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Skinnytees Launches Pro-Detroit Leggings

11/28/17

Skinnytees Launches Pro-Detroit Leggings

The online fashion retailer's Detroit Has Legs Leggings feature a collage of recognizable Detroit buildings, sculptures and sites.

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FREE & CHEAP Things to Do This Week

11/12/17

FREE & CHEAP Things to Do This Week

These events are all under $20 - most are free - and sure to keep you busy all week

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SEEN Photo Gallery: 2017 Wright Gala - Kaleidoscope of Human Color

11/10/17

SEEN Photo Gallery: 2017 Wright Gala - Kaleidoscope of Human Color

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SEEN Photo Gallery: Alpha Kappa Alpha - Lambda Pi Omega 'Flourishing at 40' Anniversary Gala

11/10/17

SEEN Photo Gallery: Alpha Kappa Alpha - Lambda Pi Omega 'Flourishing at 40' Anniversary Gala

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SEEN Photo Gallery: Horatio Williams Foundation 10th Anniversary Gala

11/10/17

SEEN Photo Gallery: Horatio Williams Foundation 10th Anniversary Gala

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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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