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Wedded Bliss: Tasha Pittman and Brian Mangenje

11/09/17

Wedded Bliss: Tasha Pittman and Brian Mangenje

BLAC wants to help celebrate your nuptials. If you've gotten married recently and would like to be considered for our monthly matrimony feature, email a few of your best wedding photos to info@BLACdetroit.com. Put "WEDDING" in the subject line. Be sure to include your phone number. BLAC reserves the right to publish or omit photos.   Date: July 28, 2017 Wedding: Living Word Ministries in Pontiac Reception: Mirage Elegant Banquet & Catering in Clinton Township First dance: "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" by Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend Photographer: Mark Adrian Photography   THE VENUE "We got married at the church I grew up attending, Living Word Ministries in Pontiac, and our reception was held at Mirage Elegant...

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Detroit Proper: Exploring the History and Implications of Watermelon as a Racist Stereotype

11/07/17

Detroit Proper: Exploring the History and Implications of Watermelon as a Racist Stereotype

When is a fruit not a fruit? When a white man gives it as a gift. When the receiver is a group of African-Americans. When the fruit is a watermelon. In that case, fruit is a 200-year-old insult. In September, newly hired firefighter Robert Pattison, 41, was still on probation when he decided to carry out a long-held tradition – to take a gift and introduce himself to the firefighters he’d be serving alongside at Engine 55 in Detroit. Often, probationers arrive with a gift of doughnuts. Once, I sent a fire station popcorn to thank them for their service. Pattison showed up with a ginormous watermelon, complete with a pink ribbon. It’s one thing when Uncle Joe comes to the family reunion with three watermelons, ripe, chilled and sweet. It’s another thing...

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Mentorship 101

11/07/17

Mentorship 101

If you ask Dr. Cleamon Moorer Jr. to trace the turning point of his life’s trajectory, it came in the mid ’90s when he had a crisis of academic faith. His parents were struggling financially. And, even with financial aid and earnings from a co-op, Moorer, a student at General Motors Institute of Technology (now Kettering University) in Flint, was wrestling with the courses he was taking. It was too much to handle, and the results were disastrous. He flunked out. Today, Moorer is dean of Flint-based Baker College’s business school and, earlier this year, was dubbed “Mr. Higher Learning” by Black Enterprise magazine. How? He enrolled again and, with the help of several mentors, went on to earn his doctorate in business administration....

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Motor City Black Age of Comics Swoops into Action

11/07/17

Motor City Black Age of Comics Swoops into Action

Black superheroes – and heroines – are on the rise, but sadly, comic book conventions for and by people of color have rarely taken flight. The ninth annual Motor City Black Age of Comics Convention, heading to Wayne State University’s campus Nov. 18, is one answer to filling this void. Comic book geek culture has long had a darker hue, and this con puts it in the limelight. "Motor City Black Age represents the community around us – we appeal to those who are voiceless in the geek world," says Andre Batts, the con’s co-founder and creator of Detroit-based Urban Style Comics. "Even those that look like us walk right on by us at the bigger cons. At the bigger cons, we may not even be seen, but at the Black Age, everyone is seen and...

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Support for Families of Kids in Special Ed

11/07/17

Support for Families of Kids in Special Ed

Most parents want their kids to have the best education possible with good teachers, a robust curriculum and tutoring and educational guidance to help them be the best they can be. But for parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs, figuring out how to provide their children those educational opportunities can be extra challenging. And that’s where Michigan Alliance for Families comes in. The Michigan Alliance for Families – which is an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Grant Funded Initiative through the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and the Office of Special Education Programs –...

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Restoring Dignity to the Homeless

11/07/17

Restoring Dignity to the Homeless

How can people without a home find dignity in the midst of their struggles? At the Pope Francis Center, it starts with a warm shower, clean clothing and sitting down for a hot meal. The warming center at 438 St. Antoine St. in Detroit is now in its 25th year and serving more homeless people than at any other time in its history. “We provide food, showers, laundry, medical and dental clinics, legal clinics and a host of resources to help people transition out of homelessness,” says Rev. Timothy McCabe, executive director of the Pope Francis Center, which is open 7-11 a.m. Monday-Saturday year-round. In addition to daily services, special programs such as Christmas brunch and a backpack giveaway are also offered. But the center didn’t always have the...

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Too Big. Too Small. Just Right: Picking the College Campus That's Perfect for You

11/07/17

Too Big. Too Small. Just Right: Picking the College Campus That's Perfect for You

A particular school might not make much of an impression online or through its viewbook, but once a student is there for a visit, it could surge to the top of his or her list. While financial aid and academics are important, the campus vibe should feel right for the student as well. A student who wants the intimacy of a small school won't feel comfortable on a campus of 50,000. Someone who wants to see the world outside Detroit might not find Wayne State University or even other in-state universities desirable choices. On the other hand, staying close to home could be a plus, ruling out options more than a one-to-two-hour drive from home. CharMaine Hines, vice chancellor for academic accountability and policy at Wayne County Community College District, notes that some high...

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7 Tips for Transitioning to College

11/07/17

7 Tips for Transitioning to College

For potential students looking to start college years after finishing high school, these tips can help make the transition easier.

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6 Tips for Maximizing Financial Aid

11/07/17

6 Tips for Maximizing Financial Aid

Putting a child through college is an expensive endeavor. With college costs constantly increasing, it only makes sense that many families need to seek out ways to secure as much funding as feasible. You already know the basics: Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA), don’t miss the deadlines and so on. But if you’re looking to maximize the financial aid opportunities available to your child, follow these tips from the pros. Submit your application immediately It’s best to turn in your FAFSA right away, says Brian Singleton, vice chancellor of student services at the Wayne County Community College District. “Students should complete their FAFSA as early as possible, preferably prior to March...

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Little Black Dress Charity Soiree Promises a Good Time for an Even Better Cause

11/07/17

Little Black Dress Charity Soiree Promises a Good Time for an Even Better Cause

For 10 years, The Social Connection’s Little Black Dress Charity Soiree has been rounding up metro Detroit’s most generous – and most stylish – for a high-energy evening of fashion, gaming, wine and, most importantly, giving. Regina Stocco, owner of The Social Connection, says attendees can expect "a very fast-paced evening, lots going on." This night of abundance is scheduled for Nov. 17, but the fun isn’t just for fun. In the last several years, a portion of the soiree’s proceeds has been donated to CARE House of Oakland County     https://www.carehouse.org     , an organization that aids victims of child abuse and neglect. Stocco estimates close to $75,000 has been donated so far...

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