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Detroit singer shines on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

For most of the world who watched “Dancing with the Stars” Monday night, the biggest charge came when Ginger Zee and Valentin Chmerkovsky danced the “Viennese Waltz.” But for scores of Detroiters, the excitement was the song they danced to, or even more specifically, the songstress.

Native Detroiter Beth Griffith Manly, the daughter of the late John Griffith of Motown Funk Brothers’ fame, was a featured vocalist, belting out an amazing rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” A pop and R&B chanteuse, Beth also sings background for Motown recording artist KEM. “I was so excited when I got the call (to sing on DWTS),” she said. “They called me on a Wednesday evening, and I was on a plane to L.A. the next day.” Beth felt particularly honored when she was asked to sing the Houston song, admitting that she is her all-time favorite singer. “Having worked with her before she passed away on the movie ‘Sparkle’ as her stand-in and body double made me love her even more. And not to mention she and I share the same birthday of Aug. 9.” Ginger and Val walked away with a perfect score after a rousing standing ovation. And, according to the hundreds of social media comments from supportive Detroiters regarding Beth’s performance, Ginger and Val may have earned the 30 points, but the standing O was all for Beth.

Detroit for ACES Day

Could you maybe give us a hint? That’s kind of the response Mayor Mike Duggan got when he jumped on the stage at Wayne State University Wednesday morning to address 750 children.

“How many of you know who I am?” the mayor asked. The question was met by a few raised hands and puzzled faces from the room full of fired up second- and third-graders. Duggan, Attorney General Bill Scheutte and Paws from the Detroit Tigers were all there to support Danialle Karmanos and her nonprofit, Danialle Karmanos Work It Out: Home, along with the Michigan Fitness Foundation, to offer free yoga to 750 children from Detroit for ACES Day (All Children Exercise Simultaneously). Karmanos took the stage and gave an inspired pep talk, encouraging each child to exercise for 60 minutes a day and be healthy in mind, body and spirit. She concluded by telling each child how much they matter. “When I walked in the room, it took my breathe away,” she said. “These children are superstars.” DKWIO Powerhouse yogis Kerrie Trahan and Regina Ward, with help from Paws, led the children through a series of poses and concluded with the children setting a positive intention for the day. Each child left with their own yoga mat and workbook donated by DKWIO and Health Alliance Plan. And now they all know the mayor of Detroit.

Detroit Music Awards a winning event for Hertz

Entertainment attorney Howard Hertz and company pulled off another hugely successful Detroit Music Awards at the Filmore on Friday. Approximately 1,500 people filed into the venue for the exciting musical, action-packed event. In fact, there was so much going on we were curious to know what were some of the high points for Howard (the event’s creator). “First, I guess I’d say the Detroit music medley performed by the Motor City All Stars,” he said. “Also, announcing the new project to rebrand Detroit as a world class music city and build a Detroit music hall of fame and museum. Another highlight was receiving the Spirit of Entertainment Award from the city of Detroit, and, of course, having a chance to spend time with a room full of music legends like Duke Fakir from the Four Tops.”

Chuck Bennett is the creator of the social metro. Visit thesocialmetro.com.

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