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.
This weeks cover story is all about the idea of taking a leap of faith. Some say faith is a noble and virtuous act characterized by strength of soul and spirit, whereas others more skeptically define faith as "belief without evidence."
Ultimately, for me, "faith" is synonymous with inner trust and confidence. Thus, taking a leap of faith is essentially a personal willingness to take a chance. The most difficult part? Trusting in one's own strength and ability to handle whatever that leap might bring because, let's face it: change can be terrifying.
And yet, we all want to take chances. We dream of making big changes. Because while its scary to leave what's safe, it's even more frightening to contemplate a life unfulfilled.
You may already be contemplating a personal transformation. Or perhaps you are mid-leap. Either way
Here a little inspiration as you contemplate acting on your dreams.
1. "Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have." - Louise E. Boone
2. "Be not afraid of growing slowly. Be only afraid of standing still." - Chinese Proverb
3. "Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?" - Rumi
4. "Energy and persistence conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin
5. "Transformation is something I cannot explain - too much analysis might destroy it." - Sophia Loren
A Word From The Editor
The FRONTPAGE Detroit FP40 identifies and awards young leaders making decisions that will ultimately equip Detroit to compete and thrive in the global market. We received over 100 nominations. Our esteemed selection committee checked references and debated merits before identifying a new cadre of emerging leaders who deserved to be recognized.
In this week's issue of FRONTPAGE Detroit, I am honored to introduce you to the 2012 FP40 honorees. These hardworking individuals are committed to the city of Detroit and stand in opposition to the often talked about, "brain drain." They come from varying professional backgrounds including the arts, engineering, medicine, sports, business and politics. They demonstrate having sound values and strong moral character.
At the FRONTPAGE Detroit, we are committed to engaging a diverse community and highlighting the outstanding members of our readership. Please join us Tuesday, October 2, at the Charles H. Wright Museum as we celebrate the success of our our peers.
FRONTPAGE Detroit, Managing Editor