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December 3-9, 2014


Volume 78 – Number 12

WHAT’S INSIDE Democrats don’t get it (Page B-4) According to editorial writer Bill Fletcher Jr., Democrats lost big in the midterm elections because they lacked an understanding of some very essential facts. “Among other things, many African Americans felt taken for grated by the Democratic candidates which, to a great extent, was true,” writes Fletcher, “but the problem runs deeper.”

Fedelis SecureHome makes strides (Page B-1) A commitment to providing quality heathcare service for the underserved is the foundation upon which Fedelis SecureHome is built. Perhaps one of Detroit’s best kept secrets until recently, about three years ago Fedelis launched a new level of service, first in Seattle and now in Detroit.

New movie viewing endeavor (Page C-1) Delano Glass is chief operating officer of Movietyme.com, a Detroit subscription-based film company that allows people throughout the world to access movies online using smart phones, computers and other compatible devices and platforms. The new company has hundreds of films it is able to show, including independent films as well as the blockbusters. The venture operates under the Movietyme, LLC umbrella.

After Ferguson, A Truth Commission


What came out of Ferguson last week regarding justice for the killing of unarmed African-American teen, Michael Brown, can only be described in two words: “kangaroo justice,” because it was far from being anything that truly represented fairness and equal justice before the law. Instead, the grand jury process that exonerated White Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who Bankole killed Brown Thompson with multiple shots, was a stark reminder of the old South justice that ensured that Black life meant nothing no matter who the offender or non-offender was. The old South justice was in full display when the St. Louis Prosecutor Robert McCulloch appeared before the nation like a fully prepared defense lawyer, making the case why Wilson could not be indicted instead

“A Truth Commission will ensure that Black children, especially boys, do not continue to be the victims of some trigger-happy cops who find themselves justified in the massacre of Black boys who more often than not are denied their childhood and forced to be men in their encounter with law enforcement.” of lamenting why he did not receive an indictment as prosecutor in the killing of Brown. I would recommend that McCulloch go back to law school and read the late African American legal scholar and former federal chief judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals A. Leon Higginbotham who talked about

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Legacy in Motion (Page C-4) The Michigan Chronicle’s recent Legacy in Motion event was a major success as has been the case in the past. This edition features photo highlights as well as a public expression of gratitude to the sponsors.

Enduring couples in Hollywood (Page D-1) Married since 1982, Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid have a multitude of accomplishments between them, including some of the popular television programs in history. They believe in being prepared, diversifying and looking forward to the next project. On a personal level, it’s about love, mutual respect and self-evalution.

Will lame duck session fix broken roads? By Bankole Thompson CHRONICLE SENIOR EDITOR

Michigan lawmakers are wrapping up their legislative sessions in Lansing this month before the close of the year. But the question remains whether road funding, will be on the agenda, especially given how it became a contentious issue Rick Snyder in the just-ended gubernatorial election. Some business leaders are pushing for lawmakers to find a solution to address the dilapidated roads in the state. One of the groups, Business Leaders for Michigan, an organization of CEOs, says one-third of bridges in the state are already deficient and that the conditions are clearly unacceptable for drivers.


“As Michigan lawmakers wrap up their work in December, it is important that they find a long-term funding solution for state roads and bridges. Michigan only spends about half

the Great Lakes average on its roads, and it is reflected in the condition of them. Our failure to invest adequately in our transportation infrastructure today will ultimately result in fewer jobs, lower income and reduced GDP,” the group said. “If Michigan truly wants to compete, we need to invest in a system of safe and sound roads and bridges for our residents and businesses. While we know it’s not easy to raise taxes in the short term, we need to remain focused on our long-term economic objectives and do what is right to keep drivers and businesses on the move. This week, the Michigan House of Representatives will be discussing how to fund our roads and bridges.”

White House meets on community policing Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and around the country have highlighted the importance of strong, collaborative relationships between local police and the communities they protect. As the nation has observed, trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system, and the safe and effective delivery of policing services. In August, President Obama ordered a review of federal funding and programs that provide equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies (LEAs).  On Monday, the Obama administration released its “Review:  Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition,” and the president is also taking a number of steps to strengthen community policing and fortify the trust that must exist between law enforcement offi-

cers and the communities they serve. White House “Review: Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition” The White House released its review which provides details on the programs that have expanded over decades across multiple federal agencies that support the acquisition of equipment from the federal government to LEAs. During the course of its review, the White House explored whether existing federal programs: Provide LEAs with equipment that is appropriate to the needs of their communities, ensure that LEAs have adequate policies in place for the use of the equipment and that personnel are properly trained and certified to employ the equipment they obtain, and encourage LEAs to adopt orga-


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The group is urging residents and businesses to call on lawmakers to ensure the following: •L arge enough to solve the problem. It’s not enough to just fix what we have. We need a solution that allows us to expand capacity as well. •S  ustainable. We cannot continue to use General Fund dol-


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Caring and sharing In the spirit of giving, Wayne County Community College District volunteers served a traditional Thanksgiving meal to hundreds of the less fortunate during its 2014 Harvest Community Luncheon on WCCCD’s Downtown Campus. See page B-2.


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Prime Politics Giving thanks: Black-Jewish relations in perspective Holocaust survivor and soldier share similar stories

By Lynne Konstantin

Fourteen-year-old Perry Shulman was lying immobilized on April 11, 1945. He had contracted frostbite on his feet during the Death March from Auschwitz-Birkenau to Buchenwald, and a Russian prisoner, claiming to be a butcher back home, chopped off his toes with a butcher knife to prevent further infection. A young boy from Holland, lying next to him, had lost his entire foot. Another prisoner came running into the room yelling, “I think we are free!”

Two men wove a basket with their fingers and carried Shulman to the roof so he could see. “Everyone thought, ‘Oh, my God, the Germans are back; they are going to kill us!” Shulman says of the guards and officers who had fled the camp. But as the soldiers came closer, Shulman realized they were not German. As a young boy in Klimontow, Poland, Shulman would sneak books — stories by Jack London and Uncle Tom’s Cabin, translated into Yiddish, were his favorites — past his mother, who would warn him that the Germans would kill him if they found a Jew reading. “I knew from my books that in America there were people with brown skin,” Shulman says. “And I knew that the Germans would never accept a negres [French for black] into their force, so this must be the American army. When I saw him, I knew it was over. I knew I would be free.”

Leon Bass Shulman hobbled to the window, where he saw tanks approaching and soldiers running with rifles, but it looked like chaos to him. The prisoners had hope, but no one knew what was happening. “I went back and lay down, and I told my Dutch friend, ‘I think we are free,’” Shulman says. “The boy looked at me and smiled, and then he died.” The next day, on April 12 — the day President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died — soldiers came walking through the gates of Buchenwald.

The Other Side Leon Bass now calls the prisoners he saw “the walking dead.” “I saw human beings who had been tortured, beaten, starved and denied everything that would make life worth living,” Bass says. “But they did live.” The Black soldier, whom Shulman had recognized as American, asked his Polish escort what these people had done that was so terrible that anyone would treat them this way. “I really didn’t know the answer,” says Bass, who was 20 at the time. A




LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Perry Shulman, center, and his wife, Passie, far right, were reunited with Leon Bass, second from right, in a meeting arranged by Shulman’s son, Greg, with help from Bass’ daughter, Delia, left of Shulman. Bass’ granddaughter, Kendall, witnessed the extraordinary reunion. George Patton’s Intelligence Reconnaissance section, Bass, along with the rest of his battalion, had never heard of a concentration camp when a lieutenant told them they were going to visit one. “When I entered the camp that day, I knew nothing,” he says. “I was a young, angry Black soldier, fighting for my country, but suffering discrimination by it at the same time. As a soldier, I had seen death and dying, but the things I saw here were so horrible that I couldn’t really react to it. I was just shocked. Nothing in my life had prepared me for this.” He walked around the camp for the next four hours, trying to take in as much as he could. “I saw bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism. I had felt these in my own country.

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to New York City to attend a reunion of Buchenwald survivors. Among the attendees was the Jewish chaplain who arranged for Shulman to be transported to a hospital in Paris, along with eight of Shulman’s friends because he wouldn’t go otherwise. An uncle in Detroit sponsored him to settle here, and he arrived at an orphanage a year to the month after liberation.

Chapman’s career as a health advocate has included stints as regional coordinator for Multiplan, Inc. and project coordinator for a multiple cancer screening program for Karmanos Cancer Institute. She is a committed community leader whose has offered service to many organizations, including National Association of Health Service Executives, Donate Life Coalition of Michigan, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s Detroit Leadership Committee and NAACP. Also, Detroit Public Schools Community Health Council, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Rho Omega Chapter; Detroit REACH Partnership Diabetes Awareness Group, Coalition of 100 Black Women and the American Red Cross African American Leadership Conference. She has served in leadership roles with the United Network for Organ Sharing /OPTN Minority Affairs Committee, Association of Organ Procurement Organizations Multicultural Committee and the American Society of Multicultural Health and Transplant Professionals. She serves as a deacon at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church and is a graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program. Chapman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology from Wayne State University. She has also completed post-graduate health education programs at Wayne State University and Case Western Reserve University-School of Medicine. In addition she has completed graduate studies at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit and Harvard University’s Divinity School.

Also among the guests was Leon Bass and his wife, Mary. Bass and Shulman spoke briefly, as everyone did, had their photo snapped and moved on.

A FAMILY PORTRAIT, circa 1929, shows Perry Shulman’s mother, Bayla, and father, Motle, standing in the center. Shulman, about a year old, sits on his grandfather’s lap. When the Nazis invaded, Motle had been shot while still in Klimontow, Poland. After being deported in October 1942 and shuffled from camp to camp, Shulman was eventually separated from Bayla and 3-year-old brother Salik (Saul), while he and 10-year-old brother Moshe Mair, along with two uncles, remained together up to Birkenau. After he was in Detroit, Shulman found out that Bayla had been liberated from Bergen-Belsen and Salik from Auschwitz, and both were living in Toronto. But here, I saw it all. I saw what can happen if we turn our backs,” he says. Over the next few months, while the liberated prisoners awaited plans for the camp to be closed and for them to be moved out, Bass and the U.S. Army tried to make things as livable as possible for them. At the same time, under order of newly sworn-in President Dwight Eisenhower, the American army was determined that the neighboring German civilians would see what the Nazis had done, forcing them to march from town and escorting them through the camp. Although



diers in Bass’ battalion saw Buchenwald, he never heard anyone speak about it afterward. Bass himself did not talk about it for 25 years, and his own parents died never knowing what their son had experienced. “But what I witnessed there made me know I did have something to fight for,” Bass says. “On that day, my vision broadened. I now understood that human suffering was not relegated to just me. Pain and suffering is universal, and it can touch all of us.” In Motion In 1985, Shulman and his wife, Passie, who live in West Bloomfield, flew

“I had no idea who he was, other than one of the hundreds of soldiers who had been in the area at that time,” Shulman recalls. Last year, a friend sent a YouTube video to Shulman’s wife, Passie, thinking she might find it interesting because it talked about Buchenwald. She watched the video, becoming more excited as it went on, and called her husband in to watch with her. The video showed Dr. Leon Bass, a now-retired high school principal in Philadelphia, speaking about racism, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. “As he was telling his story of his battalion liberating Buchenwald, it was as if it was the other side of Perry’s story,” Passie says. “It was a complete parallel.” Says Shulman,:“I knew immediately that this was the American soldier I had seen walking toward us, coming to save us.” This summer, on July 27 — the Shulman’s 56th wedding anniversary — Greg told his parents they would be driving to Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend to meet Leon Bass.

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“the precept of Black inferiority,” and how it is “the hate that raged in the American soul through over 240 years of slavery and nearly ninety years of segregation.” Higginbotham writes that “the ashes of that hate have, over the course of so many generations, accumulated at the bottom of our memory. There they lie uneasily, like a heavy secret which Whites can never quite confess, which Blacks can never quite forgive, and which, for both Blacks and Whites, forestalls until a distant day any hope of peace and redemption.” Ferguson prosecutor McCulloch went to the grand jury not to indict but, to see that Wilson was cleared of all possible charges. In fact, he gave the grand jury the wrong statutes to read initially. He also made sure the grand jury got information on why a police officer can claim self-defense, a complete departure from a prosecutor who is seeking a conviction. The grand jury transcript read like a stranger-than-fiction book because officer Wilson’s testimony was not credible. The fact that his testimony was not challenged speaks volumes about the extent to which the “prosecutor” wanted Wilson to walk away free. In the absence of justice, as in Ferguson, and in light of how this case highlights the need for trust between law enforcement and communities of color, it is time we impanel a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to look into what really took place on Aug. 9, the day that Brown was killed, and how Ferguson has become a litmus test for how the nation moves forward when it comes to overbearing law enforcement. A commission charged with finding the truth instead of the half truths presented as evidence, to mislead both the public and the Brown family will answer some of the troubling questions facing the nation in the wake of Ferguson. We need a commission modeled after South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, chaired by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. As South Africa’s former Minister of Justice Omar Dullah noted, “A commission is a necessary exercise to enable South Africans to come to terms with their past on a morally accepted basis and to advance the cause of reconciliation.” A commission after Ferguson will enable this nation to come to terms with its sordid past as it relates to African Americans and other people of color. A Truth Commission will ensure that Black children, especially boys, do not continue to be the victims of some trigger-happy cops who find themselves justified in the massacre of Black boys who more often than not are denied their childhood and forced to be men in their encounter with law enforcement. A Truth Commission will expose the fallacies of Ferguson Prosecutor McCulloch in his so-called probe of Brown’s death and also show how justice is mostly scaled in favor of agents of the state at the expense of taxpayers they are supposed to serve. This commission will also address an issue that led to Attorney General Eric Holder’s famous “nation of cowards” remarks, that we don’t talk about race enough. Unless we can come to grips with the institutionalized racism that still continues to exist in many quarters and has debilitating and corrosive effects on the lives of Blacks, we will continue to see more of Fergusons taking place in many parts of the nation. The disgraceful racial makeup of the Ferguson Police Department which consist of only few Blacks in a majority Black city is an indictment of the kind of system that has long denied historically oppressed communities from making any kind of social advancement.

Call it an oligarchy or the kind of White minority rule South Africa was under the apartheid system, Ferguson, has become an example of the deep South’s segregationist history. Ferguson is majority Black — about 67 percent — yet only 5.6 percent of its police force is African American. And authorities in Ferguson find no issue with the lack of racial diversity in the police force and the fact that Blacks are overwhelmingly on the receiving end of overbearing law enforcement including police stops in Missouri when compared to Whites. McCulloch, who has become the face of all that is wrong with the criminal justice system in 2014, demonstrates no understanding of the contributing factors that have led to the deterioration of the relationship between police and communities of color. It is scary when a prosecutor can be so deafened to the cries of moral outrage and inherently biased attitudes within the criminal justice system that gave birth to the Ferguson crisis. There is much work to do. President Obama met on Monday with cabinet members to review methods of policing in communities of color. But establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission after McCulloch’s grand jury will be the place to start. There is a lot of resentment and anger. My blood did not boil the night that McCulloch was dramatizing his pathetic role as a prosecutor. I was nodding my head because even a first-year law student could have quickly deciphered that it was a defense lawyer making the case for Wilson that night, not the prosecutor. It was a joke. Tutu explained why South Africa’s commission worked in a speech he gave at the University of Toronto during which he noted that they had many options but were calculating on what was best for the victims of a cruel regime. “Our country chose a middle way of individual amnesty for truth. Some would say, what about justice? And we say retributive justice is not the only kind of justice. There is also restorative justice, because we believe in Ubuntu — the essence of being human, that idea that we are all caught up in a delicate network of interdependence. We say, ‘A person is a person through other persons.’ I need you in order to be me and you need me in order to be you,” Tutu said. Bishop Tutu added, “We have been appalled at the depths of depravity revealed by the testimonies before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Yes, we human beings have a remarkable capacity for evil — we have refined ways of being mean and nasty to one another. There have been genocides, holocausts, slavery, racism, wars, oppression and injustice.

But that, mercifully, is not the whole story about us. We were exhilarated as we heard people who had suffered grievously, who by rights should have been baying for the blood of their tormentors, utter words of forgiveness, reveal an extraordinary willingness to work for reconciliation, demonstrating magnanimity and nobility of spirit.” If South Africa, a Republic so young, can do it, what about the U.S., an over 200-year Republic? Bankole Thompson is the editor of the Michigan Chronicle. His most recent book, “Obama and Christian Loyalty,” deals with the politics of the religious right, Black theology and the president’s faith posture, political analyst at WDET-101.9FM (Detroit Public Radio) and hosts a weekly program Thursdays 9-10am. He is a member of the “Obama Watch” Sunday roundtable on WLIB-1190AM New York. Email bthompson@michronicle.com or visit http://www.bankolethompson.com

Broken roads lars to support roads when those dollars need to be prioritized for our other urgent needs — training and educating our workforce.

•E  fficient and effective. Any new revenues must go to our transportation infrastructure and come with guarantees that taxpayer dollars will be spent efficiently and effectively. The Michigan League for Public Policy issued a report recently noting that paying for road improvements in Michigan should not be on the backs of working families already struggling to cover the basics, nor should it come from shortchanging other essential services that are needed to grow the economy.   The organization said replacing the state’s flat per-gallon fuel taxes with a tax based on the wholesale price of gas would likely have the least harmful impact on working families and low-income individuals, especially if coupled with other policies to offset the effect, such as increasing the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit. A sales tax increase,

the report indicated, would have the most harmful impact on families with low incomes because those families pay a much larger share of their incomes in sales tax than more affluent households. “Clearly something must be done to fix our terrible roads, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of those who can least afford the costs. Half of families with young children in Michigan are low income and they are already struggling to meet daily needs,’’ said Gilda Z. Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy. However, the group said Michigan businesses need safe roads and good public transportation to make sure workers can get to their jobs and to transport goods. It listed the state’s roads as among the worst in the country, and noted that Michigan drivers spend an average of $357 annually on unnecessary car repairs due to damage from deteriorated roads, and that proposals to increase the sales tax or earmark revenue from the sales tax to pay for roads by diverting them

From page A-1 from other essential services would harm families struggling to make ends meet. “The state’s flat gas tax of 19 cents per gallon is at an all-time low, when adjusted for inflation, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. The tax hasn’t been raised since 1997. Increasing the excise tax on gas and diesel fuel and placing it on the wholesale cost of fuel will generate new dollars for roads while causing the least harm to working families,” Jacobs said. Gov. Snyder, during a press conference at Lawrence Technological University, called on lawmakers to take up his proposal to raise gas taxes to generate $1.2 billion to fix roads and bridges. “The message from every corner of our state is clear,” Snyder said. “It’s time to fix the roads. Michiganders are tired of dodging potholes, whether it’s on the highway or in their neighborhoods. They’re fed up with being socked by repair bills because Lansing has ignored the problem for too long.” E-mail bthompson@ michronicle.com.

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nizational and operational practices and standards that prevent misuse/abuse of the equipment. The report finds a lack of consistency in how federal programs are structured, implemented and audited, and informed by conversations with stakeholders, identifies four areas of further focus that could better ensure the appropriate use of federal programs to maximize the safety and security of police officers and the communities they serve:  1) Local Community Engagement, 2) Federal Coordination and Oversight, 3) Training Requirements, and 4) The Community Policing Model. Consistent with the recommendations in the report, the president instructed his staff to draft an Executive Order directing relevant agencies to work together and with law enforcement and civil rights and civil liberties organizations to develop specific recommendations within 120 days.  Some broad examples of what process improvements agencies might implement as a result of further collaborative review include: Develop a consistent list of controlled property allowable for acquisition by LEAs and ensure that all equipment on the list has a legitimate civilian law enforcement purpose.  Require local civilian (non-police) review of and authorization for LEAs to request or acquire controlled equipment.  Mandate that LEAs which participate in federal equipment programs receive necessary training and have policies in place that address appropriate use and employment of controlled equipment, as well as protection of civil rights and civil liberties.  Agencies should identify existing training opportunities and help LEAs avail themselves of those opportunities, including those offered by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and the International Association of Law Enforcement Standards and Training.  Require after-action analysis reports for significant incidents involving federally provided or federally-funded equipment.  Harmonize federal programs so that

From page A-1 they have consistent and transparent policies. Develop a database that includes information about controlled equipment purchased or acquired through Federal programs.  Task Force on 21st Century Policing The president similarly instructed his team to draft an executive order creating a Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and announced that the task force will be chaired by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who also serves as president of the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, and Laurie Robinson, professor at George Mason University and former Assistant Attorney General for DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs.  The task force will include, among others, law enforcement representatives and community leaders and will operate in collaboration with Ron Davis, director of DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office. The task force will build on the extensive research currently being conducted by COPS; will examine, among other issues, how to promote effective crime reduction while building public trust; and will be directed to prepare a report and recommendations within 90 days of its creation. Community Policing Initiative The president also proposes a threeyear $263 million investment package that will increase use of body-worn cameras, expand training for law enforcement agencies (LEAs), add more resources for police department reform, and multiply the number of cities where DOJ facilitates community and local LEA engagement. As part of this initiative, a new Body Worn Camera Partnership Program would provide a 50 percent match to States/localities who purchase body worn cameras and requisite storage.  Overall, the proposed $75 million investment over three years could help purchase 50,000 body worn cameras. The initiative as a whole will help the federal government efforts to be a full partner with state and local LEAs in order to build and sustain trust between communities and those who serve and protect these communities.

Detroit Rescue Mission brings help to needy Dearborn families As individuals and organizations mark Giving Tuesday, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries is pleased to announce that it will donate food boxes on Saturday, Dec. 6, to 50 needy families in Dearborn. In that city, 25.7 percent of the population lives below the poverty level, according to the US Census Bureau. It will take place at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill St., Dearborn, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each food box contains staple items like rice, beef, cooking oil, turkey, salt and sugar and is projected to be enough to last two weeks for a family of six. Dr. Chad Audi, DRMM CEO and president, said, “Dearborn Track Club helped us to identify the needy families, and we are happy that such families, with over 150 children, will be getting the food assistance they need this festive season.” The nonprofit club will also make a $1000 donation to DRMM to support its work of providing life-changing help and hope to the homeless, hungry and hurting of Southeast Michigan. “The Dearborn Track Club is very excited to be working with DRMM

them such help with the support of our kind donors and volunteers,” said Dr. Audi.   About DRMM

Dr. Chad Audi to help the citizens of Dearborn. We believe by helping our neighbors, the Dearborn Track Club members are learning valuable life lessons that they will remember for many years,” noted Track Club president Mark Gardner. Just a 20-minute drive from Midtown Detroit, Dearborn is world headquarters of Ford Motor Company, the city’s largest employer, and home to about 40,000 Arab Americans, the largest number in the United States. “Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries goes where we believe we can make a real difference in the lives of families. Those Dearborn women and children need our help, and we’ll provide

Founded in 1909, nonprofit Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) is the largest rescue mission in the United States, providing about 1800 persons daily, including teen moms (and their children), veterans and seniors, with the transitional housing, substance abuse treatment and nutritious meals they need. It also supports them with spiritual care and relevant job training and job search as part of a “continuum of care.” In keeping with its president and CEO, Dr. Chad Audi’s concept of “reintegrative diversity,” a number of line managers and front line staff members are former clients whose lives have been touched and transformed through various DRMM programs at facilities in Detroit and Highland Park, including the free Culinary Arts Program at Cornerstone Bistro Highland Park that turns the unemployed into state certified chefs in 12 weeks. Please visit http:// drmm.org for more information.

Police should be on, not behind, cameras

By Thomas L. Knapp

Police body cameras are all the rage lately. Al Sharpton wants them used to monitor the activities of cops. Ann Coulter wants them used to “shut down” Al Sharpton. The White House wants them because, well, they’re a way to look both “tough on police violence” and “tough on crime” by spending $263 million on new law enforcement technology. When Al Sharpton, Ann Coulter and the president of the United States agree on anything, my immediate, visceral reaction is extreme skepticism. In this case, the known facts support that skepticism. It’s exceedingly unlikely that widespread use of police body cameras would reduce the incidence or severity of un-

justified police violence. We’ve already seen the results of numerous technology “solutions” to that problem. The introduction of mace and tasers to police weapons inventories encouraged a hair-trigger attitude toward encounters with “suspects” (“suspect” being law-enforcement-ese for “anyone who isn’t a cop”). Their supposed non-lethality made it safer to substitute violent action for peaceful talk. The introduction of military weaponry and vehicles to policing hasn’t produced de-escalation either. Quite the opposite, in fact — now we get to watch small-town police departments stage frequent re-enactments of the Nazi occupation of Paris in towns across America.

And police car “dash cams?” That’s obviously the most direct comparison. But the dash cam always seems to malfunction, or the police department mysteriously loses its output, when a credible claim of abusive police behavior arises. On the other hand, it’s absolutely certain that widespread use of police body cameras would increase the scope and efficacy of an increasingly authoritarian surveillance state. The White House proposal calls for an initial rollout of 50,000 cameras. Does anyone doubt that the output of those cameras would be kept, copied, cross-referenced and analyzed against law enforcement databases (including but not limited to facial recognition databases) on a continuing basis?



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Keisha Allen; Alice G. Thompson; Louis Glazer, Jr.; Rosemary Sarri; Marcus Thomas; John Rakolta, Jr.; Karen Ridgeway; Reverend Dr. Oscar W. King, III; Maria Stanfield; and Reverend Wendell Anthony

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t was an evening of celebration. With the theme of “Honoring Detroit . . . our Children, Youth, Families, and Communities”, Black Family Development, Inc.’s 2014 Annual Presidents’ Dinner and Dr. Gerald K. Smith Humanitarian Award Presentations took the spotlight at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on November 6, 2014. The guests saluted the 2014 Dr. Gerald K. Smith Humanitarian Award Recipients: Alice G. Thompson with Rochelle Riley, Dr. Gerald K. Louis Glazer, Jr., President, Michigan Smith Humanitarian Award recipient. Future, Inc.; Reverend Dr. Oscar W. King, III, Pastor, Northwest Unity Baptist Church; John Rakolta, Jr., Chairman/CEO, Walbridge; Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics, Detroit Public Schools; Rochelle Riley, Columnist, Detroit Free Press; and Rosemary Sarri, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan. Marcus Thomas, a student at Cranbrook Kingswood, was the recipient of the Dr. Gerald K. Smith Scholarship Award.

(standing) Alice G. Thompson and Angela H. Polk, Program Manager, Community Development Ford Motor Company Fund and guests.

“We gratefully acknowledge the Terry Rakolta with husband John Rakolta, Jr., a Dr. ­Gerald support that we have continuousK. Smith Humanitarian Award recipient, and Alice G. Thompson. ly received from our sponsors. This support assists us with our positive youth development activities,” states Alice G. Thompson, CEO, Black Family Development, Inc. (BFDI). The 2014 sponsors include Ford Motor Company; MGM Grand Detroit; DTE Energy; Hudson Property Group, LLC; Alice G. Thompson; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Clark Hill PLC; Comerica Bank; Detroit Behavioral Institute; Jane Fernanders; Humana; McLaren Macomb; Pepsi Bottling Group; Walbridge; Detroit Area Agency on Aging; Detroit Alice G. Thompson with Louis Glazer, Jr., and Wayne W. Branch NAACP; Detroit Medical Center; Bradley, Sr., BFDI Board Member. Detroit Public Schools; Hope Academy; New Detroit, Inc.; St. John Providence Health System; Thomas & Tanya Traylor; and Wayne State University School of Social Work.

Marcus Kamar Thomas, Dr. Gerald K. Smith Scholarship recipient.

Reverend Wendell Anthony

Shirley Mobley Woods; Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Williams; with Dr. Gerald K. Smith Humanitarian Award Recipient, Karen Ridgeway.

After 36 years, Black Family Development, Inc. continues to build upon its service to children, youth, families and communities. For further information about Black Family Development, Inc., visit our website at­­ www.blackfamilydevelopment.org or contact 313.758.0150.

Dr. Gerald K. Smith Humanitarian Award recipients: Louis Glazer, Jr.; John Rakolta, and Karen Ridgeway; Marcus Thomas, Dr. Gerald K. Smith Scholarship recipient; and, Reverend Dr. Oscar W. King, III, Dr. Gerald K. Smith Humanitarian Award recipient.

Musical Artist, NuClassica.

Louis Glazer, Jr.; Rosemary Sarri; Marcus Thomas; John Rakolta, Jr.; Karen Ridgeway; and Reverend Dr. Oscar W. King, III.


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Fedelis SecureHome

represents new model of quality healthcare for metro Detroiters By Donald James SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE

Until recently, Fedelis SecureHome was perhaps one of metro Detroit’s best kept secrets as it relates to providing quality healthcare services to a large population of underserved and economically-deprived residents in the region, most of whom have chronic health conditions. But word continues to spread about the company and its unparalleled offering of quality healthcare services not often seen in urban communities in the Motor City or in urban settings across the United States. For most of the last decade, Fedelis has primarily cared for institutionally qualified and dual eligible patients in metro Detroit in almost every type of setting, including private and group residences, nursing homes and assisted and independent living communities. The organization’s overall goal was to provide a high level of service and support that allows individuals to achieve their highest level of health and independence in the setting of their choice. About three years ago, Fedelis launched a new level of services for the underserved, first in Seattle and subsequently in Detroit. Dual eligible patients, meaning they are covered by both Medicaid and Medicare, can receive primary healthcare from one of the company’s health centers or, when needed, from the patient’s home. Services cover patients who are poor and have a wide range of medical issues, inclusive of multiple overlapping chronic diseases and impairments, such as dementia, cerebrovascular and cardiovascular conditions. The relatively new service provides for patients to be seen on the same day, if necessary. The number of patients that each physicians sees is at least 20 percent less than the patient loads of typical primary care practices, especially in the inner-city sectors of Wayne County. Additionally, physician services are available 24/7. After hours, patients can call respective physicians directly, via cell phone and get a home visit from the physician within an hour. Transportation for Fedelis’ patients is a major plus for those needed to be transported to their locations. All other medical care needs for patients are arranged through Fedelis, with its vast network of thousands of specialty, diagnostic and other service providers. Care services include hospitalization, field-based care for non-ambulatory, home-based, and facility-based patients, vision benefits, foot care, dental benefits, incontinence supplies, vitamin supplements, transportation, medication monitoring/ management, and more. Fedelis has received a 5-star rating for its drug plan. Of almost 700 drug plans reviewed several years ago, only about 10 achieved Fedelis’ 5-star rating.

Additionally, each patient has a dedicated care team, which consists of his or her doctors, social workers, nurses and other support personnel. The medical services are rendered through Fedelis’ stateof-the-art primary care medical facilities, operated by a staff of primary care physicians and support personnel team that is most often found in affluent communities of metro Detroit. The organization’s Detroit health facility is located on the West Grand Boulevard and Second Avenue in Midtown. According to Fedelis officials, several more health centers are scheduled to be built soon. Fedelis’ model as a healthcare provider mirrors that of the Concierge Medicine Model, a system that has long served the wealthy with a very high and professional touch, frequent interactions and personalized care services.

“Fedelis’ patients are treated with dignity and respect,” said Greg Bellware, chief marketing officer. “We don’t rush them at any point of interaction. Doctors are available on the cell and will come to the patient’s home if needed. The only difference between our model and Concierge Medicine Model is that most of our patients have complicated and chronic conditions and are poor. We believe, however, that no one is more deserving of this personalized, extraordinary care than this population.” According to Bellware, Fedelis currently serves 2,000 patients in Wayne and Macomb counties. In January 2015, another 2,000 will be added for service. By July 1, 2015, Fedelis is expected to serve 14,000 metro Detroiters, with Detroit residents making up the overwhelming percentage of those served. Bellware points out that healthcare services provided by Fedelis are not available to individuals served by the Affordable Care Act. “It is a privilege to bring these exceptional healthcare services to people who need and deserve them in the Detroit area,” said Alec Cunningham, Fedelis SecureHome president and CEO. “We are proud to be a part of the rebirth of Detroit.” Bellware said that other cities around the country are asking for Fedelis to offer its high quality health care services. “We are growing as fast as we want to grow,” said Bellware. “We would rather do it right than do it fast. We want to do the right thing for every patient that we now serve in this area before trying to expand.” Many of metro Detroit’s leaders are in support of what Fedelis is doing. In an August 2, 2013 letter sent to both the director and Medicaid director of Michigan Department of Community Health, members of The Detroit Health Care Coalition, comprised of local religious, civic, business, community and educational leaders wrote, “Our coalition will continue to work in a public-private partnership with Fidelis. We believe the Detroit Ecumenical and The Detroit Health Care Coalition, along with our private sector partner Fidelis, represent a model of the kind of innovation required to address the needs of the important and deserving members of our community.” The letter was authored by cochairs Bishop Drew Sheard, Bishop Edgar Vann, Pastor Marcus Ways, Bishop Ira Combs and approximately 200 other metro Detroit stakeholders. “I love Fedilis,” said metro Detroiter Sandra Levye, who has received medical services from Fedelis since Dec. 1, 2013. “I never had all the options that I have now with Fedelis. They offer great transportation service too. The clinic is beautiful and the people there are kind. My doctor is great. She talks to me on a more personal level and makes sure I’m well taken care of. I’m glad I chose Fedelis.” For more information about Fedelis SecureHome, call 1.877.372.1232, or log on to www.fidelissecurehome.com.

“It is a privilege to bring these exceptional healthcare services to people who need and deserve them in the Detroit area.” — Alec Cunningham, Fedelis SecureHome president and CEO.



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WCCCD Harvest Community Luncheon feeds hundreds of Detroiters The Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD’) Division of Student Services’ Student Executive Council hosted their Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon Nov. 26 at the WCCCD’s Downtown Campus. The Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon is a tradition as a way for the community to

come together and offer thanks and blessings for the year. The luncheon has drawn a capacity crowd over the years since its inception. The Division of Student Services’ Student Executive Council, together with the Wildcat Athletes, was honored to host this tradition program that brings people-

together. Brian Singleton, WCCCD vice chancellor for the Division of Student Services, said the college is honored not only as an educational institution to host the annual event, but to provide a place where people can come together to fellowship.

Students of Friends School Detroit.

Friends School in Detroit Provides Values-Based Learning

Bankole Thompson (left), Michigan Chronicle senior editor; Vickie Thomas, WWJ Newsradio 950 AM city beat reporter; and Walter Middlebrook, assistant managing editor of the Detroit News, all volunteered as guest servers at the community luncheon for the needy.

Imagine a school that guides students from pre-K through grade eight to resolve conflict in a peaceful manner. Picture a school that emphasizes the principles of compassion, integrity and simplicity. Visualize that same school providing a top tier academic experience that’s enhanced by art, music, science, computers and physical education. That school, hidden in plain sight, is Friends School in Detroit [FSD] In 2015, FSD will celebrate its 50th Anniversary and the school will emphasize its presence by awakening Metro Detroit to its outstanding educational program. Located on St. Aubin in the heart of Lafayette Park, Friends school has educated generations of FSD students who have gone on to leadership positions and careers that uplift our society. Graduates of FSD attend the best high schools in Metro Detroit. The inception of Friends is a testament to its mission. In the early 1960’s, Harvard educated Judge Wade H. McCree, Jr. enrolled his daughter in a private school in Detroit. After the school realized the judge’s daughter was Black, her enrollment was canceled. In response to her rejection, Judge McCree and several supporters founded Friends School in Detroit. Established under the care of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), it was a place where students of all backgrounds would be welcomed. Even though the Quakers support the school, it is not a religious school. Friends’ student body continues to reflect a wide range of enrollees including, Blacks, Whites, Jews, Muslims, Asians, Latino and the non-religious.

Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News.

One of Friends’ strengths is avid parental involvement. “At other schools I’ve had to beg for parental support”, says Toby Barlow, a member of the school’s board. “But FSD parents constantly ask me how they can help.” Barlow’s top-shelf advertising firm, Team Detroit, is providing resources including the production of eye-pleasing promotional packets and a beautification program. Team Detroit is also taking the lead in helping FSD to raise $500,000.00 by January 2015. They are looking for volunteers and donors in

the legal community to assist in reaching the goal. Marta Rhea-Johnson, FSD’s Interim Head, knows the institution as a parent and employee with one child enrolled. “We have proven ourselves over the past 50 years,” she beams. “Our success is based on small classes, a philosophy of non-violence, a values-based curriculum and a close-knit group of parents and children.” Rhea-Johnson says Friends’ tuition is a bargain compared to many of the outstanding schools in the area but that it still remains a challenge for some families. One of FSD’s goals is to establish more financial aid packages to ensure that all economic backgrounds can apply and attend the school. Friends School offers monthly panel discussions based on the Quakers Values that are the cornerstone of the school’s philosophy. EMPATHY will be the topic in December and our panelists will be exploring empathy in a conversation digging into the origins and effects of bullying. Anti-bullying advocates from NoBLE (No Bullying Live Empowered), Affirmations, and the Detroit Public Schools Police Department will have an open, honest conversation discussing solutions to combat bullying with the power of empathy. What role should schools play in preventing bullying? What can parents and community leaders do to eradicate intolerance? When does bullying become a hate crime? How has social media changed our view of bullying? The panel discussion will take place on December 10 at 6:00 at the Ponyride in Corktown, 1401 Vermont St., Detroit. Free to the public and all are welcome! FSD is also looking for FSD Alumni and volunteers to work on the 50th Anniversary committee. Please contact Renee Holmes 313-259-6722 ext.22 If you are interested in a values-based, strong academic experience for your ­children please call Friends School in Detroit at ­313-259-6722, ext. 19 or visit www.friendsschool.org.





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A Swinging Christmas With Dee Dee Bridgewater

A New City Christmas concert at Grace Gospel Fellowship in Pontiac

Holiday Home Tour Preview Gala in the Historic Boston-Edison neighborhood

8:00 pm Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall 3711 Woodward Ave. Detroit

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6:00 to 10:00 pm

Grace Gospel Fellowship 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tony Award-winning jazz vocalist, performs seasonal favorites at Orchestra Hall and kicks off the Billie Holiday centennial celebration featuring music from her Grammy-winning album, “Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959), To Billie With Love From Dee Dee.” Cost: $18-$99 For more information please call 313.576.5111.

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DYNAMIX at the Music Hall Jazz Café 8:00 pm

For more information call Grace Centers of Hope at 855-435-7424, ext. 1137.

Music Hall Jazz Café 350 Madison St., Detroit

Girls Creative Bazaar for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Philanthropic Awareness

$12 in advance, $15 at the door

Cooperative Drawing Workshop at the Ellen Kayrod Gallery

The Gazelle Series provides a “pop-up” space for established and budding female entrepreneurs to sell their products while giving back to the community. Products on sale will include vintage resale apparel, natural cosmetics and gourmet desserts. The event will also include complimentary cocktails.

12:00 pm Ellen Kayrod Gallery 4750 Woodward Ave. Detroit Cooperative Drawing is a way for two people to be together. It is something like checkers or chess, except both parties win. Everyone is equal before the blank piece of paper and the process is slow and gentle so that shy people can be drawn into it. A different kind art creation anyone can do.

For more information call 313-833-7900.

For more information call 313-883-4360.

“Home Alone” with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

The Connection Network Organization presents the holiday edition of The Gazelle Series — the Girl’s Creative Bazaar for Entrepreneurial Leadership & Philanthropic Awareness.

December 6

See Photographs from the Detroit Walk-In Portrait Studio by Dutch-born photographer Corine Vermeulen in this mixed media exhibition. Free with museum admission

7:30 pm Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall

2:00 to 7:00 pm The Mid 313 7650 Second Ave., Detroit

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The Historic Boston-Edison Association is holding their 40th annual Holiday Home Tour and VIP Preview Gala. The gala will take place at the Edward Fisher mansion, and include a tour of other homes decorated for the holidays. There will be valet parking, complimentary gourmet delights, and live music by the Marvin Jones Trio. Guests can visit the homes via motor coach or on their own. Semi-formal attire required. $75 in advance only.

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Pop-soul singer Dayna Davis will perform covers of artists such as Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott and more.

Photographs from the Detroit Walk-In Portrait Studio at the Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit Institute of Arts

Historic Boston-Edison neighborhood, Detroit

Grace Gospel Fellowship presents “A New City Christmas” concert. The evening features Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Mark Lowry, vocal trio the Martins and pianist Stan Whitmire. All proceeds benefit Grace Gospel Fellowship to continue renovations to the children’s ministry and Sunday school rooms.

December 18 Free Children’s after-school tutoring at the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center 6:00 pm St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center 16800 Trinity St., Detroit The Children’s Program at the St. Vincent & Sarah Fisher Center is enrolling for its children’s fall after-school program. This community-based, after-school and summer education experience for children in grades 1-5 is designed to offer year-round reading and math skill building to help bridge the educational gap in Detroit.

“Home Alone,” one of the most beloved holiday films of all time, will be projected onto a giant screen in high definition accompanied by the world-renowned Detroit Symphony Orchestra live at Orchestra Hall.

For more information call 313-535-9200, ext. 3106.

For more information call 313-576-5111.

9:30 pm The Filmore Detroit 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit The Resolution Ball is the largest and most exclusive annual New Year’s Eve party in Detroit. Headliner & Cirque-style entertainment, Detroit Flyhouse aerialists, acrobats, illusionists and fire performers. Korbel Countdown champagne toast, party favors, balloon drop and confetti storm, plus live feed of the ball drop in Times Square.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Torch of Wisdom Foundation’s Learning Network program. The event is free. For more information call 248.943.5279 or email theconnectionnetworkorg@gmail. com.

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Democrats still don’t get the message By Bill Fletcher Jr.

in a few states, largely felt uninspired.

What the Democrats have been missing is a recognition that the bottom 90 percent of the population needs a voice and it needs someone willing to speak out on the reality of life in this country. To do that, however, means that the Democrats would/will have to address Wall Street’s domination of the economy and the fact that we continue to witness a polarization of wealth in this country In addition to the historic fact that even while the economy improves.  The midterm elections tend to run badly for Democratic Party officialdom is fearful the party that controls the that such a message will White House, it is also the strike terror in the hearts case that the Democratic of those rich, Wall Street Party has a strategic probfunders who have supported lem, a problem that is frethe Democratic Party in the quently — and incorrectly past. — limited to what is called As a result of this ambiv“messaging.” alence, the Democrats either tried to speak to part of the During the run up to the problem, e.g., the need to election many, Democrats raise the minimum wage, were making the point that or they channeled Michael the economy was improving, Dukakis from his 1988 run yet they found that this asfor the presidency and atsertion was not resonating Bill Fletcher tempted to argue that they with the electorate.  While it is true that by almost all standards the were sane and competent managers of economy is improving, for the bottom government in comparison with the Re90 percent of the population, their in- publican extremists.  Neither argument come has either stagnated or continued worked and neither was compelling. to decline, a pattern that started in the A progressive force is needed with1970s.  in the Democratic Party that is actually The foreclosure crisis, which ap- prepared to articulate the message and peared to have ended, actually has not build the constituency that needs to be and, as a result, we continue to face created.  Some of the leaders we need the ramifications of the collapse in the are already in elected office, and some are in mass struggles, e.g., the Morhousing market in 2008. al Mondays.  In either case, we need a The Republicans addressed this sit- very different sort of politics.  Inspiring uation by blaming Obama.  This was people will necessitate more than good actually quite irrational on many levels speeches.  It involves a clear message since the Obama administration helped that resonates and it involves (an effecprevent the USA from entering a depres- tive) strategy sion.  But the Republican argument Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the host of “The mixed with White racial resentment and — presto! — conservative, White voters Global African” on Telesur-English. He turned out.  Democratic voters, except is a racial justice, labor and global justice writer and activist.  Since the Nov. 4 elections, there has been a broad and needed discussion concerning what the Democrats did wrong or, to put it better, why they were unable to turn out their base.  Among other things, many African Americans felt taken for granted by the Democratic candidates which, to a great extent, was true, but the problem runs deeper.

Will larger CBC translate into greater clout? By Lauren Victoria Burke

“It is my hope that we are able to use the appropriations process and the polEven though the next Congress, icy making process here in Congress in which starts on Jan. 6, will have 48 Af- a bipartisan way that will benefit all the rican Americans, the largest number in American people,” Bishop said in the inhistory, the question is, can they get terview. anything done in a Congress that’s been In an effort to show they can actually gridlocked for four straight years? govern, Republicans in the 114th ConBut since most Black members will gress are expected to pass legislation serve as members of the minority party rather than repeat another four years of in the House, most of their power to con- their core strategy: Gridlock.  The last trol federal policy and billions of dollars two years witnessed the least productive will be decided by compromise as they U.S. House in history in terms of bills serve on major committees.  Though passed, all under Republican control. members of the CongressioEven with the well-pubnal Black Caucus will not licized gridlock over the control the policy agenda, last four years, Rep. Fattah they will still play a key role was able to get the Urban in those decisions. Jobs Act through the House after a compromise was For the first time in hisreached with House Repubtory, seven members of the licans.  The bill’s passage, Congressional Black Cauwhich was a rare example cus will serve as ranking of bipartisanship, received members of major House almost no press. Committees for the upcomThe gridlock strategy ing 114th Congress.  Why was employed by House Redoes this matter? Because Lauren Burke publicans in hopes of preeven a member in the minority in the hyper-partisan House, venting President Obama from getting which has been controlled by Republi- anything done.  But going into the 2016 cans since 2010, is going to have a seat presidential campaign, Republicans are expected to show they can produce acat the table. tual legislative results in what would be Much of what is done behind the a huge strategic change. scenes goes unreported by press corps As part of its normal process, the fixated on the political catfight of the moment. And in the case of the CBC, the Congressional Black Caucus elected a Black press is the only place where their new Chairman yesterday, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.). Though he plans to outwork is likely to be covered. line a detailed strategy for the Caucus Nov. 19, was one of the biggest days in January, he spoke in general terms for the Caucus since four Black commit- about the policy focus he’ll have next tee chairmen were christened in Janu- Congress. ary 2009. “The economy is not working for AfSeven Black members of the House rican Americans.  Some are succeeding, — Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Max- but the vast majority of African Ameriine Waters (D-Calif.), Corrine Brown cans are not succeeding. It’s our job as (D-Fla.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex- legislators to try to enact policies that as), Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Bennie Thomp- will enact policies that will move the son (D-Miss.), and Elijah Cummings (D- needle, whether it’s with a coalition of Md.) — will have a seat at the legislative Democrats or Republicans,” Butterfield table next year as ranking committee told The Root. members. The new chairman will inherit the Additionally, two of the most power- largest Congressional Black Caucus ful members of the Black Caucus, Reps. in history at a time when presidential Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) and Chaka Fat- politics will play a big role in the nartah (D-Penn.), are ranking members on rative.  Whether he and the Black Causubcommittees on the most powerful cus can navigate the games of gridlock committee in the House — Appropria- will depend on how afraid Republicans tions.  From those positions they will are of being tagged as the “party of no” have a say in doling out several hundred as their presidential candidates tour the billion dollars every fiscal year. country. Chances are those politics will be the “Politics is about who gets what when and how and being at the table is essen- real reason the GOP will suddenly be tial to determining that those resources interested in moving legislation during get where they need to be,” Rep. Bishop President Obama’s last two years in office. told the The Root.

The inherent flaw of the criminal justice system By Chad Nelson The grand jury proceedings for Michael Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson, show us just how fictional the United States government’s system of checks and balances is. Unfortunately, the only ones who appear to be pointing this out are the protesters on the ground in Missouri — that is, when they’re lucky enough to secure two-minute interviews on the nightly news programs. It seems logical: How could a state prosecutor possibly carry out a truly adversarial criminal prosecution of one of his closest allies in the state criminal justice system — a police officer? The symbiotic relationship between the prosecutor’s office and the police department is clear. Without arrests, the prosecutor has no criminal charges to press. Without a prosecutor to pursue the legal case against the alleged criminal, the police officer’s work is all for nought. The two offices work closely together, almost always collaborating in criminal matters. They have mutual interests, the one’s success depending largely on the success of the other. This close working relationship between prosecutor and police officer is not viewed as controversial in most cases. People generally understand that police officers and prosecutors are a team, much like two members at different points in a factory assembly line. But in a prosecution like that of Darren Wilson, the criminal defendant is the police officer. What prosecutor, who depends upon a good working relationship with his local police department, wants to alienate the department by zealously prosecuting one of its members? It’s certainly possible, but one would have to think that such rebel prosecutors are few and far between.

The protesters who utter such concerns about the validity of a state prosecution of a police officer have their finger on an issue that market anarchists have long recognized. Government checks and balances are a farce. In “For a New Liberty,” Murray Rothbard notes that allegedly “separate” branches of government are just that — separate branches of the same government. A well-functioning government depends upon the mutual success of all branches. They are not in competition with one another, despite occasionally engaging in turf wars which might create the appearance that they are. To think that one government branch, bureau or department would carry out a truly oppositional battle against another is to ignore common sense. Further compounding the backwardness of the state criminal justice system, the prosecutor carries out a legal case against the alleged criminal, not on behalf of the victim, but instead, on behalf of “the people.” These unidentified “people” are presented as the aggrieved party in a state criminal prosecution, but again, common sense leads us to question the wisdom of this setup. The real victim in Michael Brown’s case was clearly Michael Brown. In all crimes, it is the actual victim who ought to be carrying out the prosecution of the criminal. The victim alone is the interested party in the matter. In Brown’s case, had his surviving family members had a choice, a state prosecutor would likely have been the last attorney they would have selected to represent them in the courtroom. Michael Brown’s killing, indeed, all police killings of citizens, serves to highlight some of the enormous procedural flaws inherent within the American criminal justice system. It is skewed in favor of the state from the start.

Ferguson obscures much bigger problems in the Black community By Larry Elder 

ior. Flynn, during a police commission meeting related to an officer-involved From the beginning, this was much shooting, was on his cell phone. Didn’t ado about an aberration, a tragic aberra- he appreciate the gravity of this heartion to be sure, but an aberration none- ing? Later, at a press conference, he was theless. asked why he was rude. Michael Brown was shot and killed by The chief said, “Well, I was on my Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson phone, yes. That is true. I was followon Aug. 9. Immediately, according to St. ing developments with a 5-year-old girl Louis County Prosecuting Atsitting on her dad’s lap who torney Robert McCulloch, witjust got shot in the head in a nesses began to give different drive-by shooting. If some of versions of what happened. the people gave a good damn about the victimization of The apparent would-be people in this community by star witness, Dorian Johncrime, I’d take some of their son, was with Brown when invective more seriously. the shooting occurred. He gave a dramatic account of “The greatest racial dispara trigger-happy, bigoted cop ity in the city of Milwaukee is who shot “my friend” in the getting shot and killed — helback and gunned him down Larry Elder lo! Eighty percent of my homidespite the victim attempting to surren- cide victims — every year — are African der by putting his hands up. American, 80 percent of our aggravated Other alleged eyewitnesses came for- assault victims are African American, ward with similar, if not identical, de- 80 percent of our shooting victims who scriptions of an aggressive, out-of-con- survive their shooting are African American. trol cop. “Now, they know all about the last Several witnesses, according to McCulloch, later changed their testimony, three people who have been killed by the with some admitting that they really Milwaukee Police Department over the didn’t see the incident, just heard about course of the last several years. There’s it and so filled in the blanks in their own not one of them that can name one of the mind. And some witnesses were simply last three homicide victims we’ve had in proven wrong by the physical evidence. this city. But this community is at risk Others corroborated the officer’s ac- all right, and it’s not because men and women in blue risk their lives protectcount. ing it. It’s at risk because we have large McCulloch explained why more innumbers of high-capacity, quality fireformation wasn’t released in a “timely” arms in the hands of remorseless crimifashion, saying, “Those closely guarded nals who don’t care who they shoot. details, especially about the physical Meanwhile, in an exchange with evidence, give law enforcement a yardstick for measuring the truthfulness of Black MSNBC pundit Michael Eric Dyson, former New York City mayor Rudy witnesses.” Giuliani called the Ferguson killing a McCulloch explained that a trail of rarity. He argued that the “heavy poBrown’s blood led from the police car, licing” in Black areas results from the and was found 25 feet farther away from need to address Black crime. where Brown’s body lay, suggesting “I find it very disappointing that Brown turned and came toward Wilson, you’re not discussing the fact that 93 as the officer said. percent of Blacks in America are killed “Physical evidence,” said McCullby other Blacks,” he said. “We’re talking och, “does not change because of public about the exception. ... I would like to pressure or personal agenda.” see the attention paid to that, that you After summarizing the evidence, Mc- are paying to (Ferguson). ... It is the reaCullough ended his press conference son for the heavy police presence in the with a note of hope. He said don’t let Black community. ... The White police this “fade away ... we have to keep that officers won’t be there if you weren’t discussion going.” But the “discussion” killing each other.” we should have is one we rarely do — Dyson’s response? that is, about absentee Black fathers, “This is a defensive mechanism of poor education and urban crime. White supremacy at work in your mind.” Ironically, in Wisconsin just three Well, at least we’re “keeping the disweeks ago, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn was being criticized for in- cussion going.” appropriate and disrespectful behav- Larry Elder is a conservative activist.

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Fisher Magnet Lower Academy

Fisher Lower Creed of Excellence My EDUCATION is important to me. To become educated, I must discipline myself. I will observe the school rules every day to make my school the best school on planet Earth. I will listen to my teachers. I will treat my classmates kindly. I will work with all of my ability. I will work quietly and respect the rights of others to learn in peace. Every day, I will do my best to respect others and to respect myself. My EDUCATION is important to me.

hand-drawn, black and white portraits lining the main hallways and walls meticulously painted in bright yellow, sky blue and lavender. Inside each classroom, colorful carpet and crafts made by teachers and students brighten not only the school, but the mood of anyone who enters. “What’s so wonderful about Fisher Magnet Lower Academy is we’re a school of little kids,” says Stokes. “Our school is one of foundational learning and has five preschool and five kindergarten classes. It all happens in the foundation, much like it does when a building is being erected. The foundation at our school is laid in preschool.”

Every single morning before the school day begins, the students of Fisher Magnet Lower Academy recite the Creed of Excellence written by Principal Yvonne Stokes.

Fisher also has the added benefit of support from companies such as PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great program “where our students are exposed to the best of everything,” Stokes says. “From going to the Grand Prix, to being placed in the Guinness Book of World Records. How great is that?”

This daily ritual speaks to self-discipline, determination to become highly educated and creating a learning environment of peace, respect and pride. It may also help to explain why the students of Fisher Lower appear to behave perfectly, as observed by guests in the building during a recent school visit in late November.

Each year through a partnership with the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, PNC Bank and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, hundreds of DPS students attend Grand Prix Education Day as part of PNC Bank’s Fifth Gear and Grow Up Great programs. Fifth-grade and prekindergarten students participate in hands-on activities that use racing to teach lessons in math, science and technology.

When jokingly asked if her students always behave this way – extremely polite, self-governing, quiet (even during gym class), and so naturally enthusiastic to learn – Stokes laughs and responds, “I didn’t even notice.” Which means, the answer is yes. Fisher Lower offers a unique Pre-K to 4 elementary grade structure with dynamic educators and support staff who are vested in ensuring students succeed and exceed academically and socially. The school is located on the same campus with Fisher Magnet Upper Academy, offering grades 5-8. Housed in a beautifully constructed building on the city’s east side, Fisher guests are greeted by

Fisher students also participated in a recent world-wide vocabulary lesson where prekindergarten students helped set a new Guinness World Records® title. Roughly 250 DPS students were among more than 4,000 children in 37 cities across 15 states and the District of Columbia who participated in a simultaneous vocabulary lesson. PNC Financial Services Group hosted the event in support of Grow Up Great, a $350 million, multi-year bilingual initiative in early childhood education. Proving to offer a dynamic prekindergarten program, Fisher was recently recognized by Excellence Schools Detroit as one of the best early childhood programs in the city. Stokes credits passionate teachers and support-

ive parents for the school’s success. Engaging academic instruction is also a factor. “We relate the things that they’re learning to their own lives,” says Teacher Anita Lyons. “They work cooperatively, they work independently, they work in pairs… They get a chance to formulate questions, seek answers to those questions, research things, write about it and discuss it as a group to ensure they are getting the most out of every lesson.” “Our teachers are very passionate,” adds Stokes. “They have expressed contentment with being at Fisher Lower and they show it by their performance, and by the fact that they have children who will speak very positively about them.” Some Offerings: Library/Media Center, Art, Physical Education, Tutoring, Accelerated Reading/Math, Conflict Resolution Program, Jump Start Advanced Reading Program for Pre-K, School Nurse, Social Worker, DHS Worker, Sports and more. Something you didn’t know… Fisher Lower was one of the top schools in DPS based on percentage enrollment increases from Fall 2013 to Fall 2014 thanks to school-wide participation in the district’s Summer Enrollment Campaign. Stokes, along with Emergency Manager Jack Martin, teachers and parents, walked the school’s neighborhoods to retain and gain students for the 2014 school year. “It works,” Stokes says. “Sometimes parents just need to see you and speak to you personally to make a decision on the best school for their child. The Ground Campaign definitely worked for Fisher Lower.”

Fisher Magnet Lower Academy 15510 E. State Fair Detroit, MI 48205 313.642.4854 Principal: Yvonne Stokes

Commentary: Jobs and increased parent “Parent Choice” in education involvement impacts EAA School helps families

By Derrell Bradford

When I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 90’s, I moved to New York City. And I did what most young folks did them: found the cheapest apartment I could afford in the nicest neighborhood possible. That place was a firstfloor front studio near Central Park. The block was lovely, but I lived in the worst building on it. Sanitation workers used to wake me up Derrell Bradford when they threw the cans against parents and children my outside windows. of color, particularly in In the winter, I heated cities, have with their the place with my open neighborhood schools stove. And if anything and school districts. The broke, it took forever to quality of instruction is get it fixed. poor and, according to I paid about three- the Office of Civil Rights, fourths of what I made students are far more to live in that apartment, likely to be taught by a and my landlord knew teacher who is out of subthat. And because of ject specialization than this, our relationship was elsewhere. There are uneasy. I only pushed so 90 schools in New York hard to get things fixed City, for instance, where because I couldn’t af- not one minority child ford to move. She only passed the recent round did enough to make it of state tests. These kids barely livable. And we and families are stuck both knew there were with their schools just hundreds of kids, just like my old landlord and like me, ready to take my I were; the school only spot if I decided to head giving what it must, and back home. It was all win the family desperate to for her and, because I get more for their child’s could not move, all lose education. me. Eventually I got lucky, My relationship with got a new job, and my old landlord is the moved to a better apartsame relationship most ment. For most folks,

however, moving to a better “building,” or a school or school district in this case, just isn’t an option.

If you have money or influence in America, you don’t even blink when your local school doesn’t deliver. You know you can “move” to a private school or another school district, and the local school does too. So if that power is good enough for the wealthiest and most influential, why shouldn’t we give low-income families in southwest Baltimore where I’m from, or Newark, or New York the same options? As a child I got a scholarship to an excellent school and that changed my life, forever, and there is no day I don’t wake up and know how blessed I am because of it. “Parent Choice” in education is the one thing that can help families, just like mine, and help them today. Take a lesson from my old landlord. Your zip code and your income might dictate where you live…but they shouldn’t determine your child’s future. Derrell Bradford is the Executive Director of The New York Campaign for Achievement Now (NYCAN)

Most parents send their children to school to prepare for college and careers. At Burns Elementary-Middle School, an Education Achievement Authority of Michigan (EAA) school, some parents are sending their children to school and getting jobs for themselves. One of those parents, Anntreal Hayes, had been unemployed for a year before attending a job fair hosted by Burns, where her child is a pre-K student. She left with a full-time job at a local produce packaging plant. She said without the fair at Burns, it’s very likely she wouldn’t have been able to find work or realize what the school has to offer both her and her child. “They have a lot of [resources] to offer the parents and the children,” Hayes said. Since the fair, she has strived to be more engaged at the Burns school. “She’s



resource,” said Dwayne Richardson, Ed.D., the principal of Burns. His goal for hosting the job fairs, which began this fall, is to increase community involvement by creating meaningful resources to attract parents to the school, and so far, it has worked. “It’s getting parents in the school,” Richardson said. “They are now comfortable to come up and talk with us and participate in their children’s educational lives and that’s the most important thing of all.” The businesses represented at the fairs benefit from bringing on people who can start immediately. “I applaud the efforts of Richardson and the staff at Burns,” said Veronica Conforme, Chancellor of the EAA. “Their efforts to provide links between the school and the community are something all of our schools strive to do.” The EAA is a district tasked with transforming education for 15 Detroit

schools. “You can see the ripple effect,” Richardson said. Hayes, for example, now comes to Burns after work and walks the halls to ensure they are clean of garbage and uses the school’s laundry room to wash students’ clothes. The response of the Burns community has created a positive impact on the children. In addition to increasing parental involvement, Richardson believes the job fairs will improve student performance in another way. Richardson said having employed parents is one less stress in the students’ lives, which allows them to focus more on their school work. “The purpose of the school is to minimize all the barriers that keep a kid from learning,” Richardson said. Helping their parents find work is a way to knock down another of those barriers.

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Detroit film company launches first of its kind movie venture by an African-American firm By Donald James

Others connected in partnership with Moovietyme, LLC’s ventures are Amrya McKinney, Kapp Ivory, Shelton Martin, Lawrence Perry and Yvette Glass.


In addition to Moovietyme.com, Moovietyme, LLC is establishing Moovie-Box, a one-stop kiosk for people wanting to rent the latest DVDs and video games. It is similar to what Redbox has established.

The excitement and passion in the voice of film producer Delano Glass are unmistakable as he describes Moovietyme.com, a new venture under the umbrella of Moovietyme, LLC. Glass, chief operating officer of Detroit-based Moovietyme, LLC, explains that Moovietyme.com is a subscription-based film company that allows people throughout the world to access and watch movies online, anytime and anyplace, using computers, smart phones and other compatible devices and platforms. The subscription is priced at $4.99 per month, or $50 per month.

Moovietyme, LLC’s launch of Moovie-Box will also be a first for a Blackowned company. Moovie-Box will start with one location in Detroit and another in Southfield before subsequent boxes are placed in Los Angeles, Atlanta and eventually other American cities. While many of the aforementioned film projects are new, Glass’s association with the television and film industry is not. He began his television career in 2005 in Detroit, as host and producer of his own television program on Comcast called Real Entertainment Television, after learning much of his craft from RJ Watkins, founder and CEO of an African American-owned radio and television station in Detroit/Highland Park.

Moovietyme.com, which was launched in September 2014, has hundreds of films the company has licensing to show. “We have blockbuster films, as well as independent film in many genres, such as action, drama, family, martial arts, foreign and comedy. When people go to Moovietyme.com, they will see the many names and types of films available. Also, as an independent filmmaker myself, I’m happy that the company can provide a platform where other independent film makers can show their films on a national and international level.” Glass pointed out that in addition to the United States, Moovietyme.com already has customers in Africa, especially Nigeria, as well as in India, known as Bollywood, for its major film industry. He expects other international locales to come on board with Moovietyme.com. Moovietyme.com is set up along the lines of Netflix, there are several significant differences. “One of the things that differentiates Moovietyme.com from Netflix is that

Glass also sites Henry Tyler, vice president under Watkins’ operations, as another mentor.

Netflix doesn’t have live streaming,” said Glass. “They also don’t have pay-perview. Those are just a couple of differences. Next year, Moovietyme.com will also begin streaming some of the nation’s hottest music concerts live. We are excited about the differences.” Additionally, unlike Netflix, Moovietyme.com is owned and operated by African Americans, making it the nation’s first Black-owned subscription-based film company that provides movies for people to watch on line, anytime and anywhere.

Glass’ business partner, Bill McKinney III, Moovietyme, LLC’s CEO, is the creator and innovator of Moovietyme. com. McKinney, a native Detroiter, has been successful as a digital film and television distributor, film producer and consultant as he goes back and forth between Hollywood and Detroit. “Bill actually had a dream about the concept of forming Moovietyme.com,” said Glass. “He told me about his awesome dream and his concept and asked me to come on board with him in partnership, which I did.”

Under the auspices of Real Entertainment Films, Glass would go on to produce the independent film, “Why Do Men Cheat?” which was released in 2012. Shot in Detroit and Los Angeles, the film featured actress Cherie Johnson (“Punky Brewster,” “Family Matters”) and Sandra Denton, who is Pepa of the rap group Salt-N-Pepa. Glass currently serves as executive producer for such soon-to-be-released independent films as “My Sister’s Keeper,” “Chain Paradise” and “A Father’s Pain.” He has also been tapped to produce the film “Bring Back Sum-


Belle Isle Park accepting concessionaire bids The Department of Natural Resources is seeking qualified vendors to provide concession services at Belle Isle Park during the 2015 season.

igan.gov or 313-821-9844 or Brenda Mikula, concession/lease manager, at mikulab@michigan.gov or 989275-5151 ext. 2006.

All interested vendors are required to attend a mandatory pre-bid meeting related to the concession service they wish to provide. The meetings will be held at the Flynn Pavilion, located near the intersection of Picnic Way and Loiter Way, on the shores of Lake Tacoma, on Belle Isle. 

A Recreation Passport is required for any motor vehicle entering a Michigan state park, boat launch, state forest campground or nonmotorized state trailhead parking. Residents can purchase the passport for $11 ($5 for motorcycles) at the time of Michigan license plate renewal through Secretary of State.

During the meetings, DNR staff will provide information on the process of submitting bids, distribute bid packages and answer questions from bidders. Each meeting will last approximately one hour. Failure of the bidder or a bidder representative to attend the appropriate pre-bid meeting will result in rejection of the bid.

Forgot to check “Yes” during renewal? Residents and nonresidents can purchase a Recreation Passport window sticker during regular business hours at state parks. Learn more about how the Recreation Passport supports state parks and local outdoor recreation opportunities at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

Available concession services include food service, toy/souvenir sales, beach chair/umbrella rentals, electric carriage rides, watercraft/bike/snow sport rentals, Porta-Potty and hand-wash station rentals, operation of the athletic complex and operation of the golf driving range. Following is a list of available concession services and the pre-bid meeting schedule: Wednesday, Dec. 17 —
9 a.m., Golf driving range;

p.m., Watercraft/bike/snow sport rentals;
3 p.m.; Porta-Potty and hand-wash rentals Thursday, Dec. 18 — 9 a.m.,  Mobile food and mobile ice cream; 10:30 a.m., Mobile toy and beach rental; 11:30 a.m., Carriage ride; 1 p.m., Kids’ Row concession store Friday, Dec. 19
— 9 a.m., Athletic complex For questions about concessions, please contact Belle Isle Park manager Karis Floyd at floydk@mich-

Belle Isle Park visitors can purchase their Recreation Passport on Belle Isle at the White House (administrative building) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Additional information about Belle Isle Park and the Recreation Passport on Belle Isle is available at www. belleislepark.org. Follow the DNR and Belle Isle Park on Twitter @ MichiganDNR and @BelleIsle_Park. Belle Isle partners and others interested in the park’s revitalization are encouraged to use the hashtag #AllinforBelleIsle.



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Holiday Entertaining Etiquette and Ideas by Franchelle Jackson Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to change the ambiance by resetting the tablescapes, lighting the twinkling trees and decorating the fireplace mantel full of holiday glee. Setting the atmosphere in our homes during this season is the most exciting time of the year to make guests feel warm and welcome. First – Determine your Style and Ambiance The first decision is to determine the atmosphere you want to convey. Is your style elegant and sophisticated, glitzy and glamorous, jolly and holly, or warm and rustic? Pull from your own personality to create the mood and to make the decision easier. Then, select your color choices to complement your theme. Choose rich reds and gold to romantic silver and cream. Now that you have selected your color and style, it’s time to create the look. Second –Ambiance throughout Your Home It should transcend throughout your entire home from the front door holiday wreath, tablescape design, fireplace mantel and of course the Christmas tree. Add small touches to the kitchen and powder room. It is easy to do by bringing a little holiday holly or festive hand towels to those rooms. Carry the Christmas joy to your sofa by enhancing it with holiday pillows and warm cozy

throws. Also, lite the fireplace to warm your guests after coming out the cold weather. And don’t forget to hang the classic mistletoe to spark a little love and conversation. Third – The Holiday Table Now, it is time to change your dining room tablescape design to a delightful and wonderful Christmas affair. Spread your Christmas style by adding sparkling and white dinnerware, crystal wine glasses and your exquisite silverware. Keep in mind there is more to setting a table than knowing where to place the centerpiece. It is very important to have good symmetry, scale and function, which are key components to a successful tablescape. Fourth – The Centerpiece Remember, your centerpiece should not be a distraction or interfere with your guest interaction to ensure everyone can enjoy each other’s company. When selecting your centerpiece keep in mind the maximum height should be no taller than 12 inches. Very

Moovietyme mertime” which was written by former Detroit Cass Tech High School teacher Jeanne Starr Gater. The film is scheduled for 2015 release. While Glass has his plate full with current film projects, he and his business partners are also looking at movie scripts. “Through Moovietyme, LLC, we want

tall centerpieces should be placed on buffets or sideboards. You also can adorn your table with mercury glass hurricanes or lanterns filled with ornaments or dried pecans and walnuts. Stay away from scented candles at the dining table and allow your dinner to fragrant the air. There’s a wide selection of unscented and LED battery operated pillar candles that give off a beautiful flickering light much like a real candle if you want to bring the mood of a candle to the table. Your guest will never know the difference. Finally, while your centerpiece and table will set the tone, remember to include a music selection to complete the ambiance to create the mood. Fifth – The Mantel Finally, the mantel is where you should place your scented candles to fill your home with the aromas of Christmas from holiday forest, to sugared cinnamon and peppermint patties to rich vanilla crème. Decorate the mantel with fresh or artificial garland, shimmering lights, silk and organza ribbon and beautiful bows. Add acorn and ornaments to give your mantel an elegant glow and flair. Now your home exudes Christmas everywhere! Follow me on Instagram @franjcollection or visit my website www. franjcollectionandlifestyle.com

From page C-1 to begin doing independent films,” said the Highland Park High School graduate. “We want to do at least five each year. We will begin shooting the company’s first independent film in March of 2015. However, Moovietyme.com is very much a part of what we want to do on a global level, as it will serve as a platform for a world audience to see our and others’ films.”

A one-of-a-kind book that helps define what it means to be a present father, Black Fatherhood: Reclaiming Our Legacy, also seeks to breaks harmful stereotypes that surround Black fatherhood and family life. Written by Dr. Curtis L. Ivery and his son Marcus, the book provides wisdom for being a successful African-American family man each day and every day. Including insight from celebrated leaders past and present such as Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and Nelson Mandela, Ivery provides everyday wisdom on how to instill value systems that empower children, families and communities, while creating deep and meaningful relationships grounded in family life.

Dr. Curtis L. Ivery

An indispensable guide for fathers and children alike that will surely strengthen any family’s bond, Black Fatherhood: Reclaiming Our Legacy is the perfect gift for your family man.

Marcus Ivery

Proceeds from the sale of this book go to The Wayne County Community College District Student Scholarship Fund

Available at: Amazon.com BarnesandNoble.com Many other national and international distributors

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Herb Strather and Partners awarded for Excellence in Real Estate Development On Nov. 18, Scripp Park Associates received the 2014 Detroit Community Development Award for Excellence in Real Estate Development. In 2001, Strather and his partners were selected by the Detroit Housing Commission to redevelop two of the most distressed public housing projects in Detroit, Jeffries Homes West and Jeffries Homes East. At the time, the communities were crime riddled with dilapidated buildings and obsolete. Today, the two communities are known as Woodbridge Estates and Cornerstone Estates, consisting of modern homes with energy efficient amenities, mixed-income communities, community buildings, and parks. A signature of Detroit’s Transformation and is now a place people are proud to call home. Strather, who was born and raised in Detroit, considers Woodbridge and Cornerstone Estates to be one of his most prized accom-

Herb Strather plishments, as it is signature of his life-long dream of “Redeveloping the D.” A known philanthropist and Founder of over 144 Optimist Clubs for the youth, Strather has had a vision of educating and empowering the next generation of urban developers who will see to it that Detroit takes back it’s proper place in the world. Recently, Strather founded the

non-profit organization, Detroit Bundle Group, Inc. a 501c3 in efforts of successfully moving forward with his vision for the City of Detroit neighborhoods. His plan of action is to collaborate with the community organizational leaders, Churches, non-profit CDCs and citizens of Detroit to empower, educate, and advocate on behalf of the citizens. The Detroit Bundle Group is Taking Back the D! and their first project is the addressing the Appraisal Management Companies and Lenders illegal appraisal practices.

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You are invited to join the Detroit Bundle Group at http://detroitbundlegroup.com and express how you would like to be a part of the community redevelopment for Detroit neighborhoods. You may also join the Movement to Take Back the D! at http://takebackthed.com. Get educated and empowered with knowledge at Strather Academy – http:// stratheracademy.com.

The Center for Empowerment and Economic Development Member Profile: Cheryl Bowlson CEED, the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development, is a nonprofit organization that has been removing barriers for women and minority-owned small businesses since 1984.

to increase workforce diversity as well as design training programs to foster an inclusive environment and to engage employees.

Bowlson takes advantage of the opportunities to connect with supplier diversity professionals, business development trainings and signature events that CEED offers to foster growth.

Cheryl Bowlson of their business and workforce diversity program. This included the development of special procurement programs and labor compliance processes for public and private construction projects. She then started her company, Cheryl Bowlson Consulting LLC, with Barton Malow being her first customer. Her company works to audit hiring, contracting and vendor processes, providing strategies

“As a result of these opportunities my revenues have increased over 200 percent since I started my business,” she said. “Being a WBE and providing diversity consulting services is a double blessing. It allows me to grow my business and at the same time help other WBEs grow their businesses by introducing them to my clients.” To learn more about how CEED can help your business, visit miceed.org or call 734-677-1400.

Workforce Development Agency announces job training grants for Michigan companies

The Michigan Workforce Development Agency announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of nearly $8.6 million in Skilled Trades Training Fund program grants to 23 Michigan Works! agencies around the state. The funds will be awarded to Michigan companies for skilled trades training to better match talent with employer needs. “Our strong skilled workforce separates Michigan from other states and the need for more skilled workers is only accelerating as our economy gains momentum,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “We are determined to provide Michigan residents the training needed to fill these jobs with workforce programs that are responsive to the needs of industry. This is basic to reinventing Michigan and creating more and better jobs in Michigan.”

Announced by Snyder in 2013, the Skilled Trades Training Fund

program provides competitive awards to Michigan Works! agencies to fund employer-driven training in high-demand occupations. Participating businesses must commit to hire participants at the successful completion of classroom training, or in cases of onthe-job or incumbent worker training, retain the employees at the completion of training. Today’s STTF recipients will distribute the funds to 236 Michigan employers in their regions, who will use the funds to upskill 6,085 current employees and 2,529 new employees and create up to 771 new jobs as a result of the training. Employers will leverage the grants with an estimated $99 million in additional funds.

“The Skilled Trades Training Fund allows employers access to workers who possess the skills needed to grow their business,”

said Workforce Development Agency Director Christine Quinn. “Employers are involved in every step of the process, including identifying key skill sets and recommending the appropriate type of training. This level of involvement translates into job growth for the business and job opportunities for the workers.” For more information on the Skilled Trades Training Fund program, visit the Workforce Development Agency at www.michigan.gov/ wda/. The Workforce Development Agency promotes a flexible, innovative, and effective workforce system within the State of Michigan. The WDA and the Michigan Works! system provide services to employers and job seekers to train and place skilled workers in good jobs across Michigan.

Design/Build Team requests information for bid opportunities for M-1 Rail To ensure participation of Detroit-based, and minority and women owned businesses, the design/ build team for M-1 RAIL Penske Technical Center is requesting pre-qualification information from companies interested in bidding on multiple packages of work that will be released in the first quarter of 2015. “We are asking companies to complete our pre-qualification process by Dec. 15, 2014 so that they may participate in upcoming bid opportunities,” said Ron Dawson, project executive, Turner Construction, one of the members of the design/build team. “The pre-qualification process allows us to better understand the qualifications of potential subcontractors to ensure that we are hiring the best companies for the job. This process allows us to involve more Detroiters in the construction of the M-1 RAIL Penske Technical Center.” The following bid opportunities will be available in the first quarter of next year: 1. Fencing


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sign of the facility,” said Sommer Woods, director of external relations, M-1 RAIL. “Now we’d like to make sure we can hire Detroiters to work on the design/build too, so we’re encouraging companies to go through this pre-qualification process.” “The M-1 RAIL project will award nearly 30 percent of the construction and concurrent road work to Detroit-based companies, along with women, minority and DBEs,” Woods continued. “We want to keep building on that momentum, and these bids help us do that.” ABE Associates, Inc. and 3.L.K. Construction, two of the companies in the design/build team are registered Detroit-Headquartered Business (DHB), Detroit-Based Enterprise (DBE) and Minority Based Enterprise (MBE). Turner is a registered Detroit-Based Business (DBB). The fourth team member, RNL, is a national designer of light rail and mass transit maintenance facilities and is teamed with ABE Engineering, Inc. for architectural services.

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Reflections By Steve Holsey

Cheers for Alfonso!

From his first performance on “Dancing with the Stars” with his sensational partner, Witney Carson, it was clearly evident that there was a very good chance of the two taking home the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. They were that good. Precision smooth, always in sync, full of creativity, attractively costumed, receptive to constructive criticism from the judges, and thoroughly likable. As the season progressed, the two coming out on top almost seemed like a sure thing. The four finalist couples were all excellent, but Ribeiro and Carson just had that something special that gave them an edge.

Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid, a talented and enduring couple

By Steve Holsey Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson. Also, Ribeiro, who is 43, is to be commended for consistently keeping up with 21-year-old Carson. If Alfonso and Witney had not won I, like thousands of other viewers, would have been so disappointed! SONGS in the key of money? On the season finale of the always exciting and unpredictable “Scandal,” Stevie Wonder’s classic 1976 album “Songs in the Key of Life” was discussed and the cover was clearly shown. Product placement on TV shows, in movies, etc. is very Stevie Wonder big business and we are wondering if that is what that was. It’s more than possible, especially since Wonder was starting his “Songs in the Key of Life” concert tour at that time. And speaking of albums, the Queen of Soul’s latest, “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics,” is holding its own in the national R&B Albums Top 10, but is dropping fast on the Pop Albums chart (the Billboard 200). It debuted at an impressive No. 13, plunged to No. 41 the folAretha Franklin lowing week, slipped to No. 69 in its third week, dropped to No. 77 in week four, then nosedived to No. 146 in week five. Considering her stature, that is quite surprising. But part of the problem was remaking Adele’s signature song, “Rolling in the Deep,” and singing it on national television. Many people viewed this as an infringement, just as Franklin felt back in the day when Martha & the Vandellas were singing “Respect” and “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” in their act while those songs were at their peak. According to Martha Reeves, Franklin personally, and firmly, asked her to stop singing them. On a positive note, Erma Franklin, a wonderful and talented lady we miss very much, once said something I will never forget. I said to her, “I met your daughter, Sabrina Owens, at a party last night and she is so beautiful.” Without missing a beat, Erma said, “Look who her mother is!”

En Vogue THE DRAMA never seems to end for the ladies of En Vogue, who used to be so close. Not long ago that there were all kinds of legal battles regarding use of the name En Vogue. Cindy Herron and Terry Ellis were

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They have never been as celebrated as the legendary Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee — who were married and often worked together for an incredible number of years and would still be together had they not transitioned — nor have they ever been fodder for the tabloids. But for over three decades, Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid have shared life and careers as husband and wife. Reid, despite an impressive array of other accomplishments, is best known for portraying radio personality “Venus Flytrap” on the sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” that ran from 1978 to 1982. Mrs. Reid became familiar to America’s television viewers when she became the new Vivian Banks on the popular “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in 1993, replacing Janet Hubert who started with the show when it debuted in 1990 but was removed from the cast due to conflicts with star Will Smith This was a huge challenge, but she met it head-on and, with time, the public adjusted. Some felt that Reid looked more as though she could be the mother of the three Banks children, Hilary (Karyn Parsons), Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) and Ashley (Tatyana Ali). However, Hubert’s supporters strongly disagreed. “WKRP in Cincinnati’s” popularity notwithstanding, Tim Reid was also a regular on three other successful series, as Marcel “Downtown” Brown on “Simon & Simon” (1983-1987), as Ray Campbell on “Sister, Sister” (19941999) and as William Barnett on “That ‘70s Show” (20042006).

there and those who patronized it wanted the eatery and community fixture to stay open. So a woman put a “voodoo spin” on Parrish — keep in mind this was New Orleans — and subsequently his life in New England took several turns for the worst. Having no choice, he returns to New Orleans and learns to appreciate not only the restaurant and its unique patrons but the city itself, the people and the distinctive New Orleans culture. “Frank’s Place” only ran for two seasons — 22 episodes — but despite its short run was awarded several times, including an NAACP Image Award for Tim Reid in the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series category and Beah Richards for Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy Series. TIM REID, born in Norfolk, Virginia, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at Norfolk State College in 1968, but that same year made the decision to make a move into the entertainment world. He and friend Tom Dreesen formed a comedy duo called Tim and Tom. Reid, who is also a director, was seen in many TV shows from the mid-1970s up to the present, including “Rhoda,” “The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Show,” “That’s My Mama,” “Benson,” “Matlock,” “Touched by an Angel,” “That’s So Raven” and “Maude.” He directed the film “Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored.” Rejection is a major part of show business, and if a person is not strong enough to take that and still move forward, they will never make it.

But Reid’s most ambitious television project was, no doubt, the short-lived “Frank’s Place,” a very unusual, atmospheric comedy-drama (no live audience or laugh track) set in New Orleans.

“Ninety percent of the time, you’re going to hear no,” said Reid. “It took me seven years to make ‘Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored.’ Nobody wanted to see the movie made, but I got it made.”

THE SHOW, as critically acclaimed as it generally was, was so far “outside the box” that it had difficulty finding a sizable audience. The fact that it could not be rigidly categorized worked to its detriment. Indeed, during its second season CBS changed the time slot and the show was preempted much too often. 

“How did we suddenly become entranced with gangster culture?” he asked, adding, “When the media defines something, you have to ask, ‘Is it the definition you want applied to your culture? I’m one of those trying to determine who’s leaving the legacy and if the legacy that is being left is a positive one.”

Interestingly, Daphne Maxwell Reid was also in the show. “Frank’s Place” focused on the life of Frank Parrish (Reid), a professor at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He inherited a restaurant in New Orleans, Chez Louisiane, but had every intention of selling it. The people who worked

Reid is also an activist with strong opinions.

DAPHNE MAXWELL REID, born in New York City, received an interior design and architecture degree from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, where she became the first Black woman to be named homecoming queen. It was also at Northwestern that she began a career in modeling, becom-

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ERYKAH BADU, Fox Theatre, Dec. 27. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. ANDREA BOCELLI, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Joe Louis Arena, Dec. 14. Tickets on sale at the Joe Louis box office and Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER, starring in “A Swingin’ Christmas,” also featuring Raul Midón, Orchestra Hall, Friday, Dec. 5. For tickets call 313.576.5111 or visit dso.org. CHRIS BROWN, Trey Songz, Tyga, Joe Louis Arena, Feb. 15. Tickets on sale at the Joe Louis box office and Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.

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Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. CHRISETTE MICHELE, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, Dec. 18. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations and MotorCityCasino.com. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. NIGHT OF KNOCKOUTS V, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, Dec. 11. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations and MotorCityCasino.com. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. “OLDIES AND MORE” BYOB party for older adults, St. George Cathedral Cultural Center, 18405 W. Nine Mile Road, Christmas party, Dec. 19. Call Bobby Green at 313.530.2933 for more information. “TOO HOT TO HANDEL: The Jazz Gospel Messiah!,” Detroit Opera House, Saturday, Dec. 6, featuring Alfreda Burke, Rodrick Dixon, Karen Marie Richardson, Alvin Waddles, Too Hot Orchestra and more. For tickets and pre-paid parking, call 313.237. SING or visit michiRodrick Dixon ganopera.org.

MIKE EPPS, Fox Theatre, Dec. 31. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. KATHY GRIFFIN, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, Jan. 22. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations and MotorCityCasino.com. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. HARLEM Globetrotters, the Palace of Auburn Hills, Jan. 2. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER Christmas, Fox Theatre, Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets sold at

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ing the first African American woman to grace the cover of Glamour magazine. However she, like her husband, felt another calling. “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is just part of the story. Mrs. Reid has appeared in a long series of television programs, among them “Hill Street Blues,” “Hardcastle and McCormick,” “In the House,” “Snoops,” “Cagney & Lacey,” “The A-Team,” “Matt Houston” and “Murder, She Wrote.” Her television debut was made in the short-lived series “The Duke” in 1979. One of her most memorable, and humorous, performances was a guest star appearance on “Eve.” It was worthy of at least an Emmy nomination. Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child was good in that episode as well.”

Mrs. Reid has also done several films.

Often, people wonder what the secret is to finding the right person and being in a lasting relationship. According to the Reids, it has a lot to do with self-respect and self-evaluation. “If you want to find someone of a certain type or a certain caliber, you have to first have those qualities in yourself,” said Reid. “You have to be the person you want to attract. There is someone for everyone.” Mrs. Reid offered advice to Black


one side, Dawn Robinson and Maxine Jones on the other. Now the conflict is over “An En Vogue Christmas,” a TV special that aired on the Lifetime network, featuring Ellis, Herron and a new member, Genelle Williams. Robinson has threatened to sue, and Jones is quite upset too. “They’re calling themselves En Vogue and they’re not,” said Jones. (Well, actually they are since the name is legally theirs.) But what makes the whole thing even more complicated is that Jones has also lost all desire to work with Robinson again, and even went to far as to publicly refer to her as “looney.” Wow! REMEMBER that innovative but very creepy Michael Jackson hologram that was seen on the Billboard Music Awards earlier this year? Well, now there are plans to introduce a Whitney Houston hologram, as soon as the Whitney Houston family gives the okay. I don’t want to see it. People were surprised to see Salt-NPepa in a Geico commercial, especially since the premier female rap act disbanded in 1999. Wonder if Cheryl “Salt” James, Sandy “Pepa” Denton and Deidra “Spinderella” Roper have discussed making a new album. Even though he is a technological wiz in the recording studio, Prince can’t really get with social media. A lot of people

women who lament a shortage of desirable Black men. She said, “Don’t give up. They come around. As Black women we have to feel that we are worthy of love and respect, and we have to learn to respect or re-respect the Black man. We need to show they are respected because we respect ourselves.” Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid must be doing a lot of things right. They have been married for 32 years with no end in sight.

From page D-1 50 and up feel that way (Prince is 56). He even dropped his Twitter and Facebook accounts. Talented and beautiful actress Taraji P. Henson feels that her years of outstanding accomplishments should put her on the Hollywood “A list,” but thus far that has not happened. “I’m still considered with actresses who have not done half the things I have,” she said with more than a trace of resentment. There was one more thing I meant to say last week about the very sad Bill Cosby situation: It is way past time for the public and the media to stop putting celebrities on pedestals. BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that before they became an established act, the Spinners had a record titled “Itching for My Baby But I Don’t Know Where to Scratch.” MEMORIES of Marvin Gaye, the early years: “One More Heartache,” “Chained,” “Baby Don’t You Do It,” “Take This Heart of Mine,” “You’re a Wonderful One,” “Pretty Little Baby,” “Ain’t That Peculiar,” “Hitch Hike,” “You,” “Try It Baby,” “Stubborn Kind of Fellow,” “Can I Get a Witness?” BLESSINGS to Vickie Thomas, Andrea Jean Daniels, Montez Miller, Alexis Williams, Rosa Robinson, Al Allen, Devon Daniels, Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow-Tate, Louvain Demps and Wanda Horton. WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Coleman Young: “You can’t look forward and backward at the same time.” Let the music play! Steve Holsey can be reached at Svh517@aol.com and PO Box 02843, Detroit, MI 48202.

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Push. Now is a good time to push. Your energy is higher than ever. Someone might get offended, but you can’t please everyone. Hire a pro for something that you planned to do yourself, especially if a expertise is involved. Soul Affirmation: Success is mine because I feel successful.



Most people don’t know how often dreams and reality blend into that

It wouldn’t hurt to be a little less independent. Depend on someone. Declare a truce. Decide that you are not right. Elevate a friend’s opinion to your guiding principle for this week. Compromise. Be a team player and watch the reward unfold.

practical consciousness of yours. Knowledge comes from a dream you’ve had lately. This week is a good week to get started making that dream a reality. Soul Affirmation: My spirit gives me limitless possibilities.

Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 12

Soul Affirmation: I calm my emotions by forgetting about the past. Lucky Numbers: 24, 26, 54

Lucky Numbers: 9, 17, 52

TAURUS Review your “to do” list again. You may need to slow down to discover something that you didn’t realize while you were in the flow of events. Your lover is going to be a little difficult to understand. Soul Affirmation: I forgive myself and move on. Lucky Numbers: 3, 20, 32 GEMINI Make a special effort to spend all week with your lover, husband or wife. Your sense of the importance of relationships is keen and this is a good time to strengthen your passionate partnership. Take your lover to a party. Devote attention. Soul Affirmation: Change is my middle name. Lucky Numbers: 12, 51, 52

CAPRICORN VIRGO Cooperation is key this week in your relationship with your partner. Even if you know you’re right, let your partner have his or her way in the early going. Your staying power will give you influence or control in the late rounds.

You won’t have enough time to get as far away as you want to go, but you’ll have enough time to do some shopping for the trip. Your focus on what you need is keener now than closer to trip time. Get to the mall and buy your miscellaneous items.

Soul Affirmation: I let go and let the spirit run my life this week.

Soul Affirmation: High energy and clear mind gives me the winning edge.

Lucky Numbers: 11, 39, 41

Lucky Numbers: 11, 16, 18



At home, projects flourish as family cooperates. They do love you and they are tired of being difficult. However, time spent by yourself leads to important insights. It’s a favorable time for research and study.

Don’t waste time thinking about the past. Sure they were wrong, but what does it matter now. Enjoy the present. Find something good to do for the rest of the week. Avoid conflict. Nothing is so important that it needs to be resolved this week.

Soul Affirmation: I let my luck work for me. Lucky Numbers: 4, 24, 45

Lucky Numbers: 3, 16, 37

CANCER The flock will come to you for direction. Give it gracefully. Know that your insights will help a lot if you deliver them in the right way. If you are a mother, guidance will be the best gift you can give others this week. Soul Affirmation: Knowing I can do it is the biggest preparation for getting it done. Lucky Numbers: 7, 11, 22

Soul Affirmation: I find comfort in the familiar.

SCORPIO Lover, friends, relatives are in your corner. They just have a hard time verbalizing it. Their support gives you the boost you need if you’d swallow your pride and reach out for it. Their help may not come in the form you want it, but it is in the form you need. Soul Affirmation: I find joy in facing responsibility this week. Lucky Numbers: 10, 34, 37

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50. Antonym of #14 Across

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52. “Big Island” flower necklace

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Consistent with 24 CFR 58.40, the Project Sponsor prepared an Environmental Assessment of the above-named project, and the Environmental Assessment finds that this project will have no significant impact on environmental quality. Therefore, the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement is not required. The City of Detroit has reviewed this Environmental Assessment and concurs with the findings.

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On or about December 19, 2014, and in accordance with 24 CFR 58.71, the City of Detroit will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Detroit Field Office for the release of HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds authorized under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (Public Law 101-625). Once provided the appropriate authorization, the City of Detroit will commit these funds to the following project:

General Motors Co./OnStar seeks Senior Development Manager for its Detroit, MI facility to lead development teams to design, code, and deploy innovative solutions; oversee and guide a team of development leads, architects, developers, requirements analysts, and testers through the development process; interface with various GM teams to drive system development process through deployment, among other duties. Min. BS & 5 yrs. exp. Please send resumes to: OnStar Corp., Resume Processing, Ref. #5409321, 300 Renaissance Center, M/C 482-C32-D41, Detroit, MI 48265-3000.

The 2015 Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Property List is in the December 2nd, 9th and 16th, 2014 Detroit Legal News.

City of Detroit Planning and Development Department 65 Cadillac Square, Suite 1300 Detroit, Michigan, 48226 Telephone: 313.224.0472

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‘Community Highlights’ Closeout Service

The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced. — Psalm 126:3 Missionary Hattie B. Humphrey invites you to join her as she celebrates the “Community Highlights” Holiday Closeout service on Dec. 8 at 7:30 pm at Mayflower Baptist Church, 2270 W Grand Blvd., Detroit. The guest speaker will be Pastor Shirley A. Douglas of Little of Abyssinia Church of God in Christ, Beverly Hills, Michgan. Guests will include Bishop Edgar L. Vann Jr., Bishop Eric Mitchell, Bishop Rudolph Stanfield Jr., Bishop Mi-

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chael Jones, Bishop Clarence M. Laster Sr., Rev. David Kasbow, Rev. Naomi Gatlin, Dr. Cullian W. Hill, Dr. Larry Robinson, Toni Booker, Dr. Marvin Bonner, Rev. Bertram L. Marks, Pastor Robert

Smith, Pastor Nicholas Hood, Dr. William Murphy, Rev. Leonard Thompson and the host pastor, Pastor Douglas Butler. For more information, please call (313) 8966044.

Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church upcoming events Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church will be joining New Prospect Baptist Church, located at 6330 Pembroke in Detroit, for Christmas service on Dec. 25, at 8:00 a.m.

Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church will be holding Watchcare services on Dec. 31 at 10:00 p.m. The church is located at 8700 Chrysler Fwy. Service Drive, Detroit.

All are welcome.

Once again, all are welcome.

Focus: HOPE to help make the holidays brighter for hundreds of senior citizens The season of giving has arrived, and Focus: HOPE is making the holidays happier for hundreds of senior citizens in need of a helping hand. The organization’s annual “Special Holiday Delivery” event takes place on Saturday, December 20. Hundreds of volunteers will fan out over the city of Detroit to deliver special holiday food packages to more than 1,200 low-income seniors who receive regular assistance through Focus: HOPE’s food program. The food boxes will include fresh ingredients for a holiday meal, including turkeys or Cornish hens, potatoes, onions, vegetables, and a variety of packaged items. “The seniors really look forward to receiving this special delivery during the holidays. Just

as important to them is the time that the volunteers so willingly give — talking and interacting with then,” said Focus: HOPE CEO William F. Jones, Jr. “So many of our elderly residents don’t get regular visitors. This annual event brightens their entire day.” Focus: HOPE needs volunteers to help with the Special Holiday Delivery. People are needed to pick up the food boxes between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. on December 20th at the Focus: HOPE food warehouse, 1200B Oakman Boulevard in Detroit. From there, the volunteers will deliver the packages to seniors in the metropolitan Detroit area. Call 313.494.5520 to sign up to make deliveries.

donations for this special holiday effort. Each year, many schools, churches, businesses and community groups organize food drives to collect fresh and packaged food for the seniors. Focus: HOPE also encourages individuals to “adopt a senior citizen” for the holiday by donating and delivering fresh food and small gifts to the senior. Call 313.494.5520 to get involved with either the collection of food or adopting a senior citizen. Monetary donations can be made online at www. focushope.edu. Each month, Focus: HOPE’s food outreach program provides nutritionally balanced food to 39,000 senior citizens.

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Homegoing Celebration of Rev. Dr. Valmon D. Stotts Rev. Dr. Valmon D. Stotts was Pastor of Unity Baptist for 50 years. He has served and worked in the same community for over five decades. Unity Baptist Church is one of the leading churches of the city, state and nation with a membership of 2,500.

with a food kitchen once a week. Rev. Stotts Homegoing Services is listed as follows: Public Viewing - Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 2-8 PM Swanson Funeral Home

He was appointed as a Board Member of the State of Michigan Marriage Board by Governor James Blanchard in 1984. He was re-appointed by Governor John M. Engler in 1992. He served as president of the Council of Baptist Pastors and Vicinity from 1984 – 1986. He was Honorary Chancellor of 300 ministers of the Council of Baptist Pastors.

Baptist Church he has developed Wednesday Night Bible Study, founded the Board of Christian Education, revised the Sunday School Department for age related lessons, founded the Unity Bible Institute for members and non-members, created and developed the Evangelism Ministry which goes from door to door in the community reaching souls for Christ. He has expanded the Missionary Ministry to reach out the community and foreign missions. Under his leadership, the community is serviced

Pastor Stotts was a preacher, teacher, lecturer, organizer, an administrator, and a Christian gentleman. During his 50 years at Unity

Services for Linda Washington were held on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Victory Fellowship Community Church with Rev. Darryl S. Gaddy officiating. She made her transition on Oct. 20. Linda Washington was born on April 22, 1951 in Detroit to Odee and Jewiel Robinson, one of their four children. She was education in the Detroit Public Schools. An outgoing, fun-loving person,

she was always the life of the party.

Unity Baptist Church 7500 Tireman Detroit, MI Celebration of Life - Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 6 PM Unity Baptist Church 7500 Tireman Detroit, MI Home Going Service Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 Family Hour - 10 AM Funeral Service - 11AM

Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Arbadell Lois Richardson

Services for Arbadell Lois Richardson were held on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at Craig Memorial Tabernacle with Rev. James L. Craig officiating. Mrs. Richardson made her transition on Oct. 18. Arbadell Lois Richardson was born on Aug. 31, 1937 in Detroit, the first child of Douglas and Virginia Reese. She was education in the Detroit Public Schools and graduated from Cass Technical High School. She then went to nursing

She married Emmett Richardson 1957 and they had four children.

school and became a licensed practical nurse. She worked at Northville Psychiatric Hospital for 45 years.

Left behind to cherish the memory of Arbadell Richardson are her four children, Kim Douglas, Cheryl Richardson, Linda Richardson and Eric Richardson; a sister, Barbara Shorts; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Interment was at Detroit Memorial Park – East.

Charles William Richardson

They had one daughter, Pamela. Mr. Richardson worked at American Metal, Detroit Coil and retired from Precision Springs. He loved fishing, dancing, basketball, football and boxing.

After attending Highland Park and Hamtramck public schools, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. In 1951 he married Jeanette Adams.


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Left behind to cherish the memory of Linda Washington are her six children, Cassandra, Anderson, Lorenzo, Terrance, Parrish and Kyra; a sister, Norma Jean; three brothers, Dell, Jewiel Jr. and Alonzo; numerous grandchildren, great-children and other relatives and friends.

Charles William Richardson was born on Oct. 2, 1929 in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, one of their four children. The family moved to Michigan in 1934.


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Linda Washington

Services for Charles William Richardson were held on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at Corinthian Baptist Church with Pastor Wayne B. Little officiating. Mr. Richardson passed on Oct. 24.


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Left behind to cherish the memory of Charles William Richardson are his sister, Alvetter Turner; children and stepchildren, Pamela Samuels, Gail Hollis, Kathy Hollis, Yvonne Davis, Charles Richardson, Marcella Graham, Gay Allen and Chinena Watkins; special friend, Jewel Cato; and many other family members and friends. His wife, Jeanette, preceded him in death. Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Interment took place at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

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Donna Brazile

2014 keynote speaker

Celebrating Eight Years of Excellence Among African American Women in Southeast Michigan Nomination Form Women of Excellence 2015



Title/Position Company/Affiliation Years in Industry Address City / State / Zip Day Phone Evening Phone Fax E-mail

Each year in character, in manner, and in style, the Michigan Chronicle celebrates phenomenal women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, unwavering conviction, and extraordinary grace during our Women of Excellence program. The Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Awards celebrates local African American women who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service. Women of Excellence honorees are women who exemplify extraordinary stature, poise, and grace. These women do it all while maintaining the delicate balance of filling the roles of helpmate, mother, teacher and professional. The women who are chosen for this award are champions of our economic empowerment, the backbone of our religious and educational organizations, and driving forces in politics and community service. The selected honorees will join an exclusive society of 350 professional women who have previously received this distinction. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. The induction celebration will take place in March 2015. Email your nominations to events@michronicle.com or for more information call Jasmen Jackson at (313) 963-5522.

CRITERIA Proven success within her profession/industry. Positive role model whose contributions encourage others.

Active in community service or organizational involvement. QUESTIONS TO BE COMPLETED Describe specific accomplishments that demonstrate nominee’s excellence.

Describe nominee’s community service activity/organizational involvement.

How has the nominee mentored others?

NOMINATOR’ S CONTACT INFORMATION Name Title Firm/Organization Address City / State / Zip Day Phone Evening Phone E mail

All submissions should be emailed to: events@michronicle.com Women of Excellence c/o Jasmen Jackson at The Michigan Chronicle 479 Ledyard, Detroit, MI 48201

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