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Plays, Movies, and Children’s Books by Dara Harper

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Dara Harper has been driven to share stories that offer the Black perspective for children and families. A life-long Disney fan never found stories in America’s mainstream that represented her beauty, character, and upbringing. Her ‘Sky Princess’ animation is available on Amazon streaming and features Vivica Fox and more known voice talents.

Dara was raised in the heart of Detroit’s Westside and now resides in Los Angeles. Currently, her play ‘Half Truths Full Plate’ is being produced in Los Angeles at the Stella Adler Theater. Her most known local work is ‘Passing’ which starred Mayowa Reynolds and ran off-Broadway and sold out the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History theater numerous times.

Dara is also my big sister (Khary Frazier). We talk about family, creative business, and storytelling.

Plays, Movies, and Children’s Books by Dara Harper

Dara Harper has been driven to share stories that offer the Black perspective for children and families. A life-long Disney fan never found stories in Americ…

Zana Smith of Spectacles Detroit

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Zana Smith has been adding value to the culture of Detroit for years. Spectacles is a boutique that provides us with a peak into the cool Zana has helped curate. Clothes, music, accessories, books, and art are how other retailers would categorize what Spectacles offers us if you know it’s cool culture. Zana shared her story of how she started a boutique on Dexter Blvd and now stands as one of the only Black-owned retailers in Detroit’s Downtown today. Zana is joined by Piper Carter of We Found Hip-hop and we collectively asked Zana the “How’s & What’s” of Spectacle’s.

Zana Spectacles Detroit and Piper

Zana Smith has been adding value to the culture of Detroit for years. Spectacles is a boutique that provides us with a peek into the cool Zana has helped cur…

Zana is a staple for Detroit culture branded by the ‘Soul Detroit’ and so much more. This interview was special and a must-watch.

Visit www.detroitisdifferent.com for more #detroitisdifferent #SpectaclesDetroit #PiperCarter #KharyFrazier

Idlewild: Black Eden Today

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Idlewild is a town that was established and maintained by a rich history of African American commitment and love. The town’s prominence as ‘Black Eden’ came to life in an America with explicit segregation where the African American affluent sought out a place to vacation and enjoy Summer on the water. Today families from Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, and Milwaukee carry the tradition of keeping the town together.

There is a strong tie from Idlewild to Detroit and poet Tawana ‘Honeycomb’ Petty and Susan Matous provided access for Detroit is Different to interview some of the artists, residents, and business owners keeping Idlewild moving. This is a special Detroit is Different featuring Idlewild.

Interviews included are from 4th generation Idlewild homeowners, artists who perform at Idlewild, business owners who operate businesses in the town, and also visitors who love the Idlewild.

Listen to interviews from:

Elizabeth Atkins, Judge Chris Blount, Blair Evans, Linda McClure, Cedric McDougle, Nikki Studstill, Tony Watts, and One Single Rose (Rose Wilson)

V Stylez making Detroit different

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V Stylez is one of the most known Hip-hop acts from Detroit in Europe. Germany, Japan, France, and Spain have been moving along to the rhythms and lyrics of the V Stylez sound for years. The enthusiast of combat sports, his Fenkell neighborhood, and DePorres HS grad is also a stateman in Black history. The V in V Stylez carries the tradition of the Vessey tradition (Google Denmark Vessey and discover much of the make-up of the ways our constitution was designed). The manner Rev. Daniel Aldridge (Detroit is Different interview 2019) carries the historic family legacy stories of his Aunt Dorthy Height, V Stylez carries the family tradition for Denmark Vessey. This was a fun interview and very interesting. Explore the ways hip-hop, history, and society all intersect. Detroit is Different because of V Stylez.

V Stylez on Detroit is Different

V Stylez is one of the most known Hip-hop acts from Detroit in Europe. Germany, Japan, France, and Spain have been moving along to the rhythms and lyrics of …

Source Booksellers 30 years of Non-Fiction

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30 years of Business is an accomplishment that deserves recognition. The Source Booksellers began with interest from many readers in the books Janet Webster Jones was reading. “People were always asking me about the books I was reading, where they could buy them, and this led me to start …,” Janet Webster Jones. Today the Mother and daughter bond between Janet Webster Jones and Alyson Turner is shared in business, love, and reading.

Source Booksellers: 30yrs is Non-Fiction

30 years of Business is an accomplishment that deserves recognition. The Source Booksellers began with interest from many readers in the books Janet Webster …

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