Events Past

Reflection on past events

Follow the Money Recap

On February 26th, Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit teamed up with Maurice Miller and Tylene Henry to host Follow the Money, a financial optimization crash course for young professionals. This event was held at Macomb Community College, and is the first in a series of events tied to the financial well-being of young Black professionals.

Due to extreme weather conditions, some registered audience members were unable to safely travel to the event. In light of this, the entire event was recorded and is now available below. Some extraneous elements of the discussion were removed for brevity. Additionally, the PowerPoint slide deck created by Black Young Professionals is also below for your reference.

We won’t say a whole lot, because we have the entire audio transcript, but some of the more interesting topics touched on are listed below. Listen to the full discussion for actual context and details:

  • Black wealth, overall, is headed toward zero.
  • Income is not wealth.
  • Wealth transfers should be taken seriously and preserved when possible. Talk with those you stand to inherit from about their life insurance policies and their will.
  • The stock market is a leading indicator, everything else follows.
  • Each person’s healthcare coverage needs vary based on their personal situation at that point in time in their life, including HSA strategies.
  • Not everyone is making the traditional 20% down payment on their first home, and it may not be necessary or most appropriate, even if it means private mortgage insurance (PMI) may be required.
  • Employer-sponsored retirement accounts

… and more!

Please feel free to reach out to our subject matter experts Maurice and Tylene using their contact information below.

Maurice E. Miller Jr. CFP®
Wealth Management Adviser
p: (248) 331-2538 
Mass Mutual Bio Page

Tylene L. Henry, MBA
Financial Adviser
p: (248) 357-7600
Mass mutual Bio Page

Listen to the Event Audio

Download the Slides

Paint: Detroit II Recap

On February 23, 2020, we held our second annual Paint: Detroit event at the downtown Detroit location of Painting with a Twist. Many of the Painting with a Twist studios in metro Detroit, including the downtown location, are Black-owned. The downtown location is especially impactful as it is in one of the few Black-owned buildings in downtown Detroit.

For 2020 we made some changes, including an increased number of prizes and raffle tickets given to each guest, and the inclusion of a dedicated DJ, in addition to our host and master of ceremonies.

Our master of ceremonies, Fatimah Muhammad, was joined at the prize table by director Kevin Jackson, and mentorship lead Tim Ogunbekun (far end of table).

This event serves as a fundraiser for the organization and also brings awareness to Detroit’s culture through music and products. All gifts were Detroit themed or focused items made by Detroit-based companies including Detroit vs. Everbody and Detroit Vineyards. All music played featured Detroit-based artists.

Below you will find the official event playlist of music rebuilt on YouTube so you can also enjoy some visuals and listen unlimited for free.

This is a playlist of 32 songs

With a well-attended event, we had a lot of photos taken by Gary North Images.
Check out a few of them below, and feel free to see the full gallery on our Facebook page beginning March 17th.

Black Agenda Recap

Activation & Exposure

As part of our Black History Month activities, we held our first ever Black Agenda panel discussion on February 19th, 2020 at the University of Detroit Mercy.

It is even more important this year, being the presidential election year following years of Black millennial awakening around our socio-economic status, that we have candid conversations about our community. This event served as a forum where young, local activists and political aides were able to field questions from their young professional contemporaries on what we can do now.

The panel included:

Lasting for nearly two hours, the panelists accepted questions from both the audience and our moderator, Kevin Jackon, Director for Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit. They were asked questions pertaining specifically to the current state of affairs in Detroit, as well as national Black issues. Topics were selected by Black Young Professionals’ planning team and included the following:

  • Top 3 issues for Detroit’s Black population right now
  • Economic inclusion for Black businesses and community members
  • The connection between insurance rates and politics
  • Black household wealth under Obama versus under Trump
  • Criminal justice system disparities
  • Unity within the Black community
  • The electoral college and how to find the motivation to still vote
  • Local hands-on opportunities to get involved, and recommendations to make an impact

Each of the panelists represented different strategies but discovered they have the same end-game: Enable the economic independence of the Black community. The three major strategies discussed included:

  • Grass-roots work to support the immediate needs of our communities,
  • Political work within campaigns to promote allies as candidates and create policy which addresses our community specifically,
  • And organizing direct action to lobby existing politicians

The overriding intention of this event was to expose young professionals to different ways they could be more engaged in the uplift of our community and to know what those uplift priorities are. Although we are not a political organization and our hosting of this event or these panelists is neither an endorsement nor an association, we as Black Young Professionals in 2020 are now at the forefront of making progress for our community. Therefore this event was held to active and expose potential leaders.

We will continue to hold other activation and exposure activities this year and into the future.

If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to reach out to us.