Local Studio Taps into Dancing Dreams #FemFataleDanceStudio #TellUsDetroit

By M. Binion/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – There are many television shows these days featuring dancers. While some of the participants of those shows that hold auditions in various cities may provide a bit of comic relief, proper dance instruction is no laughing matter. For many of us watching the final rounds of various dance competitions provides a vicarious thrill of watching talented dancers and we develop an appreciation for the power and grace of which a well-trained human body is capable.

Watching these shows may lead us to wish we had learned to dance earlier in our lives or create a desire for us to see the children in our lives be able to express themselves through dance. Enter Fem Fatale Dance Studio of Oak Park and while the studio is preparing to celebrate the tenth year of its existence, it continues to celebrate the success of some of its students who have danced with the Detroit Pistons, Woodward Dream Cruise and others.

Though the studio has been successful in helping its students perform well in local and national competitions, there is also a desire at the studio to help those with limited or no dance experience to reach their dancing goals as well by fostering a collaborative environment and helping students to develop the self-discipline necessary for success. The studio offers a variety of programs for students of different ages and in different stages of their dance instruction. The studio’s session runs from September to June and provides training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern dance as well as several other specialties. The studio is located at 25250 Greenfield Road in Oak Park, Michigan.

For further information contact the studio at (248) 967-8198 or visit the studio’s website at www.femdance.com.




American Federation of Teachers hold 2012 Convention in Cobo Center #AFTCOVN2012 #TellUsDetroit #TellUsUSANewsNetwork

The AFT convention in Detroit, its first one here in several decades, has so far drawn 2,350 delegates from across the country. The convention began Friday and runs through Monday. (Photo by Scott Sullivan/Tell Us Detroit)

By Angelina Czarnecki/ Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – Cobo Center Hall was filled with over 3,000 delegates for the American Federation of Teachers 2012 convention . Those representing were teachers, paraprofessionals, school-related personnel, higher education faculty, government employees, and healthcare workers.

For the first day of the convention AFT President Randi Weingarten presented “solution driven unionism,” a redefinition of unionism that advances solutions focused on members. Through this process members may work together to solve key issues facing their community.

“For me, solution driven unionism took root when I saw our members in the ABC Unified School District in Southern California commit to a unionism that focuses on solving problems, not on winning arguments. It unites those we represent and those we serve, and in so doing, it ensures that we don’t merely survive, but we succeed” AFT President Randi Weingarten in her keynote address.


Highly noted speakers featured at the event included Vice President Joe Biden, columnist for the New York Times Charles Blow, NYU historian of education and best selling author Diane Ravitch, UAW President Bob King among many others. Speakers addressed the issues holding back our school systems within the city of Detroit and nation wide. These individuals are striving for higher quality education systems, working to fight for an end to the fixation on high-stakes testing, and preparing students for work. AFT’s annual convention aims to solve these issues, and create a better learning environment for teachers, and students.

The AFT represent 1.5 million pre-K through 12th grade; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.


@Mix_Magazine picks Detroiter Carl Craig @carlcraignet as feature artist for Nov. issue #TellUsDetroit

By Angelina Czarnecki/Tell Us Detroit 

DETROIT (Tell us Det) – Electronic music icon, and Detroit native Carl Craig will be featured on the November issue of the world’s biggest electronic music, and dance music magazine Mix Mag. The issue is set to be released this October, and Carl Craig will be curating contents of the magazine, and guest editing.

Carl Craig released his first track in 1989 and from that time has been a strong supporter of Detroit. Over the years he has released music through aliases such as 69, Paperclip People Innerzone Orchestra, and Urban Tribe. Craig’s recording label Planet E had their 20th anniversary last year, and from the beginning of his career he has remained faithful to his Detroit roots.

As a world class DJ, artist and producer Carl Craig made significant contribution to the Detroit electronic music scene. In early years Craig served as the co-creator and artistic director of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. More recently Craig created The Carl Craig Foundation where he presented a five day workshop during the festival to expose students to sound engineering, music festival production, record/music production and musical performance.

This year’s Movement festival showcased a tribute to those who have shaped the cities musical past with The movement and Renovation Kick Off 2012 and featured Craig as a performer.

Keep an eye out for the November issue of Mix Mag and read about the artistic direction of musical pioneer Carl Craig.




Governor and local businesses campaign hard to derail Moroun Bridge project #TellUsDetroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – On Thursday afternoon the Society of Hispanic Business Owners & Professionals (SHBOP), held a community briefing about the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) with Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley. The briefing took place at Mi Pueblo Restaurant in southwest Detroit. During the presentation Calley shared more information about the bridge project and the lasting impact it will have on Southwest Detroit, the State of Michigan and International Trade.

Last month the Governor and the Canadian Government signed an interlocal agreement, authorizing the NITC (http://buildthedricnow.com). The SHBOP Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the NITC and to encourage the utilization of Small, Minority and Women Owned Businesses. While there are still a few steps that must take place prior to construction, the briefing will provide an opportunity to learn more about the impact on the Business Community and what is in store for Southwest Detroit.

Speaking to about fifty residents, community leaders and business owners Calley, joined by Canadian Consul General to Detroit, Roy Norton, together criticized Moroun for his multimillion-dollar ad campaign against the proposed International Trade Crossing project with some of the strongest language heard to date.

Calley said, “We have somebody that is interested in protecting a monopoly”. “They are operating with complete and total reckless disregard for truth. The people of the state of Michigan deserve the truth, and we will not be shy in sharing it.”

Last month the Governor and the Canadian Government signed an interlocal agreement, authorizing the NITC (http://buildthedricnow.com). The SHBOP Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the NITC and to encourage the utilization of Small, Minority and Women Owned Businesses. While there are still a few steps that must take place prior to construction, the briefing will provide an opportunity to learn more about the impact on the Business Community and what is in store for Southwest Detroit.

“We have a lot of work to do in terms of communication, and that’s really what something like today is all about,” Calley said, adding that in coming weeks and months he would be “speaking to different groups all across the state every day.”

Roy Norton, representing the Canadian government, was eager to criticize the Moroun plan saying, “The Ambassador Bridge owners can buy the airways but they cannot buy new facts.” “There’s been something like $10 million spent on advertising and it’s not yet bought one word of truth.”

In a statement released to Tell Us Detroit, Mickey Blashfield, director of The People Should Decide, a local citizens group opposed to the state owned bridge said, “We hope Michigan taxpayers view Lt. Governor Calley’s remarks today for what they are: the announcement of Governor Snyder’s statewide campaign, paid for courtesy of the taxpayers of Michigan, to promote his government bridge. Add that to the tab of the cost to Michigan for a government bridge.

“Ironically, the Lt. Governor is chastising us, a privately held company for using our own after-tax dollars to present our side of border issues to Michiganders. Yet he has announced his own campaign that will be bought and paid for by the taxpayers of Michigan, regardless of if they support the Governor’s bridge or not,” Blashfield said.

Members of the audience pressed the speakers for greater guarantees that construction jobs and other benefits of the bridge project would help residents of southwest Detroit, one of the poorest areas in the region. Solid answers to those questions went unfulfilled.

“This is exactly why the people should decide. And so far, 609,000 people agree with that rather than a single bureaucrat going around the legislature. This administration cannot have it both ways – either the vote of the people doesn’t matter or the people should decide.”

Many in the audience seemed to share Calley’s distrust of the Ambassador Bridge owner



ARISE Detroit kicks off 6th Annual Neighborhoods Day on August 4 #ARISEDetroit #TellUsDetroit

In 2011 The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Michigan, in collaboration with Nehemiah Baptist Church, Take One Community Program and the National Motorsports Association, has joined forces with Arise Detroit!

By Angelina Czarnecki/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – ARISE Detroit! 6th annual Neighborhoods Day takes place on Saturday, August 4, to unite the community once again. The organization promotes citizen involvement, community awareness, and promotes services to help the city grow. During Neighborhoods Day over 100 organizations and thousands of Detroiters will participate in community service , and improvement projects.

A news conference for ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods day will be held 11 a.m. July, 18 at Harms Elementary School in southwest Detroit. Mayor Dave Bing, and Detroit Public School officials will announce details for the event during the conference.

Encouraging volunteerism, and uniting the community to make positive changes in the city are one of the many goals of ARISE Detroit. Neighborhoods Day will have entertainment and will spread across the city giving information on how to contribute to hundreds of community projects.

Sponsors for the event include The Skillman Foundation , The Kresge Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and many others. Organizations can still register for the event to participate, and help contribute to the cause.

For more information on Neighborhoods Day call 313-921-1955 or visit http://www.arisedetroit.org


Gala to Celebrate African American Firsts #BlackHistoricSitesCommittee #AficanAmericanFirsts #TellUsDetroit

From left: Dr. William Banks
Dr. Barbara Ross Lee
Ed Welburn

By Karen Hudson Samuels/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – Prominent Detroiters, past and present, will be honored for becoming the first African American in their fields to reach noteworthy levels of accomplishment by the Detroit Historical Museum’s Black Historical Sites Committee.

“We are having our 41st Anniversary Gala on Friday, July 27th to honor those Detroiters whose contributions and achievements have overcome the odds and contributed to the good of our area and the national conversation” said Kimberly Simmons, Chairperson of the BHSC.

Trailblazers in the fields of medicine, broadcasting, the auto industry and education will be celebrated. Honorees include: Dr. William Banks, Karl and Beulah Hamilton, Erma Henderson, Alexander Jefferson, Drs. Norman & Shirley McRae, Dr. Barbara Ross Lee, and Ed Welburn.

The history of Detroit and surrounding area is impacted by the great achievements of all of its residents said Simmons but “In particular, the tremendous African American legacy in this area is a powerful reflection of the national struggle for Civil Rights and equality. Detroit has always been in the forefront on the side of justice.”

Simmons said membership in the BHSC open anyone interested in Detroit’s history and heritage. “Our committee was started 41 years ago as a diverse mingling of interested folks wanting to make sure that Detroit’s many stories and significant events, as well as its people are remembered even as we move forward toward a great future.”

Amyre Makupson will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the anniversary gala to be held at the Dossin Museum on Belle Isle. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktail hour; a strolling dinner and the program begin at 6:30 p.m. For ticket information, call (313) 833-1801 or visit the BHSC Gala. Tickets may also be purchased at the event, $30 for Detroit Historical Society/Black Historic Sites Committee members, $40 for the public.


Mumford High School Demolition Underway #MumfordHS #DPS #TellUsDetroit

Wrecking crews continued tearing down the old Mumford High School in Detroit today, making way for a new $52 million campus set to open to students in the fall. (DPS Photo)

Construction of a new $52.1 million high school nearly complete on the Wyoming Street campus

DETROIT – Demolition started today of the 63-year-old former Samuel C. Mumford High School on the campus located at 17525 Wyoming Street in northwest Detroit. It will take demolition crews approximately nine weeks to level the 240,273-square-foot Art Deco style structure that was built in 1949.

Construction of a new $52.1 million facility is nearly complete on the former athletic field and will open this fall. A new football and track and field area will be constructed on the grounds of the old high school after demolition of the structure is complete.

Construction of a brand new Mumford school and demolition of the old building is part of the $500.5 million DPS Capital Improvement Program Detroit voters approved under Proposal S in 2009.

Detroit-headquartered 1 Way Service, Inc. was awarded the contract to abate and demolish the former Mumford High School.

The DPS Capital Improvement Program is in the third and final year of construction, demolition and improvement projects. Demolition at Robeson and the old Mackenzie schools began this summer. The program also included demolition of seven other closed schools including the old Earhart, Chadsey, Munger, Gompers, Finney, Martin Luther King Jr. schools, and Cass Tech.

Program manager for the Bond Construction Program is Walbridge Joint Venture, which includes Brailsford & Dunlavey, Walbridge, and Fanning Howey.

Detroit voters approved Proposal S in November 2009 which enabled the district to access $500.5 million for school capital improvement projects. The improvement program also includes technology upgrades and security initiatives being funded with Proposal S dollars. To comply with federal guidelines, all bond dollars must be spent within three years and all projects must be completed by September 2012.


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