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October 19-25, 2016

Volume 80 – Number 6

Improved community relations will improve community safety Gov. Snyder signs 17-bill package on law enforcement requirements By Keith A. Owens and Press Reports Improving the trust and cooperation between the public and members of law enforcement is the goal of a new executive directive signed earlier this month by Gov. Rick Snyder. “We can all do our part to ensure that those risking their lives in law enforcement and the public they are serving can return home safely every night,” said Snyder. “Given recent national events that have strained relationships, it is more important than ever to focus on the people’s trust of public safety officers in our state and their cooperation with law enforcement. We must take steps to build and promote faith in law enforcement in Michigan.” But it wasn’t just the highly-publicized incidents of unrest nationwide that prompted the governor to take action, said Harvey Hollins, director of Michigan’s Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives. “When the governor took office, four cities in Michigan were listed on the FBI’s Top 10 most violent crime cities in the country. Detroit, Flint, Saginaw and Pontiac. And we have eight in the Top 100 when you add Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Jackson and Lansing.” Executive Directive 2016-2 tasks the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) to produce a public report addressing the topic of fostering public trust in law enforcement. MCOLES is responsible for promoting public safety in Michigan by setting standards for selection, employment, licensing, and funding in law enforcement and criminal justice, for the public and private sectors. “Public safety is so critical. I don’t care how much money you can pour into non-profits and charitable organizations,” said Hollins. As part of the Executive Directive, the governor has directed MCOLES to: • Consider the status of community relationships and what factors can impact the public’s trust


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Motown Museum expansion, By Lee Claire Hitsville USA, the birthplace of the indomitable Motown sound, has been an icon of pride and joy over the years for Detroiters who relish in the timeless music created by music mogul Berry Gordy and his legion of ultra talented artists, songwriters, musicians, arrangers and choreographers. But over the years and after Gordy moved his empire to Los Angeles, the modest structure on West Berry Gordy Grand Blvd. has caused some Detroit­ers to feel a bit awkward as visitors from around the world express a measure of disappointment about the size of the Motown Museum, which was the training ground for such classic artists as the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, the Four Tops and Stevie Wonder. But with the much anticipated announcement of the $50 million expansion to one of the great wonders of Detroit, the discomfort and embarrassment are dissipating and Detroit­ers are no longer saddled with explaining to visitors and tourists about the modest white house next door to a funeral

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Hitsville USA, aka the Motown Museum, will get the extreme makeover it deserves to elevate it to the prominence of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, complete with dynamic, interactive exhibits, a state-of-the art performance theater, unrivaled recording studios, an expanded retail experience and meeting spaces designed by world renown architects and exhibit designers. The glammed up historic point of interest will grow the cur-

The Motown Museum made the welcomed announcement on Monday, Oct. 17, taking much care to assure Detroit­ ers that the new Motown Museum will be designed and built around the current museum space. Robin R. Terry, chairwoman and CEO of the Motown Museum, made the announcement.



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It’s hard to argue with the basic concept of a community benefits agreement which, at its essence, means that you, as a neighborhood resident, should be entitled to some significant say-so over any major developments scheduled to take place in your own back yard. More specifically, you as a low-to moderate income neighborhood resident should be entitled to some sayso, because rich people rarely have to worry about unwelcome developments popping up in their neck of the woods without any community input. It simply isn’t done.

So the question to be considered, when weighing the merits of Proposal A vs. Proposal B, is not whether having a community benefits ordinance is a good idea. It is a very good idea. But the very important question is which community benefits proposal – Proposal A or Proposal B - represents the kind of community benefits ordinance that will help Detroit, and which ordinance will do the opposite. The Michigan Chronicle believes strongly, and in no uncertain terms, that Proposal B is the way to go. Proposal A, though well-intentioned, would cause significant problems that, if implemented, will practical-

ly bring development in Detroit to a screeching halt while killing hundreds of jobs in the process. Not because developers will refuse to invest in any project requiring neighborhood input, but because Proposal A is a confusing and very poorly worded document seeking to address an issue that requires extreme clarity and precision. And that’s just for starters. Put simply, there is no way any project developer would ever sign on the dotted line with what Proposal A is proposing, and their hesitation would be justifiable for a number of reasons. Proposal B, on the other hand, offers a much clearer road

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toward progress that would not hamper development but would also foster the kind of community participation and input that should be required for any major development in our city. First of all, Proposal A does not permit any participation from any city official - not the mayor, not any member of city council, not any other city official - in the actual negotiation process. To not include the participation of the very people whom the community elected to represent their interests in situations exactly like this poses a problem.

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October 19-25, 2016

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Mayor Mike Duggan visits job training program at corrections facility Detroiters receiving asbestos remediation training and certification Mayor Mike Duggan will visit the Detroit Reentry Center to see a new program that provides asbestos abatement training and certification to inmates who will soon be returning to Detroit when released. The training is based on the Detroit Environmental Employment Program that recently saw 79 low-income, unemployed or under-employed

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Detroiters receive certifications in various environmental employment fields, with dozens having now started jobs in new, well-paying careers. Mayor Duggan will also visit the One-Stop Service Center that Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation operates within the facility, providing job training, education and career services to inmates. All training takes place inside the facility and is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Talent Investment Agency and the U.S. Department of Labor, announced by Mayor Duggan in 2015.

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City of Highland Park, Michigan new police vehicle rollout The City of Highland Park Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce that they rolled out new fully equipped 2016 Chevy Tahoe’s police vehicles on Oct. 13 at. The police chief and mayor led a parade down Woodward Avenue in the new vehicles. The parade of vehicles will started from the Highland Park Fire Sta-

tion, stopped in front of the Highland Park Police Station and finished at the fire station. “This is a big deal for our city. This is what we call positive progress. This means more officers will be able to patrol our community and keep it safe,” said Chief Logan.

Four Michigan cities take the lead in LGBTQ inclusion At a time when many states have failed to extend LGBTQ-inclusive laws and policies, Ann Arbor, Detroit, East Lansing and Ferndale are stepping up to ensure that all citizens are treated equally, according to a report issued by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization. HRC’s 2016 Municipal Equality Index shows that around the country cities are fueling momentum for LGBTQ equality, and often are doing so in states that still don’t have LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination laws at the state level. In Michigan, Ann Arbor, Detroit, East Lansing and Ferndale earned over 85 points on the 2016 MEI despite hailing from a state without LGBTQ-inclusive statewide non-discrimination laws. Across the country, 37 cities like these set a standard of LGBTQ inclusiveness with exemplary, best-practice policies such as local non-discrimination laws, providing transgender-inclusive health benefits for city employees, and offering LGBTQ-inclusive city services. Shining like beacons of hope, Ann Arbor, Detroit, East Lansing and Ferndale earned one of HRC’s 37 MEI “All Star” designations. MEI All Stars are cities nationwide that are excelling by advancing LGBTQ equality without relying on state law. This year, Ann Arbor earned 100 points, Detroit earned 100 points, East Lansing earned 100 points and Ferndale earned 94 points. Last year, Ann Arbor earned 77 points, Detroit earned 100 points, East Lansing earned 100 points and Ferndale earned 97 points. The average score for cities in Michigan is 69 out of 100 points, which falls above the national average of 55. The cities researched for the MEI include the 50 state capitals, the 200 most populous cities in the country, the five largest cities in every state, the cities home to each state’s two largest public universities, and an equal mix of 75 of the nation’s large, mid-size and small municipalities with the highest proportion of same-sex couples.

“This year, dozens of cities across the nation showed they are willing to stand up for LGBTQ people in their communities even when some state governments are not,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “This builds on a trend we have long observed: that local governments are at the forefront of our fight for equality. Unfortunately, our opponents have witnessed this progress too, and in recent years, anti-LGBTQ lawmakers have pushed spiteful legislation aimed at pre-empting local protections. That’s why it’s so important that we continue to not only fight for equality at the state and local levels, but to enact comprehensive federal protections for LGBTQ people under the Equality Act.” “Despite another year of legislative attacks on LGBTQ equality, we are not merely holding our


ground; we also continue to make significant gains across the country,” said Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director of the Equality Federation Institute. “The opportunity for further progress is huge, and we are proud to partner with HRC on the Municipal Equality Index, a powerful roadmap for elected officials and community advocates who want to continue down the path to full equality.” Since the MEI’s debut in 2012, the number of cities earning perfect scores has more than quintupled, and today at least 24 million people now live in cities that have more comprehensive, transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws than their state or the federal government. And cities that have been rated all five years of the MEI have improved their scores by about 20 points over that time.


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October 19-25, 2016

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Public survey to help Third Circuit Court to continue improving service The annual Trial Court Public Satisfaction Survey helps Third Circuit Court and courts throughout the state identify successful efforts and target areas for additional attention, helping to maintain superior service to the public. Over the past three years, 75,000 court users have expressed a high level of satisfaction with trial courts statewide. This year’s survey will help assure that upto-date information is available for comparison to previous years and to help in efforts to continue improving service to the public. Chief Judge Robert J. Colombo, Jr. said, “We look forward to the Public Satisfaction Survey each year. It is an invaluable tool that affirms what we are doing right and advises us where we need to improve. The court is embarking upon developing a five-year strategic plan, and the public’s feedback will help us determine our priorities as we set our initiatives.” According to the 2015 Michigan Supreme Court Annual Report, of 25,000 court users surveyed, 93 percent said they were treated with courtesy and respect, 87 percent were able to get their business done in a reasonable amount of time, and 83 percent thought their case was handled fairly. The annual report also showed that 96 percent of trial court cases were concluded within time guidelines. This year’s survey will be administered for five full business days through Oct. 21; it started Oct. 17. The schedule in each location is as follows: • Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, Wednesday, Oct.19 • Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Thursday, Oct. 20 • Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, Friday, Oct. 21 Surveys will be offered to court users at each location where the court conducts business with the public. In Third Circuit Court, participants who prefer to take the survey in Spanish, Arabic or Simplified Chinese can do so. The annual Trial Court Public Satisfaction Survey is part of a comprehensive Michigan Supreme Court initiative to measure performance and improve service to the public. The National Center for State Courts recently published a report highlighting Michigan’s pioneering efforts to implement and expand the use of performance measures to increase efficiency, improve outcomes, and help courts be the best possible steward of public resources. The Third Judicial Circuit is the largest circuit court in Michigan with three operating divisions. The Third Circuit Court has jurisdiction over civil, criminal, and family matters arising in the County of Wayne. The National Center for State Courts has cited the Third Circuit Court as one of the model urban courts in the United States for case flow management and the timely disposition of the Court’s docket. For more information, visit

Federal Government releases $42 million for Detroit’s Blight Removal Program The City of Detroit recently announced the release of $42 million in Federal funds for Detroit’s blight removal program, the first installment of a new $130 million blight allocation for the city. This latest round of funding was part of the Omnibus spending bill passed by Congress in December of 2015. Over the past three years, more than $128 million in Hardest Hit Funds (HHF) from the 2010 U.S Treasury allocation have been awarded to Detroit for the blight removal program. The funding from the 2010 allocation is winding down, with only about 100 structures awaiting demolition and approximately 1,867 in the reimbursement process. The City has completed 10,666 demolitions throughout Detroit as of October 14th. Of those completed demolitions, just under 8,000 (7,953) were paid for through the Federal HHF program and approximately 6,226 have received MSHDA reimbursement. A review conducted by MSHDA found a number of internal controls that needed improvement at the Detroit Land Bank in managing demolition contracts. In August, U.S. Treasury directed MSHDA to suspend HHF blight activity in Detroit pending Treasury’s review. For the last two months, MSHDA and the Land Bank have worked cooperatively to develop a far more comprehensive set of procedures and controls for assessing bids and processing payments to contractors that will ensure full compliance with federal guidelines on the use of Federal Hardest Hit Funds. On Friday, Oct. 14, MSHDA ob-

tained the approval of U.S. Treasury to resume HHF blight elimination activities in Detroit. Several key provisions of the new procedures include: • A far more intense MSHDA/Detroit Land Bank partnership where two MSHDA employees will be housed at the Land Bank and Detroit Building Authority. The MSHDA staff will provide real time compliance support, input on process improvement, and onsite assurance that all contracts are bid appropriately. • Quality control audits to assure compliance on an ongoing basis. • The Land Bank has established a $5 Million escrow account fund to assure payment of demolition costs not eligible for HHF funding. • Demolition bid packages will be restricted in size to no more than 50 houses

• Contractors required to disclose the names of all subcontractors • Contractors required to limit markup work performed by subcontractors by no more than 10 percent and must attest to their compliance. The last three provisions will apply to cities’ demolition programs statewide under the new policy. “Abandoned houses are a danger to families across this city,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “We are the most successful city in America in the speed of blight removal, but we have not been the most successful in developing the kinds of controls a program of this size needs. Today we’re fixing that.” “I want to thank MSHDA and Treasury for working with us to develop better controls and procedures and pledge to them our commitment to achieve full compliance with all federal and state rules and regulations as we go forward,” Duggan said.

Funders provide $6.2M for early childhood Head Start Total investment increases to over $11 million over five years and expands geographic reach The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan today announced that the Head Start Innovation Fund Collaborative (Innovation Fund) will invest an additional nearly $6.2 million to support innovation and high-quality programs and services at local Head Start agencies serving thousands of young children and their families.

DMC loses $19M in wrongful death lawsuit Jury finds hospital’s neglect in admitting sick infant hastened death

An eight-person jury at Wayne County Circuit Court has returned a unanimous verdict of $19 million against Dr. Minh Cruz and DMC Children’s Hospital of Detroit for the wrongful death of Sabrie Nash, an infant who died of pneumonia six years ago. Brian McKeen, managing partner of McKeen & Associates of Detroit, brought the suit on behalf of Tenita Nash, the mother Sabrie Nash. The four-month old infant was a premature twin who was diagnosed with BPD, respiratory distress syndrome and pulmonary hypertension and was hospitalized for two months after birth. She was on supplemental oxygen at home. Nash brought her daughter to DMC for evaluation for respiratory congestion on Nov. 7, 2010 and was sent home, and then to DMC emergency Nov. 18, for respiratory distress. Sabrie was not admitted to the hospital. She died two days later. “Sabrie was a sick child who needed to be admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit so she could be worked up, monitored and treated. Instead she was discharged home,” said McKeen. “This was a clear violation of the standard of care. There is no pain as severe as the pain of a parent losing a child, particularly when the death is due to someone’s neglect.”

This funding brings the total support for Head Start and Early Head Start to $11.05 million over five years. Additional investment comes from the following Funder Collaborative members: Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan; Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; The Kresge Foundation; McGregor Fund; PNC Foundation; and the Skillman Foundation. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation also invested as a new member of the Funder Collaborative. “The Community Foundation is pleased to manage the Innovation Fund Collaborative in making critical investments in the well-being and education of our youngest citizens and their families,” said Katie Brisson, vice president, program of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. “We are pleased that the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is joining this powerful collaborative effort among foundations in our region that are deeply committed to innovation and excellence in early childhood education and care.” The Head Start Innovation Fund was created in 2013 when the Funder Collaborative committed $4.9 million to support programs and partnerships that improve the quality of Head Start services and outcomes in Detroit. It has aided the expansion of Early Head Start services, which focus on the needs of expectant families and children through the age of 3. It also provides strategic support for system-wide needs, such as a monthly Learning Network for all providers, a campaign to boost enrollment of eligible families, comprehensive data collection, and staff training.

Innovation Fund impact to date includes: • Nearly $4 million in financial support for promising new projects and programs that build innovation within the local Head Start system. • System-wide enrollment marketing campaign increased enrollment in Detroit Head Start agencies from 70 percent to 84 percent, year-over-year. • Regular convenings of providers from across Detroit together to share best practices and tips. • Access to resources that are shared by all Head Start agencies, such as research, data, access to national experts, training, teacher recruitment tools and marketing. While the Innovation Fund will

continue its commitment to Detroit, the round-two contributions of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and the Community Foundation to the Innovation Fund will enable it to expand its scope into the tri-county region. This expansion will address some of the issues identified in a 2015 study commissioned by the Funder Collaborative that looked at regional access to high quality early education and care. The study found that one-third of young children in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties lacked access to high quality early education and care. Western Wayne County and Oakland County recently completed the Head Start federal rebidding process, and the expansion of the Innovation Fund coverage area is intended to create a stronger, regional Head Start system.



October 19-25, 2016

Proposal B

“The first organizational meeting for purposes of forming the Host Community representative organization to negotiate and execute a Community Benefits Agreement shall be called by the City Council Member or Members in whose district(s) the project is located.  The Council Member(s) shall schedule and call the first organizational meeting of the Host Community for purposes of forming the Host Community representative organization within twenty-one (21) days of the date of notice informing the Host Community of the proposed project.  Other than hosting the meeting, Council members and other City officials shall have no direct involvement in the processes of forming the Host Community representative or negotiating the Community Benefits Agreement. [bold italics ours]”   Proposal B incorporates a more collaborative approach involving City Council, the Planning Department, and a Neighborhood Advisory Council working together. Secondly, once Proposal A’s version of the neighborhood committee has been formed (with no limit to how many members can be on the committee, no qualifications required to be a committee member, and no time limit as to how long the negotiations may be allowed to drag on), supporters of Proposal A are suggesting that for any so-called Tier 1 development in Detroit that would incur an investment of $15 million or more, developers should be willing to sit down and negotiate terms with a group of concerned citizens from the neighborhood who may or may not be even remotely qualified to conduct such negotiations or understand anything at all about construction and development. Furthermore, they should be willing to endure these negotiations for as long as it takes to reach an agreement with no deadline in sight. And they should be willing to do all this for an investment threshold of only $15 million, which is an extremely low investment to be asking developers to jump through all these additional hoops. In short, the investment would not be worth the hassle. Which is why Proposal B proposes a much more realistic and reasonable investment threshold of $75 million. Thirdly, although many supporters of Proposal A make the charge that Proposal B offers no real enforcement measures to ensure that the agreed upon elements of a signed contract are carried out, it is actually Proposal A that offers hardly any notable method by which to enforce a contract. Once again, you can read it for yourself: Sec. 14-12-7. Penalties for Noncom-

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Councilman Scott Benson supports Proposal B pliance; Enforcement; (1)  The provisions of this Article are prescriptive in nature, and are set forth as required conditions to request, provision, and receipt of Public Support For Investment for Tier 1 Development Projects, Tier 2 Development Projects, and High Impact Development Projects.  Material failure to comply with the provisions of this Article may result in denial, suspension, terminate, and revocation, or withdrawal of Public Support For Investment, but shall not be subject to the penalties set forth in Sec 1-1-9 of this code.  Except, when obtained through substantial and material misrepresentation or fraud, the resolution of City Council approving the Public Support For Investment shall be evidence of compliance with the provisions of this Article, and thereafter remedies shall be limited to enforcement of the Community Benefits Agreement and/or Development Agreement. Section 2.  This ordinance is hereby declared necessary to preserve the public peace, health, safety, and welfare of the People of the City of Detroit. Section 3.  All ordinances or parts of ordinances that conflict with this ordinance are repealed. If it seems difficult to understand how the above language would provide the means for any meaningful level of enforcement, that’s because the language is difficult to understand. Now compare the above language to what is being offered in Proposal B: Enforcement. (1) An Enforcement Committee shall be established to monitor Tier 1 Projects. a. The Enforcement Committee shall be comprised of, at minimum, the following four individuals:

i. Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit; or their designee. ii. a representative from the Planning and Development Department; iii. a representative from the Law Department; iv. a representative from the Human Rights Department. b. In addition to the members of the Enforcement Committee as identified in Subsection (1)a of this section, the Planning Director may require that other departments participate in the Enforcement Committee as needed. (2) The Enforcement Committee shall provide a biannual compliance report to the City Council and the NAC for the time period identified in the Community Benefits Provision. (3) The Planning Director shall facilitate at least one meeting per calendar year between the NAC (Neighborhood Advisory Council) and the Developer to discuss the status of the Tier 1 Project for the time period identified in the Community Benefits Provision. (4) The NAC shall review any allegations of violations of the Community Benefits Provision provided to it by the community, and may report violations to the Enforcement Committee in writing. (5) Upon receipt of written notification of allegations of violation from the NAC, the Enforcement Committee shall investigate such allegations and shall present their written findings to the NAC based upon the following: a. Whether the Developer is in compliance with the Community Benefits Provision; and b. How the Community Benefits Provision will be enforced or how violations

will be mitigated. (6) The findings of the Enforcement Committee shall be presented to the NAC no later than 21 days from the date the violations were reported to the Enforcement Committee, unless the need for additional time is reported to City Council and the NAC within the original 21 day time frame. (7) If the NAC disagrees with the findings of the Enforcement Committee or determines that the Enforcement Committee is not diligently pursuing the enforcement or mitigation steps outlined in its findings, the NAC may send notice to the Enforcement Committee, and the Enforcement Committee shall have 14 days from receipt of notice to respond to the concerns outlined. (8) If the NAC is not satisfied with the Enforcement Committee’s response, the NAC may petition the City Clerk and request that City Council schedule a hearing with opportunity for both the Enforcement Committee and the NAC to present information related to the alleged violations of the Community Benefits Provision and any enforcement or mitigation efforts that have occurred. (9) If City Council elects to hold a hearing, or based upon the written information 22 submitted, City Council shall determine whether the Enforcement Committee has made reasonable efforts to ensure that the Developer has complied with the Community Benefits Provision. a. If City Council determines that the Enforcement Committee has made reasonable efforts, City Council shall notify the NAC and the Enforcement Committee of their findings. b. If City Council finds that the Enforcement Committee has not made reasonable efforts, City Council shall make specific finding to the Enforcement Committee on the steps that need to be taken to comply with the Community Benefits Provision. i. The Enforcement Committee shall provide City Council and the NAC monthly updates on compliance actions until City Council adopts a resolution declaring that the Developer is in compliance with the Community Benefits Provision or has taken adequate steps to mitigate violations. ii. City Council may hold additional hearings related to enforcement of the Community Benefits Provision as needed. Is it lengthy? Yes. That’s because it is thorough. And so is Proposal B. We support community benefits, but we need to get this right. And Proposal B gets it right.

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• Consider law enforcement training requirements that can help improve community relationships, including implicit bias training, training on de-escalation techniques, and training on police interactions with those who have mental health issues; • Address how law enforcement agencies can improve communications with the public; and • Recommend additional improvements that can be considered by the state Legislature.

Museum expansion “Our goal is to bring an expanded Motown Museum to the world, to inspire dreams and serve as an educational resource for global and local communities while creating an international mecca of music and entertainment history,” said Terry. “This expanded facility will be an exhilarating national and international tourist destination which will allow us to narrate and celebrate on a much larger scale what the Motown legacy is recognized for: unmatched creative genius that transcends every barrier imaginable by bringing people together from all walks of life to share in that unmistakable Motown sound.” Founded by Berry Gordy, Motown is the sound that changed America and remains one of the most significant musical accomplishments of the 20th century. Motown became a hit factory — transforming young singers into brilliant performers and superstars. With more than 180 No. 1 hit songs worldwide, no other record company in history has produced so many iconic entertainers or had such an enormous influence on popular culture. “When I look back on that magical time in Detroit, I’m reminded of how a company, based on love, fairness and competition, came together to create something special. It was about music and so much more,” said Berry Gordy. “It brings me real joy, and I am proud and humbled to know that the inclusive legacy of Motown, and the most talented people who are so near and dear to my heart, will have their stories told in this new museum.” In addition to the staggering global reverence it receives, when completed, the new Museum campus will have a transformative impact on its surrounding Detroit neighborhood, providing employment, sustainability and community pride by serving as an important catalyst for new investment and interest in this historic area. The new development will also further raise the profile of the city as an international travel destination. “When the expanded museum opens, it will be one of Michigan’s leading cultural institutions and an even greater interna-

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tional tourist destination providing economic growth and regional enrichment,” Terry continued. “Its imprint will be far-reaching by bringing thousands of visitors to Detroit each year along with positive national and international attention.” Larry Alexander, president and CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, added, “The Motown Museum brings thousands of visitors to Detroit each year to see the historic place where this internationally celebrated story was born. These visitors stay in our great hotels, eat at our diverse selection of restaurants and experience the other incredible attractions that (metro) Detroit offers. This exciting expansion will attract more visitors while further raising our region’s profile as a must-visit tourist destination.” A talented team of designers, architects and other creative experts are currently collaborating on the details of the expanded space. Phil Freelon, managing director of architecture and design firm Perkins + Will was engaged to lead the execution of the initial museum expansion concepts. A President Obama appointee to the National Commission of Fine Arts, Freelon led the design team for the newly opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Rainy Hamilton’s Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates, a leading multi-disciplinary design firm specializing in environmentally conducive, creative and contemporary design, is the architect of record. Detroit-based Larry Brinker Sr. of the Brinker Group will serve as construction manager of the project. Patrick Gallagher’s, Washington DC-based Gallagher & Associates, an internationally recognized museum planning and design firm is developing the visitor experiences and exhibition design. Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, the Motown Museum is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, tax-exempt organization. It is committed to preserving, protecting and presenting the Motown story through inspirational and educational experiences. To learn more, visit

MCOLES must complete its study and produce a report within 120 days, which would be by May 1, 2017. In addition to the Executive Directive, Snyder signed a 17-bill package updating requirements for law enforcement in Michigan and responsibilities related to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. Senate Bills 92-94, sponsored by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker: • Clarify that law enforcement officers require licenses instead of certificates, • Add a representative of the deputy sheriffs to MCOLES, • Modernizes specifications related to the Michigan Justice Training Fund, and • Provides MCOLES access to controlled substance records in appropriate circumstances. • The bills are now Public Acts 289305 of 2016. “We’re trying to get ahead of this thing,” said Hollins. “When you talk about training of officers and neighborhood relationships with law enforcement types, this is how you actually get at it.” Hollins said it is a good thing that there has been no unrest so far in Michigan anywhere near comparable to what has happened in cities such as Baltimore, Ferguson, or Charlotte, however the Governor does not want to take such good fortune for granted. In Detroit, Hollins gave a lot of credit to Police Chief James Craig and the Detroit Police Department for managing to maintain at least a semblance of peace in a city that, by most any measure, would seem ripe for open displays of unrest. “Detroit is a different animal from New York, or Baltimore, or

Chicago. You still have a lot of folks who reflect the community still serving on the force in Detroit. The question is, if it happens, what’s in place to maintain public trust?” said Hollins. “Detroit is the largest city in Michigan, and I think Chief Craig is doing a great job. I think the issue that I’m more concerned about is not the incident that happens in Detroit, it’s the incident that happens to a Detroiter who happens to be driving through another community, and whether or not that individual would have their best interests adhered to by that officer. And whether that individual would have that officer’s best interest in mind too. That’s the issue. It’s the same thing in Flint. “For example, let’s say that you started on the force in Petoskey, hypothetically. And you got out there, and you decided to come to a market like Detroit. And you got hired. You’re gonna carry certain biases into that whole thing. The question is, what needs to occur in terms of the certification process that begins to normalize those biases for the community that you’re serving? That is how I see it [the package of bills] benefiting the City of Detroit.” And the community has a very important role to play in all this, namely participating. It’s not just about what the police are doing, but what the community itself is doing, said Hollins. “You can have police training, but with the best police training if there’s no community engagement, civic engagement, then we’re still stuck in trying to really create an environment where people will talk if there’s a crime because they trust their police, and the police will feel that their relationships [in the neighborhood] need to be protected.” From the police perspective, “This is a serious game out there. There are bad people out there, and they put their lives on the line all the time. My dad was the first AA officer in South Haven MI. When he came on the force in the late ‘60s, there were issues inside the force that he had to deal with as an AA, let alone going out and dealing with folks who are not AA and their response was “Who are you? I don’t have to listen to you even though you have a badge and a gun. His life was constantly on the line. So I get that. So at the end of the day when they take off their badge, they’re still people.”



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More support needed for untested rape kits By Warren C. Evans Wayne County Executive

Last month, I had the honor to speak at the 2016 Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Summit hosted by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. It was inspiring to see almost 300 public safety professionals ranging from legislators and advocates to police officers and nurses, representing more than 40 cities and 20 states, show such commitment to public safety. Detroit, like many other communities across the nation, continWarren C. Evans ues to face a backlog of untested rape kits and limited resources to process them. Prosecutor Worthy is on a mission to ensure that those who have been denied justice for too long see movement in their cases. I commend her for that effort. Victims of sexual assault should never feel victimized a second time due to the failures of the system. Due to the success of the creative fundraising methods Prosecutor Worthy has taken to identify additional resourc-

es, she has become a national authority on this subject. Despite being awarded several federal grants, there is still not enough money to move all of these cases forward. As the SAK Summit highlighted, it’s going to take innovative approaches by law enforcement officials and the community to address this issue. As county executive, I am committed to working collaboratively with the sheriff and prosecutor to help them fulfill their missions. Recognizing the importance of providing justice to these women, despite our financial challenges, last year we identified $1 million to go toward the prosecutor’s efforts to investigate the untested rape kits and provided office space in the Guardian Building to house the Sexual Assault Kit Task Force (SAKTF). That money was well spent. In the last year, the SAKTF has added nearly 20 new employees to investigate these cases. Those investigations have resulted in 63 convictions and identified 775 serial rapists impacting 40 states. Additionally, 263 cases are actively being investigated and nearly 1,152 are awaiting investigation. Progress has been made, but there is more work to do. There are still 1,000 kits that need to be tested before they can be investigated and eventually prosecuted. While we have proposed adding an additional million dollars to

the budget for each of the next two fiscal years, its going to take more than that to process and investigate all the kits. However, it is going to take innovative collaboration and support from the entire community to address the problem. That’s why we partnered with The First Ladies of Wayne County and the African American 490 Challenge on a fundraiser to support the testing, investigation and prosecution of backlogged rape kits. Currently, the Bringing Justice Initiative is engaging 100 of Wayne County’s faith institutions to donate $500 to sup-

port our effort to raise $50,000 for the SAKTF. The campaign will run until Jan. 30, 2017, and is looking for more institutions or individuals to support the cause. To learn more, visit, click “donate” and select the Bringing Justice Initiative logo. Checks/money orders should be made out to Michigan Women’s Foundation and mailed to Rev. Greg Roberts, 500 Griswold, 31st Floor Detroit, MI 48226. For questions , call 313.224.0261.

Bob Dylan’s homage to black America By Herb Boyd Special to the Michigan Chronicle

As expected, there’s a lot of debate gathering among scholars and writers about Bob Dylan getting the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first American to do so since novelist Toni Morrison in 1993. Currently, I teach a course on the history of the Civil Rights Movement, and one of Dylan’s songs has always been included in my syllabus. It’s also one of the songs in my book We Shall Overcome and part of two CDs that accompany the publication. That song, “Oxford Town,” is apparently about James Meredith and his attempt to integrate the University of Mississippi. After much turmoil he was finally enrolled but four years later he was shot and wounded while marching on a Mississippi road, hoping to show that things had changed in the state. “He went down to Oxford Town/guns and clubs followed him down. All because his face was brown/Better get away from Oxford Town,” Dylan wrote and sang of the conflict that happened mostly on the University of Mississippi campus.

I didn’t expect it would be mentioned among his other more popular compositions, especially “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” and “The Times They Are A-Changin.’” Like many of his other songs, the ballad captures with poignancy the fierce urgency of the times, artfully placing the shooting of Meredith within the terribleness of the era. Dylan also offered a paean to the black experience in his salute to blues master Blind Willie McTell: “There’s a woman by the river/With some fine young handsome man. He’s dressed up like a squire/bootlegged whiskey in his hand. There’s a chain gang on the highway/I can hear them rebels yell/And I know no one can sing the blues/Like Blind Willie McTell.” When Dylan sang “How many roads must man walk down before they call him a man?” it was another way of referencing the civil rights struggle and it has often been cited that Sam Cooke composed his anthem, “A Change is Gonna Come,” after hearing Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Even so, it’s been a two-way street with Dylan and the black experience,

and as much as he has celebrated black culture and personalities, he has also been influenced by many African Americans singers and entertainers, including Little Richard, blues belter Big Bill Broonzy and the great blues diva, Ma Rainey, who he cited in his song “Tombstone Blues.” And it’s hard not to think of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, the legendary dancer, in Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” In his song “Chimes of Freedom” there are undeniable images of “underdog soldiers” rushing down on the “unarmed road of flight.” I will close with another civil rights song Dylan devoted to the memory of Emmett Till, called “The Death of Emmett Till,” the black teenager killed in Money, Mississippi in 1955 by two white racists. Again, with poetic insight and a profound sensitivity, Dylan invoked the crime and pled for peace in one of his most heartfelt memorials to the fallen. “This song is just a reminder to remind your fellow man,” Dylan wrote and sang in the last stanza. “That this kind of thing still lives today in that ghostrobed Ku Klux Klan. But if all of us folks that thinks alike, if we gave all we could

give. We could make this great land of ours a greater place to live.” It was with a similar compassion that Dylan composed a song for embattled Canadian boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in 1975. Carter had been convicted of a murder he didn’t commit but served 20 years in prison. In his song, “Hurricane” we witness Dylan’s typical genius for giving a social issue a special moment of revelation. Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall She sees a bartender in a pool of blood Cries out my God, they killed them all Here comes the story of the Hurricane The man the authorities came to blame For somethin' that he never done Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been The champion of the world Dylan found a number of lyrical and musical ways to pay homage to black culture, and for this and other things, we have no problem with him getting the Nobel and any other award given his art for the cause of freedom and justice.


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PAWS, Al Taylor of Comerica Bank, Jay Alexander of Detroit PAL and Detroit Police Officer Demetrius Pitts joined together for an on-field check presentation during Fan Appreciation Weekend at Comerica Park. Taylor presented Detroit PAL with a big check for $25,000 for the renovation of the Calcara Park baseball field.










Comerica Bank partners with Detroit PAL, brings communities together through sports The Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL), in partnership with the Detroit Police Department (DPD) and community volunteers, influences and builds character in young people through its athletic, academic and leadership programs. Detroit PAL brings forth children from Detroit neighborhoods and introduces and involves them in sports – baseball, softball, soccer, cheer and more.

Marvin Rushing, retail district manager for Comerica Bank, helps paint the backstop at Calcara Park to kick off the renovation of the park’s baseball diamond.

“We are in 106 schools across the city of Detroit and we own pretty much every corner,” said Jay Alexander, manager of philanthropic strategic partnerships for Detroit PAL. “With more than 12,000 kids involved in our program, the impact is seen everywhere.” During Fan Appreciation Weekend in late September at Comerica Park, Comerica Bank awarded a $25,000 Grand Slam Grant to the Detroit PAL for field renovations of the baseball diamond at Calcara Park on Detroit’s east side. Nine active young leaders in the Detroit PAL program, dubbed the ‘Comerica Bank Starting Nine’ were honored before the game as well. Comerica Bank presented the ‘Starting Nine’ with Detroit Tigers baseball jerseys from the game’s starting lineup. “Comerica is proud to support the youth in our community by providing avenues that allow them to stay active and have quality places to play,” said Michael T. Ritchie, president of Comerica Bank-Michigan. “PAL offers an excellent opportunity for officers to engage with new generations of the city’s residents and we want to salute those who have dedicated so much of their lives for the betterment of others.” Comerica Bank also showed their appreciation for those who protect and serve our community by honoring Officer Demetrius Pitts of the Detroit Police Department for his support of Detroit’s youth through the Detroit PAL/Detroit Police Department’s Team Up mentoring program. He currently mentors 40 kids and has coached for the past nine years in PAL’s baseball program. “I grew up in Detroit and used to play in Detroit PAL,” said Officer Pitts. “I got involved to

Officer Marcus Norwood serves as the Detroit PAL Youth Development Officer and is one of the many Detroit Police Officers who give their personal time to serve as coaches and mentors to Detroit PAL kids Detroit PAL athletes were the ‘Comerica Bank Starting Nine’ at one of the final games at Comerica Park this year. The athletes were presented with jerseys of the Detroit Tigers starting line-up before the Detroit Tigers faced the Kansas City Royals.




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Comerica Bank’s Michigan Index Eases Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index declined 0.4 percentage points in July to a level of 129.4. July’s reading is 55 points, or 75 percent, above the index cyclical low of 74.1. The index averaged 123.6 points for all of 2015, five and four-fifths points above the index average for 2014. June’s index reading was 129.8.

The backstop at Calcara Park before Comerica Cares volunteers helped clear overgrown shrubbery on it. All field renovations will be completed before the start of Detroit PAL’s 2017 spring baseball season.

Partnership give back to the organization that has done so much for me.” Comerica Bank and Detroit PAL broke ground on the renovation in early October by painting the existing backstop. The $25,000 Grand Slam Grant will fund the first phase of the renovation this fall, which will include the removal of turf, the creation of a new infield and the installation of new players’ benches. A second phase of renovations will be completed next spring prior to the start of PAL’s youth baseball season, including the addition of bench-area fencing for player safety. The Bailey Park Project helps maintain Calcara Park and will continue to do so following the renovation of the baseball diamond. “Detroit PAL is striving to keep kids off the street and get more kids involved in positive quality programming during the most critical afternoon hours,” said Alexan-

Comerica Cares volunteers joined Ross-Hill faculty, students, parents, members of the Bailey Park Project and residents from surrounding community to assist with cleaning up Ross-Hill Academy and the nearby Calcara Park and community garden. From page B-1

der. “The field renovation at Calcara Park will give Officer Pitts and officers like him the opportunity to reach more children from the surrounding area through PAL’s coach pitch and t-ball teams.”

Detroit PAL and Bailey Park Project will work together to maintain the field so PAL teams, Ross-Hill Academy students and children from the surrounding community can play on the diamond throughout the year.

This past May, Comerica Cares volunteers participated in a community makeover project at the new site of Ross-Hill Academy in Detroit adjacent to Calcara Park. Comerica Cares volunteers joined Ross-Hill faculty, students, parents and residents from the surrounding community to help prepare the school’s playground, nearby community garden and adjoining Calcara Park before the school opens.

“We are truly excited and look forward to the upcoming renovations and for Calcara Park to be utilized for the Detroit Pal t-ball/coach pitch program in the spring,” said Katrina Watkins, executive director of Bailey Park Project.

The initiative caught the attention of the Bailey Park Project, the nonprofit that has been committed to maintaining the park for the past year, restoring the beauty of a field that was once blighted by tall grass.

“A big thank you to Comerica Bank for what they do in our community and helping us service our kids,” said Alexander. “Without important partners like them, there is no PAL.”

Comerica Bank’s Grand Slam Grant program was developed in 2011 and has since supported a variety of youth baseball and softball programs throughout Michigan.

“Our Michigan Economic Activity Index eased in July after increasing in June. We have seen an overall upward trend in the index, with a back-and-forth monthly pattern since late 2015. Job growth in Michigan is looking choppy. State payroll employment was up by 2.4 percent in July over the previous 12 months, but the month-to-month pattern has been jarred by net job losses in May and August. Ford Motor Company announced that they will move all small car production to Mexico over the next two-to-three years. They will use Michigan capacity for higher margin vehicles. Over time, we expect to see an overall decline in auto production from Robert A. Dye Michigan,” said Robert Dye, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. “Manufacturing employment in Michigan has levelled out this year. We look for growth in the service sector to sustain the state’s economic expansion through the remainder of this year.” The Michigan Economic Activity Index consists of eight variables, as follows: nonfarm payrolls, exports, hotel occupancy rates, continuing claims for unemployment insurance, housing starts, sales tax revenues, home prices, and auto production. All data are seasonally adjusted, and indexed to a base year of 2008. Nominal values have been converted to constant dollar values. Index levels are expressed in terms of three-month moving averages.

Comerica Bank, with more than 200 banking centers in Michigan, is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Michigan and Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, and Florida, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico.

The renovation of the Calcara Park baseball got underway with a ‘first paint stroke’ ceremony. Helping to mark the occasion with paint Before the Bailey Park Project began brushes and rollers were (left to right) Marvin Rushing of Comerica maintaining Calcara Park, the grass Bank, Jay Alexander of Detroit PAL, Assistant Detroit Police Chief CBP-6100-12and CRE Ad-MM.pdf 1 8/3/16 AM a was overgrown the park was10:07 not Steve Dolunt, Dr. Nellie Hawkins Williams of Ross Hill Academy and place for children to play. Katrina Watkins of the Bailey Park Project.

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Beyond Basics: Improving literacy one student at a time By Alisha Dixon

far larger issue than that described in the bill. The free program, Good said, has proven success as students have shown an increase in reading grade levels in just 10 to 14 weeks, via the programs one-on-one reading sessions.

Beyond Basics is a metro-Detroit-based free literacy program that incorporates one-on-one reading coaches, book clubs, tutoring and reading buddies to bring underperforming students up to grade level. The organization’s stated mission “is to guide and support children in economic need to develop fundamental educational skills. We aim to move these children beyond the basics and prepare them for productive and meaningful lives.” Pamela Good, the program’s founder, said the reading program initially began as a coat drive in 1999. It was during that time that it became clear that students needed more than just coats. “I remember being struck by hearing from a principal and reading resource teacher that students didn’t have any student enrichment programs. No art. No reading. No music. No computers. I left there that day saying I would do more,” said Good. Doing more meant the

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addition of literacy programs to the already existing coat drive efforts and providing Beyond Basics tutors for students in grades 1-12 at six schools, five in Detroit and one in Pontiac. The program serves 4,000 students annually. “Poverty really shows up at society’s doors in public education. This problem starts at birth and it is in the community. Children are not showing up to school literate. In many cases, they have no aptitude for the language. They don’t know their letters. They don’t know their sounds. They are really reading below a kindergarten grade level,”

Good stated. She notes that literacy rates in Detroit schools directly affect the potential future of not only children, but also the community. Engaging the community with wraparound services, she said will improve literacy and success at all levels. It is the community, she insists, that must be the focus of all literacy efforts. “When I talk about literacy, I’m not talking about just third grade. We have students in high school that are reading at a third and fourth grade level. We have to do something for them as well,” said Good.

When asked about Michigan House Bill No. 4822, which mandates that all of Michigan’s third graders read at grade level or they will be held back, Good explained that the bill simply doesn’t do enough. “I see this problem in a very different way than probably most people do. We’ve been involved in learning about the [literacy] problem for so long. This is an attempt to try to do something. It’s just simply not enough. We have a literacy crisis in Detroit schools and in other school districts,” she said. The issue of literacy, is a

Book promotes anti-bullying and celebrates individuality “Round,” the story of a little girl who learned to believe in herself, is the October featured selection of the Pretty Girls Read Book Club. S.R. Taylor, author of “Round,” will bring the book to life on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 pm at the Robert and Rose Skillman Branch of the Detroit Public Library, located at 121 Gratiot in Detroit. “Round,” is a timely selection because October is National Bullying Prevention Month. “‘Round’ is about a little girl named Olivia Catherine Amanda Mae Brown who more than anything wants to be a butterfly in her school play,” says Taylor. “But alas, because of her size and the nickname ‘Round’ her classmates tease and bully her into believing she’d be better suited to be a ‘hippo bumble bee than something floating gracefully in the air.’ After spending time with her grandmother in the garden and a fantastic adventure later that night, she begins to believe in and accept herself instead of listening to the taunting words of others.” Taylor incorporates into “Round” a strong anti-bul-

lying message. The book includes a special pledge for young girls to be like the main character Olivia and become ‘butterfly girls’ and believe they are free to be themselves. “Round” reinforces that confident young girls do not bully others. It encourages them to develop their own voice and that they will be able to fly above challenges they may face. “I wrote this book based upon my experience raising my daughter as a single mother,” says Taylor. “My daughter was often the youngest in her classes due to being double promoted and had to deal with being the smart, round girl who was younger than everyone else. I wrote the book to help our young people, but also to serve as a great resource for parents, grandparents, educators or anyone connected to young people and looking to help them successfully navigate how to handle bullying and build up strong character.” Young girls are encouraged to attend the “Round” reading and enactment dressed as fairies or butterflies. Taylor will sign copies of “Round,” but books must be purchased in advance by visiting

be rolled out,” Good said about Beyond Basics. “We could have a literate Detroit Public School system in five years if we put the resources behind it.” To enroll your child in Beyond Basics or for more information about the program, please call (248) 250-9304 or visit



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Bolstering Detroit’s neighborhoods By David Blaszkiewicz and Tosha Tabron Driving north on Woodward Avenue, the comeback and redevelopment of Detroit could not be more apparent. Cranes dot the skyline, development can barely keep pace with demand, housing occupancy in Midtown and downtown is at 98 percent, the QLine Streetcar construction continues, and new storefronts are opening left and right. Much of this progress and the city’s remarkable turnaround is the result of extraordinary partnerships that are creating innovative solutions to longstanding challenges. While things are looking up, there remains much work to be done. It’s critical that David Blaszkiewicz the revitalization we have seen in Midtown and downtown spreads to the city’s neighborhoods. Under Mayor Mike Duggan’s leadership, private, public and philanthropic leaders are investing in new ways to help neighborhoods thrive again. We introduced a collaborative called the Detroit Strategic Neighborhood Initiative. This new effort takes an inclusive approach to investing in Detroit neighborhoods and is designed to spur more widely shared prosperity. Invest Detroit, Detroit Development Fund, and Opportunity Resource Fund will bring their full suite of financing tools and services to build economic opportunity in targeted communities in Detroit. It is guided by the mayor’s vision that the city can attract and retain residents by creating 20-minute walkable neighborhoods. DSNI is backed by a $30 million Strategic Neighborhood Fund that will focus and leverage resources to promote economic growth and sustainability in several neighborhoods. Fueled by $5 million from JPMorgan Chase, as well as other support from private funds and the city, state, and federal governments, the DSNI will align with the objectives of community leaders and meet the needs of individual Detroit neighborhoods. Specifically, this effort will focus on stabilizing real estate, creating jobs, providing more mixed-income housing and improving infrastructure. This means building new multi-family housing, establishing new places for businesses to thrive, new parks, and improved lighting of our streets and sidewalks. The DSNI’s first projects will kick off in West Village, Southwest Detroit and Livernois-McNichols neighborhoods and will focus on improving access to shopping and services. This collaborative model will then be refined, tailored and redeployed with a goal to revitalize ten neighborhoods in the next decade. Historic neighborhoods, like West Village, have intrinsic strengths and are well positioned to become vibrant, recreation-centric communities. For fami-

lies who have lived there for generations and those moving in, West Village has great assets – close proximity to restaurants and retail stores, the RiverWalk, Belle Isle Park and the coming Belt Line Greenway and Bike Share. That’s why we chose this neighborhood for our first new, mixed-income residential building. Detroit does not lack good ideas or innovative strategies to fuel its comeback. In fact, based on our experiences, there are two approaches that can help drive neighborhood revitalization in Detroit and other cities. First, the private sector views Detroit as a serious long-term investment, and we’ve seen city, business and community leaders come together and lay the foundation to collaborate and spur Tosha Tabron investment. Now, the investment market in Detroit is normalizing, relying less on subsidies and more on traditional lending for important development projects. This sends a strong signal to investors that revolving loan funds, like the one DSNI is creating, can succeed. More businesses are able to repay loans, and those funds can be continually reinvested in other vital neighborhood projects. Second, greater economic activity must spread beyond Downtown and Midtown into surrounding neighborhoods. Cities can only grow if every resident shares in the revival. Communities like Livernois-McNichols have the assets to thrive, including strong historic housing, two strong institutions of higher learning, and commercial corridors that are once again becoming focal points of local business and entrepreneurship. With support from partners like Invest Detroit, Detroit Development Fund, Opportunity Resource Fund, and others, these neighborhoods can thrive. They’re pooling their resources, expertise and partnerships to make sure the success of Detroit’s commercial corridors extend to neighborhoods. We’re excited about Detroit’s future and how this new effort can support the continued recovery. For us, this is also personal. We both want to see the city’s comeback succeed. The thoughtful solutions being put in place by the Mayor, business, philanthropic and community leaders are great for the city, but we all know there’s so much more work to do. We encourage partners to continue to do their part and help ensure that the entire city shares in Detroit’s renaissance. By working together, we can do more. David Blaszkiewicz is president and CEO of Invest Detroit, a Community Development Financial Institution that supports underserved communities, primarily in the city of Detroit. Tosha Tabron, a lifelong resident of northwest Detroit’s University District, is the head of Global Philanthropy in Detroit for JPMorgan Chase.

The ideal time to revive American democratic values By Hector E. Garcia

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American democracy unleashed the creativity and “can do” attitude of individual Americans just as democracy in Ancient Greece elicited these distinctive capabilities from many of its people. It was not the “winning-is-the-only-thing” mantra. A school of thought which has become fashionable, and which some today incorrectly assume is the source of the achievements of the United States.

“… that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.” — President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address excerpt Presidential candidates, from different perspectives, have focused on the nation’s greatness. There are roots of greatness and there are trappings of greatness. The roots are the sources of discoveries, institutions, systems and practices thatgain the admiration of other Hector E. Garcia nations and establish landmarks in history. Among the trappings of greatness are winning in business, games, sports and other competitive endeavors. Without the roots, the trappings will eventually wither and die. A sure way for the roots of American greatness to “perish from the earth” is for us to believe that winning is its source and that being number one is imperative regardless of its consequences to the opinions and welfare of others, to ethics and civil behavior, to the essential integrity of our thoughts and our actions as well as to the na-

Our nation faces awesome challenges; yet, I believe they pale before those successfully overcome by the Greatest Generation of Americans. Their actions and those of many before them followed a formula that ensures greatness. They leveraged the fear, the threats and the pain they experienced to rise to new height. Courageous and informed thinking along with corresponding action can again address successfully the systemic dilemma, which is causing the erosion of the building blocks of our society. Yes, the nation has lost ground when compared to other countries in economic mobility, in the size and quality of life of its middle class, in education, in health, crime and justice. Yes, top-down government decisions with disastrous effects have been made over the past decades. But it is not more authoritarian decision-making and a strongman’s manipulation that can solve the dilemma. It is the revival of the exceptional sources of greatness of the nation which will empower us to do so successfully. Hector E. Garcia is a Mexican immigrant and U.S. citizen.

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“I bristle when people introduce me as one of the top black anchors in the country. That’s insulting. I’m striving to be one of the best anchors in the country.”

— Lester Holt Proposal A best choice for fair community participation in Detroit development By Brenda Jones City Council President

Voters on Nov. 8 will have several important choices to make regarding the future of Detroit. Among these choices are two initiatives that address goals to provide community benefits for local development projects, Proposals A and B. Proposal A, sponsored by Detroit citizens, says that if a developer requests tax breaks or reduced land transfers with a value of at least $300,000 and their project investment is $15M or more, that they should collaborate with the community to discuss benefits Brenda Jones for the immediate neighborhood that will host the project. This discussion results in a legally-binding agreement, enforceable in a court of law. Proposal B, approved for the ballot in a 6-3 City Council vote (in which I voted “no”), says that developers who request tax breaks or reduced land with a value of at least $1M and their project investment is $75M or more, would participate in a discussion of desired benefits, however with no legally-binding agreement as the outcome. While questioning threshold levels that trigger CBA discussions, the answers did not appear to be data-driven. After researching all the developments since January 2014 that have received tax breaks, my office identified 55 projects. Under Prop A, 11 projects would qualify for a community benefits plan. Under Prop B, only one project qualified. The community, frustrated with Council’s slow movement, created their

own ordinance and launched a drive to have the measure placed on ballot. They collected over 5,400 signatures from Detroiters, who agreed they should have a seat at the table of dialogue for development deals. This strong voice of the people of Detroit, those who have encountered high taxes, shootings, increased parking fines, rising water bills and housing foreclosures, spoke loudly to me through their petition drive, so I supported their efforts. Opponents of Proposal A, terrified at the prospect that it might pass, have launched a misinformation campaign to confuse and disoriented voters. They have used the image of former Mayor Coleman Young in a mailing to our seniors who historically vote by absentee ballot, to make them think he supports Prop B. They began a “just say no” drive for both proposals. They claim 100,000 workers are against Prop A, but have not produced petitions or signatures. A local newspaper (not this one) even erroneously reported that a project was fined $500M because they had not hired 51% of Detroiters in trades jobs (to support the claims of Prop B). Some have even attempted to circulate a rumor that I have backed away from Prop A. That is about 200 miles away from the truth. I support Prop A because it is the right thing to do. Prop A will not stop developers from coming to Detroit. It will not stop job growth in our city. To suggest that I wouldn’t want jobs in a city with such high unemployment and “never-been-employed” rates is ludicrous. Some say Prop A invites suburban census tracts to participate in Detroit’s community benefits process, but since they do not grant the tax breaks or free land, they have no standing in the discussion. What I insist on is an ordinance that includes and involves the community in Detroit’s rebirth. Proposal A allows that opportunity to exist.

Donald Trump has shown his true colors throughout his campaign By Dr. Barbara Reynolds Donald Trump has already shown himself as bigoted against immigrants, Mexicans, Muslims, blacks and prisoners of war, such a U.S. Senator John McCain. He is also a man who calls women “pigs” and gloats over his deftness at grabbing their private parts. This may be a titillating résumé for a reality TV star, but certainly not for the president of the most powerful nation on the planet. This entire year instead of being inspired as I watched the election debates, I have felt that the Dr. Barbara Reynolds American public, politicians and the press have been dragged down into the depths of a dark, dank sewer with the manhole slammed shut. The stench has overshadowed real issues, such as the poisoned population of Flint, Michigan, the black men murdered by police for walking or running while breathing, the carnage of murdered little children piling up in our bloody inner cities and the homeless families increasing because of builders like Trump pricing the poor and middle class out of the housing market. As a shining example of what one group the Donald caters to is the new Trump hotel in the nation's capital where one night's lodging starts at $800 and soars into the thousands. If you are not a millionaire or someone who delights in demeaning, despicable conduct, why else would you follow Trump? Historically our democratic system based on a living and expansive Constitution has allowed us through much toil and pain to rise above the base, selfish, ugly acts of dangerous extremisms. As shown in the recently released video tape, what Trump stands for we don't need; in fact, his values demean us here at home and in the world. Groping women is not normal. It is unnatural. It is brutish. It is sexual assault. To pass this off as just “locker

room talk” sends a message that the foulest vulgarity is fine as long as it is shared behind closed doors. Instead of encouraging the public to cleanse ourselves of hateful, demeaning behavior his solution is to offend and assault those you deem vulnerable and of little value. The kind of language Trump uses provides comfort to tyrannical male supervisor, abusive husbands, those who delight in bullying girls and young boys who would see men like Trump as role models. Trump's words, however, are also demeaning to “normal” men — fathers, husbands, friends who value women as undeserving of scorn and do not find vulgar locker room talk as acceptable. In the last debate Trump continued his race to the bottom by dragging into the debate hall a cast of alleged participants in the sex life of ex-president Bill Clinton. Whether Clinton's accusers are right or wrong, Bill is not running for president. Hillary is and she should not be blamed because she happens to be in the midst of men who have or are acting badly. In fact, maybe all this misplaced testosterone may be one more reason why we should elect a woman president. Yet, when I look at this pathetic muddy mess, I am inspired that when I look at President Obama, I see a man who honors his wife, dotes on fatherhood and whose life, both private and public, has not been touched by sexual scandals. We know enough about Donald Trump. Let Trump be Trump and stand alone and continue to embarrass himself while the rest of us prepare to elect someone to the White House who can bring us together and continue an honored career as a public servant. And that of course is Hillary Clinton. From this point on, let Trump star in his own X-rated series alone. The rest of us have had enough of him and we have better things to do like preparing to go to the polls Nov. 8 and taking someone with us. The Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, an award-winning journalist, author, and activist, is a freelance columnist and was a founding editor of USA Today.


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AARP Michigan hosts hunger relief events in Detroit By Lisa Whitmore Davis AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Multicultural Outreach

One in every six Michiganders struggles with hunger, including more than 700,000 in Southeast Michigan. These friends, neighbors and family members are “food insecure,” meaning they sometimes lack access to enough food for a healthy, active life. Across the country, nearly 9 million older Americans are at risk of hunger. Unless we act, that number will only increase as the aging population grows.

DPS to receive $50,000 for sports equipment Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s Let’s Play initiative has teamed up with McDonald’s® and Good Sports® to award $50,000 in sporting equipment to Detroit public high schools. Detroit public high schools were encouraged to submit a “For the Love of the Game” themed video, highlighting the importance of sports at their school for the chance to win a donation of brand-new sports equipment, courtesy of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, together with Detroit-area McDonald’s and Good Sports. “On behalf of my fellow McDonald’s operators, we are proud to give back and consistently invest in the communities in which we do business,” said Jon Campbell, Detroit-area McDonald’s restaurant owner. “We have long championed the well being of our youth and are delighted by our partnership with Let’s Play and Good Sports, which will benefit the winning schools for many years.” Let’s Play is an initiative led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. By 2017, Let’s Play will provide nearly 10 million kids more opportunities to play through grants for new or improved playgrounds and/ or sports equipment. “We’re thrilled at the opportunity to partner with two outstanding organizations – McDonalds and Good

Sports – to make a big difference for kids in the Detroit community,” said Vicki Draughn, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Dr Pepper Snapple Group. “This grant will give these high school students the equipment and gear they need to get in the game and get active.” “Our partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Let’s Play has enabled Good Sports to provide even more equipment to deserving youth across the country,” said Melissa Harper, CEO of Good Sports. “Together, in partnership with McDonald’s, we are thrilled to support Detroit public high schools by providing the tools and resources they need to keep children active, healthy, and happy.” Votes can be casted at Facebook. com/Lets Play beginning TODAY at 12 p.m. Mon., Oct. 17 through 11:59 p.m. Sun., Oct. 23. The school with the greatest number of votes after the voting period will win a $20,000 sports equipment donation. Second place will receive a $15,000 donation and third, fourth and fifth place will each receive a $5,000 donation. “The donation of sports equipment gives Detroit students the opportunity to get involved in active play while in school and will help get more kids on the court and playing field,” added Campbell. “As a former Michigan State University football player, I know firsthand that success in school and in life can be attributed

to both academics and athletics.” Let’s Play is an initiative launched in 2011 by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily priority. By 2017, DPS will have invested $28 million in Let’s Play, impacting millions of youth-serving organizations across the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. In partnership with the nonprofit organizations KaBOOM! and Good Sports, Let’s Play is working to eliminate the ‘play deficit’ by building and improving play spaces and providing grants for athletic equipment and gear. For more information, please visit LetsPlay. com or ABOUT GOOD SPORTS Good Sports gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $17 million worth of equipment to more than 2,700 youth programs, impacting nearly 3,000,000 kids. Good Sports has also been awarded a coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator, for sound fiscal management, transparency and accountability; is a Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity; and is listed on Social Impact Exchange’s S&I 100, an index of top American nonprofits creating meaningful social impact.

They don’t want to be a burden so they often suffer in silence. That’s why Lisa Whitmore Davis AARP and AARP Foundation have teamed up for Drive to End Hunger. AARP Michigan will host two free hunger relief events on Friday, November 11 in Detroit. • Thanksgiving Luncheon and Food Drive from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Northwest Activities Center Main Ballroom, 18100 Myers Rd. Please bring nonperishable box or canned food items, hats, gloves and scarves for older adults and/or children for donation over the holiday season. Donations also will be accepted weekdays from Oct. 31 through Nov. 9 at Hannan House, 4750 Woodward Ave., Detroit for those who are unable to attend the luncheon. Seating is limited. Please call 1-877-9268300 by Nov. 8 to RSVP. Visit for more information. • Dance, Dance, Dance from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., also at Northwest Activities Center. AARP Michigan presents this fun event to get the community moving and providing help to older adults facing food insecurity and homelessness. Please bring nonperishable food items, hats, gloves and scarves to donate. Free ballroom, hustle and salsa dance lessons will be available. See great dance performances from semi-professional dancers. Wear red, white and blue in honor of Veterans Day. RSVP by Nov. 8 at 1-877-926-8300. Veterans will be honored at both of these events. Remember: Everyone has a role to play in combating hunger and food insecurity.









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Sylvia Carter-Smith Comerica Bank is highly active in the communities it serves. Not only does the institution itself invest in a myriad of organizations and projects to better the community, but their workforce also spends countless hours volunteering for different organizations across metro Detroit and the nation. Comerica’s workforce is naturally wired to put others first and give back to the community. Sylvia Carter-Smith is responsible for uncovering this talent. As talent acquisition manager, Human Resources, she manages a team of 12 across Comerica’s entire footprint recruiting nationally for entry to senior level positions at Comerica.

America’s Thanksgiving Parade may be more than a month away but Comerica Cares volunteers (left to right) Monique Irving-Martin, Antoinette Frost, Mary Beth Carlini, Nicole Wade-Bell, Erica Saylor, Helena Williams, Karen Saylor, Kendra Dejaeghere, and Gloria Smith recently spent the day at the Parade Studio helping to get the floats decorated and big heads cleaned and ready for the annual trek down Woodward Avenue.

“The people who work for Comerica should mirror the people we service daily,” said Sylvia Carter-Smith Carter-Smith. “As a team we are responsible for uncovering and attracting the best and brightest talent across all markets to Comerica. It’s a joy to be able to inspire and lead this team to help continue Comerica’s longevity.”

Comerica Cares volunteers (left to right) Antoinette Frost, Nicole Wade Bell and Helena Williams help clean the Thanksgiving Parade’s iconic big heads.

Comerica helps Parade Company prep for Thanksgiving Painting floats, cleaning big head costumes. It’s all in a days’ work for Comerica Cares volunteers. As part of its ongoing commitment to Detroit and its residents, Comerica Bank has been a long-time supporter of the Parade Company, providing sponsorship and volunteer support leading up to America’s Thanksgiving Parade. Over the years Comerica Cares volunteers have had many opportunities to contribute to the Parade. The bank’s partnership with the Parade Company offers them a hands-on role with preparing for what has become a Thanksgiving morning staple for Metro Detroit residents for more than 90 years.

Comerica colleagues Kendra Dejaeghere, Monique Irving-Martin and Mary Beth Carlini make props that will adorn one of the floats in the 2016 America’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Carter-Smith began her Comerica career 32 years ago in the call center and has spent most of her tenure in human resources. Throughout her career, she always has had a willingness to learn and understand every facet of human resources. She attributes her achievements to having a strong work ethic, dedication, perseverance, determination and strong mentors to coach and guide her along the way. In her time spent in human resources, Carter-Smith helped develop the employee training program at Comerica. She also facilitated Comerica’s corporate orientation training for many years. “It’s really special to me when people recognize me from their orientation,” said Carter-Smith. “They tell me how they will never forget the advice I gave to them and it’s why they’re still here. Those comments are a motivator for me. It’s humbling and inspiring that I leave such a mark.”

From flipping pancakes for the VIP Pancake Breakfast to painting floats during Comerica’s National Days of Service, Parade Company activities have become a favorite for Comerica Cares Volunteers. Some have even dressed the part, wearing funny hats and clown costumes to entertain Detroit school students at parade sneak preview events. This year, Comerica will continue that tradition by again sponsoring an exclusive tour of the Parade Studio for GEE Edmonson Academy students along with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Patriots Race a success at White Chapel Comerica Bank sponsored the inaugural Help Our Heroes’ Patriots Race at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery in Troy. More than 350 people participated in the 5K run and one-mile walk to benefit the Michigan Wounded and Returning Warriors Project. Comerica Cares volunteers were on site to help during the event.

Comerica Cares volunteer Kyle McCann Comerica Cares volunteers joined with members of the American supplies water to race participants as Legion and other military organizations prior to the start of the Patriots they make their way around the course lined with America flags. Race.

Sylvia Carter-Smith (center) joined her talent acquisition colleagues at Comerica Bank for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan DREAMJOB summit. The unique event, held at Ford Field, gave job seekers a chance to meet with prospective employers across a wide variety of industries, including banking. Carter-Smith actively works towards being a pillar in the community where she lives, works, plays and worships. She gives physically and financially to many organizations like Gleaners Community Food Bank, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, the Detroit Goodfellows program and volunteers for the United Negro College Fund. She is also active at her church, participates in many fundraising walks and was recently nominated to serve on the board for her homeowners association. What are your hobbies outside of work? “I love interior decorating and creating art projects for myself. Our family is very fortunate to have a pool, so I enjoy inviting children from the neighborhood to coach, mentor and inspire them to be the best they can be and make the right choices in life. I share with them that the choices they make will affect them for the rest of their lives, so choose carefully! I am a huge sports fan and have been a season ticket holder for the Detroit Pistons for the past 27 years. I have seen the good, bad and ugly, but I believe we have a championship team this season!” How has your family influenced your success? “My husband Robert Smith Jr., is my biggest cheerleader. He is so supportive of everything I’ve achieved throughout the years; my brothers and my sisters too. My family allows me to create a work-life balance, supporting and encouraging me. I’m forever grateful for them.” For more information on how Comerica colleagues are giving back to our community, visit

The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council recognized Comerica Bank with a Best in Class Excellence in Supplier Diversity Award at the 14th Annual Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference. The honor is awarded to corporations that have outstanding supplier diversity programs which result in the inclusion of certified women business owners in their supply chain. Comerica colleagues (left to right) Caroline Chambers, diversity and inclusion programs manager; Teresa Lefevre, supplier diversity manager; and Johanna Shum, procurement specialist; accepted the award on behalf of Comerica Bank. Teresa LeFevre, manager of supplier diversity for Comerica Bank, was named Volunteer of the Year by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC). The MMSDC’s annual ACE (Ambassadors Championing Excellence) Awards recognize individuals for their significant contributions to minority business development. New this year, the MMSDC Volunteer of the Year award honors an individual for their willingness to donate their valuable time to support diversity and minority supplier development.

Each Sunday afternoon, Crossroads of Michigan serves hot meals to those in need. Teams from organizations throughout the metro Detroit area host the Soup Kitchen. Comerica Cares volunteers (left to right) Bonnie Ambrose, Stephanie Harton and Thomas Ambrose were among the Comerica colleagues who recently came together to lend a helping hand in preparing meals for clients of the Crossroads Soup Kitchen. Working together, they purchased, prepared and served 538 meals to those less fortunate.

Michael Cheatham, Michigan CRA Manager for Comerica Bank, recently participated in the Vista Maria/ Vista Meadows Academy-Journey To Success Back To School Fair. The back to school fair provided Cheatham an opportunity to meet with job fair participants and share information about Comerica’s financial education programs and the products and services available to serve children and young adults. The Journey to Success program provides teens and their families with tools to become healthy, contributing members of their communities and end cycles of poverty and abuse.

Comerica Bank’s Contributions Manager, Janice Tessier, recently spent time with Cornerstone Schools' students during one of the school’s four Partner Morning events held each school year. The Partner Morning program gives students a chance to meet with their mentor, share what's happening in their school and develop a relationship that can last beyond a student’s years at the school.



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Black Women’s Agenda hosts Secretary Hillary Clinton and honors Detroit business leader The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) hosted more than 1,200 business, political and community leaders in Washington, D.C., as attendees heard from former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and honored five women influencers at the organization’s 39th Annual Symposium & Awards Luncheon. Founded in 1977, BWA is a non-profit committed to empowering and enriching the lives of African-American women and their families. At a morning session, Secretary Clinton told the gathering, “We are going to invest in communities that have been left out and left behind. Urban reinvestment and restructuring that is going to give more people decent housing, access to jobs, the transportation to get to those jobs, rural communities that are too often ignored and denied the services they need.” Honorees included:  Suzanne Shank, chairwoman and CEO of Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., L.L.C.(SCSCO), the nation’s largest African-American, Latino and woman-owned investment bank, who was recognized with the BWA’s 2016 Economics and Business Award;  Chirlane McCray, first lady of New York City and chair of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, who received BWA’s Health Award;  Rep. Joyce Hannah Beatty (OhioD), who was presented BWA’s President’s Award for her advocacy in the U.S. House of Representatives;  Michelle M. Ebanks, president at Essence Communications, Inc., accepted BWA’s Education Award; and Gloria Gary Walker, a senior studying at the University of Maryland, presented with the Bright Futures award.  Introduced by Vivian Pickard, former GM executive and BWA board member, Shank thanked the BWA for this important recognition. “I am honored to be acknowledged by the Black Women’s Agenda for the contributions that Siebert Cisneros Shank & Company has made since its founding 20-years ago,” said Suzanne Shank.  “I have reached this point in my career because the roads were paved by women before me breaking the paradigm of Wall Street male dominance.  I also stand here today enjoying this wonderful recognition because of the confidence hundreds of municipalities and corporations have placed in Siebert Cisneros Shank, a majority black woman owned firm, to lead deals as large as $1 billion. I thank my 80 employees who strive to outperform the competition and do so day in and day out to make me look good by the wonderful work that they do.”  Shank also acknowledged

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Zana Smith, owner of Spectacles, located in downtown Detroit

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A small downtown boutique stands tall against the test of time By Donald James Special to the Chronicle

As downtown Detroit continues to reconfigure and rebrand itself, there’s been no shortage or end to companies, large and small, moving operations into this vibrant business district of the city, amid and surrounded by tall buildings. Yet, there are a significant number of downtown businesses that have never moved, even in the face of economic difficulties when many other companies/ corporations scurried to reach perceived greener pastures. One such business that has stayed the course is African American-owned and operated Spectacles, a small, quaint boutique located at 230 East Grand River Ave. in the Harmonie Park section of downtown. Since 1984, Spectacles has been a “must-stop-to-shop” destination, where unique sportswear/apparel and accessories for men and women are found. Sportswear carried by the boutique includes an assortment of t-shirts, including Soul Detroit and Spectacles 313 Detroit brands, Ultra Force Vintage paratrooper fatigues and shirts, Schott Nyc High Neck reversible jackets, jeans, hoodies and more. Accessories stocked include XSUDEZ Josie belts, Ultra Force Vintage military fatigue caps, scarfs, skullies, unique eyeglasses and sunglasses, including Aviators; distinctive bracelets and necklaces; and more.

viding very distinctive eyewear to bands and other entertainers. “I wanted a name that had more than one meaning, even though I was selling unique eyewear to entertainers,” recalled Smith. “The bands and entertainers were also making ‘spectacles’ of themselves on stage, so many people wanted to buy what the artists were wearing, especially the eyewear. So I went with the name Spectacles for my boutique.”

Additionally, Spectacles sells CDs and vinyl records, mostly from Detroit recording artists such as jazz trumpeter Lin Rountree, neo-soul songstress Monica Blaire, and rapper/hip-hop artist Phat Kat, and others. Shoppers can also find social and cultural-enriching DVDs and books with subject matter tied to Detroit or Detroiters. Owner Zana Smith is happy with the longevity and success Spectacles has enjoyed for 32 years. “It’s about doing the basic things that’s important, like having good customer service and stocking things that are hard to find elsewhere,” said the native Detroiter,

who holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations from Wayne State University. “It’s also important to open and close on time, while really enjoying what you do.” Smith said she came up with the name Spectacles decades ago when she was pro-

Spectacles is the third apparel and accessory type boutique that she’s owned. Before Spectacles, Smith was the proprietor of a boutique on Livernois (the Avenue of Fashion), and once owned and operated a shop on Dexter at Richton, very close to where the storied Vaughn’s Bookstore once stood. “I’ve always been an entrepreneur,” Smith said. “As a nine-year-old, I used to pull and sell wagons filled with merchandise. Even in college I had a small boutique


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“We fully support AT&T’s investment in ultra-fast internet in the region. We look forward to working with them to expand in the city of Detroit and other communities,” said Sally Talberg, chairwoman of the Michigan Public Service Commission. “High-speed Internet is a service residents and businesses have come to expect and access to it will enhance opportunities to grow our local economy.” Internet-only pricing for customers who choose AT&T Internet 1000, our fastest speed tier on our 100 percent fiber network, starts as low as $90 a month. Customers may be able

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Spectacles in my room. I also had as role models relatives who were entrepreneurs. So being a successful entrepreneur is who I am, and what I do.” With former Detroiters scattered around the country, and even into international locales, Spectacles frequently fills orders for people who still want to receive and wear unique and authentic Detroit gear. “A lot of people seek us out from a lot of places,” said Smith, who has a large number of online customers. “We ship worldwide.” “Buying from Spectacles online is a great thing since it allows ex-Detroiters like myself to get the newest hometown pride t-shirts and other unique things,” said Michael G., who now lives in Maryland. He also spoke of the owner’s love for Detroit and her desire to see the city rise up into full prominence again. “Spectacles offers customers the best in hip-hop and street fashions,” said a Detroiter known just as Sara. “Although tiny, Spectacles offers a big punch with racks and shelves full of t-shirts, hoodies and accessories. So if you’re looking for fresh designers, impress your friends and grab some

AT&T these ultra-fast speeds, customers can seamlessly perform tasks like telecommuting, video-conferencing, uploading and downloading photos and videos, connect faster to the cloud and more. What is AT&T Fiber? The 100% fiber network under the AT&T Fiber umbrella brand gives customers the power to choose from a wide range of internet speeds over an ultra-fast internet connection. This network is just one of the network technologies we plan to use to connect customers to a broad range of internet speeds. For more information on AT&T Fiber, visit To find an apartment or condo on the 100% fiber network, visit AT&T in Michigan: AT&T has invested nearly $1.65 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in Michigan between 2013 through 2015. This drives upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers. 1. AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand name and not by AT&T Inc. 2. Initial availability limited to select areas. May not be available in your area. Go to to see if you qualify. 3. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds. Actual customer speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Actual

They outpace their peers on social media engagement, which they have used successfully to raise awareness of issues facing the Black community, and have become politically empowered to influence decisions shaping our world. Media and brands are finally taking notice, creating campaigns and content that target this increasingly influential demographic with greater ad spends and more diverse programming. “Digitally empowered persuaders” is how Nielsen describes this group in the new 2016 report, “Young, Connected and Black: African American Millennials Are Driving Social Change and Leading Digital Advancement.” The sixth in Nielsen’s Diverse Intelligence Series focused on Black consumers, “Young, Connected and Black” paints a picture of a Black diaspora that is tech-savvy; socially and civically engaged; growing in population (46.3 million or 14 percent of the U.S. population) and buying power (nearly $1.2 trillion in 2015); and optimistic about the future. Black consumers in America have enjoyed a decade of steady growth in household incomes and educational attainment, outpacing the general public. “We have entered a new era whereby technology has become a great equalizer,” said Cheryl Grace (née Pearson-McNeil), Senior Vice President, U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement. “Black Millennials are leading the way in their use of technology to impact change and get their voices heard.” In the U.S., there are 83.1 million Millennials, considered a key voting bloc this November. Black Millennials represent 14% of all Millennials and 25% of the total Black population. Weeks before the 2016 presidential race, the power of the Black electorate is a particular point of interest given the records set in 2012 when African-Americans had the highest rate of voter registration and voter turnout of any demographic group in the U.S. “African-American Millennials are blazing trails to the center of the debate

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From page C-1 threads at Spectacles.” Spectacles will continue to stock unique sportswear, accessories and other signature Detroit items. Additionally, the boutique will continue to host book signings, open mics and record releases by Detroiters. Smith recently created “vinyl night,” which is held every Tuesday (9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.) at nearby Queens Bar (35 E. Grand River). The festive Tuesday night event features live music, courtesy of D.J. Dez, spinning vinyl records. As a successful entrepreneur who has masterfully survived downtown’s economic and growth roller-coaster ride, Smith offers the following advice for anyone interested in starting and growing a business: “Read trade publications and anything else, and study the history of other individuals and businesses that have already established themselves doing what you want to do. “Set your hours of operation and faithfully keep them. Be persistent and be honest in all you do.” For more information on Spectacles, call 313.963.6886 or log on to or stop in at 230 East Grand River Ave. in downtown Detroit.

From page C-1 speeds vary based on factors including site traffic, content provider server capacity, internal network management factors, device capabilities and use of other AT&T services. For more information, go to: 4More than 20x faster based on a maximum download speed of AT&T service over 100% fiber network (1Gbps speed tier) vs. weighted average cable Internet customer’s speed of major U.S. cable providers per the FCC 2015 Measuring Broadband America – Fixed Broadband Report. Actual speeds may vary. 5Speed/Time examples are estimates. Cautionary Language Regarding Forward Looking Statements:  Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise. *Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; voice roaming; and world-capable smartphone and tablets in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.

Nielsen 2016 Report: Black Millennials close the digital divide

Black Millennials are proven catalysts for change. They are 11.5 million strong and leading a viral vanguard that is driving African Americans’ innovative use of mobile technology, closing the digital divide.

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over matters that are paramount to their future success and safety—all as their influence over mainstream consumers grows,” said Deborah Gray-Young, Managing Partner, D. Gray-Young Inc., a multicultural marketing consulting firm and Nielsen External Advisory Council member. “Nielsen continues to be the definitive source of independent third-party insights on consumers of color. This annual report is an essential tool for organizations looking to develop a deeper contextual understanding of the influence and economic power of Black consumers.” The report delves into the spending and viewing habits of African-Americans and credits a voracious appetite for television content with the dramatic increase in diverse television programming. Between 2011 and 2015, broadcast network TV ad spend focused on Black audiences (defined as ad dollars placed on programming with greater than 50% Black viewers) increased by 255%. The Top 10 TV shows among Black Millennials 18–24 and Blacks 35+ all had predominately Black casts or lead actors who are key to the storyline (e.g. “Empire,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” and “The Walking Dead”). Some other key highlights from the report: African Americans are Closing the Digital Divide •African-American Millennials are 25% more likely than all Millennials to say they are among the first of their friends/ colleagues to try new technology products. •As smartphone owners, African-Americans (91%) are second only to Asian-Americans (94%). •91% of African-Americans say they access the internet on a mobile device, an increase from 86% in 2015, which further cements their status as digital leaders. A Viral Vanguard: Social media engagement •55% of Black Millennials report spending at least one hour a day on social networking sites, which is 6% higher than all Millennials, while 29% say they spend at least three hours a day, 9% higher than all Millennials.

Vivian Pickard (left), immediate past president, The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc.; Suzanne Shank, honoree; and Gwainevere Catchings Hess, president, The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc.


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the need to give back to the less fortunate and to mentor young people.  “I was startled to read recently that 32 million students live in low income households in the United States and that these students are 6 times more likely to drop out of school than their peers in higher income households,” Shank said. “The onus is on us to continue to mentor, make connections, provide a hand up to young black women just as we have been given a hand to continue this ongoing battle for equality.”

SCSCO ranks among the top 10 in seven key infrastructure categories, according to Thomson Reuters. It earned the distinction in 2010 of becoming the first minority-owned firm to rank among the top 10 senior managers of municipal bonds, as ranked by Thomson Reuters. Last year, it ranked third nationally in overall deal size for Negotiated Municipal Senior Managers and No. 12 for all issuances. For the 18th year in a row, it is America’s No. 1 MWBE firm. 

New restaurant and bar concept coming to The Scott at Brush Park Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services, a Birmingham-based full-service property management and development company that is developing and managing The Scott at Brush Park, announced today that a new restaurant will open in the building located at 3150 Woodward Ave. next year. Broder & Sachse CEO Richard Broder and restaurant owners Mike Abrams, Brian Adelman and David Pittaway made the announcement. Bloomfield-based AAP Holdings has leased the space located on the northwest corner of The Scott. The restaurant group led by restauranteurs Michael Abrams and Brian Adleman of Bloomfield Hills and David Pittaway of New York City, selected the 4,500-square-foot location due to the increasing energy in downtown Detroit and the great game day traffic. “We wanted to secure a restaurant concept that offered a strong public

gathering place for our residents and downtown dwellers,” said Broder. “We are confident that Mike and his team will deliver an operation commiserate with the high standards we have set for retail operations at The Scott.” Slated to open next year, the bistro will be equipped with a diverse menu and full bar. “The Scott is known as one of the key developments in the Brush Park area, and therefore makes the perfect place for our new restaurant to take off in Detroit,” said Abrams. “We are thrilled about the location at The Scott and the vibrancy of the southern Midtown area.” The Scott is a five-story mixed-use development that includes 199 units and approximately 15,000-square-feet of first-floor retail and restaurant space slated to opened in December of 2015. To learn more, visit www.brodersachse. com.

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Positivity fuels developing swimmers at Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern Moving steadily ahead: First-year head coach Antoine James stands proudly by young swimmers like Aaliyah Glenn, Paige Phillips, and Aja Perry, as well as with his legendary father, Clyde “Butterfly” James, as he begins to build a solid program at Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern.

‘You can do anything,’ says UAW-Ford presents Antoine James to young swimmers “Saturday In The D” at DCP-Northwestern

Jakyah Demps has discovered a fun sport and made a new best friend as a member of the DCP-NW swimming team. By Scott Talley Special to the Michigan Chronicle Jakyah Demps is still very new to high school but she has already had an eventful year, including in the pool, as a member of the swimming team at Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern High School. Demps recently finished fifth in her heat at a swimming meet at Western High School. However, the real accomplishment is how far she has come in the pool in a short period of time. Demps is now able to swim 20 laps in practice after not being able to swim a complete lap, when she began high school in September. “It really didn’t take that long—about two weeks,” said Demps, who had done a little swimming in middle school at Burton International. “I learned that we can do anything.” The person who has made those inspirational words come to life for Demps is her swimming coach, Antoine James. “Once you build a firm foundation, the sky is the limit,” said James, who is in his first season at Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern. “I get in the water with my kids; help them understand the process. People come with the fear of water in their head and I don’t take that lightly when I run a program. My goal is to build a level of trust.” To say that swimming is in James’ blood is an understatement. His father, Clyde “Butterfly” James, was an All-American swimmer at Tennessee State, who competed in the 1956 Olympic Trials held at the Brennan Pools at Rouge Park. Clyde James coached swimming for 47 years at Detroit Eastern and Martin Luther King high schools and also taught and coached thousands of Detroit youngsters through Detroit Recreation Department swimming programs. And if that was not enough of a swimming pedigree, Antoine James’ lineage also includes his grandfather, Clyde James Sr. who was a Navy frogman. “We grew up around the swimming pool,” said Antoine James, of his eight brothers and sisters. “My father was already coaching and teaching when I was born. I started swimming at age 4 or 5 and I started competitive swimming when I was 11 at Miller Junior High. “I felt knowing how to swim as a kid gave me an advantage. Swimming has a dual purpose, in that it’s also a survival skill. I was educated about water safety and how to execute water safety in a time of crisis. Even as a young person I knew what to do and it felt great.” Before the school year started, Antoine James conducted a successful summer swimming program, which was sponsored by UAW-Ford and also held at the Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern pool. Although the program was initially intended to target youth from about ages 7 to 18, James said

he and his skilled assistants ultimately worked with males and females ranging in age from 5 to 65, and the program was extended because of its popularity. “It became infectious,” said Antoine James, who praised fellow instructors Greg Robinson and Jalen Woods for helping make the program a success. “We wanted the participants to have basic knowledge of water safety and become proficient and independent swimmers. We were just sharing the love we have for the water.” While giving back to the sport he loves, Antoine James is also helping young swimmers form new friendships, including the one that has developed between Demps and Paige Phillips, who also is a freshman on the young team at Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern. “I like being on the team and I like the coach,” said Phillips, who just started learning how to swim at the beginning of the school year. “It also gives me more time to be with my best friend (Jakyah Demps). “ Entering October, Phillips was anxiously awaiting her opportunity to swim in a meet for the first time, but she was already loaded with optimism based on what she has learned from Antoine James.

Saturdays just got better for youth in Detroit thanks to free, “Saturday In The D” classes sponsored by UAW-Ford. Classes include:

“You can do anything and you can always find people to help you,” said Phillips, sending a message of encouragement to other youth. “The main thing is just don’t give up.”

More than athletics: Antoine James also pushes higher education through swimming and talks to his team about swimmers like KaSandra Kaplan (above), a product of the Detroit Recreation Department Swim Team, who now swims at Howard University.

• Freshman English • Algebra/Robotics • Chess • Academic Games • Dance • Zumba • Photography • Debate • Wrestling • Swimming • Etiquette • Boys Theater of Detroit • Culinary Arts • Financial Literacy for Kids • Spanish • Music • Entrepreneurship • Mixed martial arts The free, core and enrichment classes target youth, ages 6 to 18, and take place at Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern High School, 2200 West Grand Blvd, Detroit 48208. Students also are provided lunch. More classes are to come, for additional information on “Saturday In The D,” please call 313-915-0352, email or visit saturdayinthed. com. Classes are most Saturdays through May 17, 2017 and a second “Saturday In The D” site will be launched at Mumford High School on Jan. 14, 2017. Also, please come back to the “Best of Young Detroit” for coverage on the young people and instructors that are making “Saturday In The D” a positive experience for Detroit youth.

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Community Connection PhD Ramona Cox spreads doctrine of physical activity By Scott Talley Special to the Michigan Chronicle Detroit youth lend a helping hand: Did you know that many scholar-athletes at Detroit schools also have a strong commitment to serving their community and charitable causes? Examples include members of Cass Tech’s football, track and swimming

teams gathering bottled water to take to Flint residents in need; and members of the Western swimming team participating in Detroit’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk.

Ramona Cox

After playing volleyball on some of the earlier teams coached by Louis Mitchell at Detroit Renaissance in the early 1990s, Ramona Cox played collegiately at the University of Michigan and Eastern

Michigan. Fast-forward to today, and Cox is nowhere near done with volleyball and she is now in a position to help local youth through the sport. “The reason I do what I do is because of the positive experiences I had,” said Cox, who is an associate athletic director with Detroit PAL and also head varsity volleyball coach at Cass Tech. Cox, who has a Ph.D. in kinesiology with a concentration in sports psychology, recently put her PAL hat on to chat with the “Best of Young Detroit” about youth volleyball in the city and PAL’s middle school volleyball program. “It’s really growing,” said Cox of youth participation in volleyball across the city. To prove that statement, Cox said more than 400 young ladies participated in Detroit

PAL’s Middle School Volleyball League last year, which was comprised of 32 teams. The league, which plays games from January through March, culminating in a championship tournament, is about to start its registration process for the 2017 season. The Middle School League targets grades 5 through 8, with fifth and sixth graders playing junior varsity and seventh and eighth graders on varsity. “We really don’t care about what type of athletes the girls are, we’re just trying to get girls active,” said Cox of the Middle School League, which has a partnership with Wayne State University. “The league helps girls make new friends, and stay out of trouble, while being physically active.” For more information on the Detroit PAL Middle School Volleyball League, schools or parents can contact Cox at 313-8331600, extension 218 or email her at rcox@

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Detroit Public School League football games Crossover Games, Thursday, October 20 Cody (5-3) vs. CMA (1-7), 4 p.m. at Renaissance Douglass (1-7) at East English (4-4), 4 p.m. Western (4-4) vs. Southeastern (1-7), 4 p.m. at DCP-Northwestern Henry Ford (2-6) at Osborn (4-4), 4 p.m. Renaissance (3-5) at Central (4-4), 4 p.m. Pershing (3-5) at Birmingham Brother Rice (5-3), 4:30 p.m. DCP-Northwestern (3-5) at Warren De La Salle (3-5), 4 p.m.

PSL Championship Games, Friday, October 21 (All games at Ford Field)

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Division I/II Championship Game Mumford (7-1, 7-0 PSL) vs. Denby (7-1, 6-1 PSL), 4 p.m.

Division I Championship Game Cass Tech (8-0, 7-0 PSL) vs. King (7-1, 6-1 PSL), 7 p.m. Source: Detroit Public Schools Athletic Department Office

Dance cards have been punched for two PSL title games This year’s path to Ford Field for PSL playoff teams went through Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern, whose field hosted four semifinal playoff games on October 14 and 15. In games played Friday, Oct. 14, Cass Tech once again displayed dominance in a 62-0 victory against Pershing. The Technicians literally raced to a 54-0 halftime lead, as senior All American Donovan Peoples-Jones compiled a first-half highlight reel with two punt returns for touchdowns, a touchdown reception, a touchdown pass and an interception. The Technicians will face Martin Luther King this Friday, Oct 21, at Ford Field in the PSL Division I Championship Game. The Crusaders earned a rematch with Cass, after defeating East English Village, 27-25 on Saturday, Oct. 15. It was King’s second victory against East English in consecutive weeks, and again big plays were needed to notch the win, as a late fourth-quarter interception by King’s Jesse Scarber, which he returned 80 yards, preserved the win. Prior to the interception, King scored what proved to be the winning touchdown on a four-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dequan Finn with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The game also featured a 86-yard punt return for a touchdown by King’s All American Ambry Thomas. In other spirited PSL semifinal playoff matchups, Mumford quarterback Omar Pagan continued his outstanding play this season, as he completed eight of 12 pass attempts for 162 yards and a touchdown, and also scored on a 17-yard touchdown run, in the Mustangs’ 26-6 victory against Western on Friday, Oct. 14. The Mustangs will face Denby this Friday at Ford Field in the PSL Division I/II Championship Game. Denby relied on another strong performance by senior workhouse running back Adonte Calhoun, who rushed for 135 yards on 26 carries in the Tars’ 16-8 victory against Cody on Oct. 15. Senior defensive end

Keanan Harris helped anchor Denby’s defense with three sacks and two tackles for loss. Following is a listing of other top local performers during Week 8 games: El Julian Jordan, Central, displayed razor-sharp accuracy completing 18 of 24 pass attempts for 370 yards and five TDs, including scoring strikes of 60, 70, and 81 yards in the Trailblazers’ 56-10 victory against Douglass.

Kenneth Holloway, Osborn, 12 tackles, including three sacks and one forced fumble. Holloway also caught a 25yard TD pass. Christian Sharpe, Osborn, eight tackles, including three sacks. Ramon Gates, Osborn, caught a 65-yard TD catch. Antonio Jackson, Osborn, caught a 63-yard TD catch.

D.J. Atkins, Central, made eight catches for 124 yards and two TDs. Chiam Austin, Central, made 15 tackles, with five sacks and forced three fumbles. Tim Stallworth, Central made 12 tackles with two sacks and intercepted a pass. Marcus Smith, Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern, was in command, passing for 270 yards and four TDs, in the Colts’ 41-20 victory against Southeastern. Everett Hart, Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern, rushed for 130 yards and a TD, and scored on a 50-yard pass play. Jason Singleton, Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern, caught three passes for 130 yards, including TDs of 50 and 70 yards. Domonique Fuller, Detroit Collegiate Prep at NW, caught a 50-yard TD catch. Mandel Berryman, Osborn, made the most of his passing plays, completing 11 of 13 attempts for 357 yards and three TDs in the Knights’ 36-0 victory against CMA. Darrick Jones, Osborn, rushed for 102 yards and a TD on seven carries.

Destination Ford Field: Cass Tech quarterback Rodney Hall (No. 7), shown in action on Oct. 1 against Martin Luther King, has been a steady signal caller for the Technicians all season. The anticipated rematch between Cass and King will take place this Friday at Ford Field in the PSL Division I Championship Game.

THE MICHIGAN CHRONICLE October 19-25, 2016 Page C-5 business UAW- Ford Joins the Fight Against Breast Cancer by Offering FREE Mammograms By Olga Hill Ford

or lesions that digital equipment can detect. If it is detected there are opportunities to remove those small microscopic lumps before they become something bigger. That is when healthcare works.”

One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Startling, when you really think about it. Envision eight women in your family and one of those women will develop this life-changing disease. Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women. This year alone it has been predicted that nearly 250, 000 new cases of cancer will be reported. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, UAW-Ford has partnered with Northland Radiology to offer free mammogram screening to the uninsured and underinsured women across the metro Detroit. Mammogram screenings will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Oct. 17 through Oct. 22 at Northland Radiology, located at 20905 Greenfield Road in Southfield. “UAW-Ford is committed to serving our members, as well as the community at large, helping to improve overall quality of life and provide opportunities for a healthier lifestyle,” said UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles. “We are proud to once again offer free mammograms to women in metro Detroit who may otherwise not be able to

receive this potentially life-saving screening." This is the fourth year that UAW-Ford has partnered with Northland Radiology to provide free testing to women in need. “We are not just a for profit business, we are a member of the community, we are a steward of health for our community and everyone in our company from ownership to management to employees has been affected in some way by breast cancer,” said Milan Gandhi of Northland Radiology. Gandhi says that early detection is key and when detected early, the breast cancer survival rate is 97 percent.

One of the biggest mistakes women make is not going to the doctor for their annual physical exam. “Women may not feel sick, so they don’t go to the doctor. Even when they have health insurance they may not go to the doctor for two or three years and if they do go to the doctor they go for a sore throat and may not get a full physical exam. That is where healthy women are missing it. This is something we need to improve on,” said Gandhi. “In primary care medicine, when you go to your doctor’s office, when you reach a certain age, they know to do a clin-

ical breast exam. They do a manual exam with their hands, they look for lumps, they look for hardening areas. These are the early signs of breast cancer.”

“Even if doctors don’t physically feel anything abnormal during the exam there can be microscopic tissue adhesions

of America, particularly as it relates to black men and boys. The Literary Luncheon will take place at St. Johns Conference and Banquet Center, located at 22001 Northwestern Highway in Powell Southfield, MI. “Kevin Powell’s work as a human and civil rights activist has impacted thousands of lives,” said Danita L. Wim-

bush, president of Southfield Alumnae Chapter. “He brings a message of hope and change in a society riddled with racism, sexism and violence. His visit to Southfield comes at a perfect time, just days before a historic presidential election.” Powell has been at the forefront of the movement to redirect American manhood away from sexism and violence. His most recent book, “The

Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood,” addresses his trying life as a child and his journey of becoming an agent for change. The luncheon is open to the public and tickets can be purchased online at General admission is $65 and VIP is $100. VIP access includes a copy of the author’s most recent book and a pre-luncheon reception and book signing.

To schedule a confidential screening, attendees must make an appointment by calling 313-392-7398. Results will be mailed, and will include a referral center in the event of detection.

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Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer help save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests. Women over the age of 40 are still encouraged to get a mammogram every year.

Southfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., to Host Kevin Powell at Its Literary Luncheon More than 300 people are expected to gather on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the bi-annual Literary Luncheon hosted by the Southfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Acclaimed author Kevin and activist, Kevin Powell, will share the tumultuous story of his life, which includes his prolific views on the state

Technology has improved dramatically and with early detection lives are being saved. “The treatments, detection and the overall outcomes were nowhere near where they are today. My Aunt died very young, because she was not able to catch the cancer until it too late and the treatments just weren’t there. Today with early detection we have almost a perfect rate, al-

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October 19-25, 2016

Reflections By Steve Holsey

New TV series hopefully not a hindrance for Detroit Few cities in the history of media have been maligned and misrepresented more than Detroit and, yes, that includes “Beverly Hills Cop.” And now comes word that CBS will soon introduce a new series called “The 313,” in reference to the Detroit area ZIP code. Tika Sumpter, currently featured on the series “The Haves and Have Nots” and recently seen as Michelle Obama in the film “Southside With You,” will portray the mayor of Detroit. She was elevated from city council Tika Sumpter because of a sex scandal that shattered the current administration. That situation is based on Detroit City Council President Ken Cockrel, Jr. becoming mayor when Kwame Kilpatrick had to resign. Detroit’s image is rapidly being repaired in several respects — although it’s still no “Emerald City” — and the last thing we need is a television show that reinforces stereotypes. And it should be noted that even in the worst of times, Detroit was never even close to being as bad as it has been imagined and portrayed. AS LONG as I’m on the opinion express, I can’t understand why some people get so upset when someone — especially a celebrity — chooses to not pledge allegiance, or put their hand over their heart during the playing or singing of the National Anthem, such as NFL player Colin Kaepernick and gymnast Gabby Douglas. Especially since the word allegiance is defined as “loyalty or commitment of a subordinate to a superior or of an individual to a group or cause.” (The key word there is “subordinate.”) So what if they do or if they don’t? What difference does it make? Ne-Yo pulled no punches when he said, “With everything that’s going on, with all the deaths that have been videotaped, and people are getting away with it like it’s nothing, how dare you ask Ne-Yo me to pledge allegiance to a country that’s not pledging allegiance to me?” IT HAS long been said that records were made to be broken — even though some die-hards don’t want them broken. Up until now, Michael Jackson held the record for American Music Award nominations — twelve — in the organization’s 32-year history. But Drake has received 13 nominations for the 2016 AMAs, scheduled to air Nov. 20.



Solange Knowles is all aglow these days because her latest album, “A Seat at the Table,” debuted at No. 1 on the national Pop Albums chart as well as on the R&B Albums chart. Not that her talent is to be disputed, but most people never expected her to have a No. 1 album. Moreover, this the first time in recording history that two sisters — Solange and Beyoncé — have both had the No. 1 spot on the national Billboard 200 chart. Weird and eerie: Tyka Nelson, Prince’s younger sister, said she had some sort of premonition that her brother was going to die. “I had been preparing for two years,” she said. KEVIN HART, superstar comedian-actor, hasn’t stopped smil- Kevin Hart with his ing since receiv- star ing a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This honor is one of the strong­

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Tyler Perry offers laughs and lessons in

‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’

By AJ Williams

Tyler Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” heralds a fresh turn in the Tyler Perry/Madea franchise: a movie that blends Perry’s distinctive humor with elements of horror. Although laughter is always the goal in any Madea movie, the audience also leaves with underlying lessons. Perry’s latest film begins when divorced dad Brian (Perry) must leave his rebellious teen daughter Tiffany home alone on Halloween. To keep her from sneaking out to a college party, he enlists his Aunt Madea, Uncle Joe (both played by Perry), Hattie and Aunt Bam to stay the night and keep an eye on her. Throughout the movie, there is the conflict of old school hardcore discipline instilled by Madea and the new school approach adhered to by Brian. Perry wanted to show that there could be a balance between the two. Recently becoming a dad himself, these lessons are something he practices with his son. “I want to be somewhere between Brian and Madea. I lean more like Brian, but if I need to pull out some Madea I can because parenting style depends on the kids. You can

have several children raised in the same household, and one you can just talk to and they get it while the other you have to bring the hammer down on. I am not afraid to do either.” Along with staying true to laughter and lessons, Perry typically enlists new talent in his productions.

“I love people who are trying to get the break but can’t get it, those people inspire me,” he said. “I love giving the underdog a chance because that was me.”

YouTube and other social media influencers I thought were great actors, and if given the right opportunity, could expand into other platforms,” he said.

For “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” Perry took to social media for casting to add a younger element to the film.

From humble beginnings, Perry overcame to become the success that he is today and many people are in-

“I researched people on

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spired by his advice on his social media pages. No stranger to praise as well as criticism, Perry gives tips on overcoming the fear of judgment in the industry. “This is not for the weak or faint of heart, you have to know your audience, know them very, very well, and they have to know you,” he said. “When writing, your focus always has to be on your audience, they will get it, love it and appreciated it. Your focus has to remain on them because if you focus on other things like criticism, then you are in for a world of hurt.” With 17 films, 20 stage plays, seven television shows, and a production studio one would ask is there any stopping the Tyler Perry locomotive? Perry’s answer? No.

“At this point in my career, it’s about what I can leave for my son and how many people I can help,” he said. “When Variety reported that 25 percent of all diversity on cable TV was because of me, it blew my mind, but it let me know I am on the right track. “While others are sitting talking about #OscarsSoWhite, I’m not getting into any of that. I am working to change the narrative, and that's my focus. It’s important that we own more businesses and opportunities. If you come to my studio, you will see the best representation of all people versus any other studio. It’s all about the legacy.”

MORRIS DAY & the Time, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, Nov. 3. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations and To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. MYSTIKAL, Juvenile, 8 Ball & Mug, Pastor Troy, Bun B, Fox Theatre, Oct. 29. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.


“Boo! A Madea Halloween” opens in theaters on Friday, Oct. 21.

Robert Bateman, early Motown songwriter, dies One of the best loved songs, and most successful, in the history of Motown Record Corporation is “Please Mr. Postman,” a No. 1 hit for the Marvelettes in 1961, their first recording. Robert Bateman, who passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 12, had the distinction of having been one of the writers of that classic. Although he lived in Detroit, Bateman died in Sherman Oaks, California where he traveled to be a part of an awards ceremony. He co-wrote two Robert Bateman additional successful songs for the Marvelettes, “Playboy” and “Twistin’ Postman.” Bateman received a royalties boost when the Beatles rerecorded “Please Mr.Postman” as did the Carpenters. At one point, Bateman and Brian

The Satintones (Robert Bateman is on the right) Holland, of the famed Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting/producing team, formed a partnership called Brianbert. In addition to writing and producing, Bateman had been a member of the Satintones, a quintet that recorded several singles for Motown in the company’s earliest years.

Reflections est affirmations of having “made it.” Now back to the strange: Mickaila Adu, daughter of Sade and her former partner, record producer Bob Morgan, is in the process of transitioning from a woman to a man. Oh well, that’s her business. Janet Jackson is going to name her son Michael, in honor of her brother, and raise him in husband Wissam Al Manna’s Islamic religion.

From page D-1 MEMORIES: “Mighty Love” (the Spinners), “Save the Last Dance for Me” (the Drifters), “Walk Away From Love” (David Ruffin), “No More Tears” (Anita Baker), “Your Song” (Elton John), “Every Little Bit Hurts” (Brenda Holloway), “Can I?” (Eddie Kendricks), “It’s the Same Old Song” (the Four Tops), “(I’m A) Roadrunner” (Jr. Walker & the All Stars), “Land of 1000 Dances” (Wilson Pickett).

Remember actress Vanessa Williams, not to be confused with singer-actress Vanessa Williams who was the first black Miss America? The first Vanessa Williams is best known for her role on the long-running series “Soul Food.” This month she is returning to the daytime drama “Days of Our Lives,” again as Dr. Valerie Grant.

BLESSINGS to Adam Hollier, Brenda Jones, Andre Spivey, Alexis Williams, Delores Wyatt, Mike Duggan, Christine Dawkins, Keena Green and Marva Stafford.

BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that actress-singer Leslie Uggams, currently seen in a recurring role on “Empire,” and her Australian husband, Grahame Pratt, have been married for 51 years.

At Your Finger Tips!

WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Nikki Giovanni: “Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the errors that count.” Let the music play!

Steve Holsey can be reached at and PO Box 02843, Detroit, MI 48202.

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Charles Wright Museum presents famed photographer Leni Sinclair exhibit The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History began a celebration of the Leni Sinclair Kresge Monograph at the recent opening exhibition of “The Music and the Times: Photographs by Leni Sinclair.” The event took place at the Wright Museum, located at 315 E. Warren Ave. in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center. This year, Kresge Arts in Detroit selected Leni Sinclair as its 2016 Kresge Eminent Artist for her achievements in art and activism. Being named a Kresge Eminent Artist includes the presentation of a commemorative monograph honoring the artist’s life work. She is a renowned visual historian, photographer, social and political activist. During the 1960s and 1970s, she documented live performances of legendary American musicians, especially those that per-

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‘Moonlight’ (NNPA Newswire Film Critic)

In just his second feature film, writer/director Barry Jenkins tells a compelling story about sexual repression and ambiguity through the eyes of a vulnerable and confused little boy, who grows up to question his sexual identity as a teen and then finds a thin measure of serenity as a young man. Based on Tarell McCraney’s theater piece, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” the film is set in Miami’s Liberty City, a thriving middle class African American community in the ‘40s and ‘50s that became a lower income neighborhood after the 1960s. The story unfolds in three chapters, three stages in life when emotional and psychological development are crucial for anybody, especially innercity males.

The exhibit features photographs of extraordinary musicians such as Bob Marley, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and many more, alongside a video presentation encompassing her photo documentation of the wider social and political milieu. “It doesn’t matter what kind of job you hold to keep bread on the table. If you think of yourself as an artist in your heart, you know you are far more than a job and no one can take that away from you. No one can take your dignity or your sense of purpose in life,” said Sinclair.


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By Dwight Brown

formed in Detroit. Through her work she has amassed an amazing collection of images that reflect the talent and artistry found in live musical performances.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Election will be held in the City of Highland Park, Michigan on Tuesday November 8, 2016 at which time, candidates for the following offices will be voted upon: PRESIDENTIAL: President and Vice President CONGRESSIONAL: United State Representative in Congress- 13th District, LEGISLATIVE: Representative in State Legislature 7th District, STATE BOARDS: State Board of Education (2 seats), University of Michigan Regents Michigan State University Trustees, Wayne State University Governors, COUNTY: County Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, Clerk, Treasurer, Register of Deeds, County Commissioner – 3rd District, JUDICIAL: Justice of Supreme Court (1 seat), Justice of Supreme Court Incumbent (1 seat partial term ending 01/01/2019), Judge of Court of Appeals –1st District incumbent (2 seats), Judge of 3rd Circuit Court Incumbent (16 seats), Judge of 3rd Circuit Incumbent (partial term ending 01/01/2019) (1 seat), Judge of the 3rd Circuit Court Non-Incumbent (4 seats), Judge of Probate Incumbent (2 seats), Judge of 30th District Court-Incumbent, LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT: Board Members PROPOSAL COUNTY: Authorizing the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan to Levy an assessment of 1.2 mills for 20 years beginning 2016, PROPOSAL INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT, Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal Wayne County Regional Education Service Agency 2.0 mills for six years beginning 2016 (RESA) (Full proposal language available at clerk’s office upon request) STATEMENT AS REQUIRED BY ACT 278 OF PUBLIC ACTS OF 1964 Amending the Property Tax Limitation Act

Alex Hibbert (left) and Mahershala Ali star in “Moonlight.” Little (Alex Hibbert) is a scrawny kid, growing up in a neighborhood where crime is rampant and much of it is attached to drugs. He has no dad. His mom Paula (Naomie Harris, “Skyfall,” “28 Days Later”) is a nurse who struggles with crack addiction. On a day when he’s being chased by bullies, the extremely withdrawn youngster meets Juan (Mahershala Ali, “Free State of Jones,” “House of Cards”), a local drug dealer. The two hit it off. The boy, as a teen is called Chiron (Ashton Sanders). His best friend is still Kevin (Jharrel Jerome). They’ve come to a fork in the road, taking two opposite directions, so they think. Chiron is a confused gay adolescent. Kevin is a seemingly very straight kid with a long list of ad hoc sexual conquests. When Chiron is harassed by homophobic schoolmates, in the most public and embarrassing ways, he reaches a breaking point. As the adolescent Chiron becomes a twenty-something young man, he is known by the name Black (Trevante Rhodes). He’s adapted. He’s the alpha dog drug lord in his neighborhood. He has a calm manner. A bit more assured, yet still very internal. He’s learned from Juan that the he can survive, be tough, and yet still be humane. His relationship with his mom is estranged. Kevin is off somewhere else. Filmmaker Barry Jenkins is an artist. That’s evident in the visually arresting way he shot the film with the aid of cinematographer (James Laxton). First, opening scenes depict dealers on the street being interrogated by their boss. The camera swirls around them like a bee preparing to sting. Second, Juan takes Little to the beach to teach him to swim. The vision of the burly man holding a very skinny boy in his arms as he floats him on top of the water is reminiscent of paintings of Jesus being immersed in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. Third, a dalliance Chiron has at a beach is more memorable because it isn’t graphic. The camera just focuses on a hand making circles in the sand. It’s a poetic moment. “Moonlight” has become a popular movie on the film festival circuit. It’s uncanny blend of strong visuals, social issues, sexuality themes and urban life is a potent mix that endears itself to smart filmgoers. “Moonlight” is an example of very thoughtful and artistic filmmaking.

I, ERIC R. SABREE, Treasurer of Wayne County, Michigan, do hereby certify that, as of September 20, 2016 the total of all voted increases in excess of the tax rate limitation established by Section 6, Article IX of the Constitution of the State of Michigan, as amended, and the years such increases are effective on property in the County of Wayne are as follows: WAYNE COUNTY Wayne County, Michigan Taxing Authorities County of Wayne Wayne County Jail Wayne County Parks Wayne County Community College

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Warren,!MI,!General!Motors.!Plan,!lead! &assure!timely!dvlpmt!of!Class!A!surfaces!of! psgr!vehicle!forged,!casted!&stamped!wheels! (incldg!finished!chrome/highly!reflective),! IP/console,!interior!cmpts,!exterior!body! panels/cmpts,!with!common!desg!language,! using!UG!&Autodesk!Alias!AutoStudio.!Assign! &review!work!&lead!team!of!16!Digital! Sculptors.!Ensure!desg!for!manufacturability! of!forged!&cast!desg!cmpts!&ensure! optimized!mold!formability,!&wheel!&cmpt! structural!reqmts,!supplier!load!anlys,! &redesgs!to!meet!structural!&mfg!reqmts,! performing!stiffness!calculations!to!reduce! vehicle!vibration.!Translate!vehicle!Desg! intent!into!3D!surface!math!data!using!prior! exp!&skills!such!as!desg!sensitivity,!aesthetic! proportions,!brand!identity,!&customer!focus.! Conduct!WSR,!DFP!specific!DSR!meetings!to! resolve!surface!qlty,!timing!&desg!direction! issues.!Master,!Product!Design.!12!mos!exp! as!Group!Leader!Digital!Sculpting!or!Lead! Digital!Sculptor!leading!dvlpmt!of!wheel!Class! A!surfaces,!ensuring!desg!for! manufacturability!of!forged!&cast!desg!cmpts! &ensuring!optimized!mold!formability,!&wheel! &cmpt!structural!reqmts,!supplier!load!anlys,! &redesgs!to!meet!structural!&mfg!reqmts,! performing!stiffness!calculations!to!reduce! vehicle!vibration.!Mail!resume!to!Alicia!ScottT Wears,!GM!Global!Mobility,!300!Renaissance! Center,!MC:482TC32TD44,!Detroit,!MI!48265,! Ref#1854.!

WWW.MICHIGANCHRONICLE.COM Compartment Manufacturing Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Verify Global Bill of Process (BoP) is executed properly during launch of new General Assy (GA) interior &exterior trim cmpts for new vehicles launched at vehicle assembly plants (VAPs). Plan &execute mfg reqmts for Interiors &Exteriors Sys Mgmt Teams using MR Database. Act as single point of contact between Product Engrs &VAPs during Continuous Improvement Team meetings. Enforce compliance with GA Strategies (BoP, Key Process Dependencies, Flex Enablers, Value-Added Assy, Lean Material Strategies, &Global Common Lowest Level of Release). Conduct virtual load studies &assessments at program sync points. Document process &GA specialized torque, lift assist tooling, VIN etching machine, holding fixtures &measurement gauges reqmts for regional execution &ensure compliance by VAPs. 36 mos exp as Manufacturing Engineer verifying that BoP is executed properly during launch of new GA trim or chassis cmpts for new vehicles launched at VAP. Document process specialized torque, lift assist tooling, VIN etching machine, holding fixtures &measurement gauges reqmts for regional execution &ensure compliance by VAP. Mail resume to Alicia Scott-Wears, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265, Ref#47060.

Clean makes clean-up fast and easy. You’ll soon notice peanut butter, tomato sauce and other tough-to-rinse foods are no longer an issue. 3. Arts and Crafts Aftermath. There’s nothing more entertaining than a messy arts and crafts hour. From finger paints and crayons to markers and glitter, it’s all fun and games until mom has to wipe up the aftermath -- especially the glitter. Easily tidy up glitter spills with a lint roller. It works wonders on all surfaces including clothing and furniture. For embedded sparkles, use rubber gloves to loosen them from the surface, then roll over the area with a lint brush or vacuum. 4. Keep Towels Handy. Spills and messes can often seem endless. Keep towels close by and easy to access for the entire family by installing a towel ring or towel bar in the kitchen. For instance, the new Press & Mark installation system by Moen makes it easy. It features a washable ink stamp to show users exactly where to drill, and select accessories even include a self-adhesive level, helping to ensure proper and accurate installation. 5. When in Doubt, Dance. Burn some energy and get the family involved in housework by enjoying a nightly pick-up session. Crank up the music and dance your way around the room until everything is back in order. Assign each family member a task, like dusting or organizing, themselves, by making it seem like less of a chore and groove your way to a more orderly abode. and more like a game. Issue each child a challenge, such as asking him or her to pick up as many red 6. Make Every Bath a Safe Bath. After a long day of peanut butter sandwiches toys as possible before a timer expires. If successful, and finger painting, bath time brings about a sense consider giving a small reward. of calm. But did you know that children younger 2. Sticky-Finger Solution. than five account for 43,000 slips and falls in the Even the pickiest of eaters can’t say no to a sticky bathroom annually? That’s one accident every peanut butter and jelly sandwich. However, the 12.5 minutes, according to Nationwide Children’s remnants on dishes can be a nuisance to wash. Ease Hospital research. Keep bath time fun and safe for the pain and upgrade to a faucet with extra power little ones by installing a grab bar. Opt for one that options, such as Power Clean spray technology, pulls double-duty and features a shelf for added available on select Moen kitchen faucets. Power storage of shampoo and rubber duckies.

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Volunteer Board Member

The George Washington Carver Academy (GWCA) Board of Directors is looking for talented and conscientious volunteer members who believe in the Academy’s mission and vision and are willing to be active in their governance roles. If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, skills and abilities one evening a month, and if you are interested in exploring this opportunity to find out whether this is right for you, please call Alma Hollins, GWCA Board Liaison, at

FINANCIAL MANAGER Macomb County Department of Public Works $74,745.88 - $93,432.37

The employee in this classification, under the direction of the Chief Deputy Public Works Commissioner, manages accounting, finance and payroll related activities for the Office of Macomb County Public Works Commissioner; ensures timely and accurate processing and completion of budgetary documents and financial statements; prepares assessment rolls for drain and wastewater districts, recommends budgets, rate and charges for wastewater districts; performs related duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field from an accredited college or university; a minimum of five (5) years of experience in municipal accounting, finance or business administration. For a complete job description, benefits information and online application instructions, please visit our website at: MACOMB COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


Program Engineering Manager Warren, MI, General Motors. Lead dvlpmt &launch execution of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)/all-electric autonomous fleet programs, proof of concepts incldg Machine Learning technologies such as deep neural networks &reinforcement learning strategies. Dvlp road maps, set vehicle reqmts, work with partner technologies such as graphic processing. Work with global counterparts, incldg external partners, on readiness for global vehicle execution. Review &approve advance control techniques such as Deep Learning Neural Networks, Probabilistic &Statistical Modeling &Extended Kalman Filters for vehicle level control algorithms for PHEV &all-electric vehicles. Provide engrg leadership incldg on-site support at assy plants or test locations globally. Work with Advanced Strategy/Innovation/ &Advanced Design to set vehicle reqmts. Master, Mechanical Engineering. 12 mos exp as Control &Simulation Engineer or Control Design Engineer dvlping advance control techniques such as Probabilistic &Statistical Modeling &Extended Kalman Filters for vehicle level control algorithms for PHEV &allelectric vehicles. Mail resume to Alicia ScottWears, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265, Ref#2543.

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan COURT SERVICES GENERALIST Vacancy Announcement at A ONE YEAR AND A DAY TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF BECOMING PERMANENT) OPEN TO ALL QUALIFIED CANDIDATES. UP TO TWO POSITIONS AVAILABLE. This position is located in the Court Services Unit of the Clerk’s Office and reports directly to the Court Services Manager. The employee performs a combination of manual, mechanical and clerical duties with primary responsibility for receiving and distribution of supplies, furniture, equipment and all other procured materials. Work is physical in nature and involves heavy lifting (up to 75 lbs.), moving boxes, crates, etc. on a daily basis. A majority of work is performed at the loading dock areas resulting in exposure to the elements. Work is also performed in an office setting or in various storage locations. Duty station is in Detroit, however occasional travel within the District is required. EOE


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Christine Ruth Davenport Services for Christine Ruth Davenport were held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Healing Spring Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Davenport passed away on Sept. 16, 2016. Christine Ruth Davenport was born on Feb. 12, 1926 in Detroit to Clifford Hamilton and Mabel Alice Favors. After completing her education, she obtained EKG technician certification. She was active in church and was also a member of the Eastern Star.

Seated; Walter Bridgforth and Opal Bridgforth. Standing; Barbara Norwood, Paula Bridgforth, Yvonne Morrison and Glinda Hodges. Not pictured; Van Morrison

Cherishing the memory of Christine Ruth Davenport are her children, Beverly, William, Jo Ann, Terry, Elmer and Larry, and many other relatives and friends. Her husband, William Davenport, preceded her in death as did daughter Linda Pearl

Left to right, front row; Vic Simpson, Walter Bridgforth and honoree Opal Bridgforth. Back row; Edward Hodges, Culree Vickers, Robert Norwood, Yvette Simpson, Barbara Norwood, Paula Bridgforth, Yvonne Morrison, Glinda Hodges and Van Morrison

93rd birthday celebration for Opal Bridgforth A momentous occasion was recently held to celebrate the 93rd birthday of Opal Bridgforth. Family, friends and well-wishers were on hand to embrace the grand and gracious Bridgforth and wish her well.

Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Mary L. Taylor Services for Mary L. Taylor were held on Friday, Sept. 30, at Greater Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Milton B. Pierce officiating. Mrs. Taylor passed away on Sept. 27, 2016. Mary Lee Taylor was born in Midnight, Mississippi on April 8, 1950 to Malcolm Joe Bennett, Sr. Ora Lee Bennett. She moved to Detroit in 1966 and attended Detroit Public Schools, graduating from Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School.

If we truly believed By Emily Woods with Chaplain PamelaJune Anderson In the final chapters of the Book of Revelation, the author describes his vision of a new heaven and a new Earth that are created after Evil is wiped from our present Earth. There is no temple in this new Earth because God is everywhere. The difference between sacred and secular is erased. It’s a simple concept, but consider how different our world would be if we saw everything as sacred.

In 1971, she married Earlie C. Taylor, Sr. and they had three sons, Marvin, Earl and Anthony. She worked for AT&T for 38 years as an operator before retirement. The memory of Mary L. Taylor is being cherished by her husband, Earlie C.; sons, Marvin, Earl and Anthony; three brothers, Thomas, Malcolm, Jr. and Ernest; sisters, Jannie B., Flora and Dora and many other relatives and friends. Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements and a repast took place at Greater Mt. Carmel.

Dr. Charles Thompson celebrates 70th birthday and honorary degree. Seated to his left is Evelyn Wilson. Left to right; Keith Moore, Vincent Street, Gary Ayler, O’Neil Swanson, Romel Travis, Gloria Terry, Loretta Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Sullivan, Carol Lewis, Rod Marshall and Linda Swanson

Are you hosting a concert or faith-friendly event? Are you celebrating an anniversary or special occasion?


PRAISE CONNECT Contact us at: 313.963.5522 Chaplain PamelaJune Anderson


Sally Marilyn Dillard On Saturday, Oct. 1, a going home celebration for Sally Marilyn Dillard took place at First Baptist International Church with Pastor Ryan Johnson officiating. Mrs. Dillard passed away on Sept. 25, 2016. Sally Marilyn (Beane) Dillard was born on Nov. 7, 1931 in Chicago to Edna Corada (Johnson) Beane and Herman Cecil Beane. After the family relocated to Detroit, she was education the public school system. In 1951, she married Robert Noel Wilson and they had two daughters, Robbyn Cecil and Courtney Gay. Her second husband was Herman Lee Dillard. She worked for many years as a court stenographer. She enjoyed singing, traveling and cooking. Cherishing the memory of Sally Marilyn Dillard are her daughters, Robbyn Cecil Pannell and Courtney Gay Wilson; a sister, Judith Bennett; a brother, Kenneth Hunter; and many other relatives and friends.

If we truly believed that all human lives are sacred, would we continue to see stories in the news of innocent people shot down merely for having the “wrong” skin color oryou hosting a concert or faithAre loving the “wrong” perfriendly event? son? Would we continue to exploit workers so that Are you celebrating an anniversary we can have cheap food PRESENTS and cheap clothes? Would or special occasion? we continue to throw people seeking asylum out of our country because we are fearful?

Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Interment took place at Mt. Elliott Cemetery.

A Gospelfeast


If we truly believed that the whole Earth is Contact us at: sacred, would we ue to pollute our air, heap up trash, and voraciously consume more and more limited resources?


If we truly believed that our financial resources are a sacred gift, would we continue to spend our money on fading status symbols? Would we continue to buy things that we don’t really need and that ultimately end up in a storage unit?


Rev. Robert Smith, Jr. Host Pastor



8430 C. L. FRANKLIN BLVD. (formerly Linwood)


If we truly believed that we ourselves are sacred, would we continue to live in a spirit of insecurity and fear? Although, ultimately, the vision in Revelation depicts God as the one who creates this new Earth, there is an implication that humans are invited, perhaps even required, to assist in turning this vision into reality. Let us live into this vision together. Let us each become attuned to the sacred around us and honor that sacredness in how we live our lives. This article was written by Emily Woods for LIBERATING WORD. Dr. Woods is a member of Virginia-Highland Church (Reverend Mike Piazza, Pastor) and is active in the church’s homeless ministry called The River. She is also a MD/PhD student at Emory University and Chairs the board of the non-profit Health Students Taking Action Together, Inc.

Pastor Tasha Cobbs

Rev. Dr. William A. Barber II

“Put A Praise On It”

National President, NAACP – Durham, NC Democratic Convention Speaker 2016

Bishop Clarence Haddon

Minister Kurt Carr and Company

Pastor Deitrick Haddon

Come out and enjoy this Gospelfeast!! It will be a good time with great music, dynamic ministry and Soul Food Buffet of the best!!! – Aretha’s special oxtail soup! Admission is Free. Security. Lighted parking.


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