There is perhaps no greater example of urban decline in the United States, with its attendant racist policies, than the City of Detroit. As a native of that once thriving metropolis, playwright Dominique Morisseau has her hand on the pulse of the notorious, libertine 12th Street neighborhood on the eve of the largest civil disturbance of twentieth century America.
Nearby, in the unfinished, but inviting basement of sister and brother Chelle (Jada Suzanne Dixon) and Lank's (Cajardo Lindsey) home, is a "blind pig," or unlicensed bar, one of many in the 'hood. A monaural record player spins Motown singles from the likes of The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and The Four Tops. Pictures of some of these artists, as well as those of Joe Louis, Malcolm X, and Muhammad Ali adorn one of the walls.
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