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City moves forward with $58M project to repair 88 miles of Detroit roads By Michael V. Hubbard Ron Brundidge, the Department of Public Works director, announced that the City of Detroit will repave 88 miles of roads this year thanks to a $58 million road improvement program. Some of the major thoroughfares being resurfaced this year include segments of Joy Road, Russell, Fenkell, Cadieux, McGraw and E. McNichols. In addition to the resurfacing of 58 miles of residential streets and 30 miles of major Ron Brundidge thoroughfares, the City will also rehabilitate the dilapidated Bagley Street Bridge near 16th Street in Mexicantown and the West Parkway Culvert in Rouge Park. That is estimated to cost around $3 million. “Much of the road improvement program’s funding will come from bond funds that were approved last year,” Brundidge stated. “An additional $17 million in bond funds will be used to replace broken sidewalks alongside the road projects.” Consistent with the city’s requirement that major economic development projects hire a majority of construction workers from within the City of Detroit, the City is also requiring the same of itself. While residential street paving is done by city workers, many major thoroughfares are paved by private companies. Last year, the city made sure that the road paving contractors hired 54.5% of their workforce from within Detroit. “We want to see Detroiters rebuilding Detroit, and we have a lot of opportunity with this year’s road construction program,” said Brundidge. For additional information and a complete list of planned road repairs by City Council District visit the City’s Web site at http://www.detroitmi. gov/PublicWorks.


Real Estate Executive Council discusses development in Detroit By Branden Hunter

ly led the leadership that has changed the face of what Detroit looks like, his intensity in relationship to bringing businesses to Detroit, has been that there is no other place in Michigan that you should go. When you have those kinds of salespeople in a city that has been depressed, it makes the investment dollar go further.”

The Real Estate Executive Council (REEC) 15th anniversary spring meeting convened on the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit Hotel for three days May 3-5, seeking to increase and enhance access amongst its members and others in the real estate industry, thereby enabling their membership to profit and grow. Since its inception, the Real Estate Executive Council has been a not-for-profit professional trade association composed of minority men and women working in the commercial real estate industry. These individuals come from varying backgrounds all culminating in profes- Wayne County Executive Warren Evans sional careers allied to investment, manspeaking at the REEC spring meeting. agement, leasing, financing, and property development. Bedrock has done a great job in bringing One of the many panels at the con- their capital here, but I think we need ference titled, “Resurgence of Detroit: other capital to be here investing in housThen and Now – What is to come? What ing and other land uses.” is unfinished?”, featured Marvin Beatty, Beatty, who has been involved with Vice-President of Community and Public the city of Detroit in some capacity since Relations for Jack Detroit Casino-Ho- 1980, praised real estate mogul Dan Giltel Greektown, Bedrock President Dam bert and Mayor Mike Duggan for their Mullen, Develop Detroit President and roles in revitalizing Detroit through land CEO Sonya Mays, and James Arthur usage and getting the city’s finances Johnson, Director of Housing and Revital- under control. Earlier in the week, the ization Department for the city of Detroit, city of Detroit was released from all finanand spoke about urban development in cial oversight by the state. the city and its prospects for the future. “You get a mayor elected that is white “The energy here among the philan- and that has made the real difference here thropic community, among small and in Detroit,” Beatty said. “And let’s not cut medium sized investors, is really unique any corners; that has a made a difference and stronger than any other place I’ve in this community. That has made a difbeen,” said Johnson. “I would say that ference in the economics in this commuwhat we are missing is more institutional nity.” capital involved in some of the ventures. “To Dan Gilbert’s credit, who has clear-

Duggan also spoke at the convention, putting the news and talk of Detroit’s bankruptcy in the rear view, focusing on the future of the city, and why it is a great place for future investment. The main topic of his speech was land usage and how to distribute it among housing, commercial, and retail developers. “Most of the development that you see so far has been from long-time Detroiters,” said Duggan. “But now, we’re starting to get attention nationally and internationally. I think it’s a great time for people to be here. One-third of all the city land in Detroit is held by city government, as hard as that is to believe. We are trying to be thoughtful in the way we go about this to make sure that everyone is included.” Attendees of the REEC spring meeting were able to take a tour of Detroit, highlighting the development around downtown, Little Caesars Arena, Midtown, Corktown, Eastern Market, and West Village. Those areas of the city have been hotbeds for residential, retail, and commercial development. The final day of the conference, local minority developers discussed developments led by Detroit-based developers of color and RFP projects for the city of Detroit at the Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn headquarters in downtown.

Detroit’s focus on permanent supportive housing helps decrease homelessness By Patreice A. Massey

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“Many of Detroit’s homeless service providers and outreach teams have embraced the new emphasis on housing first and permanent housing as a way to end homelessness. The 2018 PIT count is reflective of their hard work. We could not be prouder of their progress,” said Tasha Gray, Executive Director of Continuum of Care.

The number of people in Detroit experiencing homelessness continued a steady decline in 2017, dropping 15 percent over the previous year. The reduction is credited to the “Housing First” approach to homelessness, which provides permanent supportive housing with wraparound services to ensure success, as opposed to temporary shelter. Detroit added 143 permanent supportive housing units in 2017 and expects to add another 300 over the next five years. This data comes from the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count that provides a snapshot of the number of people who were homeless in the community on that one night and provides insight on those in shelters, those unsheltered, those who are veterans and those who are chronically homeless. The 2017 PIT count found that 1,769 people were experiencing homelessness in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park, down 15 percent from last year, when the number was 2,078.

“This sustained reduction in the size of our homeless population is an encouraging sign and suggests that as the city comes back, conditions are improving for our most vulnerable residents. But there’s still more work to be done,” said Arthur Jemison, director of housing and revitalization for the City of Detroit. “We are going to continue our strategy of moving

away from temporary shelter and toward permanent supportive housing to lift more Detroiters out of homelessness.” The chronically homeless population, those who experience homelessness for longer than a year or more than four times over three years also dropped 11 percent over the last year.

The decline in those experiencing homelessness reflects efforts by the City of Detroit and the Detroit Continuum of Care to shift from programs that manage homelessness, like transitional housing, to those that end it. Permanent supportive housing removes barriers to housing by providing housing first with various social services attached to ensure homeless residents have continued support as they transition to independent living situations. In 2017, Detroit added 143 permanent supportive housing units, which directly led to the reduction in chronically homeless people. One family directly impacted by this is Anitra

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REGIONAL NEWS DDOT Partners with Lyft on Pilot Program for Improved Late Night Jobs Access The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) is partnering with the fastest growing on-demand transportation company in the US, Lyft, on a pilot program during late-night hours to provide more access to DDOT customers. The pilot program will offer a $7 Lyft credit to DDOT customers using select bus stops along the 53 Woodward route on weekdays, between the hours of 12AM – 5AM. Over the past few years, DDOT has made significant service improvements, adding 6 express routes, (10) 24-hour routes and adding 100+ new buses to the fleet. In an effort to continue providing the best transit services to Detroit and get customers farther, faster, the City is now exploring new innovative opportunities for DDOT to integrate new mobility services and technologies. This pilot project is the first effort in this exploration. “Advancements in mobility technologies and services are happening at a rapid pace.” said Angelica Jones, DDOT Interim Director. “We are excited at the opportunity to integrate a new service like Lyft with traditional services provided by DDOT.” “Fixed route service is always going to be at the core of how we move our residents to jobs, school, and services,” said Mark de la Vergne, the Mayor’s Chief of Mobility Innovation. “This pilot project is our first step towards understanding how we can complement fixed route service with private providers to expand the mobility for Detroiters. We are eager to learn from this initial pilot how DDOT can integrate these types of innovation to make it as easy and affordable for residents to get around Detroit.” “Lyft was founded with the mission to reduce personal car ownership while removing transportation barriers. We are excited to be partnering with DDOT to help expand residents’ access to employment

and services by serving as a late night bridge between public transit and employment centers,” said Elliot Darvick, General Manager of Lyft Michigan & Ohio. “Access to transit is key to the future economic development of Detroit and the surrounding region. For these reasons, we're incredibly excited to be a part of this innovative new program." This is the latest example of Lyft’s Transit team working with cities and transit agencies to develop community transportation programs aimed at decoupling mobility from auto ownership and improving access to public transit. This pilot program kicked off May 8 and will be limited to 2,000 rides. After that point, the pilot will be evaluated to determine the program’s success. Customers wishing to participate in the pilot program must text ”W2W” to 313456-9328 to receive a $7 Lyft credit. The credit will only be available on weekdays between 12A and 5A and the pick-up or drop-off location must be on Woodward Avenue between Grand Boulevard and Woodland Street and between McNichols Road and Eight Mile. Customers must use a debit card, credit card, or prepaid card with a balance greater than $25 to book the trip. Several other transit systems across the country have initiated similar concepts over the past year, many of which have partnered with Lyft. For additional information, please visit or call 313-933-1300.


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Housing From page A-1 Graham. Graham and her three children found themselves homeless after she decided to leave her abusive husband. Graham spent months in a hotel, before settling on sleeping in her van. But when her van was stolen she was forced to go into a shelter. “I had managed to convince myself that I was not homeless,” says Graham. “I thought as long as I wasn’t physically sleeping on the streets or in a shelter, I wasn’t really homeless and it would be a matter of time before things turned around.” It would be two and a half years before Graham and her children would find permanent housing. She was able to join a program that paired her with an employment coach and Graham was able to finds permanent unsubsidized employment. Soon after she started working with a housing specialist who educated Graham on how to manage household finances and developing a budget. “I am very grateful to my city and the work that they are doing,” stated Graham. “I was drowning and these programs provided a lifeline. I don’t even want to imagine where I would be without the assistance I received.” Its stories like this that let city leadership know that they are heading in the right direction. The city plans to invest in building 300 more permanent supportive housing units to address the remaining chronically homeless population as part of Detroit’s Multi-Family Housing Strategy. This “housing first” oriented approach recognizes that regardless of a household’s barriers, access to permanent supportive housing provides stability to address issues that may have led to homelessness in the first place. Because people in shelter and transitional housing count in the PIT count and residents of supportive housing do not, the changes in the PIT count reflect progress towards permanent supportive housing.

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Detroit’s Finest - retired police officer bashes female officers for off duty attire By Patreice A. Massey MANAGING EDITOR

Former DPD officer, John K. Bennett recently drew the ire of many following a vulgar Facebook rant demeaning fellow female officers. In the rant, titled, “What Happened to the Detroit Police Department?” However, Bennett doesn’t mention allegations of officers taking bribes, or officers being charged with crimes such as domestic violence. Instead he talks at length about how the women who don the uniform and put their lives on the line everyday are part of the problem because of how they dress. The missive starts like this: “Say what you will but in my years with DPD, I never disrespected the uniform… The present generation of new officers, female officers have been letting it all hang out on social media…Literally nothing is left John K. Bennett to the imagination. They’re acting like and dressing like hoes.” Bennett is no stranger to expressing himself as he was placed on leave for nearly 5 years from the DPD for his involvement in the website, A website that was named in “honor” of former Police Chief, Jerry Oliver. On July 9, 2003, Chief Oliver suspended Bennett’s duty status with pay, for conduct unbecoming an officer.  The alleged conduct was operating a website in violation of the rules and regulations of the Detroit Police Department.   Chief Oliver recommended the suspension of his duty status without pay to the City of Detroit Board of Police Commissioners (the Board).   The Board agreed with Chief Oliver’s recommendation, determining that Bennett’s misconduct prevented him from continuing his duties as a police officer. Bennett disagreed and appealed the Board’s decision to grievance arbitration, which upheld the Board’s decision to suspend plaintiff’s duty status without pay.   In October 2003, he filed a one-count complaint in the Wayne Circuit Court alleging wrongful discharge for the exercise of his constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech in violation of Michigan public policy. Eventually he appealed his case to the Michigan Supreme court where he was vindicated and returned to work. Now you may be asking yourself, why is this important? It’s important to know who Bennett is. He is not a random person who was just making a throw away statement. He is smart and savvy and no doubt knew this statement would ruffle some pretty big feathers. Rev. Horace L. Sheffield III issued the following statement in response to Bennett’s rant. “As a person who has had a distinguished female Detroit Police Department officer in my family, I could barely believe my eyes, and disguise my disdain, as I read John Bennett’s Facebook post yesterday referring to female Detroit Police Department officers as “acting like and dressing like hoes,” stated Rev. Sheffield. “His Facebook post, entitled ‘What Happened to the Detroit Police Department?’, in which these disrespectful and torrid com-

ments were made, instead left me asking myself this question about him ‘What is wrong with John Bennett’?” What is wrong with John Bennett, indeed. How could a man who has gone all the way to the Supreme Court to defend his right to free speech shame a group of women for dressing however she wants in her free time? According to Bennett himself, the offensive images can be found on the women’s social media pages. So, it’s not as if they are showing up to work with cutoff shorts and a tank top. These are images of women dressed down on their personal time. Rev. Sheffield, goes on to say, “I

can understand that Mr. Bennett may feel that certain officer standards are not being presently reflected in the public posts of some few female Detroit Police Officers. But to sink to such a low standard of published repugnant misrepresentation and immoral mischaracterization of only, by the way, a few female officers warrants this community’s widespread condemnation of Bennett and our defense of the reputation of our DPD officers.” The retired Bennett has since made apologies for the viral statement. “My post last week about professional standards in the Detroit Police Department got side tracked by my use of an inappro-

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priate word. The idea behind that post was to hopefully get current DPD leadership to take an introspective look with the agency and how those standards have been mitigated,” the statement read. Rev Sheffield sums things up perfectly: “In my humble estimation John Bennett should be more concerned about what comes out of his mouth than how some female DPD officer decides to dress when they are off duty.” Patreice A. Massey, is the Managing Editor for the Michigan Chronicle and can be reached by phone at 313.752.3254 or via email at pmassey@michronicle. com

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DNC Increases Staff Diversity, Creates Paid Internships, Contracts with Minority-Owned Consultants to Win Elections

class were people of color; and now, 42% of our spring cohort was people of color.

Representation matters. As Democrats, we value inclusion not simply because a diverse coalition is a strong coalition, but because we know that in order to expand opportunities for all Americans, all Americans must have a seat at the table. The DNC is leading by example and building a team that knows what it takes to win in every community.

Like the staffing policy, the contracting and procurement process should create opportunities and be accessible and transparent, and our vendors should reflect the diversity of our country. Chairman Perez followed through on his campaign commitments related to supplier diversity. All contracts and contractors will be reviewed before renewal; there is no longer automatic renewal in practice or policy. The DNC has also eliminated many of the pre-existing contracts. We intentionally brought many services and talent in house to cut expenses as part of our rebuilding effort.

The true key to our success? Investments in the women and people of color who form the backbone of our party. Democrats won because our party accurately reflected the communities that we hoped to represent. Led by Chairman Tom Perez, the new DNC’s leadership dove headfirst into making our headquarters a model for workplace diversity. From interns to staffers to DNC leadership, we’ve assembled a new team over the past year that truly reflects America’s hardworking families. This report is a transparent examination of the DNC’s efforts to build a party that truly reflects every single Democrat. In presenting it, we aim to both hold ourselves accountable and to provide a roadmap for our partners within the progressive ecosystem who work to elect Democrats at every level in all fifty states. Leadership Elected by the DNC’s 447 members, DNC officers are our organization’s highest-ranking officials. • Last year’s election brought along an 80% increase in DNC officers of color. • We now have a more diverse leadership pool than at any point in our party’s history. • We’ve more than doubled the number of African-American officers and increased the number of Latino officers. Our senior leadership, which includes all department heads, also saw impressive gains. • We’ve seen a 67% increase in leaders of color and a 60% increase in women leaders. • Women now make up 70% of all department heads at the DNC. Last month, we invited prominent Black women leaders to come to our headquarters for a collaborative strategy session on our 2018 African American outreach and engagement efforts. This is part of our ongoing leadership strategy to be more inclusive and connected to community leaders and stakeholders. Staff A major part of the new leadership’s rebuilding process included increasing staffing levels from historic lows following the 2016 cycle in order to ramp up the organizing and mobilizing efforts that led to the past year’s victories. As Chairman Perez often notes, personnel is policy and reflects an organization’s priorities. The urgent need to staff up at the DNC provided an immediate opportunity to put our commitment into action. Under the new leadership, the DNC has increased: • African-American staff by 36% (from 22 to 30) • Asian-American/Pacific Islander staff by 30% (from 10 to 13) • Latino staff by 340% (from 5 to 22) • and LGBTQ staff by 36% (from 14 to 19) • Overall, 44% of DNC staffers are people of color. 51% of DNC staff are women. The new leadership also changed the way DNC staff works together to better engage with our base constituencies. All DNC employees undergo mandatory diversity training on inclusion and respect with a course that hones in on micro-inequities, stereotypes and bias. Following a top to bottom evaluation of the entire organization upon taking office, the DNC created a brand new Political & Organizing Department, which now includes a fully integrated community engagement team complete with constituency specific staff who lead interdepartmental working groups that focus on organizing within these communities. Instituting Paid Internships We know that internships serve as the gateway into a career in politics. But the opportunity costs of unpaid internships are too burdensome for too many young people who are otherwise qualified; and we know that this disproportionately affects young people of color, and other historically marginalized communities. Chairman Perez promised to end unpaid internships, and for the first time in DNC history, the spring 2018 class of interns received a stipend. We are excited by the increased diversity: prior to the new policy, only 18% of the intern

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Reducing Contracts, Maintaining Diversity

As the Chief Operating Officer, Laura Chambers manages all diversity initiatives for the organization. She has begun a new contract approval process that tracks all vendors receiving contracts of at least $5,000 in much greater detail — by gender, racial, and ethnic diversity. Now outside consulting contracts only make up about 2% of the DNC’s operating budget, with 29% of that money spent on contracts going to women and minority-owned businesses. We have also put out a national call for diverse vendors to submit their qualifications, and welcome more. We intend to share this database of vendors so it is a resource to state parties and our partners in the democratic ecosystem. In April, the DNC hosted the first-ever Diverse Vendors Luncheon for over 60 businesses. The meeting featured a facilitated discussion by Laura Chambers and Jaime Harrison, DNC Associate Chair, and provided an opportunity to learn from three experienced panelists, as Minority and Women Business Enterprises, who have conducted business with the DNC and other democratic organizations. The best example of the benefits of our new investment strategy is in Doug Jones’s upset victory in the Alabama Senate special election. The DNC invested nearly $1 million in the Jones race, focusing our efforts on organizing in the African American community. We contracted African American community leaders to run mobilization programs in the African American and faith communities. We invested in these community leaders, empowering and supporting them to run programs in their communities. And thanks in large part to these efforts and other partner-led programs, 98% of African American women voters in Alabama cast their votes for Doug Jones. And that’s why we now have a Democratic senator representing the state for the first time in over two decades. “The DNC knew that the key to victory in Alabama wasn’t to swoop in with expensive television ads crafted by consultants with no ties to the state but to invest in existing relationships within the community. Working together, with a laser focused effort on turning out our party’s most loyal voting block, African American voters, we were able to organize throughout Alabama’s black belt, boost African American turnout across the state , and send a Democrat to the U.S. Senate from Alabama for the first time in decades.” — Antjuan Seawright, Blueprint Strategies LLC This information is presented by Laura Chambers, COO of the Democratic National Committee and a member of the senior leadership team leading the DNC’s inclusion and diversity initiatives.

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A Coalition Built to Win

Over the last year, we have redefined our mission and gotten to work to elect Democrats up and down the ballot from the school board to the Oval Office. Our strategy is working. Democrats flipped 40 legislative seats from red to blue, we won 2017’s marquee gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, and we scored an upset victory in the U.S. Senate race in beet-red Alabama.

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Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

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Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

There is an old African proverb that says, “What you seek, you will surely find.” We live in a world where the news cycle continues to decrease because of innovations in communications technology. Yes, we are living in the fastpaced digital age. The high velocity delivery and transmission of news and information, however, may or may not produce authentic or accurate facts or simply the truth.

Yet, for more than 47 million Black Americans the reality of life’s multiple challenges and opportunities are not the primary concerns and focus of what is popularly known Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. as “mainstream media.” Thus, the value and mission of the Black Press of America today is more strategically important than ever before, for Black Americans and others who embrace the trend-setting cultural, academic, technological and game-changing achievements that are accomplished daily in Black America. This is why the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) is pleased with the continued partnership between the General Motor’s Chevrolet Division and the NNPA to sponsor the 2018 Discover the Unexpected (DTU) Journalism Scholarship and Fellowship Program. We are identifying and mentoring the next generation of young, gifted, talented and committed journalists and publishers who will rise to take their rightful place as our future community leaders and business owners. Seeking out the best of Black America not only in the field of journalism, but also in the overall context of the long-protracted struggle for freedom, justice, equality and empowerment is of the utmost importance. This summer in Georgia, Virginia, New York and in Washington, DC, six NNPA journalism scholars selected from Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) located across the nation will have the opportunity to work in Black-owned newspapers. These outstanding NNPA DTU Fellows will also journey together to highlight and file news reports about real life stories that are occurring in our

communities. In the current national media climate where allegations of “fake news” are routinely propagated, we will welcome receipt of the news and inspirations from the writings, videos and social media postings of our young aspiring journalists. We are also grateful to the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) for assisting Chevrolet and the NNPA to notify and reach HBCU students attending the 120 HBCUs about the DTU fellowship opportunities. In fact, over 23,000 online responses were made by students who were interested in the DTU program. Reviewing and evaluating the numerous applications that were submitted revealed the tremendous academic achievements and commitments of HBCU students who fervently desire to serve the empowerment interests of Black communities via their respective journalism skills and talents. This is itself a good news story. Too often we only learn or hear about the tragic injustices and systematic racial discriminations that are in fact facets of the realities that are all too prevalent in Black America. We need, however, more balance and truth-telling in the media when it comes to the struggles and plight as well as the resilience and transformation of Black America. For more than 191 years, since the first publication of Freedom Journal in March 1827, the Black Press of America has continued to be on the frontlines reporting our triumphs, defeats and our successful resistance to oppression, injustice and inequality. Each generation has a responsibility to help prepare the next generation to take the baton of history and to run to win by breaking and setting new records of achievement and excellence of all fields of endeavor. Again, we publicly thank General Motors – Chevrolet for enabling the NNPA to award this group of young freedom-fighting scholars to sharpen their pens and commitments to become champions of the freedom and responsibilities of the press. The Black community will benefit. All of America will benefit. The DTU Fellows will seek and they will find. They will also exemplify the good news. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and can be reached at dr.bchavis@nnpa. org.

The Church of Trump: Not Your Mommas’ Ministry Dan Dildy Donald Trump has been married three times, fathered five known children, been accused of at least sixteen sexual assaults against women, and publicly rants and raves on a daily basis over any number of ongoing lawsuits and investigations against him, all the while using vulgarity and expletives that would cause Dan Dildy most parents to tell their small children to leave the room. In addition, The Washington Post has published reports calling the president a pathological liar as he and his attorneys continue to try to explain away the allegations that he paid hush money to a porn star prior to the 2016 presidential election. In spite of these transgressions, however, a solid 40-44% of Americans--his base of support---still stand by him. In a recent article published by Politico, reporter Chris Dash explained some of the reasons Trump has maintained extraordinary support in spite of his flirtatious dalliances. The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and The Christian Broadcasting

Network (CBN) have merged and now own more television outlets throughout the country than even Fox News. And since 2017 Donald Trump and his surrogates have appeared on these networks more than they have on any of the major cable and national news outlets combined. And the softball conversations always lean in Trump’s favor and his political agenda.

which Jim served time behind bars.

In 2011 his messaging began as a private citizen as a racist accusation of President Barack Obama’s citizenship, and by extension , his legitimacy as president. Thus, the ‘birther’ movement began and many evangelical Christians bought into Trump’s outrageous claim. The fairy tale was broadcast widely through the CBN and TBN networks and eventually took on a life of its own. Eventually, public pressure from these broadcasts forced Obama to produce a copy of his birth certificate, an unprecedented, shameless and disgraceful stunt for the first black president to be subjected to.

Trump’s past and present impious behavior are of little concern to many of his evangelical supporters; his agenda is all that matters. His supporters claim they knew they weren’t electing an altar boy, and that his presidency is “a message from God” confirming his “spiritual journey towards Jesus”. Indeed, during much of the programming, the hosts skillfully weave in Biblical Scripture relating to forgiveness and judgement as it relates to Trump. In fact, his positions on most issues, and those of his evangelical base, are in perfect alignment--no immigrants of color, less gun laws, less regulations and taxes, but very little concern for poor people.

Years ago politicians were never eager to join religious programming. For one thing, the telecasts had a tasteless reputation due primarily to far-out claims and predictions supposedly straight from God’s mouth. For example, Oral Roberts, an Oklahoma televangelist, once claimed he would die if he didn’t receive $8 million by the next month; predictably, huge donations poured in and spared his life. Then there was the Jim and Tammy Faye Baker fiasco for

But Donald Trump, a reality show president, seized the opportunity to engage regularly with right-wing, conservative-leaning, evangelical Christians. After all, the CBN and TBN broadcasts boast the third most-viewed networks in the land, and surveys have shown that the networks have access to more than 100 million American homes.

Trump’s ‘church’ is a television studio, and his ‘creed’ is to take America back to 1950 before the days of Malcolm and Martin, back when justice and equality didn’t apply to people of color. No, Trump’s church is not your mommas’ ministry. Dan is a native Detroiter and retired educator.

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Chemical Bank promotes financial literacy month by teaching children to save


Chemical Bank employees used their banking knowledge last month to encourage and inspire more than 7,100 students in 178 classrooms in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana to become life-long savers as part of National Financial Literacy Month and National Teach Children to Save Day. As part of Teach Children to Save Day, Chemical Bank representatives provided basic financial education to first, second and third-graders at schools across the Midwest. “The Teach Children to Save Program is something our teams look forward to every year,” stated Jim Robinson, Chemical Bank’s Regional President for Southeast Michigan. “Getting the opportunity to start children on a path to a lifetime of financial success at such an integral part of their lives is an invaluable initiative. By teaching young students the concept of saving and developing their understanding of money management, we are able to do our part in improving the overall quality of the life in the communities we serve.” In addition to the Teach Children to Save Program, Chemical Bank actively reaches out to our youth by regularly visiting local schools, hosting student tours, participating in Junior Achievement and offering a minor savings account designed to help children learn to save. Chemical Bank’s financial literacy efforts have also led them to be recognized by the Michigan Bankers Association as Financial Literacy Award Winners. To learn more, visit the About Us section and click on the Financial Literacy link at Chemical Bank encourages children and their parents to visit the “For Kids” page at aboutus/for-kids to download the free Banker Jr. financial literacy mobile app. Banker Jr. teaches young children ages 2 through 12 how to set savings goals, keep track of their accounts and other money concepts via a fun and interactive learning platform! Chemical Financial Corporation is the largest banking company headquartered and operating branch offices in Michigan. The Corporation operates through its subsidiary bank, Chemical Bank, with 212 banking offices located primarily in Michigan, northeast Ohio and northern Indiana. At March 31, 2018, the Corporation had total assets of $19.76 billion. Chemical Financial Corporation’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol CHFC and is one of the issuers comprising the NASDAQ Global Select Market and the S&P MidCap 400 Index. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit actors as Detroit Northern student protestors in 1966.

Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit reenacts 1966 Northern walkout By Branden Hunter

dom School. It was the most amazing story I had ever heard and from there, I knew that we wanted to do this story.”

Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Betty Shabazz, Bill Buntin, Derrick Coleman, and many others once roamed the hallways of Detroit Northern High School in the city’s North End neighborhood. The historic school is a mere image of what it used to be and is no longer open. In fact, the 102-year-old building near Woodward Avenue and Clairmount is an all-girls now. But over 50 years ago, it was the scene of a student walkout that would have made national headlines today. On April 7, 1966, 2000 students, led by Judy Walker, Charles Colding, and Michael Batchelor, executed a threeweek walkout that called for educational equality and the firing of white principal Art Carty, who was stuck in his old-school educational ways, and black police officer Barney Lucas, known for his police brutality around the school. The revolt was supported by many of the engaged and active educators working within the system and together they formed a “Freedom School” in an effort to gain access to a better education and improve conditions for future genera-

Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit actors portraying the three Northern students who initiated the walkout. tions of Detroit students. Set in the prelude to Detroit’s infamous riot in the summer of 1967, “Northern Lights 1966” is an acclaimed playwright by Cass Tech graduate Michael Dinwiddie and presented by the Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit. It is the powerful true story of the students at Northern High who joined forces to demand educational equality and won. “One of our goals here is to

tell the real-life story of young people in Detroit,” said Rick Sperling, founder of the Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit and director of the play. “I came upon this story talking to retired professor Dr. Karl Gregory, who’s still a very active member in the community. I was going to a conference with him and I asked him if he knew of any stories about Detroit’s young people and he told me the whole story of the Northern walkout and Free-

The story being told to Sperling was so compelling because the man telling it to him was the volunteer principal of the Freedom School that was started by students participating in the Northern walkout. Dr. Gregory, an alum of Northern, was a professor at Wayne State University and activist in Detroit in 1966. He, Northern teachers, area college professors, black lawyers, and others taught students at the Freedom School, which operated out of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, at the invitation of Reverend David M. Gracie. The school proved that students valued education over protesting and helped fuel their walkout. “My supporting of the students was important because they were being abused by the Detroit school system, as were many students in the predominantly black central city schools at the time,” said Dr. Gregory during an interview with the Detroit Historical Society in 2015. “The active seeking by students of a hope

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A Common Place:

new coffee shop and laundromat opens on Detroit’s east side MAAC officials Ezekiel Harris, Eric Russ, and Leon Stevenson cutting the ribbon.

By: Branden Hunter Answer me this: Where can you go on the east side of Detroit to grab a hot cup of Joe, launder your clothes, finish that assignment for work, talk to a lawyer, all while you have your child tutored in literacy? Only at The Commons on the corner of Mack and Van Dyke.   The Commons is a million-dollar redevelopment by the Mack Avenue Community Church (MACC) under their MACC Development non-profit. The faith-based non-profit community de-

velopment corporation held the grand opening of The Commons, which was essentially a neighborhood block party, featuring music and dancing, food trucks, a ribbon cutting, a 50/50 raffle, and more. “Today is a celebration of what God has allowed us to do,” said Executive Pastor of the MACC and Board Chairman of MACC Development, Leon Stevenson. “For some time, we have been people that have invested in the neighborhood and in the community. But, beyond just

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Wayne County Commissioner Reggie Reg Davis gets real about mental health By Monica A. Morgan

Ceasefire was a motivational program aimed at stopping violence but Davis ended up finding that there were mental health conditions that were often intermingled in the violence. Now Davis plans to create a program in Detroit schools that will train teachers to identify red flags in students with mental health issues.

The car he was riding in was t-boned by a drunk driver, causing him to crash into a tree, which then catapulted him out of the vehicle, causing him to land head-first on a lawn. The man was unconscious for several weeks. That was in 1987 and the man is former Detroit radio DJ and current Wayne County Commissioner, Reginald “Reggie Reg” Davis (District 6).

“Owning the problem is the first step in making a difference. We cannot forget about our young people,” stated Davis. He is now focusing on helping those who suffer in silence with mental illness and has sought the help celebrities like Big Sean and others to help shed light on the matter and to let people know that it’s OK to seek help. Recently, celebrities like Janet Jackson, DMX, Alicia Keys, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Brad Pitt, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga have been transparent and speaking out about their mental health challenges. This has given many others who may have felt powerless the courage to share their stories.

Davis experienced a long road to recovery in 1987. There was rehabilitation, facial surgeries, seizures, phobias, short-term memory loss, word association—sometimes simply using words was a struggle. Pretty ironic for a guy who would be known all across the city for his voice and words. For over 35 years, Davis has been known on the radio airways, yet today, he is using his gift as a Wayne County Commissioner and his mission is to give voice to a condition that many battle in silence. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year, according to The National Alliance on Mental Health. According to the same statistics, of Michigan’s nearly 10 million residents, 348,000 adults live with serious mental illness and 112,000 children live with serious mental health conditions. Although construction caused a delay in my arrival for our interview and I was a bit frazzled, he greeted me warmly with a big smile saying, “Relax, it’s okay.” As I was preparing for the interview, he stayed busy, talking with passersby,

— Monica Morgan photo Wayne County Commissioner, Reginald “Reggie Reg” Davis (District 6) Motor City Java House staff and patrons. He never missed a beat, yet, when we sat down for the interview, he had a way of making me feel as if his only care in the world was getting his message out at all costs. “God actually put me on secular music stations to spread his message on the airways to people who actually need God, so it was a great experience

for me,” said Davis. “And now, he’s reinventing things for me. The whole mission is to help people— to reach people in the form of elected office.” Davis’ faith is something that he is quick to speak about as it guides him daily. He credits God with helping him cope with the ills of life. He has had two traumatic car accidents and in 2001 lost his only brother, Vito, to gun violence. Davis stated that it was God that gave him the strength to forgive those responsible for the death of his brother. “Five young men between the ages of 17 and 20 were responsible for my brother’s assassination. But instead of condemnation, I understood that those young men did not have a father or older brother to steer them in the right direction, leaving the streets to guide them,” said Davis. “I forgave the killers and went on to establish CeaseFire Youth Initiative Inc., a non-violent conflict resolution advocacy organization aimed at curbing youth violence. I will continue my mission to memorialize my brother.”

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our physical talents, we wanted to invest finances as well. We wanted to see this community have a space where they could come and get coffee, do their laundry and have a community center.” Once a former furniture warehouse, the MACC bought the 12,000-square foot building in 2010 for just $500. After moving some things around and investing close to $1.5 million we know have The Commons. The Commons is more than just a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi and a laundromat. The MACC has an after-school tutoring program called MACC Lit which will operate in The Commons, in addition to their MACC Legal program, which provides specialty legal consultation. There are also beds and showers for mission teams that will visit during the summer months to provide service to the community. Plans are also in place to partner with neighbor, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, to create a community park on a nearby vacant lot which will feature a performance space, seating and a playground for children called Mack Lot.  “As a church, we’re trying to get to

“I don’t blame those young men for what happened,” Davis said. “What happened is an opportunity given to me by God to teach, learn, grow, nurture myself and to obtain the proper wisdom, knowledge and understanding about this life know people and see them experience and share it with others.” joy and peace,” said Stevenson. “As we His brother’s death was his motitalked to people in the neighborhood, vation to start “Ceasefire” which has we found out what was robbing them helped many students at Edwin Denby of their peace. Sometimes, it was le- High. gal issues, housing, or that their child couldn’t read. So, we would love for young, old, black, white, whatever, to come and enjoy this space and benefit from what we have to offer.”

“For generations, many African-Americans have been told to pray about whatever issues they’re having and keep to it to themselves. Do not air their dirty laundry in public and what happens in their home should stay in their home,” stated Pauline J. Furman, psychotherapist and owner of The Center for Individual and Family Counseling. “The stigma surrounding seeking mental health care has hindered many African-Americans from getting professional help.” “Unmet needs because of poverty and other barriers continued to hinder African-Americans for getting assistance surrounding anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorder and thoughts of suicide.” Earlier this month, Council Roy McCalister, Jr. launched a mental health task force and will lead it in partnership with Wayne County Commissioner Reggie “Reg” Davis. Both will seek funding resources for task force programs. “For every $1 that we allocate toward preventive care, we will save $8 in treatment. So, if we can find, for example, $10 million and we put it into preventive care, we can look towards saving some $80 million in treatment,” Davis said. Other members of the task force include Police Chief James Craig, Mayor Mike Duggan, Willie Brooks (CO, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority) and Joneigh Khaldun (Director, Detroit Health Department). To find out how you can help support Wayne County Commissioner Reggie “Reg” Davis’ mental health initiative contact the Wayne County Commission office at (313) 224-7263.

The ultimate goal of The Commons is to be a meeting place where residents in the surrounding Pingree Park, Islandview, East Village, West Village, and Indian Village neighborhoods all feel valued. Murals of Detroit and church benches decorate the inside of The Commons. The coffee shop and laundromat are on the first floor, plus a literacy room on the ground floor. The second floor has a large community space with tables and chairs. MACC offices take up the rest of the space on that floor. The beds and showers are on the lower floor. “We went through the construction process for almost two years and a planning process of almost for years, specifically around this business,” said Ezekiel Harris, Executive Director of MACC Development. “We wanted to throw a huge party to celebrate all of this coming together and for people to a touch point with The Commons. This is a cool place that anybody can feel well welcome at.”

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for higher quality education could be, I thought, the cutting edge for reinvigorated better performance in a new non-racialized school system.” Much like the student-led protest at Northern High in 1966, the Northern Lights 1966 play will be led high school actors in the Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit program and will feature music from the Motown era during that time. The issues in Detroit Public Schools and the forming of student-led activist groups in 1966 are a spitting image of what is happening in 2018, with students fighting for better gun control and adequate teachers in their schools. The play exemplifies the power of the youth when they make their voices heard. “I auditioned for this play because I thought it to be a very interesting topic that still applies to today,” said Shanice

Davis, a junior at Cass Tech High and actress in the play. “Back then, they had a protest about what was happening in their school and the adults were not hearing them. And now we recently had a walkout at Cass Tech about the gun violence and we felt as if people weren’t hearing our voice. When people come to see this play, they’ll know not to ignore the voices of the young people because we are very informed, and we will fight for what’s right.” The play will show at the Detroit Film Theatre within the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., with student matinees on May 11 and 18 at 10 a.m. The public will be able to see the play May 12 and 19 at 7 p.m., and May 13 and 20 at 4 p.m. Children under five years old will not be admitted. To purchase tickets, order online at For information about student matinees and special group rates for public performances, call 313-872-6910 ext. 4024.

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Fifth Third Bank partners with Michigan Small Business Development Center to offer webinars Fifth Third Bank in Eastern Michigan and the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are pleased to announce a weekly webinar series to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs by offering educational programing on relevant business topics like starting a business, writing a business plan, financial management and marketing your business. “We’ve partnered with the SBDC to deliver technical assistance to small businesses for over a decade,” said David Girodat, regional president, Fifth Third Bank in Eastern Michigan. “We want to expand access through digital programming to have even greater impact on small businesses and the communities we serve.” The webinars take place on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Participants have the opportunity to engage with the Michigan SBDC while learning the best practices to help start and grow their small businesses. Recordings of the webinars will be made available to entrepreneurs following the presentations. Topics include: • Starting a Business • Writing a Business Plan • Marketing Your Business • Financial Management • Business Legal Issues Thanks to the sponsorship from Fifth Third, the webinars are available at no cost to Michigan residents. “The Michigan SBDC provides consulting to over 5,500 businesses a year, giving us valuable insight into the most common challenges and questions entrepreneurs face when starting and growing their business,” commented Ed Garner, Interim State Director of the Michigan SBDC. “These trainings provide the fundamentals of business success and cover some of the most important aspects of starting and growing a sustainable company.” The webinars are targeted to startups that are not yet in business, established businesses, as well as small business and entrepreneurial service organizations. To learn more, or to register for a webinar, visit https://

Downtown Detroit Markets return for the spring and summer

By Branden Hunter The Downtown Detroit Markets will return to Cadillac Square, Capitol Park, and 1441 Woodward this spring and summer with more than 30 local vendors, a chef incubator, a farmers market and beer garden May 24-August 31. The program is an extension of the Downtown Detroit Markets that first appeared during Winter in Detroit that ran from November to February and generated more than $2 million in sales. It is produced by Bedrock Detroit and the Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund through a deal with the Downtown Detroit Partnership, which operates the city’s downtown parks. “We wanted to continue to give entrepreneurs a platform,” said Francesca George, director of tenant relations and experience for Bedrock. “We wanted it to be affordable and we want them to be profitable and to succeed.” The market is set to open May 24 in Cadillac Square, Capitol Park and 1441 Woodward Ave. Vending in Detroit’s public parks will be split up into two approximately six-week periods. The second one starts in early July and runs through early August. At 1441 Woodward, 12 vendors will be set up May 24-Aug. 31. The spring/summer batch of vendors includes a mix of new and returning small businesses, 50 percent of which are based in Detroit and most of which sell clothing and accessories. Some of the local brands and shops coming to the Downtown Detroit Markets include Pingree Detroit, David Vintage, Detroit Dough, Motor City Popcorn, Pewabic Pottery, Elaine B., 12th and Viv, and much more. Darian Cook is the owner of 12th and

Viv, which specializes in making homemade soy candles, body butters, hand soaps, and more. Cook started her company in 2015 to cut down on her cost of making candles and seen her business grow in just a short time. She will be able to sell her products at 1441 Woodward from May-August. “I’m extremely excited,” she said about the opportunity. “I’ve been given opportunities for people from all over to experience my products first hand and I’m receiving positive reviews. This opportunity is amazing.” In Cadillac Square, Central Kitchen + Bar is planning to partner with the DDP for a beer garden. In Capitol Park, there

are plans for a weekly farmers market and to team with Birmingham-based Heirloom Hospitality Group LLC to bring in a rotation of local chefs for a few days at a time to prepare custom plates. “It really is just giving chefs that maybe can’t afford brick and mortar an outlet to create a fun dining experience in the city that is constantly changing,” George said. Cost to vendors for renting space at the markets for the six-week period ranges from $250 for a spot at 1441 Woodward to $1,000 for a 130-square-foot glass booth in one of the parks. Vendor locations are not yet finalized. Bedrock said bout 175 vendors applied for 30 spaces this spring/ summer, compared with 75 the first time around.

Wells Fargo Commits to $60 Billion in Lending for Black Homebuyers By Stacy M. Brown The Washington Informer

Wells Fargo’s $60 billion pledge to African American homebuyers is a major part of the company’s dedication to a community that’s grown accustomed to being shut out from having a slice of the American Dream. In addition to the $60 billion in lending for home purchases, the company committed to increasing the diversity of its sales team and providing $15 million toward initiatives focused on homebuyer education and counseling. “Homeownership is vitally important, because homes are the building blocks of the American Dream and a proven, sustainable vehicle for building individual and family wealth that can be passed down from generation to generation,” said Cerita Battles, the senior vice president and head of retail diverse segments for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Battles continued: “Homes make up our neighborhoods and our communities and are a stabilizing force for families, making homeownership a key driver of our nation’s economic and cultural well-being.” With that understanding, bank officials know that their commitment and helpful infor-

mation to those interested in becoming homeowners must be communicated to the African American community.

“In fact, by the end of 2016, the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Diverse Community Capital program had distributed $38 million in grants and lending capital to 30 Community Development Financial Institutions serving diverse, small businesses, placing us more than halfway to our goal,” Battles said.

To that end, sharing news through the Black Press is also important for Wells Fargo, Battles said. “Being present in the communities we serve is one of our key strategies for reaching our goals and African American newspapers are a trusted vehicle for news and information in those communities,” Battles said. “So, having information about being a homeowner and sustaining homeownership is critical to reaching the goals of the commitment and helping more African American families become homeowners.” Housing experts have said that it’s important for aspiring homeowners to have as much knowledge as possible about the homeownership process; that information helps to dispel myths that many African Americans have about homeownership. “There are many myths that cause a lot of potential African American homebuyers to assume that getting a home mortgage is something beyond their reach. But many times, this is completely untrue, and that message needs to get out,” Battles said. “African Americans need to have the confidence and

knowledge to recognize that they can be homeowners, and that a lender, like Wells Fargo, truly wants to help them meet their home-financing needs. The Black Press, and other media for that matter, helps us share these messages to those who desire to obtain and sustain homeownership.” Battles noted that it’s also important to remember that Wells Fargo’s African American homeownership commitment is not a separate loan program, but an effort by the company to increase homeowners in the community. Any of the programs, products, and services that Wells Fargo offers are available to all customers who qualify. She said it’s not really about

what the bank is doing differently for African Americans, but more about how Wells Fargo is showing up for them. “It’s more about getting the messages to them, meeting them where, when, and how they want to interact with us so that we can leverage all that we have to offer. It’s about education, counseling, and being present in their communities,” Battles said. Wells Fargo’s commitment to the African American community extends beyond the homeownership commitment. In 2016, the company committed to offering $75 million in grants and lending to help diverse-owned small businesses access capital and technical assistance by the end of 2020.

Battles said that even though the goals of the homeownership commitment are challenging, Wells Fargo is committed to doing what it takes to help increase African American homeowners. “This commitment is not a sprint, but a long journey that will require the focus of our team and collaboration with industry influencers, nonprofits and other organizations,” Battles said. “If this were just a public relations campaign, we would not have made the goals so lofty.” “Making this commitment holds us accountable to ourselves, our customers, our communities, and the organizations that joined us in this effort; by pushing ourselves, stretching ourselves, and then delivering on our commitments in a responsible manner, we are ensuring true meaningful progress for African-American homeownership across America.”

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Congratulations for 50 Years of ‘Making Lives Better’! By David C. Butty On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Metro Detroit communities gathered at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center to celebrate Wayne County Community College District’s 50th Anniversary Dinner. e community praised WCCCD’s Chancellor, Dr. Curtis L. Ivery, the Board of Trustees; faculty and staff for a job well done for the past half a century of providing a pathway to better the lives for students and for providing quality, accessible education for all. Dr. Maya Wiley, a nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity, gave the keynote address. She called on the audience to “be ordinary” in whatever area of life they may find themselves.

e Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) served as the chairman for the WCCCD’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. Dr. Curtis L. Ivery, who has been at the helm of WCCCD’s growth and expansion, thanked the faculty and staff “who put their heart and soul into helping our students and communities achieve more, grow faster, and dream bigger.” Funds raised from the dinner will go to the WCCCD Scholarship Fund to support students in need so they may pursue their education and realize thier highest potential.

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Upcoming Events MAY

Student voices are louder than a bomb

Local teens use performance poetry to engage emotions and experiences to create meaning By Patreice A. Massey MANAGING EDITOR

Fourteen teams from across the state participated in Louder Than a Bomb - Detroit, a youth slam poetry festival held at Wayne State University and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Slam poetry is the competitive art of performance poetry. Spoken word artists emphasize both writing and performance in a way that forces the poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. Louder Than a Bomb is two days of high school-aged poets engaging in poetry slam competitions, intensive workshops, open mic performances, and more. In competition, the poets are judged by members of the audience and this year’s Grand Slam winning team is the Arts Academy in the Woods Creative Writing Slam Team. The Arts Academy’s slam team is composed of Creative Writing students from metro Detroit who attend the Arts



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Academy in the Woods. Their poems are usually a little over two minutes long and are topical, usually related to Detroit, and very engaging. Many of their pieces are deeply personal, but they have also created a very positive and fun group poem called “My Projects” about growing up in Detroit that is absolutely astounding. In a group poem, several poets perform simultaneously sometimes speaking in unison and other times taking turns and adding dynamic to the delivery.

Movement Detroit 2018 Each year on Memorial Day weekend, thousands of people from across the globe gather in the birthplace of Techno to celebrate the heritage of Detroit and its musical influence over countless generations, new and old. Movement Music Festival is one of the longest-running dance music events in the world, committed to showcasing authentic electronic music and providing an experience unlike any other. The festival takes place in Hart Plaza – Detroit’s legendary riverfront destination. • Where: 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI 48226 • When: May 26 at 12:00 PM to May 28 at 11:59 PM • Info:

Several of the winning poets will perform next Thursday May 17 at The Evening of the Arts, the Academy’s our annual spring showcase that highlights visual artists, musicians, singers, dancers, actors, and spoken word poets at a gala event at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. About the Arts Academy: The Arts Academy in the Woods is a fine and performing arts integrated public high school in Macomb County. We know that an arts integrated curriculum inspires creativity, ingenuity, confidence, and improves academic performance. Our goal is to prepare our students for endless possibilities to learn, grow and succeed!





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Pistons decide not to retain Stan Van Gundy By Branden Hunter The Detroit Pistons played their final game of the 2017-2018 season over a month ago, which turned out to be the final game that Stan Van Gundy would coach, as the organization announced that he would not return as the team’s President of Basketball Operations and head coach. “We have decided that this change is necessary to take our basketball organization to the next level,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores. “This was a very difficult decision and we did not come to it lightly. I am grateful to Stan for everything he’s done for the Pistons and for the City of Detroit. He rebuilt the culture of our basketball team, re-instilled a winning attitude and work ethic, and took us to the playoffs two years ago. He went all-in from day one to positively impact this franchise and this community.  “But over the past two seasons our team has not progressed, and we decided that a change is necessary to regain our momentum.” Van Gundy had one year remaining on his contract and wanted to stay. Some believed he would be stripped of his President of Basketball Operations position and retain his head coaching role, especially since he was not immediately fired after the season. With the Pistons building a new arena in downtown Detroit and roster that many believed could compete in the Eastern Conference when healthy, Van Gundy was disappointed that he could stick around longer with the team.

Stan Van Gundy “To me, that was the most disappointing thing from a coaching standpoint,” said Van Gundy. “I really wanted to see that group together and wanted the opportunity to coach them. That’s the way this business is so I didn’t get that opportunity.” Gores was one of Van Gundy’s biggest supporters while in Detroit, allowing him to coach and run the team’s operations. The two had been in discussions for weeks after the season ended, likely trying to figure out a configuration that would allow a shakeup in the front office but also keep Van Gundy on as head coach. When the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement on what that structure looked like, it was time to move in a different direction. “Stan is a competitor and he wanted to finish the job,” Mr. Gores said. “He retooled a roster that we think can be very competitive in the East. I know he’s disappointed and that he cares deeply about his players, his staff, this organization and this city. He’s also a professional who will make sure this is a seamless transition and someone I hope will be a friend and adviser to me long after this transition is completed.” Van Gundy, who was named president of basketball operations and head coach 2014 and tallied a regular-season record of 152-176 (.463) in four seasons with the Pistons.  He posted a 44-38 (.536) regular-season record in 2015-16 and led the club to its first postseason appearance since the 2008-09 season. As president of basketball operations, Van Gundy and general manager Jeff Bower initiated the re-signing of Andre Drummond, selected first round draft picks Stanley Johnson, Henry Ellenson and Luke Kennard and made notable trade acquisitions for Blake Griffin, Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris, Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley. Ultimately, that was not enough for him to keep his job. Despite his surprising departure from Detroit, Van Gundy said he is not done coaching in the NBA. “If the right situation came along, I wouldn’t dismiss it,” Van Gundy said. “I’m not going out on the terms I would like.”

‘The Booster’ tells the truth behind Ed Martin’s involvement with the Fab Five By Branden Hunter The Michigan Fab Five were regarded as the best college recruiting class in the nation in 1991, when No.1 overall recruit Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson all signed with the Maize and Blue. The group accomplished a lot together in two years in Ann Arbor, including consecutive NCAA title game appearances. They would also be the center of one of the most infamous scandals in college basketball. A bombshell new book was released focusing on one of the most important and highly publicized scandals in college basketball history, which involved super booster Ed Martin. The book, titled “The Booster”, reveals the never-before-told account of the sport’s most infamous case; how Martin and the University of Michigan’s Fab Five exposed the hypocrisy of the NCAA, and in the process, laid bare the exploitation of teenage athletes by elite colleges and the sports apparel industry.

Carl Martin

The book’s author is Carl Martin, the son of the late Ed Martin, an autoworker and numbers operator who became deeply involved in the lives of prep basketball players, several of whom went on to NCAA and NBA stardom. “This book is about how my father was a supporter of many basketball players,” said Martin. “Specifically, the two Fab Five members from Detroit, Webber and Rose; how he developed a relationship with them, what type of support he gave to them, how he derived the money to support them, and what the outcome was of that support.” Ed Martin had financially supported Webber and Jalen Rose while they attended Detroit Country Day and Southwestern, respectively. He later befriended the other three members of the Fab FIve, King, Howard and Jackson. The elder Martin was said to have given Webber, his godson, and his family upwards of $500,000 in the six years they had a healthy relationship. Martin was said to have given Rose close to $60,000. Once the players reached the NBA, their relationship with Martin became distant. “It’s a known fact that the NCAA earns billions of dollars from the athletic power of these student athletes,” said Martin. “They (student-athletes) don’t derive any financial gain from their playing but the NCAA does, as well as the coaches. That’s why I call it the exploitation of the athletes and I believe that my father was more of a helper to Chris and Jalen, than actually hurting them and others.” “When you’re hungry and broke and watching everybody else make money off you but you, I don’t think it’s wrong for a kid to get help,” King said in an excerpt from the book. “I think that’s only fair.” A freak automobile roll-over accident in 1996 involving Michigan players Maurice Taylor, Robert “Tractor” Traylor,

and highly-prized recruit Mateen Cleaves jump-started an FBI investigation into a tangled web of illegal sports recruiting practices and deeply entrenched numbers games in Detroit auto plants. Investigators uncovered evidence that Martin had paid high school and college players and their families tens of thousands of dollars to put food on their tables and literally put clothes on their backs. In April 1999, the federal government conducted multiple raids and eventually indicted the Martins and Webber while several others received subpoenas to appear before a grand jury. Carl Martin, who had followed his father into the numbers game, refused to testify against his father, and served 15 months in the federal prison system. Ed Martin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money but died before he could be sent to prison. His death apparently weakened the government’s case against Webber, who was indicted for perjury but pled guilty to a lesser charge. Webber avoided prison by paying a fine and doing community service. The NCAA also forced the University of Michigan to vacate multiple victories and titles. Martin said he wrote “The Booster” to honor a deathbed request of his late mother, Hilda, to tell the full story of his father’s contribution to the Fab Five and other players, whether good or bad. “My father was no saint, no Robin Hood, nor was he a one-dimensional villain in a black hat,” Carl Martin said. “His story deserved to be told without the taint or stigma. The media portrayed him as a villain and the reader of the book will be able to make their own decision based on the contents of this book.”

NFLer Jourdan Lewis to host youth football camp in Detroit By Branden Hunter

skills camp will take place May 27 at the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) headquarters or The Corner Ballpark on Michigan Avenue and Trumbull; the site of old Tiger Stadium. The camp will be invite only and free of charge to all participants grades 6-11. The junior high session will be from 1-5 p.m. and the high schoolers will take the field from 3-7 p.m.

Just a few years ago, Jourdan Lewis was going to football camps in Detroit and around the country trying to gain exposure as a student-athlete at Cass Tech. Now, he is a second-year cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys and is hosting his own exposure camp. His special guest will be former Cass Tech and University of Michigan teammate Delano Hill, who plays for the Seattle Seahawks. “I always wanted to do something like this,” said Lewis. “I want the kids to know that I’m accessible. I want their success as bad as I want mine; especially with the kids I’ve been working with since they were in mid-

Jourdan Lewis dle school. Their success is the success of the city. This will lead to so many more, too.” Lewis’ inaugural wide receiver versus defensive back

The city has seen a boom in NFL players returning to Detroit to host youth camps in their old neighborhoods. Brandon Graham (Detroit Crockett/Philadelphia Eagles), Tony Lippett (Detroit Crockett/Miami Dolphins), and Desmond King (Detroit East English Village Prep/ Los Angeles Rams) are a few other homegrown Detroiters

who will host youth camps this spring and summer in the city. At skills camps, the kids get group and individual attention and have the opportunity to learn proper football fundamentals, while also getting a chance to rub elbows with terrific instructors, including current and former college and NFL players they might not have met anywhere else. That was the experience Lewis received when he attended his first football camp in Detroit. “My first Camp was Sound Mind Sound Body in the 9th grade,” said Lewis. “I saw how many college coaches were out there and the talent they were look at, and I wanted to get to that level.”

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City.Life.Style. Celebrates One-Year Anniversary!


ow! It’s unbelievable that one year ago I was given the opportunity as editor to launch Michigan Chronicle’s City.Life.Style. I am still in awe of the memory of writing the introduction and being overjoyed that I could use the greeting, “Whatupdoe!” in a journalistic perspective. It was hella DOPE! (If you follow City.Life.Style. you know DOPE is my favorite word). City.Life.Style. with the assistance of our team at the Michigan Chronicle,

the granting of creative freedom by our publisher, Hiram Jackson and the support of the dope (there’s that word again) people in Detroit has allowed City.Life. Style to develop into so much more than I expected and the most exciting part, it’s only the beginning. There is a plethora of amazing events, businesses, parties, people, and stories that live in our city to tell and highlight. City.Life.Style’s goal is to be Detroit’s goto for young urban professionals, artists,

musicians, and citizens to find out who and what is happening in the D! This upcoming year we plan to continue expanding the City.Life.Style brand via print, digital, pop-events, and partnerships. Stay tuned and remember to follow our hashtags #CityLifeStyle and #BeScene for all things Detroit! As always… stay DOPE!

AJ Williams

Editor City.Life.Style.

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remember when I was first introduced to cigars in 2011, although I always thought it was sexy visually to see a man take a toke and then take a sip of cognac, I never embraced that this was something I could indulge in from a novist perspective. Fast-forward eight years later, I find myself in a semi-love affair with a stogie and a glass of merlot as a wind down to the week. That being said, an occasional cigar may not be the look for everyone, but before you shut down at least trying the experience I thought it would be dope to hear from one of Detroit’s own connoisseur of cigars, and guess what? She’s a GIRL… Monique Henderson of Cigarden:

Monique Henderson City.Life.Style: How did you find a passion for cigars? Monique Henderson: I began smoking cigars over 10 years ago while dating a gentleman that to this day is a great friend that I still enjoy having a good smoke with. What’s funny, is now I am able to teach him a few things about cigars. I find cigar smoking to be very relaxing and sexy. It is an activity that you can enjoy alone or in a more communal setting. Cigar smokers are some of the coolest and discerning people in the world! The fact that it is not a rushed activity is also very appealing to me. As I began to read more, talk to other cigar smokers and try different cigars, I gained an appreciation and fascination with cigars and their complexity. CLS: What is Cigargarden? M.H: CIGARDEN is a mobile cigar

service that specializes in cultivating great cigar experiences for novice cigar smokers and aficionados. Our service can be added to an event to make it most memorable...or it can be the event itself! Our products include cigars, cigar accessories, custom gifts and apparel. We also offer services that include inside/outside cigar service, cigar pop-up tent, cigar parties, cigar rolling services. CSL: Is Cigar smoking just for boys? M.H: Absolutely not! Women have always had a fascination with cigars. However, in recent years more and more women have taken up cigar smoking as a hobby. This is partly why CIGARDEN was created. It started with us doing Cigar 101 events where women can come See CIGARDEN Page D-2

Fat Ray of Bruiser Brigade Drops Video For By Dean Garcia, Jr. Earlier last month, Fat Ray of Bruiser Brigade dropped the video for “Leather Knuckles”, the first single from his upcoming project Perseus. The video teams ray up with regular collaborators Auxiliary Cinema for the visual to the Antman Wonder (Phryme 2) produced track. The video is nostalgic 80’s television with an old radio broadcast describing an alien landing in between verses. It opens with an ae-

rial shot that descends into a zoomed focus of Ray on a busy strip in Downtown Detroit that suddenly morphs into a bare jazz club where Fat Ray opens with bars about “mimosas and a blunt of loud” before launching into a stream of consciousness about his fly lifestyle of choice vices and better women as he floats through the city. Fat Ray is quite the alien ambassador. Fat Ray was raised on W. 7 Mile to a musical


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family. His father who was a musician and a studio engineer had a studio built in the basement of their home on Grandville. This is where Fat Ray, born Raymone Bogus, had his first experiences with recording. As a child, Ray enjoyed playing around with the keys but would eventually take to drums. A little-known fact about Fat Ray is that he is a percussionist. In fact, his time with the Detroit-based music collective BR Gunna (including other former members Black Milk & Young RJ) is often thought of as “2 producers and a rapper”, but Fat Ray contributed to production and songwriting for the group and other placements

with acts like Slum Village, Fat Killaz, & others. It was his musical ear that led Fat Ray to co-found his independent label Brilliant Boy with in-house producer Rich Rick (Double R). Even with a slight frustration towards the overwhelming amount of low-grade lyricism, Fat Ray & Double R were willing to admit that they don’t want their music to lose its party vibe. The album Perseus will highlight the duos new sound that blends the genres of street-rap and backpack. Fat Ray says “we just feel like you shouldn’t have to sacrifice the bars or the vibe. They’re both important.” The Bruiser Brigade lieutenant is dropping Perseus on the new Brilliant Boy Summer 2018, releasing to Tidal and all digital streaming platforms.

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together without the element of intimidation to learn the basics about cigar smoking.

Top 5: Cigar 101 ■ Smoke what you like. A lot of people refer to flavored cigars as “cigars for girls”. To me the sexiest thing in the world is confidence. Anyone that exudes the confidence to smoke what they like is Ok with me. Besides, we all like stuff that tastes good to us, right?! ■ Bigger isn’t always better. Pick a size cigar that you are comfortable with. Don’t go big just because you think it makes you look cool. The goal should be to truly enjoy the flavor and experience of what you are smoking and if that means going with a smaller sized cigar than you should do that. ■ Find your strength. Different cigar

strengths have a different reaction for different people. For beginner smokers, start with a milder cigar (e.g. Connecticut) and work your way up to the darker blends (e.g. Maduros). Once you have determined the strength that you like best, begin trying different blends and brands at that strength level. You will be surprised at the vasteness of cigars that can be enjoyed in that particular category. ■ Take your time. Cigars are meant to be savored, experienced and enjoyed. Plan to dedicate at least an hour to truly enjoy your smoke. ■ Don’t be afraid to try something new. Many cigar smokers have their one “go-to” cigar brand or maybe a small handful of brands. Don’t be afraid to try something that you have never had before. And, don’t be fooled by the label. Some of the best cigars come marked down in price and “naked” with no label at all.

Wake Up Refreshed

Simple ways to begin your morning (Family Features) Ready, set, go. Just as you would set off at the starting line of a race, this hectic pace is how mornings begin for many men and women. Instead of waking with dread to face another hectic morning, consider these tips for a healthier way to ease into your daily rituals. While these activities may require you to allow extra time, you may be pleased with the productive results. Meditate. A practice that has been around for thousands of years may still be one of the best stress busters for hurried mornings. To start, find a place in your home that is free of noise and distraction. Practice sitting still, with eyes closed, and focus only on your breathing. Using deep, controlled breaths, try to steer your thoughts away from negative and stress-inducing thoughts.

Stretch. While the most health-conscious person may opt for a morning sweat-a-thon, working in some stretches can also be beneficial. When you awake, think about oft-used muscles and extend each one for 15-30 seconds. Activate. Give your brain some fuel in the morning while also doing something nice for your mind. For example, journaling is a gentle way to ease into your morning and get your brain firing. If you can’t think of a topic, simply write down a few affirmations for the day, revisit a pleasant memory from your past or scribble down a goal for the week. Journaling can be an uplifting way to engage the mind and express gratitude for the day ahead. Find more tips for starting your day on the right foot at

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May 16-22, 2018

Detroit students learn about baseball royalty through ‘The Summer King’

Baseball and beyond: Providing inspiration was a primary objective when members of the Frederick Douglass Academy “Dream Kings” were invited to see “The Summer King,” which chronicles the life of the great Josh Gibson.

Frederick Douglass ‘Dream Kings’ discover Josh Gibson at Opera House are the fuel to ignite inspiration!” Quan Neloms, a teacher at Frederick Douglass Academy, shared Mr. Malcolm’s feelings. “It is important that students are exposed to new and varying experiences to deepen their cultural and overall intelligence,” said Mr. Neloms, an innovative educator who has used music and hip-hop literacy to engage students in the classroom. Mr. Neloms added: “Being afforded the opportunity to experience the opera, our young people walk away with an appreciation for culture and the ability to be involved in discourse and community that may be different from their own.” Through the discovery of Josh Gibson, the Frederick Douglass students did more than learn about a prodigious power hitter who launched more than 800 homeruns in ball yards across the country. The students also became acquainted with American history during Mr. Gibson’s lifetime, which includes learning the meaning of some stark terms like “Black Codes;” “Color Line;” “Jim Crow Laws;” and “Racial Inequity.” By Scott Talley Special to the Michigan Chronicle It has been said that of all our studies, history is best qualified to reward our research. However, history should not be limited to books, or become the sole property of intellectuals. Instead, history should be shared and displayed in creative ways for all to consume. When this happens, history has the power to inspire and move communities forward. And this type of power is no doubt being felt by members of our community that have had an opportunity to witness a performance of “The Summer King” at the Detroit Opera House. “The Summer King” tells the story of Josh Gibson who is regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and therefore should be considered a true American hero, if baseball is indeed our country’s pastime. Mr. Gibson’s story is not widely known given that his fantastic athletic exploits occurred in the Negro Leagues, whose glory was known by few outside of the African American community. But with the help of “The Summer King,” Mr. Gibson’s legacy lives on and his story of triumph and pain is reaching new audiences including a group of intelligent, engaging students from Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men who recently saw a performance. The “Best of Young Detroit” applauds

everyone that made the outing possible for the Frederick Douglass students, including the Michigan Opera Theatre and its founder David DiChiera, a longtime champion for diversity and inclusion. In addition, composer Daniel Sonenberg is deserving of tremendous praise for bringing his lifelong love of baseball and Josh Gibson to life through “The Summer King.” We also wish to recognize William Malcolm, a longtime friend of the “Best of Young Detroit” who accompanied students at the performance, as part of the school’s participation in the Future Project, a national movement to empower the next generation to build the future one dream at a time. “My work as a dream director in support of the Dream Kings of Frederick Douglass Leadership Academy is by far some of the most important work that I have ever done in my life,” said Mr. Malcolm, who has a long history of mentoring young men in our community. “I am in the distinct position to inspire young men to become great men, so I am very grateful to the Detroit Opera House for sponsoring our trip to see this historic production about Josh Gibson, one of America’s greatest sports heroes. “Many of the 25 young men that attended the production had never been inside the Detroit Opera House, nor had they ever seen an opera production. Opportunities and exposure are critical to the development of our young people because often times they

Given much to digest, the students from Frederick Douglass proved they were up for the educational challenge, as they thoughtfully absorbed the voices and the actions of the performers. After having time to reflect, following is a small slice of their thoughts: Edward Banks, 12th grader, Frederick Douglass Academy: “Josh Gibson was a great American talent that I unfortunately knew nothing about. I am thankful to have been able to learn about him at the terrific Detroit Opera House production.” Brett Davis-Miller, 11th grader, Frederick Douglass Academy: “It was a wonderful experience going to the Opera House for the first time and also learning about an African American baseball player that I never heard of.” Tarae Harris, 12th grader, Frederick Douglas Academy: “The Josh Gibson story was a huge inspiration for me showing me that

black men can achieve great things, even with scrutiny from others, by not letting poverty or any other obstacles stop or get in the way.” Malik Henderson, 11th grader, Frederick Douglas Academy: “The Josh Gibson story showed me the true definition of power and what it means to be a strong man. I am grateful for the opportunity to see it.” Doriawn Rogers, 11th grader, Frederick Douglass Academy: “Josh Gibson was a story of sadness and success. I enjoyed how the production took me through his highs and lows, but left me feeling inspired to be great.” Terry Thomas, 11th grader, Frederick Douglass Academy: “The experience was great it opened my eyes and gave me and my peers a great opportunity to see something different. The opera was a great experience and the story of Josh Gibson is really inspiring.” The “Best of Young Detroit” thanks all of the Frederick Douglass Academy students that shared their feedback and we wish the best for every student that experienced “The Summer King,” which will be at the Detroit Opera House through Sunday (May 20). We also encourage students to learn even more about Mr. Josh Gibson and the rich history of the Negro Leagues. While it is true that Mr. Gibson was denied an opportunity to play Major League Baseball because of the color of his skin, the Negro Leagues were still very much “major.” Negro League baseball represented a social event in the African American community with games often played on Sunday, with well-dressed fans that came directly from church. The teams often represented African American-owned businesses and they supported other African American businesses. As former Negro Leaguer Buck O’Neil, a contemporary of Mr. Gibson once said: “We stayed at the best hotels in the world, they just happened to be black hotels. We ate at the best restaurants in the world, they just happened to be black owned and operated.” Study on students!

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Detroit graduating high school seniors showed their pride on Signing Day!

Did you know that in 2015 former First Lady Michelle Obama declared a special day in May as “National Signing Day” to celebrate students who plan to pursue some form of education and training beyond high school and to inspire them to take the necessary steps to pursue their dreams? The “National Signing Day” tradition has continued across the country, including, Detroit, as the prideful images of graduating seniors at Cass Technical High School pictured with this display confirm. As the photo shows, Detroit students are heading to exciting collegiate locales, both instate and nationally. In a message to students across the country celebrating this year’s “National Signing Day” Mrs. Obama said: “In college, I studied subjects I was passionate about. I met all kinds of different people. and I got the education I needed to pursue a career as a lawyer, a nonprofit leader, a hospital executive and yes, eventually, as First Lady of the United States. I know that your college degrees will do the same for all of you, setting you up to lead the life of your dreams and succeed in whatever you wish to do. So I hope you

all are excited about what lies ahead. College will be hard work, but I know you all are ready. Trust me. You got this. And I’m going to be rooting for you every step of the way.” The “Best of Young Detroit” wishes to extend Mrs. Obama’s poignant message to all of the graduating high school seniors in Detroit that will be furthering their education at colleges and school across our region, state an country. To each student, please know that greatness awaits you and that your community is behind you 100 percent!


“Best of Young Detroit” Miller High School’s legacy includes U-M legend Charlie Fonville The date was May 3, 1947 and the University of Michigan men’s track team opened its outdoor season with a triangular meet victory over Indiana and Purdue at Ferry Field. One of the stars for the Wolverines on that day was a sophomore field event specialist out of Detroit’s Miller High School named Charlie Fonville (April 27, 1927 – July 13, 1994), who won the shot put with a mark of 53 feet, 10 inches, which broke the Ferry Field record. Mr. Fonville also won the discus throw with a toss of 139 feet, 6 inches. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, a young Mr. Fonville moved to Detroit with his family prior to his senior year in high school. Though he only competed during one season at Miller High School, it was a memorable one, as Mr. Fonville was named Michigan High School Track & Field Athlete of the Year. An example of his dominance at Miller was his winning shot put mark at the Detroit City League Meet, which was five feet better than the mark posted by the state champion that year during an era when Detroit’s public high schools did not participate in statewide competitions. At the University of Michigan, Mr. Fonville would become known to the world. Relying not on great size, but precise technique and speed instead, Mr. Fonville won the Big Ten indoor and outdoor shot put titles as a sophomore and junior. He also won National Collegiate Athletic Association

Herb Boyd has put his words to good use for decades

Can a student sitting in a Detroit Public Schools Community District classroom today become an impactful journalist, educator, author and activist? Absolutely, and one of the special people our students can look to for inspiration is Herb Boyd. A man of purpose, who was directly touched and positively influenced by Malcolm X, Mr. Boyd, a product of Detroit Northwestern High School, has written or edited more than 20 books that have uplifted people across the globe. These works include “Baldwin’s Harlem,” a biography of James Baldwin; “Autobiography of a People: Three Centuries of African American History Told By Those Who Lived It”; “Race and Resistance: African Americans in the 21st Century”; “We Shall Overcome: A History of the Civil Rights Movement”; “Pound for Pound: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson”; and, many more. Mr. Boyd also is the author of “Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self Determination,” which spans more than three centuries in its 29 chapters.

titles in the shot put during those same seasons. That stretch of success included the 1948 Kansas Relays, an event where Mr. Fonville contemplated withdrawing after experiencing racial discrimination upon his arrival. Instead, he competed and converted his frustration to athletic brilliance by winning the shot put with a throw of 58 feet ¼ inch, which broke a 14-year-old world record by more than a foot. A favorite to win a gold medal at the 1948 Olympics, Mr. Fonville would be denied by a back ailment, which prevented him from competing at full strength at the 1948 U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials, where he finished fourth, one spot shy of an Olympic berth, despite having broken the world record just three months prior to the trials. Back surgery would ultimately follow and a determined Mr. Fonville would win another Big Ten indoor shot put title for the Wolverines in 1950, but he never again approached his

world-class marks. Following his athletic days, Mr. Fonville remained a gentleman of great distinction as he would go on to earn a law degree, which propelled him to practice law in private practice in the city of Detroit from 1954 to 1994. A member of the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor, Mr. Fonville also should be forever celebrated by Detroiters and presented as a true role model for today’s youth.

The Detroit Chapter of National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is hosting its Black Male Media Project, an initiative to help change the narrative around the lives and images of African American men in the news and in society, with a series of workshops nationwide on Saturday, June 2, 2018. The initiative is designed to inspire, support and develop training and mentorship opportunities for African American men aspiring to work in journalism and media. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Wayne State University Law School, 471 West Palmer Avenue, Detroit. To register a youth group for this event, please contact Jeremy Thomas at thomas. or at 313-485-0236.

Eighty years after publication, ‘Uncle Tom’s Children’ still has lessons to teach

For any student looking forward to getting in some summer reading, or for anyone interested in a good read at anytime, the “Best of Young Detroit” recommends a classic: Richard Wright’s “Uncle Tom’s Children.” Originally published in 1938, Uncle Tom’s Children was the first book from Mr. Wright (September 4, 1908 – November 28, 1960), one of the most celebrated authors in American history. “Uncle Tom’s Children” is actually a collection of novellas (long short stories), therefore it is an ideal work for any reader who is new to Mr. Wright and does not wish to read hundreds of pages before the action develops. The stories within “Uncle Tom’s Children” (“Big Boy

The “Best of Young Detroit” welcomes feedback from our community. Please submit story suggestions and other comments to Scott Talley at or 313-590-3686.

Leaves Home;“ “Down by the Riverside;” “Long Black Song;” “Fire and Cloud;” and “Bright and Morning Star”) are action packed from the beginning. And while the stories take place in a highly segregated world known by a young Mr. Wright, the stories are still starkly similar to headlines in the news today where people of color have run into life-threatening conflict for occupying spaces where others felt they did not belong. The classic “happy ending” will not be found in any of the stories that compose “Uncle Tom’s Children,” but for the most part, the main characters are far from “victims” because they are able to exert their humanity under the harshest circumstances, which is the true victory. Another important reason the “Best of Young Detroit” wishes to bring Mr. Wright to the attention of Detroit’s youth, is the story behind young Mr. Wright’s formal education. A native of Mississippi, a young Mr. Wright graduated as the valedictorian of Smith Robertson Junior High School in Jackson, Miss., and that is where his formal schooling would in, after the ninth grade! The need to work to help support his family, along with the reality of times he lived, when young Black men, particularly young Black men in the South were not encouraged to pursue education, made young Mr. Wright’s plight hardly unusual. However, his desire to learn and develop intellectually certainly did not end at the ninth grade, and with his inner desire and some outside assistance, including the Federal Writer’s Project, Mr. Wright became a writer who is still read and studied today. Mr. Wright found a way to tap into his inner greatness and nothing less should be expected of Detroit youth today.




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BUDGET HEARING NOTICE The Board of Directors of the Cornerstone Health and Technology School District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 19, 2018 at 7:30 am at the Cornerstone Health and Technology School. The location is 17351 Southfield Freeway, Detroit, MI 48235. The budget is available for public inspection at the same address. The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. BUDGET HEARING NOTICE The Board of Directors of the Washington-Parks Academy School District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 20, 2018 at 7:30 am at the Washington-Parks Academy at the location 11685 Appleton, Redford, MI 48239.The budget is available for public inspection at the same address. The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.





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Trelleborg Sealing  Solutions  U.S.,  Inc.  seeks   a  Materials  Specialist,  in  Northville,  MI,  for   material  selection,  design,  and  support  to   internal  team  and  customers,  training  in   materials  for  SEs  and  customers,  and  setting   up  functional  lists  of  materials  per  supplier,   among  other  duties.  Bachelor’s  degree  in   materials  science  or  chemical  engineering  and   two  years  of  experience  in  the  job  offered  or   related  or  research  position.    Please  send   resumes  to:  Ms.  Julie  Brooks,  Trelleborg   Sealing  Solutions  US,  Inc.,  Resume   Processing/JO#8696617,  15701  Centennial   Drive,  Northville,  MI  48168.      


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Steelcase, Inc. seeks an Applications Engineer / SAS Administrator in Grand Rapids MI, responsible for maintaining all configurations, user groups, maintenance security, and monitoring performance of the Advanced Analytics and Business Intelligence SAS server infrastructure, among other duties. Min. bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, electronic engineering, or closely related field of study. Please send resume to: Ms. Sandra Swanson, Steelcase, Inc., Resume Processing/JO#8708147, GH3C, P.O. Box 1967, Grand Rapids, MI 49501. Senior  IT  Auditor  -­     Vehicle  Cybersecurity       General  Motors,  Detroit,  MI.  Analyze,  evaluate   &audit  vehicle  &infrastructure  hardware   capabilities  &software  integrity,  cybersecurity   risks  &vulnerabilities  such  as  compromised   vehicle,  OTA  unencrypted  sensitive  data   transmission,  loss  of  PII,  &compromised   infrastructure,  potential  internet  fraud,   infrastructure  &vehicle  software  performance   reqmts  &IT  control  processes  &systems  of   auditable  activities  assigned  to  audit.  Prepare   &perform  in  depth  IT  audit  tests.  Test  security   of  web  &Android  &iOS  mobile  apps  using   OWASP,  Burp  Suite,  Metasploit  &Kali  Linux   tools.  Evaluate  organizations’  preparedness   against  NHTSA  Cybersecurity  Best  Practices   &Auto-­ISAC  Best  Practices  Guide  for  Incident   Response  for  vehicle  cybersecurity.  Perform   multiple  audits  focusing  on  the  areas  of   application  security,  product  cybersecurity   &third  party  security.  Perform  risk  assessment   of  IT  process  &security  controls  within   information  systems  environment  incldg   firewalls,  Intrusion  Prevention  Systems  (IPS),   Intrusion  Detection  Systems  (IDS)  &Web   Application  Firewalls  (WAF).  Coordinate  3rd   party  resources  for  Application  Testing,   Penetration  Testing  &Red  Team   Assessments.  Master,  Computer  Science,   Information  Systems,  Information  Systems   Security,  Information  Assurance,  or  related.  6   mos  exp  as  IT  Auditor,  Security  Analyst,  or   related,  testing  security  of  web  apps  using   Burp  Suite  &Kali  Linux  tools,  &performing  risk   assessment  of  IT  process  &security  controls   within  information  systems  environment  incldg   firewalls,  IPS,  IDS  &WAF.    Mail  resume  to   Ref#4625,  GM  Global  Mobility,  300   Renaissance  Center,  MC:482-­C32-­C66,   Detroit,  MI  48265.    


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Warren, MI, General Motors. Audit, review Cost Engrg team part level cost estimations &tooling level cost estimations, &analyze material cost, using Program Imperative Management Application &GMCO$T, across current/future psgr vehicle programs &component localization plans in low cost countries. Benchmark current &future internal programs, reviewing vehicle bills of material &EWOs. Analyze &execute component &vendor tooling cost reduction opportunities, partnering with purchase &cost engrg function driving cost reduction initiatives. Study &audit tear down of major OEM competitors’ psgr vehicles &perform technical &commercial cost anlys between GM &competitors’ products. Dvlp &execute allocated full vehicle target at component level &balance target costs &engrg specs to achieve affordable targets. Represent Product Program Cost Optimization in component level design direction reviews, &select technical solutions for future vehicle carline programs based on selected design concepts. Analyze &validate product program material cost book every 8 weeks &update cost books. Maintain accurate cost books to build customers’ confidence in material cost book. Bachelor, Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, or related. 60 mos exp as Financial Analyst, Accountant, Finance Manager, Finance Director, or related, auditing, reviewing part/tooling level cost estimations, &analyzing material cost of psgr vehicle program &component localization plan, dvlpg &executing allocated full vehicle target at component level to achieve affordable targets. Mail resume to Ref#815, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.


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SBD North America LLC has an available position of Autonomous Car Specialist in Ann Arbor, MI. Although the Autonomous Car Specialist will work in Ann Arbor, MI, the Autonomous Car Specialist will be required to travel 10% of working time to client sites throughout North America & Europe. Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Automotive Engineering or Automobile Engineering & 12 months experience as a Vehicle Technical Analyst. Position also requires: Exp. must include: 1) 12 mos. exp. testing automotive sensors & systems for safety & security applications; & 2) 12 mos. exp. conducting global regulatory & standards research for in-vehicle technologies. Exp. reqs. may be met concurrently during the same 12-mo. period. Job duties: Conduct safety-related advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) & autonomous vehicle research. Research includes technical vehicle assessments & human machine interface evaluations. Provide strategic consulting to automotive clients on global regulatory standards for autonomous vehicle development. Qualified candidates please submit a brief cover letter, resume highlighting you meet the reqs., & verification that you meet the reqs. to



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The Board of Directors of the Cornerstone Jefferson-Douglass Academy District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 18, 2018 at 7:30 am at The Cornerstone Jefferson-Douglass Academy. The location is 6861 E. Nevada Detroit, MI 48234. The budget is available for public inspection at the same address. The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.



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Weston Preparatory Academy, a Tuition-Free Public School Academy, will hold its 2018-2019 Budget Hearing on June 21, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at 22930 Chippewa Street, Detroit, MI 48219, (313) 387-6038 to review the proposed 2018-2019 operating budget. A copy of the proposed budget is available for public inspection at the above address.

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Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Evaluate  U.S.,   global,  &emerging  market  passenger  car   exterior  systems  designs  developed  by   Creative  Designers.  Balance  engrg,  mfg   &other  program  imperatives  incldg   aerodynamics,  mass  &cost,  with  vehicle   design  theme  intent.  Integrate  Studio  surface   with  engrg  criteria  executing  Decision  Fixed   Point  Process.  Evaluate  data  vectors   &perform  feasibility  studies  using  UGNX,   Teamcenter  &Vismockup.  Identify  technical   problems  &dvlp  engrg  solutions  related  to  full   vehicle  packages,  Class  A  surface  execution   &component  design  intent  incldg  molding   definition,  window  blackout,  hardware  fit,  lamp   interfaces,  grille  interfaces,  door  cut  lines.   Support  the  UG  surface  release  process  to   Styling  Freeze  (SF)  &support  surfacing  groups   in  the  dvlpmt  of  final  UG  surfaces  (SF-­VDR),   incldg  surface  verification  process  &activities.     Evaluate  future  designs  against  current   &future  component  Technical/Sub-­System   Technical  Specification,  Vehicle  Technical   Specifications  &certification  compliance  with   FMVSS,  UNECE,  U.S.NCAP,  &Euro-­NCAP   crash  &durability  standards,  &IIHS  ratings.   Bachelor,  Mechanical  or  Automotive  Engrg,  or   related.  36  mos  exp  as  Engineer,  identifying   technical  problems  &dvlpg  engrg  solutions   related  to  full  vehicle  packages,  Class  A   surface  execution  &component  design  intent   incldg  molding  definition,  window  blackout,   hardware  fit,  lamp  interfaces,  grille  interfaces,   door  cut  lines.  Mail  resume  to  Ref#3118,  GM   Global  Mobility,  300  Renaissance  Center,   MC:482-­C32-­C66,  Detroit,  MI  48265.    

Warren, MI, General Motors. Design, engr, &dvlp virtual vehicle integration solutions, using UGNX, Teamcenter, &Vismockup, to achieve GM driver accommodation criteria &internal &external safety reqmts in concept &production vehicles. Design &provide driver accommodation &safety recommendations to program reqmts &integrate new chassis components &systems for U.S., global &emerging market conventional, hybrid, &full electric psgr vehicle (car, truck &SUV) chassis systems incldg brakes systems (pedal systems, corners, pipes, vacuum boosters, Eboosters &wheel sensors), automatic shifters (knobs, cables, brackets, core mechanisms) &chassis components incldg air induction systems (box &build cover resonators), &steering systems (wheel position, i-shafts, &gear boxes). Collaborate with Advanced Engrg, Studio &Mfg Engrg team members. Bachelor, Mechanical, Electrical, or Automotive Engrg. 36 mos exp as Design Engineer or Engineer, designing &providing driver accommodation &safety recommendations &integrating chassis systems for global &emerging market psgr vehicle chassis systems incldg brakes systems &automatic shifters. Mail resume to Ref#933, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

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(State Point) Summer days are all about sun and fun. Here are some tips and accessories to make sure your days spent at the beach, pool or lake are picture-perfect for posting on social media. Say Cheese Look great in all your summer photos by rocking your squint free look. Get equipped with a pair of shades, a stylish sun hat or both. These accessories pull double-duty, protecting you from the UV rays while keeping you camera-ready at all times. Whatever Floats Your Boat If you love lounging in the water, get ready to take your relaxation style to a whole new level and make the day spent with friends totally “Insta-worthy.” Join the likes of A-list celebrities with the hottest trend in summer fun -- largerthan-life floats. The newest novelty floats introduced by Intex for this summer season include photo-realistic, high definition print-

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