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August 2-8, 2017

The Michigan Chronicle

endorsements MAYOR: Mayor Mike Duggan

The only fair way to grade Mayor Mike Duggan over the past four years is on a curve. And not a small curve. In short, we need to remem­ ber the condition the city was in when he took office. And we also need to re­ member how long it took for this city to get in that condi­ tion.

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Water shutoffs pose serious risk to public health

By Roz Edward Detroit public health department of­ ficials, specifically former director and current DPH director Dr. Joneigh Khal­ dun, are coming under intense scrutiny and considerable criticism for remaining silent on what leading health experts around the country are calling a public health crisis in Detroit. Community ac­ tivist representatives and health advo­ cates from around the world gathered at Wayne State University’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights recently to sound the alarm and call out public health offi­ cials for not coming clean on the health consequences associated with the city’s continued residential water shutoffs. The Detroit Water and Sewage Depart­

ment (DWSD) and water shutoffs have been the subject of worldwide news as word spread regarding the unprecedent­ ed numbers of water shutoffs over the past decade. Peter Hammer, director of Wayne State University’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, called for more studies surrounding the effects of the current government-imposed shutoffs and the immediate return of water for De­ troit residents currently without water. “This is not a matter of people just choosing not to pay bills, this is about the most vulnerable populations — the poor — who every month must decide be­ tween buying food, paying rent, paying a bill, going to the doctor and purchasing gas to get to work,” said Hammer. It is estimated that 85,000 households in De­

troit are currently without water. “Right now in Detroit you have some of the worst health indicators in the country,” said Dr. Wendy Johnson, who spoke on the impact of the lack of access to running water in distressed house­ holds in Detroit. Johnson, who is medical director of La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and former medical director of the Cleveland Department of Public health, said that the public health fallout attributed to water shutoffs is nothing less than criminal. “The water shutoffs are a public crisis of enormous dimensions, and to me it is astonishing and unconscionable that I


To begin one’s term of office in the midst of the largest munici­ Mike Duggan pal bankruptcy in history is slightly more than a minor bump in the road. It’s a moun­ tain. That combined with everything else Detroit has been dealing with since seemingly forever adds up to one massive job description that would have defied the best efforts of anyone brave enough — or crazy enough — to sign up for the task. Now nearing the end of that first term, it’s hard to make a credible ar­ gument that Detroit is no better than it was four years ago. That simply isn’t true. And although some of Duggan’s accomplishments may have been built on what was begun by his predecessors, that’s no crime nor does it negate the part he played in getting things done. Getting the streetlights turned back on was a big deal, even if it wasn’t as big and sexy as District Detroit and all the other development occurring in and around downtown. The appearance of new and improved neighborhood parks like Gordon Park at 12th and Clairmount, known for the past half century as the location where the 1967 rebellion began, is something that makes a noticeable difference in a community. The recent an­ nouncement of plans to bring back the Fitzgerald neighborhood on the city’s northwest side is also worth celebrating as a harbinger of things to come. Still, it is difficult for many res­ idents living in the far too many remaining impoverished Detroit neighborhoods not to feel left out whenever they hear about the New Detroit because the dramatic dif­ ference between what they see hap­ pening downtown versus what they see happening on their own block in their own corner of the world is, well, dramatic. The speed of change in downtown and Midtown almost has to be seen to be believed, and critics are not wrong to question why they are not sensing this same sense of urgency outside of that 7.2 square miles. While some would argue that the city’s core downtown had to take priority as the city’s economic heart, others might look at the desperation in the faces of so many Detroiters and wonder just how much longer they can be ex­ pected to patiently wait their turn.



Jail Update: Wayne County to focus on contract with Rock, but work remains Efficiency of larger jail, mitigated risk, cost comparison key factors Michigan Chronicle reports

DETROIT How far have we really come? Page D1


Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans has provided an update on the status of the two proposals to address the county’s unfin­ ished jail project. On June 28, the county received proposals from Walsh Construction to finish building the jail on the Gratiot site and from Rock Ventures to build the county a new criminal justice center on an alterna­ tive site. “While both proposals remain options, I’ve directed my team to dedicate their time and resources toward attempting to reach a contract with Rock Ventures,” Evans said. “The Rock Ventures proposal has more upside, less risk and a smaller financial gap than Walsh Construction’s proposal.  There are, however, many issues to resolve with Rock Ventures before I could recommend the approval of a contract to the County Commis­ sion and the County Building Authority.” In the coming weeks, Evans’ team will work with Rock Ventures’ representatives to negotiate terms of a deal to create a new criminal justice center.  If negotiations with

Rock cannot result in a contract in the best interest of county residents and taxpayers, the Evans has 120 days from June 28, the date Walsh submitted its proposal, to com­ mence negotiations to complete the jail at the Gratiot site. Cost Comparison, Risk Mitigation Factor Heavily Analysis of the Walsh proposal raises concerns it would likely cost as much if

not more to finish the Gratiot jail and ren­ ovate the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice than the county’s contribution to the Rock Ven­ tures-proposed criminal justice center. The total likely cost, combined with the Walsh proposal putting the county at risk for cost overruns unlike the Rock proposal, factored heavily in the decision to focus on Rock’s proposal.


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Endorsements Still, the plans revealed by Planning and Development Director Maurice Cox for the revitalization of at least seven Detroit neighborhoods gives definite cause for optimism, not because they are drawings on a board but because visual progress can actually be seen. And remember that Cox, nationally acknowledged as a planning and development superstar, was hired by Duggan. If Duggan wasn’t serious about neighborhoods, he never would have brought Cox in. None of this is to suggest that the mayor deserves a pass on his missteps simply because he took on a big job. The persistent cloud still hanging over his administration due to the ongoing investigation surrounding how contracts were awarded in Duggan’s highly touted home demolition program is no small matter. The feds don’t get involved in minor discrepancies. Judging by some of Duggan’s responses to the investigation, it sometimes seems as if he wants to shrug it off as an accidental slip up that occurred because he and his team were simply too enthusiastic in pursuing a means to do the right thing by tearing down as many abandoned houses as fast as they could. But this appears to be more than a “whoopsie” kind of slipup. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, Duggan has worked hard to make Detroit better, and he has surrounded himself with a team of similarly committed and highly qualified individuals who appear to be on the same page and on task when it comes to building a better city.

CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE: Brenda Jones, Janeé Ayers For City Council At Large, the Michigan Chronicle endorses both incumbents, Brenda Jones and Janeé Ayers, for re-election. Jones has served the community well overall as Council President, showing herself unafraid Brenda Jones to challenge the powers-that-be in favor of giving more voice to the people in the neighborhoods. Although we may not always agree with her decisions, we believe her heart is truly with the people and she has proven herself to be an able advocate on their behalf. Janeé Ayers has also done a solid job during her time on the council and has earned the opportunity to serve her city for another Janeé Ayers term. One of the things that we appreciate most about Ayers is her commitment to making Detroit a city that works for all De-


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troiters. Specifically, her work on the workforce development board is important as it relates to creating more jobs and opportunities for a workforce population that too often is not adequately prepared for the decent-paying jobs that are opening up and that are most likely to open up in the future.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICTS: DISTRICT 1: James Tate James Tate has managed to stay in touch with his constituents, regularly hosting community meetings where he directly addresses their concerns. Being accessible is a relatively simple yet extremely important part of the job. Also, James Tate Tate’s continued focus on trying to find a solution to the city’s abominably high auto insurance rates as well as his concern for revitalizing the business corridors in his district is appealing.

District 2: George Cushingberry In the sometimes repetitive focus on some of his well-documented travails and shortcomings, what too often gets lost about George Cushingberry is his length of time in public service and the depth of knowledge that comes along with that George knowledge and Cushingberry dedication. Few will argue that when Cushingberry is “on” he is a force to be reckoned with, and few on the council can match his knowledge of the process or history of the institution. But unfortunately, when he slips off his game it can be frustrating to say the least. Still, his knowledge of, and participation in politics on the state level, the county level and the local level have afforded him a degree of insight that is very valuable and should not be dismissed lightly. Institutional knowledge matters, and we believe George Cushingberry has earned the opportunity to serve another term. DISTRICT 3:

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From page A-1 ment issues, and his success at attracting development to his district, make us believe that Benson deserves another term in office.

DISTRICT 4: Andre Spivey Going for his third term on the council, Andre Spivey has proven himself to be a representative who is sensitive to the needs of his constituents and dedicated to working on their behalf. He also Andre Spivey seeks to work well with his fellow councilmembers which is a definite plus. More specifically, his commitment to getting a recreation center for his district (he points out that his district is the only one without such a facility) is important in a city where young people are sorely in need of activities, especially during summer. His pursuit of an ordinance that would force landlords to clean up their act by registering with the city and ensuring their certificate of compliance is up to date is another positive move that could benefit not just his district but the entire city if implemented.

DISTRICT 5: NO PRIMARY DISTRICT 6: No endorsement. Raquel Castaneda Lopez did not return her questionnaire, and although challenger Felicita Lugo does appear promising, we don’t feel strong enough about Ms. Lugo at this point to confidently say she deserves to replace the incumbent candidate.

DISTRICT 7: Incumbent Gabe Leland did not respond to our questionnaire, nor did his challengers, Regina Ross and Joanna Underwood. Consequently, we will not be making any endorsement in this race.

CITY CLERK: Heaster Wheeler If we were to go solely by incumbent City Clerk Janice Winfrey’s responses to our questionnaire, blocking out her past missteps, we might be inclined to grant Heaster her the Wheeler opportunity to serve a fourth term in office. She has certainly cleaned up the office from the days of her predecessor. But it is simply not enough,especially not with the calibre of challengers that have stepped up to the plate

this time around. And especially given the debacle of 2016, where equipment failures and other issues resulted in vote counting discrepancies that caused some to [incorrectly] assert that the inefficiency of her office during one of the most critical presidential elections of our lifetime may have been what handed Michigan — and the presidential victory — to Republican candidate Donald Trump. The race was so close in Michigan that it is easy to understand the frustrations and anger felt by so many that Detroit was the one Michigan city said to be gumming up the works. And although Winfrey has pledged to learn from her mistakes, and has taken measures to ensure such a mistake would not happen again, it’s just too late. Although the gap in competence between challengers Garlin Gilchrist and Heaster Wheeler is razor thin, we believe that Wheeler should get the nod as the

best choice. Gilchrist has an impressive amount of relevant experience, but Wheeler’s length of time in the trenches of Detroit politics and grassroots activism, not to mention his experience as the executive director of the Detroit Branch NAACP, give him an edge. From his questionnaire: “As executive director of the Detroit Branch NAACP, I raised and managed a $2 million+ budget, 21+ person staff and hundreds of volunteers addressing important issues for our city. In addition, I have worked as a Detroit firefighter, advocate for Detroit Public Schools, and served as an assistant Wayne County Executive. My 20+ years of progressive advocacy, leadership and community commitment, coupled with my extensive experience mobilizing and organizing groups, uniquely qualifies me to lead reforms in the clerk’s office that will empower voters and reclaim our voice.”




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Duggan makes his case for a second term... Why do you want a second term?

oversight of the state’s financial review commission and be fully back to being a city of self-determination. It’s also important that the mayor and city council continue to have a professional and constructive working partnership, as we have these past four years. That’s one of the biggest changes in city government. It used to be that the city was routinely embarrassed by fights between the mayor and council, or the mayor and the governor. That’s not the case anymore and we’ve been able to get a lot of good things done as a result.

A. We’ve made a lot of progress as a city in the past few years, but there is much more left to do. It’s as simple as that. Why do you believe you are still the best person to get this job done? A. That will be for voters to decide. The feedback that I hear every day from the residents I meet in living rooms, and at barbeques and other community events is that they see the progress we’ve made and want it to continue. They also appreciate having an administration that is so deeply rooted in the neighborhoods and responsive to their needs.

When you meet with average Detroiters, what do they tell you are their primary concerns about the city? What do they think is going well and what do they say could be better?

If elected to a second term, what would be your top three priorities that you would tackle during the beginning of your second term and why? What remains unfinished? A. For us as an administration, everything we are doing is about providing opportunity for Detroiters. Unemployment is half of what it was when I took office and at its lowest level since 2000 and about 20,000 more Detroiters have jobs today compared to four years ago. But our unemployment rate is still the highest in the state. That’s why we created Detroit At Work and have 8,000 young Detroiters employed this summer to provide pathways to job opportunities and, ultimately, well-paying careers. We’ve also partnered with the plumbers and carpenters unions, which have committed to greatly expanding the number of Detroit residents in the apprenticeship program and membership. That’s why we created the Detroit Promise, to make sure every child who graduates from a Detroit school can get two years of tuition free community college, and if they keep their grades up, four years of college. We need to prepare our residents for the opportunities that are coming to the city through projects like the $100 million Flex-N-Gate plant being built on the east side and

for jobs in the growing sectors of health care and technology. We’re going to keep doing this and building on it. One of the programs I’m most proud of is Motor City Match. Next month we are going to announce our 8th round of grant winners. When we do, we will have awarded $2 million in grant funds to help small businesses open or expand in our city. Nearly 20 businesses have already opened and as many more are under construction, while another 40 or so are in the pipeline. We’ve also helped hundreds more with business plans and other forms of technical support. But what I’m most proud of is the fact that more than two-thirds of these businesses are Detroit based and minority owned. That’s the kind of opportunity we are creating and are going to work to expand. The biggest things I would have like to see happen by now are auto insurance reform and the Detroit Education Commission. Those two issues represent two of our greatest challenges to keeping and at-

tracting residents to the city. We are seeing a lot of movement on auto insurance in Lansing and I feel as confident as I ever have that this is finally going to be dealt with. Detroit still has a serious problem with poverty, illiteracy and joblessness. Many Detroiters are not qualified for most available employment opportunities in the Detroit metro area. Please talk about your plan to close the gap between available –and anticipated – employment opportunities and those who need opportunity the most. A. You’re exactly right and that speaks directly to the top priority I stated earlier. Detroit at Work gives Detroit residents a clear path to jobs that we know are in demand today and will be in demand tomorrow. It doesn’t do much good to train someone for a job that doesn’t exit, so we are focusing on the skilled trades, health care, technology and others. We also have a serious effort under way to bring back a much more robust vocational training

program at Randolph school, which used to train hundreds of residents a year in the skilled trades. We’re raising funds now and are going to be able to make an announcement later this summer. And we’re going to keep growing the Detroit Promise so every Detroit graduate has the opportunity to go to a two-year or four-year college tuition free. That is something I’m very proud of because there are very few cities in the country where our young people have this sort of opportunity. Assuming you believe Detroit is heading in the right direction, what must be done to keep the city on the right track? A. We have to keep our financial house in order. Our CFO, John Hill, and his team have done just a great job restoring fiscal integrity to the city. We’ve certified two straight balanced budgets – with surpluses – and finished last year with another projected surplus. Once the audit comes back in the spring, we will be in a position to be out from under the

...and Heaster Wheeler makes his case for city clerk Why do you want to be city clerk? My commitment and passion to community service are unmatched. The combination of that and my progressive administrative and executive leadership experience uniquely qualifies me to be Detroit City Clerk. I have been committed to serving Detroit and our people my entire life. For years, I have been heavily involved in Detroit’s democratic process to mobilize, organize and get out the vote. I believe that the most important thing in a democracy is the right to vote. Unfortunately, the voice of Detroiters has been silenced for too long. My approach has always been to solve problems with bold leadership, and I have an extensive history of success in Detroit. Now, I want to put my experience to work to lead a bold fight to reclaim the voice of Detroit. What qualifies you to be city clerk? How do you see the job, and why are you the best person to get this job done? I wake up and fight for Detroiters every day. For decades, I have been on the front lines advocating for voters and employing leadership to get out the vote. As executive director of the De-

A. It used to be that my biggest complaints were dark streets, trash not getting picked up and the buses, police and EMS not showing up. We’ve pretty well fixed all of those things and so now, the complaints I am hearing are things like dead trees that need to be removed, broken sidewalks. That tells me two things: First, it says that residents recognize those earlier issues have been substantially addressed because I’m not getting those complaints anymore. Second, it tells me that residents now have confidence in their city and the Department of Neighborhoods to get the issues on their block taken care of. There are always going to be some things that we can’t get to just yet, but that list is getting shorter. Now that you have served one term, you have received your fair share of criticism as well as praise. What criticism strikes you as the most unfair, or perhaps uninformed, and why? A. I don’t really concern myself with criticism. In a job like this, no matter what you do someone isn’t going to be happy. I actually want to hear criticism from residents because it lets me know where we need to improve.

STATE OF MICHIGAN BEFORE THE MICHIGAN PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION **** FOR THE GAS CUSTOMERS OF DTE GAS COMPANY CASE NO. U-18268 • DTE Gas Company requests Michigan Public Service Commission approval of its biennial review of its Energy Waste Reduction (“EWR”) Plan filed pursuant to MCL 460.1001et seq., and authority to implement EWR surcharges. • The information below describes how a person may participate in this case. • You may call or write DTE Gas Company, One Energy Plaza, Detroit, Michigan 48226-1279, (800) 477-4747, for a free copy of its application. Any person may review the application at the offices of DTE Gas Company. • A public hearing will be held:

troit Branch NAACP, I raised and managed a $2 million+ budget, 21+ person staff and hundreds of volunteers addressing important issues for our city. In addition, I have worked as a Detroit firefighter, advocate for Detroit Public Schools, and served as an assistant Wayne County Executive. My 20+ years of progressive advocacy, leadership and community commitment, coupled with my extensive experience mobilizing and organizing groups, uniquely qualifies me to lead reforms in the clerk’s office that will empower voters and reclaim our

voice. In addition to my experience stretching back decades, I have been a lifelong student of democracy and the electoral process — and that hasn’t stopped. I have steeped myself in what other states are doing successfully, what went wrong in Detroit, and how to fix it. The clerk’s office presents a special opportunity to be an advocate for Detroit and work every day toward protecting the most essential piece of democracy — the right to vote.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. This hearing will be a prehearing conference to set future hearing dates and decide other procedural matters.


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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 public hearing to consider DTE Gas Company’s (DTE Gas) June 29, 2017 application requesting the Commission to 1) determine that their 2018-2019 EWR Plan is reasonable and that it meets all relevant requirements of Act 295 as amended by PA 342; 2) approve the proposed EWR Plan surcharges and the Performance Incentive Mechanism and associated charges; 3) approve the necessary accounting authority; and 4) grant 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: Any person wishing to intervene and become a party to the case shall electronically file a petition to intervene with this Commission by August 8, 2017. (Interested persons may elect to file using the traditional paper format.) The proof of service shall indicate service upon DTE Gas’s attorney, Richard P. Middleton, One Energy Plaza, 688 WCB, Detroit, Michigan 482261279. 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 Michigan Administrative Hearing System’s Administrative Hearing Rules 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’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 the Michigan Administrative Hearing System’s Administrative Hearing Rules, 2015 AC, R 792.10401 et seq.

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TRIUMEQ is a once-a-day pill used to treat HIV-1. In some people, TRIUMEQ should not be used by itself. Take TRIUMEQ exactly as your healthcare provider tells you. APPROVED USES TRIUMEQ is a prescription HIV-1 (Human Immunodeficiency Virus-type 1) medicine used alone or with other antiretroviral medicines to treat HIV-1 infection in adults. HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS. TRIUMEQ is not for use by itself in people who have or have had resistance to abacavir, dolutegravir, or lamivudine. TRIUMEQ should not be used in children under the age of 18. TRIUMEQ does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. You must keep taking HIV-1 medicines to control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION What is the most important information I should know about TRIUMEQ? TRIUMEQ can cause serious side effects, including: • Serious allergic reactions (hypersensitivity reaction) that can cause death have happened with TRIUMEQ and other abacavir-containing products. Your risk of this allergic reaction to abacavir is much higher if you have a gene variation called HLA-B*5701. Your healthcare provider can determine with a blood test if you have this gene variation. If you get symptoms from 2 or more of the following groups while taking TRIUMEQ, call your healthcare provider right away: 1. fever; 2. rash; 3. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain; 4. generally ill feeling, extreme tiredness, or achiness; 5. shortness of breath, cough, or sore throat. Your pharmacist will give you a Warning Card with a list of these symptoms. Carry this Warning Card with you at all times. If you stop taking TRIUMEQ because of an allergic reaction, never take TRIUMEQ or any other abacavir- or dolutegravir-containing medicines again. If you have an allergic reaction, dispose of any unused TRIUMEQ. Ask your pharmacist how to properly dispose of medicines. If you take TRIUMEQ or any other abacavir-containing medicine again after you have had an allergic reaction, within hours you may get lifethreatening symptoms that may include very low blood pressure or death. If you stop TRIUMEQ for any other reason, even for a few days, and you are not allergic to TRIUMEQ, talk with your healthcare provider before taking it again. Taking TRIUMEQ again can cause a serious allergic or life-threatening reaction, even if you never had an allergic reaction to it before. If your healthcare provider tells you that you can take TRIUMEQ again, start taking it when you are around medical help or people who can call a healthcare provider if you need one. • A buildup of acid in your blood (lactic acidosis). Lactic acidosis can happen in some people who take TRIUMEQ. This serious medical emergency can cause death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you feel very weak or tired; have unusual muscle pain; have trouble breathing; have stomach pain with nausea and vomiting; feel cold, especially in your arms and legs; feel dizzy/light-headed; or have a fast/ irregular heartbeat. • Serious liver problems can happen in people who take TRIUMEQ. In some cases, these serious liver problems can lead to death. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking nucleoside analogue medicines for a long time. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following signs or symptoms: • yellow skin, or the white part of the eyes turns yellow (jaundice); dark urine; light-colored stools; loss of appetite for several days or longer; nausea; pain, aching, or tenderness on the right side of your stomach area • Worsening of hepatitis B virus in people who have HIV-1 infection. If you have HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV), your HBV may get worse (flare-up) if you stop taking TRIUMEQ. A “flare-up” is when your HBV suddenly returns in a worse way than before. Worsening liver disease can be serious and may lead to death. Do not stop taking TRIUMEQ without first talking to your healthcare provider, so he or she can monitor your health. • Resistant hepatitis B virus. If you have HIV-1 and hepatitis B, the hepatitis B virus can change (mutate) during your treatment with TRIUMEQ and become harder to treat (resistant).

• Use with interferon and ribavirin-based regimens. If you’re taking TRIUMEQ and interferon, with or without ribavirin, tell your healthcare provider about any new symptoms. Worsening of liver disease that has caused death has happened in people infected with both HIV-1 and hepatitis C who were taking antiretroviral medicines and interferon. Who should not take TRIUMEQ? • Do not take TRIUMEQ if you: • have the HLA-B*5701 gene variation • are allergic to abacavir, dolutegravir, or any of the ingredients in TRIUMEQ • take dofetilide (Tikosyn®) • have liver or kidney problems What are other possible side effects of TRIUMEQ? • People with a history of hepatitis B or C virus may have an increased risk of developing new or worsening changes in certain liver tests during treatment with TRIUMEQ. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your liver function before and during treatment with TRIUMEQ. • When you start taking HIV-1 medicines, your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you start having new symptoms after you start taking TRIUMEQ. • Changes in body fat distribution can happen in people who take HIV-1 medicines. • Some HIV-1 medicines, including TRIUMEQ, may increase your risk of heart attack. The most common side effects of TRIUMEQ include: trouble sleeping, headache, tiredness These are not all the possible side effects of TRIUMEQ. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking TRIUMEQ? • Before you take TRIUMEQ, tell your healthcare provider if you: • have been tested and know whether or not you have a gene variation called HLA-B*5701 • have or have had liver problems, including hepatitis B or C infection; have kidney problems; have heart problems, smoke, or have diseases that increase your risk of heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes; drink alcohol or take medicines that contain alcohol • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TRIUMEQ will harm your unborn baby • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you take TRIUMEQ • You should not take TRIUMEQ if you also take: • abacavir (EPZICOM®, TRIZIVIR®, or ZIAGEN®) • lamivudine (COMBIVIR®, DutrebisTM, EPIVIR®, EPIVIR-HBV®, EPZICOM, or TRIZIVIR) • emtricitabine (Emtriva®, Atripla®, Complera®, Stribild®, or Truvada®) Important Safety Information continued on next page


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Peter Diagnosed with HIV in 2015

Leo Diagnosed with HIV in 2003

Garland Diagnosed with HIV in 2016

Jeannette Diagnosed with HIV in 2011

Jack Diagnosed with HIV in 2010

Real patients with HIV-1 taking TRIUMEQ as of 2014 or later. Individual results may vary. Individuals compensated for their time by ViiV Healthcare.

• Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines (for example, antacids or laxatives; vitamins such as iron or calcium supplements; anti-seizure medicines; other medicines to treat HIV-1, hepatitis, or tuberculosis; metformin; or methadone), vitamins, and herbal supplements (for example, St. John’s wort). Some medicines interact with TRIUMEQ. Keep a list of your medicines to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist. Do not start taking a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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This is only a brief summary of important information about TRIUMEQ and does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your condition and your treatment.



TRIUMEQ® may cause serious side effects, including: • Serious allergic reactions (hypersensitivity reaction) that can cause death have happened with TRIUMEQ and other abacavir-containing products. Your risk of this allergic reaction to abacavir is much higher if you have a gene variation called HLA-B*5701. Your healthcare provider can determine with a blood test if you have this gene variation. If you get symptoms from 2 or more of the following groups while taking TRIUMEQ, call your healthcare provider right away: 1. fever; 2. rash; 3. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain; 4. generally ill feeling, extreme tiredness, or achiness; 5. shortness of breath, cough, or sore throat. A list of these symptoms is on the Warning Card your pharmacist gives you. Carry this Warning Card with you at all times. • If you stop taking TRIUMEQ because of an allergic reaction, never take TRIUMEQ or any other abacavir- or dolutegravir-containing medicines again. If you have an allergic reaction, dispose of any unused TRIUMEQ. Ask your pharmacist how to properly dispose of medicines. If you take TRIUMEQ or any other abacavir-containing medicine again after you have had an allergic reaction, within hours you may get life-threatening symptoms that may include very low blood pressure or death. If you stop TRIUMEQ for any other reason, even for a few days, and you are not allergic to TRIUMEQ, talk with your healthcare provider before taking it again. Taking TRIUMEQ again can cause a serious allergic or life-threatening reaction, even if you never had an allergic reaction to it before. If your healthcare provider tells you that you can take TRIUMEQ again, start taking it when you are around medical help or people who can call a healthcare provider if you need one. • Build-up of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency that can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: feeling very weak or tired, unusual muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, feeling cold (especially in your arms and legs), feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat. • Serious liver problems, which in some cases can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice), dark “teacolored” urine, light-colored stools (bowel movements), loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach pain on the right side.

Tell your healthcare provider if you: • have been tested and know if you have a particular gene variation called HLA-B*5701. • have or had any kidney or liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection. • have heart problems, smoke, or have diseases that increase your risk of heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. • drink alcohol or take medicines that contain alcohol. • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TRIUMEQ will harm your unborn baby. • are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you have HIV-1 because of the risk of passing HIV-1 to your baby.

ABOUT TRIUMEQ • TRIUMEQ is a prescription HIV-1 medicine used alone or with other antiretroviral medicines to treat HIV-1 infection in adults. TRIUMEQ is not for use by itself in people who have or have had resistance to abacavir, dolutegravir, or lamivudine. TRIUMEQ should not be used in children under the age of 18. • TRIUMEQ does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. You must keep taking HIV-1 medicines to control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses.

DO NOT TAKE TRIUMEQ IF YOU • have a certain type of gene variation called the HLA-B*5701 allele. Your HCP will test you for this before prescribing treatment with TRIUMEQ. • are allergic to abacavir, dolutegravir, or any of the ingredients in TRIUMEQ. See the full Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in TRIUMEQ. • take dofetilide (Tikosyn®). Taking TRIUMEQ and dofetilide (Tikosyn) can cause side effects that may be life-threatening. • have liver or kidney problems. • If you also take: abacavir (EPZICOM, TRIZIVIR, or ZIAGEN); lamivudine (COMBIVIR®, DutrebisTM, EPIVIR®, EPIVIR-HBV®, EPZICOM, or TRIZIVIR); emtricitabine (Atripla®, Complera®, Emtriva®, Stribild®, or Truvada®).


MEDICINES THAT MIGHT INTERACT WITH TRIUMEQ • antacids, laxatives, or other medicines that contain aluminum, magnesium, sucralfate (Carafate®), or buffered medicines. TRIUMEQ should be taken at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after you take these medicines. • iron or calcium supplements taken by mouth may be taken at the same time with TRIUMEQ if taken with food. Otherwise, TRIUMEQ should be taken at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after you take these medicines. • anti-seizure medicines: oxcarbazepine (Trileptal®), phenytoin (Dilantin ®, Dilantin ® -125, Phenytek ®), phenobarbital, carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Equetro®, Tegretol®, Tegretol®-XR, Teril®, Epitol®). • any other medicine to treat HIV-1, medicines used to treat hepatitis virus infections (such as interferon or ribavirin), a medicine that contains metformin, methadone, rifampin (Rifater ®, Rifamate®, Rimactane ®, Rifadin®), St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF TRIUMEQ TRIUMEQ can cause serious side effects including: • See “What is the most important information about TRIUMEQ?” section • Changes in liver tests • Changes in your immune system • Changes in body fat distribution • Some HIV-1 medicines including TRIUMEQ may increase your risk of heart attack. The most common side effects of TRIUMEQ are: trouble sleeping, headache, and tiredness. These are not all the possible side effects of TRIUMEQ. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking TRIUMEQ. Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with TRIUMEQ. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

GET MORE INFORMATION • Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist. • Go to or call 1-877-844-8872, where you can also get FDA-approved product labeling. COMBIVIR, EPIVIR, EPZICOM, TIVICAY, TRIUMEQ, TRIZIVIR, and ZIAGEN are registered trademarks of the ViiV Healthcare group of companies. EPIVIR-HBV is a registered trademark of the GSK group of companies.

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You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are female, very overweight, or have been taking nucleoside analogues for a long time. • Worsening of Hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking TRIUMEQ. Do not stop taking TRIUMEQ without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months. • Resistant HBV. If you have HIV-1 and HBV, the HBV can change (mutate) while you’re on TRIUMEQ and become harder to treat (resistant). • Use with interferon and ribavirin-based regimens. Worsening of liver disease that has caused death has happened in people infected with both HIV-1 and hepatitis C virus who are taking antiretroviral medicines and are also being treated for hepatitis C with interferon with or without ribavirin. If you are taking TRIUMEQ and interferon with or without ribavirin, tell your HCP if you have any new symptoms.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take: • Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. • Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with TRIUMEQ. Do not start taking a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider.



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Jail update From page A-1

Walsh Construction’s proposal includes two jail options at Gratiot, with approximately 1,608 beds at $269 million and 2,200 beds at the cost of $317.6 million, which does not include the cost of renovating the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, which is estimated to cost $36 million. The total cost of the Walsh proposal with the renovations to Frank Murphy is estimated to be about $353 million. Rock Ventures’ proposal offers to build the county a new criminal justice center with a 2,280-bed jail, criminal courthouse, prosecutor offices, sheriff administrative offices and a juvenile detention facility at a total approximate cost of $520.3 million with the County responsible for $380 million plus the cost of acquiring land from the City of Detroit bounded by the I-75 Service Drive, E. Warren Ave., E. Ferry, Russell and Frederick. Rock Ventures would bear the responsibility and risk for all cost overruns. 

Best in Black is Back

By Olga Hill and Tatiana Wheeler

If last year’s inaugural Best in Black Awards was any indication of the excitement generated by nominees and winners for the Michigan Chronicle’s signature, the 2017 show will be a major success. Throngs of spectators and supporters turned out to vigorously show their love for their favorite nominees.

“Based on where we are today and looking to the future, it makes sense for the county to spend the additional money for the expanded jail,” Evans said. “The county’s improved finances and credit rating have given us the option of financing the larger project in order to achieve this long-term benefit.”

The Michigan Chronicle invites you to be a part of this premier event, celebrating the best in black-owned businesses, community organizations, entrepreneurs and entertainers in and around Detroit.

Last year, distinguished nominees and their enthusiastic supporters packed the theater in the historic Paradise Valley district, noted for its black business and entertainment venues, eager for the announcement of winners. BIB organizers, nominees and their supporters expressed sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the many Detroiters who did more than just hold on during difficult times, they made the commitment to consistently strive for excellence, without much mention having been made of them publicly. The night may be best remembered for being so real, as in Real Times Media CEO and Michigan Chronicle publisher Hiram E. Jackson jubilantly shouting; “I love black people,” to an energetic crowd as he opened the live awards ceremony. “These are the individuals and institutions that buoyed up disheartened citizens and discouraged consumers, even when it wasn’t as popular or as fashionable as it is now,” said Jackson.

Both proposals provide for increased bed capacity to allow the closing of the Division III jail, as well as Divisions I and II. The increased capacity from 1,600 to 2,200 or 2,280 beds costs between $55 to $60 million for either project. The annual operational savings to the county from an expanded jail will more than offset the additional capital costs in constructing a larger jail. A study performed by CGL, the county’s consultant, estimates an annual savings of $7.2 million a year by closing Division III, and this analysis includes the initial capital costs of building the larger jail.

The Michigan Chronicle is again proud to announce the return of the highly anticipated Best in Black Detroit Awards! In 2017, the community responded in a major way, with more than 900 nominations and as many as 600 casted votes.

The Best in Black Detroit Awards is a community driven award production to recognize black achievement across a wide range of categories from best gospel choir to the best happy hour venue in Detroit. Finalists and winners are nominated and voted for by you, the community. This year, we are recognizing people and businesses in over 40 categories. From favorite stylist, to best BBQ joint in the D, we will honor those receiving the most nominations/votes during a live awards show in the fall.

Benefits of Larger Jail Outweigh ­Additional Capital Costs

IRS Bonds, Land Remain Obstacles

Jo Event sponsors, UAW, Radio One and The Michigan Chronicle established the highly anticipated awards ceremony to highlight the contributions of African Americans in more than 40 categories ranging from attorneys and preachers, to entrepreneurs and entertainers. in the launch party, Friday, Aug. 4 at Skip Friday’s hosted by AJ Williams editor of City.Life.Style and First Fridays. It’s also a great opportunity to really Be Scene, a new section where you may wind up on the picture page attending some of the hottest events in Detroit. Over a three-month voting period Detroiters cast more than 350,000 votes for their favorite artists, eateries, stylists and civic leaders Here’s how the selection process works: To ensure that your choice wins in each category, vote early and vote often. Login on daily to cast your vote. Nominations open August 4th- September 4th. The voting round is open from September 13th through October 8th. Cast

nominations and votes to ensure your fav nabs the award. Finally, once your favorites make it to the finals cheer them on by attending the awards ceremony being held Wednesday, October 25 at the Motor City Soundboard. Best in Black event organizers and sponsors have also expanded the scope of recognition and added several new categories we thought more than worthy of recognition. New categories include: • Best Happy Hour • Best Burger • Best Barbecue Joint • Best Publicist • Best Event Director • Best wedding planner • Best baker • Best event DJ • Best ballroom instructor • Best organist/piano • Best community choir For more information email

Rock Ventures’ proposal contemplates building the criminal justice center on a site currently owned by the City of Detroit. The county will continue to work toward an agreement with the City of Detroit for purchase of the land as it also awaits an IRS determination on a closing agreement which provides for the use of the jail bonds at a site other than Gratiot, and specifically, Rock Ventures’ proposed site.  Either of these issues could present obstacles to finalizing a contract with Rock Ventures. In addition to approving a definitive agreement with Rock Ventures to build the criminal justice center, the Wayne County Commission would need to approve the purchase of the City of Detroit’s property and the County Building Authority would need to approve the closing agreement with the IRS for resolution of the use of the jail bonds. “Over the past few weeks we’ve made progress with both Rock Ventures and the City of Detroit and we’ll continue those efforts,” Evans said. “Having a new criminal justice center is the better option, but there remain significant obstacles that need to be resolved.  We will continue to work tirelessly to address them.”

Water shutoffs have to be here and am the one telling you this,” she said. “It is, to me, astonishing and unconscionable that the previous director of Public health for the City of Detroit, Dr. Abdul ElSayed, and the current public health director, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, have said nothing publicly about the public health risks of these water shutoffs. It’s their duty to know these things and respond, and I really think it’s a dereliction of duty on their part.” Wayne County ranks last among all counties in Michigan for overall health indicators. “You have some of the highest infant mortality rates at about three times the national average and three times the rate in white communities. No one else in the country or even in the world has implemented such draconian measures as Detroit has when it comes to water shutoffs,” she said. “The only other city in the world that has had this kind of draconian response was Johannesburg, South Africa.” A preliminary study conducted by researchers at the Henry Ford Global Health Initiative found that patients who live on blocks that experienced water shutoffs were 1.55 times more likely to be diagnosed with a water-associated illness.  Those illnesses included sub-clinical dehydration, which


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most severely impacts the very young, the very old, the disabled and people with chronic health problems. Even mild dehydration is a contributing factor to irritability, fatigue, decreased cognitive abilities, difficulty concentrating and learning disabilities.

Rowe said he had had a number of conversations with El-Sayed regarding the public’s right and need to know about health issues related to the excessive number of water shutoffs which continue to take place in Detroit. Rowe says El-Sayed told him during his time as health director that he would be fired if he discussed the matter publicly.

But aside from the obvious challenges to physical well-being presented by water shutoffs, including personal hygiene, meal preparation and other issues, the consequences can be dire for Detroiters already facing health crises. “If you have diabetes and you go around in a state of sub-clinical dehydration, it is much more likely that you’ll have high blood sugar, much more likely to go to the hospital in a diabetic coma, and it’s much more likely that your kidneys and your heat will be affected,” said Johnson, who cited similar outcomes for people with heart disease and children with gastrointestinal problems and sickle cell anemia. Lack of access to water also forces those affected to make unhealthy food and exercise choices as they are more likely to consume fast food and sugary drinks to survive, as well as forego exercising to avoid compounding the effects of dehydration and poor hygiene. Former Detroit nurse Ro-

chelle Weatherspoon talked with panelists and discussion participants about her personal battles with government-imposed water shutoffs and the resulting pain and suffering caused by skin and soft tissue infections she’s contracted directly attributable to the water shutoffs. “Three years ago when the water was starting to get cut off in the neighborhoods, I found myself having a lot of health issues. I ended up in the hospital where I got MRSA. The day after I got out of the hospital my water was cut off,” said Weatherspoon, who said she is concerned that she will pass the skin disease to her two daughters and grandson who reside in the household with her. MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus infection) is caused by

a type of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. It often begins as a painful skin boil and is spread by skin-to-skin contact. At-risk populations include communities with inadequate access to water. “And what makes all of this even worse is that [the water department] uses a can of blue spray paint on the sidewalk in front of your hose to indicate the water turn off, but it’s more like a scarlet letter to me.” Ed Rowe, retired pastor of United Methodist Church and longtime community activist, is an impassioned community leader and a widely recognized outspoken advocate for issues ranging from emergency management to racial inequities.

“But since he’s resigned from the health department and entered the race for governor, he still hasn’t said anything,” lamented Rowe. “Dr. El-Sayed could be the next Dr. Mona,” added Rowe, referencing the medical professional who broke the Flint water crisis story and is lauded in communities around the world for her candor and courage. Rowe also said during the panel discussion that the level of misconduct on the part of health officials rose to the level of medical malpractice. “Water is life, and that is something we all intuitively know. Water is too important to be in the hands of private entities or in the hands of profitmaking enterprises. Privatizing water and making profit is apparently more important than the people who live in our communities,” said westside resident Mitzy Smith who chided water department personnel for billing incompetence and a general lack of compassion.

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Congratulations to our Discover the Unexpected (DTU) Fellows! Discover the Unexpected, presented by the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox in partnership with the National Newspaper Publishers Association, celebrates the impressive achievements of our HBCU student journalists. Because of our DTU Fellows, summer ’17 was full of important stories that inform, inspire, and shatter perceptions about African American culture as well as our community. Don’t miss their stories and videos from this road trip of a lifetime.




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One school at a time, one neighborhood at a time Life Remodeled redevelops neighborhoods, rebuilds communities using neighborhood schools

case you’re wondering, this isn’t the first time Lambert has managed to pull this off. Life Remodeled, founded in 2011, is already developing a respectable track record of transforming neighborhood schools in troubled areas as a means of upgrading the entire neighborhood.

By Keith A. Owens

The organization’s first school-based project, costing roughly $5.5 million, was in 2014 at Cody High School. In 2015, Life Remodeled stepped it up a bit and took on Osborn High School. That project cost approximately $5.7 million. Both of these projects were a long way from the initial project in 2011, which involved pulling together 500 volunteers to build a home for a single mother and her four children in Westland. In six days.

Senior Editor

If you live anywhere near the Durfee Elementary School building and Central High School on the city’s west side, you already see it happening, because you really can’t miss it. It’s kinda big. Beginning on July 31, 12,000 volunteers descended upon Durfee and the surrounding neighborhood for a sixday whirlwind transformation/overhaul/ cleanup designed to remove blight on 300 city blocks, board up 300 vacant houses, and perform essential home repairs for 50 homeowners in the area. “We invite students from school, we invite community residents, churches, mosques, synagogues, businesses, people from every walk of life that you can imagine,” said Chris Lambert, CEO of Life Remodeled which is spearheading the project. Lambert said he and his team typically spend at least a year working with the community figuring out what the community wants. Then they work together with that community to plan the blight removal project. And that’s just for starters. The initial whirlwind is really the kickoff of what will be at least a two-year effort spearheaded by Life Remodeled to transform the Durfee building into what will be known as a Community Innovation Center, and thereby transform an entire neighborhood in the process. And in

“The process evolved from a vision that was big at the time but miniscule compared to what we’re doing right now. …It’s evolved from focusing on building a house that benefited one family at a time, to now benefiting a community asset that benefits the entire community,” said Lambert. “This one is very different from what we’ve done in the past. In the past we’ve worked in existing schools that are still operating today. …This one’s very different because we’re working in a vacant school now. The former Durfee Elementary Middle School.” In addition to other benefits, Lambert said that there has been a noticeable positive impact on crime in the neighborhoods surrounding their earlier schoolbased projects. According to Lambert, the Detroit Police Department measured crime stats on the blocks where they worked, both before and after the project, “And it actually dropped in 10 out of 11 categories,


Detroit Schools to get big boost on ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day Volunteers from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will take up rakes, paintbrushes and shovels to help beautify 15 schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District for the 11th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day on Saturday, Aug. 5.

projects throughout the city, helping to make Detroit an even better place to go to school, live, work and play.” Neighborhoods Day activities will involve scores of organizations and thousands of volunteers, making it the largest Neighborhoods Day event of its kind in the nation. For the second year in a row, the DTE Energy Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the event that stretches from the Detroit riverfront to Eight Mile Road. Through the support of its major sponsors, ARISE Detroit! is once again providing vouchers for more than 100 beautification and cleanup projects on Neighborhoods Day.

The school projects are the cornerstone of more than 200 community improvement projects and sponsor-supported events that will spread across the city on Neighborhoods Day. Additionally, a number of Neighborhoods Day events will occur throughout August. “It’s all a sign that Neighborhoods Day continues to grow and have greater impact across the city because of the work of so many community groups, businesses and the foundation community,” said Luther Keith, ARISE Detroit! executive director. “At a time when we are reflecting on the events of July 1967 in Detroit, it’s important to understand that people have continued to work to push the city forward over the past 50 years. Neighborhoods Day is a clear sign that they will continue to do so.” “The DPS beautification projects give the opportunity for our BCBSM employ-

“Neighborhoods Day has become a uniquely Detroit event and the scale of it is unrivaled by any community in the nation to our knowledge,” Keith said. “All Detroiters should be proud for presenting this positive side of the city that reflects, pride, work and hope.” ee volunteers to have a venue to serve, collaborate, connect with the community and plant seeds of hope that may inspire students,” said Dell Dexter, director of the company’s department

of culture and business performance. “We’re looking forward to joining in with the thousands of volunteers who will be working hard on ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day on community service

There will be numerous festivals, educational events, cleanup projects, garden planting and volunteer initiatives with local businesses joining hands




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with city residents and suburbanites. ARISE DETROIT! Neighborhoods Day Highlights: ■ Detroit Cultural Center: The Michigan Science Center, Detroit Historical Museum and Detroit Public Library are collaborating on a big Neighborhoods Day event. The DIA is hosting an event and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is a Neighborhoods Day sponsor. ■ Six major festivals throughout the city: Belle Isle Art Fair, Grandmont Art Fair, Sidewalk Festival, Jazz on The Ave, Bringing in Change Festival, and the Sacred Heart Church Bazaar. ■ Youth participating in service projects across the city: Organizations include the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute, Manpower Mentoring, Next Generation Community Organizers, Grandparents Raising Their Children’s Children, and Friends of Detroit City Airport. ■ Nursing Home Visitation Project: Project Compassion volunteers will visit and musically entertain residents at eight nursing homes on East Grand Boulevard.

Life Remodeled including 47 percent reduction in homicides.”

From the website:

“The Community Innovation Center will operate in collaboration with Central High School and the Detroit Public Schools Community District to provide hands-on education to students. Entrepreneurs will guest lecture in classrooms and students will have the opportunity to learn subjects, like math and finance, with real examples from case studies of business ventures taking place within the center. Community members of all ages will have access to resources and space in order to learn about entrepreneurship and how to start or grow their own businesses. The center will also serve as valuable community and recreational space for families and their kids.” “As 2017 marks the 50th year anniversary of the 1967 Detroit uprising, Life Remodeled and our partners will invest in the neighborhood surrounding Central High School, the city’s first public high school, in the community where

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Detroit’s civil unrest began. This year’s project will serve not only as a powerful commemoration of the progress that has been made, but also the progress we continue to strive toward. “We are proud to announce Life Remodeled’s first two-year commitment to Central High School and the surrounding neighborhood as we take on our largest project to date.” So why did Lambert and crew decide on Durfee for this year’s project? “We really chose Durfee the same way we chose every other neighborhood. There’s really two things that we look for — significant need and radical hope. And when we say ‘significant need,’ what we’re looking for are neighborhoods that have high levels of crime and high levels of blight. And we’re looking for schools that have academic challenges that can be addressed with a construction/ renovation project. When it comes to radical hope, we’re looking for

a neighborhood that already has a foundation of sustainability in place or in process,” said Lambert.

■ Over 30 churches and faith-based institutions involved in community day projects, including health fairs, cleanups and school supply giveaways. ■ Expungement fair: The UAW and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones partner to share expungement information at a Neighborhoods Day event.

What the community surrounding Central High does have “is a very rich history of resilience. And it is geographically located in close proximity to downtown and Midtown, and a tremendous amount of development is coming this way. And so what we want to do is help create more equity and inclusivity in the community so the community will have more power to shape the development that’s coming.”

■ Detroit Public Library branches will have special programming throughout August — before and after Neighborhoods Day — involving storytelling and more.

Hopefully, if all goes according to plan, this is the kind of impact that will result in all future developments as well. Using schools as anchors to rescue communities.

■ Neighborhoods Day closing celebration in the evening at Bert’s Marketplace in Eastern Market, featuring Motown-themed entertainment.

“We haven’t decided what neighborhood we’re going to next, but what we’d like to do is to prove that this model of repurposing vacant schools can be of great benefit to the city and continue to do it in other Detroit neighborhoods.” It’s an idea that definitely beats shutting them all down.

■ Bridging the Gap Walk: On the Detroit riverfront, longtime Detroiters and newcomers come together to build understanding and promote harmonious relationships. ■ Two neighborhood peace walks led by Black Family Development and a Poor People’s March organized by the Detroit Chapter Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

■ Beyond Neighborhoods Day: A number of events will be held later in August in connection with Neighborhoods Day, including a Detroit car cruise called CruisIN’ the D, the Ribs and R&B Music Festival, and the Crary St. Mary’s and Mack Alive community parades. Volunteer for Neighborhoods Day: Groups and individuals can volunteer for Neighborhoods Day by going to the website,, clicking the event list and contacting groups that have listed projects. 

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Two DPSCD high school graduates named 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars By Donald James

Coca-Cola scholarship alumni.

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) continues to demonstrate that its students are achieving academic excellence worthy of local and national attention.

“Honestly, there was no special formula that I used to win this scholarship,” said Gardner-Brown, who had a 3.5 GPA at Renaissance. “I do know that being super involved in my school and super involved in my community were important factors.

This trend continued when recent DPSCD graduates Cydney Gardner-Brown from Renaissance High School and Oluwakemi Dauda from Ben Carson High School of Science and Medicine, each received a $20,000 college scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Gardner-Brown and Dauda were among approximately 86,000 national high school seniors who applied for the scholarships. They were among the two

“Also, about a year ago, I had an opportunity to visit Senegal, West Africa, through an organization called buildOn. I volunteered there to help build a school. I believe this experience of international volunteerism in a developing country was a major reason for my selection.” While at Renaissance, she served as class president and also took on leadership roles connected with student council and Michigan Youth in Government. She was chosen as the lead P.A. announcer at Renaissance, and was a member of the volleyball and soccer teams, among other activities. Dauda, who graduated from Ben Carson with a 3.8 GPA. described her path to becoming a 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar: “The summer before my senior year, I began researching scholarships because I knew I was going to apply to a lot of colleges. I knew I had to figure out some ways to finance my college education. When I saw the Coca-Cola scholarship and the large number of students who applied the previous year, I almost didn’t apply. However, something told me to try anyway. I went through the three rounds of the application, which included essays and an online interview. I was one of 150 students chosen.” Dauda reflected on how she reacted, upon hearing the news of winning Coca-Cola’s $20,000 scholarship:

Oluwakemi Dauda final 150 students ultimately chosen as the 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars. Students are chosen based on their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their respective schools and communities through volunteerism. Completion of a lengthy application and submittal of a series of essays are required. Academic excellence is always a major factor. Since its inception 29 years ago, there are approximately 5,700

“I had just returned home from a trip and I wasn’t feeling well, but when I found out that I was chosen, I forgot all about being sick. I jumped up in the air, screamed, cried and danced, along with my parents. It was a wonderful feeling.” While at Ben Carson High School of Science and Medicine, Dauda held many leadership positions, including serving as president of the National Honor Society and president of the Key Club. She also was a member of the Ben Carson team that won the 2016 National Lenovo Scholars Network Mobile App Competition. Her team was one of six winning units from across the United States.

Cydney Gardner-Brown Daudi and her team traveled to Orlando, Florida to present their winning app at the National Academy Foundation’s annual Professional Development Conference.

commitment to educational excellence, leadership and service to their school and community,” said Claude Nielsen, chairman of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation’s board.

Both Gardner-Brown and Dauda had an opportunity to meet the other 148 Coca-Cola Scholars chosen for 2017, when the two traveled to Atlanta last spring for the Scholar Weekend. Along with the other scholarship winners, Gardner-Brown and Dauda participated in various leadership workshops and group community service activities. The entire group also toured local landmarks and historic sites in Atlanta.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to name Cydney and Oluwakemi as 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars.”

“It was an amazing and incredible experience in Atlanta,” said Gardner-Brown. “I’m so honored to have won this scholarship, and had the opportunity to network with so many accomplished winners from all over the country. It was cool. I met friends that are going to every single Ivy League School. We are now like family.” Dauda said, “In Atlanta, I was amazed how I rediscovered myself. We had these breakout sessions where the scholars bonded with each other and were able to talk about the real things on our minds.” “Cydney Gardner-Brown and Oluwakemi Dauda are part of a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors — now graduates — from across the nation that have shown a steadfast

This fall, Gardner-Brown and Dauda will attend the University of Michigan. Dauda plans to major in psychology, while Gardner-Brown will major in public health. In both cases, the $20,000 Coca-Cola scholarship is much appreciated. Additionally, both young women urge other DPSCD high school seniors to apply for the scholarship when eligible. “Just apply,” Dauda said. “You never know what’s going to happen, because winning this scholarship has lifted a very heavy financial burden off my shoulders and my parents’ shoulders.” Gardner-Brown added, “Winning the scholarship in the amount of $20,000 is nice, but in some ways, it’s not about the money. It’s about networking with the Coca-Cola Scholars. For the rest of my life I will be able to connect with these wonderful people. The money will be used and will be gone, but the networking and associations with present and past Coca-Cola Scholars from across the country will never go away.”


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The importance of voting in the Primary Election

By Cathy M. Garrett Wayne County Clerk

The Aug. 8 Primary Election is fast approaching. By definition, the word primary is “of chief importance.” Throughout Wayne County, there are numerous communities with candidate primaries and school board elections that are determined in the primary election. Also included in this election is the 1st State House District race. Often the importance of voting in the Primary Election is overlooked. Historically, voters tend to bypass local primary elections, yielding a lower voter turnout. Some voters opt to wait until the General Election to cast their Cathy M. Garrett vote, although all elections are important. However, the Primary Election determines which candidates will advance to the General Election. We must realize that when voting for various candidates, they in turn have a major impact on our quality of life concerns. Those candidates should represent the voice of the people, ranging from ordinances and legislation to the local school board. You cannot afford to push the pause button. Make a commitment to vote, and follow through on your commitment by going to your assigned polling location to vote or submitting an absentee ballot. This is an investment in your community. Educate yourself on the candidates, ballot proposals and any other matters that affect the electorate. Take the time to review the candidate materials that have been mailed to your home or avail-

able online. Understand the candidates’ platform and in the event of proposals, the ramifications of voting yes or no. Casting an informed vote is also an integral part of the voting process. You can review your community’s candidate list and ballot proposals at the following website:

By Dr. Elizabeth Primas

If you’re uncertain of where to vote or your registration status, contact your local clerk’s office or go online to the State of Michigan website: The website will permit you to check your voter registration status, view your sample election ballot for August, and track your absentee voter ballot.

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia submitted their proposals for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act on April 4. The remaining states are required to submit their proposals on September 18. A review of the first proposals submitted, showed some improvements, as well as areas of concern, related to how education officials plan to address accountability and school performance at the state and local levels.

Make sure that you bring your photo ID to the polls. The following types of photo ID will be accepted: state issued driver’s license or ID card from Michigan or another state; federal or state government-issued ID; U.S. passport, military ID with photo; student ID with photo from a high school or accredited higher learning institution; and tribal identification card with photo. I strongly encourage you to be part of the process. If you don’t exercise your right to vote, then you have no right to complain. Your vote is your voice. There is a saying, “When you know better, then you do better.” As a community, we must do better with our Primary Election voter turnout. Don’t contribute to apathy, be a participant in the progress of your community. We must understand the value of our vote and that local elections often have a more immediate impact on an individual’s daily quality of life. We only get quality representation based on voter participation. We all know voting is our right, therefore, we must make it our responsibility. It is essential that you exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

‘Detroit’ — Black pain, no black agency By Herb Boyd As director Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” opens nationally it has not, thus far, drawn the controversy attended artist Dana Schutz’s “Open Casket,” and her depiction of the brutally killed Emmett Till. Both Bigelow and Schutz are white women delving into black pain and terribly unforgettable moments in America’s history. Bigelow’s film, which focuses on a bloody incident at the Algiers Motel during the 1967 rebellion in Detroit, is a study in police abuse — if not savagery — by three racist officers who are ultimately charged and then acquitted in the Herb Boyd murder of three black youths — Fred Temple, Aubrey Pollard and Carl Cooper. Through this narrow, almost claustrophobic prism, Bigelow and her writer Mark Boal present a gruesome, extended encounter of white supremacy and African American helplessness. For instance, given the number of black men and the two white women at the motel, it was reminiscent of the Scottsboro Boys and the ordeal that wrecked their lives in the 1930s after two white women were discovered riding on the same train with them. It should be noted that in neither case were they prostitutes. At some point during the beginning of the film project, Bigelow expressed a reservation about a white woman hand­ ling such a tragic incident, but that clearly was just a brief hesitation because she has surged unblinkingly into the subject, only occasionally pulling her cameras from the motel’s tension to gather a wider focus on the rebellion. This approach has prompted some critics and activists in Detroit and elsewhere to suggest the film should have been called “Murder at the Motel” or “The “Algiers Tragedy,” not the more encompassing “Detroit.” There was nothing offensive or objectionable about opening the film with a montage of paintings by Jacob Lawrence from his migration series. In fact, this and the segments on the vocal group the Dramatics, no matter the fictional turns, were the only relief from an incessant violence that only Quentin Tarantino could match. To have the young victims in the motel have a brief but stimulating discussion on the music of John Coltrane was a nice surprise. The great musician had died less than a week before the rebellion and many of

The Every Student Succeeds Act focuses on accountability and school performance

his fans were still in mourning. But Trane and the Dramatics were lost in the wave of police hostility, the unrelieved torture and deaths of the young people in the motel. Will Pouter in his supposed portrayal of Officer David Senak is particularly sadistic in his toying with black lives, and several years later with the creation of STRESS (Stop the Robberies and Enjoy Safe Streets), a lethal decoy unit, the city will experience a new incarnation of menacing law enforcement officers on the wild. When, at last, all the murder and mayhem subsides, the three officers are indicted, tried and acquitted (much like the rash of today’s police acquittals), thanks to the legal machinations of their lawyer, Norman Lippitt, and his successful change of venue. Here, like an episode from “Law and Order,” the film lowers the intensity and tends to drag, interrupted by only a quick outburst from a black witness during the trial. If that snippet of outrage could have morphed into the subsequent People’s Tribunal that actually occurred instead of a trial, it may have provided the black agency and some semblance of self-determination missing from the film. It was equally disappointing to end the film on the seemingly redemptive aspects of the church and its heavenly choirs like so many African-American films, none more recently disconcerting than Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” with Nat Turner given wings on the cross. And like Parker’s film, “Detroit” has its limitations but the performances by the ensemble of young black men are remarkable, especially Algee Smith as Larry Reed, a member of The Dramatics. John Boyega as Melvin Dismukes, the security guard, was credible, though it is troubling that many of his actions at the motel and the annex are glossed over, but he is one of the film’s consultants. The inaccuracies, anachronisms and the artistic license the filmmakers take are not that grievous, and some of them are expected when Hollywood attempts to tell an African-American story. Some African Americans have promised not to see the film, but that would be to concede when what we need is to seriously engage those who deem to interpret the black experience. A critical analysis is necessary whether it’s a film by Bigelow or a painting by Schutz. What may be necessary in either instance is for black artists to increase their interest and dedication to their travails in America, find ways to cover their odyssey and nullify — or at least discourage — others from venturing into our accomplishments, applying their vision to our pain.

Program Manager, NNPA/ESSA Public Awareness Campaign

Multiple state plans emphasized their intentions to provide well-rounded curriculums; ensuring students have increased access to high-quality science and social studies in addition to read- Brian L. Pauling ing and mathematics. In fact, more than half of submitted state plans include assessments for science and social studies in addition to the required English Language Arts, reading and mathematics. Some states went as far as including fine arts, music, physical education, and library media specialists. Therefore, state plans stress the importance of a curriculum that focuses on more than reading and arithmetic. In addition to providing a well-rounded curriculum, states included in their accountability systems plans to strengthen their existing strategies while introducing new approaches, as they move forward. New Jersey proposes to double count the academic performance of student subgroups in school evaluations to ensure that the needs of struggling students’ do not go overlooked. Nevada’s plan proposes moving towards the creation of Individual Learning Plans for each student. This ambitious goal will measure student engagement, achievement and growth, while providing a more holistic view of school success. However, Oregon, Connecticut and Tennessee propose to combine subgroups for accountability measures.

This process will mask exactly which students are struggling, and assumes that corrective measures for each subgroup would be the same. ESSA requires states to report data for each subgroup; presuming that detailed data reporting will highlight areas of inequity. Combined subgroup reporting does not meet the intent of ESSA and could result in stagnant academic progress. Arizona and Maine submitted plans that are underdeveloped and fail to provide details as to how they will address ESSA’s requirement to incorporate student subgroup data in their accountability system. Many states do not detail how their proposed strategies will be implemented or provide data to prove rationality for such strategies. Other proposals do not include proficiency targets, or methods for measuring whether students are reaching the state’s grade-level standards. Overall, every submitted state plan can expand on their current proposals to develop accountability systems that ensure that “all” students make progress. States that have not submitted their proposals for ESSA should take time to review the state plans that have already been submitted and use them as a guide to improve upon their own proposed accountability systems. States that plan to submit proposals on September 18 should also take note that states that have been most successful at developing comprehensive plans, with an increased focus on the progress of all student subgroups, have effectively and consistently engaged parents and other education stakeholders. Michigan’s plan is notable for the inclusion of science and social studies assessments in the accountability system time with fine arts, music, physical education and access to library specialists. Michigan’s plan presents three potential accountability systems that it’s considering, but it hasn’t finalized its choice, and all three systems are underdeveloped. Dr. Elizabeth Primas is an educator who spent more than 40 years working towards improving education for children of diverse ethnicities and backgrounds. She is the program manager for the NNPA’s Every Student Succeeds Act Public Awareness Campaign.

Black parents have to get into the ESSA game By Shawnta S. Barnes NNPA

Back in May, I traveled to Chicago and saw “Hamilton: An American Musical” about founding father Alexander Hamilton. During act II, Hamilton’s adversary Aaron Burr was upset because he was excluded from “the room where it happens.” He wanted to be involved in the important decisions, the policy decisions. Knowing my 18-month Teach Plus Policy Fellowship was coming to an end on June 23 and after reflecting upon my fellow education blogger David McGuire’s piece, “The Silent Black Voice in Education,” I wanted to make sure I took advantage of Shawnta S. Barnes any opportunity to be in the room where it happens, so I put my name on a list to be part of one of Indiana’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) working groups. I was excited to later learn that I was selected as a member of one of the technical working groups. ESSA is the reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Each state is tasked with submitting a plan to the U.S. Department of Education detailing how ESSA requirements will be implemented in its schools. Before Indiana’s plan was drafted, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) took measures to ensure voices from around the state were heard. Community meetings were held across the state in each of Indiana’s congressional districts. The IDOE created five technical working groups: accountability, assessment, educator effectiveness, school improvement, and student supports. I was part of the student supports group. In May and June, the groups made recommendations for the plan and in July the groups will have the opportunity to read through the section they worked on and provide comments.

On Friday, June 30, the IDOE released its first draft of the state’s ESSA plan. In addition to the working groups, the public also has the opportunity to provide feedback. After feedback is considered, the plan will be submitted to Governor Holcomb for review. The IDOE plans to submit the final version to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. Towards the end of the song “The Room Where It Happens,” Alexander Hamilton tells Burr: When you got skin in the game, you stay in the game But you don’t get a win unless you play in the game Oh, you get love for it, you get hate for it You get nothing if you Wait for it, wait for it, wait I definitely have skin in the game; I’m a parent and an educator. If you are part of our community, you have skin in the game, because the plan implemented under ESSA will shape our community’s children, our future leaders. A few have asked, “Why do you even want to get involved? It won’t matter.” One key point I learned during my policy fellowship is when policy is shaped and decisions are made, it takes collaboration and compromise and you won’t get everything you want. If you don’t participate or “play in the game,” you won’t be able to move the needle. You won’t be able to make any change. Don’t just wait around and see what happens. If you would like to get involved, go to to read Indiana’s ESSA plan draft. Learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act at Shawnta S. Barnes is a literacy coach for Indianapolis Public Schools, an adjunct instructor at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis School of Education, and a 2016-2017 Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow. Previously, Barnes taught English in grades 6 to 9 and has been an elementary English language learner teacher.



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DPSCD’s 2017 Excellence Awards honorees earn shopping spree at Office Depot By Donald James Twelve ecstatic students, who graduated in June from Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) high schools, were all smiles recently as they embarked on a $1,000 each shopping spree at Office Depot on Greenfield Rd. in Southfield. These 12 high school graduates, who will be heading to various colleges this fall, are not your average students. They all earned straight A’s during their four-year journeys through their respective high schools. As 2017 DPSCD Excellence Awards honorees, the students were acknowledged recently during in in-store ceremony, just before spreading out to pick supplies for their upcoming freshman year in college. The 12 honorees, their high schools and future colleges are: Kasem Almusaisi (Western High School/Schoolcraft College), Rumi Begum (Detroit International Academy for Young Women/Wayne State University), Carlos Estrella (Cass Technical High School/University of Michigan). Saika Islam (Detroit School of Arts/University of Michigan), Aini-Alem Robertson (Cass Technical High School/ University of Michigan), Robin Ryce (Renaissance/University of Michigan), Rejwana Sadia (Detroit International Academy for Young Women/Wayne State University), Iffat Saiyara (Cass Technical High School/University of Michigan, Triniti Smith (Cass Technical High School/ Morgan State University), Tasnim Syed (Cass Technical High School/University of Michigan), Suma Taher (Ben Carson High School of Science and Medicine/University of Michigan), and Alexia White (Detroit School of Arts/Stanford University).

“This shopping spree meant that the four years of effort that I put into high school was greatly recognized and appreciated,” said Robin Ryce, a Renaissance High School graduate who will major in engineering this fall at the University of Michigan. “The first item I chose was a laptop. With this laptop, I will have more accessibility to my schoolwork and get it done more efficiently.” Ryce explained how she managed to achieve straight A’s for the entire four years at Renaissance:

“I continuously challenged myself,” Ryce said, who also is a recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from the Council of the Great City Schools’ ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship Program. “I stayed motivated for four years to always achieve above and beyond.” Now in its fourth year, Office Depot’s shopping spree for straight A high school students in DPSCD, is the brainchild of Akoco Grace, the company’s education solutions manager. “Office Depot is committed to learning,” said Grace. “We

have an education division in school districts around the country. I felt that it would be great to honor straight-A students who graduated from DPSCD high schools. Since the inception of Office Depot’s Excellence Awards four years ago, the store’s shopping sprees for straight-A students from DPSCD have totaled $50.000.” Asked about feedback from honorees, Grace said, “The feedback from students has been tremendous,” she said. “They are very appreciative of this opportunity, as they prepare to go to their respective

colleges all over the country. They are all my babies! “The parents are very happy as well, because in many cases they just didnt have the means to get all the supplies their children need to begin college, so this shopping spree is something that the company feels very strongly about. We don’t do it to get ourselves on the map, because Office Depot is already on the map. We do it because we are committed to learning, committed to encouraging students, and committed to seeing students excel in school.”

Alpha Kappa Alpha Foundation of Detroit hosts fundraiser The members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Foundation of Detroit (AKAFD), a non-profit corporation, are taking a summer hiatus from their year of serving the community and are turning their attention to an exciting activity to help pay for their many outreach programs. That activity is a Jeans & Glitz fundrais-

er that will take place on Aug. 26, at their building, located at 1525 Howard Street in Detroit from 3 to 7 pm. The fundraiser is designed not only to raise funds to help defray the cost of some of their service projects, but also to provide a relaxing, affordable afternoon for the members, their friends and

the public. Guests will be able to enjoy dancing in a cool, newly renovated air-conditioned building, playing cards and other games and winning prizes. Additionally, attendees will have a chance to purchase foods to munch and sip outdoors under a tent, and to get henna tattoos if they so desire.

The public is invited to join in the fun for just $15 and can purchase tickets by clicking on and putting the date, August, and “Detroit” in the locator slots. The AKAFD is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation. Denise Marshall-Walker serves as president.


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Odds of winning: Daily 3: Straight: 1 in 1,000; 3-Way Box: 1 in 333; 6-Way Box: 1 in 167; 1-Off Straight: 1 in 1,000; 1-Off One Digit: 1 in 167. Daily 4: Straight: 1 in 10,000; 4-Way Box: 1 in 2,500; 6-Way Box: 1 in 1,666; 12-Way Box: 1 in 833; 24-Way Box: 1 in 416; 1-Off Straight: 1 in 10,000; 1-Off One Digit: 1 in 1,250. Knowing your limits is always the best bet. Call the Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline for confidential help at 1-800-270-7117.



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Detroit seeks proposals to build upon success of Eastern Market Detroit’s Eastern Market District is a vibrant, working food wholesale and retail district, and it’s the largest open-air flowerbed market in the United States. As it transitions to include more residents and expand its industrial capacity, it’s time to build upon its success and create a consolidated, actionable vision to synergize growth and support future investment there. The City of Detroit’s Mayor’s Office, the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) — which is staffed by the Detroit Economic Development Corporation (DEGC) — and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced they are seeking proposals from qualified firms to develop a “Comprehensive Neighborhood Framework Plan” and “Centralized Storm Water Management Feature Master Plan.” The purpose is to create that vision for the Eastern Market core and its immediate environs, including the Neighborhood Business Innovation Zone (NBIZ) and the surrounding Greater Eastern Market (GEM) residential neighborhood. Eastern Market is a unique area that mixes a tourist attraction rich in history with robust outdoor retail activity, food-related industries and a growing residential component.

Sonya Mays, Develop Detroit, on mission to create affordable housing in city’s neighborhoods By Donald James Special to the Chronicle


or the past three years, there’s been no shortage of news stories heralding the redevelopment and development of commercial and residential buildings/ dwellings in downtown and Midtown Detroit. While such stories have signaled the rise of a city once mired in a municipal bankruptcy of historic proportion, there’s been too few stories of commercial and residential development projects in city neighborhoods.

The goal of the framework plan is to leverage those unique assets to make Eastern Market the hub of food production and distribution for the Great Lakes Region while increasing neighborhood amenities, improving the quality of life for local residents, and expanding their opportunities for nearby employment. The addition of new storm water facilities and green space features will be an innovative way to add attractiveness and walkability to the district, creating a better quality of life now and in the future for Detroit residents and visitors. Overall project management will be provided by the DEGC, on behalf of the EDC, in coordination with the City of Detroit and TNC. The EDC will hold the contract for plan. Given the complexity of this Framework Plan, the EDC will only accept proposals from firms or teams that have experience on project(s) of similar or greater scope and complexity within the past five years. Proposals are due Aug. 30, 2017. Download the RFP and this presentation for additional information.

Enter Develop Detroit, a social-minded real estate enterprise that’s building and preserving affordable housing and commercial initiatives in communities and neighborhoods. Sponsored by the Housing Partnership Network, the organization was founded in 2015 with the mission to build vibrant and resilient communities and expand opportunities for all residents of Detroit. The scope of the organization’s projects includes redeveloping/developing mixed-income multifamily residential units, single family homes, mixed-use and commercial properties, community service facilities, supportive housing, and educational centers. “We were created specifically to address whether there were going to be two Detroits,” said Sonya Mays, president and CEO of Develop Detroit. “What we do is use real estate and housing and commercial developments for longtime Detroiters, so they can stay in their homes and neighborhoods and feel they are a part of Detroit, and not feel that they are being pushed out.” Since its inception a little of over

two years ago, Develop Detroit has investment/development projects in the city’s North End community. Additionally, there’s a senior citizen development in the Woodbridge community, as well as other development projects in and around Eastern Market, Lafayette Park and the Village. One Develop Detroit initiative making major news is its $32 million project in the city’s Sugar Hill Arts District. Awarded by the City of Detroit recently, Develop Detroit, in partnership with Preservation of Affordable Housing, will build 84 apartments. The project will include a 300-space parking garage, green alleyways, and vibrant commercial and retail spaces. The Sugar Hill Arts District is comprised of such streets as Garfield, E. Forest and Canfield, bordered by Woodward to the west and John R to the east. For decades, beginning in the early 1900s, the area was home to African American-owned jazz clubs and other business and cultural establishments. “After months of planning and working in partnership with the City of Detroit, we’re proud to announce this project and we look forward to working alongside a dynamic organization like Preservation of Affordable Housing to create an inclusive community that reinforces the urban vitality of one of Detroit’s most historic neighborhoods,” said Mays, who hopes to break ground on the project next summer. “As a native Detroiter, I’m proud to stand behind a development aimed at providing high-quality housing in a safe and healthy environment that will remain accessible for all Detroiters.” In addition to Mays, the Develop Detroit core team is comprised

of Ben Phillips (vice president, real estate), Michael Appel (senior project manager), Latrice Davis (senior associate), Oren Brandvain (project analyst), and Gregoire Eugene-Louis (project analyst). Additionally, award-winning architect Phil Freelon, design director at North Carolina-based Perkins-Will, has been tapped as the Sugar Hill Art District’s project design lead. He will partner with Michael Poris of the Detroit-based architecture firm McIntosh Poris Associates. Freelon is well known for his architectural work with the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., National Center for Civil Rights in Atlanta, and the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco. For Mays, a “Detroit resurgence” is music to her ears, having grown up in the W. Seven Mile Rd.–Southfield area. After graduating from Renaissance High School, Mays attended the University of Michigan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biological anthropology. She subsequently and simultaneously earned both an MBA and law degree from the University of Michigan. Mays lived in Europe for five years, before returning to the United States to work for a nonprofit organization in North Carolina. Mays ultimately landed on Wall Street in New York, where she thrived in corporate banking, equity financing, and acquisitions and mergers. While she was doing extremely well, her heart and spirit were deeply rooted in Detroit. When Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Kevyn Orr as Detroit’s emergency manager in 2013, a deci-

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Minority firm wins top energy award Firm retrains production workers for Green jobs

customers on energy efficient products and services. The consultation, provided at no charge to their customers, helps identify potential behavioral changes that could lead to cost savings realized in their the bottom lines. Installation of LED bulbs, pre-rinse spray valves and motion sensors can mean more money back into the pockets of individuals and business owners.

At a time when some of the national discussion seems to be moving away from talk of the importance of conservation and climate issues, one minority-owned firm is making strides and being recognized as a leader in energy and the environment . Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics was recently honored with the Edison Electric Institute Prime Supplier Leadership Award, one of the most prestigious acknowledgements in the electric industry. SEEL says it is on a mission to advance energy efficiency in communities across the country. This is no small task considering both businesses and residents have varying needs in energy conservation. The EEI Award acknowledges their leadership and diversity efforts. Formed in 2009, the company is focusing its efforts on the quality of the communities where people live and the power of energy cost-effectiveness. At the same time, they have taken on one of the issues in the front of the minds of nearly everyone — jobs and preparing a transitioning workforce from traditional production line jobs to the opportunities for the future.

SEEL has successfully developed a training module converting former blue-collar workers into skilled green-collar consultants. The program has created more than 200 jobs since its inception. “It is not a matter of doing what we can, but doing what we must to create and sustain positive change within our community,” says Louis James, chief executive officer of SEEL “We are very proud to receive the EEI Prime Supplier Leadership Award, because it supports our company objectives that are a direct

reflection of what we feel should be a larger national discussion. The company’s programs and services are designed to take a holistic approach to realizing energy savings for residents and business owners. At the same time, they are working to promote positive environmental change across the board. One of SEEL’s primary customers is DTE Energy. With them, they reach out to the community to educate and consult with residential and commercial

In less than ten years, SEEL has experienced a great deal of success in their impact and on their balance sheet. From their beginnings, they have grown to a solid $14 million in annual revenues. They have also taken advantage of opportunities to support businesses in traditionally underserved communities. Each year, their spending and development with minority suppliers has increased. Last year alone, they spent slightly more than $5 million, or over 38-percent of their total purchases with minority-owned businesses. This year, they have set a goal of increasing that figure to 45-percent. The recent leadership award and their focus on a daily basis underscores SEEL’s commitment to a topic seemingly receiving less attention with certain segments of our nation’s leadership. However, with shifting realities for some in the blue-collar workforce, it is becoming even more important to provide new, viable opportunities for the future.



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Michigan Community Resources announces Shamyle Dobbs as new CEO Michigan Community Resources’ Board of Directors has unanimously voted to appoint Shamyle Dobbs to serve as its chief executive officer, filling the vacancy created when Jill Ferrari stepped down to return to real estate development. Dobbs assumes the CEO role after serving with Michigan Community Resources for 10 years, most recently as the Chief Program Officer. A native New Yorker and graduate of New York University, Dobbs moved to Michigan in 2001 to complete her Masters of Social Work at the University of Michigan and went on to receive a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University. Dobbs has over 17 years of experience in nonprofit management and extensive experience in Strategic Planning, Organizational Capacity Building, Program Development, Project Management, Cross-Sector Relationship Management, Community Or­ ganizing, and Engagement. As CEO, Dobbs will lead and execute the goals and strategic vision of the organization. This includes cultivating funding, opportunities and relationships for the organization’s core service areas,

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community legal resources, community planning resources, and community education and outreach resources. “We are privileged to serve organizations on the frontline of community change. Moreover, we recognize the endurance required to shoulder that responsibility with limited resources. For those reasons, we could not be more excited to ensure the support we offer continues,” Shamyle Dobbs said. Founded in 1998, the mission of Michigan Community Resources is to support and empower nonprofit community organizations in Michigan that serve low-income individuals and communities, with an emphasis on community economic development, by providing pro bono legal services and technical assistance. Its programs include legal assistance, educational training & publications, urban planning services, and community outreach. MCR helps community organizations build their capacity, accomplish blight mitigation and neighborhood improvement activities, and improve quality of life. Under the leadership of Dobbs, the MCR Board of Di-

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Shamyle Dobbs rectors expressed their confidence that the organization will remain fully committed to its mission. “The choice of Shamyle Dobbs was obvious, and her deep understanding of the work of MCR makes her uniquely qualified to lead the organization,” said Kimberly Hudolin, President of the MCR Board of Directors. “Along with the rest of the Board, I am eager to see how the organization flourishes under Shamyle’s leadership.” The mission of Michigan Community Resources is to support and empower non-

profit community organizations in Michigan that serve low-income individuals and communities, with an emphasis on community economic development, by providing pro bono legal services and technical assistance. Founded in 1998, its programs include legal assistance, educational training & publications, urban planning services, and community outreach. MCR helps community organizations build their capacity, accomplish blight mitigation and neighborhood improvement activities, and improve quality of life. Learn more at

sion that ultimately drove the Motor City into bankruptcy, Mays returned home to work as a senior advisor to Orr. “I felt very strongly that there needed to be somebody from Detroit who had a reason to care about the city when the bankruptcy was over,” explained Mays. “I had the type of background where I knew I could add value because of my experience on Wall Street.” Near the end of Detroit’s bankruptcy, Mays saw the vast contrast of what was happening in downtown and midtown Detroit, versus what was not happening in the neighborhoods. Thus was the impetus that led to her starting Develop Detroit. Her mission: to build opportunities across Detroit for all Detroiters. “There’s something very special about Detroit, and always has been,” said Mays, who is also a Detroit Public Schools Community District board member. “How special it was growing up in a place like Detroit. I grew up where all the leaders, my mentors, and examples of success were these incredibly talented black people.” For Mays, building opportunities for all Detroiters, means continuing to empower communities and residents outside of downtown and midtown. “As Detroit continues to grow and develop we can’t possibly have a strong city without having strong neighborhoods,” Mays said. “So we have to figure out and implement viable ways to have the same types of investments in our neighborhoods that we have in downtown and Midtown Detroit.”

NAWBO - Greater Detroit Chapter sets sail for 2017 Women on Board Cruise The National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Detroit Chapter (NAWBO-GDC) will be launching the 5th annual 2017 Women on Board Cruise on Thursday, Aug. 3, held aboard The Ovation luxury yacht. The 2017 Women on Board Cruise provides networking opportunities with NAWBO members and non-members alike from the Greater Detroit business community. The evening’s program includes a panel discussion with Greater Detroit-area women political influencers and

leaders: Jessica Cooper, Oakland County Prosecutor, Sarah Hubbard, a legislative strategist and Principal at Acuitas and Paula D. Cunningham, AARP Michigan State Director. Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist Paula Tutman will serve as the evening’s Captain of Ceremonies. The theme for the evening is “Women Influencing Politics.” The program explores and celebrates women’s political past, present and future. Its focus relays our value within the political arena, how we can make a differ-

their insights on how women can influence the future of local, state and federal politics.” said NAWBO-GDC President Donna M. Joseph. “This great program format offers our members and guests, as well as our remarkable panelist, the opportunity to mingle while we cruise the beautiful Detroit River and enjoy the skylines of both Detroit and Windsor.” ence, and how our voices, individually and collectively, are powerful. “We are proud to present an evening of conver-

sation and discussion with a dynamic group of women who have an impact within our political system and will share

Boarding for The Ovation yacht will take place at Port Authority Dock, 130 E. Atwater St. Detroit, Michigan. General boarding starts at 7 p.m.,

and the 2017 edition of the annual cruise will feature a pre-cruise VIP reception starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at Tickets for the cruise and speaking program only are available for $100 for NAWBO members and $125 for non-members. Tickets for the VIP reception and the full cruise are $150 for NAWBO members and $175 for non-members. NAWBO’s 2017 Women on Board Cruise is sponsored in part by General Motors and AARP.


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UAW-Ford Community day paints Sampson-Webber with love!

Meaningful morning: An enthusiastic group of volunteers, including the University of Detroit Mercy basketball team, Detroit City Chess Club, and others joined the UAW-Ford family for a special day that will impact Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy students along with the surrounding neighborhood.

Diverse group of caring volunteers made an ‘awesome’ event possible

By Scott Talley Special to the Michigan Chronicle The sight of Kevin Fite and Michael Thomas working together is a very positive image that many in our area are accustomed to seeing during Detroit City Chess Club events. However, when the “Best of Young Detroit” spotted the two gentlemen on a recent Saturday morning, the game of life, not chess, was at the top of their agenda, and they were joined by many other dedicated people from our community that are committed to uplifting young lives. Saturday, July 29, 2017 will be long remembered because it was the date that UAW-Ford sponsored Community Day at Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy on our city’s west side. On this special day, roughly 100 volunteers assembled bright and early at 4700 Tireman to bring further beauty to a school loved by many. “This was a big win for this neighborhood and our city made possible by many caring people,” said Fite, a community outreach coordinator for UAW-Ford, who took special pride in coordinating an event that supported a school that has been a longtime anchor for the surrounding neighborhood. “It starts with caring and when we care, much can be accomplished in a short period of time. It also feels good to carry out (UAW) Vice President Settles’ vision for our city and especially this neighborhood near historic Northwestern High School. He’s not one to talk about it, but everyone should know how much he has done and how much he loves this community, and judging by all the volunteers today, his love for this neighborhood is shared by many.” The roll call of caring people that showed up to spruce up the inside and outside of Sampson-Webber during the second

annual event included many members of the UAW-Ford family; Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy staff, students and alumni; Detroit City Chess Club members; the University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team; representatives from Healthy Kidz Inc., including young people involved in Michigan Department of Natural Resources programs; and others who wanted to show their love for Sampson-Webber and Detroit kids. “You don’t have to have a ton of resources you just need to have some committed people,” said Angelique Peterson-Mayberry, community-relations director for UAW-Ford Department. Displaying a big smile, which seemed to be shared by all at the event, PetersonMayberry explained how special it felt to receive a heartfelt thank you from people in the neighborhood, like the one she received from Antone Harris, the father of two children at SampsonWebber. “It’s the only thing we have left in this community for the kids and for the adults, and I thank everyone for coming up here to help this school and to keep this school afloat,” said Harris, who despite needing a crutch to get around, made it his business to show his appreciation for all the volunteers. “There’s nothing over here but Sampson-Webber Academy and I don’t know what a lot of people in this neighborhood would do if this school wasn’t here.” Mr. Harris’ commitment to Sampson-

Webber has included playing chess with students for a year during lunchtime. And from everything that took place on Community Day, he should feel good about the future of a school that he loves. In fact, as this year’s Community Day was winding down, there were discussions about using the partnership Sampson-Webber has with UAW-Ford as a model to produce further progress across our school district. “After visiting a number of schools at the end of the school year, I observed firsthand UAW-Ford’s investment in our schools—it was widespread and evident,” said Detroit Public Schools Community District superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti, who toured Sampson-Webber with his family and school staff at the end of Community Day. “More than just financial commitment, they have provided sweat equity to support our students and the employees who serve them. Today’s event is a reflection of that. As we rebuild our school district, it is partnerships such as UAW-Ford’s that provides the example of what it will take to offer our students the education they deserve.” The “Best of Young Detroit” was honored to meet our new school superintendent and we look forward to reporting on other partnerships and initiatives that truly place Detroit students first. In closing, we like to share a small sampling of comments we received from volunteers that participated in Community Day. The people quoted represent a broad age range, but the one thing they all have in common is love for our city and youth. Karla Craig, principal, SampsonWebber Leadership Academy: “I think it’s wonderful when the community comes together, especially to support our young people. Our kids are often forgotten about and for them to see that there are people from everywhere that care about them really matters and it makes a big difference. The one thing that we want to let the community know is that we are invested—this is their school, their kids come here, and along with our churches we want to be viewed as a pillar of our community…We want to provide that nice warm and fuzzy feeling for our children and community year-round, and events like this help us do that.” Michael Johnson, tenth grader, Cass Tech: “I was here painting walls and planting. It made me feel like I contributed to my community, and the future students coming here will appreciate it in the coming school year.” Larue Pious, sixth grader: “We painted the walls and moved chairs, and it made me feel great because this is the school I used to go to.” Michael Thomas, ninth grader, Cass Tech: “Today I helped paint the school and it made me feel really good, because it feels

good when I’m helping the community and other people that need help.” Canaan Thomas, eighth grader, University Prep Science & Math Middle School: “I picked up trash and litter on the grass in front of the school. It makes me feel like I did a small part to help our community, and I’m really glad to be out here today. This was a really good experience for me.” TC Yanish, Detroit City Chess Club (parent volunteer): “We came here today to Sampson-Webber for Community Day sponsored by UAW-Ford, which was an awesome, awesome community service. Everyone (from our club) did painting, and gardening, and I was able to come in and help the chef a little bit. We also helped with cleanup. It looks really good inside the school and because so many people came from so many different organizations they were able to get it done quickly. It’s an awesome way to help the community and brighten up Sampson-Webber—it’s just a blessing.” Robert Ellis, University Prep Science & Math Elementary School chess coach: “I did the cooking—the hotdogs, the hamburgers. I usually like to give back to the city to make the city a positive place. I also love that the young people came out. I have been coaching for about six years now and the kids are steady coming back and helping out to build the community and make it better, like today at Sampson-Webber, and that makes me feel really good.” Antone Harris, third grader, SampsonWebber Leadership Academy: “When I was inside the school today we carried the desks and it felt good because I like helping people.”

Special photo credits and thank you message The “Best of Young Detroit” would like to convey a special thank you to Michael Joseph, a media and communications specialist for the UAW-Ford Department and Graham Polk, a UAW-Ford intern, for the wonderful photographs that were taken during Community Day. The images captured by both display community pride at its highest form.

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Art of a Different Kind Detroit area track and field athletes take on nation’s best at EMU Girls Discus Throw 1.0 kg 11 years old 15. Briana Fountain, Southfield, 17.75m, 58-03 Girls Long Jump 12 years old 5. Gabrielle Jeffries, Detroit, 4.91m, 16-01.50 17. Emoni Williams, Detroit, 4.45m, 14-07.25 Boys Shot Put 6 lbs 9 years old 7. Isaiah Wilson, Southfield, 8.05m, 26-05.00 19. Jelani Walker, Detroit, 6.61m, 21-08.25 Boys Javelin Throw 800 g 15-16 years old 16. Simon Jones, Detroit, 38.00m, 124-08 24. Curtis Rogers Jr., Southfield, 31.68m, 103-11 Boys Long Jump 14 years old 10. Muhammad Jammeh, Detroit, 5.66m, 18-07.00 Girls Outdoor Pentathlon 11 years old 3. Morgan Roundtree, Detroit, 2,410 points Girls Outdoor Pentathlon 13 years old

Putting their best feet forward: Zacchaeus Brocks, Alton Marks and Alex Graham (representing Detroit and the Motor City Track Club) were among the early local standouts at the AAU Junior Olympic Games. As this edition of the “Best of Young Detroit” was going to press, Eastern Michigan University was hosting the track and field portion of the 51st annual AAU Junior Olympic Games. The track and field meet is the marquee event of the Games and Detroit and the surrounding metropolitan area are well represented this week, as the action heats up on the Rynearson Stadium track and field in Ypsilanti. The young Detroit athletes that have already displayed excellent form include Zacchaeus Brocks and Alex Graham, winners of the nine-year-old age group and 10-year-old age group divisions of the triathlon. The “Best of Young Detroit” congratulates all of the athletes that are representing our city and area, at one of the premier youth athletic competitions in the country, if not the world. Following are final round event results of local youth athletes that competed during the opening days of the meet. Please note that the young men and young ladies listed in the decathlon, pentathlon, heptathlon, and triathlon contests, were competing in multi-event competitions where they were tested in running, throwing and jumping events.

(ALL RESULTS ARE FROM FINAL ROUNDS) Girls Shot Put 4 lbs 8-under 2. Layla Sharif, Southfield, 6.82m, 22-04.50 26. Morgan Jackson, Detroit, 4.23m, 13-10.50 27. Laharee Robinson, Detroit, 4.00m, 13-01.50 Girls Shot Put 6 lbs 9 years old

5. Emon Miles, Detroit, 2,730 points 23. Sydney Williams, Detroit, 1,876 points 25. Drelin Mapp, Detroit, 1,822 points Girls Outdoor Pentathlon 14 years old 16. Kennedy Johnson, Detroit, 2,227 points 33. Parys Smith, Detroit, 1,622 points Girls Heptathlon 15-16 years old 8. Aasia Laurencin, Detroit, 3,938 points 10. Jaylah Walton, Detroit, 3,789 points Women Heptathlon 17-18 years old 12. Sophia Colvin, Pontiac, 3,972 points 24. Drew Coleman, Detroit, 3,609 points Boys Triathlon 9 years old 1. Zacchaeus Brocks, Detroit, 772 points Boys Triathlon 10 years old 1. Alex Graham, Detroit, 936 points 7. Alton Marks II, Detroit, 622 points

On a recent Friday afternoon at the Detroit Institute of Arts, some visitors were stopped in the their tracks by an image they did not expect to see. The image was not a part of the DIA’s spectacular art collection, but instead an impressive collection of chess trophies that have been won by young players from Detroit in recent years. A diverse group of DIA visitors expressed their pride and admiration when they were told that Detroit students earned the trophies. The admirers level of pride elevated when they were told that the trophies were won by students at just two schools—University Prep Science & Math Middle and Elementary Schools—and that students at other Detroit schools also had won an impressive amount of state, regional and national trophies. These kind men and women who marveled at the trophies may have come to the DIA for an art lesson, but came away with an even more positive lesson about the true intellect and dedication of many Detroit youth. The “Best of Young Detroit” congratulates all of the students that earned the trophies that were brought to the DIA that special Friday afternoon. That group of students includes Marvin Price, who is now a sophomore at Cass Tech and is shown holding a big trophy, while surrounded by more hardware. Marvin and other students and members of Detroit’s chess community were at the DIA because that is where the Detroit City Chess Club’s Friday afternoon/evening open chess sessions are held. The open chess sessions are free and open to the public. For more information on the Detroit City Chess Club, please visit

Boys Outdoor Pentathlon 11 years old 3. Davin Adams, Detroit, 2,112 points 5. Jeremiah Beasley, Detroit, 1,992 points Boys Outdoor Pentathlon 13 years old 9. Fred George III, Detroit, 2,009 points Boys Decathlon 15-16 years old 17. Simon Jones, Detroit, 3,905 points

28. Morgan Days, Southfield, 4.49m, 14-08.75

Remembering Richard Austin: From Cass Tech valedictorian to history maker

Detroit-made greatness: Detroit Public Schools provided Richard Austin with a solid educational foundation, which he used to accomplish big things. This 1965 photo shows some of the prominent company that Austin (far right) kept. With Austin, starting from the left, were Michigan Supreme Court Justice Otis M. Smith, the Honorable Damon J. Keith and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo credit: WSU Press). Can a young person graduate from Detroit Public Schools and go on to change our country for the better? A gentleman named Richard H. Austin (May 6, 1913- April 20, 2001) answered this question for us many years ago, and people across our state and nation continue to benefit from what he accomplished during his extraordinary life. Mr. Austin was born in Stouts Mountain, Alabama, but after the death of his father, who was a coal miner, his mother decided to move her family to Detroit, where she had relatives, with the hope that her three sons may one day find employment in the rapidly expanding automotive industry. Once in Detroit, Mr. Austin would attend Garfield Elementary and Cass Technical High School. The truth of the matter is that Mr. Austin did far more than just “attend” school, he excelled, graduating from Cass Tech in 1931 as the valedictorian of his class. He also captained the track team and was awarded an athletic scholarship to Wayne University (now Wayne State University). If times had been different, Mr. Austin most likely would have been an outstanding student-athlete at Wayne. However, times were hard, and Mr. Austin was committed to supporting his mother and younger brother. From 1932-1937, Mr. Austin worked days, which consisted primarily of a being a bookkeeper for a shoe-repair shop, while taking classes at the Detroit Institute of Technology in the evenings. As he had done at Cass Tech, Mr. Austin excelled in the classroom en route to earning a degree in accounting. And in 1941, he became the first African American certified public accountant in the state of Michigan, and only the 11th in the nation. As a practicing CPA, Mr. Austin spent several years as senior partner of Austin, Washington & Davenport. Just as Mr. Austin had been committed to taking care of his family, he also was committed to increasing the number of African Ameri-

can CPAs. For years, his was the only firm in Michigan that provided experience to African American prospective CPAs. Mr. Austin would continue to be a trailblazer, and in 1966, he was elected Wayne County Auditor. In 1969, he narrowly lost an election that would have made him Detroit’s first African American mayor, but in 1971 he would indeed make history when he became the first African American in Michigan’s history to be elected to statewide office as Michigan’s Secretary of State. Mr. Austin would go on to become Michigan’s longest serving Secretary of State (1971-1994). However, more important than him being the first African American to hold the position and the longest serving, was what Mr. Austin accomplished in the office to better the lives of all citizens. Mr. Austin is credited with successfully lobbying for one of the nation’s first safety-belt-use laws, which means he merits deep admiration and appreciation for saving many lives. In addition, Mr. Austin worked to make Michigan the first state to register voters in the same office where drivers are registered, which helped to enfranchise many more citizens. Similar “motor voter” laws spread across the country. He also was a key advocate of Michigan’s child passenger safety law, supported stiffer penalties for drinking drivers and led the fight to retain the state motorcycle helmet law. Did Mr. Austin have a “brand” or “swag?” The “Best of Young Detroit” doesn’t think so, but he was a gentleman who lived a life of purpose. For using every significant opportunity he received to help others, Richard H. Austin should always be remembered by Detroiters and people across the state of Michigan, which he served so well. And for today’s Detroit students seeking role models, the “Best of Young Detroit” offers up Mr. Austin as an example that Detroit Public Schools can and have produced students that make our world a better place.

Detroit native Powers now soars for Wings in WNBA

If Aerial Powers is on a basketball court, best believe she is “getting buckets.” The Detroit native absolutely torched the Big Ten during her career at Michigan State, where she was the first three-time All-Big Ten First Team honoree in the school’s history. In her final season at Michigan State, the silky smooth guard/forward was one of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award, which is given to the national player of the year. She finished that season with 1,803 career points, which was a Michigan State women’s basketball record at the time. Today, Powers does her scoring for the Dallas Wings of the WNBA, after being the number five overall selection in the 2016 draft. As a rookie last season, Powers scored double digits in 15 games—including four games where she led the team in scoring—en route to becoming a WNBA All-Rookie Team selection. The start of Powers’ 2017 campaign was delayed because she was still recovering from hip surgery performed in late 2016. However, in a late July game versus the Los Angles Sparks, Powers signaled to the league that she was all the way back by going off for a career-high 23 points against the defending champions.

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Detroiter Dino Vann takes an active role in Detroit’s revitalization By Alisha Dixon

ing on the STEAP program,” he said. “I came out successful, I came out healthy and I came out with a beautiful family. Better Men Outreach was there for me the whole way.”

As the founder of the Skilled Trades Enrollment Assistant Program (STEAP), an initiative of Detroit-based Better Men Outreach (BMO), Detroit ironworker Dino Vann is taking an active role in the revitalization of Detroit by helping to close the city’s skilled trade talent gap by providing training, tutoring, mentorship and support through the program. “We tutor you and train you so that you can pass the exams and then we walk you straight into your apprenticeship. We pretty much take you from the beginning. Even if you’ve never even heard of the trades, we take you take you right then and walk you through the steps needed to actually get in,” Vann said. “Once you’re in, we have a network of tradesmen. So once you’re in, you’re not in by yourself. You’re in with a bunch of guys that are rooting for you to succeed.” Founded in 2009 by Isaac Nzoma and Dongelo Moore, Better Men Outreach was created “as a solution to increasing violence and lack of resources and facilities for young adult men. Our program sites offer a safe place for young adult men to express themselves, access employment, education and legal resources, access caring mentors, reflect on life issues, play basketball, participate in community service projects and be welcomed into a brotherhood that encourages them to become better men,” the founders said. With over 4,000 members, BMO’s mission is to inspire the ethical, physical and social growth of its members and

STEAP, Vann said, was created out of the need to provide for more than just mentorship and support, but to also provide access to resources and opportunities for the program’s members in order for them to make a living wage through sustainable employment in the skilled trades. In October, eight men graduated from the program with six earning employment at sites throughout the District Detroit. Currently, there are 15 participants enrolled in the program.

Dino Vann the community through service-based projects like the organization’s annual turkey and food drives and neighborhood cleanup efforts. BMO currently serves young men ages 16 and up at four sites throughout Detroit and Southfield. The program is free of charge. As part of the program, members must participate in orientation, reflection hour and scheduled community service projects. Vann, who currently works as an ironworker at the Little Caesars world headquarters expansion site, credits BMO for being the catalyst for committing to turning his life around. Long before starting STEAP, Vann, now a part of BMO’s executive leadership, was

a member of the organization at a time when he needed the same kind of support that he now provides. “What really made me decide to commit myself to the program is what sent me to prison in 2012. That was a very life-changing moment for me. What began as a traffic stop turned into the police shooting at me and firing 17 rounds into my vehicle. I took off. So, they didn’t kill me. I’m not a victim, but I did end up going to prison for resisting arrest. It was a situation where I had no weapon. I had no firearm, but I went to prison. While in prison, I just knew that there had to be a bunch of people like me. That is when I actually started work-

“It was one thing to come and get mentored and get a lot of things off of your chest while being in such a positive atmosphere, but it’s when you go home and you have no food on the table and there’s violence and drugs. You want to be able to get your family out of those situations,” the STEAP founder said. “If wealth is generational and I can get 30 guys into the trades, that is 30 families that came from nothing who will hopefully pass it on to their kids or to be able to go to good schools. That chain [of poverty] is just broken. Once I got into the trades, there was no need for any of the bad decisions because it paid for my family, future and household and that’s really all a man needs. A man needs to be able to support himself and his family.” For more information about Better Men Outreach and the Skilled Trades Enrollment Assistant Program, visit


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Property is power, legacy, a material manifestation By Anthony O. Kellum

property ownership is found not in individual ownership but in the communal ownership represented by the world’s great cathedrals. Castles and pyramids may have been built upon the backs of slaves and the oppressed at the whims of their commanders, and their spaces may have been restricted to the elite, but cathedrals were crafted with love exhibited in every piece of stone and glass. They were built as places of worship, where even the poor could gather in a mutual sense of ownership and refuge - indeed, where the oppressed could find legally protected sanctuary. And every brick of these testaments to human achievement and capability was laid by someone who took true ownership of a lasting investment.

Property is more than grass and dirt, more than wood and paint, more than the wealth it represents. Property is legacy, the inheritable representation of history and responsibility. In a world of pretend-wealth and puffed up showmanship, property calls us to defy mere possession and rise to the vocation of ownership. It may, if we live up to this vocation, be the transmission of a message written in brick and mortar – indeed, written in the earth itself – of what its owners stand for or stood for. Property is the material manifestation of options. I learned this lesson at a very young age, even if not clearly, and even if not with the conviction that would come in time. My father was a champion of the American Dream, but was forced to move repeatedly during my childhood. When I finally found myself in a housing situation that would last, I realized that it gave me a sense of stability — even an expanded sense of identity — that I had lacked up to that point. I couldn’t quite articulate why my family’s claim to a piece of land had such an impact, but I noticed it, the pride that came with it, and the satisfaction that came with attaching my family name to it. Today, the message of property’s power is clearer than ever. During the Great Recession and housing market crash, the people that bought property made out like bandits, while the people who fled property lost all of the options that the homeowners gained. A person that bought a house during the worst values of their lifetime has enjoyed a dramatic return on their investment in the form of equity. And with that equity came something priceless — the wisdom that only comes through perseverance and commitment. The American Dream is tragically just that, for tens of millions of people. They have embraced a slave-mentality, held captive to the profits of their landlords. They have robbed themselves of the freedom and dignity that comes with home ownership and traded it for the lie of fear. Fear of failure. Fear of catastrophe. Fear that only exists in the imaginary confines of their own minds. What they do not know, or cannot bring themselves to believe, is that fear of failure enables failure. Fear of catastrophe enables catastrophe. A wise person does not disregard the possibility of trouble – in fact, the wise person plans for it – but he or she will not allow that possibility to deter them from taking their steps along the path of wisdom. Step by step. Inch by inch. Sacrifice by sacrifice. The wise build, and own. The foolish borrow, and in turn find themselves owned.

Anthony O. Kellum Yes, to rent or to lease — that is the path of slavery. Property, on the other hand, is the path to freedom. There is no better illustration of this than in the comparison of possession to ownership. Possession is self-based, and bound to momentary and fleeting gratification. An obsession with a cutting edge gadget. A new TV. A coveted pair of shoes. A club membership. Season tickets to a favorite team. These things are all wonderful pleasures to enjoy, but they are momentary pleasures. Fleeting ones. The man who buys a sports car will eventually find himself bored and want to replace it. The new phone or TV will entertain for awhile, before dimming and breaking down. The jewelry will glitter and gleam -- and eventually lose its luster. These are all illusions of wealth. They are a facade, a “chasing after the wind.” Society tells us that possessions are so very important, and yet that same society finds itself so very sad and dependant a continual source of distraction from its own emptiness, and therefore in constant need of new possessions. If simple possession really contained the key to happiness, we would never read tragic stories of the rich and famous. Society can clamor all it wants in an effort to grasp at possessions as if they hold lasting value, but a million hands grasping at the same shadow does not make that shadow any more concrete. Contrast this with ownership. Ownership is simple, but rarely easy. It involves blood, and sweat and tears. Ownership is a continual self-offering, a sacrifice that puts the future ahead of

the present, and long-term satisfaction ahead of temporary gain. In a world of carelessness, to truly take ownership of something is to truly care for it. We can even see this principle unveiling itself in human relationships. When we seek a partner purely out of lust, we seek possession of a temporary and fleeting beauty - an infatuation. When we invest ourselves in the effort and sacrifice that comes with the mutual ownership of a committed relationship, we open ourselves up to the gift of lasting satisfaction and continual, long-term gain on our investment. This article is not about property possession. There are countless books and article the reader may turn to, if that is their agenda. No, this article is about the knowledge and motivation — indeed the character and principles — required to empower the reader with property ownership. My own story is one littered with failure and vice and struggle. I have found, through my own trials and errors, and eventual success, that there are certain principles that drive and sustain ownership. My hope and mission is that, in spreading the knowledge of these tools and principles, we may, together, be the evidence that the American Dream need not be only that. I truly believe that ownership is contagious. It starts with a paradigm shift — the epiphany that we have an intrinsic bond with and obligation to the land we walk upon — and gradually blossoms into a transformative affirmation of community and legacy. One of the strongest examples of

Some of the craftsmen who dedicated their lives to these marvelous works of art and ingenuity would never live to see them finished. Can you imagine seeing such an act of sacrifice — such an act of ownership — today? And yet countless travelers of diverse backgrounds and faiths journey to see these love-letters to the world, because they make an impact. They showcase a legacy. In fact, they showcase transcendence. That a person may live for more than the moment. I see this same spirit of wonder transfix those who see distressed neighborhoods that have been transformed by ownership. Wherever sacrificial effort is undeniable, people are inspired. The message that property is power is intended to bring about this same inspiration. As broken homes are mended, and chipping paint refreshed; as dry lawns are watered, and gardens planted; as buckling frames are reinforced and roofs reshingled; as communities come together through creative means of financing toward mutual self-gain and a neighborhood that fills them with pride and demonstrates dignity to children; as the American Dream is proven, house by house, neighborhood by neighborhood, to be more than just a fantasy for the rich, it is my firm conviction that a revolution will be enkindled. A fire will spread. Anthony O. Kellum, president of Kellum Capital Group, LLC and Kellum Mortgage, LLC Power by Hull Funding, can be reached at 888-4-Kellum (535568) or Please connect with him on Facebook at He has financed and/or played a key role in transactions totaling over $750 million. He is committed to making the American Dream great for everyone. Serving underprivileged families and distressed communities remains his chief focus with the launches of his new “Property is Power” speaking series.

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Reflections By Steve Holsey

The music of summer 1967:

There was more going on than the riot Media coverage has been massive on the acknowledgment of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit riot, one of the worst and most damaging things that has ever happened in and to this often challenged but amazingly tough and resilient city. There is even a much-discussed movie about the rebellion which I don’t care to see since I lived through it. Plus, I read John Hersey’s insightful and disturbing book, “The Algiers Motel Incident.” But, on the lighter side, a lot of good things happened in

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1967 as well. The music of that year is an example.

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The biggest R&B hits of the summer of 1967 were, in no particular order, “I Was Made to Love Her” (Stevie Wonder), “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” (Jackie Wilson), “Make Me Yours” (Bettye Swann), “Reflections” (Diana Ross & the Supremes), “Groovin’” (the Young Rascals), “Baby I Love You” (Aretha Franklin),“Everybody Needs Love” (Gladys Knight & the Pips), “Cold Sweat” (James Brown), “More Love” (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles), “You’re My Everything” (the

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Temptations) and “(I Wanna) Testify” (the Parliaments). Recently, I was watching Tyler Perry’s movie “Why Did I Get Married Too” and was again very impressed with the acting of Janet Jackson and Jill Scott. Each lady gave a performance worthy of an Academy Award nomination if not the award itself, and they were just as good in the movie’s predecessor. DETROIT’S own Michael Henderson, a musician-singer who has been working professionally since he was about 15 years old (he’s 66 now), is still out there and in demand. He lives on a farm in Georgia. By the time you read this, the ink may be dry on the contract for Lionel Richie to be one of the “American Idol” judges when the iconic show is reintroduced. He would be a good judge, but there is something “wrong” about rebooting a show that ended its amazing 15-season run amid much fanfare just last year. And the original judging team — Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and the sometimes harsh and acerbic, but still entertaining Simon Cowell — was the best.

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Metro Detroit Black Restaurant Week By Alisha Dixon This month, and TheStrangeRootsBox will launch the inaugural Metro Detroit Black Restaurant Week, Aug. 21-27, to highlight and celebrate the culinary contributions of restaurants owned and operated by black restaurateurs in metro Detroit., founded by Kwaku Osei-Bonsu and Lauren Bates, provides a digital space that promotes black-owned and operated establishments. The week, Bates and Osei-Bonsu said, is an extension of that. “Metro Detroit Black Restaurant Week is a

pointed effort in bringing together people of all backgrounds to support one of the many prominent staples on the culinary scene. I want people to understand that the color of the owner’s skin doesn’t determine the style of their cuisine, doesn’t indicate a subpar level of service, and doesn’t mean that only people of color are welcome to patronize,” said Osei-Bonsu. “This week is giving people that live, work and play within these communities a chance to try something different and new that they may have never thought of trying before, it is about enjoying really great food. This is just the beginning,”

Bates said. Metro Detroit Black Restaurant Week will be the first of many events to be held throughout this year and beyond as part of BlackMetroEats. com’s greater mission of supporting black culinary excellence in the area. Osei-Bonsu says he attributes his background in business development, in combination with a hustle mentality he attributes to his Detroit upbringing, for inspiring him to become passionate about investing in the community. After living in New York for some time, Osei-Bonsu came home to become a vital part of the city’s rebirth. Osei-Bonsu hopes the week and future events

will encourage a tradition of continued patronage, attention and revenue for these businesses that continue to be a vital part of the local economy. “It’s extremely important. One of the things that I’m really trying to drive home is that Black Restaurant Week isn’t necessarily about the people that are coming to patronize the restaurants, but that it’s about the proprietors,” Osei-Bonsu said. “The reason that that’s important is because we have Detroit Restaurant Week. A lot of our establishments go unrecognized when it comes to that week. When you look at the spectrum and you really see the gap when it comes to respect, that’s an issue.” During the week, patrons can experience cuisine from restaurants specializing in West African, French, Caribbean cuisine and more. Participating fine dining restaurants will offer a threecourse lunch and dinner menu priced at $25 to $35. Casual dining establishment will feature a one-course meal option for $15.

Friday, Aug 4 | 6 pm | 3Fifty Terrance CITY.LIFE.STYLE 1ST FRIDAYS: Come kick it during happy hour for summer sun, crafted cocktails and beautiful people. Hosted by Michigan Chronicle’s City.Life.Style. 1st Fridays: Summer Series is a monthly after-work affair hosted at different venues each month featuring drink specials outdoor patio sun-basking with a Detroit vibe. This month we are celebrating the Michigan Chronicle’s move to Paradise Valley by partnering with Skip Fridays at 3Fifty Terrace. Come kick it on the rooftop and sip during our #CityLifeStyle hosted happy hour from 6 to 9 pm with $5 drink specials! (NO COVER CHARGE) INFO: EVENTBRITE/STREET PASS CITY

Saturday, Aug 5 | 7 pm | Unity Temple ANOTHER DAY TO PRAISE: J.BETHEL & SPOKEN FOR is finally coming home to rock the city of Detroit live! Original and God inspired songs written by Jason Bethel Sr. will be ministered through song. INFO: FACEBOOK/ANOTHER DAY TO PRAISE

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As more establishments continue to decide to be a part of Metro Detroit Black Restaurant Week, Bates and Osei-Bonsu hope to have a total of 30 diverse establishments.


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“A lot of people are coming in from all levels. We even have food trucks reaching out all the way to Central Kitchen and Le Crepe. I think it’s really important to have all the representation of all of the different types. We’re casting quite a wide net here because everybody needs the support,” Osei-Bonsu said. To learn out about participating restaurants and upcoming events, go to www.blackmetroeats. com.



Future Reparations,” author Joe Feagin illustrates that the legal recognition of racialized slavery is a cornerstone of a racist social system in which resources and rights were and are unjustly given to white people and unfairly denied to people of color. “Systemic racism is very, very real.” — John Boyega (Melvin Dismukes) With the current development of Detroit in the “New Detroit Burroughs” of Midtown, Brush Park, downtown, West Village and Corktown, there is a similar energy brewing whether it’s acknowledged or not. The effects of gentrification can be tied to systemic racism as it zeroes in on earmarked neighborhoods intentionally due to minorities being the majority of the working class with no access to capital because of years of targeted racial oppression. Now enters gentrification to capitalize. Additionally, it puts a pause to the debate of change being mutually beneficial when those within the communities are displaced, shut out or put in a detrimental place in the name of progress, only to be viewed as a visitor in their neighborhood or not even seen at all as in the recent Bedrock marketing debacle.

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Although the Detroit Police Department is one of the most diverse in the country, headed currently by a black police chief and although we have not experienced the tragedies of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland or Philando Castile to name a few, doesn’t mean we are exempt. This film and the current divide of not just Detroit but our nation shows that 50 years has not been enough time to change to the storyline. But if not now, when? The conversation of change in Detroit to move from the point of the racial divide and conquer game to inclusion and equal opportunity for all of Detroit is one that needs to happen, openly, honestly, unapologetically. We must begin to stand in each other’s stories and viewpoints to try and understand our past to change our future. From the Forbes 500 CEOs to the dive bar owner on Second, a change towards not just diversity, but inclusion must happen lest we find ourselves met with the same tension and unrest of 1967, brewing in 2017 between Detroit and the New Detroit.

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NOT THAT it’s all about money, but Drake is sure being paid well for his efforts. To illustrate the point, last year, the rap megastar from Toronto, Canada made $13.6 from touring, $5.2 million from sales, and a whopping $18.1 million from streaming.

her early years in Baltimore, she was a drug dealer. Which goes a long way in explaining the close relationship she had with Tupac Shakur. She said “something bad” happened to her and that’s why she got out of “the life.”

You probably heard about the decision-makers at Madame Tussauds in New York having the Beyoncé wax figure altered due to an outpouring of complaints that it was “too light.” But that mistake aside, those wax figures give me the creeps because they are so authentic, reminds me of something from a horror movie. I also hate holograms, like the Michael Jackson hologram that “performed” on one of the award shows a while back.

MEMORIES: “Encore” (Cheryl Lynn), “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” (Billy Ocean), “Hold On” (En Vogue), “It’s You That I Need” (Enchantment), “Walk Away From Love” (David Ruffin), “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)” (the Staple Singers), “Rescue Me” (Fontella Bass).

One of Detroit’s leading ministers is a big Michigan State Lottery player. There is nothing “sinful” about buying lottery tickets, but it is still surprising to see the minister standing in line with a stack of lottery slips in his hand. People are still talking about Jada Pinkett Smith’s admission that in


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With the development and expansion of Detroit, it’s easy for the Midtown and downtown restaurants get a lot of shine, but let’s not forget the neighborhood eateries that provide Detroit flavor, soul and hospitality.


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Taylor Made Burgers 4844 E. 7 Mile Rd. | Detroit Phone (313) 891-5858 Appease your inner-foodie without spending a fortune when you swing by Taylor Made Burgers for one of many flavorful (and inexpensive) dishes. Cash is the only payment option offered at Taylor Made Burgers. Taylor Made Burgers is a burger lover’s paradise, so make your way over to the restaurant today and enjoy a tasty burger.

Crabhouse 19721 W. 7 Mile Rd. | Detroit Call (313) 535-1400 This comfy seafood eatery also serves chicken, turkey and steaks in a casual setting with TVs. From steaks to crab to shrimp, they are the place for you.

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Jamaican food at its best. Come savor the flavor with Jamaican staples like jerk chicken, cabbage, plantains and beef patties. Stop in for a snack or a full plate with meat and veggies.

8290 Woodward Ave. | Detroit Call (313) 872-4624 When you walk into The Turkey Grill, you breathe in the aroma of whole smoked and fried turkey, seafood gumbo and smoked turkey breast sandwiches carved from the bone. Deep, smokey flavors from hand-selected hardwoods, vibrant herbs and fiery spices make up their famous recipes.

Motor City Soul Food 12700 W. 7 Mile Rd | Detroit Call (313) 863-7685

With claims to being the best soul food on the west side of Detroit, Motor City Soul Food serves up traditional soul favorites from fried chicken to oxtails with all the tasty sides.


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Request for Proposals For Professional Services For the General Retirement System of the City of Detroit The Trustees of the General Retirement System of the City of Detroit are seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide media relations and communications consulting services. Interested firms are invited to submit a proposal. The Request for Proposal (RFP) will be available on July 14, 2017. Responses are due by August 31, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. EST. The RFP will be posted on the Retirement Systems of the City of Detroit’s website at The RFP can be found on the GRS Home Page. All correspondence and inquiries concerning this RFP should be directed solely to Lamonica Cabean, at . Responses are due by August 31, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. EST.






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The DBA will receive the responses, as herein set forth, in the offices of the Detroit Building Authority, Attention Tyrone Clifton, 1301 Third Street, Suite 328, Detroit, Michigan 48226. Qualifications shall be endorsed “DPD: Merrill Plaisance, Design/Build Services” and submitted not later than 3:00 P.M., Detroit time, on Friday, August 11, 2017, and will subsequently be evaluated to select a candidate for a design/build construction services agreement. A processing fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00), cashier’s check or money order, payable to the Detroit Building Authority must be paid prior to the submission of qualifications.


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Warren,  MI,  General  Motors.  Design  &release   chassis  electronics  &Electric  Power  Steering   (EPS)  systems  incldg  steering  column,  power   pack,  &steering  module,  incldg  software   &calibrations,  in  chassis  systems  electronics   for  fully  autonomous  vehicles,  &solve  EPS   engrg  validation  issues.  Lead  multi-­disciplined   PDT  &supplier  meetings.  Ensure  that  EPS   systems  meet  &/or  exceed  all  GM  policies,   safety  procedures,  statement  of  requirements   &legal  agreements  &reqmts.  Collaborate  with   EPS  BFO  to  define  system  &hardware  reqmts   for  EPS  Power  Pack  &EPS  software   &calibrations  on  electrical  parts  &sub-­ systems.  Lead  DFMEA  for  EPS  Electrical   Subsystems.  Lead  EPS  suppliers  to  build   prototype  &production  EPS  systems.  Plan,   support  &guide  DREs  on  prototypes  mfg  build   activities,  such  as  Pre-­Production  Vehicle,   Manufacturing  Validation  Build  Non-­Salable,   Manufacturing  Validation  Build  Salable  &Start   of  Production  to  obtain  a  flawless  Program   launch,  in  accordance  to  corporate  excellence   reqmts.  Perform  periodically  Program   &Design  status  review  presentations  for   company  senior  management  &Directors.   Bachelor,  Electrical  or  Electronics   Engineering.  12  mos  exp  as  Design  Release   Engineer,  designing  &releasing  vehicle   Chassis  Electronics  &/or  EPS  systems,   solving  systems  engrg  validation  issues,   &leading  team  &supplier  meetings,  &support   system  prototype  builds.  Mail  resume  to   Ref#20221,  GM  Global  Mobility,  300   Renaissance  Center,  MC:482-­C32-­C66,   Detroit,  MI  48265.    

A mandatory pre-submittal meeting and site tour will take place at Palmer Park, 900 Merrill Plaisance, Detroit, MI 48203, beginning at 1:30 P.M., Detroit time, on Thursday, August 3, 2017. The Respondent may only submit one response to this Request for Qualifications/Proposals. Participation in more than one submittal team will result in rejection of all responses by that Respondent. Respondents submitting qualifications may be required to make an oral presentation(s) to designated City representatives. The issuing office, if required, will schedule such oral presentation(s). The Respondent must pay any travel costs incurred for such presentations. The Respondent must agree to comply with the requirements of the City of Detroit’s Ordinances and Human Rights Department. Copies of this Request for Qualifications/Proposals may be obtained in person from Hernandez Blueprinting Services, 1798 Wabash Road, Detroit, MI, 48216, phone (313) 962-2900. No response to this Request for Qualifications/Proposals may be withdrawn for at least 120 days after the actual opening of the qualifications/proposals. The DBA reserves the right to waive any irregularity in any qualifications/proposals, and to reject any or all qualifications/proposals, should it be deemed in its best interest. If additional information is needed regarding this RFQ, please contact Tyrone Clifton of the DBA at (313) 224-5504. Tyrone Clifton Detroit Building Authority 1301 Third Street, Suite 328 Detroit, MI 48226


CITY OF WESTLAND HUMAN RESOURCES/PERSONNEL DIRECTOR POSITION The City of Westland seeks experienced individual for executive level position. Qualified individual is responsible for leadership of all aspects of City Human Resources operations. Successful candidate will be innovative and responsive in the management of assigned staff, labor negotiations, benefits administration, payroll, workers compensation and related employee services. Individual will provide financial oversight and policy development. Position is liaison to Civil Service Commission and responsible for recommendations in filling job vacancies, hiring, training, discipline and termination of staff. City liaison to the Committee on Disability Concerns. Position requires excellent business management skills including verbal and written communication skills with service providers, employees and retirees. 35 hours per week schedule that may include nights, weekends. Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s degree and five years prior experience, preferably in public sector, in human resources, business or similar management. Salary range: $73K-97K DOQ; City offers competitive compensation package. Please submit resume, 5 professional references and compensation requirements to: Michael J. Reddy, Deputy Mayor City of Westland 36300 Warren Road Westland, MI 48185-2298 or email to Position open until filled. EOE


Senior Creative  Designer   Warren,  MI,  General  Motors.  Design  &dvlp   concept  &production  passenger  cars,  trucks,   &SUVs  from  early  napkin  sketch  to  full  size   working  prototype  &/or  production  cars.   Assess  proposed  architecture  solutions   &focus  on  the  best  interest  of  the  company’s   future  products.  Design  future  vehicle  full   concepts  incldg  vehicle  exterior  body  in  white   systems,  incldg  doors,  roof  systems,  hoods,   rocker  panels,  fenders,  front  fascia,  fascia   clips,  A/B/C/D  pillars,  headlamps,  tail  lamps,   turn  signals,  wheels,  radiator  grilles,  outside   rear  view  mirrors  &antennas,  door  handles,   roof  racks  &LED  technologies,  using  Adobe   Photoshop,  Autodesk  Alias  Automotive,   Autodesk  Showcase,  VRED,  &PowerPoint.   Sketch  &propose  concepts  &mockups  of   vehicle  architectures  &functions  such  as   lighting,  full  vehicle,  front  end,  rear  end   &wheels.  Translate  2D  sketches  into  3D  by   giving  directions  to  the  3D  sculptors  to  create   3D  models  as  close  as  possible  to  the  sketch.   Dvlp  chosen  design  solutions  by  the  executive   design  &engrg  leadership  into  3D  properties   as  physical  models  made  by  industrial  grade   clay  sculpted  by  hand  &5-­axis  milling   machines  as  well  as  3D  CAD  models  in   Autodesk  Alias  software.  Lead  professional   sculptors  to  capture  designs  in  3D  scale  &full   size  clay  models.  Bachelor,  Transportation   Design  or  Industrial  Design.  24  mos  exp  as   Creative  Designer  or  Automotive  Designer,   designing  future  passenger  vehicle  full   concepts  incldg  vehicle  exterior  BIW  systems,   incldg  roof  systems,  hoods,  rocker  panels,   fenders,  front  fascia,  A/B/C/D  pillars,   headlamps,  tail  lamps,  turn  signals,  wheels,   roof  racks  &LED  technologies,  using  Adobe   Photoshop,  Autodesk  Alias  Automotive,   &VRED.  Mail  resume  to  Ref#22289,  GM   Global  Mobility,  300  Renaissance  Center,   MC:482-­C32-­C66,  Detroit,  MI  48265  

CITY OF WESTLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR POSITION City of Westland seeks experienced individual for executive level position. Qualified individual is responsible for all aspects of the City’s economic development interests. Successful candidate will have thorough knowledge of economic development regulations and be innovative and responsive in providing guidance to those individuals and companies seeking to establish, relocate or expand their business interests within the City. Position is liaison to Chamber of Commerce, and City Brownfield, Downtown Development, Local Development Finance, and Tax Increment Finance Authorities. Position requires interaction with regulatory and advisory authorities; ability to effectively interact with multinational businesses, international experience desired. Position requires excellent business management skills including public speaking and written communication. Must have the ability to communicate effectively with developers, business owners, elected leaders and the public. Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, economics, sales, marketing, public/business administration or related field and five years progressive experience in economic, community development or business in the public or private sectors; multilingual desirable. Salary range: $73K-97K DOQ; City offers competitive compensation package. Please submit resume, 5 professional references and compensation requirements to: Michael J. Reddy, Deputy Mayor City of Westland 36300 Warren Road Westland, MI 48185-2298 or email to Position open until filled. EOE

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Safety CAE     Integration  Engineer  

Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Perform   &execute  FE  analysis  of  driver,  &front/rear   occupant  in  passenger  car  &SUV  to  meet   frontal  impact  occupant  safety  performance   reqmts  in  compliance  with  FMVSS  208  load   cases  of  full  frontal,  30  degree  angled  &center   pole  impact  &US  NCAP  &IIHS  frontal  Offset   Deformable  Barrier  (ODB)  &Small  Overlap   rigid  barrier  (SOF)  impact,  Euro  NCAP  ODB   &Frontal  Full  width  (FF)  impact,  UN  ECE  R21   Annex  8  &China  NCAP  ODB  &FF  impact,   &China  Guobiao  standards  (GB)  11552  Annex   B,  at  Virtual  Vehicle  Assessment  gates.  Use   LS-­DYNA,  LS-­Opt,  Primer,  Animator,  Ansa,   HyperWorks  &MeshWorks  for  FE  simulations.   Integrate  fully  validated  FE  Anthropomorphic   Test  Devices  (ATD  -­  crash  test  dummy)   models  &detailed  FE  models  of  occupant   restraint  systems  such  as  energy  absorbing   steering  column,  airbags  &safety  belts  into   occupant  simulation  model.  Use  &apply   optimization  techniques,  Design  of   Experiments  &DFSS  to  dvlp  optimal   specification  of  occupant  restraint  systems   such  as  steering  column  collapse  load  level,   power  levels  of  airbag  inflators,  size  of  vent   holes  of  Driver  Airbag  (DAB)  &Knee  Airbag   (KAB),  power  of  Retractor  Pre-­Tensioner  (R-­ PT),  power  &stroke  of  Anchor  Pre-­Tensioner   (A-­PT),  &load  level  of  seat  belt  Load  Limiter   (LL)  while  balancing  applicable  global  safety   reqmts  for  frontal  impact.  Master,  Mechanical   Engineering,  Automotive  Engineering,  or   Aerospace  Engineering.  12  mos  exp  as   Engineer,  performing  &executing  FE  analysis   of  driver/front  occupant  in  passenger  vehicle   to  meet  frontal  impact  occupant  safety   performance  reqmts  in  compliance  with   FMVSS  208  load  cases  of  full  frontal,  30   degree  angled  &center  pole  impact,  IIHS  ODB   &SOF  impact,  China  NCAP  ODB  &FF  impact   &China  GB  11552  Annex  B.  Mail  resume  to   Ref#3520,  GM  Global  Mobility,  300   Renaissance  Center,  MC:482-­C32-­C66,   Detroit,  MI  48265.    

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Oracle Database Administrator

Warren, MI, General Motors. Perform 24x7 production database administration &provide global support to apps such as Siebel, SAP, &COTS systems run on Oracle database. Install &maintain 11g &12c GoldenGate, configuring bidirectional replication &resolve day-to-day replication issues. Upgrade &migrate Oracle 11g &12c databases. Implement code releases &resolve GoldenGate replication issues across various environments across the enterprise. Set up infrastructure for databases in huge data centers. Dvlp numerous PL/SQL procedures, packages, functions &triggers for various reqmts. Install, configure, implement 10g Real Application Cluster R1&R2/11g R1&R2, migrate large databases using Recovery Manager duplication. Perform EMC lun storage additions to cluster databases with Automatic Storage Management file system &to Standard-Business Continuity Volume paired databases. Master, Computer Science, Information Technology or Computer Engrg. 12 mos exp as Database Administrator or related, installing &maintaining GoldenGate, configuring bi-directional replication &resolve day-to-day replication issues. Mail resume to Ref#14936, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.    

Global Wireless Field Test Lead

Warren, MI, General Motors. Plan field testing for North America, South America, Europe &Asia-Pacific regions, dvlp test plans, &give technical instructions to 3rd party company to perform Global Wireless field testing of passenger vehicle telematics module incldg various features. Prepare &execute field test cases, verify certification &validate Qualcomm &related 4G LTE &beyond device chipsets, mobile device products, in-vehicle telematics module &apps for conventional &autonomous passenger vehicles. Plan &execute interoperability &field trial tests according to Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association specs &guidelines &Global Certification Forum reqmts for testing handset software &hardware in live networks across North America, South America, Europe &AsiaPacific regions in a mobile or stationary Global System for Mobile communication, General Packet Radio Service, Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service, Long-Term Evolution (LTE), &LTE Advanced environment. Write test scripts, dvlp &improve automation tools to parse &analyze the modem diagnostic logs &application logs using Visual Basic (VB) &Practical Extraction &Report Language (PERL). Bachelor, Electronics &Communication Engrg, Information Technology, or related. 60 mos exp as Software Engineer, Telecommunication Engineer, or Wireless Engineer, preparing &executing field test cases, verifying certification &validating Intel or Qualcomm &related 3G or 4G device chipsets, mobile device products, handheld devices &/or in-vehicle telematics, &apps. Mail resume to Ref#36335, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.  


Senior Process  Engineer  

Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Engr,  design,   install,  commission  (incldg  test),   troubleshoot  &modify  controls  &automation   systems  in  vehicle  assembly  plant  incldg   PLCs,  HMIs,  robots,  motion  controls   drives,  engrg  drawings,  sensing  devices,   various  industrial  controls  fieldbus   technologies  &power  distribution  system  to   perform  intended  automation  functions  for   various  vehicle  assembly  processes.   Execute  design,  integration,  plant   installation  &commissioning  of  controls   &automation  projects  using  Global   Common  Controls  Hardware  (GCCH)   &Global  Common  Controls  Software   (GCCS)  standards  &deliver  safety,   reliability,  cost,  qlty  &timing  requirement  at   all  stages  of  the  project  &programs   execution.  Apply  &use  industrial  controls   &automation  computer  programming   software  incldg  RSLogix,  Simatic  WinCC,   EPlan,  Cimplicity,  RSView,  Variable   Frequency  Drive  (VFD)  system,  RSLinx,   &Ethernet  networking  mgmt  tools  to  engr,   design,  troubleshoot  &modify  the  controls   &automation  systems  throughout  the   lifecycle  of  project  execution.  Evaluate   engrg  drawings,  blueprints  &improve   vehicle  assembly  automation  processes   incldg  body  shop,  press  shop,  paint  shop,   conveyors  &general  assembly  shop  to   analyze  the  critical  issues  using  proven   problem  solving  tools  &methods  &resolve   them  working  with  cross  functional  teams.   Provide  technical  input  to  upcoming  GM   GCCH  &GCCS  standards  to  achieve   further  optimization  in  controls   &automation  systems  for  various   manufacturing  processes.  Bachelor,   Electrical  or  Electronics  Engrg,  or  related.   60  mos  exp  as  Engineer,  Engrg  Manager,   or  related,  applying  &using  industrial   controls  &automation  computer   programming  software  incldg  RSLogix,   Simatic  WinCC,  EPlan,  Cimplicity,  RSView,   VFD  system,  RSLinx,  &Ethernet   networking  mgmt  tools  to  engr,  design,   troubleshoot  &modify  the  controls   &automation  systems  throughout  the   lifecycle  of  project  execution  in  vehicle   assembly  plant  incldg  body,  paint,   &general  assembly  shops.  Mail  resume  to   Ref#782,  GM  Global  Mobility,  300   Renaissance  Center,  MC:482-­C32-­C66,   Detroit,  MI  48265.      

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Joseph Willis Eatman II


A memorial service for Joseph Willis Eatman II was held on Friday, July 21, at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Kevin Taylor and Rev. Anthony Caudle. Mr. Eatman passed away on July 15, 2017.

Industrial Engineer  

New Boston,  MI,  Brose  North  America.   Establish  &maintain  PFMEA,  process  flow,   bills  of  material,  product  routings,  production   versions,  product  documents  &hourly  target   for  assembly  lines  to  meet  customer  reqmts.   Create  &update  work  instructions  for   Electronic  Control  Unit  &Hands  Free   Assembly  lines  &train  operators.  Plan   &improve  Brose  New  Boston  Plant   productivity  &worker  safety  using  tools  such   as  Six  Sigma,  8Ds,  5S  Method  &Fishbone   Diagram,  to  ensure  Continuous  Improvement   Processes;;  Overall  Equipment  Effectiveness   Analysis;;  SMED  Analysis;;  &Lessons  Learned,   during  production  of  automotive  Hands  Free   assembly  (HFA)  assembly  systems.  Prepare   &improve  AutoCAD  drawings  of  current   &future  site,  equipmt,  &plant  layouts,  &shop   floor  safety  reqmts  &consider  ergonomic  work   conditions  during  assembly;;  &mechanical,   electrical  &electronic  equipmt  installation,   including  HMI  (human  machine  interfaces);;   PLCs,  work  station  layout  with  enough  space   for  incoming  raw  materials  (gravity  racks)   &outgoing  finished  goods;;  air  &grease  line   drops,  power  &data  cable  drops;;  &adequate   space  to  be  provided  between  the  assembly   lines  in-­case  of  emergency.  Master,  Industrial   Engineering  or  Industrial  &Systems   Engineering.  6  mos  exp  as  Engineer,   preparing  &improving  AutoCAD  drawings  of   current  &future  site  &equipmt  layouts,  safety   reqmts  &considering  ergonomic  work   conditions  during  installation  of  electrical   &electronic  equipmt.  Mail  resume  to   Ref#3374,  Human  Resources,  3933   Automation  Ave,  Auburn  Hills,  MI  48326.      

Henry C. Strong

Services for Henry C. Strong took place on Saturday, July 29, at Fisher Funeral Home in Redford. Mr. Strong passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2017 at the age of 88. He was born on Oct. 2, 1928 in West Point, Clay County, Mississippi, one of the 12 children of Will and Caroline Strong; his twin was Lessie B. Webb.

Joseph Willis Eatman II was born on Jan. 19, 1958 in Long Beach, California to Patricia and Wilbur Glen Lewis. He spent his formative years in Canton, Missouri. He attended Western Illinois University on basketball and track scholarships; he majored in finance and marketing. Mr. Eatman married Pamela Perry on July 15, 1989. They were blessed with two sons, Joseph Henry and Grant Flemings. He was a highly

He was the uncle of Barrett Strong, early Motown singer and later one of the company’s most prolific songwriters. Mr. Strong, an avid bowler and golfer, loved traveling the country with wife Rena to participate in bowling tournaments. He was an active member of the local VFW and a member of Gospel Temple Baptist Church.

Automotive Designer  

Dearborn, MI,  Technicon  Design  Corporation.   Design  &dvlp  concept  &production  passenger   cars  &SUVs  from  early  thumbnail  sketch  to  full   size  working  prototype  and/or  production  cars.   Assess  proposed  architecture  solutions   &focus  on  the  best  interest  of  the  company’s   future  products.  Plan,  design  &act  as  lead  in   the  future,  next  generation  passenger  car   &SUV  design  programs  incldg  design  of   vehicle  exterior  body  in  white  systems,  incldg   doors,  roof  systems,  hoods,  rocker  panels,   fenders,  front/rear  fascia,  A/B/C/D  pillars,   head  lamps,  tail  lamps,  turn  signals,  wheels,   radiator  grilles,  outside  rear  view  mirrors   &antennas,  door  handles,  roof  racks  &LED   systems,  using  Adobe  Photoshop,  Autodesk   Alias  Automotive,  Autodesk  Showcase,   VRED,  &PowerPoint.  Sketch  &propose   concepts  &mockups  of  vehicle  architectures   &functions  such  as  lighting,  full  vehicle  front   end,  &radar  systems.  Translate  2D  sketches   into  3D  by  giving  directions  to  3D  sculptors  to   create  3D  models  as  close  as  possible  to  the   sketch.  Dvlp  chosen  design  solutions  by   executive  design  &engrg  leadership  into  3D   properties  as  physical  models  made  by   industrial  grade  clay  sculpted  by  hand  &5-­axis   milling  machines  and  3D  CAD  models  in   Autodesk  Alias.  Bachelor,  Transportation   Design  or  Industrial  Design.  12  mos  exp  as   Exterior  Designer,  planning  &designing  next   generation  passenger  vehicle  design   programs  incldg  design  of  vehicle  exterior   BIW  systems,  incldg  doors,  roof  systems,   hoods,  rocker  panels,  fenders,  front/rear   fascia,  A/B/C/D  pillars,  head  lamps,  tail  lamps,   wheels,  radiator  grilles,  roof  racks,  &lighting   systems,  using  Adobe  Photoshop,  Alias,   Adobe  Illustrator,  &PowerPoint.  Mail  resume   to  Ref#16888,  Technicon  Design,  26522  La   Alameda,  Suite  150,  Mission  Viejo,  CA  92691.    

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Cherishing the memory of Henry C. Strong are his wife of 40 years, Rena (McGee) Strong; daughters Roseanna, Angelia and Alicia; stepchildren Regina Lynn and James Lee; sisters Gertrude Holiday and CharlieAnne Lyles; grandchildren Nanesha, Jasmine, Asha, Lorenzo, Debra, Garner, Samuel, Jason, Loreen, Christina, Renetta, Tiffany, Bonita, Dorinda and Edward Jr.; 28 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

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Rebecca E. Mays On Saturday, July 22, services for Rebecca E. Mays were held at Bethel Baptist Church, East with Rev. Dennis Veal officiating. Mrs. Mays passed away on July 17, 2017.

Solutions. He also was accomplished in the office furniture and office supplies industry. Cherishing the memory of Joseph Willis Eatman II are his wife, Pam; children, Joseph and Grant; siblings, Deborah Eatman and Wilbur Glen Lewis II; and many other relatives and friends. successful entrepreneur, founding Workplace Integrators and WorkPlace

John Roosevelt McConico

Services for John Roosevelt McConico were held on Saturday, July 22, at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He passed away on July 9, 2017. Mr. McConico was born on Nov. 27, 1926 in Camden, Alabama to John and Mary McConico, the seventh of 12. He was educated in Birmingham, Alabama. After high school graduation, he continued his education at Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee. He later joined the U.S. Army. Mr. McConico married Louise Owens in 1958 and they were blessed with four children. He founded M&M Contruction Company and later, Motor City Tunneling with his brother-inlaw, Oliver Miner. Among

Rebecca Elizabeth Mays was born on Sept. 25 1938 in Humphrey County, Mississippi the eighth of the 10 children of Eugene and Susie B. Scott. The family later moved to Detroit. She graduated from Eastern High School in 1941 and began her long career with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command in 1957. It was there that she met the man who would become her husband, the late Vernon K. Mays. She was active in the church. Cherishing the memory of Rebecca E. Mays are her three daughters, Sandra Mays, Belinda Mays Tucker and Stephanie Mays-Hurst; two siblings, Eugene Scott, Jr. and Blanche Temple; and many other relatives and friends. Arrangements were handled by Swanson Funeral Home. Interment took place at Elmwood Cemetery.

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Victor Eugene Butler Services for Victor Eugene Butler were held on Wednesday, July 19, at Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He passed away on July 11, 2017. Victor Eugene Butler was born on April 5, 1955 Grand Rapids, Michigan to Rodgers Butler, Jr. and Dorothy M. (Harper) Butler, the youngest of three children. He graduated from Central High School in Grand Rapids, received his pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and earned his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago and had been pursuing a PharmD through the University of Florida. Mr. Butler was owner of Community Care Pharmacy in Fort Wayne, Indiana for 21 years. Prior to that, he held various positions at numerous companies. Victor Eugene Butler’s memory is being cherished by his wife of 36 years, Raejeanne Butler; daughter, Simone Butler; brother, Donald Butler; sister, Deborah Russell; and many other relatives and friends. Arrangements were handled by Carmichael Funeral Service, Inc. in Fort Wayne and Grand Rapids, also by Brown Funeral Home in Grand Rapids.

Arrangements were handled by Swanson Funeral Home.




his interests were sports and hunting. The memory of John Roosevelt McConico is being cherished by his wife, Louise; daughter, Kimberly Ann Ransone; son, William C. McConico; sisters, Maria Thomas, Lucinda Stubbs and Lucille Smith; and many other relatives and friends. Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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