As if conquering the rap game and putting Detroit back on the map wasn’t good enough, Big Sean is set to launch his own clothing line called Aura Gold. The fashion and lifestyle brand is set to debut later this week in Las Vegas at the ProjectMVMNT convention.
Big Sean said of his new line in a recent press release: “Even though I have a lot to learn about fashion and the industry, I do know what I like and the small details that make something stand out to me. I look forward to evolving the line with more colors, fabrications and offerings to show the other dimensions of my style progression over time.” Vibe will the first to reveal some of the pieces from the new line in its February/March style issue. The line will be comprised of T-shirts, hats, pants, sweatshirts, and jackets. No word of when it will be in stores, but I’m sure when it does arrive it will go fast.
I know your probably thinking why is a student who refused counseling based on sexual orientation getting paid for not doing her job? Julea Ward, a student of Eastern Michigan University was expelled from a counseling program because she denied counseling to gays and lesbians about their lifestyles. Ward refused to counsel gays and lesbians because of her religious beliefs and in doign so she was dismissed from the master’s degree counseling program. Because of her rebuff a lawsuit was filed by the Alliance Defense Fund in April 2009 on behalf of Julea Ward. Ward, who was in training to become a K-12 counselor said she referred the student to another counselor. However, the Universities policy prohibits discrimination and requires counseling students to use the code of ethics of the American Counseling Association. The Alliance Defense Fund asked the court to order Eastern Michigan University to change its counseling curriculum to allow counseling students to refer clients elsewhere on issues related to same sex relationships, abortion, and per-marital sex. Eastern Michigan had the decision to not waste anymore money and just pay the student with the money coming from the schools insurance company, Ward was rewarded $75,000 in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. I almost want to say that Ms. Ward is in the wrong profession, especially with being a K-12 counselor. Most teens in high school are exploring their sexuality and are trying to find themselves, how is it fair not to counsel a student because they are doing something you don’t believe in? A counselor is there to be open minded and to help those who are seeking advice. School is already a harsh and uncertain environment as it is, counselors are there to help with decisions beyond secondary education and to help prepare students; how can you do that if you’re dismissing them or passing them to someone else? There are teens who are being bullied for their sexual orientation and even worse committing suicide because they live in fear and/or have mental health issues, like depressions or anxiety. I understand that we should not compromise our beliefs for the sake of employment, however counselors should be unbiased and encouraging regardless of whatever lifestyle a person may lead. (292)
Big Sean goes so hard for Detroit, whether it’s with his lyrics, clothing, comments, you know he is a “D-Boy”. To further his loyalty to the motor city, he’s teaming with Adidas Originals to release the “Detroit Player” limited edition sneaker. The shoe is a classic representation of Detroit with its red reptilian texture (yes, we love some Gator shoes), gold highlights, suede accents, and three stripes . Not since, Eminem debuted have we seen anyone as big as Big Sean in our city, but he is living proof that if you hold on to your dreams they will come true. Inside the shoe a message is written that says “I say I’m dreaming bigger than I’m living,” which is conformation to not be scared to go after what you want no matter how impossible it seems. Big Sean’s “Detroit Player” will be available December 1st, which is also the day he’s performing at the Palace of Auburn Hills; only 380 shoes have been made and will be for sale at Detroit’s Puffer Reds, so if you want to get on Big Sean’s level, you better start stacking some paper for this sneaker, I’m sure they will go fast.
Thursday was a great day for Michigan minorities in pursuit of higher education because a federal appeals court trashed a voter-approved ban on affirmative action in college admissions and public hiring. In November, 2006, Michigan voters approved Proposal 2, 58-42 percent which forced schools like Michigan State, University of Michigan, and others to to change their admission policies to satisfy the affirmative action removal. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled 8-7 that Proposal 2 is unconstitutional because it presented a burden to opponents. Even though we are in the year 2012 and have come a long way in terms of discrimination, racism is still alive and well, which is why affirmative action is necessary. It would be different if a college application was blind and based solely on how well you have performed, but that is not always the case. Since 2007, admissions of minority students have declined since University of Michigan stopped considering race in its admission policies. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says that admissions to universities should be based upon merit and that Proposal 2 embodies what America is all about, equal opportunity under the law. That sounds great, but I’m sure not even he believed that statement coming from his own mouth, we are not all seen as equals and as minorities we have a disadvantage when it comes to school and jobs because of our heritage. Affirmative action has allowed so many to accomplish what they probably never thought they would accomplish, which is why its necessary until we are all treated as equals. (190)
Last night, the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Smiling and humbled by the chants of thousands in attendance at the opening night of the DNC, she seemed to glow with positivity and optimism. All decked out in a beautiful rose-hued dress designed by Detroit’s own, Tracy Reese, Michelle began her speech, first thanking the woman who had announced her, Elaine Frye, a devoted mother of four children. Three of whom are in the military. Michelle then continued on, recounting her and Barack’s similar upbringings, ones that were not very rich in money but overly wealthy in love. She spoke of her admiration for her husband, and his mission to make our nation a better place, not just for Democrats or Republicans, blacks or whites, poor or rich but for everyone. Finally when Michelle ended her speech, she reassured everyone that her husband was the best candidate for President of the United States. He remains confident, assured and patient at all times, and he works tirelessly to get the job done, even in the most difficult of times. Watch Michelle Obama’s full speech at the Democratic National Convention below.
Mac and Cheese, Catfish and Peach Cobbler, made Vegan Style? That’s right!
Vegan and Soul may sound like an oxymoron but our very own has another business to be proud of! Detroit Vegan Soul has created an inventive twist on what we think is traditional soulfood. Instead of baking in customary ingredients found in most African-American kitchens, the owners of Detroit Vegan Soul have decided to re-introduce their version of healthy, yet tasteful cooking from the soul.
“Kirsten Ussery and Erika Boyd were inspired to become vegans because of family members passing away due to poor living choices. Shortly after making that lifestyle change, they went to a vegan soul food restaurant in Chicago and became inspired entrepreneurs. Boyd, a natural hair stylists, and Ussery, media director for City Council President Charles Pugh, are focusing on building the business as a catering service at first. They aspire to open their own restaurant within the next year or two. They are looking at a place in The Villages, Midtown and the Livernois business district.” Credit Model D modeldmedia.com
“Life is short and precious. After realizing the benefits of vegan food choices for ourselves, we want to pass it on to the community. That is why we have made it our mission to help people live healthier lives by providing great-tasting, high-quality, nutritious vegan food, that appeals to all taste buds, while at the same time doing our part to support a sustainable earth.”
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We all know Eve Ensler to be that androgenous image and powerfully femininst voice behind the popular play, The Vagina Monologues which over the past 15 years, has rapidly gained international attention and acclaim for being a vehement symbol against female gender discrimination and mistreatment. Well, once again, Ms. Ensler has taken her vajayjay stories on the road and landed smack dab in the heart of Michigan, our state capital, Lansing.
Ensler’s visit was sparked by the barring of two Michigan female legislators from speaking on the state House floor after they made some controversial comments regarding the sanctioning of abortion providers. On Thursday, State Reps. Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, and Barb Byrum, D-Onondaga, were told that they wouldn’t be recognized to publicly speak on any matters before the House because of comments they made Wednesday during an emotional debate on a bill that puts new restrictions on abortion providers. The bill Byrum and Brown were arguing against provides for sweeping new regulations and insurance requirements for abortion providers, making it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion and also regulating the disposal of fetal remains. This bill was actually passed on a 70-39 vote, but won’t be taken up to state Senate until September at the earliest.
As the financial future of our fair city hangs in the balance, it seems that Mayor Dave Bing is pulling out every stop he can to free up some money. This is understood, but unfortunately, it seems that with this huge budget deficit, Detroiters are in danger of losing some of the signature events and holiday traditions that we look forward to each year. According to the Detroit Free Press, on Friday, Mayor Bing announced that “the city is unable to sustain the public safety and public works costs associated with regional events held in the city beyond this year’s fireworks without outside help.” Bing has already appealed to Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties along with the Michigan State Police, to assist in funding the 54th Annual Target Fireworks, scheduled for June 25 and costing an estimated $700,000.
“The city’s current fiscal operating structure, starting with the budget as approved for fiscal year 2012-13 on July 1, no longer includes the costs for these regional events,” according to a statement from the mayor’s office. “As such, we will actively engage the Parade Company and our regional partners to discuss the financial sustainability of events like the fireworks and the Thanksgiving Day parade in the future.”
A 6-time winner of Hot 107.5′s Hot Verses competition, ChaCho Miyagi knows how it feels to hear the applause and approbation of Detroit’s diverse but yet ever so critical hip hop community. Now as he competes in the Hot 107.5 Detroit Summer Jamz 15 search for an artist to perform on stage with celebrities like Bei Major, the OMG Girlz, Diggy Simmons, and Big Sean, Chacho is once again asking for your support to put him in the Summer Jamz limelight where he needs to be. Giving you just a taste of Chacho and fellow lyricist, JL, the above video, “PAARTY” is a true exhibit of their talent, range and ability to get the “paarty” started. The song that Chacho and JL have submitted to Hot 107.5 to compete for a position at Summer Jamz 15 is “Ha I’m Laying” featuring Hydro which was also the song that championed Hot Verses six times. To vote for Chacho Miyagi and JL featuring Hydro , “Ha I’m Laying,” please visit http://hothiphopdetroit.com/3592778/who-do-you-want-to-open-summer-jamz-15/. Voting ends Sunday (June 17), and the winner will be announced live on air at 8:30 p.m. by DJBJ. (257)