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Former Detroit Mayor Dennis W. Archer to release memoir Detroit is the comeback city of the millennium, and a new book by former Detroit Mayor Dennis W. Archer recounts how his eight-year administration manifested its slogan to “Let the Future Begin” — by laying the foundation for Detroit as it’s celebrated today. “Let the Future Begin” documents former Mayor Archer’s life story and his role in promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, as well as his role in restoring Detroit to its former glory. “I wrote this story for my grandsons and for youth from all walks of life to show, that with education and hard work, you can rise above difficult circumstances and become successful Dennis Archer in ways that uplift yourself, your family, and your community,” said Archer. “That’s why I chose the title ‘Let the Future Begin’ because it serves as my official record of how our citizens joined our leaders in government, business and the nonprofit sector in a collaboration to rebuild Detroit.” Throughout his eight years as mayor, the Archer administration was responsible for developing multiple projects throughout the city such as Campus Martius, the city’s three casinos, Ford Field, Comerica Park, General Motors world headquarters in the Renaissance Center, the Compuware Building that is now called One Campus Martius, the RiverWalk, along with many projects throughout Detroit’s neighborhoods. “An inflection point in history occurred when Dennis Archer was elected mayor… We wanted to make voting for Dennis Archer a vote for what the future could be,” said David Axelrod, former chief strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns and present CNN commentator. “So, when we said, ‘Let the Future Begin’ it was really not about him, it was about Detroit, and it was about what the city and community could do together to build a better future.” Written in collaboration with bestselling Detroit author, journalist and TV host
Despite pleas from supporters,
Conyers will retire
By Keith A. Owens Senior Editor
Now that Congressman John Conyers has formally announced his retirement after serving in office for more than 50 years, the big question is ‘what’s next?’ This is, after all, not just any other legislator who is stepping aside. This is John Conyers. As the most powerful black legislator in Michigan and one of the most powerful in the nation, black or white, the absence of Conyers will almost certainly have a dramatic and immediate effect – especially considering who currently occupies the White House. Conyers made his announcement Tuesday morning on the Mildred Gaddis Show, where he emphasized that the charges made against him of sexual harassment will not in any way affect his substantial legacy. “My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we’re going through now. This too shall pass,” he said. Whoever is ultimately chosen to fill his seat, whether it is his son, John Conyers III, who the congressman said he is endorsing to replace him, his great nephew State Sen.
See MEMOIR page A-4
Andre Smith photo Ian Conyers, or someone else, they will not be John Conyers. Doesn’t matter who it is, they simply will not have that political weight. That era is now closed, despite the fervent efforts of many supporters in Detroit who rallied to his defense and did their best to block his exit. On Monday morning, many of those supporters packed Hartford Memorial Church in an emotionally charged rally to demand that Conyers be given
due process, and be allowed to confront his accusers and the sexual harassment charges that have been made against him. The anger against those high profile congressional leaders and others who are now pressuring Conyers to resign, such as House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. James Clyburn of the Congressional Black Caucus (that Conyers co-founded), was more than enough to heat up the room.
But the unwavering focus, maintained throughout, was on the firm belief expressed by all local leaders who spoke at the gathering that Conyers should not be forced to resign until the investigation into the charges has been allowed to run its course and an independent body is allowed to make the determination whether or not Conyers is in any way guilty.
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City Airport has much unrealized potential
Councilman Scott Benson focuses on revitalizing Coleman A. Young Airport By Keith A. Owens
making better use of the airport. Among the nearly 60 who came to the meeting, attendees included Councilman André Spivey; a representative from Councilwoman Janeé Ayers’ office; representatives from Detroit Public Schools Community District, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan; Matthew Maroun; Rock Ventures’ Steve Ogden; the Tuskegee Airmen; the Wayne County Pott Authority; Civil Air Patrol Local Detroit; Friends of Detroit, the Detroit Airport Education Foundation, and the Detroit Aircraft Corporation.
Danielle Hughes’ journey to the Forbes 30Under30 list See Page B-5
Walter Brown has lived in his east side Detroit neighborhood near the Coleman A. Young International Airport since the late 1960s, and he can still remember the days when it was such an exciting place for a young kid like he was at the time. Back then it was known simply as City Airport. “I can remember as a kid, they would have air shows and things. For a little kid, it was like wow! It would be refreshing to see the airport come back to life and see a lot of the activity going on in that area,” he said.
Brown is now the president of the City Airport Renaissance Association, and he was one of many neighborhood and business stakeholders present at
a meeting organized last week by District 3 Councilman Scott Benson to discuss ways to revitalize the airport. Benson is hardly the first to try to tackle ways to preserve the facility, but
he is hopeful that his approach will generate enough traction to get things moving in the right direction. Judging by those in attendance, it’s safe to say he isn’t the only one interested in
“We had a great mix of business, aviation and community stakeholders who were in attendance this morning,” said the councilman. Benson also said that the
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State of Michigan takes a bite out of food stamp program
By Lee Claire Anyone who’s ever heard the age-old adage, “… every able and working body in the house better get up and get out,” knows the point is to bring something to the proverbial table, i.e., get a job and earn an income. The State of Michigan is adapting the approach and reinstating its “Work to Earn” policy requiring residents who currently receive food stamps to meet federal work requirements or risk a decrease in assistance and in some cases complete ineligibility for food assistance and related benefits. The federal work requirements had been waived since 2002 in Michigan in wake of the devastating impact on Michigan residents following the state and the country’s economic decline which caused high unemployment rates in Michigan. But as the state and Detroit’s financial recovery continue, benefit restrictions are being reinstated across the state. An “able-bodied” adult, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is anyone who is between the ages of 18 to 49, does not have a disability and does not have dependents. They can meet the reinstated work require-
ments to receive food assistance by:
Ionia, Kalamazoo and Livingston.
Working an average of 20 hours per week each month in unsubsidized employment.
In January 2017, the requirements were reinstated in Kent, Oakland, Ottawa and Washtenaw counties. The MDHHS expects the waiver to be phased out statewide by October 2018 or sooner.
Participating for an average of 20 hours per week each month in an approved employment and training program. Participating in community service by volunteering at a nonprofit organization. The MDHHS notified approximately 16,000 people during the first week of December who will be potentially affected by the change, which is effective Jan. 1, 2018. The counties being affected are: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Clinton, Eaton, Grand Traverse, Ingham,
“Phasing out these work requirements goes along with the MDHHS goal of assisting Michiganders in finding employment to achieve self-sufficiency, end generational poverty and realize their dreams,” the MDHHS said in a statement. In nine counties, MDHHS and its partners at Michigan Works! Agencies and the Talent Investment Agency will provide
resources – such as approved training programs – to help affected residents meet work requirements. In the 10th county – Grand Traverse County – MDHHS will pilot a program that includes employment and self-initiated community service. Some federal exemptions to the reinstated work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents will remain. They include exemptions for individuals who are physically or mentally unable to work for 20 hours, are pregnant or care for a child under age 6 or someone who is incapacitated. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/ foodassistance.
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Detroit Voice for School Choice: A charter school advocacy partnership Detroit Charter School leaders announced recently that they have collaborated with, Detroit Voice for School Choice, a first-ever initiative focused on educating, organizing and mobilizing Detroit Charter School parents to advocate for their children’s education. Modeled after other leading parent advocacy initiatives across the country, seven of the leading charter networks have partnered to impact and empower Detroit families on school choice. Additional details on the non-profit organization DVSC may be found at www.detroitvoiceforschoolchoice.org and there is no cost for parents to join. In addition, DVSC will have a parent advisory board. DVSC has created a two-part parent workshop series; DVSC Advocacy Fellowship and Leadership Training that provides educational training and resources to empower parents to become better advocates for their children. As DVSC members, parents will have access to accurate information on school choice in Detroit, ways to become involved to improve and impact their children’s education opportunities, and how their voice can make a difference in Detroit education. Parents are encouraged to engage with DVSC at www.detroitvoiceforschoolchoice.org where they can register to receive updates and information on upcoming meetings. “We all have groups of super parents in our various networks, who work tirelessly to stay connected with schools and advocate for their children, but we have never knocked down the silos and encouraged synergy within the charter world,” said Mark Ornstein, CEO of University Prep Schools, Detroit 90/90 and chairman of DVSC. “The DVSC creates that much-needed synergy and puts a megaphone to priorities of the parents and families we serve. An organization like this was long overdue.” DVSC Executive Director, Moneak Parker will work with parents on this newly formed initiative. “I have worked for charters in various roles and I truly believe my passion for school choice has led me
to this organization,” said Parker. “When parents are empowered to play an active role in choosing their child’s school and have the facts to make an informed choice -- the entire family wins.” The DVSC Board of Directors is comprised of nationally recognized and notable Detroit education leaders and charter networks, including: Mark Ornstein, CEO, University Prep Schools and Detroit 90/90, chairman of DVSC Ralph Bland, CEO, New Paradigm for Education Renee Burgess, CEO, Equity Education Reid Gough, CEO, Cornerstone Education Group Raymond Smith, Vice President, Innovative Teaching Solutions Kyle Smitley, executive director, Detroit Achievement Academy Marwaan Issa, senior executive, Global Educational Excellence “I have been enrolling my children in charter schools since 2005. There is wild misinformation that is spread about charter schools, but as a parent having a first-hand experience, I can tell you my family has benefited from them being here in the city,” said Lakeisha Etheridge, GEE Edmonson Academy Parent. “My child is now reading three levels above her grade level, and she is continually challenged to work harder and learn more. The school provides a one on one environment where each child is seen and heard. It’s like a family. “As a single parent, I also love that I don’t have to drive across the city to find good schools for my kids. “They are all in a strong network that serves kids in kindergarten and all the way up to 8th grade. I cannot imagine what I would do without this option for my kids and I am ready to connect with other parents who feel the same way.” Detroit Voice for School Choice (DVSC), a first-ever initiative focused on educating, organizing and mobilizing Detroit parents to advocate for their children’s education. For more information, please visit www.detroitvoiceforschoolchoice.org
Jail update: County eliminates Gratiot as potential jail site Wayne County has announced that it does not intend to complete the unfinished jail at Gratiot as Wayne County and Rock Ventures move closer to reaching agreement on a deal that would result in a new criminal justice center near I-75 and Warren Avenue Negotiations continue, and tentatively include having Rock Ventures pay a previously approved $500,000 stipend to Walsh Construction for submitting a response to the Request for Proposals (RFP) to finish the partially constructed jail. In February of 2017, the Wayne County Commission approved the administration’s recommendation of the County paying the stipend to Walsh, the lone bidder, if their proposal to complete Gratiot was not accepted. The stipend compensates Walsh for the costs associated with submitting a substantive response to the County’s RFP and was approved as speculation arose about whether or not the County would complete the Gratiot jail or negotiate a deal with Rock Ventures. “The stipend ensured we received a proposal so we could fully evaluate finishing the jail at Gratiot,” Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans said. “As we dug into the project with an actual proposal, the more we recognized it had too much inherent risk for
the County at too high a price. We’re negotiating a deal with Rock that caps the County’s costs and creates the best solution available to our jail problem.” Today’s decision to reject the option of Walsh finishing Gratiot came the week after Detroit City Council approved a deal for the County to acquire the land needed to proceed with the criminal justice center. The County is also awaiting a decision from the IRS regarding the use of jail bonds at a site other than Gratiot, and specifically, Rock Ventures’ proposed site. “We’re making progress and moving toward a deal with Rock. But there hasn’t been a simple step in this entire process, nor will there be,” Evans said. “We’ve had to vet two proposals, are working to acquire land from the city, need to settle an issue with the IRS and are negotiating a half a billion dollar development deal – it all takes time, but we’re confident we’ll get there.” The land swap deal with the City of Detroit will require approval by the Wayne County Commission and the Wayne County Land Bank, which owns the AMC property to be transferred to the city of Detroit. The final definitive agreement with Rock Ventures will also require the Wayne County
Detroit Health Department investigating downtown Hepatitis A case Detroit Health Department is investigating a Hepatitis A case in connection with an employee that works in a confined area at Greektown Casino in Detroit located at 555 East Lafayette. As of today, only one employee is known to have hepatitis A. The Detroit Health Department believes the risk of exposure is only in those that were in the private Platinum member card access area of the casino between November 11th and November 22nd. Generally, the risk of transmission of hepatitis A from an employee is low. Hepatitis A can potentially be prevented if given a vaccination within two weeks of having come in contact with the virus. Given the low, but potential risk, the Detroit Health Department is recommending vaccination for people who may have eaten in the private Platinum member card access area during the exposure period. Those who consumed food and beverages at Greektown Casino (in the private Platinum member card access area) in Detroit from November 11 through November 22 (exposure period) should receive the hepatitis A vaccine as early as possible, and before December 6, 2017. The Greektown Casino is proactively contacting those individuals to advise them of their vaccination options. Greektown Casino has been fully cooperative with the investigation, and hired a certified cleaning contractor which has thoroughly cleaned and sanitized all potentially affected areas. The casino is also working with the Detroit Health Department to notify and arrange
vaccination for potentially affected people who may have eaten in the private Platinum member card access area, as well as all employees. The Detroit Health Department has notified the gaming establishment that the affected employee cannot return to work until cleared by their doctor. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Symptoms can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal, and sometimes yellow eyes or skin and dark urine. A person can get hepatitis A when they eat, drink, or touch their mouth with food, liquid or objects (including their hands) that have come into contact with stool from an infected person. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately. Southeast Michigan has seen an increase in hepatitis A cases since 2016. High risk individuals identified in association with this outbreak include persons who: share injection and non-injection street drugs (including pain killers), have sexual activities with someone who has hepatitis A, have close contact, care for, or live with someone who has Hepatitis A, are homeless or have transient living situations, or are men who have sex with men. “We are diligently working with our state partners, physicians, hospitals, food establishments, and community groups to educate the community, limit any potential ex-
posures, and vaccinate those who are at risk,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, director and health officer of the Detroit Health Department. The Detroit Health Department will offer free hepatitis A vaccines for uninsured Detroit residents who may have consumed food or beverage in the Platinum member card access area during the exposure period at both of its Immunization Clinics Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 am to 5 pm and Wednesday. 9 am to 6 pm. The clinics are located at: • The Samaritan Center, 5555 Conner Street, Detroit, 313-410-8142 • The Family Place, 8726 Woodward Avenue Detroit, 313-410-7803 The Detroit Health Department recommends that non-Detroit residents contact their local Health Department if they are uninsured and consumed food and beverages in the private Platinum members card access only area during the exposure period. Information for those local health departments: Macomb County (586)469-5372 Oakland County (800) 848-5533 Wayne County (734)727-7100 The best way to prevent Hepatitis A is through vaccination. Other means of preventing the spread of infection is to thoroughly wash hands with soap and water: after using the bathroom, after diaper changes, and before handling food.
Commission and Wayne County Building Authority’s approval. In late July, a month after receiving Walsh’s response to the RFP, Executive Evans directed his administration to focus its efforts on the Rock Ventures proposal and to pursue a deal with the
City of Detroit to secure the land needed for the criminal justice center. Cost comparisons of the two proposals, total number of facilities to be built, and protection against cost overruns were the key reasons for moving forward with the Rock Ventures option rather than completing Gratiot.
STATE OF MICHIGAN BEFORE THE MICHIGAN PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION **** FOR THE NATURAL GAS CUSTOMERS OF DTE GAS COMPANY CASE NO. U-18999 • DTE Gas Company requests Michigan Public Service Commission for authority to increase its rates, amend its rate schedules and rules governing the distribution and supply of natural gas, and for miscellaneous accounting authority. • The information below describes how a person may participate in this case. • You may call or write, DTE Gas Company, One Energy Plaza, 688 WCB, Detroit, Michigan 48226-1279, (800) 338-0178 in Southeast Michigan, (800) 533-6220 in all other areas of Michigan, for a free copy of its application. Any person may review the application at the offices of DTE Gas Company. • The prehearing in this matter will be held:
Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at 9:00 A.M. This hearing will be a prehearing conference to set future hearing dates and decide other procedural matters.
Administrative Law Judge Dennis W. Mack
Michigan Public Service Commission 7109 West Saginaw Highway Lansing, Michigan 48917
PARTICIPATION: Any interested person may attend and participate. The hearing site is accessible, including handicapped parking. Persons needing any accommodation to participate should contact the Commission’s Executive Secretary at (517) 284-8090 in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance. The Michigan Public Service Commission (Commission) will hold a hearing to consider DTE Gas Company’s (the Company) November 22, 2017 application for authority to increase its rates, amend its rate schedules and rules governing the distribution and supply of natural gas, and for miscellaneous accounting authority; acknowledge that the Company has satisfied all of the directives of the Commission Orders in Case Nos. U-15985, U-16999, and U-17999, which were required components of the Company’s subsequent general rate cases, and approve the following: 1) additional annual revenues of approximately $85.1 million based upon an October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019 test year with rates effective as soon as possible on or after October 1, 2018, 2) recovery of the Company’s proposed new rates effective no later than September 21, 2018, 3) the Company’s recovery of the requested infrastructure related capital and the associated infrastructure recovery mechanism, 4) the recovery of the Company’s projected MGP expenses, 5) the continuation of and changes to the Company’s Low-Income Assistance credit pilot and Residential Income Assistance Service Provision credit, 6) the expense for 50,000 Dth per day of ANR Alpena transport capacity as O&M to be recovered through base rates, 7) the Company’s proposal to amend certain customer rate schedules and proposed tariff changes, and 8) implementation of the miscellaneous accounting changes and other relief. All documents filed in this case shall be submitted electronically through the Commission’s E-Dockets website at: michigan.gov/mpscedockets. Requirements and instructions for filing can be found in the User Manual on the E-Dockets help page. Documents may also be submitted, in Word or PDF format, as an attachment to an email sent to: mpscedockets@ michigan.gov. If you require assistance prior to e-filing, contact Commission staff at (517) 284-8090 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Any person wishing to intervene and become a party to the case shall electronically file a petition to intervene with this Commission by December 13, 2017. (Petitions to intervene may also be filed using the traditional paper format.) The proof of service shall indicate service upon DTE Gas Company’s attorney, David S. Maquera, Attorney for DTE Gas Company, One Energy Plaza, 688 WCB, Detroit, MI 48226. Any person wishing to appear at the hearing to make a statement of position without becoming a party to the case may participate by filing an appearance. To file an appearance, the individual must attend the hearing and advise the presiding administrative law judge of his or her wish to make a statement of position. All information submitted to the Commission in this matter becomes public information, thus available on the Michigan Public Service Commission’s website, and subject to disclosure. Please do not include information you wish to remain private. Requests for adjournment must be made pursuant to the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure R 792.10422 and R 792.10432. Requests for further information on adjournment should be directed to (517) 284-8130. A copy of DTE Gas Company’s request may be reviewed on the Commission’s website at: michigan.gov/mpscedockets, and at the office of DTE Gas Company. For more information on how to participate in a case, you may contact the Commission at the above address or by telephone at (517) 284-8090. Jurisdiction is pursuant to 1909 PA 300, as amended, MCL 462.2 et seq.; 1919 PA 419, as amended, MCL 460.54 et seq.; 1939 PA 3, as amended, MCL 460.1 et seq.; 1969 PA 306, as amended, MCL 24.201 et seq.; and Parts 1 & 4 of the Michigan Administrative Hearing System’s Administrative Hearing Rules, Mich. Admin Code, R 792.10101 through R 792.10137, and R 792.10401 through R 792.10448. 11/28/17
For questions, contact the Detroit Health Department at 313-8764000.
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City Airport From page A-1 single most important “takeaway” to come out of the meeting was the strong need to transition airport tenants out of their current monthto-month leases to longterm leases and to make long-term leases the new standard. “If you want to put in $1 million improvement into your space, you can’t do that on a month-to-month lease,” said Benson, who added that there is also a lot of interest in investing in the airport, but not so long as the month-tomonth lease remains in place.
speaking about the congressman that I have known since the ‘60s. I’ve known John Conyers since before he became a congressman. John was always a gentleman. This man is an honorable man. I’m talking about the John Conyers that I know. I don’t stand here to dispute any allegations, but I know this man, and I know that he is a wonderful and honorable man. … If we allow this to happen then they can get up there and accuse me, or you or anyone else of wrongdoing.” Later, in response to a question from a reporter, Anthony pointed to one of the most critical reasons why many of his supporters are so passionate about defending him aside from his right to due process; his hardearned power and political capital in the halls of Congress that is now threatened. “If the Democrats take the House back next year, he stands at the doorway of possibly becoming the chairman of the Judiciary Committee once again. Also, John Conyers has stood there when it comes to federal judges Those judges have to come through appointment. If John Conyers is not there, then the doorway is made wider and clearer for President Trump and others to put recalcitrant, regressive extremist judges on the federal bench which are lifetime appointments.” Now that the absence of Conyers is no longer an ‘if’ but a certainty, we will have to see what the future holds.
From page A-1 “We’re calling on the moral core of this nation to not treat us any different than anyone else. That we deserve to select and elect our leaders. Our voices have meaning. And our leadership that we see represented here today has meaning,” said State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, one of the first speakers who reflected on how much of a mentor Conyers had been to her personally throughout her political career. NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony said he wanted to make sure it was understood that the purpose of the rally was not in opposition to women’s rights, nor was it to dispute the allegations or to disparage the women who have made those allegations. Rather, the point was to shine a harsh light on what they believe to be the unfairness of asking Conyers to step down when so many others in Congress – and higher - have been accused of similar behavior and worse. “It is interesting that we’re all here on this Monday morning. Some of us have differences on many issues. But we have one commonality today. And it’s called due process,” said Anthony. “Everyone is entitled to due process. Why are we subverting one of the very pillars on which this nation is founded, on the back of a man who has served this nation for 53 ½ years? We are not here because we do not respect, love and appreciate women. Or men. You can look around; there are a number of women who are all here. We are here not because we do not respect them, because we have daughters, wives, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers. But “Why is it that John Conyers is the only [Congressman] to be denied due process of law by the same body which is supposed to uphold and defend the due process of the law? It is apparent that if we are going to raise this unholy and unlawful guillotine calling for the head of John Conyers, then in fairness we must begin with the president of the United States. Mr. Trump currently has 15 women who have accused him of sexual harassment. “This call for resignation before investigation cheapens our system of due process. And quite frankly, it suppresses the right to vote. …John Co-
Memoir From page A-1
Elizabeth Ann Atkins, the book is published by Atkins & Greenspan Writing and is available in hardcover, paperback and eBook format. The cover features a painting of Mayor Archer by the late international artist and feminist Patricia Hill Burnett, a renowned portrait artist who has painted notable names such as Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Michelle Engler and Edsel Ford. Archer served as the mayor of Detroit from 1994 through 2001. Prior to that, he was an as-
Attorney Arnold Reed – Andre Smith photo nyers is entitled to everything that every other citizen in America is entitled to, and that includes due process.” Conyers is facing accusations of sexual harassment from several former staffers, one of whom recently appeared on a national news show to speak out not only against Conyers but against detractors who have portrayed her as an opportunist. Marion Brown, the accuser who appeared last week on the Today Show with host Savanna Guthrie, broke her confidentiality agreement when she appeared on the show, saying it was worth it to speak out in her own defense. Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with Brown who alleged she was fired because she would not entertain his sexual advances. Brown launched the complaint with the Office of Compliance in 2014. She ended up having to sign a confidentiality agreement to maintain her silence in exchange for that settlement, which came from Conyers’ taxpayer-funded office budget rather than the designated fund for settlements. Buzzfeed, which broke the story, based much of the story on four signed affidavits from former staffers alleging improper sexual behavior on the part of Conyers directed at them. Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, like others who spoke, did not dismiss the allegations. Instead, he attacked the seemingly overeagerness on the part of some to trash Conyers before giving him his day in court. “John Conyers has spent more than 50 years protecting the rights of everyone in this country. The unmitigated gall and audacity to take those same rights away from him without due process is a sin and a shame. Due sociate justice on the Michigan Supreme Court (1986-90). In 2003, he made history as the first person of color to become president of the 400,000member American Bar Association, which once banned African Americans. He was also the first person of color to become president of the State Bar of Michigan (1984-85), and was president of the Wolverine Bar Association (1979-80), National Bar Association (1983-84), and the National League of Cities (19942001). The book is available at Amazon and bn.com, and will soon be available at several metro Detroit bookstores.
process is the foundation of what we are all entitled to. This has nothing to do with being pro-John [Conyers] or being against women’s rights. It is about doing what’s right,” said Evans. “Until we know what happened, I can’t even fathom a Nancy Pelosi, or a Dan Kildee or anybody else asking for the resignation of a man who has not been given an opportunity for due process. … You have a right to listen to your accuser, you have a right to respond to your accuser, and you have a right to have an independent body accept the facts and make a determination. Until that happens, they got nothing, and this is wrong.” Wayne County Commissioner Irma Clark Coleman, who has known Conyers for years, took a much more personal approach. “I’m not speaking about the John Conyers who I’ve been told about. I’m
Benson said that he has written a resolution that he hopes will be passed by City Council encouraging Mayor Mike Duggan to incorporate a policy where long-term leases are allowed at the airport. If the resolution passes, the change still will not happen until next year unless there is a special session. “It’s about revitalizing. The airport has always been in operation. This was really about general aviation, less about commercial flight, but more about general aviation and how the airport can be supported by the community,” he said. Proposals were suggested for a range of uses, from educational purposes and public safety to partnering with casinos to fly patrons in and out more easily and even possibly bringing back Davis Aerospace. If things go the way Benson hopes they will, by making long-term leases a reality for tenants and moving forward on some of the stronger proposals to convert them into reality, then “It takes a rough diamond and it polishes it up, and it makes it into a far more attractive and robust asset and amenity for that neighborhood. Which should, in turn, create an atmosphere and an environment to help improve and increase property values and safety for that immediate area.” Currently the airport services mostly private jets, general and corporate aviation. An estimated 119 flights depart from the airport each day. According to an April 2017 story in the De-
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Reps. Dingell, Levin, Kildee join families, students to highlight devastating impact of GOP tax bill U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Sander Levin (MI-09) and Dan Kildee (MI-05) have joined Michiganders to highlight the devastating impact of the Republican tax bill on working families, students and seniors. The bill, which House leadership plans to rush to a vote next week, would raise taxes on 38 million working families across the country, while providing a $1.5 trillion tax cut to the wealthy and big corporations. The representatives were joined by Michiganders who would be hardest hit under the plan, which eliminates major tax deductions benefiting working families, including the student loan interest and medical expense deductions, and creates new incentives for big corporations to ship jobs overseas. “We need a tax plan that puts working families first, that provides real relief for childcare and education expenses, promotes retirement security and protects vital deductions relied on by families with sick children and those with long-term care needs,” said Dingell. “Instead, the Republican plan we will vote on next week asks working families to sacrifice more so multinational corporations and the wealthiest can get a tax cut – all while paving the way for future cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. “The stories we heard today underscore the damage this bill would do to families, children and seniors in Michigan. I support tax reform that puts working families first, makes our tax code simpler and fairer, and promotes economic growth, but I will not support a plan that adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit only to benefit the wealthy.
Working families must benefit.” “After a week of committee work, it’s clear that the House Republican tax plan actually raises taxes on tens of millions of middle class Americans,” said Levin. “The bill gives the very wealthy and corporations massive tax breaks while eliminating deductions so many families rely on, such as for educational and medical expenses. Instead of thoughtfully working with Democrats, Republicans are trying to jam through something to placate their donors. This won’t work for the American people.” “The Republican tax plan does not help the middle class,” said Kildee. “Their plan would cut taxes for the rich and big corporations while many middle-class families would see a tax increase. Simply put, the Republican plan is a scam for the working people I represent and we must defeat it.” “Like 45 percent of Americans, our taxes would go up, not down, if this tax ‘reform’ is passed, making it harder for families like ours to maintain our tenuous financial stability,” said Ari Sammartino of Ypsilanti, who has two children with husband Eli Rubin. “If our taxes were going up so that poor Americans would have a better life or if our taxes were
going up to fund universal programs that would be accessible to every American, that would be one thing, and we would be proud to do our part. But it is galling that our taxes will go up so that rich people don’t have to pay the AMT or the estate tax, each of which only affect a small number of wealthy households, and corporations get a huge tax cut.” “We oppose the repeal of the medical expense deduction,” said Jay Kalisky, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, who has been a certified public accountant for 39 years. “We need to give added support to families who have chronic illnesses. Of the 9 million taxpayers that claim the medical deduction, 75 percent have incomes under $75,000. This is the middle class that we want to help.” “By eliminating educational tax credits, considering tuition waivers as taxable income, and taking away student loan interest as a deduction, this bill is sending the message that education is not expensive enough,” said Virginia Field, a graduate student studying Industrial and Systems Engineering at University of Michigan-Dearborn. “We need to help get people educated and contribute to the world, not make sure they live under crushing debt.”
The representatives were also joined by Robert Gordon of the Sierra Club. According to the
Joint Committee on Taxation, families in Michigan who make $20,000 to $40,000 a year would pay more in taxes under the Republican tax bill. Analyses also show that larger families will be especially hard hit. In addition to raising the standard deduction, the bill would eliminate the so-called personal exemption, which lets most taxpayers deduct about $4,000 for every person in their household. The bill also eliminates vital tax deductions
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Midtown Detroit gets national nod
cated on Selden Street between Second Avenue and Fourth Street, the Selden Corridor Initiative will include a new public courtyard, flexible work and classroom space, a Barcade, a brewery training program, a new restaurant, Ecohomes and mixed-income rental housing. All projects are expected to be completed by late fall 2018.
Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood ranked No. 25 in a list of 25 “hottest” neighborhoods in Ameri ca, according to a report compiled by HotSpot Rentals. The list analyzed six elements: walkability, transit, budget, entertain ment, lifestyle and weath er. “I think from where we’ve come in this neigh borhood, which was a neighborhood that had a lot of vacancy ... up until a decade ago, we made a lot of progress here. This is validation that things are getting better,” said Sue Mosey, Midtown Detroit Inc. director. Mosey noted Mid town’s core was apart ment buildings, bars
and restaurants near major institutions such as Wayne State Universi ty and nearby hospitals. However, it faced a lot of under-utilized structures and vacancies in both
commercial and residen tial.
commercial vacancy below seven percent.
Housing is now more than 90 percent occupied, Mosey said, when looking at the past five years, and
In September, Mid town Detroit, Inc. and its partners announced a $20 million investment
for the Selden Corridor Initiative, a mixed-use redevelopment that will create new housing, job opportunities and train ing, and new businesses in Midtown Detroit. Lo
“The Selden Corridor Initiative builds off other investments in the area including the Selden Green Alley, Selden Stan dard, Redmond Park, the Selden condominium de velopment, the renovation of the Finn Apartments, and the M1 Rail, among others,” added Mosey in an earlier statement. Midtown ranked high in walkability and budget, but low in entertainment, transit and lifestyle.
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Detroit CARES for the city’s children
Local mentoring organization stresses importance of black adults mentoring black children By Keith A. Owens Senior Editor
Most of us will nod our heads whenever we hear someone say that the children are the future. We hear it so much, and how could anyone possibly disagree that it is the young who will design our future? But then, after we finish nodding our heads, most of us go on about our business. And that business most likely doesn’t involve making sure that this next generation is equipped to design that future. Oftentimes, especially in economically stressed communities such as Detroit, the next step toward preparing the young for what lies ahead involves a lot of time, energy, and mentoring. All of which most of us figure can best be handled by someone else.
Fortunately, Detroit CARES does not subscribe to the philosophy that children are somebody else’s problem.
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit kicks off
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A Detroit Holiday Celebration
nternationally-acclaimed Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit brings the warmth, joy and good cheer of the holiday season to the Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA this month with one of metro Detroit’s favorite holiday traditions, WOODWARD Wonderland: A Detroit Holiday Celebration. WOODWARD Wonderland is presented by The DTE Foundation. “WOODWARD Wonderland is a feelgood family event,” said Rick Sperling, Mosaic’s founding artistic director. “The production is a true celebration of Detroit, bringing together incredibly talented singers, actors and dancers from more than 50 metro Detroit schools to tell
the legendary stories of the city’s past and today. WOODWARD Wonderland has become a holiday tradition for Detroit families and those who hold a fondness for this wonderful city.” Through song and dance, this energetic production, takes the audience on a nostalgic theatrical journey to magical destinations like Toyland on the 12th floor of the old J.L. Hudson’s department store and to the windy 1990 Thanksgiving Day Parade when the Chilly Willy float made its memorable escape down Woodward Avenue. In the tradition of holiday classics like “The Nutcracker,” Woodward Wonderland puts a uniquely Detroit spin on the holiday season, paying tribute
to the metro area’s many rich holiday traditions, including the church performances of Handel’s Messiah, ice skating at Campus Martius Park and listening to Motown Christmas albums. Audiences will be entertained by a cast of more than 100 performers, including performances by special guest artists from LaShelle’s School of Dance and choral holiday music by the award-winning Mosaic Singers. Tickets for all performances of WOODWARD Wonderland can be purchased online at www.mosaicdetroit.org. Tickets are $27 for adults, $22 seniors, and $12 for youth ages 5-17. Priority reserved seating is available for an additional $10. Children under 5 not admitted. Show dates and times ■ Friday, December 8, 10 a.m. (student matinee performance)
Detroit CARES is actually one of 56 CARES affiliates around the country, part of an umbrella organization known as the National CARES mentoring movement which was started by former Essence magazine editor-in-chief Susan Taylor near the end of her tenure. It actually started as Essence CARES but then she transitioned out and began the National CARES mentoring movement.
■ Friday, December 8, 1 p.m. (senior matinee, contact DIA to reserve seats) ■ Saturday, December 9, 7 p.m. ■ Sunday, December 10, 4 p.m.
Michael Steinback, a native of Oakland, California who has been in Detroit for four years, is executive director of the Detroit affiliate. His wife, Sharon Madison, serves as board chair. “By the time we came along [in Detroit] the focus was to impact the very youngest children. It was determined that we would then seek out teenage parents, because that is a part of the population that, one, they’ve already been challenged with their circumstances, and now they’ve got a baby. So we wanted to try to create a situation where these very young parents can become better mentors for their young children,” said Steinback. “Teenagers in inner cities are challenged with all kinds of things to deal with before they even get to school, so if we add a baby, the whole idea of parenting, to that? Now you have residency issues. A lot of these young parents aren’t living at home with their mother or father or any parent. They’re living with friends, they’re living in transitional housing, all of that.
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Dr. Richard James
wins Best in Black Best Schoolteacher award
By Branden Hunter
ecoming a school teacher is the profession Michigan Chronicle Best in Black Awards Best Schoolteacher winner Dr. Richard James was destined and groomed to go into. His father was a special needs teacher in Detroit for 37 years at McFarlane Elementary, so education was stressed in his household growing up in Detroit. James saw his dad impact the lives of so many as a teacher, and knew he wanted to follow in his footsteps when he grew up. “I must’ve been about 10 years old when I decided I wanted to be a teacher,” said James. “My dad used to make my cousins and I do work in the summertime before we could go out and play. He would help us help each other in whatever field we were struggling in, and that’s how the concept of becoming a teacher came about.” “What ended up happening later in life was, two of my cousins and I became teachers because of my dad. He helped to shape me into the man that I am today.”
James is a 1985 graduate of Cass Tech, and returned to his alma mater in 2005 when the new building was first opened to teach business and marketing. Cass Tech won awards for Best School, Best Principal and Best Coach at the Best in Black Awards, and is a special educational institution in Detroit. James only had one regret about coming back. “I came back to Cass Tech a year too late,” he said. “I walked in with the new building, and the only thing that would have made it better is if I taught in the old building.” “But it’s the best thing ever. Now I’m teaching some of my old classmates’ children and some of my old students’ children. So I’m able to give back to different generations of Technicians.” One of the students James impacted at Cass Tech was Blake Hall, a 2009 graduate. Hall is the creator of Fresh Never Fades Clothing and was a part of the business curriculum in high school. James was a mentor for him in his senior year. “My locker was right across from his classroom all four years, and I went to him for a lot of things,” said
Hall. “He helped me prep for my coop interview, went over college apps with me, and wrote a letter of recommendation for me to FAMU.” “He actually took the letter back from me over something, later gave it back to me after I proved I deserved it. That taught me that as quick as something can be handed to you, it can be taken away. He impacted my life a lot on the entrepreneurship and business side of things.” That is Dr. James, man of integrity stressing the importance of ownership and education to his students. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Morehouse College, a master’s in teaching, and and a doctorate’s degree in educational administration and public policy from Wayne State University. He is also a business owner with ACN Incorporated, an $800 million company that allows individuals to become independent business owners by being a part of the telecommunication, energy and merchant services industry. He used his educational background and business
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December 6-12, 2017
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation announces vision for Nonprofit Support Center The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has announced its plans to develop and pilot a yet-to-be-named center focused on nonprofit support, located at the corner of Woodward Avenue and East Grand Boulevard in the New Center/North End neighborhood of Detroit. Driven by the foundation’s grantmaking focus in nonprofit support and innovation, the Center will offer a physical space and hub for nonprofit leaders and practitioners to gather and have access to a connected and well-informed network of resources aimed at accelerating solutions around the mission-related and sector-based issues they face. “It’s our vision that the center will build greater capacity and enhance capabilities within the organizations that we work with,” said David Egner, president and CEO, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. “Over time, we also plan to add innovative problem-solving practices in the center to assist nonprofits and social innovators in developing new approaches and delivery systems to address challenges in our region.” After more than a year of research and conversations with nonprofit leaders and support organizations, the foundation learned that while many nonprofit resources exist in Southeast Michigan, there is often a lack of coordination and awareness around them. At the same time, nonprofit leaders expressed a desire to connect with more peers and experts across different fields, which this physical space will allow to happen. The foundation also reviewed a number of national models and consulted with national experts to construct this place-based model. The Partners To lead the overall management and day-to-day operations of the Center, the foundation recently approved a three-year grant for $4,750,000 to TechTown. While TechTown is known as Detroit’s hub for entrepreneurs, its leadership and staff have more than 20 years of experience in building communities and networks of individuals to serve entrepreneurs and innovators in the private sector and social impact arenas. “TechTown’s leadership and team have demonstrated adaptability and proven the value of activating a physical space devoted to fostering idea-sharing, education and network-building,” said Egner. Drawing on this experience, TechTown will recruit and hire staff to manage the Center, which will include overseeing
the operations, event planning, communications and marketing. It will also apply its proven practices within the nonprofit community and coordinate a networked delivery system of strategic services and resources for nonprofits, leveraging its close partnership with Wayne State University. “Nonprofits, like entrepreneurs, need support to grow strategically and try new things,” said Ned Staebler, president and CEO of TechTown and vice president for economic development at Wayne State. “Our job will be to help connect them to the right people and the right resources so they can deepen their impact, building a stronger regional nonprofit network in the process.” Through a grant of $315,000, the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) will work as a key partner focused on the center’s capacity building services, including nonprofit assessments, resource referrals informed by their current network of expert providers, and case management. MNA has relationships with more than 4,000 nonprofits, and a suite of tools and practices to help nonprofits become more efficient and effective at delivering on their mission. MNA’s staff will also schedule planned “office hours” as part of this work and
will serve as a strategic partner as the center’s service concept continues to evolve and grow. “Boosting the capabilities of a nonprofit can make a world of difference in helping to advance the work in their communities. We are excited to be a key partner in this innovative vision to meet the needs of Southeast Michigan,” said Donna Murray-Brown, president and CEO, Michigan Nonprofit Association. In addition to these grantees, the foundation has contracted with Community Wealth Partners, a national expert in capacity and network building, to help with further planning and development to bring the center concept to life. Through facilitation with partner organizations and concept review, Community Wealth Partners will provide a third-party perspective, insight into best practices and suggestions for continuous improvement. “Nonprofits in the Detroit region are trying to solve large, complex problems. To do so effectively, they need better access to each other and to cutting-edge tools and resources,” said Sara Brenner, president at Community Wealth Partners. “We are committed to help the foundation and its partners co-create a model that enables nonprofits to learn from each
other, strengthen their effectiveness in serving the community, and coordinate efforts to solve major challenges together. We are honored to partner with the foundation on this.”
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experience to encourage his students at Cass Tech to be entrepreneurs as well. “What I’ve learned over time, a lot of my students aren’t into business overall like they think they are,” James said. “So I try to do things that’ll bring it home for them. For example, every semester, my seniors have to do 100 scholarships, for a total of 200. They fuss about it, but when they find out how much money it costs to go to college, it’s a shock to them. So financial literacy is one of the main things that I try to teach.” James has seen the good, bad, and the ugly of teaching in the Detroit Public Schools Community District and would like to see the district rise to prominence once again. The vocational centers of the past and entrepreneurship programs are two things he would love to see implicated into the city’s school system. Detroit is booming with new businesses, and he would love to see the cit-
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And they’re bringing all of that to school. With the baby!” But thanks to successful mentoring efforts, many of these same young people are now on a better road toward a potentially better life.
Molina Healthcare distributes thousands of coats at Second Ebenezer Church Molina Healthcare of Michigan hosted its second annual Molina HOPE Winter Coat Giveaway at Second Ebenezer Church on Saturday, Dec. 2, to celebrate the conclusion of its nine-week coat drive. As a result of donations from the general public and partner organizations, the coat drive generated over 4,000 new coats. Molina employees and volunteers from Second Ebenezer Church distributed the coats to individuals who pre-registered, along with the general public, on a first-come, first-served basis. The event was free and open to the public. Other activities available for children and their families to enjoy included free scarves, hats and gloves distributed by Magna International, which also donated $80,000 to the coat drive. Participants also enjoyed: refreshments, free haircuts, arts, crafts and Dr. Cleo, Molina’s popular cat doctor mascot, greeting and taking photos with event guests Mix 92.3 provided live music and handed out more giveaways and gifts. Thousands of local residents in need receiving winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves; children participating in arts and crafts; attendees getting free haircuts; Dr. Cleo greeting and taking photos with guests Molina’s mission is to provide quality health care to those who need it most. Molina HOPE is a
corporate charitable giving program, founded to empower the low-income individuals and families they serve and to support community partners whose goals align with their mission. Through Molina HOPE, they offer micro-grants to local community-based organizations; provide in-kind donations; help fund health-care related scholarships; sponsor events like health fairs with free medical screenings; host donation drives; and more. In addition to providing high-quality care to approximately 4.6 million members, they are also committed to supporting the communities in which members, as well as their friends and families, live, work and play. For more information, please visit online at molinahealthcare. com/hope. Since 1997, Molina Healthcare of Michigan has been providing government-funded care for low-income individuals. Molina is dedicated to bringing high-quality and cost-effective health care to kids, adults, seniors, families and people with disabilities. As of June 2017, the company has served approximately 414,000 members through Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare-Medicaid (Duals) and Health Insurance Exchange programs throughout Michigan. Molina’s state Provider Network includes 7,591 primary care physicians, 39,152 specialist physicians, 2,983 ancillary services and 112 hospitals.
“We’ve seen remarkable improvements in how the students are feeling about themselves, to the point where they can stick with their studies enough to graduate from high school,” said Steinback, who went on to describe how the whole thing got started when Susan Taylor discovered how difficult it can be to find black mentors for black children, not because black adults don’t care but because black adults are oftentimes overly stressed themselves in their own life predicaments. Still, the need for black mentors in Detroit is strong. “How it came about was that the primary mission for National CARES is the recruitment of, as Susan would put it, ‘able, stable, in their right mind black folks’ to tutor our black children. So one of the things that we learned early on is that in order to have people mentor children, they need to be in somewhat of a right mind, or stable mind, or else they’ll pass on things that we really don’t want them to pass on to the kids. So the idea there being recruiting folks, and then providing some kind of training beyond an orientation.” Susan brought together “a brain trust of 60 of the country’s leading black psychologists, educators, activists, historians, just every walk of life that came to her place in NY to brainstorm what kinds of things do we need to know about ourselves to help us be better mentors.”
Early Operations, Services The foundation anticipates the center will begin limited operations and services in midto late 2018. The 7,500-squarefoot space, which is located on the ground floor of the foundation’s headquarters and leased from Midtown Detroit, Inc., is currently being prepared for build out. In early 2018, the foundation and center partners will begin to strategize the best design and layout to facilitate collaboration, service delivery and special events. In addition, the center will also be led through a naming and brand identity development process. In its early operations, the center will focus primarily on grantees and potential grantees of the Wilson Foundation as the ‘first clients,’ and will offer some services, activities and events to fellow foundations and nonprofits. With the center’s primary partners recently established, there are still many questions and operational details to be determined in the coming months as the center gets up and running. More details will be shared closer to the center’s launch later in 2018. With the center based in Southeast Michigan, the foundation is also in the early stages of talking with partners across western New York, its other region of focus, to determine the best approach for providing nonprofit support, based on the existing assets and activities already happening there. izens here become owners, not just consumers. Serving the city of Detroit has been James’ lifelong mission. So much so that he has been a volunteer officer for Detroit Police Department since 2008. He has 547 hours volunteer hours working events at Ford Field, church events, and other community engagements around the city.” “I always wanted to be a police officer, because my uncles were, but they wouldn’t allow me to do it, he said. “I found out there was a volunteer unit, and because I love my city, I wanted to find another way to give back. And I’ll keep doing it until I can’t do it anymore.” One would be hard-pressed to find a more accomplished teacher than James, but there is still more for him to do and experience in his life. He has a 6-year-old daughter, and once she is done with high school, he has three goals he wants to accomplish: teach courses at Morehouse, become the superintendent of the DPSCD, and run for mayor of Detroit.
Following that model, Detroit CARE’s New Way Forward speaker series has focused on inviting a broad array of perspectives on how to uplift community such as International Peace Initiatives founder Dr. Karambu Ringera, who acquired a wasteland in her native Meru, Kenya, and transformed it into a children’s home. She is also co-creator of the New Generation Leadership Program which trains young leaders from all across Africa and internationally, and is recognized as an international authority on women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, and how to uplift impoverished communities. Ringera’s message of struggle and overcoming near mind-bending odds to enable and empower children to imagine something better and then to realize that imagination was an inspiring event for those who attended last week’s presentation with very real applications for Detroit. The primary message? Self-sufficiency and self-reliance. Ringera’s attitude seems best expressed in a quote from her own International Peace Initiatives website: “I like to think of myself as a peace, healing and reconciliation activist, involved in promoting community based organizing that empowers grassroots people, especially women and children challenged by disease, violence, and poverty. Poverty is not just about lack of money, or absence of violence and disease, rather the greatest suffering in these areas results from lack of access to information, a lack of knowledge and support to successfully utilize and develop local resources to create a better life. My desire is to stand with communities as they learn to listen deeply to the inner knowing of their hearts, identify their needs, craft their own solutions and inspire actions to meet those needs.”
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December 6-12, 2017
A Great Light: An evening of words and music to benefit Cass Community An evening of Advent enlightenment and entertainment On Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., Cass Community Social Services will host “A Great Light” at the Cass Community United Methodist Church, 3901 Cass Ave. Produced by DeAnn Forbes and Alvin Waddles, the evening will feature a roster of renowned jazz, gospel, soul, contemporary and spoken word musicians, as well as refreshments. Cass’ Executive Director Faith Fowler will be on hand to deliver some inspirational words to the crowd. “A Great Light” performers: • Alvin Waddles is a pianist, singer, composer and director who has been a musical director
and/or pianist for notable theatrical productions including “The Wiz,” “The Color Purple,” “Dreamgirls” and “West Side Story.” He has also worked with some of the world’s finest musicians including: Aretha Franklin, Robert Shaw, Anita Baker and many more. • David McMurray is a seasoned composer and multi-instrumentalist who has performed with a diverse list of A-list artists including Bob Dylan, Gladys Knight, Iggy Pop and the Rolling Stones. His latest album will be released next year on the Blue Note label. • Luis Resto is the Academy Award and Grammy-winning songwriter, musician, producer and keyboardist who co-wrote “Lose Yourself” for the 2002 film “8 Mile.” Resto has performed and co-written songs with art-
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Charter school advocacy group for parents partners with Detroit charter school leaders Detroit Charter School leaders announced that they have collaborated with Detroit Voice for School Choice, a first-ever initiative focused on educating, organizing and mobilizing Detroit Charter School parents to advocate for their children’s education. Modeled after other leading parent advocacy initiatives across the country, seven of the leading charter networks have partnered to impact and empower Detroit families on school choice. Additional details on the non-profit organization DVSC may be found at www.detroitvoiceforschoolchoice.org and there is no cost for parents to join. In addition, DVSC will have a parent advisory board. DVSC has created a two-part parent workshop series; DVSC Advocacy Fellowship and Leadership Training that provides educational
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Last week, the story broke that an affiliate of Dan Gilbert’s real estate firm, the Douglas Acquisition Company, is in the process of purchasing what was formerly known as the Brewster-Douglass public housing projects to build mixed-income housing. Richard Hosey, president of the Detroit Housing Commission’s Board of Commissioners, said the board voted last week to start negotiating a $23-million deal to sell the site to Douglas. Could this be a good thing? I hope so. With the intensified focus on the dramatic need for more affordable housing in Detroit Keith A. Owens — as well as the very real threat of gentrification — Detroit certainly needs for this to be the right kind of development done in the spirit of inclusiveness and what this city truly needs. Realizing, of course, that business is business, and business isn’t business without the profit motive. But unless we’re all on the same page — or at least reading the same book — about which direction this city needs to grow to become the New Detroit that benefits all Detroiters, then there is a heightened risk of competing interests threatening Detroit’s still fragile revival. I’d like to believe Gilbert has the best interests of all Detroit in mind as he continues to expand his vision of the Detroit he wants to see — and appears determined to make the rest of us see as well. But Gilbert doesn’t always make that an easy thing to do, which is why I can’t see myself cheering this latest announcement just yet. If I were to design a symbol for Gilbert’s real estate firm, Bedrock Detroit, it would be an octopus. A great big octopus with its massive tentacles wrapped around an itty-bitty ‘d’. My version of truth in advertising. I’ve been told more than once that I seem to take too much pleasure way too often in pouncing on Gilbert, aka the King of All Downtown, at every conceivable opportunity. That’s probably true. I also confess that may have had something to do with Gilbert saying out loud with a straight face last year that he believed Trump would be good for urban America. To be specific, this is exactly what he said at last year’s Detroit Auto Show, as reported by WDET: “Whether you love him or hate him or whatever, the fact that he is a real estate developer is probably a good
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thing for urban cores,” Gilbert said. “Because (Trump) developed real estate he understands the challenges that businesses and companies and developers would have in urban cores. So it appears he could be very good for cities. … Like any politician, and he is one now, we’ll have to wait and see.” That right there makes it somewhat difficult for me to have faith in Gilbert as the salvation of Detroit that some seem to believe that he is. Because as much as we now know how truly repulsive, racist, sexist, dangerous and insane Trump is today, we knew enough a year ago to know then that he was repulsive, sexist, racist and insane, and most likely dangerous too. So for anyone of measurable intelligence — and I don’t think anyone anywhere has ever accused Gilbert of being anything remotely close to being stupid — to so easily overlook such qualities of a man so fondly regarded by white supremacists and say that this person is probably the best option for a city that is nearly 80% black? Yeah, well, kinda makes me question the thought process that led to that conclusion. About a week before the announcement was made about the plans for the old Brewster-Douglass projects, there was another Gilbert-related development when City Council voted on Nov. 21 to approve $250 million in state taxpayer funds be granted to Bedrock to help finance four new downtown developments that Gilbert wants. Those include a new skyscraper on the former Hudson’s department store site, a new mixed-use project on the Monroe Block, the renovation of the Book Tower and Building, and an expansion of the One Campus Martius building. The natural question raised by residents who objected to this approval is why in the world does the richest man in the state of Michigan need all those taxpayer dollars? Gilbert says his project will generate 24,000 new jobs and produce $673 million in new local tax revenue. Maybe so, and admittedly that is a strong argument on its face. But who will qualify for those thousands of new jobs? Longtime Detroiters? And are we sure about this $673 million figure, or is this being accepted at face value? So, sure. I hope the proposed redevelopment of the old Brewster Douglass projects by the Douglas Acquisition Company is as advertised, and that it will be one of many future developments offering affordable housing options to the thousands of struggling Detroiters who need those options. It’s what the city needs, but I do have questions. Meanwhile, we should all stay tuned.
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The Cosby Effect By Roz Edward Sexual harassment is wrong. Sexual assault is criminal. And it only takes common sense to know the difference between the two. Not since the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings debacle have we been so inundated with the sex lives and personal proclivities of politicians, producers, performers and pretty much anybody and everybody in the public eye. Unwelcome sexual quests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature constitute harassment.
But what did come to light when the issue was put before the U.S. Congress, and made national and internationRoz Edward al news, not only was the notion that sexual harassment is a victimless crime dispelled. Under the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which were a direct outcome of the Hill-Thomas case, the victim does not have to be the person harassed, but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
I know Paul Ryan. Before he became Speaker of the House, we shared flights to and from the Capitol. We’ve sat through countless hearings and markups together. Despite our political differences, we respected each other. But now, as the GOP’s dangerous tax plan is on the verge of passing the Senate, it’s time to take off the gloves and hold him and the president to task for their malicious proposal. After nearly ten years serving with Speaker Ryan on the Gwen Moore Budget Committee, I learned to decipher the coded discourse he uses when discussing tax policy. I learned to see past his doublespeak and see his policies for what they are: Wall Street over Main Street politics. Put simply, I’m fluent in Ryan. So, here are the facts that he and the president don’t want you to know, devoid of that classic Ryan polish, magic asterisks, and fuzzy math… The tax proposal before the Senate raises taxes on those earning as little as $10,000 a year, cuts Medicare and Medicaid, and adds another $1.5 trillion to the national debt to pave the way for huge corporate tax cuts. Not only will it create massive deficits, but it fails to stimulate any meaningful economic growth. Sadly, Speaker Ryan’s shiny veneer on his plan — meant to evoke images of shared wealth among the middle class — is as empty as Donald Trump’s health care promise that “everybody’s got to be covered.” Beyond the deficit, there are numerous opportunity costs that Americans need to consider. Elimination of mid-
dle class deductions will not be offset by doubling the standard exemption, effectively raising taxes on families, especially for families with more than two children. Changes and cuts to health programs like Medicare and Medicaid will make our population poorer and sicker. Tax on college endowments and interest on student loans will make college less affordable for students. Taxing state and local taxes will devalue the homes of countless Americans and make it harder and more expensive for states to provide services for their people. The huge deficits this bill creates will likely preclude the country from investing in badly needed new infrastructure and nearly ensure future fiscal crises and government shutdowns. It’s difficult to understand why Congress would want to treat teachers buying pens and paper for their students differently than businesses buying the very same pens and paper. It’s hard to fathom why it makes sense to allow deductions for private school tuition but to no longer allow students to deduct the cost of student loans. It’s simply illogical that these GOP proposals copy S-corporation loopholes that proved so disastrous when tried by Kansas that Republicans in that state had to reverse their own tax plan.
caused by verbal vs. physical assault. I am not in any way defending any perpetrator of sexual harassment of assault, (being a survivor of both myself), and being a woman, I am naturally inclined to empathize with the women who accuse these powerful men of misconduct and abuse. But intellectually, I know that truth and fiction can be misconstrued and confused, and that people on both sides of the accuser vs. accused equation can make mistakes. Being a staunch supporter of living legend John Conyers, and having had the occasion to spend time in his company both professionally and socially, I have doubts about the legitimacy of the allegations against him and the veracity of his accusers. But since Americans are living and operating in this era of politically correct hyperactivity, and every allegation is essentially a career killer, who then is qualified to hold public office? And although former president Bill Clinton (I know, he’s not the best example) commented in an interview nearly two decades ago, a certain level of personal scrutiny could preclude qualified people of generally good character from becoming candidates for any office or entering the public arena at all. Sexual misconduct allegations and sexism, like racism, are a bipartisan affair.
We like to think on the progressive side that we are more enlightened, that we treat men and women, black In short, if you “Truth and fiction can be and white, equalare witness to the misconstrued and confused, ly, but that theory offense, you can really panostensibly be a and people on both sides of the isn’t ning out. We can victim of the offense and suffer accuser vs. accused equation can profess it publicly, and rationalize indirectly. make mistakes.” this purging of Okay, I get it, predators as the the stain of the offense can taint or of- most humane and just course of action, fend another’s sensibilities, but if I wit- but in so doing we risk lending legitimaness a robbery, does mean that I have cy to wrongful accusations and giving been robbed? Or if I witness a murder, credibility to charges leveled in the init’s not fatal for me. My point is there terest of personal agendas, and someis a demarcation in the level of harm times even revenge.
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bunked by mainstream economists and studies that at this point they are just flat out lies. In fact, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies have already indicated their intent to distribute tax cuts to their shareholders, not workers. A recent survey of economists overwhelmingly came to the conclusion that the GOP tax plan would not produce significant GDP gains, but would substantially increase the national debt. Of course, anyone who lived through the Bush tax cuts in 2000 will not only remember these GOP claims, but also, and more importantly, that the results never lived up to the hype. The 2000 tax cuts didn’t pay for themselves as the national debt piled up, they didn’t produce the promised economic growth, and they certainly didn’t tickle down to workers in the form of a big wage increase. Republicans are asking Americans to ignore all history and evidence to believe that this time will be different. We have been down this road before. We know that tickle down hasn’t worked, doesn’t work and won’t work. Our country has the wealth inequality and deficits to prove it.
Tax reform that closes loopholes and promotes fairness and prosperity for all is long overdue, but the bill that passed the House on a partisan vote and the Senate proposal are not reform. In fact, the two bills deform and complicate the Internal Revenue Code, making it less fair, less efficient and increases income inequality.
I voted against this bill because it hurts middle class workers, hurts the poor, hurts working mothers, hurts students, hurts universities, hurts healthcare, hurts state and local governments, and will ensure the government won’t have the funds to fix our badly outdated infrastructure nor meet any other number of urgent priorities. There is not an urgent problem that should be properly addressed that the GOP plan does not make worse.
Despite this bleak reality, Republicans are attempting to convince Americans to support this plan claiming that trickle-down tax cuts pay for themselves and that working people will get a huge pay increase as a result. These assertions have been so thoroughly de-
Our country desperately needs real tax reform, but all Speaker Ryan and the GOP are trying to sell us is more crony capitalism and donor welfare labeled as “reform.” It is high time we see past these shallow promises. The American people deserve better from Congress.
So, Conyers, Cosby, Simmons, and a host of other public figures who have been accused, but not convicted, are forced to wear their “Scarlet Letter.” And like the Salem Witch trials, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. The test for determining whether a person was a witch or not was completely illogical. According to the thinking of the time, an innocent person thrown into a lake would sink like a stone, but a witch would simply bob on the surface. So, if the accused didn’t drown (proving their innocence), they would instead be put to death. Conyers and Simmons have stepped down from prominent positions, but neither has been found guilty of the allegations against them. Nor has Cosby been convicted of the charges leveled against him. You may disagree, but I defend Geraldo Rivera’s right to tweet. The controversial journalist and Fox News correspondent was sharply criticized for defending longtime friend and former “Today” show host Matt Lauer who was fired recently for charges of misconduct. Rivera said in a tweet, “… it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it [with] predation.” Such allegations, he said, should be “confined to situations” in which a superior harasses a lower-ranking employee, who is worried about reporting it because of the “feared consequences to victim’s employment.” I couldn’t agree more. And speaking of tweeting, Donald Trump has been eerily quiet on the subject of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault, save for his contentious backpedaling regarding whether or not that was his voice on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape in 2005 when he made lewd remarks regarding the best way to handle women. So, what do you think? Write me at michroniclenews.com and express your thoughts on this trending topic.
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Metro Detroit mom creates unique stocking stuffer for busy parents and hungry kids Your child is ready to eat, but their food is still piping hot. You could tell them to blow on their food in hopes that it will quickly cool, or you can try this latest parent accessory that will blow off the mealtime steam. Balo¯ first™ www.Balo¯first.com (pronounced “blow”) is a revolutionary food blowing utensil designed to help save little tongues from being burned by food that is too hot. Created by a career mom of two, Balo¯ first™ encourages independent eating with children ages 3 years and up, and prevents the spread of germs by parents when blowing on their kid’s food. The portable handheld battery-operated device can be clipped on to your kid’s plate for mealtime convenience. “My son was just starting to eat solid foods when I caught a cold. Because I would make his food a week ahead of time, I would freeze and heat his food as needed,” says creator LaShonda Allen. “When heating his baby food it would always get too hot either burning his little tongue or forcing me to put it in the fridge for a few minutes, or worse, blow on it. Creating Balo¯ first™ has now eased these challenges and will help other parents enjoy their next family meal.”
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In a recent market study conducted by Ellay Holdings, parents were surveyed about their dining habits. Fifty-two percent of parents surveyed still blow on their child’s food to cool it off before eating, along with using other methods: • 17.3% put food in a freezer to cool food before eating • 13.5% use the refrigerator to cool food before eating • 32.7% will blow on their child’s food before allowing them to eat • 36.5% will sit food aside and wait for it to cool Balo¯ first™ offers a safe and reliable product that can also be used by the child as they gain greater mobility and become more eating independent. Balo¯ first™ helps make mealtime favorites more enjoyable, while allowing the whole family to eat together. Balo¯ first™ is: •S AFE FOR LITTLE HANDS with soft, plastic blades •E ASY TO STERILIZE – gently wipe with a slightly damp cloth •F AST ACTING and DURABLE – spin action cools off most foods in as soon as 30 seconds. •P ERFECT FOR TRAVEL – sleek, lightweight design makes it easy to carry anywhere The Balo¯ first™ signature animal shape comes packaged in a vibrant cherry red color for $29.99. Balo¯ first™ is currently available online and will be housed at Beautiful Beginnings children’s boutique (29817 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI). Balo¯ first™ has also partnered with
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field-Lathrup High School in 2009 and Georgia State University in 2014.
Oprah Winfrey was fired from her news anchor job at the age of 23. So was Danielle Hughes. Budding rapper Cardi B is 25 years old, and made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list this year. So did Hughes. Both have had a long journey to success, which has been an inspiration for Hughes, co-founder and COO of Detroit Speaks, on her own journey to being named to the distinguished list.
“I went to college to become a news anchor,” Hughes said. “That’s what I thought I wanted to do out of high school, so I have a degree in journalism. When I was 23, I got a job as a reporter in Alabama. I was fired from that job after five months because I got into an accident in the station’s car. I wasn’t on their insurance, so they had to let me go.”
And as the only native Detroiter, out of 600 people on the list, to make the Forbes list speaks volumes on how far she has come since working at a Dairy Queen as senior in high school. “I was getting an oil change when I found out,” Hughes said. “I hadn’t heard anything from Forbes, so I pulled up the list on my phone. When I was scrolling and saw my name, I called my mom, jumped out of my car and literally ran down the street. The guys changing my oil were looking at me like, ‘Is she going to come back?’” “At that moment it felt surreal. Everything has been different since then, and I wanted it to go back to being normal.” Detroit Speaks is a non-profit that Hughes co-founded with college friend Brianna Alexander in 2014. Their organization works with children in Detroit area ages 8-18 to increase social awareness, community involvement and helps them achieve their dreams. And while Hughes helps youth in Detroit create a smoother path to success, hers was all but that when she graduated from South-
“By the grace of God, my mentor worked at the NBC station in Atlanta, and I called her hysterically crying. I didn’t have any money and wasn’t moving back to Detroit. She ended up getting me a job with the news station she used to work at, and I was on the anchor desk within a month. They ended up firing me a year later because they wanted someone with more experience.” Hughes called on her mother again after being fired for a second time, this time needing encouragement and guidance. Her mother told her that her story would be a testimony that would inspire others. Hughes did not want to return home to Detroit, and didn’t know where to turn, since her entire career was focused on being a journalist. Her lease on her apartment was up, and since she did not have any money, she had to return home in August of 2016. The Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program is the biggest component of what Detroit Speaks provides. It is a three-month program that partners mentees with mentors to provide exposure to entrepreneurship and small businesses
in the city. Hughes manages that entire program, and is also a Dream Director with The Future Project, mentoring teenagers at Renaissance High School Tuesday through Friday. Imagine if Hughes did not have that fender bender in Alabama, or was retained at her second job. She probably would have been a news anchor today, instead of finding her true purpose and passion in life — mentoring youth in Detroit. Her failures and life experiences turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to her and others. “I see life through an entirely different lens now,” said Hughes. “My trials and tribulations have made me a much better person. From dealing with that pain, to not having a purpose, to figuring out what I was going to do next in life, to being broke, it was all for the greater good.” “I was born off Dexter and Davison, so when my mentees see me accomplishing dreams and goals, it’s like a lightbulb goes off for them. It makes me relatable to them. I was never good in school and I needed guidance too, so it shows them that they can accomplish big things coming from our city.” Hughes said she always saw herself being a renaissance woman, and hopes to makes the Forbes list for reasons that her inspiration Oprah is on it. For now, she has a vision of growing Detroit Speaks with her partner in Atlanta, New York and Washington, D.C. They also
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BBB alerts online holiday shoppers about package delivery scams The Better Business Bureau says consumers can protect themselves against a variety of package delivery schemes by understanding how they work.
Subsequent efforts to recover the victim’s money are rejected by both Amazon and the delivery company, because the item was shipped to an address in the consumer’s city, but not the buyer’s address. All the scammer wanted was for someone to sign for the package, so they could pocket the consumer’s payment.
End-of-year package delivery fraud has evolved in recent years, with consumers losing money and personal information as a result of the schemes. A complex ruse circulating this year uses well-known online retailers and delivery companies to intercept or steal packages, or get consumers’ to divulge their credit card numbers and other personal information. Criminals know that some very expensive gifts are delivered to people’s doorsteps, and they use a variety of methods to take advantage of online commerce. One of the websites commonly misused by the scammers is Amazon. Here is how it works: A fake merchant will open an account on Amazon and sell expensive
Fortunately, consumers can protect themselves from delivery fraud by looking for red flags, such as a recently-opened seller’s account with very few reviews.
items at an unrealistically low price. After the buyer makes a payment, they receive an email from Amazon confirming that the item has been shipped. When the package doesn’t arrive, the consumer checks
with the delivery company and is told that someone signed for the package. Although the parcel was delivered in the same city, it was not sent to the buyer’s address. So what happened to the
package? The parcel is usually sent to a business address where an employee will sign a delivery confirmation. The package is empty and the scammer racks up a charge on the consumer’s credit card.
More traditional delivery scams are much simpler, such as following a delivery truck to look for drop-offs and stealing packages from people’s doorsteps or apartment building lobbies. By far the most common scheme involves fake emails that appear to come from a delivery company. The notice
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business Danielle Hughes From page C-1 want to open a community center in Detroit within the next five years. Hughes is working on opening a consulting business in 2018, and wants to open a smoothie shop that offers healthy options to Detroiters by 2020. She is a social entrepreneur on the rise in the Motor City, and is grooming the next generation of Detroiters to make an impact as well. “I look at my mentees as the new Detroit,” said Hughes. “They notice all of the people moving in and trying to get them to move out. This is our city, we were raised here and we love it here. They are the next generation of change-makers and they’re going to change the world.”
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MAFE names Project D.R.E.A.M. founder Tinesha Cherry 2017 Female Entrepreneur of the Year Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs, a Detroit- based nonprofit organization supporting women entrepreneurs, names Tinesha Cherry, Founder of Project D.R.E.A.M. LLC, as the recipient of the 2017 Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
at the 2017 Women Entrepreneurs Conference hosted by MAFE at the University of Michigan Detroit Center in Detroit. This annual conference brings together Michigan’s most influential business experts and entrepreneurs to educate, inspire and celebrate women in business.
This prestigious award acknowledges and recognizes extraordinary women entrepreneurs from across Michigan who exemplify business creativity and vision and is an active leader in her community.
“We are delighted to recognize and celebrate women entrepreneurs who are overcoming barriers and shaping Michigan’s future through their passion and determination,” said Tonya McNeal-Weary, Founder and Executive Director of MAFE. “With this award, MAFE celebrates the power of women- owned businesses in transforming communities through job creation and economic revitalization,” McNeal-Weary added.
Project D.R.E.A.M. (Delivering Results Effectively to Advance Myself) is an organization dedicated to promoting growth, prosperity and greatness in adolescent girls and young women around the world. Mrs. Cherry founded the company on the belief that all girls, regardless of age, race, social standing or economic status, can achieve greatness.
Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting and promoting the economic growth and advancement of women business owners in Michigan through advocacy, entrepreneurial training and leadership development.
Through her work with Project D.R.E.A.M., Mrs. Cherry works to help build the self-esteem and self- worth of young women and girls within her community and globally by expanding their outlook on life through education Tinesha Cherry and leadership. Mrs. Cherry is also an accomplished speaker and trainer and has trained hundreds of leaders across the country to help maximize their leadership potential. She is the author of “I Was Born to Lose,
But I Chose to Win,” a book where she tells her personal story of overcoming extreme adversity. The award was presented to Mrs. Cherry
MAFE gives women entrepreneurs the opportunity to expand their influence and increase their visibility by providing a forum where business women can unite, network, and leverage best practices within an organization of their peers.
About Ellay Holdings:
Ellay Holdings, LLC. is a Metro-Detroit based company offering high-quality, convenience based and lifestyle products to consumers throughout the United States. Ellay Holdings, LLC. focuses its efforts on its signature products, Balo¯ first™, which is a line of small battery-operated cooling devices. Balo¯ first™ is a portable food-blowing device for parents on the go, slated for a market launch in 2017. As a woman and minority-owned business, Ellay Holdings, LLC. takes pride in developing products that meet the emergent needs of new expectant mothers leveraging the experience of its CEO and founder, LaShonda Allen. Through her leadership, Balo¯ first™ is committed to providing convenient yet stylish solutions for busy parents, who want to provide nutritious meals for their families.
Online scams From page C-1 tells recipients that they missed a delivery and instructs them to click on a link or open an attachment to arrange for a subsequent delivery or pickup. The links and attachments will release a virus into the victims’ computers, putting them at risk of subsequent fraud and/or identity theft. The Better Business Bureau has some advice to avoid becoming the victim of delivery scams: Check the seller’s reputation — Buy from established sellers with positive consumer reviews. Ignore the email — Delivery companies do not send notice of a missed delivery by email. Instead, the driver will leave a tag on the door with a telephone number to call to arrange another delivery. Check door tags carefully — Some fake lookalike tags are left on people’s doors with a telephone number that is not associated with the transportation company. If you call the number, you will be asked for personal and/or financial information. Have packages delivered to work — If you know that you cannot be at home to receive a package, have it delivered to your office, a relative, neighbor or friend so that it does not sit in an area where it can easily be stolen. Delivery companies, law enforcement and sellers websites are aware of these scams and working on ways to prevent delivery fraud. In the meantime, consumers can protect themselves by carefully reviewing all documents and carefully combing through bank and credit card statements to look for unusual charges.
People On The MOVE Nonprofit
Kylee Mitchell was appointed executive director of the Ballmer Group, which has a new Detroit office. Under Mitchell’s leadership, the Ballmer Group will support work that strengthens Detroit’s neighborhoods and infrastructure.
Faye Nelson, vice president, DTE Energy, board chair and president of the DTE Energy Foundation, is leaving DTE to pursue a teaching opportunity at the University of Michigan and to continue her public board career, effective January 2018. Nelson has been appointed a fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where, through her course offerings, she will lead an exploration into such topics as ethics, public-private partnerships, philanthropy, and politics that came with the success of the development of the Detroit Riverfront. She also is providing her public board expertise to the Deloitte launched Board Ready Women Program in Detroit in support of women securing public board seats.
She also will develop a strategic plan that advances Ballmer Group’s philanthropic investments in Detroit and aligns with the work of regional activities in Los Angeles and Washington state; cultivate relationships and partnerships with nonprofits, community leaders, government officials, funders and other key stakeholders; and lead special projects and initiatives identified by the nonprofit.
Prior to this position, she was Detroit market senior director for the Columbia, Md.based nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners. Mitchell, who is a native Detroiter, will start her job at the beginning of next year.
The Ballmer Group’s mission is help create a country in which every child, regardless of background and circumstance, has an equal chance to achieve the American Dream. The organization supports efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty.
Prior to joining DTE, Nelson was the inaugural president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, where she led, over a 10-year timeframe, the transformation of Detroit’s riverfront. She served on the Board of Directors for Compuware Corporation for 14 years. Her current board service includes the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, M-1 Rail, New Detroit, Midtown, Inc., Henry Ford Hospital & Health Network and the Sphinx Organization.
Nelson is the recipient of numerous awards, including being recognized by Crain’s Detroit in its 2016 list of 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan and the Damon J. Keith 24th Annual Soul and Spirit Humanitarian Award. She is a life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference and a member of the International Women’s Forum, the Executive Leadership Council and the State Bar of Michigan.
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A unifying ‘VIBE’ lifts students at Western International H.S.! An ongoing source of good news: At school and in their community, members of the VIBE Dream Team at Western International High School are about impacting their world for the better.
Unity Mural honors history and captures power of today’s youth Dayana Juarez, senior: “I’m happy that the first mural in our school connects us all and represents where we come from.” Mario A. Llanas, senior: “Everyone is human. Race, skin color or language shouldn’t be factors that divide us. As a Latino hearing all the comments about Mexicans hurt because my family isn’t anything like that. This mural is just one of the many projects I’ve been involved with to show unity in the world.”
By Scott Talley Special to the Michigan Chronicle The “Best of Young Detroit” desperately wanted to share a story promoting unity and diversity before 2017 came to a close and quite fittingly, students at Western International High School came to our rescue. These tremendous students are members of the Western International VIBE Dream Team, which is a part of The Future Project. As we have reported in the “Best of Young Detroit,” The Future Project is helping students at participating Detroit schools unlock their potential and build the skills they need to change their lives and our world for the better. At Western, through the VIBE Dream Team, the impact of The Future Project can be felt and seen in a powerful way including a breathtaking VIBE Dream Team Unity Mural at the school. And the brilliant creation would not have been possible without special contributions from each team member. Viewing the Unity Mural, even on a photograph, is an uplifting experience. The diverse subjects displayed on the mural represent nothing less than some of the best examples of humanity including the celebrated labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez; the powerful writer and social critic James Baldwin; Grace Lee Boggs, a philosopher, feminist, and human rights advocate for seven decades (much of that time spent in Detroit); Malala Yousafzai, an unrelenting champion for the education of women and children in her native land and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate; Rosa Parks, who so gracefully showed the true power that lies within women and all oppressed people as one of the catalysts of the American Civil Rights Movement; and, Malcolm X (Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz), who like many African American males living today was written off by society as a young Malcolm Little before he awakened and transformed into a dynamic human rights leader. The historical giants just listed, and more, can be found on the Unity Mural. But while the history displayed on the mural is immense and inspiring, the members of the VIBE Dream Team at Western are nowhere near finished when it comes to being a positive force in their community. In fact, just a few days before this section was going to press, jessica Care moore, The Future Project director of the VIBE Dream Team, informed the “Best of Young Detroit” that her students were embarking on a courtyard beautification project to help display even more positivity across their proud Southwest Detroit neighborhood. Known perhaps a little for the unique spelling of her name (a tribute to activist bell hooks), and even more for her work as an
internationally renowned poet, playwright, performance artist and producer, jessica Care moore also cares a great deal about students at Western International High School and across our city. When moore said “there are some great young people in our city that don’t get press,” the “Best of Young Detroit” felt even more compelled to share this story now. And we were able to do so with her help and the assistance of many others, including Mario Llanas, a senior at Western who took the beautiful photos that accompany this story; and, the outstanding Western International principal Angel Garcia, a Western International alum (Class of 2000), who has created an awesome school environment where students and initiatives like the VIBE Dream Team can flourish. In closing, “The Best of Young Detroit” wishes to give the last word to a small sampling of the Western International High School students that made the VIBE Dream Team Mural possible. Christina Cervantes, senior: “The mural shows the culture, ethnicities, and the people of our community and Southwest Detroit. It shows the struggles of our community and how Detroit came to be!” Chelsea Gomez-Jimenez, senior: “This mural to me represents the diversity going on in this school. Every time a student looks at this mural, they feel a sense of belonging.”
Yaylene Navarro, senior: “Our school is amazingly diverse, full of unique people from different backgrounds. The mural was meant to show this, make it known that despite our differences, we are all the same—Human!” Jose Nova, senior: “The mural was a great way for to show how diverse the school actually is.”
Aariah Williams, senior: “The Vibe Dream Team would not have been what it is today without the people, because no builder builds alone.”
Young Visionaries on a Positive Mission Following is the lineup for the 2017-18 Western International VIBE Dream Team: Dream Director, Poet in Residence jessica Care moore Painter in Residence Sabrina Nelson Student Members Aariah Williams Amyre Thomas Araceli Zamudio Tainshi Shenshiwu Asia Wilson Brianna Griffin Alondra Alvarez Thomas Brooks Alexis Garcia Chelsea Gomez-Jimenez Christina Cervantes Kavion Bradley Java Henry Katelyn Watts Donell Allante Johnson Daezja Giles Virginia Durham Michael Holmes Michelle Tinker Terrance Davis Dayana Jaurez De’Ongelo Fransisco Denysse Camarena D’Sean Broaden Egypt Jackson Thomas Elizabeth Tinker Esther Guerrero Fatima Barba Geneida Meza Irma Jaramillo James Hodge Kharielle Thomas Yaylene Navarro Jose Nava Keairra Walker Mario Llanas Elizabeth Tinker Trevor Smith Tyrecia Hales Vanessa Quiroz Timesha Cottingham Jaylen Kittrell Nathan Elswick Karen Ruiz Celine Guerrero Daniela Morales
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December 6 - 12, 2017
Introducing Dante Hollis: A champion and a leader!
Student-athletes from Detroit schools can be found pursuing higher education while playing sports at locales across the country, including Campbellsville, Kentucky, where Dante Hollis, a product of King Dante Hollis High School, is now a standout offensive lineman at Campbellsville University. At Campbellsville, Hollis has experienced the joys of being a conference champion and a National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA) national champion. With the help of our friend, Jarvis Larue Brown, a mentor to many youth across our city, the “Best of Young Detroit” was able to communicate with Hollis and we learned that he is most grateful to the people that provided the foundation for his success. “I would like to thank Jarvis, my dad (Darrell Beavers) and my uncle (Darryl Beavers) because they were always on me about being a better man and pushed me to do better in life,” said Hollis, a three-year starter and first team all-conference selection on the field, who is majoring in nursing with a minor in health care administration. Hollis added: “I knew that I didn’t want to be another statistic in life, so they (my role models) made sure I wasn’t. They taught me core values that a young man should hold himself accountable too. They made
me want to be a leader not only for my family, but for my community as well.” The “Best of Young Detroit” salutes Dante Hollis, who continues to make his mark in the classroom and on the football field. Following are other student-athletes from Detroit that we cheer for that are now on display during the college basketball season: Kenny Carpenter, Cleveland State/Cass Tech, the senior guard registered 14 points, four rebounds and two assists in a 72-62 defeat at Kent State on Dec. 2.
Terrell Hales, Cleveland State/Frederick Douglass, the senior guard came off the Vikings’ bench to contribute two rebounds, an assist and a steal during a hard-fought 72-69 defeat at East Carolina on Nov. 20.
Martez Walker, Oakland University/Pershing, the redshirt senior guard scorched the nets with 32 points in a 78-73 victory at Western Michigan on Dec. 2.
Jaylin McFadden, Ferris State/East English Village, the redshirt freshman guard/forward contributed nine points, three rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot in a 99-83 victory against Tiffin on Nov. 30. Jaylin McFadden
Darrell Davis Greg Elliott, Marquette/East English Village, the freshman guard contributed nine assists, seven points, one steal, and a blocked shot in a 95-69 victory against Chicago State on Nov. 29.
Kenny Carpenter Darrell Davis, Dayton/ Frederick Douglass, the senior guard stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists in a 6159 defeat at Mississippi State on Dec. 3.
Arshawn Parker, Albion/Mumford, the junior guard contributed seven points and three steals in an 83-78 defeat against Illinois Tech on Dec. 2.
Noah King, Ferris State/University of Detroit Jesuit, the senior guard/forward scored 16 points in a 91-57 victory against Ashland on Dec. 2. Noah King
Corey Wheeler, Albion/Renaissance, the senior guard scored 20 points in an 83-78 defeat against Illinois Tech on Dec. 2.
Corey Wheeler Brailen Neely, Oakland University/Western, the sophomore guard contributed nine assists, three rebounds and two steals in a 78-73 victory at Western Michigan on Dec. 2.
Week in PSL This GIRLS GAMES VARSIT Y
Monday, Dec. 11, 4 p.m.
Chase for the championship: The proud girls basketball program at Martin Luther King Senior High School celebrated another championship following the 2016-2017 season. This season’s title quest begins Monday, Dec. 11 when basketball league play for girls kicks off in the PSL.
Impact Player Made in “The D”
Denby at Henry Ford Renaissance at King Pershing at Cody Mumford at East English Village Osborn at Cass
Davis Aerospace at Central DCP Northwestern at Southeastern Detroit International Academy at West Side Academy Delta Prep at Communication & Media Arts Leadership Academy at Western
“Best of Young Detroit” Detroit’s own Mike Robinson scored in bunches at MSU
Ohio State senior safety Damon Webb celebrates breaking up a pass during the Big Ten Championship Game versus Wisconsin on Dec. 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The former Cass Tech standout had even more reason to celebrate later in the game, when his interception sealed a 27-21 Ohio State victory. The season will continue for Webb and the Buckeyes on Dec. 29 when Ohio State takes on the University of Southern California (USC) in the Cotton Bowl.
The date was Dec. 1, 1973, and Michigan State senior guard Mike Robinson dropped 36 points on Central Michigan during a season-opening 78-70 victory at historic Jenison Field House. For most players, the scoring barrage would have been a performance of a lifetime. However, Mike Robinson was hardly a garden-variety college basketball player. Despite standing shy of 6-feet, the Detroit native out of Northeastern High School was large in stature anytime he took his place on a basketball court due to his outstanding scoring ability. Playing before the days of freshman eligibility in big time college basketball, Robinson averaged an eye-popping 24.2 points during his three varsity seasons. Twice he was the Big Ten scoring champion during his stellar MSU career, during
Sweet Homecoming The Pistons’ were in excellent form on Nov. 29, during a 131-107 victory against the Phoenix Suns at Little Caesars Arena. However, the evening also was special for the Suns’ rookie swingman Josh Jackson, who was playing in front of Detroit fans for the first time as a professional. Jackson, who spent most of his childhood in Detroit, led Detroit Consortium College Preparatory High School to the Michigan High School Athletic Association Class C state championship in 2014 before transferring to Prolific Prep in California. Against the Pistons, playing in front of many family members and friends, Jackson proved he was worthy of being the fourth overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, as he poured in a career-high 20 points, to go with seven rebounds and three steals.
which he averaged 24.7 points as a sophomore, 25.7 points as a junior and 22.4 points during his senior campaign, when he played through an injury. A three-time first team All Big Ten selection, Robinson scored 35 points or more four times during his collegiate career, including a 40-point outburst against Northwestern in 1973. Tutored by legendary Detroit Public School League coach Robert Smith at Northeastern, Robinson immediately served notice to the entire Big Ten that he would be a force to reckon with by scoring 25, 29, 20 and 32 points in his first four varsity games as a member of the Spartans. His highlight reel as a collegian also included scoring 36 points as a sophomore against an Indiana team coached by Bob Knight, and scoring 37 points in a 96-92 upset win against Michigan. Robinson did all of that and more, as his silky one-handed jumper became a fixture at Jenison Field House and gyms across the Big Ten. And armed with a Michigan State education, Robinson would go on to score even more victories as a successful businessman and entrepreneur. For proving that the size of a person’s character and conviction matter most, Mr. Robinson should always be celebrated by fans of Michigan State and Detroit PSL basketball, as well as by people across our community today because he set a wonderful example for our youth to follow. The “Best of Young Detroit” thanks the Lansing State Journal for capturing the image of Mr. Robinson during his MSU days, which is displayed with this story. We also thank our good friend Mike “Tiger” Price for recommending that Mr. Robinson be the subject of this week’s “Flashback.”
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The Michigan Chronicle/Bank of America 90-Day Financial Fitness Challenge
Saving for college today in order to attend in the future Better Money Habit #7 – College
Four common questions about saving for college How much do I need to save? The cost of college depends on a variety of factors, including whether the school is public or private. While public colleges receive funding from their states, private colleges rely heavily on donations and tuition. With that said, tuition at private schools tends to be higher. In 2014-2015, the average cost of tuition and fees for in-state students at a public fouryear college was $9,139, according to the College Board; a private four-year college was $31,231. You can use those numbers as a benchmark to estimate your tuition bill. Just keep in mind that costs are likely to be higher in 10 or 12 years.
What if I start saving late? Look for ways to trim your budget so you can free up money to save. You can also ask friends and family to contribute to your child’s college savings in lieu of birthday gifts. Students might consider a two-year community college, where they can earn credits at a fraction of the cost of a four-year program. You can use that time to save, and your student can transfer those credits to a four-year school later on.
What if I can’t possibly save enough? Families pay for college from a variety of sources. In 2014, just 30 percent of tuition payments came from personal income and savings, Sallie Mae notes. Other sources, including scholarships, grants and loans help pay the rest. A variety of government and private sources, including the schools themselves, offer these. Tip: The federal government awards about $150 billion in grants, work study, low-interest loans and other financial aid each year. To tap into that aid, you must fill out a FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. How can a 529 plan help? A 529 is a tax-advantaged plan designed to make it easier to put away money for college. The plans generally offer a variety of investment choices. In addition to offering the potential for tax-free growth, 529 plans let you make tax-free distributions for qualified higher education expenses like tuition, room and board, and books or supplies. Keep in mind that, as with any investment, a 529 can lose money. Tip: Some states offer tax breaks for in-state plans, so check with your state to see whether a certain plan qualifies.
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Cou — inMc ark the piaonStad repHil rpre ema made land r, ent sais in atera cho in kin cto tern g-efitstric Coledu 9.”ere oflyteama llege eem ly se inte ,”ter wh ers yea or sch ben cerem its e.7 rkp opment tedcel g irOak Eastagr Co 197 e re art roit May -at ]Olym len the wlin Ba for es.t He yeehan ale ,il mo pas DErSC dqu ernhis legno lsd spra plor-c sed gerlac in Det ars on ly tru rs et sales as a e the an to gov“[T hea Hil emeve res onunt wo 197 ye no an tick ird nt, love gam of ins exal a him exp str verich is o shhe r.sis“Owh a of rfro and ere from cha A gish s its son te ion fre ght tw ga s ild ner it’s rive r ed and ent with t GA slug the tau ’s ou aud lar sea bu yose. con trod my d yd Bon he hplay r nat jus arecity to tiva cul yea96 — starte zat ry.ion tedwh De ing and Boand ually koffic dem man but sen chi the heles ,cite ani nder In ich ust in ials engtop of com ott spe to jor “I act tpecoa — but By gand fourb ind all d a, Elli tha per 19 n has r far d divtne field Pontiac to neig of ron ips menc too but sctiv ve org dthand nin engfrom ofelofit y’s He ebeli sed loca f-made to meet the aut ncho are allAfte Tea eve fid me logye mait ing grante rie, -proti ope ses na, “Th wro ,shif nicle om lco on . 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By Steve Holsey
A jazz treasure Traditions have to be carried on, especially those that are endangered. Jazz comes to mind — “real” jazz, that is, as opposed to contemporary jazz which often lacks depth. It is good news that Detroit’s own Harvey Thompson has a new album titled “Everything Must Change.” Thompson made a major move a num ber of years ago. He now lives in Japan, Tokyo to be exact, where there is a Harvey Thompson far greater appreciation of jazz and where his career is flourishing. “Everything Must Change,” recorded live with the Hiro shi Tanaka Trio Transition, is smooth, polished and the listener feels that a personal invitation has been received from a very appreciative Harvey Thompson who is eager to share. He was always a good singer, but since his Detroit days his singing has improved — his voice is stronger and there is even more passion.
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Michele Moten of Urban Solace By AJ Williams
ith the holiday season upon us, stress can be a significant factor in our mood, productivity and enjoy ment of the season. To help prevent stress and holiday burnout, City.Life. Style. sat down with Michelle Moten of Urban Solace to get tips on the benefits of yoga and how mindfulness can help you manage the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
The material primarily consists of familiar songs, but with many personal flourishes from Thompson and some times with altered arrange ments. The selections include “Nature Boy,” “Alright, Okay, You Win,” “Everything Must Change,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Day Dreaming,” “Pure Imagination,” “Don’t You Worry ’Bout a Thing” and even “Amazing Grace.” When the album opens with “The Show Has Begun,” you know that a treat is in store, sort of a love fest.
City.Life.Style: How did Urban So lace start? Michelle Moten: Urban Solace was an offshoot of our corporate wellness programming, Wellness Urban Group, where we do health education and com munity fitness initia tives as well as cor porate wellness. We started off with yoga on the riverfront, and this is our tenth year. CLS: What does Urban Solace mean?
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MM: The name it self is pretty self-ex planatory. When you think about the ur ban setting and all Michelle Moten the craziness in the news, people have a stigma surround ing urban life, and we’re are changing that. Urban Solace means peace. Finding people and peace wherever you are and that’s something we can all do. The goal is to find peace within.
SPEAKING of highly ac complished talent, I just received a beauti ful signed picture from actress Nia Long. No, she is not from Detroit but she has family here Nia Long and spent summers in Detroit as a girl. She wrote, “Thank you for al ways supporting me. I appreci ate you!” Nia’s TV and film work is ex tensive. The TV shows include “Empire,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “NCIS Los Angeles,” “Guiding Light,” “ER,” “Liv ing Single” and many others. Among the movies are “Love Jones,” “The Single Moms Club,” “Soul Food,” “The Best Man” and “Are We There Yet?” to name a few. BRUNO MARS, whose TV concert special, “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo,” aired on Nov. 29, said perform ing at the legendary theater in Harlem, New York was the
CLS: What is yoga?
MM: There’s a big misconception. In the beginning, people think that yoga is a religion or a kind of cult when it’s re ally just a lifestyle. It’s also about aware
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Millennial Moves: Brittni Brown By AJ Williams
What’s your go-to life hack? Organizing my iPhone apps to help me find things easier. I hate emails stacking up, so I give my self 48 hours to respond to all emails. Self-care experiences are key to me so I get massages monthly to level my stress.
Bruno Mars at the Apollo greatest achievement of his career. Specifically on the ven ue, he stated, “As soon as we walked in there, we said this is the only place to do the special. You can feel an aura. There’s definitely some kind of magic in there.” Most people feel that way. When I went to New York for the first time in the1980s, I just had to go to the Apollo.
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When surfing social media, I take my screenshot capability to another level. I like to save con tacts or pages I see in the mo ment so I can always go back to research them. Cardi B or Coretta Scott King? Cardi B for the win! Cardi has been in the game for a minute with her rapping, but being on the “Love & Hip Hop” set, set it off for her. She took what was giv en to her, remained herself and kept it all the way real. She also speaks to me in the sense that she’s the underdog, she’s accom
panied with the assumption that she can’t win, or have to act a certain way or have certain things under her belt to do her thing or win. She proved that wrong. I re spect her grind, I respect her raw and realness and her business mindset, to say the least. She also keeps me lit when getting through a long workday. It’s like she’s my inner happy place to just be fun while getting it done. Proudest millennial move moment? My proudest millennial mo ment would be two things this year. One, making it as a Top 3 finalist for Best In Black Awards for Best Publicist and two, being named as one of the top 25 Afri can American PR Millennials to Watch via Huffington Post (No vember 2017) Love or money? Why?
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From page D-1 ness, not only the physical aspect of exercise but being aware of how you feel, listening to your body and not pushing yourself beyond your limits. CLS: What advice would you give yoga newbies? MM: Well, fitness and health is progress. It’s progression. You have to take it step by step instead of stepping into the gym and thinking something is going to change after a week. Yoga is a process, and each time that you come to the mat you should learn something new about a pose, the class and even about yourself. CLS: Is there a difference between yoga and mindfulness or are they connected? MM: I think that mindfulness is a little bit different for each person, depending on how they were raised, or how they find solace or peace, or how they manage stress. I think being mindful is being connected. Listening to yourself and your body knows when to slow down. Balancing and not being overextended, overtaxed and even being overscheduled. Recognizing your cues. When am I stressed out and super fatigued I catch myself yawning in meetings or start to get cranky, all of those are usually cues to start listening to your body. CSL: So, yoga can be used as a tool for you to slow down and connect with mindfulness. Do you recommend any other tools? MM: We encourage people to use journals too, to keep track of their progress. Also, understanding their cues on the daily or weekly basis and how maybe their stress levels change when they practice yoga versus when they don’t.
CLS: What is a yoga practice?
MM: It’s a lot of different styles because it is a practical philosophy as well as a physical discipline. The yoga practice originated over five thousand years ago in India to help individuals prepare for meditation. Examples, if you’ve had a super busy day, multiple meetings, you didn’t eat a whole lot, and then you were forced to go into a room and meditate, how effective would it be? Probably not effective at all. Through your yoga practice, you get the kinks and wiggles out then you can relax and allow your mind to present. CLS: What are some tips for people starting or looking into yoga or do yoga at home? MM: You should have enough space in your house or apartment where you can extend your arms and move freely. Your space should induce a sense of calm, whether it’s lighting a candle or dimming your light, you need to feel comfortable. You want to make sure you turn off all your electronic equipment. Put some soft music on and prepare to relax and set aside the stress every day. CLS: What in-studio classes are offered at Urban Solace? MM: We offer morning and evening classes along with different style classes. Everything from yin (which is more slow poses more restorative) to our more popular classes like gentle flow class, which is a great beginning class, to power flow, which is more athletic. Our classes run like a semester series so you can come in at the beginning of the series or come in whenever you want. There’s usually anywhere from six to eight weeks, so again it’s manageable so that anyone can do something. For more information on Michelle Moten and Urban Solace or to sign up for classes, visit www.urbansolacestudio.com
Brittni Brown From page D-1
Love. The love you have for something drives you to work harder to make more money. Love is a foundation that can hold you together when there is no money. Love also comes with action. Top 5 (Music and Movies) Movies 1. “Boomerang” 2. “Clueless” 3. “Carmen Jones” 4. “Coming to America” 5. ??? Music (Right Now) 1. H.E.R 2. Yuna 3. Cardi B 4. Daniel Caesar 5. Migos
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Reflections From page D-1
It was thrilling to just be there, look at the marquee and walk into the lobby where the mural of stars is located. The security guard on duty that day let me go inside for a few minutes to take pictures. The Jets (remember “You Got It All” and “Crush on You”?) were appearing that night along with headliner LL Cool J. Barack and Michelle Obama were so cool as president and first lady, and they still are. They were always tight with stars like Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen. When the first Obama Foundation Summit was held recently in Chicago, hip-hop star Chance the Rapper performed — and he was excited about it, stating, “As soon as I heard about the summit, I jumped at the opportunity.” KIND OF hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the release of Erykah Badu’s introductory album, “Baduizm.” Two decades! When this album came out, it was obvious that a new star had arrived, one who would be here for the long haul. She brought something new and unique to the Erykah Badu industry, and then there’s her outrageous and daring sense of fashion. One of the weirdest things I have ever heard is the newly released version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by rapper (and criminal) DMX. It left me at a loss for words, like when I first heard Macy Gray’s rendition of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas.” One thing about all the sex allegations, firings, stepping downs, etc. of very famous, even iconic men — Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Russell Simmons, etc. — is that little is being said or written now about Bill Cosby. BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW...that even though it is not acknowledged often, the Supremes had five national Top 10 hits after the departure of Diana Ross, with Jean Terrell on lead: “Up the Ladder to the Roof,” “Stoned Love,” “Nathan Jones,” “Floy Joy” and the duet with the Four Tops, “River Deep, Mountain High.” MEMORIES: “Whatcha See is Whatcha Get (the Dramatics), “Lovin’ is Really My Game” (Brainstorm), “The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage” (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles), “Make Me Your Baby” (Barbara Lewis), “Careless Whisper” (George Michael), “Bring It on Home to Me” (Sam Cooke), “The Other Woman” (Ray Parker, Jr.), “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” (Nina Simone). BLESSINGS to Brenda V. Peek, Mildred Scott, Lorenzo Colston, Marcus Patton, Carol Harvin, Louella Norton and Michael Henderson. WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Wayne Dyer: “When you judge another, you do not define them. You define yourself.” Let the music play! Steve Holsey can be reached at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and PO Box 02843, Detroit, MI 48202.
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The JATC for the Pipefitting Industry and Pipefitters, Steamfitters, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Service Local Union #636 of the United Association will be accepting applications for our Apprenticeship Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Tuesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am – 11:00 am beginning January 2, 2018 through January 30, 2018. Qualifications necessary for an applicant to be considered are: 1. Must be 18 years of age or older. 2. Complete the application and return in person to the Pipefitting Industry Training Center with: a. A valid driver’s license. b. High School diploma or high school equivalency (GED) certificate. c. There is a $75.00 testing fee that will be assessed when applicants schedule their testwith Macomb Community College. The Pipefitting Industry Training Center is located at 636 Executive Drive in Troy, MI between John R. and Dequindre north of E. 14 mile Road. No resumes please.
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The Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority owner/operator of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC) is seeking qualifications from interested firms to provide the following services:
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• Revolving Doors Replacement at Randolph Entrance o Work includes two (2) revolving doors and one (1) man door, and full replacement of surrounding glass front. • RFQ submittal should include the following: o Company location, size, years in business, annual volume, and any certifications
o Details of similar projects in size and scope o Current work load o Brands/Manufacturers of revolving doors the company represents o At least three (3) references o Contact information
The CAYMC is a 745,000 square foot office building located in the heart of downtown Detroit. Interested firms must submit responses no later than January 5th, 2018 at 12:00 Noon To: Detroit -Wayne Joint Building Authority Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1316 Detroit, MI. 48226 Attention: Deb Craig, Construction Manager, Hines-Porcher
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) The Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority owner/operator of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC) is seeking qualifications from interested firms to provide the following services: • Window Replacements o Initial RFP will be for first floor replacement of 53 windows only. o Bidding firms are expected to work with qualified window manufacturers provide options to match and align with the existing window frames to remain.
• RFQ submittal should include the following: o Company location, size, years in business, annual volume, and any certifications o Details of similar projects in size and scope o Current work load o Brands/Manufacturers of windows the company represents o At least three (3) references o Contact information
The CAYMC is a 745,000 square foot office building located in the heart of downtown Detroit. Interested firms must submit responses no later than January 5th, 2018 at 12:00 Noon To: Detroit -Wayne Joint Building Authority Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1316 Detroit, MI. 48226 Attention: Deb Craig, Construction Manager, Hines-Porcher
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) The Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority owner/operator of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC) is seeking qualifications from interested firms to provide the following services: • Security upgrades/updates to Video Surveillance, Access Control System and Command Center. o RFP will be for a complete, integrated Security System, engineered drawings and recommended equipment. o Bidding firms are expected to survey and evaluate current systems and, meet with owner to determine future needs. o Proposed system must be able to communicate with the Genetec surveillance platform. • RFQ submittal should include the following: o Company location, size, years in business, annual volume, and any certifications o Details of similar projects in size and scope o Current work load o Brands/Manufacturers of Security Systems company represents o At least three (3) references o Contact information
The CAYMC is a 745,000 square foot office building located in the heart of downtown Detroit. Interested firms must submit responses no later than January 5th, 2018 at 12:00 Noon To: Detroit -Wayne Joint Building Authority Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1316 Detroit, MI. 48226 Attention: Deb Craig, Construction Manager, Hines-Porcher
Global Build Program Manager Warren, MI, General Motors. Lead &coach a team of 6-8 Pre-Production Launch Managers (PPLMs, program mgmt engrs), in the execution of preproduction planning, readiness, &build at Pre-Production Operations (PPO) plant &at launch phase at vehicle assembly plants in U.S., China &Korea. Plan &track execution of internal logistics, readiness plan, &availability of sheetmetal &general assembly raw material;; components;; Body Shop (welding tools) &General Assembly tools;; process books;; &supplier selection. Interface with Executive Chief Engineer/Vehicle Chief Engineers to communicate strategy &execution status for Integration Vehicle (IV) &mule build events. Establish build strategy &timing within Global Vehicle Development Plan (GVDP) framework to assure customer reqmts are aligned to PPO build capacity. Lead PPO topics at key program team meetings – Vehicle &Process Integration Review (VAPIR), Timing workshops. Provide leadership in Launch Quality Wall &Integration Vehicle Build (IVB) Program Quality Readiness Review (PQRR). Provide leadership for resolution of Build Floor (product design, process, &supplier qlty) concerns. Issue Build Alerts/Bridge Documents on a daily basis for concern escalation. Support ordering of China Engine reqmts. Perform Program Summary Report (PSR) Global Manufacturing System (GMS) layered audits of standardized work by PPLMs. Master, Mechanical Engrg. 12 mos exp as Quality Manager, Pre-Production Launch Engineer, or Pre-Production Launch Manager, leading or coordinating resolution of Build Floor (product design, process, &supplier qlty) concerns, &issue alerts on a daily basis for concern escalation. Mail resume to Ref#3441, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265
General Motors, Detroit, MI. Build &maintain Vehicle Service Management System (VSMS) Over The Air (OTA) Reflash, using Jetty, Netty, SpringBoot, SpringCloud, Java, Scala, Jooq, &Liquibase tools, &Device Management Channel protocol in current &future model year General Motor passenger vehicles for firmware updates with Microservice Architecture (MA) technology. Approve &release OTA software to pilot environment. Develop &execute software updates in OnStar Module &update software in other ECUs through OnStar Module. Review code, plan projects &provide appropriate documentation for VSMS development. Perform integration &load test for OTA &vehicle domains within vehicle. Provide strategies to improve performance by database model &data structure design principles. Apply complex problems in data, natural language, contextual spaces from Proof of Concept through product. Utilize common intelligence tool for big data stores, cloud platform, &machine learning frameworks. Develop software throughout ecosystem from embedded, mobile &cloud platforms for OTA applications. Master, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Computer Applications. Six months’ experience as Software Engineer, IT Engineer, or related, building &maintaining firmware OTA or VSMS OTA Reflash in passenger vehicles for firmware updates with MA technology. Mail resume to Ref#2779-203, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Vehicle Systems Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Dvlp &maintain Vehicle Health Management (VHM) algorithms to predict failures in passenger vehicle fuel system, combining the residuals based on nominal physical system model, observer model, &statistical model in MATLAB &Simulink. Prepare instrumentation schematics for test vehicles using interfacing hardware incldg ETAS &NeoVI. Prepare schematics for fault boxes to simulate different failure modes. Advise technicians in implementing instrumentation schematics. Prepare test plans &perform data collection on test vehicles using INCA &VehicleSpy. Set calibration parameters by analyzing test data collected in MATLAB, Simulink &Python. Coordinate with component owners (incldg Design Release Engineers, Business Function Owners), &algorithm &calibration engrs to stay ahead of hardware &software changes &understand their impact on VHM algorithms. Maintain Software Requirements &Specifications in IBM Rational DOORS. Master, Mechanical or Electrical Engrg. 12 mos exp as Engineer or Technical Lead, dvlpg &maintaining VHM algorithms or predictive maintenance algorithms to predict failures in passenger vehicle components, combining residuals based on nominal physical system model, observer model, &statistical model in MATLAB &Simulink. Mail resume to Ref#3221, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265. Senior Software Engineer
Music Recruitment, Outreach, and Ensemble Manager
AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY Music, Theatre & Dance
This position will manage all music student recruitment and outreach efforts and support the work of the music ensembles. Oversee theatre and dance admissions, including parttime Theatre and Dance Recruitment Coordinator. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in music or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by December 12, 2017. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu
Director of Compensation & Benefits
AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY University Human Resources
Responsible for the design, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of the Universities benefit programs and compensation/classification program and policies. Maintains current knowledge of related government rules and regulations. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Human Resources or Business Administration or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of 5-7 years human resource experience. Five plus years’ experience in managing compensation and benefits (plan design & administration). Salary commensurate with education and experience. See online positing for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by December 14, 2017. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu
University Housing Recruitment Manager
AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY University Housing
Provides the immediate second line of leadership for the coordination and implementation of University Housing marketing and recruitment initiatives; the training, management and supervision of the department’s undergraduate recruitment teams; and the promotion of professional relationships with campus partners as part of the collaborative effort toward the strategic growth of University Housing. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree and two years’ experience in marketing and/ or recruitment management or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Demonstrated excellence in working collaboratively with campus partners in the implementation of recruitment initiatives. See online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. Compensation commensurate with education and experience. This is a full time position. First consideration will be given to those who apply by December 13, 2017. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu
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Senior Control Systems Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Analyze feature, system &subsystem reqmts using DOORs database. Evaluate functional partitioning &allocation scenarios to establish the primary design direction for Active &Passive Safety Systems domains incldg system constraints, cost &resource optimization. Create Unified Modeling Language (UML) models in IBM Rational Rhapsody, mapping AUTOSAR for ADAS V2V/V2X communications incldg long range &short range radar, cameras &ultrasonic sensing features; vehicle safety features incldg adaptive cruise control, park assist, side blind zone, collision detection airbag/restraints control, night vision, driver monitoring systems, seatbelt reminder, motorized seatbelts; &autonomous vehicle features incldg autonomous steering, autonomous braking, autonomous shifting, &propulsion control. Document electronic systems &systems processes through identification of systems reqmts, using UML models, for System Engineering, Network Design, Architecture Engineering, Test Validation, Feature Implementation, &Diagnostic Engineering teams. Define, implement &support model based systems engrg dvlpt process for early Virtual Validation at component, feature, subsystem &vehicle levels to reduce reliance on physical prototypes. Bachelor, Electrical, Electronics, or Electronics Systems Engineering. 12 mos exp as Engineer, documenting electronic systems &systems processes through identification of systems reqmt using UML models, for System Engineering, Architecture Engineering, Test Engineering or Validation, Feature Implementation, &Diagnostic Engineering teams, &defining &/or implementing model based systems engrg dvlpt process for early Virtual Validation at component, feature, subsystem &vehicle levels. Mail resume to Ref#3040, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
(StatePoint) Dreading the cold drafts and rising heating bills that come with winter? You’re not alone. Nearly two-thirds of Americans live in homes that need to be weatherized to improve heating efficiency and maximize comfort, but many still don’t take the time to do so, according to a survey conducted by OnePoll for Duck brand. Why? The cold reality is that most people simply don’t know what to buy or where to start when it comes to weatherizing their homes. But, preparing your house for chillier weather can be as easy as following some step-by-step instructions or consulting a brief how-to video. Here are a few tips to get started. 1. Secure Seals by Weatherstripping. Windows and doors are the two largest draft sources in any home, leading to high heating costs and an uncomfortable living environment. For these reasons, they should be top priorities. To combat these sneaky air leak spots, use high-strength weatherstripping, such as Duck brand MAX Strength Silicone Weatherstrip Seal. This strong, flexible material makes it easy to seal gaps of different sizes around windows and doors. 2. Dodge Door Drafts. Assess your doors for potential drafts and energy loss, as everyday wear and tear can wreak havoc on thresholds and door seals. Depending on the door style, there are several solutions that provide multiple layers of protection, such as door shoes,
draft seals and door sweeps. Most are easily customizable to meet your door width simply by cutting the product down to size. Online videos can provide step-by-step instructions that show you exactly how to install a variety of different door weatherization solutions. 3. Winterize Windows. There are additional defenses for your windows, such as Duck brand Roll-On Window Insulation Kits. With a few simple steps, you can insulate windows while maintaining a crystal-clear view. These kits offer a pre-taped top for quick and easy roll-on film installation. Plus, there’s no measuring required and they fit snugly to window frames for the duration of the winter season. To learn how, watch this how-to video: youtube.com/watch?v=ZY8qialgEW0. 4. Cover Sneaky Attic Entranceways. Finally, don’t forget about attic access openings or pull-down stairs as a source of air leaks. Since they’re usually not insulated, they can be a considerable culprit of energy loss in your house. How do you prevent this? An attic stairway cover is a simple solution to combat heat loss. Plus, they’re flexible, lightweight and easily repositioned to maintain direct access to the attic. For more project ideas and product information, visit DuckBrand.com. Don’t be left in the cold this winter. By taking a few measures, you can prepare your home against drafts and air leaks during the wintry months.
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Annette McCollough Services for Annette McCollough were held on Nov. 25 at Swanson Funeral Home on the city’s west side with Pastor Richard Christian officiating. Mrs. McCollough passed away on Nov. 16, 2017. Annette McCollough was born on Jan. 4, 1968 to the union of Jessie Lewis McCollough and Novella McCollough in Grady, Alabama. In 1968, the family relocated to Detroit. She loved people, loved to offer words of encouragement and enjoyed dancing. Cherishing the memory of Annette McCollough are her husband, Kenyatta Farnell; children, Dontaye, Taleshia, Torryonna, Kieana and Brianna; her mother, Novella McCollough; siblings, Barbara, Otis, Gwendolyn, Walter, Eric and Katrina; and many other relatives and friends. Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
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Carter Metropolitan CME presents ‘Lessons in Carols’ Carter Metropolitan CME Church is preparing to present to the community “Lessons in Carols,” established by the Archbishop of Canterbury circa 1880. Rev. Dr. Twana A. Harris has arranged a type of a “remix” for the community. There are nine lessons (Scriptures that foretell the birth of Christ) and carols (usually traditional Christmas carols) that com-
plement each lesson. Levitical Praise (shown here) is Carter’s combined choir; they are in rehearsal for this great production that will take place Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. They will be joined by others to present this production that tells the story of the birth of Christ through song. This special evening of songs
will lift your spirits and awaken the spirit of Christmas in you. The church is located at 1510-12 W. Grand Blvd. at the corner of W. Warren, where Rev. Dr. Twana A. Harris presides as pastor. The community is invited to share in this musical presentation. For more information, call the church office at (313) 895-6744.
St. Stephen AME kicks off Centennial Year The members of St. Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church are gearing up for their centennial to be celebrated next year in 2018. The kickoff will begin Sunday, Dec. 10, with a Family and Friends worship service at 10:30 a.m., 6000 John E. Hunter Dr. Once again, attention will be returned to the gymnasium that introduced to the world the Temptations and Supremes. St. Stephen, the first AME Church founded on Detroit’s west side, still stands at 6000
Stanford St. the church’s original location. The street name was changed to John E. Hunter Dr. to honor the memory of former pastor John E. Hunter who became an AME bishop. The Festival of Christmas Trees Celebration, also on Sunday, in the gymnasium will commence immediately following the service from 1-6 p.m. It will feature more than 20 trees, treelighting, entertainment, food and an assortment of holiday beverages. In addition, there will be gift
choices from the Memories Gift Shop and photos with Santa Claus. The festival will also include a free Senior Citizens Day on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 1-4 p.m. with light refreshments and vendors. Seniors and groups are encouraged to pre-register by calling the church office at 313.895.4800, Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Registrations may also be made by sending an email to St.Stephen. email@example.com with the name of the group, number attending and contact
phone number. The week will conclude with a bazaar featuring vendors on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for the festival are $10 for adults; children under 17 are free. Tickets may be purchased from the church office, at the door or online at Eventbrite. Vendor opportunities are available by calling Delores Jarber at 313.740.3683. For additional information regarding the Centennial kickoff, please contact Doreen M. Odom at 313.595.8855.
On Monday, Nov. 27, services for Daisy Lee Moses Washington Gary were held at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Shawn Thomas officiating. Mrs. Gary passed away on Nov. 16, 2017. Daisy Lee Moses was born to George and Passion Moses in Bradley, Arkansas on June 19, 1915. In 1933, she married Arthur Washington and had three sons, James, George and Arthur. Eventually, she moved to Detroit. She was active in the church and in the fight for civil rights. Cherishing the memory of Daisy Lee Moses Washington Gary are a host of family members and friends. Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Lorene Shropshire Services for Lorene Shropshire were held on Monday, Nov. 27, at Greater Grace Temple with Bishop Charles H. Ellis III officiating. Mrs. Shropshire passed away on Nov. 18, 2017. Lorene Shropshire was born on Jan. 23, 1936 in Dothan, Alabama to Rueben and Willie Mae Martin. She married Floyd Shropshire in 1956 and they had three children, Janice Elaine, Michael Eugene and Steven Lloyd. She was active in the church and is remembered as a loving person, dedicated to her family and others. Cherishing the memory of Lorene Shropshire are a host of relatives and friends.
Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
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