It's not in a fancy studio with sprung wood floors and mirrors on every wall. It's not supported by going-rate tuition. But it's taking hold in the recreation room of the Brightmoor Community Center and its roots are spreading
Elder Roma Wilson, 103, has been a preacher since he was 17 and is a noted gospel harmonica player. Although he was born in Hickory Flat, Miss., he raised his 11 children in Detroit and lives here now. His story is remarkable in many ways.
It's not like any health club I've ever seen. Three mammoth truck tires dominate one wall. Equipment includes industrial-weight chains, Bobcat treads and sledgehammers. There's not a treadmill or weight machine in sight.
Pure Detroit is sponsoring 'Big Heads Take The Fisher' in hopes people will support the Parade Company in restoring the painted papier mache heads, some of which have not been seen in public in decades.
Terry Crawford, president of the Motor City Doll Club. On Saturday and a presenter for the Detroit Doll Show at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, says it's 'very important, that young African-American girls have dolls to love that look like them.'
He dips, he dives, his arms create sinuous figure eights. His feet are something else altogether. They hop, they spin, they mash like they're crushing cigarette butts. They push up on the tips of their kicks like a ballet dancer on pointe. Make that on speed. The footwork can be dizzying. This is the Jit, the dance Detroit almost forgot.
Well, the Halloween season is over — but not quite. The southwest Detroit community is extending their celebration of el Dia de Los Muertos for just a while longer.
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Born in Bayonne, N.J. and raised in Royal Oak, photographer Donna Terek -- nicknamed "Turk" -- lives and works in the city of Detroit. Once upon a time she worked the graveyard shift in a GM bearing plant, put those tiny brushes in nail polish bottles for L'Oreal, taught English in Greece, night-staffed in a home for developmentally disabled adults, collected loans for a bank, served cocktails in Omaha, ran a phone bank in Atlanta, taught high school in rural Minnesota and bummed on a beach in Mexico where the locals claim to have invented surfing.
Terek was tolerated as a token hippie at Miami University and got her M.A. in journalism at the University of Minnesota. Today she lives with her husband and two dogs, C.C. Ryder and S.O. Terek, in one of Detroit's historic neighborhoods.
Donna Terek was named Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the Detroit Society of Professional Journalists. "Donna's Detroit" was named best online column by the national Society of Professional Journalists in 2010 and by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in 2009, the column's first year.
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