Celebrating the history of Detroit’s Black ‘saints’

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.
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Favorite Things: Bolis Musa and his five-point drawing of the Capitol
Bolis Musa is a Lansing-based artist who was born in Sudan. He draws unique landscapes inspired by Lansing scenery for his print …
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Lansterdam in Review: Back to the basics at Lansing’s first recreational pot shop
In February, Homegrown Cannabis Co. became the first provisioning center in Lansing to be fully licensed for adult-use, recreational …
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Silver Bells in the living room
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 …
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Turn it Down: Michigan’s twisted history in country music
Back in the ’50s, a small batch of traditional country artists slowly shaped a new sub-genre known as rockabilly. It remained …
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A turbulent year for local business
When COVID-19 and the ensuing statewide lockdown caused the temporary closure of a vast majority of Michigan businesses, it was only …
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Top of the Town Winners 2020
The complete list of Top of the Town 2020 winners! Bar Cocktails American Fifth Spirits Winner Sanctuary - Distillery, …
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Idris Goodwin: The conversation starter
Idris Goodwin is an American poet, rapper, essayist, lecturer, professor, author and playwright. He is offering five of his …
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Lansterdam in Review: Liquid THC, clear distillate darts and a sugary cannabis concoction
Bazonzoes — which opened last month across the street from Deluca’s Restaurant — is still among the newest medical …
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Turn it Down: Giant Lungs debut delivers epically bleak sounds
With a long discography that includes the heavy sounds of Red Teeth, Dr. Device, BerT and No Skull, Ryan Andrews is always working on …
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Favorite Things: Ariel Rogers and her late brother’s T-shirt collection
Ariel Rogers is a rock ‘n’ roll aficionado who played bass in a group known as Girl Band, graduated from Michigan State …
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