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#FridayVibes Weekly Top 5 (9/7/2018)

Happy Friday, friends! How did your work week go for you? Did you slay your weekly goals? 

I had a busy week with writing articles and editing photographs from a few events I attended. This was also our first week of the Fall term for homeschool. I can’t believe summer is ending and it’s time to get back into the school routine. Did your kids start school already, too? 

I’m sure you’ve heard about the recent Supreme Court Hearings of the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. I’ve been keeping up with it this week, too. Elijah (18) is taking U.S. Government & Civics so for a writing assignment, I assigned a short essay on the hearings.

For the assignment, Elijah had to watch some of the live videos of the hearings and read a few articles about the process. Then he had to write a short essay on key points he learned. I think it was a great way for him to stay up-to-date with the current events and see how our government works.

Even if you’re not really into politics, reading a few articles and watching some of the hearings is important because the decision that is made for selecting a Supreme Court Justice is one that could have a great impact on our country. 

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” – Frederick Douglas


  1. Make Food Not Waste – A Community Feast Event
  2. White Boy Rick – A film and true story about Detroit-based street hustler turned FBI informant Ricky Wershe, Jr. 
  3. Chene Park gets a new name: Aretha Louise Franklin Amphitheatre Park
  4. Get 50% OFF your tickets to the Fifteen Seconds Festival!
  5. The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

1. Make Food Not Waste – A Community Feast Event

An all-volunteer team from across the community will host Detroit’s first “Make Food Not Waste – A Community Feast” on September 30, 2018, at Eastern Market’s Shed 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is free and will feature dishes made by local chefs from high-quality food that would otherwise go to waste. There will also be chef demos and an array of expert presenters. If you’d like to attend the event, click here to get all of the details.

2. White Boy Rick premieres on September 14th!

Directed by Yann Demange, White Boy Rick is a film and true story about Richard Wershe, Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s in Detroit. Wershe was eventually arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jonathan Majors, and Richie Merritt.

Good Life Detroit will attend the red carpet screening of the movie next week in Novi, MI where director Yann Demange will host the event and participate in a special Q&A. Stay tuned for that!

3. Chene Park is renamed Aretha Louise Franklin Ampitheatre!

Chene Park will be renamed to the Aretha Louise Franklin Ampitheatre. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and the Detroit City Council made it official on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. 

According to the Detroit Free Press, the city council voted unanimously for the name change. The new name will be completed before the 2019 summer season begins. Mayor Duggan also said the city will fund the expenses for improvements for the music park by using bonds and through fundraising. 

You can read more about the name change here. We’re excited for Chene Park’s new name change in honor of Ms. Franklin! Here’s to more great city tributes to our beloved Queen of Soul! 

4. Get 50% OFF your tickets to the Fifteen Seconds Festival!

The Fifteen Seconds Festival is part of the Detroit Month of Design. You can get 50% off of your ticket for the event! That’s $25 from the original price of $50. Just click on the discount link to get your discount. 

Good Life Detroit will also feature a story on the Fifteen Seconds Festival  so be on the look out for that! 

5. The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

Add this good read to your Fall reading list – The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers is available now. 

Written by Maxwell King, The Good Neighbor is the first full-length biography of the late Fred Rogers. King tells the story of Mr. Rogers’ by featuring interviews, oral histories, and archival documents. 

The novel is rich in detail and said to be a definitive portrait of the beloved Mr. Rogers. You can get the book here if you’d like to read it.

Hope you have a blessed weekend!


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