The mayor of my hometown was there! The City of Highland Park's Mayor DeAndre Windom attending my Hip Hop Architecture lecture at the University of Detroit Mercy during the 2014 Detroit Design Festival. I appreciate the time that Mayor Windom has taken from his busy schedule to show me support over the years. He has a vested interest in hip hop, as he is married to one of the dopest female MCs to ever touch a mic, Yolanda Whitaker (YO-YO).
Together YO-YO and Mayor Windom have joined forces with various individuals from Detroit's hip hop community to create "YO-YO's School of Hip Hop". My objective throughout this lecture tour is to unite my two worlds which I love in hopes of pushing the envelope from all sides. I made sure I introduced Mayor Windom to Dean Will Wittig, we need more kids from Highland Park in the halls of University of Detroit Mercy for summer programs, high school field trips and ultimately as full-time students. These two men can work together to make that happen.