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DETROIT (AP) — Willie Horton Day is being celebrated in Michigan for the eighth consecutive year.
The Tigers great is being honored Thursday, as he has since former Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed House Bill 5200 into law in 2006 that permanently decrees Oct. 18 “Willie Horton Day.”
It coincides with the seven-time All-Star’s birthday.
Horton was a Tiger [...]
Revolutionary ART Presents: Say it Loud!: Supporting Black & Brown Artists in Michigan
Doors at 6:00pm, 18+, $3 suggested donation
All proceeds will go to Heartside Art Gallery http://www.facebook.com/HeartsideGalleryAndStudio
Networking & Dialogue begins at 6:00pm Ends at 8:00pm
Hosted by Rev ART Founders: Johannah Jelks & Georgia Taylor
Music will Be Provided By- Michigan Black Expo URBRadio
Rev art Break out [...]
In just a few short years, SuperDre has brought her unique sound and contagious stage energy to packed dance floors and events across the nation.
Releasing her funky, minimal techno sound on her boutique label, Bass Candi, SuperDre thrives in the live environment delivering most of her sets on turntables along with midi controllers, an art [...]
Tiya Miles is chairwoman of the Department of Afro-American and African Studies and professor of history and Native American studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of “Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom” and “The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story.” She is [...]
Detroit Free Press
By Brian McCollum
Detroit Free Press Pop Music Critic
Motown is headed to Broadway.
Capping several years of hopes and a steady stream of rumors, Berry Gordy Jr. announced today that his autobiographical “Motown: The Musical” will debut in spring 2013 at a Nederlander theater in New York.
The show — with industry heavyweights Kevin McCollum [...]
David Alan Grier was nominated for a Tony Award, Broadway’s highest award for actors in a drama or musical. Grier is a Detroit native, a graduate of Cass Tech High School, as well as the University of Michigan. Grier has had an illustrious career on stage, film, and in television.
We recommend highly that readers [...]
By: Rapid Growth Media
Joseph Charles McIntosh | Thursday, April 05, 2012
There has been a continuous, if broken, poetry scene in Grand Rapids for nearly 20 years. It started notably with the beatnik/Bohemian Rainbow Collective in the late 80s and early 90s. It was revived by host Greg Bliss at the eclectic, anarchic poetry slam scene [...]
By: Ashely C. Woods
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 11:19 AM Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 11:41 AM
Ayanna Kilpatrick isn’t just the sister of former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick — she’s a star in the making.
Rumors have swirled since January that Ayanna will be one of the women featured on a new [...]
Reporting from New York — Lydia R. Diamond, whose plays often work the intersection of race and class, remembers once posing a hypothetical scenario she knew would prompt heated debate.
The 42-year-old African American playwright and teacher contended that if the Obamas had a son and that son became the fiancé of [...]
Source: Detroit Free Press
This wasn’t supposed to be a milestone year in the Aretha Franklin annals.
But 2011, which began shrouded in health mystery before blossoming into a rousing resurgence for Franklin, turned out to be just that. And today the iconic Detroit singer is bright and upbeat as she reflects on a [...]