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7 O'clock Saturday Stories is a live monthly event that features conversations with Detroit artists, business people, advocates, politicians and media members. 7 O'clock Saturday Stories is hoseted at Le Petit Zinc Restaurant in Detroit's historic Corktown district at 1055 Trumbull Detroit MI 48216.

7 O’Clock Stories: Todd Russell Perkins

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Todd Russell Perkins is the June 2015 feature for Detroit is Different as the entrepreneur. Perkins Law Group provides legal services for criminal, estate, entertainment, and family matters. This diversified balance of service is met with the vision of Perkins. His attitude towards empowerment is fueled by the inspirations of a Father and Grandfather who sustained a way of life for their families. “Independence and entrepreneurship is all I know,” Todd Russell Perkins.

Perkins Family
Perkins Family

This Friday June 5, 2015 at 7PM join me as I sit down with Todd Russell Perkins for live podcasting event 7 O’Clock Stories. This event takes place at the Harbor Hill Marina 11000 Freud Detroit MI 48214 in off the Detroit river by the Renaissance Center. This is a free event.

This event is part of the Perkins Law Group 1st Friday’s networking events. Come with an open mind and ready to conduct business.

7 O’Clock Saturday Stories with Sharon McPhail

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One of the most pivotal and visionary figures in the history of Detroit politics has been Coleman Alexander Young. Mayor Young served his term leading Detroit for 20 years from 1974 through 1994. His leadership of Detroit is often viewed from many lenses. In my opinion, the best understanding of Mayor Young can be gathered from his autobiography “Hard Stuff”. I’d recommend it to anyone who is interested in deconstructing the context of contemporary Detroit. Detroit being such an executive-led municipality, the role of the Mayor is a powerful position from which to create change. Mayor Young provided more opportunity for women (black women in particular) to lead departments, execute budgets, and implement change than any other major city. One of the women that Mayor Young supported and worked with during those years is the former General Counsel for the City Detroit, Sharon McPhail.

Sharon McPhail is one of the smartest, most strategic, and driven people you could ever have the chance to meet. I’m humbled to say that she has been part of my extended family for years. I’ve witnessed her break down concepts on how the city of Detroit could provide auto insurance to residents, full-ride college scholarships for children who live here for more than 10 years, and how neighborhood organizations can work with government.

This Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7PM, she will join me as a guest for my live podcasting event, 7 O’Clock Saturday Stories. This event takes place at the Motor City Art Center in Detroit Wayne State University District at 4468 Third Street 48201. This is a free event welcome to all ages. Please join me for an introspective discussion with the Honorable Sharon McPhail.

7 O’Clock Saturday Stories: Phillip Cooley

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Slows Bar B Q is one of the premiere restaurants in Detroit. People have traveled from across the world to experience the sauce, chicken & briskets, and bourbon selection. I personally cruise down 14th Street multiple times a year to get mine. This staple of Detroit culture was started by Phillip Cooley.

Phillip Cooley is a naturally creative thinker. We met at the Michigan Citizen Newspaper’s “Two Detroit’s: Gentrification” panel discussion in April of this year (2014). We were both panelists. I immediately asked him to be a guest for my podcast. Phillip gladly accepted. Saturday August 16th 2014 he will be my guest for 7 O’clock Saturday Stories. This is an interview recorded live.

Slow's Bar B Q, and Phillip Cooley at Two Detroit's
Slow’s Bar B Q, and Phillip Cooley at Two Detroit’s

7 o’clock Saturday Stories’ will be held at Le Petit Zinc restaurant in Detroit’s historic Corktown district at 1055 Trumbull St Detroit MI 48216. ‘7 o’clock Saturday Stories’ is a free event that starts at 7PM and welcomes guests of all ages.

Phillip Cooley’s Biography:
Phillip Cooley opened Slows Bar B Q and Slows To Go with various partners and is a general contractor with O’Connor Development. Because of Slows success, Cooley has been afforded the opportunity to help residents of Detroit in need. He works on projects ranging from helping others open small businesses, to designing and building public spaces like Ponyride. He is passionate about Detroit because he believes that it is a Democratic city where all are welcome to participate.

7 O’Clock Saturday Stories: Henry Tyler

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I believe the voice of Detroit’s community is best heard through two media outlets; The Michigan Citizen Newspaper, and WHPR 88.1fm/ TV33. The Michigan Citizen Newspaper is a family business that has grown for over 35 years. Charles and Teresa Kelly started the paper, and now their daughter Catherine Kelly continues the vision of empowering a voice for the community.

I’ve worked for, and with the Michigan Citizen Newspaper since 2007. Working for the Michigan Citizen Newspaper in 2008, and 2009 I hosted the television program ‘Michigan Citizen Weekly’ on TV33. At TV33 I met a host of guests creating a mix of events, programs, businesses, and organizations. One of the most impactful people I met at TV33 was Henry Tyler. He was my programming engineer. Mr. Tyler’s advice and critique (of which I stubbornly accepted maybe 1/3 of) has helped blossom my humility. For two years weekly I looked forward to visiting and being a part of TV33.

TV 333 and Henry Tyler
TV 333 and Henry Tyler

TV33 is run by RJ Watkins and Henry Tyler. Both are entrepreneurs I admire. Providing people a platform to reach an audience through radio, television, and the internet to change lives is empowering. Often I engage discussions about the stories of Black people, Detroit, and hip-hop’s portrayal in mass media. As much as I enjoy debating (if you know me, you know I do) I’ve come to the resolution that I have a responsibility to share the stories I’d like to honor. Therefore NBC, BET, Fox News, the Detroit Free Press, and World Star Hip-hop all have an alternative I support (thank you for visiting Detroit is Different).

Henry Tyler is my guest for 7 O’Clock Saturday Stories Saturday July 26, 2014. At this event we will discuss his Detroit story. This is a live podcast recording for the Detroit is Different podcast I produce. 7 O’Clock Saturday Stories is a free event. That will be hosted at Le Petit Zinc restaurant in Detroit’s historic Corktown district at 1055 Trumbull Detroit MI 48216 at 7pm.

The Scene, Henry Tyler (looking like Richard Roundtree), and Scene Dancers
The Scene, Henry Tyler (looking like Richard Roundtree), and The Scene Dancers

Henry Tyler’s Biography   

Affectionately called “H.T.” is the Vice President of Productions and Program Director of Highland Park/Detroit based media outlet WHPR Radio 88.1 FM, UHF TV 33 and Comcast Cable 20 Detroit.  Henry is a master behind the camera, in front of the camera, engineering a radio show or hosting his own.  In other words, not much has been conceived of in broadcast media that he hasn’t mastered.  Not only is he a genius when it comes to technical and music history, Henry is the epitome of a ‘go to’ man.

Henry believes that the success of WHPR Radio 88.1 FM, UHF TV 33 and Comcast Cable 20 Detroit has been well worth all his efforts.  He quotes the late Erma Bombeck when he says, “when I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”

7 O’Clock Saturday Stories: Carolyn Striho

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Music is a universal language. As a hip-hop artist I’ve performed with many acts. Carolyn Striho is one of the best! Her stage presence, and feel on stage is pure passion. Her music, show, and energy are AMAZING.

We originally met recording Paul Mile’s “Motown is Our Town.” The song featured Detroit Music Award winners, nominees, and legends. After the performance Paul Miles suggested Carolyn and I work together. Soon after she invited me to feature with her at Northern Lights Lounge, and Taste Fest (back when it happened in Detroit, and it was Taste Fest). I invited her to perform at the “Hot Summer Nights Music Festival” I hosted at Focus:HOPE in 2009. She wowed the stage. This relationship of trading stages has carried on for years. Two years ago I think we performed our best set at “Arts, Beats, and Eats” in Royal Oak.

Being that I’m featuring Music this month on Detroit is Different Carolyn Striho is a perfect guest for 7 O’Clock Saturday Stories. Her journey in life and music are intriguing. I welcome you to join us as we talk about her passions.

Carolyn Striho, Detroit Energy Asylum (Dave McMurray and Randy Jacobs)
Carolyn Striho, Detroit Energy Asylum (Dave McMurray and Randy Jacobs)

7 O’Clock Saturday Stories hosted by Khary WAE Frazier featuring Carolyn Striho
Saturday, May, 24 2014 7PM at Le Petit Zinc Restaurant 1055 Trumbull Detroit MI
FREE EVENT ALL AGES WELCOME, Come Join Us for this Podcast Live recording

Here’s more about Carolyn Striho from here biography on :

Once a 16 year-old playing in punk bands in the seediest venues of Detroit’s musical underbelly, including fronting the well-known and celebrated art/punks The Cubes, this classically-trained pianist and self-taught guitarist has since played Lollapalooza, Italy, the UK and Japan. Being both a friend and musical colleague of Patti Smith, Carolyn has the distinction of being one of the few invited to perform at the prestigious Meltdown UK Festival (2005), curated by Smith. There, Carolyn opened for Steve Earle and shared the stage with the likes of Tori Amos, Sinead O’Connor, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono and others of such celebrated musical calibre.

Yet with all of the musicians Carolyn has collaborated with in the past, even when fronting bands whose music she composed, and even when close to signing record deals — something, somehow, always seemed to elude her from properly claiming the spotlight … until recently.

Carolyn Striho and husband Scott Dailey
Carolyn Striho and husband Scott Dailey

Perhaps it was keeping a sort of level head while her bandmates chased their rockstar dreams … some of which have succeeded, others, tragically fallen … but three college degrees later, a helluva lot of perseverance and that unique blend of Detroit heart, soul and elbow grease have earned Carolyn recent accolades of Detroit Music Award nominations and awards, an honorable mention in the Billboard Magazine’s Songs of the Year (2009) for the cabaret-style crowd favorite, “Enchante,” and the 2010 Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Rock/Pop Album of the Year” for “Honesty.” In 2012, Carolyn and band were honored with the Outstanding National Indie Artist of the Year in Detroit. She has been featured on National Public Radio, garnered regular airplay on radio stations on the East Coast and Europe, and continues to be invited to some of the most prestigious festivals throughout the Midwest and overseas. Carolyn was a DJ and is a proponent of all music, always. Now Carolyn’s work with guitarist Scott Dailey and her full band continue to attract even more attention.

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7 o’Clock Saturday Stories: Malik Yakini

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Saturday April 26, 2014 I welcome you to join me for the inaugural Detroit is Different event, 7 o’clock Saturday Stories. 7 o’clock Saturday Stories is an hour long conversation between myself and a guest.

Over time I have developed relationships with a mix of people bridging gaps in gender, race, generation, culture and background. This mix has only expanded my perspective of Detroiters, and the collective Detroit story.

7 o’clock Saturday Stories inaugural guest is Malik Yakini. 7 o’clock Saturday Stories will be held at Le Petit Zinc Restaurant in Detroit’s historic Corktown district at 1055 Trumbull St Detroit MI 48216. ‘7 o’clock Saturday Stories’ is a free event that starts at 7PM and welcomes guests of all ages.

Malik Yakini is a person I admire for his vision, work and dedication. Yakini has committed himself to a family of people throughout Detroit’s community. Visions, work and dedications he’s initiated are Nsoroma Institute, Black Star Community Book Store, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, D Town Farm, and Akoben Reggae Band. Each initiative is genuinely dynamic and fruitful. Every project he’s involved in has empowered, supported, and championed Black people.

Akoben Reggae Band and Malik Yakini with Nsoroma Institute students
Akoben Reggae Band and Malik Yakini with Nsoroma Institute students

Nsoroma Institue was an African centered school based in Detroit city. Nsoroma Institute focused on teaching elementary and middle school students the legacies, traditions, and culture of African people from 1989 through 2011.

Black Star Community Book Store was a book store located in Detroit’s historic fashion district on Livernois Ave at W Outer Drive. Black Star carried a collection of art work, books, music, jewelry and visual art that expressed African and African American culture.

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network was formed in February of 2006 to address food insecurity in Detroit’s Black community, and to organize members of that community to play a more active leadership role in the local food security movement.

D Town Farm was planted in June 2008, the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network acquired use of a two acre site in the City of Detroit’s Meyers’ Tree Nursery in Rouge Park as the home for D-Town Farm.

Akoben Reggae Band is a revolutionary Detroit reggae band. Akoben creates music with a focus in uplifting people and freedom.

Malik Yakini playing guitar, D Town Farm Turnips, Grandfather Yakini and grandaughter Niara
Malik Yakini playing guitar, D Town Farm Turnips, Grandfather Yakini and grandaughter Niara

I personally have known Malik Yakini for over 25 years. I was a student at Aisha Shule when we met. Yakini was an instructor (he was my big sister Dara’s math teacher). Then, and today, I’ve always called him ‘Baba Malik.’ Baba Malik has also been a big supporter of my hip-hop artistry. In 2006, I considered quitting rap altogether. It was a performance at his annual Black Star Community Book Store music festival that recommitted me. The crowd reception and appreciation was astounding.

Black Star Community Book Store also hosted a fundraiser I held for my first album ‘Preaching to the Choir’ in 2007. It was one of my favorite shows ever. The honorable JoAnn Watson, Rev. Ortheia Barnes, Blues Man Paul Miles, Eric Campbell, Nadir Omowale, Early Mac, Idris Weusi, and a collection of kids I rapped with all joine me. I rehearsed and wrote a rap with the kids. I coined the group ‘my little homies.’ I raised a strong amount of money. Even better, the rap with the kids was too much fun. Maria, Jendayi, and Tamia all held me down (then they were all in elementary and now they’re preparing to take the ACT). My cousin Devin Laster, sister Dara Harper and Father Greg Frazier all submitted visual art I auctioned off as well.

Finally, I’ve recorded music with Baba Malik and his son Andwele ‘Money Wells’ Yakini.

Malik Yakini is a very perceptive and intentional speaker. I feel opening up 7 o’clock Saturday Stories with him will be remarkable. Please join us for this creative conversation.

This event will also be audio recorded and released as a podcast on the i-Tunes network Tuesday April 29 2014.

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