Mexican Folk Dancing Makes a Comeback

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..

New York Billboards Say “Move to Detroit”

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..

#ISNAstories: Understanding the Line Between Faith and Culture in the U.S.

  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..

Youth Poet on the Strength and Frustration of “Detroit”

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..

Youth Poet Celebrates a “Sacred Woman”

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..

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Brave New Voices: Meet The Team!

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..