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‘Passing’ returns to Charles H. Wright Museum

The play “Passing” — a one woman performance about the story of Minerva Roulhac and her journey as a light skinned Black woman who could “pass” for white — made its return to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Feb. 1. Detroit playwright Dara Harper, who is the great-granddaughter of Minerva, was present to introduce the play and contribute to a panel discussion after the play about rac ...

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Dilla Day Detroit

Dilla Day Detroit, the official annual Detroit celebration of the life and music of the late hip hop producer J Dilla, will take place with a concert Feb. 7 at The Fillmore on Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit. Dilla Day Detroit will feature performances from hip hop legends De La Soul, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson and Slum Village. The concert takes place on the birthday of the late prod ...

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Rebellion Fitness

The Rebellion Fitness-N-Self-Defense is a workout and martial arts class that takes place every Saturday at the House of Bastet located on Lafayette between Brooklyn and Eighth Street. The program combines elements of cardio and Tang Soo Do giving participants a great way to get in shape while picking up a few self-defense techniques along the way. Tang Soo Do is a Korean style of Martial Arts that originat ...

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UltraSound brings new music experience to Detroit

The UltraSound, hosted and presented by CoolBeanz (formerly known as RenCen CoolBeanz), is a new live music performance series by Detroit’s best singers and musicians in an intimate acoustic experience. Debuting Jan. 26 at the 5e Gallery in Detroit, the evening featured performances by Steffanie Christi’an, Pierre Anthony and Gwenation. Between songs, the artists answered questions about their lives, career ...

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Popular preacher endures criticism for risqué reality show

The raspy voice of Bishop Noel Jones cracked with emotion. “If my tone has changed, it’s because there’s still something in my heart,” explained the tall Jamaican preacher, relaxing on his personal houseboat docked behind a Los Angeles Ritz Carlton. “It’s real complicated and most of it was me — my inability to make the quantum leap from where I am to where marriage will take me. And I think I am going to a ...

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Wayne State theater brings Yoruba legend to the street

Director Aku Kadogo does not think the music initially selected to accompany a scene in the play “In the Red and Brown Water” is affecting the cast appropriately. The sound is eliminated and the next scene proceeds. Though small in frame, Kadogo is a powerful force, alternately jubilantly and fiercely exhorting Wayne State University student actors to give her “more” — vocally, physically and emotionally — ...

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Detroit Hip Hop Elevation

The Detroit Hip Hop Elevation concert took place Jan. 17 at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation on Trumbull. The event, an evening of music, visual arts, vendors and the Detroit hip hop community, was aimed at bringing artists together to help bring hip hop music back to the city’s cultural forefront. It was presented by DJ Dez and DJ Butter. ...

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Campaign preserves Detroit home, musical legacy

Kenny Cox was a powerful and talented contributor to Detroit’s musical legacy. As a piano player whose career began in the bop-era, Cox began to infuse traditional jazz sounds with Afro-Caribbean flavors, and with elements borrowed from rock and soul. In the 70s, the city blooming with artistic inspiration and civic vitality stemming from the election of Coleman Young, Cox founded a record label, Strata Rec ...

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