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May 2016

Foundation Event Organizer

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The Foundation of Women in Hip Hop will be hosting Detroit’s 1st Contemporary Interactive Women in Hip Hop Conference and Concert. Nina Payne, Piper Carter, and Sola Obayan are event organizers for this inaugural event. We will explore the historical and contemporary context, dynamics, impacts, and potential of Hip Hop music and culture on Women and ways Women are empowering themselves utilizing Hip Hop as a tool. The conference will showcase workshops, performances, discussions, and media addressing topics that range from: the international cross-cultural impact to the intersection of Hip Hop and digital technology, creative commerce: making a living in today’s music industry, and storytelling across multiple platforms.


Paul Taylor the Community Organizer

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Paul Taylor is a founding member of the Inner City Sub Center and Detroit’s African Liberation Day Celebration. In this Interview he discusses African Liberation Day 2016. Also the history of African Liberation Day in Detroit and how it’s impacted the world. From the original organizing in 1969 till today at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History. Paul Taylor shares how he’s helped keep a strong connection between Detroit and African centered life.

Chad Dickinson and I’m Here

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19350 is one of the most interesting and historically valuable properties in Detroit. The old Hunter’s Supper Club development, which spans three addresses. It consists of two wooden structures, one of which used to be a residence, and another building which has a beautiful timber framed roof. When local people speak of this property, this is the building they are speaking about, with it’s large fireplace, and vaulted wood ceilings; it’s a neighborhood gem. Chad Dickinson and the I’m Here Team aims to turn this property into an asset for all businesses located on site by making it available in limited capacity for community events, weddings, concerts, etc. In the small house, which is located at the front of the property on Livernois, I’m Here will develop retail. Currently I’m Here is to renovating the house to sell home goods, as well as offer design services, workshops, and limited work space; all in a market-type setting.

Steve Coy the Visual Artist

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Steve Coy is a visual artist and so much more. I originally met Steve in 2007 when I was a partner at the 1440 Music Space and my neighbors on Gratiot were Jocelyn Rainey (2015 Detroit is Different feature), Hollis Hollywood (upcoming Detroit is Different feature), and Steve Coy. Steve paints HUGE murals that you have seen if you travel through Detroit’s Eastern Market or the Dequindere Cut. The Art connected to the film ‘Detroitopia’ is a vision from Steve Coy. The corporate business people in golden gas masks is a social-political-artistic statement that speaks to Detroit/America. Steve’s work has taken him around the world and today in Detroit he’s a professor at Lawrence Tech University, partner in Wolf Moon Mixers, and a loving Father and Husband grounding his family here in Detroit. Check out the interview with Steve Coy.

Ruth Bell and Chugga’s Bakery

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In 2012, Ruth Bell launched Chugga’s Main Street Bakery, LLC in Detroit, after losing her job from a downsizing and talking to a consultant who believed the bakery business was her best option because of past bakery experiences. Doing this she’s continued something she loves and helped others in the process. The specialty monkey breads are sold throughout Metro-Detroit at Meijer, Holiday Market, and Detroit’s Eastern Market.

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