Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas

“King Kong ain’t got nothin on Lee” Okay, I changed the quote from Denzel Washington’s character in,“Training Day”. But that’s how I feel about what I do. Movies may happen in Hollywood but Movie Michigan has its own rich history in cinema. And I have had the good fortune of shining light on “MI” Hollywood for over 2 decades.  From talking to Hugh Jackman about “the Silverdome shot” in Real Steel to the entire cast of “The Justice League” hanging around Royal Oak. And Yes, WonderWoman lived here during production.

As a broadcaster, the beginning of my career was amazing. I covered the Oscars, did a live interview with astronauts on the space station and spent three week in Los Angeles during the riots.  I was a correspondent on the nationally syndicated teen news program,”Channel One”. With Entertainment as my niche, I spent a short time on "Louisville Tonight Live" in Kentucky. One of the only pm magazine style entertainment shows left in the country at the time. I went Fan Fair in Nashville and of course The Kentucky Derby. 

From there I was hired as the entertainment and feature reporter for ABC's flagship local affiliate in NYC. I was able to talk to people like Paul Newman and Christie Brinkley while covering everything from the Grammys to the Tonys. With all of my contacts in hand, I went from reporter in NYC to weekend anchor and entertainment reporter at Fox 2.

I love this job especially my movie review show,”CriticLee Speaking”. And the people of Michigan… man! MI people have held me up and I love you them for it. I always say, I may not have been born here but like the best cars in the world I was “made in Michigan”. And that’s not just about sharing movies or entertainment magic, the people of metro Detroit have always accepted me on the merits of my work and not because of what I looked like, no matter how much that has changed.

Early in my career, I was diagnosed with vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that destroys skin pigment. As a television broadcaster that could mean disaster, but the thing that I thought would be a show stopper, turned out to be the biggest blessing in my life. My memoir "Turning White" was released through the regional publisher, Momentum Books. The attention my story got was overwhelming, words don’t seem to cover how thankful I am to you all accepting me.  

I am fortunate to have the job of my dreams but sharing my life experiences has been the most rewarding surprise along this journey. Check out more of my journey here.

And to my CriticLee Movie people… I will see you at the theater.

The latest from Lee Thomas

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Chef Bobby's soothing herbal tea

Chef Bobby’s Immune boosting and soothing herbal tea: Start with 2 quarts of cold water in your tea kettle. One thumb size piece of fresh ginger root 1/8 of a teaspoon of ground turmeric Half a teaspoon of ground fennel Three pieces of starAnnise about the size of a quarter Two cinnamon sticks The juice of 1/2 lemon Your favorite green tea preferably a plain tea So Michigan rock honey to taste And a micro plane/box grater to grade the zest of a lemon for garnish Fresh sprigs of Rosemary and Time are also recommended to stir and garnish your tea. It establishes a harmonious aromatic sent that is very calming and soothing

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DIY soap with Change Soap Founder, Tina Ersig

Lye safety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR6ttCSrLJI How to make: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP7mvbAdYWc Lye Calculator If You Want to Make a Larger or Smaller Batch of Soap: https://www.brambleberry.com/calculator?calcType=lye If they would just rather buy soap, available at all Whole Foods in Michigan and ChangeSoap.com Soap Recipe Ingredients: 8 ounces olive oil (regular store bought) 8 ounces palm oil (sustainable if possible) (currently available on Amazon) 8 ounces coconut oil (the solid kind at the grocery store) 8.21 ounces of water 3.67 ounces of lye (currently available on Amazon or at small hardware stores. Make sure it’s 100% lye) Directions: Weigh oils and heat over stove until 120-140 degrees Weigh water While wearing protective gloves, long sleeves, pants, and eye protection, measure lye. Always carefully add lye to water, not vice versa. Carefully mix water and lye together, don’t breathe it in. It will heat up fast, let cool to 120 – 140 degrees When both oil and lye/water are within a few degrees of each other (120-140 degrees), carefully pour lye mixture into oil and mix with an immersion blender until it’s a thin pudding texture. Then pour into your “loaf”, it can be a box lined with parchment paper or even a garbage bag. Wait 24 hours and cut your soap It’s best to wait a few weeks if possible before using because it makes a harder, longer lasting bar. But in a pinch, it’s ok to use after a few days. Greener Cleaner Website: www.GreenerCleanerMichigan.com (248) 496-1800

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Fahrenheit 313 to host Grand Opening Party

Fahrenheit 313, Detroit's hottest sneaker exchange, plans to open its doors to the public with a 313 Day grand opening and rebrand celebration at their storefront (20114 Livernois Avenue) on Friday, March 13th starting at 12 pm.

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Charity hockey tournament to benefit family of Macomb County dispatcher killed in tragic crash

Join the Clinton Township Police and Fire departments in the Badge Battle, a hockey tournament fundraiser for the family of Erika Ladas. Erika Ladas was a Macomb County Dispatcher who tragically passed away in Oct. 2019. 100% off all proceeds will be gifted to her children. Badge Battle Saturday Feb. 29th 2020 1 to 6 p.m. (doors open at 12:15 p.m.) 34400 Utica Road, Fraser Michigan 48026 Tickets just $10 for all four games.