Detroit was once famous for creating the largest, most spectacular versions of whatever its residents set their minds to. Few care to admit, however, that the city that was the arsenal of the twentieth century may also provide the blueprint for a more precarious era.
In late 2010, I was telling people about my plan to recruit top college graduates to join and start early-stage companies around the country to generate U.S. job growth. I wanted to start in Detroit.
A Blue Man Group performance is definitely one of those things that you can never really imagine what it's going to be like until you actually experience it.
After releasing their debut album The Legacy in 1987 on Atlantic Records, Testament quickly shot to the upper echelon of metal royalty, and after all these years, through all the ups and downs, Testament is still alive and kicking ass.
Ever hear of Oscar DePriest? He made history a hundred years ago Monday. Few today remember him, but a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1915, Oscar DePriest made history, becoming the first African-American elected alderman in Chicago.
When you follow a rap group like Twiztid for so long, you realize that for some artists, it isn't about if you like their new song, or how many albums they will sell the first week, or if this song will get radio play.
To save lives, and to begin to satisfy the city's dire water infrastructure needs, Detroit needs to expand the current assistance programs and enact the Water Affordability Plan (WAP) approved by the City Council in 2006.
Earl Sweatshirt came about the hip hop world through the Odd Future crew, and he's arguably the most talented emcee out of the collective along with Tyler, The Creator.
On March 28th, the Redford Theatre in Detroit is set to screen Pandora's Box, the 1929 silent film starring screen legend Louise Brooks. For Metro Detroiters, it's a special opportunity to see one of the great films of the silent era on the big screen of a restored 1928 theater.
They fell in love and then they fell to work - serving Detroit and its people. This is my brief account of how romance brought together two of Michigan's pioneering philanthropists - Katherine Whitney McGregor and her husband Tracy.
If you really open yourself up to it, Mozart's music is anything but that. It's timeless, it's full of emotion, and it has everything to do with how we as humans feel, even today. In a world where most music burns heavy and burns out quickly, the flame of Mozart's music still burns as warmly as it did when he first wrote it.
For decades, the residents of River Rouge and surrounding communities have been living with severe air pollution from nearby coal plants, and together, they came out in force to pack a public hearing and call on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to put a plan in place that will finally clean up this pollution and correct a longstanding environmental injustice.
Wasn't poetry a frill? Irrelevant? Was it worth spending precious classroom hours and budget dollars on, given the serious issues facing children growing up in one of the most impoverished, beleaguered communities in this country?
"I think that there is so much Nate Dogg on this record," says Mayer Hawthorne, one half of Tuxedo with producer Jake One, about the inspiration behind the album. "He was a massive influence on the making of this record."
All of us 70s and 80s babies probably in some way or another have seen the movie Flashdance. Even if you haven't, there is probably slim chance you never at least seen that iconic dance scene where the water pours down on the movie's lead character Alex Owens.
I'm sure we can agree that no person wants to be devalued, unappreciated, mistrusted, disrespected, misunderstood or taken advantage of by others. It makes the exchange of gold or silver for furniture even more unresolved in my thinking.