Photos at Greater Missionary Baptist Church by Cyrus Tetteh/City of Detroit
When I was a little girl, Aunt Flossie’s Hats was one of my favorite books to read. The story follows two young girls, Sarah and Susan, as they visit their aunt's house on Sunday afternoons and their amazement with her many church hats and boxes. They described the extravagant details of the fur and feathers and the color.
Detroit has roughly 18,000 homeless residents, meaning that this population is in need of shelter at any given time. Temporary shelters are one solution, but for many homeless, it’s just that: Temporary. In recent months, community partners across Detroit have been exploring a growing nationwide practice: Permanent supportive housing.
Secure your headphones to watch this episode of Art Detroit! Host Sheila Grant visits Chene Park and Spirit Plaza, then takes a ride down Jefferson with audio engineer, Art Merriweather to talk about his experiences in the world of audio production.
For Detroiters like me, there is no beginning or introduction to Aretha Franklin. She was just always there. I was not lucky enough to have been alive when she cut her first album at a black-owned indie label on Hastings Street, not alive to witness her singing in the choir at her father’s church. I can never claim a moment to when I first heard a song like “Think” or “Do Right Woman - Do Right Man” on the radio. I can’t ever say I felt the importance of why representation matters when I saw her bouffant on Time magazine.
Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul,” was one of the most recognizable voices in R&B and Soul music. Franklin’s music transcended time, race, age and so much more. Here are a few quick facts about one of Detroit’s most notable singers.
Nothing bonds Detroiters quite like music,
There’s a warehouse on a quiet side street in Detroit’s North End neighborhood. Bland on the outside, you’d miss the unassuming building if you drove by it.
Zoe Ligon, 25, stood in the middle of the warehouse and took in her inventory: carefully crafted and curated adult toys. Cardboard boxes – some empty, and some in the stages of unpacking – are centered on the concrete floor. Products line one corner of the walls.
At The Neighborhoods, we’re interested in hearing from everybody in Detroit about what matters most to you.
Do you have a story to tell about what your community group is doing in the neighborhood? Tell us.
Do you have a story to tell about a home that needs to come down in your neighborhood? Tell us.