Category: Community Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
(Visitors to a previous show; painter Kelvin Henderson, who'll be exhibiting at this year's show)
The 11th Annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show® will take place July 26-28 at West Bloomfield Plaza, 6668 Orchard Lake Rd in the heart of West Bloomfield.
The location is west of Orchard Lake Road, off of Powers and Daly Roads.
Hours are Friday, July 26 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This fine art and craft event is juried by art professionals and will feature original, hand-made works in paintings, clay, glass, sculpture, wood, fiber, jewelry, photography and more. The 140 artists will be on hand to answer any questions about their work.
The event is being presented by Hotworks.org, and will also include food and a variety of beverages, live music and children's art activities, including candle making, face painting, plaster painting and tie-dye T-shirts.
There will also be art demonstrations.
According to the Hotworks.org website, the organization's goal "is to create an atmosphere that enhances the artwork and creates a relaxing environment for art lovers."
In addition, the 7th Annual Youth Art Competition, sponsored by The Chadwick Accounting Group, offer kids in grades K-8 to enter their art work to be publicly displayed and an opportunity to win a cash prize.
Ample free parking is available off Orchard Lake Road, south of Maple, behind Beaumont Medical Center. Pets permitted on a short leash, not longer than 3'. Pet owners are asked to please keep pets out of all tented areas, and to relieve their pets before attending the show.
This is the fourth year that the art show has taken place in West Bloomfield. The Hot Works team's Executive Director, Patty Narozny, has grown the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show® to be in the top 100 art shows in the country the last six years in a row and won five awards from 2012 Michigan Festivals and Events Fun Awards.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 18:48
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
The Detroit Pistons are unveiling newly renovated basketball courts on Belle Isle in Detroit as part of Metro Detroit Youth Day and the Pistons partnership with the Sprite Ultimate Challenge July 17 at 10:45 a.m.
The ribbon-cutting at the Pistons and Sprite-branded basketball courts will be held at the courts off Vista Drive. The two organizations teamed up to paint the two full courts and add new basketball rims on two full courts. Detroit Pistons Center Andre Drummond will attend the unveiling along with Pistons Legend Rick Mahorn, Hooper and the Pistons Entertainment Team.
"Of course, we love basketball and making these courts beautiful again at Belle Isle reinforces our commitment to impact the community," said Dennis Mannion, Palace Sports & Entertainment, CEO and president. "We're excited to be a part of Metro Detroit Youth Day and our partnership with the Sprite Ultimate Challenge."
The renovation is part of a celebration at Metro Detroit Youth Day and the Pistons partnership with Coca-Cola to put on the Sprite Ultimate Challenge, a basketball drills/skills with contestants – winners from the first round of the Ultimate Challenge June 28 at the Adams Butzel Center in Detroit – competing in the "Ultimate Challenge" at Belle Isle.
Those twelve winners from the Adams Butzel Ultimate Challenge will have a chance to compete at Metro Detroit Youth Day for a "Pistons Prize" – a suite at a 2013-14 Detroit Pistons Game, a "Pistons Day" at the arena and a chance to be a Pistons ball girl or boy.
"We are so excited to have the opportunity to assist with the basketball court renovation at Belle Isle," said Matt Barribeau, Michigan Market Unit Vice President of Sales. "Our support of the Sprite Ultimate Challenge is just one example of our commitment to collaborative partnerships that promote health and wellness here in the Detroit Area."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 16:41
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Saturday, August 17, 2013 Super Woman Productions and Publishing will host its first annual I Feel Good! Mind, Body and Soul Women's Conference, sponsored by Wayne State University. This one day event will start at 9 am and run until 5 pm in WSU's General Lectures building, located at 42 West Warren Avenue Detroit, MI 48202.
Angela T. Jones, CEO of Super Woman Productions and Publishing has been advocating for the rights of women for the last several years, from domestic violence prevention to empowering women to be in control of their business and personal lives. Jones lives by example, overcoming teen motherhood and domestic violence to become known as Super Woman.
Jones has a weekly internet radio show, a clothing line, is a published author, a contributing writer, a movie producer and media entrepreneur who has been featured in the FrontPage Detroit, Rolling Out Magazine, Detroit CEO Magazine and Salon World USA Magazine. She was also honored in the sixth edition of Who's Who in Black Detroit as a media professional and is nominated for the 2013 Confident Woman Award and the seventh edition of Who's Who In Black Detroit. Jones' goal is to motivate young girls and women, by giving them knowledge to positively impact their lives, providing them with the tools necessary to become confident and empowered.
Twelve workshops, facilitated by experts, will both educate and empower conference attendees so that they leave ready to improve their lives and be a beacon of hope to other women in the community. Topics include self esteem, social networking etiquette, wellness, health and avoiding domestic violence. IFGMBS is also an ARISE Detroit Neighborhoods Day event. Tickets are still available and are free for young women 11 to 18 years old.
The event will also commemorate the lives of children lost to violence, including Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. Any mothers in Metro Detroit who have lost a child to violence are asked to contact Super Woman Productions and Publishing directly at 313.427.9772.
ABOUT Super Woman Productions and Publishing LLC
Super Woman Productions and Publishing LLC is a diverse digital and visual media brand with a focus on entertainment and communications. The goal of the company is to make a positive impact on today's media using creative instruments and a "think outside the box" mentality. By utilizing social networks, print and digital media, SWPP is moving into the next realm of entertainment. For more information, visit the company's website: http://superwomanproductions.com/ and for tickets go to http://ifeelgoodmbsswpp.eventbrite.com
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 10:59
Category: Community Written by Byron H. Pitts
A key principle of the American Criminal Justice System is that a verdict of not guilty doesn’t mean that a defendant is innocent. It simply means that the prosecution could not meet their burden of proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt. This principle was never more evident than in the trial and acquittal of George Zimmerman.
Unlike many lay persons, I was not surprised by the verdict. Non lawyer friends of mine expressed the gamut of emotions; sadness, anger, but most of all, they were confused as to how Trayvon’s killer could walk free. In the spirit of helping my friends understand the legal ramifications of the acquittal of Zimmerman, I’ve decided to write this letter.
It is essential to identify the main issue in this case. The main issue was determining exactly what transpired when Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin met face to face. The fact that Zimmerman exited his vehicle with a firearm is probative of his state of mind, but as a matter of law, it provides no direct evidence as to his behavior when he confronted Trayvon.
What exactly happened when Zimmerman and Trayvon met face to face? The answer to this question can only be answered by two people; one of whom can no longer speak for himself. Without the benefit of surveillance video or unbiased witness testimony, Zimmerman was free to craft a statement specifically designed to comport with the letter of the law. Zimmerman’s statement was read into evidence. Juries are instructed to base their verdict only upon the evidence presented in court. The prosecutor had no direct testimony to contradict Zimmerman’s version as to what exactly happened when he met Trayvon. The prosecutor was forced to rely on Trayvon’s friend who could testify as to Trayvon’s state of mind just prior to the altercation, but not about his actions upon meeting Zimmerman. The jury only heard Zimmerman’s side of the story as to what happened when the two came face to face.
Many people believe that Zimmerman was the aggressor in his confrontation with Trayvon. This conclusion is supported by the evidence that the defendant took a weapon and went looking for an unarmed teenager. However, in a court of law, one’s beliefs, unless they come in the form of expert testimony, are not evidence. Remember, a jury is instructed to only consider the evidence. There was no direct evidence (surveillance video or live witness) to support the prosecutor’s theory that Zimmerman was the physical aggressor in his confrontation with Trayvon. Without direct evidence, Zimmerman had a distinct tactical and legal advantage.
When self defense is asserted by a suspect, the defendant does not have to prove to the jury that he was defending himself, instead the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant Was Not defending himself. This is an extremely difficult burden to meet.
When the prosecutor has a case in which they are at a tactical and evidentiary disadvantage and they are facing a crack team of skilled defense lawyers, it’s not surprising that Zimmerman walked. For all those asking why didn’t the prosecution go for a lesser charge, you should know that self defense is a defense to all homicides; First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder or Manslaughter. To charge Zimmerman with anything less than a homicide offense would have been outrageous. The prosecution took their best shot, but the evidence presented to the jury just didn’t support their theory. As Denzel Washington said in Training Day, “It’s not what you know” (what really happened), “It’s what you can prove” (via evidence).
It’s not the job of a defense attorney to prove your client’s innocence. It’s the duty of defense counsel to force the Government to prove that your client is guilty as charged. There is a huge difference!! Zimmerman is not innocent, but the State could not meet their burden of proving him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
In addition to the calls I received regarding the jury verdict, I received almost as many inquires about the jury’s racial composition. The issue is not how many people of color were on Zimmerman’s jury; the question is how many people of color were in the jury panel from which the jury was selected. The truth of the matter is that, on the whole, young African Americans and Hispanics are not showing up for jury duty. I see it every day. When young minorities do appear for jury duty, one of the following events frequently occurs.
Because of personal exposure to the criminal justice system, either as crime victims or as victims of police harassment, prospective jurors of color acknowledge that they cannot be fair. They are biased against either the prosecution or the defense, and they are removed for cause.
If prospective minority jurors indicate that they can be fair, they are frequently removed by pre-emptory challenge. Attorneys, except in rare circumstances, do not have to justify the removal of a prospective juror by pre-emptory challenge.
The bottom line is that there is a dearth of minority representation on juries around the country. This phenomenon is not unique to the Zimmerman trial. I am not going to assert that an all black jury would have convicted Zimmerman. Black or white, jurors are instructed to follow the law. The law instructs jurors to set aside their biases and prejudging, and reach their decision based solely on the evidence.
Unfortunately, for those of us wanting justice for young Trayvon and his family, the evidence to support a homicide conviction was just not presented to the jury. However, a racially diverse jury would have allowed different perspectives and world views to be heard during deliberations.
Unfortunately, under the law, the goal of obtaining a racially diverse jury is not a basis to keep or exclude minorities. If a non racial basis can be presented to justify, excluding people of color, that prospective juror is frequently excused.
As an African American man, my heart goes out to the Martin family. They have handled themselves with dignity and grace in the midst of unspeakable pain.
As a practicing attorney, however, I am aware of the problematic nature of prosecuting this case. Zimmerman was able to shape his statement in a way most beneficial to his case. Because Trayvon was not here to speak for himself, the prosecution was forced to mount their arguments based upon theories and belief, but very little evidence.
As of this writing, George Zimmerman’s fate lies in the hands of the Department of Justice. Whether or not a federal case is brought against him for violating the civil rights of Trayvon Martin, will be decided by Attorney General Eric Holden. That decision is out of our control.
What remains in our control, however, is the ability to participate in our democracy.
It is your right and duty to vote. It is your right and duty to appear for jury duty. If you do not exercise your right to participate in the system, you cannot complain when the system fails to serve you.
Byron H. Pitts Attorney at Law Byron H. Pitts has been a practicing trial attorney for 15 years. He specializes in criminal and civil litigation. Attorney Pitts has tried and won cases throughout the country. He works for the Law Offices of Attorney Cornelius Pitts.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 16:12
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Do you think you have what it takes to be the next American Idol??
Auditions for Season 13 of American Idol will be kicking off this month, and this year the show will be making a stop in Detroit, Michigan!
Registration Day for the Detroit Auditions is Saturday, July 20th, and Audition Day is Sunday, July 21st, at Ford Field in downtown Detroit.
Idol hopefuls must be between 15 and 28 years old.
Specific details of the Detroit auditions can be found HERE.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:25
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