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Accenture launches innovation hub in Metro Detroit Will Add 200 Jobs to Region’s Growing Tech Community By David Stoyka Specializing in Industry X.0 solutions, innovation hub helps companies reimagine their businesses for the digital economy On Monday, June 4 Accenture (NYSE: ACN) a leading professional services company, launched an innovation hub in metro Detroit, which is designed to help companies in the automotive, industrial equipment, technology, energy and utilities industries address the shift to digital products and services; transform their engineering, manufacturing and field operations; and digitize their enterprises — which Accenture calls Industry X.0. Additionally, the company will add 200 highly skilled technology jobs to the local market by the end of 2020. “We welcome Accenture’s decision to expand its commitments in the Detroit area and appreciate the highly skilled opportunities the company is creating for our talented workforce,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “Accenture’s investment is a testament to Michigan’s history of innovation and our growing talent base.” The metro Detroit innovation hub includes a new, state-of-the-art Industry X.0 Innovation Center in Livonia, Michigan, designed to help clients explore, co-create, test and scale digital solutions that improve product development, engineering, manufacturing, customer experience and cybersecurity. Clients will also be able to develop and prototype new capabilities to see how an idea could work in practice. The hub in Metro Detroit is Accenture’s newest U.S. innovation hub and the eighth in a network that includes Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Houston; New York; San Jose, California; and Washington, D.C., as well as more than 100 Accenture innovation locations around the world.

Lessons from Mackinac

By Roz Edward

It’s becoming customary for Detroit-centered discussions to dominate the discourse at the annual Mackinac Policy conference, Michigan’s most prominent gathering of political influencers, heads of business and state advocates. And as Michigan Chronicle staff, predicted the just of that discussion at the 2018 conference focused on Detroiter’s preparedness for working in a world of high technology robots and autonomous cars. Michigan companies have

thousands of job openings, but many times they can’t find qualified employees — or qualified employees simply don’t exist. “We need to face up to the possibility that the jobs aren’t getting filled for a reason. For some jobs, the talent simply isn’t here — at least not yet,” explained Lou Glazer, president of Ann Arbor-based nonpartisan think tank Michigan Future Inc. “To recruit and cultivate talent, Glazer said, Michigan needs to invest more in education, welcome more educated immigrants and revitalize Detroit — because vibrant urban environments attract talented young pro-

fessionals,” added Glazer.

As Michigan looks to create greater economic opportunities, experts zealously declared assessing how municipal financing affects communities should be top of mind for the 1,700 participants at the 2018 conference. A panel sponsored by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation at the Mackinac Policy Conference provided context on how – and why – Michigan got to this point and how change can create stronger, more vibrant communities moving forward. The panel discussion featuring the Michigan Mu-

nicipal League, local government leaders and business officials discussed reforming municipal finance in Michigan. The discussion; ‘Not Open for Business: Why Disinvestment in Michigan Cities is Hampering Economic Opportunity,’ took a deeper look into how local communities are funded. The event provided an opportunity for legislators, corporate leaders and residents of Michigan to learn more about Michigan’s broken municipality system. Social advocates and political interest groups

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“Continuous innovation is an imperative to succeed in today’s digital economy,” said Julie Sweet, Accenture’s chief executive officer—North America. “In metro Detroit we are bringing innovation to our clients’ doorsteps to help them achieve tangible, ground-breaking results faster than ever. Our investment in innovation is an investment in our clients, our people and the communities in which we work and live.” Brian Irwin, who leads the company’s Industrial practice in North America, said, “Manufacturing companies across all industries are under tremendous pressure to reinvent and digitize their businesses. Our new innovation hub in metro Detroit complements our



Is the NFL’s New National Anthem Policy Legal? By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Newswire Contributor

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Protesters held a rally in front of the National Football League’s New York City headquarters on May 25 after the league announced new rules that punish players who don’t stand for the national anthem. Tamika Mallory said that the NFL owners were acting as a “proxy for a fascist president” and that the new policy was an attempt to “resurrect slavery in the 21st century” and punish Black players. The kneeling protests started when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began sitting during the anthem and then kneeling as a protest against police brutality. “What is being said is that the n--gas don’t have basic rights,” Mallory said. “And I want to say today that Ida B. Wells, Dr. Martin Luther King, Marcus Garvey, the four little girls in Birmingham are turning over in their graves right now about the disrespect, the disgrace, that is happening in this country.” Mallory continued: “If we, as

Two men sit on the plaza steps leading to the building that houses the NFL headquarters, during a protest in support of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in New York City in 2017. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA) Black people, lay down and allow this system to continue to oppress us, we are the ones to be held responsible.” Civil rights activist and author of “The Revolt of the Black Athlete” Harry Edwards told USA

TODAY that the NFL’s new national anthem policy was “the dumbest move possible.” “They put the protest movement on blast,” Edwards said. “They just created a bigger stage than ever.”

In a recent commentary for, Harvard Law School labor professor Benjamin wrote: “This new league policy is meant to enforce a particular vision of patriotism, one that involves compliance rather than freedom of expression.” Sachs wrote that the new anthem policy was illegal—for a host of reasons. “The clearest illegality derives from the fact that the league adopted its new policy without bargaining with the players union,” Sachs wrote. “When employees, including football players, are represented by a union, the employer—including a football league—can’t change the terms of employment without discussing the change with the union. Doing so is a flagrant violation of the employer’s duty to bargain in good faith.” reported that President Donald Trump supported the NFL’s policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room, during an interview with Fox News.

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other Industry X.0 Innovation Centers, including those in Garching, Germany and Modena, Italy, that have a strong focus on automotive. We are bringing our global experience and expertise to clients in North America who are exploring the impact of Industry X.0.” As part of Accenture’s plan to add 200 highly skilled tech jobs in highgrowth areas such as digital, cloud and security services, the company will relocate its metro Detroit office from Southfield to downtown Detroit this fall. “Accenture is a global leader in innovation and technology, and its decision to invest in Michigan — and here in metro De-

troit — is further evidence that we are a top choice for businesses and that the revitalization of our economy is stronger than ever,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Accenture employs more than 850 people in metro Detroit and works

In a statement released on Twitter, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins wrote: “While I disagree with this decision, I will not let it silence me or stop me from fighting. The national conversation around race in America that NFL players forced over the

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Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, Accenture partners with several local organizations — including Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, Upwardly Global, Junior Achievement, Covenant House and Tech Town — to deliver skill-development programs across the metro Detroit community.

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“I think that’s good,” Trump said. “I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.’’



Civil rights activist Tamika Mallory says that the new NFL national anthem policy was an attempt to “resurrect slavery in the 21st century.” Mallory returned to NFL headquarters on May 25 to speak about the new policy. In this photo, Mallory speaks during a 2017 protest at NFL headquarters. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA) past 2 years will persist as we continue to use our voices, our time and our money to create a more

fair and just criminal justice system, end police brutality and foster better educational and economic opportunities for communities of color and those struggling in this country.”

It’s not what this country was founded upon.”

In an interview with ESPN, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin called the president “an idiot…plain and simple.”

In his commentary about the NFL’s new national anthem policy, Sachs wrote that now that the owners have made it a workplace rule to stand during the anthem or stay in the locker room, any player who takes the field and takes a knee is protesting an employer rule.

“I respect the man because he’s a human being, first and foremost. But he’s just being more divisive, which is not surprising. It is what it is,” Baldwin said. “For him to say that anyone who doesn’t follow his viewpoints or his constituents’ viewpoints should be kicked out of the country, it’s not very empathetic, it’s not very American-like, actually to me. It’s not very patriotic.

Baldwin continued: “It’s kind of ironic to me that the president of the United States is contradicting what our country is really built on.”

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Black Family Development, Inc. Hosts Mayors’ Task Force for the Well-Being of Children and Families 13th Annual Community Leadership Breakfast “Achieving a Healthy Delivery/Reducing Infant Mortality” was the focus of the 13th Annual Mayors’ Task Force for the Well-Being of Children and Families Community Leadership Breakfast held on April 26, 2018 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. “As we celebrate our 13th Annual Leadership Breakfast, we are also pleased to celebrate the Second Annual Detroit Day of the Young Child on April 27, 2018. The theme of this breakfast combined with the celebration of the Day of the Young Child brings awareness to the importance of ensuring that all children have access to high quality, accessible resources and opportunities to support their early development”, states Alice G. Thompson, CEO, Black Family Development, Inc. and Chair of the Mayors’ Task Force for the Well-Being of Children and Families.

Keynote speakers Dr. Sonia S. Hassan, Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun, with Alice G. Thompson.

Presenters, Dr. Hassan, Associate Dean, Wayne State University School of Medicine; and Dr. Khaldun, Director, City of Detroit Health Department, provided both national and local data that calls attention to the need for specific strategies to ensure families achieve a healthy delivery, and have the resources to sustain and maintain healthy lives. Dr. Hassan presented the effective strategies on “Make your Date” which ensures a healthy delivery and Dr. Khaldun presented “SisterFriends”, which support families during pregnancy and the first year of a child’s life. Both approaches are designed to reduce infant mortality.

Mayors’ Task Force members: Harvey Watts, Vice Chair; Tahira Khalid; Lacea Zavala, Secretary; with Alice G. Thompson, Chair; Wendy Lawlah; LaQuisha Brown; Karen Hall and Yolanda Hill-Ashford.

Sponsors of the event included, Black Family Development, Detroit Health Department, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Wayne State University, Impact Detroit, The Guidance Center, Bridgeway, Detroit Area Agency on Aging, Detroit Parent Network, SisterFriends Detroit and Wayne Center. For more information on “Make Your Date” go to ; and for more information on “SisterFriends” go to

Camarrah Morgan; Kathleen Alessandro and Alice G. Thompson.

Dr. Hassan addresses questions from the participants.

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Mary Sheffield hugging Mothers of Murdered Children founder Andrea Rally supporter Taylor Harrell (middle) holding up a sign. Clark. PHOTOS: Kory Woods

Fired Up and Fed Up:

Detroit City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield leads rally against gun violence By Branden Hunter

Michael Goldman-Brown Jr., co-founder of Engage 18 and student at Bloomfield Hills High School. “We are fed up that the voices of young people are ignored in America. I have several friends and family that have been impacted by gun violence and we are here today to represent young people and to make sure that we have a voice.”

The crowd in front of the Spirit of Detroit monument released a total of 96 balloons to honor the 96 people killed every day in America due to gun violence. They gathered with Detroit City Council President Pro Tempore Mary Sheffield, City Council members Janee Ayers and James Tate, community activists, politicians, survivors, and other advocates to address the rash of violence in the city and call attention to June as Gun Violence Awareness month. It was a violent Memorial Day weekend in Detroit, with the Detroit Police Department reporting a total of nine homicides. Eight people were fatally shot during the holiday weekend, while a ninth person died of blunt-force trauma. There was also a quadruple shooting in Greektown just after the clock hit midnight on Tuesday after the Monday holiday. Sheffield, who represents the 5th District where one of the homicides occurred over the Memorial Day weekend, led the call to action, where they discussed preparations for dealing with that type of crime in the city this summer. “Although it is a pleasure to stand here with you all today, there is no joy in the occasion that brings us here,” said Sheffield. “Gun violence continues to take a toll on our families, our youth, our communities, our cities, and our nation. The leading cause of death for African-American men between 18-34 is homicide with a fire arm.

City Coucilman James Tate and City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield. So, we stand here today in solidarity with cities all across this country to honor the victims who have lost their lives to gun violence.” “But my heart is heavy for Detroit. Especially in light of the recent shootings that took place over the holiday weekend. It is becoming a far too common headline of young men, young women, and even babies being killed due to gun violence. Every time we lose a young person to gun violence, our communities are jeopardized. It’s unacceptable and we cannot normalize that type of violence in this city and it cannot be business as usual.” When the warm weather hits Detroit, people have a tendency to get violent and sadly, that is what is expected once the summertime arrives in the city. But Sheffield and other city dignitaries want to change that

notion. During last year’s four-day weekend from Friday to Memorial Day in Detroit, there were six homicides. There were three during the 2016 holiday period and seven in 2015. The 2018 Memorial Day weekend was one of the deadliest in recent years, a trend city officials want to reduce and possibly cease, with the help of the residents of Detroit. “On the far Northwest side of Detroit, we have an initiative called District One Community Accountability Network,” said Tate, who represents District 1 in Detroit. “It’s not just the police, or the elected City Council members, or even the leaders of the community. It’s everyone playing their part in ensuring that our neighborhood is safe. It’s going to take all of us in Detroit to play a role in reducing gun violence in our neighborhoods.” Alongside city officials,

a number of non-profits were also on hand to take part in the rally, including Moms Demand Action for Gun Violence in America, Mothers of Murdered Children, Engage 18, the Detroit Youth Choir, and pastors from around the city. Engage 18 was formed in February of 2018 by two high school students with the simple mission to get young people engaged in politics. They help students become more engaged in politics within their schools, by providing mentorship and resources for them to plan events such as voter registration drives. They also work to increase the amount of information young people have on the people running to represent them through debates, town halls, and meet & greets. “We founded Engage 18 because we were fed up with the fact that young people are ignored in American politics,” said

Arthur Jemison appointed as Detroit’s Chief of Services and Infrastructure Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has appointed Arthur Jemison to the newly created position of Chief of Services and Infrastructure in a reorganization that will promote improved coordination between city departments. Jemison has led the city’s Housing & Revitalization Department (HRD) as its director since he was recruited by Mayor Duggan in early 2014. During that time, Jemison has worked with developers to create more than 1,500 new a f f o r d a b l e Arthur Jemison housing units and preserved hundreds of other units that were soon to see their affordability status expire. Jemison also led the development of a comprehensive citywide strategy to meet the housing needs of low-income residents and implemented new strategies to address homelessness in Detroit. “In my role in the housing department, I was proud to participate in the Mayor’s mandate to build an inclusive Detroit and have had an outstanding team to work with,”

said Jemison. “I am honored that the Mayor has asked me to expand on that work in this new role and excited to get to work providing better services and more opportunities for Detroiters.” In his newly created Group Executive-level role, Jemison has been tasked with getting key city departments to coordinate in new ways to better serve the needs of residents. He will have direct oversight of many of the city departments that most directly touch Detroiters, such as the Health Department, Fire Department, Housing & Revitalization and Buildings, Safety Engineering & Environmental Department (BSEED), each of which has its own department head to run day-to-day operations. Similarly, Jemison’s portfolio will include infrastructure-based departments and agencies, including General Services (including the Parks & Recreation Division), Public Lighting, City Airport, and the Office of Sustainability. To assist him, General Services Director Brad Dick has been promoted to Group Executive of Infrastructure and will more directly oversee the daily activities of these departments and will report to Jemison. Mayor Duggan praised Jemison’s management skills and said he sees him as the perfect person to connect city departments in new,

innovative ways. “Arthur has done just an exceptional job of developing our city’s inclusive housing and neighborhood redevelopment strategy,” said Duggan. “He’s a great leader and team builder who understands how all of the departments under his authority will need to work together to deliver better services to residents. I’m thrilled to have Arthur in this new role.” In addition to overseeing the operations of several city departments, Jemison will lead the city’s efforts to coordinate with the independent agencies with which the city works most closely, including the Detroit Land Bank Authority, Detroit Housing Commission, Public Lighting Authority and Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Authority. He will also lead efforts to coordinate the activities of the city’s Department of Neighborhoods and all planning and economic development activities. Jemison thanked members of Detroit City Council for their continued partnership and Mayor Duggan for his confidence. He will be replaced in the role of Director of HRD by Donald Rencher, who is Jemison’s executive manager and played a key role in many of these accomplishments. Rencher’s appointment is subject to approval by Detroit City Council.

Andrea Clark is the founder of Mothers of Murdered Children, a grief support group for mothers of victims of violent crimes in the Detroit area. Her own son, Darnell Perkins, was shot to death by security officers in 2011 during an altercation outside a downtown

Detroit night club. He was 30 years old and left behind four children of his own. Her organization has over 8,000 members, which is 8,000 too many. “Mothers of Murdered Children should not get any new members,” said Clark, who founded the organization in 2011. “I’m tired and enough is really enough. But I want to thank our city government, our police department, and especially homicide detectives for rallying around this organization and helping to reduce the crime in the city. But I want to close the doors to this organization soon. Enough is enough.”

STATE OF MICHIGAN BEFORE THE MICHIGAN PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION **** NOTICE OF HEARING FOR THE NATURAL GAS CUSTOMERS OF DTE GAS COMPANY CASE NO. U-20118 • DTE Gas Company requests Michigan Public Service Commission for approval of its depreciation accrual rates and other related matters. • The information below describes how a person may participate in this case. • You may call or write, DTE Gas Company, One Energy Plaza, Detroit, MI 48226; (800) 338-0178 in Southeast Michigan, (800) 533-6220 in all other areas of Michigan, for a free copy of its application. Any person may review the application at the offices of DTE Gas Company. • The prehearing conference in this matter will be held:


Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at 9:00 A.M.


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PARTICIPATION: Any interested person may attend and participate. The hearing site is accessible, including handicapped parking. Persons needing any accommodation to participate should contact the Commission’s Executive Secretary at (517) 284-8090 in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance. The Michigan Public Service Commission (Commission) will hold a hearing to consider DTE Gas Company’s (DTE Gas) May 15, 2018 application requesting Commission approval for: 1) determination that DTE Gas has complied with the Commission’s May 15, 2013 order issued in case No. U-16769; 2) the use of DTE Gas’s proposed depreciation accrual rates and the amortization of certain general plant accounts for accounting and ratemaking purposes for DTE Gas‘s gas utility plant; 3) the implementation of the new depreciation accrual rates for financial reporting and rate making purposes effective with DTE Gas’s next general rate case filed subsequent to May 15, 2018; and 4) other relief. All documents filed in this case shall be submitted electronically through the Commission’s E-Dockets website at: Requirements and instructions for filing can be found in the User Manual on the E-Dockets help page. Documents may also be submitted, in Word or PDF format, as an attachment to an email sent to: mpscedockets@ If you require assistance prior to e-filing, contact Commission staff at (517) 284-8090 or by email at: mpscedockets@ Any person wishing to intervene and become a party to the case shall electronically file a petition to intervene with this Commission by June 19, 2018. (Petitions to intervene may also be filed using the traditional paper format.) The proof of service shall indicate service upon DTE Gas Company’s attorney, David S. Maquera, DTE Gas Company, One Energy Plaza, 688 WCB, Detroit, MI 48226. Any person wishing to appear at the hearing to make a statement of position without becoming a party to the case may participate by filing an appearance. To file an appearance, the individual must attend the hearing and advise the presiding administrative law judge of his or her wish to make a statement of position. All information submitted to the Commission in this matter becomes public information, thus available on the Michigan Public Service Commission’s website, and subject to disclosure. Please do not include information you wish to remain private. Requests for adjournment must be made pursuant to the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure R 792.10422 and R 792.10432. Requests for further information on adjournment should be directed to (517) 284-8130. A copy of DTE Gas Company’s request may be reviewed on the Commission’s website at:, and at the office of DTE Gas Company. For more information on how to participate in a case, you may contact the Commission at the above address or by telephone at (517) 284-8090. Jurisdiction is pursuant to 1909 PA 300, as amended, MCL 462.2 et seq.; 1919 PA 419, as amended, MCL 460.54 et seq.; 1939 PA 3, as amended, MCL 460.1 et seq.; 1969 PA 306, as amended, MCL 24.201 et seq.; and Parts 1 & 4 of the Michigan Administrative Hearing System’s Administrative Hearing Rules, Mich. Admin Code, R 792.10101 through R 792.10137, and R 792.10401 through R 792.10448. 6/1/18

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The Age of the Corporate Prophet? By Bertram L. Marks Let’s face it, no where you fall on the spectrum of political and social ideas, all of us can agree that America is a deeply divided nation. Civility has been abandoned for vitriol and unimaginable hate speech and acts. The time-honored tradition of peaceful, organized dissent such as that displayed by conscientious NFL players has been labeled unpatriotic. At the same time hate mongering racists carrying tiki torches and chanting Nazi slogans have been deemed “good people”. The decision by colonists in America to resist the tyrannical dominance of im- Bertram L. Marks perial England through physical acts of defiance and protest seem to be absent from the minds of modern day critics of peaceful expressions of free speech. The hypocrisy is overwhelming. This disturbing trend in American politics leaves little room for optimism. Many Americans have soured so deeply on American political discourse they cannot even bear to watch or absorb any form of political news even when that news supports their own values and ideas. While optimism remains off the radar of thought expectations, hope still abides. This ray of hope came in the form of two very unexpected but profound actions of resistance to hatred and bigotry from two members of corporate America. On or around May 29, 2018, Rosanne Barr, star of the recently rebooted ABC show “Roseanne” posted racist comments about former Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett. In her comments, Barr tweeted that the “Muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes had a baby” she then went on to state that the baby is Valerie Jarrett. Ape comparisons to African American is a frequent tactic of white supremacists and other staunch racists. There is no defensive for such deplorable speech. Almost immediately after the Barr posts and in a stunning display of courage and leadership, Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment President, canceled the “Roseanne” show and denounced Barr’s statements as “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.” The rebooted “Roseanne” show earned some of the highest ratings for a network show in decades. There is no doubt the show was a money making super hit. It is worth noting that Dungey sparked headlines in 2016 when she became the first African-American to run the entertainment division of a major broadcast television network. However, the rebuke of the racism displayed by Barr was not limited to Dungey. Shortly after Dungey’s statement, Walt Disney

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Two major corporations have decided to denounce in words and in deeds the ugly monster that is racism. Two corporations didn’t seek to justify the actions of racists or provide broad statements subject to interpretation. Instead, they admitted that these acts were racist, intolerable and action had to be taken. I am under no illusion that these actions alone will solve the problems at ABC and Starbucks or even, society. However, I am convinced that the courageous actions of these corporations have sparked a movement. They have clearly signaled to corporate America and the rest of the nation that racism is bad for the moral fiber of our country, bad for business and in a multi-ethnic society must be ushered off the cliff of a civil society into the sea of the abyss. Kudos to these two corporations for providing desperately needed leadership on the issue of tolerance. These actions provide us with a prophetic warning that racism will destroy our nation. I give Kudos in advance to all corporations who engage in ongoing sensitivity training and who broom out racist employees before hurtful, senseless, incidents occur. Bertram Marks is a former Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner, practicing Attorney, Corporate Citizenship Consultant, and Seminary trained Doctor of Ministry

Pardon Me?

On May 23, 2018, the National Football League (NFL), issued a new ruling that prohibits players from kneeling during the National Anthem. Notably, more than 70% of the NFL’s players happen to be black. Coincidentally, the very next day, May 24, President Donald Trump signed a pardon for a convicted African-American boxing champion named Jack Johnson. Deceased for 72 years, Johnson had been arrested for taking a white woman Dan Dildy across state lines 105 years ago during the Jim Crow south. The president, in his wisdom, forgave the dead prize fighter at the behest of movie star Sylvester Stallone, who had starred in several popular ‘Rocky’ films some years ago in which he played an unbeatable white prize fighter. While Trump’s timing of the pardon is extremely suspicious, it takes nothing away from the greatness of Jack Johnson, a true champion of his time. The charges against him ultimately ruined his career, since he ended up serving several months in prison. The forgiveness for his ‘crime’ was well-deserved. But Trump’s pardon is not about compassion and is of no real substance to anyone, not even Jack Johnson’s family. An unknown number of black people were innocent, yet still tried and convicted during the segregationist Jim Crow era. It is blatantly obvious that the pardon was timed and staged on live TV as an attempt to mitigate the political damage Trump initiated when he rebuked the kneeling NFL football players. Several months ago he publicly called on the team owners to “get those son’s of bitches off the field”, and denounced the players for kneeling during the Na-

chairman and CEO Bob Iger issued an equally powerful rebuke when he repeated Dungey’s description of the statement and went on to say “we have decided to cancel her show. There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.” The Walt Disney Company owns ABC. Imagine that, a corporate entity providing the moral compass for a nation which describes itself as indivisible under God. The second corporate act which cracked the window of hope for an end to our docile acceptance of racism came from Starbucks. In April, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson two African American men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks simply for waiting there for a friend. The manager of the store called police. The two men remained calm as they were handcuffed and escorted from the premises to a nearby jail. As a result of this incident, Starbucks leaders called the episode “reprehensible”. What is more important is that Starbucks decided to close all U.S. stores on Tuesday May 29,2018 so its 175,000 employees could participate in company-wide racial-bias training. Chairman Howard Schultz deemed the action necessary and unprecedented in American business history. Financial analysts predict that the action could result in a $16.7 million-dollar loss in sales. Starbucks also agreed to pay all employees engaged in the training. Again, a corporate entity making a decision based on a moral need to right a wrong, not on the capitalist agenda of earning profits is an unprecedented act of courage and leadership.

tional Anthem. The players had been inspired by Colin Kaepernick since 2015, who had been kneeling in protest for the murders of unarmed black people by police around the nation. Kaepernick himself has been blackballed from the league. Bothersome and outrageous is the fact that the new rule is contrary to the very essence of what the flag is supposed to represent. The 1st Amendment to the Constitution is a guaranteed civil right: the freedom to peacefully protest. Trump hypocritically mandated that the black athletes show respect for the American flag, while simultaneously pressuring the wealthy NFL owners to enact new rules showing no respect for the player’s civil rights. And worse, the Trump administration seems content to celebrate the NFL’s decision as a victory for the president. Following the announcement, Vice-President Mike Pence arrogantly jumped on Twitter and tweeted, “#Winning”. But, within days of the rule change, demonstrators from women’s rights groups, the NAACP, the National Urban League, and Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, amassed outside the NFL offices in New York. Tameka Mallory, a protester and Kaepernick supporter said, “There are many people who were on the fence about whether or not the league was being outright racist. This policy and statement has given clarity to the level of racism that exists within the NFL.” The #Takeaknee Movement has grown new legs now, just as the 2018 season is scheduled to kick off. And the player’s union has several options available including court action, a boycott, or a possible strike. Clearly, Trump believed he had won a political bout against professional football players in exchange for pardoning a dead black boxer for a 105 yearold-crime. Further, he now says that athletes who kneel in protest “maybe shouldn’t be in this country”. So, the logical question then becomes: does that mean ALL athletes, of ALL ages, in ALL sports from now on if they take a knee? Pardon me, Mr. President?

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I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment ... I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense. The person who is walking down the street minding their own business and they see somebody cling to their purse, or run across the street, or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation -- the talk ... those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day.

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Exciting New Trend: Black Women Changing the Tide of American Politics By Jeffrey L. Boney (NNPA Newswire Contributor)

Last week, the world witnessed something that had never been done before in the history of politics in the United States. Not only did Democratic voters in Georgia elect a 44-year-old African American candidate as the first-ever Black gubernatorial nominee in the state, they also made history by electing the first Black woman to be a major party nominee for governor in the United States. That’s right— former Georgia House Minori- Jeffrey L. Boney ty Leader and attorney Stacey Abrams soundly defeated her opponent, former State Rep. Stacey Evans, with an overwhelming 53 percent landslide victory; Abrams won 76.5 percent of the vote compared to Evans’ 23.5 percent. Abrams will face off against the winner of the Republican primary runoff election that will be held in July between Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. While much of the political conversation around the country has been focused on the success of women candidates as a whole, one of the primary reasons for Abrams’ dominant showing in the Democratic primary was the high turnout of Black voters, particularly Black women voters. The convincing victory by Abrams, a rising star in the Democratic Party, has created a significant amount of chatter in political circles about the growing success Black women candidates are having across the country, particularly in a deeply southern state like Georgia that hasn’t had a Democratic governor since 2003. “I am a proud daughter of the Deep South,” Abrams stated during her victory speech after winning the Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nomination. “To claim our victory, to write that next chapter and live those best lives, we have a lot of work to do. We have to reach out to those who do not believe their voices matter. Who have been disappointed again and again by promises made and never kept…With your help, we will register every last person we know.” Abrams continued: “And we’re going

to search out those we don’t know yet and prove they matter to us, too…In the Book of Esther, there’s a verse that reminds us that we were born for such a time as this. And now is a time to defend our values and protect the vulnerable — to stand in the gap and to lead the way…that is what we will continue to do—all the way to victory in November.” A victory by Abrams in November would truly be a game changer relative to politics, as we know it, in the Deep South and across the country. Prior to 2003, no Republican had ever served as governor in Georgia since Reconstruction. Republican George “Sonny” Perdue III changed that after he was elected and then sworn in on January 13, 2003. Perdue served until 2011, and the governorship in Georgia has remained in Republican control ever since. Then, if you take a look at the rest of the Deep South, which consists of states like Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana, each of those states currently has a Republican governor at the helm, with the exception of Louisiana, where former Democratic state legislator John Bel Edwards was sworn in as governor in 2016. Abrams has a chance to change the overall landscape of politics as we know it, but it will take more than having her name on the ballot as the Democratic nominee in Georgia to make that a reality—it will require engaging existing Black voters and focusing on getting newly registered Black voters to the polls in November. Abrams has adopted a strategy focused on registering new Black voters and engaging more Blacks to come out to the polls and vote in November 2018 than came out in 2014, when only 40 percent of African Americans went to the polls in Georgia, compared to roughly 48 percent of Whites. If recent history is any indication, the only way the tides will turn in the favorable direction Democrats hope for relative to the key gubernatorial seats that are up for grabs in battleground states this November, is if there is a heavy Black voter turnout—something the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) has been focused on in 2018. Maybe this time will be different. Time will tell. November to be exact. Stay tuned. Jeffrey L. Boney serves as Associate Editor and is an award-winning journalist for the Houston Forward Times newspaper. Follow Jeffrey on Twitter @ realtalkjunkies.


What is interesting about Belle Isle is that our Detroit island was like a ghost town for many years prior to Grand Prix racing there. Now people are expressing an interest in it now that we have a national event there. Where were these people before? Thirty-six years ago, our organization along with several interested people began thinking of starting Metro Detroit Youth Day. At the time you hardly saw anyone at Belle Isle. So, in July 1981, several persons from our organization and in the community decided to host our Edward Deeb first Youth Day on Belle Isle’s Athletic Field. We picked the site since it was not being used and would hold hundreds of kids. The late Tom Fox, and Jerry Blocker along with football Hall of Famer, Lem Barney, myself, and others founded what eventually became the largest youth event in Michigan and the Midwest U.S. We were disappointed with our first turnout. Only 1,200 youngsters, volunteers and parents attended. We had sports stars, various games, entertainment on stage and a free lunch at the time.

Where was everybody? Belle Isle was like a ghost town as it had been for years. People have asked me several times why did you pick the Athletic Field on Belle Isle for Metro Detroit Youth Day? We picked that site in 1981 since our high school (Eastern) had no practice field, so we chose Belle Isle since it was close to school. While we could sympathize with people wanting to re-live their Belle Isle experiences, an empty Belle Isle was brought to life by the Grand Prix, Metro Detroit Youth Day and the newly formed Belle Isle Conservancy. Frankly, I feel the Grand Prix helped rejuvenate Belle Isle which is a good thing. The event only lasts a few days other than for a storage area and the racetrack. All of that is cleared up within a couple of weeks, which has not been a problem. Look at the crowds the Grand Prix is bringing to Detroit from all over. Detroit is finally starting to get the attention it deserves, and much of the funding it generates comes back to Belle Isle. Our city needs places like Belle Isle and outstanding events like the Grand Prix. Let’s all pull together and bring even more outstanding things to our city without the need to condemn or criticize something.

Edward Deeb, Founder Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation, Metro Detroit Youth Day, and Michigan Food and Beverage Assn.

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Black Women Make History Nationwide with Runs for Political Office

By Lauren Poteat

NNPA Newswire Contributor

This year, an unprecedented number of Black women have made history running for political offices across the country. According to, a comprehensive database that lists women of color running for political offices in 2018, currently, over 600 Black female candidates are running for offices nationwide. In an election that is less than two weeks away, London Breed, the current president of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, could become the city’s first Black female mayor. Raised by her grandmother in the poverty-stricken Plaza East Public Housing in the Western Addition of San Francisco, London Breed, who was endorsed by U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), said that this current platform serves as an excellent opportunity to show the youth that anything is possible. “Every time someone stands up for what they believe in and they are willing to work hard for something, it gives others permission to do the same,” Breed said. “I never thought I could become mayor. Seeing my name on the ballot the other day when I voted was some-

thing I never imagined…I am proof that no dream is too big. There will be obstacles and setbacks, but each voice is powerful. We need more voices in politics from people who come from different experiences.”

Focused on affordable housing, education, homelessness, transportation, public safety and a low unemployment rate— which is currently below three percent in San Francisco— Breed hopes to transform San Francisco into a the city that is inclusive and equitable for everyone. “I want to create a San Francisco where no one is forced or allowed to sleep on the street,” Breed said. “Where we help prevent people from falling into homelessness in the first place, by preserving affordable housing and helping tenants stay in their homes; where we expand our navigation center shelter system and build modular homes to house people, as quickly as possible, and where we make the tough investments in mental health and substance

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“Collectively, we realize it’s in everyone’s best interest to collaborate to lift our cities, our region and the state,” said Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan president and CEO Daniel J. Loepp. “Recent evidence of the power of collaboration … was seen in our swift, synergistic, international effort to draw Amazon here through our campaign, ‘Detroit. Move Here. Move the World.’” Although Amazon made different choices, Loepp pointed out that through the process of making the case for Amazon H2 to locate in Southeast Michigan, participants achieved significant success and created a

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In addition to California, in the state of Alabama, a record number of Black women are running for Democratic offices in the deep-red state, following Republican Roy Moore’s defeat.

Breed continued: “I hope that young people, no matter where they come from, what they look like, or how much money they make, are inspired to rise up and make sure their voices are heard, because each and every one of us counts.”

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ships, and e n s u r e they have access to the classes they need to excel in their chosen field,” Breed said. On June 5, CaliforErika Geiss nia will hold elections in their “top-two primary election system,” for all candidates and party affil• The government owes it to the people to prevent displacement of disadvantaged residents due to private investment. • Development will combat economic segregation; there will be a place for people of all incomes in all areas of Detroit. • Blight removal is a top priority that must continue, while preserving as many salvageable structures as possible. • Detroit must work to build neighborhoods of density, where daily needs of citizens can be met within walking distance. “We’ve got to attract businesses and jobs at all skill levels,” said Duggan. “We’ve got to develop advantages that are uniquely Detroit.” With the 2018 gubernatorial contest fast approaching it too garnered talk including sidebar conversations on the famous porch of the Grand Hotel where

Michigan State Rep. Erika Geiss, who is running to represent District 6 in the state senate, is focused on a number of issues including economics, education and criminal justice. Geiss believes that races such as these will prove to be a vital tool in placing more women of color in higher areas of office. “A lot is happening in the world of women,” Marshall said. “Black women, all over, are capitalizing on their strengths, including London Breed, who will make an excellent mayor.” Marshall continued: “This kind of power will inspire and wake others up, especially Black millennials, who will play a large role in the 2020 presidential elections.” careers and topics are often vetted in private. For the first time in Mackinac Policy Conference history, both republican and democratic candidates appeared together, taking the same debate stage at the same time The top three candidates from each party took the stage in the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, capping off the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference. On the Dem side, stood former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, the common-sense frontrunner; Shri Thanedar, the billionaire entrepreneur who some contend actually is the frontrunner, and Abdul El-Sayed, the former Detroit health department chief and a longshot. On the GOP side, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, and state senator Patrick Colbeck who is running a distant third in the republican race for the state’s top job.

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Detroit cellist Joshua McClendon earns prestigious scholarship to The Juilliard School Now 18, he’s set to perform Senior Recital at Berkley First Church By Danton Wilson Special to the Chronicle

Joshua McClendon is a Detroit native who has rocketed to success as a violoncellist at the noted Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan. The lead cellist with the Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra, McClendon will host an Open House and perform a required Senior Recital on Saturday, June 9 at 6 p.m. at the Berkley First Church, 2820 12 Mile Rd. McClendon has inspired audiences throughout the state and beyond, including a recent anniversary concert for the James Tatum Foundation for the Arts, Inc. at the Max M. and Marjorie Fisher Music Center of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall. Such is the prodigious talent of the 18-year-old McClendon that he has accepted a full scholarship to The Juilliard School, the internationally acclaimed school for music, drama and dance in New York. As he neared high school graduation, McClendon received several scholarship offers from the nation’s leading music schools, totaling more than $1 million.

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Men of Excellence awards continue to shine light on black Detroiters

By Branden Hunter When the Michigan Chronicle began honoring African-American men in Detroit for Men of Excellence in 2008, many believed they would run out of honorees by year-two or three. The event is now in its 11th year and has honored 50 men each year. You can do the math on that. The awards ceremony continues to grow, and the class of 2018 will be honored Friday June 29 at 6 p.m. at Motor City Casino. The Michigan Chronicle uses the Men of Excellence awards to recognize local African-American men who continue to break the mold and effect change in their professions and community. These men are visionaries in their given fields and inspire those around them to go beyond the norm and strive to be exceptional. They are champions of our economic empowerment and diversity, the backbone of our religious and educational organizations, and driving forces in politics and community service.

Joshua McClendon “Juilliard was his dream school, so he was extremely excited to learn he had been accepted… and that he was receiving a full scholarship,” said McClendon’s mother, Voncile Campbell. A full scholarship at Juilliard, however, does not cover a student’s room and board, so the family still must work to pay remaining expenses. “We’ll just do what we have to do,” Campbell added. Campbell, a fourth-grade teacher with the Detroit Public Schools Community District, often has described the inspirational road her son has taken to virtuoso status on the violoncello. When he first discovered the violoncello (before he was 10), he was deemed too small to play it. He had to start with a smaller stringed instrument. Now the strapping and athletic McClendon handles the instrument with ease. In fact, there seems a consensus among those who watch him play that there’s something special in his style. Some find themselves reaching for just the right words to describe what they’re seeing. His mother says: “I’ve heard people say they really like watching his expressions and his movements as he’s playing…I think watching him is almost like watching a piece of art in motion. There’s so much passion. He gets lost in it, and he and the cello become one.” Ms. Campbell credits James Tatum and the foundation bearing his name with providing an initial boost to McClendon’s meteoric rise. And, she says, the association is ongoing. “He was very young when he started with the foundation, and Mr. Tatum has just been so amazing,” said Campbell. “I just love the relationship he has built with Joshua…it’s almost like he kind of adopted Joshua.” Campbell added that the James Tatum Foundation for the Arts, Inc. provided financial assistance that helped McClendon head to Interlochen and also provided concert opportunities for McClendon. “It helped him with opportunities to play in front of different types of audiences and to be further exposed to different types of music, including jazz,” said Campbell. Tatum, the esteemed jazz pianist and celebrated music instructor, beamed as he described another in a long line of

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“Each year, we get about 200-300 nominations,” said Michigan Chronicle publisher and Real Times Media CEO Hiram Jackson. “And every year, people ask me when are we going to run out of black men to honor. This is our 11th year and look at the quality of people that are still involved. It’s amazing.” Members of past Men of Excellence classes and this year’s class gathered at the Savannah Blue restaurant (with their delicious chicken wings) for a networking and mixing event on Monday June 4. Jackson noted the talent in the room, which included Executive Vice-President and Program Director of the Midnight Golf Program David Gamlin (’18), plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. DeLorean Griffin (’18), MGM Grand Detroit Director of Slot Operations Patrick Baker (’18), DMC Strategies Managing Partner Jamaine Dickens (’15), CEO of Massive Entertainment Terrence Woods (’16), and many others. Previous honorees had the opportunity to reminisce on their experience as Men of Excellence invitees, while the current winners looked

Wayne County Community College District professor James Johnson. toward the future. “It was a good feeling to be named as a Men of Excellence honoree,” said Baker. “I know that this is associated with the Michigan Chronicle and it is a newspaper that I have always liked as a black paper. I was hoping to see more of the former honorees from my organization, but this was a nice way to bring the past to the future and push the future forward. Black men aren’t honored enough, and the world needs to see that Detroit has successful black men in our communities.” African-American men making an impact in the community and not being properly recognized by the mainstream media for their efforts seemed to be the theme of the night. At the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) forum over the weekend, local black media members and the community convened on Wayne State University to discuss how black men in America were portrayed by the media and more often than not, it was in a bad light. Men of Excellence allows those not named

Barack Obama or LeBron James to be honored for their service to the community and to share the positive stories derived from their contributions. “Unfortunately, it stems from our history,” Gamlin said about the lack of positive exposure for black men in this country. “The churches, the Masons, and other fraternal organizations gave the black man a venue where they could feel what was missing; the acknowledgement of their leadership, their power, their grace, and the great things they had done in their lives. So, this is really, in my opinion, an extension of that. Taking the time to give folks their flowers while they are alive and recognizing some incredible men in our communities, is vital for present and future.” Tables, tickets, and sponsorship packages to the 11th anniversary of Men of Excellence 2018 are available now. For more information on tables and sponsorship packages, please call 313-752-3380 or contact Lisa Prince at for more information.

Milestone Graduation for Dave Bing’s Mentoring Program for Young Men of Color

By Patreice A. Massey Managing Editor

Former Detroit Mayor and NBA legend Dave Bing’s successful BINGO (Boys Inspired through Nurturing, Growth & Opportunities) mentoring initiative celebrated a milestone on Thursday, May 31. Eighteen young men who started the program as 9th graders in 2014 graduated from high school and BINGO after four consecutive years of mentoring. Majority of the boys in the first BINGO cohort are headed to four- and two-year colleges or skilled trades schools. The educational institutions they will be attending include: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wilberforce University, Alabama A&M, University of Detroit Mercy, Olivet College, and Schoolcraft Community College. During their mentoring experience, the BINGO graduates flew to

Washington, D.C. for a tour of Black colleges last year and received ongoing assistance with the preparation of college-related documents, including admission, scholarship and grant applications. “This is a huge occasion for our mentoring program,”

said Bing, founder and chairman of the Bing Youth Institute (BYI). “This is the first group of young men that we are graduating since starting BINGO four years ago. The majority are matriculating into secondary education. This shows the program is working, because many of

the boys never thought that college was an option for them. Our goal is to empower these young men to reach their unlimited potential in whatever career choice they make.” The



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DABO’s Project Rainbow, DPSCD’s faith based Council, and actress Erika Alexander to educate community on suicide prevention Project Rainbow, an initiative of The Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO), announced today the celebrity keynote speaker for the Stop Suicide forum, an event to raise suicide awareness. DABO and the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Faith Based Council will cohost the forum at Grace Community Church, 21001 Moross Rd., on June 9 at 8:30 a.m.

Community organizations sign up for 12Th Annual Arise Detroit! “Neighborhoods Day” City’s great neighborhood tradition takes place Saturday, August 4 Churches, block clubs, community groups and businesses are now registering for the 12th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day, which will be held Saturday, August 4, in neighborhoods across Detroit. Viewed as Detroit’s Great Neighborhood Tradition, the day is an inspiring demonstration of community pride with more than 100 community service and improvement projects and celebratory activities taking place in neighborhoods throughout Detroit. Events will be held from the riverfront to Eight Mile Road. Hundreds of organizations and thousands of volunteers will participate in Neighborhoods Day. The event showcases the pride and spirit of neighborhoods and forges relationships that can help improve the quality of life for city residents going forward. Groups already registered to host activities include: 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, the Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, Rippling Hope, College Park Community Association, and Jefferson-Chalmers Citizens’ District Council. “Going into its 12th year, Detroiters have demonstrated that Neighborhoods Day is something they embrace and celebrate as an event that lifts up the best of Detroit,” said Luther Keith, ARISE Detroit! executive director. “That’s why we are now calling it ‘Detroit’s Great Neighborhood Tradition.’ It has become an

iconic manifestation of the spirit of city residents and those who love the city.” In exchange for a $50 registration fee, groups receive a custom made banner promoting their events, t-shirts, hardware vouchers to purchase supplies for cleanup and beautification projects, volunteer recruitment assistance, and promotion of their Neighborhoods Day events. Registration deadline is July 15. As in years past, community groups, block clubs and churches will host neighborhood cleanups, health fairs and free health screenings, new housing construction projects, parades, anti-crime events, community service projects, youth concerts, back to school events, and volunteer sign- ups.

Award winning actress Erika Alexander will deliver the keynote address. Alexander, recently in the third-biggest R-rated horror movie ever in North America, “Get Out”, will share her story and encourage the community to recognize and respond to people at potential risk for suicide. “I was recently at a Detroit school with Erika Alexander and every hand in the room was raised when I asked who here knows someone or has a family member who committed suicide,” said Rev. Horace Sheffield, III, CEO of DABO and QPR Trainer.

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Erika Alexander “Recent research reveals that suicide is the second highest cause of death for African American youth. The only way we can impact this is to train people on how to prevent suicide.” In Michigan, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15-34. The Stop Suicide forum is one of many citywide QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) trainings as part of Project Rainbow’s initiative to create a suicide free community.

Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. thanks to the DPSCD Faith Based Council. Oak Street Health and the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA) are also sponsors of this event. More than 200 members of the community are expected to attend the Stop Suicide Forum. To reserve your seat, please register online at www.stopsuicideforum. Admission is free. For additional information about the event or Project Rainbow, contact the Detroit Association of Black Organizations at (313) 491-0003.

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reception and dinner took place at the UAW-Ford National Programs Center, 151 West Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, where BYI’s office is housed. The event included a special presentation to the mentees and mentors for their achievements over the last four years. Each young man received a custom-tailored suit courtesy of Threads for Success and a Benjamin Banneker watch created and designed especially for them, compliments of the Banneker Watch & Clock Company. BINGO is part of the Bing Youth Institute, whose mission is to enhance the lives of Detroit-area youth through mentoring, academic support, and exposure to professional opportunities. The BINGO mentoring program uses four key components to prepare urban young men for productive and successful lives: One-on-One Mentoring, Social Emotional Learning, Educational and Cultural Outings, and Mentee Leadership Forums. Currently, BINGO has more than 100 African-American male mentors matched with over 100 young men of color from 23 Detroit-area schools. When the program began in 2014, there were four schools and 40 mentors. Since the inception, more than 90 percent of mentors and mentees continue to participate

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Kids First Initiative STEAM Summer Camp


If you are familiar with the technology or educational sectors, you have undoubtedly heard of STEAM, which is the educational focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. STEAM education allows students to learn concepts in a more open ended way and make them applicable to real life... So STEAM education is crucial to educate and prepare the next generation of American, and global workforce, and to allow this generation to create jobs and grow the economy. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, during the next decade, the United States demand for Scientists and Engineers is expected to increase at four times the rate of all other occupations. The future of the United States depends on its ability to boost student performance in STEAM. STEAM-related disciplines are responsible for many of the societal innovations that make our world better. U.S. Business leaders cannot find the talent that holistically encompasses the competencies of science, technology, engineering arts and mathematics that is needed to stay competitive. The good news is that STEAM education programs like the KFI STEAM Camp can help turn the tide.

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By Branden Hunter This camp is a fun and safe environment, where 2-6 graders can be who they naturally are, scientist. Campers will learn 21 Century educational concepts and be encouraged to use them to not only think outside of the box but totally recreate the box. At this hands-on camp every kid will be engaged in the STEAM process as they discover, build, explore, engineer and create their future. At a time when so many of our students seem lost without direction, they can discover something they can be passionate about, STEAM. We can’t sit around and wait on the future to come; we have to empower our kids so they can engineer their own future. Our goal here at Kids First Initiative STEAM Camp is for the kids to do something every day they will never forget. STEAM can help turn around the underserved young people in our inner cities and put them in the driver seat. The cost for Kids First Initiative STEAM Summer Camp this year is $75 per day, pay for two days and get the third day for free. Included in the cost is a different color camp t-shit for each day, string backpack, lunch, snacks and all materials. For more information about the camp visit,

All you need is one bite of Jackson’s Five Star Catering and it will have you wanting to come back for more. Founded by husband and wife duo, Anthony “Tony” and Cindy Jackson, the full-service catering company has been serving delicious food to the Detroit area since 1995, specializing in dinner parties, fam-

small business spotlight ily picnics, baby showers, gourmet boxed lunches, elegant weddings, corporate events, and other amenities. And it all started through inspiration from Tony’s mother. “I got into catering by learning how to cook from my mom,” said Tony Jackson, who is the CEO and head chef of the business. “She taught me a lot about cooking. I also worked at different restaurants and I decided that I wanted to go into business for myself. And I that’s what I did.” The Jackson’s first opened for business at a building on Livernois and West Eight Mile Road next to Baker’s Keyboard Lounge but outgrew the location after 18 years. They now cook their food at their headquarters in Ferndale on East Nine Mile Road but still do 80 percent of their business in Detroit. Jackson’s Five Star Catering has prepared food for the likes of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, the Michigan Science Center, Triumph Church, and many others, becoming a well-known and well-respected brand in the region. Detroit voted Jackson’s Five Star Ca-

tering as the best catering business in the city during the Michigan Chronicle’s Best in Black Detroit awards in 2017. What started off with one truck and an ambitious couple, has turned into a thriving family business with 20 catering trucks on the road and six concession trailers, with a vast array of menus and entrees. The Jacksons even employ their siblings, children, nieces, and nephews to help run the business. “Business has been really good over the past 20 years,” Tony Jackson said. “We do a lot of events in the city and we give back to our clients. They have been

good to us, so we like to be good to them. We try to keep my family incorporated into the business because they have helped us grow this since we started, and family is important to us.” With their catering business doing well and Mrs. Jackson wanting to send her two children to private school, the Jackson family got into the concession truck business to earn more money. A decade later, you can see their Motown Bistro and elephant ear trucks at every major event and festival in downtown Detroit and the surrounding areas. The

Grand Circus to Provide Free Software Development Training in Partnership with Facebook Scholarships available to Michigan residents in both Detroit and Grand Rapids

Key Dates: •June 15, 2018: Rolling applications close •July 16, 2018: Facebook Bootcamp Begins •September 21, 2018: Facebook Bootcamp Concludes Eligible Students Must: •Be a Michigan resident •Be at least 18 year’s old •Be available for the full length of the bootcamp •Have an individual annual income of $50k or less • Consider themselves unemployed or underemployed

Grand Circus, a professional tech training institute with campuses in Detroit and Grand Rapids, today announced the second wave of boot camps supported by social media giant Facebook. Under this partnership, residents of Michigan are eligible to receive full scholarships for Grand Circus boot camps at both the Detroit and Grand Rapids campuses.

Ideal students will have:

“The scholarships provided by this partnership allow us to make tech training more readily available to the broader community,” said Damien Rocchi, CEO of Grand Circus. “Graduates of this program will receive crucial digital skills training necessary for filling today’s open technology roles.” Students accepted into the program will receive full scholarships – valued at nearly $10,000 – and receive training in C# .NET in Grand Rapids and Java in Detroit. Throughout the program, students will also be provided with job assistance training through the Grand Circus career assistance program, which includes soft skill sessions, career 1-on-1s and mock interviews.

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This second boot camp is a part of Facebook’s mission to train 3,000 Michiganders in coding and social media business marketing over the next two years. The first bootcamp - which included 25 students - kicked off in October 2017. These graduates have since been placed at 15 companies throughout Michigan. Allie Stehney and Christopher Namyst are two of these graduates.

Prior to Grand Circus, Stehney was a University of Michigan graduate struggling to launch a dynamic career in tech. She is now a front-end developer at Detroit-startup, Quikly. “The curriculum for this bootcamp prepared me well to work with new technology and frameworks within the world of development. Now I’m a developer at Quikly, a startup in Detroit.

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•A college degree or some completed college coursework •At least three years of professional experience, preferably with some exposure to diverse team-based environments •Experience in a back-end programming language (self-taught, formal education or professional experience) •Examples to demonstrate resourcefulness and a tenacity to overcome obstacles •An openness to receiving and giving feedback •A growth mindset, a great attitude and eagerness to learn at lightning speed

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Detroit Pastry Chef to train with the famed James Beard Foundation

Namyst now works as an Associate Technical Consultant at Perficient. “Grand Circus gave me the foundation I needed to get my foot in the door with an exceptional company. In addition to the content and curriculum, Grand Circus does a great job in supporting their students while also teaching them the importance of soft skills. I was prepared and ready for my career change thanks to their dedicated team. I am forever grateful for how they have impacted and changed my future for the better.” A total of 25 students will be accepted across the Grand Circus Detroit and Grand Rapids campuses. Applicants must apply at and be able to commit to eight weeks of full time-schooling from July 16 through September 21. Rolling applications are now open, and qualified students will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information on Grand Circus visit: For additional information on the Facebook Bootcamp, or to apply, visit: https://

April Anderson, Co-Owner & Head Pastry Chef of Good Cakes and Bakes (Detroit, MI) will represent Detroit as a 2018 inductee and student during the famed James Beard Foundation’s culinary boot camp. The Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change provides a unique opportunity for civically and politically minded chefs to become more effective leaders for food-system change. During thematic retreats around the country, participants receive advocacy and media training while learning about important issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the food world. April Anderson is among the 15 professionals making the list for her dedication to her craft as well as serving her Detroit community with Detroit’s only fresh organic bakery. Holding a firm mission to provide quality baked goods that are wholesome and organic in nature; and to provide baked goods in an environment that is positive, creative, educational and friendly to their employees and our community. “My goal is to provide the most natural and freshest ingredients; and a pledge to my customers to use organic and locally grown produce when available.” quotes April. Her work also recently resulted her to serve as a guest pastry chef during the 2018 James Beard Rise awards (April 2018- New York City), which comes as a high honor in the culinary profession. A 2013 graduate of the BUILD Institute, April alongside her wife, Michelle opened Good Cakes and Bakes, LLC. in September 2013 in the historic area known as The Avenue of Fashion. April has baked for Oprah Winfrey and former POTUS Bill Clinton, as well as being featured on The Cooking Channel. “I am honored that The James Beard Foundation molded a platform to highlight myself and the other professionals who are working to serve


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April Anderson their communities, while mixing the important issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the food world.” says Anderson. “I hope my story and work inspires a new generation of professionals looking to challenge the traditional and set a new tone to

what business ownership & entrepreneurship looks like.” April will soon expand her baking brand to a second location, serving as an educational hub for emergent chefs and a second Detroit location for her famed pastry treats.

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Jacksons parked their Motown Bistro food truck around the Dodge Fountain at Hart Plaza during the 2018 Movement Detroit Techno Fest for the very first time, which had over 100,000 visitors in attendance. There, people had the opportunity to taste their Motown Burger, which is the most popular item on the menu. “There was a big market with the food trucks and we saw potential growth in our business,” said Cindy Jackson, who handles the back end of Jackson’s Five Star Catering. “We geared everything on the trucks toward the Motown era since we are from Detroit and when we are at shows, we play our Motown music. It has helped grow our catering business and there is no better way to bring our food to the patrons at all the festivals in downtown.” Born and raised in Detroit, Tony Jackson said his next move is to open a restaurant in the city. The Jackson’s Five Star Catering and Motown Bistro brands are strong in the city and giving back to those who give to him is business first. “That’s my next goal,” said Jackson. “I was in Detroit and I couldn’t find a bigger building at the time, so I had to relocate to Ferndale. I still do most of my business with Detroiters, which is why I like to give and donate back to the city. I would like to come back and I’m looking now.”


CEO Roundtable: Important Issues Affecting Southeastern Michigan DENNIS W. ARCHER, JR. CEO, Ignition Media Group

DR. M. ROY WILSON President Wayne State University

WARREN C. EVANS County Executive Wayne County

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Wayne County Sheriff Youth & Senior Education Fund Golf Outing

The 2018 MI Babies and Kids Expo The Mi Babies And Kids Expo is a Fun event for children and educational for seasoned, new or soon to be parents. Kids are able to enjoy the fun activities provided, while parents are able to gain knowledge about various topics pretaining to Pregnancy, health, fitness and more. We Strongly encourage New parents and Parents to be, to ­attend this event.


• Where: Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd,

From hundreds of applicants, 15 entrepreneurs will be chosen to pitch their company live, on stage at the Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day! After the small business owners pitch their companies, a panel of nationally-recognized entrepreneurs will pick seven winners who will receive a share of $1 million to invest into their business.

• When: S  aturday, June 16, 11 AM – 5 PM

• Where: Detroit Music Hall, 350 Madison St



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The Wayne County Sheriff Youth and Senior Education Fund Provides a wide range of educational and safety items, as well as host and sponsor programs and events geared toward youth and seniors across Wayne County. Each year, our Community Relations Officers educate children and senior citizens through a wide variety of presentations on subjects like; emergency preparedness, home safety, scam information, internet safety, and ATV safety.

Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day

• When: Friday, June 22, 7:00 PM EDT

• Cost: $10

• Cost: Free

• Where: Warren Valley Golf Course,

26116 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn Heights

• When: Tuesday, June 12 • Info: Contact JoAnn Abdenour at 313.549-2651

Bright Ideas for Neighborhoods: Detroit Business Pitch Competition This is a faith-based community outreach program sponsored by DTE Energy to support entrepreneurs of Detroit’s North End neighborhood. A special program called Bright Ideas for Neighborhoods is a “Shark Tank” like pitch competition for entrepreneurs to compete to win resources for their businesses. • Where: Little Rock Baptist Church


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2018 Ford Fireworks Once again, The Parade Company will pump up the city of Detroit (and Windsor, too) with the annual Ford Fireworks. This year marks the 60th annual celebration! This dazzling spectacle takes place along the Detroit Riverfront, where families from all over metro Detroit and the Windsor area line up to catch the up-close views of these explosions in the sky. It’s an annual event, free of charge, that draws thousands downtown to enjoy the start of summer in the city.

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Ryan Patrick Johnson

Rev. Dr. Sterling L. Jones surrounded by the youth of Mt. Zion.

By Nicole Black Being called to the ministry at the tender age of 17, Pastor Ryan Patrick Johnson accepted his calling and has never looked back since. Pastor Jonson was licensed in 2008 and ordained as a licensed minister in 2011 at the historic New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Robert Smith. The Lord called Pastor Johnson to minister by instilling a deep passion for God’s word in him and by being an example to young people across this nation by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ by preaching relevant and relative sermons to reach the lost. Pastor Johnson served the First Baptist Institutional Church of Detroit, Michigan from January 2012 until November 2016, first as Interim Pastor and was then elected as Pastor later that same year. In November of 2016, Pastor Johnson was called as the pastor of the Historic Greater Burnette Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan, which holds a special place in this heart, which was pastored by the late, Dr. J. Allen Caldwell. “I would have never thought in a million years that the same church that I grew up in, running around the church basement as a little boy, that I would now stand in the pulpit as their senior pastor. This church is just not any church. It is a church with great history and a

well-known pastor who laid the foundation before me in the person of Dr. J. Allen Caldwell, I realize that I am a blessed man to continue to carry out vision says Pastor Johnson”. Pastor Johnson serves in many capacities, such as Teacher for Sunday and Vacation Bible School, Counselor for Youth, Soloist & Choir Director, Class Instructor for the Michigan District Congress of Christian Education Finance Manager for Executive Ministry Team of SCREAM Youth Empowerment, LLC. He currently serves as Treasurer with the Baptist Pastors Fellowship of Detroit and Vicinity, the Fellowship Baptist District of Churches, the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated and in the Presidential Cabinet of Rev. Wallace R. Mills, Jr. as the General Secretary of the Baptist, Missionary & Educational State Convention of Michigan, Incorporated. Pastor Johnson has made great strides in his ministry as well as in the community. Greater Burnette Baptist Church under his leadership feeds and clothed the less fortunate in and around the surrounding area of the church every Wednesday before Bible Class as well as provide over 150 lunches to COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter) on a quarterly basis. The Michigan Chronicle is very proud and pleased to applaud Pastor Johnson for being a 2018 Men of Excellence Honoree. Congratulations!

Spiritually Speaking:

Taking It One Day at a Time By James Washington (The Dallas Weekly/NNPA Member)

Today is truly a day that the Lord has made and the more complicated the world gets, the simpler the Word of God is to understand. Often, and do I mean often, I get reminded of the power and seductive nature of ego, pride and the need to control. Or, should I say the need to be in control? Letting go and letting God is a simple concept to say and dare I say, an easy concept to understand? Yet why is it so hard to do? We all know people who can quote scripture backwards and forwards, yet have no faith. We know Christian control freaks who must have the last say and who must be right all the time. I know I sometimes get caught up in constantly trying to rationalize circumstances in order to explain the events of the day, any day, as if by some miracle of intelligence, I am the authority. It is more often than not, at these times that if I’m blessed and open to receiving the Holy Spirit, that I then get a chance to see the miracles, the nuances, the essence of my life. I am not in control, never have been, never will be and, it’s okay. Giving your life to Christ requires a constant vigil against taking credit or assessing blame. When you focus on service in the name of the Lord, you really do get a chance to see things from a different perspective. You see the service I’m referring to is the selfless kind that neither seeks nor expects reward. The mere act speaks for itself. How much more simple does it have to be? Christ even suggests that God can see into your heart and know your intention. Love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself. It’s so simple, it’s incredible. It’s so simple that if you’re not careful, you’ll miss it altogether. I know I have.

Now on this day, or any day that God has made, let’s take this simple concept and apply it to a very complex world. Behavior should have parameters. Actions should have purpose. We know they have consequences. Intent should always be uppermost in your mind. Now, let’s look back over your yesterday. See how easy it was from the time you got up, until the time you laid down, to succumb to jealousy, pettiness, cruelty, envy and the like? It takes work to be humble, loving, giving and a source of truth all day, every day. It takes willpower and you know the will I’m talking about. I believe the calling of every Christian is to try. It’s the effort that God expects. It’s the intent He wants. If you’re first seeking the kingdom of heaven, then that quest should have some direct bearing on what you do today, how you perform, what you say and certainly whom you hang out with. I’m fortunate to have known people I believe were truly angels walking. I really do believe there are saints among us and we ignore them all the time because we’re too busy pursuing the world, rather than pursuing God. However, from these living breathing angels, I’ve learned that the battle is not over until you know you’ve already won. The quest is not over until you are born, born again, die and ultimately live forever.” There’s a line in the movie “Gladiator” that says, “What we do in life… echoes in eternity.” It’s kind of nice to know that Jesus already took care of that eternity thing. All I have to do is get through this life thing. If truth be told, I think I’ve got the easy part. It may not make sense on the surface, but when you stop and think about it, it really is simple. See me. See God. I can do this. I’ve just got to let go, one day at a time, one hour at a time, one person at a time. Try it, just once, try it. May God bless and keep you, always. James Washington is a father, husband, Christian and writer. James is also the owner and publisher of the multimedia company The Dallas Weekly. You can follow James on Twitter at @JAWS_215.

Mt. Zion Youth Day honors “Chozen Generation” By Branden Hunter The youth of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church will host their 2018 Youth Day, Sunday June 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. The theme is “The Chozen Generation” and the service will be led entirely by the youth of the congregation. The church is located at 3600 Van Dyke 48214 where Rev. Dr. Sterling L. Jones is pastor. Reverend Drevion Siller, a 16-year-old preacher and singer from Second Timothy Baptist Missionary Baptist Church will be the guest speaker, with Kaelon Stephens as the guest soloist. Mt. Zion youth member and Cass Tech student Cierra Cox is the program’s mistress of ceremonies. The day will feature the Mt. Zion Youth Choir as well as other special guests. “It is going to be a day full of fun and spirit-filled fellowship,” said Mt. Zion Youth Director Anthonye Thompson. “The kids that are still here are doing well in school and I’m still encouraging them to stay in church no matter how things are going in the communities.” Mt. Zion will also honor three of its youth members who are graduating

from high school: Ossie Thompson is graduating from Denby High School with a 3.0 GPA and will attend Jackson Community College to study criminal Justice. Ja’Von Hogan is graduating from Osborn High with a 3.0 GPA and will enter into an apprenticeship program for construction wiring. Ayana Card is graduating from Cornerstone Health and Technology with a 3.5 GPA and will attend Langston University HBCU in the fall for nursing. “We honor our youth for their achievements because in today’s soci-

By Dorma McGruder When God gives your dream and purpose, no explanation is required. Other people can’t see, feel, believe, hope, expect as much for you. When you tell someone a portion and they tell you why it can’t happen – STOP TALKING! STOP LISTENING! God gave it to you and only you must believe it is going to happen. If I had $1.00 for every minute I spent trying to explain my God given dreams, ideas, purpose, gifts, I could pay college tuition for every student in America and the forever wasted lost hours would have been invested in achieving my purpose. The Power of Prayer works and we must use it many times every day! Walking, cooking, driving, working, audible and silent prayer must be activated to keep us going in the right direction. I prayed and asked God to put the right people in my life to help me and He blessed me with powerful mentors who encourage my full vision. I give thanks while asking God to help me learn more and be more to serve His people because the reason we have a dream is to serve and the needs are endless. Find the knowledge you need, put in the work and keep going. People try to discourage us because they can’t live our dream or theirs. Prayer Power reveals His strength and direction while blessing every step we take - No Explanation Required.

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Casual dress is the attire and light refreshments will be served after the service. For more information, call the church office at 313-925-8810.

Greater New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Benjamin L. Hooks Image Awards Ceremony Pastor Kenneth Flowers and the Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church presents the Benjamin L. Hooks Image Awards Ceremony and Scholarship Banquet. This Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 5pm at Greater New Mt. Moriah Conference and Banquet Center located at 586 Owen St., Detroit, MI 48202. The Keynote Speaker will be Evrod Cassimy, WDIV Local 4 News Anchor. This year’s theme is “Today’s Education Creates Tomorrow’s Possibilities. This year’s Chairpersons are Lafondra Gist, Stanley Sloan and Evrod Cassimy Yvette Woodruff is President. For more information, please call Greater New. Mt. Moriah Baptist Church for ticket purchase at (313) 871-8025.

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ety, the bar is already set against the African-American youth,” Thompson said. “With our children graduating and taking the next step in their education, we at Mt. Zion applaud them for not giving up and staying steadfast and motivated to want more out of life. We push them to achieve more out of life. I personally feel that Mt. Zion’s youth are destined for greatness!”




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CHEVROLET AND NNPA JOIN TOGETHER TO OFFER HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS A $15K FELLOWSHIP! The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) is excited to partner with the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox to present Discover the Unexpected (DTU) – an amazing journalism fellowship. Selected DTU Fellows from Historically Black Colleges and Universities earn a $10,000 scholarship, $5,000 stipend and an exciting summer road trip in the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. Join our DTU Fellows on this multi-city journey as they discover unsung heroes and share stories from African-American communities that will surprise and inspire. DTU is back and better than ever! Are you ready to ride? #ChevyEquinox, #Chevy, #NNPA


City. Life. Style.

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Where City Meets Life and Life Meets Style

Rose All Day with House of Pure Vin By AJ Williams City.Life.Style. Editor National Rosé Day is observed annually on the second Saturday in June. Rosé is probably the oldest known type of wine, dating back as far as 600 BC. Rosé wines are generally made from red grapes and are very versatile wines that complement many types of food. Rosé is lighter than red wine and deeper than white wine. Celebrate National Rosé Day by enjoying one of the listed Rosé wines offered by House of Pure Vine. We have an exciting collection of Rosè wines that span the globe,” said Regina Gaines, managing pattern at House of Pure Vin. “Rosè wine is in Vogue right now. It’s the perfect wine that pairs well with almost any fare or occasion. Whether you are entertaining on the deck or just enjoying the summer breeze alone, House of Pure Vin has Rosè wines at every price point - including Michigan wines for your summer enjoyment.”

By AJ Williams – City.Life.Style. Editor The business of cocktails is nothing new, yet let’s be honest everyone can’t always make the perfect Manhattan or Vodka Tonic, there is a skill even an art to it and that’s where Jennifer Peeples and The Perfect 10 comes in. City.Life.Style: What is the Perfect 10? Jennifer Peeples: The Perfect10 Mobile Mixology Service, LLC is the go to bartending company for people looking to elevate their social or corporate event with creative and delicious craft-cocktail experiences. We believe life is too short to drink bad cocktails, therefore it is our duty to be your trusted partners in delivering custom beverage packages, signature cocktails, and memorable moments.

■ 2017 PINK PEDALS 87% Grenache, 13% Syrah Lady Pink rides into town on a fresh summer breeze, and so does this Grenache and Syrah-based Rosé, a bright, crisp, refreshing wine that rolls down a road of watermelon, pomegranate, cantaloupe and cherry Jolly Rancher right to your happy place. ■ MARLAND ROSE OF CABERNET FRANC Produced in the classic “saignée” method, (bleeding of juice from a red wine), this is a serious, full-bodied dry wine. No blush this, the rich, luminous, fuchsia-pink color is intensely aromatic and mouth-wateringly refreshing; red currant, raspberry, roasted sweet red peppers, wild strawberries and rose petals. ■ GRAMERCY CELLARS Rosé 2017 The 2017 Gramercy Cellars Rosé is a blend of 44% Cinsault, 31% Grenache and 25% Syrah, all sourced from the Olsen Vineyard. This pale colored Rose begins with a bouquet of white peach, red cherry candy and watermelon with a slightly smoky edge. The minerality is fantastic, as is the gorgeous mouthfeel. Balanced, showing good weight, the Rose unveils red cherry, cran-orange and rose water flavors. This is another outstanding wine made by the talented winemaking team of Greg Harrington and Brandon Moss. Marcel Perinet began his career as a waiter, became one of France’s top sommeliers, and went on to direct a 3-Michelin-starred restaurant for decades before inheriting two and a half hectares in the Cerdon du Bugey AOC within the Savoie region. The catch? The only wine allowed in the AOC is sweet, sparking rosé, most of it indifferent and heavily sulfured. Perinet completely revised the style’s production methods, choosing to farm organically, focus on Poulsard rather than Gamay, and bottle without sulfur. The result? A fresh, concentrated demi-sec showing red apple, rasperry, and sweet cherry that makes a gorgeous nightcap, with or without dessert. Enjoy and Drink Responsibly!

CLS: How did you decide on this business? J.P: The Perfect10 was established with the belief that cocktails shouldn’t just be a commodity, but a fun, bonding experience each and every time. I started bartending as a way to make extra money for college expenses, but as I learned more about the craft, my love for science enticed me to appreciate the alchemy of cocktails. After attending countless weddings and events, I recognized a need to bring more fun and cocktail education back into bartending. This combined with 15 years of experience and my heart for serving, led to the eventual creation of The Perfect10. CLS: What makes your bartending service different from others on the market? J.P: Let’s face it, drinks (or lack thereof) can make or break a gathering. We treat our clients as partners in each event. Our priorities are simple – (1) we strive to exceed the client’s expectations from our first interaction through the conclusion of their event and (2) we eliminate the stress and guess work

from the beverage planning process by providing in depth consultations and comprehensive follow through because ultimately, we want our clients to relax and enjoy their events. We have developed The Perfect10 Recipe for exceptional customer service; a 10-step process for ensuring each event is executed to perfection. Instead of just serving beverages, it is our goal to educate clients and their guests on how to step outside of the box and enjoy cocktails as they are truly intended – as the perfect accent to priceless moments. Our Mixology Classes do just that. We have created an interactive 2-hour party that teaches you the secrets of shaking, mixing and stirring your own cocktails by using the correct equipment, glassware and fresh ingredients. Instead of DIY we want you to PIY – Perfect It Yourself! CLS: What bartending tools and base liquors should every home bartender have?

The Perfect10 recommends these essential tools for your home bar: Boston Shaker and Strainer – properly chills your cocktails and strains them to perfection Jigger – used for pouring the proper proportions (over pouring can ruin a cocktail) Juicer – freshly squeezed juice is always best, if you don’t have one at home, be sure to purchase organic lemon and lime juice Muddler – this is the best tool for releasing the flavors of herbs and fruit Bar Spoon – ideal for stirring your famous Manhattans or layering a cocktail to impress friends Pourers – great tool to minimize spills and to assist with accuracy when pouring

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@ The Belt Alley By AJ Williams – City.Life.Style. Editor The e.Lane Group presents The Social Runway ’18, a multifaceted, interactive, and social media-driven production, designed to celebrate Detroit Fashion, Music, and Art. An upscale fashion affair, this experience is designed to highlight top Fashion Designers and Entrepreneurs in Metro Detroit. In partnership with My Detroit TV, this event will be live-streamed on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Periscope, Twitter, and Twitch providing international viewership, in addition to hundreds in attendance. The Social Runway ‘18 is Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at The BELT Alley, located between Broadway and Library Street (linking Gratiot and Grand River), in Downtown Detroit at 6 p.m. Embracing a unique and artsy ambiance, models will display industry-marveling fashions on a 400-foot catwalk which will set a standard for a new era of cutting-edge runway modeling. With apparel from designers and brands including Under Amour, Moosejaw, Detroit Denim, Seamstress Bee, The Rodney Howell Collection, and more, this is an affair that unites veteran and new designers.


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Induction Celebration

Honorees J.Ofori Agboka, Executive Director, HR -America, Middle East and North Africa, General Motors

Bruce Bailey, International DJ & Entrepreneur, Bruce Bailey Entertainment

Patrick Baker, Director of Slots, MGM Grand Detroit

Daniel Baxter, Detroit Elections Director, Department of Elections

David Bell, Director of Building, Safety Engineering and Environmental, City of Detroit

Brandon Brice, Executive-Workforce Exploring Programs, Boy Scouts of America

Larry Brinker, Jr., President, L.S. Brinker

Elliot W. Broom, Vice President, Museum Operations, Detroit Institute of Arts

Gerald Chiddick, Vice President of Marketing, Amerisure

Dr. Phillip Collier, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Keith Cooper, Vice President, Purchasing – Asia Pacific, Ford Motor Company

Maurice Cox, City Planning Director, City of Detroit

P. Ramone Crowe, Manager, Federal Aviation Association

John Draper, Jr., COO, Viridian Group

Ethan Dunn, Attorney, Maxwell Dunn

Jeffrey Evans, CFO, Detroit Zoological Society

Dr. Otis Ferguson III, President & CEO, Consultants in Ophthalmology

Dr. Cecil Forbes, Chiropractor, iCare Spine & Rehabilitation Center

Byron Foster, Executive Vice President, Adient

David Gamlin,

The Social Runway ’18 From page C-1 With a change of scenery from last year’s debut event, guests will be satisfied with the same level of sophistication and elements of surprise as they view an array of apparel, coupled with a dose of mingling and networking. Attendees will become familiar with trends, engage in photo ops, and connect with fashion influencers at this exclusive social experience. Not just a traditional fashion show, The Social Runway ‘18 is a weekend experience infused with style and entertainment for any fashion lover. In

addition, local band JukeBoxx Inc. will provide music, adding to the fusion of fashion and fun. The weekend festivities kick off Friday, June 8th with a V.I.P. Reception at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Beaubien House in Downtown Detroit. Tickets start at $50 and include live music, hors d’ oeuvres, cocktails, an art display by Icenogle and Maiseloff, and more. V.I.P. tickets can be purchased at www. Note: Admission is free to the June 10th fashion show. Attendees should register at Eventbrite or

Executive Vice President & Program Director, Midnight Golf Program

Honorable Austin Garrett, Judge, 36th District Court

Darryl Goodwin, Assistant Director, UAW Region 1A

Stephen Grady, Council President & Chief of Staff, City of Detroit

Dr. DeLorean Griffin, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, St. Mary Hospital

Eric D. Hawkins, Chief of Police, City of Southfield

Tyrone Hinton, Executive Director of Economic Development, City of Harper Woods

David Holloway, Patient Access Manager, Detroit Medical Center

James Jackson, Professor & Chair, Criminal Justice Department, WCCCD

Hervey Jenkins, Executive Vice President & COO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan

Pastor Ryan Johnson, Greater Burnette Baptist Church

Anthony Kellum, President, Kellum Capital Group

Honorable Kenneth King, Judge, 36th District Court

Shawn Loving, Certified Master Chef & Culinary Arts Department Chair, Schoolcraft College

Hubert Massey, Artist, Muralist & Teacher

Roy McAllister, Councilmember, City of Detroit

David R. McGhee, Program Director, The Skillman Foundation

Bishop Andrew Merritt, Straight Gate International Church

Pastor Wallace Mills, New Ebenezer Baptist

Mitch Mitchell, Executive Director & CEO, Chrysler Minority Dealers

Daryl Newman, Secretary Treasurer, Michigan State AFL-CIO

Tony Nuckolls, Regional Vice President, Mortgage Banking, Quickens Loans

Keith A. Owens, Deputy Communications Director, Office of Wayne County Executive

Todd Perkins, Principal, Perkins Law Group, LLC

Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer & Professor of Psychology and Education, University of Michigan

Herbert J. Strather, President & CEO, Strather Associates, LLC

Charles Tate, Senior Vice President, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D, – Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wayne State University

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June 6-12, 2018

Words to always remember: ‘I Am Cody Strong’! One of the best weeks ever: During the “I Am Cody Strong” campaign, students were committed to developing a week of programming that uplifted their school and the larger Cody-Rouge community.. theme of the “I Am Cody Strong” campaign demonstrate, Cody students have always been united and their pride extends even beyond the walls of their school. Along with this story are images that capture some of the positive activity that took place during the “I Am Cody Strong” campaign. Also included is a list of highly committed students that were instrumental in making the campaign a smashing success. “The Best of Young Detroit” encourages readers to study the names on the list closely. These students deserve praise and encouragement during their travels across our city in the coming days, weeks and months because they have already demonstrated a positive vision and the ability

to make that vision a reality that can serve as a model for all members of our community regardless of age. Another reason for remembering the students’ names is because they will no doubt step forward again, not only to uplift Cody High School and its neighboring community, but also to move our entire city and society forward by applying their courage, consistency and intellect to important tasks. Each student will have an opportunity to make their future contributions to the public’s good in their own unique way, but it is a good bet that they will all be successful due to their belief in a motto expressed during their campaign: “You are as strong as you believe yourself to be!”

Students’ weeklong campaign uplifts their school and community “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ….Maya Angelou By Scott Talley Special to the Michigan Chronicle News flash: Students attending Detroit’s Cody High School are courageous. Cody students also have demonstrated consistency when it comes to lifting up their school and surrounding community. Nadeen Alaouie, a good friend to the “Best of Young Detroit,” recently reminded us of the powerful student body that exists at Cody. We thank Ms. Alaouie for reaching out to us and the “Best of Young Detroit” takes great pride in being able to share her very positive story with our community. “The students at Cody High School - Detroit Institute of Technology hosted the second annual ‘I Am Cody Strong’ campaign to showcase the commitment, strength, and resilience that students from the west side of our city truly have,” said Ms. Alaouie, who is The Future Project’s ‘dream director’ at the school. “It took over five weeks of planning and students committing after school hours and their own lunch times to getting work for this campaign done. “During our first Dream Team planning meeting, students identified issues and topics that were important to them, including things like anti-bullying, self development, community engagement, and showcasing everything that is great about our school. Students were committed to developing a week of programming that highlighted students, staff, and the larger Cody-Rouge community.” Being able to identify key issues is one thing, but to actually execute programs that address those issues is a far greater challenge.

However, Cody students were up for the test. “Once we brainstormed what was important to us, it was time to figure out how all of these things could mesh themselves into a great program, so we began pulling themes that made sense with each other,” Ms. Alaouie explained. “We started our Monday with events and activities that celebrated every individual and promoted self-love and development. Tuesday was about others and was coined as our ‘Day of Kindness,’ where every student received either a flower or chocolate, and every teacher received a plant. “Wednesday was about the community, so we served teachers and staff members a beautiful waffle breakfast, which was planned, prepped, and delivered by students of the Dream Team. In addition, the Michigan Opera Theater came in for a workshop, and we ended the day with a community service project where we teamed up with EcoWorks to build out a community park inspired by the visions of students and staff. We closed the week by devoting Thursday to professional development, and on Friday we ended our ‘I Am Cody Strong’ campaign in celebration with a talent show.” Indeed, “celebration” was in order following the eventful school week from Monday, May 21 through Friday, May 25, which also included the “Nobody Left Behind Dream Team Initiative;” a College Readiness workshop; a career panel; and, yoga, to promote mindfulness. The “Best of Young Detroit” learned from Ms. Alaouie that the plan is for Cody High School to return as one whole school again, after operating as three separate academies in recent years. But as the success and

Leaders Today and Forever! Following are the names of highly committed students that made the second annual “I Am Cody Strong” campaign a smashing success:

Walter Savage Kevin Moses Brandon Smith Chris Hawkins Clifton Moses Robert Powell J’Won Watson Makaela Culberson Shay Fitzpatrick D’Anyra Jones Idris Ali Da’Vaughn Smith James Wilson Jaila McGowan Makayla Murray Nicole Williams Makhyia Murray Jaminique Johnson Tyshon Johnson Jeremiah Walton Jasmine Williams

UAW-Ford’s Best of Young Detroit

Detroit student earns CMU scholarship worth more than $93,000 The history of Detroit’s Northwestern High School is rich, and the school has produced a host of illustrious graduates that have contributed mightily to our community. Adding to the school’s great legacy is Samory Buford, a graduating senior at Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern. Mr. Buford earned a Multicultural Advancement Award of Distinction from Central Michigan University, which totals more than $93,000 for tuition and board. The scholarship is awarded based on merit and completion of the scholarship requirements, including an essay and interview with the Multicultural Advancement Board at Central Michigan’s Mount Pleasant campus. Mr. Buford, who will study computer engineering at Central Michigan, is graduating with a 4.1 grade point average. His interests include chess, robotics and assisting with anything engineering or math related.

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PSL student-athletes compete in state track and field finals The “Best of Young Detroit” congratulates all the student-athletes from the Detroit Public School League that participated in Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Lower Peninsula Track and Field State Finals on Saturday, June 2. Meet highlights included a first-place finish in the boys 4x200 relay, which was registered by a group of outstanding sprinters at King High School, and first-place finishes in the girls 4x100 and 4x200 relays, accomplished by dynamic speedsters at Renaissance High School. Following is a listing of top-10 finishers in final events: MHSAA LP D1 State Final (Site: East Kentwood) Boys 100 Meters 3. Jaeveyon Morton, King, 10.75 Boys 200 Meters 6. Deondre’ Jones-Carter, Renaissance, 22.22 Boys 4x100 Relay 6. Renaissance (Darnell Adams, Muhammad Jammeh, Ernest Dixon II, Deondre’ Jones-Carter) 42.91

Girls 4x100 Relay 1. Renaissance (Imani Jackson, Donae Adams, Paige Chapman, Mizan Thomas) 47.42 Girls 4x200 Relay 1. Renaissance (Makylah Slappy, Mizan Thomas, Paige Chapman, Donae Adams) 1:39.91 Girls 4x400 Relay 10. Renaissance (Imani Jackson, Shania Shepard, Kynnedee Cowles, Tamyra Todd) 4:01.67

Boys 4x200 Relay 1. King (Jaeveyon Morton, Dylan Brown, Dequan Finn, Jalen McGaughy) 1:26.74

Kyra Jefferson: A speeding ‘Diamond’ traveling the globe! The “Best of Young Detroit’s” “Where are they now?” feature takes on new meaning when the subject is Kyra Jefferson. The Cass Tech and University of Florida product is traveling the globe while competing in the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Diamond League track and field circuit and other top meets. Recently, Ms. Jefferson competed at the Rome Diamond League meet on May 31, where she placed fourth (22.91) in a loaded 200-meters race, where she was the first American finisher. During her stay in Paris, Ms. Jefferson also had the honor of meeting Pope Francis, who spent a special moment with some of the meet’s stars. Just a few days later (June3), Ms. Jefferson was literally on the move again, this time in Hengelo, Netherlands, where she made the podium with a third-place finish in the 200 meters (22.81).

Girls 100 Meters 4. Mizan Thomas, Renaissance 12.10 Girls 400 Meters 3. Imani Jackson, Renaissance, 56.56 7. Amari Newsom, Renaissance, 58.03 Girls 100m Hurdles 7. Jaylah Walton, Renaissance, 14.60

MHSAA LP D2 State Final (Site: Zeeland) Boys 300m Hurdles 8. Montel Lewis, Cody, 40.66 Girls 200 Meters 8. Nala Barlow, Cody, 32.44 Girls 400 Meters 2. Nala Barlow, Cody, 57.82

Dual threats: Iowa State bound Jaeveyon Morton (Class of 2018) and Central Michigan commit Dequan Finn (Class of 2019) have college football in their futures, but they also are state champions on the track, as they both ran legs on King High School’s winning 4x200 relay.

“Best of Young Detroit” Raised in Detroit, Eddie Futch lifted many boxers to championship levels PAL’s spring recreational soccer season was a winner with local youth The date was June 15, 1987 and heavyweight Michael Spinks knocked out Gerry Cooney in five rounds, to set up a mega title fight between Spinks and Mike Tyson. Spinks’ fight with Tyson on June 27, 1988 would be his last, as a young “Iron Mike” Tyson made quick work of him with a first-round knockout. However, the legacy of Eddie Futch (August 9, 1911- October 10, 2001), the gentleman in Spinks’ corner for both of those fights, will no doubt live on as long as the history of boxing is studied. Born in Hillsboro, Mississippi, a young Mr. Futch moved to Detroit with his family when he was five years old. A studious young man, Mr. Futch had college aspirations, but instead he needed to work to help support his family due to the Great Depression. He also had athletic gifts, despite being small in stature. A star semipro basketball player, he later gravitated to the sweet science of boxing, which he learned at the legendary Brewster Recreation Center. Mr. Futch won the Detroit Golden Gloves lightweight title in 1933, but a heart murmur ended his amateur boxing career three years later. By that time, Mr. Futch had also established himself as a boxing coach, which allowed him to combine his intellect and athletic instincts. During World War II, Mr. Futch was a welder for Ford Motor Company, and would eventually train his first professional boxing contender, a welterweight named Lester Felton. Mr. Futch did not train his first

professional boxing champion until 1958 when Don Jordan won the welterweight title. Mr. Futch was nearly a senior citizen before he began to experience his greatest successes as a boxing trainer, but though it took time, success did come to him in a major way. He would go on to train six heavyweight champions, and more than 17 world titlists total. Mr. Futch performed some of his best work with the great Joe Frazier (who he is pictured with in this display) and Ken Norton, who were the first two men to defeat Muhammad Ali in a professional fight with Mr. Futch’s tutelage. During his illustrious career as a boxing trainer, Mr. Futch taught principles that transcended the sport, including hard work, patience and concentration. He also was a compassionate man, as he demonstrated in the third Ali-Frazier fight (“The Thrilla in Manila”) when he prevented a half-blinded Frazier from going out for the 15th and final round, despite the fact that Frazier was possibly just three minutes away from winning the epic battle. Instead of risking permanent damage to his fighter’s health, Mr. Futch’s message to a determined “Smokin’ Joe” was: “Sit down, son. It’s all over. No one will ever forget what you did here today.” With that said, just as Mr. Futch is a member of International Boxing Hall of Fame, the “Best of Young Detroit” offers up this tribute in hope that he will always be remembered in the city of Detroit.

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.

In this World Cup year, the “Best of Young Detroit” wishes to salute all of the participants that took part in Detroit PAL’s spring recreational soccer season, which recently concluded. Games were played at Historic Ft. Wayne, Jayne Field and at the new PAL Headquarters located on Michigan and Trumbull in Corktown. PAL’s spring and fall recreational soccer seasons are for girls and boys ages 4-19. Combined, PAL’s recreation and school leagues touched about 2,000 young lives this spring alone. The fall season runs from September to October. For more information, please visit

Mumford grad R. Barri Flowers is a prolific literary criminologist Can a student sitting in a Detroit Public Schools Community District classroom today research and write award-winning books that are read around the world? Absolutely, and one of the special people our students can look to for inspiration is R. Barri Flowers. A product of Mumford High School and Michigan State University, where he received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice, Mr. Flowers is a prolific literary criminologist, who has published more than 70 books and three-dozen short stories, while specializing in the true crime genre. A 2006 inductee into the Michigan State University Criminal Justice Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to literature and criminology, Mr. Flowers also has accounted for several crime show episodes on television.


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Directors will hold itsBid Annual Budget Standards  &AUTOSAR  standards.  Perform   No joy that mothers know, but it was mine curity checkpoints, be prepared to: Hearing on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Proof  of  Concept  to  software  &hardware   6, 2012 from Bids are due by NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGE The Wayne County Regional Education in Mothering that laddie gleams strong and fine. 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The Board Directors are usually subject to these rules as well, andNomay need help with Configurator  &Developer,  IBM  Rhapsody   proposals for: joy that Mother’s know, so long. &Enterprise  Architect  (EA)  tools  for  design   The meeting will be conducted in accordance have held off on purchasing their Academy 3111inElmwood, Detroit, MIMichigan es. NOTICE OF LAST DAY OF REGISTRATION &dvlpmt,  &Jenkins  for  automated  backend   Public Community Development Grant –Recovery SAN Storage, LAN Block Infrastructure, but it was mine Mothering with the Notice: Open Meetings Act. Academy Universal Sadly missed by: continuous  integration.  Use  Renesas  32bit   e capacity has continued to shrink, 48207 will hold a Public Hearing for the FOR THE PRIMARY ELECTION TO BE HELD ON controller  as  hardware  platform.  Use  model-­ that laddie strong fine ers often opt for slip-on shoes like loafers to speed through theand proSecurity, and NOTICE Support RFP # 15-005-651. Your mother PUBLIC HEARING based  tool  VD  Developer  to  design  &dvlp   TUESDAY AUGUST 7, 2018 The City of Detroit, through the Planning & Development Department is 2015-2016 Budget on Monday, June LEGAL NOTICE Eleanorwith Woodward can be difficult to take on and off. powermode  handling,  &gyros  &accelerometer   Bid Proposals are due by 10:00 am My heart is still Mr. forever a song logic  for  navigation  systems.  Use    VD   Amendment to the 2008 HUD Consolidated siest days at America’s airportsPARK are The Board of Directors will conductPlan for the Community COVENANT HOUSE Sisters: Walda and Doris 29, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. The budget will be CITY OF HIGHLAND Configurator  to  perform  Basic  Software  (BSW)   Becauseplastic God letbag me have Eastern Standard Time, Monday, s or gels in your carry-on bag in a clear, quart-size and my Block Grant CENTRAL – Recovery (CDBG-R). aACADEMY Public Hearing to review and dis&Micro  Controller  Abstraction  Layer  (MCAL)   so if you canWAYNE avoidCOUNTY, those days or MICHIGAN available for public inspection at this time, 2959 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. configurations,  &integration  with  supplier  ECU   June 22, on 2015. y tray. If you forget to prepare this bag at home, most airports have Laddie so long. cuss Michigan proposed ANNOUNCEMENTS Detroit, 48208budget for 2012-13, software.  Perform  functional  &sys  level   y find greater availability for airline date and location. TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF THE CITY OF HIGHLAND PARK: curity checkpoints. Remember, each container of liquid or gel can purpose of theAll amendment is testing.  Design  &implement  cybersecurity   tofrom assist in facilitating changes documentation for5:00 this bid is located on in re Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Sadly missed by:The c airports, too,” explained Roger E. will be held in The meeting will reqmts  using  crypto  modules.  Bachelor,   NOTICE IS hereby given that the Covenant be conducted in accorPLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a PRIMARY ELECTION CDBG-R program. theElectrical,  Electronics,  or  Electronics  &   activity changes reflect ree ounces, or it will be confiscated. The TSA refers to rule as Notice ofthis Public Hearing - 5:30 PMBoard atSpecifically, 6919 Waverly, Dearborn the Wayne RESA web site at: a modificati Central of Directors Your Mother & Sisters House Academy Group. the City of Highland Park on TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018. The last Communication  Engrg,  or  related.  60  mos'   dance with the Open Meetings Act gets of the activities displayed below. 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Warren, MI ive at the airport even earlier than VD,  Rhapsody  &EA  tools  for  design  &dvlpmt,   at the hearing location at 2959 Martin Luther of the with the provisions “OPEN and may even have it out abefore they approach. 48089, (586) 552-8010 to review the &Jenkins  for  automated  backend  continuous   King Jr. Blvd., Detroit, Michigan 48208. Activity Current Amount Propose Voters may register by mail usingTechnology mail-in registration form or in perwave Advanced Imaging integration.  Mail  resume  to  Ref#458-­101,  GM   MEETINGS ACT,” ACT NO. 267, PUB- NOTICE BUDGET HEARING proposed 2018-2019 operating budget. son at a Secretary of State Branch Office or the City Clerk’s office. Administration $ 996,221.00 $ 133 Global  Mobility,  300  Renaissance  Center,  Mail   The meeting will be conducted in accordance kets of change, cell phones, combs, eyeglasses, andbudget put is A copy ofetc., the proposed tems that might keys, be concealed under LIC ACTS OF 1976. Code  482-­C32-­D44,  Detroit,  MI  48265.   MODIFICATION TO ANTI-BULLING with the Michigan Open Meetings Act ANNOuNCEMENT(S) Micro Loan Program $ 531,657.00 $ 531 public inspection at the   PERSONS ENTITLED to be registered voters the City of wearing Highland all security tray for screening. If inyou’re aavailable belt, for you may also s through many security screening above address. Crowell Comm. Center $ 1,950,000.00 $ 1,950 POLICY   Park must possess the following qualifications on or before the day   it as well.   Cost  Engineer   of the election. (1) a citizen of the United States; (2) not less than Davison Façade Improvement $ 150,000.00 $ 150 American International Academy

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18 years of age; (3) a resident of the State of Michigan and the City NOTICE of Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Analyze  &evaluate   Greenon Jobs Training & Placement $ 225,000.00 $ ers help toforspeed up30following this process by minimizing the number will holdPUBLIC its annual budget hearing of Highland Park not less the than days prior to the election. In the further United States offer passenger  vehicle  interior  systems  including   Academy, a public school academy, will$ DAVE BING, MAYOR Lasky Recreation Center $ 150,000.00 addition, qualified electors must be registered to vote not less than 30 instrument  panel  (IP)  structures,  overhead   lace in security trays. TheyUpon often place into their carry-on Hope Academy, a public school, THE CITY CITY Thursday, June 18,charter 2015 at 5:45 p.m. to OF FERNDALE’S pcoming season. ap- these items consoles,  roof  trims,  headliners,  decorative  trims,   conduct hearing for the proposed$ daysholiday prior to the election. Lenox Recreation Center $ 150,000.00 will hold its Budget Hearing on Tuesday, MANAGER’S OFFICE IS SEEKING: a public using  Teamcenter  VisMockup  &UGNX  tools  to   pproach through security screening. review and comment on the Academy’s June 12, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at to: Repaving of 10 miles of Class-C Streets $ 1,840,000.00 $

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2,340 1,120 1,380 to 1:00 p.m. Mortgage Assistance $ 1,269,332.00 $ 1,269 costs through  anlys  of  content  of  raw  materials,   The budget will be available for public 48186. The budget is available for public component  mfg  processes  incldg  stamping,   The City of Ferndale’s DPW team ers have purchased TSA-approved computerPublic bags so they don’t have ing policy on Monday, June 15, 2015, at Residential Energy Improvements $ 250,000.00 $ 500 inspection at Hope Academy.Development Block Grant –Recovery -Amendment Notice: Community Persons with special needs as defined by the Americans with Disabilities injection  molding,  thermal  forming,  physical  vapor   is seeking: deposition,  machining,  welding,  painting,   inspection at 300 S. Henry Ruff Road, ops for screening. Small Business Energy Efficiency $ will 250,000.00 $ Act should contact the clerk’s office at 313-252-0050 ext. 223. 4:30 P.M. The &chroming  required  equipment  for  component   meeting be held at 8701 ke loafers to speed through the proA full-time Project Manager. Current LEGAL NOTICE University Commons Façade Improv. $ 200,000.00 $ 200 mfg  facilities,  &required  component  volumes.   Westland, MI 48186. The City through the Planningprojects & Development Department proposing an include: sidewalk replacement, road is Highway, hurry, but double-check that you’ve collected all of of Detroit, your belongings West Vernor Detroit, MI 48209. Registrations will be received at Robert B. Blackwell Municipal

Hope Academy, located at 12121 Public Improvements Areas tolerances, material,  &part  drawings  using   1,120,000.00 mputers orthem other large electronics consoles, remote-conan innovative mindset to be school budget. will and creativeTargeted Complex 12050in Woodward, Highlandtrays Park, MI(video Monday2015/2016 assembly  reqmts.  Evaluate  global  component   Broadstreet, Detroit, MI 48204,The location will also conduct a $$public hearing for the$$ nd place security for48203. game IN THE HUD CONSOLIDATED PLAN accountable for the City’s communications. costing  using  Magics,  &GMCO$T  tools,   through Thursday, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Friday’s 9:00 a.m. Demolition City-Wide 880,000.00 (313) 934-0054. your be 300 S. Henry Ruff Road, Westland, &estimate  vehicle  component  &supplier  tooling   Wage MI range: $54,021 to $67,464 es ascarry-on well, andbag. may need help with proposed modifications to the anti-bully-

Brenda Green f. Analyze diverse  empirical  datasets  to  accurately   HOUSE city landscaping, others. City Clerk Amendment toCOVENANT thewill 2008 HUD Consolidated Plan for the and Community Development forecast  materials,  time,  money,  &labor  required   The meeting be conducted in resurfacing, accorays before you leave the security checkpoint. The meeting is open to the public. ACADEMY EAST Salary range: $54,021 to $67,464. to  efficiently  manufacture  nextgen  proprietary   n a clear, quart-size plastic bag and

dance with thethey’ve Open Meetings Act. Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, FSA, and Copies of 06, the proposed budget andthrough J MICHAEL E. DUGGANhave ersbag willatalready have minimal items to retrieve because environment. Evaluate  &validate  efficiency  of  Tier   Detroit, Michigan 48214 his home, most airports comment period begins on June 2012 and will continue Retirement Plans are available for I/II  supplier  stamping  &injection  molding   MAYOR, CITY OF DETROIT proposed anti-bullying modifications will production  lines,  tools,  die-­sets,  fixtures  &gauges,   Comments can be changes mailed to:in restructuring each container of liquid or gel can both positions. The purpose ofhereby the given amendment is to assist in facilitating the NOTICE IS that the Covenant to  ensure  near  netshaped  manufactured  part   ADVERTISEMENT Academy East Board of Directors beand at Development the Academy for the public CDBG-RHouse program. Specifically, the activity changes reflect aavailable modification in the bud- Department For a full list of qualifications to apply, ated. The TSA toweather this rule asoften impede travelers that refers winter can Thanksgiving and Planning &durability,  robustness  &strength  according  to   actual  &expected  piece  cost.  Support  VA/VE   will hold its Annual Budget Hearing on go to of Tuesday, the activities displayed below. The Department has determined that this allocainputs  for  benchmarking  activities  from  cost  engrg   to review during regular business hours REQUEST FOR strongly QUOTATIONS in a single (one) one-quart bag. advise gets travel,” Block noted. “We all our clients to2018 keep our June 12, at 12:30 p.m. The CDBG-R Comments front.  Bachelor,  Mechanical,  Industrial,  or   BOARDING & SECURING AT THE FORMER LEE PLAZA HOTEL Budget will bewill available for meet public inspection tion distribution best the needs of Detroit citizens: Production  Engrg.  12  mos  exp  as  Engineer,   June 8, 2015. 65beginning Cadillac Square, Suite 2300 ct information stored on a fully-charged cell phone case they 2240 W GRAND BLVD easy to reach upon approach to the at thejust hearingin location at 7600 Goethe analyzing  &evaluating  passenger  vehicle  interior   ENGINEER IN RESEARCH LEAD DETROIT, MI 48208 Detroit, MI 48226 systems  incldg  IP  structures,  overhead  consoles,   Street, Detroit, Michigan 48214. assistance at the airport due to flight delays orNotice cancellations.” they approach. iswillhereby given that the Current City Amount FOR THE Activity Proposedroof  trims,  &decorative  trims,  using  Teamcenter   Amount The University of Michigan The meeting be conducted in accordance HOUSING AND REVITALIZATION has above available ispositions of the subject toVisMockup  &UGNX  tools  to  obtain  technical  data   authorization of the Detroit City Cou dds, “Be sure to pack your traveling the holidays. $ a996,221.00 $ 133,000.00 incldg  dimensions,  tolerances,  material,  &part   Council of Highland Park hold s, combs, eyeglasses, etc.,patience andDEPARTMENT putwhile Administration withfor the Michigan Open Meetings Act. will Approval of Engineer in Research drawings  using  assembly  reqmts  &estimate  the   Micro Loan Program $ 531,657.00 $ 531,657.00 ay spirit can depend it.” The Detroit Building (“DBA”) requests vehicle  component  &supplier  tooling  costs.  Mail   Lead in Ann Arbor, you’re wearing a Authority belt,on you mayestablished, also experienced, Public Hearing Notice HELP W resume  to  Ref#24989,  GM  Global  Mobility,  300   of Non-Discrimination: The City of Detroit does not discriminat licensed contractors (Qualified Bidders) to submit Quotations Crowell for Comm. Center $ 1,950,000.00 $ an 1,950,000.00 MI. Position requires Renaissance  Center,  MC:482-­C32-­C66,  Detroit,   ation or to find the Travel Leaders location nearest you, call 888INSTRUCTION/ Monday, June 15, 2015of $race,150,000.00 boarding and securing services at the former Lee Plaza Hotel located at Associate’s degree$ in 150,000.00 Davison Façade Improvement color, creed, national origin, age, MI  48265.   handicap, sex or sexual orie 2240 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208, as more fully described in this Computer Science or   visit When your journey includes us, 7:15 p.m. Green Jobs Training & Placement $ 225,000.00 $ 225,000.00 plaints may be filed with the Detroit Human Rights Department, 123 processRequest by minimizing the number of SCHOOLS   for Quotations. 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Public Improvements s (videosubsequently game consoles, remote-conin automotive applications; 2) 12 AVIATION Grads Highland Park,Areas Mi. 48203systems &Stamping  (MTS).  Maintain  &improve  the   exp. software development projects Demolition City-Wide $ leading 880,000.00 $ 1,380,000.00 at OA PPO  MTS  workplace  safety  &environment;;   WAYNE COUNTY COMMUNITY The DBA will hold two pre-bid walk-throughs on site. work for use in automotive systems; & 3) with 24 mos.JetBlue, product  qlty  incldg  BIW  stampings;;  machine   Assistance $ 1,269,332.00 $ 1,269,332.00 To consider the following: COLLEGE DISTRICT Respondents must attend at least one of these walk-throughsMortgage in exp. writing & debugging software & firmware qlty  incldg  welding  fixtures;;  customer  (PPO   UNIV ed computer bags theyThedon’t havewill be heldResidential Boeing, 801Improvements W. Fort Street Energy 250,000.00 $ &NASA, 500,000.00 order to be eligibleso for award. walk-throughs on for$ automotive communication busses Body  Shop)  responsiveness,  &cost-­efficient   Detroit, MI 48226 Tuesday, June 5, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, as well as on Thursday, June mfg  for  high  volume  component  mfg   Acade protocols. Exp. reqs. may be othersmet concurrently Small To Business Efficiency $ the 250,000.00 $ start here 0.00 hear Energy citizens input regarding environments.  Participate  in  die  design   BID SOLICITATION 7, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. during the same time period. Job duties: Lead &collaboration  meetings,  identify  intent  of   UniversityProposed Commons Façade Improv. $ 200,000.00 $ 200,000.00 REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL #1576 Increase. Water Rate hands-on training engineering teams responsible for automotive u’ve collected all of your belongings production  dies,  &ensure  pull  ahead   Respondents may only submit one response to this Request for cybersecurity projects. Conduct research in production  dies  in  preproduction  phases,  early   for FAA y checkpoint. Proposals are being solicited by Wayne Quotations. Participation in more than one submittal team will Oversee the operation automotive security prototype development production  die  validation,  tooling  iteration,   Brenda Green P&DD is soliciting public comment regarding the above-reflected changes. The public County Community College District result in rejection of all responses by that Respondent. &dies  cost  savings  for  high  volume  stamping   & intrusion detection technology.certification. Develop & ing program which inclu items to retrieve because they’ve plants.  Perform  weekly  Safety  Observation   (WCCCD) for begins the City Downtown Campus comment period on June 06, 2012 will& continue through June 20, 2012. analyzeand software firmware for automotive Clerk Tour  &identify  any  unsafe  conditions  &resolve   Electronics Classrooms Renovation Proposals are strictly voluntary on the part of the Respondent and the Financial aid if cybersecurity research using industry to hiring of faculty, revie Comments mailed to: Pre-Bid potential  safety  issues  with  prototype  tooling   Project.can be A Non-Mandatory Respondent assumes all responsibility for the preparation and submittal standard communication busses & protocols. incldg  heavy  stamping  presses,  large  size   qualified. conference will be held on Tuesday, June of theimpede proposal in accordance with the terms and and conditions of this propriate evaluation tim Interact with multiple industry &/or government milling  machines,  &laser  cutting  machines.   an often Thanksgiving & Development Department 5,Notice 2018, at 10:00 a.m. atPlanning the DistrictPublic Office RFQ. The DBA accepts no responsibility for and shall not reimburse the sponsors. Present material at workshops & Coordinate  Safety  Work  Action  Team   of curriculum is implement Building, Purchasing Conference Room,CDBG-R 4th meetings,  identify  &analyze  root  cause  of   Respondent for anyclients costs incurred preparation ly advise all our toin the keep ourand submittal of Comments conferences. Qualified candidates CALLshould Aviation safety  accidents,  set  up  the  countermeasures   Floor, 801 W. Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226. any proposal. send resume & verification of reqs. to: rules and regulations o Cadillac Square, Suite 2300 Institute ofto  prevent  accident  recurrence.  Participate  in   charged cell phone just in case they Hearing The deadline for submitting 65 Request for pedestrian  &industrial  vehicle  meetings  as   Detroit, MI 48226 Proposal packages will be Tuesday, June Respondents agree to comply with the requirements of the City of Nursing (SBON) and res Jane C. Ritter flight delays or cancellations.” representative  of  MTS  to  identify  potential   Maintenance 19, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. Sealed responses will Detroit’s Ordinances and Human Rights Department. Assistant to the Institute Director The Starr Detroit Academy Board safety  issues  &solutions  regarding  pedestrian   as required. Minimum be received the Purchasing Department safety  in  areas  of  Warren  Technical  Center.   Approval of the byabove is subject to authorization of theof Detroit University Michigan City Council. nce while traveling for the holidays. will 4th be holding Bachelor,  Mechanical  Engrg,  Industrial  Engrg,   at 801 W. Fort Street, Floor, Detroit, MIits 2015-2016 Copies of this Request for Quotations may be obtained online at www. of Directors Transportation Research Institute – UMTRI 1-877-891-2281 lors of Science in Nursin or  related.  36  mos  exp  as  Body  in  White   48226, Attention: Mr. Jacob Keli, Associate The unique name for this bid is “Boarding & Securing, Lee 2901 Baxter Road annual budget hearing on the following Engineer,  BIW  Process  Engineer,  Industrial   Notice Vice of Non-Discrimination: The City of Detroit not discriminate Engineer,  or  related,  participating  in  die   on the basis Chancellor for Procurement. Plaza Hotel, Detroit”. education, or related are Ann Arbor,does MI, 48109-2150 ers location nearest you, call 888dateRequest and time: June 17, 2015 5:30 p.m. design  &collaboration  meetings,  identifying   of race, color, creed, national origin,atage, handicap, sex or sexual orientation. Comence as an educator/trai for Proposal packages will be response journey to this Request forincludes Bids may be withdrawn 120 intent  of  production  dies  for  high  volume   WhenNo your us,for at least plaints may be filed with June the Human Rights Department, 1230 stamping  plants,  identifying  unsafe  conditions   Coleman A. Detroit Academy will1,Detroit also, conducton or after Friday, 2018, be days after the actual opening of the bids. The DBA reserves the right toStarravailable health field. Must posse &resolve  potential  safety  issues  with  prototype   via download from the WCCCD websiteMI at 48226 waive any irregularity in any bids and to reject any or all bids, should itYoung be Municipal Center, Detroit, ing a public hearing regarding the proposed tooling  incldg  heavy  stamping  presses,  large deemed in its best interest. If additional information is needed regarding a Registered Nurse in th this RFQ, please contact the DBA at (313) 224-0174. MISC. size  milling  machines,  &laser  cutting   Cyberbullying policy at 6:00 p.m. machines.  Mail  resume  to  Ref#6521,  GM   Certification required; M Late packages will be returned unopened. Global  Mobility,  300  Renaissance  Center,   Wayne County Community College District MC:482-­C32-­C66,  Detroit,  MI  48265.   Detroit Building Authority ing Train-the-Trainer for will not consider or accept packages received 1301 Third Street, Suite 328   The Location will be: after the deadline. Detroit, MI 48226 grams. 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Provide specialized office assistance, coordinating procedural business or service activities for a complex program area involving processing, implementing, advising on, and reporting specialized subject matter. Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Four years progressively responsible office experience, including direct experience in office coordination, prioritizing work assignments and maintaining work flow to meet deadlines. This is a full time, clericaltechnical position. Salary is $42,021.00 annually. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by June 13, 2018. Must apply on line to:




Develop and maintain the Community Engagement and Leadership program. Work with administrators, faculty, and staff to cultivate, manage, and grow our leadership initiatives and experiential learning opportunities, with goals to enhance the overall student experience. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Education, Counseling, Human Resources, Public Health, Business or related fields or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. At least one year of experience working in student leadership, development, programming, and implementation. Experience leading groups in instruction. This is a full time position, some nights and weekends may be required. Compensation commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by June 15, 2018. Must apply on line to:


Responsible for the university’s comprehensive institutional research function to drive institutional decision making in the support of strategic planning, policy formation, and evaluation of progress relative to strategic goals across the campus. Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in Social Science or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Five years’ experience in social science research and statistical analysis, preferably in institutional research. Demonstrated knowledge of current principles and procedures of higher education planning, research design, methodology, analysis, and presentation. This is a full-time position. Salary commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional minimum requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by June 12, 2018. Must apply on line to:




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Reporting to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Assistant Dean provides leadership and strategic support for all student affairs matters; including career advising, program development, student advising and student affairs sponsored events. The Assistant Dean will work independently to prioritize assignments and strategies in order to achieve the mission of the School of Medicine under the direct supervision and vision of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Minimum Qualifications: Master’s Degree in counseling, education, or relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Five to seven years of medical school experience. Experience in medical education, advising medical students and managing student affairs in a medical school environment. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. Must apply on line to:


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Senior Corporate  Auditor     General  Motors,  Detroit,  MI.  Audit,  perform  &execute   testing  procedures  to  audit  Mfg,  Treasury,  Finance,   CCA,  &Product  Development  financial  records   &accounting  processes,  based  on  audit  principles   required  by  IIA  to  ensure  compliance  with  internal   corporate  policies,  U.S.  &intl  laws,  US  GAAP  &SEC   regs  within  GM  NA  &SA.  Execute  testing  procedures   to  ensure  accounting  reporting  &revenue  of   automotive  operations  (Accounting,  Mfg,  Treasury,   Finance,  CCA,  &Product  Development)  adhering  to   SAB  No.  104  in  compliance  with  17  CFR  Part  211   Interpretations  Relating  to  Financial  Reporting   Matters.  Perform  testing  procedures  to  assess   accounting  for  property,  plant,  &equipment,  related   accumulated  depreciation  on  assets  &impairment  or   disposal  of  long-­lived  assets  recorded  according  to   FASB  Accounting  Standards  Codification  (ACS)  360.   Generate  &implement  testing  procedures  to  ensure   inventory  is  recorded  according  to  US  GAAP   recognized  by  ACS330.  Execute  testing  procedures   to  ensure  Accounts  Receivable  are  processed   &recorded  according  to  ACS310.  Assess  procedures   to  validate  data  adequacy  within  SOX  controlled   systems  to  ensure  compliance  with  Sarbanes-­Oxley   Act  of  2002.  Bachelor,  Accounting.  24  mos  exp  as   Corporate  Auditor,  Internal  Auditor,  Internal  Controls   Analyst,  or  related,  executing  testing  procedures  to   ensure  accounting  reporting  &revenue  of  automotive   or  industrial  company  accounting  or  mfg  operation  is   recognized  adhering  to  SEC  SAB  No.  104  in   compliance  with  17  CFR  Part  211  Interpretations   Relating  to  Financial  Reporting  Matters,  &assessment   of  procedures  to  validate  data  adequacy  within  SOX   controlled  systems  to  ensure  compliance  with   Sarbanes-­Oxley  Act  of  2002.  Mail  resume  to   Ref#2322,  GM  Global  Mobility,  300  Renaissance   Center,  MC:482-­C32-­C66,  Detroit,  MI  48265.  


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Plan and coordinate all activities related to all events presented by the School of Nursing including Nightingale Awards in Nursing, school sponsored conferences, Scholarship Recognition Reception event, Nurse Practitioner Networking Night, Class Reunions, and other ad hoc events, lectures and meetings hosted by the SON. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Human Services or related field, with an emphasis in writing or equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in project and/or event planning and coordination. This is a part-time position working 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday regular business hours; some evening and weekend hours required. Salary commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by June 13, 2018. Must apply on line to:

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Works closely with the Registrar to oversee the daily operations and functions of the Registrar’s office. Responsible for overseeing and assuring quality customer service and the integrity and accuracy of the data maintained. Collaborates with administrators, deans, faculty, academic advisers, and information technology staff to facilitate and improve services to students; internal and external data reporting; determines procedural best practices; and recommends policy changes, updates and corrections. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Student Services, Accounting, Organizational Management or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Minimum of four years of experience managing staff and information in a student recordkeeping system, preferably Ellucian BANNER. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by June 14, 2018. Must apply on line to: WWW.MICHIGANCHRONICLE.COM

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Provides specialized scientific expertise and capacity in support of the OU research and teaching missions. In combination with a variety of capital-intensive equipment, dedicated laboratory space, and expert faculty supervision, the Laboratory Coordinator contributes to a nationally competitive and externally funded independent research program that investigates the role of vertebrate photoreceptor structure for inherited retinal degenerations. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Cell/ Molecular biology or Biochemistry or an equivalent combination of education and/ or experience. Three years’ experience in a facility with general analytical and preparative laboratory methods. Experience with protocol design, development, implementation, and analysis. Training and experience in digital image acquisition and analysis.This is a part-time, administrative professional position, working 32 hours per week, with a salary commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by June 11, 2018. Must apply on line to:

Fun ways to help kids enjoy math, science and art (StatePoint) Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) concepts are especially important for young minds. While these are among the most challenging school subjects, at home, these topics can be brought to life through play. “Children should be encouraged to endlessly explore their creativity and be provided outlets to continuously discover through creative play,” says Hiu Lee, senior VP of Horizon Group USA, a leader in the creative DIY marketplace. Consider these items that allow children to put real-world science theories to the test while learning fun facts along the way. Lab Work A kid’s activity kit gives little scientists an opportunity to start creating. With the Project MC2 Lip Balm Lab, kids can create single- or multi-layer lip balms. This kit includes all of the ingredients required, plus kids can decorate the finished product with science-themed stickers.

Chemistry Connection Transform your kitchen into a scientific laboratory with the 40 fun and interactive experiments and simple chemical reactions found in the Discovery Extreme Chemistry Set. From creating temperature reactions to testing your taste buds, these hands-on experiments are great for parents and kids to do together. Create liquid ice, work through color-changing litmus experiments, create creepy, crawly, slimy worms and more to show children just how connected to chemistry the world around them is. Science That Glows Illuminate your child’s knowledge by combining simple chemistry with glowing power. With the Think Box Glowing Science Lab, kids can explore the basics of chemical compounds and reactions, while creating their own glow-in-the-dark toys and science experiments. The kit includes a ball mold, glow-in-the-dark power ball crystals, zinc

sulfate, baking soda, citric acid, guar gum, sodium tetra borate, resealable bags, glow-inthe-dark paint, a mixing stick and a fun poster with instructions. Bath Time Bubbles Mix together compounds, add color and shimmer, and create a molded bath bomb in the shape of your choice with YOUniverse Galactic Bath Bombs. Once you have made your creations, pop them into the bath tub and watch as they fizz and bubble. By giving kids the tools they need to explore the world around them, you can make the most of play time.

Cool summer entertaining tips to keep guests happy (StatePoint) Hosting friends and family for backyard barbecues, picnics and garden parties during summer carries its own challenges. Here are a few tips guaranteed to keep your guests cool, comfortable and happy when you entertain. • Create Shade: Entertaining outdoors? Remember, not all guests are going to want direct sunlight for too long. Take into consideration the sun’s position in the sky during the hours you will be hosting, ensuring your seating offers guests the option to sit in the shade. Create DIY shades by hanging curtains or fabric around or above your party location. • Protect Guests: Protect your guests from getting bitten and burned in your garden or yard. Be sure the space is clear of standing water in advance of the party. Also, create a small station with bug spray and sunscreen (kids’ varieties, too, if you’re hosting families). Keep it away from the areas where the food and drinks are being served. Consider adding citronella candles or tiki posts as an additional strategy for warding off mosquitoes and other insects. • Be Creative with Cold Drinks: Nothing is more evocative of summer than a cold glass of iced tea. Indeed, Iced Tea Month, celebrated in June, is a great time to create an iced tea bar that includes several varieties to suit your guests’

different tastes. Serve varieties like sweet tea, no calorie tea, tea mixed with lemonade, and peach tea. Label each clearly with small chalk boards or calligraphy name cards. Offer guests ready to drink teas made with high-quality, fresh, natural ingredients, such as Milo’s. They fresh brew all of their teas and do not add any extra “stuff ” like colors, acids or preservatives. A handy trick to keep beverages undiluted and impress your guests as things heat up? Create ice cubes out of Milo’s Tea in advance, then use those to cool down drinks. For recipe ideas, visit • Serve Cool Snacks: You may have the grill going, but you can keep things otherwise cool and light with snacks and sides like crudité, dips, pasta salad, fresh fruit skewers and cold finger foods, like tea sandwiches. • Play Games: Take full advantage of your yard this outdoor entertaining season with a few simple, fun lawn games like cornhole, horseshoes and ladder toss. Want to make things more interesting? Create an elimination bracket and tournament for each game. From refreshing drinks to fun and games, you can make the most of the summer with a few cool strategies.

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