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Brazeal Dennard Chorale bring ‘rich,’ ‘wonderful’ presentation of Negro Spirituals to the DSO

The award-winning Brazeal Dennard Chorale, directed by Dr. Augustus Hill, presents its third annual Legacy Concert April 13 at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. International acclaimed tenor Rodrick Dixon and soprano Alfreda Burke are the headliners. Dixon says the concert will be a “rich and wonderful” presentation of Negro Spirituals. ...

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Plowshares Theatre promotes faith, community with ‘Gem of the Ocean’

Plowshares Theatre Company says its newest production, “Gem of the Ocean,” continues its ongoing celebration of Black women. “‘Gem’ highlights the power of a woman’s faith,” says Scott Norman, managing director for Plowshares. “It is also a play about grooming our next generation to be responsible men and women, the responsibility of sacrifice in one’s life and the lasting legacy that slavery has on the Bla ...

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MGM challenges employees to ‘Inspire Our World’

For Las Vegas’ MGM Resorts International, a Vegas-sized production was the best way to unite 62, 000 employees under its corporate culture. “Inspiring Our World: A Musical Journey” uniquely expresses the company’s views on diversity, philanthropy and sustainability. The original production hit the stage in December 2012 for its Las Vegas properties; this past week’s Detroit performance was the first stop on ...

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Hip hop shines a positive light on Detroit via music videos

With all of the troubles facing the city of Detroit, the mainstream media has been working overtime to drag the public image of a proud city through the dirt. Now more than ever, the city must reclaim ownership of how the Motor City is seen to the rest of the world, and among the leaders of this movement are independent hip hop artists creating music videos in the city. ...

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IFOMA exalts age of women in new exhibit

The arts flow in the heart of Detroit’s Corktown district, as the Suddle Creations Gallery opens its doors for a unique and empowering exhibit. “Woman Shrine Exalting the Feminine” opened March 1 to the public as a testament to the power, grace and femininity of women. Noted photographer IFOMA has been watchfully crafting this anthology for over three decades. The exhibit is a collection of photographs of b ...

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Beauty school owner has passion for natural hair care

Shelia Everette-Hale has been styling hair since 1978. The Detroit resident opened Everette’s Natural Hair and Beauty School in downtown Detroit in 2000. At 60, the president and educational director of Everette’s dedicates her training to the women in her family. Hale, the oldest of four, says her sisters were her first clients and that is where she learned how to provide natural hair services. ...

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