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Vol. III, No. 3 | Feb. 28, 2018

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As a part of the international Black Panther Challenge started by Frederick Joseph of New York, students from Cody-DIT, Davison Elementary and Western International, were treated to a showing of “Black Panther” at the Bel Air Luxury Cinema.

Students travel to Wakanda Donations bring at least 160 to ‘Black Panther’ Staff The Western Express It was mid-winter break and it was raining. Nevertheless, by 10:15 a.m., four buses were on their way to Wakanda — by way of the Bel Air Luxury Cinema on Tuesday, Feb. 20. As a part of the international Black Panther Challenge started by Frederick Joseph of New York, several Western Staff caught the positive buzz and spearheaded the Detroit Black Panther Challenge. In less than 20 days, over 100 people, primarily metro Detroiters, donated money so at least 160 students from multiple schools in Detroit, would be able to go together to see the revolutionary “Black Panther” movie, VIP style. Cody-DIT, Davison Elemen-

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Students who attended the Feb. 20 movie showing received admission to the movie, popcorn, inspirational cards and messages, and a Detroit Black Panther wristband.

popcorn, admission to the Black Panther movie, inspirational cards and messages, and a Detroit Black Panther wristband#JustBecause While most students understood and appreciated the cultural impact and significance

tary and trip host Western International arrived at Wakanda via the Bel Air and were greeted by African music playing and chaperones adorned in African attire. Students enjoyed pictures and interviews by the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, pop,

of the movie that featured a predominantly all black cast in a positive manner-it was the cheers and claps in unison for the good guys and the jeers for the bad ones, that served as the ultimate movie review. #WakandaForever


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remembering Dr. reynolds BCHS substitute teacher was problem solver By Khamrrien Hayes The Diagnostic On Jan. 19, the Benjamin Carson community lost one of its family members when Dr. Walter Reynolds passed away. According to those who worked with him, Reynolds was peaceful, amazing, important, a problem solver and a friend. Also, he was a huge father figure in the school. Reynolds was a substitute and

resource teacher at Benjamin Carson High School. He helped students with their work, helped them get their grades up and helped the teachers if they needed him to sub for their class or if they needed him come in the classroom to help another student. He also built strong relationships with the students and adults that he worked with. “Dr. Reynolds really helped me on my work and always kept me in a good mood,” senior Brittany Stevenson said. “ Also he made sure See rEYNolDS on page 5 »

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Students learn how to set up for patient care. this group of bCHS juniors has been given a special opportunity through Henry Ford Health System.


By Deannah perkins, mona almathrahi & Zahra Cham The Diagnostic Benjamin Carson High School has developed a unique partnership with Henry Ford Hospital. Kristen Maher, dean of instruction, participated in a meeting with Ma-Shelle Barr, a program assistant who works in Volunteer Services at Henry Ford Hospital. Barr offered a volunteer and job shadowing opportunity to 10 Benjamin Carson students so that

they would be able to volunteer for one half day a week throughout the second semester. Since seniors at Benjamin Carson already have a number of similar opportunities, juniors were given the chance to participate in this particular program. “We wanted to give this opportunity to juniors,” Maher said. Eleventh-grade teachers were asked for a list of students they believed would be perfect for the program. Recommenda-

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tions were based on students who excelled academically, had good interpersonal skills, and had remarkable attendance. After the teachers decided which ten students would be best for the program, the students were informed. They were confident that they could rise to the occasion and the teachers would not be disappointed. “I have really good communi-

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“At some moments, my mind can go a little slow” said freshman Demetrius Marberry, who admits to not getting enough sleep.

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By india flournoy, nataysha Owens & Saaheim rivera The Diagnostic Many people get less sleep than they need each night. Some are distracted by their phones or television because the light from these devices affects their pineal gland, a small organ, from releasing a sleep hormone called melatonin, according to Many teachers and students at Benjamin Carson High School suffer from a lack of sleep. Some described getting less than eight hours of sleep. “I only get six or seven hours of sleep,” said physics teacher Brooke Borwell. “I’m sleep deprived.”

“I try to shoot for seven hours,” said algebra teacher Sarah Murphy, “I totally know it affects me.” “ I get mostly eight hours of sleep. I stay up all night playing video games or be on my phone,” said freshman Randell Albert. “I average through the week seven hours of sleep,” said chemistry teacher Helene Barton. “I usually get six hours of sleep,” said freshman Tywan Lawrence. “Because of homework and waking up at 6 a.m.” Some students are well rested, though. “ I get roughly nine hours of See SlEEP on page 7 »

Photo editor: Thamin Hussain Section editors: Aniqa Usha, Nataysha Owens, Deanna Perkins, Fariha Saira, Brandon Little Staff Writers: Osama Al-Dahan, Kyann Byers-Ussery, Zahra Cham, Ka’Maya Cherry-Hayes, Fatima Cisse, India Flournoy, Mila Halliburton, Khamrrien Hayes, David Hodge, Keshawn Johnson, Mohammed Kahaer, Jonnae Mccalebb, Randale McIntosh, Shawn Messer, Ronnae Reed, Saaheim Rivera, Andre Smith, Taneah Walls, Amir Williams, Diana Wimberly, Diamond Yancey

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tecHnically SPeaKing A public forum for the community of Cass Technical High School | OpiniOn

Black history is your history

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our generation must know roots

By Onza Stokes CT Visionary As time goes on, we tend to lose touch with our history. Looking back at American history, African Americans have contributed too much of the success here in this country. Everyone should know African American history because through many trials and tribulations, we stayed strong, while contributing to a country who hated us. The importance of Black history is to celebrate what African Americans went through and how we prevailed to be something bigger than the standards we were held to. As my generation gets older, even a blind man can see how much we are not aware of our roots and background. Besides the mainstream African Americans, we do not really look into our history to see the variety of accomplishments. I believe we lost touch with admiring the importance of black history. In order to learn more about our history we have to want to learn about it. We can take the extra step to research, read and educate others. African American history should be taught in schools ct Visionary because it is American history. onza Stokes says the importance of black history is to celebrate what Everyone should learn about it African Americans went through and how we prevailed to be something regardless of race because we bigger than the standards we were held to. are a part of this country as well. We need to educate everyone and prospered through every are strong, smart and independent about the importance of African challenge and barrier we have had individuals who deserved to be American history. We have fought to face just to prove ourselves. We know.

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What is the purpose of spending more on clothes when less expensive will cover you just the same?” Could it be quality or image?

By Jourdin robinson CT Visionary Forever 21 or Prada? H&M or Gucci? Are we spending too much, or not enough? So the question is: What is the purpose of spending more on clothes when less expensive will cover you just the same?” Could it be quality or image? What makes these clothes better than the others? Who wore it? The label? Do we strain our wallets to believe what we buy is really worth the cost. Many believe if you have it spend it, others argue if you have it save it. Emani Byrd, sophomore at Cass Technical High School, studying to

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pursue Fashion Merchandising said: “I tend to spend more than I expect on clothes. I care about labels but I don’t at the same time. I genuinely do think Americans spend a lot of money on clothes and sometimes it isn’t even worth it. For example, the all-white New Balances, the foreign designer company Balenciaga, made shoes exactly like them and everyone prefers those instead, why? Because it’s the trend so why not?” This raises the question, is it all about labels? Kennedy Robinson, junior communication major at Cass Tech said:

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Are specific hairstyles like braids only mean for certain ethic groups?

cultural appropriation can be inappropriate By Grace Hairston CT Visionary Culture appropriation is to deal with the adoptions of the elements of a minority’s culture by members of a dominant culture. Recently, Cass Technical High School junior Elka Boyd received a cluster of backlash in regards to culture appropriation. Boyd recently took a trip to Mexico where she visited her family members. While in Mexico, Boyd got her hair braided and everyone loved it in Mexico. However, when coming back to the U.S. from her trip Boyd accepted a lot of hate from other minorities and cultures. “My intentions were never to steal someone else’s culture,” Boyd said. “I feel how as though it was just a hairstyle and wouldn’t personally affect anyone.” Culture appropriation is not only a local thing however. Recently internet star Kim Kardashian uploaded an Instagram photo of herself with braids. “I don’t want to offend any-

one by my choices of hairstyle, but at the same time I want to feel free to express myself,” Boyd said. Cass Technical sophomore Janae Arnold, who is a part of Cass Tech’s club “Curl Talk”, feels as though culture appropriation can be a form of mockery. “I feel like if a person from another ethnic group dresses up as a Black Panther for Halloween, that is culture appropriation,” said Arnold “However, when it comes to wearing a hairstyle I do not feel like another ethnic group that is not African American is mocking the culture.” Renaissance High School sophomore Paige Carter feels as though culture appropriation is real. “I feel as though culture appropriation is when a person claims a custom that one culture dominates,” she said. “I’m a young African American woman and personally, if I see someone making a mockery of my culture I will be offended.”



getting to know your transition adviser By mariah robinson CT Visionary Everyone dreams of graduating high school and attending college, but it is not as simple as it sounds. Luckily, students are provided a college transition adviser to help you in your time of need. From 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Keisha Boyd meets with students,

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parents, and working closely with your counselors to complete a series of tasks. From registering se-

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Promising movies set to open at box office Benjamin Carson


Volunteering provides real-world experience from page 3

cation skills,” said junior Shayma Akhtar. Junior Elisha Taylor felt the key was his personality. “I’ll be there for the patients and put a smile on their face,” said Taylor. The first day of volunteering was highly anticipated by the students. After orientation, they were informed about all of the assignments which include Emergency Department Assistant, Comfort Care Volunteer, Hospice, Dialysis, and Observation. The students were to choose envelopes, not knowing which assignment would be inside. After a moment of suspense, the envelopes were opened and everyone was satisfied. They could hardly wait to explore their departments. “It’s a good opportunity to see what it would feel like to be in the medical field,” said Taylor. Henry Ford Hospital will provide students with experience such as caring for patients, comforting them, and working with families going through difficult times. Also, some will get


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that I stayed out of trouble.” “One day when I was in a really bad mood he gave me something to eat and made me laugh,” said Stevenson. Junior D’antae Jackson said Reynolds was a friend to him,

By Osama Al-Dahan & David Hodge The Diagnostic As the new year kicks off to a start, new movies begin pouring in. With movies projected to break box office records, this year seems like it will be a successful year for the film industry. One of the upcoming movies, “Black Panther,” is expected to be a phenomenal one. “Some tracking services have it as high as $150 million over four days, but a $100 million-plus opening is guaranteed,” according to Deadline Magazine. Many people have anticipated this film and went as far as debating its box office expectations and ratings. Another movie predicted for success, a long-awaited sequel, is “The Incredibles 2.” This animation is the most anticipated family movie of 2018, according to Deadline. It has truly been an incredible 14-year wait and should be an interesting one to watch with the family. Moving into the genre of horror, “Hereditary” has critics and fans on the edge of their seats. “Critics are calling this movie ‘the scariest movie of 2018’” according to Narcity

to observe and assist with blood work. “This opportunity will teach them so much,” said Maher. Students hope this experience will stay with them through their future decisions. They want to be more assured in the decisions they make for their careers. “I can explore my options and see specifically what I want to do,” said junior Isaac Whitfield. “It’s a great opportunity for our future and what we want to be. I’m very excited,” said junior Tajayla Lemm. The students expect to make this experience worthwhile. “I want to actually get some hands-on experience in addition to shadowing,” Lemm said. The first day of volunteering was Feb. 8 and it rose to the students’ expectations. Some were able to observe routine procedures while others began to build bonds with patients and their families. “I feel like I learned a lot and I can’t wait for the next experience to come,” said junior Osama Aldahan. “I was not expecting to learn much on the first day, but I ended up experiencing a lot. It was rewarding.” “I got to see how the dialysis process goes and how you need bio-carbs in your body,” said

Junior Nataysha Owens. “It’s actually an interesting topic to learn about.” After just one day the students believed they learned and were excited to have been welcomed by hospital staff. “My first day in the Hospice Department was very welcoming and when I got there they had signs up that said ‘Welcome Mila’,” said Haliburton. “It was memorable.” “The people are very friendly. They treat you like family,” Akhtar said.

This opportunity has students from Benjamin Carson High School exploring many new sites in the medical and health field. It will teach them about different professions, the teams that provide care for patients, and how to be successful in a professional environment. “My hope is that Henry Ford Hospital continues to offer it to our students.” Maher said. “Any program that offers our students such a unique and authentic learning experience is a benefit to us as a school.”

someone that he could always go to for help or to ask questions who helped with projects and homework.” “When I had an English paper due that I did not finish Dr. Reynolds helped me finish my paper on time,” said Jackson. “Dr. Reynolds assisted me in the resource room,” said resource teacher Tiffany Coleman, “He was a huge support in my room and for students.”

“Dr. Reynolds came at a very good time because at the time I did not have a lot of help in the room,” said Coleman. “He was very consistent. He was a very dependable person.” A time that he really helped her is when she felt down around the time of her father’s death anniversary. She was talking about her father to him, and he gave her a lot of encouraging words. Coleman summed him up in

one word as a “hero” because he was always there to save the day. Ms. Walker, program manager of the Crockett Technical Center Certified Nurse Assistant Program, was good friends with Reynolds. “He would come and take my place for the class if I needed him to and he would help me with the curriculum,” said Walker. “He was very special to me because he really helped me a lot.”

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This group of BCHS juniors has been given a special opportunity through Henry Ford Health. TOP: Students were surprised and excited to receive their job appointments.

With movies projected to break box office records, this year seems like it will be a successful year for the film industry. Entertainment. This horror film is expected to topple the charts and give you a good scare. Last, but certainly not least, the title of most anticipated movie of the year belongs to “Avengers: Infinity War.” This film is an action crossover between Marvel movies and was voted No. 1 on Deadline’s polls. Students at Benjamin Carson High School are excited for upcoming movies, too. “I’d like to watch ‘Black Panther,’” said Benjamin Carson junior Khamrrien Hayes. “It looks very interesting.” “I want to watch Incredibles 2,” sophomore Aniqa Usha said. “The first one was a part of my childhood, and I’d like to see the sequel.” “I want to see ‘Den of Thieves’,” said junior Mustafizur Rahman. “It is action-packed and includes my favorite actors.” The new movies have sparked enthusiasm in many people. There is a massive amount of hype built among many films this year.

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Detroit Police reacH out to DPScD StuDentS By Kai’lynn taylor-Hawkins The Communicator On Feb. 9, CMA, Cody and Jalen Rose Leadership Academy each took a group of students to Ford Field for a Rise event. At the event the students talked about how the police are involved in our community and how they are trying to improve our city. Not

only did the chief of the Detroit Police Department speak, but the colonel of Michigan State Police spoke as well, along with two retired NFL players. As we take a look into how Detroit is today, “crime is trending down in Detroit,” the chief said. He even spoke about children doing summer internships so they can get

a feel of the job or to just come do a ride along. He then asked “How many have been told that they couldn’t do something? “ The whole room raised their hands, he wanted us to know that no matter what anyone has to say about us or whatever hater

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the future of tomorrow were asked to take a picture with the Detroit police officers.

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CMA students came together to celebrate the beauty of their culture by embracing their Afrocentrism

Students celebrate culture By ariel lake The Communicator At Communication & Media Arts High School, students kicked off Black History Month on the right foot. Students came together to celebrate the beauty of their culture by embracing their Afrocentrism; adding a twist of their motherland, students incorporated beaded braids, kinky hair, and dashi-

kis to symbolize their African heritage. It’s always been difficult being black in America. Appreciating the natural aspects of black culture would induce harsh criticism, but not in today’s society. Today, people are becoming increasingly comfortable with their roots and continue to embrace everything their culture has to offer, whether it’s hair,

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clothing or food. CMA Student Kiana Summers said: “I feel like my hair is me and I care for my hair to the best of my ability because it reminds me of my heritage. I love every curl, wave and kink.” “My hair makes me feel confident, it’s my favorite thing about me,” CMA’s Takara Smith said. “It’s one of my best features, it shows my hair is just as

editor-in-chief: Niya D. Cox co-editors-in-chief: Richard Nelson and Atorria Simon adviser: Robbyn Williams crain Mentors: China Haley and Jennifer Vuong

big as my personality. I just love my hair it allows me to express myself.” Notable figures who embrace the melanin of their skin and culture of their ancestors includes: Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys Lupita Nyong’o, Donald Glover, Solange Knowles, Yara Shahidi, Colin Kaepernick, Janelle Monae and Oprah Winfrey.

copy editor: Jelani Stowers feature editor: Janelle Moses Sports editor: Kendell Burr fashion editor: Ariel Lake entertainment editor: Briana Roland Photo editors: Mye’sha Burnett and Tori Jones Political correspondent: Ashley Taylor

February is Black History Month, and in America, there is often a disconnect between a leader’s image during a Jelani campaign and a Stowers leader’s actions The during their Communicator term. There’s a balance African American leaders strike between the firm dictator, and the glorified voting booth. African American leaders shine above the common people, but must stand humbly below them. How else could you hold up their beliefs while looking down on them? It’s a heavy burden to bear, so African American leaders often have teams who are equally or perhaps more so representative of the people’s desires as the elected leader themself. The founders of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, started the most well known civil rights movement in the 21st century, yet their names and individual actions are small in comparison to the passionate emotional stories of the people who follow them. “Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and W.E.B. Debois are great leaders, figureheads, and speakers. See lEADEr on page 7 » Staff Writers: Joseph Branch, Tammie Clark, Morris Mckee, Tyerra Miles, Kai’Lynn Taylor-Hawkins, Tyra Walker

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Sophomore Caleb Bailey, left, and junior Jeremiah Flowers hold pieces of outstanding artwork of the late Martin Luther King Jr.

Students attend MLK tribute By Tammie Clark The Communicator The 18th annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. took place Jan. 12, at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. The tribute was hosted by Wayne State University’s Division of Government and Community Affairs. This year’s keynote speaker was Loretta Lynch, the first African American woman to be appointed U.S attorney general. Following her presentation, Lynch participated in a questionand-answer session with students. Local schools that were in attendance include Communication & Media Arts High School,


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They have iconic personalities, and represent the best in our capability as a people,” said CMA history teacher Benjamin Dirden. An African American leader closest to us here is senior president of Communication & Media Arts


Lack of sleep affects students and teachers from page 3

sleep,” said junior Shelnesha Taylor Some teachers don’t get enough sleep due to their schedules, while others make up their sleep time. “Individually I schedule too many things in one day,” said Borwell. “When I don’t get enough sleep, I take a nap for two to three hours of sleep” said Barton, “My

Detroit School of Arts and Cody High School. “A tribute to MLK should be held more than once a year because the one downside was there was not a large representation of Detroit Public Schools students,” said counselor Ms. Bennett. There were performances by DSA’s choir and InsideOut Citywide poets. DSA’s choir sang the national anthem. CMA’s own Joshalynn Lee is a part of InsideOut. “I felt blessed to create

something that represents African Americans and our culture,” said Lee, a senior. Each year at the program, two awards are given out to honor an individual and an organization whose contributions affect the community in a positive way. They are the Dr. Arthur L. Johnson Community Leadership Award and the Individual Organization Award. The 2018 recipients were Mike Anderson and Andrew Stein. The MLK tribute has been sponsored by WSU since 1997. New sponsors include Quicken Loans and DTE Energy. Proceeds from the program support Adopt-A-Classroom.

High School, Noah Cravens. He is also an online motivational speaker. “Every day, I use Instagram (@young.visionary_ ) to post my thoughts, my audience is made of mostly teens and I engage with them as my peers,” Cravens said. He takes the time to respond to comments and pushes –even those he doesn’t personally agree with– to stay positive and pursue a higher education of some form. As a young man, he has the maturity to grow

alongside his following. Leaders need to be able to communicate their own opinions, work with and manage a like-minded and focused team, and supply the population with a moderate degree of transparency to be fully effective. Leaders cannot depend solely on their own judgement or try to satisfy the people’s often incomplete and varying opinions. An African American leader is strong, patient and understanding.

routine when I was young was to come home from school and take a nap until my parents came home.” Lack of sleep can cause many problems for both students and teachers. “I totally know it affects me” said Murphy, “I know when I have less than seven hours of sleep, I don’t think as fast and I am a little meaner.” “I fall asleep in class and don’t focus on work,” said Albert. “If I don’t get enough sleep my brain won’t focus like it’s supposed to,” said Lawrence. “In order to do everything someone’s

suppose to do, your brain has to be on the same pace as your body.” “When I’m tired I know I forget things,” said Borwell. “Students aren’t able to learn if they’re tired.” “If you don’t get enough sleep it causes you not be alert and pay attention,” said Barton. “ Your brain needs to get a certain amount of rest to reset.” However, some students find that sleep is not a problem for them. “It doesn’t affect me that much,” said Taylor. “I don’t lack sleep, but if I did it would be my own fault.”

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The main statement from Oprah Winfrey at the global globes awards that started rumors about her run Morris for presidency Mckee in 2020 and The brought people Communicator to their feet was “I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon.” On social media, chatter built about her presidential prospects. It has been reported from the Washington post and CNN politics that Oprah has stated that “she is not running for office in 2020,” but it has also been reports from close friends

of hers that Oprah has talk about presidency numerous times. Some of Winfrey’s confidants have been privately urging her to run, the sources said. One of the sources said these conversations date back several months. The person emphasized that Winfrey has not made up her mind about running. Since high school seniors will be able to vote in the year 2020, I personally took a small survey here at Communication & Media Arts to see how younger citizens and future voters feel about Oprah in office. To my surprise most of the students I surveyed would not support Oprah: n 50%(15) of students would not support Oprah n 36%(11) of students would support Oprah


H&M controversy proves America has ‘a lot of work to do’ From the beginning of time, this world has struggled with racism. This country has overcome Briana pestilence, civil Roland war and power The struggles withCommunicator in our political system. It seems silly that we can overcome such monumental problems, but things such as accepting one for what they were born to be, we seem to be stuck. The root of this problem is a mystery to everyone. The reason for which there is hate between different races has absolutely no concrete reasoning. Companies like H&M are currently defending their reputation from racial slander. Recently H&M published an advertisement of a young black boy modeling a sweater reading “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.” H&M has

received heavy ridicule over their seemingly racially insensitive ad. Since this thoughtless slip up, H&M has publicly apologized and removed the advertisement. In result of this debacle, artist such as the Weekend have dropped their contracts with H&M. Many believe that this racially insensitive advertisement was not purposely intended to offend anyone; others completely disagree. Communication & Media Arts HS sophomore Imari Carl said: “Honestly I feel like it was an honest mistake ... they didn’t do it to hurt anyone.” When asked if she agreed, senior Talea Clay at River Rouge High School said: “H&M knew the exact message they were sending out, I’m sick of rich companies thinking they can get away with anything.” Situations like the H&M story remind America that we have a lot of work to do, not only as a country but as a world.


to diversify your circle.” Most times during lunch people sit with the same people everyday, then there’s some person that no one wants to sit with. Sometimes it would be good to sit with the person that no one wants to sit with because everyone wants to be welcomed for who they are. At the end of the program the group was given the task to diversify their circle and be open to talking to new people. It’s always good to have a variety of people to talk to not just one group of people.

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there is that we can’t let them get to us. We have to believe that we can be who we want as long as we believe in ourselves. After hearing from a panel of speakers we then broke out into three groups to talk about topics that goes on in our lives. One specific topic was, “How

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Sports psychologist lindsay Huddleston speaks to Detroit and Cleveland Cristo rey basketball players.


By Jorge reyna The Howler The Cristo Rey Network has 32 schools across the U.S., so when two schools from other cities come together it is a rare moment. On Dec. 28, 2017, Cleveland Cristo Rey had the opportunity to compete against the Detroit Cristo Rey Wolves boys’ basketball team. It was a two-day stay in Detroit for Cleveland as they bonded and gained friendships with the

Wolves. The first day of the trip included a tour of the Detroit Historical Museum that was given by Cristo Rey Wolves trainer Coach Toby. “The point of this trip was to get everyone culturally activated. I think it’s very important to travel and not just look around but also [get] an educational view on what created the city and (learn the) historical significance of where you traveled to,” Toby said.”

Toby also makes a point of a significance that Detroit has an impact when it comes to People of Color whether it’s hispanic or African-American kids. He also acknowledged many historical Detroit events during the tour. After the tour the players went back to the school for a special presentation by sports psychologist, Lindsay Huddleston. His presenta-

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How much stress is too much? By Cecilia r. rodriguez The Howler Students who attend Detroit Cristo Rey know that the college preparatory curriculum will be challenging, but some students say it is too stressful. During January midterm exams, students report experiencing an excessive amount of stress that can cause mental and physical issues. Sophomore Huriel Gonzalez said he became paranoid, sleep-deprived and ill leading up to his exams and felt relieved when they were over. “For the most part 75 percent of the exams were easy while the other 25 percent were a bit more challenging,” said Gonzalez. “We barely had enough review time.” It’s common knowledge that school can cause stress due to the amount of responsibility and over-scheduling students experience. But at Detroit Cristo Rey, the stress can increase due to long school hours, extracurriculars, and heavy amounts of homework. This often leads to little sleep and a sense of uneasiness as students feel unready for the school day. These exhausted teens can become irritated and violent toward siblings, parents, and fellow classmates.. Hillary Sesi, school counselor at Detroit Cristo Rey, said that the school’s unique challenges can lead to additional stress. “Many of our student have stress due to long days and their eight classes,” Sesi said. “If a student is involved in a club they See STrESS on page 9 »

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leFt: Juniors ricardo Campos and esmeralda Hermosillo help create plastic bag mats. beloW: Campus Minister luke Miller instructs students on how to create the plastic bag mats. bottoM: Junior Jackelyn gildo folds plastic bags.

IN tHe BAG Students give back through plastic bag sleeping mat project By Yumeri Jiminez The Howler Detroit Cristo Rey High School’s motto is “the school that works,” but its mission goes beyond that. Cristo Rey is also the school that gives. Cristo Rey students came together to make plastic bag sleeping mats during January and February. They decided that there was no better way to give back to the community than by helping the homeless stay warm this winter. The students gathered towards the end of the day in a classroom and took the initiative to learn how to make the mats. The students laid out the mats and folded them like an accordion. They then began to

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loop the bags that formed knots which then creates a mat. They began gathering plastic bags at the beginning of January that they had collected from students and teachers at the school. Luke Miller, Cristo Rey’s service adviser, learned about this project from local parishes. “It is a popular thing that people are starting to do,” he said. It’s important for Cristo Rey students to give back to the community, said student council member Esmeralda Hermosillo. “As a school we constantly receive help from others, and it is a good feeling to know we are able to give back to the community,” she said. Jackelyn Guildo a student

volunteer also agrees that it is important to give back to the community. “It not only helps others, but ourselves,” said Guildo. “We gain the opportunity to know that we are doing something good for others.” Jim Dwyer, Latin teacher and student council adviser at Cristo Rey, is also participating in this service and hopes that “the mats will be distributed before the end of winter, when the mats are most needed.”

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Cristo Rey celebrates Black History Month By Paula Morales The Howler This February, Cristo Rey continued its annual tradition of celebrating Black History Month every day at morning assembly with music, video and inspiring quotations of famous and inspiring African Americans, presented by designated students and staff members. Student council Jim Dwyer, student council adviser and Latin teacher, has organized the Black History Month presentations for seven years.

“It’s important to know the history and to celebrate the many achievements of African Americans,” said Dwyer. The presentations covered a variety of influential African Americans, from Derek Jeter to Aretha Franklin to Sojourner Truth to Jimi Hendrix. Catherine Jones, sophomore, said that she enjoyed the celebrations of influential African Americans. “It’s my culture, my background and my source of inspiration,” said Jones.

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‘The Post’ tells compelling story of 1970s journalism morning, The Washington Post By Giovanna Gomez went to court. The court ruled in & Jackelyn Gildo favor of the press. Hugo Black, The Howler the juror that gave the final say, In the world of film, there defended the Washington Post are many movies and docuand The Times based on the First mentaries that portray real life Amendment and the right the events, yet there are those that Founding Fathers gave them. just can’t seem to spill the truth. The cast of “The Post” porHowever, “The Post,” directed trayed the essence of being a part by Steven Spielberg, exemplifies of journalism during that time. an accurate story of journalism Streep showed what life was during the Vietnam War, filling like for a woman in the 1970s, moviegoers with inspiration of especially a woman running her what really happened. own company. Many times durThis compelling story shows ing the movie, men tried to speak the Washington Post’s deciover her or tell sion to publish her what to do, portions of The cast of “The but she wanted the Pentagon Post” portrayed the to change that. Papers in 1971. essence of being a She made sure The Pentagon her voice was Papers are clas- part of journalism heard and that sified reports during that time. she had the that tell of final say. America’s inBen Bradlee, editor of the volvement in the Vietnam War. paper played by Tom Hanks, was They reveal what the U.S. had the only man who let Graham do knowledge of, which was that as she pleased. He encouraged our troops weren’t able to win or even survive the war, but they her to do what was right and she valued his opinion. He urged her were sent anyway. Spielberg’s to publish the papers because he film tells a story of freedom of wanted the public to know what the press, the White House’s happened in Vietnam. They both war on a constitutional right, did what most journalists strive and a middle aged woman who to do: reveal the truth. defended that freedom. After the papers were pubThe story begins when Daniel lished, the public was shocked Ellsberg, a former U.S. military at the idea that the government analyst, first gave the New York was hiding secrets from them. Times copies of the Pentagon They felt betrayed. Families still Papers. A judge ordered the had their sons out in Vietnam Times to stop publishing the and wanted them to come home papers. Soon after, the Washimmediately. Four U.S presiington Post got ahold of the rest dents kept the secrets going, not of the Pentagon Papers and had one of them telling the public to quickly decide whether to the truth. People protested in publish them. front of the White House. Katharine Graham, publisher Overall, Spielberg did an of the Washington Post who was excellent job telling the story of played by Meryl Streep, had to a massive government coverup decide if she was going to take a and the press’ mission to share huge risk: publish the Pentagon the truth. He has continued to Papers. She left the fear behind fill viewers with inspiration of and released what had to be world history. known to the public. The next

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The Cleveland Cristo Rey Lions and Detroit Cristo Rey Wolves met in late December.


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tion inspired the players of career goals, communication, and self confidence as these are key components on being successful. “It’s a lifelong dream to give back and one of my long-time callings is to give back to the youth; to be able to have this platform to spread my message, not just based on sports but also on life,” said Huddleston. Goal-setting is also another thing Huddleston discussed with the student-athletes as he mentioned the goals we are able to start now are goals we can work through our life. The goals we set make us better understand ourselves. “It’s not about what your friends or family want because it’s about what you want and what your passion is and that’s going to carry you through any and every adversity,” Huddleston said. After the presentation the two teams talked, laughed, and ate dinner together to end day one together. Coach Toby was honored to have the chance to bring this team to Detroit and show players the importance of going to different Cristo Rey Network schools and getting a chance to get to know one another. As gameday began, there was a


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are limited on time and that adds additional stress.” Sesi understands the stress of school and tends to see more students during particularly stressful parts of the year.

show of impressive and aggressive defense by Cleveland Cristo Rey in the first half. The game went by so quick thanks to strong offense by players like Robert Gray, a junior who would score 12 points, and Enrique Freeman, a senior who scored 10 points. The second half of the matchup would turn close as Detroit would find a way to get passed Cleveland’s formidable defense as players like Sam Stewart would have 13 points by the end of the game and Angel Jaramillo would have 26 points. The game would get close second by second until Cleveland took the advantage and took the dominant spot to win the game with a score of 70-59. Both teams after the game gave respects to one another over a passion they all share and stood together not as two separate schools but as the same at heart as all stood together for a team photo. Robert Gray and Enrique Freeman were grateful to have the opportunity of being able to travel and meet new people and to be in a new environment. The whole trip they said gave them a new view of different cities and paid attention to all the different buildings and factories that make Detroit the “Motor City.” After the game they felt that their audience that was able to attend the game got the team going and showed appreciation for them. “Our mental state went up and we played great defense,” said Freeman.

“Our crowd brings everything and whenever they come, they bring it,” said Gray Currently Freeman is considering Geneva College and Gray is looking into the University of Cincinnati. But for now, the team’s biggest goal is to put a championship banner up at their home gym. After the game Cristo Rey’s Angel Jaramillo gave his personal respect for a hard-fought game by Cleveland Cristo Rey and how different the competition was. “They played a different brand of basketball and (they were) new competition and it felt great,” said Jaramillo. Jaramillo was thankful for the opportunity to get to know the school and the students. Like many, he was impressed that two schools who have the same goals and passions could come together and compete not for a prize, but for mutual respect.

“It’s always busier the two weeks before midterms due to students feeling overwhelmed and needing that encouragement,” said Sesi. When asked if is there a solution to stress, Sesi said self care and taking time for oneself is important. This can take many forms, such as talking a walk or engaging in physical activity, talking with a friend, listening

to music, taking a bath. Students should also make sure they are eating nutritiously and getting an appropriate amount of sleep. “Honestly, it’s always overlooked,” said Sesi. “Students should make time to take care of themselves. Especially when it’s midterms or finals, they should schedule time to take care of themselves and make sure its a priority.”

“It’s a lifelong dream to give back and one of my long-time callings is to give back to the youth; to be able to have this platform to spread my message, not just based on sports but also on life.” Lindsay Huddleston, sports psychologist

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Students depend on public transit Benjamin Carson By Shawn Messer, Andre Smith & Mohammed Kahaer The Diagnostic If there’s one thing most teens know about it’s having to take the bus. Many people throughout Detroit rely on public transportation to get where they need to go. A lot of them are students who unfortunately don’t have a way to get to school and back. Not having a car makes it even harder to get a job and make the money to buy one. The DDOT (Detroit Department of Transportation) is how most teens get from place to place. “The bus is my means of transportation,” said Benjamin Carson senior Alex Sims. A lot of teens wake up early just to get to school on time. High schools even recognize that the bus is most only way of transport, so they give out bus cards each semester. A bus card allows high school students to ride the bus without paying money. There is always a lot happening in Detroit but the bus system is always running seven days a week, all year round. Not every teen likes the DDOT bus

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Cass Tech students pose with a “Black Panther” movie poster. Black Panther opened Feb. 16 and showings have been sold out at many theaters.

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BCHS senior Olivia Ervin waits by a bus stop on a snowy day.

system or Detroit transportation in general, though. There have been complaints about the DDOT system and its safety. “I’ve seen a people arguing and fighting” said sophomore

Christopher Patterson. On the other hand, some teens feels safe on the bus when they are with people they know. “I feel safe because I’m with family,” said sophomore Brittney Williams.

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Can we make lunch great again? Cass Tech By Quinnel May CT Visionary Enough of trying to make America great again, let’s makes school lunch great again. Cass Technical High school has a student body over 1,500 and it is sad to say that more than half go hungry each day from skipping lunch. Doreen Holmes a lunch aid at Cass Tech said, “School lunch needs to go back to the old days.” Holmes argues that school lunch was much more enjoyable before the Obama administration put forth the health act to insure all children ate a healthy lunch at school. Holmes strongly believes students should have varieties on their lunch menu instead of one thing for that day. Freshman Noah Howard sits at the lunch table everyday during fourth hour looking at

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Students differ on whether lunch at Cass Tech meets their needs.

the lunch being thrown into the waste baskets. He said thinks the lunch is nauseating compared to his old Bloomfield Hills school lunch where he had gourmet lunch and hot breakfast every day. Sophomore Kenneth Manley Jr. said he believes the lunch is

perfect the way it is. “Without the school lunch I would be hungry until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday because of football practice and homework,” he said. Manley said the lunch fits is diet perfectly and it keeps him with tons of energy.

‘Black Panther’ movie makes Marvel history By India Burgess CT Visionary The new and upcoming movie Black Panther which was released earlier this month as been receiving amazing feedback ever since the movie was first brought into existence. Although some believe that this movie is nothing but another superhero film brought to us by marvel, many young African Americans believe that this movie will be the breakthrough people of color need in the movie industry. Black Panther stands out from other marvel superhero films because of the African culture and also the African American actors and actresses that are starring in the film. The wealthy fictional African city by the name of Wakanda in Black Panther is one of the many great highlights of the film. Compared to other superhero movies Black Panther meaning goes way beyond just crime fighting. For people of color this movie symbolizes power and greatness. Cass Tech senior Takiyah Smiley said that for her “this movie symbolizes that black people and/or people of color are more than just stereotypes and can actually fight crime and be the superhero in a movie besides portraying an evil figure such as a thug or gang member.” It was rare to see a person of color be portrayed in such

Cass Tech an honoring manner when it comes to movies, especially superhero movies. So a superhero movie with a cast majority of color inspires people of color to see beyond the stereotypes. Cass Tech African American history teacher Mr. Evans believes that Black Panther will have an impact on viewers of every generation. Mr. Evans said that “Black Panther is and should be considered a cultural event for African Americans. The youth will be impacted because they will see Black Panther as an intelligent and powerful hero from Africa. These unique qualities are not portrayed enough in movies, and will give younger audiences a positive image of Africa and African people.” Black Panther is a movie that will impact people of color lives whether it is culturally or emotionally. “This movie will make a mark in cinema history as one of the most powerful movies for people of color just like when Spike Lee brought Malcolm X to the big screen in 1992,” said Mr. Evans. Not everyone will agree with the culturally meaning of this movie but whether you are a person of color or not Black Panther will still be a great superhero movie to go see.

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PoWER 2008 alumna offers advice to DSA students By SeaVion Jones The DSA Midtown Tea Keisha Reynolds, a Detroit School of Arts alumna, class of 2008, was a vocal major while in high school, but is now an entrepreneur and author of a new journal, “Shift Into Position: a 21-Day Power Journal for 2018.” Reynolds returned home to Detroit and more specifically, Detroit School of Arts, where she conducted an empowerment master class for DSA Achievers. In her master course introduction. Reynolds said that whenever she conducts seminars, she consistently brags about being from Detroit, and how fortune she was to have had the experiences of true community support and the city’s love for artistic expression. Though the native Detroiter lives in another state, she admits here foundation started here. “I’m originally from Detroit and I currently live in Norfolk (Virginia); I’ve been there for about five years now,” she said. “I know that my start here at DSA and the Detroit area and going to school in Big Rapids, Michigan, is the foundation of who I am today.” Reynolds said it’s crucial for her to come back to DSA and give something back to the students: “ I wanted to give something back to my school and speak to students today about shifting into position,” she said. “Also getting ready to receive every blessing that is here for you, as well as tapping into your gifts and talents so you can utilize them to the best of your abilities so you can see success.” She says that high school students are starting a new chapter after high school: “Right now you’re in your preparation phase in high school and you’re getting ready to step into a new level of life. You’re going to transition very soon.” Reynolds then talks about her 21-Day Power Journal:

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Detroit School of the Arts graduate keisha reynolds is the author of a new journal, “Shift into position: a 21-Day power Journal for 2018.”

“When it came to writing this journal, I’m very spiritual. So in 2017, I told God what ever idea or vision that you give to me in 2017 I’m going to birth it, I’m going to bring it to life. So that was true for several events I did throughout Virginia. As well was writing this piece.” She says that in the summer time of 2017 she didn’t feel as motivated. “I didn’t feel as motivated or as on fire as I usually am when it comes to achieving my goals. So I was like I wish I had an empowerment journal, something that can uplift. If I was feeling that way then I know other people may have felt that way. If you reach a pit or you may be down, and you need something quick to uplift you, so with this 21-day power journal we go through things in the book that may need to shift in your life. Therefore you can achieve success” Reynolds gives her readers 21 days to set forth their goals and ambitions: “I chose 21-Days particularly because it takes 21 days to create a habit. As you’re going through this journal you’re creating a habit of success, you’re creating a vision and making it plan so you can accomplish what it is you need to do. Anything you do consistently bring success.” When asked, “Who was her support system?” She talked about

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her closest family members that cheered her on: “For me, I always had my cheerleading corner sort of speak with my mom, grandma and my aunties. I’m a first generation graduate. The first person in my family to have a bachelors and masters degree, so for me there wasn’t necessarily a blueprint.” Reynolds attended Ferris State University for undergrad and majored in journalism. She states that since there wasn’t a blueprint for her in obtaining a degree, she

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had to remind herself as to why she was there in the first place and not getting defeated in class when she received a C and she was an A student. She says it’s crucial to have a good standing with your professor. “Most students don’t utilize their professors,” said. “They let their professor come in, teach and leave with fully understanding what they were talking about. Then you reach out to your peers and they may not know either. Your professor has office hours you need to go to them every time until you understand. Or

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email them or stay after class.” When she graduated with her bachelor’s degree she worked for a marketing firm in Troy for one year. She always knew that she her master’s degree. Therefore she only applied to Norfolk State University. Once accepted she worked hard and gained work experience. She took on an internship at a public relations firm. She gained a job from them and signed her contract prior to walking across the stage. See SHIFT on page 21 »

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Douglass assistants make a big impact By Kamauri Washington & Jaivin payne Eye of the Hurricane Antoinette Moore’s and Lisa Thomas’ administrative tasks can take up a full day. Yet their impact at Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men is felt beyond the front office. Moore, the head administrative assistant, said “sometimes when (students) come in (the office), they’re upset and I am able to talk to them and get them to open up, and somemoore times I am able to help them feel better.” Administrative assistant Thomas says in the year she has worked at FDA she has “formed relathomas tionships with a lot of (students) and have given them what they need, while caring and showing compassion toward them.” Prior to beginning a career at DPSCD, she completed similar tasks in corporate America. For 30 years, Thomas worked at Transamerica where she was required to organize and plan while interacting with various people. According to senior Army instructor, Maj. Ayannadjenaba Morales-Kaley, her son, Keith An-

thony Morales “loves Ms. Thomas and Ms. Moore.” “I think they’re nice people,” said Morales, a sixth grade student at FDA. “If you’re a bad kid they welcome you in the office,” he continued. “They don’t say get out of the office just because you’re bad.” Morales describes himself as “mischievous.” Moore, who was a corrections officer before beginning her career in Detroit Public Schools Community District 10 years ago, has been at FDA for two years. In Moore’s experience, Frederick Douglass is unique. “The environment is mostly male dominated, with both students and staff,” she said. “The male staff members can really help the young men with their ties and anything they need to know.” “That is what makes this building work for the students,” she added. Moore’s sentiments are echoed by Thomas, who’s youngest son attends a school in the district. “It is an all-boys school, with smaller classes, making it easier for relationships to be formed with the students and staff,” she said. Said Corinne Lyons, English language arts teacher at FDA: “I’m new to the staff here and I have a lot of questions, or sometimes just need things in general. I can always ask Ms. Moore or Ms. Thomas for help. If they don’t know the answer, they know where to find it.”

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Student ambassadors help improve school By David Dyer Eye of the Hurricane For the last two years, five to 10 student representatives from Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men have had a voice in shaping the school. They are members of the Youth Ambassador’s Program, and they include students selected from multiple grade levels to meet with teachers and administrators to offer their perspectives on ways to improve the school. They also represent the school at local and district events.

Students are recruited into the ambassadorship program at the beginning of each school year. Administration, faculty, ambassador coordinator Chad Segrist, and existing student ambassadors are included in the selection process. “The Youth Ambassador’s Program is valuable because it allows students to know that their involvement in the decision-making processes, as it concerns their school, is important,” said Segrist. The students are as involved See VoICE on page 19 »

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principal berry greer, director of the FDA percussion ensemble, with member Jayden Honey, play the xylophone during the exhibition.

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By Brett Davis-miller Eye of the Hurricane What began as an English Language Arts senior class project morphed into an exhibition for the entire Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men student body, parents and staff. The Dec. 20, program had seniors displaying their written and oral communication skills before a panel of judges. Four teachers from FDA served as judges, Sean McGee, a math teacher; Germaine Clinkscales, senior adviser; Nathan Tedford, an English teacher, Army instructor Sgt. 1st Class Robert Vaillancourt, along with retired Detroit Public Schools teacher, Sgt. 1st Class Linda Thomas. This was the first exhibition for Frederick Douglass Academy but after positive reactions from staff and students it may become an annual event. The exhibition was “fun and exciting,” said contest winner Brian Mitchell. “For a group of students with almost no experience performing,we did an amazing job.” Seniors were judged on their stage presentations and their visual displays, which included a three-panel white board for each, complete with a photograph of the student and a list of future career plans, a seven-paragraph autobiography and a vision board that displayed images that represent their long-term goals. The stage presentation included four sections; students performed a talent, recited an oratorical essay

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Senior David Dyer works on his vision board which details his goals, philosophy and future career plans.

and modeled both business and causal denim attire. The overall stage presentation and project board scores constituted the students’ project grades. “Preparation for the exhibition was key,” said Katrena Rimmer, who teaches senior level ELA. “It took us six weeks, including two full dress rehearsals, to get ready for the showcase.” Rimmer said the project began to take shape “after conversations with the students about the importance of communicating effectively when writing and speaking.” The goal of the senior project was to sharpen verbal and non-verbal communication in

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preparation to meet the standards needed when they enter the professional world, Rimmer said. Attendees each received a program that included brief biographies of the seniors. They also were able to view the project boards in the auditorium before the presentations began. The auditorium was decorated for the holiday season. The show opened with a performance by The FDA Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of principal Berry Greer. Seniors were expected to present themselves with confidence and poise, while retaining their own style. They also modeled vibrant colored suits with boutonnieres and causal outfits. Each competitor presented an oratorical essay about a “Man of Distinction” — they named an African American role model that each deemed worthy of acknowledgement, and merged the story of their role model’s life with their own. “The show was elegantly put together and all the seniors did a good job,” said Linda Krawford, a resource teacher at Frederick Douglass and exhibition assistant. She added that she would help with another exhibition if she had the opportunity. “One thing I learned is that it can be difficult for students to talk in front of crowds, and that preparing for a show like this takes a lot of practice and motivation.” See EXHIBITIoN on page 19 »

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roberts stars on court for Henry ford By monea ricumstrict Trojan Messenger Anthony Roberts, standing at 6-foot-3, is currently a senior at Henry Ford High School and is the point guard for the basketball team. Roberts is a good player that works hard, has a lot of strength and is versatile on the floor. Roberts has been playing basketball since he was 6 years old. It wasn’t until he was in the eighth grade at Ludington, when he realized he wanted to pursue a career in basketball. “A lot of people says he’s

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Senior Anthony roberts stars on the court for Henry Ford and makes sure he works hard in the classroom too.

“a lot of people says he’s nonchalant, but he’s very tough. Basketball comes easy for anthony. Once he gets going he scores with the best of them.” kenneth Flowers, Henry Ford basketball coach

nonchalant, but he’s very tough,” said Kenneth Flowers, Henry Ford High School’s head

basketball coach. “Basketball comes easy for Anthony. Once he gets going he scores with the best of them.” Roberts maintains an overall 2.8 grade-point average and his favorite class is history. “History is really important because it helps me to understand why we live the way we are living and why we are where we are as a people and country,” Roberts said. Roberts will attend Bryant University in Rhode Island in the fall. He plans to major in business administration.

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tiphanie Anderson-Cokley is a resource teacher at Henry Ford High School.

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tiphanie anderson-coakley By nyla Wright Trojan Messenger Tiphanie Anderson-Coakley is one of our beloved resource teachers at Henry Ford High School. Anderson-Coakley attended Michigan State University and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in kinesiology in 2007. In 2013, Anderson-Coakley graduated from Marygrove College with a Master’s Degree in education. Anderson-Coakley said she believes that all students be presented with equal opportunities to learn while addressing the variety

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of learning styles. “I have an open-door policy, where students are able to receive assistance with their assignments,” she said. “Many students feel overburdened with their assignments or even their school workload. I provide resources for all students to get the extra help they require.” Although this is AndersonCoakley first year teaching at Henry Ford, she is an added value to our team of teachers. She is a dedicated professional who promotes student support and academic rigor to all students alike.

editor-in-chief: Avia Freshley co-editor: Nylah Wright adviser: April D. McDaniel crain Mentor: Michael Wayland

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Henry Ford seniors registering for their volunteer experience at gleaners Community Food bank.

HfHS students volunteer at gleaners food bank By Demarcus Williams Trojan Messenger Volunteering opportunities allow students to become active members of their community and to acquire life skills through providing services to those who need it most. Henry Ford High School students traveled to Gleaners

Community Food Bank located in Downtown Detroit over the holiday season. This experience gave students the opportunity to bond while increasing their awareness of the various needs of the community. It also provided students with the opportunity to meet their community service requirement needed to

graduate. “Volunteering not only benefits others, but it benefits me,” Henry Ford senior Marlene Barnett said. “I enjoy opportunities to do something that help others because it makes me feel better and helps me to be more appreciative of life overall.”

Staff Writers: LeTrell Anderson, Raven Bailey, Janae Brown, Kenadie Burns, Karren Burroughs, Demarco Carrdie, Travis Crawford, Trevon Glen, Errol Hall, Jada Harris, Elaisha Hill, Marshon Hollins, De’Zhon Jackson, Takayla Jones, Dezirae Mack, Frank Michauz, Dominikue Neal, Jaylin Redding, Jessica Smith, MarQuis Tate, Andre Weir, Kayellin Welch, DeMarcus Williams, Haleem Williams, and Aaron Wilson.

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Advancing Autos By Madison Wood & Taymil Pritchett Crusaders’ Chronicle Last month, Cobo Hall hosted the North American International Auto Show. Two students from King’s journalism class attended this event to see upcoming cars and projects that can change the way many people think about technology today. It debuted new cars that should arrive between 2018 and 2019 and will change the way most see the auto industry. “It’s an annual excursion to go

to the auto show because it starts the year off with a positive highlight of technology,” said director of academic engagement Shedrick Ward. “The reason I attend is not only for pleasure but to see how careers and education are linked so that students receive the education in the classroom that best positions them for the opportunities in the auto industries.” This year’s auto show brought a blast from the past. Ford launched the 2018 “Bullitt” Mustang which has a quite interesting story. The

members of the Ford team found the original Mustang from the movie “Bullitt” that was aired in 1968. This car was lost for over 50 years. Ford remodeled the Mustang and put the original display next to it. “The original for “Bullitt” was lost and nobody knew where it was, so last September they finally tracked it down and brought it out. So they are bringing out a new “Bullitt” Mustang that was one of the original ones from the movie. If you look inside there’s still the

camera mounts on the car,” said news editor at Automotive News James Treece. Also, autonomous cars were a rave at the auto show. These are cars that do not need a driver. Domino’s Pizza showcased its selfdelivery car. The autonomous car that was presented by Domino’s delivers to the buyer’s location by putting the last four digits of the cellphone number into the digital screen mounted to the car. The University of Michigan and Michigan State displayed May Mobility

cars or self-driving cars too. “The auto show is nice. I’ve enjoyed it every time that I have gone. I’ve never been disappointed,” said math teacher Benjamin Harris. “It’s a quality show. You get to sit in the cars so it’s a nice experience.” Lexus will introduce the 2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT sedan in the Marvel Studios’ movie “Black Panther” that officially comes out on Feb. 16. This car starts at $75,000 and is available in different colors.

Automakers focus on technology By Jorge Reyna The Howler Every January, journalists, car enthusiasts, and the general public flock to the North American International Auto Show for a sneak peek of the season’s new automotive models. Whether the brand was Ford or Ferrari, the focus at this year’s show was on technology. Paul Carroll, president and CEO of Hitachi Automotive Systems - an automotive manufacturing company that markets various technologies for major automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEM) worldwide said building connections and partnerships is key to success in the automotive industry. Hitachi has done this by working with Chevrolet. “You have to look hard at partnering with other companies that can provide better component technology to help develop your systems,” said Carroll. Hitachi’s immediate focus is on racing sponsorships, electrified powertrains, and autonomous mobility, Carroll added. A major goal for automotive technology is to increase safety. Joan Claybrook, a lawyer and former president of consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen, spoke at NAIAS on the safety of new automobiles, especially autonomous, or driverless, cars. “These vehicles need to be designed safely but there needs to be a federal government minimal requirement that has to be met in order for these vehicles to be used,” said Claybrook. “As time moves on, citizens expect for safety to be improved on these vehicles in order for there to be less stress and less anxiety when you step into a vehicle that you purchase.” The new technology on display at the auto show also impressed politicians, such as Michigan Sen. Gary Peters. “As stylish as these vehicles are, in some ways they’re even more beautiful on the inside with pretty advanced technology, particularly in self driving,” said Peters.


The Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition was a popular exhibit for visitors to last month’s North American International Auto Show.

A young journalist in a big journalist world By Aja Edwards CT Visionary People from all over the world came together at Cobo Hall last month to experience the North America International Auto Show. The Auto Show is an experience like no other, with brands coming together to debrief on their new technological advances with newer models of cars. I was gifted the opportunity to attend press week, as a high school journalist for the Dialogue and represent my high school. Experiencing press week was a completely different experience than experiencing the Auto Show

as an average individual. Press week was Jan. 1420, and the journalists came together under one roof to sit in on press conferences with huge car brands and engine makers such as Ford, Jeep, Chevy, Acura, Honda, Denso, BMW, and Audi to name a few. The major difference between being at press week versus just attending the Auto Show was the perks. It was shoe shiners, butlers, free food, dodge racing simulations, and most importantly networking. Being a 17-year-old African American girl in an enviSee Journalist on page 14 »


Jim Treece of Automotive News talks to Detroit Dialogue student journalists about the auto industry.


Student journalists from the Crain MSU Detroit High School Journalism Program attended the Press Preview of the North American International Auto Show. The students worked side-by-side with the international press.

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While the North American International Auto Show featured popular vehicles, such as the Ram 1500 truck (left) and Lexus (middle right), it also showcased Michigan State University’s autonomous vehicle computer vision and sensor technology in a Lincoln MKZ hybrid car (middle left).


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The auto show gives both the press and public the chance to look at — and sit behind the wheel — of luxury vehicles.

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This year’s auto show featured a bit of nostagla with the Ford Mustang Bullitt on display, as well as this classic Chevy truck above.

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The Chevrolet Corvette, top, didn’t disapoint at this year’s show. The Dodge Ram, right, and Chevy Colorado were two of the many trucks on display.




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ronment full of professional journalist was intimidating to say the least. The first day I attended press week, I was oblivious to the world I was about to step into. I came dressed in jeans and a white T-shirt with

the idea in mind that it’s just the Auto Show and that this was journalist down time to just listen to what’s new with the bigname brands; however, I was sadly mistaken. Everyone had on suits or at least dressed in business casual attire. Despite my confidence being low due to how I was dressed I pushed through the first day like I had a degree in journalism, I sat in on the press conference for Lexus

and their all new LF- 1 Limitless car and networked. The networking was the best part. I put myself out there as a professional photojournalist despite my appearance. I talked to several magazines and newspapers from all over the world, and even met Roop Raj from Fox 2 Detroit. Press week was an amazing experience and if I could do it all over again I would.

Auto show exhibit hosts make career of showing cars By Miracle Craft The DSA Midtown Tea When most people do articles on the car show that takes place in downtown, Detroit they talk about the actual cars. They emphasize how amazing the cars are (which they are) and they talk about the companies that make them. When I found out I had the amazing opportunity to go to the car show, I didn’t want to write another article with the same type of story line of everyone else. I then decided that is would be a great idea to try and figure out how a person can actually take part in the car show. Now, we all know how the companies are there, because of their cars, but how do the car reps get there. How do the models get there? What better way to learn how is to sit down and talk with some who does participate in the car shows. I had the coolest chance to interview a car rep for Subaru. Her name is Angie she is 42 years old. She has he been a brand specialist for over 14 years, she also is the exhibit manager. In 1994 was the first year she had ever done an auto show. Many people think that being apart of a auto is a one time gig, when in actuality it is a career. Right after high school Angie was a struggling actress looking to be discovered. She went on numerous tryouts and auditions. She was chosen for a few but nothing permanent. Then she auditioned for a commercial, she wasn’t chosen for the gig, however she was chosen for the auto show as Spongebob. She also played as Dora and as a Powerpuff Girl. a couple years later a friend of hers from Honda suggested that she auditioned for an industrial film for Honda. She didn’t get that gig but they

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Subaru car rep Angie has been a brand specialist for more than 14 years and was the automaker’s exhibit manager at the NAIAS.

picked her as a representative for Honda in the car show. Even with acting experience she had to adjust because of the environment she was in. She traveled a lot and was barely at home. The car show is required to be away from home for two weeks at a time. “I would recommend this job for younger people who like to travel and who are great communicators,” she said. “I believe this job is such a great opportunity for those who 1) love to travel and 2) who can connect to the public, 3) can think quickly on their feet.” It seems as thought in order to be apart of the Auto Show you have to have personality. Not one rep there wasn’t smiling and welcoming. All in all, best bets that if a person is involved in the auto show they have good connects. Getting a job is absolutely about who you are nonetheless it is about (especially working the auto show) who you know.

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Domestics calls create high risk for police By madison Wood Crusaders’ Chronicle According to the Detroit Free Press, on Jan. 28, Detroit Police Department (DPD) officer Glenn Doss died of a gunshot wound to the head after responding to a call on Jan. 24. Police said, on Feb. 11, two DPD officers and one DPSCD officer were wounded during a standoff with a gunman. All four officers were responding to domestic violence calls. Even though police officers are sworn to protect the public, the chance of involvement in a dangerous situation is part of the career. “Detroit is a perplex city so at any given day it could be your

last working on the city’s streets. It’s very challenging and a lot of people with mental illness have guns and a lot of people with mental illness like to die through the hands of the police,” said DPD neighborhood police officer Baron Coleman. Coleman “Regardless of the run-in when they call us out to check and see what the issue is, most of the domestic violence issues people come out and they tend to want to shot at the police or have us

shot at them.” Police expressed that a domestic violence call can be very dangerous due to the fact that officers don’t know how many people are involved in the situation or if there is a weapon involved. “Domestics are the top three most dangerous calls for police. Safety is paramount,” said former Wayne County Sheriff and current Memphis Michigan police officer Stefan Karpuk. “The end results of a call will be separation of the parties, through arrest or noncustodial means. Citizens involved in domestic situations need time, space, counsel, and a

clear head to mitigate these types of situations.” For the families of officers, though, the possibility of losing a loved one can be tough. “Since I’ve been doing this for so long for them (his family) to know it’s a calling for me. I’m very spiritual, so I have good base in God,” said Coleman. According to police, losing a fellow officer is devastating and is never erased from officers’ mind nor heart. They find it challenging to move forward but know it must be done. “These deaths never leave your mind. Learn from the death what you can, and keep the

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memory of your friend close to your heart,” said Karpuk. Both officers Coleman and Karpuk are graduates of Detroit Public Schools.

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officers wear a mourning band with DpD officer glenn Doss’s no. 5110. the mourning band is worn when an officer dies in the line of duty.

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Be my valentine ... i think! Is high school love healthy?

because it would stop beating correctly,” said math teacher Cheryl Young. Many patients have to get heart surgery in order for their heart to correctly pump blood. After getting this operation, it can take months for the patient to heal and recover. “I was born with a leaking heart valve and knowing that, I

By Denaysia Johnson Crusaders’ Chronicle Valentine’s Day is known as the day to celebrate love. Some students believe they have found true love while in high school. High school relationships can be healthy but some can be toxic because teens may not understand the depth of love. “I found true love in high school. But then again, I wonder what love is because I’m so young. People use the word love too lenient in our era,” said senior Jordan Lewis. Love is a very strong and powerful word. Most of the time, teens don’t know what love is. They say it to family members because of an unspoken bond, but school relationships are different. By the time they become upperclassmen, students believe they have it all figured out. “Love is an unexplainable emotion with absolute happiness and trust being able to look someone in their eyes and see your future with them,” said senior Jalen Jackson. Dealing with their idea of love, teens can get their feelings hurt then start to feel like they can’t find love anymore because they are in

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on Feb. 2, king had national Wear red Day to show support for women who suffer with cardiovascular disease and to give information for prevention. leslie Spain (second person on the left) designed the go red displays.

King goes red for awareness By iyana Watts When someone walks into King’s Commons, they will see how business teacher and creative designer Leslie Spain honors women during February, which is heart awareness month for women. On Feb. 2, King had National Wear Red Day to show support for women who suffer with cardiovascular disease and give information for prevention. Heart

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disease is the number one killer of women, particularly in AfricanAmerican women. During the month of Feb. King’s students are able to help underpin education and spread awareness to their peers. “Cardiovascular disease refers to conditions that involves narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain, or a stroke,” said St. John Providence Health Center editor: Madison Wood adviser: Veronica Hollis crain Mentor: Jim Treece

registered nurse Michele Berry. Sometimes family is around a person who has heart disease and might not know the symptoms to look for. Sadly, the first sign could be a massive heart attack. “She (my mother) didn’t know she had it. It came out as angina and from angina it went to a massive heart attack. What was happening with her upper right atrium was, it was quivering so it would squeeze small clots

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Detroit comes to King Senior High to honor slain civil rights leader

ABOVE: : The Parade Co. shares Joe Lewis and Rosa Parks from its Big Head Corps. RIGHT: Onlookers could attend an reenactment of the funeral for four black girls killed in a bombing at a Birmingham church.

TOP: The community came to Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School to celebrate the King national holiday. SECOND ROW: Junior Brandon Banks performs an emotional dance that shows the injustices of blacks. THIRD ROW, MIDDLE: Many African Americans lost their lives to lynching. The corpse of these victims was used in photos on postcards and other memorabilia. THIRD ROW, RIGHT: Freshman Jaron Barnett and parent Yamashita Paines-Franklin (mother of senior Jean-Luke Alexandre) welcome the community to witness the Black Panther Party experience.

By Katirra Alston & Rebecca Smith Crusaders’ Chronicle For nine years, DPSCD, the city of Detroit and Southeast Michigan communities have come to Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School to celebrate the King national holiday, honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s celebratory event consisted of a legacy march attended by DPSCD alumni, community leaders, students, and staff. Following the march, everyone convened in the auditorium for presentations and performances. The last part of the day included live enactments of struggles and accomplishments of Civil and Human Rights Activists by King’s alumni, staff, and students. This year’s program had two thought-provoking themes: Looking Back to Move Forward and Staying in the Struggle Until We Win. “There’s a saying that you don’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been,” said Beula Brown, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. march lead decorator and volunteer. The purpose of the skits and displays gave onlookers a realistic glimpse of the past and present. History teacher Dan Wolford dressed as a Klansman which was a challenging role for him since he has proven to be everything but racist. “It’s difficult to be someone I have so aggressively been fighting against,” said Wolford. “Mrs. Spencer-Chapman recruited me. She said, ‘We want a white person to play a Klansman to add a realistic effect.’ It’s something that I don’t think anyone wants to do, but she talked me into it. I was still incredibly nervous and incredibly hesitant. It also reminded me of the struggle that’s still going on today.” Principal Dr. Deborah Jenkins’ fondest memory of hosting the event is working alongside Michael Joseph, UAW-Ford co-chair and the many committed volunteers who give of their time. “My students come to King unaware of many historical events which have shaped our country. Therefore, I’m intrigued by the students’ desire to learn and willingness to share. It just makes me very, very excited and proud of our students, parents, and community,” said Jenkins.

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Civil rights leaders wouldn’t be pleased with society King Black History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements and sacrifices of African Americans. But how do we genuinely Janae celebrate when Fuller so many of us Crusaders’ fall short of the Chronicle vision that civil rights leaders stood for? The civil rights leaders who fought for us wouldn’t be pleased with society today. They fought for justice, peace and equality. However, it seems that there’s no justice, peace or equality within our own race. For over 50 years, we’ve been marching for progress, but there has been little. “When you say progress that assumes that we’ve gone forward. To me, it looks like regress would be better,” said English teacher Andrew Kemp. Leaders who paid the ultimate price wouldn’t be pleased about the harm we are doing to each other. There is too much black-on-black crime. To improve society, everyone should do his or her part to contribute to the well-being of all people. Home is where it starts. We must stop letting situations just be and stand up for what’s right. We can’t continue just standing by and talking about what’s going on. We have to take action and make a stand. We have to demand change within our own communities and fight peacefully like our ancestors. Think about all the men and women who lost their lives so blacks can have better opportunities. “It’s (black-on-black crime) a symptom of a greater problem of systemic racism. In this county the people who don’t have enough are going to find a way to get it. People who are pushed into desperate situations are going to react violently,” said Kemp. It’s like we’re living through a terrible Hollywood movie, and it’s heartbreaking that we treat each other so poorly.

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“I like to wear name brand clothes but I don’t always enjoy the labels showing. I care about what I have on to a certain extent, our generation has really become fascinated with brands and labels and what’s hot and what’s not, so I think it’s become almost a part of the American culture to wear what’s trending.”

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By Damyah Bowers & Ke-Aire Smith Crusaders’ Chronicle King’s Distributive Education Clubs of America program participated and won in the district competition under the new leadership of business teacher and DECA adviser Barbara Swann. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management while in high school. “DECA program is about getting entrepreneurs to college and helping them be more successful in business and teaching them how to travel and how to get internships and jobs,” said senior Zion Garrett. Students successfully competed and won in three categories: Apparel and Accessories Marketing, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, and Hospitality and Tourism Marketing.


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niors for electronic transcripts, to coordinating college visits as well as on-site visits for students. For 20 years Boyd has been working with high school students. It all started when she worked with a scholarship program called “Compact” that is now known as “Detroit Promise.” Boyd makes sure each Cass

“The competition turned out really well,” said DECA advisor Barbara Swann. “Students competed and won.” Preparing for the competition was not easy. It took a lot of study and preparation time. The key to doing well is how the Crusaders

practiced for the competition. “I practiced on marketing strategies. Teaching myself new algorithms and teaching myself more about business, more about marketing. I applied it to apparel and accessories,” said Garrett. Students choose to be in the program because it gives them various avenues to become successful in life and prepares them for the professional world. Additionally, it assists students focus on defining their college and career goals. “I choose to be in the DECA program because I want to open my own business. DECA helps educate me with that process,” said junior Tajuana Hudson. Swann, a previously retired teacher, decided to come back to the district and join King. “I’m excited to teach at King. I am a retired Detroit teacher who came back to teach,” said Swann.

Technician is college ready, and in many cases, helps them choose a career. Her door is open to all students. She is located in Student Affairs every day from the beginning of the day to the end. When it comes to the big transition, it is no big secret that college expenses scare students. Boyd is here to help students realize that financial aid may not cover all your needs like food, personal items, etc. She encourages students to search for scholarships that can cover

your expenses outside of tuition. She also advises that students pursue a career that truly interests them, create a set of goals to keep them motivated, take time to research a college that is fit for them, apply for scholarships on a regular basis, develop good study habits so it can become a part of their daily routine, don’t involve yourself in drama, and always ask for advice. It is not easy making the big transition to college, which is why resources like Boyd, is provided for you.


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Senior Zion Garrett and junior Tajuana Hudson were successful at DECA’s district competition.

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Senior Darryl Stokes both competed and performed with the percussions ensemble. “I am really glad to have experienced the showcase,” Stokes said. “I perform a lot on stage but I don’t orally speak in front of people. This opportunity gave me experience in doing that.” Said Rimmer: “I am very proud of each of them. As I watched them perform, I was overjoyed.” Senior Tarae’ Harris said he felt the strongest category was talent, and in particular he liked


Program’s goals can help improve schools from page 12

with the process of making changes as administrators, community leaders, partners and the principal. Changes recommended so far involve community and environmental revitalization. This work is supported by the


While math teacher Sean McGee calculates the judges scores for each students, the 2018 senior class at FDA were presented awards.

Stokes’s performance on the Xylophone. “I have never heard or

watched anyone play an instrument live at Frederick Douglass before. it was great,” said Harris.

ambassadors, combining their efforts with the Green Crusaders at FDA. Ambassadors meet bi-weekly, where they discuss the successes and needs of their school. Segrist said all meetings are student-led. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to equip students to have a voice in making positive changes at their school, to clearly tell the story of their school, and become leaders by mentoring

new ambassadors. Matthew Patterson, a senior, has been a student ambassador since the inception of the program. He feels that this is the type of program where you have to “put 100 percent in, to get 100 percent out.” “I like that the ambassadorship program is student-led,” he said. “which makes those involved feel they are making a difference.”


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had to get surgery,” said Barbara Watts, a heart disease patient. “What they did was cut underneath my breast and round up under my left arm on to my shoulder. The doctors went in and tied the heart valve to keep it from leaking so fast and that slowed my heart down to the pace it was supposed to be.” Heart disease is prevalent with black women. When it comes down to visiting a doctor or getting the proper exercise daily people start to reconsider their lifestyle choices. Contributing factors to heart disease in women are a shift in hormones after menopause, smoking, high cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. There are ways to prevent women from developing this disease. According to Go Red for Women (a movement with the American Heart Association), “Many AfricanAmerican women, particularly those who consider themselves perfectly healthy, perception may not always equal reality.”


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pain. That love can be unstable for teens and sometimes they blame themselves and think something is wrong with them. “I’ve been cheated on,” said senior Jazanee Clark. “I never expected to fall in love again. I felt as if I was going to get cheated on again by a different person, but everyone is not the same. You can’t judge a person by your past,” said Clark. Even as high school students, some teens have completely committed themselves to a relationship because of future plans they have made with each other. “I’ve matured. I had the courage to tell my parents something I never ever knew I would tell. I can really see myself growing old with this individual and that’s something I never felt in my past relationships,” said Lewis. Many high school students lose themselves in their relationship, forgetting who they are. They attempt to be happy by making their partner happy. “Commitment can be stressful. Teenagers are still figuring out who they are. You can be easily persuaded to revolve your whole word around this individual and become distracted from your destiny,” said senior Delana Bailey. “I fell in love and became a hypocrite because the very things I preached about being essential for love, I abandoned. My mood depended upon a man and the things that I cherished the most I lost: family, friends, selfworth, and faith in God.”

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Mumford athletes and representatives from good Sports clown around on the Mumford stage with some of the sports equipment good Sports brought to Mumford on Feb. 16.

Documentary makes city premiere at Mumford By Divine Crawford Mustang Voice Mumford hosted the Detroit premiere of a new movie, on Feb. 15. “A Shot in the Dark” is a documentary about a high school basketball team from Chicago and the challenges they face as they pursue dreams of college and careers in basketball. Mumford varsity basketball player Abdur Bouyer said everyone in the auditorium really cared about the film because it was so real. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Bouyer said. “It included the life in the neighborhood and all the players had to go through and overcome. It embodied everything about not just the black athlete, but also the black community. And what they showed about Chicago was just like Detroit.” The Orr Academy Spartans, the team featured in the movie, actually played at Mumford in 2015, and students watching the film were surprised when they

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the Mumford girls basketball team and their coaches pose with the pSl championship banner before a crowd of photographers at Caliban Hall on Feb. 16. rigHt: Mumford varsity basketball teammates taSharray Anderson and Adoreya Williams check out the scoreboard after winning the pSl championship at Calihan Hall on Feb. 16.

Mumford girls win PSl basketball championship in nail-biter By tiana law Mustang Voice In a 60-58 nail-biter, the Mumford varsity girls basketball team beat Renaissance on Feb. 16 to win the Public School League championship for the first time in the school’s 68 year history. “I’m on cloud nine,” said head coach Kareem Hogan after he climbed out of the post-game pile of screaming players.

But Hogan was confident before the game when players and coaches talked about the team and their 15-3 season. “I feel like we are going to win,” Hogan said. “My team has worked hard all season, they are great student athletes. They’ve played their hearts out to make it to where they are today.” See CHAMPS on page 21 »

“it embodied everything about not just the black athlete, but also the black community.” Abdur bouyer, student

saw shots of Mumford’s gym, dance room and band room. After the premiere, student athletes were called up to the stage for an announcement. A non-profit organization, Good Sports, arranged for Fox Sports Network to make a donation to the school of $20,000 worth of sports equipment. Good Sports’ mission is to provide new sports apparel, footwear, and equipment to schools in high need areas. “A Shot in the Dark” was produced by hip hop artist Chance The Rapper and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade who both grew up in See DArK on page 21 »



By Gilbert Jones Mumford Voice Michael Watson made history on Feb. 9 as the first wrestler from Detroit Public Schools Community District or Detroit Public Schools to ever advance to postseason competition. The 140-pound Mumford Academy junior placed fourth in his weight class at district finals and advanced to the regional tournament on Feb. 17 where his season ended. “Unfortunately, I lost both my matches, but next year I’ll be going to states. This whole summer break

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in the world. It’s one-on-one, no excuses,” Cunningham said. When Mumford was part of the EAA, the administration paid for uniforms and transportation, but DPSCD provides no financial support. Without it, Cunningham has had to fundraise and find other support for everything the team needs. They have raised over $9,000 through GoFundMe campaigns to pay for the kinds of things teams in other districts take for granted: uniforms, tournament fees, helmets,

I will be going to wrestling camps to help me get better,” Watson said. Maybe it took so long for DPSCD to show up in the postseason because Mumford has the first and only public school wrestling program in Detroit. The district doesn’t support wrestling. Head coach Peter Cunningham started the wrestling program four years ago when he came to Mumford to as a math teacher. He said the sport is a great tool for teaching the benefits of discipline, work ethic, and toughness. “Wrestling is the fairest sport

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Michael Watson squares off against an opponent at a match on Feb. 8 at Melvindale High School.

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Darwin Griffin from Metro Detroit AFL-CIO helps junior Tiyatta Young fill out a voter registration form during Mumford’s 2nd Annual Career Day Expo on Feb. 16

Career Day Expo goes above, beyond

By Destiny Dixon Mustang Voice It was more than just a career fair. Over 100 vendors set up in the Mumford cafeteria on Feb. 15 for the school’s second annual Career Day Expo. Many had more to offer than just information about their careers. Students got free haircuts from students at the Detroit Barber College while they asked questions about the school, Detroit Bee Keepers demonstrated the process for removing honey from bee yards, and Phlebotomy Express showed students how to draw blood. Several of the vendors, in-


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Chicago and went to school there. Chance the Rapper said in a press release that the movie is an authentic and realistic look at high school sports in Chicago and what it means for their youth. “It’s not really a game for some of us,” Chance said. In the same press release, Wade shared that basketball empowered him to overcome the challenges of growing up on the Southside of Chicago. “The odds were stacked

Metropolicluding Men’s tan Museum Wearhouse Mumford of Design and DTE were Detroit, a prepared to offer students internships during nonprofit mobile museum, called the event extraordinary and the Expo, and students talked to plans to continue working with recruiters from both the Detroit Mumford. Police Department and the In a post on Facebook Pilling Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said, “MM-O-DD volunteers about careers in law enforceengaged a wonderful group of ment. DPS students who are interested Junior Jada Thornton came in design. We have over 24 who to the event ready to fill out signed up as interested in a applications because she heard future design club.” some of the vendors would be DJ Jessie Davis was there to hiring summer help. talk to students about his work, “I have an interview schedbut he also kept the music going uled tomorrow with Footlocker,” all day. Thornton said. Filmmaker Dtonio Cheatham Leslie Pilling, director of

almost missed the expo because of a scheduling conflict. He said he was surprised to meet students who were already doing film work. “I wasn’t even supposed to be here today, but I’m glad I came. They should do this at least five times a year,” Cheatham said. Mumford teacher Andria Bellamy coordinated the career fair, building on her success with the event last year, and said she was pleased with the results. “My heart is filled with gratitude for the outpouring of community support, and today was a great start for the students on their path to success,” Bellamy said.

“It’s important to share these true stories of triumph to inspire the next generation to achieve their dreams when faced with life’s obstacles.”

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etc. The team is currently working to purchase equipment to transform a classroom into a wrestling room. Beat the Streets Detroit, an agency with a goal improving the lives of at-risk children by supporting wrestling programs, and the Roughneck Wrestling Club have been important partners. The team has had some celebrity help, too. Former U-M wrestler and NCAA champion Mark Churella funded transportation costs for the entire season last year. ESPN journalist Jemele Hill, a Mumford graduate also been a generous donor. Mumford football coach Donshell English supports Cunningham’s efforts and said some of his players have joined the wrestlers. “Cunningham had a vision and has done a great job putting together resources to keep the program going,” English said.

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against me, and the game changed the course of my life. It’s important to share these true stories of triumph to inspire the next generation to achieve their dreams when faced with life’s obstacles,” Wade said.

The Mustangs made it to the championship game last year, but lost to King. Junior Tiara Earnest, who was the leading scorer during the season averaging 12 points per game, said she feels like the team has grown a lot. “At the start of the season we had trouble scoring. Since we’ve come together it’s a lot easier. We put trust in one another and that’s what’s supposed to happen if you want to win,” Earnest said. Junior Adoreya Williams agreed. “Championship is what I see in the future,” Williams said two days before the game. “We’ve grown as one and when we get on the court it’s an amazing connection.” Williams was the leading scorer during the championship game with 21 points. Senior ZaMaria Polk has played varsity since her freshman year. She was in tears after the win. “I love my teammates! We went through so much to get where we are now,” Polk said. “Some people didn’t believe we would be back in the city championship but my teammates and I proved everyone wrong. We made history.”

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Mumford Academy principal Nir Saar shows off part of the mound of sports equipment donated to the school on Feb. 16.

From there she opened up her own business in October of 2017, K&R Communications, which helps builds brands, small business and churches mainly. Today is the CCO of Black Brand, Hampton Roads Regional Black Chamber of Commerce with the mission to promote group economics through professional development and community empowerment. Her current client base spans from the East Coast from North Carolina to Virginia and New York.

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Study: Students lack knowledge of slavery rHS students don’t know basic history By imani Harris rHS Stentor In a city that is over 80 percent Black, in a school that is 99.4 percent Black, one would imagine that students know well the most basic and crucial elements of slavery: Why did the South secede from the Union? What was the

cause of the Civil War? What impact did slavery have on the country? What forces contributed to slavery as an economic system? As rudimentary as these questions are, 50 percent of America’s youth don’t know the answers, according to a recent study by the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC said in its report “Teaching Hard History,” released in January, only 8 percent of high school seniors identify slavery as the main cause of the Civil War, and fewer than one in four can

correctly identify how stipulations in the Constitution gave advantages to slaveholders. With nationwide data such as this, one wonders if the stats apply as well to urban minority schools, such as Renaissance High in Detroit. One hundred RHS students surveyed using the same questions as the SPLC study, by some measures, demonstrated the nationwide trend of not knowing. While 72 percent of RHS students surveyed knew that the

South seceded to preserve slavery, more than half didn’t know how many slaves were transported across the ocean in a single decade of the trade of enslaved people. Only 54 percent of RHS students surveyed could identify how many of the first 18 presidents owned slaves. Nearly half doesn’t even know the document that formally ended slavery. Eniah Hill, a Renaissance senior, says that she remembers lessons on slavery as “never in detail.”


“I noticed that we talked about the construction of slavery, the before and after, but never the actual slaves and the system it created,” says Hill, who serves as Renaissance’s NHS President. Hill’s comment reflected one of the SPLC’s findings: that Americans “tend to center on the white experience when (they) teach about slavery.” The SPLC report noted that teachers are often more comSee SlAVErY on page 26 »

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renaissance computer science class boosting numbers of Black students taking AP test By imani Harris rHS Stentor Renaissance High School will double the amount of Black students nationwide taking the AP Computer Science test. Among the 1,685 students in the U.S. who took the AP Computer Science test in 2017, only 30 were Black. This year, Renaissance will add 35 more Black students to the list, five more than have ever previously taken it (assuming at least 30 Black students will take the test again this year). “(Black people) have such limited access to the technical world, we just don’t have the resources,” said RHS senior Kahlid Ali, who is enrolled in the AP Computer Science course at Renaissance. “We have to fill the disparity between us and fully funded schools, in a world that is becoming increasingly technical,” he said. Ali plans to be a doctor, and he believes that having access to a “rigorous and independent” course will prepare him for the tenacity he’ll need in the hospital. Renaissance is the only school in the district to offer this kind of course as an AP elective. Mathematics teacher Zachary Sweet made the course possible, when he applied for a grant at the end of last school year.

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RHS students have responded to the new offering with gratitude. RHS sophomore, Sadé Ried, noticed that there are not many Black women in STEM. She believes having this opportunity provides her with the tools that will help her succeed. Ried plans to study software engineering at Stanford University, and has already spent a

By amaya Gilbert rHS Stentor The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum kicked off Black History Month with a celebration open to the public on Feb. 2, organized by team of local African American culture leaders and artists. The night was filled with guided tours, performances and a late night dance party, all free for Detroit residents. Organizers aimed to “honor African American artistic creativity with learning, entertainment, and extended hours encompassing the theme of movement in the African American community and Detroit.” One of the main performances of the night was by Mahogany Jones, an African American female rapper, educator, singer and local activist. Jones sang several of her own songs live along with her band. She is known for being a four-time champion on BET’s 106 and Park: Freestyle Fridays. The different exhibits also had their own guided tours.

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Mr. lee, a guest assistant, volunteers 50 minutes three days out of the week to help students in the Ap class. top: Junior oscar Hernandez works independently on creating his app. He enjoys independent work time.

Sweet said, and he wanted to “expand the access to computer science, and give students the opportunity to gain 21st Century career skills.” This is Sweet’s fourth year as a Renaissance teacher, his first year teaching AP Computer Science. He says that the student response is overall positive. Yet the district does not fund AP Computer Science courses. This means that in Detroit, a

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predominantly Black city, only students at Renaissance have the opportunity to take an AP course related to the “21st Century career skills” Sweet wishes to impart. But this isn’t Renaissancespecific. Nationally, only 30 Black students took the test, which means that most urban centers struggle or cannot provide access to relevant courses. This backdrop is partly why

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Feb. 15 marked the sixth school shooting of 2018, according to USA TODAY. An alum of Marjory StoneImani man Douglass, Harris Nikolas Cruz, RHS shot and killed Stentor 14 peers and three staff members, injuring 14.

The suspect is now in custody, charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. I’ve read a lot of “our prayers are with you” tweets from decision-makers in office, and I can confidently say: we don’t want your prayers. As a student, your prayers mean nothing to me. If a 19-year-old with a history of mental health problems is cleared to legally own a gun, and then uses it to terrorize and kills

Renaissance students and staff in a school, blood is on your hands, policy makers. How many mass shootings does it take to get to the center of the real issue? At the rate of 96 Americans being shot on average per day, the answer should be right in front of us. Current president Donald Trump said in his response talk

that if students feel “lost, alone or scared,” they should seek help. He spoke strongly about the importance of addressing mental health issues in youth, but not a single word about gun control. Mental health in general is an important issue and must be addressed, but that troubled youth have access to guns at all is problematic and can be dealt with with legislative action. A person that struggles with

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Generation: Black Teenager Each generation comes with its own burdens. Renaissance High School teens discuss life in 2018. By Chandra Fleming RHS Stentor N ya J a c k s o n , 1 8 

“Being a Black teen in America is pitiful. Everything you do is looked down upon because your color and stereotypes. You feel like you’re always placed in categories of ignorance and misfits that you don’t want to be in. There is nothing you can do to be a great teen, you will always be the little black girl/boy who grew up and achieved an average life. Even famous teens are talked down upon, you drown in depression from critical society and I hate it, but that’s the way life goes.”  Foressia Hood, 18

“I guess, it’s a challenge being a Black teen in America, since you have people like Trump who look down on us as poor.... We are making comeback as African Americans, because we have some of the smartest Black females who graduate at the top our class. More businesses are being created that help us become more aware of our backgrounds.... So, while people constantly try to hold Black people as a whole back, being a Black teen helps us to persevere in a world that is against us, to make a living for ourselves and come out on top.”

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“As a Black teen in America, one thing I know is that I have to earn everything, even if it’s education or a job for a huge company. I know I am going to be racially profiled a lot by checking the way I dress and talk. Where white people normally have some advantages — white privilege — black teens have to fight for whatever they want.”

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“Being a Black teen in America is scary.... I fear that my family and I will walk into a store and we may not walk back alive. In today’s time, you can’t even go to a party to have fun without the fear of someone killing someone. Instead of talking things out, people feel the need to utilize a weapon to defend themselves. Every day on the news, there’s another story about someone being shot or killed by a hit-and-run.... It’s even scarier, because racism still exists in this country.... America is getting worse, and my fear of stepping out of the house as a black teen grows.”

mental health is a problem America needs to fix, but a person struggling with mental health who has access to a gun is a deadly situation that demands attention. People do kill people ... with guns in hand. I’ve never heard of a mass stabbing, or a mass strangling, but for some reason argument persists. As a student, I am terrified that on any given day, I have the possibilSee Shootings on page 25 » opinion

China’s ban of hip-hop doesn’t make sense Late January, China banned celebrities and symbols related to hip-hop generally from Kayla television. Ricumstrict The ban RHS states, “proStentor grams should not feature actors with tattoos (or depict) hip-hop culture, subculture (non-mainstream culture), and dispirited culture (decadent culture),” according to a report by Time Magazine. The country’s largest media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television of the People’s Republic of China, also released a list of “don’ts” pertaining to hip-hop culture, and referred to the genre as “tasteless” and “vulgar”. SAPPRFT reasons that this action was taken order to preserve the Chinese Communist Party. “Never use performers who aren’t psychologically and morally aligned with the party,” said spokesman Gao Changli. So, stating rhymes over a beat equates to being anti-communist? This ban comes directly after well-known Chinese rapSee Ban on page 26 »


Renaissance should offer songwriting, composition classes

Timothy Boyd RHS Stentor

Schools pride themselves on allowing students to “be themselves.” Vocal, band, dance, piano, orchestra, visual arts, and photography are several such outlets. However,

one option not available in many schools is based around the elements of songwriting. Various forms and styles of music are composed with an array of instruments, sometimes with lyrics. If songwriting and composition are so essential to modern day music, shouldn’t schools upgrade their music programs to teach such skills? Some students believe the

school system itself doesn’t support kids with dreams of the performing arts. Cristo Rey junior Faith Robinson, for example, said “when they set up the music programs, they didn’t put as much effort into it as they did into other extracurriculars like football.” Many songwriting classes are available online and in a select few colleges, such as the Berklee

College of Music, which allows students to take entire courses based around songwriting. The curriculum of such courses involve history of lyrical music, rhythm studies, fundamentals of rhyme, rhyme scheme, and literary devices in music. In short, songwriting courses are vast and rigorous. Denver Public School junior Janai Jackson, a songwriter and musician, said that she believed

that songwriting is just as important as programs such as choir and band. “The songs they play in band and sing in choir, were all written by somebody. I think that teaching (students) to write the songs themselves would be just as beneficial as learning to sing or play them.” One common misconception See Classes on page 26 »

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How can we, as students, help DPSCD succeed? Earlier this winter, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti visited Dr. Keyana Whitney Woods’ mcCraney fourth hour Hear the English class roar for seniors at Southeastern High School. We spent the hour questioning him on issues of mutual concern. After the discussion, I reflected on some of the things he shared. “The most difficult thing for me is helping people understand things can be done differently,” Vitti said. I believe that this comment is explicitly directed toward the state and federal government, which have not been as supportive of school districts like DPSCD. He makes it clear that a lot that of issues with the government is about race. I completely agree with Vitti on this point. In today’s America, under the presidency of Donald Trump, it is difficult for impoverished children of color to succeed. For example, Trump is demanding a wall be built across the southern border of the United States to keep people of color out of the country and deporting immigrants who want to get an education in the U.S. Mr. Trump also used profane language when talking about African nations and he has poor relations with African Americans. Unlike Trump, who has created tension with people of color, Superintendent Vitti has stepped up to the plate to be a voice advocating for a quality education for African Americans and people of color in DPSCD. That’s just one issue Vitti and I are in agreement. Another major problem DPSCD faces is out of school suspensions (OSS), which accomplish nothing but actually make a situation worse than what it has to be. Students who miss school for multiple OSS find it easy to unplug from their education and some eventually drop out. “Too many out of school See VITTI on page 25 »

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leFt: Sophomore DaMyus Johnson compares his dollar to one from the 1900s at the Michigan Historical Museum. beloW: Freshman Ashley Williams enjoys the artistry at the Michigan Historical Museum. bottoM: on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol (from left), teacher Jacqueline robinson (elA), Sophomores Aruel Danne and Caleb Singleton; teachers Arthur Johnson (biology), Debra russ (Algebra 1/geometry, and Dennis Veal (u.S. and African American history).

CAPItOL LeSSONS Southeastern learns how state government works in lansing

By malaya reed Hear the roar Southeastern High School got a chance to see what it’s like to be in control of the government during a day trip to the Michigan State Capitol and Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing this winter. Even though the legislators were not in season on the day of the tour, Southeastern students saw where the various arms of government met — governor, legislators and judges — and how the state government operates. “I felt like I was a part of the government system,” said Myanna Washington-Armstrong, a sophomore. “Sitting in the chamber made me feel like editor-in-chief: Keyana McCraney adviser: Jacqueline Mitchell Robinson

I was the governor. I wonder what it would be like to actually sit in on a legislative session.” Jacqueline Robinson, Southeastern ELA teacher and Journalism advisor, organized the day trip that included SE teachers Nicholas Olson, Civics and Economics; Dennis Veal, U.S./ African American History; Debra Russ, Algebra1/ Geometry; and Arthur Johnson, Biology. Some 50 SE Freshmen and Sophomores travelled to the state capitol to learn more about their government and state history. Students received hands-on experience of what it’s like to be a state governor, judge, house or state representative. The trip was

meant to show the importance of Michigan government and how it affects the lives of every citizen, and how citizens can impact the government. “We hope that touring the capitol and museum will help students see the rich history that is theirs as Michigan citizens,” said Robinson. “We hope that they will get a sense of Michigan’s government and how important it is for them to understand and participate in See CAPITol on page 25 »

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Student government gives voice in school, community By Azia Isaacs & Christopher Blake Hear the Roar Southeastern High School has an active Student Government Association (SGA) that allows students to become more involved with school and community. Civics teacher Nicholas Olson is the sponsor of the Student Government Association and strongly believes in having a student voice in Southeastern. “It is critical for students to have a voice and take pride in their school,” he said. “With student representation in the school, students become leaders in the building. They also have a direct line of communication to the administration. This is important for students to create a school they can be proud of and call their own” This school year, the Student Government have been active with programs that promote school pride and community outreach. Most recently, the SGA

Southeastern planned the Valentine’s Day Gift Giving. Seniors Erica Pruitt, Sydney Matthews, and Keyana McCraney were inspired to plan a gift giving day because they wanted to help students purchase items for a low price and spread to spread love to each other. SGA is planning other events as it continues to take the lead in promoting school pride and community outreach, and helping students become better leaders. Michael Hargrove and Cellus Camper, two members of SGA, decided to get in contact with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan to help veterans who have served our country but can’t afford to purchase food. “I chose to give back because it shows that you have heart” Camper said. “I love giving back and being a big help.” Hargrove wants Southeast-

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Student Government Senior Erica Pruitt preparing gifts for the Valentine’s Day promotion

ern Students to be involved with the community. “ I chose to do the Gleaners project because it seemed like it would be a great experience for us students to be involved in and a great way to give back,” said Hargrove. Other events that our SGA has hosted is Southeastern Homecoming. SGA took charge

of the planning because it wanted to promote school pride. “We decided to plan our school’s homecoming dance to support our football team and, as planned, celebrate the win that followed,” SGA said in a statement. The homecoming was not only for the football team but for all Jungaleers.


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it. Maybe they will run for office one day. Maybe they will realize the importance of voting. Maybe they will become employees supporting our vast system. There are so many possibilities.” The day started with a tour of the Michigan Historical Museum. Students saw the beginning of Michigan’s history, dating back to prehistoric times, and ended with the present. There was a lot to see in a short amount of time. “My experience with the trip was fun,” said Sophomore Derwin Smith. “I liked the historical part of it. I felt like I was there in the moment.” Sophomore James Echols agreed that the Michigan Historical Museum is designed to make tourists feel as if they have been transported back in time. “I learned about all of our history in Michigan and that Detroit was found before the state of Michigan,” said Sophomore James Echols. I liked looking outside of the glass window in the Michigan


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Freshmen KrisTia Maxwell and K’Sandra Judkins peruse a kitchen from the past at the Michigan Historical Museum.

Museum. You can see a small tree outside. It made me feel free and peaceful, and to me it represents freedom. That was my experience. Being in the museum was peaceful.” After a brief lunch, students were transported to the State Capitol building, where they were greeted by a tour guide who explained the history of ity of being shot inside my school. No prayer takes that fear away. Legislation. Gun reform. Ending campaign support from the NRA. That would ease my fear. America is one of the only nations to have nearly consecu-

the building and the hard work needed to maintain the State Capitol. The tour guide took the students and staff through the building to see marvelous, historical areas, and the governor’s office. Students also walked on the glass floor and saw many paintings created decades ago. The importance of the field tive mass shootings, so what are we going to do about it? For some countries, it only took ONE shooting to force reform, but we’ve had elementary school shootings, movie theater shootings, and concert shootings — still “guns aren’t

trip was beyond the visuals. Not everyone knows much about who represents us in our government. This trip could encourage some high school students to run for governor or even become president. This could influence and encourage many young people in Detroit to do positive things in their future. the problem.” Government officials who tweet their condolences with one hand, and take in NRA blood money with the other appall my sensibilities. These mass shootings are a result of politicians’ double-


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suspensions causes a student to become disengaged.” Vitti said. The Superintendent also suggested we bring back alternative schools, but only in order to find out why a child is misbehaving. The alternative school wouldn’t stand as a place to dump unorderly children; it would be used to help them get through the anger they are dealing with. Instead of dropping out, students can get another chance at an alternative school. Vitti, for example, had behavioral issues as a middle and high school student, but no one ever tried to figure out why. Vitti explained he was acting out as a kid because he was angry that his father wasn’t there and he had difficulty doing the school work. In my opinion, the alternative schools could have played a positive impact on Vitti’s development as a student. Following Vitti’s visit, our classroom was also graced with the presence of DPSCD vice president Angelique PetersonMayberry. Peterson-Mayberry became a member of the DPSCD Board when her son, a student at Communication & Media and Arts, participated in a protest against the horrific conditions in which students were being forced to learn. I asked her how we, as students, motivate her? “When you take advantage of opportunities we give to you and you come back,” she said. “We all need you here so we need to stand up and do what we can to help you. I stand up to motivate the next generation. All of us want to give you what we have and we want to receive what you have.” I believe it is important to have school board members who listen to what we have to say, and that what we say matters. Overall, I believe that the DPSCD is being run by two powerful leaders who care about all students. We are extremely thankful that the Board Vice President and Superintendent joined our class and answered our questions. I believe that Vitti and Peterson-Mayberry really care about the students in DPSCD. I also believe that they are working hard for a better school district for all children, and that they will change DPSCD for the better. Yet one question still remains: Is DPSCD still in decline and how do we — adults and students — work together to improve it? Students at Southeastern High School are ready to help. handedness. The normalizing of mass shootings is traumatizing, and students deserve to be assured that they will survive each school day. I hope that legislators will come to a similar conclusion.

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per PG ONE publicly apologized after releasing a song that encourages drug use and for having made degrading statements about women back in December. Another Chinese rapper, GAI, also was removed from the popular Chinese TV show “Singer” for an unknown reason. This is not China’s first attempt at getting rid of rap music and related cultural symbols. In 2015, the country’s Ministry of Culture banned a list of mostly


Ability to write music is learned over time from page 23 RHS Stentor

about why schools shouldn’t incorporate songwriting is the belief that it is impossible to teach someone to write music. The ability to write music is something that is, in fact, learned over time. Ask almost any artist, and they’ll tell you that they would be unable to be where they

Mahowgany Jones performs at the Detroit Institute of Arts with her live band.


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One Detroit local said the tours were “very informative and enlightening.” “The things we do day-today date all the way back to the Ancient Egyptian civilization in 3100 BCE. It made me open my eyes to things I never thought of before,” she added. The new D-Cyphered exhibit: Portraits by Jenny Risher, showcases a range of Detroit hip-hop artists from the 1980s all the way to present day. Seventy-five portraits from 2015-2017 depict a timeline of


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summer being paid to learn how to code, where she eventually created her own website. Ried says the AP Computer Science class “keeps her on her toes,” and develops her creativity by allowing her to make apps. Sweet is not the only instructor of the class. He receives help from Mr. Lee, a volunteer at Microsoft TEALS, which provides schools with professional computer scientists to help teach content. Mr. Lee teaches three out of five days a week, and leaves directly after class to attend his full-time job. He is dedicated to the student’s understanding, and Ried says that she appreciates his willingness to teach her and her peers. Renaissance’s AP Computer Science class has made history in more than one way. RHS is the only school in the


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Portrait of famous rapper from Detroit Big Sean in the D-Cyphered exhibit by Jenny Risher.

Detroit’s hip-hop history. “The exhibit was full of pictures of popular artists from my childhood to now. It was a

trip down memory lane,” said another Detroit resident. “It was really a night to remember.”

district to offer AP courses to freshmen and sophomores; the class currently has 3 freshmen and 8 sophomores. Amber Williams, one of the only freshman students, says that Sweet recruited her from the summer bridge program. Williams plans to pursue software engineering, and is grateful that Sweet has kept her vision in mind. “This class has definitely empowered me as a Black woman... and made me feel more prepared for a future in computer scientist,” said the 14-year-old freshman. Williams hopes that other students have the opportunity to experience the course, because “overall it’s just fun to learn things.” The class is run differently from other courses at Renaissance, in that students are allowed to create and produce their own projects, and work mostly independently, or with peers, when preferred. On any typical day, a guest would see Sweet or Lee give a

5-minute warm-up to refresh students on the former day’s lesson, with students spending the rest of the class individually problemsolving and working on projects. Oscar Sanchez, a junior in the class, says the structure reminds him of what peers have in art classes. “It gives me an opportunity to find something that makes me feel creative. I can make the computer do what I want, and I have control over something that I’m programming myself,” says the 16-year-old junior. James Whittaker, an aspiring engineer, said the program is a big deal at Renaissance, and hopes it inspires other schools. “We are essentially creating history, and setting (Detroit) up for a future in technology,” says the 17-year-old senior. RHS’ inroads in computer science offerings marks perhaps what could be other schools in the district offering more Black and Brown students the opportunity to be part of the next generation of technology.

fortable teaching about white people in the years that led up to slavery, preferring to avoid the lives of enslaved people and the “broader and political effects of slavery” itself. Hill says that in a perfect world, schools would teach a “three-part lesson,” which would cover the start of slavery, other parts of the world that participated, and end with the Civil War/ slavery’s continuing impact. RHS senior Amari Harris has a similar experience, remembering lessons on slavery being “tangential,” and that teachers avoided “the true story of the atrocity of slavery itself.” He believes that students of all races should learn about slavery authentically, lest history become so warped that slavery eventually seem unimportant. “The thing about history is that if you don’t have all the pieces, it’s invalid. I don’t want people to have the wrong idea about (slavery), and anyone who wants to avoid the past wants it forgotten,” said 18-year-old Harris. SPLC outlined seven reasons why students aren’t learning about slavery effectively. It claims that “schools are not adequately teaching the history of American slavery, educators are not sufficiently prepared to teach it, textbooks do not have enough material about it, and – as a result – students lack a basic knowledge

rap music, because it promotes “obscenity, violence, crime, or (threatens) public morality.” It is also not the first time China has done something of this nature. Of course, China’s “Great Firewall,” a mass censorship of the internet, has been in place since the 1990’s. Now, rap music and culture can be added to the long list of unpermitted content. Is this ban a violation of the rights of Chinese citizens? In the U.S., rap music is an incredibly popular genre, with a diverse audience. Indeed, there are songs with questionable lyrics and explicit content, but does that justify censorship of all hip-hop culture? are without at least the indirect teachings of another. “I learned everything I know about rap from listening and studying other rappers, so I definitely feel like you (have to) be taught how to write music,” said six-year experienced rapper Omari Harrell. Songwriting and music composition classes should be incorporated into schools as soon as possible so that other aspiring musicians can reach their fullest potentials.

of the important role it played in shaping the United States and the impact it continues to have on race relations in America.” Janice Rowley, a seasoned DPS/CD educator and historian, agrees with the SPLC, and recognizes a detriment that this lack of knowledge has on the country. “The inability of large numbers of people learning slavery is what makes possible the very polarized United States that we see today,” says the previous African American studies professor. Rowley says that the real issue is that teachers instructing such courses don’t have the knowledge themselves, thus they cannot teach it. The Michigan State University graduate said another issue is that “most teachers talk about the feelings and emotions — ­ ‘he was beaten and was sad.’” Rowley believes that lessons should be about “the systems and institutions that slavery created, because we still see them now.” Only then, she said, can students realize the ways in which history is repeated. Rowley believes that if students want to see change in their curriculum, it is their job to fight for it. Slavery is an uncomfortable topic, especially when factoring in how one might have fared in that system. However, slavery occupies 300 years of America’s history. Bereft the most basic facts of this period, according to Rowley and the SPLC, students will remain uncritical of how slavery created today’s institutions.

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the West Side Academy girls basketball team is having a successful season. leFt: Forward center Sancia Johnson gets the rebound.

lady Panthers work toward best season heading into districts

By a’chanae King West Side Times WSA’s Lady Panthers varsity basketball team has been working hard on the court this season. Although they have had successful seasons in the past, this year’s team has proven that they are ready to hold on to their winning record. Currently, the team stands at a 10-7 with three games to go before districts. West Side shares its team with students from the Detroit School of Arts. Junior Raven Jackson, one of the students who travels to WSA to play ball, is one of the top three scorers for the Panthers, along with sophomore Sancia Johnson and junior Keyona Battles. Johnson feels that the team has been a second family for her. “We can talk to each other about anything,” she said. “No matter how hard we fall off, our captains, Lashaunta Oliver and Alexis Crawford, always get us on point.” Coach DeVon Chupp sees the potential in the team and has been building them up over the course of the past

few seasons. Along the way, there have been some challenges that have gotten in the way. “There tend to be personal things that can become distractions at practice,” Chupp said. “Sometimes it can be family problem or boyfriend issues. The biggest problem that we had to face as a team was getting the girls to give 100 percent at practice.” Keeping that in mind, Chupp also focuses on all the positive changes he has seen in his team over the course of the season. “This year we have doubled up on our wins. Last year, the girls were 5-12. They are really starting to work together as a team,” said Chupp. Chupp cited the team’s PSL playoff win against Davis Aerospace as the highlight of the season. “The girls were really passing the ball and taking things seriously,” said Chupp. With only one graduating senior, Lashaunta Oliver, the team is young and may be heading toward more years of success.

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WSa’s business leaders shine at conference

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Sophomore Makayla Jackson shows off her medal from a bpA competition.

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By antonio Davis West Side Times The WSA Business Professionals of America team recently brought home multiple awards at the Regional Leadership Conference Workplace Skills Assessment Program. Senior A’Chanae King earned first-place awards for Parliamentary Procedure concepts and business editor-in-chief: A’chanae King adviser: Suzanne Olsen crain Mentor: Krishnan Anantharaman

meeting management. King also earned second place for computer programming concepts and for information technology concepts. Senior Davion Darey earned first-place honors in information technology concepts and computer network technology, as well as a second place in financial math and analysis. Sophomore Johnnie Hornsby

earned a second place award for management/marketing and human resource concepts. Sophomore Makayla Jackson earned first place in advanced spreadsheet applications, and Joevell Arnold earned first place in business spelling. The team is headed to Grand Rapids on March 15-18 for its next competition.

Staff Writers: Da’Mya Morris, Eric Catlin, Talisa Causey, Veronica Cornelius, Tania Eaton

Many teens dislike high school because of drama and other problems they face on a talisa daily basis. Causey Some West Side students Times bully others because they are different. For example, if a guy or girl is into the same sex, they are treated differently. Transgender people can’t even be who they believe they are born as. Everyone wants to judge them and tell them that they weren’t born that way. Many are not accepted by parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts. I don’t think many teens understand the impact they have on others. We all should be treated equally. So I respect anyone who has the courage to be themselves knowing that this world is judgmental. The most important reason I bring all this up is because, I believe there should be a program for all students who need help with a place to stay or a supportive environment. I believe the program could help so many students. It could give them a chance to be themselves and open up to others. Students would have a place where they don’t feel alone and where they aren’t judged. We are all different in our own ways, but we all are the same in the inside. We just need to come together as students and put our differences aside. We all are in this together and we need to help each other, to respect each other, and not fight each other! People wonder so many teens drop out of school. Most likely these aren’t the people who are getting bullied or judged. It doesn’t have to be like this.

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Senior SPeaKS at Wayne State event

By Candace Cary The Western Express Western International High School senior Carla Underwood participated in a panel of fellow students and educators at the We Choose Campaign Journey for Justice Alliance conference held at Wayne State University on Feb. 13. According to information on the Journey for Justice Alliance website, the #WeChoose cam-

paign is grassroots organization of parents and students across the U.S. that resists corporate education policies. They work with local communities to encourage and support community driven alternatives to the privatization of and dismantling of public school system. Underwood said she believes students should help determine school curriculum. “We actually have some pretty


good ideas,” she said. “Give teachers more input. Let teachers teach.” Underwood is currently the president of buildOn at Western, a service learning organization. Underwood previously traveled to Haiti with buildOn students and staff to build a primary school in a village. She plans to attend Wayne State University or the University of Loyola-Chicago for college.

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Carla underwood speaks during the We Choose Campaign Journey for Justice Alliance conference at Wayne State university.

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former student speaks out on Daca By abran Barba The Western Express Many people who can’t vote want to vote. Whereas, people who can vote, sometimes choose not to. Why? On Feb. 7, the Detroit City Clerk’s office came to Western to register students to vote. In March, elected officials will make hundreds of decisions that impact everyone. An issue in particular will impact people who may not be able to speak for themselves. They are, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly referred to as the DACA. DACA, which ended in September 2017 by the current administration, was introduced in 2012, by President Barack Obama to provide safeties to people who came to this country as children. After almost a decade of failed attempts to pass an act dubbed the Dreamers Act; DACA was created. Its intent was to protect a group of people commonly referred to as Dreamers from immediate deportation and provide them with documentation needed to work, attend school and be eligible for health care benefits. It did not provide them with citizenship. A recent Western International graduate, who asked to remain anonymous, has been significantly impacted by the end of DACA. “When I first heard about DACA, I was really happy,” the student said.” I knew this was a new opportunity for me. I was going to be able to get a good paying job, get my license, and the best thing I was protected from deportation.”

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on Feb. 7, the Detroit City Clerk’s office came to Western to register students to vote.

She went on to say: “This wasn’t only good news for me but for my parents as well, they didn’t have to worry about me driving anymore without a license or there even being the chance of me being deported.” In September 2017, DACA was ended by the Trump Administration. The former student said: “We received very sad news. DACA had come to an end.I was one of the 800,000 students who was going to lose protection. This was very devastating news for me and my family. Everything was going to change and in a matter of months, I had to change all the plans I made. “I was also losing the feeling of being safe here I was going to go back to having an illegal status. At this point, all I would think about was why? Why did they decide to put an end to DACA? All we want is to feel safe and have legal status here. To be able to have a driver’s license and a social security number to work legally here.”

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Students at Western kicked off black History Month with an opportunity to board a mobile museum filled with images and displays highlighting African Americans.

mobile museum visits Western By Christopher lundy The Western Express Students at Western kicked off Black History Month with an opportunity to board a mobile museum full of images and displays highlighting the talents of legendary African Americans that excelled during a time of deep discrimination. Celebrating its 10th anniversary traveling the around the country, The American Legacy Mobile Truck Tour, will visit 15 cities this year and

advisers: William Bowles and Dorian Evans

selected Detroit as the first and only stop in Michigan. Black Women Rock hosted the Detroit tour. “After my organizations were asked to present the tour in Detroit, I insisted that my change agents at Western be a part,” said Jessica Care Moore, the founder of Black Women Rock and the Director of Western’s Vibe Dream Team. “Being able to see pictures and the actual items was very powerful,” said Western senior

Trevor Smith, a member of the Vibe Dream. Teacher Mershira Oliver said: “It was inspiring to see how innovation partnered with historical artifacts and passages came together to serve as a museum on wheels. It is a fantastic platform to inform and share civil rights for generations to come.” For additional information about the Vibe Dream Team at Western, contact Jessica Care Moore in room 1079.

Staff Writers: Abran Barba, Daezja Giles, Egypt Jackson, Christopher Lundy

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Dialogue February 2018  

Vol. 3, No. 3 of Detroit Dialogue, the student voice of Detroit's high schools.