“B” in the City launches Thursday, March 1, 2012 on YouTube
New reality web show series takes audience on a weekly ride deep into Detroit’s creative neighborhoods
Detroit poet and host Ber-Henda Williams meets up with other local artists with interviews and in-studio performances
DETROIT, MICH. — “B” in the City, a new weekly Internet show, introduces an all-new online stage for Detroit’s local artists, small businesses and the cultural arts community with interviews, in-studio performances, how-to segments and more. Hosted by Detroit renowned poet and author Ber-Henda Williams, the inaugural show will air Thursday, March 1, 2012 on YouTube and at binthecitytv.com.
“This is a celebration of the arts in Detroit,” says Williams. “We’re going to go from neighborhood to neighborhood, from downtown’s RiverWalk to the most northern, western and eastern parts of the metro area to find Detroit’s creative hidden treasures — the small businesses, community groups and local artists that we don’t often hear about. “B” in the City will show off this area’s rich diversity. At the same time, Detroit has a big stage, an arts community that’s vibrant and recognized around the world.”
Williams is no stranger to the creative scene in Detroit. Almost a decade ago, she created Poetry Pages & Scribes, a long-standing poetry series now at the Southfield Public Library. The series provides an outlet for local talent throughout Metro Detroit to express themselves artistically through the spoken word or music, open mic style, and features headlined performances as well.
Each “B” in the City 15-minute long webisode showcases the unsung creative souls of the Detroit Metro area, expressing themselves though poetry, music, visual arts — all different forms of art. For the first “B” in the City webisode, Williams is on location in Royal Oak at Stella Boutique to offer fashion tips and show off what Stella calls the Lady Gaga ring. Back in studio she interviews local poet and author Rhonda Welsh, who later recites her original poem, “Detroit Is My Only Home” from her latest book, Red Clay Legacy. Other episodes take Williams to Redford for candlemaking at the Detroit Candle Company, Café Con Leche in Southwest Detroit where she learns how to make the shop’s signature latte (in English and Spanish) and other destinations around metro Detroit.
“We’ve taken an already successful, fun and uplifting format and expanded it to encompass everything creative in metro Detroit,” said Karla Thornhill Coleman, Writer/Director/Producer of “B” in the City. “We want to encourage Detroiter to take some time to be in the city, be a part of its many events, activities, festivals, exhibits, and support the small businesses that call Detroit home. It’s also important to us that people around the world can see what Detroit has to offer, because we’re finding that it’s endless.” Coleman is the CEO of Thornhill Communications, a communications firm based in Auburn Hills, MI.
“Each webisode brings its own flavor and different facets of our creativity,” Williams said. “This is our way to express our love for this city.”
Creator: Karla Thornhill Coleman; Host: Ber-Henda Williams; Writer/Director: Karla Thornhill Coleman; Co-Producers: Karla Thornhill Coleman, Ber-Henda Williams; Director of Photography/Video: Prentiss Malone, PM3 Productions; Original Music Composer: Prentiss Malone, PM3 Productions; Graphic and Production Designer: Stephan Franklin; Executive Producers: Karla Thornhill Coleman, Ber-Henda Williams, Prentiss Malone, Stephan Franklin.
You can catch “B” in the City starting Thursday, March 1, 2012, at www.binthecitytv.com, the B in the City TV fan page on Facebook and YouTube.