220 episodes

Authentically Detroit is the leading podcast in the city for candid conversations, exchanging progressive ideas, and centering resident perspectives on current events.Hosted by Donna Givens Davidson and Orlando P. Bailey. Check us out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @AuthenticallyDetroit!

Authentically Detroit Donna & Orlando

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 40 Ratings

Authentically Detroit is the leading podcast in the city for candid conversations, exchanging progressive ideas, and centering resident perspectives on current events.Hosted by Donna Givens Davidson and Orlando P. Bailey. Check us out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @AuthenticallyDetroit!

    Afrobeats & Detroit Streets

    Afrobeats & Detroit Streets

    This week, the organizers of the Afro Nation Festival plus a group of Detroiters who worked together to create an equitable development framework joined Authentically Detroit!Donna and Orlando sat down with Smade - Co-founder of Afro Nation Festival, Josh Koram - Festival organizer/Lead Talent Booker, and Essosa - Festival organizer/ Communications and Social Manager. Together they discussed this year’s festival lineup, how they continue to unite the African diaspora, why Detroit is the only ...

    • 59 min
    Book Club: Tananarive Due’s “The Reformatory”

    Book Club: Tananarive Due’s “The Reformatory”

    Last week Authentically Detroit pulled up to Next Chapter Books for a book club discussion!Donna and Orlando were joined by a live audience inside of the family-owned bookstore on Detroit’s east side. Tananarive Due is an award-winning author who teaches Black Horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA.A leading voice in Black speculative fiction for more than 20 years, Due has won an American Book Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a British Fantasy Award, and her writing has been included in best-of-the...

    • 1 hr 18 min
    The Business of Food in Detroit with Marcus Reliford Jr. and W.E. Da’Cruz

    The Business of Food in Detroit with Marcus Reliford Jr. and W.E. Da’Cruz

    The Business of Food in Detroit with Marcus Reliford Jr. and W.E. Da’CruzThis week Donna and Orlando traveled to the Eastern Market for a live podcast featuring Business Strategist, Marcus Reliford Jr. and CEO of The Mushroom Angel Company, W.E. Da’Cruz.The conversation titled, ‘From Incubation to Acceleration: Stories of Scaling a Food Business,’ is part of a larger series where industry veterans explore pivotal challenges impacting the food industry and provide valuable insights to food bus...

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Back Like We Never Left

    Back Like We Never Left

    This week Donna and Orlando returned to the studio after a brief hiatus to catch up on everything that’s happened in the city and their lives! The dynamic duo covers everything from the Ford Fireworks debacle, the Riverfront Conservatory Scandal, to the growing housing crisis in the city. They also introduce the Detroit Playlist Live, a monthly music series co-produced by Authentically Detroit and Detroit is Different. This unique platform gives music enthusiasts the opportunity to delve...

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Pride of the Eastside - Vaulted Youth Voices on a New Detroit

    Pride of the Eastside - Vaulted Youth Voices on a New Detroit

    This week Donna and Orlando spoke with the youth of the Vaulted Youth Voices Podcast Program - Alex, Charles, Corey, and Faith - about current events in the city and how they feel about the new Detroit. Vaulted Youth Voices is a podcasting program for high school students interested in the intersection of community organizing and media. Youth participants meet for biweekly sessions where they learn how to develop, produce, and host a podcast. Youth also develop the ability to translate t...

    • 56 min
    Keys 2 Life with Darell “Red” Campbell

    Keys 2 Life with Darell “Red” Campbell

    This week Donna and Orlando spoke with Darell “Red” Campbell Jr. about The Yunion’s Keys 2 Life (K2L) performing arts summer camp, offering youth the opportunity to learn with some of Detroit’s most experienced musicians, mentors, instructors, and industry professionals.The program's director, Darell "Red" Campbell Jr., is a platinum, stellar--award winning producer, musician, songwriter and teacher with a heart for creating opportunities for other children like he had at a young age, and emp...

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

El Don McGuap ,

Stop Playing!!!

Can we get an episode each day please?
Plus this podcast should be recorded from a live chat room!!! 😂 Keep doing y’all…Thanks for the hyper local insight.

Wheel1nger ,

National treasure

Donna and Orlando share critical insights, voices, and perspectives on issues facing Detroiters and the East Side. The show examines problems in historic context, explores potential solutions, and has fun. You are a national treasure! You have taught me so much and I can’t thank you enough.

Dr. Dunnski ,

Justice Orientation = A+

I love this podcast. I stumbled on in through a friend’s recommendation and have been hooked ever since. It’s justice orientation is one that should be heeded by all city leaders and community development organizers. I love how the hosts really push the guests to engage critically with the questions and philosophies at hand. Detroit needs grassroots, community oriented leadership that is equity focused. I’m glad this podcast pushes for this leadership.

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