Detroit is Different is about exposing artistry, business, ideas, and the dynamic people, places, and things that I know make Detroit a mecca. The movement is supported by www.detroitisdifferent.com, social networking friends, an email list, and a podcast.
The Detroit is Different podcast starts off running. I hosted a live event where I recorded a conversation with Malik Yakini. The event was 7 o'clock Saturday Stories.
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.
Yakini shared the start of 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, vocals feature G Mack, Money Wells, and Saleem Rushdam.