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Vol. 84 – No. 31 | April 7-13, 2021

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COVID-19 Vaccination By Megan Kirk “Am I really about to do this,” is the question I asked myself as I drove up to the TCF vaccination site. I was completely petrified. The fear of the unknown began to take its toll as I sat in the endless sea of cars. After hearing several horror stories, nerves began to settle in and a few concerns almost overwhelmed me. The winding road leading into the parking structure where I was to receive the first shot seemed to never end. The closer I got to the entrance, everything in my body screamed, “get out of here,” but I stayed the course. As I drove through the checkpoints, I presented my identification and completed the necessary paperwork. Still, I was not sure this was the best decision.

Honey Bear Project to the Rescue of HBCU’s

By Whitney Gresham

I made it to the final checkpoint and was directed to park and turn my car off. I have never seen so many cars packed into the TCF parking structure. The atmosphere was busy and full of energy. There were individuals dressed in full PPE gear, others in army fatigues and some in scrubs. Everyone had a job to do and helped to make the process move quickly and efficiently. As I watched people in the cars ahead of me get vaccinated, I continued to remind myself it was my body and I could change my mind at any point. The longer I sat in my car, the more I had convinced myself I would suffer an allergic reaction to the vaccine or morph into an extra from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. In mid-thought, a nurse approached my car window and motioned for me to roll it down. “Hello and welcome to the TCF Center,” she said. As she began speaking, a calmness overcame me. I was no longer worried or nervous because I knew the moment of truth had arrived. She began explaining how the process would work and forewarned me about the possible side effects. I was well versed on the potential side effects of the vaccine, but her assurance made me feel at ease.

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When the legendary Kansas City Chiefs middle linebacker Willie Lanier played football in the 1960s and 70s, he was known as the “Honey Bear” for his intense play and fierce tackling bear technique hugging his opponent and driving them to the ground. Now, 43 years after exiting Pro Football, the Hall of Fame athlete tackles another opponent and confronts it with the same ferocity he showed while playing pro football. However, this time, Lanier isn’t wrangling a running back or an unlucky quarterback in his line of vision. He’s facing down a far more formidable foe on the football field. It is the structural and economic inequities Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) face with the severe underfunding of so many of their athletic departments. Most of the nation’s 99 HBCU’s play in one of 4 athletic conferences. During the 2019 season, in-person attendance at black college football games totaled almost 2-million people. “Many of the football fields at HBCU’s

are in bad shape,” Lanier told the Michigan Chronicle. Like the one at Virginia Union University in my hometown of Richmond, some are more than 100years old. Those poor playing surfaces put black college teams at a competitive disadvantage in a couple of important ways.”

$50-million over the next two years to install new, state-of-the-art playing surfaces at nearly three-dozen HBCU football stadiums. He is partnering with the Field Turf sports company, one of the world’s largest makers and installers of artificial playing surfaces for athletic teams, in this effort.

The Morgan State University alum said the poor conditions of so many HBCU’s football fields make it tougher to recruit top high school players when they see a ‘shoddy looking’ field they’d be expected to play on for 4-years.

Field Turf recently built the new football surface at Virginia Union University’s Hovey Stadium. Coincidentally, that new field is named for Willie Lanier, who played his home high school football games at Hovey.

“Inevitably, they’re going to compare it to the fields at other schools – many of them with high tech’ artificial surfaces – and the HBCU school can lose out on their services,” Lanier said.

Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, is another beneficiary of Lanier’s vision and generosity. Tara Owens, the athletic director for CSU, said his generosity was not only honey of a deal but, considering the school was contemplating spending nearly $1 million in improvements to its athletic field, including its football and track fields, it could not have come at a more opportune time.

More fundamentally, bad football fields can hinder the quality of the play upon them, he noted. “Patchy, uneven surfaces make good footing more difficult, impacting player performance. And, can even lead to injuries.” Alarmed by the poor condition of so many football fields at the nation’s historic HBCU’s, Lanier has launched the “HONEY BEAR PROJECT” to raise

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MSHDA’s $622M COVID Emergency Program Helps Renters By Sherri Kolade

can recover rent owed to them.” Unlike the EDP, the U.S. Department of Treasury also requires applicants to show documentation of pandemic-related financial hardships to qualify. This can include:

Behind on paying rent because of pandemic-related expenses? The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) wants to help. Through a new $282 million rental assistance program, MSHDA can help eligible tenants facing challenges and assist them in avoiding eviction while their landlords receive owed rent. Another $340 million is available to be appropriated by the state legislature bringing the program to $622 million.

• Unemployment • Loss of income • Increased expenses. Eligible households may also qualify for assistance paying utilities through CERA. Copies of bills are required so payments can be made for the renter. While MSHDA will oversee the program, a statewide network of Housing Assessment and Resource Agencies (HARAs) and other nonprofits are directly responsible for working with tenants and landlords to process applications, administer funds and ensure as many eviction filings as possible are resolved by conditional dismissal through CERA.

The COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program is replacing the Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) that MSHDA launched last July that helped about 16,000 households across Michigan avoid being evicted while making them current on their rent.

The People’s Court: 36th District Chief Judge Honored to Serve Detroit

She said an official from the Honey Bear Project reached out to them last fall to inquire about their interest in receiving support for improving CSU’s athletic

“For so many Michiganders, the fear of losing their home during the pandemic has been very real,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “That’s why I took steps to mitigate evictions with a moratorium and the Eviction Diversion Program last year. I was proud to sign this legislation bringing more federal funds into MSHDA to help individuals and families by alleviating the burden of rent and utility payments.” MSHDA expects to help between 50,000 and 55,000 families, or 140,000 individuals, this year through the CERA program. Through the program, landlords or tenants may initiate the CERA application. Renters who are making 80% of the area median income or less are eligible. “At MSHDA, we know just how criti-

cal housing security is for success in so many other areas of life, and it takes a heavy toll on individuals and families when they don’t know how they will make their next rent payment or if they will still have a roof above their heads next week,” said Kelly Rose, MSHDA’s chief housing solutions. “CERA gives Michiganders that much-needed peace of mind by helping them catch up on their rent and utility costs while also ensuring landlords

Program funding comes via the federal coronavirus aid package passed in December 2020. Of the $622 million allocated to Michigan, $560 million will be used directly on rental and utility assistance with the remaining $62 million set aside for case management, administrative and legal services. MSHDA expects the average rental assistance payout through CERA could be as much as $10,000 versus $3,300 per household under the EDP. A timeline on the use of the full funds -- 65% ($405 million) must be spent or obligated by September 30. For more information on CERA or to access a list of HARAs by county, visit Michigan.gov/CERA.


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field. From there, Owens and the university administration, including President Dr. Jack Thomas, “put a group together” to review the Honey Bear proposal and respond to it promptly. “Then they had a Field Turf rep come in and showed us all the different options on field turf,” Owens said. “And because we had a lot of things already laid out from our earlier renovation plans, we were able to send them information very quickly. So it moved.” Once CSU provided all the necessary information, CSU received a pledge letter from the Honey Bear Project. “The pledge letter was for close to a million dollars; I believe $917,000 for the track. So, combined with that, we were able to do both ventures; the track

and football field. “We got on that list, and they sent us our contract, and we have the dates, and we have the calendar they’re going to start demolition in March,” Owens said. She echoed Lanier’s sentiment that having a modern, up-to-date athletic facility in college sports is more than a vanity project for HBCU’s like CSU. It is an allaround wise investment that can offer returns far beyond a sporting facility’s improved aesthetics. “Honey Bear’s commitment to CSU has allowed for us to facilitate long-overdue upgrades to our football stadium,” Owens said. “These updates will include installing high-performance synthetic field turf and a championship-caliber track and field. We believe these upgrades will help us in our recruiting ef-

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She instructed me to remove my jacket and take my arm out of the sleeve of my sweater. It was a brisk day, and more importantly, the day after my birthday. As I prepped myself, I watched her prepare the vaccine. Removing it from its safety seal, she then rubbed alcohol on my shoulder. Before administering the vaccine, she inquired about my past vaccines and any allergies, particularly to food. I confirmed I had not received any additional vaccines in the past 14 days and informed her I was allergic to fruit; cranberries and pineapples. I prepared myself for what I felt like would be an intense pain, but to my surprise, the prick was barely felt. “Alright, that’s it,” the nurse said. She placed a band-aid on my arm and informed me I would have to wait 15 minutes for observation before being able to leave. As I drove my car up two spaces, I sat and really thought about what I had just decided to do. Although I had done research, my mind was still not prepared. It raced. I drove home in silence. No radio. No phone conversations. Just myself and my thoughts. Thankfully, I had not morphed into a zombie, but I was still leery of the effects I may feel. I paid attention to my body for the next ten days. I kept a journal of how I felt day-to-day. It was not until day five that I realized I was perfectly fine. While some do experience cases of side effects, I had not had so much as a headache. While journaling, the constant theme was tiredness and arm pain at the injection site. The pain was no different than the standard pain felt after a normal shot, but this one had the chance to save my life. The days and weeks moved along and the Moderna vaccine, round one, seemed to be a success. I made it a point to continue wearing my mask as instructed, but I felt a renewed sense of normalcy. The dread and doubt that plagued me while waiting for the vaccination was no more. I found myself excited for the second vaccination. Four weeks later, I found myself back in the everlasting sea of cars at the TCF Center. This time, however, I was prepared. I was relaxed. I knew this would help not only myself but my family establish closeness again. I cruised through the checkpoints with confidence. Everything looked and felt the same. Now, there were even more cars in line for their chance at being vaccinated. Still, the line flowed efficiently. Once I made it inside the parking

forts while providing our current student-athletes with a quality facility to practice and compete. These facility upgrades also will create new revenue streams through facility rentals, and we look forward to hosting local, regional, and national events.” She said the football field is scheduled to be completed in September, and the football team will play on their new field that month. And even though it’s six months away, the university administrators, staff, students, and alumni are already anticipating the new season’s start on their new field. “We needed it to survive, you know, but we don’t just want to survive,” Owens said. “Our president Dr. Jack Thomas says, ‘We don’t want just to survive; we want to thrive.’ “So, Mr. Lanier has certainly allowed this opportunity for us to thrive, and we want to make sure

structure, I was excited. I no longer had any fear of the immediate effects of the vaccine. This time, as I approached the parking space where I would receive my second and final vaccination, I was greeted by a different kind face; a man in an army uniform. He took my information and passed it along to the person who would administer my vaccine. A second male approached my window, but I was prepared. I had already prepped my arm and wore a shortsleeve shirt for ease of access. I received the second vaccine and immediately felt different. I thought it was all in my mind, but my arm started to feel hot. I started rubbing my arm, but it was not helping. I got the attention of a woman who had been walking past my car. “Is my arm supposed to feel hot?” I asked her. She immediately jumped into action and before I knew it, my car was stormed by an array of individuals coming to my rescue. One nurse massaged my arm while others stood by just in case any additional intervention was needed. She assessed my arm, made sure I was feeling no other symptoms and asked me to proceed to the observation space. I stayed longer this time than the initial 15 minutes for the first vaccine. Although my arm felt better, I was slightly alarmed. I was made aware that side effects from the second vaccine could prove to be more intense. After my arm episode, I was almost sure I would be a part of the population who suffered severe side effects of the second shot. I have never been more pleased to be wrong. Again, the second shot only made me experience extreme fatigue and arm soreness. To my surprise, my body responded extremely well to the vaccine. With the arm episode fresh in my mind, I still kept a journal of how I felt over the next several days. I was informed to be sure I still wore my mask for the next 10 days while the vaccine worked itself into my system. After five days of journaling, I realized this experience mirrored that of my first shot. Now, I am completely vaccinated and feel more at ease about being around large crowds and gatherings. While this decision is not best for everyone, it has served me well. I did not experience any detrimental effects from the vaccine and can now visit my mother, who is also fully vaccinated. Consulting with a doctor can be the first line of defense in combating the fear in the mind. Professionals are on standby at all vaccination sites to ensure the process is smooth and safe. As we continue to battle this invisible enemy, being prepared for battle is more important now than ever.

that we make the best out of it,” she said. But more than that, Owens said CSU was to express its profound gratitude for Lanier’s spirit of generosity and years of being an outstanding role model for so many people. “Mr. Lanier served as a tremendous role model as a player as a person. He has a Hall of Fame resume, named NFL Man of the Year and just so many things,” she said. “This project solidifies his legacy by providing resources to future generations. Because we probably could not have done this without him. And we want to say we are very, very appreciative. “

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Provider is a Beacon of Light in the

Community By: Jaren Roberts - Communications & Community Outreach Liaison The Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network and its Provider partners continue to do all they can during the COVID-19 pandemic. One Provider, SOOAR (Strategies to Overcome Obstacles and Avoid Recidivism) is doing all it can to reach adults, at-risk youth and Veterans. During the last year, SOOAR has distributed schools supplies, books, food, Personal Protection Equipment, and Narcan along with facilitating weekly suicide prevention classes and support groups. “SOOAR has been an absolute blessing to my professional development,” said Trische Duckworth, Director of Programming and Outreach. “The agency has been integral in the lives of so many, from educating the community, to offering resources to those in need, SOOAR stands as a beacon of light for those who need help! I’m honored to serve there.” SOOAR is one of 400 Providers for DWIHN and provides prevention services, life skills, harm reduction, and community mobilization services with the goal of helping others lead more productive lives by assisting with substance use and behavioral health issues. The non-profit organization currently partners with Van Buren Public Schools and Guiding Harbor, a residential placement facility for girls where they implement evidence-based substance use and violence prevention programs that are flexible and interactive. SOOAR has also developed training material to help increase awareness on human trafficking indicators. SOOAR is dedicated to the people it serves and its community. Its mission is to: • Build a network of faith leaders advancing responses to the overdose crisis that are rooted in compassion, dignity, and justice; • Center the leadership and wisdom around people with lived experience, particularly among communities of color; • Advocate for spiritual and theological approaches to address the opioid crisis and other harms of racialized drug policies; • Support public policies that expand harm reduction and other community led, evidence-based health and wellness opportunities for people who use drugs; • Challenge the root causes that increase vulnerability to drug related harm and; • Encourage a movement of healing and resilience among people who use drugs, the harm reduction community, and our allies. Future plans for the organization include launching an anti-stigma campaign entitled, “Stigmatized-Viewing Life Through the Lens of Substance Use”. This will include a radio show and a short film.

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Eastern Michigan University Setting the Pace of Innovation Studying engineering and technology at Eastern Michigan University looks and sounds a bit different these days, thanks to a $40 million building renovation and a new name for its engineering college. Now called the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology, the college provides world-class experiences in engineering, technology, autonomous vehicles, cyber security, aviation, drone technology, artificial intelligence, gaming, interior design, and other areas of study in high-demand career fields.

William McConico, 36th District Court chief judge, has been in his role over the historic court system since last January.

Sill Hall, the college’s home on EMU’s campus, features a new $40 million investment to expand the technology campus, modernize classrooms and labs and create collaborative maker spaces.

“This spectacular and highly functional facility underscores the University’s strategic and timely emphasis on aligning our academic resources with high growth job areas in the state of Michigan and beyond,” said EMU President James Smith. “The GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology is focused on an exceptional future. The new Sill Hall will prepare students for fulfilling and highly productive and high paying careers in engineering and a wide variety of other disciplines.” Sill Hall’s new features include research labs, hands-on engineering and robotics facilities, virtual reality platforms, an advanced cybersecurity center and autonomous vehicle labs where students will benefit from partnerships with companies such as the American Center for Mobility GM, Shell, Gulfstream, Cessna and Perrone Robotics. “These are extremely exciting times at the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology,” said Mohamad Qatu, dean of the college. “Our faculty and administration view the new Sill Hall as an outstanding opportunity to recruit students and faculty, to build on existing collaborations with national and international partners, and expand research and funding opportunities, with the ultimate goal of further raising the profile of our graduates and the college.” For more information about EMU’s GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology, visit www.emich.edu/cet.

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The People’s Court:

36th District Chief Judge Honored to Serve Detroit By Sherri Kolade 36th District Court Chief Judge William McConico didn’t know that last March -- two months into his prestigious position -- that a worldwide pandemic would unfold and impact the historic court system he was appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court in November 2019 to lead. With the worldwide crisis underway, McConico drew from his reservoir of deep-rooted love for justice for the people and the approachable, unflappable chief judge did what he knew best -- pivot through the uncertainty with clarity and compassion. Because after all, lady justice still had and has work to do in the city of Detroit. “It’s still kind of new because of the pandemic,” McConico said recently of his position about 14 months in. “Everything has been a whirlwind. I had exactly two-and-a-half months on the job before I had to basically shut the court down on March 13, 2020. My goals are still the same but we had to change.” McConico, who has been a judge at the 36th District Court since 2010, told The

Michigan Chronicle that the 36th District Court has a “very, very, very unique bench” as it is 100% Black-led with 27 Black judges and five magistrates. McConico is the ninth chief judge; the eight prior chief judges were Black, too. “That is why I tell people it’s a true honor to lead this court and lead this bench,” McConico said. “I don’t believe there is a court like that anywhere in the country.” McConico wants the bustling court system to lead in other ways, too, and about a year into making changes he’s seeing the fruit of his labor positively impact residents. One of his top priorities was tackling the high home eviction rate in the city. “In comparison to cities of our same size, ethnic makeup, poverty rate -- when you compare Detroit to Baltimore, Cleveland, the Bronx, New Jersey, we still have eviction rates three times of those cities,” McConico said. “One of the reasons I believe we evict so many people is the lack of counsel. One of the major priorities is to work to get more counsel, more resources for our tenants in the city of Detroit so it is a fair process for the land-

lord and tenant.” McConico said that with Zoom hearings now being the norm, legal counsel is readily available for any defendant in a landlord-tenant case -- similar to how criminal cases provide defendants with guaranteed legal representation. “This great service is going to help bring down our eviction rate and (provide) stable housing for our residents,” he said. McConico added that it was important to him to make the 36th District Court a “true people’s court” because more people are impacted at the 36th Court than in the state of Michigan. “I want this to be a place more people have true access to it,” he said. So, naturally, McConico got to work and last year he rescinded bans that didn’t allow people to bring in pens, pencils and cellphones into the court building. McConico said that getting rid of those bans increases access to people coming down to the 36th, especially if they are taking a bus or other mode of transportation. There are also kiosks downtown,

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Local Mom Writes Affirmation Book For Children By Megan Kirk In America, one out of every 54 children will be diagnosed with autism according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those diagnosed, minority children are often identified later and far less frequently than white children. Boys are often diagnosed at a higher rate than girls. For one local Detroit mother, the love of her sons; one, who measures on the autistic spectrum and the other who has a speech delay, drove a passion to create something that would breed positivity in their world and teach the ABC’s of affirmations. Self-proclaimed “Momtrepreneur” Tiera Lavin penned a book for children and it comes just as National Reading Month wraps up and rolls into World Autism Month. Affirmations From A to Z

vere. Children can be diagnosed as early as six months, but some children may not develop or display signs of autism until they are older. With the help of her affirmations book, this mom and businesswoman is laying the foundation for selflove for all ages. “You can’t pour from an empty cup,” Lavin says. With a positive affirmation for each letter of the alphabet, the book provides not only encouraging feelings, but the definitions to each word is listed in the back of the book to also serve as a learning book.

was created to pay homage to both sons while teaching readers positive words and slogans. “I was googling words that are affirmative and there was a list of words and I tried to make them fit so that it makes sense to a kid,” says Lavin. Falling on various points on the spectrum, autism can range from mild to se-

“Some of them were simple and easy and I’ve tweaked them,” says Lavin. “At first, they were full sentences and I tried to tweak them into ‘I am’ sentences, but I still wanted it to be something that older kids can understand too.” Growing up, the “Momtrepreneur” did not have a love of reading. However, on the journey to learn more about what her sons needed and doing research around autism, reading became a primary tool in

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Greater Concord Baptist Church celebrates 40th Church Anniversary nity Development Academy. The building has been remolded and is one of the signature training institutes on the west side of Detroit.

Dr. Cullian W. Hill and The Greater Concord Missionary Baptist Church are celebrating their 40th church anniversary on April 12, 2021. Greater Concord has accomplished many goals as a church congregation like feeding the community, continuing education for kids in the community and providing solid Bible based teachings. “I’m grateful and thankful to thank God that he placed on my heart to organize Greater Concord Missionary Baptist Church” said Dr. Hill. Greater Concord Church has been a beacon of light in the community and has been a place where the community has found refuge, hope and help for many years. For 40 years, the Lord has blessed Dr. Hill and Greater Concord to move from one degree of grace to another. The first church service was March 27th, 1981

at Swanson Funeral Home on W. Grand Blvd. Dr. Willie Wilson, Roy Allen and Robbie McCoy, the former Faith Based Director of the Michigan Chronicle was present at the organizing of Greater Concord

McConico From page A-3

and a mobile app, that allows people to make payments and take care of other court-related business without stepping foot into the courthouse. “We’re the first place in the state of Michigan where people can now pay bonds using a kiosk,” McConico said, which makes things easier for the public. The bond payment kiosks are in the lobby of the Detroit Detention Center located at 17601 Mound Road. People can make a bond payment by searching a case number or entering the name and date of birth of the person to be released. Individuals can also pay a bond even when a case number has not yet been assigned, which often happens on the weekends. The bond payment kiosk accepts cash only and has a $5 service fee. When the payment has been made two receipts are printed, one for you to keep and the second for Detention Center records. Not only is he interested in helping those outside the courthouse, but those inside, too. Just after being voted into his position, McConico spoke to court employees, built relationships and lifted morale. “I walked this entire building and tried to speak to every single employee to let them know they are valued. I appreciate the work they are doing at the 36th District Court,” McConico said, adding that when the time came to make a 5 percent budget cut last year due to the city being in financial straits, it took only six days to come to an agreement on what to cut because of those genuine connections he made. “That paid dividends later on.” McConico last year also started a Specialty Court division that deals with mental health, which Judge Shannon A. Holmes presides over. “She is over our drug courts where she is doing a phenomenal job and we are recognized nationally,” he said adding that one of the major issues in the city of Detroit is a lack of resources. “We are incarcerating people who need mental health services.” Holmes told The Michigan Chronicle that said that the Specialty Court is a

Baptist Church. Occupying the funeral home for several months, the Lord blessed Dr. Hill and Greater Concord immensely.

part of the restorative justice initiative that has swept this country -- instead of placing people in jail, the underlying issues (ranging from drug addiction, mental health issues, lack of shelter and beyond) needs to be addressed, which she does. Holmes said that before McConico became chief judge, everybody was “working in a vacuum” and didn’t know what services were available beyond criminal activity. “McConico said, ‘Let’s bring all the problem-solving courts under one umbrella. Let’s pull all the resources together,’” she said of addressing the needs of vulnerable populations locally. “I thought it was a great idea. We weren’t using all of our resources. … He has totally embraced the concept of you break the law, yes there is punishment -- but let’s dig deeper to find out why you are breaking the law. … Who is your support system? What are some issues you have?” She added that she appreciates the fact that McConico gets things done and is “community-minded” and doesn’t just “give lip service.” “I am truly appreciative of his leadership with the Specialty Court,” she added. McConico’s also proud of the court’s judges overall as they are understaffed and working to fill in the gaps. They are short judges after Judge Beatrice (Pennie) Millender passed earlier this year and Judge Nancy Blount retired. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer plans to appoint two judges as replacements, a court official confirmed. “Our bench is pitching in -- we’re doing more with less still and giving proper justice to the city of Detroit with no interruption of services -- still doing in-person court for those who request it. The Zoom hearings are working well,” McConico said, adding that access to justice has really expanded and he is looking forward to leading the way for what’s next. “It is an honor to serve the citizens of Detroit as chief judge of the largest district court in the state of Michigan. [We are] working hard to provide fair, equitable justice. … 36th District isn’t perfect but we are moving to be an accessible, progressive court and there is still a lot planned.” For more information visit https://www.36thdistrictcourt.org/.

Affirmations gaining information and teaching styles. This began to provide the building blocks to what has now become a fullscale business.

“Generational wealth and longevity wealth is serious to me. I grew up struggling,” Lavin says. “It’s the little investments to make sure their life is better. I don’t want them to know any struggle. I don’t want them to know any financial issues.”

Not a stranger to books, Lavin launched a book geared towards adults in business. The launch of this book is more personal and was a labor of love providing a way to give back to children in the community. “It’s important for parents to take the initiative to always be the advocate for their child because kids can’t defend themselves,” Lavin says. “Us as parents, especially Black kids, statistics are on them from birth for them to end up negatively. We have to change the narrative.” Looking to create generational wealth for her children, T Style Graphics, a branding and design company, along with The Vend Bros, a vending machine snack business, were both created with the boys in mind. Coming from a

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still currently owned by Greater Concord Baptist Church and occupied by Commonwealth Commu-

Greater Concord purchased its first building

grandmother who refused to buy toys for Christmas, but bonds instead, Lavin knows the value of hard work and more importantly, sound investments.

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located at 10731-37 W. McNichols Rd. which was Greater Concord’s first church home and is

In 1989, Dr. Hill and Greater Concord was blessed with a beautiful edifice located at 4500 East Davison. The edifice that Greater Concord purchased was the very first Catholic Church that was ever sold by the Archdiocese. Greater Concord is a ministry that believes in Bible principles and believe in being a help and aide to the community. “I believe that it’s the pastor’s responsibility to assist in building and re-building the community by providing housing and a safe environment for our people to live. This is the next project for Greater Concord Missionary Baptist Church”.

To help parents and children learn the basics of business and finances, the entrepreneur is also looking to release an ABC book with a concentration on building a business. Together with the books and business brand, this mom is hoping to inspire, uplift and encourage. “I want this to reach people, I want this to make an impact. I want my boys to understand that I’m out here doing the best for you all and I want them to have a legacy that they can fall back on and understand,” Lavin says. Affirmations A to Z is now available through Amazon with a portion of proceeds benefiting autism research.

Happy Birthday

Mrs. Elizabeth Foster

Mrs. Elizabeth Foster enjoyed her 90th birthday in March 2021. This was an Open House Drive-by celebration. Friend and family attendees delivered birthday well wishes. Out of town guests joined the festivities through Zoom. Mrs. Foster, born in Detroit, is a retired Detroit Public School teacher, a Pearl Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Omega Epsilon Omega chapter and a member of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. Her husband of 65 years, James, passed away a few years ago. The event was hosted by her children, niece, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Acknowledging the 90th birthday of Mrs. Elizabeth Foster: Scripture: Proverbs 31: 27, 30 (KJV): 27 - She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 30 - Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Fraud Prevention By Brenda Price, AARP Michigan, Associate State Director for Community Outreach The COVID pandemic, now more than a year old, has slowed down many business sectors across Michigan. Nevertheless, scammers and fraudsters are more active than ever out there. Beware! Gift card swindles are making the rounds these days. Victims might get an email saying that some company or organization is giving away a $1,000 gift card to be used at Target, Best Buy or Walmart, for example. If you get such an email, delete it. It’s a scam aimed at collecting your personal information for a barrage of spam, phone calls and computer hacking. Recent scams have attempted to use the AARP name to convince people to participate. Gift cards are a common fraud vehicle partly because they are virtually untraceable, and can be easily purchased and converted to cash. Anytime you are directed to pay a debt or other obligation with a gift card, it is a scam. AARP has committed to a 3-year strategy to help eliminate gift card fraud. Do you think you have been targeted or have fallen victim to a scam? Common signs include: • Receiving a call telling you to buy a gift card or asking for money, or personal information like your Social Security number. • Finding unauthorized charges on your credit card. • Getting an email or call saying you have won a sweepstakes or lottery you do not recall entering. Opening an email that contains misspellings and links that would take you to a suspicious site. Do not click on links from senders you don’t know. Learn more details at AARP Michigan’s special Tele-Town Hall event on Wednesday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., teaching you how to protect yourself from gift card and phone scams. Get your questions answered from fraud experts at the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and AARP’s Fraud Watch Network. You can call in with questions at 855-962-1142. If you get a suspicious call, text or email (for example, requesting your bank account number, instructing you to buy a gift card or promising an expensive prize), or if you, a relative or a friend has given money or financial information to someone you now suspect was a scammer, call 877-908-3360 to get help. AARP’s Fraud Watch Network Helpline, a free resource for AARP members and nonmembers alike, can provide the information you need to protect yourself and your family.


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Don’t Stress! Five Strategies to Deal with Financial Worries We get it, 2020 was the year of stress. From pandemic-related worries to financial fears of when the next paycheck is coming. Financial stress can range from being in debt, not earning enough money, the expense of raising kids or even being married to someone who isn’t good with money. But if one can reduce their financial worry, they will be able to focus on other important areas of your life and relax. Here are some tips to get things, hopefully, off to a better start. 1. Create a Budget You may feel overwhelmed and think that a budget is only going to add to your financial stress, but it is the best tool you have to get control of your finances and stop worrying about money. A budget allows you to decide when and how you are going to spend your hard-earned dollars. This spending plan makes sure you cover your immediate expenses, while still working toward your savings goals. It can also help you find extra money to put toward debt. The first few months of planning and sticking to a budget are the most challenging, but once you understand what to do, you can often reduce the amount of time you spend on it, and in turn, reduce the amount of time you spend worrying about money.

Reggie Kelley, principal and COO, Detroit Popcorn Company, (left) and Ken Harris, CEO, and principal, Detroit Popcorn Company, are looking forward to lead the company in a new direction. Photo provided by the Detroit Popcorn Company

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2. Get an Emergency Fund An emergency fund is a savings account meant to cover unexpected expenses and financial emergencies. Although a car repair can be expensive and stressful, if you know you can tap into your emergency fund to cover it, a lot of the stress will go away. It is also easier to use the money in your budget the way you planned if you know you have the extra money in the bank ready to cover the unexpected emergencies that may crop up. You should have at least $1,000 in your emergency fund until you are out of debt. Then you should aim to have three to six months’ living expenses set aside. Building an emergency fund may seem tough at first, especially if you are struggling to make ends meet each month. Start by putting aside a small amount, whether it’s $10 or $100 each month, so you can build up your emergency fund. You may also consider selling any unused items around the house to build up that cash as quickly as you can.

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he Harris Financial Group, Ltd., LLC (HFG) of Pontiac, doing business as We Pop the Corn, LLC, announced recently that the minority-owned and -led investor group closed last November on the purchase of the assets of the Detroit Popcorn Company. The deal on the buildings, located at 14950 Telegraph Road in Redford, is not officially completed and the terms of the sale were not disclosed, according to the company. “Building on the 100-year legacy of the Detroit Popcorn Company, we envision nurturing a new company led by example and committed to community,” said Ken Harris, managing partner of HFG. “Our first steps in assuming company ownership and leadership will be to work to establish a reputation of trust among our current and future customers and neighbors. Our focus is on inclusion, diversity and equity.” Harris said that the company’s previous owner made an insensitive remark last year about the death of George Floyd by a police officer, which, understandably, resulted in a “tsunami of negative feedback” and organizations and groups severing ties with the company. He added that with today being a new day and having the opportunity to acquire this historic business as Black owners is an immeasurable opportunity. “I feel very blessed and we are moving forward,” he said, adding that there is a lot more than popcorn offered at the

company, but rental equipment and more. Harris added that the Detroit Popcorn Company “intends to do the right thing in business and in treatment of all people as we’re welcomed into their homes, businesses and lives.” “Along the way, we’ll have a little fun, too. After all, popcorn is a fun product that we all enjoy,” Harris said. “It’s the ultimate snack food that helps bring people together.” Although Harris and Reggie Kelley are the two primary stakeholders in the minority-owned company, they have plans to bring in an array of talented individuals. “For this company to grow, succeed and impact the community in a positive way, the way we envision it, we’re adding team members from diverse backgrounds and educational experiences who are accomplished in their areas of expertise. The result will be a powerful collaboration dedicated to the achievement and the success of the company and our community,” added Kelley. During an interview with The Michigan Chronicle, the company’s leaders discussed how new business collaborations are underway such as with the Detroit Zoo, among other forms of support for the community. Effective immediately, a percentage of the company’s proceeds will go to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation to help support the needs of area students. The Detroit Popcorn Company also has forged a part-

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Detroit Economic Growth Corporation Launches “BuyDetroit” Program for Local Small Businesses

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system set up to procure goods and services for their businesses. With its central component, the online business-to-business portal for Detroit-based companies will be invaluable in helping buyers, suppliers, and contractors of all sizes and categories connect, grow and create new jobs. With an estimated 60,000-plus Detroit small businesses, which are overwhelmingly Black-owned, their success is critical to Detroit’s economy prospering.

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Since its 1978 inception, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) has been a vital economic engine in Detroit, dedicated to supporting existing businesses and ushering in new companies, new developments, and new investments. In its continuing quest to help local small businesses grow, DEGC launched an innovative business-to-business program called BuyDetroit on Thursday, April 1. BuyDetroit’s mission is to help and prepare Detroit small businesses to take advantage of opportunities to compete for contracts for product and service orders needed by largescale development entities. In essence, small and medium-sized businesses in the city now have a better opportunity to be suppliers and buyers of goods and services.

“We do have a very robust Black business population in the city of Detroit,” said Batton. “We believe by focusing on Detroit headquartered small businesses, this will be a way of directly targeting Black and Brown businesses in Detroit.” “What we launched on April 1 is a portal that is a clearinghouse for procurement opportunities in Detroit, all found on one website,” said Pierre Batton, executive vice presi-

dent, Small Business Services, DEGC. “If you are a business owner that may not have a lot of time, this portal is where you want to go to find out where the opportunities are and be able to

apply for them.” BuyDetroit, according to Batton, is free to use and is perfect for smaller firms that may not have the infrastructure or

While the new BuyDetroit portal is being called a gamechanger for small businesses in Detroit, Batton said it’s crucial that business owners

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Money Moves: Make Your Stimmy Work For You By Sherri Kolade The $1,400 stimulus checks should have already dropped into the bank accounts (and via check) of about 159 million eligible households, according to national reports. And depending on one’s household makeup, that could mean multiple payments and ideas on how to use them. “A $1,400 checks would allow nearly 22.6 million adults to pay their expenses for at least four and a half months...assuming that they maintain income from work and unemployment benefits,” according to market research company Morning Consult. Yet with unemployment numbers falling in the last month (down to 6.3% in January) the economy is still lagging, Forbes reports. About 10.1 million people do not have jobs -- Black communities are worse off with unemployment now at 9.2%, higher than other large racial groups. So, the Michigan Chronicle wanted to know --from paying bills and saving to splurging and stunting on social media -- what have people done with their stimulus (aka) stimmy? Some reports state that many people planned to use the stimulus on their needs and not

wants. Right before the third stimulus passed about 50% of Black people, and 40% of Hispanics, needed the stimulus to “get by” in comparison to only 22% of white respondents, according to a poll reported to CNBC. Thirty-one percent of Asian-Americans needed the stimulus, too.

er aspects in life,” he said. “If renting, the stimulus payment may be enough to move to a safer or more comfortable apartment, but the stimulus funds are not a long-term guarantee.” Similarly, if a homeowner wants to spend their stimulus payment for needed repairs, that’s sensible, too.

Locally, area residents spilled the tea on how they used their stimulus -- and a financial expert shared some tips to make it all worthwhile.

“Not only will making improvements help maintain the home value, but it will allow the occupants to better enjoy their surroundings,” he said.

Allen Park resident La’Metra Wagner, 39, tucked her stimulus payment away. The wife and mom of two young children said she is saving hers to help her family move later this year. “I’m saving because I want to purchase a home -- something like that (the stimulus) would be helpful and go toward home-buying stuff like a down payment or closing costs,” Wagner said. The current renter hopes to purchase her first home somewhere still in the downriver area and said she’s been more disciplined when it comes to money these last few years and increased her savings since the pandemic. To save money, Wagner has cut back and lived more frugal -- she’s

Tripodo said that, however, from a financial advisor’s point of view, the ideal way to use the stimulus payments “would be in a way that better secures a person’s financial circumstances now and in the future.”

learned to do her hair and nails, and even cut out “something nice” for herself occasionally like going out to eat and luxury shopping. “Just because of the uncertainties -- I definitely have a small portion of my paycheck (I save),” she said, adding that now that she is in the house more often, she wants to live in a place that is her own. “Being more settled is definitely more import-

MEDC Launches Two New Programs Aimed at Michigan Talent By Megan Kirk Michiganders, like many others, have suffered tremendous financial hardship over the past year. As the pandemic swept through the country, unemployment rates skyrocketed and some businesses were forced to close their doors for good. As the state works to get its economy back up and running, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is launching two new initiatives to help Michigan’s working class stay competitive and to give college graduates the chance at the career of their dreams. The Regional Talent Innovation Grant is a $7.5 million fund that will extend to workers across the state to assist in the need for regional talent, developing existing workforces statewide and introduce new training opportunities for various high-demand skill sets to address the individual needs of each region. The initiative will provide training opportunities to roughly 750 people across Michigan. The funds are being provided by the Community Development Block Grant CARES Act, or CDBG. “The Talent Expansion Initiative is an opportunity for us to make sure that Michigan continues to have the strongest workforce that we can possibly have,” says Josh Hundt, executive vice president and chief business development officer for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. While the grant will extend to all demographics, individuals from low to moderate-income backgrounds will have priority in the selection process with an emphasis on those who reside in disadvantaged areas of the state. The Regional Talent Innovation Grant is partnering with several organizations to provide programs with grants of $500,000 to $950,000. “What we saw is that there are significant challenges that we need to overcome in our talent ecosystem. While we have a talented workforce here in Michigan right now, there is a challenge of a shrinking talent pool and a supply and demand mismatch. This is something that is needed to help ensure that we have a full suite of services to ensure our talented workforce has the opportunity to be trained and prepared for the jobs of the future,” says Hundt. To be considered for the grant, applicants must meet a set of criteria includ-

ing fitting with the MEDC’s Strategic Plan and the vision, strategy and priority for community and align with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Sixty by 30 goal. The second program will be aimed at students and providing paid internships in science, technology, engineering and math allowing for the potential to grow into a long-term relationship and career opportunities. The Michigan STEM Forward program will help retain some of Michigan’s newest talent and support the economy in their own backyards. “We have many great students coming out of our universities and we want to make sure that we continue to lead in that space and have Michigan be successful because of our talented individuals that live here in this state,” says Hundt. The program, while an extension of the already-established Ann Arbor SPARK initiative, will work to place students with corporations across Michigan. The $1.5 million-dollar campaign will help to place up to 450 students who desire to work in the STEM fields. Each internship opportunity will last from 10 to 12 weeks with the hopes of turning into a permanent position post-graduation. “We have partnered with Ann Arbor SPARK who created a model for this program that they are doing in Washtenaw county and [bring] that program statewide. They will be managing that on behalf of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation,” says Hundt. For eligibility under the Michigan STEM Forward program, students must attend an institution of higher learning in Michigan pursuing a career in any of the STEM majors. Amongst other responsibilities, Ann Arbor SPARK will be responsible for sorting through applications, approvals or denials and payments to the students. “Programs like this are important because they play a massive role in Michigan’s ability to be a leading state coming out of the economic challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic,” Hundt says. “Michigan can lead this recovery by having a strong workforce both in advanced manufacturing, technology, engineering and other fields.” Applications are slated to go live in mid-April. Residents across the state are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit the Detroit Means Business website.

Detroit Popcorn Company From page A-5 nership with Yesterday’s Negro League Baseball Players Foundation, a nonprofit in Milwaukee, Wis., committed to the preservation, dedication and education about the Negro League Baseball. The company is expected to help raise funds for the nonprofit to enable individuals of limited means to access this often overlooked but vital part of America’s history dating back to the past century. Harris was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and has more than 25 years of experience in financial and business consulting. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Francis University, Loretto, Pa., International Finance training at Trinity Col-

Brendon Tripodo, managing director – TCF Wealth, TCF Bank, said that people who might not be looking (or able) to move -- but live in lessthan perfect housing conditions -- should spend their stimulus wisely.

“This usually means paying down high interest debt or medical bills and, if possible, funding an emergency reserve for unexpected expenses,” he said, adding that once most of the basic expenses are taken care of, it is fine to “enjoy” some of the stimulus payment now rather than later. “Just make sure you balance current consumption with future security.”

“Living in a safe and comfortable dwelling is fundamental to many oth-

He broke it down and said that for a simple rule of thumb:

La’Metra Wagner is saving her stimulus for her future home. Photo provided by La’Metra Wagner

lege, Dublin, Ireland, and an MBA from Michigan State University. Kelley was born and grew up in Canton, Oh., before settling in metro Detroit. He received his bachelor’s degree at Baldwin-Wallace College and attended Ohio University Executive MBA courses along with the Executive Minority program at Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. Kelley said that the company is in good hands. “Relatively speaking we want to continue the legacy of the company and expand upon the brand and make it unique,” he said. For more information visit www.DetroitPopcorn.com.

ant now than anything for me.”

Buy Detroit From page A-5 and executives know how to use the portal to their best advantage. “A lot of times tools and resources come about, but individuals don’t know how to navigate them,” Batton said. “Knowledge is power. Navigating a website to bid on something is a different skillset. So we want the portal to be utilized by small business owners in Detroit to navigate and find opportunities and successfully bid on them. We want to create full access to the opportunities by offering training to businesses who need assistance.” Batton said small businesses wanting to participate in the new BuyDetroit initiative must first create an account and register for the Marketplace. He suggests business owners watch the Portal Training videos on the BuyDetroit website. When connected to the portal, small business owners can register as suppliers or buyers and begin looking for specific opportunities by viewing various “Request for Purchases” notices from hundreds of Detroit-based employers/businesses, such as the City of Detroit, Quicken Loans, Bedrock, DTE Energy, Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, TCF Bank, Comerica, and many more.

• Spend - 25% • Save/paydown debt - 50% • Invest long term - 25% Southfield resident Langston Hughes already invested 100% of his stimulus into his company. Hughes is the founder of a new local tech startup (launching soon) called RemindMe. “Well with any money that comes into my life I put it towards my company, so the stimulus will be treated as such and go (toward) research and development,” Hughes said, adding that he came upon that decision “pretty easily” because it costs a lot of money to start and run a startup. Tripodo said that long story short, there is no right way or wrong way to spend the stimulus. “How one spends his/ her money is always a very personal decision which is usually based on one’s beliefs and circumstances,” Tripodo said. “For some, money is about security so they will save money for unforeseen events. Others may need to spend money now on basics, such as food, shelter, and healthcare. While others who have the basics covered, may view money as something to be enjoyed so they will use it for travel, restaurants, and other consumer items.”

grow and thrive. As Detroit’s hometown bank, we are thrilled to support the BuyDetroit program and the opportunities it creates for our local businesses and residents.” Helping to shape the direction of BuyDetroit is the Buyer Council, comprised of top executives from many of Detroit’s most notable corporations and organizations, including the City of Detroit, Comerica Bank, Crain, DMC, DTE, First Independence Bank, Ford Field, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Greektown Casino-Hotel, Henry Ford Health System, the Rocket Companies, the University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University, and Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “Our goal and our focus are to make sure that BuyDetroit is a valuable resource to small businesses in the city,” Batton said. “We want this to work in both the near term and long term. Based on the feedback we have received from business owners, feedback from suppliers, and feedback from buyers, BuyDetroit is a strong and robust product. And it’s going to grow and continue to improve. We at DEGC are excited about it and where it’s going to take us in helping small businesses in Detroit grow and sustain. The BuyDetroit portal is the first of many more pieces to come for opportunities for small businesses in Detroit.”

“At TCF, we believe that strengthening communities starts by strengthening those who call it home,” TCF said in a written statement. “Small businesses are the backbone of our neighborhoods, and we are committed to helping them

To learn more about BuyDetroit, including eligibility requirements, viewing training videos and registration details, and other related information, log on to www.degc.org/buydetroit or call 1.844.333.8249.

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you know that you do not make enough money to keep up with your current bills, decide what you can do to change the situation. It may include options such as going back to school to qualify for a higher paying job.

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3. Get Outside Help If you are really struggling with getting a handle on your budget and spending issues, do not be afraid to get outside help. You can take classes on basic money management and investing which will help you plan out a budget and do the things you need to succeed financially. A financial planner can also help you create a long-term saving and investing strategy that will help you take care of your current needs and plan for the future. If you are feeling overwhelmed by debt, you can work with a credit counseling service to help you restructure your debt and, in some cases, negotiate with creditors. You can also take financial classes that coach you through budgeting and other aspects of your personal finances. 4. Determine What You Can Change If you are having financial issues, you may have an income issue, a spending issue or a combination of the two. If

If you think you have a spending problem and it’s a compulsive behavior, you may want to attend a specialized group or get professional help dealing with the issues you are facing. Once you have a plan that will help you change your situation permanently, you should be able to reduce your stress. 5. Track Your Progress While this may sound like it’s not a solution to your financial problem, it can make a big difference in the amount of stress you feel each day. Find positive aspects of your financial situation by tracking your progress toward your financial goals. Looking at the positive aspects of your current financial situation can also help alleviate stress. Remember, you can change your financial situation and you will find it easier to do if you are not living in an anxious state all of the time. Content provided by https://www.thebalance.com/.

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Ride FRSH is the first Black-owned car air freshener company. Photo provided by Dean Parker Jr.

Birds are singing, the days are getting longer and the temperatures are beginning to rise, which must mean one thing: Spring is in the air. After more than a year of being in lockdown, everyone is itching for some fun in the sun, including the city’s single population. Detroit is home to many notable date attractions, but now that Spring fever is here, residents are finding ways to become reacquainted with the city and date while still staying safe. Voted best riverwalk in the country by 10Best Readers Choice Awards, the Detroit Riverwalk remains a dominant force in the city. Known for its sweeping views of the Detroit River and a clear look across to Canada, the 3.5 mile route is a nice quiet atmosphere for couples to have picnics, leisure walks or enjoy a bike ride along its trail. Despite the pandemic, the Detroit RiverWalk has remained open and accessible to all Michiganders. Typically displaying it’s beauty to over three million people annually, the expansive waterfront did see a decrease in foot traffic during the height of COVID. Now that restrictions are beginning to life, the RiverWalk can now continue to serve the city’s singles for a host of date nights.

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Ride FRSH, First Black-Owned Car Air Freshener Company Keeps Things Rolling For a little more action, an unlikely attraction may be the perfect space for a date. Also located in downtown Detroit, the Z Lot. Although a parking structure, the Z Lot is a prime location to catch the sun set (or rise) over the city. It is also home to over 100 murals. Located within walking distance from the Z Lot, The Belt is an alleyway with shops, bars and lively entertainment. Despite it being an alley, one of The Belt’s most popular bars, The Skip, serves up fun frozen drinks that can transport the date from the city to the islands. Set to reopen to the public in April, The Skip also offers food options to complete the date.

By Sherri Kolade They’re keeping it fresh and want you to keep your car fresh, too. Ride FRSH, the first Black-owned car air freshener company (based out of Los Angeles) was recently created by four friends who are native to Detroit. The trendy car air freshener company has sold close to 1,000 units in a little over a month since launching, all without a marketing budget. Their creation is a fashionable, modern take on a hanging car air freshener. The high-quality, thicker air fresheners come with a gold string to add a touch of flare and come in custom scents of Black Ice, Vanilla and Strawberry. Because of the thickness of the

air fresheners, they last longer than those currently on the market. Each one also has a hip hop saying on the back with things like “Drive Slow Homie” & “Sittin’ Sideways.” Donovan Brown, founder and CEO, said that the air fresheners smell good and look good. “Hanging car air fresheners have been the same for years and nobody has really innovated and offered a great alternative,” Brown said. “For so long people have bought them for only one thing, the way they smell. We offer something that both smells great and looks great in your car. I think that’s why it has been such a hit.” Ride FRSH is the first minority-owned air fresh-

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For nature lovers, take a ride to the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Lion, and tigers and bears are no match for the zoo’s butterfly exhibit. The Butterfly Garden houses over 25 species of butterflies flown in from Costa Rica and El Salvador as the Zoo purchases over 250 butterfly pupae, or adult caterpillars, each week. Couples will be able to gain free access to the Butterfly Garden with the purchase of Zoo tickets. Couples can also enjoy a continental breakfast with the butterflies as their backdrop. Breakfast With The Butterflies is an opportunity to learn about the day-to-day lives of butterflies and have close interactions with them. To continue on nature dates, Heritage Park in Taylor, Michigan, is just a twenty minute ride from the downtown Detroit region and is home to the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Here, couples will be able to enjoy the botanical gardens and take pictures

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Trey Brown, Garrick Mitchell, Donovan Brown and Dean Parker (left to right) are all smiles with their airfresh company, Ride FRSH. Photo provided by Dean Parker Jr.

Detroit Speaks: Local Podcasts Bring Grit, Hustle to Your Eardrums By Sherri Kolade

sation flowing in the electric atmosphere.

They’re real, raw and already putting some primetime stank on it for listeners and viewers wanting some flair and flavor while learning about what’s good in and around the D.

“Here is how I like to describe the show: It is a slice of life -- you get everything,” Landon said, adding that what made him even more confident about the show is that his mother likes it and thinks it’s interesting. “I say we got something.”

Two sets of local podcast hosts from different shows delve regularly into various topics aimed to entertain, enlighten, and most importantly keep people tuned in.

He added that he brings a bit of his news persona to the show but as Eckstein said with Landon during a joint interview with The Michigan Chronicle, it’s “Josh with a lot less filter.”

Talking ish “Talkish” podcast hosts Mikey Eckstein, Fox 2 News reporter Josh Landon and Chuck Bennett are “in the know” men of Metro Detroit. And on their podcast, launched last August, they talk lighthearted “ish” about entertainment, politics, current events and more surrounding Detroit and beyond. Bennett, a style ambassador for Fox 2 News with a heavy multifaceted news background, said that the trio linked up after he told Eckstein about getting the itch to be on a show. Then Eckstein invited Landon to come on board. “(We are) three types of totally different (people),” Bennett said, adding that they blend well together and bring unique qualities to the table. “With the

Eckstein said that he gets a lot of feedback from former residents who tell them that the podcast helps them keep up to date with what’s going on with their hometown. And while the podcast is Detroit-centric, it’s broader than the city, too.

Talkish podcast hosts (left to right) Fox 2 News reporter Josh Landon, Mikey Eckstein, and Chuck Bennett, are switching the podcast game up with their content about the city and more. Photo courtesy of Josh Landon pandemic aside, I am a very social person … so I can talk a lot about the dining scene, fundraising scene in Detroit. … It is a serious show but we don’t talk about serious topics. I like

to keep it fun and sexy.” Landon said that the podcast is doing “very well” and they have a variety of guests, with the show set up into four, 15-minute segments slotted per

guest. Typically, what they do is talk between the three of them on the segments then feature a couple of guests, and end the show highlighting a Michigan artist. There’s food and conver-

“We have such a broad spectrum of guests,” he said of interviewing everyone from political leaders to rap artists. “Whether it’s music, fitness, politics, a strip club restaurant owner -people always learn something different from our show.” The “Talkish” podcast episodes are recorded every Monday at the Mix Factory One Studio in Southfield and uploaded

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Shannon Cason (far left) speaks with fellow 31 Forever podcast host Chris Childs, (center) about their rap group days when they were teens with featured guest, Zo (far right). Photo courtesy of Shannon Cason

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From page B-1 on iHeart radio later in the week. Listen to them on the iHeart radio website or download the iHeart radio app. Pandemic’s Podcast Shannon Cason, 45, of Detroit, operates several podcasts, including the latest one that he developed during the pandemic called the “31 Forever Podcast.” It’s called “31” because Cason and his friends met at Cobo Hall decades earlier and were inspired by the 31 flavors at Baskin-Robbins. “We had to come up with a crew name and 31 [Flavaz] stuck. … We’re old friends from Detroit’s hip hop culture in the ‘90s coming back together to connect with old friends just like back in the day when we hung out at The Hip Hop Shop, St. Andrews and in basements and attics making hip hop songs,” Cason said. They have since dropped the word “Flavaz” and since the pandemic picked up steam while reconnecting. Cason, aka E’s, does the podcast with Atlanta-based Chris Childs, aka Freak of Nature. The “31 Forever” Podcast is based online - YouTube and Facebook live at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. Their guests are from everywhere. “We talk about hip hop, but not only hip hop. It’s just like

being together when we were young. We’d sit around and wait for a beat to be made and write rhymes. In the mix of all that we’d have conversations about current events, different things that are happening in the world,” he said, adding that he was inspired to create the podcast after talking to Childs about a way they can all stay in touch more.

music. We have all kept that bond over all those years. Hip hop is bigger than just the music. It’s a culture. Even if we haven’t seen each other for years, there’s that connection. We want the audience to feel that connection.” Childs, born and raised in metro Detroit, has lived in Atlanta since 2008 and said they haven’t “looked back since” the start of the podcast.

“He knew I worked with podcasting a lot, so Chris offered the idea of starting a podcast. I told him if he were serious, I’d set it all up and we can start. We started. Honestly, I needed this outlet to be creative with long-time friends. I’ve been cooped up in the house so long. I need the outlet! And my friends are some of the most creative people I know,” Cason said.

“The beautiful thing about the culture is a large majority of us grew up with hip hop, so our guest could be a surgeon, a principal or a CEO of a major corporation and they could still name their top five emcees,” he said. Childs added that he and Cason have been friends for years and 2020 was a horrible year in a lot of ways “but this podcast was something good to come out” of it.

Soon to be available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, the show as of right now is all hip hop friends -- people they knew from The Hip Hop Show on 7 Mile and friends they knew from different crews around Detroit.

“We want to give the city and its artists a platform to show the world the untapped talent that Michigan and, honestly, underground hip hop everywhere has to offer,” he said. “We hope to incorporate performances. Cyphers, live performances, poetry -- the list goes on. Plus, I like to get drunk and talk trash. Come kick it with us.”

“Some of my friends I only know by their hip hop names. People have regular jobs, families, and I still only know them by their monikers. On the podcast, I hope to dig deeper and get to know each other more,” he said. “We want listeners to be in the basement with us while we talk life and hip hop. We are all grown now, we met as teenagers with a love for

Visit bandcamp.com for releases and upcoming music releases from 31 and its affiliates.

ener company in the country. The founders of the company, Garrick Mitchell, Martin Weiss, Dean Parker, Donovan Brown and Trey Brown are all childhood friends and actually met in Michigan at one point in their lives. All five of them attended college with two of them attaining degrees from the University of Michigan (Parker and Weiss) and two from Howard University (Donovan Brown and Trey Brown). They all also went to high school together after Martin was displaced in Hurricane Katrina and had to move to Michigan to live with his cousins Donovan Brown and Trey Brown. They all have been friends for over a decade now. “Here at Ride FRSH we look forward to being a pillar for the community,” Mitchell said. The team came up with the idea for FRSH sitting in their apartment in Los Angeles on a Saturday afternoon brainstorming new business ideas like they often did when Trey Brown threw out, “Why don’t we do something random like air fresheners?” They then all sat back, thought about it for a minute, and said: “Why not?” That then led to a year and a half of going back and forth with manufacturers and packages, testing scents and designs, ultimately trying to get the product exactly like how they envisioned it. Parker said that they started shouting out different songs like “Drive Slow Homie,” “Life is a Highway” and “Picture Me Rollin.” “The excitement each of us showed over the next few days confirmed that we were onto something,” Parker said. Finally, in September of 2018, FRSH became available for sale on their website RideFRSH.com. Hanging car air fresheners were invented in the 1950s, and since then there has been very little to update or enhance the product. FRSH aims to shake up the nearly billion-dollar industry. Over the next year, the FRSH Team plans to expand their distribution partners and retail partnerships, as well as secure funding to accelerate growth.

Parker added that the friends had their reasons for moving out to Los Angeles. “We all came out at different times but we all had one common goal and that was to see what new opportunities the west coast had to offer,” Parker said, adding that Detroit is a big part of their business. “We grew up going to the Auto Show. Pulling up a chair and watching the cars drive up and down Woodward for the Dream Cruise.” Parker also said that they have had customers that give them ideas for new scents and lyrics all the time. “It’s great to see how much they enjoy the product,” he said. For more information go to www.ridefrsh.com.

Unique Dating Spots From page B-1 among the flower exhibits and trees. While the gardens do not open to the public until the end of April, just in time for Earth Day, private tours are available and can be scheduled during the week. For those looking for a little adventure, the TreeRunner Adventure Park located in West Bloomfield is an aerial adventure park where guests are able to go through obstacle courses while suspended from a tree canopy. Couples can zip line, climb cargo nets and choose courses based on varying degrees of difficulty. The adventure park features over 250 obstacles, more than 40 zip lines, 14 trails and six levels of difficulty to keep even the most skilled athletes tested. Daters who want to be immersed in the arts, The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art space open to the community to promote urban community art. Created by Tyree Guyton and was officially incorporated in 1988. For more than 30 years, the exhibit has grown and been a place for residents to enjoy a unique display of artistic expression. Once known as an eyesore and the cause of community debates for some time, The Heidelberg Project is now a revered site in Detroit and is the site of foot traffic. With these cool date spots, couples will be in full bloom this Spring.

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Why You Should Get Tested For COVID-19 Today The past year has been incredibly difficult for our community. COVID-19 has taken a tremendous toll on each of us, with many losing jobs, losing time with our families, and worst of all, losing loved ones. Even as we see hopeful signs as the vaccine rolls out, ongoing COVID-19 testing remains critical to keep our community safe. Black Americans comprise 13% of the US population. Yet, more than half of all COVID-19 cases—and almost 60% of related deaths—occurred in US cities with large Black populations. All too often, Black people are tested for COVID-19 only after they catch it and go to a hospital with symptoms that have become difficult or impossible to treat. A Quest Diagnostics survey showed 72% of Black Americans have either delayed or avoided getting a diagnostic COVID-19 test even when they believed they needed one. Such reluctance carries a high price. By the time a Black American is hospitalized, the disease has often progressed to where no therapy can stop it. People in crisis often lack the information and resources to find a way out. To change this, Choose Healthy Life, United Way of New York City, and Quest Diagnostics are hosting COVID-19 testing and educational events in our local communities and in partnership with our churches. When trusted community leaders, including Black clergy, work with health experts to provide testing resources and much-needed support for those who test positive, it can have long-lasting, positive impacts on our community.

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“We’re bringing people together to teach about this pandemic,” said Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, Senior Pastor of The Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, and co-chair of Choose Healthy Life. “The African-American church was the first place where we could get together and talk and learn. People come here because this is the most trusted institution in our community. The clergy have to be examples, and so, we got tested, and we encourage the community to get tested.” Events at local churches will enable people in our community to get their questions answered, while providing opportunities to get tested. This will help prevent the spread of COVID-19, provide guidance about quarantine, and help those who do test positive get access to care.

Testing Matters: It Can Save Lives “It’s critical that we remain vigilant in 2021,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, President and CEO of the National Action Network, and co-chair of Choose Healthy Life. “As faith leaders, we are stepping up to provide critical testing and resources to help our communities fight back against the virus.” Once you’ve been tested, even if you show no symptoms, you can be properly diagnosed. If you test negative, that’s great! If you test positive, you can get treated sooner and more effectively. Your friends, families and coworkers can be notified and can quarantine if necessary. This helps stop COVID-19’s spread. It’s simple, easy and free—and it could save your life. Testing will occur in the coming months at Choose Healthy Life churches and local health centers in Atlanta, Detroit, Newark, New York, Washington, DC, and other US cities. At each event, local health navigators will share important testing and vaccine information with community members. Learn more at ChooseHealthyLife.org. “This virus is actually making people afraid to get tested. They don’t want to know. They think, ‘What am I going to do? Am I going to have to quarantine? If I get sick, it’s out of my control.’ It’s really a scary proposition. That’s why we’re seeing so many Black people who are not getting tested until they’re at the hospital,” said Sheena Wright, President & CEO of United Way of New York City, and the implementation partner for Choose Healthy Life. “We’ve been besieged with death, fear, concern, and sickness, and this is a beacon of light in the dark, where people can come and be treated. There is hope at the end of this very long tunnel,” added Wright. So please take action. Get tested. Your participation can help save the lives of thousands of Black Americans.

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Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III preparing to receive his COVID-19 test. Dr. Butts has served as pastor at the Abyssinian Baptist Church for over 30 years, and is co-chair of the National Black Clergy Leadership Health Council.

Rev. Al Sharpton, co-chair of the Choose Healthy Life National Black Clergy Health Leadership Council, demonstrates the ease and necessity of COVID-19 testing to help address the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 in Black communities. This event, held at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Jan. 25, is the first of hundreds of planned COVID-19 testing events at Black churches across the US, a partnership of Choose Healthy Life, Quest Diagnostics, and the United Way.

A community member is tested for COVID-19 at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Jan. 25. Hundreds of events like this one will take place in Black communities across the US, a partnership of Choose Healthy Life, Quest Diagnostics, and the United Way.


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