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"Caroline, or Change" full of raw feeling, captures strength of community theater

by (Luis Rodriguez)

Submitted 05-31-2016 under OPINION

I have strolled through Porter Hall, the rehearsal room, in the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre many times by now – and this time was no different, at first. The accent brick wall drawing in the four corners while the aging hardwood floor is masked...

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Local production of "The Mikado" raises questions on theatre and race

by (kt.herr)

Submitted 04-22-2016 under OPINION

What are acceptable vestiges for art to speak through? This is the simple question that so many other questions seem to boil down to as we reflect on West Michigan Savoyards’ latest production of "The Mikado", showing this weekend at...

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Racial equity, citizen empowerment focus of City's neighborhood liaison

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-19-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Stacy Stout was hired by the City of Grand Rapids in January, 2016 to be an Assistant to the City Manager, specifically appointed to coordinate efforts to implement the anti-violence recommendations of the SAFE Report released in March 2015 and to...

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Play exploring racial issues based on actual experiences of local community members showing at Wealthy Theatre

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-01-2016 under NEWS

A play grappling with racial issues in the West Michigan area, “LINES:The Lived Experience of Race 2016” is showing this weekend, April 1-3, 2016 at the Wealthy Theatre. Actors will be performing the actual experiences and words of local...

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FORUM 2016

by (prfcgr)

Submitted 03-24-2016 under

FORUM is an annual conference centered on addressing issues of racial equity through connecting professionals across sectors to topical experts. About the Keynote Speaker: His enlightening social commentary is inescapable — and it’s what...

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Citizens' housing, income, equity concerns become focus of Grand Rapids' second neighborhood summit

by (StacyStout)

Submitted 03-22-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Listening to the voices of the community and the neighbors themselves was a key theme of the 2016 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit. More than 350 people attended the Friday, March 11 event at GRPS University. If Grand Rapids is to increase...

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Baxter, Madison neighbors urged to speak up about local developer's plans

by (GGRREN)

Submitted 03-15-2016 under NONPROFITS

Last week the Greater Grand Rapids Racial Equity Network (GGRREN) was made aware of plans by Rockford Construction to develop specific areas around Eastern Avenue and Cottage Grove Street, in southeast Grand Rapids. As a network of individuals and...

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New jobs fair connecting the Black community to growing environmental industry

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 03-10-2016 under NEWS

The Think Green Jobs Fair is a free event designed to connect communities of color with education and jobs in Michigan's growing environmental market. Organized by Alvin Hills IV and Jonathan Jelks, local community organizers and entreprenurs,...

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Author of Mayor's Book of the Year returns to Grand Rapids to talk race, equity

by (Jacksant)

Submitted 03-08-2016 under OPINION

Todd Robinson is the author of the book, "A City Within a City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan." Robinson is a specialist in African-American history, and his book provides an account of the African-American history...

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Grand Rapids, time to get in formation

by (balexander)

Submitted 02-16-2016 under OPINION

After the Superbowl, none of us are talking about a game reminiscent of flag football. We are talking about a video that dropped a day before the game. We are talking about the powerful performance that reinforced that existence of that video. We...

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