Purple Michigan is a six-part series reporting on the presidential campaign in Michigan in different locations across the state. This series is paid for by contributions from you to the City Pulse Fund for Community Journalism. To contribute, please go to lansingcitypulse.com/donation.
In the introduction of her amazing new novel, “Black Bottom Saints,” Alice Randall turns the talking over to the one, the only, Joseph “Ziggy” Johnson — the legendary emcee, newspaper columnist and dance theater teacher who held court in Detroit, from 1938 to 1968.
Bolis Musa is a Lansing-based artist who was born in Sudan. He draws unique landscapes inspired by Lansing scenery for his print company, MakeYourMarkk.
In February, Homegrown Cannabis Co. became the first provisioning center in Lansing to be fully licensed for adult-use, recreational retail sales. Several other shops have opened in recent months, but Homegrown has solidified itself as a mainstay on the local cannabis market.
If it were any other year, Greater Lansing would be gearing up to gather by the tens of thousands in order to enjoy Silver Bells in the City.
Back in the ’50s, a small batch of traditional country artists slowly shaped a new sub-genre known as rockabilly. It remained rootsy and rhythmic, but was cut with a rowdy, menacing edge. It was louder, faster and more unruly than anything before it.
In past decades, regional transportation plans promised a future of universal urban mobility, whether you owned a car or not. Brightly colored maps were bejeweled with dotted lines where light rail, bus lanes and non-motorized trails would go someday, connecting everyone to a reliable and convenient transportation web.
In 2005, Ingham County formed the state’s second Land Bank. The timing was worthy of Nostradamus.
Whether it was a rally to protect DREAMers, or to chastise the federal policy of separating children from their families at the border, he was there. If it was women’s rights or LGBTQ equality, he was there, smiling. And quietly, fiercely, behind the scenes Mark Brown battled systemic racial inequities.
The Hertel family pigskin will have a blank on it for 2020.
Another round of statewide emergency orders that took effect this week are designed to enact a “three-week pause” on social gatherings and other group-oriented activities across Michigan.