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Mayor Rosalynn Bliss speaks in her first state of the city address.

After school activities at the Cook Arts Center includes hip hop dance.

Children sing during a special MLK service at New Hope Baptist Church.


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The State of the City: Mayor Bliss focuses on racial disparities, affordable housing & more

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, the first woman to be elected to Grand Rapids' highest office, details plans to tackle racism, create more affordable housing and parks, increase support for neighborhoods and minority-owned businesses, and improve relations with police in her first State of the City address.

FTblackhistory

11 ways to honor Black History Month in West Michigan

Learn about African American leaders who championed racial justice in Grand Rapids and partake in meaningful discussions regarding today's racism in West Michigan.

FT2ndward

Who will fill the 2nd Ward seat? Candidates tackle development, diversity & more at debate

Whoever takes the office, the community has made clear the importance of housing affordability, diversity, small businesses, and equality in Grand Rapids' 2nd Ward.

FTdevoslearning

From a jungle of metal beams, a sneak peek of the Gerald R. Ford Museum's $13 million renovation

When the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum reopens this June, following a nine-month renovation process that includes the addition of a learning center for students, it will seem like a whole new place.

Anna Baeten

RapidChat: Anna Baeten

As Executive Director of The Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse, and full-time mother of two, Anna Baeten knows a great deal about the art of balance. While it is often difficult to obtain, she knows that the ability to "balance" work and children has less to do with herself, and more to do with the people she surrounds herself with. 

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