This is an image of the article entitled, Rebel with a Cause, written by Mary Abraham - a writer, business consultant, brand strategist and author - on her blog, coauthored life. Alt text | Mary Abraham

Rebel with a Cause

This article was originally published in Ambassador Magazine

“Damaged goods make history” was about the only phrase I could comprehend from the lead singer, his shaggy brown hair just long enough to cover his eyes. He thrashed around the cramped stage of Corktown Tavern, avoiding the random displacement of cement blocks and ironing boards. Punk rock with a psychedelic flare: Sid Vicious, meet the Beach Boys.

It didn’t matter that most of us couldn’t understand what he was saying. We felt it, and we celebrated it. Jumping up and down, some of us twitching wilding in the corner and others of us simply escaping into ourselves. Continue Reading →

An image of DJ Cassidy from a 2007 article written by Mary Abraham of Detroit, MI for Ambassador Magazine. Alt text | Mary Abraham

Hey Mr. DJ

This article was originally published in Ambassador Magazine

DJ Cassidy has been to Detroit a few times. “But for the life of me, I can’t remember what for,” he said, a bit embarrassed as we began our phone interview. But it doesn’t really matter. This 25-year-old DJ, born and raised in NYC, is a Motown Man. In fact, he got his first big break at 18 from Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs when he stunned the famed producer by spinning old soul classics from Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. “Puffy danced until 5:30 in the morning … and as he was walking out, he said, ‘Where’s the DJ?’ And I said, ‘I’m the DJ.’ He couldn’t believe it.” Eventually, Cassidy convinced him. A week later, he was deejaying Combs’ party for the VMA awards, and he has played every one since. Continue Reading →