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Ashley and Adam Hosey: The Newbies

02/05/16

Ashley and Adam Hosey: The Newbies

Adam and Ashley Hosey have one of those relationships most people envy, because it's playing out so beautifully on Facebook. Updates on the little things – surprise gifts, romantic dinners, silly faux pas – are what pepper Ashley's Facebook page. Call it a reflection of modern romance: The pair actually might not be together today if it weren't for Facebook. They first met as students at Oak Park High School, she a sophomore and he a senior. A few years later, they ran into each other at a club in Windsor. They started communicating via Facebook, then real-life courtship before marrying in 2011. "Marriage is like going off into a foreign country and adjusting to a new culture," Ashley, 27, says. Adam, 29, shares a similar view:...

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Martha and Bonnie Davison: The Survivors

02/05/16

Martha and Bonnie Davison: The Survivors

"I want to see if you remember," Martha Davison, 71, asks her husband, Bonnie, 75, when asked how they first met. Some things never change with age. One of those things is a wife asking her husband to recall the story of how they met, something we here at BLAC noticed when we asked each of our couples their individual story. Bonnie remembers clearly. He was assistant superintendent of Sunday School at Morning View Missionary Baptist Church on Lawton Street on Detroit’s west side. She sang in the choir. One day at church, there was a chicken-dinner fundraiser. This was 1966. Martha asked Bonnie to buy her a dinner, but Bonnie had already promised another girl in the church to buy her a dinner. "But," Bonnie recalls saying, "If you give me...

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Samantha White, Founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Detroit

02/05/16

Samantha White, Founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Detroit

Dedicated to diversity and bridging the gap between communities, Shakespeare in Detroit produces shows around metro Detroit—and reminds us of the importance of art.

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How Sylvia Hubbard and Motown Writers Network Uplift Detroit Authors

02/05/16

How Sylvia Hubbard and Motown Writers Network Uplift Detroit Authors

Sylvia Hubbard totes around a large bag full of books and gadgets. It's hard to tell what she enjoys more: Reading or writing. At one point during our talk, she whips out a tiny keyboard that can plug into her phone. At another point, she takes out a small tablet. When the mood strikes, she wants to be prepared to write on any device. And that's often. "My ex once said to me, 'if you love me, you’ll stop writing," Hubbard says. "So that's why he's my ex." Hubbard is a writer, a reader, a mother, a 911 operator, and a communicator all at once. Multi-tasker wouldn't be the most precise descriptor; she may do some writing on the job, but most writers do. She’s just a wearer of many hats, sometimes more than one at a...

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Remembering Detroit Comic Legend Dwayne McDuffie

02/05/16

Remembering Detroit Comic Legend Dwayne McDuffie

Five years ago this month, the comic book world lost some of its color. Dwayne McDuffie, Detroit’s Stan Lee, who worked to improve diversity in the comic universe and break stereotypes, died. But his legacy lives on in what he accomplished and what is yet to come.

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Detroit Public Schools is Getting Yet Another Appointed Manager as Current EM Leaves

02/02/16

Detroit Public Schools is Getting Yet Another Appointed Manager as Current EM Leaves

Darnell Earley, the controversial state-appointed emergency manager overseeing Detroit Public Schools and the former emergency manager of Flint who approved the city’s switch from using Detroit’s water supply to lead-tainted water from the Flint River, is stepping down from the DPS post. Gov. Rick Snyder announces Earley’s pending departure in a news release on the state’s website today and plans to appoint a “transition leader” to manage DPS’ finances and academics. “Darnell has done a very good job under some very difficult circumstances. I want to thank him for his professionalism and his service to the people of Michigan,” Snyder said. “A very good job” is debatable. Though Earley is the fourth emergency manager...

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Downtown Boutique Zarkpa’s Reopens in the North End

01/28/16

Downtown Boutique Zarkpa’s Reopens in the North End

Detroit’s North End gains a new clothing store, while neighboring Midtown loses a longtime business, marking notable shifts on two very different parts of Woodward Avenue

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UPDATE: Will Detroit Get a New African American TV Station? We’re Not Exactly Sure…

01/27/16

UPDATE: Will Detroit Get a New African American TV Station? We’re Not Exactly Sure…

“The Dream Network” says it’s here, but we’re not entirely sure it exists

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8 Ways to Observe Black History Month in Metro Detroit

01/27/16

8 Ways to Observe Black History Month in Metro Detroit

Celebrate Black History Month in metro Detroit with special exhibits, plays, library programs and more.

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Dazed Magazine Releases Documentary, “Vogue, Detroit”

01/21/16

Dazed Magazine Releases Documentary, “Vogue, Detroit”

LGBT youths are affected by homelessness at alarming rates because of a likelihood to be isolated from families. This film highlights what brings the community together

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