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12 Jul

First Comes #BlackGirlMagic, Then Comes…

First Comes #BlackGirlMagic, Then Comes

When I think back to my black girlhood, it exists far beyond the childhood montage that you see in movies.  It’s sealed in a Vaseline-slick sheen, announced with the clink of barrettes, and punctured by the kind of sting you get from scraped knees and broken promises. There’s an overwhelming overlay of goodness. It’s sepia-toned, bubblegum pink and Nickelodeon slime green.  It smells like strawberry Lip Smackers and tastes like cones from the Mr. Frostee truck. I’m well aware that all of this is probably just to keep me sane and promise my present self that an equally colorful future awaits.

6 Jul

Piper Carter on Creating Art and Community in Detroit: Q & A

Piper Carter Q &A

Detroit is a creative city. As Detroiters, our mouths can recite today’s lunch special to patrons as breezily as midnight lyrics to captivated audiences. Our patient hands reach for the hands of students as naturally as we reach for precious brushes to paint full, glowing faces on canvas or skin upon request. Our vision may blur at the sight of afternoon paperwork, but we can zoom in on a moment that deserves to be captured, whether on film or on phone, from a mile away. Whether working with our hands or our minds, most Detroiters know how to do a lot of things.