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2024 Freep Film Festival spotlights local documentaries and filmmakers

Cinephiles and documentary enthusiasts are getting ready for the start of the 2024 Freep Film Festival April 10-14. One Detroit contributor Stephen Henderson, host of “American Black Journal,” talks with the festival’s Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Kathy Kieliszewski, and local filmmaker Razi Jafri, about what attendees can expect this year.

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum working to preserve Detroit’s automotive history with new funding

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood is an integral part of the Motor City’s legacy, and it has been transformed into a museum to preserve its history. One Detroit’s Chris Jordan took a tour of the museum with its President and COO Jill Woodward to learn about the iconic collection of Detroit automotive history that sits within its walls.

Schoolcraft vs. Dust: Residents raise concerns over air quality, living conditions on Detroit’s west side

A concrete crushing company started operating in Detroit’s Schoolcraft neighborhood a few years ago to the surprise of many people living nearby. Residents have raised concerns over air quality and living conditions from the concrete dust created from the site. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota and contributor Nicole Macdonald talk with residents about their concerns with heavy industry in the area.

Toronto transplant and Integral CEO Ashok Sivanand shares why Detroit became home for him and his business

Toronto transplant and Integral CEO Ashok Sivanand has chosen to call Detroit home. One Detroit contributor Zoe Clark sat down with Sivanand at the Detroit Policy Conference to talk about what drew him to work in the city and make Detroit his home. Sivanand talks with Clark about the sense of community he found in Detroit and the opportunities to grow as a member of the community.

Bookstock returns for 20th year to support literacy in metro Detroit

The 20th annual Bookstock returns to Laurel Park Place in Livonia, Michigan on April 7-14, bringing with it nearly 400,000 used books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, and vinyl records for sale. The community-driven initiative, organized entirely by volunteers, supports literacy education, including book clubs and poetry slams, and innovative programs like the Einstein Method in the Detroit metropolitan area and beyond.

Contributors discuss divide in Michigan GOP leadership, uncommitted Democratic primary votes

With a split in leadership in the Michigan Republican party and 13% of people voting uncommitted in the Democratic primary, there’s turmoil among Michigan Democrats and Republicans ahead of the 2024 presidential election. One Detroit contributors Stephen Henderson and Nolan Finley discuss the divide in Michigan’s Republican party, the uncommitted vote in the Democratic primary and the impact on the 2024 presidential election.

Poet Nikki Giovanni discusses her literary works, outer space and a new documentary about her life

A new documentary, “Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project” details the extraordinary life and career of renowned poet Nikki Giovanni. Contributor Cecelia Sharpe sat down with Giovanni at the Wright Museum for a wide-ranging conversation about her life, career, literary works and future plans. Plus, Giovanni discusses the “Going to Mars” documentary and her fascination with outer space.

Detroit City Council member calls for moratorium on new dollar stores after excessive blight

Overgrown weeds, empty bottles and discarded bags littered property around a Detroit Family Dollar store. This type of blight isn’t unusual for a number of the dollar stores across the city. One Detroit’s Will Glover talks with BridgeDetroit reporter Jena Brooker about the blight issues at dollar stores around the city, as well as steps city officials are taking.

New data released by EHproject shows Black women are at higher risk for heart disease

New data from the medical team at EHproject show African American women are at a greater risk for heart disease than their white counterparts. For American Heart Month, Henry Ford Health Cardiologist Dr. Brittany Fuller talks about the high rate of heart disease among Black women. Plus, she provides some helpful advice on what women can do to reduce their risk factors.


2024 Freep Film Festival, ‘Rouge’ Documentary, Weekend events | One Detroit

One Detroit contributor Stephen Henderson talks with Freep Film Festival Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Kathy Kieliszewski, and local filmmaker Razi Jafri about this year’s Freep Film Festival. One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota interviews filmmaker Hamoody Jaafar about the documentary “Rouge” that’s opening the film festival. Plus, check out some upcoming events on “One Detroit Weekend.”

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‘The Best of the Best: Jazz from Detroit’ documentary, ‘Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971′ exhibit | American Black Journal

A local documentary, “The Best of the Best: Jazz from Detroit,” explores Detroit’s jazz legacy and impact on the world. Host Stephen Henderson talks with the film’s co-producer and writer. Plus, the Detroit Institute of Arts’ “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971" exhibit highlights the trailblazing Black filmmakers and actors from the early days of cinema through the Civil Rights Movement.

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Wayne State University’s AI for Mobility Project seeks to improve Detroit’s public transit system

The Wayne State University School of Computer Science is working on an AI tool that may transform the way Detroiters get around the city. The goal of the tool is to increase the availability and reliability of Detroit’s public transit system. Producer Will Glover talks with Dr. Dongxiao Zhu, the founding director of the AI research initiative, and his team about their AI for Mobility Project.

‘The Chinese Lady,’ play about first Chinese woman in America, premieres in Michigan

A fourteen-year-old Chinese girl came to America 190 years ago – said to be the first female Chinese immigrant to set foot here during the 1800s. Now a play, “The Chinese Lady” at the Tipping Point Theatre through March 3, recounts the remarkable life of Afong Moy and her Chinese servant Atung. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota visits a dress rehearsal of the show and talks with the cast.

Addressing the critical needs of caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month 

November is National Family Caregivers Month. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B's Julie Lowenthal talks about the importance of support services and resources for family caregivers and the myriad challenges they face while caring for their loved ones. Plus, Lowenthal explores possible legislative policies that would ease the burdens faced by family caregivers.

An evening with Kara Swisher and Mary Barra | Wallace House Center for Journalists

The University of Michigan Wallace House Center for Journalists hosts a conversation with award-winning journalist and author Kara Swisher as part of its continuing series: “Democracy in Crisis: Views from the Press.” Swisher talks about her new memoir "The Burn Book: A Tech Love Story" and explores the dynamic interplay of legacy companies, innovation, strategic bets on the future, and tech’s potential to solve problems with General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

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