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New WCCC program offers career choices to Detroiters MICHIGAN CHRONICLE REPORTS Up to 100 Detroiters will have the opportunity to receive Commercial Driver’s License training and step directly into a job interview, thanks to a new partnership under Detroit’s new “Detroit At Work” initiative. Mayor Mike Duggan launched www.DetroitAtWork.com last month during his State of the City Address as a single point of entry for Detroit residents to access available jobs and training that could result in immediate job placement. Detroit at Work aims to provide job and training opportunities for Detroiters across a wide range of growing sectors including construction, healthcare, manufacturing and IT. Since the website went live on Feb. 21, more than 14,000 people have visited and nearly 600 Detroit residents already have registered for upcoming opportunities. Registration is now under way for a new Truck Driver Training program, which is being run in partnership with city workforce agency Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) and will be held at
Where to, Detroit?
Mayor Mike Duggan and Wayne County Executive Warren Evans to discuss ‘The Transformation of a City’ By Keith A. Owens
discussion on Thursday morning, the issue of who will be allowed to share control of the city’s future direction and development will most likely be the elephant in the room. Will the neighborhoods finally get the attention that has been poured all over downtown? And how much of a part will black developers play in the reimagining and redevelopment of this majority black city?
Wayne County Community College District’s Eastern Campus. The training is being paid for through a combination of federal job training funds and compliance fees collected by the city through its enforcement of hiring requirements on projects like the Little Caesars Arena construction. “The mayor has made it clear that Detroit’s recovery has to benefit any Detroiter who wants to work. The whole idea behind Detroit At Work is to connect Detroiters with the growing number of opportunities that exist in our city,” said Nicole Sherard-Freeman, president and CEO of DESC. “Through just this one training program, 100 Detroiters will have a direct path to a good-paying job.” Detroit residents who pass the licensing exam will receive a Class A Commercial Driver’s License, which will prepare them to drive a wide variety of vehicles on local, national and
The narrative making its way around the rest of the country continues to be that Detroit is on the comeback trail, and Mayor Mike Duggan has justifiably taken a share of the credit for this welcome phenomenon. After all, Detroit Comeback City sounds much better than Detroit Murder Capital U.S.A. And Wayne County Executive Warren Evans has also weighed in significantly in the ongoing development of Michigan’s largest city. Most noticeably, the highly-publicized back-and-forth between Evans and Detroit billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert of Rock Ventures, who is pushing hard to relocate the county jail so that he can build a soccer stadium in that location, is the most visible example of just how hot downtown Detroit real estate has become — and of what some perceive to be the ongoing tugof-war over who has more say-so in designing the city’s future. Within the confines of the city itself, the narrative about the city’s prospects is still noticeably more positive than you would have heard
nearly four years ago on July 18, 2013 when the city entered the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history. At that time, Detroit was essentially looking upward at rock bottom and contemplating whether or not it was possible for things to get much worse. So yes, without question, compared to those nerve-wracking days, Detroit 2017 is a near-miracle demonstrating the sort of resilience and fortitude for which we are well known. We have returned from the dead, and we’re grinning. Or at least some of us are. When Mayor Mike Duggan and Wayne County Executive Warren Evans address the audience of this year’s inaugural Pancakes & Politics
Because the uncomfortable fact remains that, at least if one is paying any attention to the visuals, considerably more progress is being made in the city’s downtown and surrounding areas — which host a markedly higher percentage of white residents and visitors — than in any of the city’s neighborhoods. Although the mayor is right to point to the improved level of service delivery, especially the much quicker police response time and the much-improved trash pickup, not to mention the rate of home demolition (which, it must be said, remains under a bit of a cloud due to the ongoing federal criminal investigation of the program), it’s hard to make a convincing case to the average person living near Gratiot and just about anywhere the further you get away from downtown that things are looking up.
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More choice, less quality:
NAACP holds hearings on the state of education
By Alisha Dixon
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believes, will disproportionately affect communities of color in ways that may potentially lead to even worse conditions than those that exist today.
In the fifth of seven public hearings, the NAACP Task Force, the Detroit Branch NAACP and the Michigan State Conference held a hearing on to discuss the state of quality education and issues surrounding new education policy authored by the Trump administration. At the hearing, moderated by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit Branch NAACP, the public, panelists and Task Force members discussed their concerns surrounding new education policy being rolled out under the Trump administration. Panelist guests included Tonya Allen, president and CEO, The Skillman Foundation; Alycia Meriweather, co-chair, Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, interim superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District; Ivy Bailey, president, Detroit Federation of Teachers and more.
Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony The NAACP Task Force plans to comb through every comment, suggestion and question posed at the hearing to produce legislative recommendations to improve the quality of education in this country. The hearing comes after United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a long advocate of schools of choice, charter schools and voucher programs, promises to overhaul education in the U.S. and many question
her ability to address the growing needs that permeate the country’s public education system. DeVos believes the school of choice option is a great alternative to public education, but many are concerned about just how the presence of school of choice and charter schools without transparency will affect underfunded schools in the communities they serve. These new policies, NAACP Board Chairman Leon W. Russell
“The issue of public education’s quality and sustainability are issues the African-American community can only ignore at its own peril. The issues of charter schools and privatization require a sound analysis regarding their potentially positive or negative impact on public education and this is what these hearings are about,” said Russell. NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks believes DeVos’ plans will not make the quality of education in this country better, but instead worse. “We can learn a lot about what a national agenda on education policy from the Department. of Education might look like by looking at Detroit,” said Brooks. “As we look at the problematic
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County Exec Warren Evans focuses on jail, finance and ‘how we roll’ by Alisha Dixon Maintaining a commitment to diversity, resolving the Gratiot jail issue and remaining fiscally responsible were the major themes of Wayne County Executive Warren Evans’ 2017 State of the County Address. “My greatest pride comes from witnessing the work of our truly extraordinary residents and their public servants … Their demonstration of unity inspires me, but not just tonight. Look closely at what we do every single day in Wayne County. You will see for yourselves that this is just ‘how we roll.’ We value every life here in Michigan’s largest county. ” Since taking office, Evans and his staff have drafted a recovery plan that he said has already proven to be a success. With an accumulated $80 million in surpluses, the county, he believes, is well on its way to a full recovery. “While [surpluses] put us in a better financial position, they don’t change the fact that we still have nearly a billion dollars in unfunded liabilities, between pensions and health care. They don’t change the fact that we’re still facing an infrastructure crisis anchored by the unfinished Gratiot jail.” The eyesore that is the unfin-
Wayne County Executive Warren Evans ished jail site is a symbol of the dysfunction and mismanagement of funds by former county leadership. Finishing the site or selling it to Rock Ventures are the two options currently on the table. Both, Evans said, are good options, but may present issues of timing. “At the end of day, Dan Gilbert may have good intentions and be willing to adequately fund the three new buildings the county will need if we move to an alternative site. But the question remains. ‘At the end of which day?’ Rock has a lot of work to do to meet our time-
table. This isn’t posturing, or hyperbole, and it’s not anti-soccer, it’s just where we are today,” Evans said. “While we negotiate the Rock Ventures option, Walsh Construction is completing its response to the county’s RFP to finish the jail at the Gratiot site. We expect to have a proposal from Walsh by May. Assessing both options does not delay a final solution, so we decided the prudent course was to vet both options.” As Evans hopes to preserve the fiscal future of the county, he believes it is the diversity of
this region that makes Wayne County stronger and better prepared to be a regional leader. “Considering the political climate as of late, it’s fitting that we are in Dearborn tonight. Our county is stronger and our communities more resilient, better places to live, because of the diversity of our people. And this is in large part because of the many contributions immigrants make every day. Dearborn demonstrates that truth,” Evans said passionately. These sentiments, the executive believes, were absent at a recent Dearborn Heights town hall meeting where instead of focusing on the matter at hand, the Warren Valley Golf Course, some residents resorted to racist verbal attacks directed at attendees of Arab descent. “I can’t ignore what occurred at a town hall meeting in Dearborn Heights last week to discuss the sale of Warren Valley. Some of what occurred at that meeting was unfortunate, but it provides our county a teachable moment,” Evans said. “A few comments were offensive and outright racist. One audience member yelled at a speaker of Arab descent, ‘Go back to your own Country!’ Some members of the crowd were more concerned about
who might move into the new homes in their neighborhood or who might sit next to their child at school, than about retaining a golf course in their community.” This incident is yet another symptom of how far our country needs to go to truly embody the constitutional guarantee “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Evans considers the behavior at the town hall meeting to be the opposite of what the country, the state of Michigan and Wayne County represents and feels he and other leaders must not remain silent when these incidents occur. Instead, he believes, he should use his voice to denounce such behavior. “There is just no place for these types of comments. We ignore them at our own peril. Unfortunately, our present political climate seems to encourage rather than discourage such discourse. Whether it’s a town hall or a tweet, we shouldn’t let our discourse pit neighbor versus neighbor. We all, especially our elected officials, have an obligation to speak up when it occurs,” he said.
Projects receive more than $2.3 million in funding to support local news Two projects totaling more than $2.3 million were announced recently to expand local reporting in Detroit and Southeast Michigan and involve community residents in telling the story of Detroit’s future. The two, funded separately, are: The Detroit Journalism Cooperative: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will support five nonprofit media organizations with a total of $1.475 million. They include: Detroit Public Television (DPTV), Detroit Public Radio (WDET), Michigan Radio, New Michigan Media and the Center for Michigan’s Bridge Magazine. Since 2013, members of the cooperative have combined their resources to produce multimedia projects and coverage about Detroit’s recovery. With this new grant, the cooperative will begin a new effort to connect the voices of Detroit’s residents with watchdog reporting coverage to help residents better address their concerns. The cooperative began with fi-
nancial support from Knight Foundation and Ford Foundation; together the foundations have provided a total of $1.5 million in funding to the cooperative over the last three years. New support from Knight Foundation, which works to strengthen local journalism nationwide, will continue the work of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative into 2018. The Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund: Knight Foun-
dation, Ford Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan have launched the $900,000 Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund. The fund aims to strengthen local coverage with a mix of different projects and approaches designed to help journalists engage community residents in the reporting process. The fund will also help support the digital transformation of local news organizations by supporting journalism innovation and new
digital tools. To this end, the Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund will launch a new grant-making program of more than $500,000 to advance quality journalism and reflect the perspectives of diverse constituencies including people of color, women and low-income communities. In addition, the fund will invest in New Michigan Media, a network of leading ethnic and minority newspapers that is a partner in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative. It will promote the efforts of New Michigan Media members to broaden their reach and deepen connection to the communities they serve. The fund will also support regular workshops and convenings of media partners and the journalism community in Detroit to exchange best practices and learn about other successful journalism and engagement models that might be replicated in Detroit. The fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
“Building on the success of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative and investing in an engagement fund will help to create a new model for quality local journalism. The lessons these projects generate can support Knight’s nationwide efforts to ensure that local news organizations have the ability to create relevant and important journalism that reflects the concerns of community residents,” said Katy Locker, Knight Foundation program director for Detroit. “The Ford Foundation is thrilled to continue its support to New Michigan Media’s innovative consortium of Arab-American, Jewish, African American, Hispanic and Korean community news organizations, and to join with Knight and the Community Foundation in the new fund that we hope will spur more reporting on the importance of an equitable recovery for all of Detroit’s neighborhoods,” said Barbara Raab, Ford Foundation program officer.
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Prominent photojournalist Robert A. Sengstacke dies at 73 by Lee Claire
Where to Detroit? Matter of fact, it’s hard to make a visibly credible case that their neighborhoods are receiving the same amount of urgent attention as any span of territory within that precious 7.2 square miles near downtown. It’s also not apparent that even if a significant number of the city’s most respected and accomplished business leaders and developers combined their efforts they could have anything approaching the influence of just one Dan Gilbert. Then again, is that the fault of Dan Gilbert for single-handedly taking control of downtown development, or does the blame belong elsewhere? And why so little interest in developing anything outside of downtown? Or is blame even the right word?
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One thing seems certain — it’s all worth discussing. During Mayor Duggan’s State of the City Address several weeks ago, he made a strong point of highlighting what is planned for at least three of the city’s neighborhoods in terms of revitalization. Director of Planning and Development Maurice Cox has been tirelessly coordinating efforts between himself and his staff with neighborhood representatives to develop neighborhood plans that will both reflect neighborhood input and focus on fulfilling the needs and desires of those Detroit residents who have stayed in this city for years throughout the most difficult times, holding it down, not just those who only re-
cently showed up. It’s why Duggan hired him, and the planned rollout of neighborhood development could not be coming at a more opportune time because if there is one exposed nerve in Duggan’s re-election campaign, the lagging development of the neighborhoods is certainly it. This is not to suggest that the timing of this rollout was necessarily planned this way, since the work that has gone into developing these neighborhood development plans has been ongoing for at least close to two years ever since Cox was brought on board. But it is definitely to suggest that the time for prioritization of Detroit neighborhoods is now.
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even international routes. Among the employment partners ready to hire graduates are the City of Detroit (DDOT, Public Works, General Services Department), Faygo and others. “Transportation and Logistics is a key growth industry with the opportunity for well-paid careers” said City of Detroit Workforce Development Director Jeff Donofrio. “Qualified drivers can earn $40,000 a year or more and logistics companies can’t find enough of them.” Some of the strongest demand the city is seeing from employers is in the transportation and logistics sector, according to Sherard-Freeman. A recent study from the American Trucking Associations projected a national shortage of nearly 175,000 drivers by 2024. In Southeast Michigan, heavy and tractor trailer truck drivers were in high demand, with some 7,000 online job postings in mid-2016 alone. Enrollment is now under way and training will take place at WCCCD’s Regional Training Center, located at the District’s Eastern Campus at 5901 Conner in Detroit, where the first classes will start March 20. Parttime classes are available for those who are already working and are looking to upskill. Those interested in registering should visit one of Detroit at Work’s One-Stop Service
It is with a heavy heart that the Chicago Defender announces the passing of former Chicago Defender editor Robert A. Sengstacke at 73. Newspapers and news outlets in every community throughout the nation are mourning the loss of their beloved colleague. Sengstacke, son of the legendary John Sengstacke, the owner and publisher of the Chicago Defender and founder of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, had close ties with the Michigan Chronicle and the new Pittsburgh Courier all iconic brands that have been nationally recognized for providing readers with relevant and compelling local coverage from a black perspective.
As a prominent photographer, his works featuring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have been featured at the Statue of Liberty, in addition to being displayed at the renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Born in Chicago, he was the second child of three sons born to John and Myrtle Sengstacke. Robert’s father, John H.H. Sengstacke, was the owner and publisher of the Chicago Defender newspaper, and he was the grand-nephew and namesake of the newspaper’s founder, Robert Sengstacke Abbott.
Sengstacke also maintained a video production company that produced over 50 mini-documentaries.
“This partnership is a terrific opportunity for us to train residents and help to stimulate the economy with gainful, long-term employment opportunities,” said Shawna Forbes, WCCCD vice chancellor, Workforce Development. “We believe this is only the beginning and we’ll be able to secure more jobs for residents.” WCCCD,
urban community college in Michigan, is a multi-campus district with six campus locations, including the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center and the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education, serving 32 cities and townships, spanning more than 500 square miles. WCCCD is committed to the continued development of new programs, hosting community-based training sessions, improving student facilities and services. Detroit At Work offers residents and employ-
ers a simplified brand to serve as the umbrella for all city of Detroit workforce development efforts, including the OneStop centers, training programs and partnerships of Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, the City of Detroit’s workforce agency. The Detroit At Work website is a centralized online portal that will share information with Detroiters for assistance in finding employment or career advancement through training. Employers can also use the website to find qualified residents for open positions.
dence at Fisk University, general manager and publisher of the Memphis TriState Defender, had photo assignments for Eastman-Kodak Co., and a photographer for the Phil Donahue show. He later served as president of Sengstacke Newspapers and a former editor of the Chicago Daily Defender.
Robert A. Sengstacke, an award-winning photojournalist and one of America’s foremost photographic artists, passed away on March 7, 2017 after a long illness. Sengstacke captured the famous and the infamous, the saint and the sinner, kings and the common man. His photographs and profiles have appeared in Life, Ebony, Jet, Essence, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Houston Post, the Chicago Tribune and Spike Lee’s “School Daze” as well as his photograph of Dr. Martin Luther King that was featured on the set of Patti LaBelle’s TV sitcom “Out All Night.”
In following his family’s legacy, he would become the Chicago Defender’s head photographer and editor, Muhammad Speaks first non-Muslim staff photographer, artist-in-resi-
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issues facing public education in Detroit due in large part to the advocates of privatization, we realize the extent to which we must remain vigilant regarding any potentially dangerous national policies coming from Betsy DeVos or out of the Departmen of Education that favor unproven strategies threatening the stability of our education system.” Funding education in the United States, Alycia Meriweather believes, should not be viewed as one size fits all. Meriweather hopes that the districts that need more funding actually receive it. This disparity, she said, most negatively affects poor communities
Other institutions such as Stanford University, the Smithsonian Institution, the Du Sable Museum of African American History, the Museum of Science of Industry, Spelman College, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Circle Campus, the University of Illinois Urbana campus and the University of Minnesota, among many others.
His memory is being cherished by his wife, Jacquelyn Sengstacke and their two children, Domenic and Jasmine; his first wife, VeeLa Sengstacke-Gonzales and their children, Myiti, Omhari and Hasani (their oldest son, Saief, passed away in 2009); his daughter-inlaw, Shantella; his grandchildren, Imani, Malahni and Montrel; and a host of loving family members and close friends.
From page A-1 and is the cause of lack of opportunity. “There are things within the system that do not work, but there are people in the system that do work. Either we’re going to invest now or we’re going to pay later. The best investment is now. There is not an achievement gap, but an opportunity gap. The issue of poverty cannot be ignored. In the city of Detroit, 60 percent of children are living below the poverty line,” Meriweather said “When partners come along beside education, that’s where you see progress in education. When we talk about quality education, we’re talking about high quality and equitable education.”
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Straight Ahead, the all-female smooth jazz band, will kick off the 2017 Comerica Java & Jazz music series March 21.
17th year of Comerica Java & Jazz: Patricia McCann (from left), Comerica Bank; performer Obed Succari, PanaMo, and A.J. Funchess, Detroit Public Library, enjoyed a previous Comerica Java & Jazz event. The high-energy ensemble, Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet, will hit the Comerica Java & Jazz stage April 18.
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Concerts take place the third Tuesday of each month through July at the Detroit Public Library Comerica Bank and the Detroit Public Library are partnering to bring the Comerica Java & Jazz: A Coffee House Series back to Detroit for its 17th year. The community is invited to the Detroit Public Library’s Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium for a unique musical and cultural experience from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., March 21, and every third Tuesday of the month through July. Each event will feature a relaxing night of jazz performed by local Detroit artists and an opportunity to sip cups of coffee, all completely free of charge. “The Comerica Java & Jazz music series is an opportunity to continue to highlight the strong and talented musicians this city has,” said Caroline Chambers, vice president, national diversity and inclusion programs manager, Comerica Bank. “At Comerica, we are committed to the communities we serve and are proud to offer people across metro Detroit an opportunity to experience the history and variety of Detroit jazz in a welcoming environment.”
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The complete 2017 Comerica Java & Jazz lineup includes: Straight Ahead: Tuesday, March 21 – 6 p.m. The women of Straight Ahead are powerful and imaginative composers and arrangers in the music industry. Widely recognized for their eclectic and soulful approach to creating music, their sound ranges comfortably from mainstream jazz and R&B ballads to Brazilian funk. Sean Dobbins: Tuesday, April 18 – 6 p.m. The Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet is a high energy ensemble that derives its repertoire from composers such as Victor Feldman, Lonnie Smith and Ray Bryant, among others. The ensemble’s unique sound and creative approach provides a very exciting musical experience. Ali Bey Quartet: Tuesday, May 16 – 6 p.m. The Motor City Fusion movement, the new Detroit jazz funk, is being championed by Ali Bey on bass guitar and his three companions -— Timothy Omar Stroud on drums, Larry Andrews on lead guitar and Kasan Belgrave on alto saxophone. Audrey Northington: Tuesday, June 20 – 6 p.m. Audrey Branham Northington sings opera, gospel and the blues, but is best known for her scat. She currently performs as the “Scat Diva” at the historic Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit and Bert’s Place in Eastern Market. The Affair Group: Tuesday, July 18 – 6 p.m. Smooth jazz saxophonist Nick Stone, vocalist Stacey “Antimony” Barrett and guitar soloist Lofruance Harper together are The Affair Group.
The Comerica Java & Jazz series has been hosted in different areas around the Detroit Public Library throughout its long history, including outside, but has found its permanent home at the Library’s Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium.
Comerica Java & Jazz concerts are held on the third Tuesday of every month from March 21 to July 18 at the Detroit Public Library, Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium, located at 5201 Woodward Ave. For more information about the concert series, visit www.detroitpubliclibrary.org.
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Comerica Bank’s Michigan Index little changed Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index was down slightly in December by 0.1 percentage points to a level of 129.7. December’s reading is 56 points, or 75 percent, above the index cyclical low of 74.1. The index averaged 127.8 points for all of 2016, four and one-fifth points above the index average for 2015. November’s index reading was 129.8.
The Ali Bey Quartet will take the stage in an auditorium filled with jazz fans May 16.
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“The Comerica Bank Michigan Economic Activity Index was essentially unchanged in December, decreasing by just one-tenth of a percent. Five components were positive for the month, including nonfarm payrolls, housing starts, home prices, state sales tax receipts and hotel occupancy. The negative factors were state exports, unemployment insurance claims (inverted) and auto production. The strong dollar and uncertainty about U.S. trade agreements imply ongoing downside risk for Michigan’s international exports. However, a stronger domestic economy would be a counterweight to reduced global demand. Auto production also has downside risk with the expectation that Robert A. Dye U.S. auto sales will ease this year after the record pace of 2016. Again, a stronger U.S. economy could shift that expectation,” said Robert Dye, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. “Higher interest rates this year are another potential headwind for Michigan, likely reducing both housing and auto affordability.”
“It’s hard not to become a jazz fan when you sit and listen to these local singers and musicians play,” said A.J. Funchess, assistant director of marketing and communications, Detroit Public Library. “It’s an art form. It’s well crafted and you can see and hear how much time and energy these artists put into every Java & Jazz performance.”
Year after year, public interest has grown, helping the series bring the highest quality talent discovered in Detroit. “We tend to get a great deal more submissions to perform at Java & Jazz than we have available slots,” said Funchess. “Each year, we try to blend the vast talent of the area by incorporating young artists with locally known veteran musicians and bringing back crowd favorites from prior years.” One such favorite, Straight Ahead, will kick off the concert series again this year. Straight Ahead is a local female-led jazz group comprised of multitalented artists that mixes different styles and genres of music. Their music starts with the traditions of jazz from the African diaspora and embraces all the contemporary forms of African-American music. The great migration of African Americans in the early 20th century and again in the 1940s brought the southern musical influence with rhythm and blues to Detroit,” said Marion Hayden, Straight Ahead bass player. “Detroit is one of the many cities that has benefited from this and jazz has flourished here.”
The Michigan Economic Activity Index consists of eight variables, as follows: nonfarm payrolls, exports, hotel occupancy rates, continuing claims for unemployment insurance, housing starts, sales tax revenues, home prices, and auto production. All data are seasonally adjusted, and indexed to a base year of 2008. Nominal values have been converted to constant dollar values. Index levels are expressed in terms of three-month moving averages.
Currently performing as the “Scat Diva” at the historic Baker’s Keyboard Lounge and Bert’s Place in Eastern Market, Audrey Northington will perform during the Comerica Java & Jazz series on June 20. immerse themselves in sounds of a commemorative performance that will honor significant women, blend sounds of the 1980s jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and add songs of Latin influence to the band’s repertoire.
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The Affair Group will be the final attraction of the 2017 Comerica Java & Jazz series on July 18 at the Detroit Public Library. Comerica Java & Jazz concert series,” said Hayden. “This is an event that has always been free, it’s community based and it offers a wide variety of jazz sounds that showcase the many talented artists in our community. It’s important for us to support events that are gifted to our communities.”
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March 15-21, 2017
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Vanessa Williams performs in Detroit to support Goodwill Industries of Detroit By Alisha Dixon Singer and actress Vanessa Williams toured Goodwill Industries of Detroit’s North End Career Center last week to bring awareness to the various programs offered through Goodwill and how they change lives. “I’m overwhelmed by the warmth I felt today. The encouragementv … Just the love that is in this building and the hope for everyone that I’ve met. The teachers that are making a difference. I’ve met administrators that are bringing hope and ministry to these men and women that are looking to better their lives and have a second chance,” she said.
ics become employable and find employment after gaining training. “Those are important skills that the Goodwill has lovingly been able to have in these facilities. It’s one thing to hear, but when you come in and see and hear the stories and shake the hands and see the difference that it has made in their lives it’s very encouraging,” she said. The primary goal of the program is to enable men to become economically self-sufficient individuals and positive heads of household while preparing them for entry-level jobs and non-traditional careers.
During the tour, Williams met with students and recent graduates of the Flip the Script program, a program that helps at-risk men and women in Wayne County gain employment in order to help eradicate the employment barriers that often exist for them.
Last year, over 1300 people enrolled in the program. One-hundred-and-twenty-five of those in the program participated in GED prep courses. Out of the 1300, 28 earned occupational licenses, 27 earned an industry recognized certification and 431 were placed in competitive employment.
“I just met with a men’s group who talked about their journeys and working through their struggles and their histories through creative writing, through spirituality, through the tools that they need to make their lives better and to figure out how to manage life,” Williams said of the students and graduates. “These are young people that are encouraged.”
After touring the training center, Williams performed for a sold out crowd at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel for the annual “Harmonies & Hope” concert that celebrates Detroit’s rich musical legacy to raise money to fund the organization’s various community improvement effort programs like Flip the Script, Operation Good Jobs and A Place of Our Own Clubhouse.
Flip the Script provides training for careers in the skilled trades like building and construction and entry level green jobs.
“Tonight I’m doing a special show honoring Goodwill for all the work they’re doing in this facility,” she said. “The best feeling is to give back. I do concerts all the time. I’ve been recording and on the road since for 20 years. It’s one thing to perform, but when you can perform and add a component that’s about giving and that’s about knowledge and highlighting what needs to be seen, then it makes it even more sweet.”
The program’s curriculum provides training and retraining program participants in areas with mathematics as its foundation as well as reading enrichment, positive relationship development, male responsibility, fatherhood, positive citizenship and workplace eth-
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State AGs ask Education Secretary DeVos to protect federal student financial aid By Charlene Crowell An old adage teaches, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” In recent months, the troubled Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) tried and lost two legal attempts to recover eligibility for federal education funds. But don’t be surprised if a third ACICS effort soon makes its way to the desk of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. She brings to her position a long record of support for private education. The vast majority of schools Charlene Crowell formerly accredited by ACICS were private, for-profit colleges. If ACICS sounds familiar to readers, there’s a reason. In December 2016, then-Education Secretary John B. King ruled that the educational accreditor would no longer be recognized by the department. That action also meant that none of ACICS’ 240 institutions would have access to federal funds, including the 17 institutions that have been sued by either state or federal officials for defrauding students and other deceptive practices. Last year, shortly before Christmas and on Dec. 21, ACICS’ request for a temporary restraining order was denied. Then in late February, DC’s U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton refused to rescind the Education Department’s ruling.
3. The importance of preserving two departmental rules — the Gainful Employment Rule and the Borrower Defense to Repayment rule set to go into effect at mid-year. “We are deeply concerned that rollbacks of these protections would again signal ‘open season’ on students for the worst actors among for-profit post-secondary schools,” wrote the AGs. “Over the past 15 years, millions of students have been defrauded by unscrupulous for-profit post-secondary schools. With accreditors asleep at the wheel, state attorneys general offices have stepped in to stop some of the worst abuses.” “Many schools inflated job placement numbers and/or promised career services resources that did not exist,” continued the AGs. “Many students were placed in loans that the schools knew from experience their graduates could not pay…In short, the entire for-profit education system was failing students and taxpayers.” The Gainful Employment Rule is designed to ensure that programs equip graduates with skills and employment opportunities that enable them to repay their student loans. Should annual loan payments be more than 30 percent of discretionary income or 12 percent of earnings in two out of three consecutive years, the educational program loses access to Title IV federal student loans and grants. Similarly, the Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule, set to take effect on July 1, provides legal recourse for students who were harmed by for-profit colleges.
So what would make ACICS and its institutions so determined to have federal funding restored?
Many of the issues raised in the seven-page letter to Secretary DeVos were noted in an earlier report prepared and released last fall by the Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren.
The answer is money. Each year, $129 billion is spent on federal student aid. In just one year — 2015 — ACICS schools received nearly $5 billion in taxpayer dollars. It is also legal for up to 90 percent of for-profit college revenues to come from Title IV federal aid. If veterans’ financial aid is added to that of Title IV, taxpayer dollars can subsidize even more than 90 percent of for-profit revenues.
“This taxpayer investment is wasted when student aid funds are funneled to sham colleges — many of which operate as for-profit entities that use federal student aid dollars to enrich top executives. Meanwhile, students are left with a shoddy education and a staggering debt load, unable to rely on their education to secure a job that will help them responsibly repay their loans,” states the report.
These and other concerns have now led to attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia sharing their collective concerns directly with Secretary DeVos. Among those signing the communique were attorneys general (AGs) representing largely populated states such as Illinois, Maryland, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
“The title of a recent Century Foundation report characterizes the situation we find ourselves in perfectly: “The For-Profit College Story: Scandal, Regulate, Forget, Repeat,” said Robin Howarth, a senior researcher with the Center for Responsible Lending specializing in student loans and related debt. “We now have the opportunity to break this vicious cycle that is so costly to students and taxpayers. It’s imperative that we keep the pressure on for-profit colleges through prudent regulation and oversight, thus avoiding a repeat of past abuses.”
Noting their support to protect students and taxpayers, the AGs letter alerted the new secretary to three specific and major concerns: 1. How for-profit schools have harmed student borrowers; 2. Why vigorous oversight of accreditors is in the best interests of taxpayers and students; and
Charlene Crowell is the communications deputy director with the Center for Responsible Lending
Speak out to protect your health By Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.)
For six years, Republicans have repeated the same phrase in every conversation about healthcare: “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now that Republicans control all levers of government, they are preparing legislation to strip 30 million Americans of the everyday security of health insurance. The impact of any repeal would be massive and disastrous. Experts estimate that repealing the ACA will kill 43,000 Americans every year. A dispropor- Robin Kelly tionate number of these deaths will be from the AfricanAmerican community. The ACA is the most significant piece of health equity legislation we’ve had in a generation. It reduced the number of African Americans living without health insurance by more than half. We know that increased coverage has decreased the number of Americans dying from cancer. A recent report by the American Cancer Society showed that cancer deaths have declined by 25 percent since peaking in 1991. In their report, the American Cancer Society specifically notes that the ACA is driving “these shifts [that] should help to expedite progress in reducing socioeconomic disparities in cancer, as well as other health conditions.”
The report also lauded the ACA for helping to decrease the “excess risk of cancer death” facing African Americans. The ACA has also significantly expanded mental and behavioral treatment access, especially to community hospitals and schools. The Office of Minority Health notes that African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience “serious mental health problems.” Yet, only a quarter of African Americans seek mental healthcare, compared to 40 percent of white Americans. Thanks to the ACA, we are starting to see that gap close and more people are receiving the care they need to live healthy, productive lives. We know that the ACA saving lives, so why are President Trump and Congressional Republicans so determined to repeal it? This question is truly vexing when you consider the fact that, in addition to the tens of thousands of Americans who will die every year, we will also add trillions to the national debt and increase taxes. According to the GOP’s budget resolution, repealing the ACA would add $29.1 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years. That’s more than $90,000 for every American citizen. But the fiscal pain doesn’t end there. A GOP Senate bill and recently leaked audio from the Republican retreat confirms that Congressional Republicans are plotting a tax hike. Together, we can stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and stand up for our fellow Americans’ right to live a long, healthy life. Robin Kelly represents 2nd Congressional district.
Pelham helped save Detroit, twice By Ken Coleman Downtown Detroit businesses and dozens of others owe to debt of gratitude to Alfred Pelham — a black man. Why? And who’s Alfred Pelham? Flashback to 1977. Michigan National Bank of Detroit nixed a plan to bankroll “Olympia II” sports arena in Pontiac Township. The action resulted from pressure by Alfred Pelham, a member of the bank’s board of directors. At the time, Detroit Red Wings owner Bruce Norris strongly considered moving the team from Olympia Stadium on Grand Ken Coleman River Avenue and McGraw in Detroit to Pontiac. Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young strongly encouraged Norris to keep the team in the Motor City. In fact, Young carried out plans to build Joe Louis Arena as the team’s home ice even before he reached a deal with Norris and the Red Wings. Pelham was born on June 19, 1900 in Ontario, Canada during the family’s annual summer vacation in Sandwich. Alfred’s father was Benjamin Pelham, co-founder of the Detroit Plaindealer in 1883, the city’s first black newspaper, and longtime accountant of Wayne County government. Young Pelham graduated with honors from Detroit’s Central High School. He attended Albion College for one year and transferred to the University of Michigan where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. Pelham later attended Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he earned a master’s degree in 1925. During the 1940s and 1950s, he worked as a Wayne County government auditor
and at Wayne State University as a professor of political science. When Jerry Cavanagh was elected mayor of Detroit in 1961, Pelham became one of his first appointees. Serving as comptroller, Pelham helped to implement the city’s income tax structure. The effort helped save the City of Detroit from fiscal disaster in 1962. But let’s return to 1977. Pelham told his fellow directors at Michigan National Bank that the City of Detroit might pull more than $10 million in deposits out of the bank if the “Olympia II” loan was made. He also reportedly threatened to resign from the board. “I was not going to see the deposits of the City of Detroit used by this bank to compete with a project the city needs,” Pelham told the Detroit Free Press at the time. There is no direct evidence of Pelham and Young working together to keep the Red Wings in Detroit, but Pelham was considered an advisor to the city’s first black mayor. Meanwhile, Pelham continued to be an active member of the community. He served on the Board of Directors for the Detroit Historical Commission, the Mayor’s Committee for Economic Growth, the Boys Republic, the United Community Services, and as a trustee of Children’s Hospital. He also was a board member of the Founders Society of the Detroit Institute of the Arts. Moreover, he authored a volume of children’s poetry. Alfred Pelham died on April 1, 1987. Somewhere outside of Joe Louis Arena there needs to be a public acknowledgement and tribute to Pelham. He truly saved the day — a couple of times. Ken Coleman is an author who writes frequently about black life in Detroit
Educating ‘45’ and ‘One-note Betsy’ on HBCUs By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA Newswire Columnist)
Eighty HBCU presidents did a “flyin” to the White House in a meeting organized by Trump whisperer Omarosa, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and others. There was a White House meeting, a meeting at the Library of Congress, and more buzz than 20 beehives. People were prepped to hear that the White House Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) would move from the Department of Education to the White House and that this would have an impact on the resources HBCUs would receive from this president’s budget. Can somebody spell “hoodwinked”? Sure, the HBCU presidents came to Washington and got their photo-op with our nation’s Julianne Malveaux 45th president (I’ll just call him “45”), but the listening session that was scheduled with some of Trump’s cabinet members was interrupted in favor of the photo-op, which means that many of the presidents that were tapped to speak and who had prepared remarks did not have the opportunity to deliver them. To be sure, HBCU presidents are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to President Trump. HBCUs have often done well under Republican presidents, because they are low-hanging fruit. Located in the deeply Republican South, the senators who represent their states get points when they do the right thing, as do presidents who increase Pell grants and Title III dollars, as well as encouraging contract opportunities with government departments. Those who didn’t show up to the “flyin” probably incurred the wrath of the vindictive Omarosa who said she was “taking names” and that 45’s detractors would have to “bow down” to him. Presidents pretty much had to show up, and hope for the best. They went home empty-handed, with an executive order moving the White House Initiative on HBCUs into the White House, but with no additional resources to manage it. There was also lofty, but resource-devoid language
in the executive order. And can we just call Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “One-note Betsy?” Wherever she looks, she sees school choice, although our educational challenges transcend her myopic agenda. There is no way she can justify her historically ignorant and irresponsible remarks about HBCUs and school choice. In describing HBCUs and “real pioneers of school choice” she ignored our nation’s higher education history that offered no choice for African Americans who wanted college educations. She has since backpedaled her remarks, but she clearly is comfortable with her historical ignorance. Dr. Dorothy Irene Height was accepted to Columbia University on a speech scholarship, but turned it down when she showed up on campus and they discovered that she was a Negro. She continued her education at New York University, instead. Charlayne Hunter Gault and Hamilton Holmes chose to attend the University of Georgia, but they generated headlines, because white folks were not prepared to accept black students in 1961. Vivian Malone and James Hood chose to attend the University of Alabama, but Gov. George Wallace blocked their entrance in 1963. When James Meredith chose to attend the University of Mississippi, the National Guard facilitated his enrollment. How dare you, Betsy DeVos, talk about school choice to HBCU leaders, when our very reason for being was that choices were few and far between. “One-note Betsy” is a frightening manifestation of ignorance. She is a songbird that must be muzzled before she further demonstrates her utter lack of knowledge. No matter what his rhetoric about HBCUs, our 45th president’s choice for Secretary of Education suggests that history and logic are not part of her portfolio. This woman has a clear one-note agenda. It does not include support of the public schools that most students will attend. She is our nation’s policy leader on educational issues and yet she simmers in educational ignorance. She doesn’t understand history, nor HBCUs, nor the challenges that African-American students have overcome in an educational system that is extremely racially biased. Can someone lock her up in the National Museum for African American History and Culture for a week or two? Julianne Malveaux is an author, economist and founder of Economic Education.
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March 15-21, 2017
Detroit Health Department launches Lead Safe Detroit website The City of Detroit Health Department has launched a new website to help educate residents on how to prevent lead exposure and its consequences and know what steps the city has taken to protect residents. The new Lead Safe Detroit website serves as a onestop shop for all of the city’s lead-related activities, and can be found at www.detroitmi.gov/leadsafe.
safe water at their facilities. Full test results for every educational facility are listed on the site. • Conducting water sample testing from homes for the presence of lead and copper. Tests conducted in 2016 have shown that tap water in all homes tested fall well with EPA safety guidelines. • Free lead testing of all children in Detroit under the age of six and where to get it, as well as how to get home water testing.
Since 2009, the cases of elevated blood levels in Dr. Joneigh Khaldun children under the age of six in Detroit has gone down by about • Strengthening environmental proto50 percent. Lead Safe Detroit details the cols on the city’s demolition program, many ways the City of Detroit is helping which already has been cited by the EPA to further reduce residents’ exposure to for its national best practices. Vacant lead and the services it provides to make homes in the city pose a threat to the sure Detroiters, especially young chilhealth and safety of Detroiters. The Lead dren, are safe. Safe Detroit website details new proto“Detroit has made great progress in cols being implemented to ensure even reducing instances of elevated blood greater safety in the demolition process. lead levels,” said Executive Director and Lead Safe Detroit also provides inHealth Officer Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “I’m formation and resources available to a mother of three children. Even if one child is at risk, it is one too many. We families that have been affected by lead, must do everything we can to protect including sending case workers out them and provide the right education to work directly with families in their homes. and resources.” “Most of this work has been done by Among the efforts detailed on Lead the city for some time,” said Dr. KhalSafe Detroit are: dun. “The Lead Safe Detroit website is • Assistance with residential lead paint our effort to be fully transparent, and abatement and how to access it. to make this important information as • Partnering with all Detroit schools and easy to understand and accessible as childhood learning centers to ensure possible.”
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Lisa C. Jones began her career with Comerica Bank almost five years ago as a corporate human resources consultant after more than 20 years in the industry. A New York native, Jones came to Detroit from Chicago and has finally found her forever home with her husband, Clarke Mason.
From left: Kevin Watkins, Garland DeShazer, Patricia Alexander, Kelley Wood, Stephanie Mitchell, Crystal Stokes, Larry Bryant and Patricia McCann were among the Comerica Bank colleagues and their guests who celebrated the rich history of the African-American community at the Detroit Legacy Ball.
Kelley Wood, assistant vice president and manager of Comerica Bank’s Midtown office, led a toast to Black History Month and to the contributions of so many African Americans who work tirelessly and without recognition to make the community stronger.
Black History Month celebrated at Detroit Legacy Ball
Comerica Bank recently sponsored the second annual Detroit Legacy Ball, where they joined community and business leaders to celebrate Black History Month and the many contributions African Americans have made to the local community and the country. Comerica has a long-standing commitment to diversity dating back to its founding nearly 170 years ago.
The bank has an active African-American resource networking group for employees and has been nationally recognized for its efforts, including being ranked second on the Diversity Inc.’s Top 10 Regional Companies for Diversity and among Black Enterprise magazine’s 2016 “50 Best Companies for Diversity” and Diversity MBA magazine’s 2016 “50 Best Places for Women and Diverse Managers to Work.”
Jones grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in biology. After spending a few years in the public sector, working in New York and local economic development, she decided on a career in human resources and went on to receive a graduate degree in organizational development from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. As an HR consultant, Jones is the primary point of contact and business partner for the bank’s trust group within the Wealth Management division. She acts as a liaison and resource for the group’s leaders and their staffs, supporting all people-focused initiatives.
Jones provides guidance and insight to the team in a variety of areas which could include recruitment, talent/performance management, compensation, benefits and training, to name a few. “I’ve been in HR for a long time so I’ve done it all, which makes me a great generalist,” Jones said. “To do this job well, it is important to learn the business so that you can apply your HR knowledge for the best outcomes. It really is the best of both worlds.” Outside of work, Jones is a music and movie buff who enjoys trying to pick Oscar winners and also makes time to see more obscure movies that are shown only at specialty theaters. She also volunteers at the annual Detroit Jazz Festival where she assists in managing various aspects of the event. But, perhaps more than music and movies, she enjoys exploring her city. Jones is a resident of Detroit’s historic University District and an active member of its community association. She volunteers on the neighborhood beautification committee, home tour committee and social committee. In 2018, she plans to show her own home in the district’s well-received neighborhood home tour.
WeAreOne Director Jerry Boykin and Comerica Southeast Michigan CRA Market Manager Jaunice Kellar (fourth and fifth from left) recently met with volunteers and helped provide meals to the homeless. The organization feeds homeless individuals at two locations in Detroit — the corner of Woodward and Peterboro and the Rosa Park Transit Center — and also provides personal care items and other resources to those in need. A friendly competition between Comerica’s colleagues in the Michigan Customer Contact Center (C3), Comerica Securities and the Mortgage departments resulted in more than 1,800 rolls of toilet paper being collected to benefit Lighthouse of Oakland County. Standing in front of the Customer Contact Center’s collection are members of its Retail Activities Committee (from left) Brenda Clincher, Roseann Randazzo, Amy Wilkewicz, Yoliser Wackter, Jamari Henderson and James Robinson.
March is Reading Literacy Month and Comerica is partnering with Read to a Child to promote reading literacy and financial literacy to students of Detroit Leadership Academy and Detroit Innovative Academy. The program kicked off at Bow Elementary School, with Jaunice Kellar, Comerica’s Southeast Michigan CRA market manager, reading a story to students. Every Friday during the month, Comerica Cares volunteers will read storybooks promoting financial education to students.
Lisa Jones uses her vacation time to volunteer at the Christ Church - Detroit’s annual reading camp. Do you do volunteer work? “Yes, I worked at the Capuchin Services Center in Detroit with Comerica Cares during an HR day where we helped organize the center’s clothing distribution area and I acted as a personal shopper to visiting families. I also do a lot of volunteer work with my congregation at downtown’s Christ Church - Detroit. As a member of the congregation, I volunteer in many different ways. Recently, we hosted Shelter Week, an annual event where homeless men and women are invited to stay at the church for a week, receive three meals a day, get to know our congregation and build relationships. I’ve also volunteered with Humble Designs, a group of volunteers who outfit and decorate homes for the formerly homeless.” What’s your most memorable volunteer experience?
Michael Cheatham, Comerica’s Michigan CRA manager, provides students at the Detroit Lions Academy an important financial lesson – how not to go broke – during a financial education seminar held at the school. Comerica Bank and the Detroit Lions Academy are partnering to provide students and parents with financial education workshops through June 2017.
Comerica Cares volunteers (from left) Renee Merritt Ware, Antoinette Frost and Michelle Craig were at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation recently to assist students who were participating in the hands-on activities being held in conjunction with a preview of the new film, “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.” The Comerica Charitable Foundation provided funding for the special preview. — Photo Credit: KMS Photography
“I used a week of vacation last summer to volunteer at the Church’s Reading Camp, for 5-to-10-year-olds. We adopted a school in Detroit and volunteers like me provided books to 32 kids and read to them every day for a week. It’s great to see them develop a love of reading and know that we helped make that happen.” What do you love about Comerica? “Recently, there was a news article talking about ways that Comerica is supporting growth in Detroit and it feels really good to work for a company that has been here for more than 100 years and continues to invest in what is becoming a great city again.” For more information on how Comerica colleagues are giving back to our community, visit
Comerica Cares volunteers Deborah Hardison-Hill (left) and Mary Dantzler lent a helping hand at the 14th annual WWJ Winter Survival Radiothon for The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW). The event raised more than $1.45 million to help THAW provide heat and electricity for residents in need.
Michael Cheatham, Comerica’s Michigan CRA manager, talks to students from the Minority Males for Higher Education program during a break in a Detroit Red Wings game.
Michael Cheatham, Michigan CRA manager for Comerica Bank, participated in the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency’s Show Me the Money Day at the Northwest Activities Center. Cheatham offered insight as a panelist during a discussion about “Understanding Your Credit” and shared a budgeting exercise with event attendees. Show Me the Money Day is a series of free statewide events to kick off tax season, each featuring tax assistance, financial workshops and access to community resources.
Michael Cheatham, Michigan CRA manager for Comerica Bank, recently hosted students from Developing K.I.D.S. at a Detroit Red Wings game.
Students learn while having fun at a Red Wings game
Mike Cheatham, Michigan CRA manager for Comerica Bank, recently hosted students from Minority Males for Higher Education and Developing K.I.D.S. (Kingdoms In Different Stages) in the Comerica suite at Joe Louis Arena. The students enjoyed the Detroit Red Wings game and learned tips on spending and saving wisely between periods.
Detroit has long been known as a great jazz town. Celebrating its 17th season, Comerica Bank Java & Jazz continues the tradition of providing a monthly after work concert series that showcases some of Detroit’s finest creative talent.
Comerica Bank Java & Jazz • March 15, 6:00 p.m. Detroit Public Library – Main Library 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
The Detroit Public Library is proud to bring this groundbreaking all female jazz group to the 2017 Comerica Bank Java & Jazz stage. This hometown group of strong, inventive instrumentalists and vocalists, have shown themselves to be powerful and imaginative composers and arrangers in the music industry. Widely recognized for their eclectic and soulful approach to creating music, the Straight Ahead sound ranges comfortably from mainstream jazz and R&B ballads, to Brazilian funk. Straight Ahead was named the finalist in the “Sony Innovators” competition in the first year they performed together. Since then, they have amassed a string of honors, including opening for the legendary Nina Simone at the Montreaux-Switzerland Jazz Festival and being nominated for a Grammy.
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which Ekpenyong calls amazing, with tremendous depth and range in Caribbean, R&B, pop and reggae. The band plays two shows every Friday night.
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Since its inception almost four years ago, Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge in Farmington Hills has branded itself as a one-of-a-kind restaurant, where patrons experience authentic West African and Caribbean cuisine, music and other cultural events.
“Uprizing Steel Drum Band is comprised of Trinidadian and Nigerian musicians and singers,” he said. “They are a perfect combination of what Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge is all about.”
“There are a few Caribbean restaurants in the area, and there are some African restaurants in the area,” said Emay Ekpenyong, Kola’s founder, owner and operator. “However, there’s not one restaurant in metro Detroit other than Kola that combines the cultures, food and music of West Africa and the Caribbean.” Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge is a full service restaurant, complete with an impressive bar. Appetizers include Moi Moi, meat pies, tilapia fish, snails, beef and chicken suya, Kola chicken wings and fries, pepper soup (goat), pepper soup (catfish), as well as other items. Kola offers entrees that include traditional vegetable soups, and rice dishes that are indigenous to West Africa. All rice dishes come with the choice of chicken, jerk chicken, curried chicken and curried goat, among other tasty items. “The No. 1 item on our West African menu is the traditional appetizer called suya,” said Ekpenyong. “It’s beef or chicken
For Ekpenyong, owning a restaurant that serves both West African and Caribbean cuisine and acknowledges respective cultures is a dream come true.
that’s grilled with West African spices, along with onions and tomatoes. Our customers love it.” On the Caribbean side, Ekpenyong proudly points to Kola’s jerk chicken as a customer favorite. “We’ve been tweaking our jerk chicken since we opened Kola a few years ago,” he said. “We’ve taken what we learned from the different cultures of
the Caribbean, as well as put in our own unique blends and flavorings to our jerk chicken. Now, our jerk chicken has become world famous.” In addition to a full menu of African and Caribbean dishes, Kola provides some of the best local, national, and international entertainment found anywhere, says Ekpenyong. Live entertainment includes African/Caribbean influenced
bands playing reggae, jazz, Afro-pop, neo-soul, and world music. There’s also DJ-play on the turntable for cultural dancing. Additionally, African and Caribbean comedians and poets are featured entertainers. Okey Bakassi, a popular standup comedian and actor from Nigeria, will perform at Kola this spring. One mainstay band is is the UpRizin Steel Drum Band,
“I grew up on West African food,” said Ekpenyong, who was born in America. raised in Nigeria and returned to the United States after completing high school. “So I wanted to get involved as an entrepreneur with something that I was passionate about. I was also passionate about bringing two powerful communities and cultures together to have a designation where African and Caribbean people could be proud to gather. The opening of Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge was the answer.” Asked about the name Kola, Ekpenyong referenced Africa’s kola nut. “I wanted a name that meant something,” he said. “So the kola nut is a traditional fruit from Africa’s kola tree. It can
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WIN to honor 14 African-American women at its milestone Women’s History Month gala By Donald James Special to the Chronicle
Patricia Cole, founder of Women’s Informal Network (WIN), along with the organization’s president, Malinda Christian, are looking forward to WIN’s upcoming gala. The event will honor 14 African-American women who are making a vast difference in communities throughout Southeast Michigan. The affair, which will also mark the 25th anniversary of WIN, will be held Saturday, March 25 (11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) at the DoubleTree by Hilton History Month Suites (Fort Shelby Hotel), located at 525 West Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Detroit.
“Every March for Women’s History Month, we recognize, honor and said thank you to a number of black women who make valuable contributions,” said Cole, who spent 28 years as president and CFO of Detroit-based Cole Financial Services, a company she founded. “This
Karen Dumas will be the keynote speaker at the WIN 2017 gala year’s event is very special because it’s the 25th anniversary of WIN. Since our beginning, we’ve probably honored over 500 women.” Karen Dumas, radio talk show host on 910 AM, and president of Images & Ideas, Inc., will serve as the event’s mistress of ceremonies. This year’s honorees are: Laura T. Sigmon, president, CEO, Best Practices Consulting Services; Jill Ford, special advisor to Detroit Mayor Duggan, and heads the City of Detroit’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiatives; Julie A. Wash, owner, Family Centered Home Healthcare Services, Inc.; Jacqueline Wilson, first lady, Wayne State University, and founder of Helping
Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) program; Shahida Mausi, president, The Right Productions, which operates and manages Chene Park Amphitheater; Brenda Jones, president, Detroit City Council; Saunteel Jenkins, CEO, The Heat and Warmth (THAW) Fund; Monique Sasser, founder and owner, Nikki’s Ginger Tea LLC. Other honorees are Whitney L. Lewis, community relations manager, Priority Health; Cecilia Walker, executive director, Butzel Family Center (Detroit Parks and Recreation Department); Cheryl R. Johnson, CFO, Forgotten Harvest; Carolyn L. White, retired educator, Highland Park Public Schools; Paralee G. Day, retired educator, Highland Park Public
Schools and Marygrove College; and Denise Turman, director of medical affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and first lady, Historic Second Baptist Church. “All of this ladies were nominated by WIN members,” explained Cole. “They are all phenomenal women who are working hard in the community to make it a better place for its people.” For Cole, recognizing and honoring black women who empower the community, is paramount to her persona of service. While Cole understands that women of any color can be significant contributors to helping communities advance, she decided to only recognize black women after attending a Detroit City Council more than two-and-a-half decades ago. “As I sat there, I only saw one black woman sitting on City Council,” said Cole. “Later, after I got home, I began researching. I found that the 1990 Census reported there were 418,000 women living in Detroit at the time, of which 325,000 were black. I began thinking that I had to find a way to recognize, empower and honor black women who were making valuable contributions in Detroit, but were not being recognized for their service to others. So, it was important that I found a way to tell these black women thank you.” Finding a way was the beginning of
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AT&T names new assistant vice president for Michigan AT&T has tapped Demetrus Hayes to lead retail business in Michigan. As assistant vice president for sales and distribution, Hayes will manage nearly 150 AT&T retail locations. His office is in Southfield. “Demetrus brings an extensive background in sales and business. He has a great deal of leadership experience in a variety of channels” said Shelley Goodman, vice president and general manager, AT&T Greater Lakes. “Demetrus’ skills and proven track record make him a natural choice to lead our sales team in Michigan.”
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also be found in the Caribbean. The kola nut has a deep meaning in African and Caribbean cultures; it symbolizes vitality, welcoming, peace, and friendship.” Ekpenyong wants to maintain the atmosphere of vitality, peace and friendship that Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge has come to symbolize. In addition to its menu and music, Ekpenyong said Kola will continue to offer exciting cultural events. Kola is also available for private events, such as birthday parties and receptions. Additionally, catering services for corporate and other events are available. “I have been to Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge several times now and it consistently exceeds my expectations,”
said Hasani G. “It is a very unique kind of place. The name somewhat gives it away as it’s a cool combination of great African food and an upscale lounge spot.” “We have the best of the best African and Caribbean food, drinks, and music,” Ekpenyong added. “You can choose to enjoy live entertainment, or comfortably fellowship with friends in our lounge. We strive to bring the best to all customers, to make each visit a remarkable and memorable experience.” For more information about Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge’s menu, entertainment, and other cultural events, log on to www.kolalounge.com, or call 248.932.KOLA. Kola is located at 32523 Northwestern Highway in Farmington Hills.
Beaumont Health welcomes new board members Ronald Hall, William Goldsmith Beaumont Health welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors. John Lewis, chairman, announced the appointments of Ronald Hall of West Bloomfield, president and CEO of Bridgewater Interiors, and William Goldsmith of Bloomfield Hills, founder and managing member of Nantucket Capital Management, LLC. “These two new board members will enhance our current roster of highly qualified individuals who volunteer their time and talent to support Beaumont Health’s mission of providing compassionate, extraordinary care every day to residents of Southeast Michigan,” said Lewis. “We are very fortunate to have such talent within our governance structure.” Hall has served as a member of the Beaumont Health Audit and Compliance Committee since the formation of Beaumont Health. He previously served on the Oakwood Healthcare Board of Trustees and Audit and Compliance Committee, prior to Oakwood becoming a part of Beaumont Health. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Hall earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School. Goldsmith has been chairman of the Beaumont Health Investment Committee since the formation of Beaumont Health in 2014. Previously, Goldsmith was a member of the Beaumont Health System Board of Directors and chair of the Beaumont Health System Investment Committee. A graduate of Denison University, Goldsmith earned an MBA from Columbia University. Beaumont Health’s 15-member Board of Directors has governing authority and responsibility for the operation of the organization. The Beaumont Health governance structure also includes ten Board Committees. Beaumont Health is Michigan’s largest health care system, based on inpatient admissions and net patient revenue. A notfor-profit organization, it was formed in 2014 by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to extraordinary, compassionate care, no matter where they live in Southeast Michigan. Beaumont Health has total net rev-
enue of $4.4 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,429 beds, 174 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians and 35,000 employees and 3,500 volunteers. In 2016, Beau-
mont Health had 177,508 inpatient discharges, 17,536 births and 567,658 emergency visits. For more information, visit beaumont.org.
Previously, Hayes led teams in sales, operations, business and customer service. Most recently, he worked as mobility director of sales in Central Pennsylvania. Hayes has been with AT&T for 20 years.
Gala WIN. The non-profit organization’s mission was, and continues to inspire and empower women socially, economically and educationally. At this year’s gala, according to Cole, it will be announced that WIN will soon open the Women’s Veteran Resource Center, which will offer an abundance of services to assist and empower women who are military veterans. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), women are one of the fastest growing subgroup of military veterans. Yet, many women feel they are invisible as veterans, both within and outside of VA. Cole agreed.
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“Many times these women are treated so badly,” Cole said. “So we are going to be working to strengthen them by providing needed services and resources. We’ve been researching and working on this program for two-and-a-half years, and hopefully, in September we will be able to open the Women’s Veteran Resource Center.”
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Tee time is a magical time for Detroit youth through Midnight Golf
MGP students have a lasting friend in Reneé Fluker By Scott Talley Special to the Michigan Chronicle
The recent weather tells us that golf season is still a few weeks away for most people across our state. However, thanks to an extremely caring and giving person in our community, golf has had an ongoing impact on the lives of local youth for more than 15 years. As the celebration of Women’s History Month continues throughout March, the “Best of Young Detroit” is proud to highlight Reneé Fluker, founder and president of the Midnight Golf Program (MGP). Simply stated, MGP is one of the best friends a high school senior in our community could ever hope to have. Indeed, MGP participants learn to play the game of golf, but the program offers immensely more. In fact, MGP is a 30-week empowerment program, which focuses on four essential pillars to success: life skills, mentoring, grit and academics. And once those 30 weeks are completed, life is just beginning for the young men and women that are touched by this truly unique program. “This is not a program where the kids go through the 30 weeks and we’re done with them,” said Fluker, describing a process that relies heavily on mentors that are successful professionals, including many former MGP participants. “We follow the kids. I still keep up with my 2001 class.”
It was Fluker’s ongoing concern for local youth, which matched the level of concern that she felt for her own family, which led to the creation of MGP. “In 2000, during a golf tournament in Florida that I was attending to support my son Jason Malone, I was encouraged by Ernie Ellison of the PGA of America to consider starting a youth development program in Detroit,” Fluker said. “The PGA was coming to Detroit in 2003 and they wanted to implement a program that would reflect their commitment to making an impact in the communities in which the tournaments are played. “As I was nearing the end of my 35 year career with the Wayne County Department of Human Services a youth development program was not on my short list, but following a conversation with my son, who inspired me to develop the opportunity for more youth in Detroit to experience golf and all its potential, Midnight Golf was conceived.” Today, Fluker reports that MGP is touching high school seniors at 81 area high schools, including students from all points of Detroit. For these students, Marygrove
More than fun and games: Since 2001, hundreds of area high school seniors have been empowered to become winners in the game of life through the Midnight Golf Program. College in northwest Detroit is just as special as the hallowed grounds of Augusta National (home of the Masters Tournament) because Marygrove is where much of the Midnight Golf magic takes place. Students attend evening sessions either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, and during these sessions professionals from the worlds of business, human service and education teach life skills programs, and PGA of America professionals teach golf. MGP participants also can count on receiving a nutritious dinner and heaps of nurturing. “I’m at Marygrove every night (Monday to Thursday); the young people keep me going,” said Fluker, who proudly described a meal recently served to her young people, which included baked lasagna, salad and pound cake with strawberries and blueberries. “I eat with the kids and I help serve the food every night I’m there. I want those kids to know me and I want to see the kids’ expressions when they see what kind of food we’re having tonight.” Fluker added: “I’m not a person who pretends—I’m just me. I love the kids and they’re all the same. They all just want somebody to care about them.”
cited an annual conference at Black Lake in northern Michigan, which has allowed MGP to bring together all of the program’s previous classes for workshops, golf and overall fellowship. Another important annual event for MGP, which is coming up soon on the calendar, is the 12th annual Midnight Golf Program Bowl-A-Thon on March 25. This event will support MGP’s “Road Trip For Success,” a weeklong journey of bonding and learning for MGP students. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $250,000, which will allow the members of this year’s MGP class of high school seniors to have a life-changing experience, including stops in Hampton, Va.; Washington, D.C.; and,
Philadelphia. There will be visits to a number of colleges including Howard University, Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Temple University and Drexel University. Other planned journey highlights include golf in Hampton, Va. and Philadelphia; visits to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Washington Monument in D.C.; and, the Constitutional Walking Tour in Philadelphia. “There will be no time to lay around,” declared Fluker, when describing a trip, which started with one busload of students in 2005 and has grown to six busses. “We’ve had students go who have never been out of Detroit and the bus trip just pulls everyone together.” As MGP continues to impact lives in a positive way, Fluker says the city of Detroit also will reap the benefits. “Our kids from the program our coming back to Detroit after college to start their careers and we encourage them to come back,” said Fluker, sounding very much like a proud Detroiter. “When you finish school, come back and work for your city, and give back— that’s our message.” To learn more about the Midnight Golf Program, including how to support the 12th annual Midnight Golf Program Bowl-A-Thon on March 25 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, please visit midnightgolf.org.
Through the years Fluker has successfully worked with community partners that share her love for area youth, including UAW-Ford. “UAW-Ford and (UAW Vice President) Jimmy Settles have been very supportive of the Midnight Golf Program,” said Fluker, who
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Detroit Pershing great Steve Smith part College Resource of NCAA Tournament Coverage Information revealed the announcer teams for upcoming games and Smith gets busy early by calling two of the “First Four” games on March 15, which will air on truTV. Smith is part of an announcing team that includes fellow analyst Len Elmore, play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes and sideline reporter Ros Gold-Onwude.
Longtime fans of Detroit Public School League basketball loved Steve Smith as a standout, do-it-all performer at Pershing High School in the mid 1980s. We also loved him as an All American at Michigan State and took pride in his NBA career, which spanned 14 seasons and included an All-Star Team berth, a gold medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics and a championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.
Today, Smith continues to shine as a studio and game analyst for college and professional basketball games, and he will once again be a part of the national television coverage of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. CBS Sports and Turner Sports recently
For Smith, a 1987 graduate of Pershing, it is the continuation of a championship journey during which he has represented Detroit Public Schools and our city with great class. He is also known for donating $2.5 million to Michigan State to fund the Clara Bell Smith Student Athlete Academic Center, named after his mother. In addition, he created and fully endowed the Steve Smith Scholarship for Academic Achievement, which has benefited students from Pershing. A past recipient of the Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award for “striving to improve the community, making a commitment to others, hard work and embracing the core values of the game,” Steve Smith is no doubt a true winner in the game of life by being a wonderful role model for today’s youth.
“Guidebook for Students and Families” is an important read The “Best of Young Detroit” would like to make high school students and parents aware of the “Guidebook for Students and Families.” This publication, which can be accessed online, includes information on planning and applying for college, including financial resources to assist with affording college in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid
Remembering Ron Milner, the pride of Detroit Northeastern High School Hard working students living on Detroit’s northeast side, and young people anywhere across our city with a love for the arts stand on the shoulders of Ron Milner (May 29, 1938 – July 9, 2004), the pride of Detroit Northeastern High School.
Temperatures in our region recently took a dip, but the play in arenas across the country heated up, as Division I college basketball tournaments on the conference level were wrapping up as teams and players battled to continue their seasons. Student-athletes with Detroit ties were definitely in the mix and did their best to help their teams play more games in March. Following is an update on some of the recent top performers:
A 1956 graduate of Northeastern, Mr. Milner’s play “Checkmates” was presented with Paul Winfield, Ruby Dee and Denzel Washington in the lead roles, and was one of the first plays written during its time to deal with the challenges faced by black urban professionals. Checkmates was the recipient of a 1988 NAACP Image Award, but was just a tiny slice of his rich contribution to the arts by often providing a more complete, and human description of the African American experience. Other plays by Milner include “Who’s Got His Own,” “What the Wine-Sellers Buy,” “Season’s Reasons,” “The Warning—A Theme for Linda,” “Jazz-Set” and “Roads to the Mountaintop” (a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) just to name a few.
Derrick Walton Jr., Chandler Park Academy/University of Michigan, the senior guard and his teammates faced adversity before the Big Ten Conference Tournament in Washington D.C. even started due to the well-publicized plane crash coming off the runway at Willow Run Airport as the team was departing. The team had to play its first game in practice uniforms, after barely arriving in time to face its opponent, the “Fighting Illini” from the University of Illinois. But once the tournament began, Walton displayed a ton of Detroit eastside toughness and took the fight to every opponent in sight, en route to leading the Wolverines to the Big Ten Conference Tournament title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. To win the Big Ten tournament, the Wolverines won four times in four days, including a 71-56 upset victory against Wisconsin in the title game, in which Walton led the way with 22 points, six rebounds and seven assists and captured tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Walton and the Wolverines will return to action on Friday (March 17) against Oklahoma State in the NCAA Tournament.
Mr. Milner also was a longtime educator and created the Michigan Theater Center at the Paul Robeson Theatre. Note to readers: The “Best of Young Detroit” would like to thank readers that have recently provided feedback about our tributes to past Detroit high schools and their distinguished alums. In doing so, we hope to send the message that greatness has resided and continues to reside at all of our schools across all of our neighborhoods.
On the publication date (March 15) of this week’s “Best of Young Detroit” section, Cass Tech is scheduled to play University of Detroit Jesuit in a Class A regional final state tournament basketball game at Dearborn Fordson. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m., and is a rematch of the Operation Friendship contest won by University of Detroit Jesuit, 65-53, earlier this month. Along with a balanced offensive attack, the Technicians have been riding a stingy defense in recent games. After escaping the East English Village dynamic duo of Greg Elliott and David DeJulius in a district semifinal, the Technicians have not allowed an opponent to reach 45 points in their past two contests, including a 45-43 district championship victory against King and a 65-23 win against Dearborn Fordson to reach the regional final. Following are some of the other top performers during recent state tournament basketball games involving Detroit PSL teams: BOYS Class A William Palmer, Cody, scored 15 points in the Comets’ 68-54 loss to Dearborn Fordson on March 10. Matthew Richmond, Cass Tech, scored 18 points in the Technicians’ 72-67 victory against East English Village on March 8.
Devontaye Webb, Henry Ford, scored 22 points against Osborn. Brandon Green, Mumford, scored 19 points in the Mustangs’ 80-59 loss to Hazel Park on March 10. Kelly Broadus, Frederick Douglass, scored 27 points in a 75-35 victory against University Prep Science & Math on March 8. Carlos Byars-Walker, Frederick Douglass, contributed 21 points against University Prep. Janard Smith Jr., Frederick Douglass, contributed 20 points against University Prep. Class C Gary Solomon, Edison Academy, registered 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 72-63 victory against Pershing on March 10. Pierre Mitchell, Edison Academy, contributed 18 points against Pershing. Ron Hill, Pershing, scored 24 points against Edison Academy. GIRLS Class A
Christopher Murry, Cass Tech, contributed 15 points against East English Village.
Alicia Norman, King, the senior guard and this season’s Miss PSL award recipient scored 18 points in the Crusaders’ 55-51 loss against Southfield A&T in a regional final on March 9.
Leonard Silas, Cass Tech, scored 12 points against East English Village.
Tia Tedford, King, the senior wing scored 14 points against Southfield A&T.
Greg Elliott, East English Village, this season’s Mr. PSL award recipient capped an outstanding senior campaign with 31 points against Cass Tech. Jesse Scarber, King, scored 25 points in the Crusaders’ 38-34 victory against Western on March 8. Loren Bowman, Western, scored 12 points against King. Class B Armonee’ Felder, Osborn, scored 22 points in the Knights’ 77-74 overtime victory against Henry Ford on March 13. Kenneth Holloway, Osborn, contributed 16 points against Henry Ford. Alan Houser, Osborn, contributed 14 points against Henry Ford.
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Cassius Winston, University of Detroit Jesuit/Michigan State University, the true freshman continues to be a solid contributor to the Spartans squad, including a seven-point effort in a 78-51 Big Ten Conference Tournament victory against Penn State on March 9. Winston and the Spartans bowed out of the Big Ten Conference Tournament in their next game against Minnesota, but MSU will have a clean slate Friday (March 17) when the team takes on the University of Miami (Fla.) in the NCAA Tournament. Darrell Davis, Frederick Douglass/ University of Dayton, the junior guard, contributed eight points and four rebounds in the Flyers’ surprising 73-67 opening game loss to Davidson on March 10 in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. Davis and the Flyers will look to rebound Friday (March 17) against Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament. Karmari Newman, East English Village/George Mason University, the true freshman made significant strides as the season progressed, including a 7.2 scoring average during a stretch of six games entering the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. Newman and George Mason (20 wins, 13 losses) exited the conference tournament after a quarterfinal loss to Virginia Commonwealth, but will have an opportunity to play more basketball when the Patriots face Loyola (Md.) on March 15 in an opening game of the College Basketball Invitational tournament.
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Reflections By Steve Holsey
A rite of passage? One day last week while skimming over some of the latest music industry news, I came across an item about a rapper I was not familiar with named Vic Mensa who had just been arrested on a felony weapons charge.
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This brought to mind the large number of rap artists who spent time in jail or served lengthy prison sentences. These people are the worst possible role models, yet so many young people look up to them and sometimes even emulate them. The long list includes DMX, Lil’ Kim, Mystikal, Slick Rick, Da Brat, T.I., Ja Rule, Foxy Brown, Shyne, Remy Ma, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, C-Murder, Flavor Flav and plenty more, including some no longer with us such as Ol’ Dirty Bastard (now there’s a name for you) and Tupac Shakur.
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he’s smart, savvy, spiritually sophisticated, and remarkably human. And she is Rachelle Ferrell, a writer’s dream. Once you enter the circle of this exceptionally engaging entertainer, it’s no longer about entertainment or the show. It’s about real human expression, introspect and making deeper connections with the world. But whether or not you aspire to the transcendental philosophy of the universe, the Raechelle Ferrell experience is one to be embraced no matter where you fall on the metaphysical scale.
This is not to question talent (in some cases), but a turning point for the worse was reached when “thug” and “gangsta” lost their negative connotations. These days, criminal activity, past or present, almost seems to be a prerequisite for rap stardom. NANCY WILSON’S landmark 80th birthday was celebrated on Feb. 20 at a lavish party in Hollywood. No one could be more deserving than this legendary lady who has been class all the way, in her professional life and personal life as well. Among those in attendance Nancy Wilson were Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Mary Wilson, Clifton Davis (believe it or not, he is now 71 years old), Arsenio Hall, Marla Gibbs, Dionne Warwick, Freda Payne and Stevie Wonder. SPEAKING of classy ladies, I had the great pleasure of meeting Diana Lewis at an awards luncheon recently. All those years as a popular news anchor on WXYZ-TV Channel 7 made her a Detroit television icon. I always loved her aura, professionalism and personality. Diana Lewis I said to her, “You are my all-time favorite news anchor, and I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t mean it.” She very enthusiastically expressed her gratitude and then gave me a big hug.
She laughs easily, and in a matter of minutes you’re engaged in friendly discourse about everything from family to fusion energy. Ferrell is at once as beguiling and serene as the music is enchanting and thought-provoking. When asked the age-old question regarding how she cultivated her distinctive sound, she responds frankly and without hesitation. “That’s a long process and if I divulged that I would have to charge you. That’s not the kind of information you give for free,” she says with genuine laughter. But Ferrell resumes the dialogue with an easy air and discusses the underpinnings of her immense talent. “It took a great deal of discipline … first and foremost on the part of my parents. They supported me, in terms of my father being the progenitor of the musical talent … and then on my mother’s side she sang in the church choir, and her extended family, her aunts, her uncles and her father were musical.” Ferrell began singing at age six, and developed a six octave range as she matured. Unabashedly honest and free of the ego-driven constraints that all too often accompany fame and accomplishment, she shares an insight into her musical process. “I incorporate some of the things that everybody else incorporates in their field of endeavor, you know, like food and hydration. Taking a nice hot shower and connecting with my breath before I have to use it in a whole other way, and being consciously aware of that.” But Ferrell explains that her daily regimen and her process for preparing vary significantly depending on the day and the destination. “My days are kaleidoscopic. A day in the life of Rachelle Ferrell can look very, very different and not just look differently, the feel and the experience [differ] depending on what day it is. When I am on the road and I am performing a concert … there is a very different type of discipline employed in that day. It’s a day focused on and dedicated to the generation of energy.
“It’s almost like I am getting a picture in my mind’s eye, the third eye, of a rocket ship like NASA having to power up for the launching. It takes a lot of generation of energy and fuel and fusion to launch the rocket ship into orbit and it’s very similar with me on concert dates is dedicated to that process, so when I step on the stage it’s there for me, and the connections can be made.” She continued, “If it’s not a [performance] day … and I’m working in my office, that is a whole ’nother story and whole different quality of day. The discipline and energy are spread out over a long period of time as opposed to stored for a specific point in time.” Hard to believe from the singer who in 2014, appeared on a new web series called “Now What with Kevin E. Taylor,” where moved by spirit, she sang her entire interview and at one point, reduced the host to tears. But with all of the many facets of Ferrell, composer, lyricist, arranger, musician, vocalist and musician, she compels you to probe deeper in search of that thing, that secret to her longevity and her ability to remain relevant year in and year out. “Well, for all of us we don’t ever approach it from the outside. We don’t say what do I have to do to stay relevant? That is a disaster in the making right there. It is something we all have as human beings, and it’s a basic part of our humanity. We can sit here and break it down in terms of elasticity in the brain and one’s ability to transform and transmute our own personal energy into whatever is happening in the moment which brings its own relevancy.”
music that I do. Every person comes to the planet to both give something and receive something. To teach something and learn something. It’s a spiritual contract, so what another person has come to give no one else can do, and it’s the same thing with me … artistry reminds us of ourselves and that’s why we celebrate anyone who excels and breaks beyond the current paradigm of boundaries … that gets our attention and reminds us of who we really are,” she explained. Great performers share themselves to inspire the listener to reflect on our humanness and embolden us to take the next step toward a life well lived. Ferrell’s wealth of talent and her generosity of spirit not only adds her to the list of great performers, it moves her into the realm of living legends and a real tour de force for the ages. When Ferrell says she attributes her longevity and staying power in a complex industry to “being human,” she means it. Humans are uniquely adept at utilizing systems of symbolic communication such as language and art — for self-expression and the exchange of ideas. Tickets for “An Evening with Ra chelle Ferrell,” taking place Thursday, March 23 at the Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, range from $36 to $48 and are available by phone at 800-7453000, or get tickets 24 hours a day at Ticketmaster. Opening for Ferrell will be Detroit’s own TEM LeMAY.
From her critically acclaimed performances with the George Duke, Patti LaBelle and Dizzy Gillespie, and the seasoned songstress’ much lauded impromptu performances with Jennifer Hudson and Ledisi, Ferrell is still one of the greatest stand-alone talents of our time. She can scat like Jarreau, crescendo like Riperton and gently bring you back to earth like Simone. But she accomplishes that feat with a sister-woman kind of finesse, sparing nothing to get you to your destination … as a person. “I [make] music because I was called and appointed to do not just the music, but the
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Sister Sledge member passes
CHRIS BROWN is someone in need of having people put positive thoughts into the universe. He is in a downward spiral that has placed his very life in jeopardy.
Sister Sledge ranks as one of the all-time great female vocal groups, at their peak in the late seventies and early eighties. Hailing from Philadelphia, the group consisted of Kathy (lead singer), Joni, Kim and Debra Sledge.
In addition to having been diagnosed as having post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and being bipolar, he Chris Brown is caught up in drug abuse, all of which explains his extremely erratic behavior and temper explosions.
Joni Sledge passed away at her home in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, March 10. She was born on Sept. 13, 1956.
Brown is so talented with much more to give, and that makes the situation that much more sad.
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The family issued the following statement: “Yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. Pray for us as we weep for the loss of our sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin, Joni Sledge. We thank you for privacy as we hurt for her presence, but also for embracing her ra-
diance and the sincerity with which she loved life.” The group enjoyed modest success early on with songs like “Love Don’t You Go Through No Changes on Me” and “Blockbuster Boy,” but hit their stride when they began working with Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. Their signature song was “We Are Family,” although they also did very well with “He’s the Greatest Dancer,” “Got to Love Somebody,” All American Girls” and “B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Baby), among others. Kathy Sledge now works as a solo artist.
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MARSHA AMBROSIUS, Eric Benét, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, March 30. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.
DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES, Tears for Fears, Joe Louis Arena, May 17, Tickets sold at the Joe Louis box office and Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.
BIG SEAN, Fox Theatre, April 1. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. “THE BOOK of Pleasures, Chapter 2,” Starring Keke Wyatt, Angela Winbush and Avant, Masonic Temple, April 8. Tickets sold at the Masonic Temple box office and Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.
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BOBBY BROWN, Alise King, Masonic Temple, Saturday, March 4. Tickets sold at the Masonic Temple box office and Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin, Charlie Murphy. Joe Louis Arena, May 13. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. GEORGE CLINTON and Parliament-Funkadelic, May
DETROIT HAIR WARS Exotic Hair Night, Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, April 2. Cash bar. Hot food. Free Parking. For more information, call 313.534.8318. KENNETH "BABYFACE" EDMUNDS, Brandy, Masonic Temple,, May 14. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations, To charge by phone, call, 1.800.745.3000. RACHELLE FERRELL, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, March 23. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.
Keith Sweat 25. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. YO GOTTI, others, Masonic Temple, March 25. Tickets sold at Masonic box office and Ticketmaster locations.
FOUR TOPS, Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, Friday, March 17. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations, the Andiamo box office and by calling 586.268.3200. DOUG E. FRESH, Al B. Sure, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, Jalil and Ecstasy of Whodini, Force MD’s, Hi-Five, Cherrelle,
Fox Theatre, Friday, March 17. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. ANTHONY HAMILTON, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, June 1. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.
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LEELA JAMES, Daley, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, April 19. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. NORAH JONES, Fox Theatre, May 23. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. GUCCI MANE, Fox Theatre, April 14. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. BRIAN McKNIGHT, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, May 18. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. CHRIS ROCK, Fox Theatre, April 28-29. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. RICKEY SMILEY & Friends, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, April 20. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. KEITH SWEAT, K-Ci & JoJo, Fox Theatre, April 15. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. RUSSELL THOMPKINS, JR. & the New Stylistics, Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Saturday, July 22. Call 313.943.2354 for tickets and more information. TEMPTATIONS REVIEW featuring Dennis Edwards, Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Saturday, April 1. Call 313.943.2354 for tickets and more information.
Explore the mystery of prehistoric life at Cobo Center dren, $21 seniors. T-Rex Tickets (ages 2-12) are available for $57. All day Friday, and after 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: $19 adults, $19 children, $16 seniors. T-Rex tickets (ages 2-12) are available for $52.
Venture back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth at the production’s up-close encounters with a lifelike Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and the king T-Rex in this thrilling walkthrough exhibit. Kids can also meet a baby dinosaur, take an exciting spin in the Jurassic Jeeps at the Dino Raceway and visit the Kids Adventure Zone filled with themed bouncy houses, crafts, face painting and more. Parents and kids can test their skills playing an all-new Mesozoic Mini Golf course, become junior paleontologists while completing the scavenger hunt as they explore the exhibit and dig for fossils in the Valley of the Bones. It’s family fun of “prehistoric proportions.”
Children under two are free with a paid adult. Child general admission tickets include the Dinosaur Exhibit and access to attractions (Valley of the Bones, Ride the Dinosaurs, Cretaceous Crafts, Dino Raceway, Mesozoic Mini Golf, Kids Adventure Zone and Scavenger Hunt). T-Rex tickets include the above as well as one face paint, one Fossil Find bag, one green screen photo print, a makeand-take T-shirt, one drawstring backpack and one pair of socks for the inflatables. T-Rex Ttcket perks may also be purchased individually for an additional fee at the souvenir shop inside the exhibit. Other restrictions and additional fees may apply.
Tickets: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: $24 adults, $24 chil-
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Reflections KUDOS to Prince Michael Jackson for co-founding Heal Los Angeles, an organization that works in the areas of child abuse, homelessness and hunger, but someone should tell him to consult a dictionary. Then he would know that “epithet” is a word that almost always refer to something derogatory or defaming.
That’s kind of hard to believe, as hard as believing that Michael Jackson was the biological father. Paris and Prince both look 100 percent white.
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Jackson said, “My dad earned the epithet ‘King of Pop’…I am the king’s son, so I’m working to get my Prince Michael Jackson own epithet.” Meanwhile, his sister, Paris Jackson, says her father would regularly tell her, “You’re black. Be proud of your roots.”
Learn, discover and have fun in this unique hands-on exhibit when “Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED” roars into Cobo Center on Friday through Sunday March 17-19. Tickets are on sale now.
MEMORIES: “For the Love of Money” (the O’Jays), “There It Is” (Tyrone Davis), “You Gotta Believe” (the Pointer Sisters), “Flowers” (the Emotions), “You Should Be Dancing” (the Bee Gees), “Two Occasions” (the Deele), “We Both Need Each Other” (Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson and Phyllis Hyman), “Stop Your Weeping” (the Dramatics), “You Are So Beautiful” (Billy Preston), “Cold Sweat” (James Brown).
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BLESSINGS to J. Michael McKay, Huel Perkins, Greg Russell, Patreice Massey, Brenda Perryman, Cornelius Fortune, Larry Davis, Carolyn Crawford, Mike Jemison and Phyllis Lynn Burns.
WORDS OF THE WEEK, Bobby Brown has in- Paris Jackson from Neil Young: “I believe troduced Bobby Brown in a higher source, but I’m not into orgaFoods, a company that offers barbeque nized religion.” sauces, marinades, seasonings and Let the music play! fried chicken mixes. Steve Holsey can be reached at BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that Tevin email@example.com and PO Box 02843, Campbell’s 1993 No. 1 hit “Can We Talk” Detroit, MI 48202.
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JoAnne Truitt Grear On Saturday, March 5, services for Jo Anne Truitt Grear were held at St. Moses the Black Catholic Church with Father Ronald DeHondt officiating. Mrs. Grear passed away on Feb. 25, 2017. JoAnne Truitt Grear was born on Sept. 1, 1944 in Detroit, the oldest of the two children of Esterline and Leon Truitt. After attending St. Luke Elementary School, she enrolled at St. Cecilia High School. She then earned an associate’s degree from Highland Park Community College and continued her education at Wayne State University as an English major. After working at the post office, she fond employment at General Motors, as a payroll date processor. It was there that she met Tyrone Grear. They were married in October 1971 and had a son, Karl Grear. She later — 27 years ago — changed direction and opened the popular Brown Bag and Eatery restaurant. Mrs. Grear, who loved reading as well as cooking, was the recipient of many honors over the years.
New Salem Missionary Baptist Church celebrates 18th Pastoral Anniversary Among the many guests that gathered to celebrate Pastor Kevin Johnson and First Lady Deborah Johnson were Linda E. Swanson, vice president/executive director representing her father O’ Neil D Swanson Sr., president and CEO of Swanson Funeral Homes Inc. Julia Heney Lynese Davis is seated. Standing: Honorees Rev. Kevin Johnson and First Lady Deborah Johnson, Harry Weaver, Linda E. Swanson and Rev. Willie Smith.
Cherishing the memory of JoAnne Truitt Gear are her husband, Tyrone Grear; mother, Esterline Truitt; son, Karl Grear; a sister, Sandra Truitt Robinson and many other relatives and friends.
Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Interment took place at Elmwood Cemetery.
Henry Anna Britton On Saturday, Feb. 18, services for Henry Anna Britton were held at Tennessee Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Milburn Pearson officiating. Mrs. Britton passed away on Feb. 4, 2017. Henry Anna Cook was born in Haywood County, Brownsville, Tennessee on June 29, 1925 to Henry and Anna G. Cook, the seventh of 11 children. After being educated in the Haywood County school system, she began working as a domestic. She married James Jarrett and had a son, Edward. After moving to Detroit, she joined Tennessee Missionary Baptist Church and married Wilson Britton. They had two children, Yolandas and Cheryl. She was very active in the community.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION — Missionary Hattie Humphrey’s Civic Birthday Celebration takes place Saturday, March 18, at the St. Regis Hotel. Tickets are $60 at the door. For more information, call Michael Van Tull at 248.516.8300. Seated from left: Hon. B. Pennie Millender, Monique Marks, Missionary Hattie Humphrey and Hon. Alicia Jones-Coleman. Standing from left: Hon. Austin W. Garrett, Hon. David S. Robinson Jr., Hon. David A. Perkins, Hon. Christopher D. Dingell, Hon. Kevin F. Robbins and Hon. Prentis Edwards, Jr.
Xernona Clayton-Brady to help honor Dr. King In remembrance of April 4, 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy, Rev. Jim Holley, Ph.D., D.Min., senior pastor of the Historic Little Rock Baptist Church will host a very special event.
worked closely with both the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mrs. Coretta Scott King.
ber our history which includes the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event takes place Sunday, April 2 at 10 a.m. at the Historic Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 9000 Woodward Avenue. All are welcome.
To honor Dr. King’s legacy and black history, Xernona Clayton-Brady, civil rights activist, journalist, television talk host, broadcasting executive, philanthropist, and Emmy Award recipient, will speak.
Clayton-Brady is married to Paul L. Brady, the first African American to be appointed as a federal administrative law judge and they have two children, Laura and Paul, Jr. Come hear this powerful speaker as we remem-
Clayton-Brady earned her B.A. degree from Tennessee State University, graduate studies from at the University of Chicago and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She was the first black woman in the South to host a prime time talk show, named one of Georgia’s most influential women. In addition, a street is named after her as well as a scholarship program to assist students pursuing a doctoral degree in journalism. Clayton-Brady’s civic involvement and participation in the Civil Rights Movement began with the Chicago Urban League where she investigated discrimination in employment, and coordinated activities for the Doctor’s Committee for Implementation project,
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Cherishing the memory of Henry Anna Britton are her son, Yolandas; daughter, Cheryl Robinson; stepson, Wilson T.; three grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Interment took place at Gethsemane Cemetery.
Josh Eugene Hemingway Services for Josh Eugene Hemingway were held at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church on Saturday, Feb. 18, with Rev. Charles C. Adams officiating. Mr. Hemingway passed away on Feb. 9, 2017. Josh Eugene Hemingway was born on Aug. 15, 1948 in Detroit to Josh and Clementine Hemingway. After graduating from Northwestern High School, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was discharged in 1970, having received numerous honors.
He enjoyed staying up to date on technology, reading the newspaper, listening to jazz and dressing “to the nines.”
which culminated with the desegregation of hospitals facilities in Atlanta, Georgia.
The memory of Josh Eugene Hemingway is being cherished by his sisters, Elizabeth Jaggers, Rose Marie Freeman and Kathy Hemingway; a brother, Benjamin Hemingway; and many other relatives and friends.
She also and organized fundraising initiatives for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In late 1968, she convinced the grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan to renounce the Klan and credited her for this monumental decision.
She can speak on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as she
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Lenora Gayle Mitchell Services for Lenora Gayle Mitchell were held at Detroit World Outreach Church on Friday, Feb. 17, with Minister Roy McCloud officiating. Mrs. Mitchell passed away on Feb. 8, 2017. Lenora Gayle Mitchell was born on April 7, 1948 in Detroit to Charles and Lena Hall. After graduating from Northern High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Central State University and a master’s degree in Administration and Urban Education from the University of Michigan.
Xernona Clayton-Brady has received numerous local, state, national degrees and many honorary degrees, including the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Detrit Branch NAACP. In 2004, the Mattel Toy Company created a “Xernona Clayton Barbie Doll in her honor.
Mrs. Mitchell worked for Detroit Public Schools in several capacities, including teacher, unit head and assistant principal. She retired after 36 years. She also taught for many years at Marygrove College as an adjunct professor in the college’s Masters of Art in Teaching program. In 1984, she married Ronald Mitchell. She had two children from a previous marriage. She enjoyed traveling, bowling, gardening, reading and going on cruises. Cherishing the memory of Lenora Gayle Mitchell are her husband, Ronald; son, Anthony Fitzpatrick; daughter, Ayanna DeRamus; a sister, Emma Hall; and many other relatives and friends.
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Interment took place at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFP) for Graphic Design for Public Timetables, Control No. 17-2391. RFP document may be obtained beginning March 15, 2017 from www.mitn.info. RFP’s are due Thursday, March 31, 2017 by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. OPEN ENROLLMENT DETROIT SERVICE LEARNING ACADEMY Legal Notice The Detroit Service Learning Academy District announces the 2017/18 open enrollment period for grades K-8 through May 1, 2017 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Detroit Service Learning Academy 21605 W. 7 Mile Rd. Detroit, MI 48219 or the Redford Service Learning Academy 25940 Grand River Ave. Redford, MI 48240. In the event student enrollment applications exceed available space, a random selection drawing will be held if needed on Saturday, August 5, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at 21605 W. Seven Mile Rd. Detroit, MI 48219. This institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex and disability. See: www.detroitservicelearning.org
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Contractors desiring to bid shall demonstrate the following qualifications: At least 5 years experience in their relative trade, licensed as required by state and/or local law. Insurance: General Liability and Auto Liability with Nailah LLC and The City of Detroit named as Additional Insured. Workman’s compensation insurance is also required. Bid packets will be available at the office of the engineer: Giffels Webster, 28 West Adams Street, Suite 1200, Detroit, Michigan 48226. Contact: Terence Thomas, Phone: (313) 962-4442, Fax: (313) 962-5068, email: email@example.com with questions regarding project specifics as found in the bid packet. A mandatory pre-bid meeting and examination of the premises will take place at the project site: 710 East Ferry Street, Detroit, 48202 on March 15th, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Sealed bids will be accepted until 2:00 PM on March 22nd, 2017 at Giffels Webster, 28 West Adams Street, Suite 1200, Detroit, Michigan 48226. No bids will be accepted after this time. All bids must be submitted by trade and line item. All bids will be publicly opened on March 22nd, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Giffels Webster, 28 West Adams Street, Suite 1200, Detroit, Michigan 48226. All interested parties are invited to attend. Nailah, LLC reserves the right to waive any irregularity in any bid or to reject any or all bids should it be deemed for its best interest. The contracts will be executed under the Economic Development Initiative and CDBG/ Neighborhood Opportunity Fund administered by the City of Detroit, Housing and Revitalization Department. The successful contractor(s) will be required to comply with federal laws governing equal employment opportunity will have to be cleared and approved by the City of Detroit, and comply with: Executive Order No. 2007-1 which states in part that all City of Detroit project construction contracts shall provide that at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the workforce must be bona-fide Detroit residents.
Vehicle Cybersecurity Joint Venture/Alliance Technical Program Manager
Warren, MI, General Motors. Analyze JV/Alliance architectures &processes to determine applicable cybersecurity elements, &dvlpmt process for integration of cybersecurity elements. Dvlp strategies &processes for end-to-end security of vehicle electrical architecture &embedded systems. Ensure that cybersecurity elements are implemented in global &emerging market vehicle architectures incldg unique market specific Electronic Control Units (ECUs) incldg connected ECUs such as local infotainment sys, &core connected ECUs such as firewall to isolate connected bus/network from vehicle network &data link connector. Determine optimal physical &functional partitioning &allocation of the global superset of cybersecurity features while reviewing global vehicle electrical architectures that can fulfill current &upcoming/foreseen global cybersecurity reqmts, &global future market reqmts. Coordinate dvlpmt &implementation of overall secure vehicle sys design into OEM architecture incldg in- vehicle data network, flash programming, diagnostic services, &intrusion detection. Coordinate contracts &guide OEMs on performing their own ECU mgmt from sourcing to Start of Regular Production. Master, Electrical or Electronic Engrg. 12 mos exp as Electrical Architecture Engineer or Engineer, ensuring that cybersecurity elements are implemented in global &/or emerging market vehicle architectures incldg unique market specific ECUs such as connected local infotainment ECU, &core connected ECUs such as firewall to isolate connected bus/network from vehicle network &data link connector. Mail resume to Ref#49299, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
Bidders are required to furnish a bid guarantee equal to (5%) of their bid, The Bid guarantee shall be in the form of either a bid bond or a certified check, made out to Nailah, LLC. The successful bidder is required to furnish payment (Labor and Materials) and performance bonds in the amount covering the faithful performance of the contract and the payment of all obligations arising thereunder, in the amount of 100% of their contracts, executed by a surety which is licensed to do business in the State of Michigan. The contractor will be required to comply with the “Section 3 Clause” (24 CFR Part 135). All contracts (subcontracts) shall include the Section 3 clause
Warren, MI, General Motors. Provide strategic direction for future passenger vehicles, creating technology roadmaps &dvlp new technologies developed by R&D org. to enable design of full conventional &autonomous vehicle electrical architectures (incldg body, chassis, powertrain, &electrical systems), that can deliver required safety, security, performance &efficiency demanded in the future. Determine optimal physical &functional partitioning &allocation of global superset of features while designing global vehicle electrical architectures to fulfill current &upcoming/foreseen global legal reqmts (U.S. FMVSS, Euro NCAP, UN ECE, CONTRAN/CONAMA, China GBs, Latin America NCAP, Korea OBD, Australia ADRs, India AIS &South Africa SABS). Plan &dvlp software interfaces for full functional vehicle architectures according to AUTOSAR standards in Run Time Environment (RTE), incldg Standard Utility Module extensions to AutoSar standard, defining physical, software &serial data interfaces between subsystems &electronic control units (ECUs) using Rhapsody. Plan &dvlp schematics for all vehicle subsystems using Mentor Capital. Manage corporate implicit &explicit knowledge in electrical architecture design hosting periodic manager level leadership meetings with global experts &documenting learning into specifications. Master, Electrical or Electronic Engrg. 12 Months, Engineering Manager, Engineering Group Manager, Electrical Architecture Leader, or related, determining optimal physical &functional partitioning &allocation of global superset of features while designing global vehicle electrical architectures that can fulfill current &upcoming/foreseen global legal reqmts (U.S. FMVSS, UN ECE, CONTRAN/CONAMA, &Latin America NCAP), &planning &dvlping schematics for all vehicle subsystems using Mentor Capital or IVED. Mail resume to Ref#5340, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265. Supplier Development Engineer
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ATTENTION QUALIFIED CONTRACTORS Nailah LLC is seeking qualified contractors to install domestic and fire suppression water leads to Buildings 1, 2, 3, 4 and three fire hydrants in the surrounding Right-of-Ways for the proposed Nailah Commons project located at 676, 692, 702 and 710 East Ferry Street, Detroit, Michigan, 48202. All work to include soil erosion and sedimentation control measures, pavement removal and restoration, utility trenching, taps, installation of domestic and fire suppression water piping, valves and boxes, installation of fire hydrants with piping, valve and boxes and site cleanup.
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Warren, MI, General Motors. Dvlp positive relationships &establish effective lines of communication with automotive components suppliers of instrument panels, consoles, headliners, door trim, tires &wheels, focused on partnership- oriented arrangements. Deploy closed-loop qlty mgmt sys integrating process modules--Audit, Non-Conformance Tracking &Change Control. Review &evaluate supplier qlty metrics such as Non-Conformance Tracking, Supplier Corrective Action Requests, &Corrective Action &Preventive Actions. Utilize Supplier Operations Readiness (SORA) tool to support supplier mfg readiness, tooling &eqpt capability evaluation, manpower readiness &maintenance. Work with Supplier Qlty group to establish &maintain supplier qlty scorecard metrics incldg advanced qlty planning &Cost of Poor Qlty. Track &improve mfg launch readiness of new products for suppliers &value added assembly suppliers. Perform Built in Qlty Supply base gap analysis to current &potential components suppliers, Value-Added Assemblers &Greenfields/Brownfields suppliers. Train, teach &coach suppliers in BIQS implementation incldg error proofing, bypass mgmt, DFMEA/PFMEA risk mitigation to identify discrepancies &capture of all safety critical operations, capability studies, fast response, standardized work, built in work station qlty checks &Process Control Plan (PCP) execution. Master, Mechanical Engineering or related. 6 mos exp as Engineer, creating &/or utilizing SORA tool to support automotive supplier mfg readiness, tooling &eqpt capability evaluation, manpower readiness &maintenance, &train &coach engrs in operational readiness incldg error proofing, bypass mgmt, DFMEA/PFMEA risk mitigation to identify discrepancies &capture of all safety critical operations, capability studies, fast response, standardized work, built in work station qlty checks &PCP execution. Mail resume to Ref#2677, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
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Vehicle System Engineer – Interior
Warren, MI, General Motors. Engineer &develop, &package future global passenger car, full-size size Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) &truck interior architectures &component systems including instrument panels (IP), consoles, seating systems, &interior trim systems, &packaging of airbags (driver, passenger, roof rail, side &knee), to meet the safety performance in compliance with FMVSS 208/210/214/216a/301 for frontal, side &rear impact standards, USNCAP, EUNCAP, AustraliaNCAP requirements, &IIHS recommendations. Ensure product manufacturability, perform &execute engineering tools such as DFSS, Design for Manufacture/Assembly, DFMEA &DRBFM to allow detailed analysis for some of failures &determine root cause to make improvements. Establish program content sheet &global bill of material, &ensure customer &brand harmony. Balance interior material cost, mass &contents aligned with interior brand strategy. Resolve integration issues across system management teams &define content &engineering solutions to meet program safety& N&V requirements. Bachelor, Mechanical, Industrial or Automotive Engrg or related. 24 mos exp as Engineer, engineering, developing, &packaging global passenger vehicle architectures &component systems including IP, console, seating system, interior trim system, &packaging of airbags (driver, passenger, roof rail, side &knee), in compliance with FMVSS 208/210/214/216a/301, USNCAP, EUNCAP &AustraliaNCAP requirements, &IIHS recommendations. Mail resume to Ref#1666, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
Application Sustain Engineer
General Motors, Detroit, MI. Deploy, operate, &enhance OnStar Infotainment Advanced Systems Dvlpmt Pilot Apps &operating environments such as Unix, Oracle, Java. Use &improve J2EE &Web Svces-based app soft to analyze &perform OTA Reflash &data collection of OnStar Electronic Control Units (ECU) in vehicles communicating through Vehicle Computer Platform (VCP). Enhance current Pilot App product cmpts &lead dvlpmt efforts for new service offerings to troubleshoot pilot apps. Create certificates service request, generate Java keystore using openssl &keytool IUI for OnStar ADPA cmpts for vehicle communication using SMS &packet gateways, implementing certificates accordingly to VSMS environments &test them using VSMS. Use Jenkins &zuul configuration tools to build, deploy &operate the apps in N.A., Europe &China. Configure zabbix, kibana &log stash for log mgmt. Create oracle &mysql database scripts to debug issues related to vehicle data collection &reflash. Create Perl script for app failover &maintain high availability of app. Create &request infrastructure team to provide CSS, firewall &IP tables rules for app to interact with vehicle &to external cmpt svces. Master, Electrical or Electronics Engineering or related. 36 mos exp as Network Infrastructure Engineer, Module Lead, Senior Software Engineer, Software Engineer or related, using &improving J2EE &Web Svces-based app soft to analyze &perform OTA Reflash &data collection of OnStar ECU in vehicles communicating through VCP. Will accept bachelor’s or foreign equiv degree, in Electrical or Electronics Engineering or related, followed by at least 5 yrs progressive exp in the specialty, in lieu of required education &exp. Will also accept any equally suitable combination of education, training, &/or exp which would qualify applicant to perform job offered. Mail resume to Ref#2783, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
Senior Researcher, Warren, MI, General Motors. Research, investigate, innovate, &dvlp new methods &techniques to automate (or complement techniques in) rigorous dvlpmt, verification, validation &testing of highintegrity embedded electronic control unit systems &soft that implement required automotive control features such as Automated Driving Sys Controllers, Automated steering sub sys, Power distribution sub sys, Vehicle controls, Interface gateways, Automatic Lane Changing &Obstacle Deduction &Avoidance features in autonomous vehicles for smoother &safer ride qlty, &conventional vehicle features such as Body Control Module, Engine Control Module, Airbag Control Module. Dvlp first-order predicate logic model to analyze safety impact of autonomous systems feature interfaces through concurrent sys predicate &propositional modelling, &anlys through Boolean satisfiability solver techniques. Perform verification &validation using Binary Decision Diagrams based on advanced formal verification methodology with bounded constraint solvers &CONCOLIC testing, with traversal approaches combining concrete &symbolic simulation by means of local constraint solvers &Monte Carlo Simulation approaches. Dvlp techniques to check code conformance of auto generated code from parallel &hierarchical State Flow &Simulink models using the Model Based Testing (MBT) approaches combined with Automatic Testcase Generation (ATG) methods with enhanced model structural coverage. PhD, Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Researcher, Scientist or Engineer, identifying &solving gaps in tools &methods in existing engrg anlys &dvlpg techniques, &methods for psgr vehicle features such as Automated steering sub sys, Power distribution sub sys, Automatic lane changing &warning &Obstacle deduction &collision avoidance in autonomous vehicles, dvlpg techniques to check code conformance of auto generated code from parallel &hierarchical State Flow &Simulink models using MBT approaches combined with ATG methods with enhanced model structural coverage. Mail resume to Ref#2456, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
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Warren, MI, General Motors. Perform &execute Fault Injection Testing on ECUs, sensors, &full conventional &autonomous psgr vehicles to prove ECU soft complies with ISO-26262 automotive standards. Perform safety validation at sys level for active safety features such as Semi Active Damping Sys, Lane Centering Control (LCC) &Electronic Transmission Range Selector (ETRS), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control (FSRACC), CIB (Collision Imminent Braking), Advance Park Assist using dSpace MicroAutoBox. Build Simulink MATLAB models using RTI CAN blocksets. Use model variable description file to load on the dSpace Control Desk tool to inject fault by changing data bytes in real time. Monitor bus (CAN/LIN/FlexRay) traffic using OBD Intrepid &vector tools. Create test procedures for safety reqmts to meet fail-safe actions per assigned ASIL safety level of feature. Bachelor, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science &Engineering or related. 24 mos exp as Engineer or IT Analyst, performing safety validation at sys level for active safety features such as LCC, ETRS, LKA, FSRACC &CIB using dSpace MicroAutoBox. Mail resume to Ref#2191, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
Design Release Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors Design &dvlp future passenger car &crossover utility vehicle (CUV) seat mounted side airbag &roof rail airbag. Perform package reviews to identify &solve interference issues. Dvlp &release seat mounted side airbag &roof rail airbag assemblies to meet the safety performance in compliance with FMVSS 214/226/302, US NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), Europe (EU) NCAP, Australia NCAP reqmts, &Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recommendations. Set technical parameters &given test reqmts to CAE engrs to simulate &improve design to achieve airbag performance reqmts &optimize mass &cost while balancing safety &package reqmts. Use Design for Six Sigma (DFSS), Design for Manufacture (DFM), Design Failure Mode &Effects Analysis (DFMEA) &Design Review Based on Failure Mode (DRBFM) tools to allow detailed analysis for failures &determine root cause. Evaluate &integrate airbag performance with interfacing parts (Garnish Trim & Overhead system / Seat / Door trim / vehicle body Structure) to achieve airbag successful deployment. Bachelor, Mechanical Engrg or Automotive Engrg. 12 mos exp as Engineer, releasing seat mounted side airbag &roof rail airbag assemblies to meet FMVSS 214/226/302 standards, US NCAP, EU NCAP, &Australia NCAP reqmts &IIHS recommendations. Mail resume to Ref#3367, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
General Motors, Detroit, MI. Test, validate, &perform soft updates Over the Air on vehicle internal module such as OnStar core module, &external modules such as the center stack module &the engine control unit through soft platform. Gather reqmts &define user stories (incldg dvlpmt of advanced Agile reqmts) within vehicle domains. Train Qlty Assurance Analysts &Jr Analysts on vehicle domains, soft updates reqmts, &Vehicle soft platform. Document &recommend test process &functional flows. Design6 &dvlp test artifacts such as test plan, test report &qlty metrics. Maintain manual &automation test suites &update test scripts for changes &enhancements. Conduct retrospections &implement improvements. Apply waterfall, V-Model, iterative, &Agile (both Scrum &Kanban) methodologies. Automate tests using Selenium JAVA in TestNG framework &Page Object Model. Perform web svces automation using Soap UI tool. Master, Electrical, Electronic or Computer Engrg, or related. 36 mos exp as Quality Consultant, Software Engineer, Quality Assurance Analyst or related, designing test artifacts such as test plan, test report &qlty metrics, &maintaining manual &automation test suites &updating test scripts for changes &enhancements. Will accept bachelor’s or foreign equiv degree, in Electrical, Electronic or Computer Engrg, or related, followed by at least 5 yrs progressive exp in the specialty, in lieu of the required education &exp. Will also accept any equally suitable combination of education, training, &/or exp which would qualify applicant to perform job offered. Mail resume to Ref#40, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
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General Motors, Detroit, MI. Test, validate, &perform soft updates Over the Air on General Motors vehicle internal module such as OnStar core module, &external modules such as the center stack module &the engine control unit through soft platform. Perform functional testing, back- end testing, installation testing &sys integration testing. Train Qlty Assurance Analysts &Jr Analysts on vehicle domains, soft updates reqmts, &Vehicle soft platform. Document &recommend test process, design vehicle module test artifacts, &functional flows. Dvlp test plans, test reports, &qlty metrics. Design vehicle module test artifacts such as test plan, test report &qlty metrics. Maintain manual &automation test suites &update test scripts for changes &enhancements. Mentor team members on performing test activities. Execute web service testing using SOAP user interface tool, &automation testing using Selenium WebDriver 2.0, TestNG, JUnit, &Jenkins tools. Perform database validation by writing SQL queries &PL/SQL. Dvlp Shell Scripts for UNIX platform to deploy &monitor application. Master, Electrical, Electronics or, Computer Engrg or related. 36 mos exp as Quality Consultant, Software Engineer, Quality Assurance Analyst or related, performing soft test estimation, test planning, test designing, test optimization &test execution. Will accept bachelor’s or foreign equiv degree, in Electrical, Electronic, Computer Engrg or related, followed by at least 5 yrs of progressive exp in the specialty, in lieu of required education &exp. Will also accept any equally suitable combination of education, training, &/or exp which would qualify applicant to perform job offered. Mail resume to Ref#35608, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
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A public hearing will be held at the regularly scheduled Highland Park City Council meeting at 7:00 pm on April 3, 2017, at Highland Park City Hall, 12050 Woodward Avenue, Highland Park, MI 48203. A second public hearing will be held at the regularly scheduled Highland Park City Council meeting at 7:00pm on April 17, 2017, at Highland Park City Hall, 12050 Woodward Avenue, Highland Park, MI 48203. The purpose of the proposed project is to upgrade aging water main, increase system pressure and available fire flow, improve water quality, and improve reliability and redundancy of the system. Project construction will involve replacement of water main and valves in areas of the city that have experienced reliability issues. No long term environmental impacts to service are anticipated as a result of the construction. Short term impacts resulting from routine construction activities such as noise, dust and traffic are anticipated during construction. Water service will be supplemented with temporary mains during construction. No private property will be involved in the construction of the improvements. The estimated cost to users for the proposed projects is estimated to be $4,081,000. The financing of the project is intended to be through a DWRF low interest loan, to be paid for by water rate revenues and taxes. Copies of the documents detailing the proposed project are available for inspection starting Friday, March 17, 2017 at the following location: Highland Park Water Department Customer Service Center 14110 Woodward Avenue Highland Park, MI 48203 Written comments received before the public comment period is closed on April 17, 2017, will be included in the final project plan. Written comments should be sent to: City of Highland Park Water Department Customer Service Center Mr. Damon L. Garrett Water Department Director 14110 Woodward Avenue Highland Park, MI 48203
Carhartt partners with Eminem to offer exclusive apparel in Detroit Carhartt, America’s premium workwear brand since 1889, announced another collaboration stemming from its ongoing partnership with music icon and Detroit native Eminem: a line of exclusive, E13-branded products available only at its Flagship store in Detroit for a limited time. The collaboration was established with the purpose of raising funds for the Verses Project, which is a branch of the Community Music School (CMS) – Detroit. The program works in conjunction with the Michigan State University School of Music to teach students literacy through the art of songwriting. The E13 line debuted in November 2016 as a Black Friday limited release of select merchandise, also benefiting the Verses Project. The logo – an anvil behind text of Detroit’s area code spelled E13 – symbolizes both Carhartt’s and Eminem’s commitment to hard work and the city of Detroit. On March 13, limited quantities of special-edition Carhartt sweatshirts, T-shirts, and hats can be purchased exclusively at the Carhartt store located at 5800 Cass Ave. in Midtown. “The Verses Project provides an excellent avenue for local, passionate students to apply hard work and creativity,” said Tony Ambroza, senior vice president of marketing at Carhartt. “This fundraising effort between Carhartt and The Marshall Mathers Foundation ensures those in pursuit of their dreams are put in the position to learn the fundamentals necessary to succeed.”
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Eminem more than $225,000 for the cause. “It is incredibly important to provide the next generation of Detroit’s youth with the proper resources to maximize their potential,” said Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s manager and the director of The Marshall Mathers Foundation. “That’s why The Marshall Mathers Foundation is so proud to work with Carhartt to continue to develop the literacy and songwriting initiatives fostered by the Verses Project.” The Verses Project began during the spring of 2016, when a group of students participated in courses for one semester. Smaller workshops were held during the summer of last year, and a new set of students joined the program in the fall. The 2017 spring course is underway, and with 100 percent of the E13 proceeds going toward the program, the Verses Project – as well as the partnership between Carhartt and Eminem – will continue into the future. In 2016, Carhartt teamed up with Eminem to help fund an innovative literacy project developed by the Michigan State University Community Music School-Detroit. The collaborative program for underserved youth explores literacy through lyrics and song. The Verses Project was launched with proceeds from the auction of an Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan IV co-branded sneaker that raised more than $225,000.
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Warren, MI, General Motors. Lead/chair staff engrg meetings, &perform, validate &execute global full size truck &SUV structural (body frame, underbody, side, &door in white structures) &occupant (incldg active &passive restraint sys) performance reqmts based on side impact load cases defined by FMVSS 214, &global safety reqmts (FMVSS, UN ECE, CONTRAN, China CNCAP, South Korea OBD, Australia ADRs, &India AIS), &post-crash electrical integrity activation &deactivation (PCEI/AD) performance during front/side/rear impact load cases. Balance overall side impact based on performance results. Initiate, lead &analyze side airbag out-of-position (OOP) tests for test devices (3-/6-year-old-child, &small female/adolescent) to comply with internal &National Highway Traffic Safety Administration side airbag OOP injury Technical Working Group standards. Responsible for PCEI/AD performance during front, side &rear impact load cases for new car &full size truck architectures. Bachelor, Electrical or Electronic Engrg. 12 mos exp as Safety Performance Engr or Engr, dvlpg &validating vehicle body structures incldg vehicle body frame, underbody &side structures to enhance crash safety performance based on side impact load cases defined by FMVSS 214, &global safety reqmts (FMVSS, UN ECE, CONTRAN, China CNCAP, South Korea OBD, Australia ADRs, &India AIS), &PCEI/AD performance during front/side/rear impact load cases. Mail resume to Ref#30701, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, Mail Code 482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
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Software Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Dvlp soft tools to support the dvlpmt of GM’s in Over the Air (OTA) vehicle soft remote reflash dvlpmt kit for 2018-2020 &beyond model year passenger vehicle infotainment/radios &telematic systems, using C/C++, &performing root cause analysis on defects &provide fixes. Use network app protocols incldg HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, TCP/IP to troubleshoot, debug &fix OTA issues. Coordinate &participate in architecture, reqmt, design, code, &test case reviews. Dvlp soft using C/C++ &porting to Radio head units &Telematic Devices that run on QNX, Linux &Android operating systems. Use State Machine, Threads, Socket programming, Mutex, Semaphore &message queues for soft dvlpmt. Use SqLite for storing sys status over vehicle ignition cycles. Dvlp automation test scripts using perl for remote reflash unit test execution. Dvlp CANoE vector tool scripts to simulate Electronic Control Units. Use QNX Momentics as integrated dvlpmt environment. Use Vehicle Spy vector tool to monitor messages on CAN bus. Bachelor, Computer Science, Computer Engrg, or related. 60 mos exp as Software Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Remote Reflash Engineer, using State Machine, Threads, Socket programming, Mutex, Semaphore &message queues for soft dvlpmt, &network app protocols incldg HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, TCP/IP to troubleshoot, debug &fix wireless or OTA issues. Exp must be post baccalaureate &progressive. Any suitable combination of education, training &exp is acceptable. Mail resume to Ref#2675, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
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More than 100 future brides will experience an expertly planned afternoon of delicious food, exquisite décor and stationary, beautiful makeup ideas, inspiring photography, live music and a photo booth, all provided by the Table of 10. The bride-to-be and her fiancé will learn how to combat feeling overwhelmed or stressed by having direct access with bridal industry experts who can guide them through their wedding planning journey.
“The bride-to-be is invited to sample the goods and services that we offer. One of the highlights of the afternoon will be the “wedding reception atmosphere,” an entire room of wedding and special event treats specifically for the bride. There is no pressure to use any or all of our services, but the opportunity to have options at your fingertips is invaluable. Come, have a seat at the table,” says Sheree Jackson, “The Planner” and Creative Director of Table of 10. The Table of 10 is a one- stop shop for vendor selections for weddings and special events. This coordinated team of professional women come highly recommended and a keen knowledge of the products and services they provide. Their goal is to execute wedding and special events, flawlessly, with style and class. “Brides, Brunch & Bubbly” is open to brides and grooms. Join in for dialogue, panel discussion and interactive demos and Q&A. To purchase tickets, contact Table of 10 at outlook.com. Space is limited.
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