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Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)

The Contours signed with Motown in 1960 and 50 years later I was dancing to one of their songs in the streets of Philly, as part of what is believed to be the first ever Crip Flash Mob*. Along with hundreds of other academics and activists, I was attending the Society for Disability Studies annual […]

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Defying Tradition for the New Year

2011 has been a time of hard lessons and transformative changes. I was sitting in deep thought contemplating serious decisions that I need to make over the next few weeks when I received text messages from Piper Carter. Piper Carter is co-owner of Detroit’s Five Elements Gallery. She is a gorgeous petite powerhouse with an […]

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“Relax girl, damn…I aint’ tryna steal your purse”

I was walking up Oakman Boulevard on Detroit’s west side. The sun was shining and I was nearing the Focus Hope building. I heard steps behind me, I glanced over my shoulder and saw a brown face. I clinched my fingers around the strap of my purse and hurried my steps. Beads of sweat ran […]

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They Giggled. I Knew Why.

As I stepped out of my car, I was concentrating on not slipping. The roads hadn’t been bad, but I quickly realized I had parked in an ice puddle. As I slowly made my way to the sidewalk, I heard giggling. “Heeheheeehee!” I looked up to see the two happiest teenaged girls I’ve ever seen […]

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Weaving Community: Meet the Shetroit Blog Team!

Meet the Shetroit Blog Team! Detroit is in the spotlight with many eyes focused on it, wondering what it’s like to live, work and play in this richly complicated, intriguing and culturally diverse soup of a city – with all its offerings, both the challenges and the victories. Shetroit’s bloggers are presenting a diverse showcase […]

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How to Bring the Whole You to Work

I am writing this blog to share with you my experiences as a mother, eco-warrior, local activist and someone who is learning to live and lead from my “woman-ness” – or divine feminine. I think it is one of the strongest things I have going! To me, leading from the divine feminine means living your […]

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The Shocking Truth About Detroit

Less than a year ago, I sat in a classroom with two dozen Detroiters when something hit me with the ferocity of a deep razor-sharp truth. We had only just met, but when our professor asked us to talk about what in our lives had lead us to work for social justice, we shared generously. […]

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How to Bench Press Your City

…. if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. No, seriously, if you can make it in Detroit, a city that is painted as, well you’ve seen the picture, you’re Super Duper Man and Woman. Does that make our success stories belong in comic books, with action heroes and sheroes because they […]

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A Starving Artist Loves Her Life

Her stage name is Honeycomb, but the dazzling spoken word poet, Tawana Petty, wears her ‘real’ name and lives her ‘real’ life in rugged authenticity here in Detroit. She first appeared on my radar as the real life Tawana Petty, a poor working mom, who rocked the Occupy movement when she fired off a Dear […]

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What to Do When Life Isn’t Fair

My dad went into palliative care last week. My mom and I sat with him, waiting for the ambulance to transport us to the hospice. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to describe the sad resignation I saw in his eyes, while he tried to be positive and brave for us. There was more […]

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