Monthly Archives: December 2009

Up To Business: Marcel Friday

Today’s installment of “Up To Business” features Marcel Friday. After years of writing for the likes of Detroit Fashion Pages, marketing for Universal Music Group and Cornerstone Promotions, and doing broadcast work for the Detroit Pistons, he’s going for self. Christmas day will see the launch of his new web site, WHUTUPDPOE.com, named after the…

The Best of Local Cinema 2009

My Favorite Local Films of 2009 With droves of people flooding the box office this past weekend (a record setting $278 million at last count) to see the latest blockbuster extravaganzas, lost in the shuffle are some great local films released over the course of the year.  I don’t claim to be a local film…

#MusicMondays 12-28-09

Today’s installment of #MusicMondays features a hometown hero that scored a national record deal, one of hip-hop’s new definitive voices holding his own alongside one of his idols, and a seminal hip-hop band giving back to the fans that helped them reach their highest level of success. For more, read below. Lil Wayne feat. Eminem…

REFRESH EVERYTHING: Pepsi to Shun Super Bowl Ads and Save the World

Nothing kicks off a new year quite like the countdown to Super Bowl.  For non-football fans, the advertising arms race to create the biggest, baddest and boldest TV commercials is an all-consuming media maelstrom. We learn something about America, for better or worse, every year during that Sunday sports spectacular.  Super Bowl commercials create  inescapable…

Up To Business: Shannon DeVries

“Up To Business” is a new column on Urbane Blog that will feature the most successful and innovative professionals in the area. Our inaugural piece profiles Shannon “Six” DeVries (@six_two on Twitter), a multitasking mover and shaker in Detroit’s entertainment scene. Nicknamed after her height of 6″2′, DeVries has made her mark since moving here from Kalamazoo…

Urbane Professionals: Smack!

[Photo: Gina Meyers] Recent CCS graduate Sean Mack is an artist of many trades. He creates designs for area clothing line Identical Variant, and his penchant for album art has been used by area musicians like Cold Men Young and Kanye West signee Big Sean. He regularly juggles projects, but at the moment, Smack! –…

Back in action, back on track!

Hello Urbane Bloggers!  It’s so good to be back!  Some of you may remember me as the fitness/health blogger, and I have stepped out for a while but I am back and ready to get blogging!  Just and update but I am now living in Miami Florida but still blogging for this rocking site:).  Moving…

Zeitgeist: Kill the Bill?

First, the Republicans attacked the health care reform bill.  Remember those crazies activists at the town hall meetings shouting and hollering expressing their views last August? Now, some Democrats and independent progressives are lining up against The Bill as well.  First, Howard Dean, appearing on NPR, MSNBC, and writing in the Washington Post, sounded the…

Urbane #MusicMonday

Today’s installment of #MusicMondays features the owner of the area’s go-to sneaker boutique showing his skills on the mic, a New Orleans native that temporarily rested his head in Detroit before becoming one of the most anticipated emcees in the industry, and an eclectic pair of Los Angeles musicians.  For more, read below. Ro Spit…

A Christmas Shopping List of DUMB Phones

These days, smart phones are the gadget du jour amongst businessmen and students, but at what cost? The Star Tribune in Minneapolis reported “smart phones accounted for nearly 90 percent of the growth in the number of U.S. cell phone users” during 2008 (click here), and a new study asserts that they account for nearly…

Taking it to The Man: Operation Chokehold

iPhone users, angry at recent comments by AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega regarding his company’s plans to “incentivize” mobile data hogs to cut back on their usage, are not a happy bunch of campers.  One of them, known as Fake Steve Jobs, has publicly called for a “digital flash mob.” “Operation Chokehold” encourages iPhone…

Can Twitter Replace Your Phone?

Without question, 2009 was the year of the “Tweet.” The site’s streamlined presentation, to-the-minute updates, and easy interaction made it the go-to site for news, useless banter between friends, and celebrity stalking. Many Urbane readers can likely recall moments in which they were conversing with someone on their Twitter timeline, despite their ability to call…