I introduce you all to Oneita Jackson. Oneita is known by many as the former author of the O-Street Blog for the Detroit Free Press. She was an editor at the Free Press for years and that brought her to Detroit. Since leaving the Free Press she’s designed fashions, kept writing, and also become a cab driver providing tours of Detroit. Oneita’s takes on Detroit, life, race, and more are in her ‘Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome’ book. It’s a critically acclaimed book exploring race, identity, and privilege using wit and satire. Our interview is a great introduction to one of the most creative Detroiter’s you’ll ever meet.
I continue my December 2015 feature of the Creative and introduce you all to one of my closest friends changing winds throughout Detroit, Amy Kaherl. Amy leads Detroit Soup with a collection of selfless supporters, and is half of the brain child of the monthly ‘Nothing Elegant’ party. Amy’s interests in arts, community, music, theology, philosophy, and conversation have impacted thousands of Detroiters and even people across the world. Detroit Soup’s monthly microfunding luncheons (at the Jam Handy 2900 E Grand Blvd every third Sunday of the Month, but check the website www.detroitsoup.com) have helped start businesses, neighborhood initiatives, and student groups. This is a fun & philosophical interview as Amy sits down and talks work, life, and art.
I continue December 2015’s theme of the Creative and introduce everyone to Kwazi Akwamu. Kwazi is a writer, publisher, graphic designer, and printer. I first met Kwazi years ago when he interviewed me as a reporter for the Michigan Citizen Newspaper (Mrs. T, Z, and Catherine WOW that voice is missed!). Since I’ve witnessed Kwazi’s creativity tell stories of Black people in many ways. Kwazi creates a series of clocks and wall adornments that honor George Jackson, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Assata Shakur (read about these figures if you don’t know … now ya’ know BIG). Kwazi’s business also has corporate relationships with Casinos, political campaigns, and entertainment venues.
I introduce you to is Phreddy Wischusen. Phreddy’s one of the most interesting people you will ever meet. He’s lived in Michigan for 10 years, and been in love with Detroit for 9. His Georgia roots, Jewish Faith, love for music, and experience of bartending give him an original perspective. Today for Detroit is Different we discuss his journey to Detroit, the relationship between psychedelic music & religion, and a Hanukkah celebration this weekend he’s DJing at.