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Ex-FBI Agent: Detroit Kids Could Be Radicalized By ISIS

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics

The potential for disenfranchised kids in Detroit to be radicalized by terrorist groups poses a "huge threat" to the city, a former FBI official said ...

Curiously Strong

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.14.2016 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

With my retirement on June 30 barely a heartbeat away, it is, as the hash-tag says, getting real. Each day has the tinge of poignancy, of last times...

Coming Full Circle

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.05.2016 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

June 5, 2015. Later today I will attend one of over two dozen, year-end, in-school galas that are underway in InsideOut schools across Detroit. Each year at this time, iO students' eyes light up as they gather in their school cafeterias or auditoriums or libraries to open their beautiful books and find their words and their names for the first time.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Last Week These Kids Had A Heap Of Junk, And Now They've Got Freedom

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.07.2015 | Good News

It took Jean Wilson just four hours, a dozen helpers, $6, a few Facebook posts and one idea to make a big difference for a group of Detroit kids. W...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

How Detroiters Got Dozens Of Parks Reopened And Made The CIty Better For Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.27.2015 | Good News

While Detroit’s systemic problems often seem too large to tackle -- like an ongoing foreclosure crisis and a broken transportation system -- others ...

Honoring the Dream: An Education Bill of Rights

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 03.20.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

I hope our leaders can, as iO's mission states, "think broadly" enough to let go of rigid, behaviorist notions of what education means. I hope they will heed the many stories like this one that prove the dramatic, turn-around impact of the arts on "under-performing" schools.

To See in Color

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 02.10.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

As a white person, I will never know the sting of racial aggression, micro or macro, but I can learn to recognize my biases, to educate myself and even dare, as Rankine's brilliant work suggests, "to see in color."

Of Shoes, Awards, Patrons, and Fracture Fairies

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 12.08.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

As I go through my recuperation, I find myself collecting the stories of friends who have been beset by the evil fracture fairy. Apparently this is a not uncommon rite of passage for those of us of a certain age.

Maya Angelou: Words Can Change the World

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 08.03.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

It was pouring rain when I entered Catherine Carter Blackwell Institute last week. As usual, the elementary school, in one of the most impoverished a...

Sacred Woman: The Generations Continue

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 07.13.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

It's the Saturday before Mother's Day, 2014, and I am listening for happily the third or fourth time to iO's Arzelia Williams interview and poem "Sacr...

iO and the DIA: The Debt and the Gift of Art

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 11.17.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Through working closely with writers and seeing their work in publications, it is my hope that our young people come away with a sense of their readers, a sense that there is someone there for them, like we are for Keats, on the other side of the page.

GET VERSED With the Youth of InsideOut

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 07.21.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Shakespeare? Jazz? Poetry? Radio broadcasting? Vocal music? Video production? Yes, yes, and more yesses. All of these are coming soon, summer into fall, to Detroit teens through the Detroit School of Arts.

Meet The Young People Who Really Believe In Detroit

Amy Berkhoudt | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Amy Berkhoudt

This post is part of our Millennial Impact spring series "Getting Fresh." These blogs highlight our young, innovative contributors who have new ideas ...

Poetry's Lasting Impact

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 05.15.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

I marvel at this impact, more than seven years later, but it only confirms my belief that over time, for even one hour a week, poetry can open the hearts and minds of young people.

Saving Our Treasures

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 03.24.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Like most Detroiters, I have a special fondness for Belle Isle. I've lived close to the Detroit River since 2005, and even when I don't walk or bike on the island or enjoy the solitude, which I do fairly often, knowing that our island sanctuary is there provides respite to the soul.

Hope in the War on Detroit Poverty

Tim Miller | Posted 11.05.2012 | Detroit
Tim Miller

2012-08-27-scblog.pngPoverty is personal, and I'm afraid both parties this year are missing a huge opportunity to spotlight this deep problem and offer actual, creative solutions to it. Here are some people and organizations the Republicans and Democrats could learn from.

Young, Talented-- and Living in Detroit

Jay Walljasper | Posted 08.22.2012 | Detroit
Jay Walljasper

Declining, desperate Detroit is old news. It's not that the city's economic woes, struggling schools, racial friction and crime have been magically solved. But there are new stories to tell about Detroit today.

Closing the Gap

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 08.19.2012 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Like the characters in Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues, when students claim their voices they experience self-love.

They Buried the Bully...

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.05.2012 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

The joy of Get Versed, the enthusiasm of a wonderfully diverse audience and the incredible confidence from the children is a testament to everyone who loves them, to InsideOut's poets and staff, and to the healing power of poetry.

Get Ready to GET VERSED

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 07.17.2012 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

The care we give children is returned tenfold by our young people, and their talents and generous hearts will make a better world for us all.

Detroit Holds Forum On Youth Violence Prevention

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 03.22.2012 | Detroit

Concerns over youth violence have been rising in the city of Detroit after a string of recent tragedies involving young people. A conference devoted t...

Detroit Snob Appeal

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 04.23.2012 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

A snobberie, a soire, a sassy fashion gathering, a sip, a shop and a salute -- all of this, as well as a whole lot of poetry, will be going on Thursday, Feb. 23 in Rachel Lutz's remarkable Peacock Room in Detroit's Park Shelton Hotel.

I Am Young Detroit: Living Off Ramen, and Diving Head First Into the Unknown

Margarita Barry | Posted 04.09.2012 | Detroit
Margarita Barry

Here's to you young Detroit innovators, gamechangers, and aspiring changemakers: Embrace the possibility of success, ignore the haters and naysayers, and continue to forge your own path... you are the future of this city.

Detroit Youth Speak: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Yusef Bunchy Shakur | Posted 02.07.2012 | Detroit
Yusef Bunchy Shakur

When the conditions of Detroit are discussed the voices of Detroit youth are hardly ever considered a part of the conversation.

Living at Home in the 6th Happiest City in the Nation

Leah Moss | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Leah Moss

Pop-up beer gardens, art galleries, and commonplace notions that public transportation should endure have all happened in Detroit recently. Quite frankly, none of these activities should be deemed as a monumental occurrence.