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Bryana Williams is a Detroit Photographer who specializes in Boudoir Style Photography for couples and individuals. Boudoir is French for a private room or bedroom. The photography element refers to a style in which women pose for a photograph partially clothed or in lingerie. However, this more than just a “sexy” photoshoot; it's a form of Art Therapy.

Williams decided to niche this style of photography because she is passionate about body confidence and women empowerment. She creates a space for women to tap into their divine feminine power while harnessing their sensual energy. To witness the essence of a woman owning herself as is and tapping into her sensual side is gratifyi...

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Girls just want to have fun.

By Skye Sherman

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Is flirting cheating? The people weigh in.

1. “It depends on the intention. I don’t consider it cheating if someone is flirting to get out of a traffic ticket or if someone is trying to butter up their boss. But if the intention is to sleep with another person or get another person to fall for them, then yeah, it’s totally cheating.” — Matthew, 26

2. “I personally consider any form of flirting cheating. Whenever I’m in a relationship, I take it seriously. The only person I want to flirt with is my girlfriend. She’s more than enough for me.” — Seth, 30

3. “I’ve dated flirtatious women in the past and it never bothered me. ...

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Gerrard Allen or Doc G. is a Detroit based poet, an international educator and serial entrepreneur. He received his degrees in communication and urban education from EMU and U of M. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D.

Gerrard writes for Black people of all ages. He uses poetry to inspire and empower young people through his writing workshop, The Rebirth Arts Academy. Doc G. believes that everyone has a poem in them, they just have to get it out. Well, here he is getting his out in the Beautiful Machine Magazine Poetry Series: No Disclaimers

If you want to know when Gerrard’s next book will come out, please follow him on INSTAGRAM @justcallmedoctorG and for booking dial (313) 403-7360

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MyKale (Kelly) L. Garrett currently serves as Mayor of Lathrup Village; the first African American to hold this role. Prior to her ascension to Mayor, Ms. Garrett was Mayor Pro Tem from 2013 to 2017. Along with her work as a public servant, Ms. Garrett is passionate about serving the community through charitable service. Her past board leadership has included Chair/President of the Southfield Lathrup Democratic Club, and the Family-Centered Care Advisory Council at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She presently serves on the Board of the national non-profit Mothering Justice (positions held: Board President and Board Secretary) and Subsidiary Advisory Board Member for Community Health ...

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When it comes to one-of-a-kind eateries, brothers Ahmad and Mike Nassar might have the market cornered with their food truck, Detroit 75 Kitchen. Known for its must-have artisanal sandwiches, sides, and hand-cut fries, Detroit 75 Kitchen has made a name for itself locally and nationally as a must-visit destination.

Ahmad, the business mind behind the venture, joined with his older brother Mike, Detroit 75 Kitchen’s executive chef, in 2014 to launch the food truck as a way to help bring customers to their family’s truck stop in southeast Detroit, near the foot of the Ambassador Bridge. The country was still feeling the brunt of the Great Recession, the truck stop was in dire stra...

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By Carita Miller

A few weeks ago, Anita Baker made her triumphant return to a Detroit stage and she didn’t disappoint. Her voice was crisp and soothing, she looked beautiful, and the crowd loved every moment of the show.

It was kind of surreal because every song she sang reminded me of what my life was like back when she originally released the music.

At times I felt happy and other times I felt sadness but I needed my Auntie to sing to me and she did, and it was all love, in fact, "Sweet Love."

This month’s playlist is composed of the music of Anita Baker. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it for you.


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April Wagner always knew she wanted to be an artist. Even at a young age, April was different from other kids, always messing around trying to make something from nothing, never really fitting in anywhere until her high school years at Interlochen Arts Academy. Art school focused April’s creative energy and propelled her into a lifelong career in the arts.

Born in Muskegon Michigan, April grew up enjoying many summers on sandy white beaches. She was a natural artist, her interest in form, color and line was apparent from a very early age. Blessed with understanding parents, April was encouraged to focus her education on the arts; exploring music, dance and many types of visual arts. Sh...

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