’s future in the aftermath of the city’s bankruptcy arrangements. We are writing to urge you to uphold the human right to water and the public trust doctrine in your delibera ...

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Stallworth: Detroit water shutoffs should end until customer service is better

Families are being told that after they have paid their water bill they will have to wait two to three days before water service is restored, and that they must be available over a 24-hour period to meet the water department crew. A working parent can’t afford to take a day off work to meet the water crew. The water department is playing hardball and refusing to work with people who are trying to pay their ...

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Gardening: From the Paleolithic to the Neolithic

Over the 4th of July weekend, I enjoyed a visit from Michelle Lin, landscape architect and former Detroiter who now lives in NYC and builds rooftop gardens. As we talked, I thought about how new societies evolve from gardening, and about how ingenious human beings have been over the millennia in finding new spaces for gardening when space on the ground becomes unavailable. Two-and-a-half million years ago, ...

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Thrift on the Ave: Redefining women’s fashion resale on Cass Avenue

Amidst a steadily rejuvenating Cass Avenue in Midtown Detroit, Thrift on the Avenue has become a local hot spot for shoppers on the lookout for a fashion fix with a quaint boutique experience. More comfortable than a typical thrift store, this independently-owned shop specializes in quality resale dresses at an affordable price. “We wanted a really good price point, but we wanted to provide a different expe ...

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Artists and activists gather in Southwest Detroit for water shutoff awareness

Detroit’s water shutoffs brought people together July 6 to Southwest Detroit’s Clark Park as the Raiz Up hip hop collective invited activists, poets, musicians and community members to share their knowledge and experiences of this urgent issue, in addition to the art it has inspired. Residents and visitors shared the latest news and information and possible preventative actions in response to the shutoffs, ...

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Water war heats up

For two hours July 10, approximately 50 protestors blocked Homrich employees from shutting off water to Detroit residences. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department recently contracted the Carelton, Mich.-based Homrich to execute the shutoffs at a price of $5.6 million. The protestors, individuals and those representing various activist groups — among them the Detroit People’s Water Board, the Detroit Wate ...

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Water main gushes while EM continues water shutoffs 

On July 10, nine protesters, most of them elderly, were arrested protesting the continuation of what they called "draconian" water shutoffs by the emergency manager-controlled Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Residents whose bills are more than 60 days or $150 behind, are subject to immediate shutoff. As reported in the Michigan Citizen, however, some residents have been shut off prior to their due da ...

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Buckets and balance sheets

This summer, the real estate industry celebrated as Detroit neared the tipping point for real estate prices. The downtown rental market neared $2 per square foot. At $2 a square foot, financing gets a lot easier for developers and it indicates downtown and Midtown Detroit are increasingly popular markets. Available rentals are scarce, affluent professionals and 20-somethings are finding a home in Detroit. D ...

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Legendary journalist Herb Boyd to chronicle Detroit’s Black history

Though a New York resident since 1985, Native Detroiter Herb Boyd is one of the city’s pre-eminent men of letters. The Wayne State University graduate (and former professor) has published 23 books — among them a biography of James Baldwin, Malcolm X’s diary and numerous works of Black history. Boyd helped to establish the first Black studies classes at WSU, and co-founded The Metro Times. A jazz lover and l ...

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The national impact of the Calif. Superior Court ruling on teacher tenure

Recently, the California Superior Court ruled as unconstitutional three state laws pertaining to teacher tenure. They include tenure to teachers after teaching two years, layoffs by seniority of teachers and a comprehensive and complex process for firing teachers. While the public school system would like to ensure that a quality education is rendered to all students, the critical questions to be asked are: ...

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