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Meet the Black millennials ushering in a new kind of Detroit music festival

Movement and MoPop each had to start somewhere. 

The aforementioned electronic music festival – and Detroit’s unofficial kickoff of summer – is an internationally recognized signature event, drawing crowds north of 100,000 to Hart Plaza each year. MoPop, a new player on the stage, has seen such a rapid expansion since 2015 that it’s looking to switch locations in the near future.

Muralist SW Freddy paints the soul of Southwest Detroit Tue, 07/16/2019 - 10:49

When you first look at a piece by Freddy Diaz, also known as Southwest Freddy, you’ll notice the soft, warm color palettes that form realistic and youthful looking scenes. If you look closer, you’ll see that the artist – better known in his circles as SW Freddy – pays homage to his Hispanic heritage with hints of hip-hop culture, a melting pot of cultures blending into picturesque murals. 

Photo gallery: Blessing of the Lowriders 2019, a true Southwest Detroit tradition Tue, 05/07/2019 - 10:01

Each year during Cinco de Mayo in Detroit, dozens of lowrider and motorcycle owners bring their rides out on a Sunday afternoon to have them blessed by a Catholic priest prior to the day's parade and other festivities.

Now in its 22nd year, Southwest's annual tradition began as a way for neighborhood youth to gather their lowriders together without judgment. A priest sprinkles the hood of each car with holy water before it becomes a full-on car show, where hundreds gather to gawk before joining the parade.

Is Vernor Highway the most fashionable street in Detroit? Mon, 12/03/2018 - 13:46

There are few places in Detroit that sell replicas of knight’s armor, no less made in a brass to look like solid gold. There’s one of these uniforms in the window at Nice Price on Vernor Highway in Southwest Detroit, and it beckons you to stop in.



Affordable housing, anti-gentrification top list of residents' requests for Ford project Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:15

Residents in and around Corktown and Hubbard Farms have a litany of requests, from anti-gentrification measures to bird conservation, for Ford Motor Company as the automaker plans to add employees to Michigan Central Station in the coming years.


SpokesPeople: The Road to Freedom

In our recurring video series "Spokes People," we take a look at how Freedom House, an organization founded to house individuals seeking asylum in America, and the International Institute, a decades-old institution that helps immigrants find their footing in Metro Detroit, work together to help asylum seekers from Africa. 

Ready to cool off? Go inside Detroit’s only ‘rolled ice cream’ shop clarkek@detroi… Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:43

You could say these dessert makers are on a roll.

Now that forecasts are hitting the D with 84  (and well above that on some days), there’s no better way to beat the heat than a cool serving of ice cream. But it doesn’t have to come in a cone or a cup.

Southwest Detroit arts nonprofit launches fundraising campaign hernandezd@det… Wed, 11/29/2017 - 13:24

Giving Tuesday may have come and gone, but Living Arts, a Detroit nonprofit that brings year-round education to Detroit’s youth, is seeking help from community members to contribute to its fundraising campaign from now until Dec. 22.

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