June 2021

Brighter Days  

Ah, summertime. The memories seem to hit all the senses at once. Can’t you smell the dew-soaked morning grass? Hear the kids playing outside? Taste the wood-smoked barbecue? The best part, though, is gathering your favorite folk and heading off into a day that ends whenever and wherever. As the vaccine has been made available to all who want it, and safe, outdoor options are a thing again, we’re ready to get back to life and to loving up on our people. I’ve heard some suggest that we’re primed to enter a roaring ‘20s-like era, the party hard period that followed the 1918 Spanish Flu. I don’t know if that’s true, but I’ve got my beaded fringe ready just in case. 

What we can safely count on is the return of proper hangouts. If you’re very quiet, you can hear the sound of Spades tables being slapped off in the distance. We’ve got 10 pages of photos, shot by Lauren Jeziorski, that perfectly capture that spirit (Page 37). Beans & Cornbread in Southfield catered the affair. Discover all the soulful options on the menu, add a few Black-centric party games to the mix, get the recipe for a refreshing yet boozy punch that’s sure to be hit and get inspired by the décor. Plant boutique Leaf Me provided the foliage, and we gathered a handful of specialty items from GOODEE, the Black-owned, socially conscious home goods marketplace that centers artists and artisans.

Summertime also means travel, and we’ve got you covered from swimwear and other chic but easy suitcase staples (Page 24), to where to eat, sleep, play and nuzzle up to nature across the Midwest (Page 30). While we wish we could escape completely, there are still serious matters to which to attend. In April, Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges for killing George Floyd. Black America exhaled, but now what? Black Lives Matter Detroit Co-Lead Organizer John Sloan III pens an essay that considers the definition of justice (Page 26). To this point, we’re also looking ahead to Juneteenth with a roundup of local, in-person events (Page 48).

And we’re checking in with photographer and artist Morgan Bouldes (Page 22). A recent graduate of the College for Creative Studies, Bouldes sees her showcases as an opportunity to create an immersive, interactive experience and connect with her audiences on a subsurface level. Also all about enchantment is High Priestess Yvette Louise Wyatt whose metaphysical supply shop recently opened on Detroit’s west side (Page 16). June is Pride Month, and Curtis Lipscomb of LGBT Detroit lets us in on the work the organization is still up to a quarter-century after its inception (Page 14), and Motor City Pride prepares for a virtual celebration (Page 14). Another great thing about summer? Rainbows.

Summer Entertaining

Sliding into Summer with an Outdoor Hangout

Whether your style is weekly soul food Sundays or one epic end-of-season blowout, hosting friends and family is synonymous with summertime.
Midwest Travel

Around the Way: Midwest Travel

Road trippin' across Michigan and her neighbors.
George Floyd

Justice for All?: BLM Detroit Co-Lead Organizer on Where to Next

When Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the killing of George Floyd we sighed, we rejoiced, we danced a little – but now what? What does true justice look like for Black America?
Motor City Pride

Motor City Pride Prepares for a Virtual LGBTQ Celebration

Expect a live broadcast on June 5, plus a virtual artists gallery and more.
Motown Witch

Metaphysical Shop Motown Witch Settles in on Detroit’s West Side

High Priestess Yvette Louise Wyatt says she focuses on the spiritual practices of the African diaspora.
resort wear

In Style: The Jet Set

Perfect suitcase staples for everywhere easy, breezy and white sand beachy.
SMART

On-Demand Transportation System SMART Flex Launches in Three Metro Detroit Zones

The collaboration between SMART and Via is meant to increase the walkability to standing public transit routes.
Morgan Bouldes

Artist Morgan Bouldes Works to Create an Immersive Experience

The recent Cranbrook Art Academy graduate says she wants to awaken something within viewers of her work.
Curtis Lipscomb

Curtis Lipscomb, Executive Director, LGBT Detroit

He heads the organization that works to increase the prominence and visibility of Detroit’s LGBT culture through education, advocacy and wellness.
uterine fibroids

Ask the Expert: How Are Minimally Invasive Procedures Used to Treat Uterine Fibroids?

Minimally invasive techniques produce fewer cases of incisional infection, less postoperative pain and less blood loss.