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Feature Story Tylene Henry, NABWIC, Detroit

Meet the people paving the way for minorities in Detroit construction

Are minority contractors being left out of Detroit's construction landscape? We talk to the changemakers helping minority business owners become "bankable" and get a seat at the table: “The future in Detroit shouldn't just be Dan Gilbert. It should be Cliff Terry and people who built up a neighborhood, and with the neighborhood included.”

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Woodbridge Pub reopens, offering hope for a return to something a little closer to 'normal'

For over a decade, Woodbridge Pub was a neighborhood gathering place for local residents. But everything changed when the COVID-19 swept through Detroit, forcing the pub to temporarily shutter in the wake of the pandemic. 


Feature Story Que Roland is one of the organizers of a Black Lives Matter protest in Grandmont Rosedale

Black Lives Matter protest in Grandmont Rosedale focused on community, families

The protest was the idea of Que Roland, founder of coworking space Seat Detroit in Eastern Market. Roland, a mother of three, saw her influence in the area as an opportunity to give a voice to her children and others in the area in a safe space.


Feature Story The Makers United program aims to help makers in the city of Detroit like Scarlet Crane.

Tracy Reese is working to create a more equitable industry for makers in her home city of Detroit

After joining Nest’s board of directors earlier this year, acclaimed fashion designer Tracy Reese quickly began to advocate for her home city. This fall, the nonprofit will launch its Makers United program in Detroit, helping to build a more inclusive and equitable community of makers in the city — and across the U.S.


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10 things to do this summer in Detroit

While the pandemic has put some of our favorite seasonal activities on hold, summer in Detroit isn’t canceled — we rounded up some of the best virtual and in-person events (with proper physical distancing of course) to add to your bucket list.


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Southeast Michigan’s nonprofit leaders navigate grief, racism through collaboration

“I think we just have to call the thing a thing, and figure out how to deal with it and be bold.”

Feature Story Bakpak Durden and Cyrah Dardas stand in front Durden's mural titled “a constellation in winter” located at the LGBT Center in Detroit.

Power through publishing: Detroit artists launch QTBIPOC and Disabled BIPOC centered zine press

Detroit artists and partners Bakpak Durden and Cyrah Dardas, who have been working as artists and with artists in the city, didn’t see a space for artists like them. So they made one of their own.

Feature Story Sydney G. James

Art as protest: How Sydney James and her team of artists created the Malice Green mural in a week

Victims of police killings are often criminalized. For Sydney G. James, there is no justification. So she decided to use her art to be a voice for her disgust at yet another slaying of a Black person at the hands of those hired to protect and serve them. 


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