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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Poetry slam winners announced

Photo by Charnika Jett

Six teenage poets were chosen as the 2009 Ypsi Slam Team after competing in the Ypsilanti Area Youth Poetry Slam Friday. The group will go on a free trip to Chicago, where they will compete in a poetry competition.
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Team to represent Ypsilanti in Chicago competition

By Charnika Jett
Mar. 18, 2009    ·    1:56 a.m.


Six teenage poets were chosen as the 2009 Ypsi Slam Team after competing in the Ypsilanti Area Youth Poetry Slam Friday.

Contestants Thad Daddy Cash, Emily Berry, Montez, Ebony, Moshii Moss and Cynthia “Sin City” Aguirre won a free trip to Chicago, where they will compete in a poetry competition hosted by Brave New Voices.

The new slam team was chosen when they emerged with the most points after a two round battle. The judges, who were a mix of staff members at the Ozone House and local musicians, scored each poet on a point scale of 1 to 10. Poets couldn’t use any music or props in their performance, just their words.

“Swang,” a staff member at the Ozone House Drop-In center, was the MC at the event, keeping the almost packed house at the Eastern Michigan University’s Business school auditorium entertained.

As the poets prepared for battle, the audience was shown video footage of last year’s slam team on their trip to San Jose, Mexico. They also showed a video of testimonies from various teenagers speaking about their love for Ozone House and how they have benefited from the center.

The music that was played in both videos was performed by teenagers who regularly visit Ozone House.

Once everyone settled in their seats, the Poetry Slam began. The coach for the slam team, who actually was apart of the first annual slam team in 2001—B.M.C., introduced the judges, stated the rules and called upon the first contestant.

Thad Daddy Cash, a regular at Ozone House, performed his piece “Jack and Jill.” His story of Jack and Jill was nothing like the nursery rhyme. Instead, it spoke about the relationship of a drug addict and her supplier.

Emily Berry came up to the mic next and recited her poem, “The Apartment.” Montez followed with his poem “Glock 19.”

Ebony, who performed “Did You Know,” held the longest applause and highest score in the first round.

After all the pictures were taken, winners and other teenagers from the audience came to the mic and began a free style battle.

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