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Detroit is full of talented and skillful artists. As a rapper I’ve been blessed to work with and meet many. The collection of artists I most love, and am inspired by, are the musicians. I think all too often Detroit artists feel taken unappreciated here. So as an artist and fan I’m glad to embrace, support, and appreciate the talent before me when I can.

For over a decade as a hip-hop artist and band leader I’ve performed with some of the best performers across the world. Witnessing the artistry of nationally recognized artists like Danny Brown, Derrick May, and Big Sean create has been humbling. Though these acts provide only a glimpse into the dynamic and eclectic world of Detroit music that I’ve fell in love with.

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Thanksgiving Night I’m performing live at the Jam Handy in Detroit’s New Center District (2900 E Grand BLVD Detroit MI @ 8PM), I’d like for you to join me. This performance is an event I’m producing with Handsome Sam (Sam Spurill). It’s a featured event for the ‘Mind Fusion Series.’ This show will fuse Jazz and Hip-hop live performance.

“The idea is to have people come out and join us for great music live after spending a day with your family,” Handsome Sam.

The Jazz band is Alex White and the Family. Led by Alex White on drums, the band will feature Michael Jellick on Piano, Ben Rolstan on Bass, and Rafael Statin on Saxophone. The Mind Fusion series is a mix of hip-hop and other music genres Sam and I will feature quarterly. This Fall for Thanksgiving we’re mixing great Jazz players and Hip-hop.

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Wednesday November 19, 2014 Urban Organic & Soulasis Music Group Present: XII the Brandon Williams Album Release Event

At the Detroit Public Library Main Branch 5201 Woodward Detroit MI, Free Event 6PM -9PM Performance at 7PM *I’m going to perform with Brandon and the Band too, JOIN US!


Friday November 21, 2014 Nadir’s Electric Lounge

At the Next Wave Media Lab 950 Stephenson Highway Troy MI, Free Event 7PM Doors & 8PM Show Performing along with Nadir will be Steffanie Christi’an and Michael Turner Live Funk, Rock & Soul

Saturday November 22, 2014 7 O’Clock Saturday Stories with Sharon McPhail

At Motor City Art Center 4468 Third Street Detroit MI 48201, Free Event at 7PM, Join me as I interview Sharon McPhail and discuss her experience, ideas, and visions about Detroit

Around Detroit: Ernie Harwell Exhibit

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In 1966 Ernie Harwell began donating Baseball memorabilia to the Detroit Public Library. At the time Harwell was a young sports broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers.

From 1960 – 2002 Detroit Tigers broadcasts were led by the charming southern drawl of Ernie Harwell.

Harwell passed in 2010. His legacy and impact on the Tigers, baseball and Detroit remain significant.

Ernir Harwell Collection A photography by Mark Mastropietro
Ernie Harwell Collection photography by Mark Mastropietro

Ernie was born in a small Georgia town. He began his broadcast career for a minor league baseball team in Atlanta. In 1948 Ernie moved up to Major League Baseball, and began calling games for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Harwell’s older brother was a librarian.  Upon his brother’s encouragement, Ernie began donating baseball memorabilia, books and artifacts to the Detroit Public Library. For over 40 years generous donations grew into an expansive collection.  Today the Ernie Harwell exhibit embodies the history of baseball.

The Ernie Harwell collection is at Detroit’s Main Public Library. Dawn Eurich manages the Harwell collection. The Harwell collection is a part of the Burton Historical collection. Touring the exhibit is free for all library card holders (all ages and Michiganders are welcome for a tour). Upon my visit, I found the most compelling artifact to be Roberto Clemente’s bat.

Ernie Harwell Collection photography by Mark Mastropietro
Ernie Harwell Collection photography by Mark Mastropietro

I find Harwell’s commitment to the Tigers and baseball motivating. I also appreciate the way he’s shared his enthusiasm for baseball with Detroiters. As an avid sports fan, music enthusiast and movie buff the Harwell collection is admirable.

I suggest you visit the collection. Take photos, and experience a piece of Detroit Tiger history. Here’s the link to the exhibit ErnieHarwellCollection  .

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