Volunteering In Detroit
May30

Volunteering In Detroit

With the arrival of summer, the list of places to volunteer has blossomed. There are loads of options for volunteering and doing something good for your community. Here is a list of great places accepting volunteers in the Detroit Metro area. Habitat For Humanity in Detroit There are numerous ways you can volunteer through this organization. A popular program that they have is called ‘Faith In Action – Adopt-a-Day.’ As stated on their website, “Habitat for Humanity Detroit offers faith groups the opportunity to put their “Faith In Action” through our Faith In Action Adopt-A-Day program. A faith group makes a financial contribution to sponsor volunteers to help build a Habitat home for one day. Your group will work under skilled leadership on one of our houses in progress.” For more information visit their website http://www.habitatdetroit.org/ Mentor Michigan This amazing organization is changing the lives of our young generation everyday. As stated on their website, “One hour a week can make a big difference in a young person’s future. Mentor Michigan supports nearly 250 organizations around the state that are changing lives by matching mentors with young people. It fosters partnerships with businesses, faith-based and nonprofit organizations, schools, colleges and universities, and state and local government to support mentoring. Mentor Michigan also builds public awareness about the importance of and the need for mentors by urging caring adults to “Pass It On,” because sharing a little of yourself with a young person can reward both of you with lifelong benefits. For more information and volunteer opportunities visit their website at http://www.michigan.gov/mentormichigan/ Safe Routes to Schools Volunteering with safe route will not only give you a sense of satisfaction but you will also gain valuable safety, security training, and crime prevention knowledge; receive financial and technical assistance to ensure the success of patrol efforts; and develop job skills relevant to a security and surveillance environment.”  This volunteer opportunity is partnered up with Detroit Youth violence Prevention Initiative (DYVPI) to make walking to and from school safer for kids. “Safe Routes to Schools volunteer community patrols commit a small amount of their time each week to serve as mobile teams during the morning and afternoon hours.  The role of the patrollers is to watch over our students as they travel to and from school and report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities.” For volunteer opportunities visit http://detroitone.org/opportunities/1369 Detroit Zoo If you love animals, volunteering at the Detroit Zoo is just for you! There are numerous positions for people of all ages. Some volunteer opportunities are: ‘Special Events Volunteers’– Throughout the year the Zoo offers fun and interesting themed events to encourage guests to...

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Ginger Howard Becomes Youngest Female African American Pro Golfer
May23

Ginger Howard Becomes Youngest Female African American Pro Golfer

Another stepping stone was made in African American history as Ginger Howard became the youngest female African American golfer to become pro.  According to BlackNews.com, Howard won 78 trophies during her golf career, ranking first in 41 out of 66 events. After enrolling at the IMG Golf Academy, Howard petitioned the LPGA to let her to play in its qualifying tournament in 2012 even though she wasn’t the mandatory age of 18.  But now at the ripe age of 18, Howard is a member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Howards journey has been far from easy. Her father, Robert Howard, had left his job so he could join his young daughter on the road. During Howard’s father’s unemployment, her mother, Gianna Howard, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. But thankfully Robert Howard has become a part of a non-profit organization called Golf to End Cancer and her mother is now cancer free after the removal of her thyroids. It’s safe to say that life for the Howard family is looking up. “I definitely think about being an African-American on the tour, but I don’t want to just be on tour — I want to be in contention,” Howard said in an interview Fox Sports. “I want people to notice me and to be in the...

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Cover Story Exclusive! Interview with Hair Stylist JoJo Lanier
May23

Cover Story Exclusive! Interview with Hair Stylist JoJo Lanier

Check out out our exclusive interview with hair stylist JoJo Lanier. Lanier owns and operates Terry’s Wigs, Lashes and Beauty Salon in Detroit. Click here to read the cover...

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Help Oklahoma
May21

Help Oklahoma

What we have seen Oklahoma endure recently has been heart wrenching on us all.  Suburbs of Oklahoma City were destroyed due to a F4 tornado that stretched about 2 miles wide and demolished everything in its 17-mile long path.  As stated on the St. Louis Fox 2 website, “The Red Cross of Oklahoma has activated its “safe and well” website for those who are trying to reconnect with loved ones. Red Cross officials and volunteers are also beginning to open shelters. There are a handful open now and this map provides location information. You can help their efforts by donating to the Red Cross online or by texting REDCROSS to 90999. In addition to shelter and emergency care, the Red Cross is also providing hot meals to those affected. They are operating fixed feeding sites at the Little Axe Resource Center Carney Oklahoma Senior Center and in Shawnee at the Shawnee Expo Center located at 1700 W. Independence, Shawnee, Oklahoma, 74804.” Oklahoma is still fighting and anything you can do to help would be a blessing. Many cities are starting to gather donations and canned food drives to help the numerous victims left homeless. Blood is also in great need, so going to donate blood at your local blood bank is a way you can contribute. As stated above texting REDCROSS to 90999 will give an automatic donation of $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. The littlest things can help; find out how you can help by calling your local Red Cross.  Here is a list of organizations by Rebecca Baer of CNN, aiding in the devastating aftermath of this tornado: Samaritan’s Purse Samaritan’s Purse deployed a group of staff members to travel from its North Carolina headquarters to head to Oklahoma with a Disaster Relief Unit. The unit is a tractor trailer stocked with emergency supplies and equipment. Find out more: http://www.samaritanspurse.org ============================ AmeriCares Global health and disaster relief nonprofit AmeriCares is also mobilizing a team to help in Oklahoma. Its emergency response team is headed to the region to coordinate deliveries of relief supplies and medical aid for survivors. The team is expected to arrive by morning. Find out more: http://www.americares.org ============================ Team Rubicon Team Rubicon, a group of military veterans who respond to disaster, have issued the call to members and is heading to the region. By Tuesday morning, initial assessment teams will be on the ground, and they will then mobilize a full response to help the people affected by these storms. Find out more: http://teamrubiconusa.org ============================ Food and Shelter The Salvation Army The Salvation Army has also jumped into action. It’s in multiple locations throughout cities...

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What’s cookin in the Motor City? Top restaurants to check out
May20

What’s cookin in the Motor City? Top restaurants to check out

With our Spring issue’s launch around the corner, we wanted to give our readers a sneak peek of the content. This is a ColorBlind Web Exclusive from our upcoming issue. Detroit has become one of the top spots for a night out on the town. Besides the casinos, sports teams and concerts that have been a part of this remarkable city for years, a new form of entertainment is making its presence known. New restaurants have been rapidly appearing on almost every corner of Detroit, making it a top contender for some of the best eats in the metro Detroit area. Here are a few of the new restaurants and pubs that have made its mark in the Motor City. Bucharest Grill Not only does this restaurant have some of the best Shawarma sandwiches around, it also has an exciting nightlife. Bucharest Grill is a great place for you and your friends to eat some great food in a fun environment. Although they are best known for their Middle Eastern cuisine, their menu also includes delicious burgers like the “Bucharest Fried Egg Cheese Burger,” gourmet hotdogs such as “The Detroiter,” and their famous baskets of curly or shoestring fries. 2040 Park Ave Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 965-3111   Grand Trunk Pub This unique restaurant and pub used to be the ticket office for the Grand Trunk Railroad. Their menu includes as many Michigan products as possible to honor its history that dates back to 1879. Their impressive beer menu includes over 170 bottled craft beers year round. Grand Trunk Pub’s morning crowd is just as large, if not larger, than the night crowd. This is a definite top stop for a great breakfast. They are well known for their decadent omelets paired with their mimosas. 612 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 961-3043   Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes If you have a major sweet tooth, this is the just place for you. Good Girls Go To Paris serves 50 different kinds of crepes. The selection of crepes is quite diverse; “The Alison” is served with hummus, spinach, herb de provence, and hot sauce, while “The Alysha” is served with butterfinger, ricotta cheese, and chocolate. With an average price of about $7.00 a crepe, you’ll be able to try the wide variety of crepes served for an affordable price. It’s no secret that besides trying the delicious crepes at Good Girls Go To Paris, their selection of coffee drinks is also a must. 15 East Kirby Detroit, MI 48202 (313) 664-0490   Walt’s – Spirit’s & So Much More This sports bar and jazz club has one of...

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Microsoft Internship Program 2013 For Minorities and Women
May14

Microsoft Internship Program 2013 For Minorities and Women

A press release was posted to BlackNews.com about an amazing internship opportunity through Microsoft, the largest software developer in the world. “The Explore Microsoft Internship Program is a 12-week summer internship program that is specifically designed for college underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) and offers the opportunity to experience working at Microsoft. This program is designed to expose students to the field of software development and encourage students to pursue degrees in computer science, computer engineering, or related technical disciplines through hands-on training and group project experience. Candidates must be a freshman or sophomore enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program with a demonstrated interest in majoring in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or related technical major. Students must have completed an Introduction to Computer Science course (or equivalent class) as well as one semester of calculus (or equivalent) by the start of the program. Finalists will be selected on the basis of eligibility and demonstrated interest in the software industry.” All candidates who meet the above criteria can apply, but Microsoft is especially encouraging applications from groups that are underrepresented in the field of computer science. This includes women, minorities (African American, American Indian, Hispanic), and individuals with disabilities. Take this great opportunity and apply now!   For more details and/or to apply, visit: www.findinternships.com/2013/04/Explore-Microsoft-Internship-Program.html For other internship opportunities, visit:...

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Rasheda Williams: Meant for Mentoring
May09

Rasheda Williams: Meant for Mentoring

To advise and help others is the essence of mentoring, and the guiding force of Rasheda Williams’ life. Williams, a 2001 Wayne State University alumnus, nurtured the desire to help others since college, and this resulted in her founding Empowered Flower Girls (EFG), a mentor-based organization. Founded in 2010, the organization is a social enterprise that promotes self-motivation, empowerment, and positive relationships among young girls and women. The program consists of a series of workshops that focus on issues such as bullying, peer pressure, career planning and building sisterly bonds. “Chica Chat,” one of EFG’s signature workshops, is designed for girls and young women ages 11 to 18. During the class, participants have the opportunity to exercise self expression and be heard and understood by their peers. The girls also learn the art of networking by participating in ice-breaking activities and they have the opportunity to ask questions anonymously that are answered by their peers with facilitation by adult mentors. These workshops have personal meaning for Williams as she also dealt with peer pressure and experienced intra-racial bullying in grade school. “They would call me white girl wannabe, and an Oreo because I liked New Kids on the Block and Nirvana, but I thought I was cool,” said Williams. Williams’ middle school teacher encouraged her to journal her experiences. Her teacher would then read and respond to her entries. “She told me, it doesn’t matter who you are, someone will always have something to say about you and she mentioned how people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Michael Jackson were bullied and picked on, and that really helped me,” Williams said. Williams used her childhood experiences as motivation to mentor young girls while in college. Mentoring was also therapeutic for Williams as she used it to cope with the loss of her aunt and uncle, who helped raiser her, and who both passed away when she was in college. “I had a lot of difficulty dealing with depression, but I knew I wanted to help people and make a difference for youth,” said Williams. “I thought, how can I use this energy to not focus on myself and my problems, but to empower and help someone else?” She found her calling as a mentor for Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit based organization that provides services for homeless and high-risk girls and young women. She is currently mentoring a 12 year- old girl from the organization and has been mentoring her since she was nine. The idea of starting Empowered Flower Girls sprang from parents asking Williams for advice on how to deal with their children being bullied....

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Artistic Expressions Gallery Presents: The 4th Annual Art & Charity Event
May08

Artistic Expressions Gallery Presents: The 4th Annual Art & Charity Event

This Friday, May 10th, Artistic Expressions Gallery Presents: The 4th Annual Art & Charity Event hosted by Lola George. This event will be taking place at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Come join in on the fun to see some great artwork, listen to live music by the band Atoms and Ease, and possibly win some of their raffle and auction items. A portion of all the events proceeds will be going to the charity Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to help benefit local breast cancer programs. The featured artists for this event are Artistic Expressions Gallery founders, SuVon & Siana Treece, Ernest Sisson, Jason Phillips, and Marlene Noelle. Tickets are $10.00 and must be bought in advance from their website at artisticexpressionsgallery.com. For more information on the event you can call SuVon Treece at 313-443-2368 or email...

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Female rap pioneer appointed new national advisor for Cornell University Hip Hop library
May06

Female rap pioneer appointed new national advisor for Cornell University Hip Hop library

Rap Artist MC Sha-Rock was one of the first female MCee’s to really break ground in the hip hop music industry. She was the only female member of the 1980s’s group Funky 4 Plus One More and has become known as the “Mother of the Mic.” She is still earning props for her legendary role in music, most recently as the newly appointed National Advisor for the Cornell University Hip Hop Library. The Cornell Hip Hop Collection (CHHC), which opened in 1999,  is a nationally known public archive which includes hundreds of party and event flyers, thousands of early vinyl recordings, cassettes and CDs; film and video; record label press packets and publicity; black books, photographs, magazines, books, clothing, and more. “I am humbled and honored to accept this titled as a National Advisor for the Hip Hop Library at Cornell,”  said MC Sha-Rock. MC Sha-Rock couldn’t be any happier to announce that the Cornell Hip Hop Library will showcase the first known vintage film footage that was documented and dated in 1977 by a young man’s task to complete a high school project. The film highlights the Original Funky Four MC’s and also charts MC Sha-Rock as the first female MC of Hip Hop. “I am truly looking forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with the world. I am also excited about working with other pioneer’s, educators and scholars,” she said. MC-Sha Rock began her career as a b-girl/break dancer in the Bronx, New York. Funky 4 Plus One More made history when they became the first group to appear on national television when they made an appearance on Saturday Night Live. MC Sha-Rock is also a recipient of the Honorary Award from the Council of New York and The Women’s Distinction Award by The Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem, New York. She has been featured in countless magazines and books written by authors and Hip Hop Historians. Congrats MC...

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Vintage at its finest: Norah’s Vintage Loft celebrates its one year anniversary
May01

Vintage at its finest: Norah’s Vintage Loft celebrates its one year anniversary

Located in the garment district of downtown Detroit, Norah’s Vintage Loft is a quaint clothing store geared toward all things vintage. Customers may run across vintage designer sunglasses, 70s floral print skirts, designer dresses or jumpsuits, or even authentic Detroit sports gear. Owner and native Detroiter, Najah Na’lmah’s passion for vintage shopping inspired the local boutique, which was named after her three-year-old daughter Eleanorah. “I’ve always preferred vintage clothes over newly produced clothes even before I knew the proper name for it,” said Na’lmah. “When I learned that vintage was a lifestyle and there are other people like me, I knew it was only right to open a store for us.” Customers can always expect a unique experience when they visit the store. That experience may even include walking  into a party or similar event put on by the staff. “Expect a good time when you come by Norah’s Vintage Loft,” says Na’lmah. But, its not all fun and games at Norah’s Vintage Loft. “The easiest part is finding clothes,” Na’lmah said. “But the hardest part is constantly explaining the difference between vintage and thrifting. The average shopper doesn’t know or understand it.” While opening a business in Detroit is a big gamble considering the city’s bleak financial status, Na’lmah didn’t let that stop her. She wanted to be a part of the city’s revitalization because she adores the past, present and future look of the city. The store opened in May 2012 and is celebrating its’ one year anniversary today. Na’lmah’s family and friends help her run the store, but she’s currently putting together a team of people that are in charge of certain critical parts of the store. Na’lmah’s goal is to continue establishing the store as a positive environment in the Detroit community. “We want to bring a quality store that we can all be proud of,” she said. “Of course [we also want to] attain widespread success across the metro Detroit area and other regions through our online store.” More information about Norah’s Vintage Loft is listed below: Norah’s Vintage Loft 214 E. Grand River Detroit, MI 48226 313-460-6236 http://www.etsy.com/shop/NorahsVintageLoft Contact them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram By Khulela Byrd    ...

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