Detroit is Different

Detroit is Different Capturing the culture that makes Detroit what it is. Detroit is Different Founder, Khary Frazier: I’m a Detroit based hip-hop artist using music as a social platform for change.
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I’ve developed community events and partnered with many Detroit organizations. My expression is music. I was raised in the shadows of strong African American traditions of the American South. My music blends the narratives and values of my friends & family through hip-hop.

Operating as usual

09/30/2020

The Story of the album that took a decade to create featuring Jazz, Hip-hop, Soul, Gospel, and Detroit. Boldy James and Sterling Toles masterpiece Manger on McNichols is told in these in-depth interviews. Producer Sterling Toles shares the story of meeting Boldy James and crafting an orchestra arrangement around the heartfelt story of what led him into street life. The Manger on McNichols album is already acknowledged as one of the most dynamic and creative works of 2020. Introduce yourself to the collaborative brotherhood that created this expression of Detroit Life.

A documentary by Detroit is Different

09/30/2020

Manger on McNichols Documentary Trailer

09/16/2020
Hope Village Farmer's Market

Stop by the HOPE Village Farmers Market Wednesdays 3- 7 p.m. - pick up some great produce and enjoy local arts and culture while the summer is still here! 14150 Woodrow Wilson at Oakman Boulevard!

07/13/2020
Amale Knox

Amale Knox assists with getting people much needed Social Security benefits. There are many people unable to work facing disabilities physically and mentally. Attorney Knox is a resource for these people. She shares her journey into this work and why she stays dedicated to the work. She also opens up about attending Cass Tech and U of M. A lifetime learner and listener Attorney Knox opens up about her motivations. Listen into her path from the Eastside of Detroit through her career today.

07/09/2020
M Squared the Emcee AKA Madison the Student

Madison is also known as M Squared and performs Hip-hop. Her love for performance grew from performing for her family. Today she charts on Spotify with a mix of songs about being confident, growing up, and her style. Madison shares her perspective of balancing school and performance. Also she speaks about her work with Mosaic Youth Theater. Madison also talks about how COVID-19 impacted her school year and how as a 12 year old she handled it all. The discussion is also a deeper talk about the role of hip-hop and women for a young woman growing up like Madison.

07/07/2020
Miguel

Miguel was born in Mississippi and as a child made his way to Detroit. Growing in Detroit in the late 1970s and 80s he navigated a new reality in the world of the Urban metropolis through the landscape of the phenomenon which crack cocaine swept Black communities nationwide. Incarcerated his senior year of Central High School Miguel never graduated but learned valuable business lessons that he applies to his properties and Sno-Cone business today. This discussion opens up the relationship between opportunity, street business, and legit business and how learning from each have strengthened Miguel.

If a white man wants to lynch me, that's his problem. If he's got the power to lynch me, that's my problem. Racism is no...
07/06/2020

If a white man wants to lynch me, that's his problem. If he's got the power to lynch me, that's my problem. Racism is not a question of attitude; it's a question of power. Racism gets its power from capitalism. Thus, if you're anti-racist, whether you know it or not, you must be anti-capitalist. The power for racism, the power for sexism, comes from capitalism, not an attitude.

Kwame Ture

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY?Artists Joshua Bisset and Laura Quattrocchi are collecting community words and thoughts on the w...
07/05/2020

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY?

Artists Joshua Bisset and Laura Quattrocchi are collecting community words and thoughts on the walls of “Andy” a community art space on Fenkell and Alden in Detroit. The intention of the project is the wrap the building with a continuous billboard of writing from our immediate neighbors. Markers are available or bring your own!

07/05/2020
Monda Mims

Monda Mims is a true creative. Living blocks away from Detroit is Different incubator Monda is making lifelike infant dolls selling across the nation and world. What began as an interest has become a business. Today people call, request, and ask for Monda to make dolls in memory of their lost children, grown children, and for those who can’t have children themselves. Monda’s creativity began in fashion as a teenager customizing her clothes with cuts, glitter, and airbrush. When her family wondered why Monda was building a grander vision. This is also a discussion on building a business while working and engaging a customer base. Her experience as a stylist for years is explored as to how to grow business. This is a fun and eye-opening discussion into a world of arts I knew nothing of.

So my people get a better understanding of how some of our fellow Americans truly feel about us.
07/04/2020

So my people get a better understanding of how some of our fellow Americans truly feel about us.

I remember this post from 2018. As a business owner in Detroit, I subscribe to Crains and DBusiness. In a city with an 8...
07/03/2020

I remember this post from 2018. As a business owner in Detroit, I subscribe to Crains and DBusiness.

In a city with an 85% Black population of 8 Women to grace the cover not one of the women a Black woman. Detroit is filled with intelligent, educated, wise, and dynamic Black Women. But these are the Women DBusiness recognized as leaders.

Some see me as radical, too racialized, but this is tragic.

Access for equity in cultural practices and processes of determination NEED to happen NOW! #DBusiness #BlackWomen #Detroit

07/01/2020
Bayan Founas

Bayan Founas is an educator. The Writing 4 Freedom Teen Summer Camp is a vision independently funded and started by Bayan and community support. The Camp takes place at Nandi’s Knowledge Café every Thursday from July 4 pm – 7 pm and is free for all participants. Bayan’s commitment to creativity and camp is her connection to enjoying Summers in the mosque sharing camps with friends and family. This interview explores her interest, passion, and works in social justice and poetry. She shares how being a teacher in Harper Woods was the gateway to her creative voice in spoken word poetry. This is an interview that delves into history deep as well.

07/01/2020
Jonathan Quarles on Fight for Justice – Black Men on Empowerment in the Black Community Series

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.

The Greatest Singer Ever with one of the Greatest Writers Ever. Black Detroit and Black Chicago Excellence. Rest in Peac...
07/01/2020

The Greatest Singer Ever with one of the Greatest Writers Ever. Black Detroit and Black Chicago Excellence. Rest in Peace

This Defunding the Police Forum by Black and Brown Alliance, Community Movement Builders, and The General Baker Institut...
06/30/2020

This Defunding the Police Forum by Black and Brown Alliance, Community Movement Builders, and The General Baker Institute is resourceful. Thanks to Yusef for the opportunity to moderate the discussion. Right in the heart of the Eastside at the Shed on Flanders off Gunston.

Tonight
06/29/2020

Tonight

Now ya know. Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Comerica, CitiBank and others are once again looking like they have overdraft...
06/26/2020

Now ya know. Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Comerica, CitiBank and others are once again looking like they have overdraft fees. Also Airlines are looking in trouble.

PS Activism has Facebook in a Flux too.

This system cares soooooo much about money, not enough about people. Things are impacting financial markets so now as people we can advocate for US!

"Notes of an Artist/Activist" released 10 Years ago. @clarethapeacebell delivered BIG! Thanks to @shirondenise @wojamm a...
06/26/2020

"Notes of an Artist/Activist" released 10 Years ago. @clarethapeacebell delivered BIG!

Thanks to @shirondenise @wojamm and @cuthieves and the 1440.

06/20/2020
Ikaje Ajamu on Fight for Justice – Black Men on Empowerment in the Black Community Series

Dr. Ikaje Ajamu is a Father, Farmer, and Community resource for Black people. Ikaje is the gardener helping develop the land at Detroit is Different to start the garden on Clements. Activating land and turning land into food from the Earth are 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.

06/18/2020
Jonathan Quarles on Fight for Justice – Black Men on Empowerment in the Black Community Series

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.

06/13/2020
Ken Blanks Harrell

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 are explored here. We talk about banking, business, investment, and more for the Black community.

06/11/2020
Fight for Justice: Dr. Ken Harris

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.

06/11/2020

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.

06/11/2020

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 are explored here. We talk about banking, business, investment, and more for the Black community.

06/09/2020
Kofi Kenyatta and Chad King of the Black Bottom Gun Club

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.

06/04/2020
Corey Williams - the Fight is for Justice

Corey Williams is a business owner that develops property, sales 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

06/01/2020
Community Development Discussion II - Part 2

Hood Robbing: CDFI’s, CDC’s, HUD, Foundations

Community Development in Detroit Discussion II featuring Raul Echevarria, Khary Frazier, and Yusef Bunch Shakur Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the University of Detroit School of Architecture in the Peter Peirce Room.

Presented by Community Movement Builders, Detroit is Different, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and the University of Detroit

In this discussion, I (Khary Frazier) framed information and questions to focus on the business (money) of community development.

My premise was many corporations are using the distressed status (perpetually marketed by media of Detroit) to leverage subsidies, tax relief, unchecked lending, and neglectful investment. In this talk defining these practices with Yusef & Raul was important.

CDFI's (Community Development Financial Institutions) of Detroit have received over 182 Million dollars connected to the CDFI program that was established to assist housing, businesses, and non-profit organizations in community development. The CDFI program was started from the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994 (here is a link to the act that establishes CDFI's surprisingly very thorough https://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/rules/8000-5400.html). In 1996 the first Detroit CDFI monies from the US Treasury were sent to Shorebank receiving 3.75 million dollars. Here is an article by NYTimes as a brief overview of why Shore Bank failed (according to many financial analysts) https://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/business/23cncshorebank.html, many felt that the risks with homeowners were too much for Shorebank.

Currently, CDFI's have no needed oversight but there is a third party ranking system developed by Aeris that many use to audit their effectiveness. Here is a link to the Aeris website: https://www.aerisinsight.com/ . CDFI's can also receive funding from banks (like Bank of America) and foundations (like Kresge) in the form of investment and/or grants. Many banks pay for and submit the Aeris audit request to verify the livelihood and financial legitimacy of the CDFI (which I think is problematic because traditional lending has been so racist, here is a great book about the practice released last year: https://www.amazon.com/Color-Money-Black-Racial-Wealth-ebook/dp/B076526LW5).

05/29/2020
Community Development Discussion II

Hood Robbing: CDFI’s, CDC’s, HUD, Foundations

Community Development in Detroit Discussion II featuring Raul Echevarria, Khary Frazier, and Yusef Bunch Shakur Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the University of Detroit School of Architecture in the Peter Peirce Room.

Presented by Community Movement Builders, Detroit is Different, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and the University of Detroit

In this discussion, I (Khary Frazier) framed information and questions to focus on the business (money) of community development.

My premise was many corporations are using the distressed status (perpetually marketed by media of Detroit) to leverage subsidies, tax relief, unchecked lending, and neglectful investment. In this talk defining these practices with Yusef & Raul was important.

CDFI's (Community Development Financial Institutions) of Detroit have received over 182 Million dollars connected to the CDFI program that was established to assist housing, businesses, and non-profit organizations in community development. The CDFI program was started from the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994 (here is a link to the act that establishes CDFI's surprisingly very thorough https://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/rules/8000-5400.html). In 1996 the first Detroit CDFI monies from the US Treasury were sent to Shorebank receiving 3.75 million dollars. Here is an article by NYTimes as a brief overview of why Shore Bank failed (according to many financial analysts) https://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/business/23cncshorebank.html, many felt that the risks with homeowners were too much for Shorebank.

Currently, CDFI's have no needed oversight but there is a third party ranking system developed by Aeris that many use to audit their effectiveness. Here is a link to the Aeris website: https://www.aerisinsight.com/ . CDFI's can also receive funding from banks (like Bank of America) and foundations (like Kresge) in the form of investment and/or grants. Many banks pay for and submit the Aeris audit request to verify the livelihood and financial legitimacy of the CDFI (which I think is problematic because traditional lending has been so racist, here is a great book about the practice released last year: https://www.amazon.com/Color-Money-Black-Racial-Wealth-ebook/dp/B076526LW5).

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