Black Philanthropy and a Family that Gives, Collin Mays

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Join Collin Mays on Detroit is Different as he delves into the transformative power of philanthropy within the Black community. With a focus on inclusivity, Collin explores how Black philanthropists have long been instrumental in enhancing the quality of life for their fellow community members, whether through supporting education, churches, food banks, or public spaces. Drawing from his own Detroit roots and family background—his father an architect and mother an attorney—Collin offers a personal narrative interwoven with broader themes of tradition, history, and urban planning. Through candid reflections, he shares how his journey towards physical health and mental resilience parallels his vision for strong, empowered neighborhoods. Additionally, Collin sheds light on the invaluable role of friendship in the life of a Black man. Tune in to Detroit is Different for insightful conversations that celebrate and uplift the spirit of community and philanthropy.

What began as a journey engaging hip-hop audiences, has grown into a career as a marketing consultant. As business people have seen my work, I was propositioned many times to provide graphic design, photography, videography, event planning, website development, and social media campaigning. These initial business contracts inspired me to build Creative Differences Marketing. I’ve balanced my entrepreneurial experience with formal education from Walsh College of Business and Accountancy. My degree in Marketing serves me well in understanding many of the formal, universal, and theoretical marketing approaches used in corporate environments.Formulating this business model has been anchored by the success of my BLOG ‘Detroit is Different.’ I create all content for Detroit is Different. This serves as a prototype of the ways I can design events, websites, graphics, music, podcasts, social media campaigns, and e-mail campaigns. ‘Detroit is Different’ focuses on the people and places of Detroit that add to the culture. Through these people and places, themes are driven. These themes will partner with, sponsor, and advertise for businesses and organizations using this innovative multilevel marketing approach.