Erykah Badu to raise money for Enough SAID Project

As the president of the Right Productions, the entertainment production company that has operated Chene Park for nearly 20 years, Shahida Mausi-Johnson has enjoyed many memorable experiences with big name celebrities. But the moments that excite her most, she tells us, is when she can work with a celebrity for a good cause. The perfect case in point is the upcoming collaboration between the Right Productions Inc., and Grammy award-wining neo-soul singer/songwriter Erykah Badu, which will raise funds for the Enough SAID Project. The project supports the African American 490 Challenge, a campaign to raise money for processing untested rape kits. The event takes place on Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. at Chene Park. The Right Productions Inc. is donating $5 from the purchase of every ticket sold for the show. The fundraising effort is done in partnership with the Circle and the Michigan Women’s Foundation. The goal is to raise $50,000 toward the 490 Challenge’s goal of raising $657,090 by year’s end.

“We are honored to make Chene Park the site for great artistry supporting a great mission,” says Mausi-Johnson. “Erykah Badu is a true artist. She is a cultural icon. She answered the call, lending her voice to those who work to redress a wrong.”

In addition to a portion of the ticket cost for the Aug. 12 show going toward the campaign, there is a $100-per-person pre-concert reception (Badu will not attend) and a $1,000 per person VIP reception following the concert (Badu will attend) sponsored by UAW-Ford. Tickets purchased for both receptions are 100 percent tax deductible.

Dr. Ian in town for ‘Girls Into Women’ program

At the invitation of WDIV Local 4 morning news anchor Rhonda Walker, the popular Dr. Ian Smith recently made time to motivate and inspire a diverse crowd of more than 600 Metro Detroiters at the Sixth Annual Rhonda Walker Foundation Give and Get Fit Health and Fitness. The former co-host of “The Doctors,” diet expert on VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club,” current medical contributor on the “Rachel Ray Show” and author of the best-selling SHRED Diet Book series came to town to serve as the celebrity grand marshall for the annual fitness event to help raise money and awareness for the foundation’s 5-year “Girls Into Women” program for Detroit teens. Known simply as Dr. Ian, the down-to-earth health expert took selfies, gave one-on-one advice and helped Walker present race medals to runners at the event that took place downtown along the Detroit River.

Charivari features top DJs, electronic dance music

Techno music lovers and “House Heads” alike have been chomping at the bit in anticipation of this weekend’s Charivari, a three-day electronic dance music festival featuring the largest group of Detroit-based DJs ever assembled. The festivities will kick off hard at 5 p.m. Friday with the incomparable DJ Al Ester on deck, followed by nearly 100 of Detroit’s top dance music DJs, including Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale, Charles Hicks, Bruce Bailey, Norm Talley, and DJ Cent. The fabulous finish on Sunday night features the legendary Juan Atkins, Delano Smith and Terrance Parker on three separate stages.

“Charivari Detroit is curated by a team of individuals who love their city, our residents and our music,” says festival producer and co-founder Theresa Hill, also known as Lady T from the Old School House Party radio show with Gerald McBride on Mix 92.3 FM. “We want everyone to join us and share in our love through wild dancing and pulsating music that will touch your soul.”

Charivari Detroit will also feature food, fine art, fashion and a new component — yoga sessions on Sunday courtesy of Island Yoga and Breathe In Detroit. Charivari takes place at Belle Isle near the Lighthouse on Friday, through Sunday. Tickets are $55 and available at local record stores, as well as online. Visit

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