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Detroit Writing Room Black Voices Series ft. Photographers

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Hear how Detroit photographers got started capturing businesses, people and brands, and learn how to turn your hobby into a profession.

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The Detroit Writing Room's Black Voices Series features Black writers and creators from Detroit and nationwide. Come hear their stories, ask questions and support their work.

Join us on Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. EST for a virtual event featuring Detroit photographers. They'll share how they got into photography and give tips for those who want to turn a hobby into a business. The photographers will also discuss how they use photography to amplify Black voices and share their stories.

Guests will have an opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A. The panel discussion is moderated by Detroit Writing Room coach Sacred Overstreet-Amos, founder of Moon Reflections Photography.

Panelists include:

  • Marcel Brown
  • Shaleena Cole
  • Justin Milhouse


5 - 5:05 p.m. - Guest introductions

5:05 - 5:20 p.m. - Panelist introductions

5:20 - 6:00 p.m. - Panel talk

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Q&A

This event will be recorded, and anyone who buys a ticket will get the video recording.


General admission is $15. All proceeds benefit our nonprofit arm Coaching Detroit Forward which offers free summer journalism and photography camps for Detroit students.

Detroit high school students can attend this event for free via Coaching Detroit Forward. Register under the student ticket.

Tickets are nonrefundable. A Zoom link will be emailed the day of the event. Registration closes 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2021.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Email hello@detroitwritingroom.com for details.

Meet the Moderator

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Sacred Overstreet-Amos

Founder of Moon Reflections Photography

Sacred Overstreet-Amos is a Metro Detroit-based photographer who’s been capturing people and events for nearly a decade. She’s passionate about her craft and loves to take photos that inspire people young and old. Sacred graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in communications. She is also a United States Air Force Veteran. After the Air Force, she decided to pursue her passion and founded Moon Reflections Photography — a full-service photography company that specializes in high school senior portraits, business headshots as well as commercial and freelance photography. Sacred’s work has been featured in online and print publications, including SEEN Magazine, The Michigan Chronicle, The Huffington Post, Ebony.com and Rolling Out Magazine, among others. Sacred offers workshops on digital photography and camera basics, where students learn everything from understanding shutter speed to ISO. When she’s not shooting photos, she’s at home with her family, striving to create some amazing little humans who follow their passion.

Meet the Panelists

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Marcel Brown

Street Style Photographer

Marcel Brown is a Metro Detroit-based freelance photographer born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is also a United States Air Force veteran. After serving his country he moved to his wife's hometown of Detroit in 1997. A father of three, he was always taking photos, mostly of his family on vacations. A self-taught photographer, he began taking his photography seriously in 2014. His photography style can be described as natural/documentary and he specializes in portraits, landscapes and fashion. His work has been featured in local art exhibits and fashion shows. He has worked as a mentor in the Read To A Child program for the Detroit public school system. He loves sports, old-school hip hop and reading. Because of his love for photography, kids and young adults, becoming a coach is a dream come true. His ultimate goal is to be a full-time photographer with his own studio and have a photography program for underprivileged kids in Detroit.

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Shaleena Cole

Founder of LeoSage Images

Shaleena Cole is a headshot and portrait photographer in Detroit. She's a wife, mother of two and was born and raised in the city of Detroit. Shaleena loves good music and good food and loves to be in front of the camera just as much as behind the camera. As a photographer for over 15 years, she has been able to connect with so many people and enjoys telling the stories of their lives through imagery. In her work, she strives to capture and convey the spirit of who you are in a fun and authentic way. Her company, LeoSage Images, is based in Detroit and also serves the Metro Detroit area. Her specialty is bringing out the best in her clients and giving them a fun, relaxed and quality portrait experience.

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Justin Milhouse

Portrait and Brand Photographer

Detroit born and raised me, so it's only right that I give back to the city that made me. Being exposed to many different mediums of art at a young age fueled the inspiration to get into photography and videography while attending college as a business major. What started as a hobby and creative outlet transformed into a passion to create and document the world around me. I started Fresh-Cool-Dope back in 2009 while in college which has been the platform for my creative work, until now. JMILHOUSE is more personal to me and concentrates on my work, documenting my creative process, and fulfilling my dream of having my own photography studio/gallery. Visit jmilhouse.com.

About The Detroit Writing Room

The Detroit Writing Room is an event and writing space to work and write. Whether you’re working on the next Great American novel or a business plan, the DWR has 30 professional writing coaches to help with all your writing needs. We also host book talks, writing workshops, open mic nights and private events. Visit detroitwritingroom.com to sign up for coaching, memberships, events and more. Check out newyorkwritingroom.com to see our New York-based coaching team.

About Coaching Detroit Forward

Coaching Detroit Forward is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that coaches Detroit high school students in writing, photography, graphic design and other creative fields. Award-winning local journalists, authors, communications professionals, photographers and designers teach students and share their expertise through summer camps, workshops and after-school programs. Through Coaching Detroit Forward, students gain mentors who guide them through internships, jobs and careers.

Coaching Detroit Forward is the nonprofit arm of The Detroit Writing Room. Visit coachingdetroitforward.org to learn more.

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