Folkloric dance has been has long been a part of maintaining Mexican culture in Southwest Detroit. A few years ago some worried that the art form was disappearing. But lately there seems to be a revival of a dance style that teaches youth about Mexican culture. In the basement of St. Gabriele’s Church in..
Philip Kafka Billboards and graffiti in New York City are telling residents there to move to Detroit. New York entrepreneur Philip Kafka says though the billboards actually advertise a Detroit restaurant he’s a partner in, he installed the messages in New York City to get people thinking about Detroit’s potential. Kafka says since he started..
Bank of America is sponsoring two-thousand tickets for students to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts' newest exhibit. Students from Title I schools will have the chance see the art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Company spokesperson Diane Wagner says the program is an extension of the bank’s work to help preserve Rivera’s Detroit..
WDET’s Alex Trajano speaks with jazz guitarists Peter Bernstein and Randy Napoleon. Both men are appearing as part of MSU's guest artist in residence program. Mr. Bernstein is the final guest artist this season and Mr. Napoleon is professor of jazz guitar at MSU. They also perform in studio. They are touring schools in Detroit..
Last month over 15,000 people attended the 51st Annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Convention in Detroit’s Cobo Center. The event included a keynote address from President Jimmy Carter, an art gallery featuring Muslim artists, and a number of discussions surrounding this year’s theme - "GenerationsRise: Elevating Muslim American Culture." WDET worked with local..
In our continuing series “Inheriting Detroit," which looks at aspects of life in Detroit through the eyes of youth poets, Terrell Morrow from the InsideOut Literary Arts Project shares this poem about his hometown. "Detroit" by Terrell Morrow Motown tune harboring, Automobile industrial base vicarious drive, Downtown city lighting life-giver of struggling spirit, Red-winged-angel-singing city I..
This Sunday is Father’s Day. More than 10 percent of households with children in Detroit are headed up by single dads, a number that has been on the rise since the turn of this century. That’s according to a report from Data Driven Detroit. The data also show a decline in households run by married parents,..
This Sunday is Mother's Day. Motherhood is particularly significant in the city of Detroit, where about 60 percent of households with children are headed by a single woman. As part of WDET’s new series looking at life in Detroit as seen through the eyes of local youth poets, we hear from high school junior Arzelia Williams. She..
Detroit’s team of young poets return from an international poetry slam in Chicago over the weekend. WDET’s Laura Weber Davis followed the Citywide Poets from Inside-Out Literary Arts Project in Detroit as they traveled to the four-day “Brave New Voices” festival. As Laura reports, the young poets compete against one another, but the competition is..
The 2013 Slam Team is comprised of members of iO's award-winning after-school program Citywide Poets along with youth poets who participated in the 2013 CWP slam competition. CWP members perform at special venues around Metro Detroit, see their work published in an anthology, take national awards for their poetry, and compete to attend the Brave..