What is the Powder Room?
What is the Powder Room?

Yes, Detroit has a water crisis that is ravaging thousands of citizens. However, I also want to cover the other side of Detroit's status as a recovering city - the flourishing sense of entrepreneurship.

Kate Abbey Lambertz of the Huffington Post composed an awesome article highlighting Black entrepreneurs who are doing their part to change the city. Through clothing, painting, or providing the nourishment of food, these Black-owned small businesses are a strong part of Detroit's revival.


The salient yet underlying point of Lambertz's article is how the White Savior Narrative is pervasive in discourse that chronicles any progress in PoC communities, particularly in Detroit. People like Mike Illitch and Mike Duggan (and many lovely hipsters) are heralded as revolutionizers of Motown, and while some of these figures are indeed making positive progress in the city (i.e. Dan Gilbert, and he is definitely not perfect), the successes of native Detroiters, many of them Black, are being swept under the rug.

Enough of my ramblings, check out the article here.

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