Tlaib calls on federal officials to stop whitewashing Middle Eastern Americans on census form | Politics & Elections | Detroit

click to enlarge Phil Pasquini / US Rep. Rashida Tlaib. US Rep. Rashida Tlaib is leading a push to get federal officials to include a category on the US Census and other official forms for people of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) descent. Racial and ethnic classifications have not changed in 25 years. … Read more

Ryan Kelley now leads chaotic GOP gubernatorial race after getting arrested by FBI | Politics & Elections | Detroit

Courtesy photo GOP gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley. Getting arrested by the FBI is usually a death knell for political candidates. But not for Ryan Kelley, a Republican gubernatorial candidate who was arrested by the FBI last week for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. With less than two months before … Read more

Sofa Stories Detroit film series hopes to amplify youth homelessness | Things to Do | Detroit

click to enlarge Photo courtesy of Shekinah Shazaam Photography Sofa Stories Detroit during an outdoor performance in 2021. Sofa Stories Detroit donated most of the grant money it won from the Knight Foundation to homeless youth in the city. In exchange, young people dealing with homelessness at the Detroit Phoenix Center were paired with a … Read more

Duggan unveils plan to help residents facing eviction as state aid about to expire | Metro Detroit News | Detroit

click to enlarge Detroit is offering help to residents facing eviction. With the Michigan’s COVID-19 rental assistance program about to end, Mayor Mike Duggan on Wednesday announced a three-pronged plan to help Detroiters facing eviction. The state’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program expires on June 30. So far, more than $ 750 million … Read more

Grand Rapids fires cop who fatally shot Patrick Lyoya in back of head | Michigan News | Detroit

click to enlarge Marc Klockow Rally in support of Patrick Lyoya, who was shot in the back of the head by Grand Rapids cop Christopher Schurr. Grand Rapids Police Officer Christopher Schurr, who was charged with second-degree murder for shooting Patrick Lyoya in the back of the head following a traffic stop, has been fired. … Read more

Retired Detroit cop gets 15 months in prison for accepting bribes | Metro Detroit News | Detroit

click to enlarge Steve Neavling Detroit police car. A retired Detroit cop was sentenced to 15 months in prison for accepting bribes, becoming the second public official to be jailed as part of a broadening FBI investigation into corruption in the towing industry. Alonzo Jones, 55, accepted about $ 3,200 in cash bribes from July … Read more

Temujin Kensu has spent 36 years behind bars for a murder he says he did not commit. A pardon from Gov. Whitmer could be his last hope for freedom. | Michigan News | Detroit

click to enlarge Michigan Department of Corrections Temujin Kensu, now 59, was convicted of murder at age 23. He maintains his innocence to this day. His pleasant greeting and upbeat energy during an afternoon chat give no hint of a future that involves dying in prison. In fact, the inmate formerly known as Fredrick Freeman … Read more

Why progressives need a better conversation about faith | The Incision | Detroit

click to enlarge Shutterstock An abandoned church in Detroit. It’s hard not to feel like America is moving backward right now. If it’s not the impending overturn of Roe v. Wadeit’s the inaction on guns, state-level policies intended to demonize LGBTQ + Americans, or book bans. All of this has roots in a single political … Read more

Two of Detroit’s rising rap stars land spot in XXL magazine’s Freshman 2022 class | Music News | Detroit

click to enlarge Kahn Santori Davsion Babyface Ray (left) and BabyTron. Since 2007, XXL magazine’s Freshman Class has been one of the most coveted, and debated, lists in rap music. The annual list roughly highlights a dozen upcoming artists who the magazine feels is worth keeping an out for in the near future. Over the … Read more