‘a Lot of Studio’ inaugural year will provide a mix of live podcasting and performance that will capture hearts and minds. The podcasts and performances are categorized from the premise of the Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles of Kwanzaa). The themes of each show and performance are the ways Detroit is Different creators welcome you!

Thursday Evenings 5PM – 9PM
Thursday, June 10 – Thursday, August 26, 2021
* (Rain Delay dates are Thursday September 3 and Thursday September 10)

Food Vendors are Soul on a Roll (Egg Rolls) on all even dates and

Big Ma’s Coney Cart (Vegan & Halal coney dogs) on all odd dates

June 10 Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) hosted by Khary Frazier
Podcast: Gardening in Detroit featuring Feedom Freedom Gardens Monique & Mama Myrtle, Malik Yakini & Sherrie Smith
Performance: Mollywop (Reggae, Funk, Hip-hop)

June 17 Nia (Purpose for Detroiters) hosted by Khary Frazier
Podcast: Detroiters Bill of Rights featuring Councilmember Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, Tawana Honeycomb Petty, & John Sloan
Performance: Luther ‘Bad Man’ Keith (Blues)

June 24 Umoja (Unity of Black Men & Women) hosted by LaDonna Sims
Podcast: Black Men’s Natural Hair featuring Bryce Detroit & Jason Jamerson
Performance: Alex Way (R & B)

July 1 Kuumba (Creativity of Detroit Culture) hosted by Josh Adams
Podcast: Detroit Movies Tristin Fazekas & Mic Larry hosted
Performance: Josh Adams (Urban Comedy)

July 8 Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) hosted by Piper Carter
Podcast: Detroit Content Creators Orlando Bailey & Marnese Jackson
Performance: Alex White Experience (Instrumental Soul)

July 15 Nia (Purpose for Black Women) hosted by Piper Carter
Podcast: Detroit Artists featuring Escada, Halima Afi Cassells, & Sterling Toles
Performance: Maraj Vistuoso (Modern Classical)

July 22 Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) hosted by Josh Adams
Podcast: Detroit Food Vicki of Big Ma’s Coney Cart & Quiana of Cooking with Que
Performance: Sowande Keita (African Drumming)

July 29 Nia (Purpose for Black People) hosted by Josh Adams
Podcast: Detroit Beauty with the Queen of Body Sculpting
Performance: Terri Shu (Neo Soul & Rock)

August 5 Kuumba (Creativity of Detroit Culture) hosted by Piper Carter
Podcast: Detroit Fashion featuring Ashley Nicole of Melt Fit & Kool Ade of AYV
Performance: Gayelynn McKiney (Jazz)

August 12 Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility of Community)hosted by Audra Carson
Podcast: Detroit Community with Audra Carson
Performance: Ayana Love (Alternative Hip-hop)

August 19 Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics in the Black Community)hosted by Khary Frazier
Podcast: Growing a Black Business featuring Ken Haris & Jennyfer Crawford
Performance: J Bell & PEACE (Comedy & Poetry)

August 26 Imani (Faith & Spirit of Black Voices)hosted by Khary Frazier & Piper Carter
Podcast: Black Media featuring Coco & JoAnn Watson
Performance: Coco (Urban Comedy)

‘a Lot of Studio’ is the project that further ingratiates Detroit is Different with community and media. ‘A Lot of Studio’ is transitioning a physical space into a virtual platform. Repurposing a vacant lot into a production studio with live audience recording is what ‘a Lot of Studio’ will be. The experience attendants enjoy at Warner Bros., Universal Studios, and Fox will now be in the heart of Westside Detroit’s Hope Village neighborhood. This enhances the current condition which some label with blight and offering the community an opportunity to engage with evergreen media.

‘a Lot of Studio’ will be a neighborhood hub residing on property donated from Detroit is Different founder Khary Frazier. Frazier lives at 1640 Clements and offered his family home of 1652 Clements to Detroit is Different as the indoor incubator space for creativity in 2017. “In 2020 I began my neighborhood garden. Now I want to empower my garden with more of my skills, talents, and community by adding what I do best … grassroots media,” Frazier.

As guests enjoy live podcasts and performance vegetables, herbs, and fruit from the Detroit is Different garden will be distributed and shared for the community. We will document this vacant lot activation so it can be studied and replicated in other parts of the Detroit and throughout Black America.