Fash Bash holds extravagant evening at the @DIADetroit #FashBash12 #TellUsDetroit #TellUsUSANewsNetwork story by @AngelinaCzar

Cheryl & Rachel, 2 body art models pose with Tell Us Detroit reporter Angelina Czarnecki at the 2012 DIA Fash Bash. The artwork was done by Andrea O’Donnell. (Photo by Scott Sullivan/Tell Us Detroit)

By Angelina Czarnecki/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – The Detroit Institute of Arts was filled with the latest couture and the “who’s who’ in the city during Fash Bash the fashion event of the summer. Due to weather conditions the event was brought indoors, but what better place to experience great fashion and art than the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The Founders Junior Council (FJC), a young professionals auxiliary of the Detroit Institute of Arts, presented the event and has outdone themselves each year. During the early years this glamorous event was not held at the DIA, Nicole Eisenberg DIA Board of Directors member, spoke with us about the event and location.

“We’ve brought it back to the Detroit Institute of Arts, and it was the most important place we could have it right here in our city” Nicole Eisenberg.

For the evening guest were dazzled with featured show “Art of Fashion” Neiman Marcus’s signature show in the DIA’s Great Hall. Those who purchased the “Fashionably Late” tickets enjoyed the runway show through a live stream in the DIA. Guest strolled from various rooms enjoying fashion , music and the body art put on display. Models painted in full body art strutted their stuff off the runway as well.

“The growth of Detroit and the creative edge that Detroit is getting has helped my art grow as the city has” Andrea O’Donnell, body art makeup artist.

During the end of the night attendees enjoyed the post- show Paparazzi Party and after glow celebration. Spotting the next Fall fashion trend could have been seen both on and off the runway, as guest were dressed in high fashion attire.

The Founders Junior Council are committed to inspiring new generations of art lovers to show their support for the DIA. More information for being a member may be found at www.foundersjuniorcouncil.org



African World Festival @AWFDetroit1 in new location at @TheWrightMuseum #AWF30Detroit #TellUsUSANewsNetwork story by @AngelinaCzar

By Angelina Czarnecki/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – The African World Festival will be celebrating it’s 30th year at the Charles H.
Wright Museum of African American History. The festival will kick off Friday, August 17 at noon and will be free to the public. During the festival the museum will have extended hours and feature many exhibits free to the public.

Beginning this week through the festival weekend traveling exhibit, The King Center Imaging Project, from The King Center in Atlanta will be displayed in the museum’s Ford Freedom Rotunda. Digitized archives of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., all courtesy of JP Morgan Chase are set to entertain the crowds as well.

Outdoor stages and more than 100 marketplace vendors will be on the outdoor festival grounds. The new location at the Charles H. Wright Museum has the advantage of a culturally thriving area and institutions Wayne State University, Midtown Detroit Inc. and the Scarab Club are cooperating in welcoming the new event in its new location

Visit the festival website at www.AWFDetroit.com , or call the festival office at 313-494-5824 for more


Celebrating 100 years of “America’s Black Eden”: Idlewild, Michigan’s Centennial visit: http://www.iaacc.com/ for more information

Dedication and Grand Opening of John Meeks Park

IDLEWILD, MI (Tell Us USA) – Long considered the “Black Eden”, Idlewild will mark its 100th year with the dedication of John Meeks Park, named in honor of educator, successful businessman, historian and longtime resident. An after party will be held like this area has never seen before. The ceremony will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm August 4, 2012 at M. L. King & Idlewild Boulevard in this historic and beautiful northern resort setting.

The celebration will continue with guest speakers, entertainment and activities for all ages, from 1:00 pm – until, so don’t forget your coolers, blankets and lawn chairs.

Idlewild, a vacation and retirement community in Yates Township located in a small rural northwestern part of Michigan, was one of only a few resorts in the country where African-Americans were allowed to vacation and purchase property before this discrimination became illegal in 1964.

Upper and middle class African American professionals from Detroit, Chicago, and other Midwestern cities were drawn to this rustic community a hundred years ago with residents the likes of NAACP co-founder, Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois, cosmetic entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker, Lemuel L. Foster, president of Fisk University, Dr. Albert B. Cleage, Sr. of Detroit, and the famous African-American novelist Charles Waddell Chesnutt.


Famous entertainers who performed in Idlewild were Della Reese, Al Hibbler, Bill Doggett, Jackie Wilson, T-Bone Walker, George Kirby, The Four Tops, Roy Hamilton, Brook Benton, Lottie “the Body” Graves, Sarah Vaughan, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Sammy Davis, Bill Cosby, Moms Mabley, Fats Waller, and Billy Eckstein and many other performers, entertained thousands of Idlewilders and white citizens in neighboring Lake County townships throughout the 1950s and early 1960s.

Long considered the “Black Eden”, Idlewild will mark its 100th year with the dedication of John Meeks Park, named in honor of successful businessman, historian and longtime resident.

For more information on this historic centennial or Free Picnic Table Reservation call: IAACC at 231-745-4742 or email: johnmeekssr2@gmail.com For rooms call Paradise Lake Motel: 231-745-9695




2012 Sundance Film Festival award-winning ‘Middle Of Nowhere’ @MiddleNowhere hits Detroit this fall #TellUsDetroit

LOS ANGELES, CAL (Tell Us LA) – The movie Middle Of Nowhere follows Ruby, a bright medical student who sets aside her dreams and suspends her career when her husband is incarcerated. As the committed couple stares into the hollow end of an eight-year prison sentence, Ruby must learn to live another life, one marked by shame and separation.

However, through a chance encounter and a stunning betrayal that shakes her to her core, this steadfast wife is soon propelled in new and often shocking directions of self-discovery – caught between two worlds and two men in the search for herself.

Middle Of Nowhere had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where Director Ava DuVernay won the Best Director Award. The cast includes, Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Touissaint, Edwina Findley, Sharon Lawrence

The black British actor David Oyelowo is on a hot streak: In 2011, he appeared in “The Help” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” and he’s starring in “Red Tails,” George Lucas’ $58-million action flick about the Tuskeegee Airmen.

He came to the L.A.-set character drama, written and directed by film-publicist-turned-filmmaker Ava DuVernay, in the randomest of ways. An investor on the film happened to encounter Oyelowo on an airplane and gave him the script. Oyelowo read the story — about a woman who struggles with loyalty and sacrifice after her husband is incarcerated — and signed on.

“It’s a real challenge to find African American characters with depth,” he said at a post-screening Q&A, “But when I read this, it was just like ‘Do the Right Thing,’ or ‘She’s Gotta Have It,’ the characters just lept off the page…. Ava is transcending what is called ‘black cinema.'”

This heartfelt romantic drama will open in theaters nationwide this fall.


All-Star entertainment lineup for 15th Annual Ford @ArtsBeatsEats #TellUsDetroit

R.E.O. Speedwagon, Morris Day & The Time, The Guess Who lead lineup of outstanding music Labor Day Weekend

R.E.O. Speedwagon, Morris Day & The Time, The Guess Who lead lineup of outstanding music Labor Day Weekend

ROYAL OAK, MI – Celebrating its 15th year and returning to the bustling streets of Royal Oak from Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats presented by Citizens Bank will entertain thousands of visitors from across the region with its outstanding music line-up, stellar arts programming, mouthwatering selection of food, as well as a number of high-impact community initiatives.

In its yearly tradition of bringing some of the country’s best recording artists to southeast Michigan, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats has once again assembled an outstanding lineup of acts for the Michigan Lottery National Stage and across a total of nine music stages, featuring more than 150 local bands. Among the national recording artists performing are: R.E.O. Speedwagon, G. Love & Special Sauce, Theory of a Deadman, Travis Tritt, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Saving Abel, Morris Day & The Time, The Guess Who, and Detroit deaf hip-hop artist Sean Forbes.

The local band line-up includes 50 Amp Fuse, Stewart Francke, and Larry Lee & Back in the Day on the Michigan Lottery National Stage; Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, Longneck Strangler, Annabelle Road, and The Orbitsuns on the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Stage; Killer Flamingos, Dirty Americans, The Infatuations, and Eliza Neals on the Ford Focus Stage; Amy Gore & Her Valentines, The Howling Diablos, Grievous Angel, and The Reefermen on the Budweiser Stage. Also headlining will be Priscilla Price, Thornetta Davis, Hotsauce, and Laith Al-Saadi, all on the Pepsi Stage.

Della Paul, winner of the 2012 Ford Arts, Beats & Eats official poster design contest, poses with her winning design that beat out entries from more than 50 other artists. Paul is from Shelby Township and studies graphic design at the University of Michigan. (Photo by Thomas Richardson/Tell Us Detroit)

As one of the nation’s premier art shows, the Juried Fine Arts Show again will be a high point of this year’s festival, with high quality artists from across the continent vying for cash awards totaling $7,500. It will showcase art in a variety of media, including ceramics, fabric and fiber, leather, painting, photography, sculpture, wood, digital art, drawing, graphics and printmaking, glass, jewelry and metal. Artists will come from all over North America to display, share and sell their work. Festival patrons have the opportunity to peruse works at more than 140 booth spaces. Guests with U.S. Bank FlexPerks Visa cards will receive double points on all art purchases.

Title sponsor Ford and its Southeast Michigan Ford Dealers will donate exhibit space for the first annual Deaf Arts Festival featuring the work of a number of outstanding artists that are hearing impaired, including Detroit’s own deaf hip-hop artist Seam Forbes, who will take to the Michigan Lottery National Stage on Friday evening. Exhibit space also will be donated by Ford to the Cultural Alliance of Southeast Michigan to showcase a lineup of regional arts organizations, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and the Arab American National Museum. In total, Ford is donating more than $15,000 of exhibit space to support the outstanding work of great organizations and talented artists.

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats has long been recognized for the quality and quantity of its family-friendly entertainment. Among the high points will be the Kids Zone, guaranteed to attract youngsters with fun, interactive programming throughout the four days of the festival. The creativity will flow at the Genesis Church Arts and Crafts area. Additionally, long-time festival partner Meijer will have an interactive area set up with product and sample displays for the whole family. The Oakland County Parks Kids Stage will feature an exciting lineup of family-friendly performances. Bringing smiles, laughter, amazement and awe to youngsters’ faces will be ventriloquists, music, magical tricks, clown acts, story telling and puppet shows. Among the lineup are many favorites, including Rosco the Clown, Mysterious Illusions, Dog Gone Mystery, Pure Imagination Magic Show, Harpbeat’s Musical Revue, Punch & Judy Puppet Show, Cool Tricks & Funny Stuff, and Ventriloquist Vikki Green.

Another fun-filled activity for the whole family will be the Metro PCS USA Basketball Dream Tour. Visitors will be able to show off their skills on the Metro PCS basketball court in games of HORSE, Around the World and Shootout, all with an exciting Android twist. Basketball fans of all stripes will want to make sure they stop by the booth on Friday between 5 -7 p.m. and Saturday between 1 – 3 p.m. when former NBA and USA Basketball star Muggsy Bogues stops by to meet and greet guests, sign autographs and pose for pictures.

Festival favorites the Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music will take to the Kids Stage and the Budweiser Stage every day of the festival, providing a hands-on interactive music activity for people of all ages, suitable for beginners to seasoned performers. Festival guests are encouraged to stop by and learn more about the instruments that go into turning “music” into “rock.” The Detroit Red Wings also will have hockey skill clinics setup to help the stars of tomorrow improve their game.

The sights and sounds of a summer carnival will be in the air as the Moonwalk presented by Royal Oak company Inflatable Playspaces and the Kiddie Carnival will be sure to bring out the “oohs and aahs” and lots of giggles in the “little ones.”

Setup throughout the festival will be a number of interactive displays from Ford. Visitors will be able to stop by the display areas and check out the latest Ford vehicles and technology and test-drive an all-new 2013 Ford Escape! The attractions offer skill competitions, technology demonstrations and the opportunity to win exciting prizes, including a new Ford vehicle of the winner’s choosing, valued up to $30,000.

Thousands of children and their families across Michigan live within the autism spectrum every day. This year, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats is teaming with Autism Alliance of Michigan and Autism Speaks to offer select families a unique experience and an all-access pass to the festival. On both Saturday and Monday, hundreds of children on the autism spectrum and family members will enjoy access to the festival that includes free parking courtesy of the City of Royal Oak, as well as free admission, free lunch, free carnival rides and moonwalks. In addition to the special day for families, the Autism Alliance of Michigan and Autism Speaks both will be among the nonprofit beneficiaries of this year’s gate proceeds.

The initiative that will likely have the biggest financial impact at the festival will be a new radiothon named “Soft Rock 105.1 Calls for Kids,” benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network at Beaumont Children’s Hospital. In addition to generating pledges, festival guests will be selected each hour to enter the Citizens Bank “Miracle” Money Booth with the chance to keep all the cash they can grab in the eight foot wind tunnel in 20 seconds time. Citizens Bank will match each guest’s winnings in the form of a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network.






The @DIADetroit premiere event Fash Bash set to break fundraising records #FashBash #TellUsDetroit

By Angelina Czarnecki/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – The Founders Junior Council (FJC), a young professionals auxiliary of the Detroit Institute of Arts, in partnership with Neiman Marcus have announced the return of “Fash Bash” after last year’s record breaking event. On Thursday August 16, at 7 p.m. The Detroit Institute of Arts will present Fash Bash, an annual fundraiser showcasing an evening of fashion, and the “who’s who” in metro Detroit.

Highlighting the night will be Neiman Marcus’s signature show “Art of Fashion” in the DIA’s Great Hall. The glamorous evening will also feature a pre-show cocktail party, and the post- show Paparazzi Party after glow celebration. Chairpersons for this must-attend event are Lindsay Cotton, Nicole Eisenberg, Beth Fisher, and Lauren Rakolta.

Tickets have been selling out fast, and it looks like last year’s fundraising records are going to be shattered. Proceeds will help support the museum, and allow it to continue showcasing high-quality exhibits for the community. Front row priority reserved seating has already sold out starting at $1,000 a couple. The “Prêt-à-Porter,” tickets limited to 220 individuals are available at $175 per ticket, and includes 7:00 p.m. arrival and open seating for the fourth and fifth row. If you plan on arriving “Fashionably Late” these tickets are available for $75 for 8:15 p.m party access.

“Fash Bash” tickets are available for purchase at www.dia.org/fjc or by calling 313-833-4005.


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.



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