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Blazing Silence, Detroit summit, tackles discrimination and sexual harassment in Michigan’s budding cannabis industry
As recreational cannabis sales begin in Michigan, businesses face challenges of supply, new and restrictive local ordinances and accessing capital. But they’ll also have to navigate culture issues that come with legitimacy, and workers are starting to share stories of unfair treatment.  Jess Jackson, Detour Detroit Emerging Voices fellow, will host the Blazing Silence summit
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Children in an undated historic black and white photo exitt he Detroit Public Library Bookmobile.
The revamped Detroit bookmobile is bringing the library to residents, computers and all
The Detroit Public Library is expanding outreach and offerings with the Mobile Library, building on the 79-year-old bookmobile program.
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A Detroit photojournalist returns home to share these agonizing photos of the refugee crisis
The latest gallery show from the Detroit-based writer and documentarian showcases his most emotional work yet -- the stories and photographs Karpov collected during four years abroad working with refugees on the Mediterranean Sea.
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Hear ‘Homewreckers’ Aaron Glantz discuss the kingpins and crooked banks that swindled Detroit
The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Aaron Glantz is headed to Detroit for a discussion about his new book, “HOMEWRECKERS: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream.” Sarah Alvarez, Executive Editor of Outlier Media, will moderate the
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Artist Cassie Thornton is giving Detroiters alternative credit reports, because subprime isn’t a character trait
Artist Cassie Thornton is helping Detroiters create alternative credit reports that show a more holistic picture than just a low credit score.
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Dot map showing race of Metro Detroit residents as recorded by 2010 U.S. Census, created by demographer Dustin Cable.
Challenge yourself at a discussion on neighborhood relations between Black Detroiters and new white residents 
How can white residents who are new to Detroit responsibly enter historically Black communities, and how can longtime residents cope with changes to their neighborhoods? Rhonda J. Smith is tackling this complex and urgent topic in her journalism and community engagement practice as a Detour Detroit fellow, bringing together her reporting and personal knowledge for
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Checker Bar exterior in Detroit.
Detroit’s Checker Bar fired a white bartender after a Black customer alleged racially-motivated mistreatment
Detroit's Checker Bar is quietly dealing with a racial discrimination complaint, and their response looks very different than Founder's Brewing Co.
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At Detroit’s Coup D’etat boutique, Angela Wisniewski suits up for a personal rebellion
Think of Coup, located inside New Center’s Cadillac Place building, as an ever-evolving art object with a moodboard for a palette.
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Aretha Franklin backstage in the 1980s. Photo by Linda Solomon.
Even in her most private moments, Aretha Franklin was always a queen
The Queen Next Door, a coffee table book of photographs by Linda Solomon, shows Aretha Franklin's life off-stage when she was at the height of her career.
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First-grades focus on reading in their Chrysler Elementary School classroom in Detroit.
At this high-achieving Detroit elementary school, parents and teachers fear a state reading mandate will still leave kids behind
By Damon Mitchell On a Friday afternoon earlier this month, Gwendolyn Harris recited vowel sounds from her brightly decorated classroom overlooking a grassy expanse of Detroit’s Lafayette Plaisance Park. First-graders listened as Harris directed them to observe her tongue and lip movements for each sound, then wrote the matching letters on their worksheets. With each
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Detroit artist Sydney G. James in her studio.
Painter Sydney G. James is making her mark on Detroit’s art scene — and celebrating the black women that inspire
If you haven’t memorized the name Sydney G. James, it’s time to take notes. James, a native Detroiter and College for Creative Studies graduate, returned to the city from Los Angeles in 2011 and immediately started making her mark on the local art scene. You’ve probably seen her paintings, larger than life, adorning buildings in
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A program to cut down back taxes for Detroiters may be too little, too late
At first glance, the Pay as You Stay program — which would dramatically cut down on back taxes for low-income homeowners in Detroit and attempt to stave off tax foreclosure — seems like a great idea.  The initiative was announced by Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and County Treasurer Eric Sabree last week. It will need state
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