“Must Read” #MichLit Author, @DesCooper, Know The Mother…. will touch the soul! #MotownMom

Detroit, Michigan, journalist and author, Desiree Cooper, has released her wonderful book of poems and prose with Wayne State Press called Know The Mother. A beautiful literary work of art that will touch the soul.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

While a mother can be defined as a creator, a nurturer, a protector-at the center of each mother is an individual who is attempting to manage her own fears, desires, and responsibilities in different and sometimes unexpected ways. In Know the Mother, author Desiree Cooper explores the complex archetype of the mother in all of her incarnations. In a collage of meditative stories, women-both black and white-find themselves wedged between their own yearnings and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives.

In this heart-wrenching collection, Cooper reveals that gender and race are often unanticipated interlopers in family life. An anxious mother reflects on her prenatal fantasies of suicide while waiting for her daughter to come home late one night. A lawyer miscarries during a conference call and must proceed as though nothing has happened. On a rare night out with her husband, a new mother tries convincing herself that everything is still the same. A politician’s wife’s thoughts turn to slavery as she contemplates her own escape: “Even Harriet Tubman had realized that freedom wasn’t worth the price of abandoning her family, so she’d come back home. She’d risked it all for love.” With her lyrical and carefully crafted prose, Cooper’s stories provide truths without sermon and invite empathy without sentimentality.

Know the Mother explores the intersection of race and gender in vignettes that pull you in and then are gone in an instant. Readers of short fiction will appreciate this deeply felt collection.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and Detroit community activist whose fiction dives unflinchingly into the intersection of racism and sexism. Using the compressed medium of flash fiction, she explores intimate spaces to reveal what it means to be human. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Callaloo, Detroit Noir, Best African American Fiction 2010, and Tidal Basin Review, among other online and print publications. Her first collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, was published by Wayne State University Press in March 2016. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets. She is currently a Kimbilio fellow, a national residency for African American fiction writers.

Check her out at descooper.com.

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Connect with this author at:

http://www.facebook.com/descooper

(see upcoming events and signings on facebook) 

http://instagram.com/descooper

https://twitter.com/descooper

 

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW

New Michigan Literary Network podcast w/guest @DesCooper, author of “Know the Mother” at http://tobtr.com/s/8790883.

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HUD AWARDS NEARLY $15 MILLION FOR LOCAL HOMELESS PROGRAMS IN MICHIGAN @SecretaryCastro #MotownMom

 

HUD NEWS

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Julián Castro, Secretary

Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20410

HUD No. 16-063                                                                                               FOR RELEASE

Gina Rodriguez                                                                                                 Monday

(571) 249-8586                                                                                                 May 2, 2016

http://www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm

HUD AWARDS NEARLY $15 MILLION FOR LOCAL

HOMELESS PROGRAMS IN MICHIGAN

Funding support to 59 local homeless housing and service programs

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro awarded nearly $15 million to 59 local homeless housing and service programs across Michigan.  TheseContinuum of Care (CoC) grants support the Obama Administration’s efforts to end homelessness and build upon the $56.1 million in funding HUD awarded throughout Michigan through a first round of funding in March.  View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

“We know how to end homelessness and these grants support local programs that are proven to prevent and end homelessness as we’ve come to know it,” said Secretary Castro. “As we continue to make progress toward ending homelessness in this country, HUD is challenging communities to use more cost effective solutions to help those experiencing homelessness.”

“These grants will build upon existing efforts to end homelessness assisting individuals, youth and families when they need it most,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator, Antonio R. Riley. “It will go a long way put them on the path towards dignity and independence.”

The competition to award FY 2015 CoC grants was the most competitive ever, both locally and nationally.  This is consistent with HUD’s policy goals as well as Congressional direction to stringently review performance, increase competition for CoCs, and not simply fund renewals in the FY 2015 CoC competition.

HUD strongly encouraged local applicants to prioritize their funding request very carefully, using a mix of performance data and local needs.  In addition, applicants were encouraged to submit projects that were based on research-driven approaches and supported the nation’s goals to prevent and end homelessness.  As a result, local CoCs eliminated a combined $124 million in renewal funding from lower performing projects in order to apply for new housing projects. These new projects will provide permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing solutions for those experiencing homelessness.

Ultimately, the awards made today, and those awarded in March, will help us achieve the bold goals established in 2010 by President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) in the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness,Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. This means continuing the progress made in reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness and setting a path to ending homelessness in this country. HUD estimates there were 564,708 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2015. Since 2010, local communities around the country reported an 11 percent reduction in overall homelessness, a decline of more than 72,000 persons. During that same time, veteran homelessness fell by 36 percent; chronic homelessness declined 22 percent; and family homelessness declined by 19 percent.

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet
at 
www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov.

You can also connect with HUD on social media and follow Secretary Castro on
Twitter and Facebook or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s Email List.
HUD, US Department of Housing and Urban Development 26 Federal Plaza, Suite 3541, New York, 10278 NY, United States

TOMORROW – Join The She Is Project with special guest history maker @gwenjimmere of @naturalicious1 #Detroit #MotownMom

TOMORROW – Join The She Is Project with special guest history maker @gwenjimmere of @naturalicious1 as we launch a new series of business educational initiatives designed to help you start, grow and flourish your businesses. First up, we are a partner of Detroit Entrepreneur Week and TechWeek, offering “Can I Get to Know You”, a fun and interactive work session that will teach you:
• effective tips and techniques for making business connections
• how to recognize and leverage potential beneficial relationships
• how to purposefully network and establish relationships for business purposes.
Register at http://ow.ly/4na3NA.See you next week!‪#‎DEW2016‬ ‪#‎TechWeek‬‪#‎FemaleEntrepreneurs‬ ‪#‎Detroit‬ ‪#‎TechWeekDetroit‬ ‪#‎Naturalicious‬

You’re invited to Parents, Community, and Business Lunch and Learn (May 24, 2016) #MotownMom

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

Covenant House Academy – Southwest Campus
1450 25th Street
Detroit, MI 48216

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Parents, Community, & Business “Lunch & Learn” – May 24 – 11-2:00pm – SAVE THE DATE! #MotownMom

​REGISTER HERE:  www.pcblunchandlearn.eventbrite.com

Report: Child poverty rate climbs in Metro #Detroit via @DetroitNews @NicquelTerry #MotownMom

Child poverty is on the rise, with all three Metro Detroit counties showing an increase over the past eight years, according to data released Monday by the Michigan League for Public Policy.

The data, published in the Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2016, revealed that Macomb County had the biggest jump among counties between 2006 and 2014, with an 8 percent increase.

In Detroit, child poverty increased 13 percent during the same period…

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Bass player to the stars mines Motown for new talent via @Detroit_Impact #MotownMom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sharon DuMas

jointhebanddetroit@gmail.com

Bass player to the stars mines Motown for new talent

Detroit native and nationally known musician Kern Brantley is issuing a call for

Detroiters to “Join the Band.”

A sought-after bass player, who currently performs with Lady Gaga and has backed

Beyonce, Chris Brown, and many more of the entertainment industry’s biggest names,

Brantley says his hometown is a breeding ground for undiscovered greatness.

“Join the Band is a professional development program to recruit promising performers

from Detroit, whether at schools, churches, or just out in the community,” says Brantley.

Open auditions will be held at noon Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Detroit Impact

Center, 9930 Greenfield Road. Youth ages 8 to 17, choirs (10 to 30 members), singers,

poets and dancers are invited to perform, regardless of experience.

Brantley lives in Southfield, while traveling the country during Lady Gaga’s tours and

concerts, most recently performing at the Academy Awards.

“There’s a lot of talent in Detroit and quite a few people good enough to perform on the

national stage,” Brantley adds. “The problem is not everybody can pick up and go to L.A.

for an audition, or jump on a plane with just 24 hour’s notice to give a show. Join the

Band will recruit and prepare these people to play at the highest level right here at home.”

In addition to his years of live touring as a bass player, Brantley has established himself

as a highly sought-after musical director, helping to drive the success of shows in some of

the country’s biggest arenas.

While he says his new program won’t guarantee a career in music, it will provide

exposure to opportunities and tools for longevity in the entertainment industry.

“Stars come and go over the years,” he says, “but the band members always stay hot.”

For more information or to request interviews, media may contact Sharon DuMas at 724-

492-8789 or by e-mail at jointhebanddetroit@gmail.com.

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detroitImpactKERN AUDITION FLIER

.@Detroit_Impact Roars for Millennials helping to raise the match fundraiser!! April 8th

Detroit Impact Roars for Millennials helping to raise the match fundraiser!!

Help Detroit’s youth by having fun! We invite you to the first annual fundraiser and benefit concert for Detroit Impact’s intervention program. The fundraiser will feature performances by local artists and food from various vendors around the city, and is planned with the help of Wayne State students

Where:     International Institute

When:      April 8, 2016

Time:        7-11 p.m.

For more information, please go to  www.detroitimpact.net

 

detroitImpactFundraiser

Event: #Free Coffee & Conversation w/@KarenDumas April 1st #Detroit #MotownMom

CoffeeConvoKarenDumasLarger

RSVP now at :https://www.facebook.com/events/1125828407455229/

 

RSVP now at :https://www.facebook.com/events/1125828407455229/

Karen and her special guests will be discussing the New Detroit and how it is shaping our future. Come enjoy a complimentary cup of Will’s Special Blend Coffee and let’s connect, collaborate and converse!

 

RSVP now at :https://www.facebook.com/events/1125828407455229/

Check out Karen Dumas website at: http://karendumas.com

Buy her book now, click here!

KarenDumasBook RSVP now at :https://www.facebook.com/events/1125828407455229/

Reduce Your Utility Bill! – Friday, March 11 & Friday, March 18

 

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