Damarqio Williams shares his experience as a Black father

Damarqio Williams shares his experience as a Black father

In honor of Father’s Day and Juneteenth, rolling out spoke with Damarqio Williams. Father to a 6-year-old girl, his “Detroit Father” brand (@detroitfather on Instagram) amplifies the voices and stories of Black fathers in Detroit. Why do you think telling the story of Black fathers is important? You don’t really hear about these positive influential […]

MLB great Cecil Fielder honored during Negro Leagues weekend

MLB great Cecil Fielder honored during Negro Leagues weekend

On Friday, June 17, 2022, the Detroit Tigers celebrated MLB and Detroit Tigers legend Cecil Fielder as the 2022 Willie Horton African American Legacy honoree. The honor was bestowed at the 10th annual Negro Leagues Legacy luncheon, which kicked off the Detroit Tigers 20th annual Negro Leagues weekend. The weekend honors the long-lasting impact of […]

20-year-old Jet Mitchell providing a blueprint for Detroit entrepreneurs

20-year-old Jet Mitchell providing a blueprint for Detroit entrepreneurs

At just 20 years old, Jet Mitchell, the DIY set builder, photographer, and all-around creative, owns the largest creative studio in Detroit, The Creative Playground, which is just over 13,000 square feet. How did you get your start as an entrepreneur? When I was younger, my grandmother used to make me cut the grass. I […]

KEIPhone provides wireless access to thousands of women across Africa

KEIPhone provides wireless access to thousands of women across Africa

Rolling out spoke with Lauren Hendricks, CEO of KEIPhone. The company provides free smartphones and chargers to thousands of unconnected women across Africa. What made you want to start KEIPhone? I worked for Equity Bank, which is the largest bank here in East Africa, headquartered out of Kenya. East Africa is just a fintech innovation […]

Dave Bing Community Park breaks ground in Detroit

Dave Bing Community Park breaks ground in Detroit

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, Michigan-Hartford Memorial Baptist Church hosted a groundbreaking event to renovate and rename Luger Park in honor of former Detroit mayor and Detroit Pistons legend Dave Bing. Several community leaders and Detroit Pistons legends showed up to support the initiative. But the event was also to celebrate former Mayor Bing for […]

Daun Green explains what it takes to create unforgettable fashion experiences

Daun Green explains what it takes to create unforgettable fashion experiences

Rolling out spoke with Daun Green, fashion show producer, stylist and fashion curator for insights on her particular style sensibilities. Green’s company, Dusk ‘Til Daun, hosts the popular What’s Next DTD series of pop-up fashion shows across the city of Detroit. Check out the interview with the forward-thinking creative.

Kinly app founder motivated to balance the financial scales for Black America

Kinly app founder motivated to balance the financial scales for Black America

Rolling out talked with Donald Hawkins, the founder and CEO of Kinly, the financial app that is bringing innovative forms of financial literacy and inclusion to the Black community. What sparked your interest in becoming an entrepreneur? I was very fortunate to be connected and blessed to just have the right people in my life at […]

Paige B. Alston shares wisdom with aspiring film directors

Paige B. Alston shares wisdom with aspiring film directors

As part of our Star Studios series, rolling out spoke with Detroit’s Paige B. Alston, an award-nominated writer and director, about her recent feature film, “Meeting Boone.” The film follows an ex-convict who befriends a grieving woman while looking for answers about his brother’s mysterious death.

‘Meeting Boone’ film showcases the capabilities of indie filmmaking

'Meeting Boone' film showcases the capabilities of indie filmmaking

Rolling out spoke with Detroit’s Paige B. Alston, an award-nominated writer and director, about her recent feature film, “Meeting Boone.” The film follows an ex-convict befriending a woman, while looking for answers about his brother’s mysterious death. Where did the idea for “Meeting Boone” come from? So pretty much the idea for the film came […]

What’s Next DTD series revolutionizes fashion shows in Detroit

What's Next DTD series revolutionizes fashion shows in Detroit

Rolling out spoke with Daun Green, fashion show producer, stylist and fashion curator. Her fashion firm, Dusk ‘Til Dawn, hosts the popular What’s Next DTD series of pop-up fashion shows across the city of Detroit. Where did the idea for the What’s Next DTD Series come from? It was based upon myself as a fashion […]

Detroit Filmmaker Awards honor culture-rooted stories

Detroit Filmmaker Awards honor culture-rooted stories

This past weekend, the Detroit Filmmaker Awards returned for the first time since 2019.  The historical Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History hosted the event. The venue was more than appropriate, it was ideal as the assortment of winners and nominees for the evening put Black cinematic excellence on full display, in front of […]

Kosine details his journey in music

Kosine details his journey in music

Rolling out recently sat down with nine-time Grammy-nominated, multiplatinum producer and songwriter, Marcos Palacios, popularly known as “Kosine,” to talk about his long and varied journey in the music industry. He’s produced hits such as Big Sean’s “Dance (A$$),” Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake,” Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” and a score of others.  How has your  journey in […]

Producer and songwriter Kosine discloses how he regained his mojo

Producer and songwriter Kosine discloses how he regained his mojo

Rolling out recently sat down with multiplatinum producer and songwriter Marcos Palacios, popularly known as Kosine, for our Star Studio series. He dished on his journey in the industry, the hits he’s produced, such as Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake,” and his new project, It Takes a Year to Get to Know Me. 

‘Harriet’ film scene crystalizes important moment in Black history

'Harriet' film scene crystalizes important moment in Black history

Harriet Tubman’s contributions to racial progress and to the world as a whole cannot be overstated. A similar sentiment can be made when speaking about Kasi Lemmons’ contributions to film. So when you combine Lemmons’ storytelling ability with Tubman’s historical contributions, you get a story that resonates with milions. And that’s where Lemmons’ 2019 feature […]

‘Tom Swift’ series diversifies portrayal of the Black experience

'Tom Swift' series diversifies portrayal of the Black experience

CW’s new “Nancy Drew” spinoff, “Tom Swift,” showcases Black voices and storylines in ways never seen before. The series, which premiered at 9 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 31, follows a gay Black billionaire inventor who has a wealth of innovative tools and resources at his disposal. Set in the present day, the technology-laden series […]

Barbara Jones shares her top 3 tips for businesses seeking startup funding

Barbara Jones shares her top 3 tips for businesses seeking startup funding

Recently rolling out spoke with Barbara Jones, the founder and CEO of Lillii RNB Inc., as part of our Tech Talk series. Tell us about your background. I’m a technical founder. I have a computer science degree from the University of Texas-Austin. I have been writing software, doing software engineering since 2004. We have software […]

Serial entrepreneur mentoring others to sustained success

Serial entrepreneur mentoring others to sustained success

Monique Mills’ journey to becoming a serial entrepreneur was not a straight path. In fact, her family background and desire for income certainty originally motivated her to pursue a more traditional career in electrical engineering. “I come from a large family. I’m the youngest of 13 kids, the first and only to go to college. […]