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
By Jennifer Hamra Tomorrow is Election Day and if you find yourself frantically searching online for last-minute tips about voting, you are not alone. Many Americans are still researching voter’s information about candidates and various issues. In fact, last night I was talking to my husband Travis about Election Day and he told me he… Read More 5 Websites to Help You with Last-Minute Tips About Voting
To all of my single-dog-loving-friends, I know the dating world can be hard sometimes. I remember the #singlelife when I was in my 20s (typing that last sentence just hurt my heart a little as I realize I’m showing my age) and it was pretty brutal at times. Just trying to determine all that you… Read More The New Dig Dating App Connects Dog Lovers (and They’re Launching in Detroit!)
Last Friday, I attended a very special artist talk at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD): The Intersection: The Science of Food and Music with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (drummer and band member of The Roots), Chef Max Hardy (owner and chef of Detroit’s River Bistro), and dream hampton (filmmaker and writer). It was the eighth… Read More My Time at the Intersection Series: The Science of Food and Music with Questlove, Chef Max Hardy, and dream hampton
On Saturday (9/15/18), we attended the Focus On Detroit Photography Festival. It was held just outside of Highland Park on Woodrow Wilson Street in Detroit. The theme of the festival was “Celebrating Detroit’s Past, Present and Future Through the Lens of a Camera” and the festival featured various photography exhibits from organizations such as the… Read More A Few Captures of the Focus On Detroit Photography Festival
One of the top stories in celebrity gossip for this week has been about the Cardi B. and Nicki Minaj fight at a New York Fashion Week event. According to People.com, the two rappers got into an argument last Friday night at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party. The argument turned physical when Cardi B. screamed… Read More What We Can Learn from Cardi B. and Nicki Minaj’s Feud
Hey, Detroit! Are you looking for inspiring ways on how you can enhance your creativity? Well, the Fifteen Seconds community event just may be what you need. Known as Europe’s leading interdisciplinary business festival, Fifteen Seconds is making a special trip to Detroit for the first time! The business conference is a 2-day experience designed… Read More The Fifteen Seconds Event is Coming to Detroit + Get 50% Off Your Tickets!
September is another big month of festivities in Detroit. This month marks the celebration of design aka the Detroit Month of Design Festival, and we’ve got a list of eleven events you may really love! The Detroit Month of Design Festival is a city-wide celebration of art, creativity, and design. Throughout the month of September,… Read More Eleven Top Picks for the Detroit Month of Design Festival
Hey, friends! Social media has become this great platform for getting the latest news in a matter of seconds. From breaking news to the latest celebrity gossip, social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter keep us plugged in so we don’t miss out. One thing I really love about using social media is connecting with people… Read More When You Meet Your Blogger Friend IRL: Catching Up with Marisa from MexiMoments
Last night, I attended the Aretha Franklin tribute concert “A People’s Tribute to the Queen” at Chene Park in Detroit. It was a beautiful tribute to the Queen of Soul and one I will never forget. On August 16, 2018, Aretha Franklin passed away from pancreatic cancer. She was 76. To say the Aretha Franklin tribute… Read More “A People’s Tribute to the Queen” Was a Beautiful Tribute Concert for Aretha Franklin
While Arthur Ashe gained fame for his brilliance on the tennis court, it was his commitment to advancing causes such as civil rights, education and ending apartheid in South Africa that cemented his status as an American icon. Acclaimed historian and USF St. Petersburg professor Ray Arsenault has written the first comprehensive biography of Ashe, charting his transformation from a shy African-American boy… Read More Acclaimed Historian Writes the First Comprehensive Biography of Tennis Legend and Civil Rights Icon Arthur Ashe
Hi, friends! Well, the results are in and Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Presented by Bedrock has announced the final four contestants and we’ve got the list of finalists you! Neighborhood Grocery: MegBruitt and Raphael Wright Neighborhood Grocery is bringing fresh food back to the neighborhoods with a small footprint, full-line grocery stores in Detroit,… Read More Here They Are: the Comerica Hatch Detroit Final Four Contestants!
Happy Friday! How did your work week go? Did you accomplish any of your goals this week? I think I made great progress on my work goals. I’ve been feeling very inspired to continue working on a few creative projects I have going on at the moment. Travis made a BIG accomplishment this past week:… Read More #FridayVibes Weekly Top Five (8/10/2018)
There are ten excited Detroit entrepreneurs who are hoping to win the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by Bedrock. Last night, Travis and I attended the Comerica Hatch Detroit mixer where ten semi-finalists were announced! We had the opportunity to meet a few of the entrepreneurs and learn more about their businesses. Here are the Comerica… Read More Vote for Your Favorite Entrepreneur to Win the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest!
Last Tuesday, I was invited to attend Good Pitch Local Detroit at The Eastern. If you haven’t heard of Good Pitch before, it’s an international program that is an initiative of Doc Society, – a nonprofit organization that connects documentary filmmakers, journalists, and storytellers to businesses and community leaders. From my understanding of Good Pitch, they… Read More Good Pitch Local Detroit Connecting Storytellers to Change Makers
Everybody is looking for that perfect way to earn a little extra money in our current gig economy. But what are the top ways people are earning extra money in order to not only get by but actually thrive? Here are six ways to start your own side hustle to pocket some extra cash to… Read More Top 6 Side Hustles for the Gig Economy This Summer
Metro Detroit Youth Day (MDYD) is one day away and the kids and I are excited to attend the big annual event! This year will mark thirty-six years for Michigan’s largest youth day event. Can you believe it?! It will be our first time attending MDYD (because we’re kinda new here, remember?). I was trying… Read More Detroit Business Leader Edward Deeb Honored with Belle Isle Street, and We Can’t Wait to Attend Our First Metro Detroit Youth Day!
Calling all entrepreneurs, dreamers, and innovators! The 2018 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by Bedrock is returning for an eighth year with a $50,000 prize, courtesy of Comerica Bank. Entrepreneurs with a retail concept looking to open a brick and mortar location in Detroit, Highland Park, or Hamtramck can now submit their business plans. “The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest is… Read More Less Than Two Weeks Away to Enter Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest
My introduction to the great work of Dr. Maya Angelou was when I was a teenager. I had checked out her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings from my school library because I wanted to know more about Maya Angelou. I had been reading a few works by African American writers such as Ernest… Read More The Legacy of Maya Angelou Carries on with African American Expressions and Caged Bird Legacy LLC’s Curated Line of Products
The New Yorker shared a pretty cool video about Detroit history called “A Hundred Years of Detroit: Then and Now”. Since I’ve only been living in Michigan for three years, I found the video to be very informative. I have no clue what Detroit looked like past 2015! Every time I am in the downtown… Read More “A Hundred Years of Detroit: Then & Now” – The New Yorker’s Short Video Tour of the Motor City