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Amazing things can happen when Black philanthropic professionals across sectors come together to make intentional investments in Black led ideas and projects. Shoutout to Baba Malik Yakini of The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFS) and the work they've been doing for years!This episode, Donna and Orlando sit down with two of Detroit's most respected philanthropic leaders, Meredith Freeman (Max & Majorie Fisher Foundation) and Tosha Tabron (Kresge Foundation) to talk about collaboration, low cost capital, redefining risk, and market indicators. It's a really demystifying conversation! Hot Takes Story:Council president floats preferred leaders of reparations task force
Mothering Justice Founder and Executive Director, Danielle Atkinson joins Orlando in the studio to talk about the reversal of Roe V. Wade by the United States Supreme Court and what that could mean for Black women in Detroit. Danielle also chairs the work and policy agenda of Mothering Justice. Be sure to listen and share with a neighbor and friend. Hot Takes Story:ABORTION RULING HEIGHTENS FEAR OVER UNEQUAL ACCESS TO CARE IN DETROIT
Donna and Orlando attended the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference on the beautiful Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan. The Mackinac Policy Conference is attended by Michigan's political and corporate power brokers along with executives from nonprofits and philanthropy as well as journalists. This episode Orlando is joined by special guest cohost, Stephen Henderson. Stephen is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Founder and Executive Editor of BridgeDetroit and is the host of WDET's Detroit Today and DPTV's American Black Journal. The pair caught up with Detroiters at the conference to talk about the conference theme, their work, and aspirations. Darnell Adams, Director of Detroit Community Initiatives at Gilbert Family Foundation.Camille Walker-Banks, Executive Director of Detroit LISC.Antoine Bryant, Director of the city of Detroit's Planning and Development Department.Kirk Mayes, President & CEO of Forgotten Harvest. Latisha Johnson, Detroit City Councilperson representing District 4.
Donna and Orlando attended the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference on the beautiful Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan. The theme this year was, "The Business Community's Changing Civic Role in Polarizing Times."The Mackinac Policy Conference is attended by Michigan's political and corporate power brokers along with executives from nonprofits and philanthropy as well as journalists. Donna and Orlando got to catch up with Detroiters at the conference to talk about the conference theme,  their work, and aspirations. Charity Dean, Founder of Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance. Latrice McClendon,  Community Marketing Director & Community President at Huntington BankMichael Griffie, Candidate for the 13th Congressional seat for the U.S. House.
Our Candidate series continues! We're working to bring candidates for the 13th Congressional seat to our listeners to ask the questions that no one else is asking! John Conyers joined Orlando and Donna to discuss his candidacy, why he's qualified to represent you, and what he hopes to do if voters send him to D.C.!Listen and share with friends, especially if they live in the 13th district!Hot Takes!Feds Partner with Detroit to reduce gun violence in high-crime neighborhoods
Our monthly series with The Vault Teen Center and Eastside Community Network continues with a discussion about gun violence affecting young lives in Detroit and the nation. The young people interviewed Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib about the realities of they face as young Detroiters. The Vaulted Youth Voices monthly series is sponsored by the Skillman Foundation. Young people are learning Detroit history, podcasting, producing and the power of narrative to curate podcast episodes. The ultimate goal is to have the young people create and sustain their own podcast on the new Detroit Eastside Engagement Podcast Network. 
Our Candidate series continues! We're working to bring candidates for the 13th Congressional seat to our listeners to ask the questions that no one else is asking! Sherry Gay-Dagnogo joined Orlando and Donna to discuss her candidacy, her track in the Michigan state legislature and what she hopes to do if voters send her to D.C.!Listen and share with friends, especially if they live in the 13th district!Hot Takes!2022 Michigan Petition Drives Tracker: What to Know About Election Proposals
Our Candidate series continues! The 13th Congressional race has caught our eye and we're working to bring all 9 candidates to our listeners asking the questions that no one else is asking! Portia Roberson joined Donna and Orlando to discuss her candidacy, her track record in the community and what she hopes to do if voters send her to D.C.!Listen and share with friends, especially if they live in the 13th district. 
Our Candidate series has returned! The 13th Congressional race has caught our eye and we're  working to bring all 9 candidates to our listeners asking the questions that no one else is asking. State Senator Adam Hollier joined Donna and Orlando to discuss his candidacy, his record and what he hopes to do if voters send him to D.C. He also responded to campaign finance misuse allegations by another candidate in the race. Listen and share with friends, especially if they live in the 13th district. 
Our monthly series with The Vault Teen Center and Eastside Community Network continues with a discussion about Detroit's Project Greenlight program and the no snitch culture in many neighborhoods in Detroit. Special shoutout and thanks to Kayla, Johnathan and Nashae for showing up as their authentic selves for this conversation. The Vaulted Youth Voices monthly series is sponsored by the Skillman Foundation. Young people are learning Detroit history, podcasting, producing and the power of narrative to curate podcast episodes. The ultimate goal is to have the young people create and sustain their own podcast on the new Detroit Eastside Engagement Podcast Network. 
Councilwoman Latisha Johnson joins Donna and Orlando to talk about the amended budget that City Council sent to Mayor Mike Duggan that appropriates $2 million dollars for a comprehensive masterplan update. Noah Urban from Data Driven Detroit (D3) also joins the pair to talk about data democracy in Detroit and the new worker owned cooperative model that D3 is under. 
TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY! CLICK HERE TO ACCESS IT. Donna Givens Davidson is back with us from bereavement leave! We are so happy to have voice back on the mic! We've missed her so much. Detroit artist, storyteller, singer and comedian, Satori Shakoor joined Donna and Orlando in the WDET studios in Midtown Detroit. Satori talked about her journey as an artist from being a kid who loved orchestra, being apart of the 'Brides of Funkenstein', founding the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers and hosting television shows on PBS. She is a national and Detroit treasure. Her mission to help people accept themselves through their stories continues to impact audiences all over the nation.
SURPRISE!Two episodes in one week! Detroit's Planning Director, Antoine Bryant sat down with Orlando for a one-on-one. The two had a lengthy discussion about the Strategic Neighborhood Fund and a comprehensive master plan update. They also discussed housing policy and home repair, infrastructure investment, flooding, and the split rate property tax proposal in front of City Council. 
TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY PLEASE! CLICK HERE TO ACCESS IT!Anika Goss of Detroit Future City (DFC) and Jeanette Pierce from the new City Institute joined Orlando for a conversation about the new DFC Report, "Buying In: Opportunities For Increasing Homeownership in Detroit Through Mortgage Lending" and City Institute's launch on April 21st! The conversation is a beautiful tapestry of intersectional storytelling and the acknowledgement of challenges, wins, and solutions for Detroit. This is our first recording at the WDET Studios and is produced by Conor Anderson and Jonathan Galloway (JG) of Audio Wave Network. 
TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY PLEASE! CLICK HERE TO ACCESS IT! Attorney Tonya Myers Phillips from the Right-To-Counsel Coalition sat down with Orlando to talk about the proposed right-to-counsel ordinance that the Detroit City Council will be taking up in the coming weeks that will benefit low income people. *DISCLAIMER: During the recording of this podcast episode, it was reported that the Detroit City Council sent a resolution to Wayne County asking to extend the foreclosure moratorium until 2023. Since our discussion, the County has granted that ask. 
TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY HERE!HOT TAKES STORIEShttps://www.bridgedetroit.com/can-detroit-erase-residential-blight-in-four-years/https://www.bridgedetroit.com/wayne-county-extends-payment-plan-deadline-for-properties-at-risk-of-foreclosure/
In a new monthly series sponsored by the Skillman Foundation, Authentically Detroit is partnering with the Eastside Community Network and the Vault Teen Center to bring you "Vaulted Youth Voices," where young people who are learning Detroit History, podcast producing, and the power of narrative will curate an episode of our podcast! The ultimate goal is to have the young people create and sustain their own podcast on the new Detroit Eastside Engagement Podcast Network. 
Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist is the chair of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, who is released a report today with 14 recommendations to curb disparate health outcomes on racialized communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that has laid bare the systemic inequities that has existed in the state fo Michigan. Gilchrist is the first Black Lieutenant Governor in the state's history. 
40 year Wright Museum veteran Kevin Davidson joined Donna and Orlando to talk about the legacy of Dr. Wright (Detroit's Baby Deliverer, Lover of Art & History), his relationship with him and the ever expanding Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Kevin who happens to be Donna's hubby who also serves as the Director of Fabrication and Design at The Wright was recently featured on Detroit Public Television's American Black Journal where Orlando interviewed him. You can see the interview here. Plan your visit to the Wright Museum today! 
Black History Month continues as Donna and Orlando honor three women who have dedicated their lives in service to their neighbors and the Eastside. 
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