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10 Keys to College Success

11/07/17

10 Keys to College Success

Learn time management “Success in college is about time management,” says Brian Singleton, vice chancellor of student services at the Wayne County Community College District. “Time is the most poorly used asset on campus. Finding it, managing it and using it in a consistent, methodical way is the most important factor in college success.” Schedule your study sessions “Most students begin the new school year with the best intentions and with plans to study more effectively than they may have the previous semester,” says Michelle Hunt Bruner, director of the Academic Success Center at Wayne State University in Detroit. “Unless students set aside dedicated time to review their notes, to read a chapter of their textbook or to begin writing...

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Barbara Willis, Chief Operating Officer of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

11/07/17

Barbara Willis, Chief Operating Officer of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

There were over 14,000 homeless Detroiters in 2016, according to the Homeless Action Network of Detroit. Though that number is down almost 12 percent from 2015, the population is still significant. Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries assists about 43 percent of Detroit’s total homeless population through its various shelters and programs, says COO Barbara Willis. What started out as a soup kitchen in 1909 has grown into one of the largest rescue missions in the country. Last year, the organization served over 4,000 people just through shelters, warming centers and transitional housing. “People used to say that the Detroit Rescue Mission was the best-kept secret. Our president, Dr. Chad Audi, made it a point to bring us back into the community to connect and collaborate...

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The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers Talks 'Soul Food'

11/07/17

The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers Talks 'Soul Food'

Asking someone to pass the dressing is as much a tradition as telling a story to pass the time. This is the basic premise of “Soul Food,” the latest in a series of themes presented by the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers in Detroit. "Our mission is global," says Satori Shakoor, executive director for The Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling, the nonprofit behind the series, "and it’s to connect, heal and transform the community – and to provide an uplifting, soul-cleansing experience through the art of storytelling." Shakoor curates the events (plus a podcast hosted by WDET) to help storytellers extract the essence of an emotional or funny experience. In many ways, this medium is more intimate than a movie...

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Detroit Rapper Moses the God Talks New Album, Finding Her Voice

11/07/17

Detroit Rapper Moses the God Talks New Album, Finding Her Voice

She’s a woman in a man’s jungle, but rapper Moses The God pounces with a powerful name and grabs hold of you with a sound that manages to be both marketable and unique. The 24-year-old may be small, but she’s fierce. BLAC caught up with MTG just before the release of her sophomore album, With or Without You. BLAC: What can listeners expect from this album? Moses The God: Actual music. Good music. They can expect something different. You probably see my name and expect something else; then you hear me talk. I’m a surprise, but a good surprise. They can expect something they can maybe cry to, dance to, Drake to. It’s a nice mix of things. B: How have you grown musically since your debut, Red Letters? MTG: I’ve grown a lot. This album is...

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First Class Committee Riffs on Detroit-Style Apparel

11/07/17

First Class Committee Riffs on Detroit-Style Apparel

How do you take a Texan concept and drop it into the Motor City? With the slogan “Founded in Austin. Made in Detroit,” Terrance Jones, owner and founder of First Class Committee, has been answering that question by creating new T-shirts and apparel with an urban sensibility since 2014. He produces the line himself, giving it a personal touch other apparel companies can’t fess up to. And while he started the concept in Texas, Jones has made a distinctly Detroit catalogue recognizable to anyone living in the D. “My goal is to showcase and support Detroit’s creative community by collaborating with local artists,” Jones says. “It all shines a light back where it all started – Detroit. That’s what makes me happy and keeps me doing...

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Top Charities in Metro Detroit that are Under the Radar

11/07/17

Top Charities in Metro Detroit that are Under the Radar

The season of charitable giving has arrived. And, while you likely know the heavy-hitting charities, many smaller nonprofits don't have that same visibility or name recognition to draw in volunteers and donations. That's where BLAC Detroit comes in. We found seven lesser-known metro Detroit "underdogs" that deserve your attention and generosity this winter, too. ANIMALS Our four-legged friends support us in good and bad times. Pet adoption centers are a great place to grow your furry family – or help creatures find a home. Detroit Dog Rescue  When it comes to preference, like your favorite music or food, this organization's name leaves little room for interpretation. If you have a natural love of canines, Detroit Dog Rescue offers adoption...

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The Men of Mariners Inn Use Poetry to Overcome Drug Addiction

11/07/17

The Men of Mariners Inn Use Poetry to Overcome Drug Addiction

Brian Mullins can describe cooking meth like arranging the words of a haiku. He takes you back to the very moment, holding the hollow tube like a piece of glass art in his hand – a process perhaps akin to formulating a poem, line by line – and watching the newly birthed meth trickle down like snow. Today, he’d rather be addicted to poetry; it beats heroin. If you ask him, he’ll tell you he didn’t find poetry – poetry was an innate gift grafted to his DNA, as much a part of him as his hand. “I’m not doing it for the money and the fame. I’m doing it ‘for the music,’” Mullins says. “I just want to write because it makes me feel better. I just want to write because it helps me explain who I am and let out...

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A Holiday Tradition: Noel Night Returns on Dec.2

11/07/17

A Holiday Tradition: Noel Night Returns on Dec.2

Holiday traditions are some of the most treasured parts of the year for many families. And in Detroit, the event that often tops that list is one that has stood the test of time: Noel Night. The annual event in Detroit’s Cultural Center has been a staple in the community since 1973 – and, thanks to sponsors like UnitedHealthcare, it’s growing stronger every year. This year’s event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, offering free admission to more than 100 cultural institutions and venues throughout the city including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center and more. “Noel Night is a long-standing holiday...

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Meet Two Detroit Couples Who Have Adopted Through the Michigan Foster Care System

11/07/17

Meet Two Detroit Couples Who Have Adopted Through the Michigan Foster Care System

In honor of National Adoption Awareness Month, we get to know local families who've opened their hearts and homes and adopted through the foster care system – and help you learn how to become an adoptive parent, too.

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Old Money, New Swag: Fresh-Faced Models Hit MGM Grand Detroit in Vintage Garb

11/07/17

Old Money, New Swag: Fresh-Faced Models Hit MGM Grand Detroit in Vintage Garb

BLAC shot models Christiane Staten and Starr Adedugbe at MGM Grand Detroit, draped in vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces.

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