Society Confidential: Kem shares his love of Detroit at Chene Park
Kem shares his love of Detroit at Chene Park
Detroit’s own Kem slayed his performance at Chene Park over the weekend. And a lot of cool things happened in the process. First, the superstar crooner totally sold out the popular waterfront amphitheater on Friday and Saturday. Opening acts on Friday were Tamar Braxton and WDIV-TV (Local 4) anchor Evrod Cassimy. (We hear that Tamar and Evrod made plans to get together soon for a possible music collaboration). On Saturday night, India Arie was the opener, starting with her hit, “I Am Not My Hair,” which after perfectly belting out the song, she boldly ripped her wig from her head revealing a new shaved haircut. “Look how beautiful I am,” she asked. Kem’s band members were impeccable in white dinner jackets and black bow ties, and the show, quite frankly, was perfection, including his crowd-moving, seemingly candid spiritual-inspiration messages. At the end of the show, Kem kindly presented a check to The Detroit Rescue Mission for $10,000. If that were not enough, The Right Productions team, who run Chene Park, generously matched Kem’s donation. “I love this place, I love this city,” said Kem. “And I thank you for loving us and what we do and embracing us all these years.”
Students get day of fun at Cedar Point
The Horatio Williams Foundation hosted more than 700 inner-city children on a magical trip to Cedar Point on Monday. This is the 11th year in a row that the nonprofit has whisked the young students off for a day of fun and fellowship, transported by luxury buses, complete with movies, lunch, and matching red T-shirts. The trip is sponsored by prominent Metro Detroit individuals and businesses, including bus sponsors MGM Grand Detroit, Zekelman Industries, Mad Dog Technology, Suburban Collection, Ford-UAW, AVL, St. John Providence, The Karmanos Kids, The Garden Party Foundation, Oakland Civic Charities Foundation, and rapper Eminem, on behalf of the Marshall Mathers Foundation. “The joy that this trip brings to our community is most rewarding,” says Horatio Williams. “I can’t wait until we’ve come full circle. When some of the kids we hosted 10 years ago will be in a position to sponsor kids from a new generation.” Visit horatiowilliamsfoundation.org.
Bike tour raises money for homeless
Neighborhood Service Organization hosted its annual Handlebars for the Homeless bike tour of Detroit’s hidden treasures on Sunday, attracting more than 300 cyclists from around Metro Detroit. Cyclists peddled 19 miles, raising more than $30,000 to support NSO’s Homeless Recovery Services. “We had an outstanding turnout, the route was carefully planned, including many Detroit landmarks and transformational historic neighborhoods that have moved from decay to beautiful restoration,” said Sheilah Clay, CEO of NSO.
Chuck Bennett is the creator of TheSocialMetro.com and hosts “Chuck’s World” from 4-5 p.m. Saturdays on 910AM Superstation.