U.S. growing largest crop of marijuana for research in 5 years

WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. The government is the only source of pot for nearly all research in the U.S., while it still considers it illegal and dangerous. Scientists have asked…

Whitmer signs bill to designate section of M-10 “Aretha Franklin Memorial Highway”

DETROIT, Michigan — On Monday, Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, signed a bill designating a stretch of the John C. Lodge Freeway in Detroit the “Aretha Franklin Memorial Highway.” The bill, introduced by Rep. Leslie Love, D-Detroit, reserves a portion of M-10 between Livernois and I-94 that will honor the Memphis-born singer and longtime Detroit area…

Twenty artists will share $450,000 in 2019 Kresge Fellowships and Awards

DETROIT, Michigan — Kresge Arts in Detroit, Michigan announced that twenty artists from the surrounding areas, will share $460,000 in Kresge Artist Fellowships and Gilda Awards. “A decade ago we recognized Detroit’s arts community as one of its bedrock strengths. We were convinced that heightening the visibility and advancing the careers of artists themselves would…

Michigan State Senate gives final approval for Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway

LANSING, Michigan — Legendary recording artist, Aretha Franklin, will forever be remembered in Motown as the Michigan Senate gave final approval to legislation that would designate a portion of M-10 in Detroit as the “Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway,” on Thursday — sending the measure to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk for likely signature. The honorary…

Barack Obama plays football and baseball with students

WASHINGTON D.C. — Former President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy on Wednesday afternoon. At the after-school program’s outdoor activities in Fort Dupont, Obama passed out high fives and words of encouragement, even joining in for some football and softball. “If you guys work hard, work hard in…

Michelle Obama Joins 2019 ESSENCE Festival Superdome Lineup

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — ESSENCE announced that Forever First Lady Michelle Obama will be joining the ESSENCE Festival lineup. The 2019 ESSENCE Festival, is celebrating 25 years of moving the culture forward! The global icon and best-selling author will take part in a special keynote conversation on the Superdome mainstage on Saturday, July 6. All…

Cardi B, Travis Scott to headline Made In America Festival

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — Travis Scott and Cardi B will headline the Annual 2019 Made in America Festival which will return to Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia during Labor Day Weekend on Aug. 31 – Sept. 1. The festival hosted by Roc Nation and its founder Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, will feature performances from Juice WRLD,…

Hamilton Producer: Leave a Legacy of Creativity

DETROIT, Michigan — Theatre has the power to impact lives – and to leave a lasting mark, Jeffrey Seller, the four-time Tony Award-winning producer of Rent and Hamilton, told the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday. In a fireside chat led by WDIV News Anchor Devin Scillian, Seller talked about how his role as a producer also…

Watch: Russell scores 21 points as Nets erase Lakers playoff hopes

LOS ANGELES, California — D’Angelo Russell is having a heck of a year! On Friday night, Russell added 21 points and 13 assists against his former team in the Brooklyn Nets’ 111-106 win over the Lakers at the Staples Center. The former Ohio State Buckeye made his first NBA All-Star appearance this season, while playing…

Florida lifts ban on Smokable Medical Marijuana, now legal

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — The Sunshine state of Florida signed a bill into law Monday lifting the ban on smoking medical marijuana — by Gov.Ron DeSantis. The law prohibits anyone to smoke marijuana who is under the age of 18, unless the patient is terminally ill, and has permission from two doctors. Patients will also have…