April Reign created #OscarsSoWhite in response to the lack of diversity in the entertainment industry

Creator of #OscarsSoWhite Speaks in Grand Rapids

Three years ago, while sitting in her living room, April Reign watched as the nominees for the 87th Oscars were named. All 20 of the acting category nominees were white men or women and the behind the scenes nominees weren’t any better.
Thomas Dilley Grand Rapids Postcard Collection

Collector Donates 5,000 Historical Postcards to Library

A visual history of Grand Rapids is now available at the Grand Rapids Public Library in postcard form.
Triumph Music Academy continues its growth.

Desire and Work Creates the Perfect Tune

Survival and passion paved a path for Triumph Music Academy. After teaching music lessons to pay for college, James Hughes, owner and director of Triumph Music Academy, realized his music lessons were unique.

Teen Girls Find a Place to Call Home

The need for a safe, accepting environment for teenage girls in the foster care system is often overlooked. Negative perceptions of teenage girls as being promiscuous or bringing unwanted drama to families are just a few of the perceived problems, which make it difficult to find a home.
The Ruse Escape Rooms opens Black Friday.

Looking For An Escape?

At the corner of Division and Weston in downtown Grand Rapids sits a building that begs the question, “Will you make it out alive?”
Benson's Adventures in Michigan help kids travel throughout the state.

Students Travel the State with Michigan Painted Turtle

Nothing beats the experience of travel, but two Michigan teachers have come up with a way to help children in Michigan visit the state’s impressive natural resources and well-known landmarks without having to pack a suitcase.
Grand Rapids Grassroots: An Anthology tells the story of grassroots activism in a rust belt city.

Protest Signs and Picketing: Grassroots Anthology Explores Local Activism

Join editors Dani Vilella and Ashley Nickels as they explore grassroots activism in Grand Rapids, “a modern rust belt city.”
Jeff Troutman releases his first album, "Songs About Fly-Fishing."

Jeff Troutman Tackles Stress with New Album

With a newborn baby and a demanding job in finance that sucked up to 70 hours out of his week, Jeff Troutman was struggling with stress and sleep deprivation. So when his psychologist told him he needed a break and recommended he take up a hobby, Troutman decided to give fly-fishing a try.
GR Auto Gallery has a public showroom filled with classics.

Car Enthusiasts Keep Engines Revving in West Michigan

The sleek vehicles showcased at Cars & Coffee Grand Rapids (C&CGR) exude a zip-zing panache that unfetters spectators’ imaginations.

Marge Palmerlee Brings Hope to Homeless

It’s been 20 years since Marge Palmerlee first became the executive director of Dégagé Ministries, a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless and struggling individuals in Grand Rapids get back on their feet.

A Family Affair: Laureen Robinson’s Kids Helped Prepare Her for State Games

Wyoming resident Laureen Robinson, 53, took up running following the tragic death of a family friend during the Fifth Third River Bank Run. At her son's encouragement, Robinson took her running to the next level by competing in the Meijer State Games of Michigan and later competing in her first State Games of America.
Cosplay Crusaders visit Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Cosplay Crusaders Use Their Superpowers to Lift Kids’ Spirits

From monthly visits to Mary Free Bed’s children’s floor to special appearances at Fifth Third Ballpark, Relay for Life, Gilda’s Club events and more, the Cosplay Crusaders are using their superpowers to lift kids’ spirits across Grand Rapids.




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