Allee Willis
Detroit 2011 Detroit 2012 Detroit 2013 Detroit 2014

Empire Boxing Gym

Detroit, Michigan
September 28, 2013

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My friend, Jackie Kallen, is beyond a powerhouse in the world of boxing - the foremost female boxing manager, handler of champions, and subject of the film "Against The Ropes", where Meg Ryan portrayed her, among other things. We also went to high school together, though we never even met until we started doing book signings together earlier this year for Jenny Risher's beautiful Heart Soul Detroit book featuring 50 iconic Detroiters that we're both in. The bonding was fast and furious and I can't thank Jackie enough for assembling some of her brood at the Empire Boxing Club for an incredible sing-along, among them Bronco McKart, Scotty Buck, Tarick Salmaci and Leandre White. Special thanks to Johnny Cassar, owner of Empire Boxing Club, for hosting the extravaganza.

To learn more about "The D", the record, video, and feature length documentary go here