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Black Men, It’s Time To Talk About Rape

07/07/16

Black Men, It’s Time To Talk About Rape

This month, Black men in Detroit are going to begin a long-overdue conversation about the role that they can play in ending sexual violence. Led by Detroit businessman Roderick Rickman, Black men will put their arms around the women in our community, increasing awareness about sexual violence, and raising money to end the backlog of untested rape kits in Wayne County. “I’m the eleventh of 12 children and I have six sisters,” says Rickman, CEO of Rickman Enterprise Group, an environmental and industrial services company. “We’re blessed that we haven’t had to deal personally with rape or sexual violence. But anger and all kinds of emotions come to mind when I think about the possibility of that happening in my family. I can’t even process...

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Longtime General Motors design chief Ed Welburn retires, reflects on his career with the automaker

07/07/16

Longtime General Motors design chief Ed Welburn retires, reflects on his career with the automaker

More than 40 years after becoming GM’s first Black designer, Ed Welburn reflects on a legacy left behind, and a future he helped shape

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Ypsilanti-native Neisha Neshae talks her growing career

07/07/16

Ypsilanti-native Neisha Neshae talks her growing career

Neisha Neshae has been through it. From growing up in foster care away from her mother—who was in prison—to dropping out of high school and surviving abuse, the journey hasn’t been easy for this 19-year-old Ypsilanti native. Now on the cusp of her stardom, just co-signed by Timbaland, Diggy Simmons and Young Dolph, Neshae is translating her pain into song, scoring a viral hit, “On a Cloud.” “Cloud” has racked up more than 1 million hits across various web media, largely through SoundCloud, the millennial-era launch pad for many artists. We caught up with Neshae during a break in her ever-growing schedule. How does it feel coming from the small town of Ypsilanti? When people ask where I’m from, I still say Ypsilanti. But it’s...

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How Podcasts are letting every voice be heard

07/07/16

How Podcasts are letting every voice be heard

In a time when viral videos, Twitter rants and Instagram models flood the web, it’s much more easier for everyday people—for better or worse—to have their voices heard. But a smarter medium can help cut through the clutter. Podcasts have seen a surge in popularity over the past couple years; a study by Edison Research estimated the podcast audience to be around 57 million listeners. To help you navigate through the extensive swarm of shows on the web, we’ll get you started with these three Detroit-based shows to listen to. Black Bottom Radio Hosts: A’ron and Noelle Site: BlackBottomArchives.com Tackling serious topics like colorism and finance, as well as lighter ones like Beyoncé and relationships, Black Bottom tries to always...

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Deputy Mayor Ike McKinnon retires after decades of service to Detroiters

07/07/16

Deputy Mayor Ike McKinnon retires after decades of service to Detroiters

Isaiah “Ike” McKinnon has worn many hats during his professional career in law enforcement, none of which were easy to balance. When he arrived as a fresh recruit at the Detroit Police Department in 1965, he thought things were going to run smoothly. “But that wasn’t the case,” McKinnon tells BLAC on the eve of his retirement from civic duty, a career that has taken him from DPD to city government as deputy mayor, a position he vacates this month. As a young officer, McKinnon encountered several instances of racism from his colleagues, as he was among the first few Black officers in Detroit at the time. “Officers were not treating everyone fairly,” he says. “As a young officer, starting from the very first day I was on the job, I...

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Behind the scenes with WDIV's Evrod Cassimy and Rhonda Walker

07/07/16

Behind the scenes with WDIV's Evrod Cassimy and Rhonda Walker

WDIV’s morning team talk about their instant rapport, stifling laughs and being a different kind of newscast

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How three young professionals came together to address mental health in our community

07/07/16

How three young professionals came together to address mental health in our community

African Americans are more likely to suffer from mental illness, but less likely to seek help. Why? Cultural stigma, access issues and a misguided “buck up” mentality are big factors getting in the way. But two local therapists are trying to change our thinking and our lives.

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Detroiter Joe Doughrity rises from set of Boyz n the Hood to Hollywood power player

07/07/16

Detroiter Joe Doughrity rises from set of Boyz n the Hood to Hollywood power player

25 Years after "Boyz N The Hood," Detroiter Joe Doughrity -- who worked as a production assistant on the classic film fresh out of film school -- refelects on its producion and his own inner-city opus.

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Alison Vaughn, Founder of Jackets for Jobs

07/07/16

Alison Vaughn, Founder of Jackets for Jobs

For 16 years, Jackets for Jobs has helped Detroiters who need it most, find clothes to help them get employment and improve their lives

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SEEN Photo Gallery: DIA Prince Tribute

07/07/16

SEEN Photo Gallery: DIA Prince Tribute

The Detroit Institute of Arts hosted a massive tribute to The Purple One on June 10, where fans danced the night away to the music legend’s never-ending vault of tunes.

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