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Ari howard

L-R: Ari, Myself, my wife Jess, and Lance at a #HashTagLunchBag event.

L-R: Ari, Myself, my wife Jess, and Lance at a #HashTagLunchBag event.

When I started Detroit Cousin as a blog the only idea that kept bouncing in my mind was "togetherness". No lie, like I just wanted to create a hub where I can find stories about the good things happening in Detroit and give it more exposure -- the bio goes a bit more into that. However, I knew that I could not and would not want to do this alone, enter Ari Howard and Lance Peterson. There was a time where it looked like I would have to live in Texas so I needed somebody that saw the vision and believed in what DC was about. Now the prevailing thought is to never do business with friends, family, or anybody close to you for that matter.

However, my wife Jessica has been my greatest parter. So I took a chance because Ari saw what I saw, he saw that change starts wherever you are. You don't have to be a perfect or have things lined up nor do you have to wait from "authoritative persons". Do what you can however you can, where ever you can and thats how change begins and ever since then Ari, myself, and Lance have pushed forward as the owners of Detroit Cousin and I haven't looked back since.

List of Black Designers and Creatives

Ari howard

Why wait to see a daily post on a black creatives -- Soo I'm making a list! Below you will find a list of black american designers. Most on the list I have highlighted before on the blog but it doesn't hurt to recap. Also, checkout Revision Path for more Black designers and creatives active now.

ONYX Collection

Ari howard

It is said that the onyx stone represents inner-strength, will-power, and focus along with other resilient qualities. Don't those sound like familiar traits of Detroiter's -- down but never out. I wanted the Onyx collection to embody that - to embody that though it may not always be "seen" on the outside, it is definitely recognized. Respected.

That is the ONYX Collection. 

Being the change - in India

Ari howard

pink gang I know, India is a far cry from Detroit but I could not help but share what I saw on my tumblr feed. The Gulabi Gang was founded in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi. Sampat Pal Devi saw a woman being beaten badly by her husband and pleaded with the man to stop but instead he turned his sights on Sampat Pal and beat her. The next day Sampat Pal Devi returned with a bamboo stick and five other women and "returned the favor". The news spread women started requesting similar interventions by Sampat Pal Devi. Soon after, the Gulabi Gang was formed.  Their Mission is simple:

"Support and train women to enhance their basic skills to become economically secure and develop confidence to protect themselves from abuse through sustainable livelihood options."

With a bamboo stick, pink saris, and a whole lot of determination these women are effecting change in one of the poorest and socially unbalanced parts of India. Below is a list other issues that the Gulabi Gang work towards.

  • Stop child marriages
  • Persuade families to educate girl-child
  • Train women in self-defense
  • Oppose corruption in administration
  • Create awareness about the evils of dowry
  • Register FIRs against sex-offenders and abusive husbands
  • Publicly shame molesters
  • Encourage women to become financially independent

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