June 2019

BLAC Detroit June 2019

We let the rhythm move us with this issue. In honor of Black Music Month, we asked popular Detroiters – Huel Perkins, Rochelle Riley, Shaun Robinson – to pick their must-have tracks on any quintessential black playlist. Check out their picks and then listen to the complete playlist courtesy of Spotify. Federal Judge Denise Page Hood met us at 24 Grille in  Detroit for the fifth installment of our BLAC Legends series. Desiree Cooper takes a gander at what some black activists call “hood feminism,” we join Jessica Nabongo on her quest to become the first black woman to visit every country, Sugar & Spice Salon caters to the kids, plus much more.

Black Music Month

Popular Detroiters Create A Black Music Month Playlist

What else but music can as easily shake awake a party as it can those butterflies that fluttered for your first love? Then there are those songs that transcend the individual experience to reverberate within the whole of black culture.
Judge Denise Page Hood

BLAC Legends: Judge Denise Page Hood

The chief federal judge discusses racial biases within the criminal justice system, earning her respect as a black woman and the future of Roe v. Wade.
BLACs 20th Anniversary

BLAC’s 20th Anniversary Throwback: Flashing Back to 2003

Celebrating BLAC’s 20th anniversary and remembering what we and the culture were up to in 2003, plus at look back at our interview with the Kilpatrick family.
Jessica Nabongo

Jessica Nabongo is About to Become the First Black Woman to Visit Every Country

The writer, photographer and world wanderer is on track to make history, and documenting each step of the journey.
Hood Feminism

‘Hood Feminism’ and its Inclusive Take on the Women’s Rights Fight

When the white, middle-class idea of women's rights just ain't seasoned enough.
Beauty and health

Ask the Expert: What Are the Early Signs of Heart Disease?

African-Americans have the highest overall death rate from heart disease of any ethnic group in America.
Brandon Jessup

Brandon Jessup, State Voices Deputy Director of Data & Technology

An early interest in politics inspired this forward-thinker to use data and technology to advocate for progressive policy changes in Michigan.
tech toys

Easy-to-Use Tech Gadgets for Everyday

No need to fear these tech toys; they’re approachable and sure to make life a little easier.
Rise Up Detroit

Rise Up Detroit Tells the Stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Detroit

Created by Rise Up North, the educational tool uses materials from Wayne State University’s Reuther Library and other sources to make sure we remember our history.

Wayne State’s DetroitEd411 Service Gives Instant Access to Higher Education Resources

The new Facebook Messenger program blends education and technology and allows users to access post-secondary information in an instant.
Izzy & Liv

Izzy & Liv Brings Their Brown Sugar Boxes and Graphic Tees to Macy’s at...

The black-centric lifestyle brand sets up for a temporary showcase.
Sugar & Spice

Mommy-and-Me Salon Sugar & Spice Caters to the Kids First

The Redford kids’ salon has everything a little diva needs to get glam, from chocolate facials to glitter tattoos.
12th and Viv

Skin Care and Home Décor Line 12th and Viv Goes from Kitchen Mixer to...

Millennial mom Darian Cook focuses on pure ingredients and building self-esteem.
culture creators

We Are Culture Creators is Where Young Detroit Artists Mingle

The collective includes musicians, photographers, filmmakers, producers and the like.
Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club

Creative Minds Meet Weekly at Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club

Detroit artists and art collectors meet at Noni’s Sherwood Grille to grub and share pieces.
Aspen Grey

Aspen Grey Event Gallery Offers a Luxury Event Space in Farmington Hills

The space created by DesignLuxe owner Sheree Jackson also doubles as a co-working space for fellow event planners.