Author: LaToya Cross

LaToya Cross is a Producer and writer on CultureShift with a passion for highlighting creatives using their platform to shape, shift and analyze society through an artistic lens.

Prior to joining WDET, she worked as the senior editor of entertainment and culture of EBONY Magazine's print and digital properties, creating content and producing series' that explored Black voices across music, television, film and art. She is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. A lover of the arts and creative expression, LaToya also writes poetry and is experimenting with photography.

Detroit Free Press’ New Restaurant and Dining Critic Lyndsay Green Aims to Tell Stories Beyond the Plate

Rebecca Simonov Entering the food editorial space at Hour Detroit magazine just before the pandemic, Lyndsay C. Green says that the “chaotic and uncertain” times signaled a new way to approach and tell stories within the dining scene and beyond.  “It’s really challenging circumstances and unfortunate, but in a way, I’m sort of grateful I..

Culture D-Tour: Cass Tech Senior Quintin Love Jr. Goes to the “Xtreme” for Detroit Youth with Mentoring Program

Courtney Wise Randolph writes about Detroit’s movers and shakers for Detour Detroit. Once a month, she stops by CultureShift to chat with a notable Detroiter. This month, she talks with Quinton Love Jr. Xtreme 365 isn’t just about teaching youth how to fight. It’s about identifying a path that helps navigate life and bonding through sport. That’s the vision entrepreneur..

Dawnie Walton’s Debut Novel “The Final Revival of Opal & Nev” Strikes Sociopolitical and Racial Chords

One risk taken when meeting those whom you admire is seeing their mythical image fleet and their true human being come to light. Those truths can be heart-filling, heartbreaking or a bit of both.  Rayon Richards In Dawnie Walton’s debut novel, "The Final Revival of Opal & Nev" (37Ink/Simon & Schuster), the latter is experienced by one of her..