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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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Detroit, 1960s. Photo by Albert S. Johnson, Jr.

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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The Language of Light

“I met writer Doug Cooper Spencer via Facebook and asked him to consider writing a piece. A few days later he sent me his essay, ‘The Language of Light’,  a meditation on the power of photo literacy and stories buried behind the images. Below Doug shares some of his photos from his hometown Lincoln Heights, […]

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Hugh Bell Photo Galleries Now Available to View on GME Website

Thomas Allen Harris interviewed the photographer, Hugh Bell back in 2005 and Bell would become a part of our Emmy nominated documentary on the history of Black photographers, Through A Lens Darkly. We are excited that under the Gartenberg Media Enterprises‘ (GME) there is a commitment to resurrecting Bell’s career and legacy. “Hugh Bell was a renowned art and commercial photographer, who […]

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Hollywood Premiere for DDFR Roadshow!

The latest Digital Diaspora Family Reunion roadshow was successfully held at Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, CA on September 26th. This roadshow was hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the International Documentary Association for this year’s Getting Real Conference in Los Angeles. In a first for DDFR (but […]

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Yale Hosts DDFR-themed Exhibit: “Turning Strangers into Family”

The opening reception of Digital Diaspora Family Reunion‘s interactive exhibition was held at the Gallery at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University last Monday. This exhibition is designed to encourage people to engage with their own family photographic archives – a central focus and the mission of DDFR. Under the title of “Turning Strangers into Family“, the exhibition […]

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