After Thwarted Kidnapping Plans, Whitmer Calls for Unity

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]


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By |2019-02-20T16:13:17-05:00February 20th, 2019|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Remembering Ruth Ellis

The year was 1978 and Jaye Spiro was teaching self-defense classes at senior citizen centers around Detroit. At one such complex, whose name she no longer recalls, Spiro met a feisty senior citizen named Ruth Ellis.

By |2019-02-20T15:22:04-05:00February 20th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Michigan Move Over Law Could Cost Noncompliant Motorists $400

Last week Michigan's Emergency Vehicle Caution Law, well-known as the Michigan Move over Law, took effect. In an attempt to prevent injury and death to first responders, this law requires motorists to slow down to at least 10 mph under the posted speed limit and move over for stationary emergency vehicles with their lights activated.

By |2019-02-20T15:13:19-05:00February 20th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Michigan LGBTQ Comedy Fest Back for 23rd Year

Since 1995 the Michigan LGBTQ Comedy Fest has brought some of the best names in LGBTQ entertainment to Detroit. This 23-year tradition remains unbroken in 2019 with four comedians — Karen Williams, Peter Smith, Sandra Valls and Mimi Gonzalez — slated to perform on Saturday, March 2, at the Courtyard Detroit-Dearborn at 8 p.m.

By |2019-02-20T15:06:24-05:00February 20th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

Revry is the LGBTQ Streaming Service That You’ve Been Waiting For

Diverse media representation has made great strides in recent decades, but most LGBTQ people can attest to the fact that they're still not regularly seeing themselves included in mainstream entertainment. And when it comes to streaming platforms, the LGBTQ category is usually limited to a small amount of content that leaves little to no room for a variety of storytelling. That fact was not lost on ally Alia J. Daniels either, a Michigan native who transplanted to Los Angeles to finish Loyola Law School and start a career in entertainment law. She said she and a group of friends noticed the sparseness in LGBTQ content on mainstream apps in 2015.

By |2019-03-20T09:21:50-04:00February 20th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

Parting Glances Black Gay Detroit Friends (Pt. 3)

I had my picture taken a year ago with actress Lily Tomlin, who was in Detroit — her native city — as speaker for an LGBTQ fundraiser. I was wearing a blue-patterned hoodie I had designed for ArtWear Detroit. And the juxtaposition of my design wear and Ms. Tomlin's vivid popularity was good PR. (For both of us I like to think.)

By |2019-02-20T14:42:31-05:00February 20th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Creep of the Week: Randy Garber

Oh, hey, did you hear that in Kansas lawmakers are trying to establish the LGBTQ community as a religion? Or, more specifically, they’re trying to argue that LGBTQ people are actually secular humanists so that Kansas doesn’t have to recognize marriage equality anymore; also that gay people aren’t black, I think.

By |2019-02-20T14:39:45-05:00February 20th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

Whatever Happened to? …

As I rework my dissertation into a book manuscript — cutting sections here, smoothing out passages there, tugging at paragraphs like taffy over there, finding the through line — I have been sneaking out and doing some last-minute oral history interviews. Even though many people have told me to stop, that I need to get the book done. I can’t quite help it.

By |2019-02-20T14:38:10-05:00February 20th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|