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What is Motor City Match?

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Right now is a better time than any to start a business. As America has transitioned from the Industrial age into the Information age the reliance upon employees has lessened. Staffing agencies today facilitate the hiring process of millions of Americans who essentially serve roles as independent contractors. Since the turn of the century 1099 employment has been one of the most prevalent trends of American business. Fundamentally many people who consider themselves employed are entrepreneurs. The American Dream of completing school and working for a company till retirement has shifted. Tools like Quickbooks, Invoicetogo, and Paypal along with an array of others work on behalf of businesses to assist in executing tasks.

My commitment to business runs deep and has been taught since I was a child. My father has run Greg Frazier CPA/PC which specializes in specific computer developed solutions for clients for over 20 years. My grandparents Don and Vel Scott ran Vel’s on the Circle nightclub for over 25 years in what now has become the medical district of Cleveland OH. Growing up I witnessed the success, challenges, growth, and budgeting of entrepreneurial capital (time, money, network, and differentiation). In Metro-Detroit what was odd to most, has always been familiar to me.

Motor City Match is a program supported by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and run by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. In 2015 the program launched to provide Detroit entrepreneurs access to facilities and cash to spark their businesses. Detroit is Different profiles these entrepreneurs that have started their businesses ranging from childcare to restaurants.

Motor City Match has business development tracks for business planning education to know how much, what type of, and when funds are needed for development. The most important component of Motor City Match is the relationship between entrepreneurs seeking space/s to conduct business and commercial property owners seeking businesses to lease/ rent/ or purchase their space.

Here is an overview of what Motor City Match is from Motor City Match winners and the Motor City Match team:

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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Detroit is Different with Brazelton Flower’s

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Brazelton Flower’s is a florist located on W Grand BLVD steps doors away from the historic Motown Museum. Edgar Brazelton Sr opened the florist 75 years ago and today his son Edgar Brazelton Jr. carries on the legacy. Brazelton Flower’s has one of the strongest traditions of working with, on behalf of, and opening doors for Black entrepreneurs throughout Detroit. After the rebellion (riot/ insurrection) of Detroit 50 years ago; the Brazelton’s made a point of standing tall in the W Grand Blvd neighborhood. Today I introduce you to the florist I always support and a businessman who’s always supported me, Edgar Brazelton Jr.

Sweet Love Interview with Karen Dumas on 910AM

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Saturday October 15, 2016 is the day to join me for the ‘Sweet Love’ tribute concert to Aaliyah, Anita, and Aretha at Tony V’s Tavern 5756 Cass Detroit at 8pm (WSU Campus). Tuesday October 11, 2016 Karen Dumas welcomed me (Khary Frazier), Sweet Love emcee Kristina the Glam Tech, and Sweet Love Vocalist Angela Davis on her 910AM radio show the Pulse (airing M-F; 4p – 7p).

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Detroit is Different with Focus :HOPE

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Bill Wenzell is one of the organizer’s of ‘Eleanor’s Walk.’ Eleanor’s Walk is an event that honors the legacy of Eleanor Josaitis. Josaitis was a co-founder of Focus :HOPE. Focus :HOPE is the Detroit organization built from the ashes of the 1967 Rebellion in response to the racial tensions and social disparities throughout Detroit. Upon foundation Father William Cunningham and Eleanor Josaitis built the organization providing better quality foods to the predominantly Black populous of the Linwood/Oakman neighborhood where Focu :HOPE resides (also my neighborhood as a child and now). Today Focus :HOPE provides training, child care, food, and many other services/ support for Metro Detroit. ‘Eleanor’s Walk’ is an anchoring event bringing together Focus :HOPE’s support base and others annually in the fight against social inequities.

Eleanor Josaitis was also one of my mentors and friends before her passing in 2011. My relationship with Josaitis is still encouraging today. Her wisdom and humility towards understanding the importance of developing consideration for others challenges me constantly. As she often spoke of significance of the people before the mission. Even in our friendship her interest in hip-hop was rooted in what I taught her about the art through my music.

Detroit is Different with Dine Drink Detroit

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Scott Rutterbush has become a go to source for Detroit restaurants & bars. About 5 years ago Scott embarked on ‘Dine, Drink, Detroit.’ ‘Dine, Drink, Detroit’ is an event every October which gives you an opportunity to check out a series of Detroit restaurants. For the reasonable price of $15 you get the opportunity to get a taste of one of the 31 restaurants participating in Dine Drink Detroit 2016 (all the restaurants are listed below). Go out get a drink and some eats on Dine, Drink, Detroit next week! Scott shares what led him to start ‘Dine, Drink, Detroit’ with me. Also he talks about the official launch party which is Monday October 3, 5pm -11pm at West Riverfront (behind Detroit’s Main Post Office). The launch party will feature 65 vendors with drinks, food, and music. I’ll be performing with the my partner in stage drummer Alex White!

If you’re interested in attending the Dine, Drink, Detroit Launch party you can receive 20% off your $15 ticket today by entering promocode: DJKharyFrazier. Click Here to purchase your ticket today

2016 Dine, Drink, Detroit restaurants/bars: BATCH BREWING COMPANY 1400 Porter, THE BLOCK 3919 Woodward, BOBCAT BONNIE’S 1800 Michigan, CHARTREUSE KITCHEN AND COCKTAILS 15 E Kirby St Suite D, COLORS DETROIT 311 East Grand River, CUTTER’S 2638 Orleans, DOWNTOWN LOUIE’S 30 Clifford St, FIREBIRD TAVERN 419 Monroe, GOLD CASH GOLD 2100 Michigan, GREEN DOT STABLES 2200 W Lafayette, HARRY’S DETROIT 2482 Clifford, HURON ROOM 2547 Bagley, JOHNNY NOODLE KING 2601 W. Fort Street, JOLLY PUMPKIN 441 W Canfield St, KATOI 2520 Michigan, LA FERIA 4130 Cass, MERCURY BURGER & BAR 2163 Michigan, MUDGIE’S DELI 1300 Porter, OTTAVA VIA 1400 Michigan, PARKS & REC DINER 1942 Grand River, PJ’S LAGER HOUSE 1254 Michigan, REPUBLIC TAVERN 1942 Grand River, RUSTED CROW DETROIT 78 W. Adams, SLOWS 2138 Michigan, ST. CECE’S PUB 1426 Bagley, STARTER’S BAR & GRILL 4501 Woodward, THE BLOCK DETROIT 3919 Woodward, THE RATTLESNAKE 300 River Place, TIJUANA’S AUTHENTIC MEXICAN KITCHEN 18950 Ford Rd, TOWNHOUSE 500 Woodward, TRAFFIC JAM & SNUG 511 W Canfield

Entertainment Biz: Hammonds & Hoops

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The best asset anyone in entertainment biz (business) can have is a smart and dedicated attorney. I have a special Detroit is Different Podcast with Attorney’s Stephanie Hammonds & Daniel Hoops. This was a panel discussion hosted in August as part of the Ortheia Barnes Music Festival. Stephanie Hammonds has been my attorney for years. I don’t trust anyone more that her when it comes to contracts, representation, support, and legal business advice. Daniel Hoops is a friend/ mentor of mine that represents many of my mentors (RIP Proof, Derrick May, & many others). Attorneys Hammonds and Hoops join me for a fulfilling discussion about planning, business, and protecting your assets.

Detroit is Different with Go Passage

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Go Passage is a ticketing application that allows event producers to sell tickets to events in niche, dynamic, and specific ways. Go Passage is my exclusive ticketing outlet for online purchases, and if you’re purchasing tickets, shirts, music or anything I’m selling at an event Go Passage processes the Detroit is Different payment. Go Passage was started by Alex Linebrink. Alex, Brandon, and Lee of Go Passage all sit down with me and share the advantages of Go Passage, and more.

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