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Black burlesque connects ‘History and Her-story’

On July 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the “Unveiling the Hidden Story of Black Burlesque: Connecting History to Her-Story” workshop will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The discussion and presentation is hosted by International Black Burlesque Performers, a Detroit-based production company. Although the historical and cultural impacts of Black burlesque performers are often o ...

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Poetic Menace continues to revive hip hop culture

Poetic Menace struggled as a Detroit recording artist for over 20 years. The independent MC has gone from the highs of being on stage in front of a packed room and holding his own vinyl record in his hands, to the lows of self-doubt and a music industry rigged against him. But his self-proclaimed marriage to hip hop would not allow him to break free without trying harder to grow with the culture. Today, Poe ...

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Tarot and Tea divines brighter present for Detroiters

Nefertiti comes from a long line of spiritually precocious people. Her grandfather was a spiritualist. His son, a jazz musician, also had the gift. “He used to touch people’s hands and tell them about themselves,” Nefertiti says of her father. “(But) he was frustrated because he had to work a factory job. No one would take him seriously about his spiritual gift. It got to a point where adults would ask him ...

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Award-winning author brings perspective on Haitian crisis to Detroit

On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle it. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, was inside his house when it buckled along with hundreds of thousands of others. Katz chronicles the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and how the world reacted to a nat ...

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Should African hair braiders need permission to work?

Across the country, however, more people need the government’s permission in the form of a license before they can work. A new national report released, July 16, by the Institute for Justice looks specifically at natural, or African-style hair braiding laws and finds that 34 states have severely restrictive braiding laws. ...

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Collaborative concert spotlights the ancestors

“I Do Mind Dying” Live Action Mixtape is set to rock July 19 from 8-11 p.m. at New Center Park in Detroit, featuring live music and art as a dedication to the spirit of those leaders and beloved public figures who have recently joined the ancestors. The show is free and open to all ages as a part of the New Center Park’s free summer concert series. The park is located at 2990 West Grand Boulevard at Second ...

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New Orleans brass band defied tradition to keep it alive

Traditions in New Orleans brass bands run deep. Fusing European marching standards with African polyrhythms in the 19th century, this musical practice gave birth to jazz, which continues to proliferate into new styles worldwide, including hip hop, funk and afrobeat. But with that august legacy comes a certain rigid orthodoxy. In 1990, Lumar LeBlanc was playing snare drum in the legendary Harold Dejan’s Youn ...

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Thrift on the Ave: Redefining women’s fashion resale on Cass Avenue

Amidst a steadily rejuvenating Cass Avenue in Midtown Detroit, Thrift on the Avenue has become a local hot spot for shoppers on the lookout for a fashion fix with a quaint boutique experience. More comfortable than a typical thrift store, this independently-owned shop specializes in quality resale dresses at an affordable price. “We wanted a really good price point, but we wanted to provide a different expe ...

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Local favorites, international stars give Concert of Colors its brilliance

Lola Valley, Detroit’s femme fatale rock/funk super group, is returning to this year’s Concert of Colors, scheduled July 10-13 at various venues in Midtown Detroit. The group has been a crowd favorite in the city for the past decade. “Lola Valley has created a space that is bigger than itself,” says Emily Rogers, who plays bass with the band and was one of the group’s founders. “It’s a space for the awkward ...

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