(CBS Detroit) – There was a lot more than flapjacks being served up at the Michigan Chronicle’s first “Pancakes and Politics” forum of the 2015 season as the Detroit-focused panel engaged in heated conversation over race.

The panel included: NAACP Detroit Branch President Rev. Wendell Anthony, Detroit Economic Growth Corporate President and CEO Rodrick Miller, Invest Detroit President & CEO David Blaszkiewicz and Detroit Free Press Editorial Writer Nancy Kaffer.

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There were over 400 people at the sold out event held at the Detroit Athletic Club. The next “Pancakes” forum will be held April 16 when Gov. Rick Snyder takes to the stage.

The event also marks the 10th anniversary of the lauded spring time speaker series. CBS 62 is a sponsor of the forums as is WWJ Newsradio 950.

CBS Senior Producer and Host Carol Cain moderated the fast paced and lively conversation. Michigan Chronicle Senior Editor Bankole Thompson also posed questions to the panel.

The conversation turned to proposals that would require companies wanting big contracts in the city to use local firms, as well as what it will take to encourage more economic development in the neighborhoods.

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Detroit Public Schools and what comes next for the troubled district was also debated.

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Catch the conversation by watching “Michigan Matters” 11:30 a.m. Sunday only on CBS 62.