Framed by WDET: The Sweet Science

Cydni Elledge

Going beyond the lens of decay and revitalization, Framed by WDET offers a balanced perspective to the mainstream media’s common narrative about what is happening in and around Detroit.

WDET producer Laura Weber-Davis and photographer Cydni Elledge weave high contrast photos and intimate interviews with youth boxers together into a Framed by WDET: The Sweet Science. In this story from 2017, then 17-year-old Rakeem Campbell describes exploring the science of boxing.

This sport right here. This is where I’m best at,” says Campbell. 

Even if you hit me hard, I’ve been here so many times, like I get used to the punches so it’s like if you hit me I’ll come back. I mean, you can take it as a butt whooping or you can take it as ‘oh, I’m getting work from this person so I’m getting better.’” 

Weber-Davis also speaks with Coach Khali Sweeney, founder of the Downtown Boxing Gym on Detroit’s Eastside, where Campbell trains. 

It’s not as hardening as it may look,” says Sweeney. “It’s mostly a thinking sport. The name of the sport is actually pugilism. It’s called a sweet science.”

To hear more from Campbell and Sweeney, click the audio player above. 

Framed by WDET continues to evolve, and this year we’re partnering with Grand Circus Magazine to bring this series of stories and photographs to life in a photo book and gallery exhibition. Learn how you can support WDET and back this project at

Image credit: Cydni Elledge

Aired on: CultureShift

This post is a part of Framed by WDET 101.9 FM.

A series of traveling audio-visual exhibitions that integrate photography and audio storytelling to present the stories of ethnic and cultural communities throughout the Detroit region. Produced by WDET 101.9 FM.

This project is supported by individual contributions, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, The Kresge Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and our series sponsors.



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Erin Allen

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Erin Allen is is a foodie, yogi, and world explorer, using her experiences abroad and domestic to effect change and expand her eclectic skills.  

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