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Navigating through pride and prejudice

by Kwesi Robertson (kwesirobertson)

Submitted 06-16-2017 under OPINION

  Some of my gay friends and I see Pride month differently. Very differently. According to them, I get two months: February, for Black History month, and June, for Pride. I should feel honored, right? I have inherited the powerful but not as...

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Black motorists twice as likely to be pulled over, searched by Grand Rapids police

by Russell Olmsted (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 04-20-2017 under NEWS

According to the City’s Traffic Stop Data Analysis study, Black drivers in the city of Grand Rapids are twice as likely to be pulled over by police as white drivers. The discussion of these results and the study's recommendations brought...

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'Championing female leaders of color in West Michigan'

by Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 03-17-2017 under NEWS

Shannon Cohen and Patricia Sosa VerDuin began having conversations about the representation of women of color in leadership in the news while they got to know each other as W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellows. Cohen is the...

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Detroit artist in first ArtPrize returns for UICA's "Coming Home" exhibition

by Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 11-08-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Mario Moore, originally from Detroit, is participating in Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts’ new exhibition, “Coming Home.” “Coming Home” highlights emerging and established Michigan artists. Mario Moore grew up...

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Local Black Lives Matter chapter brings learning home from international retreat

by Ericka Kane (Kyd Kane)

Submitted 07-07-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Black Lives Matter hosted its first international retreat on the Wayne State University campus in Detroit, Mich on June 18, during the Allied Media Conference. Twenty-six chapters, including Black Lives Matter Grand Rapids (BLM GR), were in...

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Make connections, shop, learn at Black Market

by Eric Tank (erictank)

Submitted 11-19-2013 under NEWS

On Saturday November 23, Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB) will team up with LINC to present The Black Market. The two day event begins on Friday from 5-8 p.m. and continues on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the LINC gallery in the...

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Catalyst Radio: Taste of Soul a cultural experience at downtown library

by Catalyst Radio (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 02-15-2013 under NEWS

Don't have time to listen now? Download the mp3 and listen at your leisure.   INTERVIEW Taste of Soul is a celebration of culture, featuring food, music, children’s crafts and lectures, all taking place this Sunday, Feb. 17, as part...

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In Anticipation of Tina Brown's GR Vacay...

by Ruth Terry (Ruth)

Submitted 01-31-2011 under OPINION

All the heated responses to Newsweek last week got me thinking: what would Tina Brown see if she picked up the gauntlet we as a city threw down last week and actually visited Grand Rapids?  I tend more toward cynicism than blind optimism, so I...

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Women in Black

by Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids (grdominicans)

Submitted 04-21-2010 under NONPROFITS

According to the Women in Black international website, the organization is a "world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence. As women experiencing these...

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