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‘Twisted Storytellers’ keep reality entertainment real

Although less than two years old, the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers has already been lauded by the Detroit City Council and awarded a prestigious Knight Arts Award. SSTS, a live monthly storytelling event, is the brainchild of playwright, author, comedienne and musician Satori Shakoor. Shakoor, who also hosts the SSTS events, is masterful storyteller herself — National Public Radio’s the Moth Radio ...

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Detroit was important to Malcolm X’s past

A deeper look at the life of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated Black leaders will be available to metro Detroiters May 18. The Black Scroll Network History and Tours presents Beyond Detroit Red: The Detroit History of Malcolm X Bus Tour. The ride around the city will be a unique opportunity for participants to relate their own history in Detroit with the life of a man who broke ground for liberation ...

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Ride with muralist Hubert Massey!

Working in largest scale — in fresco and mosaic like Michelangelo — Hubert Massey projected his polychrome vision of Detroit and its people onto locations across the city and region. In 2011, Massey was awarded a prestigious Kresge Fine Arts Fellowship and more recently a honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from Grand Valley State University. On May 31, Massey himself will guide a bus tour through the city show ...

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Freedom Awards ‘14

Ford Motor Company and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History have announced the 16th Annual Ford Freedom Award honorees. The theme of this year’s celebration, the power of perseverance, salutes former South African President Nelson Mandela, and scholar Myrlie Evers-Williams, whose activist work and 30-year struggle to ensure the killer of her late husband, civil rights activist Medgar Eve ...

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Green cleaning store makes Avenue of Fashion sparkle

Taking extra care of our living environment is important to our overall health and wellness. A new store in the Livernois, “Avenue of Fashion,” District is helping Detroit residents be more conscious by offering safe and non-toxic alternatives to the cleaning products they use on daily basis. The GreenBliss Lifestyle and Wellness store opened on April 17 at 19437 Livernois, offering products to help consume ...

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Coco: Comedienne serious about empowering sisters

CoCo, quick-witted comedienne and radio personality, is partnering with Sow A Seed, Young Concerned Detroiters and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries for a May 10 “Salute to Sisterhood.” The event is “a collective effort to educate, empower and pamper 30 women and children who currently reside at the Genesis House II,” organizers say. Genesis House II provides housing for mothers and their children, and ...

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‘Las Rebeldes’ make art of Detroit Chicana life-stories

Proverbial wisdom holds art imitates life, and life imitates art. In the new exhibit “Las Rebeldes (The Rebels),” various students, scholars, artists and activists have collaborated to make art directly from the oral histories and personal ephemera of four women who shaped the Chicana movement in Michigan. Guided by exhibit curator and University of Michigan professor Dr. Maria Cotera, U-M students intervie ...

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‘Untitled Prints’ makes fine art accessible

Robert-David Jones sold his first painting when he was eight years old and has been submerged in art as a painter, ceramicist and sculptor ever since. Now 29, the Detroit native is not only making work, he is curating shows as well. On May 10, Jones and Allison Kruske, a painter and photographer, will unveil “Untitled Prints,” an exhibition designed to simultaneously engage first-time art buyers and introdu ...

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Art fair returns to Palmer Park after 30 years

In 1893, U.S. Thomas Witherell Palmer donated 140 acres of virgin forest to the city of Detroit on the condition that it be preserved. Today that forest virgin remains on of the city’s jewels — Palmer Park. Surrounded by the beautiful art deco buildings comprising the Palmer Park Apartment Building Historic District — listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the park is home to a golf course, a s ...

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Marcus Belgrave to play free show on International Jazz Day

On April 30, a free concert at the Carr Center (311 East Grand River) in Detroit will celebrate International Jazz Day, featuring the legendary Marcus Belgrave on trumpet with Bill Foster of the Jazz Network acting as host. The event will take place from 7-10 p.m., and is a part of the Jazz-Off Detroit initiative, supported by the Knight Foundation among others. ...

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