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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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Anthony and Michele Watts: The Dream-Chasers

02/05/16

Anthony and Michele Watts: The Dream-Chasers

It's hard to resist making a TLC reference, but here's how Michele and Anthony Watts met: In 1999, Michele was walking with a friend, when a car approached and Anthony, in the passenger's side of his friend's car, leaned out the window to talk to her. Except that Anthony isn't a scrub. He’s a lieutenant with the Detroit Fire Department. Michele is the director of the sports management program at Madonna University. Like many 40-something couples, they're at or near the peak of their careers, but unafraid to take on other endeavors. "We're in dream-chase mode right now," says Anthony. The couple runs a mobile photo-booth, which can be rented out for parties, weddings and other events, while raising two children from a previous...

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Calvin and Alicia Goodwin: The Comedians

02/05/16

Calvin and Alicia Goodwin: The Comedians

They fuss like two cranky old marrieds. They fire off wisecracks like radio-show comics. They get real when they talk about their love for one another. Calvin and Alicia Goodwin married in 2012, after years of dating following a meeting while students singing in the University of Michigan Gospel Chorale. "When you find the right one, you'll know," Alicia, 32, says carefully and calmly. Here, she is balanced. "When you’re together, you realize…I'm not sure how to explain it, but your heartbeat and breathing become in sync. It's a weird thing that happens." Calvin, 33, interjects. "Well, I hope you'll breathe me. Cause you'll die if you don’t." Alicia's calmness vanishes. "Stop!" she...

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LaWanna and Phillip Rolack: The Lifelong Learners

02/05/16

LaWanna and Phillip Rolack: The Lifelong Learners

A hospital isn't the most ideal place for a meet-cute. But it happened back in 1978 for LaWanna and Phillip Rolack, who met in a now-closed Detroit hospital when they were both laid up for respective stays. "I saw this pair of legs sticking out," Phillip, 62, says, "and I said, 'let me step over here and talk to her.'" They married a few years after dating, raising three children along the way. Now, they bask in the first part of their retirement years. "I truly love him," LaWanna, 59, says. "Love survived, and it's not just for the good times. I guess it was his upbringing – he's a good husband, and a good father." Patience is a virtue in marriage, Phillip says. "When you're dealing with...

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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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Detroit Public Schools' Last-Minute Bid to Save Its Image

01/15/16

Detroit Public Schools' Last-Minute Bid to Save Its Image

Can a tour of the district's top schools do anything to help the series of 'sickouts' that has shed light on the deplorable conditions in the overall district?

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