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Detroit historian to lecture on Hastings Street

Preservation Detroit’s Third Friday Lecture Series, highlighting the rich cultural history of the people and places of the city, will continue on June 20 at the Hastings Street Ballroom, 715 E. Milwaukee Street. Award-winning performer Marsha Music, a writer, singer and story-teller, will share the tales of her childhood in Detroit’s Black Bottom before the African American district was demolished for the i ...

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Allied Media Conference gathers grassroots on Wayne State campus

The 16th annual Allied Media Conference, scheduled to return to the campus of Wayne State University June 19-22, is a gathering of progressive media creators, academics and grassroots activists discussing the future of media and the ways in which it can transform the world. The Allied Media Conference is designed around the concepts of “create, connect and transform,” inspiring the building of new communica ...

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Legendary Detroit artists honored at opening of hip hop history display

May 24 marked another milestone in Detroit hip hop history, when the Black History 101 Mobile Museum celebrated the opening of its permanent display at 5e Gallery in Detroit. The display — a unique collection of memorabilia from some of hip hop’s greatest artists and moments in time — features items from legendary international artists and local heroes alike, designed to give audiences young and old a fresh ...

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Lagos spices up local food scene

Tunde Wey is earning quite a reputation in Detroit’s culinary avant-garde, first with his Hamtramck Revolver pop-up concept, followed by Goldfinch American. The Nigerian born chef recently launched a third concept, Lagos, a Saturday-night-only Nigerian barbeque joint in Southwest Detroit. But Wey, who moved to the U.S. by himself at 16 to attend college, doesn’t just jockey the finances; on opening night, h ...

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Movement 2014

Over 100,000 attendees gathered in Hart Plaza during Memorial Day weekend in Detroit for the annual Movement Electronic Music Festival. The three-day event is regarded as one of the country’s best music festivals and one of the world’s largest for electronic music. Presented by Detroit promoter Paxahau, the festival was once again a success in bringing the futuristic sounds of the world to the city credited ...

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Detroit ‘WALKs’ down the runway

The WALK Fashion Show at the Garden Theater in Detroit, May 31, was a gala affair for designers, models and fashion industry professionals as the largest fashion show in the Midwest put on a spectacle for a packed audience. Over 40 design labels, many connected to the metro Detroit area, displayed their styles on the runway, giving attendees a fresh look at fashions for the summer. ...

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BET re-branding Centric cable channel for Black women

Centric, BET Networks’ 24-hour music and entertainment network, last week unveiled a new branding strategy. The channel will now be positioned as the network for African American women, with programming selected to appeal directly to them. The centerpiece of the move is an exclusive co-production deal with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment to produce new content for the network. The production compa ...

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Hip Hop Ukraine: Music, Race and African Migration

The eyes of the world have turned to Ukraine recently where protests led to the secession of some regions, and Russian troops claiming Crimea. Debate rages: Is this about ethnicity — some believe the Ukrainian nationalists are fascist white supremacists — or natural gas resources and the conflicting financial interests of Russia and the European Union? Despite these history-making events, normal life contin ...

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Headwrap Expo offers style, faith and diversity

On June 8, the 2014 Headwrap Expo will be held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. It will be a day of fashion, culture and interfaith workshops on style and spirituality. The event is presented by Beautifully Wrapped, an organization celebrating the art of headwrapping, and will be held from 12-7p.m. ...

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Highland Park wordsmith organizes free concert

Rodney “Randy” Rhodes wears many hats. He is a poet, a filmmaker, motivational speaker, novelist and the founder/CEO of a community organization, Blackified, LLC. In spite of the different skill sets involved in mastering each of these different crafts, Rhodes says his work is unified by a desire to give back to the community. He published his first book of poetry, “Black Man’s Society,” in 1989, which led ...

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