Rian English as Manging Editor of FRONTPAGE Detroit. Formerly Senior Editor of Ambassador Magazine, Rian has already put her stamp on the inaugural FRONTPAGE Detroit issue on news stands today.
Rian has been a journalist for 9 years, and was a key force in reshaping the creative direction and editorial content of FRONTPAGE Detroit. Rian has worked for numerous media outlets, including Web sites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Her combination of journalism experience and social savvy makes her a perfect fit for her new role as Managing Editor.
English is committed to driving the success of the weekly paper and related electronic properties. "FRONTPAGE Detroit had established itself as a reliable voice of the young African American community." English said. "My job is to keep that momentum going, and help produce a paper that's indispensable in our readers' lives. We want to help them identify change makers in the community, successful businesses that cater to their demographic and expose them to the exceptional events our region has to offer. I'm delighted to be apart of the Real Times Media family, and look forward this new opportunity."
"Manipulate your life as you see fit" is the mantra behind The Dirt Label, Royal Oak's newest street wear apparel and accessories retailer. The intimate art gallery–themed store, located at 319 Washington Ave. in downtown Royal Oak, packs an array of fashion items for men and women. The Dirt Label brand is garnering an upsurge of attention, not only for its ability to blend vibrant art and loud messages in apparel form, but also for its celebrity following.
Tell us about The Dirt Label. Where did the name come from and what is the overall style of the brand?
The Dirt Label is a lifestyle brand that consists of apparel and accessories. When we came up with the name The Dirt Label, we were trying to figure out how we could leave a mark on the fashion industry. We thought, What better way to leave a mark than with dirt?
How did you get started?
I started the line in 2008 in my mother's basement. The Dirt Label went by the moniker Abstraction Fashion at the time. We featured hand-painted garments and were well received locally. As our brand grew, we reinvented ourselves and generated a national buzz.
What sets the clothing line apart from other lines?
Our collection is a fusion of fashion and art. We look at our designs as aggressive artful expressions.
What are your favorite fashion trends for men this winter?
We feel flannel and denim button-ups will be one of the biggest trends in men's fashion.
Who are your personal fashion icons?
P. Diddy, Pharrell and Kanye West.
Who are the biggest celeb fans of the brand?
Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco and B.o.B. Lil Wayne noticed his manager rocking our camo shorts and requested 10 pairs for himself. And Lupe picked our tee when he did his own styling for a magazine shoot in the D.
AJ Williams: Web/Social Media Editor/Columnist/Writer for the Michigan Chronicle, FRONTPAGE Detroit and Praise Connect Detroit. She's a local media personality who has worked with Mason Radio on 107.5 FM, host of The MIXX TV Show with UDetroit and producer of the "The LovEXperience Series for ARCH Executives. Under her personal brand "I AM AJ Williams" she provides voiceovers and talk show formats including hosting and interviewing.
Website URL: http://www.IamAJWilliams.com
Eminem decided to have some fun with college football announcers during halftime of a Michigan vs Notre Dame football game on Saturday. Mathers was on hand to plug his new video “Berzerk” and seemed to space out for a good minute on live air looking like a deer caught in headlights.
When the video was done playing he seemed to awaken from his “trance” and said that “live TV freaks me out.” ESPN’s Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit seemed to take it in stride and the broadcast seem to go off without a hitch from that point forward.
Empowering people to overcome obstacles is the message shared by Eddie Connor, a cancer survivor. He serves the community as a mentor, political advisor, author, speaker, teacher, and TV correspondent on CBS/CW 50.
Eddie received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and Marygrove College awarded him a Master's degree in Education. Eddie is an author of three books and founder of "Boys 2 Books" which empowers young black/hispanic males via literacy and life skills. He is a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award and the Black Male Engagement Leadership Award.
Eddie shares his testimony of overcoming cancer in churches, community centers, and colleges by inspiring and motivating people to maximize their purpose.
A resident of Detroit, Eddie also grew up in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a sports enthusiast who enjoys traveling.
What does love mean to you? Iʼm talking about real love. Is it superﬁcial? Is it about
what you can take or what you can give? Iʼm sure we can agree that we need more love
in our world. However, it will never be seen in the world if it isnʼt exempliﬁed in our
As we approach Valentineʼs Day, so many people are caught in a matrix of euphoria
from the aroma of the chocolates, to the delightfully arranged dozen roses, and the
delicious meals consumed at ﬁve-star restaurants. Yet after the chocolates have turned
stale, the roses have wilted, and the left over meal lies dormant in the fridge is there
enough love that goes beyond one day and is reﬂected in your life everyday? When
everything else grows stale and stagnant, only the love you show will remain fresh and
Looking for love in all the wrong places is not worth it, just to ﬁnd a Valentine. You donʼt
have to go searching for love. If you become love and reﬂect the spirit of love, then love
will ﬁnd you. In essence, you will attract who/what you are.
Oftentimes, we get so caught up in giving gifts that we fail to realize we are a gift to
somebody, even if itʼs to ourselves. You are a red box and gold bow...a gift to the world.
Tangible gifts donʼt replace love because love is the greatest gift. You may be alone, but
it doesnʼt mean you have to be lonely. You can never expect anybody to love you, until
you start loving yourself.
Even in a world ﬁlled with hate, love is still preeminent. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
declared, "hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." You canʼt show love with
bitterness, anger, strife, and hatred in your heart. Love and hate cannot occupy the
same space, one will cancel out the other.
When you connect to God, He provides you with love under new management. No more
games, gimmicks, tricks, or schemes. Itʼs His love for you out of the depth of who He is
that empowers you to love yourself, love others, and walk in your unique purpose. His
love for you reconciles you to Him, yourself, and to those around you.
Love has a boomerang effect...the more love you share with others, the more it comes
back to you. Love is more than just a word and it intensiﬁes when we give it mean. Love
is not about what it says, love is about what it does.
Love doesnʼt neglect, it protects. Love is not selﬁsh, itʼs selﬂess.
Remember that true love is about more than ﬁnding a perfect person, true love is about
learning to love an imperfect person perfectly.
True love can drive out hate.
True love can transform death into life. True love can use stumbling blocks as stepping stones. True love can help a hurting hater. True love can be good to somebody who was never good to you. Letʼs be an example of love according to the love letter in I Corinthians 13, which declares, “love is patient, love is kind, love is never jealous, and love is not envious.”
When we understand the power of love and Godʼs love, then we can love ourselves and express love to each other. When youʼre living in love under new management it frees you from your past, causes you to forgive those who hurt you, and gives you peace to move forward knowing that the best is yet to come.
She is known for her style and creativity when it comes to fashion. She believes everyone can look great with an experienced stylist. Mother of two girls her motto is "just because you're a mother doesn't mean you have to look like one"! She has an MBA in Management from Wayne State University and has been working in personal relations for over 15 years. She has a true love for people and desires to help women of all sizes transform their appearance from ordinary to exceptional!