Capturing the culture that makes Detroit what it is.

From Football, to Business, to Black Republican to Reparations, Keith Williams shares his Why

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Football was the gateway that took Keith Williams to Eastern Michigan University, where his knack for sales soon took hold. In the 1980s, he was selling business forms and starting a printing company. We explore his transition from the Republican Party to help develop a farmers market of the Lodge Service Drive and Livernois. His love for Black people was his motivation. Keith opens up about a decision he regrets and discusses how politics is fundamentally about interests. He sees Black business and Black ownership as the primary interests at hand.

His Grandmother saw the his future now Tarence Wheeler lives it

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Serving the people was a mission instilled in Tarence Wheeler at a young age by his grandmother. Today, he channels his passion, talents, and skills to inspire everyone, especially young Black individuals, to take initiative in empowering their communities. The Southwestern and Arizona State University basketball star opens up about how basketball was a gateway to opportunities, but his true passion has always been the community. Tarence shares his experiences with the 1980s Detroit PSL team (excluding Southwestern players) and much more about hoops. We also discuss the journey of community work and the commitment it requires. Check out Tarence Wheeler in this edition of Detroit is Different.

Creating Opportunity for his People Kirk Mayes’ Mission

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Before he was born, Kirk Mayes’ great-aunt inspired his mother to serve their community in the hills of Jamaica. Decades later, Kirk Mayes has fed hundreds of thousands of families during a pandemic, driven by his mission to be a resource for his community. In this dynamic episode of Detroit is Different, Kirk opens up about his journey of learning how a Non-Profit Organization can support a community. Friendship, family, education, and culture have all shaped Kirk’s character and guided his path. Tune in to hear Kirk Mayes on Detroit is Different.

The Black Designer is So Detroit & Keir Worthy Knows Why

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Black designers in fashion, furniture, and even aluminum cans are changing the world from Detroit. Keir Worthy returns to Detroit is Different to discuss his role as the Executive Director of the Organization of Black Designers. We explore the significant contributions Black people have made in establishing style and coolness globally and delve into the cultural dynamics of Detroit and New York. Tune in to this episode of Detroit is Different featuring Keir Worthy.

Traveling to Africa to learn, teach and experience Art, Sabrina Nelson

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Sabrina Nelson is embarking on a transformative journey to Africa, driven by her passion for learning, teaching, and immersing herself in the world of art. With a rich history of creativity showcased during her original appearance on Detroit is Different, Sabrina has dedicated her life to sharing her artistic talents. Today, her artistic expression flows in sync with the rhythm of her spirit, seamlessly blending music, fashion, painting, sculpture, and beyond. As she prepares for her upcoming adventure to Africa, Sabrina eagerly anticipates the opportunity to both impart her knowledge and absorb the diverse artistic influences of the African Diaspora. Through teaching, learning, and experiencing artistry firsthand, Sabrina aims to further enrich her own creative journey while fostering cross-cultural connections and understanding.

The Black Family is the Black Community and Kenyatta Stephens

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American Street was a cherished emblem of family, love, and community for Kenyatta Stephens. Her grandparents paved the way, instilling a legacy of service as stewards, dedicated to empowering their community with access to opportunity, success, and an enhanced quality of life. Today, at the helm of Black Family Development, Kenyatta channels her familial affection and experiential passion, recognizing the transformative power of robust mental health support in uplifting humanity. Delving into her journey, we uncover her drive to expand access to such support, bridging the gap from communities where Black representation was lacking to places like Detroit, where we stand as a majority. Kenyatta’s profound comprehension of the importance of listening, empathizing, and walking alongside the community has propelled her to cultivate an innate love for the current and evolving definition of Black success.

Africana Studies, Family, and Artistry with Stephanie Fazekas

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Stephanie Fazekas stands as a beacon of cool, her roots intertwined deeply with Detroit’s Eastside and Westside. Seamlessly blending her innate understanding of the city’s culture with her passion for art, Stephanie is poised to debut her inaugural art exhibition alongside her son Tory, a fitting celebration for Mother’s Day 2024. Together, we embark on a journey through the origins of Crockett High School, the vibrant tapestry of Detroit’s salon culture, and the transformative impact of Wayne State University’s Africana Studies program on Stephanie’s worldview. Delving into the annals of history, Stephanie illuminates how the convergence of the Labor Movement and the Black experience has profoundly shaped Detroit and reverberated throughout the fabric of America, offering keen insights into the intricate dynamics of race and power. Amidst our conversation, Stephanie graciously shares her foray into children’s literature and the evolution of her characters through art, while Tory joins us to provide a glimpse into their collaborative process and offer a sneak peek into their upcoming art show, showcasing the magic of merging their creative energies.

U of M Business School is Studying the Ways Racism Impacts your Health led by Dr. Bill Lovejoy

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Dr. Bill Lovejoy boasts a distinguished 30-year tenure as a professor at the University of Michigan, where his expertise spans the realms of academia and business. His academic journey, rooted in a background in mathematics, has been enriched by extensive travels around the globe, affording him unique opportunities to showcase the alignment of his talents with both scholarly pursuits and practical business applications. Currently, Dr. Lovejoy leads a pivotal survey study at the University of Michigan, delving into the emotional toll experienced by African Americans living in a racially charged society. Drawing upon his wealth of experience and scholarly insight gained from reviewing previous studies on the psychological impacts of racism on Black Americans, he spearheads this crucial examination. Partnering with the Ross School of Business, the University of Michigan Detroit Center is set to host an afternoon event on Saturday, May 4, 2024, inviting African Americans aged 18 and above to anonymously share their perspectives through a one-hour survey session. Dr. Lovejoy’s forthcoming discussion promises to illuminate the findings of this study and elucidate its significance in addressing pressing societal issues.

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