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Friday, 19 October 2012 20:24

Soup Kitchen Gets Donation

DETROIT (WWJ) – General Motors CEODan Akerson and his wife Karin, are donating $300,000 to Capuchin Soup Kitchen to kick off the 40th Annual SOCK Dinner, sponsored by Buick. Celebrity Chef Michael Psilakis will show off his cooking skills at Friday's fundraiser. "It's going to be a full night of events, singing dancing, eating, just an overall good time with the hopes of being able to raise money to support this soup kitchen's needs that serves over 2000 warm meals (a day)," said Psilakis. "It's really amazing, I give these guys so much credit, to think 2000 people come through these doors everyday, and they are fed is really a remarkable thing. I'm here to do everything I possibly can to support them," he said. The dinner starts at 6 p.m., at the Marriott Hotel inside the Renaissance Center GM headquarters in downtown Detroit. Once billed as the "Men's Only" Baseball dinner, SOCK first originated in the early summer of 1942. More than one hundred men showed up for the dinner which was held in the old Soup Kitchen building on Mt. Elliott Street. Each attendee paid five dollars ($5.00) and listened to Connie Mack talk baseball for over two…
Thursday, 11 October 2012 19:35

2nd Presidential Debate in Mexican Town

Following a highly successful Oct. 3 Detroit presidential debate watch hosted and moderated by Bankole Thompson with a riveting all-star media panel at the Detroit Seafood Market in downtown Detroit, Thompson will host the second Detroit presidential debate watch on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 9 p.m.-10:30 p.m., with a special media panel, starting at 8 p.m. The venue for this special viewing will be announced later. The first media panel featured Charlie Langton, host of The Charlie Langton Show on WXYT-CBS and legal analyst for Fox 2 Detroit; Jason Smith, political reporter, The Grio.Com/MSNBC; Rochelle Riley, columnist, Detroit Free Press; Henry Payne, editor, the MichiganView, and editorial cartoonist, Detroit News, and the Rev Jesse Jackson Sr., special guest. In Mitt Romney's native state of Michigan, also home of the auto industry, voters face the critical choice of Gov.Romney or President Barack Obama on Nov 6. Michigan continues to be a swing state in this historic presidential election because of the economy and other issues of concern to Michigan voters. The event will be held at Armando's Restaurant located at 4242 West Vernor Hwy. Detroit, MI 48209. Bankole Thompson is a distinguished journalist, presidential author and Michigan Chronicle editor, www.bankolethompson.com, and one…
Thursday, 04 October 2012 16:48

Auburn Building Opens In Midtown

Today The Auburn, midtown's new apartment building, showed off two model units for the first time. The preview included a second floor unit, a third floor unit, and both roof deck spaces (one of which also has an attached indoor shared room). While this is only the second time Curbed Detroit has been able to tour a building's brand new model apartment unit (damn you, slow economy) it was certainly the best time (Sorry, Broderick). The second floor's polished concrete floors are envy-inducing. Not that you would do poorly with the bamboo flooring on the third floor. As you may know from reading this site, retails slots in the first floor will be taken by Hugh, the housewares store, and Topsoil, a vegetarian restaurant from the people that do Russell Street Deli in Eastern Market. Announced today were the others joining that floor. The businesses include Go Cycle studios (a spin gym), a lifestyle store named Nora, Sy Thai, and Source booksellers. All are expected to open before the year ends. Open houses at the Auburn for residents start Friday, but pre-leasing has already resulted in six units being spoken for. Once again, there are 58 apartments and rates are…
Monday, 01 October 2012 14:58

And The Hatch Winner Is

We have a winner: congratulations to La Feria, the tapas wine bar that will open in Detroit. Organizers for the Comerica Hatch Detroit retail contest announced Thursday that the concept from Elias Khalil, Pilar Baron Hidalgo and Naomi Khalil has won the grand prize of $50,000 and support services to open their bar, complete with patio and the atmosphere of southern Spain. They have a space selected, a building they will share with an art gallery at Cass Avenue and West Willis Street in the Cass Corridor neighborhood. More than 250 business plans were submitted to the contest, and earlier this month, the public cast 30,000 votes to whittle the 10 semifinalists down to a final group of four that included Detroit Vegan Soul, Detroit River Sports and Rock City Pies. But the intention of Comerica Hatch Detroit isn't just to launch just one business. Through connections, introductions and promotion, the contest can help move all the semifinalists forward, Hatch cofounder Nick Gorga explained. "We wanted to be confident any business the public selected would have a good chance of being a viable business," he said about last year's contest, the first for Hatch. "Our goal was not to just…
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 13:39

Great American Artist: Featuring Sydney James

Great American Artists: Roots, Branches and Seeds – Part III featuring the paintings of acclaimed artist, Sydney G. James. Final installation of the Yearlong Exhibition Featuring a Consortium of Detroit Visual Artists on view September 6, 2012 through December 29, 2012, at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Opening Reception September 6, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.The first museum exhibition of the acclaimed painter, Sydney G. James, whose extensive collection of portraits demonstrates her signature complex layering portraying familiar, friendly and familial faces will be presented in the Great American Artists: Roots, Branches and Seeds-Part III. Detroit native, Sydney G. James, is a Cass Technical High School graduate who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Center for Creative Studies (now College for Creative Studies). She is one of nine artists featured in Great American Artists, an exhibition of new figurative works created through a series of studio visits, collaborative meetings and documentation.These artists developed a consortium with two major goals in mind: to increase collaboration among artists in Detroit and to strengthen the network of artists who employ similar themes in their work. Sydney began her career as an Art Director for Global Hue Advertising Agency…
In an effort to significantly reduce violence in area schools, Urban Lights LLC has partnered with the University of Detroit Mercy’s Department of Education (UDM) to train educators in districts around the region in violence prevention techniques. It is a proven fact that students who feel safe in their schools achieve at much higher levels than those who feel threatened by violence in and around school. “At my old school, I saw some form of violence almost every day. I couldn’t concentrate on my work and my grades suffered. But when I transferred to my new school (where there was a no-tolerance rule to violent acts), I could concentrate on my schoolwork and my grades improved,” says Maya, a junior at Grosse Pointe North High School. Urban Lights LLC and UDM collaborated to train educators on the Second Step Violence Prevention Program, developed by the Committee for Children out of Seattle, WA. In addition to valuable violence-reduction techniques learned, participants of the training can earn State Board-Continuing Education Unit (SB-CEU) credits. The Second Step curriculum can be retrofitted into daily lesson plans and offered as a developmentally-appropriate supplement to student learning. “I believe that any program that helps to support…
Friday, 03 August 2012 20:57

The Cornerstone of our Democracy

A nation’s ability to choose freely at the ballot box is the cornerstone of every democracy. August 6, 1965, marks the day that the United States of America Voting Rights Act was signed into law. This monumental legislation outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans. The act notably includes among other protections 1) Multilingual Balloting, which requires municipalities that receive requests for ballots in other languages to comply with the request; 2) Provisions for Preclearance, which is required by law for certain municipalities to receive federal permission for certain changes to election law or changes in venue. While most municipalities are in the southern region of the country, ironically Michigan made the list as well; and 3) Prohibition of Voting Discrimination, which is covered under section 2. Congress amended this section in 1982, prohibiting any voting practice or procedure that has a discriminatory result. The 1982 amendment provided that proof of intentional discrimination is not required. The provision focused instead on whether the electoral processes are equally accessible to minority voters. Despite the many protections granted under the Voting Rights Act, America has witnessed a concerted effort to dismantle these protections and…
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 06:55

Diary of a Decade

FUNKJAZZ KAFÉ: DIARY OF A DECADE DOCUMENTARY Detroit, MI (July 10, 2012)On Saturday, July 28, 2012 the official selection by the Pan-African Film Festival, the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, and the San Francisco Black Film Festival, FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement) documentary will be screened at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History at 7pm.Writer, Director, and Producer of the film, Jason Orr will give audiences a cross cultural experience and exclusive view of the full-length documentary that is the quintessential reflection of the FunkJazz Kafé movement, and its global inspiration to a generation for over a decade. Founded and based in Atlanta, FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival has played an integral role in building the foundation of Atlanta's creative arts scene by encompassing a mixture of live music, visual art, fashion, technology, education, and health & wellness, (which has later grown as part of Atlanta’s lifestyle).Known for its authenticity, global appeal, and vibrant originality, FunkJazz Kafé has given audiences a “once-in-a- lifetime” concert experience both locally and nationally, through the artistry of soul music. Its impact has cultivated and introduced a generation to the…
Thursday, 12 July 2012 22:28

Let's Move Youth Summer Fitness Camp

There’s nothing hotter than the summer body developed from a dedicated exercise regime and use of proper gear. The following is FrontPage Detroit’s must-have workout gear for the summer and beyond. These products will motivate you to work out safely and have fun in the process. Be sure to choose an exercise program that is right for you. It’s hot outside; remember to stay hydrated and rest when needed. Nike Lunartr1+ (Men’s)/ Lunar Hyperworkout + Sports pack (Women’s): *Nike is advancing the way you train. The Nike Lunartr1+/Hyperworkout+ is one shoe from the Nike+ line that features a sensor chip in the shoe to track how fast you’re moving, how hard you’re working and how high you’re jumping. The Lunar Tr1+/Hyperworkout+ also communicates with your phone via the free Nike+ training app to display and track reps and intensity and includes game-like routines to keep your workout fun and exciting. Beyond the technology, this shoe is amazingly comfortable and supportive. Well worth the price. Online: Nike.com, Men’s $235 Women’s $220 ASICS Lock Zip Bra: This bra is for those ladies who are more gifted in the chest area. Working out can be uncomfortable when you’re not supported properly. ASICS Lock…
Wayne County Parks is set to transform the Hines Park-Nankin Mills Area into a giant 75’ x 150’ mud pit playground on Tuesday, July 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Children ages 12 and younger will have the opportunity to get down and dirty. This year marks the 25th anniversary celebration of Mud Day; many surprises are in store! Wayne County Parks is partnering with Radio Disney AM 910 for a live show from 10:30-11:30 a.m. At 11:45 a.m. thousands of kids will charge into the mud. Youngsters will be separated into age categories for events such as; “Mud Limbo” and wheelbarrow races. Also, the King and Queen of Mud will be crowned. Children should wear old clothes and shoes, and bring a clean change of clothes. There are no showers on-site, however a clean-up area is available with hoses to aid in rinsing off the mud. Parents are also advised to bring a supply of towels. Plastic bags will be provided to ensure that all dirty clothes are properly contained for the trip home. The Hines Park Nankin Mills Area is located on Hines Drive, east of Ann Arbor Trail in Westland. Sponsors for Mud Day include ITC…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 03:54

WORDPLAY Relaunch set for June 30

WORDPLAY: What does it mean to you? In 2007 Jasmin De Forrest started a line of T-shirts based on word creativity. The original inspiration behind WORDPLAY came from a spiritual source that made her feel as though she could truly accomplish anything she put her mind to. With the goal to create a quality product with playful and witty designs, Jasmin De Forrest decided to name her line WORDPLAY with the help of family and friends. All of the designs reflect the company’s tagline – “What does it mean to you?” – in that they are all based on the wearer’s perception. She often gives the disclaimer that this next statement can be taken as “cheesy” but she really wants her shirts to be considered fabrics of confidence and bring smiles to the faces of each person wearing them. She also states that the tees are positive but not in a Barney “I love you, you love me” way. Some designs possess a little edge, others are straightforward and some may take a few seconds to understand. It’s all about WORDPLAY. Over the years Jasmine has been fortunate to have continued support from friends, family and fans of the brand…
Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:31

$18.4 million shot in the arm

Detroit developer helps reshape Midtown with new WSU state-of-the-art medical facility Dignitaries from around the region joined newly formed Detroit-based developer Queen Lillian LLC at groundbreaking ceremonies this past Friday for its midtown Tolan Park development project. When completed, the $18.4 million, state-of-the-art project will exclusively house Wayne State University’s (WSU) School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience along with a portion of the school’s Internal Medicine faculty. Located adjacent to Tolan Park, between Interstate 75 and Beaubien, the Wayne State University Medical Office Building at Tolan Park project, estimated to generate 280 construction jobs, will add to the vitality of the city’s transforming Medical Center District. Queen Lillian LLC is an emerging Detroit-based development collaborative comprised of long-time construction manager Jim Jenkins of Jenkins Construction and Detroit businessman Christopher Jackson. To date, the company has completed a number of projects for WSU, including its Welcome Center, the Towers Resident Hall Phase III and the Research and Technical Park renovation. “Our mission is to be a part of the city’s resurgence,” said Queen Lillian principal Chris Jackson. “I wanted to make a significant investment in Midtown and this project will not only help transform its landscape physically, but…
Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:00

I Am Young Detroit: RELOADED

Margarita Barry, publisher of the popular I Am Young Detroit website, announced the relaunch of I Am Young Detroit 2.0 on June 30. IAYD launched in beta in 2009 and was created to attract, retain and empower young entrepreneurs in Detroit by providing relevant content, resources, engagement and funding opportunities.
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