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Hip-hop drives Every form of Media Dean Beanz Knows

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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.

Legacy Black Detroit runs deep in Christianne Malone roots to Georgia, Alabama, Westside & Eastside

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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.

AutBlack Empowerment and Enlightenment with Basketball as a Gateway

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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.

Being a Father was LoDeez Life Purpose, Now he’s back and Rapping

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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.

Bevlove and Music are for Life

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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.

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2023 City of Detroit Municipal Politics Year in Review

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Khary Frazier of Detroit is Different welcomes back Malachi Barrett from Bridge Detroit, talking Detroit politics from 2023 into 2024. The discussion delves into the pivotal matters concerning the Detroit City Council and the Mayor of Detroit matters, spotlighting the things shaping the city’s future. Angela Whitfield Calloway’s (Councilmember District 2) proposal to levy taxes on stadium ticket sales to bolster Detroit, while Fred Durhal’s (Councilmember District 7) vision to use ARPA funding for reimbursing those impacted by pension losses garners significance as two ordinances to be voted on in 2024. Scott Benson’s strides towards building emissions air quality is an ordinance that passed in 2023 that will be enforced in 2024, alongside the noteworthy update on the City of Detroit Reparations Task Force initiated by Council President Mary Sheffield. Mayor Mike Duggan’s proactive efforts to get the Michigan State Legislature’s backing for his Land Value Tax will emerge as a focal point in early 2024 local politics. This was a discussion that discussed tax breaks, affordable housing, tax money for development, surveillance oversight, lower crime rates, and new taxation for residents. Learn all about the 2023 Detroit City Municipal politics.

Malachi Barrett is a journalist for Bridge Detroit and the lead columnist for Detroit City Council.

State of Black Detroit 2023: Who’s Afraid of a Black Detroit

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The 3rd Annual State of Black Detroit conference took place on December 30, 2023, featuring the dynamic perspectives of Dr. Yusef Bunchy Shakur and Khary Frazier. Proudly presented by Detroit is Different in partnership with Detroit Community Movement Builders, this event promises an engaging exploration of pivotal themes impacting the Detroit community.

Featured Speakers
Black Values and Virtues – Dr. Yusef ‘Bunchy’ Shakur
Black Organizing – Carolyn Baker
Black Family – Jasahn & Krystal Larsosa
Black Generation Z – Jerjuan Howard
Black Heath – Dr. Jesse Brown
Black Justice – Nancy Parker
Black Business – Greg McKenzie
Black Media – Piper Carter

Dr. Yusef Bunchy Shakur and Khary Frazier led enlightening discussions delving into crucial aspects that shape the fabric of the Detroit community. Their dialogue will revolve around themes such as Faith, Access to Opportunity, Family, Community, Education, Justice, and Cooperative Economics, each playing a pivotal role in the growth and prosperity of Detroit.

The overarching theme, “Who’s Afraid of a Black Detroit,” sets the tone for thought-provoking discussions and explorations of resilience within the Detroit community.

Who’s Afraid of a Black Detroit by Dr. Yusef Bunchy Shakur

Detroit, MI – The 3rd Annual State of Black Detroit conference is set to take place on December 30, 2023, featuring the dynamic perspectives of Dr. Yusef Bun…

Dr. Charles Simmons talks Pan Africanism, Community, and Black lens on World Affairs

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Dr. Charles Simmons graces ‘Detroit is Different’ with Khary Frazier, unveiling a life steeped in honor, community, and a relentless pursuit of truth. Through his odyssey, Simmons found solace and purpose within the embrace of the King Solomon Baptist Church community, a sanctuary that resonated amidst his global sojourns. His worldview expanded exponentially during his tenure in the Air Force, delving into pan-Africanism as he forged connections with Ethiopian comrades and Congolese brethren. These encounters unfurled a profound understanding of America’s intricate involvement in the colonization of Black communities worldwide, shaping Simmons’ advocacy for justice and equity.

His narrative unravels further at Wayne State University Law School, where the legendary Ken Cockrel Sr. became a guiding light, igniting the spark that birthed Uhuru alongside luminaries like General Baker. Through the corridors of education, Simmons’ journey intertwined with Dr. Sandra Simmons, a cherished soul whose wisdom and compassion illuminated their path. Their joint tenure at EMU birthed not just knowledge but a beacon of hope—the Hush House—expanding from a humble space to a transformative community bastion, echoing their commitment to upliftment and enlightenment. In Dr. Charles Simmons’ saga, we encounter a tapestry woven with resilience, enlightenment, and an unyielding dedication to nurturing communities toward a brighter, more equitable future.

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