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Black Excellence spotlight: Wayne Ramocan

Wayne Ramocan (aka JUUNI) is a founding board member of Title Track, cofounder of D.CIPHER, and a lifelong Detroiter. Wayne is a sound designer, beat maker, drummer, community organizer, and more. We extend immense gratitude to Wayne for his time and energy and vision, supporting the launch and early impacts of Title Track, helping to create momentum and a positive trajectory. We celebrate Wayne’s presence and all of his gifts in community.
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Black Excellence spotlight: Jenny Jones

In this final week of Black History Month we are going to shine the spotlight on our Black staff and board members who honor the profound legacies of Black History as they embody Black Excellence every day as they live, create, heal, build community, and do the work for a more equitable and just future and present day. In our first profile, Carmelitta Tiffany spotlights our Co-Executive Director, Jenny Jones.
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Episode 41 of State of Water

Tune in for part 2 in our powerful conversation with Palestinian artist Ayed Arafah. Ayed shares about the reality of growing up in a refugee camp under occupation. We also hear about some of Ayed’s current artistic endeavors and how he sees art and activism as powerful tools in the pursuit of freedom and liberation.
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Support Title Track by shopping at Oryana on 2/15!

Thank you Oryana Community Co-op for your generous support! See you this Thursday, February 15 when 2% of net profits will go to support Title Track!
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Celebrating Black Excellence - George Thomas

As part of our Black Excellence series in honor of Black History Month, our grant writer Carmelitta Tiffany reflects on how she has been inspired by artist, George Thomas.
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Celebrate Black History Month with our partners at E3

We encourage you to celebrate Black History Month with our partners at Northern Michigan E3, who created this wonderful resource spotlighting important Black leaders throughout the month as well as sharing weekly days of action in support of their efforts in our community.
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Celebrating Black Excellence - Black History Month 2024

As we join many organizations and individuals in honoring and celebrating Black History this February, our team is sharing reflections on how they have been inspired by Black excellence throughout history and in the present day, as we look to build an equitable future where all can fully thrive.
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Episode 40 of State of Water

We are honored to welcome Palestinian artist Ayed Arafah as our first State of Water guest in 2024. Tune in for part 1 in a powerful conversation with Ayed about his creative process, art as freedom in the midst of occupation, poignant reflections on feeling disconnected from water, updates on the crisis in his homeland, and much more.
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An update on Understanding Racial Justice

As we look forward to kicking off our 2024 series of Understanding Racial Justice (URJ) cohorts next Monday evening with an in-person cohort at Farm Club just outside of Traverse City, we thought it’d be a meaningful time to share a big picture update on our URJ program. Seats are still available to join us next week!
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Happy New Year

We are wishing peace and wellbeing for you and yours as we welcome in 2024. We invite you to read this greeting from our 3 Co-Executive Directors Seth Bernard, Holly T. Bird, and Jenny Jones as well as listen to a Happy New Year audio message from Holly T. Bird.