Frankie Knuckles, “Godfather of House Music” Passes Away at Age 59

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Legendary, Frankie Knuckles known affectionally  as the Godfather of House Music“godfather of house music”– a style of dance music that revolutionized club culture in the ‘70s and ‘80s and still surges around the world today.

Knuckles died Monday at the age of 59, confirmed by his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson said in an email that Knuckles “died unexpectedly this afternoon at home.”  Knuckles  was not just a house music producer he would go on to mix records by major artists such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode.

Knuckles begin  DJing  in New York City, then moved to Chicago in the late ‘70s and developed a reputation as one of the city’s most influential dance-music innovators.  Arriving in Chicago just as disco was losing momentum.

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Raise Mimimum Wage

Lansing, MI – Community organizing, social justice and labor groups have formed Lets Get Moneya committee to explore a ballot campaign to raise the minimum wage in Michigan. The minimum wage in Michigan –currently $7.40 an hour – hasn’t been raised since 2008, leaving many families living on wages that have not kept up with the price of goods and services.  Tipped workers, like waiters and waitresses, have not received an increase in their minimum wage for over 22 years and currently earn only $2.65 an hour.

Shannon Bryson, 33, of Muskegon is a single mom with two kids, who works part time at a fast food chain and earns minimum wage. “By the time I pay for gas to get to and from work, there’s not much left of my pay check.  Raising the minimum wage could do a lot for mothers like me...

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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On Monday January 20, Americans from diverse backgrounds and communities will celebrate the life andMartin Luther King Jr vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who fought for equality and  justice.  He dedicated his life to ending racism and all forms of discrimination.  In 1968, Dr. King was on an environmental justice mission for Memphis striking sanitation workers. He was murdered by an assassin’s bullet before he could complete his mission.

Today, we are still confronted with injustices that threatens the lives of millions of African-Americans and other people of color.

A 15 year battle, Congressman John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, petitioned for 15 years  and introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968...

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Community Invited to 28th Annual MLK Celebration

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Kalamazoo, MI- The Northside Ministerial Alliance would like to invite all clergy, community leaders and the Northside Ministerial Alliance  Celebrates 28th Annualpublic to attend the 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration!  This year’s celebration will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2014, beginning at 4:00 p.m., at the Galilee Baptist Church.  Our theme this year is:  “Unfulfilled Dreams.”  We are honored to have as our guest speaker, Dr. Michael Nabors, Pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist in Detroit, MI. 


The theme for this year’s celebration, “Unfulfilled Dreams”. Speakers will include, Dr. Michael Nabors of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Detroit, MI.


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Kalamazoo Resident, Teleka Patrick Still Missing

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Missing Kalamazoo Resident

Kalamazoo- The Patrick Family as well as the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in locating a Kalamazoo resident. Teleka Patrick, 33  was last seen in the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center on Gull Road in Kalamazoo. Video footage shows Patrick entering the Radisson Plaza Hotel and speaking with a desk clerk on Thursday evening.  Footage also shows her leaving the plaza to get a a shuttle bus that was destined to Borgess Medical Center. She failed to report to work on Friday morning. The Sheriff’s Department reports that Patrick has no known medical history and foul play is not suspected at this time.  That is not what the Patrick  Family is feeling...

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Help The Murray Family Give Back To Those In Need

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This past summer was an saddening eye opener to Majyck Radio, to personally witness families put in situations of having their homes foreclosed on, especially when they did what they were supposed to do according to their lenders and the law. Unfortunately, the banking system appears to write and rewrite their own laws, forcing families out of there homes.

This is true for the Murray Family and thousands more across the country. Majyck Radio, matthewwaynemurrayOccupy Our Homes, Occupy Kalamazoo, and concerned citizens stood shoulder to shoulder with the Murray’s and witnessed the local sheriffs department lock them out of there home with no where to go.

Resilient as the Murray’s are, they continue to fight the bank for their home, while unselfishly helping those that are witho...

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Kalamazoo Group Goes Caroling with Lyrics About Raising Minimum Wage

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Minimun wage raise

KALAMAZOO – Michigan United community leaders in Kalamazoo took the Michigan United Carolersfestive holiday tradition of caroling and added an activist twist. They created carols with lyrics about raising Michigan’s minimum wage and visited the houses of their state representatives, Margaret O’Brien, Tonya Schuitmaker, and Sean McCann.

“Through our Christmas carols, we are raising awareness about the need to raise Michigan’s minimum wage,” says Pat Early, a member of the caroling group. “We want to spread Christmas cheer while addressing this important issue,” added another caroler from Portage, Randy Iuliano.

Since August, the group has been calling on the state legislature to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016...

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Good Food Kalamazoo Roundtable to Spark Community Conversations around Food

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Eliminate Food Insecurities

Kalamazoo, MI– Good Food Kalamazoo, a coalition of food and hunger organizations, is hosting the Good Food Roundtable on Tuesday, November 12, 11:45am-1pm at Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes (901 Portage Street). The Roundtable will bring a diverse group of community members together to discuss ways to empower the Kalamazoo community to provide itself with food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable. This event is free and open to the public.

Representatives from KVCC’s Healthy Living Campus and Kelly Clarke from the Kalamazoo County Land Bank will each give a 10 minute presentation. A robust conversation among attendees about the topics raised will follow. All are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

Good Food Kalamazoo is a coalition of community members from Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes, Peo...

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City Of Kalamazoo 2013 Municipal Election, November 5, 2013

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Vote for you local representation in Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo, MI–Tuesday morning, voters will have an opportunity to vote for their local representation  including Kalamazoo, Portage, South Haven and Three Rivers.

Poll stations in SW Michigan
Poll stations throughout SW Michigan

 Commissioners are elected every two years on a non-partisan basis. All seven city commission seats are open. Candidates with the most votes will become mayor and vice mayor, respectively.  Six out of seven incumbents are running for this years election.

In Portage, six candidates are seeking to fill three four-year council seats. The mayoral postition for Portage is also available, but Mayor Pete Strazdas is running unopposed.

In Parchment, there are four candidates for four seats on the Parchment City Commission – incumbents Terry Hageman, Vice Mayor Robert Britigan III and Thomas...

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