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June 2024

a Collard Green Cook-Off: What, Why, How and with Khary Frazier

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The Collard Green Cook-Off was a cultural experience that connected with hundreds of Detroiters last year. This year, Detroit is Different will expand the experience by adding the Collard Green Cook-Off Playoffs. The Playoffs will be held this Thursday during the Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration, organized by Black Leaders Detroit and led by Sharea Ayers. In this Detroit is Different interview, Khary Frazier is interviewed by Sterling Toles, who explores the idea, concept, and energy of the Collard Green Cook-Off. This engaging and introspective discussion highlights ten years of Detroit is Different and delves into visions for the next decade. Don’t miss this episode of Detroit is Different with Khary Frazier and Sterling Toles.

From the Walk Fashion Show to Oak Park’s School Board to now running for State Representative for Crystal Bailey

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Crystal Bailey’s advocacy for mental and behavioral health on behalf of young people in the juvenile justice center inspired her to run for the Michigan State Representative District 5 position. Her work in the juvenile justice system has given her profound insights into tragic realities, motivating her to take action. In this interview, Bailey shares how her involvement in organizing a fashion show helped her forge deeper community bonds. From being a parent volunteer at her daughter’s school to serving on the school board, Bailey’s journey has enriched her understanding of the community’s needs and the essential changes required to support families in our collective growth. Meet Crystal Bailey on Detroit is Different.

Spoken Word Poetry, Politics, Activism, Organizing, and Detroit all inspire Omari Barksdale

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Omari Barksdale’s roots in Alabama, Palestine, and Detroit’s Westside have instilled in him a profound understanding of resilience, strength, and creativity. Today, he advocates for men to build healthy and constructive relationships with women, shares the factual history of race relations in America through artifacts, and lobbies for equity for all people. His extensive work began with organizing initiatives during his teenage years. Omari discusses the lessons learned from his grandparents and mother, which continue to influence him deeply, and how the Honorable JoAnn Watson shaped his understanding of politics and Pan-African support. This enlightening and impactful discussion includes moments of retrospective laughter. Check out Omari Barksdale on Detroit is Different.

Old Soul with Something you Never Heard before, Drey Skonie

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Faith producing works is an adage often shared in conversation, and Drey Skonie has witnessed it throughout his life. As a soul singer, he adds the feel of hip-hop, funk, house, and dance to the legacy of legends like Eddie Kendricks (of the Temptations), Philippé Wynne (of the Spinners), and Ron Banks (of the Dramatics). Drey stands out with his unique style, and his music reflects the vibe of his band, the Klouds. In this episode of Detroit is Different, we explore how he saw his grandparents build a church from the ground up with church funds and delve into much more of his experiences. Drey, a contestant on MTV’s Making the Band with Diddy, shares insights beyond the infamous cheesecake run, discussing the intricacies of the music industry. He also reveals his vision for his music and style and opens up about his role playing Mr. Entertainment, Jackie Wilson. Check out Drey Skonie on Detroit is Different for a deeper look into his journey.

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