By Lester Holmes
Beginning Friday with the First Annual Fashion Show/Party Showcase featuring several Detroit clothing designers, Three Days B4 Fame is a weekend long event throughout metro Detroit featuring some of the most talented emcees, DJs, producers, clothing designers and promoters -- under 30 -- to not gain notoriety just for their talents, but also for bringing pride back to Detroit.
“These kids are really talented and they are right here in Detroit," says 20-year-old Detroit emcee Young Scolla, who is editor of the Scolla’s Word Blog and one of the organizers of the three-day event.
In addition to the fashion show at the Crofoot in Pontiac featuring performances from J-Fin and Yung Good, other events include the 3 Days B4 Fame Pool Party hosted by R&B artists and reality TV star Ray J at the Chandler Park Aquatic Center and a secret VIP party/reception on Sunday.
Scolla, whose real name is Fred Fungue, says he wanted to put together an event to showcase the next generation of Detroit talent as well as “bring something positive” to the city.
He says many 20 to 30 year olds become frustrated because they feel as if Detroit “does not provide that platform for them to go where they want to go” causing some give up their artistic ambitions or take their talents to L.A., Chicago or Atlanta.
“At the end of the day, the main thing is to shine light on kids who thought they would never get attention,” says the Howard University student.
Tyna Logan, a 23-year-old fashion designer who will have some of her clothing featured in Friday’s fashion showcase, says the event will connect young people who have the same goals and spur collaboration and networking. She considers the event a three-day conference for artists.
“It will inspire people -- those who want to pursue fashion or music -- to keep going,” says the creator of the Fanciee Clothing Line, who believes she can make it in fashion in Detroit.
“I’m staying right here. I’m not leaving.”
For more information on 3 Days B4 Fame, or access to Sunday’s Secret Party visit http://3daysb4fame.com/.