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Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black Fantastic

“In Afro-Atlantic Flight, Michelle D. Commander traces how post-civil rights Black American artists, intellectuals, and travelers envision literal and figurative flight back to Africa as a means by which to heal the dispossession caused by the slave trade. Through ethnographic, historical, literary, and filmic analyses, Commander shows the ways that cultural producers such as Octavia […]

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Distinguished Detroiters: The Barthwell Family History

Production has begun for the pilot episode of the new television series Family Pictures: USA! We continue to highlight the histories of everyday Detroiters throughout the summer. The story below has been shared by Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans about the many accomplishments of her family members despite the racial adversity they faced. “My family has always been a very important part […]

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A Boston-Edison Tale: 65 Years, 4 Generations, 1 Home

As we prepare for our pilot episode for the Family Pictures: USA television series, we’ll be highlighting the untold stories of everyday Detroiters. Detroit native and artist, Michelle May shares her family story below about growing up in the historic neighborhood of Boston-Edison. “Historic Boston-Edison is a 36-block neighborhood area of Detroit containing approximately 900 houses.  The District is bordered by Boston […]

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The Bruschitzkis of Linzee Street: Building Detroit Brick by Brick

We are pleased to be working on our Detroit Digital Diaspora in partnership with Detroit Historical Museum as part of it’s D67 commemoration project and working with Detroit Public TV and our community partners: Detroit Historical Society, the Horace L. Sheffield, Jr. Center – Detroit Association of Black Organizations, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Arab American National […]

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Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow is Coming to Detroit!

I have been going back and forth to Detroit over the past few months preparing for our Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow as part of the Detroit Historical Society (DHS) Detroit 67 Project –  a citywide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Detroit uprisings/riots. DDFR will be working with communities across the city to create an photographic celebration/investigation around the narratives of one of the […]

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Once (Now) Again by Lyle Ashton Harris at the 2017 Whitney Biennial!

Last March, I had the pleasure to join my brother, artist Lyle Ashton Harris at the the 2017 Whitney Biennial opening reception to celebrate his exhibition Once (Now) Again. Lyle Ashton Harris’s Once (Now) Again, a site-specific multimedia installation, features a three-channel video work comprised of projected images taken from Harris’s Ektachrome Archive (photographed 1986–2000) as well as three new […]

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