Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Life and Times of Grace Lee Boggs

Posted By on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Just 20 years ago, Grace Lee Boggs was a rather obscure local figure, a feminist, scholar, and author who carried on the campaign she waged with her late husband Jimmy. Then, in 1994, she co-founded Detroit Summer, “a multi-racial, inter-generational collective” that serves as a training ground for activists, attracting young people from around the country each year.

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Detroit artist Gilda Snowden dead at 60

Posted By on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Detroit artist Gilda Snowden has died due to a sudden heart failure, according to her family. She was 60. A post on Snowden's Facebook account today broke the news: Hello everyone, our family would like to inform you that as of this morning, Gilda passed away at Receiving Hospital...

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How We Once Feared Being 'Detroited' by a Communist Takeover

Posted By on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM

This whole idea of a place being "Detroited" — of Detroit being synonymous with a place trashed by liberals and Democratic party members — is sort of silly. It's a uniquely American kind of verbal scaremongering — that if those guys get control of government, factories will go idle, taxes will skyrocket, and the government will sink into a mire of debt. It's so pat that it takes just an ounce of critical thinking to see it for what it is: propaganda.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

The DIA welcomes one of Monet's most famous paintings

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 6:47 PM

The Detroit Institute of Arts will house Claude Monet's Waterlily Pond, Green Harmony for three months starting Oct. 1. The painting is on loan from Paris' Musée d'Orsay  It will be the only work on display in the gallery next to the Rivera court. The painting is just one of hundreds...

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Here's why we think the Lions are Champions

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 6:44 PM

We grew up with Lions, and that means we've never seen them win a Championship. This year, though, we're changing our tune. Kip Watson, a psychologist who works with NFL players, says that the stigma of losing comes from the media, the athletes, the city, the fans themselves... everyone....

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The Detroit City Football Club isn't done yet

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Soccer was a pretty big deal in Detroit this summer. People filled Cadillac Square for World Cup Viewing Parties and everyone and their brother went to a Detroit City Football Club game. The season is coming to an end, but the DCFC still has something up its sleeve. On Saturday, Sept....

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Detroit as a verb, courtesy the Conservative War Chest Super PAC

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 5:33 PM

A new ad running in Arkansas, funded by the Conservative War Chest Super PAC, uses Detroit as a verb to express the idea of killing a place through taxes and debt and lack of jobs. It's actually a very brief cameo by our fair city, visible at 1:42 for those who want to skip the right-wing scaremongering. Our immediate reaction is typical of editors: an objection to verbing a noun. Especially a proper noun. That's just illiterate. What's next? Will we be New Yorking stuff? Or Houstoning something? Perhaps we'll be struck with the urge to Baton Rouge something? Is there no end to ugly coinages emanating from marketing professionals and their focus groups?

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Kate Moss really likes Niagara

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Back in March, supermodel Kate Moss got a gig as an editor for British Vogue, and for her first assignment she styled a model after Detroit punk rocker-turned-fine artist Niagara. Moss even faithfully recreated photos of Niagara from Detroit's early punk scene for the spread. But the Niagara-love didn't end...

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Robert Reich on how Oakland County took the money and ran

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 2:02 PM

You might have missed it, but Robert Reich, the lefty economist who was part of the Clinton cabinet, blogged last week about the predicament of Detroit. Now, of course, that's something people love to blog about. We've been absolutely besieged by journalists and commentators sifting through Detroit's ruins and crime statistics and operating deficits, looking for that smoking gun that touched off the "death" of a great American city.

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Michigan police departments seize nearly $50 million from people who haven't been charged with a crime

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

The Washington Post conducted a lengthy investigation into a practice that has become more prevalent in the years following 9/11: Local law enforcement departments across the country have seized millions of dollars from individuals who haven't been charged with a crime, and without a warrant. The investigation found that thousands...

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