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Detroit-based First Independence Bank is tapped to be one of the financial institutions, or CDFIs, to service loans for the U.S. Small Business Association and U.S. Treasury Department’s expanded and revised Paycheck Protection Program with a particular focus on small businesses. Eligible CDFIs are defined as Treasury Department-certified community development financial institutions, FDIC-designated minority depository…

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Big Sean excitedly announced that he is now working for his hometown NBA team, the Detroit Pistons. The “Blessings” rapper and singer told his 13 million Instagram fans that he has been hired by the Pistons as the new creative director of innovation. Sean, who was born Sean Michael-Leonard Anderson, in Santa Monica, California, but…

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Roula David, vice president of 1xRUN and founder and executive director of Murals in the Market, says that she is grateful that 1xRUN could collaborate on a project like the “Your Vote Matters” community art series where art is used in such a meaningful way. 1xRUN is a Detroit-based gallery and art publisher. During this…

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In Detroit along Woodward Avenue downtown, or on Livernois south of Six Mile, or down Joy Road, brightly colored murals with “Your Vote Matters” messages emblazoned on the sides of buildings command a striking and bold presence. As a part of efforts to promote conversations around voters’ rights the ACLU of Michigan in partnership with…

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A Black woman has spoken out after a “well-known pastor” urinated on her during a flight. The incident occurred on Oct. 12 when Alicia Beverly was flying Delta home from Las Vegas to Detroit, according to Fox 2 Detroit.  During the red-eye flight, Beverly was sitting next to her sister when she felt something warm…

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The ACLU of Michigan in partnership with MichiganVoting.org, a coalition of statewide organizations, launched an aggressive information campaign designed to educate the public about their voting rights. Particularly important to this campaign, branded “40 Days of Early Voting,” is education around Proposal 3, which passed in 2018 and expands access to the ballot by authorizing…

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Trinity Films Entertainment Group is excited to announce the launch of the inaugural Detroit Black Film Festival with several award-winning and highly acclaimed native Detroiters in the film and television industry. Festival ambassador – Deborah Joy Winans The 2020 Detroit Black Film Festival ambassador is famed actress and singer Deborah Joy Winans, who stars in…

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A woman who was believed to be dead was found alive at a funeral home. The incident occurred in Southfield, Michigan, after a woman, 20, was pronounced dead on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, according to The Detroit News.  After responding to a 911 call, Southfield Fire Department paramedics went to a home where a woman…

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Story by Marshalle Montgomery Favors Detroit is famous for cars and music, but local area moviemakers are working hard to add film to the city’s notoriety. African American filmmakers are making their mark in the world of independent movies. More than 25 feature films have been produced in the past two years by indie filmmakers…

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The Detroit Police Department is facing backlash after an officer plowed through a group of protesters. The incident occurred on Sunday, June 28, 2020, near Patton Park in Detroit, according to the Detroit Free Press. After beginning in the afternoon, the protest against racial injustice was initially peaceful until the sun set and an officer…

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Kwame Kilpatrick has been granted an early release. The former Detroit mayor was scheduled to be released from prison decades from now after being convicted in 2013, according to the Ebony Foundation. Kilpatrick, the son of prominent politician Carolyn Kilpatrick, became a key figure in Detroit politics in the mid-1990s, after being elected to the…

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