Untold Detroit: The Hustle | Episode 4


Detroit’s Westside is home to a rich tapestry of neighborhoods, parks, and dedicated residents. Hear the story of how Westsiders reinvented business districts and recentered community as white flight and suburbanization shuttered businesses and hollowed out neighborhoods. Listen to community elder A Nzere Kwabena, executive director of LGBT Detroit, Nezaa Bandele of the Live6 Alliance, and ceramist M. Kay Willingham, owner of Art in Motion share the story of how the westside has changed since the 1960s and where it is going today.

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A Nzere Kwabena

A Nzere

A Nzere Kwabena is the executive director of LGBT Detroit, a nonprofit, and founder of Hotter Than July. Through his position, Kwabena has not only sought to improve the lives of queer Detroiters, but also to help build up the community.

Nezaa Bandele


Nezaa Bandele is the small business resource manager for the Live6 Alliance, a nonprofit development organization. Bandele is also the owner of Paradise Natural Foods, a healthy food catering company.

M. Kay Willingham

M Kay

M. Kay Willingham is a ceramist and owner of Art in Motion, a gallery and workshop on the Avenue of Fashion.