Monday, April 03, 2006

Detroit Soundtrack

Traveling through Detroit I would use these songs while driving in my car...

1. Kdoe AKA K-Deezy- My hood = Kdoe is a new artist of Detroit representing the westside of Joy Road. It's an average Detroit rap song that represents the streets of Detroit.

2. Blade Icewood- Ride Out= Blade Icewood is a widely known Detroit artist that recently passed and is already known as a legend here in Detroit. The song, ride out is a good song to listen to while driving because it talks about "riding out".

3. Blade Icewood- Get this money= "Boss up and get this money" is a popular song here for fellow rap fan Detroiters. The song even has its very own dance. This could be used as a Detroit theme song for fellow Detroiters that are fans of rap music.

4. Cheddar Boys- Roll wit my ni*gas= The Cheddar Boys are a rap group from Detroit that were popular awhile ago, but kind of died down because of other new upcoming artists. I chose this song of theirs just because it has a good beat and its somethin to bob your head to.

5. Eminem & Trick Trick- Welcome to Detroit City= This song is not one of my personal favorites, but if you want to feel at home in Detroit, and get accqainted with popular Detroit songs, than I suggest you listen to this.

6. Bun B- Pushin= This song isn't by a Detroit artist, but whenever I go to my meetings for my company, which are all over the D, I think of this song because it has to do with hustlin' and trying to get money and "stack your bread up".

7. Tone Tone- I aint playin witcha= Tone Tone is another Detroit artist. He hasn't came out with anything new recently but when this song came out, it use to be popular in the clubs. You could say that this is a fight song, and something to get "hype"/"crunk"/"pumped" off of.

8. Dem Franchize Boyz- Murk= This song has good bass for a car. If you want to be "hip" in Detroit, have major bass in your ride.

This is my Detroit soundtrack to help me feel at home in my Detroit.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

GRAFFITI

I consider Graffiti as an art...but in a more obscene art. Graffiti art is used to represent where your from, or who you are. Some graffiti I don't consider art. For instance, obscene pictures that have no purpose or representation of anything what so ever. Graffiti is more a city art, than a professional art. What I mean by city art is it represents the city some how. Whether its a part of a city. An area or a neighborhood to which the artist is from. Or to put it plainly, it is someone from the city. Also another point to look at, is graffiti can never be taken to another place. Graffiti is made to stay in that stop, and not made to travel around the world or put in different places. It is made for others to see in that spot where it was designed.

Detroit Movies

Most films that that take place or about the city of Detroit use Detroit to express either the ghettos or crime ideas. There has never been a film that discussed Detroit as a beautiful city with bright lights and tall buildings, such as New York City. A city that film makers have reviewed both aspects is New York City. If I'm not mistake, New York City is the most popular city to shoot a film. In movies, New York City is described in all different types of ways. The ghettos and projects of New York City. The bright lights and highs about living in the big city. "The city that never sleeps." Detroit should be described in both aspects as New York City is described. New York city is just as dangerous as Detroit city so why does Detroit have nothing but bad reviews?

Friday, March 10, 2006

Detroit Zoo Dillema

On Wedensday the Detroit City Council voted 6-3 in favor of a deal to allow the Detroit Zoological Society to assume control of the Detroit Zoo and save it from closure. The battle is not completely over though. The Detroit Zoological Society must now work to raise about $4 million a year in state aid and another $2 million in grants and donations from the private sector. They also plan to pursue a regional zoo millage tax in 2007 to provide a more long-term solution for the zoo's money woes. For details about the deal that saved the zoo, read this article from the Detroit Free Press: 'Hard work ahead' for zoo: Money issues remain after council OKs deal.

The community has responded to it as, "For students who grew up in Metro Detroit, the prospect that the Detroit Zoo may close is disheartening"(The Michigan Daily). The Michigan Daily had also said, "Many people in and around the city already recognize the role that vibrant art and culture organizations play in making the region attractive to the new residents and businesses the region needs to attract. Far from driving home the need for greater regional cooperation, however, the current problems facing the zoo are turning into another venue to air the mutual hostility between the city and its suburbs. That attitude will not contribute to a better future for Detroiters or suburbanites - and it will not save the zoo".

Monday, March 06, 2006

Today's Blog

What is citizenship? What is community? And how do these topics function in the city?

Citizenship is the verification that allows you to be in a certain state and country. Community is everyone residing in an area. A community is what makes a neighborhood. Citizenship functions in city by giving the permission to live in a certain place. In the city, community is looked upon as the people that live around you, whether its in your neighborhood or your city.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Ultimate Night Out: State Theater



Altered State Theater
State Theater is more of a "upbeat" type of art. It is the art of dance. Others may call it a club of some sort, but it could also be looked as place where expression of dance is performed. State Theater is located off of Woodward by the Fox Theater. The club is 18 & up so know youngsters. Sometimes radio stations come and DJ for the music, typically Q955. There is a bar for all those older more sophisticated individuals that wish to drink. The club also consists of several VIP rooms, including a balcony. State Theater is also a well known club for college students because they get in free with their school ids. Overall, its always "jumpin", and always packed so get there early, or they will lock the doors. Altered State Theater always reaches its capacity. The club is well protected with tight security for our safety.

Some events that happen at State theater are breakdancing contests, hiprolling contests, dance group tryouts. Other events that happen are wet t shirt contests, wet boxer contests, live performances with nationally known music artists. Every Saturday out of each month have a theme. Jamaican night, black light night, foam party night, pajama party night, and a whole bunch more!

The cost of State Theater varies for what is going on. Minimum amount is 10 dollars, or free with a college ID.

COME ENJOY A NIGHT OF DETROIT AT ALTERED STATE THEATER!

Ultimate Night Out(3 spots)

Creating the Ultimate Night Out

Enhancing in the Arts
I. Bonstelle Theatre
The Bonstelle Theatre is a theatre located off of Woodward by Michigan Avenue. Come and enjoy, also appreciate, a play performed by Wayne State students. Sometimes the real thing is more exciting than just seeing acting on a screen. There is more of a connection with the audience and the actor/actress. Every Wednesday and Thursday night is ABSTRACT NIGHT, where volunteered actors come with their very own creation of abstract acting. Whether its being nude in body paint performing a skit, to reciting their own poem and making a live story out of it. The Bonstelle Theater gives a breath taking experience of the appreciation of live acting.

II. DIA
The Detroit Institute of arts is a Museum located on Woodward, north of Warren Avenue. At the DIA you enhance exhilirating pieces of art that have been in our history for decades. The museum gives you a chance to escape the stress of the city and relax and intake the beauty of art and humanity. In the museum there are rooms of nationality. African Arts, Indian Arts, China Arts, and etc. Endow in the history of different cultural arts and how people of that culture expressed themselves through art. The museum has also famous pieces that were sold to the DIA, like some Van Goghs, and Greek sculptures. The DIA also has a mouthwatering cafeteria with a wide selection of food to choose from with an outdoor look to eat at.

III. Altered State Theater
State Theater is more of a "upbeat" type of art. It is the art of dance. Others may call it a club of some sort, but it could also be looked as place where _expression of dance is performed. State Theater is located off of Woodward by the Fox Theater. The club is 18 & up so know youngsters. Sometimes radio stations come and DJ for the music, typically Q955. There is a bar for all those older more sophisticated individuals that wish to drink. State Theater is also a well known club for college students because they get in free with their school ids. Overall, its always "jumpin", and always packed so get there early, or they will lock the doors. Altered State Theater always reaches its capacity.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Never Work at Juno's Mini Mall

Never work at Juno's Mini Mall. Juno's Mini Mall is a little flea market with many shops that sell clothing, CDs & DVDs, beauty supplies, and you can also customize shirts. I worked at the booth where you would customize shirts. Many raging men would come to the store, hit on me, especially the older OLDER men that are the daddy type. A booth next to mine, there was a man that would harass me, say sexist comments, racist comments, and then say insulting things behind my back to the other workers. I didn't plan on staying long at that job, just to make some quick bucks because the pay was good. I was paid 8-9 dollars an hour under the table to heat press designs onto shirts and clean up the booth every so often. Another reason I quit was because of my boss trying to get intimate and be in relation on a more person level.

Most famous places to eat

Downtown
1. Sweet Georgia Brown (for the high class)
2. Hard Rock Cafe
All Over
1. KFC
2. Church's Chicken
3. Popeye's
4. Coney Island
5. White Castle
6. Burger King & Mc Donalds

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

"Chicago is a business center, with a diverse, powerhouse economy. It is also a tourism center, with world-renowned shopping, dining, museums, architecture, theater, music and more. For business. For pleasure. We're your kind of town" (www.choosechicago.com).

The quote is self explanatory on how the city is represented positively. My perception on the city is the same as how the represent it. I've been there once and really enjoyed myself. There is so many activities to enhance, you'll never be bored. Yes, there are some "bad" neighborhoods in Chicago, but every city has its worst.



Newspaper Headlines

BAD

Marwan Othman El-Hindi, indicted.
(AP)Terror plot's Chicago tieA scheme to attack U.S. troops in Iraq allegedly included plans to recruit people from Chicago.









Local news
Preschool teaches inclusionAs 16 preschoolers played and painted in their classroom, few noticed that one 5-year-old was receiving a bit of extra attention.

Afrocentric curriculum divisive, not unifyingThe achievement gap between blacks and whites is the tragic result of centuries of isolation, inequality, exclusion and separation of the races. How regrettable, then, that self-separation now is considered a way to close that gap. Unfortunately, that's the direction that some want to take Evanston/Skokie School District 65, by establishing an Afrocentric curriculum for struggling black students.

GOOD
Artifacts get a new homeWith bountiful gold mines, powerful kings and fabulous cities, ancient Nubia was a great black African civilization that sprouted and grew 5,000 years ago alongside Pharaonic Egypt, two empires that were sometimes friends and often enemies.