Detroit 1967 Riot Movie To Partly Film In the City

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"Zero Dark Thirty" filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow's next project will partly film in Detroit.

Plans were announced in January for Bigelow to direct a film set amid 1967's deadly race-related rioting in Detroit. Colin Wilson, a line producer, tells the Detroit Free Press they want "try to shoot as much as we possibly can" in Detroit.

Wilson says filming also could take place in the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck. John Boyega, who played Finn in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," is joining the cast.

The crime drama written by Mark Boal is scheduled to begin production this summer and be released in 2017 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the riots. Bigelow and Boal previously collaborated on the war movies "Zero Dark Thirty" and "The Hurt Locker."


Michigan Avenue is Corktown’s main street, but it is also a nine-lane state highway. This harms the neighborhood’s viability by separating residents from businesses, discouraging community interaction by reducing walkability, forcing dining and retail activity indoors, diminishing public life, and preventing the energy of the neighborhood from flowing out into public spaces.

People First Project wants you to change that.

They are seeking 12 forward-thinking designers, activists, architects, urban planners, and artists for a new project at the forefront of urban change.

These twelve people will each receive $5000 in funding to design and implement a transformative project that utilizes the principles of human-centered design to transform Michigan Avenue into a more complete street.

Additionally, selected project leaders will participate in a learning community that consists of global leaders in the tactical urbanism movement.

The ideal project should be highly visible within the larger community of urban activism while remaining rooted in Corktown by addressing the desires of its residents. Additionally, successful submissions will be projects that are inspiring and ambitious yet attainable for the allotted time frame and budget. We will be moving fast. We are operating on an accelerated timeline due to the weather, and because of that, people who demonstrate a unique combination of flexibility, speed, and excellence will be favored. All projects are aimed at the transformation of Michigan Avenue.

Click HERE For More Information! 


Find me in the suburbs and
The shadow of decay
Rolling rings of rubber and
The band begins to play

Am I on the right side of the left side of your brain
Can you see the rising of old yesterday's remains
Funkadelic said it best I think you know the rest
Time don't stand a chance against this motor madness

Don't you worry baby I'm like
Detroit, I'm crazy
Don't you worry baby I'm like
Detroit, I'm crazy I'm like
Detroit, I'm crazy
Don't you worry baby I'm like

The Stooges and J Dilla, yeah
They tore this town apart
Put me back together, well
I guess that's quite an art

Henry won the war you see
But not with pen or sword
He did it with the little thing I think it's called a Ford

Funkadelic said it best I think you know the rest
Time don't stand a chance against this motor madness

Don't you worry baby I'm like
Detroit, I'm crazy
Don't you worry baby I'm like
Detroit, I'm crazy I'm like
Detroit, I'm crazy
Don't you worry baby I'm like
Detroit, I'm crazy I'm like
Detroit, I'm crazy

Everything's so hazy I'm like
Detroit, I'm crazy I'm like
Detroit, I'm crazy
Everything's so hazy

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Things to include in the email are a recent photograph of yourself and your stats (height, contact info, schedule, etc.) She said most extras will be for those 18 and older, but there may be some spots available for 16-18 year olds.

Rivière28, an auxiliary group within the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy (the Conservancy) will host its fifth annual Light Up the Riverfront event on Friday, June 17 at an all-new location, Gabriel Richard Park (just East of the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle.) The group, which is comprised of more than 15 engaged professionals from the metro Detroit area, organizes fun and inviting experiences on the riverfront and Dequindre Cut for their peers who live, work or play in the city of Detroit. The event will be held from 6 until 10 p.m. and is open to individuals of all ages.

Tickets for Light Up the Riverfront are available online for $25

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful park, this interactive event will feature tasty summer BBQ dishes along with campfire treats, live music from DJ Emmett Burkes and lawn games such as life-size Jenga. The event will also incorporate furniture from Detroit’s very own Sit On It Detroit. Attendees are invited to bring their own alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy during the event. Picnic gear, including blankets, chairs and coolers, are also welcomed and encouraged.

Friday, June 17, 6-10 p.m.

Gabriel Richard Park
7400 East Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, Mich. 48214

Held on an annual basis, Rivière28 events are aimed not only at creating unrivaled experiences on the riverfront, but also at cultivating a new generation of supporters for the Conservancy.

For information about group ticket purchases, please email the Conservancy’s donor relations coordinator, Kate Andrecovich at

For the latest information about Rivière28 and updates on the two planned events, please visit

As the first African-American woman in history to hold a patent for a natural hair care product, Gwen Jimmere, founder and CEO of the world-renowned Naturalicious hair care line, is no stranger to the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.

For many entrepreneurs, the beginning of running a business is very exciting—you’re passionate about having your own business and creating your own hours, and really, you just love feeling like a boss.

However, this flow of passion can quickly run dry with the common misunderstandings and mishaps new entrepreneurs experience as they build their business. Jimmere shares the top mistakes entrepreneurs make and the keys to avoiding them.

Working In Your Business (And Not On It)

There’s a distinct difference between an entrepreneur and a small business owner. When you’re a small business owner, oftentimes your business is completely dependent upon your physical presence. However, Jimmere says, “An entrepreneur works to grow their business to a point where they’re able to scale it and become the CEO, allowing them to work on the business, and not in the business.”

Jimmere explains that becoming the CEO of your business is the goal because you don’t want to experience a situation that forces you to leave your business for some time (such as unexpected sickness, or God-forbid you dare to take a weeklong vacation)—and then your business falls under because the only way you make money is if you’re the one who physically handles everything that needs to be done.

You want to grow your business to the point where, regardless of the situation that requires you to leave your business for a period of time, you know your business will continue to run well without your presence and your family will be taken care of.

Click HERE For The Full Article! 

Detroit is a city becoming. Rich with history, full of tradition and still driving—always driving—toward the future, Detroit today is not the Detroit of yesterday, nor is it the Detroit of tomorrow. It is the Detroit of right-this-very-moment. We asked four community leaders to chronicle their city, their heroes and the vibrant life within the 313.


Frica Raleigh, executive director of Data Driven Detroit, on Sarida Scott, Quincy Jones and the power of data to transform neighborhoods.


Ned Staebler of Detroit’s incubator TechTown on entrepreneur Dave Stenson and the new engine of Motor City.


Chef James Rigato of Mabel Gray on his mentor Luciano Del Signore and the deep roots and new bounty of Detroit’s dining scene.


Carleton S. Gholz, executive director of the Detroit Sound Conservancy, on DJ John “Jammin’” Collins, a transformative figure in the local DJ scene.

Click HERE For The Full Article! 
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A new facility in Detroit will become Michigan State University’s first center for studying and developing urban food systems.

Drawing on experience from MSU’s 13 rural AgBioResearch field stations and MSU Extension work in every county of Michigan, the MSU/Detroit Center for Urban Food Systems will facilitate best practices for food and non-food plant production and a variety of related community support activities.

“The food systems center reflects Michigan State’s commitment to the people of Detroit and drive to bring our pioneering work in food systems into the urban environment,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said.

A proposed Detroit neighborhood site is under consideration and will be announced once land use review and community outreach are completed. Michigan State has earmarked $300,000 to launch the project and anticipates ongoing support from state and federal sources.

MSU currently has 59 full-time Extension staff in Detroit and Wayne County in five offices, and will staff the proposed center as program needs dictate. Staff will work with residents to optimize plant health and productivity, handle land contamination issues and connect entrepreneurs with markets and networks.

Click HERE For The Full Article! 

The Detroit qualifier for Red Bull Reign, an interstate 3x3 basketball tournament where the finals are held in Chicago on July 16th, returns for its second year on June 25th to the Joe Dumars Fieldhouse. The winners of the qualifiers will head to Chicago’s Seward Park for the Red Bull Reign finals to face off against each other in hopes of winning the ultimate street ball competition.

Qualifiers Schedule:
May 28th New Orleans
June 11th Philadelphia
June 18th Cleveland
June 25th Detroit
July 8th Indianapolis
July 9th Chicago

Joe Dumars Fieldhouse
1120 West State Fair
Detroit, MI 48203

Saturday, June 25th
9:00 AM - Registration Opens
10:00 AM - Competition Begins

Endurance is the name of the game: it’s not just one round – teams must go multiple rounds if they want to rule the court of victory.  24 teams will be selected from the pool of registrants.  Round 1 and 2 games will be pool-play and each game will last eight minutes.  The final round will be a bracketed tournament and will run 10-minute games, with the winning team earning their spot in the Red Bull Reign Finals in Chicago. The winning team from the qualifier must have the same roster to participate in the Chicago finals. The qualifier is open to amateur and pros alike, however players must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Twenty-four of Detroit’s most talented 3x3 basketball squads fighting tooth and nail to earn a spot to compete in the Finals in Chicago.  Only the top team from Detroit will advance.

For info on competing, players should visit

Entre-SLAM, an Ann Arbor based business storytelling organization, is launching a Business Storytelling Accelerator in Detroit, Michigan. They have partnered with TechTown Detroit, Dinsmore and Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses to deliver a series of competitive, business storytelling cohorts for Tech, Retail and Social Enterprise organizations.

The Entre-SLAM Business Storytelling Accelerator schedule is as follows:

  • The Tech Cohort begins June 24th
  • The Retail Cohort begins June 27th
  • The Social Enterprise Cohort begins June 28th

Each cohort will last for four weeks. Training will be held mostly at TechTown’s Junction440 at 440 Burroughs St. Detroit, Michigan 48202.

Subsidized by Entre-SLAM and partner sponsorships, cohort fees start at a low rate of $49 and go to $225. Fees covers coaching, marketing, strategy and sales training.

Interested parties can go to Entre-SLAM:

All will accomplish:

  • Discovering their 'why' and how to build a compelling, competitive narrative around it, 
  • Connecting their personal 'why' to their brand's 'why', and,
  • Building focused plans for implementing sales and digital marketing strategies.

Select candidates will be featured at the Entre-SLAM Business Storytelling Demo Day on October 5th at TechTown where the event will feature a steampunk theme. Three winners will receive valuable prizes. ‘The stories building and coming out of Detroit and the state of Michigan, by extension, are stories of resiliency, determination and tenacity. Detroit won’t stop and neither will Entre-SLAM as we join in the city’s pursuit of positioning Detroit as a viable draw for entrepreneurship.’ says Christa Chambers-Price, founder of Entre-SLAM.

“Every business has a powerful story, and that story is integral to every facet of operations,” says Bonnie Fahoome, SWOT City Portfolio Manager at TechTown. “TechTown is thrilled to be partnering with Entre-SLAM to provide Detroit entrepreneurs with the tools they need to develop and deliver their stories across channels in engaging and impactful ways.”

Since 2012 Entre-SLAM provides coaching, training and events for innovators seeking to discover their 'why,' build compelling narratives and implement them across their entire operations.

GM River Days presented by the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, returns June 24-26, 2016.  This one of a kind festival  takes place along the Detroit Riverfront – from the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal & Dock just west of the GM Renaissance Center, to Rivard Plaza and the William G. Milliken State Park. River Days is a celebration of Detroit’s RiverWalk with activities on land and water.  Experience all the RiverWalk has to offer, from the tall ships, jet-ski demos and riverboat tours to live music, sand sculptures, kids activities, delicious eats and much more!

Admission to GM River Days is $3 before 3pm and $5 after 3pm to support the non-profit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.  GM River Days is FREE to enter on Friday between 11am-5pm.

Click HERE for parking information.


Yoga on the River

Beginners and experienced yogis alike are invited to participate in “Yoga on the River.” The community event is Hosted by Detroit Bikram and takes place in the idyllic setting on the GM Plaza overlooking the Detroit River on Saturday, June 25 at 9:30 a.m. before GM River Days.

Zip Line Rides 

Daredevil festival goers will get a bird’s eye view of the Detroit River, GM Renaissance Center and State Park with zip line rides available. Thrill seekers will get to fly 300-feet across the sky. This festival feature is the longest, fastest mobile zip line available and allows two people to zip simultaneously on two lines 34 feet in the air.

Tuskeegee Air Show

This year’s GM River Days celebration will include an airshow Friday at 1:00pm, Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26 starting at 4:00 p.m. each day. The show is being staged by the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum. The show will include something for everyone.

Diamond Jack River Boat Tours

Diamond Jacks River Tours will be docked at Rivard Plaza during River Days!  Festivalgoers will be able to take 1-hour tours and experience the sights along the newly refurbished RiverWalk from the Detroit River.

Click HERE for more!


Quicken Loans National Stage
Located between Schweitzer & Rivard on Atwater

Friday, June 24, 2016
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.             Ryan Dillaha & the Miracle Men (Rock and Roll)
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.             Laith Al-Saadi (Soul)
8:40 to 10:00 p.m.           B-52s (New Wave)

Saturday, June 25, 2016
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.                Tuskeegee Airmen Museum Airshow
5:30 to 6:00 p.m.                Brielle  (R&B)
6:45 to 7:45 p.m.                SWV (R&B)
8:30 to 10:00 p.m.              Patti LaBelle (R&B)

Sunday, June 26, 2016                                                          

4:00 to 5:00 p.m.                Tuskeegee Airmen Museum Airshow
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.                Notorious featuring Leslie Nelson  (R&B, Soul, Funk)
6:45 to 7:45 p.m.                Jeffery Osborne (R&B)
8:30 to 10:00 p.m.              Mint Condition (R&B)

Chevy Stage
located on GM Plaza outside the GM Wintergarden

Friday, June 24, 2016
11:30 to 12:30 p.m.          Mia Green (Acoustic Pop)
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.              Off The Ledge (Funky, Folky, Blues)
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.              Teddy Richards (Singer/Songwriter)
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.              1592 (Reggae/Rock)  
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.              Pete ‘Big Dog’ Fetters and The Bourbon Street Blues Band (Blues)
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.              Carolyn Striho (Indie Rock/Pop)
8:30 to 10:00 p.m.            Paul Lamb & The Detroit Breakbown (Classic Rock/Blues Rock)

Saturday, June 25, 2016
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.            BIKRAM YOGA                  
11:30 to 12:30 p.m.          Katelynn Corll (Acoustic/Singer Songwriter)
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.              Awkward Theory (Alternative Hip Hop)
2:30 to 3:45 p.m.              Austin Scott (Americana)
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.              Tuskeegee Airmen Museum Airshow
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.              The Native Howl (Mix of bluegrass and metal)
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.              The Reefermen (Rock)
8:30 to 10:00 p.m.            Stone Clover (Irish Americana Rock)

Sunday, June 26, 2016
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.            YOGA                  
11:30 to 12:30 a.m.          Cayenne & Ginger (Acoustic pop)
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.              Shay Lewis (Pop/R&B)
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.              Carcosa (Alternative rock)
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.              Tuskeegee Airmen Museum Airshow
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.              Sam Van Wagoner (Acoustic Pop, Rock, & Blues)
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.              Laura Rain & The Caesars (Retro Soul)
8:30 to 10:00 p.m.            Larry Lee & Back in the Day (Funk R&B)

Michigan Lottery Stage
located near the Beaubien and Atwater Entrance

Friday, June 24, 2016
12:00 to 12:45 p.m.           Trey Connor (Acoustic/Folk, Pop/Rock)
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.               Boudoir Noir (Dreamy, cabaret pop)
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.               Alison Albrecht (Acoustic and Roots)
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.               Telephon9 (Electro Pop)
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.               The Ruiners (Garage Rock, Biker, Bubble Gum, Rockabilly)
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.               Inohs Sivad Evolution (Funk, Rock, Soul)
9:00 to 10:00 p.m.             JCanady & The Soul Nyce Band (Jazz, funk, Fusion, Soul)

Saturday, June 25, 2016
12:00 to 12:45 p.m.           Sophia Avocado (Mixed Genre)
1:15 to 2:15 p.m.               Inner Mitten Blues (Blues/Rock/hip-hop)
2:45 to 3:45 p.m.               Lilac Lungs (Pop/Alternative)
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.               Tuskeegee Airmen Museum Airshow
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.               Roots Vibrations (Reggae/Soca/Caribbean music)
6:45 to 8:00 p.m.               Last Call (New country rock)
8:30 to 10:00 p.m.             Bobby Murray (Blues. Rockin' soulful, blues)

Sunday, June 26, 2016
12:00 to 12:45 p.m.           Emily Rose (Folk)
1:15 to 2:15 p.m.               Dragon Wagon (Acoustic folk-rock/Americana/bluegrass)
2:45 to 3:45 p.m.               Blood & Wine (Heavy Alternative Rock)
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.               Tuskeegee Airmen Museum Airshow
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.               Oak City Roots (Indie Folk/Rock)
6:45 to 8:00 p.m.               The Dave Hamilton Band (Pop, Funk, Rock)
8:30 to 10:00 p.m.             The Orbitsuns (Outlaw Country)