Friday, November 20, 2020

Detroit's Thanksgiving Day parade plans gobbled up by COVID-19, scrambles as virtual event

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 10:33 AM

Detroit doesn't need rain to spoil its annual Thanksgiving Day parade, which, as of Thursday, has been officially gobbled up by the state's amended restrictions on outdoor gathering sizes to curb the rising coronavirus cases statewide. In September, parade organizers announced a new televised-only, gawker-less format for the 94th...

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Grosse Pointe Antifa is real

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 11:36 AM

On Thursday, the words "Grosse Pointe Antifa" started trending on Twitter, because — oh shit, where do we even start with this one. Grosse Pointe, the well-do-do neighboring communities of hardscrabble Detroit, came under the national spotlight during Tuesday's contentious Wayne County Board of Canvassers meeting. In an unprecedented...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Zendaya channels Detroit supermodel Donyale Luna for 'Essence' cover

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 2:54 PM

Singer and Euphoria actress Zendaya gives a nod to Donyale Luna, the Detroit native known as "the first Black supermodel," on the cover of the new issue of Essence. The stunning black and white photos were taken by photographers Ahmad Barber and Donté Maurice, who confirmed on Twitter that...

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New Major Magic's shutters and sells off everything — including the Rock n' Roll Rebellion animatronic band

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 10:08 AM

We will never forget where we were or how we felt on Tuesday, Nov. 17 — the day the music died. Major Magic and the Rock n' Roll Rebellion are no more. Of course, we're referring to the choppy animatronic band and namesake of Major Magic's, the beloved family-focused...

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

MOCAD to screen New Red Order film on Friday with discussion on dismantling settler colonialism

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2020 at 11:48 AM

Detroit contemporary art gallery MOCAD has been undergoing a public reckoning with institutional racism after dozens of employees alleged a toxic workplace under its previous executive director, including "racist micro-aggressions." While the reckoning was led by current and former MOCAD employees, New Red Order also played a major role...

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Friday, November 13, 2020

DIA exhibition is a love letter to the automobile and the Motor City

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM

The new automotive design exhibition that opens this weekend at the Detroit Institute of Arts might seem perfectly in line with the museum's more recent forays into pop culture, like shows featuring costume designs from the Star Wars films or baseball memorabilia. But curator Ben Colman points out that...

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Local rock star Ko Melina has been taking photos of Detroiters every day during the pandemic

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 12:07 PM

Ko Melina — a longtime fixture of Detroit's rock 'n' roll scene — knew the coronavirus crisis was going to be bad. Months before Michigan reported its first cases of the virus, her father, who lives in Taiwan, told her to start wearing masks and using hand sanitizer. Melina...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

AMC Theatres now offering private theater rentals for $99 due to the financial impact of COVID-19

Posted By on Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 4:03 PM

Sometimes a nightmare is masked as a dream, and no, we're not referring to the 2019 CGI musical disaster Cats, which was more fever dream than dream-dream. What we are referring to is AMC Theatre's new pandemic plan, which involves offering private theaters for rentals for as low as...

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Performance anxiety, anyone? Michigan's porn-watching took a dive on election day

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 1:38 PM

Nothing kills a boner, or the desire to fap, quite like the words “key race alert” — though CNN's John King did get us worked up with his digital map work and Jake Tapper's frequent use of the word “spawn” to describe President Donald Trump's children got us hot...

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Noted poet laureate of Detroit Naomi Long Madgett, dead at 97

Posted By on Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 9:51 AM

Amid the illustrious women listed on the cover of Haki Madhubuti’s book Taught by Women is Naomi Long Madgett. Cited randomly between Assata Shakur and Audre Lorde, Madgett may not have had their national recognition, but in Detroit she was the poet laureate and nurtured, mentored, and provided a...

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