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How to celebrate#NationalPoetryMonth?Support local art. Detroit poet Mikhaella Norwood, our 2019 Motown Mic Spoken Word ...
04/20/2022

How to celebrate
#NationalPoetryMonth?
Support local art.

Detroit poet Mikhaella Norwood, our 2019 Motown Mic Spoken Word Artist of the Year, is debuting her collection of poetry, "Fruit: Haiku of Haikus for the Blossoming Soul," at the Motown Museum Greektown store on 580 Monroe St.

Stop in, get a copy and immerse yourself in the power of poetry.

The store is open Wednesdays-Saturdays from 11 AM - 6 PM.

04/15/2022
Motown Mic: The Spoken Word 2022 Grand Finale

10 talented poets. $3K cash prize. 100% Motown-inspired. This is the Grand Finale of Motown Mic: The Spoken Word 2022 Grand Finale. Watch the performances, witness the winner and celebrate local Detroit & Midwest artists!

A special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

04/11/2022
What Does Poetry Mean to You?

What does poetry mean to you? This is the question we asked accomplished Detroit poets and Motown Mic co-producers Sparrow and Osiris to celebrate #NationalPoetryMonth.

If you're looking for more poetry, tune into our Motown Mic: The Spoken Word Grand Finale on April 15 at 7 PM. Info here: https://www.motownmuseum.org/event/motown-mic/

04/08/2022

Hitsville Next Amplify singing competition finalist, Isis Damil, is set for studio time & ready to share what she’s been working so hard on. She's pouring her feelings into her next project.

She says, “I’m writing every day. I want this project to be out here and touch somebody."

We can't wait to hear more of her bold & honest sound. Congratulations Isis!

We're excited to introduce the three accomplished judges responsible for selecting the winner of Motown Mic: The Spoken ...
04/07/2022

We're excited to introduce the three accomplished judges responsible for selecting the winner of Motown Mic: The Spoken Word 2022:

- Aurora Harris, Poet + Broadside Lotus Press Board Member
- Donovan Livingston, Poet + Wake Forest Dean
- Essence Carson, Senior Manager of Label Relations at Motown

Tune in to the Motown Mic Grand Finale on April 15 at 7 PM to see these judges in action!

A special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Celebrate the entreprenurial excellence of the Gordy family—whose innovative DNA sparked one of the most significant mus...
04/04/2022

Celebrate the entreprenurial excellence of the Gordy family—whose innovative DNA sparked one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century—with our six-part Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast series.

Listen to all the episodes here: http://bit.ly/LegacyPodcast

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist T Elice! T Elice found comfort in poetry as a way to re-direct her energy. Bor...
03/30/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist T Elice!

T Elice found comfort in poetry as a way to re-direct her energy. Born and raised in Detroit, T Elice tells the story of Motown beyond the music and celebrates Berry Gordy Jr.’s entrepreneurial spirit in her poem, “Motown...More than a Sound.”

Tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to watch her performance.

A special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Soul Candy.Soul Candy grew up around Motown and wanted to incorporate her fir...
03/29/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Soul Candy.

Soul Candy grew up around Motown and wanted to incorporate her first-hand experiences in her piece. She traveled from Columbus, OH to perform in the grand finale!

Tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to see her perform her poem “Birth of Culture.”

Special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Peniel Abrams!Ten years ago, Peniel was picked out of a crowd at an open mic ...
03/28/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Peniel Abrams!

Ten years ago, Peniel was picked out of a crowd at an open mic to perform a spoken word poem for the very first time. Taking on the challenge, she’s been writing and performing ever since.

Traveling all the way from Michigan City, IN to compete, tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to watch her perform her poem, “Assemble the Party Train.”

Special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Koffee Dark'Nsweet!Koffee Dark 'n Sweet considers poetry her first language, ...
03/25/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Koffee Dark'Nsweet!

Koffee Dark 'n Sweet considers poetry her first language, as a poem was the first thing she learned to read.

This Detroit native wants to shine a light on the magic that is Detroit’s artist scene with her poem, “When Music Means Something.”

Tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to watch her compete!

Special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Ife Martin! Ife is just 17 years old and uses poetry to process her feelings....
03/24/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Ife Martin!

Ife is just 17 years old and uses poetry to process her feelings. Ife was inspired by classic Motown songs when she composed the poem “Music is Revolution.”

Tune in on April 15th at 7 PM to watch her compete!

Special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Galaxy! Being part of a big family, writing and poetry provided a way for Gal...
03/22/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Galaxy!

Being part of a big family, writing and poetry provided a way for Galaxy’s voice to be heard. For this competition she combined the stories of the Black Forum Label’s inception and Motown Record’s success.

Tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to watch Galaxy perform “Collaboration”

Special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Dezha Peterson!This 23-year-old Flint native was introduced to poetry a decade...
03/19/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Dezha Peterson!

This 23-year-old Flint native was introduced to poetry a decade ago by her cousin. Enamored with how she can use poetry to translate her feelings, Dezha has been writing and performing ever since.

Tune in on April 15th at 7 PM to watch Dezha perform her poem “Magic of Motown”

Special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Cheyenne "CHii" Johnson.29-year-old CHii has used poetry as a way to express h...
03/18/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Cheyenne "CHii" Johnson.

29-year-old CHii has used poetry as a way to express herself since she was in the 3rd grade. The poem she penned, “Motown,” allowed her to celebrate her Detroit roots.

Tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to watch her compete!

Special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Ben Will. Ben is a creative, storyteller and artist born right here in Detroit...
03/17/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Ben Will.

Ben is a creative, storyteller and artist born right here in Detroit. With his roots in theater and inspired by Berry Gordy Jr.’s resilience, Ben penned the poem “A Griot’s Tale: The Blue Building on the Boulevard”.

Tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to watch him compete!

A special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Arrie Lane! Arrie is a Detroit native who was introduced to poetry by her gran...
03/16/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Arrie Lane! Arrie is a Detroit native who was introduced to poetry by her grandmother when she was just a little girl.

Highlighting Motown’s timelessness, tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to see Arrie perform her original piece, “That Motown Legacy”.

A special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Is this thing on? It’s about to be!Join us at 7 PM on April 15 as we watch 10 talented poets and lyricists perform head-...
03/10/2022

Is this thing on? It’s about to be!

Join us at 7 PM on April 15 as we watch 10 talented poets and lyricists perform head-to-head for the chance to win $3,000—plus much, much more—during our Motown Mic: The Spoken Word 2022 Grand Finale!

Learn more here: https://www.motownmuseum.org/event/motown-mic/

A special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

03/07/2022
Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast | Brinker Group

Larry Brinker Sr. started Brinker Group more than 30 years ago to help transform Detroit from infrastructural and community-based levels. After paving a road made of broken barriers (and $4B+ worth of projects), Brinker Sr. brought his son into the fold.

Now CEO, Larry Brinker Jr. maintains his father’s established foundation of integrity and quality across the Brinker Group portfolio. Things weren’t always so cut-and-dry, though.

In our final episode of the Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast, we chat with Brinker Jr. to discuss his life story, the true meaning of being a minority-owned business in Detroit and his family’s role in the revitalization of their city.

- Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3skdBoZ
- Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3rfQIDX
- Listen on our website: https://bit.ly/LegacyPodcast
- Or, listen wherever else you get your podcasts!

The #HitsvilleNext #LegacyPodcast is a special, six-part series honoring Detroit’s black-owned businesses, hosted by Emmy Award-winning media personality Greg Russell.

#HitsvilleNext #LegacyPodcast #Entrepreneurship

02/28/2022
House of Morrison | Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast

As owner of House of Morrison Shoe Repair—the oldest shoe repair store in Detroit—third-generation business owner Ronda Morrison knows how to stay one step ahead of clientele preferences, customer service trends and even civil injustices.

In fact, it’s what has allowed her and her family to run a successful business right here in Detroit for 37 years—and counting!

In this week's episode of the Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast, we're kicking off #WomensHistoryMonth by talking with Morrison about the challenges, benefits and lessons that come with being a black female business owner in 2022.

- Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3skdBoZ
- Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3rfQIDX
- Listen on our website: https://bit.ly/LegacyPodcast
- Or, listen wherever else you get your podcasts!

The #HitsvilleNext #LegacyPodcast is a special, six-part series honoring Detroit’s black-owned businesses, hosted by Emmy Award-winning media personality Greg Russell. Tune into a new episode every Tuesday.

02/21/2022

For Stephanie & Cristina Byrd, co-owners of The Garden Theater, Flood's Bar & Grille and The BLOCK Detroit, genuine service and undying persistence aren’t just two main qualities that encapsulate their parent’s lasting legacy, they’re defining characteristics for each other.

In this week’s episode of the Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast, Greg Russell sits down with the Byrd sisters to talk about the importance of carrying on tradition, what it means to have a successful business (let alone three!) rooted in service, how the pandemic affected Detroit’s Black community and much more.

- Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3skdBoZ
- Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3rfQIDX
- Listen on our website: https://bit.ly/LegacyPodcast
- Or, listen wherever else you get your podcasts!

The #HitsvilleNext #LegacyPodcast is a special, six-part series honoring Detroit’s black-owned businesses, hosted by Emmy Award-winning media personality Greg Russell. Tune into a new episode every week during #BlackHistoryMonth.

02/17/2022
Meet Summer Golden | Hitsville Next

Meet Summer Golden, an incredible singer and our 2019 Amplify the Sound of Detroit Artist of the Year. Are you Next? Learn more about this artistically enhancing program at https://www.motownmuseum.org/program/amplify/

Amplify: The Sound of Detroit is a signature program of Hitsville Next, Motown Museum's community platform where people can thrive as thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs.

Formed in 1996, The Right Productions is a significant source for entertainment and events services—including the longti...
02/14/2022

Formed in 1996, The Right Productions is a significant source for entertainment and events services—including the longtime management and operation of Detroit's own Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre.

In this week's episode of the Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast, we chat with the company's President & CEO Shahida Mausi about the entertainment industry, what it's like to work with music artists, the state of live events and much more.

- Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3skdBoZ
- Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3rfQIDX
- Listen on our website: https://bit.ly/LegacyPodcast
- Or, listen wherever else you get your podcasts!

The #HitsvilleNext #LegacyPodcast is a special, six-part series honoring Detroit’s black-owned businesses, hosted by Emmy Award-winning media personality Greg Russell. Tune into a new episode every week during #BlackHistoryMonth.

We are excited to introduce our 2022 Motown Mic: The Spoken Word Finalists! In partnership with Black Forum Records and ...
02/12/2022

We are excited to introduce our 2022 Motown Mic: The Spoken Word Finalists!

In partnership with Black Forum Records and Broadside Lotus Press, these 10 poets will undergo 2 months of artist development as they prepare for this year's Grand Finale on April 15.

The winner will receive a $3K cash prize, publication in Broadside Lotus Press and tons of other career-enhancing opportunities.

Tune in as we follow these poets through their creative process over the next two months.

This Motown Museum program would not be possible without the support of The Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts & W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Special shoutout to Flemi.jpg for the incredible photography.

02/07/2022
Legacy Podcast | Parks Old Style Bar-B-Q

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Parks Old Style Bar-B-Q has been a staple of Detroit's food scene since Terry & Verna Parks opened it in 1964. The iconic BBQ joint has remained in the family ever since, and is currently being run by second- and third-generation owners.

In this week's episode of the Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast, Greg Russell interviews Rod Parks Sr. & Rod Parks Jr. about their experience running a multi-generational business, what it means to endure hard times, how it feels to keep it in the family and much more.

Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3skdBoZ
Listen on our website: https://bit.ly/LegacyPodcast
Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3rfQIDX

Or, listen wherever else you get your podcasts!

The #HitsvilleNext #LegacyPodcast is a special, six-part series honoring Detroit’s black-owned businesses, hosted by Emmy Award-winning media personality Greg Russell. Tune into a new episode every week during #BlackHistoryMonth.

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Hitsville Next Amplify singing competition finalist, Isis Damil, is set for studio time & ready to share what she’s been working so hard on. She's pouring her feelings into her next project. She says, “I’m writing every day. I want this project to be out here and touch somebody." We can't wait to hear more of her bold & honest sound. Congratulations Isis!
Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth by listening to the first episode of the Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast—a special, six-part series honoring Detroit’s black-owned businesses, hosted by Emmy Award-winning media personality Greg Russell. Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3rfQIDX Tune into a new episode of the Legacy Podcast every Tuesday.
This is Hitsville Next's 4th Annual Amplify: The Sound of Detroit Grand Finale! 10 emerging Detroit artists were selected as finalists and spent eight weeks of mentoring, coaching and artist development to help prepare them for their grand finale performance. The winner receives $5,000 cash prize, performance opportunities, engagement with Motown Records Label executives, studio time, a mentorship session with world renowned musical director, Kern Brantley and more! Finalists: - Delaney Natke performing “Heatwave” (Martha & The Vandellas) - Travis James performing “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me” (The Miracles) - Megan Davis performing “You’re All I Need to Get By” (Marvin & Tammi) - Versatile313 performing “Never Can Say Goodbye” (Jackson 5) - Inami Bloom performing “Knocks Me Off My Feet” (Stevie Wonder) - Chalfonte performing “If I Were Your Woman” (Gladys Knight & The Pips) - Liontae performing “End of the Road” (Boyz II Men) - Isis Damil performing “Portuguese Love” (Teena Marie) - Dion Jackson Jr. performing “All This Love” (Debarge) - Matty P. performing “Get Ready” (The Temptations) Brought to you by Pepsi & Comcast Business, Amplify: The Sound of Detroit is a signature program of Hitsville Next, Motown Museum’s community platform where people can thrive as thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs.
Hitsville Next is making waves as a talent platform offering incredible opportunities, development and networking for up-and-coming artists—and Amplify: The Sound of Detroit is just one example! Tune into Comcast Channel 900, our website or Facebook & Instagram pages to watch the singing competition’s Grand Finale this Thursday at 7 PM: bit.ly/HNAmplify
Get Ready | Entreprenurial Clinic for Grades 6-12, presented by Hitsville Next, is tomorrow at 6:30 PM EST. Young artists will get the chance to connect with Tina Farris—legendary tour manager & granddaughter of Motown Producer Harvey Fuqua—about her career and successful business practices in the music industry. Click below to register now via Zoom.