August 2021

Things are getting real right now. In the world and here at BLAC. Just over a year ago, we set out to evolve BLAC into something that was more immersive and more accessible to the community.

People can get down with evolution. It’s slow and gradual. Evolution lets us ease into it, getting used to the changes in our lives and the world around us. Revolution? Revolution can be messy. It makes us nervous because it isn’t always on our timetable. It comes like a runaway freight train. It makes us take pause and we tend to dig our heels in and resist with everything we have.

I’m here to tell you that revolution can beautiful if we let it be.

Revolution opens the door to the unknown. It gives us permission to try something new. In the last year, we examined every piece and part, crease and fold of the magazine and are embracing the revolution happening right here, right now at BLAC Detroit. We are shedding the past and planning for the future. BLAC’s revolution is putting an end to misguided theories, while continuing to celebrate communities and shining a light on people, places and ideas that are long-past due.

When you flip through the pages of BLAC this month, you are going to find all these things and more. We are continuing our BLAC List feature with our Best of Detroit round-up, chosen by you. These are your favorite places to dine, shop, play and more. We take a hard look at Critical Race Theory and how race and racism is taught – or not taught – in school. Speaking of school, our feature on technical and vocational schools may give you some ideas for excellent alternatives to four-year college. And before you settle in to dig in, flip to page 14 and make yourself a fantastic summer cocktail with recipes that feature Black-owned spirit brands. You’ll be glad you did.

If you still aren’t getting enough, head over to blacdetroit.com for our list of Black-owned food trucks making their way around Detroit this summer. If you need some background music to set the mood, our latest BLAC Summer Jazz episode dropped, with Bebe Sewell & B Side. And finally, though you might have read the feature on Wayne County Executive, Warren Evans in last month’s issue, you can hear the whole story from the man himself on our new BLAC Podcast.

Like Biggie said – when the revolution comes, it’s gonna be real.

– Billy and the Team at BLAC®

Race War: A Look at Critical Race Theory

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BLACK JOY: 38th Annual African World Festival

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By Trade: Exploring College Alternatives

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HOMETOWN PRIDE: ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day

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GAME ON: Detroit Game Developer Neil Jones

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Shooting the Soul

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the photos of Detroit-raised photographer Lamar Landers speak for themselves. Landers’ camera...

Cocktails: Discover Black-Owned Spirits

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Tyra Moore, Founder, A Girl Like Me Inc.

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CREATIVE COLLECTIVE: Spot Lite Detroit

Spot Lite Detroit celebrated its grand opening in May and plans to become a beacon for Detroit’s creative community. The multiuse venue...

SEEN: Celebrating a Centennial of Fashion

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