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Pam and Mecah Mathis: The Jet-Setters

02/05/16

Pam and Mecah Mathis: The Jet-Setters

Pam, 50, makes sure she and her husband, Mecah, 53, are looking good. She usually works with her own makeup artist, but pulls off magic with her own bag of lipsticks, eye shadows and blushes. Fresh off sitting in the audience on "The Wendy Williams Show" and being spotted on camera by her friends, Pam is ready for another closeup. "This is our breakout year," she says. The pair met as students at Wayne County Community College in the 1980s before marrying, and have spent much of their time in Detroit ever since. But in recent years, the couple has discovered travel. Not just, one-week-in-Hawaii kind of travel. But traveling whenever they can – for both themselves and their son. The pair's son was a football standout at Cass Technical High...

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Martha and Bonnie Davison: The Survivors

02/05/16

Martha and Bonnie Davison: The Survivors

"I want to see if you remember," Martha Davison, 71, asks her husband, Bonnie, 75, when asked how they first met. Some things never change with age. One of those things is a wife asking her husband to recall the story of how they met, something we here at BLAC noticed when we asked each of our couples their individual story. Bonnie remembers clearly. He was assistant superintendent of Sunday School at Morning View Missionary Baptist Church on Lawton Street on Detroit’s west side. She sang in the choir. One day at church, there was a chicken-dinner fundraiser. This was 1966. Martha asked Bonnie to buy her a dinner, but Bonnie had already promised another girl in the church to buy her a dinner. "But," Bonnie recalls saying, "If you give me...

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Valentine's Day Wine from House of Pure Vin

02/05/16

Valentine's Day Wine from House of Pure Vin

Regina Gaines from House of Pure Vin in Detroit, dishes about a few wines perfect for Valentine's Day.

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Seen Photo Gallery: MLK Commemorative Breakfast

02/05/16

Seen Photo Gallery: MLK Commemorative Breakfast

See who we spotted at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorative Breakfast at the Wright

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Love and Money: Advice For Couples at Every Stage

02/05/16

Love and Money: Advice For Couples at Every Stage

There are things you notice when two people are deeply in love: The way each person can naturally finish the other's sentences, the inside jokes, the way their eyes light up when describing the day they met (almost always the wife directs that question to her husband, saying "I want you to tell it," as a sly test), their proposal or their wedding day. We noticed these characteristics when we asked metro Detroit couples at every stage in a marriage—from 20-something newlyweds to 70-something lifelong partnerships—to talk about what makes their relationship special and lasting. It's not all champagne and chocolates, though. Many couples candidly discussed a relationship's challenges, ranging from health issues and parenting to keeping the spark...

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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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Detroit's Education Quandry

02/05/16

Detroit's Education Quandry

The state of Detroit's schools has been an issue for some time, leaving parents to make difficult decisions between supporting their kids and supporting their city.

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How Sylvia Hubbard and Motown Writers Network Uplift Detroit Authors

02/05/16

How Sylvia Hubbard and Motown Writers Network Uplift Detroit Authors

Sylvia Hubbard totes around a large bag full of books and gadgets. It's hard to tell what she enjoys more: Reading or writing. At one point during our talk, she whips out a tiny keyboard that can plug into her phone. At another point, she takes out a small tablet. When the mood strikes, she wants to be prepared to write on any device. And that's often. "My ex once said to me, 'if you love me, you’ll stop writing," Hubbard says. "So that's why he's my ex." Hubbard is a writer, a reader, a mother, a 911 operator, and a communicator all at once. Multi-tasker wouldn't be the most precise descriptor; she may do some writing on the job, but most writers do. She’s just a wearer of many hats, sometimes more than one at a...

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Keep the Fire Burning with Detroit-Inspired Firebrand Candles

02/05/16

Keep the Fire Burning with Detroit-Inspired Firebrand Candles

Quinn Hamilton is one of those native Detroiters we should be talking more about. Westside-raised, Renaissance High School and Yale University pedigree, and a front-row seat at the city's burgeoning start-up scene. That's probably why it's no accident that her candle-making company is called Firebrand – someone that takes charge, is feisty, is passionate. Like many businesses in Detroit, it started as a side project or a hobby that has morphed into a secondary source of income. Not quite a full-time job yet, but Hamilton wouldn’t mind if that happened. "I said, OK, people believe in me, so I really need to get this started," Hamilton says. She was looking for unique, one-off handmade gifts to give to friends and family, so she experimented...

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Sweets for your Sweetie from Good Cakes and Bakes in Detroit

02/05/16

Sweets for your Sweetie from Good Cakes and Bakes in Detroit

It's the caramel cake that draws people in. And the red velvet. And the gooey cake. And the cupcakes. And the pies. But it’s the caramel cake that's building a reputation on the Avenue of Fashion. The Avenue of Fashion has seen its ups and downs, but is certainly trending upward lately. The stretch of Livernois Avenue once home to some of the most fashionable boutiques in the city still has the boutiques, but also art galleries, coffee houses, restaurants and Good Cakes and Bakes, which opened in 2013. April Anderson, the shop's owner, is from Detroit but her career took her far as Arizona and back to Michigan again. A lifelong baker – she had been baking since she was nine – she hadn't considered making a hobby into a business until she read...

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