According to the 2019 US Census, Livingston County is 96.4 % white. Nicole Matthews-Creech,president of the Livingston Diversity Council, said the conversation regarding racism in the county has to change for any progress to be made.
“People say we don’t have to talk about diversity because we don’t have any, well, I am going to reverse that and say we don’t have any because we don’t talk about it,” said Matthews-Creech.
Robert E. Miles moved to Howell and eventually settled in Cohoctah Township in the early 1960s. Miles was the Grand Dragon of the Michigan Ku Klux Klan. He hosted cross-burnings on his property and bombed 10 empty school busses in Pontiac days before a court-order was passed to integrate schools on Aug. 30, 1971.
The outside of Champ’s Pub located in Brighton Photo by Robert Zeffero. Dave Beachamp had a problem. The world was about to shut down, and Beachamp, the owner of Champ’s Pub on Grand River in Brighton, had 300 pounds of corned beef to get rid of. “The lockdown was March 16th, the day before St. Patrick’s Day,” said Beauchamp.
What if you were told that there was a show that could combine piano music, comedy, rock and roll, country music, and rap music? That’s what’s on the tap every Friday and Saturday when Jameson’s Irish Pub and Grill in Brighton hosts Dueling Pianos. “The dueling pianos concept is an all request, sing along, clap along, drink along, rock ‘n’ roll comedy piano show that makes the audience the star of the show,” said Jason Scarcelli, owner of Dueling Pianos International. “Every song that is performed involves the audience in one way or another. In order to truly understand what the dueling pianos concept is, you have to experience it.”
Jameson’s owner Tony Kasab has hosted dueling pianos at his restaurants even before he owned Jameson’s.