This session is led by Bryce Detroit, featuring members of his highly acclaimed Detroit Afrikan Funkestra. This session will utilize music, storytelling, and performance art to help reconnect North End residents of Afrikan Ancestry with the stories of their neighborhood’s rich culture and historic music economies. This session will also expose participants to new narratives of the cultural and economic renaissance presently taking place in the North End, newly activated neighborhood spaces, as well as the multidisciplinary actors collaboratively spearheading these initiatives. This session will also examine the implications of “entertainment art and pop-culture sensibilities”, on the individual/collective’s ability to construct (and project) new self-determined identities and ancestrally-rooted futures. Following the live performance, there will be an opportunity for open-conversation as well as a Q & A with the lead artist and cast members.