Hello, Detroit--By Sammy Davis Jr.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Union Street Restaurant

If you are looking for a good place to eat that will give you a taste of southern cooking with elegance than this is the place for you. The portions are fulfilling from appetizers to the main course plus the drink specials doesn't hurt either. Union Street Restaurant motto is "Best Place to Be Seen" and it is truly a place that I would love to be seen at based off of the food. Also the pleasant waitresses and hosts are additional place because it is hard to find good places to eat with good service these days. Nonetheless, Union Street is truly another gem in the City of Detroit that Detroiters and visitors should visit. Take my word for it, I was full half way through my meal and on top of that, you will enjoy the attic feel of the place as well as some of the signs posted at the bar that you can't help but remember such as:

If your purpose is to get drink to forget than pay your tab in advance. I am paraphrasing but that is the meaning of the message on the sign.

So be sure to check it out the website--http://unionstreetdetroit.com/04/

Union Street4145 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 831-3965 | (313) 831-2553 fax

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Whitney

The Whitney Restaurant is a great place to take a date to eat as well mingle. Its a house turned into a restaurant but it has some delicious deserts that are to die for. So if you are looking for place to impress a special someone for Sweetest Day or any holiday than I highly recommend me this way. Below is the address and contact information directly from its website.

The Whitney restaurant is on Woodward Avenue in the heart of Detroit's cultural center.
The Whitney
4421 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-5700
You can email The Whitney at info@thewhitney.com
You can also view a virtual map of The Whitney here. The Whitney is within a mile of most
Metro-Detroit cultural and sporting venues.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


If you are looking for a nice place to threw a birthday party or to just dance all night than Kingdom formerly known as the Zoo Bar is your place to be. It is located in Downtown Detroit at 415 E. Congress. They have go-go dancers as well as drink specials & are on the radio with 102.7 FM. It is truly great setting for singles but be prepared for it to be packed on the dance floor but come ready to have fun. This is not for the old though but it isn't for the too young either, it is for the middle agers who are just trying to mingle until they find that right person. So dress to impress people.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Detroit Sunday Night Freebies

If you like free stuff like me than you need to check out Niki's Lounge because it reggae dancing and karoake every Sunday. It is truly a great place to mingle and it is located in the heart of Greektown at 735 Beaubian in Downtown Detroit, Michigan 48226. The men are on chill and the women are just looking to have fun as they dance to the reggae sounds. This is the new hang out spot in the city and I encourage everyone to enjoy the freebies during these tough economic times.

Website: www.nikislounge.com/

Monday, September 6, 2010

Niki's Pizza & Lounge

If you are looking for a great place to eat and than a fun place to dance to the old school & new school music than Nicki's is your place to be. It is located in Downtown Detroit in Greektown near Greektown Casino.  They threw free birthday parties and if you like reggae music than you have to visit this place on Sunday's because admission is free and it is banging. Don't believe my word but check it out for yourself.

For more information visit--http://nikispizza.com :
Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Detroit, one block from Greektown Casino, Niki's Greektown Pizza is Detroit's Best Square Deep Dish Pizza. Served alongside Authentic Greek Cuisine, with a wide variety of Greek and Traditional Toppings to choose from, you can see why Niki's Pizza has been voted one of America's top 25 pizzas by GQ Magazine. Whether your looking to dine outside on a nice summer day, or hang out and watch the game on one of our flatscreen televisions with a drink from our full service bar, Niki's is sure to end up on your list of Detroit's best. Take home a bottle of our own fresh bottled Greek Dressing, and don't forget to order the saganaki, Opa! Just See What People are Saying.

Niki's Lounge is a top of the line venue with a beautiful view, equipped with a full bar, full service kitchen, sound stage, and dance floor. Able to hold up to 350 patrons, Loco's can cater your next event from 10 people up to capacity. Our menu includes buffet style starting at $10 a person where you pick items off the Loco's menu including taco, burrito, or appetizer buffets to individual plates starting at $20 per person. We can also accommodate your tastes and customize a menu specifically for you. You can provide your own music or let us recommend a DJ or live band to best equip your parties needs. We have low drink prices and a fun and friendly wait staff. We also accommodate bottle service requests.
To book your party today contact Tracy Thibodeaux at 313.363.9648

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Arts, Beats & Eats Festival

This event is not in Detroit but it is another signature event that takes place in Metro Detroit and its in its 13th year. I attended for the first time this year and despite having to pay an admission fee of $3, the music, the people, the art and the food was all pleasant. Nothing at the festival is free but the music once you are admitted in. Still, it is a wonderful place to take the family and it is a great place to take a date who wants to experience new things from music to culture to scenery.

Here is more information from the Arts, Beats & Eats 2010 website--www.artsbeatseats.com/ :
Oakland County’s Favorite Summer Festival Celebrating Art, Music, Cuisine and Humanity returns September 3-6, 2010.  Now in its 13th year Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Presented by Citizens Bank will take place in Downtown Royal Oak for the very first time.  The festival will offer more than 200 performances on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in metro Detroit and international, regional and local attractions that will make the city of Royal Oak the premier destination for Labor Day weekend 2010.

Detroit International Jazz Festival

It only happens once a year but it is truly an incredible signature event in the City of Detroit for Labor Day Weekend. Four days of non-stop jazz from all over the world. It is a must see event that I highly encourage all Detroiters to partake in at least once in their lifetime. So be sure to check it out especially if you are a music and/or jazz lover. Three stages of smooth melodies that cling to the soul and heart which makes one feel like they are at the Essence Festival in New Orleans if you didn't know any better.

More information from the DJF website--www.detroitjazzfest.com/ :

The Detroit International Jazz Festival (DJF) is a major cultural institution, providing year-round concerts and educational programming that culminates in one of the world’s premier jazz festivals on Labor Day Weekend.

Now in its 31st year, the festival takes place over several city blocks in downtown Detroit – from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius – with five stages and 100 acts over four days. It also offers educational activities for adults and children, giant puppets, fireworks, late-night jam sessions, rare opportunities to meet the artists and much more. And it’s all FREE.

Our mission is to:

  • Foster the history and nurture the development of jazz
  • Perpetuate Detroit’s significant jazz legacy through educational and collaborative opportunities accessible to all
  • Present a world-class signature event that makes Detroit a tourist destination

DJF is managed and produced by the Detroit International Jazz Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2006. Through the generosity of Detroit philanthropist and Mack Avenue Records Chairman Gretchen C. Valade, the Foundation also established a $10 million endowment to support festival operations. The festival staff and advisory committee work throughout the year to raise the balance of operating costs through corporate partnerships, contributions, and earned-income opportunities. 


The Detroit International Jazz Festival was founded in 1980 by Robert McCabe and the Detroit Renaissance. Along with the Detroit Grand Prix and the International Freedom Festival, Jazz Fest was intended to bring people into the city and to provide all segments of the population with world-class entertainment. It quickly became a Labor Day Weekend tradition at Hart Plaza, a city park along the Detroit River designed by Isamu Noguchi and Shuji Sadao.
From 1980 to 1991, the festival flourished through a partnership with the highly regarded international jazz festival in Montreux, Switzerland, sharing performers and commissioned poster art. In 1991, the festival merged with Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, where it resided until September 2005.

In March 2005, Detroit philanthropist and Mack Avenue Records Chairman Gretchen Carhartt Valade emerged as a major sponsor of the festival. With additional support from the Knight Foundation, the festival expanded programmatically and physically. The new footprint, covering three blocks of Woodward Avenue north to the newly developed Campus Martius Park, provided two additional stages and more space for food vendors and other activities. The result was record-breaking attendance and revitalization of the festival.

In January 2006, Valade founded the Detroit International Jazz Festival Foundation, which took over production and management of the festival. Valade also committed $10 million to establish an endowment that would provide much-needed seed money for festival operations.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Signature Grill

If you are looking for karaoke, all you can eat food for $10 and drinks while looking at the Detroit River than the Signature Grill is yet another place for you. Its a great place to catch all the local sporting games on television while sitting at the bar and it is a great place to just mingle while meeting new people. I highly encourage all Detroiters to visit it and everyone who stays at the Riverfront Apartments to go there to really  have a good time while having good meals.

Signature Grill @ Riverfront Apartments
100 Riverfront Drive
Detroit, MI 48226

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

An Ecumenical Walk for Peace (to end violence): Tribute to the Black Madonna

Detroit has tons of walks but a walk to end violence is very necessary and that is why I hope people attend this event because I definitely plan to attend.

Sunday 12 September 2010   ~   Detroit, Michigan USA


When:  This walk is now being planned and will take place on Sunday, 12 September 2010 beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Detroit, Michigan U.S.

Where:  Beginning at Central High School on Tuxedo St., down Linwood St. to the Shrine of the Black Madonna.

Who:  Mothers (and all who support Mothers) and others who have lost a child(ren) to violence (or whose child is incarcerated).

Why:  Because in as much as each human living survived the birth process, we all have a right to life and because the violence must end.  Mary (the mother of Jesus of Nazareth) was only a teenager when Jesus was born.  We do not know for certain, but she was likely not even 50 at the time of his brutal murder.  She is the model strength for suffering mothers everywhere.  She is especially an outstanding beacon for young women around the world to emulate.  She is is also a powerful example of one who knows the process of spiritual healing to overcome the effects of despair.  She is a reminder of the pain a woman bears who has lost her child(ren) to violence.  Yet, she is also a symbol of courage one can carry inside while working to end the violence.  The Black Madonna crosses religious lines in that Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Hindus and others can identify with her and will support the cause and purpose of this Walk. Each step along the route will be a renewed commitment to our voice against violence and proclamation to stop it everywhere..

Other Activities:  A special Friday night forum and Sunday ecumenical program and a participatory ceremony are being planned.  This is a process on the Path to Peace.  To participate in this Walk, email us with your contact information.

Background:  Two of the women on the organizing committee for this Ecumenical Walk have experienced and survived violence within their own families.  One has lost a son (Osakwe Jahi) and the other a father (George Washington Crocheron).  But whoever death claims unjustly leaves behind a Mother or loved one who is permanently scared.  This Ecumenical Walk is a tribute to all Mothers who have mourned then found the strength to live on.

Who is The Black Madonna?  The simplest answer is ~ she is the Mother of Jesus the Christ of Nazareth.  The Black Madonna is revered by worshipers around the world.  All together there have been 450 or more statues and paintings of Mary around the world that are/were renown in which she is depicted with dark or black/brown skin and the majority of these can still be found in Europe.  Wikipedia and other websites have fascinating articles about this topic.  One website in particular has the interesting title Black Madonnas:
Still Black and Still Venerated.

Below is just a brief description of the Black Madonna

When reporting Pope John Paul II’s visit to Egypt in February of 2000, the Papal News Service stated: "Christianity and the world’s culture owe much to the Church of Egypt.”
"The Black Madonna cult is central to the Priory [of Sion]. . .To them at least, there is no doubt about the significance of the Black Madonna. Pierre Plantard de Saint-Clair writes explicitly, 'The Black Virgin is Isis and her name is Notre Dame de Lumiere [Our Lady of the Lights]." An informative exposition of Jeremiah 7:18 demonstrates that the Papal worship of the Virgin Mary is in essence the worship of the Babylonian Queen of Heaven, who is worshiped today as the Black Madonna by approximately 75% of the world's population!

In 2006, the Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox wrote an intriguing article entitled The Return of the Black Madonna: A Sign of Our Times or How the Black Madonna Is Shaking Us Up for the Twenty-First Century.  Below are just a few of the points from his paper:

Every archetype has its seasons. They come and go according to the deepest, often unconscious, needs of the psyche both personal and collective. Today the Black Madonna is returning.[1] She is coming, not going, and she is calling us to something new (and very ancient as well).

Within his essay, Dr. Fox interjects what he calls "a personal story":   ...my first encounter with the Black Madonna.   That encounter occurred in the Spring of 1968 when I was a student in Paris and took a brief trip—my first—to Chartres Cathedral located about thirty five miles from Paris. While all of Chartres was an amazing eye-opener for me, its sense of cosmology and humor and human dignity and inclusion of all of life, I stood before the statue of the black Madonna and was quite mesmerized. “What is this? Who is this?” I asked myself....

Before this Catholic priest goes on to list 11 reasons why the Black Madonna is so relevant in today's world, he makes this statement: She comes to shake us up which, as we shall see, is an ancient work of Isis, the Black Madonna

You may find it interesting to read the entire article, just to see the wide range of thinking about this phenomenal woman.

Below, at the end of this page you will find some extraordinary artistic attempts to portray the Black Madonna from around the world across the Internet.

Future:  A Memorial Park

Friday, August 20, 2010

Flood's Bar & Grille

Tonight I went to another nice place in the City of Detroit that I have been before but I wanted to share with the world. Flood's Bar & Grille is a great place to go on Sunday nights for Karaoke but it is a wonderful place to eat and listening to live jazz and even rap music. With two bars for people to order from drinks and tables all around to seat for those who don't want to stand. I strongly suggest this place as a great place for others to eat at.

For over 20 years, Flood's Bar & Grille has been Detroit's most celebrated restaurant and bar. Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, Flood's is the city's best place for great cocktails, soul food, outdoor dining and live music.  

Stop by to see why Flood's is Detroit's favorite afterwork and late-night scene if you don't believe my word.

Contact Information:
Flood's Bar & Grille
731 St. Antione
Detroit, MI 48226
313 -963-1090

Z's Villa--A Nice Remote Eatery

Yesterday, I ate at one of the best places to eat in Detroit and it was Z's Villa. It is a quite and remote place to eat on Detroit's east side near Woodward. A great place to get lunch and a afternoon meal. Also it is a place that is great to patronize on the weekend as well. While the upstairs is larger than the downstairs, it also has a great outside patio with umbrellas that shade you from the sun. So this nice place is a hidden treasure in the City of Detroit and yet another reason why Detroit is on its way back.

Now if you like to eat meat and salads than Z's Villa is the place for you because they give you more than enough to eat. They give you tons to eat and the atmosphere is just so friendly. They even give you free freshly popped popcorn. So if you don't trust my word for it than I encourage you to visit Z's Villa and find out for yourself how good they really are.

Here's some information:
Z's Villa
42 Piquette
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 874-2680

Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) By Marvin Gaye

Dah, dah, dah, dah
dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah

Rockets, moon shots
Spend it on the have nots
Money, we make it
Fore we see it you take it

Oh, make you wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
This ain't livin', This ain't livin'
No, no baby, this ain't livin'
No, no, no

Inflation no chance
To increase finance
Bills pile up sky high
Send that boy off to die

Oh, make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life

Dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah

Hang ups, let downs
Bad breaks, set backs
Natural fact is
I can't pay my taxes

Oh, make me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands
Yea, it makes me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands

Crime is increasingTrigger happy policing
Panic is spreading
God knows where we're heading
Oh, make me wanna holler
They don't understand

Dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah

Mother, motherEverybody thinks we're wrong
Who are they to judge us
Simply cause we wear our hair long

Detroit's Downtown

Don't Look Back Detroit, Keep on Pushing

Detroit as the Temptations hae said, we have to keep on pushing and not look back. We have to leave all our troubles behind us and look forward to a brighter future for not only the citizens of Detroit but the city of Detroit. We have to keep on walking Detroit and keep on pushing forward as we leave our past behind. Stall Tall Detroit and look for a future of Greatness as we as Detroiters strive and survive together.