This Week on One Detroit:
Healing from tragedy: How MSU moves forward after mass shooting kills three, injures five
One Detroit contributor Stephen Henderson spent Monday night, Feb. 13, like most other Michigan State University parents, checking on the safety of their children after a gunman entered two university buildings and began firing at people.
The tragedy began around 8:18 p.m., after which a manhunt ensued for roughly four hours before law enforcement located the gunman a few miles off campus in Lansing. Three students — Alexandria Verner of Clawson, Brian Fraser of Grosse Pointe, and Arielle Anderson of Harper Woods — were slain by the gunman, and 5 others were hospitalized. The 43-year-old gunman Anthony Dwayne McRae also died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound the night of the shooting. He had no affiliation with the university.
As parents, students, staff, alumni and the entire country begin to grapple with and heal from this tragedy, Henderson sat down with Dr. Lekie Dwanyen, an associate professor at Michigan State University’s department of human development and family studies, to hear how the MSU community is coping.
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They talk about the traumatic emotions and changes people impacted by the violence may feel in the wake of this tragedy, as well as opportunities happening on campus to help students come together, heal and memorialize the victims. Plus, they talk about the frequency of mass shootings in our society and the impact that has on younger generations.
One-of-a-kind Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club paves way for the City’s emerging artists
At the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club, you won’t find any fancy wines or cheeses. You won’t find any breakfast either, but you can find a community of mixed-media artists showcasing, seeking advice on, and selling their work. And it’s all uniquely Detroit.
The group started in 2009, when co-founders Henry Harper and Harold Braggs used to meet at Noni’s Sherwood Grille for breakfast and to discuss art. Not long after, others started to join their conversations, and eventually, the table for two outgrew the entire restaurant. Today, because of its size, the Breakfast Club meets on Mondays at the Marygrove Conservancy, where you’ll find emerging and existing Detroit artists, art collectors and art lovers.
One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota spent an evening with the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club for a look at the weekly experience and how it’s paving the way for the city’s Black and brown artists to become part of America’s artistic story.
Kubota talks with Harper about the growth of the Breakfast Club and the evolving business of the art world as it becomes more accessible. Plus, he catches up with several Detroit-based artists, including nationally renowned artists Jonathan Harris and Judy Bowman and emerging artists Oshun Williams and Melinda Ruth Rushing, to hear about how the Breakfast Club has improved their artistry and artistic careers.
One Detroit Weekend: February 17, 2023
Are you looking for some arts, culture, music and family-friendly fun to experience in Southeast Michigan this weekend? “Detroit Performs: Live from Marygrove” host Satori Shakoor shares what Detroit and other metro cities have on tap for the Feb. 17 weekend and into next week on “One Detroit Weekend.”
List of Upcoming Events:
- The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers hosts a Black History Month event with the theme “CRT: Betrayal and Trust” at the Southfield Pavilion.
- The Detroit Opera premieres Angelin Preljocaj’s new take on the timeless ballet “Swan Lake.”
- Detroit’s Queen of the Blues Thornetta Davis hosts two nights of laughin’, cryin’, and lovin’ at the Carr Center.
- Detroit Book City brings back its annual African American Family Book Expo another year at the People’s Community Church.
- The Meadowbrook Theatre pays tribute to musical greats like Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen with “Blues in the Night.”
- Pontiac’s Little Art Theater presents the Straight Ahead Jazz Quartet, the first all-woman jazz group signed to Atlantic Records.
- Jazz musicians Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale and Jenn Lafemme will perform at Spot Lite Detroit.
- British saxophonist Jess Gillam performs the world premiere of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony & Saxophone Concerto at Orchestra Hall.
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