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January 31, 2018This one is heavy. Let me set the table in love and understanding and start by saying that by the time you are done reading this you will either appreciate the letter or not. I am okay with that, as silence breaking can go either way in a community where silence has been a protector
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I can't take this anymore.
August 5, 2015Monday, August 3, 2015:  I’m sitting on a plane on my way to DC for an organization wide event. My stomach is knotted as I think about seeing a co-worker who I have filed a sexual harassment claim against. I am a Dream Director. I empower youth and my community to believe that anything is
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November 10, 2014A black girl’s first act of sorcery is to make herself disappear. I understood this when my father asked me to sit on his lap. He was in a wonderful mood that night. His baritone, a whiskey warmed song ripe with invitation. I remember wrapping my arms around myself, hands trying to gather in my
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August 2, 2014I am Detroit. My heart beats “Papa Was a Rollingstone”. I feel lost–displaced. Everyone tries to tell me what my story is. And I can’t get an accurate reflection of myself. Time Magazine tells me that I am ruin porn. CNN keeps telling me that I am bankrupt. 60 minutes says that I am corrupt.
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May 28, 2014“I’VE GOT YOUR BACK, BECCA,” one of our Shetroit sisters soothingly whispered in my ear at the wrap-up of a recent gathering of Shetroiters. That’s our affectionate nickname for the Detroit women involved in this digital media endeavor known as Shetroit.com (rhymes with Detroit, of course). Her supportive words came following a bruising critique session
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The Softer Side of Detroit

When I was a young adult in the 90’s living and working in Detroit, I found myself wrapped in an urban landscape of masculine America. The symbols were everywhere – phallic columns of reinforced concrete (call it Viagra-ized architecture) and impenetrable castles of capitalism. And yet more concrete – this in the form of thoroughfares
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Seven Fabulous Detroit Latinas You Want on Your Side

You know those end-of-the-year top five/six/ten lists… the top ten diets for 2012, five places to travel where no one will find you, and so on? Yes, we all do. I have to admit, I love them. ­I always get a great, giggly waste of five minutes from them, and sometimes even a tidbit to
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Defying Tradition for the New Year

2011 has been a time of hard lessons and transformative changes. I was sitting in deep thought contemplating serious decisions that I need to make over the next few weeks when I received text messages from Piper Carter. Piper Carter is co-owner of Detroit’s Five Elements Gallery. She is a gorgeous petite powerhouse with an
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“Relax girl, damn…I aint’ tryna steal your purse”

I was walking up Oakman Boulevard on Detroit’s west side. The sun was shining and I was nearing the Focus Hope building. I heard steps behind me, I glanced over my shoulder and saw a brown face. I clinched my fingers around the strap of my purse and hurried my steps. Beads of sweat ran
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Jackie Victor on Creating Jewish Community in Detroit

It’s said that there are two kinds of people in the world: meaning makers and meaning takers. One reason I choose to live, work and raise my children in Detroit is the unusually high concentration of the meaning makers. Perhaps because we live in a city where there are so many unmet needs, there are
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Friend or Foe for Motown Muslim?

“Hey! Where you going?” calls the janitor of an inner city public school to me as I jiggle the handle on a locked door in the empty hallway. “Ahh, hello there,” I reply self-consciously. Actually, no matter how many times this happens to me, it’s really embarrassing every time.   “Maybe you could help me…” I
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They Giggled. I Knew Why.

As I stepped out of my car, I was concentrating on not slipping. The roads hadn’t been bad, but I quickly realized I had parked in an ice puddle. As I slowly made my way to the sidewalk, I heard giggling. “Heeheheeehee!” I looked up to see the two happiest teenaged girls I’ve ever seen
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The Messy, Prickly Process of ‘Detroit Works’

When I moved to Detroit in 1984, folks gave me this welcome pitch: “This city has nowhere to go but up!” Not so. The abyss seems to have grown deeper as the city totters on the edge of bankruptcy. When will the city’s 700,000 die-hard residents get a little dose of hope? That’s what the
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Weaving Community: Meet the Shetroit Blog Team!

Meet the Shetroit Blog Team! Detroit is in the spotlight with many eyes focused on it, wondering what it’s like to live, work and play in this richly complicated, intriguing and culturally diverse soup of a city – with all its offerings, both the challenges and the victories. Shetroit’s bloggers are presenting a diverse showcase
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How I Learned that the Answer is in the Journey

Recently I turned 40. While many women dread growing older, I’m running heart first into this luscious decade. My future feels wide open. Joyfully I get to take the blessings from my hard-earned life lessons as I move forward knowing that the answer is in the journey. During my 20’s I fearlessly experimented. Listening to
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