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Monday, 04 February 2013 16:19

Coffee Shop Opens Downtown

Though it might seem like the Motor City is overflowing with coffee shops these days, we're of the opinion that too many brewers won't spoil the beans. Like-minded java fiends can now head over to the Roasting Plant in downtown Detroit's First National Building for a very freshly brewed cup of joe. The Roasting Plant has two other locations, both in New York City, and does things a little differently from most coffee shops, with their "Javabot" machine providing freshly roasted beans. Catch a glimpse of the coffee robot in the video above. Elizabeth Rose, a Michigan native who is operating the Detroit location and a Michigan native, said she expected their third shop to open in Manhattan. "But the first time I came down here and got the tour, it became apparent that this was the right spot," she said in the video. Bedrock Real Estate, one of developer Dan Gilbert's companies, brokered the deal for the Roasting Plant's ground floor location at 660 Woodward Ave. by Campus Martius. The Roasting Plant is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the remainder of the week, with official hours to come. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30/roasting-plant-detroit-coffee_n_2582269.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit
DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) – A film that will be directed by Hollywood leading man Ryan Gosling is scheduled to begin shooting in Detroit in March. "How to Catch a Monster" is described as a modern-day fairytale that combines elements of horror and suspense, set against the backdrop of a "vanishing city." Gosling, who also wrote the screenplay, reportedly scouted southeast Michigan locations for the movie last summer. The producers have applied for the state's tax incentives. There is an online casting call for several key parts. Those interested in being a part of the film can submit videos and compete for the roles of "Bones," "Frankie" and "Face." For more details, visit this link. http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/01/30/casting-call-for-ryan-gosling-film-to-be-shot-in-detroit/
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 15:36

‘Motown: The Musical’ on Broadway

Motown: The Musical will make it's Broadway debut this spring, and by the looks of things, fans of the legendary Motown sound are for a treat. TheGrio.com has the exclusive first photos from Motown:The Musical's Broadway advertising and promotional campaign. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the musical stars Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) as Berry Gordy, Valisia LeKae (The Book of Mormon) as Diana Ross, Charl Brown (Jersey Boys) as Smokey Robinson among a cast of 40. Motown: The Musical is produced by Tony Award winning producer Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q), Sony Music Entertainment Chairman and CEO Doug Morris and Motown founder Berry Gordy and features a book by Mr. Gordy, music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalog and choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams. Motown: The Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed America forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy's incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Featuring all the classics you love, Motown: The…
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 15:40

Local Rally Supports Immigration Reform

DEARBORN (WWJ) – On the heels of the Senate's announcement of a bipartisan proposal for immigration reform, a rally on the issue is held in Dearborn. WWJ's John Hewitt reports that among those on hand were families at the center of the storm of immigration reform. People like Francisco Flores who call metro Detroit home and is desperate to find a path to U.S. citizenship. "We must be brothers and sisters and for good of the humanity no more separate families," he said. Members of the Alliance for Immigration Rights and Reforms in Michigan (AIR) are hoping to organize some 250 immigrant families to take part on a national march in Washington, April 10. Ryan Bates is the spokesman for AIR: "We are not just making a political statement for many folks – this will be a personal statement about their family." Hassan Jaber, executive director of Dearborn-based ACCESS, says changes are needed: "There are families that are being kept separate ... for more than seven years ... and these are the ones that have a legal right to come." Jaber says the system is broken for these immigrants. Congressman Gary Peters attended the rally and added, "It will make…
Monday, 28 January 2013 16:13

Local Stars Heading To Huge Music Fest

A movie based on his musical career, "Searching For Sugar Man," is nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar, and he's just been announced on the lineup for California's massive Coachella Music Festival. Not a bad year for Detroit singer/songwriter Rodriguez. Rodriguez, once a star in South Africa who lived for decades in relative obscurity in Detroit, will play on the third day of the Indio, Calif. concert series. In other Michigan connections, Detroit rapper Danny Brown will perform on the second day after appearing briefly at last year's festival when rapper Childish Gambino brought him on stage. Brown has received more and more acclaim in the last year. And there's the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who have been named as headliners for the Sunday shows -- drummer Chad Smith hails from a Detroit suburb. But while Motor City music lovers might be pleased by the additions of local talent, there's many more who are disappointed with the lineup. The Coachella Festival's lineup will perform over two weekends, April 12 to 14 and April 19 to 21. Also headlining the festival are Blur, Phoenix and The Stone Roses, plus the returns of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Postal Service. Look…
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Fashion photographer Jenny Risher knows the most stylish images of the last century didn't happen with clothes on a hanger — or even on a traditional model. That's why the fashion photographer had some of the entertainment world's top icons pose for her new book "Heart Soul Detroit: Conversations on the Motor City." It features an array of images from Eminem to Iggy Pop, Lily Tomlin, Lee Iacocca, and fashion designer Anna Sui. They all share memories of the place where they grew up — the Motor City. Risher started working on her tome in 2010 with help from friend and supermodel Veronica Webb, who also hails from Detroit. Risher, who now lives in New York, is a native of Mount Clemens who remembers Eastern Market weekends and her college years at the College for Creative Studies. "I said to her (Webb), wouldn't it be cool if someone did a book of all the amazing people who have came out of Detroit," Risher said. "For three months the idea just kept bugging me and I couldn't let it go so I thought I would make a list of all the people I would love to photograph from…
Rosa Parks, the late legendary civil rights activist, is receiving a special honor this year to commemorate what would have been her 100th birthday. According to USA Today, the U.S. postal service will be unveiling a stamp that features her image. Parks became a household name when her act of civil disobedience (refusing to sit in the back of a bus during the segregation era) helped spawn the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. "Stamp collectors and other people travel to events like this because they want to be part of history," Don Neal, editor of Reflections, a newsletter published by the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections, told USA Today. The unveiling ceremonies are scheduled for February 4th at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. http://thegrio.com/2013/01/23/rosa-parks-100th-birthday-to-be-commemorated-with-us-postage-stamp/
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 16:43

Gang Presence on the Internet?

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) - In addition to carrying guns, gang members have armed themselves with social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to incite dares, trade insults or make threats that may result in homicide or other crimes, according to a new University of Michigan study. Researchers have described this new interaction as "Internet banging," a play on the phrase "gang bangers" used to describe gang members. They examined several factors, including the role of hip-hop music in this phenomenon and urban masculinity's influence on social media behavior. Desmond Patton, assistant professor of social work, said it's unclear if Internet banging only involves males or one ethnic group. However, Patton noted that gang-related violence disseminated over social media appears to be a male-dominated behavior that is shaped by fewer employment opportunities for minorities. According to the study, youth gang members are similar to their non-gang peers regarding online behavior in terms of feeling more positive about themselves using the Internet compared with the real world. Patton said the groups differ in using the Internet for posturing. "Many gang members, usually those who are new, are interested in making a name for themselves which leads to bragging about acts…
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 15:59

Bundle Up: It's Cold Outside!

DETROIT (WWJ) – Temperatures will be cold to start the week as well as for the next several days. AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean Devore and the National Weather Service say it'll be cloudy throughout the metro Detroit area Monday and snow showers will be falling from time to time. A wind-chill advisory will be in effect from 7 p.m. Monday until 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Lenawee , Livingston, Macomb , Monroe , Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw , and Wayne counties. Monday's high will reach 20 degrees, but the AccuWeather Real Feel Temperature will be closer to 10 this afternoon. A snow shower could put down a a quick coating to an inch of snow and cause slippery conditions and poor visibility. Tonight, it'll be windy and frigid with patchy clouds, a low of 6, but the AccuWeather Real Feel Temperature will make it feel like it's between -10 and -20 degrees. Click here for the complete weather forecast. http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/01/21/bundle-up-its-cooooold-outside/
Monday, 21 January 2013 15:35

Guide to The Inauguration

While President Obama will officially be sworn into office on Sunday Jan. 20, the ceremonial inauguration the following day will bring hundreds of thousands onlookers into Washington. Officials expect between 600,000 and 800,000 people to attend this year's event — roughly a third of the crowd in 2009 when Obama first took the oath of office. Don't allow yourself to get caught unexpectedly in the the outpouring of traffic expected to clutter the streets of D.C., either from street closings or an overwhelming swarm of foot traffic. This is your 2013 Presidential Inauguration Guide, where you'll find every resource you need to reach your destination on time, whether you're trying to avoid the chaos or read up before joining in on the celebration. Read more: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/01/19/2013-presidential-inauguration-guide/
Friday, 18 January 2013 15:54

Celebrate MLK Day in Detroit

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Monday, Jan, 21, 2013 isn't just a day off school and work — It's an opportunity to share the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There's a full roster of events in and around the city of Detroit to celebrate the remarkable life of the man who changed the face of American culture and society. Read more: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/01/17/mlk-day-events-roundup-for-metro-detroit/
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 16:11

DRIVEN: Recognizing and Giving Back

It's one of those rare events where everyone comes together for one night, to pay tribute to African Americans who are certainly in need of being recognized. This evening, Wednesday, January 16th, at the Cobo Center Riverview Ballroom, more than 1,500 automotive executives will come together to be honored by Real Times Media and the Michigan Chronicle at its third annual event DRIVEN – a place where trailblazers in the industry; car designers, advertisers, marketing executives, automotive suppliers, dealers and those from the race car industry – come together for a night of celebration. For over a century now, African Americans have been a vital part of the car industry, whether it has been manufacturing cars, building unions, or owning dealerships, Blacks have been pioneers in building one of the backbones and heart centers of the American Industry. The automotive industry has been a leader in offering Blacks a wide range of job opportunities that many other companies did not and would not provide. The contributions of African Americans in America's automobile industry are immeasurable, and may never receive the full accolades that are warranted. However, as the automobile industry continues to evolve and thrive, one thing is for sure,…
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 15:02

Healthy Food At Detroit's Auto Show?

  DETROIT (WWJ) - There's something new coming to this year's North American International Auto Show — other than 2014 models and concept cars. A new facility in the Cobo Center lobby will offer show-goers healthier food options including nutritious salads and sandwiches. WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with 'Go Natural' manager, Jason Hogard. "People are becoming more health-conscious nowadays, so the typical just, the burgers and the fries and stuff, isn't filling the niche," said Hogard. "And, with the Auto Show leading up to it, the clientele with the Auto Show, we thought this was a good opportunity to launch this type of concept." Hogard said 'Go Natural' will feature an Asian chicken salad, southwest turkey sandwich, tuna salad and tuna sandwich along with hot offerings including a buffalo chicken sandwich. Still, fast food fanatics have nothing to fear. Hogard said there will also be the traditional pizza, burgers and hot dogs served at the show. And, coming this summer, Cobo Center will have a brand new food court. http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/01/10/2013-detroit-auto-show-to-feature-healthy-food/
Once a year, you get your own special day. Some people stretch theirs into a week and some a whole month. It's your birthday and you want to celebrate in style with your good friends. Not sure what to do or where to go? Check out some of the best spots to have your birthday festivities in the Detroit Metro area. Bookies2280 Cass Ave.Detroit, MI 48201(313) 962-0319www.bookiesbar.com Bookies is a great place to have your birthday in downtown Detroit, whether you're with a few friends or a big group. Bookies offers up a fun, young environment with great drink specials and food. It also has certain areas on the main floor, the second floor and a VIP area that you can reserve for your special event. Another great feature Bookies offers is a free shuttle to all Detroit Tigers, Red Wings and Detroit Lions events. Cliff Bell's2030 Park Ave.Detroit, MI 48226(313) 961-2543www.cliffbells.com Looking for a little bit of class for your birthday sass? Cliff Bells offers a jazz-infused atmosphere with a swanky vibe where you can choose to dress up or dress down. Surround yourself with good friends and great times in this art deco venue for a night to…
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