The Choices that Matter Most in Detroit: Become Human

There are a lot of choices in Detroit: Become Human but some matter more than others.


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Aretha Franklin’s Detroit mansion sells for $300,000

Aretha Franklin’s mansion in Detroit has reportedly been sold for $ 300,000 (£233,964).
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‘She never left’: Detroit mourns Aretha Franklin

Detroit has lost a sister. Their sadness, though, somehow still feels like a celebration.
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How The Florida Shuffle cost the Detroit Red Wings’ announcer his son

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Detroit Puts Profits Over Revenue With Declining Rental-Car Sales

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Google Plots to Conquer Self-Driving Cars—by Making Peace With Detroit

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A White Director, the Police and Race in ‘Detroit’

Is Kathryn Bigelow the right filmmaker to tell the story of “Detroit,” about three horrifying deaths in 1967? She says doing nothing is not an answer.
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Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller made names for themselves a couple of years ago when they remotely hacked into a Jeep. Now they are going to work for General Motors. WSJD


Review: In ‘Detroit,’ Black Lives Caught in a Prehistory of the Alt-Right

Kathryn Bigelow’s new movie, set amid the Detroit riots of 1967, grapples with the legacy of American racism.
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Film Review: Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’

At their best, liberal film dramas that tackle the monumental issue of race in America have offered humanity and insight. It’s safe to say, though, that when Hollywood gives us a portrait of racial tragedy and injustice, it’s probably a tale of hope and uplift as well, a parable of moral darkness leading nobly into… Read more »



Detroit House Music Takes a Swaggering Step Out of the Darkness

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A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in the United States’ history.

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Trump Looks to Mend Fences With Detroit Car Makers

President Donald Trump told bosses of the Detroit three car makers that he would work to ease environmental regulations, cut corporate taxes and push for economic policies favorable to U.S. manufacturing, in an effort to mend fences with an industry that he spent months criticizing. US Business


The Obesity Epidemic at the Detroit Auto Show

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Detroit Just Named A Street After Stevie Wonder, And He’s Thrilled

Stevie Wonder moved out of Detroit years ago, but he’ll always have a home in Motown ― and now he can also lay claim to his very own street.

The legendary musician joined Mayor Mike Duggan Wednesday for the public unveiling of “Stevie Wonder Avenue,” a renamed portion of Milwaukee Avenue north of downtown. The new name is marked with a street sign at the corner of Woodward Avenue.

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“This is just an amazing moment,” Wonder said at the dedication, his brother and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) by his side. “I’m going to freeze this moment … and remember it forever.”

The spot has some significance for Wonder, who once lived on Milwaukee Avenue, according to the Detroit News. A mile west is Hitsville U.S.A., the former headquarters of Motown Records ― now home to the Motown Museum ― where Wonder got his start.

The artist thanked Conyers, saying the veteran congressman’s fight for equal rights has been an inspiration since his teenage years. Wonder took up the cause of championing social justice issues through his music.

He then took a moment during the celebratory press conference to get “real,” urging fans to focus on unifying the nation in the wake of divisions revealed by the presidential election.

“I’ve never seen none of you,” Wonder said, referencing his lifelong blindness, “so when I hear things about people not liking people because of the color of their skin, it is so absurd to me, so barbaric to me.

“I just say to you in this city, even in this state that has now become, at this point, a red state ― I’m just keeping it real ― don’t let the color of the state define who you are,” he added. “Don’t let negativity say this is what you are.”

Before the election, Wonder quipped that voting for President-elect Donald Trump would be like asking the blind musician to drive you to the hospital in an emergency.

“We are on a journey,” he said Wednesday. “When I think about this street, now being Stevie Wonder Avenue, I want all of us to walk down the street that leads us to a place of humanity and equality, of fairness and respect for each other.”

Wonder, 66, was born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan, and spent his childhood in Detroit. He was a musical prodigy, reportedly teaching himself to play the piano, drums and harmonica by age 10. A year later, Motown founder Berry Gordy offered him a record deal, and in 1963, “Little” Stevie Wonder landed his first of many No. 1 hits with the spirited live recording “Fingertips, Pt. 2.”

He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the 1980s, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014, and has won more than 20 Grammys


“Naming this street in his honor is reflective of the profound impact that he has had on both the city of Detroit and Motown’s legacy,” Robin Terry, Motown Museum chairwoman and CEO, said in a statement ahead of the dedication. 

It’s not the only new honor bestowed on Wonder. News site Slate has declared this “Wonder Week,” delving into the artist’s discography and his enduring influence on popular culture.

And if you read through Slate’s growing list of articles, you may as well listen to a seasonally appropriate soundtrack ― so here’s a compilation of Wonder’s Christmas songs

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Detroit St. Vincent DePaul Outreach Rec Free Medicine Help by Charles Myrick Of American Consultants RX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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This Abandoned Hospital in Detroit Is Reality, Not a Set on ‘The Walking Dead’

This story was written by Robert Johnson and originally appeared on Pixable.

Driving through Detroit, abandoned commercial buildings of all types rise up from the mass of vacant homes to catch the eye. After several days, this modern structure had drawn my attention enough that I stopped to take a closer look. Originally designed to house the Southwest Detroit Hospital, which was closed in 1993, it was sold to Detroit businessman Harley K. Brown who re-opened the building as United Community Hospital and subsequently drove it into the ground to advance his boxing promotion career. It was sitting vacant for nine years when I arrived in mid-January 2015 for our feature series Inside Detroit.

*Author’s note: We’ve redacted any sensitive information in the photos of medical files.

This post is a part of Pixable’s feature series Inside Detroit.

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Ken Burns-On-A-Shoestring: Creating Buzz for Launch of Mini-Doc ‘Digging Detroit’

“The Joe,” the battleship-gray windowless box on the Detroit River, is slated for 2017 demolition, making way for high-rise condos, a hotel and shopping as part of a pay-back to creditors owed $ 1 billion. For a few months in-between wrecking-ball and ground-breaking, Detroiters will once again have an unobstructed view of the river at the corner of Fort and 3rd — as if looking back in time and seeing the Purple Gang hijack another bootlegger at the docks, before moving its haul up the street to the speakeasy beside the church.


Few architects will mourn the loss of The Joe’s habitrail…

And that same little brick building on the left will probably still be standing when the condos are torn down in 60 years — perhaps making way for the next home for the Wings.

When the 1974 picture above was taken, I was probably immersed in Channel 50’s after-school reruns of Get Smart, Gilligan’s Island or deeper in the way-back machine, The Three Stooges and The Little Rascals. Inevitably, I’d have to endure the “Let’s put on a show” moment as Alfalfa or Darla would yelp out some terrible ballad — as I searched in vain for the Tivo remote that had yet to been invented.

My callous 10 year-old heart had no sympathy for the philanthropic spirit of Hal Roach’s characters and their benefit concerts for the dog Petie and his broken leg or Froggy’s necessary throat-surgery – -and there was always something a little creepy about Darla’s torch songs…

So when Pete Kalinski and Tom Reed, pals from those golden days of Channel 7’s Ape Week, contacted me about “putting on a show” featuring Detroit’s odd-ball history (from furs, to cigars, to cars, to Motown to bankruptcy) we decided to dream a little–not unlike Darla behind the patchwork curtain — that we’d crank out a few mini-episodes as auditions for a “real” show on our PBS affiliate. After all, didn’t At the Movies with Siskel & Ebert and Antiques Roadshow start somewhere?

I would handle the techie stuff (video taping, editing, social-media website, yada-yada-yada) and Tom and Pete would hunt up the stories and wrangle and conduct the interviews. We needed some good tales, ones that not everyone knows — and we needed to somehow get the shows seen by more people than our parents and poor spouses.

We decided on the principal of short-and-sweet similar to blogging (except for this piece) — try not to go over 1,000 words — or 15 minutes for our purposes on YouTube, unless you’re featuring a cat walking on a piano.

Tom suggested Digging Detroit and we liked it. Okay, that part’s over. Now what?


Step 1: Hooking the Audience for Show #1

I pitched my stand-by, one that I wrote about in my blog — radio announcer Jerry Buckley’s assassination in the LaSalle Hotel lobby the eve of corrupt Detroit Mayor Bowles’ recall in 1930–the process cheer-led by Buckley (link). There were no convictions, no ties to the mayor — but 100,000 people attended Buckley’s funeral and my great-uncle Harry Kelly, who would be Michigan’s WWII governor, made his bones leading the grand jury team.


The grave of Jerry Buckley, obscure now, but his death was front-page in the New York Times in 1930.

We also discussed other catchy stories — the salt mines under the city, where our parents remembered touring remains high on our wish-list which continued to grow longer. But we went back to watching the ball game and said we’d sleep on it.


I spoke with a colleague, Wayne Miracle, who leads paranormal investigations in the Detroit area who put us in touch with Marion Christiansen of Preservation Detroit who put us in touch with Tom Burelle, the owner of Tommy’s Detroit Bar & Grill.


Forgotten speakeasy staircase…

Step 2: Shoot the Foundation –The Interviews

Tom was gracious and invited us to the 1840 building that he had purchased three years earlier. He gave us a fun tour of his basement — complete with ghost-stories, rumors of underground railroad tunnels and our first episode — the remains of the secret speakeasy entrance.


Owner, Tom Burelle

It was clear that his bar was a goldmine of history. When Marion’s organization, Preservation Detroit, reached out for further discovery, they also enlisted an archaeological team from Wayne State University, led by Prof. Krysta Ryzewski in a summer 2013 dig.


Digging Detroit host, Tom Reed, with Krysta Ryzewski, Ph.D. Wayne State University

We scheduled a time to come back with our gear. Without a baseline of the interviews, you don’t really have the content — other than through a narrator’s contribution. But in this project’s case, we wanted it to be told directly by the experts. And perhaps the nicest bonus of great stories is finding great story-tellers — holistic in their love of their world and in sharing their world with others.

Marion took the time to speak with us numerous times, despite her very busy schedule — one time talking to me at length on a bus tour she was conducting. Tom Burelle continues to give tours to fellow history-buffs, taking them down the steep old staircase and answering all of their questions–to the chagrin of the occasional tour-bus driver tapping his watch. And at Wayne State, Krysta kindly had tables of artifacts and maps waiting for us.


A few layers of history removed from the skin of Tommy’s basement.

When my day-job finally allowed the assembly of our June interview with Tom and our August interview with Krysta, both were extremely understanding of the delay — perhaps a handy side -e ffect of working with historians and proprietors of extremely old buildings.

Step 3: “Even bad b-roll is better than no b-roll.”

When the interviews were dovetailed together in a semblance of appearing not to be six weeks apart, we knew we had to remove the standard 85 percent — shelving the possible abolitionist escape-routes and creepy ghost-stories (including a fun interview with the short-order cook detailing his lonely trips downstairs).


To your right, a mysterious room full of dirt…

The next step was adding the b-roll, including footage of the weird door-less dirt-filled room (perhaps moved to make space for a casino under 3rd Street) or Krysta’s artifacts and old photos of the neighborhood–including the Union Depot train station that was across the street made obsolete — like Joe Louis Arena’s need for wider chairs, increased leg-room and luxury suites.


Union Depot. Courtesy of the Reuther Library collection, Wayne State University

And Tommy’s has had one steadfast neighbor through the centuries–despite two collapsed roofs, fires and a fallen spire — Fort Street Presbyterian Church.


Fort Street Presbyterian Church — probably the closest beer-to-pew proximity in the country.

And while we did not feature Tommy’s own ghost-sighting, I did get goose-flesh when I shot the location where, one late summer’s evening, Tom saw a white-suited man in a fedora walking toward him — who suddenly vanished. “People asked if I was drinking,” he laughs, “I said, I was after.”

The alley between church and bar — looking to where the old train station stood.

Step 4: Branding It

The show-to-be needed an opening sequence and a theme song, so I had a great excuse to drive around town and gather images of some favorite places including Belle Isle’s Casino…


Then, after slapping together a theme song in Garage Band, we needed to design some kind of logo as well…


Sometimes you get lucky — like when a D looks like a shovel. A little basic animation and I had the “D” turn sideways for the opening — the handle appearing on the last beat of my song. (Legal Side-Bar: Anyone can use a © or TM without filing paperwork — it’s just staking your claim. The little ® you can’t use until you go through 8-10 month process with Uncle Sam.)

Step 5: Designing a Multi-Pronged Attack

The lazy side of me wanted to just put the video on YouTube under my own account and bounce it around emails and Facebook posts, but I knew we needed a brand and a multi-pronged attack. So, six hours later I took care of the following…

  • New Website: At the end credits, I wanted somewhere to viewers to go to submit their story ideas, etc. Fortunately, was still available, so I grabbed that and set up a basic hosting package for5 per month. I used WordPress to create a site that will be continually tweaked–but wanted an “About Us” page, a Post where the show would sit, a way to get subscribers – -and, most importantly, a submission form for ideas for more shows.
  • A Dedicated Facebook Page: This didn’t take too long, the key part is getting folks to “Like” it. Once you’ve invited someone to like it, you can’t do it again — not through the invite-route, anyway. It was also important to make a little square logo — so more playing around with Photoshop…
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  • Twitter Handle: The handy thing with owning your own website is the new email address you can have (e.g. so you can create a new Twitter account pretty painlessly as well–tossing in the square logo. (At least I found it less painful than speaking with #annoyinghashtags and @ampersands–as if you’re a foul-mouthed comic strip character.)
  • YouTube Account: Creating a GMail account, like Twitter, is made easier with the new email address, as well. And with a Gmail account, you get the whole e-smorgasbord, particularly the prime-mover, YouTube.

Step 6: Cutting the Umbilical Cord

As is the case with any creative process — particularly if tons of people will see it and point out your child’s funny ears, there’s a tendency to continually tweak, tweak, tweak — like I’ve done with this blog post. After all, there were dozens of reasons not to launch the video, including…

  • I need to make the audio cleaner, it sounds scratchy/echo-ey/tin-canny, etc.
  • I hadn’t yet purchased my nice microphone. Maybe I should re-interview? Nope. I couldn’t do that to them.
  • My pans were shot at the wrong frame-rate and its a bit choppy. Maybe I should go do those again.
  • The bar was dark and I brought the wrong light kit.
  • It could be tighter.
  • Let’s add a narrator after all.
  • Blah blah blah.

I did know enough to send the nearly-done draft to Tom and Krysta–to be sure they could live with the edits. Tom made me laugh with his voice-mail, “You made me wait so long for this?” I had to fix one typo on Tom’s name in the end-credits. Krysta gave it the green-light, too.

Okay. Out of excuses. Baby and bathwater–out you go. But, wait, maybe I should create a Pinterest account?

Nah. Click the button and hold your breath…

Step 7: Post-Op

Once the barn-door was finally open, I created the links on Twitter, Facebook and sent a few key emails. Tommy’s Bar put the link on its Facebook page as well as on its website.

That evening, Tom texted me that his site had 3,000 views. In 30 hours had 180 visitors and the YouTube page had nearly 640 views. Our newly minted Facebook page indicated that my post had been seen by 1,600 people.

Not sure what that all means for our grand scheme of getting a “real” series together, but our entrepreneurial spirits are considerably higher today — perhaps the same enthusiasm as someone who cared enough to build a pretty archway in a basement for his guests.


Tommy’s Detroit Bar & Grill is located at 624 3rd Street, Detroit. (website)

This post was originally featured on Kevin’s blog, MyMediaDiary.
Arts – The Huffington Post
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Affairs of the Art: The Reinvention of Detroit

Last week, Reuters reported that a company called Art Capital expressed its willingness to loan the city $ 4 billion if it uses its artwork as collateral.

In fact, the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection may be worth even more.

No wonder its bankruptcy creditors’ want the city to sell the art to pay them what they claim the city owes. But Detroit wants to keep the art safe from creditors and is fearful that any deal involving the art might be a violation of the bankruptcy laws. A court will eventually decide how well the city plans to pay its retirees and creditors.

According to the Institute:

In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art. Among these are the masterpiece sculpture Nail Figure from Zaire and a rare Korean Head of Buddha… Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry fresco cycle, which Rivera considered his most successful work, and Vincent van Gogh’s Self Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum collection.


This discussion of the value of the city’s collection of some 60,000 pieces of art symbolizes what is happening as the City reinvents itself for the new economy, the creative and innovative economy.

Over the last several decades MOTOWN as it was called, steadily lost its economic position in the world due to global competition. The population declined more than 50 percent and whole neighborhoods atrophied and died. It was the largest municipal case of bankruptcy in the nation.

In the last few years, automakers like General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are profitable and thriving. Is it still a Car Town however? No, it’s fast becoming a small art town. Or at least that what seems to be happening as Detroit asks itself what it wants to be as it slowly winds itself out of bankruptcy.

In the last few weeks and months artists, writers, entrepreneurs of all kinds are coming to the city because land is dirt cheap, housing almost free, and there are few restrictions on establishing a business or paying business taxes.

The New Yorker described the work of a new nonprofit organization called Write a House:

Write A House is refurbishing three two-bedroom houses in Detroit and accepting applications this spring for writers to move in, rent-free. Poets, journalists, novelists, and anyone who falls somewhere in between are encouraged to apply. If the writers stay for the required two years and fulfill other obligations, such as engaging with the city’s literary community and contributing to the program’s blog, they’ll even get the deed to the place.

Other good things are happening too. Quicken Loan moved it headquarters to the city and bought two large office buildings downtown. And offered recent graduates up to $ 100,000 if they base their start-ups in Detroit.

The Kresge Foundation with deep roots in art and culture has created Kresge Arts in Detroit “that focuses on arts and cultural organizations and artists living and working in metro Detroit’s Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. They have “provided $ 15 million in operating support to 80 small, mid-size and large organizations.

In June, Mike Duggan, the new mayor announced the formation of an Innovation District” to focus downtown as a place to encourage job development. Before this, according to Amy Haimer writing for Crain’s Detroit Business, “was the newly branded innovation district, it was the unofficial “creative corridor,” and organizations such as the Detroit Creative Corridor Center have been incubating and growing small creative firms in an attempt to fill its arteries with economic activity…These businesses — filmmakers, ad agencies, digital media, branding agencies, architects, designers, etc. — have been moving into downtown and Midtown and slowly and organically clustering into distinct centers of activity.”


Recently Detroit and Berlin have created an alliance to help cities reinvent themselves. As Wayne State University radio station put it:

As symbols of cultural and economic domination, as well as of collapse, and (potential) rebirth. Detroit and Berlin have ideological similarities that go far beyond industrial power. As beacons of culture, Detroit and Berlin have both been on the cutting edge of arts activities. Berlin is a crossroads of European film, art, music and food; Detroit is a center of African-American culture, with global credibility in jazz, techno, and emerging cultural expressions.

Things are starting to happen in Detroit.
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Rick Snyder Floats State Assistance For Detroit

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has met with Michigan lawmakers to discuss the possibility of contributing state money to shore up Detroit’s pension plans and prevent the sale of city-owned art.

The governor and GOP senators met behind closed doors Thursday after foundations committed $ 330 million this week. Snyder may ask lawmakers to match the foundations’ contributions. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville confirms talks about state involvement but says no final plan or request has been made to legislators. He’s cautiously optimistic of a solution in the “near future.”

Richardville says he expects Michigan residents to be most understanding if “we’re talking about protecting pensioners vs. bailing out a city.”

The bankruptcy judge overseeing Detroit’s restructuring plans to rule Thursday on a renegotiated interest rate swaps deal that could save millions.
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