For over two decades, Teen Hype & Ambra Redrick have challenged the age-old notion of children being seen and not heard. Ambra candidly shares her journey co-founding Teen Hype on Detroit is Different, tracing back to her upbringing by her nurturing grandparents in a Leave it to Beaver style household. Transitioning into motherhood as a teenager in high school, Ambra’s reality took a significant turn, leading her to discover her purpose in connecting with people and giving back to her community through various roles including social work and the Department of Corrections. Returning to her alma mater, Cooley High School, marked the inception of Teen Hype’s whirlwind journey, which has since empowered tens of thousands of Detroiters with a deeper understanding of the world and themselves. Now celebrating two decades of impact, Teen Hype engages middle and high school students across Metro-Detroit, offering transformative experiences through theater, peer groups, and interactive sessions that equip young people with knowledge on sex, relationships, community engagement, and self-discovery.
Good Cakes and Bakes is more than just a bakery; it’s a cornerstone of community spirit, innovation, and delectable treats along the Avenue of Fashions. With its recent expansion into downtown Detroit in 2023, Good Cakes and Bakes now offers an array of savory delights, artisanal coffees, and unique sweets that are exclusive to each location. For April Anderson, this expansion marked a realization of her dreams and prompted a reevaluation of the business’s operational strategies. In this Detroit is Different interview, we delved into the intricacies of managing and marketing a quick-service restaurant, revealing our shared enthusiasm for industry dynamics. This conversation also explored the nuances of operating in downtown Detroit compared to running a neighborhood establishment. April provided invaluable insights into assessing one’s business position and recognizing opportune moments for strategic pivots. Central to April’s philosophy is the recognition of time as a precious asset. Leveraging time effectively is instrumental in achieving the exceptional service quality synonymous with Good Cakes and Bakes. This interview is a treasure trove of lessons for entrepreneurs, emphasizing the importance of adaptability, understanding market shifts, and maximizing resources to elevate business performance.
Learn about KUA and much more from Dr. Shelley McIntosh, an educator who has dedicated decades to shaping young Black minds in empowerment and community. From her roots as a preacher’s kid on Detroit’s Eastside to her education at Southeastern HS and Wayne State University, Dr. McIntosh shares her journey and how it led her to find purpose within the Shrine of the Black Madonna. As one of the founding members of the Houston TX Church, she delves into her commitment to the church’s mission as a space for the development of both people and community. In this interview, Dr. McIntosh shares the values instilled in her by the vision and leadership of Pastor Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman (Albert Cleage).
Dean Beanz, the visionary behind EVRY Media, serves as its owner and creator. EVRY Media is a dynamic content creation firm specializing in crafting cinematic pieces across various media platforms. Dean wears multiple hats as the host, director, and producer of the LateAF talk show, as well as the director and producer of the EVRY Woman Talk Show. His creative journey ignited from a deep love for hip-hop, evolving into an exploration of music creation. In this interview, we delve into the nuanced aspects of Dean’s creativity, exploring how his relentless drive led him to venture into realms such as rap, graphic design, and ultimately, hosting cinematic talk shows. To witness the culmination of his artistic endeavors, be sure to check out and subscribe to EVRY TV+ on YouTube today. Immerse yourself in this captivating Detroit is Different interview with the talented Khary Frazier.
Christianne Malone is deeply rooted in Detroit, having spent her childhood just blocks away from Belle Isle and regularly visiting her grandparent’s house in the Westside Linwood neighborhood. Today, as the Chief Program Officer at TechTown Detroit and Assistant Vice President for Economic Development at Wayne State University, she plays a crucial role in providing significant opportunities for local entrepreneurs and fostering creativity in business. Her professional journey commenced at the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she discovered the immense value of networking, not only for herself but for countless others, introducing them to various opportunities. Beyond her professional pursuits, Malone is passionate about lacrosse, actively coaching and mentoring on the field. Known as an “Encyclopedia kid,” she possesses an insatiable thirst for information, considering it a core value. Dive into the insights of this Detroit is Different interview with Khary Frazier as they explore Malone’s multifaceted contributions and her profound connection to the city.
Toby Tansil discusses the documentary he helped executive produce, “Walk Through the Valley.” This compelling film emerged from a student’s challenge to empower their community, shedding light on Detroit’s history with Black people and the iconic Paradise Valley. Set to premiere at the Detroit Historical Museum Theater on February 11, the documentary features prominent figures like Ed Vaughn, JoAnn Watson, Jamon Jordan, and more. Toby shares his personal journey, utilizing basketball as a platform for growth and development, especially in working with Alkebu-Lan Village and community building. Explore the intersection of basketball, Black liberation, and the Schoolcraft neighborhood in this captivating episode, delving into the rich tapestry of Detroit’s cultural heritage.
Detroit is Different invites you into the dynamic world of Lawrence ‘LoDeez’ Burnside, a seasoned hip-hop artist whose journey in music has taken him to new heights. I share my personal connection rooted in high school rap battles with him, LoDeez’s trajectory has soared with the release of his latest album, ‘Dope House Gone Mad.’ In this engaging podcast episode, delve into the artist’s profound reflections on fatherhood, resilience amidst high school challenges, and surviving a daunting motorcycle crash. Join the candid conversation between two friends as they explore the essence of Detroit rap, discuss the evolving landscape of hip-hop, share anecdotes from their high school days, touch upon the importance of family, and delve into the intricacies of staying creatively inspired.
Detroit is Different invites you into the soulful world of Beverly Johnson, known to Detroit as Bevlove. Born into a family steeped in music, Bevlove’s journey from her mother’s lullabies to becoming a soulful sensation is a tale of love, passion, and unfiltered honesty. In this podcast, Bevlove shares the profound impact of years of journaling on her lyricism, giving birth to soul-stirring tracks like “Truth” and “Beautiful.” Delve into her formative years at Cass Tech’s theater department under the guidance of the Tony-winning Marilyn McCormick, where Bevlove not only honed her craft but also took center stage as Carmen Jones. Whether captivating audiences in Los Angeles or bringing it back to her roots in Detroit, Bevlove’s music, available on SoundCloud, Spotify, and iTunes, reflects the essence of a truly gifted artist whose heart remains rooted in the city she calls home.
Check out her music here on Sound Cloud: soundcloud.com/bevlove