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Khary Frazier

Khary Frazier has 135 articles published.

The Beauty of honoring Black Skin with Alyssa Space

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Beauty is a philosophy in Western studies. Aesthetics make up the study of what Western scientists have written and expressed as the standard of beauty. The challenge in this philosophy is that the objectivity of beauty is dependent upon background, taste, and culture. In America, the standard of beauty for people outside of Western civilizations arch is prominent and abundant. Alyssa Space is a chemist with a concentration in skin and beauty design. Alyssa’s work developed For Her cosmetics. This line of beauty products is natural, safe, and expressly embraces the shades of Black beauty cosmetic lines don’t embrace. Alyssa’s journey as a chemist, entrepreneur, and creative is explored in this interview. Learn about water testing, natural standards, and why it’s important for Black women to be in the space of cosmetology design and manufacturing. 

Community Voice & Relationships are Detroit Councilmember Tate’s Keys to Success

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Radio, Television, Broadcast, and Media were the life James Tate led before serving the city of Detroit as a council member. Entering a third term in the seat today Tate’s understanding and perspective for what council is expected to do, what council does, and how that balance is anchored is key. In this interview (my first with a sitting Detroit city council member) we explore District 1 and its roots there. We also discuss the marijuana ordinances (city laws) Councilmember Tate has sat at the helm on since his start on the council. The vision Councilmember Tate sees for providing access for local Detroiters to make and shape the ways marijuana will change the city. Business and community and the ways businesses enter the community were insightful in this discussion. Check out the Detroit is Different feature with Councilmember James Tate.

Putting in Work and getting Results, Director Kwende “Steet Lord Rook” Ried

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Independent films from Detroit have taken the industry by storm. The narratives of street life are being captured in live-action with the minds of Detroit’s historic Hip-hop scene at the helm. Filmmaker Kwende “Steet Lord Rook” Ried, joined Detroit is Different to talk about his new feature ‘Chedda Boys’ premiering next Friday, June 24 at Bel Air Luxury Cinema (tickets on Eventbrite). We talk about the work of producing, directing, writing, and casting films. Rook shares his vision of reaching higher and higher goals. 

a Detroit Neighborhood Project: a Lot of Studio 2021

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‘a Lot of Studio,’ is the exclusive studio city experience inside the community. Guests will have the opportunity to experience live entertainment in the style of Burbank, New York, and Atlanta inside a Detroit neighborhood.

‘a Lot of Studio,’ is the cohesive vision of community, culture, creativity, and communication. It’s imperative that Black voices have platforms. Detroit is Different currently has a collection of over 40 Metro-Detroiters use Detroit is Different as a hub to engage audiences interested in an array of subcultures including but not limited to: Women in Hip-hop; Black (African-American) Comedy; Islamic Social Justice; the Black (African-American) Gay Professional class; the Natural Hair Movement; Lesbian-Trans-Women Social Justice; Women Visual Artists; Artists under the age of 25; and many other groups and circles. ‘a lot of Studio,’ is the live studio audience experience of Detroit is Different podcasting. Attendants can experience, join, and appreciate a mix of live podcasts. Learning, teaching, sharing, laughing, and connecting together will build deeper relationships between Detroit is Different and the community.

‘a Lot of Studio,’ takes place in the community garden started by Detroit is Different founder Khary Frazier and steps away from the Detroit is Different incubator. ‘a Lot of Studio’ is an eclectic mix of welcoming culture, creativity, and community inside a legacy Detroit westside neighborhood. What started in 2021 continues today. An offering of fresh food from our garden, entertaining and informational podcast discussions, and live music performances building culture is what Detroit is Different gives with ‘a Lot of Studio.’

In 2021 Detroit is Different raised $33,275.00 to produce a Lot of Studio with the support of over 105 individual patrons, the National Black Talk Show Hosts Association INC, The Transforming Power Fund, Greg Frazier CPA, Detroit City Distillery, The University of Michigan, Hope Village Revitalization, and Creative Differences Marketing INC.

Featured in the Documentary in order are the following guests
Audra Carson of the CommuniD Podcast
Rev. JoAnn Watson of Westside Unity Church
Rev. Mayowa Reynolds of Fellowship Chapel
Malik Yakini of Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
Sherrie Smith of Hope Village Gardner/Farmer
Myrtle Thompson of Feedom Freedom Gardens
Monique Thompson of Feedom Freedom Growers
Catherine Kelly of Bridge Detroit
Comedian Coco of the Coco Morning Show
Khary Frazier of Detroit is Different
Tawana Honeycomb Petty Author, Poet & Organizer
Koolade of AYV Clothing
Ashley Nicole of MeltFit
Sterling Toles Visual Artist
Sabrina Nelson Visual Artist
Halima Cassels Visual Artist
Escada Gordon Visual Artist

In Honor of the Life and Legacy of Johnella ‘Jan’ Frazier

Why do Detroiters feel unheard Today? Orlando Bailey Interview

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Detroit, and particularly Detroit’s Eastside fills the mind, heart, imagination, and ambition of Orlando Bailey. A voice for the Authentically Detroit Podcast, host of the Urban Consulate community conversations, and journalist for Bridge Detroit Orlando speaks life to the history while embodying the present and future of the city. In this interview, we explore his roots in the community and why he was drawn back to Detroit from college. We also speak to the Tell Us Detroit Community Town Hall Series presented by Detroit is Different & Bridge Detroit hosted by myself (Khary Frazier) & Orlando Bailey. Learn our opinions on why we recognize the voiceless feeling many Detroiters have in media.

Detroit Diaspora Day Party with Drake Phifer

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Urban Organic is the brand and it was a vision of Drake Phifer. The vision was a place and space for cool Soul and people to vibe together. In the early 2000’s the space for Neo Soul, Afro Beat, House, and Future music from a Black lens was rare.


Today 20 years later the brand has traveled the Metro Detroit area, Michigan, the Nation and world alike. This weekend the brand carries the essence with Day Party is King. In its 4th Memorial Day Installation, the Detroit Diaspora Day Party returns to delight dance floor fanatics both near and far with DJ sets from: Marilyn Griffin | Griffin Gardens, Phifedom | Urban Organic, Diviniti | HoneyComb Music, DJ Vern English | The Tandem, DJ Righteous | D.R.U.M.M, DJ Duane Powell | SoundRotation – Chicago.


The day will include: 5PM- 6PM – Diaspora Tribute Dinner Honoring Zana Smith of Spectacles Boutique and internationally renowned musician, Amp Fiddler prepared by Chef Nik R Cole of Fried Chicken and Caviar

Engineering, Design, Rock, & Rap … all Creativity by Volcano

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Engineering is a very creative discipline. Volcano’s work to the masses for years was Hip-hop Artist & Rock & Roll Emcee. For over 15 years The Fillmore, CroFoot, The Emerald, are only a few venues in the area crushed by Volcano. As a recording engineer, rapper, music producer, and musician he’s touched thousands. As an engineer and designer, he’s changed the way we move in cars, planes, and even barbeque food. In this interview, we explore his family’s roots from Mississippi to Detroit and the unique perspective of his family during America’s Reconstruction era. Learn how Volcano has a niche in manual machining, 3d design, and building solutions to technical challenges. Check out how www.volcanicengineering.com is a staple and flagship for providing needed experience and knowledge for Black engineers. 

Dunham Dance built up Mayowa Reynold’s confidence as Pastor, Principal, and earn a Doctorate

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Doctor in Theology, Principal of the Detroit High School for Fine & Performing Arts, Pastor of Fellowship Chapel, and my BIG cousin are only some of the titles held by Mayowa Reynolds. Joining me for a second Detroit is Different interview we discuss the role of mentoring and teaching. Her passion as a child was sparked and flourished through dance. Mayowa is one of the few and proud formerly trained Katherine Dunham dancers. Her start honing a craft and talent in a competitively formal space has empowered her role reaching heights of success. Today her passion is to inspire others and empower their dreams. We discuss differences between students today and ‘back in the day,’ and so much more. This was a fun and colorful interview which will inspire you.

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