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What would it mean to codify Roe vs Wade? Is it time we stop this fight for reproductive rights and pass a law that would affirm a pregnant person’s right to an abortion without undue interference? In May, one of nation’s strictest abortion measures, banning procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy was signed into law in Texas and opened th…
 
How do you go from a casual deck conversation to building an organization that brings support and visibility to the LGBTQIA+ community? How do you plan during a pandemic and host the first-ever PRIDE celebration not in June but in October? Chris Kipp is a member of Macomb County Pride's board. He takes us on the journey from that conversation on Bo…
 
Pamela E. Alexander is no stranger to Collections by Michelle Brown-Blog Radio. Being of service to community is just who she is and something she instills in all everyone she meets. This Gold Star Mother, honors the life of her son SSGT Vincent J. Bell, supporting other military families and working with her daughter London Bell as part of the Bel…
 
What happens to a PRIDE celebration deferred? Deferred by a pandemic that has cancelled or made most of our community interactions virtual? June was eerily quiet without our celebrations, but our PRIDE didn’t diminish, dry up or go away. We just held on to our rainbow flags, marching shoes and even a little glitter to come roaring back for Ferndale…
 
Her name is Jackie Jones and let her tell you about her experience. Most recently, she was a Junior Account Executive at Van Dyke Horn, a Detroit-based public relations firm. At VDH, she worked on local and state-wide initiatives such as Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency, Marathon Petroleum Company, and the City of Detroit's Strategic Neighb…
 
CritterKin is a children's media property that uses stories and project-based learning programs to teach kids social-emotional and core communication skills. It is the brainchild of multimedia storyteller Jena Ball who has 25 years of professional writing and editing experience, 15 years of designing and teaching online courses, 13 years working on…
 
Mary Anne Adams journey began in Mississippi, passed through Michigan but she found her home in Atlanta. She is Federal Housing Commissioner Chair at the East Point housing Authority and President/CEO at The Adams Research Group. But most importantly she is the Founder and Executive Director of Zami NOBLA – The National Organization of Black Lesbia…
 
The Legacy Project was inspired the first time the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt was shown at the National March on Washington for LGBTQ Civil Rights in 1987 to answer the question “Who would remember those who came before us when we were gone?” Some 34 years later The Legacy Project under the leadership of Executive Director Victor Salvo conti…
 
Linda Brincat is the co-founder of Get Out and Live and Get Out Bike, which goes on biking trips around the area. She is also the moderator of the group Artistic Women’s Entertainment. Her passion however is singing. She has been singing since her youth. She had a 6th-grade teacher who loved choral music and taught her students to sing in rounds an…
 
Robert Zurenko is a professional artist currently living/working in the Metro-Detroit area. He has multiple degrees in art and has spent his entire career in the creative field, making art, educating people, and trying to make art experiences more accessible for everyone. His passion for nature and harmony drives his work, and he loves connecting t…
 
Growing up on Detroit’s northwest side C. Imani Williams loved learning about Black culture. Books, cheerleading, softball, and was involved in other community-based activities. While living in Detroit Imani was the first full-time employee of the Ruth Ellis Center. She was a founder of PFLAG Family Reunion — Detroit Chapter and served on the board…
 
Connecticut is home for Edson where he not only lives but makes a difference in his community as Executive Director of the Triangle Community Center. Edson was born in El Salvador but has lived most of his life in Connecticut. Norwalk, He started with the Center as a volunteer serving on various committees and in different board positions until he …
 
Jennifer Miracle-Best has a passion for helping people to understand the intricacies of sexual and gender identity. Although some of her knowledge came from her studies at Central Michigan University and her experience as a member of CMU’s Office of Gay & Lesbian Programs speakers bureau and the Director of the LGBT Resource Center at The Universit…
 
A life-long resident of Wilmington, Delaware, DeShanna Neal is the founder of Intersections of Pride Foundation. ​ They are the co-organizer and creator of New Castle County's first ever LGBTQ Youth Pride Festival, as well as Delaware's first Drag Queen Story Hour. But first and foremost, she is a is a Black queer, mother. Her work into advocacy an…
 
Jena Ball​ has traveled the world telling, sharing, and collecting stories along the way. It was clear to her that people are hungry for connection. They need places to meet to comfort, console and encourage one another and tools that allow them to communicate and share ideas effectively. This has driven her endeavors and led to her most recent pro…
 
Its hard to believe that it’s been eight years since Kevin Terrell Heard founded the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce. In those eight years, he has grown, stumbled but mostly learned. In 2017, Kevin was honored as one of Crain’s Detroit Twenty in their 20’s for his work with the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce. In 2021 the Detroi…
 
Ryan O'Donnell is an activist who cares deeply about social and environmental justice. This Chicago native attended Howard University and is an endless well of talent. His wide array of skills makes him tend to enhance anything that he is involved in as he fights for justice including organizing to help refugees and connecting with animal rights an…
 
Originally from Detroit, Marlon Brown heard the call to “Go West Young Man” and that’s exactly what he did! Brown and his husband Dani Tirrell left Detroit and settled in Seattle. Marlon began Bessie’s Cakes named in tribute to his grandmother who was known in her family for making delicious signature cakes, pies, and cobblers. After years of conti…
 
You may know Debbie David as a visible member of metro-Detroit’s transgender community. You may know her from her days at the aahCapella Theater in the NoHo arts district in North Hollywood California. And if you are a Star Trek fan, you know her for her recurring role as Ensign Russell on both The Next Generation and Voyager series. Her career inc…
 
This daughter of Indian immigrants, desi diasporic, queer non-binary femme traces her roots across homelands that stretch from Manhattan skylines to New Jersey suburbs and mango trees that grow in India. Marie comes from a long lineage of storytellers and her creative writing explores the contours of immigrant family life, queer invisibility grief …
 
No victims here - A bond of love between father and daughter despite Lupus! Toya Oglesby has had a life saturated with love and support. She saw the effect Lupus can have on individuals and their families as a child. Her father had Lupus and passed away when Toya was twelve. Her sharing her life as a Lupus Warrior is not only a testimony to her per…
 
Instead of trying to say it all in one day, leaders from Michigan’s Transgender community and allies decided to host a six-day free online conference. The hosts of TRANSGENDER DAYS OF EMPOWERMENT will focus on understanding the journey Monday through Friday and on Saturday celebrate a Day of Decision, Declaration, & Doing by taking ownership of our…
 
Markita Moore believes in getting to the heart of the matter with music informed by life so it is no surprise that her spiritual path through music led her to a study of and work with Singing Bowls. She is also an accomplished musician. With her band “Elemental Meanings” she provided vocals and played guitar, trumpet, and tuba. Singing bowls are bo…
 
She's an internationally renowned concert pianist, an orchestral conductor, a spoken word artist, award-winning filmmaker, and talk show host and now Nina Gamble Kennedy can add author - Lambda Literary Award-winning author to her list of accomplishments with the publication of her memoir "Practicing for Love: a Memoir." Born in Nashville, TN, Nina…
 
Eddie S. Pierce Jr. received his Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from Chicago State University, home of the world-renowned Gwendolyn Brooks Writing Center. Ten years ago he began Rainbow Room Publishing LLC, not just to provide an outlet for his own books, but to provide a voice for the diverse Black literary community. In addition…
 
Erica Monique Evans is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but now calls Dallas Texas home. Throughout her career, Monique has obtained industry experience in various financial lines of business She is an Advisor on the Gender Identity and Expression Advisory Committee, which is part of the PRIDE Enterprise Leadership Team at Wells Fargo. Monique is a…
 
Biodun Abudu was born in Rhode Island but comes from a Nigerian background. This entrepreneur, artist, designer, and author currently calls Manhattan home after spending several years in Chicago. His paintings feature his love of fashion, world culture, music, and his personal influences. Many of his designs reflect his love of Africa as well as ot…
 
Dr. Remolia Simpson has a passion for the welfare of veterans and travel. Both came as a result of her time in the military. She channels her concern for the welfare of veterans through her nonprofit organization – My Brothers House. My Brother's House is dedicated to providing safe, supportive housing and counseling services for veterans of the si…
 
Even before formally joining the staff of Miracle of Love as outreach coordinator, Mulan Montrese Williams was working with Orlando’s Transgender community. She opened her home as a safe-haven to trans sex workers, offering them condoms, bottled water, clothes, and emotional support. She also provided HIV testing after hours for those who could not…
 
Whether it is through the non-profit "The Gentlemen's Foundation", their restaurant "Virgil's Gullah Kitchen & Bar" or visibility in the community Juan Smalls with his husband Gee are on a mission to give back to their community. Originally from California in 2007 he drove 32 hours straight and moved to Atlanta. He found an apartment after one mont…
 
Annamaria Salley had a vision in which she saw herself massaging someone in her backyard underneath a cabana with flowing white sheets. The massage table was covered in white sheets. She was wearing all white. She woke up and thought what was that all about. She got up and went to work going about her regular routine. But the dream haunted her. She…
 
Karen Kendra Holmes has been showing up and making a difference in her community not just as a member of the transgender community but most of her life. Being of service to others is just what she does! When not speaking in person or virtually, Karen continues working with local police departments helping to bring dignity and respect to police inte…
 
Chadra Pittman is the perfect bridge between our celebration of Black History in February and our celebration of women’s history in March. As a former Public Educator for the NY African Burial Ground Project and Creator of an Ancestral Remembrance ceremony, now in its 10th year, this native of the Bronx, NY has spent the past three decades on the f…
 
Allener M. Baker-Rogers co-authored with Fasaha Traylor the book “They Carried Us: The Social Impact of Philadelphia’s Black Women Leaders.” The book follows the lives of 95 black women from 17th century Philadelphia to the present. The book is based on historical research of 46 forerunners and interviews with 49 contemporary women. Cordelia Jennin…
 
Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls, as a symbol of resurrection, as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. Sandra Epps is all this and more. A survivor of Systemic Lupus (SLE) for which the butterfly rash is often a symptom, Epps has adopted the butterfly as a symbol of her strength, resiliency, and creativity. . Her triu…
 
Pamela E. Alexander is a part of Detroit’s LGBTQ history. She has been active in the metro-Detroit community for years She is a “Gold Star” mother. The retired Deputy Director of the Ruth Ellis Center was instrumental on the founding and Development of the Kofi House: Center for Lesbian and Queer Women and Girls. Her love of Black, Women’s, and LGB…
 
Originally from Burton, Michigan a suburb of Flint, Cheryl Czach now calls Detroit home. She left a successful career in the corporate world to start her own firm Cheryl Czach Coaching and Consulting, LLC providing leadership and personal coaching for individuals and businesses. She has been guiding professionals through their work and life journey…
 
Jayla’s Jaunts are the creation of our guest entrepreneur, actress, and author Senyah Haynes. Jayla’s Jaunts is an exciting adventure series about a fun-loving little girl and her whimsical auntie. Together they travel and explore the culture and history of every place they go. The plan is to visit all 50 states and this year Haynes keeps on track …
 
Cathy Renna has been a voice in the LGBTQ+ community for many years working with countless organizations of all sizes to ensure a variety of voices in the LGBTQ+ community are heard. She worked with the Matthew Shephard foundation for years. She spent 14 years at GLAAD. She also helped coordinate the coverage of the World Pride celebration in New Y…
 
While many nonprofits are cutting back on services and in some instances closing their doors the Ruth Ellis Center is pushing through the pandemic and expanding services. Executive Director Jerry Peterson shares how the organization has carried on its mission of providing services during the pandemic while pushing forward with new plans. Today, bey…
 
There are no limits to a mother’s love or the lengths she will go to provide a safe loving environment for her children. Roz Gould Keith is an amazing woman, a life-long learner and believer in community. But first and foremost, she is a mother. When her son told her he was transgender in 2013, she’s the first to admit she was clueless but that did…
 
As Collections by Michelle Brown – Blog Radio enters its 4th year we are taking time to reconnect with old friends who have shared the gift of telling their stories with us by rebroadcasting some of our favorite past interviews that celebrate the strength, inspiration, courage and love of our human spirit. Sharon Harris is a community jewel, a quee…
 
Tis the season to share stories, reconnect with old friends, exchange gifts, and break bread! In 2020, due to the physical restraints placed on in-person interactions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our need to reconnect, hug, laugh, and just be together with friends and family seems more intense as we enter this holiday season. It has been a difficu…
 
It's her birthday and she can rant if she wants to - especially about politics and the 2020 election!!!! But Betty Couvertier's rants are always priceless insights on politics, living on the road, and life in general. If you are missing those spirited discussions around the table or after that big Thanksgiving dinner, the always outspoken activist …
 
Diamond Collier is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. Her family moved to Mississippi where Diamond attended Jackson State University.When she found herself homeless, Diamond accepted an invitation from a friend in Houston for an open couch in their home. Thirteen years later Diamond still calls Houston home. Diamond has been involved with the …
 
In 1992 James and Grace Lee Boggs brought together a coalition of local and national activists/organizations to work with young people to form a multicultural, intergenerational youth program/movement called DETROIT SUMMER. Our guest is Detroiter, Educator, and Activist Julia Putnam. Today she is the principal of the James & Grace Lee Boggs School …
 
Nakia Jones always wanted to be a productive member in her neighborhood and was drawn to a career where she could both “protect and serve”. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio and studied criminal justice at Wilberforce University with the intention of becoming a prosecuting attorney .In 1999 Officer Jones joined the Highland Hills Police Department an…
 
Maria Rimarkable Garcia is a Detroit Native currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Rimarkable is a renaissance woman who redefines the word remix. This DJ, vocalist and producer has rocked crowds on international dance floors for two decades. Her unique sound becomes ceremony with a witches brew of House and Techno, in a soul, funk and disco cauld…
 
Tonight, we are rebroadcasting our conversation with Monica Roberts here on Blog Talk Radio with a special opening tribute! The world has lost a giant, a queen, an award-winning blogger, a Texas legend, LGBTQ+ advocate, Transgender activist, and a beloved sister/friend, Monica Roberts. She made her transition on October 5th from natural causes. Tri…
 
For seven years Allener Baker-Rogers worked with her co-author Fasaha Traylor on their book “They Carried Us: The Social Impact of Philadelphia’s Black Women Leaders.” The book is an informative and inspirational collection of compelling narratives and powerful photographs that capture the extraordinary lives of well-known and obscure historical an…
 
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