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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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Dexter Grinds coffee shop interior
When an out-of-state owner nearly closed this Detroit coffee shop, neighbors united to save it
Dexter Grinds owner Pastor Clete Bontrager wants the coffee house to be a community hub -- and a catalyst to revitalize the formerly bustling Dexter Avenue commercial corridor.
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Illustration of boy using computer with 404 screen. One in four Detroiters doesn't have internet at home.
How Joshua Edmonds plans to ‘Connect 313’ and get almost all Detroiters online
One in four Detroit households don't have any internet access. In just five years, the city’s new digital inclusion director wants to flip that.
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7 Detroit Changemakers You Can’t Miss at the 2019 Net Impact Global Conference
#ad from our content partner, the Net Impact Conference The largest global convening of young social impact leaders is coming to Detroit in just three weeks! Hear from world-class leaders discussing the climate crisis, gun violence, sustainable fashion, corporate social responsibility and much more. Explore new career opportunities and get inspired to take the next
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Self Care Project flyer
The Self Care Project will give Detroit activists $25,000 to take care of themselves
Kerry Ann Rockquemore started the Self Care Project to give out $500 each to 50 “activists, organizers and change makers” who live in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park this month.
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