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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
    • 4.8 • 32 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!

    Pimpin’ with Tinisha D. Brugnone

    Pimpin’ with Tinisha D. Brugnone

    This week Authentically Detroit sat down with author Tinisha D. Brugnone.


    She and Orlando discuss her book, Pimpette Chronicles: A Modern Black Woman’s Guide to Dating Safely and Navigating These Mean Streets. Tinisha shares her inspiration behind the book as well as some of her history as a filmmaker. 


    You can find Tinisha’s novel out now, on Amazon. 


    FOR HOT TAKES:


    MICHIGAN INFLATION RELIEF CHECKS: WHITMER SEEKS $180 PER TAXPAYER

    • 57 min
    Policing, Land Grabs & Reparations w/ Charity Dean

    Policing, Land Grabs & Reparations w/ Charity Dean

    This week Authentically Detroit sat down with Charity Dean of the Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance.


    The episode begins with a somber discussion on the murder of Tyre Nichols and the state of policing in Black communities. Donna, Orlando and Charity also discuss the deliberate destruction of Black wealth in Detroit with the construction of I-375 and what constitutes reparations for those impacted. This episode also speaks on the special allowances corporations purchasing land in Detroit, like Hantz Group, receive in comparison to individual residents. 



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    HANTZ TREE FARM FALLS SHORT ON SOLVING EAST SIDE BLIGHT

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Youth Voices Matter

    Youth Voices Matter

    This week Authentically Detroit welcomed our new cohort of Vaulted Youth Voices!


    This podcasting program geared towards high school students in Detroit gives students the opportunity to develop and produce their own podcast! This week we had Nashae Johnson, Faith Smith, and Jason Dyer join us for a discussion on the importance of using your voice. This compelling conversation gave students the opportunity to express their experience using their voice and what interests them in creating a podcast of their own. 



    FOR HOT TAKES:


    HIGHWAY TOLLS COULD RAISE $1 BILLION TO FIX MICHIGAN ROADS STUDY FINDS. IS IT TIME?


    LEGAL SETTLEMENTS HIT 5-YEAR HIGH, WITH DDOT SUED THE MOST

    • 42 min
    Buy Back The Block with Anika Goss and Dr. Andre Perry

    Buy Back The Block with Anika Goss and Dr. Andre Perry

    This week Authentically Detroit celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 


    The episode begins with a quote from Dr. King’s, Letter from Birmingham Jail and hits the ground running from there. Anika Goss of Detroit Future City and Dr. Andre Perry, author of Know Your Price and senior fellow at Brookings Institute, joined Donna and Orlando to discuss the importance of building economic power in Black communities without feeding into the ills of Capitalism. They also discuss the repaving of i-375 and more meaningful solutions to providing reparations. 


    FOR HOT TAKES:


    HOW SHOULD I-375 PROJECT BENEFIT DESCENDANTS OF DISPLACED DETROITERS

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Prioritizing Justice

    Prioritizing Justice

    This week Authentically Detroit looks at the justice system. 


    Donna and Orlando discuss the hiring and subsequent resignation of a formerly incarcerated employee of the Michigan Supreme Court. They also discuss Mayor Mike Duggan’s comments regarding what issues the state government should prioritize. Finally, they discuss President Joe Biden’s increased funding for law enforcement and the record high number of killings committed by police in 2022. 
    FOR HOT TAKES:


    MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT JUSTICE HIRES EX-CON THEN ACCEPTS HIS RESIGNATION FOLLOWING CRITICISM 


    DETROIT MAYOR MIKE DUGGAN SAYS LAWMAKERS SHOULD TACKLE WATER AND HOUSING BEFORE RESIDENCY RULES 

    • 58 min
    Lobbying for Equity in 2023

    Lobbying for Equity in 2023

    This week Authentically Detroit returns from winter break!


    Donna and Orlando hit the ground running this year starting with a discussion on the I-375 redevelopment committee. Next, they discuss the invisible crisis of youth homelessness and the rising housing epidemic. The duo takes a look at Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plans for her second term in office and what the implications may be for Detroit. Finally, they get into their plans for the podcast in 2023. 



    FOR HOT TAKES:


    HERE’S WHO MDOT SEATED TO ADVISE ON I-375 PROJECT IN DETROIT 


    YOUTH HOMELESSNESS AN 'INVISIBLE CRISIS' IN PLAIN SIGHT, PROVIDERS SAY

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

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.

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. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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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