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Scott Ellis began as volunteer just wanting to help organize the great lakes bay area LGBTQIA+ community’s pride events. Today he is the executive director of the Great Lakes Bay Pride. Great Lakes Bay Pride (formerly known as Perceptions) is
You don't have to go into the old record vault and listen to Margaret Whiting's song to have those "Those far away places with the strange-sounding names " call you. Just tune in here and listen to our latest conversation with The Black & Gay (
We first met at a past Esteem Award in Chicago. Ken Mejia Beal was a guest that year. This year he is receiving the award for Chicago’s Outstanding Service - Male. Ken is a community organizer and Chair of the DuPage County Democratic Party. A
May is Lupus Awareness Month and we are honored to celebrate another Lupus Warrior. Diagnosed at age 19, Christina Hayes has more than survived her diagnosis but thrived becoming an advocate not only for other Lupus Warriors but for other soci
It should come as no surprise that young people given life without the possibility of parole sentences have been disproportionately Black and Brown. James Windell, the author of Sentencing Youth to Life in Prison: Justice Denied is an adjunct
Born and raised in New Orleans, LA Dr, Enchante Franklin is a Forensic Social Work Consultant, Community Advocate, and Author. She is dedicated to the art of prose, storytelling, and poetry through the lens of resilience. ´She served five years
At the tender age of ten, Mike Henderson first felt the urge to explore. Charting excursions on a city map each weekend got on the bus and explored another section of Los Angeles. On family vacations, he would hike and camp while dreaming of fa
Attending the annual Creating Change Conference has been a rite of passage for LGBTQ activists for over 30 years,  We would come together, share ideas, make new friends, catch up with old friends and even find love. What’s happened to Creating
“Alabama Grandson began as a series of letters Rev, Cedrick Bridgeforth wrote to his maternal grandmother. Although she died in 1989, Bridgeforth has fond and profound memories of her presence, the aromas in her kitchen, and the life lessons th
Emme Zanotti moved from Michigan’s city on the bay, Bay City, to southeast Michigan stepping out and stepping up as a DE&I specialist, community advocate, and political activist. After reaching out to Stand For Trans as a resource and to conne
Roland Leggett is smart, strategic, politically savvy, and a nationally recognized movement leader He’s worked as an organizer with the Obama for America campaign, with the Detroit Branch of the ACLU, Equality Michigan, Michigan Environmental
Tracee McDaniel’s personal motto is “Show up and participate for equality.”  She was the first trans person to deliver the keynote speech at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration march and rally. Tracee marched in Washington,
Originally from New Jersey Peirrce “Peach” McCoy now calls Delaware home. She is the LGBTQ Chair for the Central Delaware NAACP.  She not only has a seat at the table, but she wrote the “menu” personally writing and delivering to the organizati
Bayard Rustin was an African American leader in social justice movements for civil rights, nonviolence, and gay rights. He worked with on the March on Washington in 1941, to press for an end to racial discrimination in employment. He later org
Steph Turner identifies as a trans-spirit individual who is grounded in her own Native American heritage. After coming out in 1993 as transgender, she learned firsthand about needs when she was falsely accused and incarcerated for a crime she
Kim Ford is one of those people who always has something to say that is informative, inspirational, and transformative changes. She co-founded Kitchen Table Giving Circle. The non-profit provided philanthropic support to Black/African Descent
As we celebrate and thank our veterans for their service this Veterans Day it is so appropriate that we catch up with past guest and US Air Force Veteran Vanessa Sheridan. So much has happened since we last spoke with our guest Vanessa Sherida
Nina Kennedy is one of those people that the more you know about her, the more you want to know. Our interview about her book “Practicing For Love: A Memoir” opened the door and today we delve deeper. Nina is intersectionality – a child of the
As the season changes from summer to fall, and we transition into the year-end season of giving here’s a playlist of interviews curated from past guests of organizations worthy of your consideration for support with a donation or even as a volu
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 me
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? Chr
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 Vince
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 j
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 Michig
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 professio
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