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Detroit Performs Clip: A Girl's Guide to Detroit

The women of Detroit are tough, independent and hardworking. Check out all of the talented women, including DJs, filmmakers, reporters and more in this short documentary, "A Girl’s Guide to Detroit." Episode 121/Segment 1.

AIRED: November 19, 2013 | 0:10:11
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>>> HELLO AND WELCOME TO DETROIT PERFORMS.

I AM YOUR HOST DJ OLIVER AND WE ARE AT THE BONSTELLE - MY ALMA

MATER WAYNE STATE'S OTHER PERFORMANCE THEATRE ALONG

WITH THE HILBERRY. WE'RE AT THIS THEATRE TO

DEMONSTRATE HOW EVERYONE PERFORMS THROUGH THEIR LIFE,

CAREERS THEIR ART. OUR ARTISTS TODAY PERFORM WITH

EVERY PIECE OF CLAY MOLDED, CHARACTER DRAWN AND WELL WE'LL

GET TO THEM ALL THROUGHOUT THE SHOW.

>>> FIRST UP, DETROIT IS A PLACE THAT ATTRACTS A CERTAIN TYPE

OF INDIVIDUAL. SOMEONE THAT'S BOTH TOUGH AND

INDEPENDENT. IT'S ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR THE WOMEN WHO HAVE

CHOSEN TO STAKE THEIR CLAIM IN THE CITY.

FEARLESS, TALENTED AND AMBITIOUS HERE ARE THE WOMEN

PERFORMING EVERYDAY TO SHAPE DETROIT'S FUTURE.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT A GIRLS GUIDE TO DETROIT ON

>> DETROIT HAS PLENTY OF BEAUTIFUL NEIGHBORHOODS.

THEY HAVE BUNCH A STUFF THAT NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT.

>> REALLY COOL STUFF. >> I FEEL LIKE EVERYONE THAT I

KNOW THAT'S A WOMAN IN DETROIT, THEY DO MORE THAN ONE

THING CREATIVELY. THEY JUST CAN'T PAINT, SHE DOES

YOGA AND DOES OTHER THINGS AND MAKES HER OWN CLOTHES.

>> I WAS LUCKY TO FIND MY NICHE IN THE CITY.

I HAVE COME ACROSS SOME GREAT FANTASTIC PEOPLE WHO

DOES GREAT THINGS. >> I CAME ACROSS HER TWO

YEARS AGO. WE WANTED TO THROW PARTIES AND

WE DIDN'T WANT TO CLEAN UP AFTER OTHER PEOPLE.

WE JOINED FORCES AND PUT TOGETHER MONTHLY, WE DO AT

THE OLD MIAMI. IT IS A CHANCE FOR US TO HONE IN

ON OUR SKILLS AS A DJ AND TO HAVE A PARTY THAT IS AN

OPEN DOOR POLICY. WOMEN, MEN, BLACK, WHITE,

STRAIGHT, GAY, STUDENTS, AND PROFESSIONALS COMING TOGETHER TO

EXPERIENCE GREAT MUSIC AND TO SEE WHERE OTHER WOMEN ARE GOING

WITH DJ AND TO BE OPEN WITH EVERYBODY.

HI, THIS IS VIOLET FROM WWJ WWJRADIO.

>> I BRING A LOT HERE BECAUSE OF WHERE I AM WORK.

>> LESS TO TAKE PEOPLE'S CRAP. AM I ALLOWED TO SAY THAT.

>> YOU WANT TO BE FRIENDLY, BUT I CAN KIND OF NAVIGATE PEOPLE

AS A REPORTER. >> THEY ARE LEADING WITH THE

TEAM BECAUSE IT IS BEAUTIFUL VIDEO.

I PUT THE STORY SECOND. I'M WATCHING TO SEE WHAT THEY

ARE LEADING WITH AND MAKE SURE WE ARE NOT MISSING, BECAUSE THEY

HAVE A FULL NEWS STAFF AND WE HAVE JUST ME.

I HAVE A MAJOR STAKE IN WHAT GOES ON.

I'M STILL YOUNG AND I HAVE THIS MENTALITY THAT I CAN CHANGE

THE WORLD. I WANT TO GET THE SPECIFIC

STORIES I WERE THAT MATTER. >> I'M FROM CALIFORNIA.

BUT HERE ARE IN LAFAYETTE PARK IN DETROIT.

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>> I WOULD SAY THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO LIVE.

AND MY SISTER SAYS YOU WOULD PAY 2500 HUNDRED IN SAN FRANCISCO, I

PAY 560 EXPECT FOR ELECTRICITY. I HEARD THAT DETROIT IS A PLACE

TO BE A GOOD STORYTELLER. THIS IS A GOOD BACKDROP.

THIS IS WAY LESS COMPETITIVE THAN LOS ANGELES.

YOU HAVE THE COMFORT OF A SMALL TOWN, WHEN THERE'S LESS PEOPLE

YOU TEND TO CARE ABOUT EACH OTHER MORE AND LOOK OUT FOR

EACH OTHER MORE. THERE'S A GREAT NETWORKING, TO

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT GEAR, IT IS GREAT TO HAVE PEOPLE

SURROUNDING YOU THAT CARE.

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>> MY NAME IS BRANDI. >> I DO FULL TIME WORK FOR

DETROIT, I DO MARKETING AND BRANDING FOR LOCAL MUSICIANS,

DETROIT CITY, AND I DO MARKETING AND BRANDING AND WE WANT TO BE

DIFFERENT THAN OTHER GROUPS, IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT BIKING, BUT

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHOICES AND BUILDING A HEALTHY ECONOMY

IN DETROIT. WE HAVE MOTHERS WHO JOINED THE

GROUP WHO HAVEN'T RODE THEIR BIKE FOR YEARS AND NOW THEY TAKE

THEIR BABIES TO WORK. IT IS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE

AND WORK AND BE. >> MY NAME IS MARTHA.

AND TODAY WE'RE CELEBRATING THE 20TH YEAR OF DETROIT SUMMER.

>> IT IS A YOUTH ORGANIZATION THAT HAS BEEN RESKIRTING THE

CITY OF DETROIT FOR TWENTY YEARS.

ANOTHER DETROIT IS HAPPENING. ENERGY AND PROUD OF WHERE

THEY COME FROM. ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS

ABOUT DETROIT THE YOUTH ARE COMING TOGETHER TO SAY IF WE

WANT TO SEE THE CHANGE, WE HAVE TO BE THE CHANGE.

>> AT FIRST THERE WAS A LOT OF COMPETITION, JUST, LIKE,

I DON'T TRUST YOU. AND WORKING WITH OTHER YOUTH IN

THE AREA, THAT HAS DISAPPEARED. >> YOU ARE NAMING YOUR AREA OR

YOUR GARDEN, INSTEAD OF A SENSE OF FEAR OR COMPETITION,

I WANT TO WORK WITH YOU. LET'S GO.

>> I MOVED DOWN THE DETROIT IT HAD MORE TO OFFER.

>> MY MASTERS IS FROM UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN PUBLIC POLICY.

FOCUSING ON HOW TO RUN IT AND URBAN AND TO DO A MASTER IN

POLITICAL SCIENCE TO I COULD TEACH.

>> IN THE DETROIT AREA, IT IS INTERESTING, YOU HAVE TO BE MORE

AWARE IN THIS AREA, WOMEN TEND TO WATCH OUT FOR EACH OTHER,

THERE'S A LOT OF STRONG PERSONALTIES AND SOME WOMEN ARE

COMING OUT AND STARTING BUSINESSES AND WATCHING

OUT FOR EVEN. >> I FEEL LIKE WHAT I THINK

ABOUT DETROIT IS COTRARY TO WHAT PEOPLE SEE.

FROM YOUTH SEEING PEOPLE GIVING AND MANY COMING TOGETHER.

I CAN'T IMAGINE A PLACE MORE OPEN TO THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY

AND I WANT TO BE HERE FOR THAT VIBE

>> IT IS AMAZING THAT THERE ARE SO MANY STRONG FEMALES MODELING

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF FEMALES.

EVERYONE HAS A FAIR CHANCE AND STARTS ON AN EVEN GROUND AND IT

WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT AND HOW MUCH TIME AND ENERGY YOU PUT

IN TO IT. >> THE PEOPLE HERE ARE

INCREDIBLY SUPPORTIVE. I HAVEN'T FOUND THAT IN ANY

OTHER CITY, NOT EVEN CLOSE. >> HOW ABOUT ONE LAST QUESTION.

>> OKAY. >> YOU LIKE BEING A GIRL?

>> YEAH. >> WHY?

>>... >> I LIKE BEING A GIRL BECAUSE I

KNOW THAT, LIKE, BACK THEN, A BUNCH OF PEOPLE CAN'T DRIVE.

THEY CAN'T MAKE DECISIONS SO THEY CAN'T VOTE.

PEOPLE SAY THAT PEOPLE, LIKE, GIRLS ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO DO

THIS OR WORK OR CERTAIN THINGS. EVEN THOUGH THAT'S GONE AWAY, I

KNOW THAT IT IS STILL THERE. AND WE AND OTHER GIRLS ALIKE

NEED TO PROVE THAT WE HAVE A LOT MORE POTENTIAL THAN

PEOPLE SEE US AS.

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