1. Wayne Kramer On NPR World Cafe

    Great great interview.  For those of you who don’t know who Wayne is, he is the Guitarist for the MC5 - Detroit political rock band from the late 1960s - early 70s.  The original punks!  The Clash even wrote a song about him ‘Jail guitar doors’… which is now the name of his Charity. I met Wayne several times.. the last time was in LA, I was a drummer in a band opening up for him.  Still have the poster from that night.  Too bad he left Detroit, but Im not one to talk.

    www.jailguitardoors.org

     
  2. In Detroit on Wednesday, a federal trial begins that will determine whether that city is eligible for the nation’s largest-ever municipal bankruptcy.

    Read more here.

     

  3. MINORITY WHITE STUDENTS

    According to Hartigan (1999):  Minority white students often experience social difficulties within their school system and tend to resegregate themselves from the rest of the student population, and thus, there exists defacto segregation on a number of levels.  

    Anyone grow up this way? I want to hear your thoughts…

     
  4. Potsdammerplz at sunset.

     
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  6. East meets West.

     

  7. Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym works with Detroit kids, ages 7 – 18, to develop the next generation of champions and leaders by boosting their self-confidence through sharpened mental and physical fitness!  95% of our kids live below the poverty line.  While only 32% of kids in our Detroit east side neighborhood graduate from high school, 100% of our kids graduate AND go to college!

     
  8. Out the studio window this morning. 

     
  9. 'It's important for you to do your work, and to know what that means, and to engage it seriously.'  Photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems.

     
  10. "The job of a man can not be done by a boy"  translated from her lyrics… yeah baby -I love the growls.

    Mala’s lyrics are sexual and feisty, but, unlike mainstream female MCs in the U.S., she doesn’t brag about wealth. In “Galaxias Cercanas,” (“Nearby Galaxies”) she raps — “I was birthed strong, I was raised strong, I walked strong and I’ve always talked strong.” Data says the absence of materialism has to do with the social context that produces Spanish-language rappers. “In the U.S., materialism is a value that is popular, accepted and celebrated. In Latin America, not so much,” he says. “It also has to do with the rap industry itself. The truth is in Latin America nobody, with the exception of Calle 13, has gotten rich off of hip-hop. So bragging about wealth would be bizarre, and it’s also considered in extremely poor taste in our culture.” - NPR interview.