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DETROIT PROPER: For Michigan Women, Caring Comes at a High Cost

11/07/16

DETROIT PROPER: For Michigan Women, Caring Comes at a High Cost

If nothing else, this election put women’s issues to the fore. Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to get down to real issues that matter to real women. First on my list of things that need to be fixed: The high price that women pay for caring. At 56, I have leap-frogged past the Sandwich Generation and entered the Hero Sandwich Generation. I haven’t fully launched my millennial children yet, but my parents are aging and require considerable assistance. And did I mention that I also have two grandchildren who need their ZsaZsa? I would be drowning in self-pity if it weren’t for the fact that I know so many women in the same caregiving boat. Instead, I’m just mad as hell. There are only two things common to the human experience – birth and...

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Monica Conyers: My testimony

11/07/16

Monica Conyers: My testimony

“I advise anyone: Before you call someone your friend, look at their motives and listen to wise older people.”

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Closing the achievement gap for Birmingham’s black students

11/07/16

Closing the achievement gap for Birmingham’s black students

Families have migrated to the suburbs for generations in search of safer communities and better education, and high-performing districts like Birmingham Public Schools have seen a steady increase of black students as a result. But those students face a white achievement gap that may be holding them back.

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Mae Jemison helps us find life on Mars

11/07/16

Mae Jemison helps us find life on Mars

Colonizing the distant planet of Mars has long been in the minds of science fiction writers, scientists – pretty much all of humankind. We’ve embarked on numerous space missions of the red planet, written scores of movies and books about it and long wondered about the potential of actually living there – particularly after this year’s election. This month, we’ll get to delve deeper into the idea of life on another planet with the new six-part series Mars, which debuts on the National Geographic Channel on Nov. 14. The docu-series plunges humans on a mission to mars far into the future, in 2033 to be exact. To accomplish this extraordinary feat, executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard – yes, that would be Richie Cunningham – pull in...

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Truth Music Café stakes its claim downtown

11/07/16

Truth Music Café stakes its claim downtown

Mike Watts has been in the nightclub business for 30 years, and his latest venture, Truth Music Café – opened in July 2015 – is situated conveniently on Broadway in one of downtown Detroit’s fastest-growing entertainment districts. Watts promises a cool, comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff and “really good” bar food in a spot that features a 30-foot bar and two recently remodeled levels. The former owner of Club Waterfalls and Club Polo claims to serve the best chicken wings in the city. Truth (yes, the name was inspired by the hit Starz show Power) is open Thursday-Sunday and caters to the “grown ’n’ sexy” crowd. On any given night, you could experience live jazz, poetry, African dance, karaoke or old-school hip-hop...

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Detroit-bred designer Tracy Reese offers inclusive sizing on latest collection

11/07/16

Detroit-bred designer Tracy Reese offers inclusive sizing on latest collection

For over three decades, Detroit native Tracy Reese has been driven to create “beautiful things.” Her iconic collection, a bold combo of prints and colors with fresh shapes and silhouettes, debuted in 1997 – and before that, in 1984, she earned a degree at Parsons School of Design in a fast-track three years. Now, Reese – whose creations have graced magazines from Vogue to Essence and who counts Michelle Obama as one of her biggest fans – is taking her designs to another frontier: inclusive sizing beyond industry standards. Reese sat down with BLAC during her New York Fashion Week at the New York Marble Cemetery back in September for a look into her world of fashion. BLAC: You’ve made some changes this year – extended sizes, shows in...

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Chioke Mose-Telesford, Director of Community Programs at Grand Circus Detroit

11/07/16

Chioke Mose-Telesford, Director of Community Programs at Grand Circus Detroit

Through her work at Grand Circus, Mose-Telesford helps diversify Detroit’s tech industry by helping increase access to tech education.

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SEEN Photo Gallery: The 2016 Wright Gala

11/04/16

SEEN Photo Gallery: The 2016 Wright Gala

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History celebrated its sixth annual Wright Gala, a lavish fundraiser themed ‘Music on My Mind,’ on Oct. 8.

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1917 American Bistro owner: 'I am not a Trump supporter'

11/03/16

1917 American Bistro owner: 'I am not a Trump supporter'

The restauranteur, photographed with Donald Trump Jr. and a leading black Republican, cast his vote for Clinton with an early ballot.

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National Black PR Society hosts all-male panel

11/03/16

National Black PR Society hosts all-male panel

The panel will discuss male leadership in the woman-dominated public relations industry.

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