5 Cool Things to Kick Off Your Weekend

1. All Things Detroit & Food Truck Rally (Mother’s Day Celebration)

Still looking for a special Mother’s Day gift for Mom or that special woman in your life? All Things Detroit will host their Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday, May 6th at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Travis and I attended last year’s event and we really enjoyed it.

All Things Detroit Pre-Mother's Day Edition
We attended last year’s All Things Detroit Mother’s Day event and had a great time! (Photo credit: Jennifer Hamra)

Jennyfer Crawford is the founder of All Things Detroit and she does a fantastic job bringing Detroit- and Michigan-based vendors to one location in Easter Market. It’s a great way for you to find a special present for Mother’s Day or just to get to know many small business owners in our city and state.

For more information about the All Things Detroit & Food Truck Rally (Mother’s Day Celebration), visit the official event website here.


2. Irth — New App Concept to Battle Bias in Maternity Care

A new app for moms-to-be aims to help battle bias in maternity care. The app is called “Irth” and is said to be “the Yelp for the health equity movement”.

Kimberly Seals Allers, award-winning journalist and author, on Irth:

“Irth is birth, but we dropped the B for bias. I read several reviews and received great recommendations from my white girlfriends. This was supposedly a top-rated hospital. But my own birth experience as a college-educated, unwed, black woman left me feeling traumatized and disrespected. Then I realized that other black and brown women had similar experiences, even at the “best” hospitals. It was clear to me that not all types of people experience the same hospital in the same way.”

Photo credit: Irth App

How the Irth App Works:

The app collects birth experiences and allows users to enter information about themselves, including race, class, gender identification, or even sexual orientation to find a detailed hospital review and rating from someone similar to you. Irth will also feature unique content and expand to cover pediatricians, Ob/Gyns, and other healthcare professionals.

“A review from a middle-class white woman does not necessarily help a low-income black woman, a transgender person, or a same-sex couple understand what their experience may be like. With Irth, you tell us exactly who you are and we find a review and rating from a person just like you, ” Seals Allers explains.

Irth is a project of Narrative Nation, a non-profit working to shift the narrative of health disparities with community-powered storytelling, media, and technology. You can learn more about Narrative Nation and the Irth app here.


3. Business and Community Leaders Honored at Annual Metro Detroit Youth Day Breakfast

On Wednesday, April 25, Detroit business and community leaders came together to celebrate planning efforts for the 36th annual Metro Detroit Youth Day (MDYD) during the annual Prayer Breakfast at the MGM Grand Casino. Travis and I attended the event and we learned all about Metro Detroit Youth Day and how hard the business and community leaders work to plan MDYD.

Chuck Stokes, Editorial & Public Affairs Director for WXYZ Detroit, emceed the Spiritual Prayer Breakfast. The event also featured inspirational messages from clergy, elected officials, and community leaders. The founder and chairman of MDYD, Ed Deeb, presented the awards.

Ed Deeb, Founder and Chairman of Metro Detroit Youth Day hands Chuck Stokes, Editorial & Public Affairs Director for WXYZ Detroit, an award for at the Spiritual Prayer Breakfast. (Photo credit: Metro Detroit Youth Day)
Travis, Zephaniah, and I attended the MDYD Spiritual Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, April 25th.

Here is the list of the MDYD honorees:

Bob Bury, Director & CEO of the Detroit Historical Society

John Herrington, Farmington Hills Harrison High School Football Coach

Tony Michaels, President & CEO of The Parade Company

Chuck Stokes, Editorial & Public Affairs Director for WXYZ Detroit

Metro Detroit Youth Day is scheduled for July 11, 2018, on the Belle Isle Athletic Field. To learn more about Metro Detroit Youth Day, you can visit the official website here.            


4. National Free Comic Book Day

Are you a comic book lover? Elijah (18) LOVES comic books! He’s been reading The Flash and Abbott (by Metro Detroit-based writer Saladin Ahmed). He reads comics and graphic novels on a weekly basis.

Well, if you’re a big comic book lover like Elijah, then you may like National Free Comic Book Day! On Saturday, May 5, over 2,300 comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world will give away over 5 million comic books free of charge on Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). It’s one of the most anticipated comic book celebrations of the year!

Photo credit: FCBD/Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.

There will be 50 free comic book titles available such as Marvel’s Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, DC Super Hero Girls, and Star Wars Adventures. There will also be comic books the younger kids will enjoy such as Disney Princess, Miraculous, and Pokémon.

To view all 50 Free Comic Book Day titles, and to find a participating comic shop, visit


5. Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert Original Soundtrack Released Today

If you loved NBC’s live concert of Jesus Christ Superstar, then you’re in luck. The original soundtrack released today and you can also preorder the Live Concert DVD. The DVD will be released on June 15, 2018.

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert – Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event Available Now // Live Concert DVD Out June 15 – Preorder Now! (PRNewsfoto/Sony Masterworks Broadway)

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert aired on NBC on Easter Sunday and it drew over 10 million viewers. The all-star cast featured Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony and 10-time Grammy winner John Legend (Jesus Christ), 2018 Tony Awards co-host, Broadway star and acclaimed recording artist Sara Bareilles (Mary Magdalene), rock icon Alice Cooper (King Herod) and Tony Award-winning producer and “Hamilton” alum Brandon Victor Dixon (Judas).

You can order the soundtrack here.



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