HUG Detroit Day started in August of 2013. It is the vision of Sky Covington and Sheila Everette-Hale who shared their desire and passion to take one day out of the year to literally HUG Detroit and its people.  We want to show appreciation for the inspiring accomplishments of this great city and the people therein … to thank those who stayed here through the storm and those who came to help us rise above and excel as we create a New Detroit and new ways of being and doing things together.

HUG Detroit Day promotes community..."When we can all look at one another, and see ourselves then the good that I may want for myself, I will want for you also, regardless of age, gender, social status, culture, race or religion. Together we can rise up out of any situation, and create the city we desire and deserve to live in”, says Sheila Everett-Hale.  Sky Covington’s concept, “Let’s get back to the days of hugs and handshakes,” comes from a place and time when people made an effort to give a hug or handshake, just out of love and respect for their neighbor or friend. 


Founder of Hug Detroit Day (Hug Detroit Community Service), The Preservation of Jazz, Healing Song Foundation and CEO of Unlimited Sky Production, an entertainment production. Native Detroiter and 12 time Detroit Music Award Recipient for "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" Nicole "Sky Covington" Freeman is a singer/songwriter, poet producer & playwrite. Sky Covington has a rich, elegant tone and an easy vibrato - think Billie Holiday, as well as Abbey Lincoln and Sarah Vaughan - Covington's best noted for her rendition of the Billie Holiday Tribute for 20 years. This sultry chanteuse makes every note seem personal, and her phrasing is unique, and deep. Sky Covington is a traditional jazz vocalist of yester-year. Also, known for neo-soul  and electronic music, neo soul and improve. Sky Covington is a true entertainer.

Nicole Freeman
aka Sky Covington (Nikki-O)
Founder of Hug Detroit Day
(Hug Detroit Community Service)


Sheila Everette-Hale

Co-Founder of Hug Detroit Day, Sheila Everette-Hale, is the CEO and Educational Director of Everette’s Natural Beauty School/Salon.  She started her business in Detroit, MI, in 1978, migrating her entire family from San Diego, CA to Detroit. Sheila was instrumental in creating a new license for the Natural Hair Culturist in the state of Michigan.  The license was signed into law by Gov. Engler in 1997, and in the year 2000, she opened the first 400 hour Natural Hair Care School worldwide.  In 2008 Sheila created the first online Natural Hair Care Webinar, teaching both theory and practical techniques.

In 2014 Sheila founded Linking Everyday Extraordinary People (LEEP), a community-oriented business incubation and collaboration project dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship worldwide.  The mission is “to create the space and opportunities for people to express and experience their full self-expression (passion) … and get paid.”  It is the ‘Birthing Place’ … a place where visions and dreams are born, nurtured, developed and duplicated.  She is the “Passion Gatekeeper”… helps people discover what their passions are and how to serve the world by sharing it.  


Nicole T. Covington

We are excited to announce this years

Hug Detroit Day Ambassador 2022-Nicole Lorraine Comer, aka LadyLove®, is a community activist and vocalist born and raised in the city of Detroit, Mi. She started singing as a child along with her twin sister Bianca Lauren Mays in church and also during drama club performances at an early age. Prior to graduating in 1998 from Mumford High School she introduced her sound to the Concert, Chorale and Show Choirs under the direction of Deidre Thompson.

LadyLove® focuses on Hi/Lo-fi, Neo Soul style music while performing but noticed that she’s very open to all genres of music depending on what style she connects to at that present moment in time. Volunteering at various facilities such as group homes and nursing homes during the holiday season and open jam sessions for the last 5 plus years singing Jazz, pop music, R&B and Blues gave her the opportunity to explore those sounds. Performing as a lead singer in her family jazz band “J Surrender” gave her the exposure to join the stage play “Perilous Times” for 2 consecutive years. LadyLove® along with her twin sister sang background vocals for Grammy Nominee Keith Washington at the renowned out door theatre in Detroit, Mi, Chene Park, opening up for the MaryJane girls and headliner, Charlie Wilson as well as MGM Casino nightclub and restaurant “Ignite” to bring in the New Year.

Currently Nicole Comer is a Director of Operations for TouchPoint Support Services operating the Patient Transport and Patient Safety Attendant departments at Ascension Macomb-Oakland hospitals located in Warren and Madison Heights, Mi. Partnering with the mission to help save lives is the goal and focus for her team. During her downtime she hosts a live music review show with her eldest son Ethan, Hitman E, collaborating with artist all over the world to expose the nation to new artists and music that will inspire and enlighten.

Judson Center Orphanage, Miracle Care Group Home and Bakers Keyboard Lounge are a few locations that LadyLove® has entertained in doing volunteer work and open mic jam sessions alike. LadyLove® has chose to continue her music career working with local Detroit artist alike, Sky Covington, the producer of a current production in 2021 called the “Satin Doll Revue” along with the “Hug Detroit Campaign” that brings the community together and she has the honor to work along side her in this venture. Her goal is to continue to bring the world together. We are here to allow the music within ourselves to be a key component of gracious harmony. Our lights are to shine and the whole world is a beautifully and brilliantly made vessel for us to allow the light in.

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