Jamal was working away in Greektown. Going at his job with the determination of a heavy weight contender trying to strip the belt from the champ, when I first saw him. Being a street photographer as well as a portrait photographer, I rattled off a few shots of Jamal through the window before I decided that he would be a great subject for Detroit in Portraits. I then approached Jamal and asked if we could do a few portraits and a quick interview. He graciously agreed.
He went on to tell us “I am a small businessman. I own a couple of businesses. So, I like the autonomy. I like to be able to choose my destiny and hopefully, be able to supply and please the public at the same time.” When asked about his favorite memory in Detroit, Jamal replied “Getting married here and my kids being born here. As for strictly about the city? The resilience. Because there are a lot of reasons to give up, but even more to keep fighting.” I am not a gambler, but if I were, I would bet that Jamal will be an entrepreneurial champ in Detroit.