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Rian English

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.
thedirtlabel.com

Friday, 12 October 2012 15:02

Walking in Faith

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

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 17:01

FP40 2012: Detroit's Next Generation of Leadership

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.

Rian English

FRONTPAGE Detroit, Managing Editor

Thursday, 23 August 2012 02:33

Little Ms. Manners

 

e7c0584255fa6f2981e510285a9e9e4f LRian English, FRONTPAGE Detroit Managing Editor

Everyone remembers (in a negative way) the waitress who treated them poorly or the person who chews with their mouth open at at Christmas dinner. Your reputation is all you have and it is critical to maintain it in a positive way. You want people to think of you in a positive light, and much of that has to do with the way you treat them and your actions. They will remember you and appreciate you because of your manners and etiquette. Manners and etiquette create the dividing line between the civilized, and the uncouth.

 

This week our cover story features Enitan O. Bareola II. Bareola is a famed author with a significant online following who has taken up the manners mantle and made etiquette trendy once again. I have a personal connection to Bareola's message, because for most of my life, my mother taught etiquette classes right in our home. While I was fortunate to learn when and how to use every utensil imaginable, by the time I was 12, I loathed sitting through my mothers classes. Today, I am beyond grateful for information she dispensed and I am prepared to dine at the White house with ease. And while Washington DC may not be in my immediate future (Psst, Barack, Michelle, call me! I'm available lol) manners and etiquette will be beneficial where ever my path takes me.

 

Stylishly Yours,
Rian English

 

Thursday, 02 August 2012 20:37

A Word from the Editor

e7c0584255fa6f2981e510285a9e9e4f LRJ English - FRONTPAGE Detroit Managing Editor

Hello FRONTPAGE Detroit readers!

This week I come to you on a serious note. As the primary elections draw near, I want to address the importance of voting.
Voting in any type of election, from local elections to Presidential primaries, provides an important way to voice your opinions regarding elected leaders and overall policies; voting also helps you decide your own future by electing a person who might reflect your own views. The ability to vote exists as one of the most cherished Constitutional Rights that many our ancestors fought for, marched for, and died for. By not voting, you give away your right to influence the government overall. More importantly, however, not voting takes away the will of the majority that governs this country, but replaces it with the will of the minority.

With my words in mind, please go out and cast your vote this Tuesday August 7, 2012 and select the next leaders of our region!

All the Best,
RJ English

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 20:34

A Word from the Editor

Summer has (finally) arrived in Michigan and let me say I am simply ecstatic! The temperature is well into the 80s, bright colors are back in style and I can officially start rocking my favorite Elie Tahari wedges again! It seems as Michiganders we dream of these days all winter long and when warm temperatures arrive, we spend every second we can soaking up all our great state has to offer.

And speaking of local offerings, I am completely obsessed with all the farmer's markets that seem to have sprout up over night. And I'm not the only one. Many restaurateurs, like Paul Jenkins Jr.--owner of What Crepe? has taken advantage of the wonderful fresh fare Michigan has to offer, ultimately dishing it to customers in the form of divine culinary creations. Just thinking of the Mushroom Madness crepe made with tender Cremini mushrooms makes me want to hop in the car and head that way now!

In addition to the temperature rising in Michigan, things are certainly heating up in local politics. In a few short months voters will head to the polls to vote for new leadership in congress, and, of course, elect the 45th president of the United States of America. With so much on the line as we rebuild our region, I encourage readers to get informed about the candidates and their platforms. Remember, voting is not just a right, but a duty.

So this summer kick back, enjoy the heat, eat well and plant that lawn sign!

All the best,
RJ English

Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:35

A Word from the editor

Summer has (finally) arrived in Michigan and let me say I am simply ecstatic! The temperature is well into the 80s, bright colors are back in style and I can officially start rocking my favorite Elie Tahari wedges again! It seems as Michiganders we dream of these days all winter long and when warm temperatures arrive, we spend every second we can soaking up all our great state has to offer.

And speaking of local offerings, I am completely obsessed with all the farmer's markets that seem to have sprout up over night. And I'm not the only one. Many restaurateurs, like Paul Jenkins Jr.--owner of What Crepe? has taken advantage of the wonderful fresh fare Michigan has to offer, ultimately dishing it to customers in the form of divine culinary creations. Just thinking of the Mushroom Madness crepe made with tender Cremini mushrooms makes me want to hop in the car and head that way now!

In addition to the temperature rising in Michigan, things are certainly heating up in local politics. In a few short months voters will head to the polls to vote for new leadership in congress, and, of course, elect the 45th president of the United States of America. With so much on the line as we rebuild our region, I encourage readers to get informed about the candidates and their platforms. Remember, voting is not just a right, but a duty.

So this summer kick back, enjoy the heat, eat well and plant that lawn sign!