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Detroit, Los Angeles hip hop connection

The long list of fall 2013 Detroit hip hop albums being released is a reminder that music remains an economic opportunity for artists in the city. Since the recorded music industry is based in Los Angeles, a historical perspective on the musical relationship between the Motor City and the City of Angels can help Detroit artists take advantage of the opportunities under the California sun. ...

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Soul food gets healthy

Detroit Vegan Soul (DVS) celebrates the grand opening of their brick-and-mortar café Sept. 28 from 3-7 p.m. The event will feature live music, a ribbon cutting and a free tasting of some of DVS’ most popular dishes. DVS began in February 2012 as a meal delivery and catering company. Its founders say they started the business to “make good, healthy food accessible to everyone and break the cycle of diet-rela ...

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Detroit playwright selected from thousands for Atlanta Festival

Among the 40 plays performed in four days at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, will be one straight from Detroit. “Urban Wine,” by writer Eunice McGill, also known as “Starchild,” will take the stage Oct. 3 at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. The two-year-old festival strives to, “retrieve and preserve the depth of the black experience, to promote literacy and interest in the arts in ...

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High art and yucky cartoons come together at first annual book fair

Artists, publishers and authors from the United States and Canada will gather in Detroit’s Eastern Market Oct. 5-6 for the first annual Detroit Art Book Fair. Located at the Fourteen-Eighty Gratiot Gallery (1480 Gratiot Ave. Detroit), the event will showcase independent literary and visual art publications from the midwest, east coast, and Canada. The fair is free and open to the public. ...

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Detroit hip hop dominates fall album releases

A worldwide audience awaits Detroit’s slate of autumn hip hop releases. Many of the artists represent a mix of independent and signed performers, who have influenced the sound of popular hip hop today. Most hope they can generate sales revenue to help rebuild the city’s music industry. Clear Soul Forces’ new album, “Gold PP7s,” was released Sept. 17, and new fans around the world have become excited for the ...

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Motor City Comic Convention to spotlight independent artists

The Motor City Black Age Comic Convention returns for the fifth straight year and is ready to show Detroiters a new side of one of today’s most popular art forms. This free and all-ages comic book show will be held Sept. 27 and 28 at YouthVille Detroit, located at 7375 Woodward Avenue. The comic book industry has grown into one of the most popular forms of entertainment today, with recent films like “The Av ...

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The Avenue of Fashion gets a makeover

From Sept. 20-Sept. 22, 50 businesses on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion (Livernois between 7 and 8 Mile ) are participating in a festival aimed at highlighting their diverse and thriving community. The three-day event called, Art on the Ave, will feature galleries, restaurants, retail, art projects and events. The affair will flank the Detroit Design Festival scheduled for Sept. 20. Recently, Artplace America ...

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Wright Museum Gala brings Brazil to Detroit

On Sept. 28, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will transform parts of Detroit’s MGM Grand Casino into the Amazon rainforest with splashes of Rio carnival for their third annual Benefit Gala. Began in Dr. Charles H. Wright’s office on West Grand Boulevard in 1965, the museum is now the world’s largest museum of African American history with yearly attendance expected to surpass 250,00 ...

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Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson (above) portrays the title role in the film “Winnie Mandela” out now in theaters. The movie depicts Winnie’s rise to leadership of the African National Congress (ANC), while her husband anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, played by Terrence Howard, was imprisoned. Another film about Nelson Mandela, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” starring Idris Elba, will pre ...

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