Attorney, Teacher, Veteran, Mayor: Who Will be our next 14th Congressional District U.S. Representative

Life & Community
By Jacquise Purifoy, Esq. Getting citizens out to vote in primary elections can be a challenge and candidates don’t always have the funding behind them that would allow us to hear from them.  I was able to reach most of the candidates to ask them a few questions about their plans, should they be elected. The candidates for the 14th Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives are former Congressman Hansen Clarke, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, State Representative Rudy Hobbs, and veteran Burgess Foster. The 14th Congressional District zigzags from the Grosse Pointes, through part of Detroit, across mid-Oakland County, and up to Pontiac. Hansen Clarke served as Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2010-2012. Brenda Lawrence has served as the Mayor of Southfield since 2001. Rudy…
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Secret Weapon, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Motherhood: Steffanie Christ’ian Is Way Too Much!

Secret Weapon, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Motherhood: Steffanie Christ’ian Is Way Too Much!

Arts & Culture, Life & Community
[caption id="attachment_2147" align="alignnone" width="434"] Mom and Rock Star, Steffanie Christ’ian[/caption] Singer Steffanie Christ’ian is known for her immeasurable energy, enormous passion, power, and phenomenal set of pipes. These are the qualities that have attracted collaborators like Big Proof of D12 and producer Emanuel (Eman) Kiriakou. Her talents are on display when she opens for artists like Taproot and Thousand Foot Krutch, Erykah Badu, and Talib Kweli. Here raw sound and ability to connect with the audience is the reason why she is the secret weapon of jessica Care moore’s Black Women Rock revues. Hands down, Steffanie Christ’ian is WAY TOO MUCH! Recently, I had the honor of engaging her in a brief Q&A: Q: What is your earliest recollection of loving rock music? A: My mother was only 15 when…
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Copyrighting in the D

Copyrighting in the D

Business
So you have left your plush apartment in New York City, borrowed a few grand from your parents, moved to Detroit, and purchased a four-bedroom mini-mansion in the historic Indian Village neighborhood, with the grand idea of launching the next Google, Twitter, or Instagram. Great. Welcome to the D. But before you dream of being the next social media tycoon, you’d better protect your idea before someone with much more money, clout, or know-how steals your “idea,” gets rich, and leaves you packing to head back to mommy’s couch in the basement. You have this grand idea, grand project, or great slogan, but you don’t know what to do with it, who to call, or if this is a project you can tackle yourself. Before you begin shelling out thousands…
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The Arts: Equipping Detroit Public School Students for Success

Arts & Culture, Life & Community
As a graduate of Detroit Public Schools, I understand the importance of having a balanced education and access to arts, music, and extra-curricular activities. It was programs like my woodshop and art classes that gave me a creative outlet to express my thoughts and vision to the world. Now, as an adult, I work to advocate for access to art programs in our schools, as it is so vital to the well-balanced education of our children. In Detroit there is a new program called Art Roads that is bringing art back into the curriculum in the Detroit Public Schools. I interviewed Carol Hofgartner, Executive Director of Art Road Nonprofit, to determine the state of art education both nationally and locally and how our children benefit from having art in their…
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Beating The Odds: from teen pregnancy to attorney

Life & Community, Stories
I gave birth to my daughter April 8, 1996.  I was 13 years old, in the 8th grade at Joy Middle School. Yes, it really was the first time I had sex and yes Jasmine was born without anyone being the wiser. I got pregnant in August and delivered in April and I never told a soul. I had convinced myself I wasn't pregnant and eventually I would wake up and “it” would all go away. My mother, Jasmine’s father, and my family all found out I was pregnant and had given birth the very same day. No prenatal medicine, no routine doctor’s visits, and the night before I gave birth I went to basketball practice. I was too afraid to tell anybody out of fear of what would happen. As the only…
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Hard times still call for insuring our children

Finance, Life & Community
For years, Detroiters have seen our children gunned down in the streets or killed for senseless reasons. Through death after death, we have watched crying families on television being interviewed by news anchors pleading with the public to help pay for funeral costs. Many families are not able to have a funeral immediately and have to scrape up money to help with the expenses. We are in danger of becoming numb to the rampant deaths plaguing our city. It was not the drive-by shootings or other gang-related killings, or the deaths related to breaking and entering, that caused me to realize that parents need to legally protect their children by purchasing life insurance policies. It was Nicole Turner’s story of her 11-year-old son suddenly dying while playing video games that…
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