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Howie Bell makes Detroit Laughing Out Loud

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Howie Bell is a legend in comedy. A stand-up King and one of the best jokester’s you’ll meet. Certainly someone you don’t want to engage in a round of the dozens, roasting, or going in on (all the same thing, just different ways of describing how to exchange insults). He joins Detroit is Different for a podcast and YouTube feature here.

Howie Bell! If you’re a live performer of any sort I suggest going to witness Howie Bell live on stage. Bell’s comedic style is a blend of energy, tone, and spirit that has a touch of drama with the rhythm of music. Bell began as an actor and transitioned to stand-up comedy. In the mid 90’s he worked on the production team for his brother’s play which starred Detroit legends Keith Washington, Tony Roberts, and more. Between takes and set-up he quickly learned that he had a calling for stand-up comedy. From backstage joking and sanctifying with Tony Roberts he took to the mic himself.

Today Bell brings a voice a signature style to the stage you have to see. His stories of family, growing up, and Detroit life are hilarious. Classic TV appearances on BET’s Comic View and Showtime’s Bad Boys of Comedy have added to the cult legacy of those series.

I’ve been waiting to feature Howie on Detroit is Different and he delivered one of my best podcast interviews to date. We discussed his start, living in Los Angeles, meeting his wife, and more. We highlight his epic birthday party in 2007 where Darnell Macon and Ken ‘Blanks’ Harrell helped Howie give one of Detroit’s best parties ever. Check out the Howie Bell Detroit is Different feature.

Boldy James: the Rap of a Detroit Hustler (Podcast Interview)

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Boldy James is a rapper with a story many have. Boldy’s voice and approach to telling the story of a hustler is prolific. Born and raised in Detroit from family with Carthage Mississippi roots, Boldy James has spent a lifetime hustling. Boldy’s mixtapes ‘Trapper’s Alley,’ ‘Cosignment,’ and ‘Trapper’s Alley 2’ are music of street knowledge. His artistry welcomed the support of Nas, the Cool Kids, Alchemist, and more. Last week Boldy James and DJ Butter (a Detroit hip-hop legend) released the EP ‘Art of Rock Climbing.’ This feature is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and other digital distribution/streaming services.

Detroit is Different Boldy James Podcast Interview:

Boldy’s story of redemption, survival, vulnerability, is explicitly clear through stories of years of hustling. I sit down and have a deep and colorful discussion with Boldy about family, Detroit, sneakers, and Mississippi. Find out about Boldy’s first car, love for lil’ Boosie, impact of Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt, and the first time he recorded vocals in the studio.

What is Motor City Match?

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Right now is a better time than any to start a business. As America has transitioned from the Industrial age into the Information age the reliance upon employees has lessened. Staffing agencies today facilitate the hiring process of millions of Americans who essentially serve roles as independent contractors. Since the turn of the century 1099 employment has been one of the most prevalent trends of American business. Fundamentally many people who consider themselves employed are entrepreneurs. The American Dream of completing school and working for a company till retirement has shifted. Tools like Quickbooks, Invoicetogo, and Paypal along with an array of others work on behalf of businesses to assist in executing tasks.

My commitment to business runs deep and has been taught since I was a child. My father has run Greg Frazier CPA/PC which specializes in specific computer developed solutions for clients for over 20 years. My grandparents Don and Vel Scott ran Vel’s on the Circle nightclub for over 25 years in what now has become the medical district of Cleveland OH. Growing up I witnessed the success, challenges, growth, and budgeting of entrepreneurial capital (time, money, network, and differentiation). In Metro-Detroit what was odd to most, has always been familiar to me.

Motor City Match is a program supported by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and run by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. In 2015 the program launched to provide Detroit entrepreneurs access to facilities and cash to spark their businesses. Detroit is Different profiles these entrepreneurs that have started their businesses ranging from childcare to restaurants.

Motor City Match has business development tracks for business planning education to know how much, what type of, and when funds are needed for development. The most important component of Motor City Match is the relationship between entrepreneurs seeking space/s to conduct business and commercial property owners seeking businesses to lease/ rent/ or purchase their space.

Here is an overview of what Motor City Match is from Motor City Match winners and the Motor City Match team:

Detroit Ain’t No Joke

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In 2015 I partnered with comedian J Bell to launch the “I’m Scared of Detroit” Comedy show. On an early fall night over 225 guests joined us. J Bell, Darius Bennett, Josh Adams, and CP all delivered performances on subjects like sex, economics, history, and of course Detroit.

From the success of last year’s show we’ve decided to make the event annual. Sunday October 30, 2016 at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium 5401 Cass Detroit MI at 8pm is the 2016 “I’m Scared of Detroit Comedy Show.” Click Here for Tickets

I’ve always enjoyed and appreciated the strength in the voice of a comedian. The parallels between rapper and comedian are closely wound. The opportunity comedians have to discuss social, cultural, political, and personal subjects is powerful. As a rapper I’ve challenged myself to mix unique takes on the collage of life. Legends like Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Joan Rivers all stretched the bounds of where audiences expected performance to be, and entered the realm of genius.

Opportunity is the biggest divide that exists between artists who have become household names, and those who are not. Blue Collar Cities like Detroit full of talented performers, lack stages and promoters that provide better opportunities for performers. “You have to leave Detroit, make it there, then come back,” and “You get the big name from somewhere else, cause that’s who Detroiters want to see,” is what I’ve been told. I believe there is a lack of promoters willing to invest the time, money, and creativity in delivering performances that feature artists who are Detroiters.

“I’m Scared of Detroit” is a provocative title. In developing the show with J Bell we wanted to title the show to intrigue an audience and leave an impression (in example: Detroit is Different!). The next goal of building this show was to select the talent.


Josh Adams and Darius Bennett star in the 2016 web series ‘Dead Wrong.’ ‘Dead Wrong’ is a comedic parody of the AMC series ‘The Walking Dead’ which features the fallout of a zombie apocalypse taking place in modern day Atlanta. ‘Dead Wrong’ jokingly has a take on the zombie apocalypse taking place in Detroit. Comedian CP is the Detroit born actor/ comedian who’s landed a TV series on TBS featuring his puppet character ‘Reggie Bo.’ The TBS series starring Comedian CP will be airing soon. Precious Hall is a Texas born comic who is currently has a big buzz growing around her comedy in Los Angeles. Precious is one of the stars of the upcoming BET stand-up comedy series ‘Pretty Funny’ that highlights the performance of Black women comedians. Also my partner for this show J Bell would be performing. Bell is the co-host of the Open Mind Mic Thursday Night series at They Say Restaurant in Downtown Detroit.

Sunday Night October 30, 2016 at 8pm join us all for the 2016 “I’m Scared of Detroit” comedy show. It will take place at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium 5401 Cass Detroit

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Detroit is Different with Brazelton Flower’s

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Brazelton Flower’s is a florist located on W Grand BLVD steps doors away from the historic Motown Museum. Edgar Brazelton Sr opened the florist 75 years ago and today his son Edgar Brazelton Jr. carries on the legacy. Brazelton Flower’s has one of the strongest traditions of working with, on behalf of, and opening doors for Black entrepreneurs throughout Detroit. After the rebellion (riot/ insurrection) of Detroit 50 years ago; the Brazelton’s made a point of standing tall in the W Grand Blvd neighborhood. Today I introduce you to the florist I always support and a businessman who’s always supported me, Edgar Brazelton Jr.

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