Welcome to the digital home of force of nature, author, essayist, blogger and arts advocate Rochelle Riley. She spent nearly a quarter century as a columnist when she left in 2019 to focus on arts, culture and entertainment. She is now the Director of Arts and Culture for the city of Detroit. She left journalism with a bang, getting inducted into the North Carolina Media and Journalism Hall of Fame and receiving the National Headliner Award for best local columns, both in 2019. (You can watch her Hall of Fame induction speech HERE). Her columns were part of the entry that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. And she is a winner of the NABJ Ida B. Wells Award. Rochelle also writes books that make you think. She is author of 2018’s “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery,” which has garnered rave reviews, and the upcoming “That They Lived: Twenty African Americans Who Changed The World.” (both published by Wayne State University Press). She travels the country hosting conversations about the burden that America still bears because it refuses to deal with the aftermath of American enslavement. And she travels the world because it is smaller than we think. She has been to 28 countries and counting.
Rochelle will be onstage at the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, August 22 to talk with the Rivertown Neighborhood Association about Arts and Culture and Entertainment in the city.