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Detroit is Different Podcast with Sharon McPhail

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I welcomed an open discussion with the Honorable Sharon McPhail for the Detroit is Different podcast’s November 2014 Politics theme. We discussed a mix of topics regarding her commitment to family, Detroit, and advocacy. Her journey from Massachusetts, to leading the Wolverine Bar Association, to working with Mayor Coleman Young are all covered.

Currently Sharon McPhail is a superintendent of a K – 12 school. We discuss the roles families and fathers play in the lives of children. Also the impact hip-hop has. This is an interview rich with content and history. Please enjoy and listen in.

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.

DETROIT is DIFFERENT LIVE: NOVEMBER EVENTS

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Detroit is full of talented and skillful artists. As a rapper I’ve been blessed to work with and meet many. The collection of artists I most love, and am inspired by, are the musicians. I think all too often Detroit artists feel taken unappreciated here. So as an artist and fan I’m glad to embrace, support, and appreciate the talent before me when I can.

For over a decade as a hip-hop artist and band leader I’ve performed with some of the best performers across the world. Witnessing the artistry of nationally recognized artists like Danny Brown, Derrick May, and Big Sean create has been humbling. Though these acts provide only a glimpse into the dynamic and eclectic world of Detroit music that I’ve fell in love with.

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Thanksgiving Night I’m performing live at the Jam Handy in Detroit’s New Center District (2900 E Grand BLVD Detroit MI @ 8PM), I’d like for you to join me. This performance is an event I’m producing with Handsome Sam (Sam Spurill). It’s a featured event for the ‘Mind Fusion Series.’ This show will fuse Jazz and Hip-hop live performance.

“The idea is to have people come out and join us for great music live after spending a day with your family,” Handsome Sam.

The Jazz band is Alex White and the Family. Led by Alex White on drums, the band will feature Michael Jellick on Piano, Ben Rolstan on Bass, and Rafael Statin on Saxophone. The Mind Fusion series is a mix of hip-hop and other music genres Sam and I will feature quarterly. This Fall for Thanksgiving we’re mixing great Jazz players and Hip-hop.

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DETROIT IS DIFFERENT: NOVEMBER DETROIT EVENTS

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Wednesday November 19, 2014 Urban Organic & Soulasis Music Group Present: XII the Brandon Williams Album Release Event

At the Detroit Public Library Main Branch 5201 Woodward Detroit MI, Free Event 6PM -9PM Performance at 7PM *I’m going to perform with Brandon and the Band too, JOIN US!

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Friday November 21, 2014 Nadir’s Electric Lounge

At the Next Wave Media Lab 950 Stephenson Highway Troy MI, Free Event 7PM Doors & 8PM Show Performing along with Nadir will be Steffanie Christi’an and Michael Turner Live Funk, Rock & Soul

Saturday November 22, 2014 7 O’Clock Saturday Stories with Sharon McPhail

At Motor City Art Center 4468 Third Street Detroit MI 48201, Free Event at 7PM, Join me as I interview Sharon McPhail and discuss her experience, ideas, and visions about Detroit

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