VH1 digital series explores what it means ‘Rising Up Black’ in Detroit

A number of black artists, poets, and entrepreneurs share their experiences who grew up in Detroit in the latest installment of VH1’s YouTube series, Growing Up Black.

“Growing Up Black: Detroit” premieres Tuesday at 4pm with Detroit poet and writer Jessica Care More, rapper Payroll Giovanni, Detroit Vegan Soul co-owner Erica Boyd, artist Sheefy McFly, and others.

The digital series “Growing Up Black” debuted for the first time in December 2020 with “Growing Up Black: New Orleans”. Since then, it has also focused on New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

The show describes itself as an unfiltered and “in-depth look at the differences in the experience of blacks from one city to the next across the country through interviews with locals, community members and leaders to examine issues such as their personal experiences with systemic racism, whatever.” it is”. is like growing up black in America. “

In a trailer, Detroit vs. Everybody founder Tommey Walker Jr. said Detroit can preserve its culture by remaining “authentic to ourselves as Detroiters.”

“I like to say Detroit makes the best people. There’s a balance here,” said Walker.

Moore, the poet, said that everything that is great about Detroit is made by blacks.

“That’s why it’s still sexy,” she says in the show’s trailer. “That’s why people still want to live here, because we have the concentrated black population.”

The show premieres here at 4 p.m.

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