Video – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:19:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WATCH: “The Idea Of Two Detroits Is Not As Powerful As One Incredibly Strong City.” Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:51:05 +0000 Small Business Saturday is quickly approaching and the New Economy Initiative (NEI) just released a video that celebrates small businesses.

NEI commissioned poet jessica Care moore to write a poem about the impact that small businesses have in neighborhoods. Her poem is titled “The Great Idea” was performed live at the NEIdeas Award Gala earlier this month. It celebrates the hard work and diversity of our city.

“If we are going to be the comeback city then we have to empower the businesses who are already here to stay.
We refer to them simply as the been here people.”

The video was filmed, directed, and edited by Detroit Lives! and the still photography was shot by Ali Lapetina.

New Economy Initiative (NEI) announced the winners of the 2017 NEIdeas small business challenge at the NEIdeas Gala.

Twenty small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park were awarded $10,000 to help their business. Two additional businesses were awarded $100,000.

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WATCH: Eminem Performs New Track As Well As “Stan” & “Love The Way You Lie” In Medley Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:39:07 +0000 Eminem’s new track “Walk on Water” was featured on last night’s Saturday Night Live in a three-part medley performance with Skylar Grey. If you didn’t know, she’s collaborated with Em before as the writer of “Love The Way You Lie” back in 2010.

After the new track that’s powerful but in a different style that fans got into when he first broke out on the scene, he went into short snippets of two classics everyone who has been following the him for awhile.

“Walk On Water” is reminiscent of a raw style that deep fans would know about but hasn’t hit the mainstream as it deals with difficult subjects and can be abrupt in delivery.

Eminem stands for something in a world where many stand for nothing or have instant outrage. He is making a strong statement again and again with his music. His connection to his feelings through decades of tough experiences is legitimate and real.

It’s also exactly what makes his detractors even more uncomfortable. Eminem’s powerful voice is forged through adversity.

Any change in sound from an artist will bring criticism. Listeners are fickle and usually want more of whatever album they fell in love with.

Artists with staying power have evolving sounds and take risks. There’s a snapshot in the mind of the public of a guy in his 20s making people laugh with absurd lyrics, but now he’s 45 and has been active for more than two decades. Time shapes people’s perspectives, and Eminem is no different.

There’s still no word as to when his next album, “Revival” will come out, despite various teases on social media and through media advertising.

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Detroit’s Amazon HQ2 Bid Video Was The “Most Polished, Professional” Of Them All, Says Beme News Sat, 11 Nov 2017 22:33:15 +0000 Detroit’s Amazon HQ2 pitch video that came out a few weeks ago may have just been the best of them all.

Here’s a link to the Detroit bid video if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen it, or a need a refresher.

The praise was given by Beme News in their latest roundup of HQ2 bids in a piece that talks about the huge incentives and pitch videos for the massive complex that would, if all goes according to plan, bring 50,000 jobs to whatever metro area it chooses.

The nod starts at about 2 minutes 23 seconds in.

“Detroit, in a video that’s production quality far surpasses this one, submitted the most polished, professional, give these guys an Oscar piece.”

The Beme News video (embedded above) takes a balanced look at the benefits and pitfalls of such a large project coming to a town, as well as the billions of dollars of incentives on the table.

Now, as to the director/producer/creator of the Detroit bid video, Stephen McGee? We think you’re the best around.

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EYE CANDY: A Drone Tour Of Detroit Wed, 08 Nov 2017 18:24:28 +0000 Shot over the summer, this video has some cool shots of Detroit and Royal Oak.

Vlogger JaYoe (Matthew Galat) was born in Detroit but now travels the world and lives in China, sharing his experiences on YouTube.

His channel has hundreds of videos from around the world and we found a neat one when he was visiting Detroit in August.

In the piece that is part drone footage part vlog, you can see Royal Oak, The Detroit Zoo, The Fisher Building, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Belle Isle, Highland Park, the Michigan Central Station and some of Downtown Detroit.

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VIDEO: Does The Best Burger In Metro Detroit Have Doritos On It? “Cooking In America” Visits Taystee’s Burgers Sun, 05 Nov 2017 18:45:17 +0000 Taystee’s Burgers is tucked away on Ford Road in Dearborn, near the Ford-Wyoming Drive In Theater.

Their “Notch-Yo-Burger” made at their establishment in a BP gas station has been quickly gaining attention as one of the best in Detroit.

Eater, as part of their “Cooking in America” series, took a look at the place in the video above, and it’s an interesting story beyond the Doritos-laden culinary creation.

A few key things:

  • It’s family owned
  • It’s Halal meat (so even the bacon on the burger is beef bacon)
  • The topping list is onion, jalapeno, American, Swiss, Pepper Jack and Nacho cheeses, beef bacon, Doritos, mayonnaise and hot sauce on an onion bun.

If you wanna check it out for yourself, it’s over at 10419 Ford Road in Dearborn.

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A Burger With A Mac & Cheese Bun? Meet The “Fat Dan” – Bob’s Detroit Burgers #1 Sun, 05 Nov 2017 18:14:57 +0000 So what happens when there’s a burger with a Mac and Cheese bun, jalapeños, beer cheese, and bacon?

You get the “Fat Dan” from Ale Mary’s Beer Hall. We saw it on the internet and had to try it out.

On a whim (like a lot of the things we do), Bob Waltenspiel and Dave Phillips who host the Worst Meatball Sandwich Ever podcast joined us to check it out in downtown Royal Oak.

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Yes You Can See Wind Turbines From Downtown Detroit With The Naked Eye Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:50:02 +0000 Today there’s been a minor internet flap between a publication in town and a mortgage billionaire over a video released yesterday to promote Detroit and the bid to get Amazon’s new HQ2 project.

Initially, the charge by the Metro Times was that the video by Gilbert’s team was doctored. To their credit, they updated their post.

But then a friend pointed out to us that the movie magic appears to involve more than fancy camerawork and playing with camera speeds. The video includes at least one scene that seems to have been digitally doctored. (Or perhaps it used an extremely long lens to distort the view as seen by the naked eye? See update below.)

Of course, Dan Gilbert didn’t take something like this sitting down, and fired off a couple tweets.

Thing is, as any river-facing office drone would know, they’re completely visible to the naked eye from high up (where the video was shot). One of our regular contributors confirmed this.

So, we called around and got access to get some pictures of the wind turbines for you from the office of a friend (who doesn’t work for Gilbert or their companies) in One Woodward. The windows were kinda dirty and it’s a hazy day — far from the optimal conditions for the video — but you can easily see them.

Yes, the use of a long lens by artist Stephen McGee enhances the effect. But they’re not all that far off.

To replicate, we took a wider shot then we used a long lens. They’re visible zoomed out, but it becomes clear that you don’t need to digitally alter anything when you zoom in. 

And, Windsor is part of this HQ2 bid, as we talked about with bringing back the gondola-over-the-river idea.

This isn’t the most important thing at the end of the day, but it is kinda neat that we do in fact have wind energy so close to us. Even if it’s for another country.

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Slick Hype Video & Website Launches To Push Amazon, Others To Move To Detroit Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:42:46 +0000 If you’ve been bouncing around Detroit for awhile, you know that about every year or two there’s another website/video/program/etc. that’s created by corporate types to “get the word out” about Detroit being the place to be.

It’s a few minutes of poetry slam meets informercial — infoetry, if you will — with captivating shots of the city and the state.

Not to rain on anyone’s parade or good intentions, but our experience is most initiatives last for the year or so of initial funding, then can’t find more funding and collapses — or never finds a sustainable revenue source and fizzles away once the corporate champion for it moves on to another job.

The latest edition of that hype Merry-Go-Round is tied in timing to the Amazon bid. The beautiful video, embedded above, is making the rounds on various social media and news platforms. It’s well produced and the timing is perfect for sharing since we’re at the due date for submitting a bid to Amazon.

Tied to the video is the release of a new website, Detroit Moves The World.

The slick site makes the pitch, especially to businesses, on why they should locate in Detroit. It seems a logical extension of all the work that had to be done for the Amazon bid to then use that content in another way.

There’s also the required hashtag on social media, #MoveTheWorld, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The initiative is led by the folks at Bedrock Real Estate, which makes sense.

After all, if you’re looking to move into downtown Detroit from another city, Bedrock has the most to gain if a company makes that decision with a deep portfolio of buildings under their ownership and ready-to-go space leased by them.

It’s well produced. It seems some creatives of many types have done a great job putting their talents to work, and kudos to them.

Hopefully, the organizers don’t repeat past mistakes and actually invest in the project and evolve it going forward, or the real impact beyond Facebook likes and easy clicks for media outlets will be limited.

It’s obviously aimed at out-of-towners — but those of us who’ve been here awhile don’t need a hype video to know Detroit is the place to be, though we appreciate the love.

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T-Baby Of “It’s So Cold In The D” Fame Releases New Track, “Detroit Style” Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:24:17 +0000 T-Baby, who is internet famous for her track “It’s So Cold In The D,” has released a new track in collaboration with Miikey MuuN The Alien.

The new track is called “Detroit Style.” It’s embedded above. And, of course, it mentions the original hit.

T-Baby (birth name LaTonya Myles) rose to YouTube fame after a video that has garnered more than 9.4 million views since it’s release in 2008 as well as a cameo on the comedy TV show, “Beavis and Butthead” and there have been various nods by artists near and far.

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Eminem Takes Aim At Donald Trump During BET Awards With Lyrical Weaponry Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:31:11 +0000 Two of Detroit’s most visible musicians couldn’t be more different politically. A couple of weeks ago, Kid Rock took the stage with a faux U.S. Senate campaign and a series of politically performances at Little Caesars Arena.

Now, Eminem stepped up to the microphone on a national platform, and his video cut in a downtown Detroit parking garage has gone instantly viral across Facebook and YouTube.

The video is four and a half minutes of lyrical mass instruction that clearly outlines what Eminem perceives to be the hypocrisy and racially divisive policies of president Donald J. Trump.

The performance, aired during the BET Awards Cypher segment (that’s generally freestyle rap without musical backup), reminded me of the earlier, edgier days of Marshall Mathers where he punched fast and hard with his words in almost every track.

I’ve embedded the video above that’s simply shot, but it didn’t need fancy camera work to get its point across. Eminem is obviously agitated and draws a line in the sand around supporting Trump vs. supporting him.

A set of lyrics highlighted the recent controversy around some NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem (a practice that NFL owners are now plotting to ban) and contrasting it with Trump’s previous comments about Republican Senator and war hero John McCain and how he “likes people who weren’t captured”:

Now, if you’re a black athlete // You’re a spoiled little brat for tryna use your platform or your stature // To try to give those a voice who don’t have one // He says, “You’re spittin’ in the face of vets who fought for us, you bastards” // Unless, you’re a POW who’s tortured and battered // ‘Cause to him, you’re zeros // ‘Cause he don’t like his war heroes captured // That’s not disrespecting the military

You can read the complete lyrics on Genius.

At the end, much like Kid Rock who was very bright with his lines about who’s with him, Eminem drew a clear line in the same (edited for profanity):

And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his // I’m drawing in the sand, a line // You’re either for or against // And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split // On who you should stand beside // I’ll do it for you with this: // F*** you // The rest of America stand up // We love our military, and we love our country // But we f****** hate Trump

Wherever you stand, it’s clear Detroit’s musicians are front and center of the national political debate that has permeated every part of American life today.

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