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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan Endorse Dana Nessel for Michigan Attorney General

By | 2018-05-16T13:34:16+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Lansing, Neighborhoods|

Lansing, Mich. — Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan (PPAM) today announced its endorsement of Dana Nessel for Michigan Attorney General. Nessel, a noted civil rights attorney and former Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor, has worked "tirelessly to protect "the people who need it most over her 25-year legal career," said PPAM.

Over 300 cases of Lyme disease reported in 2017

By | 2018-05-16T13:33:05+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Lansing, Neighborhoods|

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michigan residents to protect themselves from ticks as the warm weather approaches. Tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme disease, are expanding across the state.

Maria Bamford Plays Royal Oak Music Theatre

By | 2018-05-09T13:41:52+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

Many comedians know how to work a room and get laughs from their own experiences, but few know how to channel laughs from their own anxiety as well as Maria Bamford. Especially vocal about her own mental health, the "Arrested Development," "Lady Dynamite" and "BoJack Horsemen" star has been lauded as "revelatory" by Entertainment Weekly and labeled a "must-see" by both Rolling Stone and Variety. She'll be at the Royal Oak Music Theater on Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m.

Artist Kevin Tolman Debuts Nature-Based Art Exhibit

By | 2018-05-09T12:54:43+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

The paintings of Kevin Tolman reveal the storied layers of an artist's creative process. Robert Kidd Gallery's spring exhibition focuses on the unfolding nature of Tolman's compositions, which manifest deep illusory spaces activated by brilliantly placed marks and forms. Each painting invites the viewer to peer through quiet veils of skillful, intuitively worked mixed media, offering a glimpse at richly percussive underlying fields.

Royal Oak Holds Annual Mother’s Day Flower Sale

By | 2018-05-09T12:53:26+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

On Sunday, May 13, Royal Oak is hosting its annual "Royal Oak in Bloom" Flower, Plant & Garden show. This mother's day event makes it easy to enjoy the increasingly warmer weather, get a head start on gardening and spend some quality time with family. With almost 70 vendors in attendance, the variety of "flowers, plants, landscaping items and decorative elements" for lawns is huge. And this year, the event will last an hour longer to allow for more shopping.

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2018-05-09T12:51:53+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

More more more 'Tales of The City,' now with Ellen Page Just when you were fully annoyed and extremely tired and actually angry (hey, "Roseanne"!) at all the TV reboots and revivals, here comes the [...]

SheHive Makeup for Women Who Don’t Like Makeup Event

By | 2018-05-09T12:41:44+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Ferndale, Neighborhoods|

Blush, highligher, bronzer, lipstick, eyeshadow and mascara: those are only a few of the items that can go into a makeup look and they rarely come with directions. Especially in the age of makeup gurus flaunting perfectly done-up looks on social media, breaking into a set of bold new colors, or even doing a basic look can be intimidating. Ferndale's SheHive is a women's community center and is hosting a "Makeup for Women Who Don't Love Makeup" event.

Trendsetting Lips

By | 2018-05-09T12:41:49+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 Low-quality meat 5 Biweekly tide 9 Langston Hughes' "The Weary ___" 14 Disneyland feature 15 Biblical trial word 16 Title character for Barbra 17 Zipper problem 18 Larry Kramer and peers 19 "Couldn't [...]

They’re Back

By | 2018-04-25T15:24:14+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

  Across 1 Martin Crane's support 5 "The African Queen" author 9 Way out of the closet 13 Asian inland sea 14 Like a muscle Mary's waist 15 Thomas ___ Edison 16 Drag queen's stocking [...]

List of 2018 Michigan Prides

By | 2018-04-25T15:24:20+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Ypsilanti Pride: Friday, June 1 — twitter.com/wpsipride Ferndale Pride: Saturday, June 2 — ferndalepride.com Motor City Pride — Detroit: Saturday, June 9 to Sunday, June 10 — motorcitypride.org Kalamazoo Pride: Friday, June 8 to Saturday, [...]

Michigan’s Safe Delivery Law Helping Save Newborns

By | 2018-04-25T15:24:24+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Michigan, News|

LANSING, Mich. – As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month outreach efforts, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michigan citizens to learn about the state’s Safe Delivery Law, and how they can help keep babies safe by promoting awareness of the statute.

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2018-04-25T15:24:28+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

BY ROMEO SAN VICENTE Your Olympics Crush is 'Dancing With The Stars' No, we didn’t say which Olympics crush. That’s because the upcoming all-athletes season of "Dancing With the Stars" features several recent popular Olympic [...]

This Is What’s Wrong: NASSAR and MSU Are Not Alone

By | 2018-04-25T15:24:34+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

I am a Michigan State University alum. Currently, I am a faculty member at Central Michigan University, where I and my colleagues are entrusted with thousands of young adults beginning to negotiate the world on their own. I am a former female college athlete, I am a social worker whose clients who include young victims of sexual abuse and women who have experienced violence at the hands of men, I am personally connected to many young adults who have experienced sexual assault and, finally, I am the adoptive mom to four kids — including a daughter — who all went to college. From these many perspectives, I keep trying to untangle the MSU/Nassar scandal.

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2018-04-11T13:42:49+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

  'A League of Their Own' gets a show of its own Remember that part in "A League of Their Own" where Rosie O’Donnell talks about feeling different from the other women, and how that [...]

Words from Dear Simon

By | 2018-04-11T13:42:50+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

Across 1 "___ because you think I look like a guy?" (with 7-Across) 7 See 1-Across 13 Establishes sexual preference? 15 Classical guitar great 16 Put it to your mouth at a gay rodeo 17 [...]

Health News Hits

By | 2018-04-11T13:42:54+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness|

LGBT Health Resources Removed from HHS Website A webpage devoted to lesbian and bisexual health, links to LGBT topics and other references were removed between September and October 2017 from WomensHealth.gov, a website maintained by [...]

Volunteers Wanted

By | 2018-04-11T13:43:00+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Creating Change Invites Volunteers to Host its 2019 Detroit Conference After 30 national events have been held across the U.S., the LGBTQ conference Creating Change is seeking a dynamic crew of volunteers to help put [...]

5 Life Strategies for LGBTQ+ Individuals to Avoid Out-of-Control Addictive Behaviors

By | 2018-04-11T13:43:02+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness|

We have all heard how the opioid epidemic is ravaging communities. In 2014 alone, drug overdose was the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., but prescription drugs are not the only killer, so is alcohol and illegal drugs. What you don’t hear is the specific numbers for how the LGBTQ community is being impacted: we are more than twice as likely than our heterosexual counterparts — 39.1 versus 17.1 percent — to have used any illicit drugs.

Hands Across the Water Gets Leadership Status from the Human Rights Campaign

By | 2018-04-04T13:54:39+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Ann Arbor, Mich: On Friday, April 13th, 2018, Hands Across The Water, a licensed child welfare agency will be hosting an open house event at their Ann Arbor office, celebrating their achievements in serving LGBTQ families and earning the All Children, All Families Leadership Status from the Human Rights Campaign for the seventh year in a row.

Heidelberg Project Brings Arts Education to Detroit Schools

By | 2018-04-04T13:54:42+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Michigan, News|

DETROIT —The Heidelberg Project and four Detroit public schools are piloting a first-of-its-kind program that will use art to empower and inspire students to be change agents in their community. The Heidelberg Arts Leadership Academy (HALA) serves Detroit students in grades 4-12 to explore art as a tool for social change, self-expression and community healing.


By | 2018-04-04T13:54:49+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

  Across 1 Diana of "Lady Sings the Blues" 5 Where they sing "Hello Dalai"? 10 Peggy of WOW Cafe 14 Engaged in 15 The way we word 16 Not hard to get in bed [...]