Why do people choose to do bad things? Is there really an evil entity constantly trying to get us to do wrong? And if so, what is the entity that is trying to convince us to do what’s right? So many great questions, and we are ready to talk about them. Like a rose that has sprung up from the concrete, rap artist DIMI D has overcome many odds in his own life and has fought his way through the trials and temptations that have tried to take him out. Sometimes things happen in our lives that are out of our control, and the only thing we can do is try our best to move past them. Sadly, in many cases, the hardships that people face in this life have a hardening effect on the way they view the world and those living in it. We often times spiral in a downward direction due to the hardships in our life because hardships often leave a negative impact on the way we think and the way we feel. DIMI D has encountered many experiences throughout his life that could have killed him in the blink of an eye. He understands the mindset of living life on a path to self destruction. The pain in DIMI D’s life caused him to become a rebel who wanted nothing more to live life on his own terms without any rules or regulations from those in a position of higher authority. Sadly, being a rebel has a way of disconnecting us from both God and the people God has sent to be helpful to us in our lives. 

DIMI D is a name we have seen in headlines a lot in the past year. His gift in music and passion for God continues to make room for him in the music world. And just like DIMI D, we all have questions pertaining to our existence. What is life? Why I am I here? Is there life after death? Why do bad things happen to good people? Does God really exist? These are some of the most prominent questions being talked about in our world today, and if we’re not careful, we might find ourselves listening to the wrong people telling us the wrong answers. The truth is, people all over the world are in great distress and they are looking for answers that can help ease their troubled minds. 

The Project “Rebel Turned Angel” is based on the true story of how DIMI D went from being a very lost and troubled youth to becoming a much more productive individual whose mind and heart began to heal as he shifted his focus to follow God instead of the ways of this world. The record is filled with relatable stories and life lessons that are geared towards helping others understand that they are not alone. DIMI D wanted to unveil his personal hardships in lyrical format so that someone might be able to hear his story and find hope for their own life situations.

“Rebel Turned Angel” has a Boom Bap east coast style that is smothered with a West Coast vibe. As you listen to the project through your headphones, you will quickly see that everything DIMI D had to go through was a stepping stone to increase his faith and to draw him closer to the God who called him out of darkness into His marvelous Light. DIMI D credits every good thing in his life to the God who bled and died for his sins and for ours. Just like everyone else, the rapper had choices he had to make along his journey. It was up to him to decide whether or not he was going to allow the bad things that happened dictate the direction he was going to travel throughout the rest of his life. Unfortunately, DIMI D chose the wrong path for many years and ended up paying a hard price for his decisions. However, when he finally came to himself and realized that he needed to give his life and all the issues in it over to God, he was finally able to begin picking up the pieces and allowing God to heal the pain he endured as a young boy growing up on the streets of California.  

What is life? “Life is a God given gift that each of us have been blessed to experience.” Why are we here? “We are here to learn the truth, and by learning that truth we can be set free and forgiven of our wrong doings. Then, we can allow God to use our lives so that He can reach others with the same truth that has the power to save them as forgive their wrong doings as well.” Is there life after death? “Yes! Absolutely. There is life after death, and God refers to it as eternity, a life that is without end. However, the issue is that there are only two destinations we can go to after we die. We can either put our faith and trust in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ which gives us the right to be forgiven of all of our sins, or we can choose to forfeit our opportunity to be saved and spend eternity in the Lake of Fire with the Devil and his angels. It is completely up to us and we have the power to make our and utterly our choice to choose which end we want to inherit.” Why do bad things happen to good people? “Simple. We live in a broken world that is full of sin and people that are disobedient to God’s will. Since sin is a destructive demonic nature, there isn’t really a way to find eternal hope, peace, or protection outside of the covering of God Almighty.” Why do people choose to do bad things? “Well, the reason people choose to do bad things is because sin lives in the members of their body. This causes people to lean towards disobedience to God, which ultimately causes consequences that can cause us to experience extreme hardships and various types of physical and emotional pain. This is why God wants us to trust and obey Him, so that we can avoid many hardships and learn to thrive in both this life and throughout eternity.” Is there really an evil entity that is constantly trying to get us to do wrong? “Yes, the Bible calls that entity Satan. God says that Satan roams around like a roaring Lion seeking whom he may devour. Satan cannot devour us unless we choose to let him. The problem is people are constantly making decisions, that by default, give Satan legal grounds to harass them and wreak havoc in their lives.” What is the entity that is trying to convince us to do what’s right? “God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit of the living God. The Holy Trinity. These 3 persons who exist as the Godhead that make up the fulness of who God actually is. When we feel the nudge or we feel the thoughts to do what is right, that’s God’s voice speaking to us. The more we choose to trust and obey God’s word, the more His favor and grace will shine in and through our lives for the whole world to see. This heavenly light inside of us will produce good deeds that are done on the outside through out behaviors and choices, which then cause people to see those good deeds and give thanks to the one true God for His goodness and mercy. Amen!”

Make sure you guys check out “REBEL TURNED ANGEL” and be sure to follow DIMI D on his Social Media below!

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It’s always nice to have good music you can vibe with. But it’s even better when you find great music you can vibe with! Wouldn’t you agree?

Introducing DIMI D, an upcoming CHH Artist based in the heart of Fontana, CA. Ever since DIMI D was a young boy, his heart was always filled with a love for music. Everywhere he went, he would always sing the lyrics to his favorite songs. Once the young rapper reached the age of middle school, he developed a passion for free styling. This was the chapter in his life when he realized music was the path he wanted to pursue.

Although DIMI D had a passion for music, he struggled with the thought of people looking down on him for being a Christian Rapper. He didn’t want people to think that his music was weak just because it reflected his faith in the God. Unfortunately, most Christian content over the years has caught a bad wrap. This is primarily do to the fact that Christians haven’t really had a strong budget to work with. However, a lot has changed over the years, and now Christians are investing thousands and even millions into entertainment projects. PSYCHO is simply one of those songs that proves you can still go hard as a Christian without using any profanity or forms of vulgar language.

We decided to reach out to DIMI D and asked him why he chose to do music? This was his response: “I do music for the people who feel like they don’t belong. I also do it for the people who love West Coast music and R&B. I want my music to relate to people who might have a similar story as me. If my music can relate to someone else’s life, than i’ve reached my goal. If it doesn’t, then I guess my songs will simply be normal tracks like everyone else.”

DIMI D was introduced to God when he was just a little boy. The concept of God and the truth of the Bible always seemed to just make sense to him. However, there were many times along the way when his adversary the Devil tried to attack him in hopes of destroying his life. But praise to be God the Devils plans never succeeded! DIMI D wants the world to know that he is grateful to God for saving his life and blessing him with a family that truly cares about his walk with the Lord. Music and Jesus mean so much to him. As a matter of fact, the rising rap artist emphatically credits his musical abilities to the Lord Jesus Christ. “Without God, I would not be able to make music that has a positive impact on people’s lives.”

So, what it the song PSYCHO actually about? The rapper told us that: “My song PSYCHO speaks to the idea that once I step into the booth and approach the mic, I spit the craziest lyrics and hottest bars I can come up with. So in that sense, you can kind of say that my music is somewhat Psychotic in that way. I really enjoyed producing the music to this song. It kinda has a scary vibe to it, but the other elements I mixed in really makes the track go hard.”

Make sure you guys check out PSYCHO and be sure to follow DIMI D on his Social Media below!

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Most people who vibe with the CHH music genre know that it is very uncommon for Christian Rap Artists to land movie placements. And the artists who have landed movie placements, are most always signed to record deals with semi to well-known recording labels. But, every now and then the world gets to witness a few rare individuals who rise up from the ashes, miraculously beat the odds, and blaze a trail of eye capturing victory right in front of the people who hoped they wouldn’t succeed. Well, today we are beyond excited to talk about two extraordinary individuals that fall directly into that category.

Many of you may already know this particular powerhouse. It is no secret that his career has been a pretty inspiring phenomenon within the CHH industry for nearly a decade. Shockingly, even major secular music execs have complimented his work and praised his astounding achievements. Dominic Bonsignore, more commonly known as the rap artist “Harmini”, is a professional independent rap artist, songwriter, actor, model, and film producer. His humility, hard work, dedication, and faith have not only caused him to acquire top tier skills as an international recording artist, but have also made him an extremely high profile contact within the music business. Out of all the numbers in your phone that get deleted, if you are fortunate enough to have Harmini’s, guard it with your life!

As fate would have it, living on the other side of the United States of America another dynamic gem piece in the music industry was discovered. His talent was often overlooked and discredited by the people around him, especially to the well known artists within the CHH music genre. That is, until he met Harmini. We would like to introduce to you a rising voice in the CHH music community who goes by the name “P.O.G. The MC For Christ”. At the time Harmini connected with this humble, gifted, God loving Buffalo, NY rapper, P.O.G. was weary and struggling to keep hope alive. Which is understandable when your constantly overlooked by the same people who yell “Lets unify! We support you! Lets unify! We support you!” at their shows, but then completely neglect you as soon as they walk off stage. Sadly, most of the prominent names you know in CHH are just that – a two-faced show. But Harmini took the time to both encourage and call out the gifts inside of “P.O.G. The MC For Christ”. And when the opportunity came up for Harmini to write another movie track, he teamed up with the Buffalo artist and they co-wrote an amazing single titled “BAD FOLKS.

So, what is the synopsis of this feature film titled “BAD FOLKS”? And how does the song “BAD FOLKS” tie into the movie? Well, the film is a murder mystery by MGI films and the story takes place inside of a city bar room. There are a total of eight people in this bar. All of which are considered to be “Bad Folk”. One of the individuals at the bar managed to commit a murder without being seen. Now, none of them are able to leave until the real killer is uncovered and the murder mystery is solved. Everyone inside the bar is a suspect, and none of them want to fess up to the killing. The song “BAD FOLKS” ties in very well, and quite honestly in our opinion, is really genius. The song has an intriguing intro that sets up the mood for the record. Harmini starts off the song by saying: “8 Bad Folk. 1 bar. 1 murder. Everyone’s a suspect”. Then the chorus drops addressing the topic of prayer, as a form of direction and encouragement to the innocent who are being interrogated as suspects. The song is also clearly addressing all people everywhere all around the world who have fallen on hard times.

Chorus lyrics: “PRAY! When you feel alone and nobody understands what you’re going through PRAY! When the walls close in and you got nowhere to go, boy you know you better PRAY! When the world starts trippin and nobody seems to listen that’s when you gotta PRAY! You gotta PRAY! You gotta PRAY!”. This was actually a very clever approach, especially since the song doesn’t feel “preachy” at all, even though in a lot of ways – it’s PREACHING! The song highlights the life of godless people in society, classifying them within the category of being “Bad Folk”. These are the people in society who choose to live in a way that both violates (and breaks) the law, puts the lives of innocent people in harms way, and causes drama and discord within our communities. The entire song, although wrapped in the story of a murder mystery, is clearly teaching people to “seek God” and “Pray” when life gets hard. And it also highlights the fact that living life as a rebel isn’t the way to go, even though the culture continues to teach society that it is. So yeah, like we said, pure Genius! Harmini and P.O.G The MC for Christ definitely “murdered” that track!

The song was well received by the public, and has went on to encourage tens of thousands of people who absolutely love the dynamics of the newly released single and the positive message that it delivers. The ONLY negative review we could find searching the web, came from one group of individuals on the Guerilla Cross “SPEAK LIFE” Radio Show. Which is ironic, because their very name suggests that they would be first in line to “Speak Life” over the record. Go figure. Nevertheless, their opinion crashed and burned as the “BAD FOLKS” movie track was praised by the masses and went on to produce over 80,000 streams in the first nine months of it’s release. WOW!!

Follow HARMINI and P.O.G The MC For Christ on social media below!

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Introducing Moesha Buckholtz, who is better known by her fans as “MO_OX5″. Moesha is an upcoming inspirational female Christian rap artist currently residing in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The upcoming star is by no means ashamed to tell people about her faith, or about her music. The truth of the matter is, Jesus saved her life! And now she wants the whole world to know about it, so that others experience the same glorious transformation she did. Moesha enjoys a lot of things, but there is nothing she loves more than writing music and spreading the good news about her Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ.

Moesha Buckholtz “MO_OX5″ came into this world on June 14, 1998. But, little did she know that a deathly sickness was going to consume her body, causing her to nearly die before she ever had the chance to live. The sickness she encountered was caused by the improper care of her birth mother. However, when God has a plan for your life, not even death itself can hold its grip on you! Moesha not only recovered from her deathly illness, she bounced back stronger than anyone ever expected. And she continues to give God all the glory for saving her!

As the years began to pass by, MO_OX5 began to recognize that God had something special in store for her future. It was no coincidence that her life was preserved as an infant. God had a purpose for saving her. Moesha became filled with the Holy Spirit, and when that happened she began to walk out God’s plan for her life. During the course of her journey, she developed a strong passion for music, not knowing that it was actually going to be a life raft that would save her through some of the darkest times of her life. But where on earth did this musical passion come from? Well, the truth is it derived from her other family members. Growing up, Moesha witnessed her mom constantly singing around their home. And her other siblings also had various musical gifts and abilities. Such as playing the keyboard and jamming on the drums. Through this melodically permeated atmosphere, Moesha developed a sincere love for music. Over the years, she also learned how to play the drums. And now she plays them every week at New beginnings Worship Center. Which is the same church she’s been going to since she was a toddler.

One of the newest songs written by the singer/songwriter “MO_OX5” is titled “TESTIMONY”. The title of the song seemed to be a statement regarding her faith. But, we wanted to be sure before we started writing a story about it. So, we reached out to Moesha hoping to obtain some personal perspective regarding her new single. Once we were able to contact her, we quickly gained some insight as to what the song was about. She told us that: “The song “TESTIMONY” is the story surrounding the events of my early life as a new born baby. The lyrics speak to the reality that I could have died before I even had the chance to really live. I also credit my survival to the God I love and serve, because I know that if it hadn’t been for Him, I would not be here right now. God always knows what is best for us, therefore it is vital that we choose to trust Him and obey Him. The more that we set apart our lives apart for the Lord, the easier it is to hear Him speak to us. Which then allows us to walk in His purpose, and to understand what we are supposed to do next in our personal journey of faith”.

Click below to connect with MO_OX5 on social media:

Instagram: @MO_OX5

Twitter: @MO_OX5

YouTube: @MO_OX5

Announcing Our First Annual 30 Under 30

With great honor, we at The Detroit Entrepreneur present to you our first annual 30 Under 30 list. This year, the world was faced with huge obstacles, but it did not stop these people we are going to introduce to you. It is the spirit of leadership that brings dedication, motivation, and courage to life.

It is with even greater honor to announce that our 1st 30 Under 30 campaign will be in memory of Australia Day and Rashan Johnson.

When I was 19, I struggled as a teen business owner. I lacked the resources and community to keep me standing. The Detroit Entrepreneur is the outcome of hard lessons I learned early on. My goal was to create a platform where businesses, entrepreneurs, and talents alike can connect with. I wanted to create a powerhouse of everything one with a dream might need, and I did just that.

I founded and registered the company in January of 2020, and we reached #1 in our category in less than a year. Now, we are established enough to proudly be recognized as a top online magazine, trusted brand, and be able to showcase 2020’s best.

We couldn’t have done it without our lead sponsor: Hart Dushaj Agency. It’s an honor to be partnered with Forbes’ Top Places to Work at #24. | They are hiring motivated individuals like you, apply here.

Special thanks to our supporting sponsors: COMPLEXION | Complete Dominance | A Girl Like Me | Top Notch NME | Violeta – Giovanna | Picturesque Digital Services |

Official 30 Under 30 ROSTER

Malik D. Singleton | Entrepreneur

Malik De’ Vonte Singleton, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and award winning leader, has taken 2020 by storm. His strength and perseverance is most admired by The Detroit Entrepreneur.

Malik is also a 2020 Entrepreneurial Excellence recipient. The impact he has made through his philanthropist work in the community cannot be described with words.

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Devankar Mukhi | Social Entrepreneur

A current 4th year student at Wayne State University, Devankar Mukhi was President of the WSU Rotaract Club from 2017-2019; Rotaract is the collegiate level of Rotary International, an international humanitarian organization that provides relief in over 200 countries. Precovid Devankar started a project called Green New Detroit (GND), an environmental educational startup. Early 2021, he will be cohosting a podcast that will be focusing on having through, deep, meaningful conversations with passion game-changers around the world that are solving the toughest challenges of society.

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Gmac Cash | Artist, Comedian

Known for his lyrical skills, parody songs, and impact on the community, Gmac Cash took the stage during 2020.

Gaining national attention from his hit “Coronavirus” and “Big Gretch”, this year was his year.

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Christen Devani | Entrepreneur

CEO and Founder of Polished Puckers LLC, Christen Devani, was just 8 years old when she started her business. After a constant struggle with her own health and beauty needs, Christen founded a brand that would help others in her shoes. She would go on to gain statewide attention.

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Jamahal Hill | Mixed Martial Artist UFC Undefeated

The undefeated Jamahal Hill continues to make Michigan proud. The sharp mixed martial artist made his UFC debut in January this year, and is just getting started.

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Devaughn Ballinger | Dancer, Choreographer

Devaughn Ballinger is a visionary and pillar in the community.  Devaughn’s autobiography entitled A Crack Baby Called Miracle recently released, and he hopes the book will encourage the next generation of visionaries and performers. The Detroit School of Arts graduate founded his dance company Believe3 in 2014, to which he serves as its lead choreographer and creative director. The company, now 6 years strong, has proven to be a dynamic force in the dance community, and was recently certified as a 501(c)(3) organization.

D’ Andre J. Herron | Business Owner

This business owner is well educated, well connected, and well respected. Nicknamed The Godfather of Detroit, D’ Andre J. Herron is most known for his business, community, and entertainment endeavors.

He is the owner of ERD Technology, LLC, 58 Homes 58 Families (Non Profit) and an affiliate of his brother’s music label: Seldom Seen Entertainment.

Mohimen Mahbuba

Netflix welcomed its first Iraqi – Arabic dialogue Hollywood film, Mosul, in November this year. Mohimen Mahbuba, Dearborn native and Iraqi-American, starred in the film as a supporting role.

Mosul is based on a true story that took place during 2016’s Battle of Mosul.

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Brianna Washington

Brianna “Bosslady” Washington, is a multimedia Journalist, radio personality, host, and entrepreneur. she works for the #1 hip-hop radio station in Central Texas as an entertainment reporter and personality while also co-owning and operating the only black-owned women’s boutique in downtown Frankfort, KY. 

Thus far, some of my most significant accomplishments include giving local artists the platform to get their music discovered, supplying jobs and entrepreneurship tips for students at my Alma Mater, and curating women empowerment events for the TX community,” she tells us.

Keyon Clinton | Entrepreneur

Keyon Clinton is not a statistic. After graduating from Michigan State University, he knew that he had a bigger calling in life. Once he retired his career as an engineer at 28, Keyon pursued true calling in life: impacting others. Keyon is an advocate for execution who delivers life
changing messages through his worldwide message of becoming 1% Better every day. This led him to becoming an award-winning International Speaker. Sharing his story to inspire others has also led him to becoming a Best-Selling Author of Healing The Living Dead “Habits that shift you from a Morgue mentality to a Forbes mentality”. Keyon became a two-time award-winning bodybuilder and created the 1% Better Nation …

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Noah | Kid-Entrepreneur

Noah’s Lemonade became a household name since he began making lemonade with his grandpa since he was only four years old.

He’s a multi award winning kid entrepreneur, and this is yet another one of his wins. In the future, he plans on attending Harvard University to become a Astrophycisist. The star has been featured in media nationwide.

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Derrick Mayes Jr. | Entrepreneur

Derrick Mayes Jr., CEO of Mayes Marketing, is originally from Detroit, MI. In 2019, he started Mayes Marketing Agency as a freshman in college, all while he was attending North Central College double majoring in Business Management and Marketing.

He has now implemented a music side that consists of Public Relations (PR) services. Slowly emerging into a media powerhouse himself, Mayes is excited for 2021.

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Bri Makaric | Business Owner

Bri Makaric of BRITE Bites founded the holy grail of probiotic nutrition. With the help of Michigan State University, she started her own company and nutritious BRITE Bites.

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Michael Conley | Entrepreneur

Michael Conley aka Tailored Ankles, is a dapper stylist. Featured in Walk Fashion Show Magazine and Seen Magazine, it’s safe to say he leaves an impression. His nickname “Tailored Ankles” roots from him wearing his pants either with a cuff or tailored above the ankle to fully expose his loafers. His six years in dapper fashion lead him to join Gentlemen’s Den. “We are a culture shock to the fashion community of Detroit,” Michael tells us.

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AYO Sk3tch | Artist

Impacting Detroit in his own way, the Boston-born artist has played a key factor in music development. AYO Sk3tch topped charts, reached record numbers in his career, and is only goal up from here.

He’s been recognized on an international level, but we at The Detroit Entrepreneur still want to recognize him locally.

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Deonte “Chewy” Cooper | Entrepreneur

Chew Chewy Entertainment isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Deonte “Chewy” Cooper impacted the entertainment industry, opened doors, and played a key role in the careers of many in the music scene. His portfolio is unmatched.

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Amer Bally | Real Estate

Amer Bally of The Bally Team has become a familiar face and name. His high ranking success and motivation landed him in this year’s 30 Under 30 list.

Among all his awards, he is currently a top 1% Loan Officer in the nation. If you haven’t heard of Amer Bally yet, you have now.

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Torohn Yancey | Entrepreneur

With an incredible testimony, Torohn Yancey is a true success story. The young leader overcame homelessness, doubt, and pain, and pursued a business idea that flourished. After years of trouble during school years, he turned his destiny around and signed to play college football at Dakota College of Bottineau. His story caught media attention, and it remains an inspiration to those that are starting from the bottom.

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Kyree Johnson | Entrepreneur

Kyree’s Kandy Stop CEO, Kyree Johnson, has a sweet future ahead. His candy bags are filled with all your favorite treats! Kyree’s dream is to have his own candy vending machine business one day.

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Karter Johnson | Entrepreneur

The Popcorn and Books CEO and reading advocate possess true passion for fighting illiteracy.

Karter Johnson continues to make an impact with his book subscription boxes and upcoming book feature.

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Calvin Carey Jr. | Entrepreneur

Calvin Carey Jr. is the founder of Gentlemen’s Den, a men’s fashion & lifestyle brand based here in Detroit. The brand is emerging into a society and culture platform for black men. It’s the first of its kind and the beginning of a major impactful brand. Anticipating his future modeling agency, it’s safe to say 2021 will also be his year.

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Nicholas Shammo | Entrepreneur

Sylvia Thomas a young emerging entrepreneur and the president of a nonprofit that has helped provide food and hygiene products for incarcerated inmates during the pandemic. She also has maintained over 10,000 foreclosures and abandon homes in the Detroit area. Sylvia owns The House of Detroit located in Royal Oak during the pandemic and has employed 5 individuals and counting.  Not only has she encouraged other women to pursue their dreams in business and entrepreneurship; she has helped others start their businesses as well.

Dasia Johnson | Entrepreneur, Mental Health Advocate

Dasia Johnson is a business owner, advocate, and coach. She has dedicated her life to providing resources and support to those dealing with mental health related issues.

Her brand, OBLIVION, recently launched, & is a product of her own personal mental health journey.

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Joseph Tompkins | Entrepreneur

Joseph R.Tompkins is the Founder and CEO of the Coalition for Black Success and Black Success Clothing. He’s a native of Detroit, Michigan and a renowned entrepreneur. Joseph is a member of Forbes the Culture and was recently nominated to be on the 2020 & 2021 Forbes 30under30 list. He’s an eight-year veteran of the United States Army and passionate about helping people from all walks of life especially people of color. Joseph and The Black Success Movement firmly believes in hard work, persistence, and consistency. While always jumping at the opportunity to give back to the community by Hosting Events and Partnering with Businesses in the city for food/coat drives and also sponsoring events to promote Black culture and Growth. His greatest accomplishment remains been a father to his children Aiden and Ayanna, who are his daily motivation to succeed.

Mary Colon | Entrepreneur

Mary Colon graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences. She majored in advertising with a minor in sales leadership, but also has coursework in videography and broadcast journalism. Mary has held positions in automotive advertising, including digital marketing for the Cadillac brand. During this, Mary balanced dancing for the Detroit Pistons Dancers for 2 seasons. Over the summer, Mary interned for The Detroit Entrepreneur, but now she works in media sales and as a brand ambassador for VADE Nutrition.

Eddy Mack | Artist

Eddy Haddad, professionally known as Eddy Mack, calls Detroit home. The artist recently celebrated 1 million streams on both Spotify and Apple Music. Currently residing in LA, we are proud to be the start of his success story.

Christian Gojcaj | Entrepreneur | AIL

In 2017, Christian Gojcaj joined Hart Dushaj Agency, and he is currently an internationally top ranked mid level executive. Soon to be promoted to senior executive, his dedication and drive surpasses the average leader. It makes sense, as he has been working since he was only 15 years old. Christian possesses a Bachelors in Health Science. Originally, he planned on becoming a Physicians Assistant, but left the once-dream and listened to his entrepreneurial spirit.

Mike Willits | Entrepreneur

Nicholas Shammo | Entrepreneur

Founded this year, The Different Brand was launched by two teen entrepreneurs, one of them being the then 16 year old Nicholas Shammo.

Since then, the brand has evolved and continues to be an inspiration to other young, ambitious entrepreneurs.

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Anthony Danno | Entrepreneur

Anthony Danno, second co-founder of The Different Brand , founded the clothing line at just 17 years old.

The message it stands for and the message he gives is what makes his brand, well, different. With more designs on the way, 2021 will be another year of growth for the co-founders.

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Reflection: in the words of Brittani Brisker

The COVID-19 crisis was unconsciously in the course of teaching us how to prioritize what’s important in our lives. It made us assess our value systems, reprioritize them if necessary, while also making us value our loved ones a bit more, and moments shared with them. For the first time, families were eating home cooked meals at the dinner table every night. Parents had more time to help their children with their homework, and many homes even became classrooms. Platforms such as Skype, Zoom, and even FaceTime helped to maintain relationships, and even strengthen some. I personally spoke to more of my friends during the last 3 months than I have in the past 3 years. Bonds, whether romantic or platonic, were growing stronger, as most people had more leisure time to devote to nurture those relationships. COVID-19 pushed us forward in terms of bond building.

From the pandemic to the death of George Floyd, this is a reflection of this year's trials and tribulations in the words of Brittani Brisker.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill.

However, the bonding we gained socially, as a people, through COVID-19, was shattered due to the horrific events that took place in the evening hours of May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. GEORGE FLOYD, a beautiful black man, was taken from us in such a heinous, unspeakable, unthinkable, and unjust way. I intentionally capitalized his name, as I’m rebutting the dehumanizing treatment that he endured & am shouting his name to be heard all the way from the Detroit to a terrace in Paris.

Now, there’s bonding only within ones’ identifying community. Black communities have thankfully unified and started many positive initiatives together. On the opposing end of the spectrum, we witnessed the unity within the Minneapolis department, mostly negative obviously, but we are starting to witness some positive efforts as more authority figures try to seek justice for GEORGE FLOYD. Nonetheless, certain groups of people have started to build extremely prejudicial attitudes toward other groups dissimilar from themselves, mainly from hurt or fear. For that reason, rioters and protesters are out all over the world fighting for their voices to be heard.

Protests in Paris, 2020.

Moreover, Maya Angelou has been one of my biggest inspirations, as a writer. I’ve studied her since I was a young girl, and it’s safe to say I’m obsessed with her. My favorite quote of hers:

“I am a human being, nothing human can be alien to me”.

Maya Angelou

It simply translates, in layman terms, we’re all capable of the same acts, whether they’re for the greater good or not. We’re all equipped the same. We all have the same makeup, come from the same maker. Every day we are all faced with choices, the right & wrong ones, and we can distinguish which is which with little effort. Some people choose to do things for the greater good, while others don’t. While we may never understand or agree with some of the actions of others, we must still acknowledge the fact that we’re capable of the same things, BUT we choose to do the right thing. Good people choose to do the right things over & over again. I admittedly struggle with this concept, as I still have a hard time identifying with certain brutes, like GEORGE FLOYD’S murder, however, I offer these wise words from my hero Miss Maya, as I hope it can serve as insight for some.

I encourage every reader to continue to make the right decisions. Don’t be influenced by negative forces, hateful people, with prejudice beliefs. Continue to spread love, and be light in the world. Right now is the perfect time to reflect & reminisce on the bond building enabled by the recent health pandemic, as well. COVID-19 helped us to focus on those we love & the things we love. It may seem unfathomable right now, as we mourn GEORGE FLOYD, but we must ‘try’ to focus on love.


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Author: Brittani Brisker

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Updated: June 3, 2020

Our #StayInside Survival Guide

Currently, Michigan is under a quarantine to combat the spread of COVID-19. Think of it this way. Stay at home = Safe at home. How can we be entertained at home? Well, below are 5 ways to keep ourselves busy during this time.

  1. Avoid the pantry. (I say this as I snack on pretzels.) There is such a thing as bored eating. At least, now there is. It seems like the pantry is a popular place to visit. I mean, it is the closest thing to going out to eat, right?
  2. Read a book. Matter of fact, write a book if you’d like. This will keep your mind focused on other forms of entertainment aside from Netflix and social media. Staring at the television for 8+ hours does us no good.
  3. Go on a walk. Yes, going on a walk is perfectly acceptable! We have to work off the extra calories we are consuming somehow.
  4. Start a new hobby. Now is the time to begin that hobby you promised yourself you would start one day. Appreciate this time at home.
  5. Spend time around loves ones. If you do not live with family, Zoom ad FaceTime are alternatives. Our busy lives have kept us distracted from the most important and valuable things in life.

We are all in this together. If this pandemic has taught us one thing, it is the realization that we took things for granted. Please remember, stay at home = safe at home. Hopefully, our #stayinside survival guide has inspired you in some way.

Back to the pantry I go.

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