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  • "Judging My Worth By the Seat of My Pants"

    Feb 23, 2023

    River's Edge Gallery is pleased to collaborate with artist / activist Brenda Oelbaum on an interactive art installation. "Brenda has always cast light on social issues by throwing them in your face. This installation does exactly that to the billion dollar diet industry that has led so many people down a frustrating and useless diet trail. I am excited about this particular event as Brenda is teaming up with Mary Balog, a no-diet, dietitian, nutritionist and intuitive eating counselor. She also...

  • Downriver Bar and Grill Extends Its Hours Now Open From 12 PM to 2 AM

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Feb 9, 2023

    When a neighborhood possesses business real estate, the possibilities are endless. There are more things to do, less trouble for residents to get into, and more opportunities for camaraderie in the community. The Downriver Bar and Grill has set a standard and expectation for this. It has been reopened for eight months, and has been a prime source of Downriver nightlife. In a quick trip down the street, The Downriver Bar and Grill has everything possible for a long night out. The community can...

  • Independent Detroit Filmmaker Scores Major Film Distribution Noble Intentions

    Jan 5, 2023

    DETROIT--When Noble Intentions hits digital and cable video on demand (VOD) platforms early next year, it will be the first film produced out of Detroit to be greenlit for distribution by Gravitas Ventures. The worldwide film distributor connects filmmakers and producers with a global audience of more than a billion people. Over the course of 15 plus years in business, the company has collaborated with thousands of artists to share important films with global audiences. Now, it's Detroit's...

  • A Look at Those We Lost in 2022

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Jan 5, 2023

    Each New Year it seems only appropriate to remember the noteworthy lives lost the previous year. At the Telegram, we look back at these exceptional lives and recall the contributions they made. On January 6, 2022, actor Sidney Poitier passed away. Poitier gained national recognition in one of his early films, "Blackboard Jungle" in 1955 and earned a Best Actor Academy Award Nomination for his role in "The Defiant Ones" in 1959. In 1963, Poitier became the first African American to win the Best...

  • Nominations Encouraged for Michigan Lottery's Excellence in Education Awards to Honor Outstanding Educators

    State of Michigan News|Dec 22, 2022

    Parents, students, school staff members, and others are encouraged to nominate outstanding public-school educators for the Michigan Lottery's 2022-23 Excellence in Education awards. All public-school employees may be nominated for the awards, which recognize educators who go "above and beyond" to make a difference in the lives of children. To nominate a public-school educator, go to The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence in...

  • Brittany Chriswell is Trailblazing the Silver Screen

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Dec 15, 2022

    Those who attended school with Brittany Chriswell would remember her as a relatively quiet young lady. She stuck to herself, and stayed close to her friend group. Brittany wasn't a loud student, nor did she compete, or desire to be in River Rouge High School's limelight. She played in the band, where she was adored, and looked at as a younger sister by some of her bandmates. After graduating in 2014 Chriswell set off to find a lane of her own. Eventually she ran into a family member who had...

  • Charles H. Wright Museum Celebrates Jazzy:

    Clifton R Kirkman II, Telegram Reporter|Oct 27, 2022

    Jazz music in Detroit, is oftentimes overlooked and overshadowed by New York, New Orleans and Chicago, but it does have a deep-rooted connection to this city. Now until February, the Charles H. Wright Museum has kicked off and is celebrating two new exhibits, Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the ank of America Collection and Detroit Jazz: The Legacy Continues. As you walk into the building and began to immerse yourself into the two exhibits, you will find a collection of amazing photos and...

  • An Evening With Dr. Banks and WGPR

    Kellee Jordan, Telegram Reporter|Sep 8, 2022

    "We want this to be the third most important cultural center in Detroit," says Kenneth Hollowell. He is speaking of The William V. Banks Broadcast Museum and Media Center, located in WGPR-TV studio, 3146 E. Jefferson, Michigan's, and the United States historic site. Many baby boomers growing up in Detroit remember TV-62, the first television station to broadcast 24 hours. On Friday August 26, 2022, The International Free and Accepted Modern Masons Inc. and the Order of the Eastern Stars Kenneth...

  • Jay Z and Beyoncé Continue Adding to Their Legacy of Giving Back

    Aug 25, 2022

    Popular music's most powerful couple continue to make power moves. And, even when their good deeds are a year old, the significance never fades. Twitter and other social media users are again gushing over the impact Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z's commitment to students in select high schools and historically Black colleges and universities. Two years ago, they announced a new scholarship program that will award 10 scholarships worth $100,000 each to "exceptional" high school seniors who...

  • Detroit Filmmaker Awards Honors Best In City Movies

    Christian Young, Telegram Contributing Reporter|May 26, 2022

    The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the place that housed this year’s Academy Awards, is a beautiful, venerable venue. But on Sunday night, the Dolby didn’t hold a candle to Detroit’s own Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. After a two-year pandemic-induced interruption, the second annual Detroit Filmmaker Awards brought over 300 guests to the Wright to honor the best of the best films to come from Detroit burgeoning independent film scene from the past couple of years. “With...

  • Black History, Black Music and Black Excellence

    Clifton R Kirkman II, Telegram Reporter|Feb 3, 2022

    Black History Month is a cause of great celebration and remembrance of Black Excellence. However, you cannot do so, without diving into the world of Black Music. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, we've seen an evolution of many different genres that were created by black singers, songwriters and musicians. In the earlier days, ragtime made way for jazz, blues and even gospel music. The combination of those genres helped to emerge a new form called soul music. Here in our own...

  • FILM REVIEW: The Best Films of 2021

    Nsenga Burton PhD, NNPA Newswire Culture and Entertainment Editor|Jan 6, 2022

    In 2021, the box-office did not disappoint with outstanding films on the big screen and streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Apple TV +. Films like Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog, Denzel Washington's A Journal for Jordan, Ridley's Scott's House of Gucci, Aaron Sorkin's Being the Ricardos, Jeymes Samuel's The Harder They Fall and the Marvel Universe's first Asian superhero film Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings have made a variety of lists as they should. I wanted to...

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Honors Pioneers in Music

    Renee Summers, Telegram News Reporter|Dec 2, 2021

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2021 Inductees recently celebrated the most diverse list of inductees in the history of the organization. Among those honored included Tina Turner, LL Cool J, Billy Preston, Charlie Patton, and Clarence Avant. "This diverse class of talented Inductees reflects the Rock Hall's ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture," said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. The 36th Annual Rock and Roll...


    Sep 9, 2021

    LOS ANGELES – Grammy-award-winning recording artist and activist Lecrae is providing the blueprint for building a financial legacy through his new web-series, The Experience, powered by Experian. Premiering Fall 2021, the six-part series guides audiences through the ins and outs of financial health. Through short sketches and the help of some special guests, Lecrae breaks down the basics of financial health, which is understanding your finances and having the ability to balance your financial n...

  • Detroit Jazz Festival Presented by Rocket Mortgage Pivots to Virtual

    Sep 2, 2021

    DETROIT – The Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Rocket Mortgage, the world's largest (and best) free jazz festival in the world, today announced a pivot to a virtual format that will be streamed and broadcast "live" for free this Labor Day weekend. The Festival begins on Friday, Sept. 3 and runs through Monday, Sept. 6. The Festival was originally scheduled to be in-person this year, but organizers decided to switch to the virtual format based on mitigating factors: Ø Hart Plaza is cu...

  • The Detroit Institute of Arts Seeks Community Participants For 2022 Inside|Out Installation

    Aug 19, 2021

    he Detroit Institute of Arts' (DIA) popular Inside|Out program is searching for communities, downtown development authorities and arts organizations in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties interested in hosting the DIA's Inside|Out Program in 2022. Participating communities will enjoy a May through October installation of six to ten reproductions of DIA masterpieces, typically clustered within walking or bike-riding distance of each other. Entering into its 13th year, Inside|Out shares the...

  • Westland Blues, Brews & BBQ Features Some of Michigan's Finest Craft Beers

    Jul 29, 2021

    Westland, MI - Michigan ranks 6th in the country for the number of breweries, micro-breweries and brew pubs. The industry, which consists of more than 200 brewing factories, contributes nearly $7 billion to the state's economy every year. Since 2011, the number of Michigan craft breweries has more than doubled and there are now over 8,700 across the United States. Westland's Blues, Brews and BBQ festival is one of metro-Detroit's most highly anticipated events. Attended by thousands of people...

  • Exhibit Showcasing Jim Henson's Life's Work on Display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Jul 29, 2021

    The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited is currently on display at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn through September 6, 2021. The traveling exhibit has been making the rounds across the nation and explores Jim Henson's amazing career that spanned four decades, contributing groundbreaking work to television and film and impacting American culture. "It tells the story of Jim Henson and his career through the characters, the world, and the creative force behind him," says Melissa...

  • Detroit Native Rio Souma Speaks about His Journey and How It Feels Being on Season 19 of NBC The Voice

    Clifton R Kirkman II, Telegram Reporter|Nov 12, 2020

    In recent years, on television, there are many different types of singing competitions. Some, have left the fate of the contestant solely in the hands of celebrity judges, while others, have the audience or America's opinion to help them make it to the next round. Either way, it's never easy for those looking for their start to fame. It takes a lot of nerves, years of preparations and a tremendous amount of support from family and friends. This year, as Season 19 of the Emmy Award-winning musica...

  • Long-awaited Tenet Finally Opens in Michigan Theaters Today

    Terri Lee Chandler|Oct 8, 2020

    After weeks of playing in movie theaters in other parts of the country, Tenet has finally opened in Michigan. Was the long wait worth it, or is this highly-anticipated movie just a case of too much hype? I'm sorry to have to say this, but, the answer would be the latter. Why am I sorry? Because sooo many people have been anxiously waiting for this movie to open. But, unfortunately, what happens with so-called tentpole movies, such as this one, is that the production studio expects a hefty...

  • Tamar Braxton Breaks Silence On Alleged Suicide Attempt:

    Brandon Caldwell, Black America Web|Aug 6, 2020

    Two weeks after she attempted to take her own life, Tamar Braxton is speaking out, thanking fans, God and more for the support as she walks through this difficult journey with mental illness and healing. "Thank you to each and every individual who has prayed for me, thought of me, sent me their love and has showered me with their support," the statement began. "In this present moment, it is my only responsibility to be real with myself and to be real with the ones who truly love me and care for...

  • Russell Simmons Leads Hip-Hop Elite in Praising New Police Reform Legislation

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Correspondent|Jun 18, 2020

    In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, the hip-hop community has rallied behind proposed new legislation to reform American policing. Def Jam Founder Russell Simmons has led a coalition of others in the rap world in praising a proposal released on Monday, June 8, by Congressional and Senate Democrats, while also pushing their own agenda. "We must have police accountability," Simmons stated. "I have been fighting police brutality for 30 plus years since 'F the police,' and it's the... Full story

  • President Jimmy Carter started Black Music Month June 1979

    Jun 11, 2020

    Though Carter declared June Black Music Month with the event in 1979, and black music institutions celebrated every June thereafter, Black Music Month didn't become an official observation until 2000. Dyana Williams discovered in the late '90s that President Carter didn't issue an official decree, so she worked with her local congresswoman to draft House Resolution 509, better known as The African-American Music Bill. In its official form, the bill - signed by former president Bill Clinton -... Full story

  • Gallery Sets Up Art Display along Deserted Main Street

    May 21, 2020

    The Streets of downtown Wyandotte are quiet, most businesses are closed due to covid-19. Wyandotte is the home of small businesses, usually proprietor run. The hardest hit businesses during these times. Yet, it has one of the most beautiful downtown districts situated on the Detroit River with two parks and a golf course with open views of the river where it connects to Lake Erie. It also has a long art history with the second largest art fair in Michigan. It will be cancelled this year for the... Full story

  • The Video Vault: A Look at the Classics

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|May 21, 2020

    If classic films are your preference and if you have cable or satellite TV, you may already be familiar with Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel. If not, don't fret. TCM's classic film collection offers hundreds of DVD and Blue-Ray titles available for purchase at Choose from drama, action, westerns, or horror, to name only a few. This week, the Telegram will highlight a few we think may be worth your time. TCM offers over a dozen Sidney Poitier films for purchase, but one of... Full story

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