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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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Historian to conduct Black history tour of Detroit

Landmarks of Detroit’s past greatness are hidden throughout the city. Some were paved over during eras of redevelopment; others were demolished after years of abandonment, and still more have been transformed to serve a new generation. Stewart McMillin, a man with over three decades of teaching experience, aims to educate the public on the richness of Detroit’s Black history. On July 10, McMillin will be co ...

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Graffiti muralist Sintex premieres new work

Art by Detroit’s Sintex can be seen throughout the city, from the vivid portraits of indigenous men and women covering building sides to the fierce strength of Black children warriors fearless among the ruins of their city. Sintex’s spray-painted murals have inspired countless young artists and have brought an urgency of passion to the city’s street art, influencing a new Motor City culture brick by brick. ...

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Mahogany Café poets remember Maya Angelou, pass the mic to the next generation

It was a place for love, a place for poetry, a place where Detroiters came together and celebrated their collective creativity. From 1995-2000, this was Café Mahogany, a Midwestern Mecca in Detroit for bohemian culture that defined an era for many of the city’s most inspired lyrical minds. On Friday, July 11 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Café Mahogany will be paid tribute with ...

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Fencing club challenges Detroit youth to a duel!

Fencing began in Medieval Spain when men would settle their grievances one-on-one in a bloody sword-fight to the death. In the mid-18th century, long after dueling had been banned by the Catholic Church and made illegal by most European nations, the techniques of fencing shifted from battle to sport. Fencing is one of only five activities that has been featured in every modern Olympic Games. This summer Det ...

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Shinola expands manufacturing, creates jobs, opportunities to craft leather

In its first few years, Shinola’s watch manufacturing operation has made international news. Former President Bill Clinton even sports a few Shinola watches and took a tour of the factory. Last year, Shinola assembled over 50,000 watches; this year they believe they’ll get closer to 150,000. “We simply did not imagine we’d have the success that we’ve had,” says Shinola CEO Steve Bock, who started the enterp ...

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‘No Fly Zone’ enforced: Rick Ross cancels Detroit performance, ‘fears for life’

Rap star Rick Ross was forced to cancel his Chene Park performance at Hot 107.5’s annual Summer Jamz concert June 21. Chene Park officials says 100-150 individuals blocked the service entrance into the venue, forcing Ross to cancel his appearance. A video of the interaction posted online shows Detroit rapper Trick Trick — the man who has declared Detroit a ‘No Fly Zone’ for out of town artists who don’t pay ...

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Photographers look around to see within

With the 2011 renovation of Oakman Boulevard’s Bell Building, which towers over the Detroit-Highland Park border, the Neighborhood Service Organization was able to provide fresh opportunities to the iconic piece of architecture and to more than 150 new residents, all of whom had been homeless. NSO’s program is unique and comprehensive; apartments are furnished with everything down to the toothpaste for inco ...

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‘Sunlight Through Bullet Holes’

Poet, publisher and educator jessica Care moore has recently released a new book of poetry, “Sunlight Through Bullet Holes,” and will be making two upcoming public appearances in Detroit in June to perform and promote her book. Moore describes her new work, influenced by the daily struggle of Detroiters to live and love amidst the harsh conditions of the city, as her strongest collection of poems to date. F ...

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