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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

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