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New web show holds first live taping event

by (MixedReviewsGR)

Submitted 03-14-2017 under NEWS

The new web show Mixed Reviews Grand Rapids will tape its next episode, about gentrification in Grand Rapids, in front of a live audience this Thursday. After the initial conversation between the two guests, the audience will be invited to interact...

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Community advocate faces Grand Rapids' housing crisis, gentrification

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 02-21-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

It’s a Tuesday night at City Hall, and LaDonna Norman approaches the microphone to address the meeting of the Grand Rapids City Commission. For the past year or more, Norman has spoken during the public comment period at the end of nearly...

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Photo gallery of protest at Gerald R. Ford International Airport

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 01-31-2017 under NEWS

The protest at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport took place Sunday along with other protests nationwide in response to President Trump's executive order banning refugees and many other citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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Series confronts equity issues in West Michigan businesses

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 01-13-2017 under OPINION

At a roundtable discussion recently facilitated by MiBiz, small business owners raised their concerns about equity issues in West Michigan. As Grand Rapidians head into 2017, how is systemic bias perpetuated, even as our awareness of barriers grows...

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Equity issues: Entrepreneur Adriane Johnson speaks out

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 01-10-2017 under OPINION

Part 4 During a recent roundtable discussion with local small business owners, hosted by MiBiz, the all-white panel brought up the large economic gap between people of color and whites in Grand Rapids. As I continue the conversation in...

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Partners for a Racism-Free Community host "Loving" movie premiere, post movie discussion

by (balexander)

Submitted 11-22-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

On Sunday, November 27, 2016, Partners for a Racism-Free Community in partnership with Celebration! Cinema will be hosting a screening and post movie discussion on the movie "Loving." The story of Richard and Mildred Loving is as poetic as...

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Response to Mayor Bliss: Real kindness requires justice

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 11-15-2016 under OPINION

Dear Mayor Bliss, I hear that your heart is heavy about the recent increase in blatant prejudice and bigotry. We are all saddened and want to help create a safe space for our neighbors of color, for our residents who have immigrated, for those who...

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Statement from Mayor Bliss: Respecting and supporting each other

by (Mayor Rosalynn Bliss)

Submitted 11-14-2016 under NEWS

Hello Friends and Neighbors: Now that a few days have passed since the election, my heart is heavy as I hear from many of our fellow residents who have been subjected to hateful, racist, sexist and/or homophobic comments - comments made to them...

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Is your love strong enough?

by (Briana)

Submitted 11-11-2016 under OPINION

“Justice is what love looks like in public”-Dr. Cornel West "Love implies anger; a man who is angered by nothing, loves nothing." -Anonymous. On Tuesday night, White supremacy reared its ugly face but powerful hand and elected...

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

by (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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