Monthly Archives: April 2010

Will you return to ‘Elm Street’ this weekend?

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April 30, 2010
Will you return to ‘Elm Street’ this weekend?

It’s a little known fact that I have a longstanding fascination with scary movies. Somewhere around middle school my friends and I discovered the horror section at our local video rental spot. One summer we ran through everything they had – from the campiest masked madmen to ghosts and vampires. The first movie that really...
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#RapRehab Featured Artist: BJ The Chicago Kid

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April 30, 2010
#RapRehab Featured Artist: BJ The Chicago Kid

Before BJ The Chicago Kid’s performance at Michigan State University, he released a special mixtape that paired previous songs with skits shouting out his MSU ticket buyers. But the 27-year-old singer/songwriter has made a career out of paying attention to detail: he’s logged recording and performance time with legends like Stevie Wonder, Kanye West,...
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Do you text and drive? After July 1 it’s gonna cost you

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April 29, 2010
Do you text and drive? After July 1 it’s gonna cost you

In a lot of ways, Michigan is just following suit. Twenty-two other states have already made it official and banned texting while driving. Tomorrow, on national television, Gov. Jennifer Granholm is expected to sign a bill that will ban Michigan drivers from doing the same. As of July 1, texting while driving will be...
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Rap Rehab – Lyric Digestion Disorder

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April 29, 2010
Rap Rehab – Lyric Digestion Disorder

I wrote this entry on Day 8 of my #RapRehab treatment, but I just realized that I didn’t post it here. I asked for a doctor recently, because I’ve been having an allergic reaction to my prescriptions of new music: I subconsciously tune out many lyrics that aren’t rap. On many of the albums...
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Meet Johnny Cupcakes, May 1 in Royal Oak

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April 28, 2010
Meet Johnny Cupcakes, May 1 in Royal Oak

Who is Johnny Cupcakes? That’s what I wanted to know the second I opened a gift from a friend tagged with the brand. It was a black T-shirt with a pirate logo that featured a cupcake in place of a skull. I fell in love with it in an instant and wanted to know...
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Arts Beats & Eats announces Ford as title sponsor

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April 27, 2010
Arts Beats & Eats announces Ford as title sponsor

  Yesterday Royal Oak’s Baldwin Theater set the scene for what’s to come as Oakland County’s premiere summer festival, Arts, Beats & Eats, takes another significant step toward its move from Pontiac to Royal Oak. During the first of several press conferences planned surrounding this event, L. Brooks Patterson announced the festival he founded...
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#MusicMondays 4-26-10 (#RapRehab Day 26)

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April 26, 2010
#MusicMondays 4-26-10 (#RapRehab Day 26)

In today’s edition of #RapRehab #MusicMondays, I start to make a dent into the recommendations that my readers have recommended. Read below for reviews on the album that defined “neo-soul,” a 1974 sleeper that re-earthed this year, and another 70s gem that’s made a spot on my permanent playlist. D’Angelo, Voodoo I usually hate the term...
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140 Characters Conference: Using the social web to do good

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April 26, 2010
140 Characters Conference: Using the social web to do good

I think that one tweet says it all. The 140 Characters Conference in New York City this past week brought together more than 140 speakers who discussed topics ranging from education to comic books, and everything in between. But all of them shared a common thread: questioning the status quo and pushing entire industries...
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The 3 Fit Fad Finds

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April 25, 2010
The 3 Fit Fad Finds

Just as with diet fads there are also workout fads, and here are some of the top fads that deem to be most popular these days in my opinion and what exactly they entail. 1. Military/Bootcamp style outdoor workouts- these workouts often mimic the military training going from circuit to circuit with little to...
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Will you pay-to-park in Royal Oak on Sundays?

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April 23, 2010
Will you pay-to-park in Royal Oak on Sundays?

The question at hand – does free parking impact whether or not you drive into Royal Oak on a Sunday afternoon? City officials are currently considering a change that would put downtown metered spots into effect on Sundays. I was quite surprised by the news. Parking in Royal Oak is already a challenge for...
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#RapRehab Contest: Corrine Bailey Rae and Daniel Merriweather in Detroit Apr. 24

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April 23, 2010
#RapRehab Contest: Corrine Bailey Rae and Daniel Merriweather in Detroit Apr. 24

Good news and bad news, Urbane readers. The bad news is that, as you see, I wasn’t able to follow through with a #MusicMondays post earlier this week. I had an allergic reaction to my #RapRehab medication, and I ended up at the hospital for a few days. I’m fine now, but just wanted...
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Celebrate Earth Day in celebrity style with A-ShirtBag

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April 22, 2010
Celebrate Earth Day in celebrity style with A-ShirtBag

When Royal Oak’s Jeff Newsom considered planning an Earth Day event for his eco-friendly non-profit A-ShirtBag, he went for an all-out celebrity spin. From 6-8 p.m. the public is welcome to peruse Newsom’s collection of celebrity-donated shirts – which he’s handily crafted into stylish, reusable tote bags – at Pluto, 400 Hamilton Row in downtown...
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