Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s trip to Detroit gives us hope today

By Steve Neavling The message from Nelson Mandela, delivered 22 years ago today during a sold-out rally in Tiger Stadium, remains just as strong today. “Your solidarity has given us enormous strength and courage,” the South African liberation leader told Detroiters. “We will not forget you.” On June 28, 1990, Mandela met with then-Mayor Coleman […]

J Dilla: Rebirth of Detroit

Before emerging as one of hip hop’s most influential artists, J Dilla was a regular fixture in Detroit’s mid-1990s underground scene. His posthumous album, Rebirth of Detroit, is released today, with guest spots from local artists Danny Brown and Guilty Simpson. Watch the video for “Dillatroit,” a track on Rebirth of Detroit that features Nick […]

Chief speaks out on crime lab breach

Chief speaks out on crime lab breach

By Steve Neavling Editor and reporter Detroit Police never had a protocol for vacating a building when officers left to rot thousands of rounds of live ammunition, case files, murder photos and chemicals in at a vacant crime lab more than a year ago, Chief Ralph L. Godbee, Jr. told MotorCityMuckraker.com. Godbee said he’s responded […]

Detroit political stage to turn ugly; Kim Worthy to the rescue?

Detroit political stage to turn ugly; Kim Worthy to the rescue?

Greg Murray, Editorial columnist Around this time several years ago, a group of so-called captains of industry (see former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick separation fund managers) gathered at an annual organizational meeting – or what some would call a strategy meeting – to determine who would run Detroit. Their champion then was a “transitional” figure with a […]

Detroit Consent Agreement May Violate State Constitution

Detroit Consent Agreement May Violate State Constitution

By Editorial Columnist Greg Murray On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, I appeared before the Detroit City Council to share my belief that the so-called “consent” agreement between the state and Detroit actually violates the Headlee Amendment. It is my position that the “consent” agreement included unconditional terms Detroit had no choice but to acquiesce to.  One […]

Leaving a Mark, a Message

Leaving a Mark, a Message

The abandoned, ramshackle houses and businesses in Detroit can be sad reminders of the city’s drastic population loss over the past half century. But with a little bit of paint and sweat, the blocks of ruin can be transformed into a portrait of love and hope. From the vibrant extravagance of graffiti art to simple […]

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