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Detroit is Different with Planning Mike Forsyth

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Today I feature a podcast interview with Michael Forsyth and discuss urban planning, Detroit, and his bar the Detroit City Distillery. Mike is currently working for the Live6 project gathering funds, support, and awareness for business owners, community groups, and advocates throughout the Livernois & 6 mile neighborhood.

In the interview we explore Mike’s childhood in Bath MI and move to Detroit. Forsyth grew up in an entrepreneurial household where his father developed a landscaping company with support of his wife and creativity. Elaborate fixtures of rocks, waterways, and sands in condos, homes, and office spaces is the expertise of Mike’s father. This influence led to Mike exploring equitable ways of designing landscapes that are environmentally balanced. We also talk about Mike’s time in Seatle, the history of HUD, and Detroit zoning/ districting.
This is an entertaining and informative podcast interview, check it out!

Detroit is Different with Dara & David Harper

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Dara & David Harper are creatives. The couple met in NYC years ago both working in theater and film. Today they lead Noble Peak INC which publishes books, produces film, and directs theater. Partnering to produce, direct, and write a series of plays, the Harper’s are a team of creativity. Their play ‘Passing’ which has started Mayowa Reynolds has been well received to thousands of Detroiters over the years.

Dara shares her process of writing and producing. Today she is finalizing touches on her animated feature ‘The Ice Princess.’ (FYI: since the interview The Sky Princess has been accepted into the Cannes Film Festival. Visit http://theskyprincess.com/ today and find out more about the movie today.)

Detroit is Different with Dr Paul Thomas

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Detroit is Different is about culture and business makes up a lot of that for our city. The products, services, and the style/ process in which they’re delivered are uniquely Detroit. The gate of the Detroit River has welcomed world travelers for centuries. Today the port remains America’s busiest border for importing and exporting goods. I’ve always felt the best asset we’ve offered the world are Detroiters.

Dr. Paul Thomas is one of the Detroiters going against conventional wisdom. Dr. Thomas leads Plum Health which is a family medical practice. The likes of the conglomerate giants Henry Ford Health Systems, Beaumont, and the Juggernaut of the Detroit Medical Center has changed the way medicine is delivered here. America has witnessed the medical industry change over the decade to decade more than any other industry that flourishes. Dr. Thomas provides an old school style practice with today’s technology and savvy for clients. His 24 hour service, home visit, and self/tech reliant administration is cost conservative for clients.
I host a podcast discussion with Dr. Thomas about his practice, roots in the Metro Detroit area, time at Wayne State University Medical School, and more. We dove into his Grandparents ties from Eastern Europe to Hamtramck and Eastside Detroit. We also talk about his connection to Detroit City Football Club Le Rouge. In health we talk Diabetes, Hyper tension, and Heart Disease. Getting healthy, staying healthy, and changing lifestyle.

I welcome you to check out the Detroit is Different Podcast with Dr. Paul Thomas.  If you’re interested in contacting Dr. Thomas visit him online at http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/ or call him anytime at (313) 444-5630.

Steven Dye of Detroit Magic Child Development

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Steven Dye is a Detroiter by way of Memphis TN. Since the early 2000’s Steve has applied his passion, southern charm, and devotion into Detroit Magic Child Development. Detroit Magic Child Development is an after school and summer program for Detroit children. Located on East 7 Mile Rd (near I-75 and Mound Rd) Detroit Magic Child Development welcomes hundreds of students seeking tutoring, sports, arts, and technology.

Steve shares the story of how he was inspired by the efforts of others in Detroit. Detroit Magic Child Development was a vision he built that has gathered the support of countless others in reaching it’s mission. Steve also speaks about how he remembers the impact of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in Memphis as a child. Thereafter his commitment to bring about the change Dr. King inspired has been instilled in him.

Today Detroit Magic Child Development is offering grade, middle, and high school student’s opportunities to learn drama, etiquette, engineering, and sports. This mix of culture provides eye opening lessons to students seeking opportunity. A collection of instructors, tutors, mentors, and volunteers devote themselves to the success of this program. Click here to give to the Detroit Magic Child Development Go Fund Me Account.

Off Rip from 12th Street to Making Dollar Signs

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Off-Rip has since toured the nation with hits like ‘Don’t Show Up When I Blow Up’ and ‘Dollar Sign.’ He visited the Detroit is Different podcast studio to talk about creativity and music. We explore his ties to the 12th Street neighborhood, basketball, his father Mr. Hariston, and even his travels with San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popavich. Rip is one of the many hip-hop artists bringing national attention to Detroit’s industry today. His work with artist Cap brands Detroit Hip-hop for national appeal. Rip’s music has garnered the same response from many fans as I do ‘Why don’t you move out of Detroit?’ and we explore that question.

This was a great podcast interview to introduce, re-introduce, and establish the connection between myself and one of the hip-hop artists I’ve worked with from the beginning (shouts out to Mike Posner, Earlly Mac, Big Sean, and Tone Tone, too). Listen to the Detroit is Different podcast interview with Off Rip.

Rip also provides Detroit is Different an exclusive as how he was able to record his hit record ‘Cocky and Arrogant.’ The story of how this underground classic was released and featured his friend Franchise and legendary lyricist Royce 5’9 and Joe Buddens is compelling. Rip tells how he first recorded with Royce 5’9 engineer Asar and Royce’s tactical approach in the studio. It’s a great story here for you at Detroit is Different.

Howie Bell makes Detroit Laughing Out Loud

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Howie Bell is a legend in comedy. A stand-up King and one of the best jokester’s you’ll meet. Certainly someone you don’t want to engage in a round of the dozens, roasting, or going in on (all the same thing, just different ways of describing how to exchange insults). He joins Detroit is Different for a podcast and YouTube feature here.

Howie Bell! If you’re a live performer of any sort I suggest going to witness Howie Bell live on stage. Bell’s comedic style is a blend of energy, tone, and spirit that has a touch of drama with the rhythm of music. Bell began as an actor and transitioned to stand-up comedy. In the mid 90’s he worked on the production team for his brother’s play which starred Detroit legends Keith Washington, Tony Roberts, and more. Between takes and set-up he quickly learned that he had a calling for stand-up comedy. From backstage joking and sanctifying with Tony Roberts he took to the mic himself.

Today Bell brings a voice a signature style to the stage you have to see. His stories of family, growing up, and Detroit life are hilarious. Classic TV appearances on BET’s Comic View and Showtime’s Bad Boys of Comedy have added to the cult legacy of those series.

I’ve been waiting to feature Howie on Detroit is Different and he delivered one of my best podcast interviews to date. We discussed his start, living in Los Angeles, meeting his wife, and more. We highlight his epic birthday party in 2007 where Darnell Macon and Ken ‘Blanks’ Harrell helped Howie give one of Detroit’s best parties ever. Check out the Howie Bell Detroit is Different feature.

Boldy James: the Rap of a Detroit Hustler (Podcast Interview)

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Boldy James is a rapper with a story many have. Boldy’s voice and approach to telling the story of a hustler is prolific. Born and raised in Detroit from family with Carthage Mississippi roots, Boldy James has spent a lifetime hustling. Boldy’s mixtapes ‘Trapper’s Alley,’ ‘Cosignment,’ and ‘Trapper’s Alley 2’ are music of street knowledge. His artistry welcomed the support of Nas, the Cool Kids, Alchemist, and more. Last week Boldy James and DJ Butter (a Detroit hip-hop legend) released the EP ‘Art of Rock Climbing.’ This feature is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and other digital distribution/streaming services.

Detroit is Different Boldy James Podcast Interview:

Boldy’s story of redemption, survival, vulnerability, is explicitly clear through stories of years of hustling. I sit down and have a deep and colorful discussion with Boldy about family, Detroit, sneakers, and Mississippi. Find out about Boldy’s first car, love for lil’ Boosie, impact of Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt, and the first time he recorded vocals in the studio.

Detroit Ain’t No Joke

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In 2015 I partnered with comedian J Bell to launch the “I’m Scared of Detroit” Comedy show. On an early fall night over 225 guests joined us. J Bell, Darius Bennett, Josh Adams, and CP all delivered performances on subjects like sex, economics, history, and of course Detroit.

From the success of last year’s show we’ve decided to make the event annual. Sunday October 30, 2016 at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium 5401 Cass Detroit MI at 8pm is the 2016 “I’m Scared of Detroit Comedy Show.” Click Here for Tickets

I’ve always enjoyed and appreciated the strength in the voice of a comedian. The parallels between rapper and comedian are closely wound. The opportunity comedians have to discuss social, cultural, political, and personal subjects is powerful. As a rapper I’ve challenged myself to mix unique takes on the collage of life. Legends like Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Joan Rivers all stretched the bounds of where audiences expected performance to be, and entered the realm of genius.

Opportunity is the biggest divide that exists between artists who have become household names, and those who are not. Blue Collar Cities like Detroit full of talented performers, lack stages and promoters that provide better opportunities for performers. “You have to leave Detroit, make it there, then come back,” and “You get the big name from somewhere else, cause that’s who Detroiters want to see,” is what I’ve been told. I believe there is a lack of promoters willing to invest the time, money, and creativity in delivering performances that feature artists who are Detroiters.

“I’m Scared of Detroit” is a provocative title. In developing the show with J Bell we wanted to title the show to intrigue an audience and leave an impression (in example: Detroit is Different!). The next goal of building this show was to select the talent.


Josh Adams and Darius Bennett star in the 2016 web series ‘Dead Wrong.’ ‘Dead Wrong’ is a comedic parody of the AMC series ‘The Walking Dead’ which features the fallout of a zombie apocalypse taking place in modern day Atlanta. ‘Dead Wrong’ jokingly has a take on the zombie apocalypse taking place in Detroit. Comedian CP is the Detroit born actor/ comedian who’s landed a TV series on TBS featuring his puppet character ‘Reggie Bo.’ The TBS series starring Comedian CP will be airing soon. Precious Hall is a Texas born comic who is currently has a big buzz growing around her comedy in Los Angeles. Precious is one of the stars of the upcoming BET stand-up comedy series ‘Pretty Funny’ that highlights the performance of Black women comedians. Also my partner for this show J Bell would be performing. Bell is the co-host of the Open Mind Mic Thursday Night series at They Say Restaurant in Downtown Detroit.

Sunday Night October 30, 2016 at 8pm join us all for the 2016 “I’m Scared of Detroit” comedy show. It will take place at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium 5401 Cass Detroit

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