Monthly Archives: June 2012

Danny Brown: Detroit State of Mind

Pitchfork.TV’s new documentary Danny Brown: Detroit State of Mind is an intimate look into the ordinary life of extraordinary Detroit rapper/style icon/spiritual icon, Danny Brown. The documentary takes you places most rappers won’t let you go–inside their home with their family, inside a car with their friends, inside the studio with near-uncomfortable closeness. Watch a rapper’s brother cut a rapper’s hair. Sit on a rapper’s couch and smoke cigarettes with a rapper’s parents. Drive around Detroit in a snow storm with a rapper and handle business with the Bruiser Brigade. And yes, go to the studio with a rapper and watch him stick out his tongue and rap a rap song.

It’s difficult to capture intimacy on camera. When intimacy situations are approached with intimate eyes, it’s easy for the camera to slip from gentle observation to pornographic exposure. Detroit State of Mind provides an intimate look into some very intimate situations with Danny Brown and the Bruiser Brigade. PitchforkTV achieved authenticity without corn, cliche, or sacrificing the satisfaction of a happy ending that just might make you cry.

Jane Fader

Jane Fader received a Master’s degree from the Wayne State University Department of Communication, where she also completed her doctoral coursework in media studies and instructed courses in film, video production, and television criticism. She has written widely on the topics of sexuality and pornography, and produced an internationally awarded documentary about female ejaculation. Currently Jane does creative direction and marketing in the sexual wellness industry, instructs courses in Cultural Diversity and Information Literacy at IADT Detroit, and maintains her blog, janefader.com.

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Saturday Music: Hot, Busy Night in Detroit

Callin’ out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat? /  Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street. – Martha & the Vandellas Heat waves and music just go together. For some reason, that seems especially true here in Detroit. There are so many great concerts this…

Modern Day Nostalgia

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Time flies. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, everyone feels like time is passing fast–especially if you’re busy. The faster time goes by, the more of it goes by, and the more stuff there is to look back and project romantic fantasies onto. It’s always the little things, isn’t it? For example, I…

“Black Tie & Sneakers” at Ferndale’s ARTWN

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At 6pm on Thursday, June 28th, the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will host ARTWN: Small Plates and Big Art. ARTWN (pronounced “art town”) promises an evening of art exploration and fun as it celebrates the creative culture of Ferndale. The “small plates” portion will take place at Ferndale’s popular Rust Belt Market, but the…

Adina Gamal Shimmies Her Way Out of Belly Dancer Stereotypes

Belly dancing. Cabaret dancing. Burlesque dancing. They all evoke visions slim, seductive and exotic women whose movements glide through a room, stirring the visions and souls of wanting men in a seductive, teasing way. They’re the fantasies of many women, too. Housewives. Students. Even teachers like Jeanine Wilson. They’re fantasies of the women they want…

Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair

In it’s 42nd year, the Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair hits Memorial Park Saturday, July 8. The laid back, family friendly event features over 100 artists from across the United States, in years past some from over seas. A variety of artists will be selling original artwork in multiple forms. Ceramics, paintings, prints, fiber arts,…

Detroit Rape Kit Backlog Featured on NPR

When the state of Michigan audited the Detroit crime lab in 2008, it was discovered that 11,000 rape evidence kits dating back as far as 20 years had been swept under the rug. In other words, 11,000 rape victims who had gone through the process of filing a police report and submitting their bodies to…

5 Cool Ideas for Moving

Here is another “Cool Stuff” Idea from our cool Urbane Life friend, also a noted speaker and author Michael Angelo Caruso. Michael will be providing interesting Cool Stuff Ideas here every Saturday going forward. We hope you find them helpful. If you see Michael around town, tell him you saw him here first, we will give you secret gift, really we will.…

Low Cal Cocktails for a Cool & Confident Summer

What Crepe? Cucumber Martini

It happens every year – all that hard work over the fall and winter months is kissed goodbye after a weekend or two of beerpong by the pool. If you’re like me,  the waist band expands as the temperatures rise and that’s not the look anyone is going for poolside. Here are a few bikini-friendly…