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Visions of a New Economy from Detroit: A Conversation with Malik Yakini

Editors’ note: Malik Kenyatta Yakini is an activist and educator who is committed to freedom and justice for African people in particular and humanity in general. Yakini is cofounder and executive dir... read more

Imagining Detroit

It’s either a vision of the future or, like Venice, an impossibly strange anomaly, its best days over. But after spending some time here, I saw an alternative view of Detroit ... “The idea,” says Mali... read more

Three projects that are watering Detroit's ‘food desert'

And while plenty of work remains to be done before that vision can be achieved, my week in Detroit left me with little doubt that ... project,” Black Food Security Network director Malik Yakini told m... read more

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Detroiter Plans a Grocery Store That’s a Neighborhood “Beacon”

“We’re really honored to work with people like Raphael, because he’s really bringing a mission-driven grocery store ... Detroit Black Community Food Security Network’s focus is on public policy and bu... read more


Organizing Our Economy as if We Lived on a Single Planet: A Conversation with Douglas Rushkoff

The idea you develop is rooted in some ways in the history of craft economies in the Middle Ages, but a new kind of craft ... contends Detroit-based activist and educator Malik Yakini, requires embedd... read more

Why Co-ops and Community Farms Can’t Close the Racial Wealth Gap

“Black people have a long history of using co-ops as a way of navigating through an economic system that has been intentionally aimed to disinvest in our communities and prevent any kind of parity,” s... read more

Does Detroit’s Food Revival Leave the City’s Black Residents Behind?

While James Beard-nominated chefs and Michelin-starred restaurateurs are filling the city with new tastes ... “Detroit is experiencing a food revival, that’s true, but it isn’t happening much in neigh... read more

Black farmers in Detroit are growing their own food. But they're having trouble owning the land.

Just ask urban farming pioneer Malik Yakini ... communications for the City of Detroit. "The land bank has sold 4,000 side lots that sell for $100." More: Detroit's existing immigrant communities feel ... read more

Pop-Up Kitchen Counters Mainstream Narratives about Food in Detroit

It was like opening and closing 14 new restaurants ... Railroad — Detroit was one of its final stops before African Americans made their way to freedom in Canada — to the Great Migration when poor bla... read more

Black History Month is More Than a Hashtag…

Malik Yakini, founder and creator of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network ... Become a supporter and enjoy The Good Men Project ad free At the end of the day Black History Month is more t... read more

Report: Steve Ballmer in talks with Rams’ owner Kroenke to move Clippers to Inglewood

Five people with knowledge of the conversations told ... at potential sites for a new venue. There isn’t a question if the former Microsoft CEO has the money to finance such a building, but there coul... read more

Why Are There So Few Black-Owned Grocery Stores?

“[Black neighborhoods] are seen as a place for the more dominant economy to sell things,” Yakini says ... and Expired Food In Detroit—a city that’s 85 percent African-American—there are no Black-owned ... read more



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