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Jonathan Quarles on on Economic Policy & Black Banking your Business

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Jonathan Quarles comes back to Detroit is Different to discuss the chaos in American society balancing equity for Black people. Jonathan opens up about ways to hold political figures accountable now. Reviewing the relationship between Federal, State, and Local government and the role all play in sparking the Black economy and responsibility government has to the Black economy in a majority Black city. Jonathan gives his perspective on Black banking, and responsibility businesses have now to engage Black people. This is a practical and resourceful discussion on what we can do to empower our community.

Jonathon Quarles is the CEO of Sol Air Water INC and Flint born current Detroit resident and proud former key staff member of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

Dr. Ken Harris (National Business League) on Black Economics & Business

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Dr. Ken Harris is one of the foremost thinkers in the economic steps to be taken to strengthen the Black community economically. Leading the National Business League he carries the banner of the organization founded by Booker T Washington in utilizing practical solutions to empower the Black community. Traveling the nation and engaging Black people across the diaspora Ken has been having conversations into ways to galvanize and access resources internally to address the socio-economic challenges presented by White Supremacy. We speak to Dr. Claud Anderson, Marcus Garvey, Fannie Lou Hammer, and more in this interview. Dr. Harris also presents perspective in ways Detroit must create a Black agenda for all political leadership Black, White, resident, and otherwise.

Ken Blanks Harrell on Investment & Financial Markets

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Ken Blanks Harrell is an investor. Working independently in the financial market and offering advice, solutions, and strategy to plan financially to grow families is Harrell’s skill and talent. As a man who engages and watches markets his understandings of the ways corporations have responded to the protests and uprisings in our nations is insightful. Harrell explores financial opportunities and ideas to empower the Black family using the systems of financial markets. Harrell speaks to ways to evaluate and hold corporations accountable in the financial market, securing savings, and financial planning. The asset of working the financial market to empower our community is explored while alleviating the institutions which perpetuate debt through predatory practices is explored here. We talk about banking, business, investment, and more for the Black community.

Kofi Kenyatta and Chad King of the Black Bottom Gun Club

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The Fight for Justice Black Men on Empowerment in the Black Community Series continues on Detroit is Different from Kofi Kenyatta and Chad King of the Black Bottom Gun Club. The Black Bottom Gun Club is the Metro Detroit chapter of the National African American Gun Association. Its goals are to promote and train for safe and responsible gun ownership, self-defense, and sportsmanship. The Black Bottom Gun Club recognizes the history and legacy of gun ownership among Black Americans and the sacrifices made to ensure that we have the inalienable right to self-defense so that those lessons can be applied today if applicable.

The goal of the National African American Gun Association is to establish a 2nd Amendment Organization that educates and trains our community on the rich legacy of gun ownership of African Americans, offering education, training, support, safety standards, and cultural inspiration.

Corey Williams – The Fight is for Justice

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Corey Williams is a business owner that develops property, sells homes, and leads a Black Father’s organization. Corey’s work runs deep throughout Westside Detroit neighborhoods. Families, friends, and colleagues all rely on the work of Corey to offer perspective and advice. In this Detroit is Different interview we explore more on the relationship between Police and the Black Community in America. Corey’s original Detroit is Different interview (June 18, 2018) Corey shares the stories of him facing Police Brutality as young as 13 years old and more over time.

This is an in-depth heart to heart discussion as I (Khary Frazier) share perspective as well.

The Fight is for Justice

Gabrielle Knox on Community and Arts Connecting

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Gabrielle Knox is young in years but wise in organization. Developing Detroit Poetry Society with a collective of friends propelled Gabrielle into visionary and leadership roles. The drive and interest of many poets like Gabrielle and Sheezy Bo Beezy connected artists eager to express spoken word seeking stages, venues, and opportunities. In this Detroit is Different feature learn about Gabrielle’s relationship with family and community. Today leading Operation Care Kit Detroit Gabrielle works providing resources to people in Detroit experiencing homelessness. This all rooted in ideas and lessons learned from Dabl, Malik Yakini, Honeycomb, and more.

Jay Rayford on Business, Sales, and Black Detroit

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Jay Rayford is creating opportunity through his network. Business is about profit for some, but few find value in the connection of creating businesses that bring people together. Jay is one of the entrepreneurs that is driven to find products and services that bond people to experiences. In this Detroit is Different discussion we talk about Social Sushi and how the business began. Jay opens up about his childhood and love for the Cody HS robotics team. Also, learn how to work as a salesman has built Jay’s confidence in building a strong network and family.

In Business as Best Friends connecting Seniors to Resources

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Greg Hines and Kevin Manuel are entrepreneurs that came into the business of caring for elders through know-how and need. Greg and Kevin both relocated to Detroit during a time of the burgeoning renaissance of Black business and corporate excellence. Their work in pharmaceutical sales and management were assets in a region looking to acquire talent. Friends for years decided to go into business together with owning an Amada Senior Care franchise. The two began with one client who taught them much about aging care and attention and now their knack for customer service has grown into an expansive practice. During this time of the COVD-19 crisis keeping proper care for their clients has made their work more appreciated for many families in the region. Kevin and Greg open up about their journey and friendship. How being in business has strengthened their bond and now is a stronghold for their families. Special Thanks to Charlene Mitchell-Rogers for this great interview.

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