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Stories written by Tamara Warren

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Breakin’ it down: Resurgence of lock and pop puts the hop back in hip hop

By Tamara Warren

Published: 5/12/2004

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

On a fateful, blustery Friday night, Mike Robinson of Rochester headed to St. Andrew’s Hall in downtown Detroit, where the avid b-boy often goes to show off his skills. MTV was holding a breaking competition, searching for dancers a cut above the rest. Not only did Robinson win, beating many of...[MORE]

Diamonds in the rough: Fighting to save baseball in the inner city

By Tamara Warren

Published: 5/5/2004

Types: Cover Story

Detroiter Greg Johnson is something of an anomaly — an African-American kid from Detroit who’s going to play college baseball. Johnson caught the baseball bug when he first stepped up to the T-ball plate at age 4. Baseball became a part of his life. The fruits of 13 years of practice on damp sp...[MORE]

Paradise lost: Detroit playwright evokes the past.

By Tamara Warren

Published: 11/26/2003

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

The I-75 exit at Mack hardly looks like paradise, but until the 1960s it was just that, at least for some — the center of Detroit’s Paradise Valley, one of the pre-eminent hubs for African-American culture during the first half of the 20th century. Just two blocks away from what is now a drab stre...[MORE]

Lofty invasions

By Tamara Warren

Published: 10/8/2003

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Detroit art can be a painful process. For decades, artists have sacrificed creature comforts to create in the postindustrial setting that for many defines the essence of their work. They bear down, braving drafty winters, taking refuge in converted warehouse lofts, worrying about substandard maint...[MORE]