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Illuminate Open Mic series joins DPL to promote youth literacy

Approximately 40 residents and local artists turned out to the Redford Branch of the Detroit Pubic Library (DPL) to help kickoff the summer youth reading program with a special Illuminate Open Mic event May 20. The program featured open mic artists Clearetha “Peace the Poetess” Robinson, Dahlia Reynolds, Wolfi G, 11-year-old aspiring author Michelle Britt and others. ...

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Detroit Hustles Harder brand to celebrate 5 years in Eastern Market

“Detroit Hustles Harder” has become a mantra throughout the city as the people of the region struggle to bring the Motor City back to its place as one of the world’s greatest cities. For the small startup company Aptemal Clothing, those words have helped them develop one of the most recognized brands throughout Detroit. On May 19, Division Street Boutique, the official home of Aptemal Clothing and the Detro ...

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The Foundation, four years of celebrating women in hip hop

Detroit hip hop artists are respected around the world as masters of their craft, but while much of the attention is given to the men holding the microphone, the women in the city have commanded the stage and set their own mark as leaders among a global community of artists. On May 14, the women of hip hop in Detroit will headline the stage as 5e Gallery’s The Foundation celebrates its fourth anniversary at ...

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Detroit—Live from New York City

It may be less than an hour-long train ride from the Lunt-Fontanne Theater at Times Square where “Motown: The Musical” is currently in previews to The Roulette performance space in Brooklyn where gentle giant Yusef Lateef was recently in concert with percussionist Adam Rudolph, but the music was light years apart. ...

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New TV series seeks family stories from Detroit residents

PBS and Detroit Public Television announced that the new series ‘Genealogy Roadshow,’ which premieres this fall, is seeking local participants to share their families’ stories. Final participants will be part of an episode taping in Detroit on July 14. The show producers are looking for Detroit-area residents who have a historically significant story in their family. Chosen stories will be linked to the lar ...

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Old school hip hop fans are in for a treat as Slick Rick (left) and Doug E Fresh (right), along with Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, Sugarhill Gang, Rob Base and Whodini, take the stage for a one night only performance May 18 at the Fox Theatre. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices. Also at all Ticketmaster locations and For more ...

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Presenting ‘Black Moorish Woman’

The Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Friends of African and African American Art, and the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe present the event “It’s All about Beauty, People and Color: Mauresque Noire in Context” May 11 at 2 p.m. The event centers on the Detroit Institute of Art’s recently acquired Mauresque Noire (Black Moorish Woman) by French artist Charles Cordier. Lau ...

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Lady barber cuts it up

Julie Colquitt, owner of Just Cuttin’ Up, always knew she would be a barber. The 47-year-old received her first set of tools as a pre-teen. “When I was in the seventh grade, I asked my mother for a pair of clippers for my birthday, and she honored me,” said Colquitt. “I had never been to a barbershop, I had three brothers, and I had never seen them get their hair cut.” Colquitt says she always knew cutting ...

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