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Sunday 30% Precipitation
Isolated thunderstorms in the morning. Skies will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 84F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

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Mostly clear skies. Low 68F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

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2014 Detroit Jazz Festival

Cobo Water Fair on August 23rd

 
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35th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival Brings Jazz Legends Downtown

Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, is performing his Nat King Cole tribute with John Pizzarelli. Lewis has recorded over 80 albums and has received seven gold records and three GRAMMY Awards so far in his storied career. (Photo by Harry Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

World’s largest free jazz festival jams out in Hart Plaza, Campus Martius Labor Day weekend

DETROIT - At the Detroit Jazz Festival Chrysler Jazz Talk Tent, Artist In Residence Joshua Redman revealed, “I’m just blown away by the breadth and depth of the music presented here.”

A stroll through the entire campus of the Festival at a particular hour of the evening, one could hear the funky blues of the Lou Donaldson Organ Quartet, vocalist Freda Payne fronting the Airmen of Note Big Band, down Woodward you’d hear Randy Weston’s African Rhythm’s Septet. Then the impeccable swing of the Christian McBride Trio.

But of all the great music I heard on Saturday, nothing compared to the transcendent set by Pharaoh Sanders’ Quartet.

At 73 years of age, Sanders is an iconic figure in improvised music. Heavily influenced by jazz legend John Coltrane, (4 For Trane is one of his classic Impulse LPs), Sanders would later play and record with the tenor giant.

Interestingly, it was more of a mutual collaboration, with both men drawing inspiration from each other.

Pharaoh began the set by kicking over a music stand, a metaphor for his radical approach to the tenor as an instrument, and his entrance on the jazz scene in general. 

 
 

City Seeks Redevelopment Plans for Historic Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - With the clock running out, the storied Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center in Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood has been spared from demolition.

Mike Duggan announced plans Thursday morning to redevelop the Center which has remained vacant since in its closing in 2006 due to budget cuts. The city is seeking proposals to restore the facility where Joe Louis once trained and made his boxing debut in 1932. In that same year the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team played their first tour game at the Center against the “Detroit AA”.

 
 

IPOP Play! Takes on Childhood Obesity in Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The parking lot of the Institute for Public Health (IPH) in downtown Detroit was turned into playground Wednesday morning and for good reason, to kick-off IPOP Play! -- a program to tackle childhood obesity in Detroit, a problem worsened by poor nutrition and “play deserts” -- a lack of safe environments for kids run, jump and play games.

IPOP Play! is an afterschool program developed by IPH to encourage kids to get moving and burn off calories by providing a safe healthy atmosphere to engage in physical activity. It will target youngsters in grades 4 through 8, offering meals, lessons in nutrition and a healthy dose of exercise.

 
 

2014 Rainbow PUSH General Motors   Scholarship now available, New Deadline September 7, 2014!

DETROIT - Good news! The deadline for the Detroit Rainbow PUSH GM Scholarship has been extended to September 7, 2014. That's right and so you and/or a student you know can still apply and be considered for a $2,500.00 scholarship.

The PUSH Excel Scholarship Program was created to assist young people who are qualified but lack the financial resources to attend college. The goal of the program is to develop servant leadership potential in the scholarship students and encourage a spirit of social justice and social change. 

 
 

Real Life 101 Raises Money for Local Detroit High School Seniors

DETROIT, MI - Real Life 101 Scholarship Fund is proud of its 15 years of service. RL101 currently has 162 students in Colleges and Universities all over America as a NATIONAL organization. Real Life is currently operating in 10 states and 26 High Schools. On Monday, August 25, 2014 RL hosted its 7th Annual College Educational Golf Fundraiser to raise funds that will support its national initiative of changing the perception of black males in America and the young men that attending college through the organization.    

 
 

Detroit funeral held for Cardinal Edmund Szoka as he is laid to rest

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Catholic leaders and faithful have packed the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit for the funeral of Edmund Szoka (SHAH'-kuh), an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican.

The Mass was held Tuesday morning, with Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron (VIG'-neh-ron) officiating. Szoka died of natural causes on Wednesday at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Michigan. He was 86. 

 
 

CyberLink’s Fast-Growing Selfie App YouCam Perfect Reaches 5 Million Downloads

Also apply true-to-life makeup with companion app YouCam Makeup.

DETROIT - CyberLink Corp., a leader in consumer multimedia software, announced Tuesday that YouCam Perfect, the selfie beautification app, has hit over 5 million downloads in the five months since it launched in March 2014. YouCam Perfect has ranked number one in several countries’ app stores, with users generating hundreds of thousands of perfected selfies every day. YouCam Perfect has rapidly become the most popular and fastest growing app for capturing your best selfie.

 
 

Consumers benefitting from additional food store competition in metro Detroit area

DETROIT, MI - Back in the 1960’s retail food store operators were eager to compete in the Detroit area. At the time, there were six major chain stores servicing the area: A&P, Kroger, Farmer Jack, Chatham, Great Scott! And Meijer.

Food prices then in the Detroit area were considered the lowest in the nation. Retail food-profits averaged one-cent on the dollar. The stiff competition then was called “battle for the buck” by those in the food distribution industry.    

 
 

 
Violence Against Women and Mid-East Peace Top Speech by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

Former U.S. President Carter is interviewed following his keynote address at the Islamic Society of North America. During his address Carter said s “My hope is all Christians, all Muslims, all people of other faiths, even those who don’t have one, will join in this crusade to end the plight of our wives, our sisters, our daughters.” (Photo by Karen Hudson Samuels/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Introduced as the “Most respected and revered U.S. president” Jimmy Carter delivered an impassioned keynote address Saturday to well over 3,000 attendees at the 51st annual convention for the Islamic Society of North America held at Detroit’s Cobo Hall. 

17th Annual Ford Arts Beats and Eats announce extinctive lineup of activities and events

ROYAL OAK, MI - Celebrating its 17th year and returning to the bustling streets of Royal Oak from Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats presented by FirstMerit Bank will entertain thousands of visitors from across the region with its outstanding music line-up, stellar arts programming, mouthwatering selection of food, and a number of new attractions. 

Detroit Metro CVB Announces Winners of 20th Annual ROSE Awards


The Henry Ford Awarded First-Ever William F. McLaughlin Hospitality Award - Michigan’s Only Customer Service Excellence Award


DETROIT - More than 600 guests gathered at the Fox Theatre last night for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (DMCVB) 20th Annual Recognition of Service Excellence (ROSE) Awards, the most anticipated night of the year for metro Detroit’s hospitality industry.

Cass Tech High School to earn International Baccalaureate designation


DETROIT - Detroit Public Schools’ Cass Technical High School has become the first high school in the City of Detroit to receive the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) World School designation, Detroit Public Schools announced today.

5th Annual Shimmer on the River celebrates and supports Detroit's riverfront


DETROIT – Shimmer on the River, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy’s popular fundraising event will take place Thursday, September 18 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight in the Grand Ballroom at Cobo Center. 

Cobo Water Fair helps close to 1,500 Detroit residents avoid water shut-off

Moratorium has ended, but assistance is still available

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Nearly 1,500 Detroit residents sought help to get caught up on their water bill by attending the city sponsored Water Fair at Cobo Hall on Saturday, August 23. The Water Fair was presented by Council President Brenda Jones, Mayor Mike Duggan and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) for customers to enter into payment arrangements prior to the August 25th end of the residential water shutoff moratorium.

Verizon Wireless names Lauren Love-Wright as Regional President for MI/IN/KY


SOUTHFIELD, MI - Verizon Wireless, a technology leader with the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network, announced today the appointment of Lauren Love-Wright as region president for its Michigan/Indiana/ Kentucky Region. Love-Wright will be responsible for all sales, marketing, operations, financial performance and customer service in the three states. She previously served as retail director for the company’s Illinois/Wisconsin Region.

35 world-renowned and emerging artist to be unveiled during DLECTRICITY in Midtown Detroit Sept. 26-27


DETROIT – Inspired by nighttime art and light festivals from around the world, DLECTRICITY will once again illuminate Detroit this fall. Today, Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) announced DTE Energy as presenting sponsor of this free illuminated urban spectacle featuring 35 world-renowned and emerging artists. The outdoor arts celebration will be held Sept. 26-27 in Midtown from 7 p.m. to midnight.

 

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