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Detroit is Different Podcast with Dr Robert Bland

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Dr Robert Bland is one of the few people I’ve met that truly believes in the transformational strength of education. Following the Detroit is Different September 2014 theme of Education I couldn’t think of a better podcast guest to interview. His belief in the way knowledge can empower a person, family, and people are evident.

Dr Bland opens up about his story. Honoring first & foremost his mother as his master teacher, Dr Bland shares how reading, schooling, and working were always a part of his life. From his family Dr Bland developed a greater understanding of faith and Black history. This led to his commitment to love and share knowledge with others. Today Dr Bland stands on a foremost historian on the grim reality of America’s Middle Passage (the tragic kidnapping, capture, and enslavement of African peoples into Latin & North America).

I truly enjoyed hosting this interview. Dr Bland has been an inspiration for my life. His commitment and consistency towards his visions in life to become reality are monumental. I hope you can find the value in his message.

Detroit is Different Podcast with Phillip Cooley

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I welcomed guest Phillip Cooley on the Detroit is Different podcast. Cooley is the owner of Slows Bar B Q, and a staunch Detroit advocate. Phillip’s story was very intriguing. We share a blind faith, and tireless love for the city.

Khary WAE Frazier & Phillip Cooley, Phillip Cooley & wife Kate
Khary WAE Frazier & Phillip Cooley, Phillip Cooley & wife Kate

We discussed his move to Detroit 12 years ago from Chicago. He didn’t find work here for months, but found creativity. Cooley’s travels across the world as a male model has put him in many places, but he’s felt, thought, and believed Detroit is his best home. Cooley’s visions for his artistic, business, and social purpose have been inspired by Detroit. – A house party he had when he first moved here sparked a jam session of hip-hop emcees, jazz saxophonist, key players (on his Mother’s piano), and him on guitar. That moment has committed him to Detroit since.


In the interview we cover his love for Prince, family, and developing business with a social/ community/ and creative mission. Listen in and listen up to this episode of the Detroit is Different Podcast!

Detroit is Different Podcast with Henry Tyler

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Detroit is Different featured the theme of Summer for July of 2014. My podcast guest was Henry Tyler. Henry is a Detroit legend in media and broadcast. Tyler worked on the Detroit classic Dance show ‘The Scene.’ He and RJ Watkins later hosted the ‘The New Dance Show’ and grew to owning TV33 and 88.1fm.

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Mike Will, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Tyler, Theo & Michelle Broughton; Khary WAE Frazier & Henry Tyler; and Michelle Broughton & Donny Hart

On the Podcast we discuss his family’s ties to Detroit from Alabama. In the conversation we discuss the start of his career in media as DJ. Also his experience as a dancer of the TV show ‘Swinging Time’ shot in Windsor ON and hosted by Rob Semore. This is a fun and interesting conversation. Join in and listen. Click Play below

Detroit is Different Podcast with Carolyn Stiriho

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Detroit is Different featured Music for May of 2014. My podcast guest was Carolyn Striho. Carolyn is a musician, vocalist, song writer, and passionate performer from Detroit. Her work has won many Detroit Music Awards and traveled the world.

Me and Scott Dailey, Me and Carolyn Striho
Me and Scott Dailey, Me and Carolyn Striho
On the Podcast we discuss her passion for music. In the conversation Carolyn Striho shares about traveling the world playing music, writing the song ‘Enchante’ inspired by Eastern European music, and surviving cancer. Carolyn also thanks her band featuring her husband Scott Dailey (guitar). This is a fun and inspirational conversation. Join in and listen. Click Play below

The Podcast features three songs from Carolyn Striho: ‘Enchante’ and ‘Word Attack’ from her 2013 album release of ‘Word Attack’; and ‘Honesty’ from her 2009 album release of ‘Honesty.’ Carolyn will be performing next at Callahans in Aurburn Hills MI at 7PM.
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Detroit is Different Podcast: Malik Yakini

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Detroit is Different is about exposing artistry, business, ideas, and dynamic people, places, and things that make Detroit a mecca. The movement is supported by this website, my social networking family (I’m ‘detroitwae’ on facebook, instagram, and twitter add me), an email list, and a podcast.

A podcast is a radio or video program independently produced, and distributed through the i-Tunes network (I subscribe and listen to many, most notably the Joe Rogan Experience). Like most of my interests I feel the podcast world is overpopulated, but under represented. Detroit is Different’s podcast hosts conversations I feel are fruitful.

The Detroit is Different podcast begins with a running start. I hosted a live event, where I recorded a conversation with Malik Yakini. The event was 7 o’clock Saturday Stories.  Yakini is an educator, musician, urban farmer, craftsman, and life long Detroiter.

Malik Yakini playing guitar, Yakini speaking with Hilda Vest and myself at 7 o'clock Saturday Stories.
Malik Yakini playing guitar, Yakini speaking with Hilda Vest and myself at 7 o’clock Saturday Stories.

Our conversation was compelling, entertaining, and insightful.Above is a link to the podcast for you to listen to.  Yakini shared the his thirst for knowledge about the culture of Black people, his journey as a reggae artist, and his commitment to Black people.

Yakini’s music is played throughout the podcast as well. “Rising,” is the song that opens the podcast before our conversation begins. “Rising” features Yakini on guitar, and on Ajuma drums. “Justice,” concludes the podcast. “Justice features Yakini on Bass and Guitar along with Anoor Radin on keys, and vocals feature G Mack, Money Wells, and Saleem Rushdam.

Yakini will be playing music live at Dabl’s African Bead Museum (one the of my FAVORITE places in Detroit, across the street from my HS alma mater Northwestern) 6559 Grand River Ave (where W Grand Blvd, Dexter, & Grand River intersect, Rev. Sampson’s stomping grounds RIP) Saturday May 31 2014 at 5pm. Yakini will be playing music with the Black Star Posse which is a musical collective of artists. The event is free produced by Yakini and Tawana Honeycomb Petty for the community.

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