Again, I embrace interracial couples as I have for many years now. Here in Detroit, we very seldom see an Asian man and a Black woman as a couple let alone a family. These two lovebirds have a chemistry that dates back over 30 years, and they have an anniversary coming up next month. These two are the proud owners of Detroit’s Manila Bay (an establishment that I have a history with). And from my observation, the place does quite well. Me being a poet as well as a photographer, I have had the pleasure, honor, and privilege of performing poetry there and taking pictures of the performers. My first encounter with Manila Bay was when I shot a casting call for a fashion show about two years ago in the building’s 4731 wing.
All in all, I was happy to get to know the owners of the Bay on Grand River Avenue. I had a blast, and Venti and Dino could make some mean beef franks (they’re almost as big as the bun), they were very down to earth, humble, laid-back and very professional. They showed me a picture of their son on their iPhone (yes, we are Apple snobs) who is a beautiful mix of Black, Filipino and Cherokee. I hope to see them again at the next Open Mic Night on the west side of the “D”!
My humble thanks to Venti and Dino for this beautiful pic.