May 2020

BLAC May 2020

BLAC is back and all digital again in May! Amid the constant doom and gloom, local COVID-19 survivors share their stories (Page 18). And we answer the – rhetorical? – question about why this virus has been so ruthless to the Black community. Spoiler alert: because racism (Page 22). We marvel at the practical splashed with spiritual cocktail that is “mother wit” (Page 14), peek inside a few new reads from Black women authors (Page 11), shout out the groups working hard during this crisis (Page 10), plus much more! #BLACdetroit

Detroit Popcorn Company

Calls to Cancel Detroit Popcorn Co. Ring Across Social Media, Owner Responds

The popcorn shop's owner Evan Singer made a racist comment using an alias under a post on Facebook, and then played the victim.
Gretchen Whitmer

Big Gretch is Not Your Friend, She’s Your Governor

A cool nickname and a pair of photoshopped “buffs” are not a governor make.
virtual events

Virtual Events Happening This Week and Next

Michigan may have started to ease its social distancing orders, but there are still some can’t-miss events happening online.
The Medicine Mug

The Medicine Mug Gives a Nod and to Our Health Care Workers

Med student Zoë Indigo Smith designed this cute mug as a way to motivate health care workers.
film and TV

Black in Hollywood

Recent years have seen culture-conscious voices behind the scenes translate into a more authentic, fully realized representation of black life in front of the camera. Still, recognition for our achievements on screen continues to lag.
Day of Giving

Detroit Phoenix Center and Enjoy Detroit Prepare for ‘Day of Giving’

On Wednesday, May 20 household items and food will be distributed to Detroit’s most in-need communities.
COVID-19 relief

Detroit Pistons and McDonald’s Team Up to Feed Front-Line Workers

Health care workers, DPD police officers and firefighters, paramedics and DDOT bus drivers get a free McDonald’s breakfast every day through the end of May.
COVID-19 relief

Rihanna, Big Sean, Jack Dorsey Donate $3.2 Million to COVID-19 Relief in Detroit and...

A consortium of funders, led by Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Start Small donate $3.2 million for local COVID-19 response.

Local COVID-19 Survivors Share Their Stories

These Detroiters contracted the novel coronavirus and got sick, but they’re still standing strong – and sharing their stories.

It’s No Surprise that COVID-19 Hit Black America Hardest

Disparities exist all through Black America that we can blame for why COVID-19 has its foot so aggressively on our necks.
mother wit

Black Women: Holding Families Down for Generations with Chewing Gum and Mother Wit

Passed down from our ancient foremothers, “mother wit” is where practicality meets spirituality.
New Books

New Reads from Black Women Authors

Cozy up with one of these books penned by Black women authors, including one Michigander.

These Orgs are Helping the Community During Coronavirus

Get involved with these local organizations and nonprofits that are working for the community during this crisis.
Pure Heart Foundation

Sherelle Hogan, Founder and CEO, Pure Heart Foundation

As a child, both of this millennial’s parents were imprisoned. Now grown, she’s created an organization that provides children of the incarcerated with essential resources meant to break the cycle of generational incarceration.
Ascension Michigan

Ask the Expert: How Do Uterine Fibroids Impact Women?

Fibroids – especially cumbersome in Black women – can cause heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged periods, bleeding between periods, pelvic pain and back pain.
natural hair

I Hated My Curls … Until I had a Child with Hair Like Mine

How one woman’s daughter taught her to love her natural hair.
Detroit Area on Agency

Caring for the Community in Uncertain Times

The Detroit Area Agency on Aging is dedicated to supporting seniors and those with disabilities as we continue to deal with COVID-19.
BLAC May 2020

BLAC’s May Issue is All Digital

BLAC Detroit’s digital May issue is online now! Click through and read the stories of four local COVID-19 survivors, plus more.
small business

5 Ways Detroit Small Businesses Can Weather the Coronavirus Storm

Financial expert Lysa Davis teaches small business owners what they can do to sustain until the economy starts to rev back up.

Fashion Brand DIOP and Detroit Action Collab to Provide Masks to Health Care Workers

The entities have teamed up to provide 5,000 protective masks to essential health care workers.

Wayne State Enacts COVID-19 Response Team for Pregnant Women

The WSU Office of Women’s Health and Make Your Date collab to help expectant moms get the resources they need during the coronavirus crisis.

BLAC Goes Digital

Click through our digital April issue and help a local charity that’s working to hold up the community.
Easter Sunday

Virtual Easter Sunday

COVID-19 has us all on lockdown, but you can still celebrate resurrection day with these virtual church services.
The Inner Workings of the Untamed Mind

‘The Inner Workings of an Untamed Mind’ Centers Self-Care and Healing

This handcrafted poetry book by Danni Little lets readers into her personal battles and encourages them to face their own.

Quarantine and Chill

Calm your cabin fever with our ideas for what to read, watch and do.