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Opportunity Detroit Radio: August Guest Highlights

Paul W. Smith (WJR) and Stephen Luigi Piazza (Quicken Loans) spent most of August trying to stay dry with all of the unseasonal rain showers. You can hear their Opportunity Detroit radio show on WJR-760 AM every Friday night to get all of the cutting-edge news about Detroit happenings!

Here are just a few of the topics and guests featured in August:

If healthy eating is a priority for you and your family, then plan a visit to 7 Greens. This new downtown Detroit restaurant, located at 1222 Library Street, serves unique, gourmet-style salads. Owner Kelly Schaefer uses local farms to provide fresh vegetables and fruits. The menu includes salad medleys inspired by the Motor City, such as “Woodward Cruise” and “Detroit Greek.” Check out the complete menu at!

Table tennis anyone? Diallo Smith is the owner of Drive Table Tennis, a social club that he started in 2012 in downtown Detroit. The mission of Drive Table Tennis is to create a global partnership with those who are passionate about ping pong. Located at 645 Griswold Street, patrons can play table tennis while enjoying a full bar and a menu that includes soups, salads and appetizers. To learn about the rental rates for tables, visit

Learn more about a human rights organization that has touched the lives of thousands of Detroiters. Since 1968, Focus: HOPE has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents by addressing hunger, economic disparity and racial divisiveness. This year marks the 40th annual Eleanor’s Walk for Hope, which was the first walk in the area to promote community and racial harmony. The 5K walk will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, at the Focus: HOPE campus located at 1355 Oakman Boulevard in Detroit.

Meet two of the masterminds leading the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME). Sarah Clayman  and Kevin Nixon are cofounders of this institution that’s educating the next generation of musicians. The school recently moved into its new headquarters at 1265 Capitol Park. DIME offers advanced music students a college-style experience in contemporary music, with expert musicians and industry professionals teaching courses in guitar, vocals, drums, songwriting and more. To learn about the classes, visit 

Read about a local journalist aiming to help veterans and teen moms. Bankole Thompson, senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle, is teaming up with Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries to launch the Bankole Thompson Fund for Veterans and Teen Moms. Bankole is donating 100% of the proceeds of his book, “Bankole’s Nation: Select Writings and Speeches of a Presidential Author,” to life-saving services and reintegration programs for teen moms and veterans in Detroit. Visit for details.

Don’t forget to tune in for the next show on Friday evening, September 5, at 7:00 p.m. ET for all that and more!

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  1. Thanks for having Michigan Chronicle senior editor Bankole Thompson on your show to talk about the Fund we established in his name at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM).
    We always welcome the opportunity to partner with difference-making individuals and organizations in touching and transforming the lives of homeless veterans, seniors and teen moms as well as substance abusers, ex-offenders and prostitutes, etc.

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