Posts Tagged ‘Detroit’

NYS Fair-When Smokey Sings

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson will be one of the speakers for the homegoing celebration of Aretha Franklin on Friday. He performed for a crowd of over 17,000 at the New York State Fair on Monday.

RIP Ms. Aretha

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Monday Motivation

Monday, August 21st, 2017

The Hon. Dave Bing, former Mayor of Detroit, NBA Hall of Fame player, and SU standout will give the keynote address for Coming Back Together next month. Here’s a recent piece on Bing from Detroit Public TV.

Who, What, Wear

Monday, July 31st, 2017
The Distinguished Gentleman from Detroit

The Distinguished Gentleman from Detroit

Motor City Mojo

Monday, October 5th, 2015

For all those who think that contemporary Detroit doesn’t matter, here’s a conversation with Malik Yakini, a man who is helping turn the former factory town into a farm town. He visited Syracuse for the Food Justice Symposium. The meeting explored taking back health through urban agriculture and community gardens.

Urban Growth

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Malik Kenyatta Yakini, Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

Malik Kenyatta Yakini, Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

Activist, educator, musician and food entrepreneur Malik Yakini was the keynote speaker for Day 1 of the Syracuse Food Justice Symposium tonight. He spoke about values of justice and equality as it relates to urban farming and the human side of sustainability. The event was held at All Saints’ Renewal Center.

Our interview with Yakini will appear soon.

Beyond Famous

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Big Sean is using his celebrity to make a difference.

We heard that rapper Big Sean recently hooked up with SU alum and NBA Hall of Fame player Dave Bing to inspire young black men in Detroit. The Sean Anderson Foundation and Bing partnered with the Ford Motor Company for this “Men of Courage” initiative.

Big Sean was the headliner for this year’s Juice Jam Festival at Syracuse University.

Bing Shoots for a Rebound in Motown

Thursday, April 8th, 2010
Hon. Dave Bing, Mayor of Detroit

Hon. Dave Bing, ampoule Mayor of Detroit

During the past quarter century, when you thought of Detroit, you couldn’t help but think of a crime-ridden urban wasteland thanks to film such as RoboCop, True Romance, Blue Collar, Assault on Precinct 13, 8 Mile and Grand Torino.

The Honorable Dave Bing wants to paint a new picture of Detroit. The Mayor and NBA Hall of Fame guard, who is a graduate of Syracuse University, spoke yesterday at Whitman Day. He talked about coming and playing at Syracuse and being drafted #2 overall by the Pistons. He also said he had to work during NBA off-seasons to make ends meet.

Working those summer jobs (in banking and the auto industry) turned out to be one of the best things to happen to Bing, who says in his first entrepreneurial venture he lost 1/2 of his NBA savings.

After that minor setback, Bing became a salient model for post athletic business success and has parlayed his business influence all the way to city hall (he was elected in 2009).

“I am where I am and I compete where I am,” he said.

Beyond the court and the business world, Bing hopes his Third Act will include leading an economic, political and psychological transformation for the motor city.