Manuel “Matty” Moroun is the local billionaire we love to hate. He’s an easy target. Unlike Gilbert and the Ilitch’s, poor unpopular Matty doesn’t own a sexy sports team to distract the masses from his selfish ways.
Without water, people cannot live a life with dignity – they have no water for drinking, cooking, bathing, flushing toilets and keeping their clothes and houses clean.
Just several weeks ago, about a dozen Detroiters met at Nandi’s Knowledge Cafe to discuss the tragedy of the Mike Brown case. Mike Brown was an 18 year old Black youth from a small city called Ferguson outside of St. Louis, Missouri—a place that, honestly, many of us hadn’t heard of prior to Brown’s murder.
The graphic demonstrates the important connections among the Bankruptcy Plan of Adjustment, Emergency Management, Detroit Public Schools, Water Shutoffs, Future Detroit and the Blight Task Force. They are all facets of Structural Racism and the Policy of Austerity.
It is important to acknowledge that Trayvon Martin is not Michael Brown is not John Crawford is not Oscar Grant is not Rekia Boyd is not Aiyana Jones is not Ezell Ford is not Renisha McBride … But what must also be understood is that these people are me. Context is important.
If you’re a long-time Detroiter, at some point you may have been lucky enough to have witnessed Tara Corrado or Markita Moore channeling their musical energies on stage. Although they’ve earned their chops separately after many years of playing the local scene, the two are currently teaming up as members of the all-female soul/rock/jazz fusion band Soul Pepper.
Although perhaps better known for our hardworking residents, industrial decay and love of Faygo, Detroit’s also got a reputation as a heck of a place to catch a play or musical. Critical Moment has assembled this list of independent and college Detroit theater venues and companies for you to enjoy.