This summer, I enjoyed attending outdoor city events and festivals with my family and friends. From the BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival and African World Festival to community block parties and two (out of four) Sidewalk Festivals, our summer was a busy one! So busy, in fact, that I didn’t get a chance to share on… Read More Photos from My Visit to the 2021 African World Festival
Over the weekend, I stopped by East Canfield Village to view the unveiling of “Boy Holds Flower,” a figurative sculpture created by Detroit artist Austen Brantley. The sculpture will be a permanent art installation at East Canfield’s new art park. The community has plans to start building the art park in the coming weeks. The… Read More East Canfield Village Art Park Unveils ‘Boy Holds Flower’ Sculpture by Austen Brantley
You know what they say when a womxn cuts their hair— they’re ready for a BIG change in their life! For months, I had been thinking about getting a big chop haircut. I was ready to try something new and I decided to go for a cute, pixie haircut style. Why? Well, for one, I… Read More How a Big Chop Haircut Can Feel Liberating
Detroit foodie lovers get ready. The summer edition of Detroit Black Restaurant Week (DBRW) starts today! The 10-day event will feature over 50 restaurants and include a food truck rally on three select dates. Check out all of the details below! DETROIT BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK (Summer Edition) WHAT: Detroit Black Restaurant Week (Summer Edition) WHEN:… Read More FOODIE EVENT: Detroit Black Restaurant Week (Summer Edition) Features Over 50 Restaurants
Detroit artist Bakpak Durden recently partnered with Lysol to paint a mural in Highland Park. The street artwork was created to encourage citizens to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier this summer, the Ad Council, COVID Collaborative, and Lysol announced the “It’s Up to You” campaign to help raise vaccine awareness. Lysol teamed up… Read More Bakpak Durden’s New Mural in Highland Park Raises Vaccine Awareness
I’m excited Detroit’s African World Festival (AWF) is back this summer! Do you plan on going to the event? It’s the 38th year of the AWF and it will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from Friday, August 20th to Sunday, August 22nd. WHAT: 38th Annual African World Festival… Read More Detroit’s African World Festival is Back!
Zaya is ONE! When? How? Why did the year go by so fast?! I feel like my pregnancy was an eternity, but Zaya’s first year just flew by us! Travis and I like to joke that she doesn’t really want to be a baby. She tries so hard to catch up with her older siblings.… Read More Happy 1st Birthday, Zaya!
A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to contribute to WDET’s “How to Summer” guide. The Detroit public radio station created the season-long series to offer recommendations and tips on how to make the most of your summer in Detroit. I shared five summer activities I’m looking forward to in Detroit. Here’s a brief… Read More What are you enjoying this summer?
Today’s post is written by freelance writer Emelda De Coteau. Mental wellness is important now more than ever. Emelda suggests three mental wellness tips to help you find balance and peace during uncertain times: daily meditation, digital detox, and sound healing. By Emelda De Coteau We are living through times of deep intensity: a global… Read More Mental Wellness: Three Tips to Help You Find Balance and Peace in Uncertain Times
Did you attend the BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival? The inaugural event took place July 24th to the 31st in the North End, Detroit community. Co-founded by artists Sydney G. James, Max Sansing, and Thomas “Detour 303” Evans, BLKOUT Walls was a beautiful celebration of art, community, and culture. I took a lot of photos and… Read More A Few Photos from BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival
Have you been to any ice cream shops this summer? A few weeks ago, we visited The Custard Hut Detroit location for the first time and we loved it! The locally-owned business has two locations: Dearborn Heights and Detroit. Custard Hut Dearborn is located at 25947 West Warren Street and the Detroit restaurant is located… Read More Hot Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches at Custard Hut are a Must-Have Summer Treat
Sidewalk Detroit’s popular community festival is back! The 8th annual Sidewalk Festival is going to be a little different this year, though. The event has been expanded to four festival dates and will travel to four different Detroit neighborhoods. July 24, 2:00 – 8:00 P.M.: 12041 Dexter Ave, in the Dexter-Linwood neighborhood (in partnership with… Read More FAMILY EVENT: 8th Annual Sidewalk Festival Hosted by Sidewalk Detroit
July weather has been unbearably hot at times, but don’t let that stop you from creating sizzling, summer makeup looks. Whether you’re opting for a creative eye look to compliment your face mask or you’re ready for a full look for a night out, my friend Tiffany has some great summer makeup ideas and tips… Read More Brighten Up Your Summer with These Four Bold Summer Makeup Looks
Hey! How are you? It’s been a while since I’ve shared an event I’ve attended in Detroit. Now that more businesses are starting to reopen and events are popping up, I’ve been venturing out some to check out what’s going on in the city. This particular event I went to was actually a few months… Read More A March Visit to Current Art Studio
If you’re a native Detroiter, then you’re probably familiar with Jay’s Flower Shop and Wholesale. Detroit florist Mr. Jay Smith has been in business for 38 years now! His shop is located on Detroit’s east side at 10500 Mack Avenue across the street from the Mack Avenue Community Church (MACC). As a Michigan transplant, I… Read More Leaving a Legacy in 48214
If you’re looking for a live concert to enjoy without having to leave your couch, then check out The Detroit Sound virtual event this coming Sunday!. Jalen Seawright presents “The Detroit Sound Virtual Concert.” On Sunday, May 16th, Detroit’s best and up-and-coming artists will perform original music for guests. Over on his IG, Jalen shared… Read More Enjoy a Sunday Night In with The Detroit Sound Virtual Concert
Building Bosses Boutique (BBB) owner Renee Nesbitt is back at it with another exciting pop-up shop event coming up this Sunday, May 2nd! The Bosses Link Up is an opportunity for business owners, entrepreneurs, and career professionals to find stylish business attire at an affordable price. Last month, Renee launched her business on 313 Day.… Read More “You don’t have to look like money to make money.”
**TRIGGER WARNING** Today’s blog post discusses information about sexual assault and/or sexual violence which may be triggering to survivors. By Emelda De Coteau Years ago, I read a quote from Audre Lorde which never left me: “My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you…” Many of us, as womxn of color,… Read More We Aren’t Talking Enough About the Sexual Assault of Womxn in BIPOC Communities
Mother’s Day is right around the corner (Psst! It’s May 9th.) and you still have time to find a great gift for mom or a special womxn in your life. Of course, every day we should find ways to show our love and appreciation for each other. However, Mother’s Day is a special time to… Read More Honeey Lov Presents Pre-Mother’s Day Pop Up Event Featuring ALL Womxn-Owned Small Businesses
Here’s a fun virtual fitness challenge you may love that gives back to the community. The GIVE Club (Getting Involved in Volunteer Efforts) is hosting a 10-mile fitness challenge this spring. The GIVE CYCLE 10 Mile Virtual Challenge registration is now open to Detroiters and beyond. Whether you live in Detroit, the metro area, or… Read More GIVE Club Hosts Detroit Virtual Fitness Challenge and Fundraiser to Support the Dream Scholarship and Neighbors in Need