Karinda L. Washington is a native of the city of Detroit and an Alumni of
Eastern Michigan University, where she obtained her Bachelor of
Science Degree in 2001. She is now 28 years of age and is the
Founder of BOTS Entertainment, which is based upon the Battle of the
Sexes: Men vs. Women in Singing, Rapping and Poetry Talent
Showcase. The Battle began as an online talent competition, and has
been held in the city of Detroit nearly three years. The company has
gained support from various corporations to include the Detroit
Pistons, Globe Trekker TV, Radio One, Rolling Out Magazine, Marshall
Field’s-Fairlane, Pure Detroit, and many more.
After being endorsed by the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Teamsters
Union, a host of other community organizations and leaders,
Washington’s bid for a city of Detroit City Council seat ended on
August 2, 2005, with 5, 680 votes. Although it was her first time
attempting a position in public office, she remains motivated to
continue the work of restoring the city to the great metropolis it once
was and is destined to be.
Washington has been awarded various awards to include: EMU
Alumnus of the Year (2006), MLK Humanitarian Award, Gold Medallion
Student Employee of the Year, Leader and Programmer of the Year,
Black Faculty Alumni Association Footprints Award, V-98.7 Acts of
Kindness Award and more.
John-Greasy is a writer, rapper, and talent Director for BOTS
Entertainment. Through his tenure as a Detroit-based rap artist, he
has performed in over 100 shows, and community events, and has
completed three albums.
During the month of December 2002, Greasy became the co-host
of the Battle of the Sexes: Men vs. Women in Singing, Rapping and
Poetry, which is a talent competition held to raise operating
support for nonprofit organizations in the city of Detroit. Since that
time, the Battle has been held in venues throughout the state of
Michigan. The Battle has attracted hundreds of independent
artists who are interested in receiving necessary exposure to the
entertainment industry and the development of a fan base.
On June 10, 2005, Greasy helped make history by debuting the Hip
Hop Mile, which showcased the five elements of Hip Hop, by
allowing 60 artists to perform at the Band Shell on Belle Isle, an
historical island in the city of Detroit. He served as the talent
director for the event, and is now in preparation for the 2006
edition, and the release of the 2006 Hip Hop Mile DVD.