Detroiter Jason Hall and the Slow Roll featured in new Apple iPad commercial

Detroit activist Jason Hall and his massive Slow Roll bike ride are the stars of a new Apple iPad commercial that went live today. In the spot, Hall describes how he uses the device to map Slow Roll routes, order T shirts, design flyers, and more.

The spot, which features Apple's typically precious art direction, sees Hall explaining that he co-created Slow Roll in part to fight the negative image of Detroit by giving people an on-the-streets view of what's actually going on in the city. What started as a meetup of dozens soon multiplied into an event that draws over 1,000. "Detroit is diversity at its best, and Slow Roll is that," Hall says.

"The first time I saw (the spots) I was speechless," Hall told USA TodayHall will make appearances in Apple stores in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Portland in the coming weeks.

We cheekily gave the event a Critic's Choice pick as "The Best Overlooked Local Success Story That's Not Shinola" in our Best of Detroit issue back in April. Check out the spot and learn more about Hall at Apple's website, or browse through photos from Slow Roll here.

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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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