Over the years, the Detroit Pistons have brought several significant, largely good, if unrecognized, changes that transformed the NBA on and off the court.
If you ever lived and worked there for any amount of time, and especially if you are Detroit born and made like this columnist, no matter where you are, you carry ‘The D’ with a strong sense of pride
The star-studded line up of speakers and entertainers to honor the late Aretha Franklin includes Steve Wonder, Jennifer Hudson and former President Bill Clinton, among many others.
Aretha Franklin wasn’t called “The Queen of Soul” for being a one-hit wonder. Franklin died last week of pancreatic cancer at age 76 in her Detroit home. Despite her worldwide fame, she never forgot her Motor City roots, which were grounded at the church of her late father, Rev. C.L. Franklin. She taught herself to […]
After an advance screening of the film Detroit, a patron asked how much of it was real and how much was just a movie. As a Detroit native, I felt like a lyric from Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly”— “Telling my whole life with his words” — while watching director Kathryn Bigelow’s film, based […]
Detroit’s ’67 riots broke out in the wee hours of July 23, in the wake of a police raid on an unlicensed bar where folks had been toasting a couple of vets who’d recently returned from Vietnam. Word spread like wildfire through the Black community that the cops had arrested all 82 people they found […]
Conclusion of a two-part story The City of Detroit’s motto translated from the Latin is “We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.” That motto is prominently displayed on the city’s flag and has been the impetus for city residents ever since the 1805 fire that destroyed the city. The executive director […]
Detroit boasts of having aired first Black TV channel Before there was Black Entertainment Television (BET) and other Black-themed channels, there was Detroit’s WGPR-TV. “This is where it began,” declared Tracy Irwin, director of exhibitions and collections at the Detroit Historical Society, which hosted “America’s Broadcasting Pioneer: WGPR-TV 62” from January 23-April 3, 2016. Artifacts, […]