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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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5 Websites to Help You with Last-Minute Tips About Voting

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

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Light Up Livernois 2018 Shines Bright on the Avenue of Fashion

What’s up, Detroit!  I’m excited to share with you my post about my experience at Light Up Livernois 2018! It seems like I’ve experienced a lot of firsts over the past few weeks: Murals in the MarketEastern Market After DarkMOCAD’s Intersection Series Now I can add my first Light Up Livernois to my list of first… Read More Light Up Livernois 2018 Shines Bright on the Avenue of Fashion

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Mario Van Peebles Won’t Stop Making Films That Matter

By Allison Kugel Born of a revolutionary bloodline to activist filmmaker, Melvin Van Peebles, you could say that Mario Van Peebles was born to make films that nudge our social consciousness and encourage us to answer questions we hadn’t thought to ask. An actor, director and writer, Mario Van Peebles’ first foray into acting was… Read More Mario Van Peebles Won’t Stop Making Films That Matter

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10 Fall Sweater Trends I’m Loving Right Now

Happy Fall! The fall season has officially begun and you know what that means: it’s boot and sweater season. Do you have any sweater trends your loving right now? I’ve been perusing various fashion sites like Who What Wear, Nordstrom, and Target to stay in the know with all of the fall trends. From a… Read More 10 Fall Sweater Trends I’m Loving Right Now

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All That I Loved About Eastern Market After Dark 2018 (plus, way too many photos!)

Eastern Market After Dark — what can I say? The entire festival was SO much fun and my head is still spinning from all of the excitement of Thursday night. It was my first time attending an After Dark event and it most definitely will not be my last! WARNING: I hope you like to look… Read More All That I Loved About Eastern Market After Dark 2018 (plus, way too many photos!)

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My Time at the Intersection Series: The Science of Food and Music with Questlove, Chef Max Hardy, and dream hampton

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

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A Few Captures of the Focus On Detroit Photography Festival

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

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How to Own Artwork by the Murals in the Market Artists + the 2017 Our Issue Mural T-Shirt

Now that Murals in the Market (MITM) has started did you know that you can also purchase beautiful artwork and some pretty cool merch created by the MITM artists? If you check out the official MITM website, you will find a variety of art by the artists and other merchandise you can purchase. From art… Read More How to Own Artwork by the Murals in the Market Artists + the 2017 Our Issue Mural T-Shirt

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We’re Excited for the 2018 Murals in the Market!

What’s up, Detroit?!  Our beloved 2018 Murals in the Market (MITM) is here! The Smithsonian Magazine recently dubbed Detroit’s Murals in the Market as one of the best mural festivals in the world! According to the official MITM website, 1xRUN and Eastern Market Corporation have produced more than 125 murals in the Eastern Market District.… Read More We’re Excited for the 2018 Murals in the Market!

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MOCAD and SGLD’s ‘The Intersection Series’ Will Feature Special Guests Questlove, Chef Max Hardy, and dream hampton

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and the Science Gallery Lab Detroit (SGLD) will host their eighth and final installment of the discussion series The Intersection: The Science of Food and Music with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Chef Max Hardy, and dream hampton. According to the contemporary art museum, MOCAD’s Intersection Series is a program… Read More MOCAD and SGLD’s ‘The Intersection Series’ Will Feature Special Guests Questlove, Chef Max Hardy, and dream hampton

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David Guetta Talks Hip Hop Culture and Lucky Number 7

By Allison Kugel David Guetta has become a music impresario, churning out beat banging, genre-busting pop songs that have been topping the charts for nearly a decade with mega-hits like Titanium featuring Sia; Where Them Girls At featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj; Club Can’t Handle Me featuring Flo Rida; Who’s That Chick featuring Rihanna… Read More David Guetta Talks Hip Hop Culture and Lucky Number 7

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Eleven Top Picks for the Detroit Month of Design Festival

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

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“A People’s Tribute to the Queen” Was a Beautiful Tribute Concert for Aretha Franklin

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

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These 5 Motown Classics Remind Detroit Singer Apropos of Summertime in the D

When thinking of summertime in Detroit, do you have any classic Detroit songs that remind you of the summer season? For Detroit singer Apropos, there are five Motown classics that remind him of summertime in the D. In fact, Motown has had a great impact on Apropos’ music career. “Ever since I was a kid, I looked up to The Jackson 5,… Read More These 5 Motown Classics Remind Detroit Singer Apropos of Summertime in the D

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Belle Isle’s New Mbu Puffer Fish and the Deeper Dive Series

The Belle Isle Aquarium added a new (and very cute) fish to their collection: the Mbu Puffer Fish. Aquarium supporters had the chance to meet the new Mbu Puffer Fish at the “Deeper Dive: Into the Congo” fundraiser. The funds raised at the event helps with the maintenance and development of the Belle Isle Aquarium. Elijah… Read More Belle Isle’s New Mbu Puffer Fish and the Deeper Dive Series