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AFP Interview Series: Nominee Karen Smithbauer

A career as a preschool teacher and battle with breast cancer, ground Smithbauer's philanthropic efforts

The Good

An LGBTQ+ Godsend

With a mission to educate congregations on the importance of acceptance, ReconcilingWorks establishes religious safe havens for queer Lutherans

An Hour with ... Dr. M. Roy Wilson

President, Wayne State University

Farm Friends

Barn Sanctuary is providing a second chance at life to cows, sheep, goats, and more

Growing Together

A local grassroots organization helps connect entrepreneurs and startups for the benefit of all

On Call

For volunteers at Common Ground’s resource and crisis help line, saving a life can be as simple as picking up the phone

Mending Through Metal

In crafting jewelry, women survivors of physical and sexual abuse are earning an income, finding their voice, and restoring their self-confidence

Advocacy in the New Age

A new wave of leaders on why they won't back down for the causes they believe in

Slacktivism

Social media platforms allow activists to support the causes they’re passionate about from the comfort of their own computers, tablets, or cellular devices. Can this method effect true change?

Do Good

The Greater Detroit Philanthropy Awards are back with eight new recipients

AFP Interview Series: Nominee Tracy Utech

With over 20 years of experience, Utech and her team have championed funds that have seen benefit outside of Wayne State’s campus.

Here's Why Petoskey’s Bay View Resort Is Under a Magnifying Glass

The history, facts, and recent allegations against the National Landmark

Expand Your Personal Library with These 6 Titles

New and notable reads to satisfy your inner bookworm

Add These 6 Titles to Your Summer Reading List

New and notable reads to enjoy through the season

A Look Inside Bob’s Jukebox Emporium

Morningside resident Bob Welke is the man to call for vintage music machine repairs, restorations, and more

Checking in With Electric Six

With more than 20 years in the business and 14 albums under their collective belts, a cult-favorite band rocks on

4 Years In the Making, Planet Ant's Sci-Fi Rock Opera Takes Off

Meet the costumers, composers, and performers who made it happen

The Gentleman’s Guide to Style

From grooming to shopping, a comprehensive directory for stylish men in metro Detroit

Woman to Woman: A Candid Conversation on Body Image

Producer Alyonka Larionov and plus-size model Leah Vernon discuss their struggles with eating disorders

The Greatest (Woman) Of All Time

Flint boxer Claressa Shields may have Olympic gold medals under her belt, but she’s just getting started

City Guide: Exploring Metro Detroit From A to Z

From the arts to the Detroit Zoo, here are some must-see area attractions and events

It’s a New Semester for Marygrove College

After cutting undergraduate programs, a beloved liberal arts college looks to reinvent itself

Meet the Digital Stewards of the Equitable Internet Initiative

The team bringing internet service to residents in three Detroit neighborhoods is building more than a wireless network — it’s building community

Exploring the Art of Over-the-Top Cocktails

We gave five of metro Detroit’s top bartenders full creative freedom to craft their most avant-garde concoctions. What we got exceeded our highest expectations

What’s the Source of the Steam Pouring Out of Detroit’s Sidewalks?

Environmental groups want to clear the air about the fuel behind a little-known power system

The Philosophy Behind Intentional, Unconventional Home Decor

Inside a former window dresser’s eclectic West Village home

An Anatomy of Deportation: Jose Luis Sanchez-Ronquillo

How current U.S. immigration policy divided an Ann Arbor family

Female Entrepreneurs Are Staking Their Claim in Detroit

These three women-owned businesses are unstacking the deck

The Era of Autonomous Vehicles May Be Here Sooner than Expected

What does that mean for Detroit's legacy automakers?

Rebuilding the Bridges Between Detroit's Jewish and African-American Worshippers

A pastor and a rabbi are making 'interfaith' more than just a buzzword

Our Kids Ruined a Perfectly Good Band

For The Hard Lessons, love and family won out over fame

Are the Detroit Suburbs Headed for Trouble?

The American dream is no longer in suburbia

Could this Detroit Native be the Next Pope?

How the weight-lifting, piano-playing, former football player became part of the Roman Catholic hierarchy

This Detroit Fashion Brand is Tackling the City's Dropout Problem

One in four Detroit students will not graduate high school

How Crowdfunding is Helping Detroit Families Stay in Their Homes

The Tricycle Collective has a unique approach to helping Detroiters fight tax foreclosure

Robots are the Future, and These Detroit Girls Will Be Building Them

An all-girls robotics team is opening doors for women in STEM

Here's What Actually Happens When You Donate Your Body to Science

Answers to all the questions you've always wanted to ask

Hamtramck is Trying to Save its Historic Negro League-Era Ballpark

It's one of the last remaining in the country

Getting By in Oakland County

It's still one of the country's wealthiest places, but the aftershocks of the Great Recession have left many struggling to get by – or get ahead

Politics You Can Eat

In Detroit, improving residents’ access to fresh, healthy foods is rooted in the struggle for social justice

The Rescuers Downriver

When a group of volunteers saw their local shelter needed help, they decided the best solution was to adopt it

Meet the People Who Made Recycling Happen in Detroit

For a long time, Detroit was the largest city in America that didn’t recycle. It took a major DIY citizen effort to change that

Mark and the Giant Pumpkin

Here’s how a Holly handyman became Michigan’s heavyweight champ of oversize produce

Home Self-Improvement

Rent-to-own tiny houses could put the American dream within reach

Out Another Step

As the gay rights movement continues to gain ground, LGBT Detroit expands to meet the needs of the community

Widening the Circle

West Bloomfield nonprofit expands its opportunities for adults with special needs with the opening of a new café and gallery space

Purchase With a Purpose

Money does more than talk when you buy from these mission-driven businesses

Best Dressed 2017

Meet metro Detroit's most stylish NFL player, dentist, nail salon owner, and more

Hop ’Til You Drop

D-Cyphering Jenny Risher’s new book and DIA exhibit

Family Meal

Even among strangers, you’re never alone when you gather for Chinese hot pot

Avalon International Breads Gives Rise to Change

Twenty years ago, two women had the vision to open an organic bakery in the Cass Corridor. They take a look back and share their vision for the future

Who to Watch at the Tony Awards

U-M composers already have a Golden Globe and an Oscar. And perhaps this Sunday, a Tony, too

An Hour With... Dani Woods

Office of the Chief LGBT Liaison, Detroit Police Department

How to Pair Cheese and Chocolate

Local cheesemonger enchants taste buds with chocolate and cheese pop-ups

Socialization Therapies at Michigan Hospitals Help Address Kids' Emotional Needs

Through art, music, and other programs, young patients maintain their identities, ease stress and anxiety

Detroit Designers Embrace Challenges of Eco-Friendly Fashion

Being sustainable and stylish don't have to be mutually exclusive as local brands get creative with recycled materials, give back to the community

An Hour With... Austin Black II

Founder, City Living Detroit

Erasing the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

Anxiety disorders and depression are often faceless — as well as misunderstood and mistreated

Muskrat Dinners a Tradition During Lent Downriver

For some, meal conjures up feelings of family, nostalgia, and cultural identity, but longtime custom may be in danger of fading away

Detroit Actress Ryan Destiny Lights Up Small Screen on Fox Drama 'Star'

Singer grew up on Joy Road near Rouge Park, attended middle school and high school in West Bloomfield

An Hour With ... Sonya Mays

Detroit Public Schools Community District board member; President/CEO of Develop Detroit

An Hour With... Irvin D. Reid

President Emeritus, Wayne State University

Left in Plain Sight in the Snow

A heinous serial criminal. An alleged cover-up. A father fights to reveal the identity of his child’s murderer, the Oakland County Child Killer, 40 years later.

Eyes on Detroit

In a tension-filled sociopolitical climate, the city's police department is deploying a tall order of synchronized on-person and in-car cameras.

Essay: Detroit Can Beat the Gentrification Game

It won’t be easy, but the city can be a national model for inclusive economic redevelopment

An Hour With ... John Conyers Jr.

Congressman of Michigan's 13th Congressional District

Who Killed Barry Crane?

In 1985, the Detroit native's body was found at his California townhouse. Despite the discovery of new DNA evidence no one has pinned down who killed the man known as the Babe Ruth of bridge and why.

Did Kwame Kilpatrick Actually Help Detroit?

Disgraced and out of appeals, Detroit former mayor will still be sitting in a federal prison on New Year’s Day 2037. But could his corruption have, in an odd way, actually improved the city?

An Hour With... Greg Russell

Movie reviewer for Live in the D

Culinary Program at Michigan Prison Nourishes Raw Talent

Prisoners learn more than the technical skills needed to be a cook — they learn what it takes to be a chef

Lost and Found

Detroit Artifactry builds a business around eclectic home decor

An Hour With... Kym Worthy

Wayne County Prosecutor

By Any Other Name…

It doesn’t sound fancy, but Pop’s For Italian serves up extremely well-prepared Italian dishes paired with an ambitious wine program

The Young and the Selfless

giveyoung.org initiative seeks to inspire the next generation of philanthropists

Crash Course

The Detroit Party Marching Band seeks to inspire musicianship and creativity with its new youth corps.

The Greatest Show Off Earth!

Detroit Flyhouse Circus School teaches kids (and adults) to channel their inner acrobat

An Hour With... Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

Executive Director and Health Officer of the Detroit Health Department

Back on Track?

A mass transit plan was almost derailed by the usual political potholes. But regional cooperation is finally in the hands of the voters.

Art House

How one architect is attempting to reimagine Detroit’s blight

Worthy Setting

Elegant dining in Rochester’s century-old Chapman House

Hallowed Ground

Fifty years ago this October, The Grande Ballroom became Detroit’s brick-and-mortar embodiment of the sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll era

Dropping Anchor

Despite neighborhood changes, Mariners Inn holds fast to its mission to provide safe harbor for those struggling with addiction

Smoothing the Transition

Area agencies ease resettlement challenges for refugees, asylum-seekers, and victims of torture or human trafficking

Living Proof

The Detroit Zoological Society’s dedication to its mission — plus a healthy ecosystem of members, donors, and voters — spurs new exhibits and record-setting attendance

Waves of Support

In Flint's hour of need, Detroit - and the rest of the world - stepped forward

Designs on Detroit

Annual festival looks to the future

World-Wise Chickens

What the Wasserman Projects’ permanent art exhibit says about diversity

After Aaliyah

Fifteen years after her untimely death the Detroit star still matters, but her legacy is in question

Fashionably Philanthropic

The Founders Junior Council’s longstanding Fash Bash has become one of the DIA’s most anticipated events

Digging Deep

Composting group Detroit Dirt continues to unearth a wealth of success in the city’s urban farming community and beyond

Sunday Dinner, Five Days a Week

Supino Pizza owner pays homage to his family through La Rondinella’s authentic Italian regional dishes

Northern Light

The Rev. Joan Ross keeps the faith, fighting for families and residents in one of Detroit’s oft-neglected neighborhoods

A Different Dog

A wizened look beyond the coney to metro Detroit’s alternative hot dog offerings

No-Frills, Fine Food

A small but mighty Spencer is making an impression on the Ann Arbor restaurant scene

Old School Meets New School

Old school meets new school

Finding a Better World

Psychedelic Healing Shack of Detroit aims to help others heal themselves and the community

A Grand Balance

The Belle Isle Grand Prix brings money, commerce, and exposure to Detroit, but some parkgoers think reduced accessibility to the island doesn’t add up to a victory

Eyes on the Road

Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition goes on a photographic tour of the United States of America