Please Do Not Forget!


GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. led the March on Washington, a political rally of some 200,000 to 300,000 people to the nation’s capital, where King, standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

PBS-TV including WGVU-TV Channel 35 in Grand Rapids tonight has special broadcasting in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963, event that paved the way for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

March on Washington on PBS-TV

Tune in tonight to these PBS-TV stations in Michigan

• WCML Channel 24 in Alpena
• WCMV Channel 17 in Cadillac
• WTVS-TV Channel 56 in Detroit
• WKAR-TV Channel 23 in East Lansing
• WCMZ Channel 28 in Flint
• WGVU-TV Channel 35 in Grand Rapids
• WGVK-TV Channel 52 in Kalamazoo
• WCMW Channel 21 in Manistee
WDCQ-TV Channel 15 in University Center


Queen Latifah, Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington emcee and narrate a series of broadcasts beginning at 8 p.m. August 27, 2013, on WGVU-TV 35-1.

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A Message From The Creator


My Hometown: 5 Reasons You Should Visit Detroit Right Now


By Kirsten Alana

Amanda Williams wrote a great article here on the RoamRight blog last month about three places all travelers should visit in Middle America. Her choices of Chicago, St. Louis and Pittsburgh were good. I have been to all three and each have wonderful things to offer visitors. However, her article got me thinking about other places in the Midwest that are often underrated or undervalued as tourist destinations and as soon as I did I realized Detroit is the number one place I would recommend. It has been the recipient of a lot of bad press lately and it doesn’t have the best reputation but a recent visit to the city showed me there is a lot more going on in Metro Detroit, meaning Detroit and the suburbs that surround it, than anyone is giving it credit for. So, here are five reasons that I believe you should visit Detroit, right now.

1. Craft Beer

Breweries abound within the city of Detroit and in the suburbs surrounding it. Some have been around for a long time but others are new. Traffic Jam & Snug in Midtown Detroit grows their own hops on the side of the building and has been happily serving patrons since 1965. Their Mitt Wit is a terrific Belgian Style Wheat Ale and I highly recommend it. Just across the street, Motor City Brewing is just one of the other breweries you’ll visit if you book with Steve of Motor City Brew Tours; whether you choose to walk, bike or take the bus, he’ll give you the best insight into Michigan’s craft brew culture. For a little something different, visit Ferndale’s B. Nektar Meadery to learn about honey wine. Craft spirits also are gaining in importance and bars like Sugar House, in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, are helping to lead the movement.

2. Urban Farming

One thing that is accurate in the recent reports about Detroit is that the city has a lot of empty lots and unused land after years of damaging house fires and unabated decay. What’s left out of such stories is that all over the city those same vacant lots are now being turned into urban farms so that local residents, restaurants and chefs have easy access to fresh produce grown sometimes steps from their front doors. Some even have gardens on top of their buildings or homes in a 21st version of the Liberty Garden. This movement is helped by the group who manages Eastern Market (the oldest farmer’s market in the United States) as well as several other organizations, and it has begun to revolutionize the restaurant culture within the city inspiring a whole new farm-to-table movement that has even prompted some chefs to migrate to the city from places like New York.

3. Downtown Development

Many businesses are moving to Detroit because the economic situation has caused an abundance of affordable real estate and other incentives that have caused a chain reaction of downtown development. Companies like Quicken Loans encourage employees to live downtown and bike to the office. This has spurred a larger than average availability of bicycles and a system that supports safe biking all over the city. New restaurants are opening downtown to serve workers, free concerts are occurring in the heart of the city and Campus Martius Parkhas opened a beach for use during warm months. All of these things, and more, not only benefit employees but visitors to the city as well.

4. Shopping

Shinola is just one of the recent companies to purposely choose to do business in Detroit. Their watch manufacturing facility, where each item is assembled by hand, is in the restored Argonaut building downtown but their showroom is where the watches, bicycles and hand stitched leather goods can be purchased and it too is in the heart of the city. I visited multiple times and every time I did, it was very crowded. Also in Midtown are stores like NestCity BirdNoraHugh and Flo. All could easily compete with boutiques in cities such as New York or LA. Their owners have impeccable taste and curate collections that will entice any visitor to buy an extra suitcase for the journey home!

5. Art and History Museums

The museums in Metro Detroit are amongst the best in the world. The Detroit Institute of Arts on Woodward Avenue has Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’, Diego Rivera’s ‘Detroit Industry’ frescoes, paintings by John Singer Sergent, Matisse, Van Gogh, Degas, Rembrandt and so many more. Its weekly Friday Night Live! keeps the museum open late for live music, art-making workshops, drawing in the galleries, guided tours and much more. The Henry Ford is a collection that includes the history museum, a historical village and the Ford Rouge Factory tour as well as an IMAX theater. The museum is popularly called, “America’s Greatest History Attraction” and with so much under one roof that it rivals the Smithsonian, that’s not an empty claim. The MoTown Museum and Hitsville USAcontain Studio A, Barry Gordy’s apartment and a vast collection of musical memorabilia that helps to remind any visitor just how large a part Detroit played in the evolution of American music; it’s incredibly enlightening.Cranbrook is a leading center for education, science and art with its graduate programs, contemporary Art Museum, Saarinen House and Gardens, natural history museum and Institute of Science. Together, they form one of the most unusual and incredible destinations for inspiration and learning that I have ever visited.

This is a time where travel to Detroit and travel within the metro area is more affordable and more accessible than ever. New hotels are opening and historic properties such as the Book Cadillac are reopening under the management of chains such as Westin Hotels. Head to the Visit Detroit website to learn even more!

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Women’s News: You Can Get Over Your Eating Issues — These 4 Women Are Proof


We recently asked HuffPost Women readers to tell us how they’ve overcome their eating issues. That’s right — despite the multitude of influences encouraging us to think food and our bodies are the problem, there are women who refuse to believe that. We don’t hear from those women enough.

Here are four of the amazing responses we received. We hope you find their stories as inspiring as we did.

“Dieting meant you were ‘good,’ ‘obedient’ and ‘worthy.'”

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I have dealt with food issues my entire life… all 23 years of it. I come from a family of very body-conscious women. My grandma, [five] aunts and mother were/are always on “cleanses,” “flushes,” and straight-up crash diets. They ran 10 miles every day. That’s all I ever knew. Dieting meant you were “good” “obedient” and “worthy.” Eating carbs meant you were “bad” “weak” and “sinful.”From the ages of 18-22, I consumed food and food consumed me. I dealt with anorexia, binge eating disorder, and compulsive over-eating. Food would be the first thing I thought of when I woke up, and the last thing I thought about before bed. The guilt of eating something off-limits killed me every hour of every day, and I wondered if I would ever have normal eating habits. I struggled with depression and thyroid disease. I was a mess. I hated what I saw in the mirror.

I finally sought counseling. It changed my life. I had to change my way of thinking–I had to stop expecting perfection. Today, I eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I eat because it makes my body strong and it makes my body function properly. I’m done being mean to myself. I think of food in a much better light. It is no longer the enemy.

On a Friday night, if I want to splurge on gin and tonics and a burrito, then I’m gonna do it, dammit. I am not alone when it comes to food issues. In this society, it is something every single woman has to deal with. We are expected to do it all, and to do it all perfectly. Well, sorry, dude, that’s not going to happen. I can’t be perfect, and I can’t always eat perfectly.

The key, as cliche as it sounds, is to start loving yourself from within. Every freaking part of you. Be extra kind to yourself every single day. Once you truly put your happiness and health first, the fixation with food disappears. That’s what happened with me. I stopped putting so much pressure on myself to be perfect. I started loving myself.

-Lauren, 23


“Food is fuel, not a score.”

woman iphone table

Being 23, I’m used to technology being a tool I can use to obsess over food, weight, and calories. There are tons of apps about exercise and weight loss and calorie counting and motivation, so many it almost makes you guilty: “If it’s so easy to obsess over a perfect body, why AREN’T you doing it?” I went through a few phases where I was constantly logging calories on my phone, calculating and re-calculating how much I could eat based on daily exercise. And one day I said, This is stupid. Food is fuel, not a score. Treats are to be enjoyed, not bargained for.I do follow a few basic rules: I’m a vegan, I don’t keep any sugar in the house, I run and do yoga regularly. These things keep me healthy and happy without feeling restricted. But if I go out with my boyfriend, we’re getting dessert. If I wake up with a sore leg, I’ll skip a run. I’ve witnessed “breaks” in meals where everyone whips out their smart phones to log their calories, and I vow to never be in that place again. I’m not perfect. I’ll never be perfect. But I’m healthy and I’m happy and that, in my opinion, is more than enough.

-Maggie, age 23


“I don’t want body image to take over their lives like it took over mine”

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I’ve had food issues as long as I can remember. My grandmother called [me] fat, my father called me fat, my mom constantly made an issue of what I was eating. All of them had their own issues with weight and took it out on me. As a little kid I was never “fat.” I was tall, the tallest girl in the class, always called “big.” I have a twin sister who is “petite.” The comparisons still sting to this day.I went up and down with weight and exercise my whole life. I’m now 36 and a mom to two beautiful kids. My mission as a [mother] is not to continue the damage my family caused me. I don’t make food an issue. We do our best to eat healthy, but we don’t have guilt when we splurge. We enjoy all things. Body parts are beautiful in every shape and size. If I don’t love and accept my body, my daughter and son won’t love and accept theirs. I will model good habits of eating well and exercising and splurging too. It’s so liberating once you let go of all that guilt and fear.It may be a daily battle to fight the messages the media puts out there, but my kids will have enough to worry about in their lives. I don’t want body image to take over their lives like it took over mine.

-Lindsey, 36


“I know what’s good for me, and my body tells me the rest”

woman running

I was bulimic starting from about age 17. Binging was my release, and purging was a way to regain control. I stopped on my own, for the most part, when I was about 22, without seeking help. When I was about 23, I went to Weight Watchers with my mom. I also began training for marathons. This was the worst combination. I found I had no control despite WW, and even all of my training still found me well above my healthy weight. When I started vomiting again, I stopped [Weight Watchers] because I had promised myself I wouldn’t purge.When I stopped dieting, I started to change my relationship with food. When I stopped trying to control and took the time to listen to what my body was telling me, I lost the weight. I’m still running and exercising, in fact I’m “top physically fit” among my peers in the Army. But the difference came when I made the effort to listen: Am I hungry? Am I full? And asking the question: Will life go on if I leave this pile food on my plate?

Honestly, I fear regulating my food anymore. I know what is good for me, and my body tells me the rest. I know it’s no magic fix, and it seems too easy, but when I took the neurosis away from the idea of food, I found my peace.

-Jessie, 32

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