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.