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Oneita Jackson stings Detroit’s service industry in new book ‘Letters from Mrs. Grundy’

02/07/17

Oneita Jackson stings Detroit’s service industry in new book ‘Letters from Mrs. Grundy’

The columnist-turned tour-giving cab driver turned author has a message for the people of Detroit: Do better.

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Closing the Black-Jewish Divide in Detroit

02/07/17

Closing the Black-Jewish Divide in Detroit

Fifty years after 1967, it’s time to reach across suburban borders

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Meet the man behind a $10M Midtown affordable housing development

02/07/17

Meet the man behind a $10M Midtown affordable housing development

Before it was trendy, Detroit builder Julio Bateau has spent decades adding to the Midtown construction boom, with history – and people – at the top of mind.

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Behind the boards with Detroiter Krystalle Hill

02/07/17

Behind the boards with Detroiter Krystalle Hill

This audio engineer fulfills her brothers’ musical dreams while making noise in her own right

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A case for a White History Month

02/07/17

A case for a White History Month

Whites need to acknowledge their agency in American slavery, too often the dominant narrative in Black History Month.

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Thornetta Davis stole the show during the Super Bowl last night

02/06/17

Thornetta Davis stole the show during the Super Bowl last night

Detroit's Queen of the Blues was featured in an ad for the Mike Morse Law Firm.

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REVIEW: James Baldwin doc 'I Am Not Your Negro' is pitch-perfect in 2017

02/03/17

REVIEW: James Baldwin doc 'I Am Not Your Negro' is pitch-perfect in 2017

30 years after his death, Baldwin still proves to be a man ahead of his time.

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How this Detroit-area refugee organization lost its government funding

02/03/17

How this Detroit-area refugee organization lost its government funding

What’s next for organizations like Freedom House in the changing political climate?

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Let's revisit Frederick Douglass' historic Detroit visits

02/02/17

Let's revisit Frederick Douglass' historic Detroit visits

OK, maybe not everyone knows who Frederick Douglass is, but we in Detroit certainly do. After all, the legendary abolitionist’s name is scattered about in a few places around town, from the Douglass branch of the Detroit Public Library on the city’s west side to the Douglass Academy for Young Men, a Detroit public high school. Not always top of mind is Douglass’ actual activities in Detroit while he was still living. (He is dead, but again – do certain people currently in power actually realize that?) Douglass made a historic visit to Detroit’s city hall in 1859 – in the midst of the Civil War -- during a nationwide tour lecturing on abolition. Per “This is Detroit, 1701-2001”: That evening, he talked about the moral dilemma of slavery...

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Eleven Detroit streets named after slaveowners

02/01/17

Eleven Detroit streets named after slaveowners

Many of Detroit's earliest settlers -- and most prominent families -- owned slaves during the city's earliest days.

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