This Week on One Detroit:

Voters Choose from Crowded Pool of Candidates Fighting Over Fewer Districts in Michigan Congressional Election

Leading up to the Aug. 2, 2022 primary election, as the race for Michigan’s congressional seats heats up, which candidates will voters choose to represent Michigan for the next two years? When voting at the polls this year, voters have to choose from a crowded field of candidates from each of their districts to fill now only 13 congressional seats, rather than the previous 14 seats, after the approval of new redistricting maps this year. 

One Detroit contributors  Stephen Henderson, host of “American Black Journal,” and Nolan Finley, editorial page editor at The Detroit News, come together for a lively conversation about the candidates running in the upcoming 2022 primary election and the hot-button issues that may motivate voters to visit the polls. Plus, they debate what’s at stake for the state depending on the possible outcomes of the Michigan congressional election. 

Plowshares Theatre Premieres ‘Hastings Street’ Musical, A Story of Detroit’s Black Bottom Neighborhood 

It was the summer of 1949 when Detroit began ushering in a new wave of urban renewal, and Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood quickly became the target for the bulk of the city’s urban redevelopment. The Plowshares Theatre Company‘s new musical “Hastings Street” depicts the life of one African American family, the Carsons, in flux as the city unravels a host of changes of its own. The musical runs through July 31, 2022 at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

Before the world premiere of the musical, “American Black Journal” producer Marcus Green takes viewers behind the scenes to a rehearsal to see how the musical came together. Plus, Green talks with the musical’s co-creators, jazz trumpeter/composer Kris Johnson, actor/singer John Sloan III, and Plowshares Theatre Artistic Director Gary Anderson about the making of the musical, the Detroit history it represents, and the message viewers can take away from the performance. 

African World Festival Celebrates 39th Anniversary With Return to Detroit’s Hart Plaza

 The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s African World Festival, the largest celebration of the African diaspora in Detroit, celebrated its 39th anniversary this July with a return to the location where the festival got started: Detroit’s Hart Plaza. The 39th annual African World Festival featured a host of musical performers; special programming for children and families, like storytelling and a walking history tour; information booths with community resources; and more than 150 food, art and clothing vendors.

One Detroit contributing producer AJ Walker takes viewers to Hart Plaza on Detroit’s riverfront for a look at how the 39th annual African World Festival played out this year. 

Detroit Emcee Frankie P. Performs Original Song ‘Fade’ on ‘Detroit Performs’ 

Detroit-native emcee and producer Frankie P. has received notable traction in Detroit’s local hip-hop scene over the last few years, but her journey as an artist started long before. She was in the seventh grade when she decided she wanted to become a hip-hop artist, and has since performed at a variety of landmark Detroit locations, like the Charles H. Wright Museum and the We Found Hip-Hop Foundation, and alongside iconic artists, such as Big Sean, Logic, Laurie Love, and more.

Watch Frankie P. perform her original song “fad.e,” co-produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Quentin Dennard II, on Detroit Performs: Live from Maygrove.


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