Lians Jadan is an award-winning, self-taught photographer whose passion for the visual image is lush and unique. He shot our fashion feature this month. Jadan’s career began in high fashion, having editorials appearing in publications such as VogueItalia.com, Prim, BG, Graphis, Business Destinations, Cliché, and Hint magazines. His other work includes advertising, beauty, lifestyle, motion, portraiture, and automotive. He is also a consultant in the creative industry including film and advertising. He is working on personal projects, including two photo books, and a collection of home goods. Jadan is a board member of the Detroit Garment Group.
For the special section on the ’67 riots, Sydnee Thompson took a deep dive into her family’s history. “We’ve been living in the Detroit area for about 100 years,” she says, “but a lot of information gets fuzzy or lost over time. It was really interesting to talk to my relatives about living through events I’ve only read about, and I feel a lot of pride when I think about everything we’ve survived.” Thompson is a copy editor for Hour Media and lives in Troy. She graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s in journalism in 2014.
Associate Editor Jeff Waraniak is moving on to greener pastures — or at least higher mountains — to work for 5280 magazine in Denver. For the past two and a half years at Hour Detroit, Waraniak has put together stories on a wide variety of subjects, such as Detroit’s Slow Roll, the Red Wings’ Dylan Larkin, one very memorable Detroit cab driver, and this month’s men’s fashion feature. Waraniak says he’s thankful for the opportunities he’s had to cover so many aspects of life in Detroit, and although he’ll no longer be a resident of the Mitten State, he hopes to maintain a presence in the Detroit journalism world. “There’s no shortage of stories to tell in this city,” Waraniak says. “I’ll always be keeping my eye out for them.”
“I could write a book about race relations in Detroit, and maybe someday I will,” says Richard Bak, whose books include a biography of Joe Louis and a history of Detroit’s Negro Leagues. For now, the native Detroiter has to settle for writing this issue’s feature on the 1967 riot and an accompanying essay about growing up on the city’s west side during the ’60s. Some have recast the 12th Street riot as a “rebellion,” a characterization Bak resists. “I understand the rationale, but I’ve never been really comfortable with it because it gives the looters, arsonists, and snipers a nobility of purpose most clearly didn’t possess at the time they were tearing the city apart. In the end, it boils down to semantics. Whatever one calls it, we can all agree that it was an absolute tragedy.”