About Desiree

Desiree Cooper wears her Detroit pride like a badge, in fact, she's created the ultimate 'celebrating the D' flag with her Detroit Snob line of apparel. Being a Detroit Snob trumpets, "We refuse to explain Detroit or apologize for it anymore!" Needless to say, her wares have become quite the hot ticket. For 25 years, she's lived, worked and raised a family in Detroit. As a resident, she came to love her adopted city. As a journalist, she came to understand it. Click here to read more about Desiree
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Stop Corrupting Mothers Day!

  Traditional Mother’s Day has been a stick in my craw since 2004 when I discovered the true roots of the holiday. Mother’s Day began as a women’s peace movement, not as the biggest Hallmark card day of the year! Not that I don’t think mothers deserve a special day of adulation. It’s just that […]

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Keeping it Real with ‘These People’

Recently I was walking downtown near Campus Martius. There was a warmth in the air and I was feeling great, having just left the hearty sisterhood of a meeting. Suddenly, a man approached me and asked me for money. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, grungy and his speech slurred, but I wasn’t really […]

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The Messy, Prickly Process of ‘Detroit Works’

When I moved to Detroit in 1984, folks gave me this welcome pitch: “This city has nowhere to go but up!” Not so. The abyss seems to have grown deeper as the city totters on the edge of bankruptcy. When will the city’s 700,000 die-hard residents get a little dose of hope? That’s what the […]

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What Child Abuse Looks Like in the Black Community

Since the release of our anthology, My Blue Suede Shoes, many people have asked me why I wanted to write a story about domestic violence. When a lot of people think about domestic violence, they think about male-female partners sparring and fighting with each other, a la Chris Brown and Rihanna. But that is really […]

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