Darlene A. White

Multimedia Journalist

Location icon United States of America

Darlene A. White is a Detroit-based reporter and writer. She writes for the Detroit Free Press, and The Detroit News. Her work has been featured on FOX 2 News, HOT 107.5, Channel 955, and the City of Oak Park.
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Along with writing, Darlene does radio on Wayne State University's Official College radio station, WAYN Radio.

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Detroit News
Detroit woman builds village for neighborhood

Detroit - Sonia Brown wanted more for her home and community on the city's west side. And so she's gathering a village to build one. The woman better known to her family and neighbors as Auntie Na purchased an abandoned house in September 2016 with help on Yellowstone Street across from the home that she inherited from her late grandparents and has lived in for the past 50 years for just that purpose.

Detroit News
Man on mission to feed Metro Detroit's hungry

Bill Birndorf has one mission this summer - to feed as many hungry families in Metro Detroit as possible. Birndorf is the founder of Higher Hopes! and over the next five months, the Detroit-based charity will distribute 7,000 meals to families with children enrolled in Early Head Start, Head Start and Great Start Readiness programs. "I want to help families who are in need," he said.

Detroit Free Press
Michigan Avenue billboards turned into public art

CLOSE When it comes to billboards, most people think of advertising - visual clutter that dots the landscape. Dan Commer sees art - and he wants others to see it, too. A 3-mile stretch of Michigan Avenue on Detroit's west side is getting a makeover using community-made public art on billboards.

Detroit News
Revival effort takes root on East Warren

Detroit - Joe Rashid has one goal, and that's to bring life back to the streets of East Warren on the city's east side. Rashid, the commercial co-chair for the East English Village Neighborhood Association, said the area - East Warren between Bedford and Guilford - needs support now more than ever with just less than 40 percent business occupancy in the community.

Detroit Free Press
7 is lucky number as Detroit boys school celebrates major achievement

It was like all-star athletes announcing their college choices - cheers and excitement from the crowd - but this particular day was all about academics at Loyola High School in Detroit. The 31 graduating seniors, one by one, danced their way toward the stage to their favorite tune, wearing a T-shirt from their chosen college, for the second annual College Signing Day.

Detroit Free Press
It's not just a rock! It's a project of kindness

It started with a rock. Now it's a movement bringing messages of hope worldwide. The idea is simple: paint inspirational messages on rocks and randomly leave them across a community for others to find. The messages on the rocks are aimed at spreading hope with phrases like, "You've got this" or "Failure is a bruise not a tattoo."

The South End
WSU African American graduation reaches new record

"This year we will have about 250 graduates participating in the ceremony," said Hudgins. "Years prior it was maybe 75 to 100 graduates involved." The celebration has been around for over 20 years and was revamped back in early 2000 and people are more aware of our celebration now, by word of mouth, because it's not a graduation, but rather a celebration of success, says Hudgins.

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