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Belle Isle: Still Part of the Family

08/05/16

Belle Isle: Still Part of the Family

By the time you read this, I will have barely recovered from the 37th annual Cooper Family Reunion. My dad, the baby of 13 children, was raised in an abandoned church in Littleton, Virginia. He is now 82, which means that I have about fifty-leven cousins that I get to see or meet for the first time every year when I go back to the Mid-Atlantic. Our reunions are highly organized affairs, complete with officers, business meetings, family dues, a banquet that includes awards and scholarships, and a church service. It’s been a staple of my summers for most of my adult life. Growing up, my son used to relish sitting at the honorary table like an O.C. (Original Cooper) and listening to stories about chopping cotton, sharecropping, and life without basic amenities like electricity and...

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 SEEN Photo Gallery: Concert of Colors

08/05/16

SEEN Photo Gallery: Concert of Colors

The Charles H. Wright Museum was one of many venues hosting the annual Concert of Colors festivities on July 15, with attendees enjoying roots, reggae and spoken word.

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Annie-inspired play to benefit Detroit's homeless and foster children

08/05/16

Annie-inspired play to benefit Detroit's homeless and foster children

An'Dee tells the story of a 12-year-old black boy in foster care

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Chevrolet, NASCAR offer diversity scholarships to STEM students

08/02/16

Chevrolet, NASCAR offer diversity scholarships to STEM students

The deadline to apply is Oct. 15.

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What’s going on with Goodwells? We don’t know and neither do you.

08/02/16

What’s going on with Goodwells? We don’t know and neither do you.

Until the owners of a beloved, black-owned grocery store in Midtown speak, let’s try to calm the speculation.

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Let's revisit the time Diana Ross dated Gene Simmons

07/30/16

Let's revisit the time Diana Ross dated Gene Simmons

A little-known fact: The Kiss frontman's influence eventually led Ross to land one of the biggest record deals in history.

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Southern Belles' Bistro a soulful addition to downtown Ferndale

07/29/16

Southern Belles' Bistro a soulful addition to downtown Ferndale

The bistro was born from combined efforts of two families to fulfill their soul food dining dreams.

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General Motors employees team up for massive cleanup in westside Detroit neighborhood

07/28/16

General Motors employees team up for massive cleanup in westside Detroit neighborhood

The automaker’s community service arm returns to the Cody-Rouge area to lend a hand with revitalizing Cody High and its surrounding neighborhoods.

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Meet one of the cooks at Grey Ghost, Detroit's newest entry in fine dining

07/28/16

Meet one of the cooks at Grey Ghost, Detroit's newest entry in fine dining

The menu at the Brush Park restaurant is "meat-centric," with steaks, lamb chops, scallops and burgers as highlights of the menu.

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Trans women in Detroit have 'lack of outreach, love'

07/28/16

Trans women in Detroit have 'lack of outreach, love'

In the wake of an attack on a transgender woman at a Dearborn bar, a community continues to look for solutions to ongoing violence.

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