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Amp Fiddler & Lauren Hood, the Music & the People

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Detroit is a place that intersects arts and advocacy often. Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech was originally recorded by Milton Henry and released on Motown records. Dudley Randall of Broadside Press provided laureates of the Black community a platform to explore stories of police brutality, racial discrimination, and human rights as a premise and platform for a voice. The talents of Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, and Haki Madhubuti all were given a national stage from the streets of Detroit’s Broadside Press.


The friendship and love between Amp Fiddler & Lauren Hood carry the tradition on. Amp Fiddler is the musical genius that’s always the coolest person in the room. Born and still residing in the Pershing HS neighborhood Amp travels the world and comes home to Detroit’s Eastside. His unique blend of Funk, Soul, and R & B was crafted through his work with George Clinton and late great brother Bubs Fiddler. His welcoming spirit to encourage creativity provided Slum Village and Detroit’s J Dilla a place to record, learn, and perform hip-hop in the 1990’s. J Dilla who is recognized internationally this February 11 as music’s premiere producer began producing at Amp Fiddler’s home studio.

How Amp Fiddler helped J Dilla start his career

Amp Fiddler shares how his studio was the training ground for J Dilla to learn studio engineering, drum programming, and more. Block away from Pershing HS was a state of the art recording studio that Slum Village first had the chance to record, produce, and create.

Amp Fiddler shares how his studio was the training ground for J Dilla to learn studio engineering, drum programming, and more. Block away from Pershing HS was a state of the art recording studio that Slum Village first had the chance to record, produce, and create.

Lauren Hood is from the music world but passion is for Black people. Detroit westsider is a speaker, thinker, and point of access for many Detroiter’s who feel left out of the ‘New Detroit.’ Years of experience in record promotions, concert planning, and party design led her back to Detroit as stories of her home town’s direction seemed unbalanced. Today, her relationships to thousands of Detroit’s are expanding daily as she is connecting her passion to community advocacy. The racial divide and awareness of internal and external challenges throughout the Black community is the work Hood embraces.

Speaking up on behalf of your People

Lauren Hood shares what and when to act on the call, willingness, and courage to speak up for Black people. Also, having the boldness to loss something to keep your integrity.

Lauren Hood shares what and when to act on the call, willingness, and courage to speak up for Black people. Also, having the boldness to loss something to keep your integrity.

What began as a journey engaging hip-hop audiences, has grown into a career as a marketing consultant. As business people have seen my work, I was propositioned many times to provide graphic design, photography, videography, event planning, website development, and social media campaigning. These initial business contracts inspired me to build Creative Differences Marketing. I’ve balanced my entrepreneurial experience with formal education from Walsh College of Business and Accountancy. My degree in Marketing serves me well in understanding many of the formal, universal, and theoretical marketing approaches used in corporate environments. Formulating this business model has been anchored by the success of my BLOG ‘Detroit is Different.’ I create all content for Detroit is Different. This serves as a prototype of the ways I can design events, websites, graphics, music, podcasts, social media campaigns, and e-mail campaigns. ‘Detroit is Different’ focuses on the people and places of Detroit that add to the culture. Through these people and places, themes are driven. These themes will partner with, sponsor, and advertise for businesses and organizations using this innovative multilevel marketing approach.

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