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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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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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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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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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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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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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UAW-Ford Donates Free ID Kits to Detroit Students

10/06/17

UAW-Ford Donates Free ID Kits to Detroit Students

Thanks to these 50,000 kits, Detroit Public Schools Community District parents have better odds of getting their children home safely if the unthinkable happens.

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City Election 2017

10/04/17

City Election 2017

BLAC sat down with all of the candidates to get their opinion on the issues that matter to you. Follow the appropriate link to go straight to that candidate's interview.     Mike Duggan, mayoral candidate. Read Mayor Duggan's interview here.    Coleman Young II, mayoral candidate. Read Coleman Young II's interview here.    Janice Winfrey, city clerk candidate. Read Clerk Winfrey's interview here.    Garlin Gilchrist II, city clerk candidate. Read Garlin Gilchrist's interview here.    Janee Ayers; Brenda Jones; Beverly Kindle-Walker; Mary D. Waters, city council candidates. Read the...

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SEEN Photo Gallery: Coleman A. Young: 99 Years

10/04/17

SEEN Photo Gallery: Coleman A. Young: 99 Years

On the evening of Sept. 13, attendees gathered at the home of Marvin and Maxine Beatty to celebrate the legacy of Coleman A. Young and to support tomorrow’s leaders, organized by the Coleman A. Young Foundation.

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Joshua D. Kennedy, Founder and Executive Director of Volunteer Detroit

10/04/17

Joshua D. Kennedy, Founder and Executive Director of Volunteer Detroit

Aiming to get Detroiters involved in servicing their community, Volunteer Detroit hosts direct service opportunities open for all to lend a hand.

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