Drum Roll Please.....Pick Mi Date is Sending Their Next Round of Daters to the Detroit Music Awards!

This isn't just any Awards Show...it's the 20th Anniversary and will be Amped to 11!

They can't let all the secrets out, but can say Mayer Hawthorne (a PMD fave) will be performing!

Click HERE to listen to our favorite song!

That's not even the Most Exciting Part!
The winners will be sitting at a VIP table, surrounded by all the nominees, musicians, and celebrities!

What are you waiting for?!

Register Already!

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About Pick Mi Date:

Part game show. Part match-making. AND all fun! Pick Mi Date is a whole new way of meeting people.  We put eligible singles online and let the public have their say about who should hook up. The winning match ups will be sent on an all-expense paid date to one of Detroit's sweetest establishments.  Best of all, the tab is on us!

For more information, go to PickMiDate.Com
Associated Press

The Michigan Film Office says the HBO series "Hung" has been approved for tax incentive worth about $1 million for the show's third season.

The film office said in a release Tuesday that the series was awarded the incentive based on about $2.6 million of projected in-state expenditures. The series is set in suburban Detroit and is partially shot in the area.

Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed setting an annual $25 million cap on the tax credits, which currently are unlimited. The Republican-led Legislature still must approve the GOP governor's plan, but the film office is operating under the $25 million target.

The statement says "Hung" is the third project approved under the new policy and guidelines.

According to the Detroit Free Press, filming should begin this month.



This is a plea to Ellen Degeneres to have Detroit Dog Rescue on her show. They need to raise money for Detroit's first no-kill shelter and help the 50,000 - 100,000 stray dogs in Detroit. Come on Ellen!!! We love ya!
Margarita Barry, the creative force behind the popular I Am Young Detroit website, hopes to open 71 POP—Detroit's first ever collaborative pop-up retail solely dedicated to emerging designers--which she calls a "pop-up shop with a twist" coming this summer. 71 POP will provide emerging designers with an affordable and hassle-free retail space to sell their products. By providing the space, the infrastructure, and tools needed, someone with little to no experience could have their own retail shop. Connecting local designers with brands to install a temporary pop-up shop, other designers can show in the space at a low cost, or with artist grants.

“Detroit is bustling with young entrepreneurs, creatives, and thought leaders who are ready to take advantage of the great opportunities the city has to offer. In fact, I started my blog I Am Young Detroit (www.iamyoungdetroit.com) to highlight just that. However, the average creative just getting started, can’t even think about owning and running their own retail space. Most of them are forced to work their day job just to maintain their bills. They pursue their real passion as a side hustle, often setting up an etsy.com shop and attending local fairs to sell their wares,” said Margarita Barry, publisher of I Am Young Detroit.

She added, “I surveyed over 400 local designers with products to sell, and 90 percent of them were dissatisfied with the number of opportunities they’ve had locally to pursue their entrepreneurial passion. Because of that, I saw a need to provide a new and innovative model for these emerging creative entrepreneurs to showcase and sell their locally made products.” The ultimate goal is to showcase 71 local artists and designers who would otherwise not have the opportunity to own their own retail space—this might include low income, emerging, or student artists. 71 POP’s companion website 71Artists.com will highlight its impact by documenting the artists living, working, or showing in and around the 71 POP space.

Here’s how it will work:
1.) Designers will submit an application to detroitpop.com.
2.) Select designers will be chosen to team up with local and national brand sponsors. The sponsors will offset much of the costs for these designers. Student and low-income designers will have the chance to apply for full or partial shop grants, while others will pay a nominal fee to set up shop in the space.
3.) All designers will have the opportunity to design a custom “shop” around their brand and aesthetic.
4.) All operations will be handled, including marketing, e-commerce sales, and launch event consulting. 71 POP will also provide optional paid services to help take the designers’ brands to the next level.

In addition, out of over a hundred applicants, Barry was named the Arts & Culture winner of the IDEA: Detroit Conference, sponsored by Crain's and Advertising Age. During the conference on March 23rd, she had the opportunity to publicly announce her 71 POP concept to the masses. The IDEA: Detroit conference brought business leaders from around the country to share successful stories and learning that exemplifies thinking about traditional business differently with an emphasis on Detroit and Michigan natives who have built successful businesses in other corners of the world and are passionate about bringing their thinking to their hometown.

To jumpstart 71 POP’s inaugural year, she’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to provide artists grants for the first year of shop owners, as well as to raise funding to cover the costs of the space, equipment, and operations. She gathered a few of Detroit's leaders in the creative and fashion community to produce a video for the campaign.

She's asking the Detroit community at large to consider supporting by backing the project on Kickstarter. "This is something that's going to impact the entire community,” Barry said. “We could use more distinct shopping experiences in the city and emerging creatives need more options to turn their passion into a profit.”

Kickstarter is a community tool to fund and follow creativity that allows users all over the world to discover and support projects that spark their enthusiasm and interest. Donations are made to the project in exchange for tangible rewards from the artists, while they retain full creative control of their work. To make a contribution or help the spread the word, check out this link.

The home for 71 Pop will be located at 71 Garfield, a former abandoned property that has been converted into a combined housing and studio space for artists. Situated in Midtown, the area is known as Detroit’s Cultural Center. Within its boundaries is The College for Creative Studies--one of the leading art schools in the country, Wayne State University--home to thousands of young urbanites, and the newly named Sugarhill Arts District that houses the Museum of Contemporary Art, and The George N’Namdi Art Gallery, it’s an innovative spot for Detroit’s up and coming young, creative class. Aside from being a great property with great foot traffic potential, 71 Garfield is completely green: geothermal, solar and wind and water retention systems will reduce net energy consumption and the waste stream to near zero. For additional info on 71 POP, please visit the website at www.detroitpop.com or visit us on Twitter and Facebook.

Related links:
http://www.detroitpop.com
http://www.twitter.com/detroitpop
Wayne State University's Athletics Department is gearing up for "W" Week, a community service initiative celebrating 36 years of women in WSU athletics. As part of the campaign, the Athletics Department has partnered with Wayne Cares, DO Foundation and Covenant House Michigan to organize a Basic Needs Drive, April 4-20.

The groups will collect travel-size toiletries to be distributed to the homeless in areas surrounding Wayne State University during "W" Week, April 25-30. Additionally, donations will go to Covenant House Michigan for distribution to the youth they serve, as well as to the DO Foundation's "Hit the Streets" outreach mission.

The goal is to collect enough items to assemble 1,000 toiletry kits for those in need. For a complete list of suggested donation items and drop-off locations, visit http://govaffairs.wayne.edu/cares/basic-needs.php or call Candice L. Turner at 313-577-3048.
By Kelly Dwyer
Yahoo Sports

As it was 25 years ago when the Detroit Pistons drafted him out of a small college in Oklahoma, Dennis Rodman didn't come to Detroit this week as much of a basketball player.

He had spent a good portion of the week doing what Dennis Rodman does now -- making personal appearances at product releases, in casinos, surrounded by filtered libations, flashing lights and flirting lasses. Prior to Friday's ceremony to retire his No. 10, Rodman took part in a pregame news conference sporting a hat with a clothing manufacturer's logo prominently featured. He's a pro at this now, to use one of his favorite words, "bro."

Something changed on Friday, though. Perhaps it was the shot of a young Rodman on the marquee outside the Palace at Auburn Hills, unfettered by jewelry or skin-and-ink artistry. Maybe it was the Palace setting itself -- the building was rightfully hailed as years ahead of its time when it debuted in 1988, but now even some of its gaudier elements seem quite tame. Perhaps it was the nostalgia, which has a way of both humbling and enervating even the person that's being paid tribute to. For whatever reason, as it was 25 years ago, the Detroit Pistons turned Dennis Rodman into a basketball player again on Friday night.

Detroit couldn't help it. They'd seen from afar the tattooed Rodman, the guy with the crazy hair and outlandish (for the 1990s, at least) style who courted Madonna and posed nude on the cover of his bestselling books as he played for the Spurs and Bulls. But Detroit never knew that guy. No, they knew the shy and sensitive Rodman that sheepishly made his way onto the Pistons roster as a 25-year-old rookie in 1986.

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PR Newswire

The Harlem music teacher whose real life story inspired the Academy Award-nominated film Music of the Heart starring Meryl Streep, will visit to Detroit to share her expertise with local music students and their teachers.  The public is invited to attend this free event titled "A Roberta Guaspari Masterclass" on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 at Cornerstone Schools.

A renowned ambassador of music education, Guaspari was also the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary Small Wonders. Guaspari and her son, cellist Nick Tzavaras of the Shanghai String Quartet, will lead two days of string workshops and hands-on clinics. Students and teachers from Cornerstone, as well as a dozen Detroit public and charter schools are participating. An Informance, a student finale concert, concludes the event on April 9 at 5 p.m. 

A violinist, Guaspari galvanized her community while teaching in East Harlem in the 1970's. When funding was cut in 1991, parents, city leaders, philanthropists and world-class musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern and Quincy Jones rallied to save it.

Today, Guaspari continues teaching at the Harlem School of Music.  She has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, the New York Post and Vogue magazine. 

For more information or to attend this event co-hosted by the Michigan State University College of Music, please visit www.cornerstoneschools.org.

'Do Something Reel' film series explores food, environment, activism
By Clay Evans
Boulder Daily Camera

Excerpt:

Whole Foods' inaugural "Do Something Reel" film series celebrates Earth Month with six documentary films that explore green issues.

"(W)e want to raise awareness of environmental and food issues and support filmmakers who are creating films that inspire people to question the impact our choices have on our health, body and environment," says Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. "We see film as an inspirational medium that can spark an active dialogue and encourage people to take action locally."

"Urban Roots" Directed by Mark MacInnis. 94 minutes. An exploration of the emergence of hundreds of urban farms in the most unlikely of places, inner-city Detroit. Once an industrial powerhouse, the Motor City was considered the most affluent and modern of metropolises. Now, it has lost half its population and the resulting civic collapse is evident in thousands of abandoned buildings, home and neighborhoods that litter the landscape. But urban farmers, who, against all odds, have risen out of the ashes and are creating "a vibrant, healthy and robust farming culture that already feeds thousands."

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