Detroit, sometimes refers to the Metro Detroit area, a sprawling region with a population of 4,403,437 for the Metropolitan Statistical Area, making it the U.S.A.'s eleventh-largest, and a population of 5,327,764 for the nine-county Combined Statistical Area as of the 2009 Census Bureau estimates.
With the introduction of Prohibition, smugglers used the river as a major conduit for Canadian spirits, organized in large part by the notorious Purple Gang. Strained racial relations were evident in the 1920s trial of Dr. Ossian Sweet, a black Detroit physician acquitted of murder. A man died when shots were fired from Ossian's house into a threatening mob who gathered to try to force him out of a predominantly white neighborhood.
In the year, 1932, Eddie "The Midnight Express" Tolan, a black student from Detroit's Cass Technical High School, won the 100- and 200-meter races and two gold medals at the 1932 Summer Olympics. Joe Louis won the heavyweight championship of the world in 1937.
Urban development in Detroit has been an important issue. In 1973, the city elected its first black mayor, Coleman Young. Despite development efforts, his combative style during his five terms in office was not well received by many whites. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick resigned his office effective September 19, 2008, after pleading guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice and no contest to one count of assaulting and obstructing a police officer. Kilpatrick was succeeded in office on an interim basis by City Council President Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. until a May, 2009 special election in which businessman and former Detroit Pistons star Dave Bing was elected Mayor for the remaining duration of Kilpatrick's term.
Live music has been a prominent feature of Detroit's nightlife since the late 1940s, bringing the city recognition under the nickname Motown. The metropolitan area has many nationally prominent live music venues. Concerts hosted by Live Nation perform throughout the Detroit area.
Greektown Historic District in Detroit.The city of Detroit has a rich musical heritage and has contributed to a number of different genres over the decades leading into the new millennium. Important music events in the city include: the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, the Motor City Music Conference (MC2), the Urban Organic Music Conference, the Concert of Colors, and the hip-hop Summer Jamz festival.
In the 1940s, blues artist John Lee Hooker became a long-term resident in the city's southwest Delray neighborhood. Hooker, among other important blues musicians migrated from his home in Mississippi bringing the Delta Blues to northern cities like Detroit. Hooker recorded for Fortune Records, the biggest pre-Motown blues/soul label. During the 1950s, the city became a center for jazz, with stars performing in the Black Bottom neighborhood. Prominent emerging Jazz musicians of the 1960s included: trumpet player Donald Byrd who attended Cass Tech and performed with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers early in his career and Saxophonist Pepper Adams who enjoyed a solo career and accompanied Byrd on several albums. The Graystone International Jazz Museum documents jazz in Detroit.
Other, prominent Motor City R&B stars in the 1950s and early 1960s was Nolan Strong, Andre Williams and Nathaniel Mayer - who all scored local and national hits on the Fortune Records label. According to Smokey Robinson, Strong was a primary influence on his voice as a teenager. The Fortune label was a family-operated label located on Third Avenue in Detroit, and was owned by the husband and wife team of Jack Brown and Devora Brown. Fortune, which also released country, gospel and rockabilly LPs and 45s, laid the groundwork for Motown, which became Detroit's most legendary record label.
Berry Gordy, Jr. founded Motown Records which rose to prominence during the 1960s and early 1970s with acts such as Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, the Jackson 5, Martha and the Vandellas, The Spinners, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Marvin Gaye. Artists were backed by the Funk Brothers, the Motown house band that was featured in Paul Justman's 2002 documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown, based on Allan Slutsky's book of the same name. The Motown Sound played an important role in the crossover appeal with popular music, since it was the first African American owned record label to primarily feature African-American artists. Gordy moved Motown to Los Angeles in 1972 to pursue film production, but the company has since returned to Detroit. Aretha Franklin, another Detroit R&B star, carried the Motown Sound; however, she did not record with Berry's Motown Label.
In 1990s and the new millennium, the city has produced a number of influential artists, including Eminem, the hip-hop artist with the highest cumulative sales, and hip-hop producer J Dilla. Detroit is cited as the birthplace of techno music. Prominent Detroit Techno artists include Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson.
Many of the area's prominent museums are located in the historic cultural center neighborhood around Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies. These museums include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Science Center, as well as the main branch of the Detroit Public Library. Other cultural highlights in Detroit include Motown Historical Museum, the Pewabic Pottery studio and school, the Tuskegee Airmen Museum, Fort Wayne, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), and the Belle Isle Conservatory.
Annual summer events include the Electronic Music Festival, International Jazz Festival, the Woodward Dream Cruise, the African World Festival, the Detroit Hoedown, Noel Night, and Dally in the Alley. Held since 1924, America's Thanksgiving Parade is one of the nation's largest. River Days, a five-day summer festival on the International Riverfront lead up to the Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival fireworks, which draw super sized-crowds ranging from hundreds of thousands to over three million people.
the Metro Times is a weekly publication, covering news, arts & entertainment. Also founded in 1935 and based in Detroit the Michigan Chronicle is one of the oldest and most respected African-American weekly newspapers in America.
Detroit and the rest of southeastern Michigan have a humid continental climate which is influenced by the Great Lakes. Winters are cold, with moderate snowfall and temperatures at night occasionally dropping below 0 °F around six times per year, while summers are warm to hot with temperatures exceeding 90 °F on 12 days. Snowfall, which typically peaks from December to through February, averages 43.3 inches per season.
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DETROIT R&B/SOUL VOCALIST L RENEE SIGNS TO ‘KEMISTRY RECORDS’ LABEL
MOTOWN RECORDING ARTIST, KEM, SIGNS HIS BACKGROUND VOCALIST &
PERFORMANCE DUETIST TO HIS INDEPENDENT RECORD LABEL, KEMISTRY RECORDS
L Renee to Sing National Anthem at Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions Football Game at Ford Field in Detroit This Sunday, October 5
(October 3, 2014 - Detroit, MI) – Detroit R&B/Soul Vocalist, L Renee, will take the field this Sunday, October 5 to perform the National Anthem at the Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions football game at Ford Field in Detroit.
L Renee, one of Detroit’s most powerful and unforgettable voices, arrived on the music scene in 2005, and has held a strong presence on the local music scene ever since. The Detroit native has written more than 40 songs and has produced and independently released seven albums. She has performed alongside Motown Artist KEM as a background vocalist since 2011, and as a result, has shared the stage with Jill Scott, Trey Songz, Mary J. Blige, Fantasia, Dwele and Ledisi to name a few, and also had the opportunity to open a show for Gladys Knight.
Earlier this year, L Renee was signed to a recording contract with Kemistry Records, the independent label owned by Motown Recording Artist, KEM. L Renee, who regularly performs with KEM as a background vocalist and performance duetist, is the first artist signed to his label. GLOW, her first album on the Kemistry Records label, is scheduled for release in 2015.
Prior to signing with the Motown label in 2001, KEM started his Kemistry Records label as a vehicle to produce and distribute his own music.
“Running a record label was not something I had interest in, and I had no intention of signing anyone to Kemistry Records…until I met L Renee,” said KEM. “She has one of those special voices, and has an abundance of natural talent and ability as an R&B vocalist. She has the talent to become one of the best female R&B singers of our time. I believe in her so much that I added her first single, “Don’t Say Goodbye,”to the Deluxe edition of my newest album, PROMISE TO LOVE.”
“It’s a dream come true to be signed to a record label owned by such an accomplished artist as KEM,” said L Renee. “His influence and mentorship as an artist and a performer is invaluable, and I’m thankful and honored to have the chance to work with him and his team.”
This November, L Renee will perform as the opening act on KEM’s eight-city “Promise To Love Tour - Part 1” with special guest, Joe. The tour begins on November 14 at Ft. Lauderdale’s Broward Center. Tickets are on sale today at ticketmaster.com.
L Renee has a fan base of more than 100,000 devotees on social networking sites, and her music has been downloaded and streamed more than 300,000 times on sites including: Amazon; iTunes; Last.fm; Rhapsody; Soundclick; emusic; LiveWireMobile; iLike and Virb.
Grown Up Conversations (2009)
Merry Christmas (2007)
2nd Chances (2006)
Special Song (2005)
L Renee is also founder of the “L Renee GirlPOWer” non-profit organization, which promotes self-esteem and empowerment in teenaged girls through fun and educational programming and events.
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Cheichou Bambi African Hair - 18421 W Mcnichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48219-4113 (313) 387-9288
Craigs Beauty Barber Supply - Category: Black Beauty Supply - 15925 W. McNichols St, Detroit, MI 48235 (313) 836-2322
Derjers International - Category: Black Hair Salons - 15125 Harper Ave., Detroit, MI 48224 (313) 887-5184
Drama Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - 16100 Fenmore St., Detroit, MI 48235 (313) 303-2321
Essential Beauty Supply - Category: Black Beauty Supply - 14930 Pevost St., Detroit, MI 48227 (313) 903-5703
Everettes Cornrows & Braids - 16094 E 8 Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48205 (313) 527-2884
Golden Goddess Health & Beauty Studio - 3448 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI (313) 567-4747
Good Look Beauty Supply - Category: Black Beauty Supply - 8424 Mc. Nichols, Detroit, MI 48204 (313) 477-9776
Happy To Be Nappy - Category: Black Hair Salons - 18957 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221 (313) 340-4247
Heavenly Beauty Boutique - Category: Black Beauty Supply - 7735 Harper Ave, Detroit, MI 48213 (313) 921-9062
Hot Curlz 313 - Category: Black Hair Salons - 20908 W. 7 Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48219 (313) 543-9552
Jamela African Hair Braiding - 16817 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48227-1421 (313) 653-4757
Ja-Paree Beauty Supply - Category: Black Beauty Supply - 15211 E. Warren, Detroit, MI 48224 (313) 885-7086
Kut 'Em Up Hair Salon - 14221-3 Greenfield Rd, Detroit, MI (313) 270-4247
Kut or Dye Barbershop -  Category: Black Barbershops - Specializing in all phases of healthy hair care for black men and women 11911 E. Seven Mile Rd, Detroit, MI (248) 733-5881 - (visit website)
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Mr. June Eills/Beauty Supply - Category: Black Beauty Supply - P.O. Box 43676, Detroit, MI 48243 (313) 682-7972
Nballou African Hair Braiding -  Category: Black Hair Salons - 17442 Lahser Rd, Detroit, MI 48219 (313) 538-8683 - (reviews)
PicNap Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - 1968 Freedom Way, Detroit, MI 48207 (313) 606-2342
Rob Willis International Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - 16950 Wildemere St, Detroit, MI 48221 (313) 864-5428
SLH Ventures INC - Category: Black Beauty Supply - P.O. BOX 441314, Detroit, MI 48244 (248) 789-9323
Terry’s Place Salon - Category: Black Beauty Supply - 19139 Livernois Ave.
Detroit, MI 48221 (313) 863-4014
Textures by Nefertiti - Category: Black Hair Salons - 4201 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 (313) 831-4771
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Three Sister's Hair Braiding - 16147 W Mcnichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48235-3563 (313) 835-8032
BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.
Apple Book Center - Category: Black Bookstore - 7900 W. Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48235 (313) 255-5221
Baker's Bible & Bookstore - Category: Books - Retail brick and mortar bible bookstore that sells and ships church supplies, religious books,bibles,biblical games, gospel cd's and dvd's. Baker's Bible and Bookstore also carries pastoral and choir attire and gifts. - 10200 Grand River Avenue - Detroit, Michigan (313) 933-5507 - (visit website)
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Detroit, Michigan 48213 (313) 999-0616 - (visit website)
Charles R. Brown & Company - Category: Accountants - Detroit, MI (313) 871-4030
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Harmon Autoglass - Category: Auto - Harmon Autoglass offers affordable auto glass replacement done right every time. - 1-888-412-7700 - (visit website)
Lewis College Of Business - Category: Historically Black College - 17370 Meyers Rd, Detroit, MI 48235 (313) 862-6300x232 - (visit website)
Mahogany Books - Category: Black Bookstore - 15768 Biltmore, Detroit, MI 48227-1558 (313) 273-4479
National Trails - Category: Chartered Bus Services - At National Trails, we offer experienced chartered bus services for your peace of mind. We frequently transport groups to corporate events, school field trips, church group functions, local or out of town sightseeing tours, social gatherings, and senior-group road trips. The comfort and safety of our customers is our top priority and we do everything possible to ensure your satisfaction. Call us when you need a charter bus in Detroit! - 20921 Mapleridge Avenue Southfield, MI (248) 353-9510 - (visit website)
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Shrines of the Black Madonna - Category: Black Bookstore/Natural Woman/Hair Products - 13535 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI (313) 491-0777
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AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE
General Motors Center for African American Art - This curatorial department and resource center develops special exhibitions, lectures and symposia on African American art. - 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI (313) 833-7900 - (visit website)
International Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum - 18031 W Mcnichols Rd, Detroit, MI - 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI (313) 592-0017 - (visit website)
Museum of African American History - The world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. - 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI (313) 494-5800
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National Conference of Artists Michigan Chapter - Category: Art Gallery The gateway page to the virtual galleries of the artists of the NCA Michigan Chapter. - 18100 Meyers, Suite 395 - Detroit, MI - (visit website)
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
Bert's Market Place - Southern Cuisine - 2727 Russell St, Detroit, MI (313) 567-2030
Connie & Barbara's Soul Food - 13101 W Mcnichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48235-4118 (313) 862-5240
Detroit Shrimp & Fish BBQ - 20030 James Couzens Freeway, Detroit, MI 48235-1869 (313) 864-8161
D Town Fish & Soul Food - 18221 West 8 Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48219-1510 (313) 535-2222
Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe - 400 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 586) 439-3234 - (visit website)
J J Fish & Chicken - Delicious! cooked just right 20225 West 8 Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48219-1436 (313) 533-9950 - (visit website)
Johnson Southern Kitchen - 14249 Greenfield Rd, Detroit, MI 48227 (313) 837-9311
Magnolia Restaurant & Bar - 1440 E. Franklin Rd. Detroit, MI 48207 (313) 393-0018
Motor City Soul Food - 12700 W 7 Mile Rd, Detroit - (313) 863-7685
Motown Soul Cafe - 3011 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit MI 48202 - (313) 556-9993
Nu Wave Fish & Chicken - 14541 W Mcnichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48235-3935 (313) 835-8000
Reggie's Soul Food Cafe - 1301 West Lafayette Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48226-3004 (313) 964-7685
Slows Bar B Q - 2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI (313) 962-9828
Lucky's Bar & Grill - Category: Nightclub - 24200 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI
Plan B - Category: Nightclub - 205 Congress & Shelby, Detroit, MI
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St. Andrews - Category: Nightclub - 205 Congress & Brush, Detroit, MI (313) 961-8961
The Limit -   15535 W 8 Mile Rd, Detroit, Michigan (313) 341-8000
Zoo Bar - Category: Nightclub - 415 E Congress Avenue, Detroit, MI (313) 961-5005
African World Festival Downtown Detroit, Philip Hart Plaza, Detroit, Michigan (313) 494-5800
(August) - (visit website)
Three days of free family fun.
Detroit Festival of the Arts Located In Midtown’s University Cultural Center
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The Detroit Festival of the Arts is a three day arts festival in Detroit, Michigan, held on the second weekend of June. First held in 1986, the Festival features free musical performances, art showings, activities for children and expensive food. It is located on Detroit's cultural center, spanning the Detroit Institute of Arts, the main branch of the Detroit Public Library and the main Wayne State University campus.
Laughin The Pain Away Comedy Show This event will support shelters and centers in the Detroit Metro area. (Dec) Bert's Warehouse located in the Eastern Market, 2739 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207 (313) 687-7720
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The event will be launched in Detroit for the benefit of victims of domestic violence, the unemployed and homeless.
Spirit of Detroit Music Festival Located Michigan State Fairgrounds, 1120 W. State Fair Ave., Detroit, Michigan; (313) 868-7464
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R&B, country, blues, hip-hop, jazz, rock, you name it we got it for this annual event.
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