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Around Detroit: All Things Detroit Spring 2023

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All Things Detroit and All Things Marketplace events, showcase and support local small businesses in the Detroit area. The events feature a wide range of vendors selling products such as food, clothing, art, and home decor, and also provide opportunities for networking, learning, and community building.

Attending an All Things Detroit event can be a great vendor experience for small business owners looking to connect with customers and fellow entrepreneurs in the Detroit area. It provides a platform for showcasing products and building brand awareness, while also offering the chance to learn from other vendors and attendees. Additionally, the events are known for their lively atmosphere and sense of community, which can create a positive and supportive environment for vendors to interact with potential customers and each other.

Around Detroit: Michigan Fashion Week

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Michigan Fashion Week 2023 brought a whirlwind of fashion, style, and pure excitement to the city of Detroit. As an avid fashion enthusiast, I had the privilege of attending this remarkable event, and let me tell you, it was a spectacle to behold.

The designers showcased their collections with an air of confidence and innovation that left the audience in awe. From avant-garde creations that pushed the boundaries of fashion to meticulously tailored garments that exuded elegance, Michigan Fashion Week 2023 proved that the state is a hotbed of talent. It was refreshing to witness a diverse range of designers from various backgrounds, all showcasing their unique perspectives and cultural influences.

Beyond the glitz and glamour, the event served as a networking haven. Designers, models, and industry professionals converged, exchanging ideas and forging connections that will undoubtedly shape the future of fashion in Michigan.

Michigan Fashion Week 2023 has undoubtedly left a lasting impression. It showcased the immense talent and creativity of the state’s fashion community while providing a platform for diverse voices to be heard.

Hood Robbing: Community Development in Detroit Discussion II

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Community Development in Detroit Discussion II featuring Raul Echevarria, Khary Frazier, and Yusef Bunch Shakur Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the University of Detroit School of Architecture in the Peter Peirce Room.

Presented by Community Movement Builders, Detroit is Different, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and the University of Detroit

In this discussion, I (Khary Frazier) framed information and questions to focus on the business (money) of community development.

My premise was many corporations are using the distressed status (perpetually marketed by media of Detroit) to leverage subsidies, tax relief, unchecked lending, and neglectful investment. In this talk defining these practices with Yusef & Raul was important.

CDFI’s (Community Development Financial Institutions) of Detroit have received over 182 Million dollars connected to the CDFI program that was established to assist housing, businesses, and non-profit organizations in community development. The CDFI program was started from the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994 (here is a link to the act that establishes CDFI’s surprisingly very thorough In 1996 the first Detroit CDFI monies from the US Treasury were sent to Shorebank receiving 3.75 million dollars. Here is an article by NYTimes as a brief overview of why Shore Bank failed (according to many financial analysts), many felt that the risks with homeowners were too much for Shorebank.

Currently, CDFI’s have no needed oversight but there is a third party ranking system developed by Aeris that many use to audit their effectiveness. Here is a link to the Aeris website: . CDFI’s can also receive funding from banks (like Bank of America) and foundations (like Kresge) in the form of investment and/or grants. Many banks pay for and submit the Aeris audit request to verify the livelihood and financial legitimacy of the CDFI (which I think is problematic because traditional lending has been so racist, here is a great book about the practice released last year:

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