July 2020


As we consider where to next, let us also peer back in time and recall the landmark legislation, grassroots movements and pivotal moments in modern civil rights history. Also in our July issue, we sit down for a Q&A with BLAC’s new publisher Billy Strawter Jr. and discover his vision for the magazine and why he thinks the community will be king. We also round up a slew of Black-owned local businesses, meet Oakland County’s first diversity, equity and inclusion officer Robin Carter-Cooper, plus much more!

Civil rights history

A Look Back at Civil Rights History

As we look forward, let’s also peer back at some of the landmark legislation, grassroots movements and pivotal moments in the fight for equality.
Billy Strawter Jr.

Meet BLAC’s New Publisher

Entrepreneur Billy Strawter Jr. purchased this magazine in April with a staunch commitment to amplifying the voices of Black Detroit.
Robin Carter-Cooper

Can Oakland County’s First Chief Diversity Officer Make a Difference?

Millennial Robin Carter-Cooper is looking to help forge a better tomorrow in a county with a checkered past.
Fresh Life Detroit

Our Favorite Black-Owned Businesses are Reopening but Staying Safe

It’s been tough for the city’s local businesses, but these spots are small, mighty and Black.
Tylonn Sawyer

Tylonn Sawyer’s Art Explores Race, Politics and Pop Culture

The visual artist is unafraid to upset the status quo.

What the First Half of this Ludicrous Year Has Taught Me

So far, 2020 has delivered crucial lessons on patriotism, young people and hair care.
Racheal Allen

Racheal Allen, Chief Operating Officer, Marygrove Conservancy

This Marygrove alumna has returned to the campus to continue the institution’s legacy of educating the community and preserving history.
Ascension Michigan

Why Do Black Lives Matter in Health Care?

Ascension Michigan understands the importance of racial equity and representation in health care.
Belle Isle

SEEN: Getting Back to Life on Belle Isle

After months of sheltering in place and weeks of tumult, we caught up with people out and about and enjoying a sunshiny evening on Belle Isle on Tuesday, June 16.