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Authentically Detroit is hosted by Donna Givens and Orlando Bailey and is powered by Eastside Community Network, a 35-year-old not-for-profit community development organization that serves the Lower Eastside of the city. We are inviting you into our space of constant intergenerational discussion, male and female perspective and a critical take on the happenings in the city of Detroit. Our shows will be thematic in that each show will take a comprehensive look at things like housing in Detroit, spatial racism, economic development, neighborhood planning, self-care, community trauma and more. Not only will we tackle these topics head on, we’ll also bring in expert guests to help us out! We don’t want to have these conversations in a vacuum either so we are encouraging you to participate. Find us on Instagram and Facebook @ Authentically Detroit Podcast and be a part of the conversation!

Authentically Detroit Donna & Orlando

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

Authentically Detroit is hosted by Donna Givens and Orlando Bailey and is powered by Eastside Community Network, a 35-year-old not-for-profit community development organization that serves the Lower Eastside of the city. We are inviting you into our space of constant intergenerational discussion, male and female perspective and a critical take on the happenings in the city of Detroit. Our shows will be thematic in that each show will take a comprehensive look at things like housing in Detroit, spatial racism, economic development, neighborhood planning, self-care, community trauma and more. Not only will we tackle these topics head on, we’ll also bring in expert guests to help us out! We don’t want to have these conversations in a vacuum either so we are encouraging you to participate. Find us on Instagram and Facebook @ Authentically Detroit Podcast and be a part of the conversation!

    Two Things Can Be True at the Same Time w/Danielle Atkinson of 'Mothering Justice'

    Two Things Can Be True at the Same Time w/Danielle Atkinson of 'Mothering Justice'

    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

    • 57 min
    Mackinac Chronicles #2 w/Darnell Adams, Camille Walker-Banks, Antoine Bryant, Kirk Mayes, & Latisha Johnson

    Mackinac Chronicles #2 w/Darnell Adams, Camille Walker-Banks, Antoine Bryant, Kirk Mayes, & Latisha Johnson

    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.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Candidate Series: Just Call Him John... Conyers That Is

    Candidate Series: Just Call Him John... Conyers That Is

    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

    • 57 min
    Detroit Teens: Feeling Seen & Heard w/Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib

    Detroit Teens: Feeling Seen & Heard w/Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib

    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. 

    • 1 hr
    Candidate Series: Continuing the Fight with Sherry Gay-Dagnogo

    Candidate Series: Continuing the Fight with Sherry Gay-Dagnogo

    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

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Candidate Series: Serving On Behalf Of... with Portia Roberson

    Candidate Series: Serving On Behalf Of... with Portia Roberson

    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. 

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

El Don McGuap ,

Detroit guide for Gen. X thru Gen. Y

Relevant, impactful, informative, inspiring, and reverent. My only wish is, edit show down to 30-45 minutes and update episodes 3x per week. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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.

BookBuyer71 ,

Wonderful and refreshing

I have enjoyed the early episodes of this podcast. Orlando and Donna are engaging hosts and I love how their conversations delve into current issues impacting Detroit and the Eastside. I also appreciate their honest dialogue on politics, policy, and people.

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