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Newton N. Minow

What's So Bad About an Open Convention?

Newton N. Minow | February 11, 2016 | Politics
Success in Iowa and New Hampshire translates into more publicity and more money. But it shouldn't. The primary system that was originally intended to make elections more democratic has made them far less so.
Kelly Frazier

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hosts Brahms Festival, DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin Shares His Thoughts on Composer's Innovative Legacy

Kelly Frazier | February 9, 2016 | Detroit
Johannes Brahms is a 19th century German composer that wrote for piano, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras who was known as much of a traditionist as he was an innovator. Brahms composed from the heart, music wasn't just something that he...
Darcey Merritt

What Happens to a U.S. State When It Perpetuates Child Neglect? So Far, Nothing

Darcey Merritt | February 10, 2016 | Politics
The long-term adverse consequences of Michigan's having knowingly deprived children of clean, lead-free water are overwhelming and will linger in a host of ways well into the future generations of those children now exposed.
David Rosner

Two, Three... Many Flints

David Rosner | February 9, 2016 | Politics
The price tag for replacing the lead pipes that contaminated its drinking water is now estimated at up to $1.5 billion. No one knows where that money will come from or when it will arrive. In the meantime, the cost to the children of Flint has been and will be incalculable.
Johnny L. Ricks

End the Suffering in Flint: A Message to America and Its Government

Johnny L. Ricks | February 8, 2016 | Politics
The citizens of Flint deserve much more than a steady convoy of trucks carrying privately donated bottled water. They deserve a full-fledged humanitarian military deployment, and a steady convoy of trucks carrying the equipment needed to repair their broken infrastructure and homes.
Kelly Frazier

The Iconic Musical Chicago Hits the Fisher Theatre For a Limited Run Starring Detroit's Own Roz Ryan

Kelly Frazier | February 7, 2016 | Detroit
(Photo Credit Jeremy Daniel) Chicago has become one of the most iconic musicals in modern day theater. After its initial two year run spanning over 900 performances back in the mid-1970s, the revival of Chicago that started back in 1996 has become one...
Kelly Frazier

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella Set For Run at the Detroit Opera House, Book Writer Douglas Carter Beane Speaks of Modern Adaptation

Kelly Frazier | February 11, 2016 | Detroit
(Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg) It's pretty hard to have grown up without seeing or reading some sort of iteration of the story of Cinderella. It's definitely an iconic part of our popular culture. The musical version written by Richard Rodgers and...
Kelly Frazier

Portland-Based Electronic Music Singer/Producer Natasha Kmeto Set to Play Majestic Cafe With Beacon, Talks of Personal Progression On New Album

Kelly Frazier | February 4, 2016 | Detroit
Recently, I came across the work of the Portland-based singer/songwriter/producer Natasha Kmeto with her latest album Inevitable and her deep, gospel influenced vocals caught my emotions from the second the album kicks in.
Brian Moody

The Resurgence of the Motor City

Brian Moody | February 4, 2016 | Detroit
It's impossible to separate the recent hard times and subsequent revitalization of Detroit from the cars that are created there. In fact, I think that's true of all artistic endeavors. Popular music is a good example.
Kelly Frazier

Michigan Alternative Rock Band Stories Untold Set to Headline the Crofoot, Debut Album Due Out in the Spring

Kelly Frazier | February 2, 2016 | Detroit
The seeds of the Stories Untold were initially planted when band member Jake Clark along with their former bass player Alex Manter set to make a post-apocalyptic movie together back in college. In the need for music for this project, this would set...
Kelly Frazier

Underground Hip-Hop Legends Phat Kat and Casual are Ron Jon Bovi, Present New Video "We Get It Poppin" Featuring Guilty Simpson

Kelly Frazier | February 2, 2016 | Detroit
Ron Jon Bovi is a bit of the throwback to when lyricism and hard beats mattered in hip-hop and emcees like Detroit's own Phat Kat and Oakland's Casual of the Hieroglyphics crew are two artists that have...
The Stir

Flint Mom Shares the Heartbreak of Giving Her Kids Poisoned Water

The Stir | February 2, 2016 | Parents
Most of us don't think twice about hopping in the shower or running a load of dishes in the dishwasher. But for Flint, Michigan, resident Melissa Mays, 37, these daily acts are fraught with anxiety and fear
Rep. Keith Ellison

Diapers or Food? A Choice No Parent Should Have to Make

Rep. Keith Ellison | February 1, 2016 | Politics
Working families in America often make impossible choices between food, clothing, and housing. When families struggle to afford basic necessities, they often sacrifice the things most of us take for granted.
Michael Moore

10 Things They Won't Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy. But I Will

Michael Moore | February 1, 2016 | Politics
Suspend democracy. Cut taxes for the rich. Make the poor drink toxic river water. And everybody's happy. Except those who were poisoned in the process. All 102,000 of them. In the richest country in the world.
Dale Hansen

Christian Persecution Is a Self-Inflicted Fallacy

Dale Hansen | February 1, 2016 | Politics
Christians mean well; but if their intentions were truly just about being allowed to practice their religion as they see fit while "inviting" others to share in their faith, then they must quit pushing their symbols and principles on those who turn down this invitation and stop looking down their noses at everyone who chooses a different path.
Nathan Bowling

The Conversation I'm Tired of Not Having

Nathan Bowling | February 1, 2016 | Education
As a nation, we're nibbling around the edges with accountability measures and other reforms, but we're ignoring the immutable core issue: much of white and wealthy America is perfectly happy with segregated schools and inequity in funding.
Jim Wallis

Race Is in the Air We Breathe and the Water We Drink: The Moral Failure in Flint

Jim Wallis | January 29, 2016 | Politics
How would you feel if you realized your children's water was being poisoned, and your government didn't seem to care? That's the story of the parents of 8,000 mostly poor and black children in Flint, Mich., that has finally hit our media front pages. The fact that most Americans realize this would never happen in affluent white Michigan suburbs (or any other white affluent communities in our country), still doesn't penetrate our very souls. This fundamental contrast between black and white experiences in Michigan, just north of my hometown of Detroit, points to the structural racism that is still the primary moral contradiction of American life.
Sandro Galea

Lessons from Flint: It's Not Just the Water System That's Broken

Sandro Galea | January 28, 2016 | Science
If we step back from the immediate crisis, the situation in Flint has broader lessons for public health -- lessons about the consequences of cost cutting, about government negligence, and about environmental racism.
Michael Moore

Do Not Send Us Bottles of Water. Instead, Join Us in a Revolt

Michael Moore | January 27, 2016 | Politics
If you want to help Flint, sign the petition, demand that the federal government take action, and then get involved yourself, wherever you live, so that this doesn't happen to you -- and so that the people we elect know they can no longer break the law as they rule by indifference. We deserve much better than this.
Kelly Frazier

Brooklyn-Based Electronic Music Duo Beacon Set To Play Show at the Majestic Cafe in Detroit

Kelly Frazier | January 26, 2016 | Detroit
The Brooklyn-based electronic music duo Beacon is back with a new album titled Escapements, to be released on February 5th via Ghostly International.
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