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Detroit is Fashion with Diamond Williams

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European designers visiting Eastern Market, personalized and custom bowties, jumpsuits on tour with Eminem, and exclusive clothing from Brazilian designers all keep Detroit’s Fashion Different. Do you know where you can meet designers that are planning Italian fabrics for Detroit fashion? Have you visited the store where you can buy the hoodies and jeans that the U of M football team is wearing that aren’t Jordan branded? Detroit is Fashion and Detroit is Different. Watch this video and find out where you can buy any and every style of clothing in Detroit.

Detroit is Fashion features Tony Stovall of Hot Sam’s Clothing Store, James Grady of DSE, Erin Wetzel of Orleans & Winder, and KoolAde of AYV Clothing.

Matt Dibble the Storyteller

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Have you heard about the trend in storytelling? The idea of becoming a subject matter expert using videos, e-books, blogs, infographics, and speaking engagements is becoming more and more popular. What’s a story? How does a story develop? Why do people care about ‘storytelling’? Matt Dibble of Final 5 joins me for the first Detroit is Different Podcast of 2018 and we explore storytelling and more.

Check out the Podcast Here:

Read Along for the transcription by Brandy Byrd below:

M: Detroit is Different, what’s up?!

K: Alright, we’re perfect. Alright, it is Friday, December 22nd, 2017. Very close to Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah is already going on or it has passed, and I don’t know what other holidays people celebrate, but for us, I have a basketball junkie and somebody that is very linestep with what I do with Creative Differences and Detroit is Different. A content creator, a creative, and like I said, I’m going to lead with basketball because there’s a lot of basketball stuff happening around Christmas.

M: It’s a good time, man.

K: That’s when the NBA season starts. Matt Dibble, how you feeling?

M: What’s up, man? I was just saying I went and saw some high school hoop last night. That game–I’ve missed high school basketball, and I didn’t realize it. It’s so pure, it’s fun, man.

K: Oh yes. High school ball is one of the few games where a team can be down 25 points with five minutes left and just due to the spirit of it and mental air, and then the court and the crowd–it’s a different feel.

M: Yeah, I mean, you’ve got 16 and 18 year old kids, right? I think there’s this idea of it’s never really over, and I think that’s attractive to people, it’s never over until it’s over, and you get that with high school sports. I’m a big NBA fan, too. I love college hoops. College hoops is probably my thing. I’m a Spartan. What do you think about the Pistons this year, man? They’re kind of black and white, aren’t they?

K: Yeah, the Pistons have an identity I really… okay, I’m not the biggest Reggie Jackson fan. So because of that, and he’s a big integral part of the Pistons–

M: What don’t you like about Reggie?

K: Sometimes I think he can be more of a… and I guess it’s not even really his fault in this era of basketball, but I don’t think he’s making the other players around him better, you know? And that’s a very tough thing to say and to do, but if he can make the players around him better, and the Pistons need a guy to do that, and I feel like he could fulfill that role. I mean, when I look at what Oladipo is doing in Indiana this year by making the guys around him better, and he’s playing phenomenal, too, but he’s making the guys around him better, I’m like, damn, Reggie can do some of that same stuff.

M: Yeah.

K: Because I look at them as comparable players, you know?

M: Yeah, Reggie has had a couple tough years, and I think if Reggie is playing well, then he’s able to make everyone else better. If Reggie is scoring, then he can make other people better, and I think when things don’t go well–so when they went on that eight game winning streak, he was ballin, and him and Drummond looked like this combo that’s going to be tough to beat in the east, and then they lose seven in a row and he’s not scoring and he’s getting upset and him and the coach are taking shots at each other. It’s like, when things aren’t going well, you’ve gotta maintain, too, you know?

K: Yeah, and like I said, so much stuff has grown with basketball. Magic Johnson and Isaiah just had that discussion and I haven’t even watched it yet, but I’m very interested in that. What we think about what has happened in my lifetime of watching basketball–that’s my favorite sport–and just the way that players look at the game, players look at branding, players look at making money, players just look at their whole career, one step is, I want my team to win, and another step is, this is a profession. And I feel like I see that more and more, so I kind of understand you really want to get that 25 points a night so that can lead to your $50 million contract, you know? But it comes at the detriment of the fan for like, man, this could be a better team.

M: Yeah, I know we’re not here to talk basketball. I could, all day, but I think the NBA right now is like there are three teams that are going to win it, or that could win it, and then everyone else is just kind of playing for contracts.

K: Yeah.

M: You know, like if you’re on the Warriors, you want to get yours, but we’ve gotta play ball. We’ve gotta win, we’ve got records to break, we’ve gotta get that number one seed, get in the playoffs and win another one. But if you’re playing for the Pistons, I mean, you really don’t have a shot, do you?

K: I mean, it’s–

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Songs of Social Justice Live Concert

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As Senator Orrin Hatch finally leaves the United States Senate the legacy of Martin Luther King Day will come to pass. Hatch and many Republicans in Congress voted against honoring the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a holiday as recent as 30 years ago. The legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers was later supported in music by Stevie Wonder with the ‘Happy Birthday’ song which reigned in support throughout America.

January 14, 2018, you will have the chance to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in song with Pastor David Alexander Bullock. At the historic Baker’s Keyboard Lounge the music of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, and Nina Simone will feel the room for the ‘Songs of Social Justice Concert.’ Marches, speeches, and luncheons all played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights movement. Music is a component often lost in the fight for human rights and social justice throughout America.

Learn about Reverend Bullock’s take on Social Justice and music. Also, find out the role Mahalia Jackson played in making sure Dr. King stayed focused on his work.

2018 Underground Hip-hop Awards & Uncle P

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Did you know Detroit’s Underground Hip-hop Awards has grown to welcome over 20,000 voters in categories ranging to female rappers, music videos, Hip-hop DJ’s, and club promoter of the year? Sunday, January 7, 2018, at St Andrew’s Hall in the heart of downtown acts ranging from Stretch Money to Sada Baby and more will all be nominated. Come witness the underground hip-hop scene which Breakfast Club radio host Charlamange the God calls the best hip-hop scene in the world. If your interest was peaked by the DIA exhibit featuring photography of Detroit hip-hop artists, you owe it to yourself to witness hip-hop culture produced by the Detroit hip-hop community.

Uncle P of Detroitrap.com talks about the 2018 Underground Hip-hop Awards

I’m the Rapper, She’s the DJ, She’s the Producer

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I’m the Rapper, She’s the DJ, & She’s the Producer Saturday, December 9, 2017, @ 9pm at Tony V’s Tavern 5756 Cass Ave Detroit MI. Emcee Mahogany Jones, DJ Haintso, Producer Lauren J, and more all presented by the Foundation. The Foundation is a group supporting Women in Hip-hop led by Piper Carter. Tickets $15 or 2 for $20. Click the link for tickets: https://app.gopassage.com/events/2696

Experience the feel, passion, and talent of an all-woman hip-hop experience. This night will be full of DJ’s, Rappers, Dancers, and Musicians that take on the hip-hop from a voice needed to be heard.

Today is the time for expression that is untouched, untampered, and free with the sound that is from strong women who love hip-hop. If you’ve never experienced this please join the Foundation and Detroit is Different for a night of talent, skill, and fun!

Bowling for Turkeys by Let’s Go Detroit!

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Let’s Go Detroit, in partnership with Plum Hollow Lanes, The Xtraordinary Gentleman & Kill The Hate proudly present the 3rd Annual Bowling For Turkeys. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Alternative For Girls and United Sister of Charity. With your help, we will make an impact on helping people in need.

Get Tickets at www.bowlingforturkeys.org

Bowling For Turkeys began as an idea that Loren Braxton (Let’s Go Detroit) had for helping the hungry and homeless. He wanted to throw an event around his birthday that would benefit people in need, rather than himself. His thought was to raise money by having fun doing one of his favorite hobbies, bowling. With the help of family, friends, and supports, Bowling For Turkeys was brought to life November 2015.

Presented by the Let’s Go Detroit Team: Loren Braxton, Vijay Virupannavar, Christian Liner, Danielle Reese, and Alton R. Williams II .

Not Just Black Business, it’s Good Business: Connection of Bill Ross, Booker T Washington, & Butch Small

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Last night, Detroit Seafood Market was filled with some of Detroit’s most charismatic, intelligent, and successful civil servants, faith leaders, and entrepreneurs. I joined this mix of stars to honor the legacy of Bill Ross. Mr. Ross was retiring from the post of leading the Booker T Washington Business Association for decades.

The organization was founded by the Peck family. Their initiative built a platform for Black business people to gather, share, learn, and build together in Detroit.

From selling studio time to rappers, till now leading my marketing firm, Mr. Ross has always been a supportive voice of insight and encouragement. I’m still applying lessons he taught me years ago today.

Last night’s event is a contradiction to all negative perceptions about Black business in Detroit. Successful giants of Detroit business like Tony Stovall (Hot Sam’s Clothing – Detroit’s oldest clothing retailer), Alan Young (of Alan Young & Associates CPA), and Linda Davis (of RL Graphics Print & Design) all gathered as Chuck Stokes (Spotlight on the News WXYZ Detroit’s ABC affiliate) emceed the event.

In the shadows of stars, I look up to, were my peers who are now wielders of social influence and industry. Ken Harris (President of the National Business League – which was founded by Booker T Washington), Karinda Washington (Chief of Staff Office of Partnership & Engagement at U.S. Department of Homeland Security), and Donald Webb (of IT Guys Networking & Cyber Security) are people I’ve shared laughs, lessons, and sandwiches with, are now providing opportunities and resources in abundance. The value of the Booker T Washington Business Association connections I made in 2004, has always come to fruition.

Booker T Washington’s perspective towards achieving human rights for Black people in America can be theoretically polarizing throughout the Black community. Years ago I discussed this with my mentor and the leader of the Detroit Nation of Islam Dawud Muhammad. Minister Dawud impressed upon me to honor the work and practicality of Booker T Washington. He urged me to seek understanding in the building of Tuskegee University to gain value in Washington’s legacy.

The semantics of his more conservative and apologist attitude towards racist White Americans should not devalue the gateways to opportunity Booker T Washington developed for Black people in America and the American south.

Tuskegee University began as an agricultural gem that expanded to produce world leaders in medicine, engineering, and design. Washington’s understanding of practical problem solving, accessing needs, and knowing the value is why Tuskegee has been feeding, teaching, and building Alabama since it broke ground. Developing methods of molding bricks from Alabama clay was the foundational method the university was built.

My love for hip-hop relates to the creativity and drive behind finding value in what others won’t and don’t.

As the Regan administration cut funding for arts and music in public school, the advent of the DJ and rapper was created.

Many people look up to Sylvia Robinson (Sugar Hill Records) and Russell Simmons (Def Jam Records) as the prototype for a hip-hop business leader, I look up to Carl ‘Butch’ Small of World One Records.

Butch Small is a world-class drummer and percussionist who has toured the world with George Clinton, the Four Tops, and many more (I called him to receive his blessing to share this, and he’s actually on tour now). Small is also the father of Carlos Small who is DJ Los. In 1988 DJ Los and EZ B released the ‘Untouchable’ record which was the first vinyl I ever remember a Detroit rapper made.

Butch Small saw the interest of his son and the Detroit community in hip-hop. He also knew that Detroit recording studios rejected the art form and looked at the music as a trend and not a culture. The city Motown Records and Berry Gordy built the ‘the Sound of Young America,’ neglected the rhythms and spirit of hip-hop.

Butch Small took his experience of years working with Sylvia Moy, Don Davis, and Norman Whitfield and applied to hip-hop.

World One Records opened a studio on 6 Mile in the heart of Detroit Westside. The architects of Detroit Hip-hop built their sound within those walls. The legends I love like Kaos & Mystro, DJ Los and EZ B, DICE, and Nikki D all crafted their artistry under the guidance of Butch Small. The other Detroit hip-hop artist at the time all followed the formula World One Records built. Merciless Amir, Awesome Dre, Smiley, Black Man & Kid Rock (when he was wearing Adidas jumpsuits and not confederate flag shirts), Detroit’s Most Wanted, and AWOL all were given access to studios, stages, and radio play because of the vision of Butch Small.

Seeing opportunity in the passion, creativity, and potential of others is the link between Bill Ross, Booker T Washington, and Butch Small. We should all look to be gateways for bigger stages, larger crowds, and louder messages for the visions of others. For if Ross, Washington, and Small were afraid of ruining their reputations, not being aligned with purpose, or only gratification generations of families would be experiencing a lesser quality of life.

Detroit School for Digital Technology

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Detroit School for Digital Technology is a vision of Jamie Koethe that provides Detroiters hands on training, experience, and opportunity to learn Media Arts. Koethe launched the school and today housed in South West Detroit hundreds of Detroiters are learning video design, audio production, animation creation, and so much more. Karlos Harris & Doris Hage work to add to the reach and opportunity of what the school offers. As Motor City Match winners the story of DSDT is an example of Detroit ingenuity and vision. Watch the Motor City Match feature for DSDT today.

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