Updates and announcements

Juneteenth 2019 at CHW

On June 15th, Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit partnered with other community members and organizations to support the first annual Juneteenth Jubilee.

The event, held at the Charles H. Wright (CHW) Museum of African American History in Detroit, was a day-long celebration of the emancipation of slaves in Galveston, Texas, the last geopolitical area of the former Confederate States where slaves were formally informed of their emancipation. The significance of this being the date of the notification, June 19th, 1865, is generally observed as the ending date for the vast majority of Slavery throughout the Southern United States. It wouldn’t be until December of 1865 when the 13th Amendment would be ratified into the Constitution, that slavery would be formally abolished across the entire country for good.

The extravaganza involved spoken word, musical and dance performances, workshops, art and cultural displays, vendors, food, and of course, an Afro-Chic after party. Hundreds from the metro Detroit community filled the museum to join in the commemoration.

Before the Afterglow party, there was an “Activate” and call-to-action phase to culminate all of the day’s educational activity. Black Young Professionals’ own Fatimah Muhammad prepared a presentation and interactive workshop on Supporting Black-owned Businesses. In this presentation she included critical actions Black consumers could take that can help our community’s businesses even when you can’t make it to their brick-and-mortar location.

  • Fact: Most Black-owned business are one employee (the founding owner) or a sole proprietorship. That is, most do not generate enough business and revenue to hire additional employees.
  • Fact: Black-owned businesses are not necessarily meant to serve only the Black community. The most successful businesses that are not culture-specific will have non-Black customers as well. Ever heard about keeping “dollars in our community longer” ? …. well, how about BOTH getting NEW dollars AND keeping them longer? That means you need non-Black customers as well.

What can you do?

  1. Find out what Black-owned (not simply Black-targeted or Black-operated) businesses there are in your area by checking out our link to Detroit Area Black Business’ Google Sheet:
  2. Leave reviews for Black-owned businesses you visit. Reviews help new consumers (Black and non-Black) determine if they’ll try out the business over another. Don’t you look at reviews before you try out a new business or service? Reviews help!
  3. Consider recommending Black-owned businesses to your non-Black friends/colleagues. Remember, what’s better than keeping money in our community longer? Getting more money into our community AND keeping it longer! Your recommendations will help that.

We would like to thank everyone who came to the Juneteenth Jubilee! Our presentation is available at the link below.

Download: BYP Activate Presentation (PPTX) – 228 KB

Painting Detroit Culture

On January 13th, 2019, Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit held it’s Painting with a Twist party entitled Paint: Detroit. This was a social event curated around contemporary Detroit popular culture.

The organization partnered with the Black-owned Painting with a Twist studio located in downtown Detroit. This studio is located inside of the Julian C. Madison building, which is also home to Black Young Professionals’ office (within Bamboo Detroit). Of further significance is recognizing the entire building itself is also Black-owned.

The spirit of this event required everything to be Detroit centric. This included:

  • A Detroit painting
  • Food from some of Detroit’s iconic brands:
    • Bucharest Grill
    • Better Made Chips
    • Faygo Soda and Vernors Ginger Ale
  • Genuine Michigan white and red wines from Detroit’s own House of Pure Vin
  • Beer from Detroit’s Atwater Brewery
  • A playlist of Detroit hip-hop and house music (Playlist below)
  • Detroit gift giveaways including:
    • Detroit vs. Everybody hoodie
    • Détroit is the New Black t-shirt
    • Detroit Wine glasses
    • Handmade Gift Basket of various Detroit snacks

An amazing turnout was had with everyone packing the front studio facing Washington Boulevard and leaving no seats untaken. Everyone in attendance also received a coupon for their next visit to Painting with a Twist.

We would like to give special thanks to Painting with a Twist (Downtown Detroit) for being such a gracious host and supporter of the community. We highly recommend everyone attend one of their open painting events or even plan your own party at their Detroit location soon!

We also would like to thank House of Pure Vin for their excellent guidance in wine selection for this event. House of Pure Vin is Detroit’s premier wine shop offering an outstanding and high quality wine and champagne selection in the heart of the city, right on Woodward Avenue. House of Pure Vin is also a Black-owned business.

Additionally, we would like to send a shout out to Détroit is the New Black , where we procured our awesome and very culturally-fitting t-shirts for the entire team to kick-off 2019. Détroit is the New Black is also a Black-owned business. Check out their chic store on Woodward Avenue (just down from House of Pure Vin) where you can find all of their other attire offerings.


Below are just a few of our photos from the event. The full collection of event pictures can be found on our Facebook page or Google Photos.



Check out our official Paint: Detroit playlist below on Spotify!


8th Annual Holiday Mixer

This was the largest one yet.

First off, shout-out to the amazing team from the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA, Inc.), Detroit Chapter. They put in serious sweat equity from beginning to end. On behalf of both Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit, as well as the entire collective of Detroit Black Professional Affinity Organizations (Herein referred to as the “Affinity”), we thank them sincerely.

This year’s event was held at the amazing Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in the Cultural Center of Detroit, MI. Well over 250 guests graced the beautiful Rotunda with their presence to fellowship together. This year was a departure from the routine of our past holiday parties, as the Affinity voted to change to a new beneficiary. The winning charity organization was the Midnight Golf Program. The mission of their program is to improve under-served young adults’ personal development, educational preparedness and appreciation of the game of golf. Currently the program meets twice a week with two groups of 125 students for life lessons, golf lessons and a sit-down dinner.

Food provided by by Jackson Five Star Catering did not disappoint as guests mingled and danced the night away.

This event serves as the official metro-area wide holiday get-together focused on Black professionals of all industries, education backgrounds,and career levels. As always, thanks to the generosity and support of our awesome community, the Affinity was able to present a donation of $5,000 to the Midnight Golf Program. We’d like to sincerely thank everyone who was able to attend the event this year or who donated online. Below are a few of the amazing pictures, along with information on the photographer of the evening.

Additional pictures can be found on our Facebook page here.

Photographer: Will Daniels of W.L. Daniels Photography