Saturday, July 21, 2007

Movin' the D Forward

Girl in the D is honored to be a panelist of Movin' the D Forward, a candid, two-hour event with six young leaders about the 1967 uprising in Detroit and its impact 40 years later.

Sponsored by WWJ, Wayne State University and WDET 101.9, Movin' the D Forward takes place from 9 to 11 am on Thursday, July 26 at the Spencer Partrich Auditorium on Wayne State's campus.

Award-winning broadcast journalist Amyre Makupson will serve as Master of Ceremonies and moderator of the event, which begins with remarks from Shirley Stancato, president and CEO of New Detroit-The Coalition, and Dr. Daniel Krichbaum, president and CEO of Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, about the 1967 uprising in Detroit and other historical points of note. Following that -- and some quick words from Ebony Reed of the Detroit News -- the five panelists will offer their frank opinions about the legacy of 1967 and the future of Detroit, including their personal views on the region and what we think it will take to make Detroit a world-class city. The event concludes with a question and answer session among the panelists and audience members.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to express my views about Detroit's future, and humbled to share the stage with the other panelists, five dynamic, young leaders that include:
Seats to Movin' the D Forward are no longer available, but if you have access to a computer, you can still catch the event live. Head to WWJ for an audiocast of the program, or check out WDIV or Fox2 for live video coverage.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Musical notes

While surfing the Web on Saturday, I was pleasantly surprised to uncover two Detroit music-related items on

Number 1: Meg and Jack Garner Top Spot
The White Stripes didn't waste any time shooting to the top of Amazon's Bestsellers in Music list. On Saturday, Icky Thump, the Stripes' latest creation, ranked as the online giant's top-selling album. The Stripes' sixth studio disc is still #1 on the list today. Watch videos from the new album here; grab a copy of the LP here; or grab the CD for $9.99 here.

Number 2: Dear Gets Props
While delighting in Icky Thump's success, I discovered that another Detroit musician, Matthew Dear, is getting some props of his own from Amazon this month. Dear's newest album, Asa Breed, is one of the site's Significant Seven, a handful of must-hear new releases chosen monthly by Amazon's music editors. Pick up a copy of Asa Breed for a mere $8.99 here; read about the album here; or listen to sample tracks here.

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