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ANNOUNCED: The Aretha Franklin Ampitheatre Summer Concert Series Lineup

2019 marks the inaugural season for The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, Detroit’s premiere summer concert venue located along the Detroit River. Formerly known as Chene Park, the venue was renamed as a permanent honor to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. The Right Productions, who manage and operate The Aretha, announces the lineup for the renowned… Read More ANNOUNCED: The Aretha Franklin Ampitheatre Summer Concert Series Lineup

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Detroit Singer C3 Talks New Song ‘Games’ and Inspiring Fans Through His Music

I’m sitting in my basement on the phone with new, up-and-coming Detroit singer Charles “C3” Laster III. The singer reached out to me via Instagram to share his new song “Games”. After listening to it one time on Spotify, I immediately DM’d C3 to ask if he’d like to do an interview for the blog.… Read More Detroit Singer C3 Talks New Song ‘Games’ and Inspiring Fans Through His Music

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Singer Sheléa Discusses Her New Projects: A Quincy Jones PBS Special and The Clark Sisters Biopic

If you haven’t heard of break out star Sheléa, then you don’t know what you’re missing! She’s a beautiful person inside and out with an amazing singing voice that will leave you with chills– the good kind! Music legend Quincy Jones named Sheléa “one of the greatest artists of her generation… After working with Ray… Read More Singer Sheléa Discusses Her New Projects: A Quincy Jones PBS Special and The Clark Sisters Biopic

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KAWS EFFECTS: Summer Design Camp for Youth

Exciting news! Today the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) announced its first summer design camp for middle school youth. Middle school students will have the amazing opportunity to interact with the work of KAWS, one of the most influential artists of his generation, at the KAWS EFFECTS: Summer Design Camp! The summer camp will… Read More KAWS EFFECTS: Summer Design Camp for Youth

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Kee Mobile App: A New Source of Prosperity for Detroit

Presented by T1 By Thomas Herd Planning exciting activities and meeting like-minded people has never been easier in Detroit.  Now thanks to the popular local mobile application Kee App, users can immediately discover the city’s most unique and trending attractions, identify other people who share the same interests, and seamlessly plan and slot events in the… Read More Kee Mobile App: A New Source of Prosperity for Detroit

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Detroit Writer B. Van Randall Invites You to Be Part of His Next Comic Book Project

Remember when I wrote a 2-part interview series on Detroit writer B. Van Randall (Van)? Well, he has some exciting news to share with you. If you’re a comic book lover or have a loved one who is a big fan of comics, then you will love Van’s next creative project. Van created, wrote, directed,… Read More Detroit Writer B. Van Randall Invites You to Be Part of His Next Comic Book Project

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Actress Tetona Jackson Talks BET’s New T.V. Show Boomerang

If you’re a 90’s kid like I am, then you may remember the hit movie Boomerang starring a very dapper Eddie Murphy. The 1992 film also starred Halle Berry, Robin Givens, Martin Lawrence, and David Alan Grier. In the movie, Eddie Murphy plays Marcus Graham, an advertising executive who is quite the ladies man. His… Read More Actress Tetona Jackson Talks BET’s New T.V. Show Boomerang

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Date Night at Troy’s Bonefish Grill 5-Year Anniversary Event

Last night, Travis and I attended Bonefish Grill’s Troy location to celebrate their fifth anniversary. It was a full house at the restaurant as guests were gathered to also raise money for The North Woodward Community Foundation (NWCF). Twenty percent of all sales were donated to NWCF. NWCF is a nonprofit organization whose goal is… Read More Date Night at Troy’s Bonefish Grill 5-Year Anniversary Event

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MOCAD Announces 4 New Art Exhibitions for the Summer 2019 Season

What’s good, friends? Today, I’m sharing with you the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s (MOCAD) summer 2019 art exhibition season. Check out the summaries of the upcoming exhibitions. Dates for each exhibit is listed at the end of this post. Peace + Blessings– Jennifer MOCAD’s SUMMER 2019 SEASON For its summer 2019 season, MOCAD presents… Read More MOCAD Announces 4 New Art Exhibitions for the Summer 2019 Season

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6 Favorite Highlights from NBA All-Star 2019

What’s good, guys? Did you catch Janelle Monáe’s performance at the NBA All-Star 2019 over the past weekend? The AT&T Pregame Concert was a hot show as the Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter headlined the debut concert. Also an activist, actress, and music producer, Janelle headlined the debut AT&T Pregame Concert. The show was streamed live… Read More 6 Favorite Highlights from NBA All-Star 2019

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Dilla Youth Day 2019 Youth Performance Show Celebrates Young Performing Artists

On Sunday (2/10), Travis and I took the kids to watch the Youth Performances at Dilla Youth Day. Founded by Piper Carter, Dilla Youth Day celebrated its 8th year this past Sunday. The annual youth event was held for the fourth year in a row at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.… Read More Dilla Youth Day 2019 Youth Performance Show Celebrates Young Performing Artists

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Detroit Artist Charles McGee Honored with Legacy Award

Michigan Legacy Art Park will present Detroit artist Charles McGee with the 2019 Legacy Award in recognition of a lifetime of achievements and influences as an artist, teacher, advocate and global citizen. The award will be presented as part of the Legacy Gala, the signature fundraiser for the nonprofit Michigan Legacy Art Park. The annual event, presented again by… Read More Detroit Artist Charles McGee Honored with Legacy Award

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Mel B on Sex, Drugs, Abuse, & Her Epic Healing Journey

By Allison Kugel Melanie Brown aka Mel B has reigned supreme as the spiciest of her bandmates since bursting onto the entertainment scene as Scary Spice in 1996 with the group’s #1 hit Wannabe. With her wild hair, piercings and a raucous personality to match, she instantly began making headlines, and she never stopped. Her… Read More Mel B on Sex, Drugs, Abuse, & Her Epic Healing Journey

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Bringing Therians The Awakening to Life (Part 2 Interview with B. Van Randall – “The Ghetto Nerd”)

By Jennifer Hamra Today’s blog post is the second part to my interview with Detroit writer B. Van Randall.   The Ghetto Nerd aka B. Van Randall– or as his family and friends call him, Van– is the creator and writer of the new graphic novel series Therians The Awakening.  The Detroit writer decided to try… Read More Bringing Therians The Awakening to Life (Part 2 Interview with B. Van Randall – “The Ghetto Nerd”)

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The Ghetto Nerd: Meet B. Van Randall the Creator of Therians The Awakening

By Jennifer Hamra Today’s interview is part one in a two-part blog series with Detroit writer B. Van Randall the creator of Therians The Awakening.  When I discover a new Instagram account, one of the things I like to do is read the person’s or company’s bio. I just love when people take the time… Read More The Ghetto Nerd: Meet B. Van Randall the Creator of Therians The Awakening

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Unapologetically Errin: Interview with Detroit Artist Errin “Lightheart” Whitaker

On a late summer night sometime in August, I met with artist Errin “Lightheart” Whitaker at his Black Door art studio in the Fisher Building. Located in Downtown Detroit, the Fisher Building has become home base for many Detroit creatives. Errin shares an office space-turned-art-studio with a few other Detroit artists, and occasionally the artists… Read More Unapologetically Errin: Interview with Detroit Artist Errin “Lightheart” Whitaker

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10 Detroit Businesses Win Inaugural Commerce Design Awards

A few days ago, Design Core Detroit, a non-profit that offers services to strengthen, grow and attract design businesses to Detroit, and AIA Detroit announced the 10 winning projects of the inaugural Commerce Design: Detroit awards. Commerce Design: Detroit recognizes 10 brick-and-mortar commercial projects, submitted jointly by the business owner and designing team. “The jurors… Read More 10 Detroit Businesses Win Inaugural Commerce Design Awards