Michigan Chronicle’s Top Stories of the Week For Oct. 7 – Oct. 13

Here are the top stories from the Michigan Chronicle for the Week of Oct. 7 – Oct. 13

Detroiter Raphael Wright Opens Black-Owned Neighborhood Grocery
Detroit native Raphael Wright has opened a black-owned neighborhood grocery in the Jefferson-Chalmers community. This social enterprise aims to create equity, jobs, and entrepreneurship opportunities while providing healthier food options in an area deemed a food desert.
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Artist Phillip Simpson and The Coloring Museum Bring a Collaborative Canvas for Mental Health and Creativity in Detroit
The Coloring Museum in Detroit, in partnership with artist Phillip Simpson, offers a unique interactive museum and coloring experience that celebrates Black togetherness and creativity while harnessing the therapeutic power of art. This collaborative canvas aims to improve mental health and provide a haven for self-expression and positivity in the community.
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Carlee Russell Found Guilty and Could Face Up to 1 Year in Jail for Kidnapping Hoax
Carlethia Russell, also known as Carlee Russell, was found guilty of perpetrating a kidnapping hoax and could potentially be sentenced to one year in jail along with restitution. The case gained national attention as Russell’s disappearance and report of a wandering toddler on a busy freeway was later revealed to be a carefully orchestrated ruse, raising questions about missing Black women and children and the consequences for such deceptive actions.
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Robust Tech Economy Emerges for Black Entrepreneurs, to be Highlighted During Michigan Tech Week
Michigan is emerging as a hub for black entrepreneurs in the tech industry. The Michigan Tech Week conference aims to highlight this robust tech economy by featuring pitch competitions, networking opportunities, and keynote speakers to support and elevate tech innovation in the state.
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Hart Plaza’s Iconic Dodge Fountain Prepares for Revitalization
The renowned Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain in Hart Plaza is set to undergo restoration starting from October 10. With a $9 million allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the city aims to rejuvenate this iconic landmark by spring 2024, which includes disassembling and rejuvenating parts of the fountain’s dome, jets, and lighting.
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