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Deputy Mayor Ike McKinnon retires after decades of service to Detroiters

07/07/16

Deputy Mayor Ike McKinnon retires after decades of service to Detroiters

Isaiah “Ike” McKinnon has worn many hats during his professional career in law enforcement, none of which were easy to balance. When he arrived as a fresh recruit at the Detroit Police Department in 1965, he thought things were going to run smoothly. “But that wasn’t the case,” McKinnon tells BLAC on the eve of his retirement from civic duty, a career that has taken him from DPD to city government as deputy mayor, a position he vacates this month. As a young officer, McKinnon encountered several instances of racism from his colleagues, as he was among the first few Black officers in Detroit at the time. “Officers were not treating everyone fairly,” he says. “As a young officer, starting from the very first day I was on the job, I...

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Behind the scenes with WDIV's Evrod Cassimy and Rhonda Walker

07/07/16

Behind the scenes with WDIV's Evrod Cassimy and Rhonda Walker

WDIV’s morning team talk about their instant rapport, stifling laughs and being a different kind of newscast

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How three young professionals came together to address mental health in our community

07/07/16

How three young professionals came together to address mental health in our community

African Americans are more likely to suffer from mental illness, but less likely to seek help. Why? Cultural stigma, access issues and a misguided “buck up” mentality are big factors getting in the way. But two local therapists are trying to change our thinking and our lives.

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Detroiter Joe Doughrity rises from set of Boyz n the Hood to Hollywood power player

07/07/16

Detroiter Joe Doughrity rises from set of Boyz n the Hood to Hollywood power player

25 Years after "Boyz N The Hood," Detroiter Joe Doughrity -- who worked as a production assistant on the classic film fresh out of film school -- refelects on its producion and his own inner-city opus.

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Alison Vaughn, Founder of Jackets for Jobs

07/07/16

Alison Vaughn, Founder of Jackets for Jobs

For 16 years, Jackets for Jobs has helped Detroiters who need it most, find clothes to help them get employment and improve their lives

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SEEN Photo Gallery: DIA Prince Tribute

07/07/16

SEEN Photo Gallery: DIA Prince Tribute

The Detroit Institute of Arts hosted a massive tribute to The Purple One on June 10, where fans danced the night away to the music legend’s never-ending vault of tunes.

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SEEN Photo Gallery: Cars and Stars

07/07/16

SEEN Photo Gallery: Cars and Stars

The Music Hall’s annual black-tie fundraiser, Cars and Stars, welcomed Motown’s own Smokey Robinson to the bedazzled night on June 10.

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Removing the Stigma

07/07/16

Removing the Stigma

We have pills, condoms, education and other measures to prevent HIV or to ensure those infected with it live just as long as someone without the virus. And yet Blacks are still infected with HIV at a much higher rate in Detroit than other populations and we’re less likely to own our status. Here’s a look at why and what needs to change.

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City of Detroit turns development efforts toward westside neighborhood

07/06/16

City of Detroit turns development efforts toward westside neighborhood

A new initiative looks to boost the Fitzgerald area near Six Mile and Livernois.

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There's a new hip-hop radio station in Detroit, but it's not what you expect

07/01/16

There's a new hip-hop radio station in Detroit, but it's not what you expect

105.1 The Bounce will play "throwback hip-hop and R&B," zeroing in on tunes from the 1990s and 2000s.

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