Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Legends speak to a legacy that never dies. As Detroit sets its focus on renewing its spirit, M3G's Mobile Media Marketing Group (M3G) has set its sights on sowing into our city's youth -- investing in Detroit's greatest resource, our children, and in the process building legends.
On Friday, July 12, 2013, M3G will host its 4th annual Building Legends Yacht Party for yet another unparalleled party experience. During the cruise, seven prominent Metro Detroiters, who are rapidly approaching legendary status, will be honored for their undying commitment to the community and admirable efforts to support our city. The honorees are General Motors executive, Jocelyn Allen; Ambassador Magazine publisher/marketing guru, Dennis Archer, Jr.; entrepreneur/philanthropist, Jo Coleman; Native Detroiter editor/publisher, Sherman Eaton; entrepreneur/philanthropist, Bob McPherson; McDonald's owner, Errol Service, and entrepreneur/philanthropist, Horatio Williams.
The Building Legends Yacht Party takes place on the renowned Ovation Yacht at the St. Clair Shores' Jefferson Beach Marina on Saturday, July 12th at 7:00pm. The cruise will commence promptly at 8:00pm and return at 11:00pm with 300 of metro Detroit's finest tastemakers. Tickets are $150 per person and include an exquisite strolling culinary experience, cocktails, music and dancing.
Proceeds from the Building Legends event will benefit The Modest Foundation, a 501c3 organization that focuses on building healthier communities by providing supplemental health services, including nurses, doctors, dieticians and social workers for the uninsured and underinsured. The Modest Foundation works closely with inner city mothers, children and infants, as well as seniors. Learn more about the remarkable work that this respected nonprofit has done at www.themodestfoundation.org.
The evening will also include a silent auction with great restaurant/hotel/spa packages as well as the latest women's shoes and fashion accessories. M3G will post this branded event on two of its backlit mobile billboards leading up to the sail date to raise awareness.
For more information, please contact Everett Stewart at 313.971.4973.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 July 2013 00:03
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
June on Jefferson is a month-long series of music, fun, Pop-Up retail stores and activites in the heart of the historic Jefferson-Chalmers commercial district on Detroit's east side. The activies kick off with the 10th Annual Jazzin' on Jefferson outdoor music festival, June 14-15th and the opening of a series of pop-up stores. This project is collaboration between Jefferson East Business Association (JEBA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Detroit Chapter, Urban Priorities Committee and local entrepreneurs, businesses and artists.
The Pop-Up businesses will temporarily set up shop inside five newly renovated storefronts in the heart of the historic Jefferson-Chalmers commercial district on Detroit's east side. Each space has a team of architectural designers that are creating a custom retail space for the businesses. In a DIY spirit each team was given a limited budget, paired with a Pop-Up client and challenged to design and build an inviting retail space in only 2 months. All of the design teams are volunteering their time to promote the revitalization and activation of the area. Locating businesses in these spaces show the potential for permanent development and can potentially attract entrepreneurs to the area.
In addition to the retail Pop-ups, events and programming including art openings, live music and movie nights will be happening each weekend. Doors open Friday, June 14 (the inaugural night of Jazzin' on Jefferson) and will remain open every Friday and Saturday until July 6, 2013.
PARTICIPATING POP-UP BUSINESSES INCLUDE:
Coffee and ______ (coffee, homemade pastries and more)
Goodwells (natural food market)
Myra's Sweeth Tooth (ice cream and cupcakes)
River's Edge Gallery (art gallery)
DHIVE (community development center)
Fairview Historical Society (museum)
Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 10:32
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Clergy from across Michigan met with state officials to begin partnering on bringing a $3 million anti-gun violence program to some of the most violent cities in the state.
On June 26, 2013, Michigan Prophetic Voices (MPV) clergy met with officials from the Michigan Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives, to discuss their proposal to create and fund a comprehensive anti-gun violence initiative to bring support to Flint, Detroit, Pontiac, Saginaw, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids.
The $3 million proposal will: Implement specific violence reduction strategies over a four year period, based on the highly successful Ceasefire model pioneered by the National Network of Safe Communities (NNSC), including hiring a State Coordinator to work with local law enforcement and community groups to assist in strategy implementation and results monitoring; Provide technical assistance to build the capacity of state and local law enforcement and community leaders and partners, to enhance and sustain violence reduction; Enhance and support effective community based organizing efforts targeted at violence reduction and integrated into and supportive of the NNSC effort; Launch a targeted advertising campaign and toll-free tip line to encourage citizens to report illegal firearm possession.
In the coming weeks, group plans to present their proposal before the Governor's Council on Law Enforcement and Reinvention (CLEAR) and meet with Gov. Snyder's Chief of Staff, Dennis Muchmore.
The June 26 meeting was held at the Governor's Southeast Michigan Office in Detroit, and the clergy present represented cities including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Flint, Detroit and Battle Creek. All of which are among the 100 most violent in the United States.
Pastors shared powerful stories about the damage that gun violence is doing to their communities. Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church's Pastor Jeffrey Hawkins, who lost two sons to gun violence in Flint, spoke at the meeting and described his emotions during the trial of the young man accused of killing his son. He realized that the young suspect was losing his own life too and urged state officials to work toward solutions that save the lives of both the accused and victims.
Since the formation of MPV in 2012, the reduction of violence in urban areas across the state has been one of group's key issues. In December 2012, many of these same pastors carried names of murdered children to the steps of the Capitol in Lansing.
"Michigan Prophetic Voices is excited and hopeful about the progress being made and the commitment of the Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives in supporting the initiative," said Rev. Albert Hamstra, a Pastor from Grand Rapids. MPV is looking to integrate their efforts with the current Detroit One violence reduction program and the Flint Drug Market Intervention project.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 16:01
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
The 34th annual Detroit Jazz Festival "Imported from Detroit," the world's largest entirely free jazz festival, is proud to announce the headlining performers for its Labor Day weekend festival (Aug. 30 through Sept. 2). Spread over four days and four stages, headliners include: 2013 Artist in Residence Danilo Pérez, David Murray Big Band with Macy Gray, Ahmad Jamal, Charles Lloyd and Friends featuring Bill Frisell, Joshua Redman Quartet with string orchestra, John Scofield Überjam, McCoy Tyner Trio with special guest Savion Glover, Yellowjackets, Gregory Porter, and Robert Glasper, among others. Hundreds of Detroit regional artists are performing within national groups this year as well as headlining their own sets.
"We strive to make the Detroit Jazz Festival's Labor Day weekend concerts more exceptional every year, and continue to show people from around the world what our great city has to offer," says Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation board of directors. "Everything we do at the Detroit Jazz Festival is meant to enrich the lives of music lovers everywhere. We want to make it possible for them to see their favorite jazz artists all in one place, and most importantly, offering these performances for free. It's not just about amazing music; it's about making it available for anyone that wants to listen."
"This year's lineup was again carefully selected. We want to represent real jazz in all its forms. This year, we're focusing on all dimensions and the different generations of jazz music. The creative artists we're bringing together are pushing boundaries to create new, unique approaches that explore the true nature of jazz music," said Chris Collins, artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival. "Making an impact in the jazz world, but also creating meaningful experiences for the audience, is what the Detroit Jazz Festival is all about."
GRAMMY® Award-winner and Mack Avenue Records pianist/composer/educator Danilo Pérez, one of the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time, will serve as this year's Artist in Residence, performing material from his upcoming album, Panama 500, as well as the Panama Suite, with other works for large ensemble. The Panamanian pianist also will join Detroit native Geri Allen in an acoustic duo piano performance. Also performing as a piano duo are husband and wife, Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes.
Several Detroit luminaries are also returning to their beloved hometown for special performances. Aside from her duo performance with Pérez, Geri Allen will serve as the musical director of this year's Detroit Homecoming Band which will include vocalist Sheila Jordan, saxophonists JD Allen and David McMurray, trombonist George Bohanon, bassist Robert Hurst, and drummer Karriem Riggins. Gary Smulyan, Howard Johnson, and Frank Basile also will pay tribute to Detroit's own late Pepper Adams. Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave will return for his second consecutive year with a program titled "Trumpet Call." Saxophonist James Carter is presenting a tribute to Don Byas, and JD Allen also will return to perform at this year's festival with his trio.
This year's lineup features an array of piano masters and sax legends, including NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal, who will perform with his quartet. The pianist recently received a GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category last year for his Blue Moon album. NEA Jazz Master McCoy Tyner also will perform with his long-standing trio with special guest Savion Glover. Another cross-medium combination this year is clarinetist Eddie Daniels, pianist Roger Kellaway, and cellist James Holland, who will be joined by painter Doug Coffin. Coffin will create new works based on the music by Kellaway and Daniels. Aaron Diehl, a 2011 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz from the American Pianists Association, will perform in support of The Bespoke Man's Narrative, his recent debut on Mack Avenue Records.
A rare U.S. festival appearance by the acclaimed Saxophone Summit, which includes Joe Lovano, David Liebman, and Ravi Coltrane, is scheduled. Saxophonist Charles Lloyd has assembled an exclusive project billed as Charles Lloyd and Friends featuring Bill Frisell performing in selected markets only in 2013. Frisell is also scheduled separately with his working band recasting the music of John Lennon. NEA Jazz Master Lee Konitz will perform with his quartet including 2007 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz from the American Pianists Association, Dan Tepfer. The prolific Paris-based saxophonist David Murray will bring his big band, which features vocalist Macy Gray, in support of their recently released album, Be My Monster Love.
The 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra, an all-star Detroit big band under the musical direction of Chris Collins, will perform newly commissioned arrangements from arrangers including Bob Mintzer, Bill Cunliffe, David Berger, and Chuck Israels based on Dave Brubeck compositions and featuring guest soloists from throughout this year's festival. The DJFO returns to the stage on Monday to honor the works of Duke Ellington under the direction of Ellington Scholar, Berger.
The festival will present an exclusive Dave Brubeck Tribute Series, which will be comprised of four separate performances, starting with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet on Saturday. The Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra Brubeck Commission Project with newly commissioned arrangements of Dave Brubeck compositions will be presented on Sunday, as well as The Real Ambassadors - a recasting of Dave and Iola Brubeck's dramatic masterpiece with conductor Bill Meyer. The series will conclude on Monday with TO HOPE, A Celebration: Dave Brubeck's Historic Mass, a stunning masterpiece which will feature a 65 voice choir, string orchestra, and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet with saxophonist Rick Margitza.
Saxophonist Joshua Redman and vocalist Sheila Jordan are also slated to perform this year in respective orchestral programs. The Joshua Redman Quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson will be joined by an orchestra and will be performing selections from the new album Walking Shadows. Jordan's performance also will feature the Alan Broadbent Trio and a Detroit-based 18-piece string orchestra.
The Yellowjackets, who have been together almost as long as the Detroit Jazz Festival - 34 years and counting - are performing in support of A Rise In The Road, their new release on Mack Avenue Records. This serves as their debut project with new bassist Felix Pastorius. Guitarist John Scofield is set to perform with his Überjam group, bringing jam-oriented funk to this year's lineup. Also on the schedule is the the Robert Glasper Experiment, the GRAMMY® Award-winning group which transcends genre, drawing from jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock.
Two impressive new talents are also set to perform. Exciting young vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant will perform in support of her recently released Mack Avenue debut record, WomanChild, which has received much critical acclaim already. New York luminary David Berger has written customized arrangements of McLorin Salvant's music to be performed by his own New York Big Band; this will serve as the young vocalists premier in a highly customized large ensemble setting. Also performing is vocalist Gregory Porter, who recently earned a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance, and is set to release Liquid Spirit, on Sept. 17 via Blue Note Records.
The Detroit Jazz Festival is the largest entirely free jazz festival in the world, with attendees and artists alike gathering from all over the globe (with 25 percent of the audience coming from outside of Michigan). In addition to providing incredible opportunities to see jazz legends, the festival has an important economic impact, bringing in tens of millions of dollars and contributing greatly to the city of Detroit. The festival also was voted the number three jazz festival in North America in a reader's poll by JazzTimes, the world's leading jazz publication.
Now in its 34th year, the Detroit Jazz Festival takes place over Labor Day weekend (August 31 - September 2), in Hart Plaza, downtown Detroit. Attendees can see world-renowned artists on four stages: JP Morgan Chase Main Stage, Carhartt Amphitheatre Stage, Mack Avenue Records Waterfront Stage, and Absopure Pyramid Stage.
This year's major corporate sponsors include the Chrysler brand, JP Morgan Chase, Opportunity Detroit, Carhartt, DTE Energy Foundation, and Mack Avenue Records. Fans are encouraged to become Rhythm Section members by making donations of any size online to support keeping the festival free to the public.
About the Detroit Jazz Festival
The Detroit Jazz Festival "Imported from Detroit" is an independent, non-profit organization that presents jazz and educational workshops throughout the year. Recently voted number two in North America in a JazzTimes reader's poll, the Detroit Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival in the world and a major tourist attraction for the City of Detroit, with 25.8 percent of its audience coming from out of state.
The festival receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Erb Family Foundation; Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs; the SAP REFX Expert LLC and DE FRANCE DE TERSANT Trust; and the Kresge Foundation. Major corporate partners include JPMorgan Chase, Opportunity Detroit, Carhartt and Mack Avenue Records. Additional partners include Absopure, Amtech International, Art Van Furniture, Bingham Legal Group, Charity Motors, Comcast, Detroit Marriott, Dickinson Wright, Dirty Dog Jazz Café, Domino's, Fathead, Great Lakes Beverage, McDonalds, Meridian Health Plan, MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Pepsi Beverages Company, Plante Moran, PNC Foundation, St. John Providence Health System, Wakefield, Sutherland and Lubera, PLC; DownBeat, Hour Detroit, JazzTimes, MetroTimes and Fox 2. The Festival's Greening Program, now entering Phase IV, is supported by a generous grant from the DTE Energy Foundation.
For more details, visit the Detroit Jazz Festival website at DetroitJazzFest.com
Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 09:48
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is hosting a free health workshop in Detroit from July 12 to August 16 to help individuals manage long-term health conditions. The Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) class will meet on Fridays from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Brush Park Manor, located at 2900 Brush St. All Detroit are residents are welcome to attend.
The PATH workshop provides information and skills to adults with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, bronchitis, asthma, and depression. Workshops are conducted by trained leaders who hold informal, small group discussions and provide easy-to-understand course materials. Facilitators discuss ways to reduce pain and stress, cope with fatigue, use medications wisely, and benefit from physical activity. Participants also learn about self-help devices that can enhance daily activities. They are encouraged to practice the acquired skills by making weekly action plans and helping each other achieve their goals.
The PATH program is appropriate for people who are newly diagnosed as well as those who have been managing a chronic condition for years. It has been proven in studies to reduce symptoms and physician visits as well as increase self-management abilities and communication with doctors.
Registration for PATH is required and space is limited. To register for this program, please call Harold at (313) 832-1576. To learn more about PATH, or find other PATH classes currently held by the NKFM in Michigan, visit www.nkfm.org/path or call Lisa Arthur at the NKFM at (800) 482-1455.
The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. The NKFM is widely known for providing more programs and services to more people than any other region or state. The organization was recognized for its success in sound fiscal management by receiving a 4-star rating, five years in a row, from Charity Navigator—the nation's leading charity evaluator.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 15:34
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