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.

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.