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May 2024

Understanding our full potential is the Way Constance ‘Ma Spice’ Davis Loves Us All

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Managing people, personalities, and custom fashion stores came naturally to Constance Davis, who opens up about her can’t-lose Homecoming Queen campaign and lifelong knack for people skills and smarts. Her son, Anthony ‘Spice’ Adams, applies similar creativity and genius to grow his brand after an NFL career. We delve into her experience managing high-end fashion stores, working in the Renaissance Center when it first opened, and the faith and realities required to serve as a drug counselor, truly connecting with people in times of need. Meet Constance ‘Ma Spice’ Davis on Detroit is Different.

In the Business of Food with Ederique Goudia

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Louisiana is known for its great food and warm hospitality. Ederique Goudia grew up loving both cooking and tasting a variety of dishes, surrounded by a family deeply rooted in Louisiana culture, where everyone from her mother and father to her aunts, uncles, and cousins cooked. Discovering in high school that she could turn her passion into a career, Ederique has been in the culinary industry ever since. For over 20 years, she has lived in Detroit, witnessing many changes in the city’s culture and cuisine. Dedicated to empowering creative culinary artists, she helps them ensure their businesses meet all necessary expectations to thrive, providing guidance on profit and loss, pricing strategies, and more. Meet Ederique Goudia on this episode of Detroit is Different. Contact Chef Ederique Goudia at

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.

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