June is Black Music Month, and as the woman who has singularly been the most influential guiding force of Chene Park Amphitheater since its founding, one of the city’s live music venue jewels, it seemed only appropriate to give Ms. Mausi her just due as someone who comes from a family of businesspeople and entrepreneurs who has most certainly done more than her part to continue the legacy. However, “I could not possibly run Chene Park without my four sons [Dorian, Sulaiman, Rashid, and Malik]. Each of them has a different gift that they bring to bear here. And I never knew I was gonna give birth to a workforce.”

Mausi’s company, The Right Productions, has managed and operated Chene Park for the past 14 years.

“My great grandmother, Mary Felicia Chavous Griffin came to Detroit in 1918 with her three small children, [two girls and a boy], from Aiken, SC. She came here leaving an abusive relationship. As a woman alone with three children to take care of she came to Detroit and she made her way and established her family here” even though she knew no one in town when she made the move.

Michael Brown, Ferguson MO, Black Lives Matter, BLM, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Michael Brown, Ferguson MO, Black Lives Matter, BLM, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Michael Brown, Ferguson MO, Black Lives Matter, BLM, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Michael Brown, Ferguson MO, Black Lives Matter, BLM, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Michael Brown, Ferguson MO, Black Lives Matter, BLM, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Michael Brown, Ferguson MO, Black Lives Matter, BLM, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN


Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence toward black people. BLM regularly organizes protests around the deaths of black people in killings by law enforcement officers, and broader issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.

In 2013, the movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin. Black Lives Matter became nationally recognized for its street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown, resulting in protests and unrest in Ferguson, and Eric Garner in New York City.

Since the Ferguson protests, participants in the movement have demonstrated against the deaths of numerous other African Americans by police actions or while in police custody, including those of Tamir Rice, Eric Harris, Walter Scott, Jonathan Ferrell, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose and Freddie Gray. In the Summer of 2015, Black Lives Matter began to publicly challenge politicians—including politicians in the 2016 United States presidential election—to state their positions on BLM issues. The overall Black Lives Matter movement, however, is a decentralized network and has no formal hierarchy or structure. (Wikipedia).


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