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January 2, 2013

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog: does the mail run today.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 12,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 20 years to get that many views.

October 28, 2012

What brings Detroit Half Full out of hibernation?  Sweet potato waffles with bacon and salted caramel ice cream created by the .  What you say?!  Yes, and it was amazing.  Thank you to for not only being open on a Sunday, and late during the week, but for also providing amazing food on my working Sunday.

is a neighborhood coffeehouse featuring the best local bakery products and produce items.The best coffees from around the world, prepared with love and flair.

Mon – Thu: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 8:00 am – 1:00 am
Sun: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Make sure you stay in touch with both!

The Bottom Line Coffee House


The Batata Shop

August 27, 2012 – Local, Detroit, African American Owned Businesses

August 27, 2012



Thanks to ‘s newest album, which you all should own for $10, (only $10?!), here’s a list of local, Detroit, African American owned businesses that you should check out.  Please email me if I have any of the links wrong.  Support local businesses!

1)   1917 American Bistro (Detroit) –

2)   MBAD African Beat Museum (Detroit) –

3)   Metro Foodland (Detroit) –

4)   Liberal Arts Gallery (Detroit) –

5)   Rhyme N Reason Lounge (Detroit) –

6)   Conscious Corner Café Detroit (Detroit) –

7)   Goodwell’s Natural Food Market (Detroit) –

8)   Flo Boutique (Detroit) –

9)   Textures (Detroit) –

10) Sweet Potato Sensations (Detroit) –

11) SanKofa House (Detroit) –

12) The Water Station (Detroit) –

13) Urban Network Cyber Café (Detroit) –

14) Stef-N-Ty (Detroit) –

15)  Source Booksellers (Detroit) –

16) Nandi’s Knowledge Café (Highland Park) –

17) Truth Bookstore (Southfield) –

18) Grandfather’s Place (Detroit) –

19) Dell Pryor Gallery (Detroit) –

20) The Raw Café (Detroit) –

21)  Crown’s Royalties (Detroit) –

22) Fancy Schmancy Cupcakes (Detroit) –

23) Peace Project (Detroit) –

24) City Wings (Detroit) –

25) It Takes a Village (Redford) –

26) The Untitled Bottega (Detroit) –

27) Urban Style Comics (Detroit) –

28) Channel 33 (Detroit) –

29) D-Town Farm (Detroit) –

30) Detroit Impact (Detroit) –

31) Sheila Everett Institute (Detroit) –

32) Baker’s Keyboard Lounge (Detroit) –

33) Black History 101 Mobile Museum (Detroit) –

34) MOOR Love Enterprise (Detroit) –

August 24, 2012


It’s that time again!  The Opening is tonight, showcasing a new group of artists from 6-11pm.  If you went back in May, you already know what you’re in for and you’re stoked.  See you there Detroit!

Allison Vince / make-up
Bryan Baker / print making
Corey Birdwell / non-traditional photography with mix medium

James Collins / oil and acrylic on linen
DelVona Johnson / acrylic on wood
Kobie Solomon / mixed media
Michelle Tanguay / oil on canvas
Ray Domzalski / acrylic on wood panel

Multi-disciplinary and collaborative art project with the participation of undiscovered artists. Red Bull House of Art Detroit is an art incubation project providing up and coming artists with a creative environment to develop new works and innovative ideas.

Eight artists from the Metro Detroit area were chosen by our curator Matt Eaton.

Gallery Hours are every Saturday from 10am-3pm.


Eastern Market
1551 Winder St.
Detroit, MI 48207

Please contact or @redbullDET for any questions

*Parking is available in all of the Eastern Market Lots.

August 11, 2012

Are you waking up and not sure what you want to do with your weekend?  Here are a few of the many things going on in the city today.

In 2008, the Detroit community lost a great advocate, Colin Hubbell, after a heroic battle with cancer. In an effort to remember Colin’s spirit and passion for Detroit, Colin’s friends and family established the Colin Hubbell Fund. The Fund continues the work Colin did every day to support and promote the renewal of Detroit.

On Saturday August 11, 2012 we will come together and celebrate a lover of all things Detroit. Come out and ride with us as the Hubbell Fund continues to seed growth and opportunity in Detroit.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.Ride begins at 9:30 a.m.

$25 per person
$20 per child (Age 12 and Under)

Tickets available at Eventbrite

The ride begins and ends at the Traffic Jam & Snug Restaurant
511 Canfield Ave. (Corner of Second)

Registration includes lunch, music and a guided tour.

For more information go to…

Heidelberg Street is heating up this August, as the Young Adults of Heidelberg bring some of Detroit’s rising talents to the street!Local Musicians, Visual Artists, Culinary Artists, and Stage Performers will showcase their skills for the city to see! Did we mention Detroit Art-Industry greats will be on hand to provide feedback and insights? It’s all about connecting the Dots!

Live music, from rock to soul, will entertain family and friends, along side Visual Arts and live cooking expos. Detroit’s Got

Talent will also feature local, fine dining food trucks (think El Guapo, Treat Dreams, Frank’s Anatra, The Green Zebra and Ned’s Travel Burger!) serving it up curb-side all day long. The kids will love the Children’s Corner, open from noon – 5 pm! Story telling by Ivory Williams, arts and crafts activities with face painting, and exciting presentations by DAKA (Detroit Academy of Kinesthetic Arts) are sure to please!We hope you’ll join us in celebration of the talent that’s right here in our backyard! Food, Art, & Friends like you- is it August, yet?

The 2012 Ribs R&B Jazz Festival will welcome tens of thousands of enthusiastic festival goers to this years event. Its back and it’s BIGGER and BETTER than ever!

The Ribs R&B Jazz Festival, will bring three days of outstanding mouth watering barbecue, live entertainment and consumer exposition to the Philip A. Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit.

This highly anticipated event has hosted more than 2.3 million attendees in its 16-year history and it continues to attract tens of thousands annually. Attendees eat, drink, shop and revel in a festive atmosphere while enjoying the sounds of musical greats.

A major highlight of the event is the Ribbers, creating the best barbecue ribs, chicken, and other delectable dishes to satisfy the appetites of attendees. The Ribbers will again compete in the “Rib Cookoff” competition to determine the Ribs ‘n’ Soul’s “Best Ribs and Best Sauce”. This year the Ribs R&B Jazz Festival supports the Matrix Human Services a 501c3 organization that is changing lives in this community.

Free to the public!The “Celebrating a Healthier Detroit” Expo will consist of informational seminars, special invited speakers, and exhibitors targeting health, wellness and faith issues relevant to our community, to include: H1N1 Flu virus, hyper-tension, diabetes, obesity, asthma, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, depression, health literacy, preventative care and wellness workshops for the entire family, nutrition and fitness.

This event will feature healthy cooking demonstrations and tasting events, free give-a-ways, prizes, music, song, dance and more!

We are looking for volunteers and sponsors!

August 6, 2012

These are some of the best sites for up-to-date, positive information about Detroit.  They are a huge resource to the city and I admire all the effort they put into their work.  I’m also sure that I’m going to forget a few, so we’ll just call this part 1… aims to be a hub for all community activity online and offline. We will utilize the free flow of the broad Internet and promote our technology as a tool to propagate offline community engagement through. Our overall goal is to redefine social networking and what it means to truely represent one’s city.


First Website That’s Sole Mission is to Highlight the Nice Things People Say About Detroit.


Model D is a web-based magazine creating new narratives for Detroit since 2005. We tell stories of development, re-development, creative people and businesses, vibrant neighborhoods and cool places to live, work and play.


The  is an initiative to showcase and advance Detroit’s growing social innovation movement. Led by  with,  and a coalition of media and community partners, UIX is made possible thanks to funding from the .


Since 2009, I Am Young America, L3C has published I Am Young Detroit, an online publication and movement created to attract, retain, and empower young Doers in Detroit through relevant content, resources, engagement and funding opportunities. With IAYD 2.0 we’re also working to empower citizens everywhere to champion them by providing their own using our CitySpotters App at htttp://.


An interactive documentary on Detroit’s DIY culture, featuring inspiring stories & cool tips for you to create your own projects.



The mission of TPOD is to use vivid portraiture accompanied by earnest, engaging essays to reform the popular notion of what it means to live in Detroit.

By doing so, TPOD exists to stimulate Detroit-directed investment, retain and attract residency, and serve as a counterbalance to national and global media coverage fixated on despair and disrepair in the storied city.


A microgranting foundation promoting news and civic media in Detroit.



August 6, 2012

It’s always inspiring to hear about organizations who really have an interest in the youth of Detroit.   is one of these organizations making a difference in the lives of Detroit kids.  From donating space to local schools in need, to participating in events such as , Horatio Williams Foundation is one actively working to affect change.

Mission Statement: The Horatio Williams Foundation is dedicated to helping local youth realize personal success and achievement through a series of developmental leadership programs that will engage students in education, sports, and community service activities.

Pledge: We are dedicated to addressing and meeting the needs of under-served inner city youth by developing their leadership skills in the concentrated areas of sports, education, and community service. We promise to emphasize the importance of leadership through education and teamwork by providing programs that instill discipline, confidence, and high self-esteem.

Mission: To teach our children character-building life lessons and encourages them to take on leadership roles throughout their lives. HWF parallels the philosophy of our schools, which is that every child is important, every child is special and every child can learn. Once we recognize the similarities and differences between our goals and our children’s goals then we can find the common ground to reach one – teach one. We are committed to providing our youth with leadership, discipline, organizational, and the life skills required of them to become more effective life-long leaders. To that end, our focus is to provide a structured program that will help cultivate their leadership skills so that each year they accelerate their potential and build upon their skills from the previous year.

Who We Are: The Horatio Williams Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2005 by passionate and great leader who always wanted to find a way to Give A “SECOND CHANCE”. Our goal is to be life long vehicles to helping children become leaders. Our teamwork approach requires every participant to develop trust, build integrity, and give as a servant to our community, while participating in our events and programs. Through this end we set goals that are attainable both individually and with teammates. It is clear to us at HWF that changing the lives of our children can change the world. Leadership development can build children of high character, who lead, preserve, overcome adversity and function as productive/effective members of our society. We are helping change the world; one child at a time and we accept the challenge.

Horatio Williams believes it is easy to reach kids – just show them some attention. That’s the idea behind his eponymous foundation, and he sees results every day.

“Kids don’t respect older people because they think they don’t care,” says the 42-year-old Grosse Pointe resident. “If we show them we do care, these kids will turn their way around and change the way they think.” Williams saw this firsthand when he was visiting a group of teens at a local gym. One he calls “the toughest one” was being disruptive and uncooperative, so Williams warned he’d have to kick him out. “I said, ‘I don’t want to because I love you,’ and the kid started crying. He said, ‘No one has ever said I love you to me before,’” Williams says.

That kind of response keeps Williams, a single father to an 11-year-old son, motivated to continue the success of the Horatio Williams Foundation. The Detroit-based organization is dedicated to helping innercity youth realize personal success and achievements, primarily through sports and education.

Williams never envisioned that philanthropy would become a large part of his life. As a freshman on a basketball scholarship at Tuskegee University, he fully expected to turn pro after graduation. That plan was shattered when he was hit by a drunken driver one night while biking home from practice. Williams broke numerous bones and spent two weeks in a coma. His playing days were over, and, 15 surgeries later, he says he’s still recovering.

“It was devastating when I woke up from the coma,” Williams recalls. “I asked God, why me? But I think He put me in a better position. You know the struggle of pro athletes – they come and go. But now I have a successful transportation company and foundation.” Williams founded that company, On Time Transportation, in 1992 after learning the business from his former employer. The non-emergency medical transportation firm employs 32 people and has serviced more than 3,000 clients.

While he was building the business, Williams liked to drop by the gym at his alma mater, Butzel Middle School in Detroit, where the basketball rims were broken, nets were missing and balls were scarce. He started buying equipment for the school, and after hitting up his friends for donations, they encouraged him to secure non-profit status. In 2005, the Horatio Williams Foundation was born as a 510(c)(3).

The organization gets disadvantaged kids involved in a number of ways, including basketball camps, field trips, SAT/ACT tutorials, turkey giveaways, and the annual Second Chance Basketball Game where high school seniors who did not receive college scholarships play in front of coaches and scouts from across the country. “We get 16 to 17 scholarships every year,” Williams says proudly.

The foundation also buys uniforms and sneakers for student athletes at cash-strapped schools. “The families can’t afford it, and I don’t want these kids to do anything wrong to get gym shoes,” Williams says. He admits to great irritation with the constant travails of Detroit Public Schools. “No one is stepping up to help these kids – they are all bickering about contracts,” he says. “I feel frustrated because I don’t feel the kids are first.”

Williams pledges to continue putting youth – who call him H or Mr. Williams – in the forefront. “Every kid on earth has some kind of talent,” he says. “If we can step up and give these kids opportunities, they will do better in school, and it will cut out the violence. We can start rebuilding communities.” – Joyce Wiswell

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