Dr. Ikaje Ajamu is a Father, Farmer, and Community resource for Black people. Ikaje is the gardener helping develop the land in Detroit is Different to start the garden on Clements. Activating land and turning land into food from the Earth is one of Ikaje’s passions. In this interview, he goes in-depth about his tense encounters with Police, White neighbors, and American society against his journey in farming and more. Ikaje shares perspective on Black independence and strength. He discusses how he has enacted his vision for Liberated Farms nationwide while honoring the lessons of Baba Malik Yakini and others from D Town Farms. Click Here to Watch the Detroit is Different feature on Ikaje Ajamu
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.