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World Conference of Mayors coming to Detroit Representatives from 17 countries expected to attend Oct. 23-27 at MGM Grand By Keith A. Owens Senior Editor
Those of us who live and work in Detroit know that, despite the positive and encouraging signs that things just might be getting better, we cannot by any means legitimately say that we have turned the corner just yet. No need to repeat the statistics for the umpteenth time. We just know the full story and are doing our best to remain cautiously optimistic. That said, those who don’t live here are checking out Detroit from a distance and, more and more frequently, are gleefully drinking the Kool-Aid and comparing the design of each other’s rose-colored glasses as they spread the news that Detroit is Olusegun Obasanjo, all revitalized and former president of back on track. But Nigeria, will be key- that kind of parnote speaker at the tially uninformed World Conference of enthusiasm may actually be a good Mayors. thing, because perception often leads to reality. And if the bright and shiny narrative that Detroit is now bright and shiny is becoming contagious, then perhaps that improves the odds that this will actually come to pass for the entire city. Which brings me to this: The World Conference of Mayors is coming to Detroit in a little less than two weeks. They chose Detroit because — you guessed it — the conference organizers believe Detroit’s comeback is the real deal, and they want to highlight Detroit’s progress in a way that will help to attract not only international investment, from African countries in particular, but to provide business expansion opportunities for local Detroit black businesses and entrepreneurs in Africa and elsewhere around the world. In short, hosting this conference could quite possibly open the door to the Next Big Step for Detroit’s black business community, which consequently has the potential to dramatically uplift Detroit’s black community as a whole via a strengthened black Detroit economy. “The [black] community doesn’t have access to capital, and if I can bring capital to the community, we might have a shot at this,” said Rev. Jim Holley, who has traveled back and forth to several African countries meeting with various leaders to encourage participation in the conference. His company, Cognos Marketing LLC, has worked together with the World Conference of Mayors to convene the event in Detroit. “Everything is happening downtown,
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Blacks should control cannabis shops, group says By Ken Coleman Jonathan Barlow believes that medical marijuana is a cash crop that has the potential to offer blacks a golden harvest. How so? The legal U.S. marijuana industry — both medical and recreational — grossed about $7.1 billion sales in 2016. More than 1.2 million Americans use medical marijuana for a wide variety of medical problems, from cancer to epilepsy to depression. Michigan has 178,629 registered medical marijuana patients, a 2015 figure. State voters in 2008 overwhelmingly approved a measure to allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes. That led to a set of dispensaries in Detroit so numerous that they seemingly outnumbered CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens stores combined. Barlow maintains that blacks, who comprise 80 percent of the city’s population, should own and manage them. Not suburban residents. “Most elected officials believe that their job is to govern and not help to empower from an economic perspective,” Barlow stated. “They believe that other associations and organizations are responsible for that. They need to be part of the facilitation.” Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform (CSCR) and Barlow, its spokesperson, has led an effort to place two proposals on Detroit’s Nov. 7 general
Andre Godwin (left), Julius Dubose and Jonathan Barlow of Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform election ballot. One ballot measure aligns the city with state law. It would allow growers to set up shop within certain industrial districts. It would also allow processors and safety compliance facilities to be permitted in certain business and industrial districts. The other measure would allow dispensaries to open longer, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. They could also locate within 500 feet of a church, another dispensary, park, liquor store or childcare center. Current law is 1,000 feet. CSCR will hold an Oct. 26 Investment and Community Job Fair to discuss the ballot measures. It will take place at
the Northwest Activities Center, located at 18100 Meyers Road at Curtis. It begins at 6 p.m. UP IN SMOKE With crafty names like House of Dank, Green Genie, Starbuds and Detroit Grass Station, the city had as many as 283 dispensaries a few years ago. Residents complained passionately at City Council meetings about the foul aroma of weed piping out of the shops on into streets, near schools, hair salons, barbershops and medical clinics. Weed shops have been
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The commitment to Detroit neighborhoods is real By Keith A. Owens Senior Editor
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For some time now, Mayor Mike Duggan has been enduring a steady stream of criticism related to the obvious yawning gap between the rapid-fire development taking place in and around downtown versus the comparatively slow and nowhere near as visible revitalization of the neighborhoods where the overwhelming majority of Detroit’s struggling black population lives. Some questioned — legitimately — whether there was any way it could be said that the city was demonstrating the same level of commitment to the (black) neighborhoods as it was lavishing upon the (white) downtown.
I was definitely among those critics. But now might be the time for all of us critics to take another look. The adage goes that “Only a fool never changes his mind,” and there is considerable merit in that saying. And the $125 million neighborhood revitalization proposal released last week by Mayor Duggan to
strengthen the business corridors in those neighborhoods should be reason enough for just about any fair-minded critic to consider the fact that just maybe the man’s commitment to neighborhoods is for real. Granted, it is an election year. And also, it’s not unfair to question why the neighborhoods seemingly had to wait so long. Nor is it paranoia
not to drink the Kool-Aid sold by those who insist that downtown always has to come first, promising that everything else will trickle down from there. But $125 million is one hell of a big trickle. And there does have to come a time when you say, “OK. So maybe you actually meant what you said.”
Let’s take a look at the sequence of events. In April came the rollout of the plan for the revitalization of the Fitzgerald neighborhood on the city’s northwest side near Livernois and McNichols. During an afternoon press conference on a vacant lot, Duggan
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oakland Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 program now open
Manufacturing is the backbone of our economy
Wayne County, in partnership with the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan and Southeast Michigan Community Alliance, is coordinating its third annual celebration of National Manufacturing Day. It is a national initiative held the first Friday in October to increase awareness about the importance of the industry and the interesting and rewarding careers it offers. Last year, thanks to the willingness of 30 companies to get involved, more than 2,000 students visited manufacturing facilities, learned about career opportunities and post-secondary options for college. Manufacturing Day is a national celebration of modern manufacturing
and the great careers it offers. In Wayne County, organizers are focused on connecting students with employers and businesses that are a part of the Detroit area’s rich manufacturing history through facility tours. The project’s goal is to help manufacturers inspire this next generation to consider careers in this viable industry. This year, the county and its partners are striving to provide an opportunity for 2,800 middle and high school students to visit area facilities and colleges. Wayne County’s effort is made possible by a dedicated planning committee of area leaders from industry, education, workforce and government.
Young entrepreneurs, community leaders, teachers or anyone who has made significant contributions to their chosen field and the quality of life in the region will qualify for nominations to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 to receive recognition for their good work. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson started the program in 2012 to honor young professionals and thought leaders who excel in their field and have demonstrated outstanding leadership. “The first six classes of Elite 40 members are comprised of incredibly talented men and women – some in their early 20s – who are passionate leaders who are making a difference in their communities, at their jobs and in people’s lives every day,” Patterson said. “The problem won’t be finding 40 exceptional people for the Class of 2018. The challenge will
Attorney Seva was selected as one of the Elite 40 Under 40 be limiting the class to only 40 people. I encourage you to submit a name for consideration or even enter yourself.” Nominees must live or work in Oakland County to be eligible. To submit a candidate, go to www. AdvantageOakland.com/ Elite40 where two entry buttons can be found – one for those who want to nominate someone else
and one for those who want to enter themselves. Nominations must be completed by noon, Oct. 30. If you enter yourself, you have until Nov. 3 at noon to submit a completed entry. A panel of former Elite 40 class members will review and score all completed applications from Nov. 13 to Nov. 28 and reduce the number to the top 60 entrants. An independent panel of judges will choose the top 40 from Jan. 8 to Jan. 12,
2018. Of that group, three candidates who scored the highest will be placed before the public from Jan. 22 to Jan. 26, 2018 for an online vote to determine the winner. The winner will be announced in February. All class members will be invited to participate in a host of county events. Past members have joined the Oakland County Business Roundtable and other advisory committees within the county.
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Jail update: County, city, reach tentative deal moving project forward Michigan Chronicle Reports
Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans has announced a tentative agreement with the City of Detroit and Mayor Mike Duggan for the acquisition of land needed to proceed with Rock Ventures’ proposal to build a new criminal justice complex. Under the agreement, the county would acquire part of the DDOT property bounded by the I-75 Service Drive and East Warren Avenue. In exchange, the city would acquire the former American Motors Corp. (AMC) headquarters on Detroit’s west side, which is currently owned by the county. “This agreement gets us one step closer to a deal with Rock Ventures. Acquiring this land was one of the significant hurdles to Rock’s proposed criminal justice complex,” Evans said. “We worked out a tentative deal that makes a lot of sense for the city and county, and we look forward to finalizing the agreement.”
Rev. Jesse Jackson reveals diversity findings at Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit By Roz Edward Managing Editor
Nobody crusades for a cause like Rev, Jesse Jackson, and as the legendary civil rights leader comes to Detroit for the 18th Annual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit Oct. 19-20, industry executives are preparing to explain the nuts and bolts of corporate diversity policies and defend their records for inclusion in minority hiring and contracting. Jackson won’t hesitate to pose some hard-hitting questions and press for accountability to consumers and ethnic minorities in the auto industry. The annual event, an initiative of the Citizenship Education Fund, is the largest gathering in the auto industry for people of color. This year’s theme, “Expanding the Scale and Scope for Ethnic Minority Inclusion,” underscores Jackson’s and Rainbow PUSH’s drive to effect full and equitable participation of minorities in the growth and well-being of the global automotive industry. By creating meaningful awareness, fostering knowledge and understanding and facilitating functional partnerships along with healthy collaborations, the Automotive Project enables minorities to participate fully in employment, procurement, marketing, advertising, dealer development and board membership opportunities. “Every Rainbow PUSH Automotive Summit brings us closer to the ideal of full inclusion and full participation of minorities in all facets of the automotive industry,” Jackson said, adding, “It’s fair, it’s just, and it makes good business sense.” The civil rights icon, a longtime and ardent advocate of economic parity, emphasized the severity of the issues and challenges facing minorities in the automotive space. “When the recession hit, the number of minority-owned dealerships plummeted from 751 in the nation down to 264, which represents a 65 percent decrease in ownership. We did not recover from the recession,” said Jackson, adding “auto manufacturers got bailed out, but we got left out.” Jackson points out that business leaders “keep changing the rules,” indicating that C-Suite executives had broken agreements with regard to minority participation. Jackson cited the decline in the number of minority-owned auto dealerships and minority auto supplier contracts as evidence that some agreements to increase minority participation had not been honored. “There’s a lack of reciprocation,” the renowned advisor on humanitarian issues around the globe charges. “If you want our business, you’re going to have to deliver, so let me show you how; black
advertisers, marketing, black press, financing, insurance companies, lawyers, employment, dealerships, franchises, contracts ... there is no skills gap or lack of expertise, there is an opportunity gap and lack of accountability.” Jackson is expected to lead a high-powered and dynamic dialogue when he addresses more than 500 automotive executives, entrepreneurs, suppliers, dealers, consumers, government and elected officials, automotive manufacturers, tech companies, advertising agencies, media outlets and others to discuss strengthening and creating opportunities in the automotive industry for people of color.
In recognition of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, UAW-Ford will host free mammogram screenings for metro Detroit’s uninsured and underinsured women for the fifth consecutive year. Screenings will be held at Northland Radiology, 20905 Greenfield Road in Southfield, Oct. 16-28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, marks the first time the organization extended its program to two weeks, which will now offer Saturday appointments. Additionally, Northland Radiology will provide complimentary shuttle transportation for women who have arranged appointments. UAW-Ford will also provide complimentary items to attendees, which will be distributed while supplies last. “UAW-Ford is proud to do its part in offering this vital resource to women, whom otherwise would be unable to afford the service,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW-Ford Vice President. “Delivering on our mission to serve our members and the communities in which they live and work is our priority. This is another way UAW-Ford honors its commitment to community service.” Screenings will be offered by appoint-
The county and the city will now work to reach a final agreement on the land swap deal, which will require signing a purchase agreement and approval from the Detroit City Council, the Wayne County Commission and the Wayne County Land Bank Board. Acquisition of the DDOT site will provide the county the land necessary to build the Criminal Justice Center, if an agreement can be reached with Rock Ventures. Transfer of the AMC site provides an opportunity for the county and city to collectively work on the project which will hasten the economic development of the AMC site. “The city is swapping land we don’t need to the county to enable the county to build a criminal justice center,” Dug-
Mayor Duggan said after the parties execute a purchase agreement and it is approved by City Council and the county, the city will actively market the AMC building for redevelopment. Significant negotiations continue with Rock Ventures toward a deal that would provide for the construction of this new criminal justice complex for the county. The complex will include a 2,280-bed jail, criminal courthouse, prosecutor offices, sheriff administrative offices and a juvenile detention facility. Rock Ventures’ proposal approximated the cost of this complex at $520.3 million, asking the county to pay $380 million of this amount. As negotiations progress with Rock Ventures, the county has requested an extension from Walsh Construction on deadlines to consider its proposal to complete the Gratiot site as well as paying the stipend, as previously approved by the Commission, if the county were to proceed with Rock. As a result of Commission approval of this extension, the county will have until Dec. 1 to determine whether or not it will pursue Walsh’s proposal as an alternative. On June 28, the county received proposals from Walsh Construction to finish building the jail on the Gratiot site and from Rock Ventures to build the county a new criminal justice complex on an alternative site. At the end of July, Evans directed the administration to focus its efforts on the Rock Ventures proposal and to pursue a deal with the City of Detroit to secure the land needed for the complex. The administration cited cost comparisons of the two proposals and protection against cost overruns as key reasons for moving forward with the Rock Ventures option.
One of the most anticipated highlights of the Annual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit is the release of Automotive Diversity Scorecard. The Scorecard reflects the most visible indicators of a commitment to diversity by evaluating each auto company’s performance in key areas including; employment, philanthropy, supplier diversity, minority dealer development, marketing and advertising. Surveys are conducted every two years. “We are looking at 12 of the largest car manufacturers in North America. They will be scored based on a three-color system, which indicates the diversity proficiency of each company,” said Jackson. “The only way to achieve a meaningful return on investment for the dollars we spend with auto companies is to measure our progress on fair trade, because what is measured is what matters.”
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Automotive Diversity Scorecard findings will be shared during a press conference on Friday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. The Scorecard will then be made public and available on the Rainbow PUSH website. Before launching into the full afternoon session, Jackson will lead a breakfast discussion, “The New Normal: Positioning Businesses for the Browning of America.” Participants will be encouraged to refine and expedite the process of implementing diversity programs, identify and explore new market procureent and automotive opportunities. The 8 a.m. session at the MGM Grand Detroit kicks off the 18th Annual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit, the largest gathering in the auto industry for people of color. Other major highlights include an international press conference, awards reception, scholarship awards and panel discussions featuring industry vice presidents of global purchasing, human resources, auto dealers executives and other industry experts. For more information visit automotiveproject.org
UAW-Ford extends free mammogram program for metro-Detroit Michigan Chroncle Staff reports
The DDOT property that is part of the deal does not include the transit system’s bus terminal itself, rather the land behind it, which means it will not affect DDOT operations at the facility. The parties agreed that the parcels were ultimately of equal value.
gan said. “In exchange, the county is swapping a vacant parcel in west Detroit that the city wants to take on as a redevelopment project to improve the neighborhood. This is a win-win.”
ment only. To schedule a free, confidential screening call: 313-392-7398. Results will be mailed along with a referral center, if detection is found. “As a community leader in women’s health, Northland Radiology is proud to be a continuous partner with UAW-Ford, affording us the opportunity to offer free mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women,” said Northland Radiology Mammogram Technician and Radiology Safety Officer Pam Bradford. “More than 50 percent of uninsured women in Detroit haven’t received their annual mammogram, which can lead to undetected breast cancer. Early detection is the key to prevention.” Since its inception, UAW-Ford has sponsored more than 500 women throughout metro Detroit, whom have benefited from the free screenings. “The fight against breast cancer is something Ford Motor Company has been involved in for more than 20 years,” said Bill Dirksen, vice president, Labor Affairs, Ford Motor Company. “We are committed to helping raise awareness and provide valuable programs for women throughout the Metro Detroit community. At Ford, it’s not just about building great vehicles, but also supporting our communities.”
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Dispensaries From page A-1 set up in former banks, strip clubs, restaurants and even homes. There have been reports of dispensary break-ins where damage has extended to adjacent businesses. In 2015, for example, 64 percent of them were located within 1.15 miles of suburban communities and 62 percent were located within 1,000 feet of an active school, according to Loveland Technologies, a Detroit-based information data technology firm. Reginald Venoy, an African-American Detroit resident, owns Greener Thingz, a dispensary on West Seven Mile Road near Evergreen Road. He believes that it is important for people from the community to own these shops. “I think they should be owned by people in the city and blacks should be
representation. “No one wanted to come, listen and be educated on cannabis and how we as African Americans were being excluded from this industry,” Godwin stated.
a part of it," he said. “I do not understand how we allow this to go on and act as if it’s OK,” said Pastor Marvin Winans of Perfecting Church during a 2015 City Council public hearing. “It is not OK. It is not OK in our community. It’s not OK in any community.” Councilman James Tate introduced an ordinance to regulate dispensaries with respect to how and where they could operate. Since the ordinance took effect on March 1, 2016, 175 dispensaries have been ordered to close; about 70 are in approval process and operating. WHAT’S AT STAKE Deborah Omokehinde, a well-respected northwest Detroit resident, opposes the upcoming ballot measures. She says that lifting zoning restrictions will only erode neighborhoods, place dispensaries
James Tate opposes the ballot measures. He says that CSCR’s attempt to use black economic empowerment as a campaign issue is “disingenuous.” “What it does is open up the market for everybody,” Tate said about the measures. “It doesn’t touch upon blacks or Detroiters.”
Reginald Venoy, an African-American Detroit resident, owns Greener Thingz, a dispensary on West Seven Mile Road near Evergreen Road. near day care centers and other schools, and compromise communities. Most of the operators are suburban residents, she argues, who have invaded Detroit and disrespected its people. She cites state regulation that makes it difficult for area residents
to secure licensing. “You can smell marijuana as you drive in your car along Eight Mile Road,” Omokehinde, a longtime parent advocate and social worker, said. There are more than a half-dozen dispensaries between Greenfield and
Women of color shut out of Detroit recovery, report says By Ken Coleman Detroit has continually been touted as a comeback city but its largest demographic — women of color — are being left out, according to a new study. The Black Worker Initiative at the Institute for Policy Studies has pushed back with “I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future.” Among all Detroit women, 91 percent are women of color. A substantial percentage of them live below the poverty line. “I Dream Detroit” shares the stories of 20 women of color. Each works to address the needs of the city’s most vulnerable residents. They include Anika Goss-Foster, Detroit Future City executive director; Detroit Vegan Soul restaurateurs Erika Boyd and Kirsten Ussery-Boyd; Sajeda Ahmed who mentors Bangladeshi youth; Rev. Roslyn Bouier who runs one of the city’s largest food pantries; and Monica Salinas who advocates on behalf of Latino residents of Southwest Detroit Here’s what the report suggests: • The majority — 71 percent — of 500 survey respondents do not feel included in Detroit’s economic development plans. • Among business owners and nonprofit leaders who responded to the survey (19% of respondents), 52% report employing people from disadvantaged communities.
Shown are Kimberly Freeman Brown; Kirsten Ussery-Boyd; Sajeda Ahmed; Anika Goss-Foster; Sharon Madison; and Regina Bell. • Despite high levels of education among survey respondents (28% with some college education, 34% holding undergraduate degrees, 30% earning advanced degrees), only 50% of survey respondents reported earning a living wage. Among mothers with dependent children, 60% reported not earning a living wage. • Mothers with dependent children report making ends meet by working together — 52% lend each other money, 52% share transportation, and 30% watch each other’s children. “How is it that the images I see about Detroit’s revival don’t often include these women?” “I Dream Detroit author Kimberly Freeman Brown stated. “Imagining and building a new Detroit without their meaningful participation will
prevent Detroit from fully coming into its potential and promise. This report introduces to some, or re-introduces to others, new partners that economic development leaders should be working with more closely.” “‘I Dream Detroit’ is an important platform for unleashing the untold and powerful stories of women of color in our community,” W.K. Kellogg Foundation program officer Khalilah Burt Gaston said. “This report gives us a glimpse toward understanding their challenges and their accomplishments, while recognizing that investments in enterprises with women of color can help inform and shape a stronger future for Detroit.” Read the full report online at http://www.ips-dc.org/report-idream-detroit/.
From page A-1 announced the $4 million investment, which is designed to turn the community around within two years. The struggling square quarter-mile area currently is defined by 131 vacant homes, 242 vacant lots, and more than 600 very determined families who never left.
“A non-motorized pathway, the Inner Circle Greenway connects the city’s neighborhoods and residents to Detroit assets like parks, commercial corridors, the riverfront and downtown. The Greenway makes use of existing paths like the Detroit RiverWalk and the Dequindre Cut, will upgrade existing bike lanes like those on the Southwest Detroit Greenlink and build new on- and off-road infrastructure to complete the 26-mile loop. With the funding from the Wilson Foundation, the uncompleted areas of the greenway project can move into the design and pre-construction phases,” said a press release issued by the city. And then in September came Detroit Design 139, an exhibit featured at 1001 Woodward Ave. through the end of that month highlighting 38 development projects either planned or already under way around the city of Detroit, not just downtown. Design 139 “offers a window view into what Detroit’s neighborhoods will become over the next decade or so. This is not just a dream or a vague concept; this is a map of plans that are either already under way or that at the very least have starting dates attached for 38 planned neighborhood transformations,” was what I wrote at the time. And now this.
Evergreen Roads on Eight Mile, a two-mile stretch of city land. Andre Godwin, however, supports the ballot measures. He is a member of the Sons of Hemp. Its mission is to “ensure the existence of diversity while fighting the systematic drug war injustices we face as healers, educators, researchers, caregivers and patients of hemp/cannabis.” The organization wants the city to issue 50 percent of all dispensary permits to Detroiters. They also want at least 50 percent of the jobs go to neighborhood residents and military veterans. After investing considerable money, the African-American man was denied a permit last year to operate a dispensary because it was too close to a day care center. “Kids don’t walk to day care centers,” Godwin says. “Their parents take them there.”
In July came the announcement that the city had been awarded a $2 million Wilson Foundation grant for the design and pre-construction of the Inner Circle Greenway, a 26-mile recreational pathway running through a number of Detroit’s neighborhoods.
“By making the business districts more attractive and pedestrian friendly, the city aims to recapture some of the estimated $2.6 billion in spending Detroit residents do annually in surrounding communities, according to a study soon to be released by the Detroit Economic Development Corporation.
over the next five years) to improve a total of 300 miles or major roads and residential streets across the city and replace 300,000 broken sidewalk sections. This means 75 percent of the total funding will go toward traditional road and sidewalk improvements, while 25 percent will be earmarked for corridor enhancements.
“To address this, the mayor said he will submit his proposal to Detroit City Council in the next two weeks and request its approval for the sale of $125 million in bonds to fund improvements to the city’s commercial corridors. Approximately $80 million of the bond revenue would fund major infrastructure improvements along the city’s key commercial corridors, such as Livernois-McNichols, West Vernor and East Warren. The other $45 million will complement existing road funds to improve 300 miles of city roads and replace hundreds of thousands of broken sections of sidewalk across the city. Corridor improvements would include landscaping and reconfiguring traffic lanes to add bike lanes, improved street parking and in some cases wider sidewalks to allow for outdoor café seating.
Together, 23 neighborhoods across the city will see their commercial corridors improved. Corridor improvements will be done in conjunction with ongoing neighborhood planning projects that aim to create framework strategies to boost neighborhood and economic development. The work will impact 17 areas throughout the city, including:
“In addition to the $125 million in projects funded by the bond funds, the city also plans to spend another $193 million of budgeted city, state and federal dollars (for a total investment of $317 million
Southwest/West Vernor Corridor Islandview/Greater Villages Grand River/Northwest Livernois and McNichols Rosa Parks/Clairmount Banglatown Russell Woods Jefferson-Chalmers Delray Eastern Market Osborn East English Village Corktown Brush Park East Riverfront I-94 Industrial Corridor Warrendale and Cody Rouge
Last fall, the Sons of Hemp held a news conference and only one member of the nine-person City Council attended, George Cushingberry. Also, there was no media
Tate is looking for ways to give Detroit-based businesses a shot at operating dispensaries. At the same time, he’s also mindful of U.S. Supreme Court precedent that has rendered race-based set asides unconstitutional. In Oakland, California, City Council approved an ordinance aimed at giving blacks and Latinos an opportunity to be dispensary owners. Half of those permits must go to residents who have lived for at least two years in a section of the city where a high number of marijuana arrests have occurred and where people have been incarcerated for marijuana-related offenses. Marijuana use is roughly equal among blacks and whites, yet blacks are 3.73 times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession, according to a 2013 ACLU report. Oakland is about one-third black, one-third Latino and one-third white. Tate says there were about 30 black-owned dispensaries in Detroit. “As a result of the ordinance, those numbers went down,” he said. “But all of the numbers went down because they were operating illegally.”
Conference and around downtown, but it’s the community. We do feel like if the people in the city of Detroit don’t have access to capital, they can’t help the community. Also, it’s an opportunity for these businesses in the city of Detroit also to do work in Africa. We’ve got to explore beyond the horizon. It means that we are so much in our comfort zone that we basically are losing opportunities because we don’t want to explore. And there’s not enough work in Detroit. We’ve got more construction companies than we have work.” The theme of the conference, which will be held Oct. 23-27 at the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel, is “Sustaining Economic Growth and Development in 21st Century Cities Detroit: The City that Never Surrendered.” The conference will bring together more than 250 mayors, investors and trade specialists from around the world to address the challenges and prospects of sustaining growth and development in 21st century cities. The Honorable Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, will be the keynote speaker. “The World Conference of Mayors was created with specific goals of instrumenting exemplary leadership by individuals entrusted with the management of nations’ cities and towns. The primary objective of the World Conference of Mayors is to stimulate positive and constructive relations among mayors internationally,” according to press materials provided for the conference, which was also strongly complimentary toward Mayor Mike Duggan. “The World Conference of Mayors-United Nations of Cities has chosen to team with the mayor and the city to create exciting opportunities for investments in Detroit by hosting this landmark conference in the city. The World Conference of Mayors was created in April 1984 by Johnny Ford, who at the time was president of
From page A-1 The following is a list of the countries confirmed to participate in the World Conference of Mayors as of today:
USA Italy Nigeria Sweden Liberia Canada China Japan Gambia Ghana
Turkey Bahamas Cameron France Senegal Guinea Mauritius Ivory Coast Saudi Arabia
the National Conference of Black Mayors, Inc. (NCBM). In 1984, Ford convened mayors from cities around the world to the annual meeting of the National Conference of Black Mayors in St. Louis, Missouri. They included mayors from the United States, Asia, the Caribbean Islands and the African continent. The birth of the World Conference of Mayors was launched during that meeting. By consensus, the Missouri conference conferred the founding membership of WCM on the National Conference of Black Mayors in the United States and the Union Des Villes Africains (UVA), the Organization of African Mayors. Both organizations automatically became members of the World Conference of Mayors. From that organizational meeting, Ford was elected founding president of WCM, along with a Board of Directors. “There’s a whole world out there, and African Americans have not explored it,” said Holley. “We’ve got to find a way to get businesses in Detroit to do business in Africa. Import, export. We need to do that. The whole idea is people want to do business with us. We’ve [black Americans] have got $1.9 trillion in disposable income. Why wouldn’t they want to do business? If we (black people) were a country we’d be the ninth largest in the world.” “African Americans need to get a little smarter and understand that the world is getting so small. It is so small.”
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Chevrolet ‘Discover the Unexpected’ Fellowship Awards luncheon The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and Chevrolet hosted a special luncheon during the Congressional Black Caucus to recognize journalism students from Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) who completed their 2017 Discover the Unexpected (DTU) Journalism Fellowship. Over the summer, eight students representing Clark Atlanta University, Howard University, Morehouse College and Spelman College worked with NNPA editors and reporters at NNPA newspapers — the Washington Informer, Atlanta Voice, Louisiana Weekly and Carolinian. Hip-hop and actress MC Lyte, the program’s national spokesperson, served as emcee. Michelle Matthews-Alexander, diversity marketing manager, Chevrolet, awarded the fellows with a special certificate of achievement for their journalism work. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., president and CEO, NNPA, discussed how the fellows worked with veteran journalists to gain hands-on experience and used their talents in digital and social media news
Americans from all backgrounds seek news from the black perspective from the NNPA member newspapers around the country. In America, now among the most diverse countries in the world, the black press of America is more relevant than ever.
Closing ceremony award presentation for the 2017 “Discover the Unexpected” (DTU) Journalism Fellowship in Washington, D.C. From left: National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.; Kelsey Jones, Spelman College; Noni Marshall, Howard University; Taylor Burris, Spelman College; Darrell Larome Williams, Morehouse College; Emcee rapper, actress, songwriter, philanthropist, DTU ambassador and spokesperson, MC Lyte; Ayron Lewallan, Morehouse College; Chevrolet Diversity Marketing Manager Michelle Alexander; Tiana Hunt, Clark Atlanta University graduate; Jordan Fisher, Clark Atlanta University; Alexa Imani Spencer, Howard University; Atlanta Voice Publisher Janis Ware; and NNPA Chairman and Chicago Crusader Publisher Dorothy Leavell. and content development. Dorothy Leavell, chairman, NNPA, discussed the importance of mentor ing the next generation of journalists. The goal of the NNPA DTU fellowship program, sponsored by Chevrolet, is to support the next generation of African American journalists and storytellers to blaze new trails in journalism. The
DTU program launched in 2016 at Howard University and expanded in 2017 to include four HBCUs. The DTU fellows discovered and delivered positive, unexpected news stories that impact their communities. The fellows used the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox during their reporting assignments to help them discover real news stories.
NNPA is a trade association of the more than 200 African American-owned community newspapers from around the United States. Since its founding 75 years ago, NNPA has consistently been the voice of the black community and an incubator for news that makes history and impacts our country. As the largest and most influential black-owned
Detroit Fire Department hosts Fire Prevention Week Home Fire Safety/Arson Awareness Programs conducted by the DFD Community Relations Division are scheduled from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, for Detroit area middle and senior high school students. Training programs include: Wednesday, Oct. 11 — The Fire Department will provide the Mobile Fire Safety House Training & the Fire Safety Training Programs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students, parents and faculty at Matrix Plymouth Head start Center, located at 4600 Russell St. Students, parents and faculty will receive prevention, detection, and evacuation training within the Detroit Fire Department Mobile Fire Safety House & Fire Safety/Prevention Trailers. Thursday, Oct. 12 — The Law Firm of Fabian, Sklar & King will
announce a donation of 500 10-year lithium battery smoke alarms at a press conference at 10 a.m. at Engine Co. 27/Ladder Co. 8, located at 4700 W. Fort St. The smoke alarms will be installed in the homes of Detroit residents who meet the criteria for the department’s Smoke Alarm Installation Program. Friday, Oct. 13 — The Detroit Fire Department will conduct a door-todoor Home Fire Safety check from 10 a.m. to noon in the Chicago and Evergreen area. The staging area will begin at 10 a.m. on West Chicago St. and Fielding St. Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct.14 — The Detroit Fire Department will have Open House programs at select firehouse locations in the city during the weekend of National Fire Prevention Week. The public is invited to visit and
tour city firehouse facilities from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14. Call (313) 596-2959 for a list of open house locations. The Detroit Fire Department’s Community Relations Division will continue to install 10-year lithium battery smoke alarms in the homes of families that meet the criteria for the department’s Smoke Alarm Installation Program. The programs conducted by the DFD Community Relations Division are started Oct. 1 and continue through Oct. 31, for Detroit area middle and senior high school students. For more information about Fire Prevention Week activities, please call the Detroit Fire Department Community Relations Division at (313) 596-2959.
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October 11-17, 2017
The Detroit Pistons will participate in a week of Jr. Pistons events presented by United Dairy Industry of Michigan to teach the fundamentals and values of the game at a grassroots level and help grow and improve the youth basketball experience as a part of the NBA’s Jr. NBA Week from October 9-16. The Pistons’ Jr. NBA Week begins October 11 at S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center with the announcement of the “Building Bridges Through Basketball” program, which works to bring local youth ages 12-16 and law enforcement together. The 10-week program is a partnership among the Detroit Pistons, Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), Detroit Police Athletic League (P.A.L.), S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center and Detroit Police Department featuring weekly sessions with a combination of on-court basketball programming and hands-on learning developed by RISE. The sessions will focus on leadership, conflict resolution, identity and diversity. The event will include a tip-off Jr. Pistons’ basketball clinic with Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Stanley Johnson and youth from Detroit P.A.L., S.A.Y. Detroit and Solomon Temple.
Ford Fund brings state-of-the art rec center to eastside By Lee Claire
Up2Us and Peace Players International join the Pistons during Jr. NBA Week to host a coaches training on October 14. The two organizations will provide a day of training in Detroit to emphasize transforming the lives of youth by training coaches who can inspire their success on and off the court. Detroit’s Jr. NBA Week will conclude on October 16 with a Jr. Pistons special needs basketball clinic with Special Olympics ambassador Andre Drummond and Langston Galloway at the Boll Family YMCA in Detroit. The Pistons duo, along with Pistons Academy coaches, will host youth from the Detroit Public School Community District Special Needs Program and Detroit athletes from Special Olympics of Michigan in basketball drills, shooting competitions and other fitness activities. The Jr. NBA is the league’s youth basketball participation program that teaches the fundamentals and values of the game at the grass-
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On Friday, Oct. 6 Ford Motor Company Fund held a grand opening for a new $5 million community center on Detroit’s eastside. The Ford Resource and Engagement Center hosted hundreds of business and civic leaders, political officials and residents gathered at the Fisher Magnet Upper Academy for a first look at the state-of-the art facility. Essential services including education, job training and workforce development will be provided on-site to improve the quality of life for thousands of students and residents in one of Detroit’s most challenged communities. Fisher Magnet Upper Academy, the home of the new 10,000 square-foot facility more commonly known as FREC, is managed by the Detroit Public Schools Foundation which is committed to providing every DPS student with the support required to achieve his or her full potential by creating and improving educational opportunities for Detroit Public Schools students. “While our region is making great strides, we need to do more for Detroit’s neighborhoods,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Locating the new resource center at Fisher Upper provides us an opportunity to reach another Detroit neighborhood with programs that benefit students and families alike.” The Ford Motor Company Fund worked closely with the DPS Foundation and at least 18 nonprofit community groups to improve access to essential needs and
services, as well as economic and investment opportunities designed specifically to provide advantages for the next generation of Detroiters. “The decision made by Ford Fund to create the Ford Resource and Engagement Center in a traditional public school reflects the reality that there are few, if any, stronger investments to ensure impact, scale and sustainability within a neighborhood or community,” said DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti. “This multifaceted investment will benefit multiple community members and more profoundly, generations. For the school, it allows learning to become more interactive – more community-based and project-based – and, frankly, more relevant for all students.” Services offered include a food distribution hub, legal assistance, job training and workforce development, and workshops supporting business startups. Ford’s STEAM Lab will be available, providing the science, technology, engineering, arts and math curriculum necessary for young people seeking high-demand jobs in the future. “Our newest Ford Resource and Engagement Center represents our ongoing commitment to projects in neighborhoods that are transformational in nature,” added Vella. “We want to harness the untapped potential in our schools and neighborhoods to help more people gain access to the benefits of a stronger, more prosperous Detroit.” In addition to bolstering educational opportunities for area children and supporting local businesses, the new
engagement center is helping bring the community together with arts, music and cultural activities to raise living standards for neighborhood residents. The community center features interactive and collaborative workspaces, as well as a main hallway inspired by social mobility and reimagined to look like a thriving Seven Mile Road through the community. During the morning tour hundreds of invited and enthusiastic guests jammed into the vibrant recreation of a Detroit street scape to experience street culture from a student perspective. “The opening of the new Ford Resource and Engagement Center location within Fisher Upper is a tangible example of the power of school and community partnerships that can create the wrap around supports that will provide additional enrichment opportunities for our students,” said Alycia Meriweather, interim superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District. “Closing the opportunity gap is one of the first steps in closing our achievement gaps, and I commend Ford for setting such a great example. DPSCD is extremely thankful for this investment in our children and our community.” The new center, the second in the city, is modeled after the original Ford Resource and Engagement Center that opened four years ago at Mexicantown Mercado in southwest Detroit. The first one has become an anchor in the vibrant community, assisting more than 85,000 people with food distribu-
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Detroit NAACP calls for resignation of Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, MSP director By Alisha Dixon
1. “No employee shall either explicitly or implicitly ridicule, mock, deride or belittle, intimidate, threaten verbally or physically, or bully any person.”
On Tuesday, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, president, Detroit Branch NAACP, was joined by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. and other leaders for a press conference to call for the resignation of Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director, Michigan State Police and a review of departmental policies.
2. “Employee shall not make offensive or derogatory comments to any person, either directly or indirectly, based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, partisan consideration, disability, genetic information, or other characteristics. Such harassment may be a prohibited form of discrimination under state and federal law and is considered misconduct subject to disciplinary action by the agency.”
The call for Etue’s resignation comes just days after the MSP director made derogatory comments on her personal Facebook page where she expressed disproval of recent protests during the National Anthem at NFL games, a direct, yet peaceful response to rampant police brutality. In the now infamous post, Etue wrote, “Who wins a football game has ZERO impact on our lives. Who fights for and defends our nation has every impact on our lives. We stand with the heroes, not a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American denigrates. Signed, We the People.” While many have responded by questioning Etue’s professionalism, morality and commitment to diversity, others have expressed support for her and believe she was well within her constitutional rights when she made the post. While, this is true, the issue, Rev. Anthony
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony calls for resignation of Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue – Alisha Dixon photo said, is that Etue’s comments, whether public or private, violate Michigan State Police policy which she is required to uphold. As stated in Section 4.5 of MSP’s Code of Conduct, “Members shall maintain a level of conduct in their personal and business affairs which is in keeping with the highest standards of the law enforcement profession. Members shall con-
duct themselves at all times, both on and off duty, in a manner that will reflect favorably upon the department. Conduct unbecoming a member shall include that which brings the department into disrepute or reflects discredit on the individual as a member of the department or that which impairs the efficiency of the department.” Section 4.5a continues, “Members shall not make pub-
lic statements on or off duty which show a reckless disregard for the truth.” Etue’s gross violation of MSP policy didn’t stop there. In Michigan State Police Order 12, Section 2, Discriminatory Harassment, Part C, Prohibited Conduct, it further indicates that the director’s behavior was in direct violation of agency guidelines.
Appointed in 2011 by Gov. Rick Snyder, Etue became the first woman to lead MSP after almost a century of male leadership. This, for many, was a step in the right direction with regard to diversity. In an official letter sent to Gov. Snyder, Rev. Anthony requested to meet with the governor to discuss Etue’s conduct as he believes her behavior is merely a symptom of MSP departmental policy issues that are the result of discriminatory practices, such biased testing practices, that have contributed heavily to a lack of diversity within the department.
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Staples provides City Year teams with school supplies for 7 Detroit schools
Staples, a leading national office supply chain, will provide City Year Detroit with 14 school supply kits that will give diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members the tools they need to serve nearly 5,000 students across seven Detroit schools. Staples will distribute more than 650 school supply kits in total, providing one to every City Year team and one to its partner school in the communities where City Year serves.
“We are thrilled Staples is helping ensure that schools and students get the basic supplies they need to support their education and classroom activities,” said Christopher Mann, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for City Year. “Thank you for providing these amazing school supply kits to every team of City Year AmeriCorps members and their partner teachers in the 28 communities we serve across the country.” Fueled by national service, City Year partners with 330 schools across the country, serving 223,000 students. In Detroit, 71 highly skilled AmeriCorps members partner with teachers to provide research-based student, classroom and school-wide support to help nearly 5,000 students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for
college and career success. Staples school supply kits, which include pencils, notebooks, dry erase markers and paper, will help City Year better serve students by providing them with tools to they need to increase academic achievement and student engagement. “Staples is committed to improving education for students in the communities in which we live and work,” said Regis Mulot, EVP and chief HR officer, Staples. “We’re honored to work with City Year and have the opportunity to supply teachers and students with essential tools they need to succeed as they go back to school year.” Staples began partnering with City Year in 2014 by sponsoring a team of City Year Boston AmeriCorps members serving
New rec center tion, tax return preparation, education and job initiatives, legal assistance and other programs. The original Resource and Engagement Center has returned $3 in services to the local community for every $1 invested by Ford and participating nonprofits. A third Ford Resource and Engagement Center, in South Africa, offers job training and entrepreneurial development, as well as services for families and orphans impacted by HIV and AIDS.
at Rogers Middle School. Staples went on to support City Year Boston’s Curley K-8 School beginning in 2015. Both teams serving at the Rogers and Curley schools were recipients of team room makeovers, transforming each space into a more innovative, well-equipped center of learning and development. Staples brings technology and people together in innovative ways to consistently deliver products, services and expertise that elevate and delight customers. Staples is in business with businesses and is passionate about empowering people to become true professionals at work. Headquartered outside of Boston, Mass., Staples, Inc. operates primarily in North America. More information about Staples is available at www.staples.com.
City Year helps students and schools succeed. Fueled by national service, City Year partners with public schools in 28 urban, high-need communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and Johannesburg, South Africa. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide research-based student, classroom and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A 2015 study shows that schools that partner with City Year were up to 2-3 times more likely to improve on math and English assessments.
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In the letter, he said, “The subsequent socalled apology by Col. Etue is in fact no apology at all. When one takes an in-depth look at the demographics of the department, the promotional policies, and the lack of equitable racial representation of the state police of Michigan, it is indeed, reprehensible.” Rev. Anthony also asked the governor to provide statistical data that shows the number of people of color and women within MSP’s senior ranks, which has shown a significant decline since the removal of the 1993 federal consent decree. “The issue is bigger than Col. Etue. The head of the Michigan State Police does not seem to understand that in order to serve the people, you must work with and respect the people. You must also have a proportionate representation of the people, as troopers and staff members, throughout your department,” Rev. Anthony said. Gov. Snyder has yet to respond. In all fairness, Col. Etue did issue what she considered to be an apology, but only after public outcry. “It was a mistake to share this message on
Facebook and I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended. I will continue my focus on the unity at the Michigan State Police and in communities across Michigan,” Etue said in her apology. Although apologetic, the MSP director refuses to resign and the governor has said he will not fire Etue or issue a request for her resignation. “At the request of the governor, Col. Etue will remain as director of the Michigan State Police until after the 2018 gubernatorial election,” said Shanon Banner, public affairs director, Michigan State Police. Etue is set to retire early next year, according to the terms of MSP’s Deferred Retirement Option Program that gives troopers the option to retire later in order to receive a larger pension. What’s worse is that even after retiring, Gov. Snyder said he will reappoint Etue, allowing her to serve through December 2018, the end of the governor’s last term. As a result, she will collect both her salary and pension, a controversial practice called “double dipping.” Public records reveal Etue currently earns $165,000 annually. Upon retirement, she will receive a pension of $84,000 per year.
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roots level to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for all. Through a network of affiliated youth From page B-1 basketball organizations, live events and interactive experiences, the Jr. NBA Each center reflects the needs and cul- program aims to reach five million youth ture of the communities it serves. ages 6-14 in the U.S. and Canada over a Also on Oct. 6, both Detroit locations two-year period as part of its expanded held an open house from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. efforts launched in October 2015. The Members of the community were invit- Jr. NBA partnership network is comed to drop by and explore the available prised of youth basketball programs of services and activities. In addition, the all NBA, WNBA and NBA Development newest center’s City Accelerator pro- League teams as well as elementary and gram selected two winners to each re- middle schools, military bases and longceive $25,000 in grants to advance their standing community partners, including business model designs and financial Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Jewish Community Centers of North America, strategies.
National Association of Police Athletic Leagues, National Recreation and Park Association, National Wheelchair Basketball Association, Special Olympics, and YMCA of the USA. Founded in 2015 by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sports to improve race relations and drive social progress. Led by an unprecedented alliance of professional sports leagues, organizations, athletes, educators, media networks and sports professionals, RISE uses sports to promote understanding, respect and equality.
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50+ Workers on the Move: AARP survey shows more than one-third plan to look for a new job in next few years Many older American workers say they plan on getting a new job. A new AARP national survey shows that a fifth (20 percent) of 50+ workers say they looked for a new job in the last year, and a whopping 35 percent say that they will either “very likely” (18 percent) or “somewhat likely” (17 percent) look for a new position in the next three years. This work force trend inspired AARP Michigan to offer Experience for Hire, a pilot program launched recently in Wayne, Macomb and two other counties that matches older workers with job openings in Michigan. The program aims to help find work for older adults who want to change jobs or get back into the work force. Experience for Hire also intends to help Michigan employers – who report about 100,000 unfilled
as a disadvantage when making hiring decisions. “The economy has come a long way back since the Great Recession,” said AARP Senior Vice President Jean Setzfand in discussing the AARP study. “Industries are growing, and experienced workers are attracted to new job opportunities.
Paula Cunningham jobs in the state – find experienced workers, many of whom are already trained and work ready. “Hiring experienced, older adults is an option many employers may not have considered,” said Paula Cunningham, State Director of AARP Michigan. “Experience for Hire is a unique collaborative that connects talent to jobs.” Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of the 50+ workers surveyed say employers would see their age
nize the value of experienced workers, and tips for workers of all experience levels who are looking for work or exploring workplace options.
The AARP survey also found a large percentage of experienced workers admit to being a bit rusty when it comes to job searches.
Job seekers interested in the AARP Michigan Experience for Hire program can create an account and apply for jobs at Job seekers can go to aarp.cvent. com/experienceforhire
Nearly half of workers surveyed (47 percent) say it has been 10 or more years since they have applied for a job, and fourin-ten (39 percent) admit that they have not updat-
“For employers with a labor shortage or skills gap, they should always consider turning to the experienced workforce,” Setzfand added. “Experienced workers have higher levels of engagement, motivation and applied skills.”
ed their resume in over a similar period of time. The AARP survey was fielded online between August 18 and 21 as part of GFK’s US Omnibus survey. One thousand and three 50+ workers (that is, those working or looking for work) were surveyed, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.
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She noted that the AARP Work and Jobs website (aarp.org/work) provides insights and tools to help maximize mature workers’ career potential. The Work and Jobs site includes a job search engine, a list of companies that have signed a pledge saying that they recog-
DPL Sunday hours are back after 36-year absence Michigan Chronicle Reports
On Sunday, Oct. 8, the Detroit Public Library restored Sunday operating hours at the Main Library and commenced services at two branch locations throughout the city of Detroit for the first time since 1981.
Katina Laird and Donna Jackson Diamond in the rough
Sunday Family Fundays will bring free family entertainment back to the community on Sundays at the Main Library in Midtown Detroit, Redford Branch on the West Side, and Wilder Branch on the city’s East Side. Each branch location will be open from 1 - 5 p.m.
executive director, Detroit Public Library. “We are now pleased to restore and expand Sunday library service to a new generation of Detroiters who will develop their own memories.”
“During my time as executive director of the Detroit Public Library, I have met many Detroiters who have shared fond memories of Sunday afternoon visits to Main Library,” said Jo Anne Mondowney,
The Detroit Public Library discontinued Sunday hours at Main Library in 1981 as a result of budget cuts that drastically affected the Library’s service offerings to the community.
More often than not, teachers and principals come to mind when one thinks about the men and women who work in our public schools.
dents with autism.
But other staff also help to make a positive impact on the lives of Detroit Public Schools Community District’s 47,000 students.
The students learn commercial kitchen skills from “Ms. Tina” and also what she calls “tough love,” preparing them for the real world.
Katina J. Laird is one of them. Sunday Family Fundays, will provide regular library services to the community, in addition to special family-friendly programming for all ages. From art classes and concerts to author visits and movies, Sunday Family Fundays brings free family fun back to the community. For more information about Sunday Family Fundays, visit detroitpubliclibrary.org.
Laird, a state certified food service specialist, has worked for DPSCD for 16 years. She started as a satellite aide and then earned an opportunity to become a specialist. She currently supervises two assistants and group of about 20 current Drew Transition Center students. The two assistants are former DPSCD students. Charles R. Drew Transition Center, located at 9600 Wyoming Road on the city’s west side, educates students aged 18 to 26. They attend the program, which is a unique post-secondary vocational center for moderate and severely cognitively impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically impaired, otherwise health impaired and stu-
Laird is part manager and part big sister. For a few hours a day she helps to prepare students to learn and develop work skills.
“I let them know what I expect in this kitchen,” she says. “We don’t play around in here. We’re working around hot food. This is serious.” They place watermelon slices in small plastic cups and scoop green beans on serving plates that were home grown in the school’s garden. Donna Jackson, president of the Detroit Federation of Para-Professionals, says food service specialist, “Katina Laird is a diamond in the rough.” “The focus is students,” Jackson says about employees like Laird who work behind the scenes. “She’s helping to shape those minds. She’s a jewel.”
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Black America’s dreams of homeownership still deferred
By Charlene Crowell
The late Langston Hughes created a masterful body of poetry in the 20th Century that spoke about and to Black America’s unique experiences. Also an author and playwright, his words in all media pricked our consciousness to wonder and ponder how we somehow remained so different from others after living more than 200 years in this land. One of my favorite Hughes poems asks the question, “What happens to a dream deferred?” Today, that one question is as timeless as it is timely. Why is it that in 2017 Black homeownership is still deferred for so Charlene Crowell many? Every year, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act report provides an update on mortgage lending over the past year. It is the only national report that examines lending by race and incomes. In 2016, an analysis of mortgage lending by the Center for Responsible Lending underscores how once again dreams of homeownership are still being deferred nationwide: •Blacks had the highest denial rate in mortgage applications of any ethnic group, and was double the denial rate experienced by Whites; •Black consumers received just 3.1 percent or 65,451 of the 2,123,000 conventional mortgage purchase loans made in 2016; •When Black and Latino conventional mortgage purchase loans were combined, the percentage increased to only 9 percent for the year; and •FHA purchase mortgages performed a bit better for Black consumers at 10.6 percent -- 142,329 out of 866,000. “It is troubling to see the continued trend of mortgage lenders abdicating their responsibility to serve the full universe of credit-worthy borrowers,” said Nikitra Bailey, a CRL Executive Vice President. “During the financial crisis, taxpayers of all colors together paid for the bailout of banks,” continued Bailey. “Now and years later to see that African-Americans and Latinos remain overly dependent upon FHA to access mortgages is a sign of unfair treatment.” “Whites continue to unfairly receive more favorable access to affordable loans, despite our nation’s fair lending laws.”
For decades, Black consumers were given a litany of excuses as to why they did not qualify for the most affordable mortgages: not enough income, not enough of an employment record, too many bills, and more. But it was just last year that Nielsen released a report that found “a decade of economic and educational prosperity” from 2004 to 2014. During these years, Nielsen found that Blacks had a collective $162 billion in buying power. By 2020, that purchasing power was projected to rise to $1.4 trillion, thanks in part, to the number of Blacks earning $100,000 or more. Over the decade reviewed, Black earnings in this income range grew 95 percent, compared to the rest of the nation. Even solid middle class incomes of $50,000 to $75,000 grew at a rate of 18 percent. So if Black America is better educated and earnings are growing – what is the problem with gaining access to mortgage loans? And if America is a land of laws, why is financial justice so elusive for Black America? “As we move beyond the sub-prime crisis, we continue to see the housing and credit market systematically either deny or send less attractive products to the Black and Latino community,” noted john. a. powell, an internationally acclaimed Professor of Law and Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. “This problem which is both historical, structural and interpersonal will not be addressed unless we face and make affirmative interventions,” continued powell. “The fact that borrowers of color face higher interest rates and are less likely to be granted conventional loans is directly responsible for the wealth gap that continues to plague our nation, as well as the wide gap between the percentage of African Americans who own their homes (42 percent) and the percentage of whites who do (73 percent),” said Dr. Julianne Malveaux, a noted economist, author and President Emerita of Bennett College for Women. For Lisa Rice, Executive Vice President of the National Fair Housing Alliance, the 2016 data do not reflect a changing America. These stark racial and ethnic divisions in mortgage lending, said Rice, “come at a time when our nation’s demographics are in transformation. By 2025 will be even more diverse with households of color representing nearly half of all first-time homebuyers.” In 2017, is it ‘then’ yet for Black America?
I Confess to the Police By Veronica M. Brown-Comegys From time to time I recall the highheeled cowboy boots, and feel a tightening in my stomach. The young, white man was standing uncomfortably close, so I merely glanced over my shoulder, and quickly responded, “Yes it is,” following his greeting of, “Beautiful day, isn’t it? He was skinny, and way over six foot two inches. I would have had to look up to see his face. I didn’t because his inappropriate nearness troubled me, and I wanted to get away. However, I did get a Veronica M. good look at the Brown-Comegys seemingly new, shiny, light-brown footwear. Ultimately, I retrieved enough information to put his neck in a noose, but I didn’t contact the police. Afterwards, similar encounters convinced me there are stalkers who have a hankering for African-American women. How many “sistuhs” did I put at risk? The predator caught sight of me on a sunny, summer afternoon when I arrived in the hospital parking lot. There was a black, pickup truck in my sightline some distance away, but I didn’t see anyone. By the time I reached the entrance a man was close enough behind me for contact. I thought, where did he come from? However, Mom was on my mind, so I headed for her room. She was being evaluated for dementia and other ills. I stayed with Mama Ann about two hours. I left for a snack, and errands, and returned. I remained until 11 p.m. I didn’t see anyone as I walked to my Cavalier. When I started the car, at nearly the same instant, another vehicle also started. I couldn’t identify the location because its lights were off. I exited the
lot, and by the time I stopped at the light a vehicle was behind me. When I headed south it stayed glued to my bumper. Whenever I increased speed, the driver did likewise. I was holding my breath and shivering. There was no traffic, and not a cop in sight. The stalker followed as I drove around the block. Nevertheless, I decided to head south. Now, I was calm because I had a plan. I slowed way, way, way down, and cruised as If I didn’t have any worries. I smirked, and thought, I bet this jackass thinks I’m interested. I chuckled as I passed my street. After six blocks the destination was visible. As I approached the light I jammed on the accelerator, flew half a block, and turned into the huge parking lot of a grocery store. I parked, turned off the lights, and lay across the seats. Every few moments I peeked through the windshield. The hunter in the black pickup was driving through several rows of cars. After a while he departed, headed north. I remained in my vehicle for about ten minutes. Next I entered the store, where I remained for nearly an hour. The following day, I was at the hospital earlier in the afternoon. The black truck was occupied by two, fat, blond, white women. I approached the rear, and copied the license plate number. The occupants screamed, “What’s she doing?” “Why is she writing the number?” I haven’t seen the vehicle since that day, and nobody has followed me. I threw the notepaper on the passenger seat. I thought, I solved my problem. I turned my attention back to Mom. It was some time before I remembered the evidence I had obtained. By then the paper had disappeared. I recall the cowboy boots and the notebook paper whenever I hear or read about a stalking. In addition, when people talk of “black on black” crime, I wonder about “white male on black female crime.” I bet those statistics don’t exist. After all, that data would reveal how much more effort is needed before law enforcement truly “protects and serves.” Follow Veronica @Brown9501Brown
The epidemic of white male terrorism and its connection to white privilege By David J. Leonard The headlines and descriptions of domestic terrorist, Stephen Paddock, made it clear that the mass murderer was white before the public even saw his face. As media outlets plastered the Internet with the picture of Marilou Danley, his girlfriend of color, the whiteness of the Las Vegas shooter was on full display. Conversely, highlighting Paddock resume, his likes/ dislikes, and how he spent his retirement in quiet Mesquite, Nev., the press response has read more like an E-harmony profile than an effort to document a terrorist attack. Rather than searching for every indication of David J. Leonard the shooter’s inherent criminality, which has been the case when people of color are at the center of violent acts, most media outlets failed to adequately chronicle how the shooting in Las Vegas was yet another mass shooting. The massacre is part of a larger epidemic of white-on-white violence that has shattered lives, destroyed communities, and left the nation looking at itself in a mirror reflecting violence and despair. Many articles centered his brother’s perspective. His brother described him as a Joe Lunch Bucket, albeit with gold and diamonds. “He’s just a guy. He lived in Las Vegas. He played at the casinos. There’s nothing. That’s what’s so bizarre. No trouble with the law. No mental illness,” he noted. A neighbor described Paddock as “normal.” Even strangers seemed to have liked him. A bartender at Peggy Sue’s, a spot Paddock and his girlfriend frequented, continue to support the narrative that the shooter was an average guy who had an occasional drink and liked karaoke. Paddock, to many people, isn’t what a terrorist looks like? Terrorists, indeed, to many people don’t look like white men at all. Terrorists, mass shooters, and murderous criminals don’t look like Paddock or me. The media has turned Paddock into an isolated and normal-individual-turned-violent murderer rather than another white male among a class of white men who have killed masses of people in the U.S. Such narratives are unique to white male mass shooters. As are the efforts to humanize and to offer cultural autopsies that point to potential gambling addictions or mental illness as the reason behind a mass shooting rather than a pervasive evil inherent in white male killers. The erasure of “white male” mass shooters from public discourse produces coverage that depicts Paddock and
countless others as individuals who we must empathize with. Paddock deserves empathy because he is not the imagined Muslim terrorist, the criminal Latino immigrant, and the Black thug. Whereas they are terrorists and super predators who “terrorize communities,” who undermine the safety and tranquility of our communities, Paddock is refashioned as a sick man who deserved help. The murderous rampage of Paddock, like so many white male domestic terrorists before him, has become a story about Haddock rather than the epidemic of white male shooters. “White men who resort to mass violence are consistently characterized primarily as isolated ‘lone wolves’ — in no way connected to one another — while the most problematic aspects of being white in America are given a pass that nobody else receives,” Shaun King wrote at The Intercept. The numbers don’t lie. And Stephen Paddock is no exception. While the average age of a mass shooter is 35, and while media narratives often focus on “kids,” that is when they are white, the history of mass shootings in America is one with ample examples of older shooters. In fact, many of these instances received national attention. In 2012, David Sirota, in his Salon article, “Time to Profile White Men,” noted that 70 pecent of mass shooters were white men. Regardless of the different numbers that speak to varied definitions of what constitutes a mass shooting, it is clear that white men are overrepresented as mass shooters in the U.S. This isn’t surprising. The epidemic of mass shootings in the U.S. is the consequence of white privilege. And just as guns threaten the safety and security of communities throughout the nation, so does white privilege. Despite bringing 10 suitcases, all presumably carrying guns, ammunition, and his weapons of mass destruction, “Paddock aroused no suspicion from hotel staff even as he brought in 23 guns, some of them with scopes.” And despite having ”19 additional firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition and the chemical tannerite, an explosive,” at his Mesquite home, his neighbors expressed shock that he could have committed such atrocities. Given how race shapes who is feared, who is imagined as dangerous, who fits profile of “thug,” terrorist, or criminal, it isn’t surprising that no one suspected that he might be preparing to kill so many innocent lives. Race shapes our reaction to gun violence. The shootings in Dallas and Baton Rogue served as a moment to blast and criticize Black Lives Matter and an opportunity to connect the killing of three police officers and the wounding of three others to the Black community. But Paddock’s actions, like those committed by white mass shooting brethren, will not be pinned to the entire white community. To read this article in its entirety please visit michiganchronicle.com
Keep it on the low, O.J. By Debbie Norrell On a quiet night around midnight Oct. 1, O.J. Simpson was released from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada after doing nine years for stealing his own items from a sports memorabilia dealer in Las Vegas. You may think the items he was trying to get back were football trophies; they were not. These were personal family items like Debbie Norrell photographs. Reportedly these items were stolen while he was moving from the house that he resided in when the Brown/Goldman murders took place. Unfortunately for O.J. he and some of his buddies tried to act like cowboys and liberate O.J’s belongings from the memorabilia dealer. As we all know that did not work, and Simpson went to jail for nine years. That is a long sentence for that kind of crime but many felt that the sentence was really about the murders that The Juice was acquitted for back in the mid-’90s. I couldn’t understand why he could not just keep quiet and live his life. I
guess he didn’t realize that there was a large portion of the world that does not like him and the goal was to “lock him up.” Not only did they want him locked up they want all of his money. Now that he is out of slammer, the parents of his late wife are planning to come after him for money they feel they are owed from the civil case, $33.5 million. Hey O.J., I hope you have your ducks in a row this time. Did you take some time to think your life out while you were locked up? Just hours after you were released I heard a woman, young and blonde, just your type, look into the camera and say, “If you see O.J. smoking a cigarette, taking a drink, doing anything take out your phone and get a video we want it.” So you see, Mr. Simpson, they are watching for you and you will not be able to do much out of the ordinary. I heard one talking head trying to figure out where are you living, sounds like the new game is going to be “where in the world is O.J. Simpson.” Many think you are going to pop up on reality television. I hope that is not going to be the case. If you can find a golf course that will accommodate you, play and keep it on the low until the world gets used to your being free. Don’t hang around with your friends who carry guns, and by all means surround yourself with people that you trust. Remember your friend that you allowed to live out back? I’m just saying.
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Tuesday, October 17 – 6:30 pm Detroit Public Schools Foundation 4th annual Champions of Education presented by Ford Motor Company Fund MGM Grand Detroit Tickets required; call 313-873-3348 Wednesday, October 18 – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm The Walker Legacy, #WLPower25 Power 25 Awards Reception honoring local multicultural Women trailblazers WeWork Campus Martius 1001 Woodward Avenue, Detroit Saturday, October 21 – 1 pm to 4 pm Free Child Support Help Program Presented by the Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid Clinic and The Wayne County Friend of the Court The workshop will feature a joint Wayne County/Macomb County “Bench Warrant Amnesty Program” and Arrest Free Zone Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Avenue Friends Auditorium For questions call 1-877-543-2660 Sunday, October 22 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange The nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit Thursday, October 26 – 6 pm Black Family Development 2017 Annual Presidents Dinner & Dr. Gerald K. Smith Humanitarian Award Presentations MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third Street, Detroit For information call 313-758-0150 Saturday, October 28 –7:30 pm Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter 33rd Annual Chocolate Jubilee, An Evening in Paris MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third Street, Detroit, MI Tickets required, call 248-996-1050
The Made Man honors male leaders of Detroit
On Tuesday, Oct. 17, The Made Man arrives in Detroit to honor over 30 African American male leaders and inspire, educate, and dress underserved men. Honorees will participate in a day long series of activities including mentorship and workshops, a suit for success clothing drive, and an honoree press conference and reception at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 316 E. Warren Ave. This star-studded event will include notable influencers in the professional concentrations of business, politics, law, medicine, civil rights and entertainment.
The previous recipients of this prestigious honor have been distinguished leaders such as; Dr. Ben Chavis, Dikembe Mutumbo, actor/singer Common, TV Host Roland Martin, Matthew Knowles, Civil Rights Icon Rev. C.T. Vivian, Senior Vice President NFL Washington Redskins Tony Wylie, NBA Alumni MSG Network Analyst John Starks, President of the National Urban League Marc Morial, U.S. Congressman and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and global leaders of Fortune 500 Corporations. TMM was founded by president and CEO Ky Dele of Blueprint Global Group, in partnership with the 100 Black Men of America Inc., is a national multitiered corporate and community engagement initiative designed to honor the extraordinary achievements of notable male figures. The undeniable influences of these men of distinction have sparked great admiration for their leadership, lifetime achievement, social consciousness and their significant contribution to community empowerment. This national initiative provides a collaborative platform that gives allowance for honorees to volunteer their resources order to provide empowerment tools for under-served
men and students. The resources that are allocated from the program are disseminated through motivational mentoring workshops, educational scholarships and the donating of professional business attire. At press time, Ky Dele states “I created The Made Man to celebrate and brand African American men in a positive light, whom continue to rise by upholding the principle of giving back and empower future made men as a lifestyle and responsibility.” Dele continues, “The Made Man is a platform to bridge the gap between inspirational, aspirational and underserved men for greatness, legacy and leadership.” Following multiple years of national presentations, TMM has honored more than 400 notable African Americans, impacted over 100 deserving organizations, mentored more than 2000 male students and sponsored college applications for 5700 students. The much-anticipated TMM is presented by Blueprint Global Group, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., The National Urban League, Morehouse College Alumni Association, presented By: Blueprint Global Group, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., The National Urban League, Black Enterprise, Morehouse College Alumni Association, Upscale Magazine, Nationally Supported By: 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc., Black Enterprise magazine, Upscale Magazine, The National Urban League, Morehouse College Alumni Association, Banks & Company, And is locally supported by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Detroit Alumni Chapter, National Black MBA Association Detroit Chapter, D’Luxe Connections and Hiram Jackson, Real Times Media CEO and Michigan Chronicle publisher.
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Building upon a renewed vision for Detroit By Alisha Dixon Last month, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation announced the appointment of Detroit native Arthur Jemison as president and CEO of the DEGC, effective Dec. 15. As Detroit continues to emerge from the ashes of economic ruin, organizations like the DEGC remain at the forefront of the city’s revitalization. Under his leadership, Arthur Jemison rooted in expertise and a passion for the city, Jemison promises that Detroit, including the neighborhoods, will begin to reap the benefits of revitalization efforts. “The DEGC has been the center of partnerships that have grown the city for many years and I’m looking forward to continuing that work. In particular, I’m interested in being the public-private partner, the partner to the private sector that enables investors to create new jobs in the city in everything from financial technology all the way to heavy industry. We’ve got the experience and the staff to do it,” said Jemison. Through a three-year collaboration with the Detroit City Council, Jemison was able assist in the creation of an affordable housing ordinance that would require the allocation of 20% affordable housing in new developments while providing subsidies to developers seeking to do business in the city. “Wherever the market is leading redevelopment, we’re requiring that there be affordable housing in those developments. What we worked on with Councilwoman Sheffield over the last two years was an ordinance that required that when developers need land provided at a discount or when they need subsidies that those subsidies begin to serve Detroiters,” Jemison said.
Dr. Brown displays a replica of 5 pounds of fat. Not a pretty sight...
Dr. Jesse Brown
celebrates 30 years of health and healing Founder of Detroit Wholistic Center a true pioneer By Keith A. Owens Senior Editor
Poor health and poor dietary choices are wreaking almost just as much havoc in the black community as gun violence, it’s just not as immediately visible or “sexy” for the media and therefore not receiving anywhere near the attention it deserves. Dr. Jesse Brown has been on the front lines of addressing this crisis for three decades.
The allocation of affordable housing is two-fold, Jemison believes, because it not only benefits developers, but will also provide the opportunity for Detroiters, many of whom are economically disadvantaged, the chance to live in some of the most sought after areas in the city.
Tell us about Detroit Wholistic Center.
“Most Detroiters are at 50% AMI (area media income) and need rental rates to be relatively low for them to be able to rent a new unit. The subsidies that people get and the requirements for developers need to target that income group. We’ve also created money or basically a commitment that there be an annual allocation for an affordable housing trust fund. We’re proud of our ability to do that,” he said.
Basically, Detroit Wholistic Center is a place that is providing natural solutions for common concerns. So we focus on prevention and we utilize herbs and cleansing and weight loss, those things that relate to diet and lifestyle for people to help themselves. Most of the problems we’re having, most of the illnesses we have, most of the reasons that people die is from diet and lifestyle. It’s not because they caught something. You don’t catch cancer. You don’t catch heart disease. You don’t catch congestive heart failure and so many of these things that we’re succumbing to.
The ordinance is just one of the many efforts currently being made to provide and maintain affordable housing in the city. “The mayor is very focused on something called the Preservation of Existing Affordable Housing as seen with Cathedral Towers in Midtown,” said Jemison. “This was a development that was up for sale and may not have been
Those are results of the choices that we make, the foods that we eat, the thoughts we think, whether or not we move our body. That’s Detroit Holistic Center. And then there’s the Wholistic Training Insti-
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tute, which is Detroit’s only state-licensed naturopathic school. One of my mentors recently passed away. Dick Gregory. He was one of the first people who told me about health and wellness. Our relationships are at the basis of everything that we do. One of the best ways that we can love ourselves, love our family members, love those people who are closest to us in whatever form or fashion is by taking care of ourselves. We’ve got to stop whining about dying. We’re not dying because it’s our time. We’re dying because of the choices that we make. And Dick Gregory started that long ago before people were really into it. Yes, he did, before it was popular. He went from being a 300 something pound scotch drinking, smoking comedian to the slim, active person he ended up becoming. So he influenced me and I am carrying on that tradition. In training people with the Wholistic Training Institute, we say, “We’re training a healer in every home.” One in every home, in every family, in every community and every place of worship, so that we are in the process of healing all throughout our lives. And really, it’s the early influ-
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Henry the Hatter — new location, same fly style
Paul Wasserman, Henry the Hatter owner
By Curtrise Garner
and told him how much the store meant to them.
“Oh no! I forgot my Kangol!” said no Detroit fly guy ever, because Henry the Hatter was”downtown on Broadway and the last sartorial stop when pulling together a stylish outfit.
“I began to really understand that the business is a touchstone and that I had to be in the city of Detroit,” he said. “And not New Center or the Avenue of Fashion, but downtown.”
Henry the Hatter has been putting the finishing touch on Detroit’s dapper guys (and some gals) since 1893, making it the oldest hat retailer in the country. The store has been located on Broadway since 1952 and has fitted, rimmed, brimmed and Dobbed some of Detroit’s trendiest dressers throughout the years. The styles have changed from zoot suits, fitted suits, pinstripes, Miami Vice, shell-toe sneakers, and skinny jeans to sagging jeans. Through all that time, however, Henry the Hatter has remained constant and current.
And downtown he is, located at 2472 Riopelle in Eastern Market. Wasserman said that he has an “ambitious goal” of opening the new location by November, but “a lot of dynamics have to fall the right way for that to happen.”
But then the time came for the store to close its long-standing doors and reopen at a new location. As of last August, owner Paul
Tony Salter and Clarence Watkins Wasserman knew that the store had to either move or close. Now 70, he said his first thought was to close the Detroit location and relocate to the Southfield store. “That was definitely the easiest thing,” he said. Wasserman already had a successor, Joe Renkiewicz, who has worked with him for the past 33 years. So handing over the keys would have required little effort. But customers put their foot down
Wasserman says that he was overwhelmed with the outpouring of affection for Henry the Hatter, and also acknowledged that the store was known for its diverse and dynamic hat selections that were hard to find anywhere else, even if one scoured the city (before Google and Amazon, of course). Karl Smith, a native Detroiter, said that Henry the Hatter was a go-to for him because of the vast
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Dr. Jesse Brown ence of our parents that’s so important these days. If your parents smoked, there’s a good chance you’re going to smoke. But if at least one of your parents was active, there’s a good chance that you’re going to be active, exercise and do well. Our parents teach us a lot about our dietary habits and so many things. Growing up we had castor oil, cod liver oil, enemas and those were the main things. Those were the go-to methods. And so part of what I do through Detroit Wholistic Center, part of what influences me as well, is my early upbringing. I thought everybody came up with that. I thought everybody took castor oil. I thought everybody got enemas. But I realized everybody didn’t. And so sometimes we throw the baby out with the bathwater thinking that drugs or modern medicine is the way to go instead of going back to those old wives tales that have sustained us since the beginning of time. Tell us about the 30th anniversary coming up. For our 30th anniversary, we’ve got some exciting things going. We have a keynote speaker, Dr. Cass Ingram, who has written a number of books. He is a brilliant man. We have been planning this since March. I’ve known him for some years and I got him to come in from Chicago. He’s an osteopathic doctor, wholistic doctor. He’s written “The Cure is in the Cupboard,” “The Wild Tumeric Cure” and “The Cannibis Cure” as well. He’s doing a book signing on Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm. He’s doing a keynote at 3:30 on Sunday, October 22. I’m excited because 30 years ago, I did not see this. I absolutely did not see this. Thirty years ago, I was, “Oh my goodness, if I can make it my first year.” Most businesses fail within the first five years. I was just trying to make it. And so, coming to the point where we are celebrating our 30th anniversary on Oct. 22, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., is really exciting because it’s never happened in the city of Detroit. No wholistic center has been around for 30 years. And it is a reflection of the support that we’ve gotten from the community. But when I first started, people said, “You know, black people aren’t into doing [health and fitness] and black people don’t do this.” Tell us more about some of the challenges you’ve faced. Oh, yeah. Some of the challenges. Well, you know, Al Gore, when he was vice president running for president, once said, “When a majority, particularly a white business wants to start, they
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From page C-1 normally go to friends and family.” When minorities and people who don’t have the means, people of the underserved community, want to go into business, they look to the institutions. Many times they don’t have the resources. They don’t have the credit. They don’t have the finances. They may not have the background. So one of the first biggest challenges is access to capital, access to resources and not having a history. So one of the biggest challenges is access to capital, access to resources, a supportive family. Fortunately, I’ve had a good supportive family, but it takes so much more than that to have a business. Are you the only licensed naturopathic in Michigan? We’re the only state-licensed naturopathic school in Detroit. We’re the only African American-owned state licensed naturopathic school in the country. There are, I want to say, less than a dozen naturopathic schools. That’s schools that teach natural healing as a school. Not individuals who say, “Oh, I teach herbs and I teach cleansing or whatever.” What I’m talking about, we have a state licensed naturopathic program. We’re approved to teach almost 100 and certify in almost 100 different areas as it pertains to wholistic health. Does improper diet affect behavior? It absolutely affects behavior. In fact, there was a book, I believe the name of it was “Diet Delinquency.” It was “Diet Delinquency” and something else. But there have been a number of studies that have indicated that when you eat certain foods, you exhibit certain behaviors. It’s not only toxic but it affects behavior and it causes more erratic behavior. A lot of the ADD, ADHD and these things that are being diagnosed now are as a result of the chemicals, the GMOs, the additives and stuff that is in the food. The hormones are getting out of balance. If they pump up the animals with hormones, we get the residual effects of that. Which is why your business is so important. We’re consumers but we’re just not generating the businesses. That can change the economy of the country around us, much less the communities. We’re talking really healing Detroit, healing our communities one person at a time. I invite people to come out. They can call Detroit Wholistic Center 313538-5433. That’s 313-538-5433, which spells life, and find out about how you can be a healer in your home and in your family and healing in your community or do great things and leave a legacy worth leaving.
Henry the Hatter
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selection and also be- tele for almost 20 years. cause the staff could pro“I liked the service vide a history of the hats, which he found very inter- and the selection and they always had what I esting. needed,” he said. Some of the historiHe has frequented the cal facts that Wasserman shared were that every De- Broadway location as a troit mayor prior to cur- customer and said t he rent Detroit Mayor Mike will transfer his loyalty to Duggan was inaugurated the new location. in a hat from the store. “As long as it’s in De-
city,” he said. “I also like the large variety of hats. They have everything.”
Dana Plummer, a Detroiter who purchased a Kangol a few months ago from Henry the Hatter, said that he will continue to shop at the new location.
“Every hat with a brim isn’t a Dobb,” even though people often say “Dobb” to refer to a range of brimmed hats. Not so, said Wasserman.
also attract and create local industrial jobs that will to put Detroiters to work.
“And if heruns again, we’ll get him next time,” said Wasserman, who added that Henry the Hatter has even topped off a POTUS — Dwight Eisenhower wore a homburg hat from Henry the Hatter at his inauguration in 1956.
troit, I will shop there,” he stated.
In addition to Detroit “I like shopping in the politicians, even out-oftown celebrities such as Steve Harvey and Mike Epps know that to in order to stand on stage and rock From page C-1 that Detroit playa look, they must make a stop at preserved as existing affordable housing, but we Henry the Hatter. were able to make a cash Smith, also known as infusion into that project “King Karl,” said he has to get that project to stay purchased several Dobbs affordable for another 30 from Henry the Hatter, but years. We’re doing the he never calls them hats. same thing at Washing“My hat is not called ton Boulevard. It’s critical a hat, it’s considered a that where we have excrown,” said Smith. “I’m a isting affordable housing different type of man. I’m and it might expire, that a king.” we act to prevent it.” While Smith calls his hat a crown, Clarence Watkins, who was raised on Detroit’s east side, called his hat a “Godfather” hat, complete with a brim and a felt band. Watkins, along with his friend Tony Salter, have been part of Henry the Hatter’s clien-
This investment in the neighborhoods through residential and commercial projects has inspired companies to relocate to Detroit in great numbers. As a result, this has generated opportunities for companies to expand their businesses and to
According to Wasserman, stingy brims are the rage and with the change of season he is transitioning from straw to felt brims. Kangols and newsboy-style hats also are popular sellers right now. When asked about Dobbs, he shared a little more knowledge:
As Smith said, “They know hats.”
“Detroiters have shown a lot of patience and I think they are going to begin to see that patience rewarded,” Jemison said. “I think this is an exciting moment in our city. Detroit is rebounding from a bankruptcy and it’s rebounding from, in some respects, lower woes than in other places that I’ve worked. I think the reason for that is the resiliency of the people here. I recognize that resilience. The city has a particular African American flavor as well. I think we’ve got a heritage of ownership and a heritage of striving that I think is unique in the country.”
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October 11-17, 2017
Now open: Detroit Public Library welcomes all on Sunday!
Come one, come all: The largest library system in the state just got better for everyone with “Sunday Family Fundays,” which kicked off Oct. 8 and runs through May 2018.
‘Fundays’ await youth and families at three cool spots necessarily have that kind of equipment at the house. So I think the addition of Sunday to the library is really, really important because it allows kids like my son (four-year-old Leyson-Larue) to come on this day and get in the system so he can get books just as I did, and grow up as a young man in the city of Detroit…The library is just an amazing place; it’s in a great location—right off Woodward—anybody can reach it, there are beautiful people here, nice spirit, nice vibe, it’s a good spot.” Karis Gaston, six years old and best friend of Maddox Neloms: “I enjoyed that I got to go hang out with my friends.” Nalani Latham, Wayne State University freshman studying psychology to be a therapist: “I actually didn’t know about the event until we came by and saw everyone here, but the library has always been a big fixture in my life. And now that it is available on Sunday I think that’s really good, especially for kids.” Shane Morast, Wayne State University freshman studying pharmacy: “This is a good community and seeing the people here (at the library) made me want to join them….It’s also good being open on Sundays for people that have classes on Monday.” By Scott Talley Special to the Michigan Chronicle An often recited African proverb tells us that “it takes a whole village to raise a child.” However, for the village to be all it can be for children and families, vital institutions need to be available everyday. And that is why the Detroit Public Library is most deserving of praise from our entire community. Beginning last Sunday, October 8, through May 2018, the Detroit Public Library will provide Sunday services at the Main Library for the first time in 36 years. The news gets even better because two recently renovated branches—the Redford Branch on our city’s west side and the Wilder Branch on the east side—also will be open on Sundays, making them the first Detroit neighborhood branches to ever be open on Sunday. Each branch location will be open from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. During “Sunday Family Fundays” the three locations will provide regular library services to the community, in addition to special free family-friendly programming for all ages, including art classes, concerts, author visits, movies and more. What does this all mean to the future enrichment of Detroit youth? Plenty, considering that libraries are important partners in child development, offer homework help and other assistance that help bridge the economic divide that impact students’ academic performance, and, teach teens important life skills. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, the “Best o f Young Detroit” spent time at the Main Library for the first “Sunday Family Funday.” During that visit, there was no shortage of smiling faces, including the huge smile worn by six-year-old Maddox Neloms, who has already come to love the library for its video games and selection of comic books like the “Winter Soldier.” Young Maddox told us that he definitely looks forward to coming back to the Detroit Public Library on Sunday throughout the remainder of this calendar year and into 2018. Everyone who spoke with the “Best of Young Detroit” on that history making Sunday shared that feeling and following is just a tiny sampling of what was said: Jarvis-Larue Brown, local song writer, performing artist and longtime mentor of Detroit youth: “I’ve been coming to the Detroit Public Library since I was knee high to a grasshopper, so I really know the importance of it, even early when we were going into the computer lab after school to make sure we could finish our homework because we didn’t
Kourtney Neloms, mom of two: “I am a book lover, so being able to come to the library on a day where we can just kind of relax and take our time and explore, especially the beautiful main branch, is wonderful. I just think it’s so important for our children to understand the resources that we have here in the city and that these resources are open and available for them. I know for a lot of working families Sunday hours gives them an opportunity to come and experience the library at their leisure, so this is a great way for people to enjoy all that the city has to offer.”
DPL “Sunday Family Funday” photos courtesy of Romondo Locke
Books and so much more
Gabrielle Samuel, parent: “I’ve come out here with my children, Summer and Winter. I was brought out because I come to all family-friendly activities that the Detroit Public Library offers. I am a home school parent and now I have an activity to fill their Sundays. I believe this is beneficial to all families with young children in the city of Detroit to have some type of activity where our children have a possibility to learn on a Sunday.” Aniyah Thornton, five years old: “I have enjoyed the fun of doing masks—I made a party mask today!” The Detroit Public Library (DPL) is the largest library system in Michigan and its mission is to “enhance the quality of life for the diverse and dynamic community in the City of Detroit.” Along with an amazing selection of traditional hard-bound books, multimedia, digital collections, and other resources and services are equally important to overall community value of today’s DPL, which has a vast collection of more than 4.1 million items that promote a lifetime of enrichment and personal growth. The DPL family includes Mr. Romondo Locke, who was kind enough to share images with the “Best of Young Detroit” that captured some of the action on the first “Sunday Family Funday.” The “Best of Young Detroit” thanks Locke and DPL assistant director for Marketing Atiim Funchess for all they did to help us share this story and we look forward to providing continual coverage of DPL activities targeting youth and families. Following are the addresses of the “Sunday Family Funday” locations: Main Library, 5201 Woodward Avenue Redford Branch, 21200 Grand River at McNichols Wilder Branch, 7140 E. Seven Mile Rd at Van Dyke Each location will be open from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, please visit detroitpubliclibrary.org.
UAW-Ford’s Best of Young Detroit
October 11-17, 2017
This just in: Legends League Baseball touched more than 1,200 lives in 2017 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Balduck Main Field 8 and under Opening Round Playoffs Defenders Falcons vs. Harms Elementary Hardbank Hawks, 8 p.m. 10 and under Aztecs ll vs. Defenders Patriots, 11 a.m. Aztecs ll vs. Padres Baseball Organization, 1:15 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 Balduck Main Field
Padres Baseball Organization vs. SW Aztecs, 3:30 p.m.
13-14 Intermediate Final 4 and Championship Incredibles vs. Highest remaining seed, 11 a.m.
SW Aztecs vs. Full Count Kings, 5:45 p.m.
Thanks to the dedication of Legends League Baseball director Garrett Street, the “Best of Young Detroit” has been able to share some of the many success stories of the league from spring until fall. Many games have been played and statistics have been compiled throughout the year, but it can be said with certainty that the entire league was a winner given that more than 1,200 lives have been touched this year alone. And for that, our good friend Coach Street, is most thankful. “Legends League Baseball would like to thank UAW-Ford and Jimmy Settles for their commitment in reestablishing baseball throughout metro Detroit. Community support has been tremendous going from 540 student athletes in 2016 to 1,270 in our 2017 Legends Leagues Baseball Spring-Fall Program,” said Street, whose league provides affordable baseball to Detroit youth and families, while focusing on baseball skill and character development.
Following is a listing of upcoming Legends League Baseball Fall League games: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 Balduck Main Field
William Clay Ford Field
SW Aztecs vs. Lowest remaining seed, 1:15 p.m.
12 and under
Rangers vs. Defenders Heavy Hitters, noon
William Clay Ford Field 8 and under Championship
Rangers vs. Downriver Demons, 2:15 p.m.
Detroit Braves vs. Defenders Falcons or Harms Elementary, 5:45 p.m.
Downriver Demons vs. SW Aztecs, 4:30 p.m. SW Aztecs vs. Southfield Cardinals, 6:45 p.m.
10 and under Detroit Braves vs. Rangers, 1:15 p.m.
13-14 Intermediate Opening Round Playoffs
Detroit Braves vs. Michigan Seminoles, 3:30 p.m.
Detroit Stars vs. Ecorse Raiders, 6:30 p.m. YMCA Tigers vs. Monroe Mayhem, 8:30 p.m.
William Clay Ford Field
William Clay Ford Field
Southfield A’s vs. Rangers, 11 a.m.
10 and under
Legends League games are free of charge, but light refreshments can be purchased at weekend games. For more information about Legends League Baseball, including exact baseball diamond locations, please contact Street at 313-363-7271.
12 and under
Detroit Braves vs. Downriver Demons, 6:30 p.m. Downriver Demons vs. Defenders Patriots, 8:30 p.m.
Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today! Mr. Ivan Branson is a friend of the “Best of Young Detroit.” More important, Mr. Branson is a longtime Detroit Public Schools educator who goes the extra mile to educate and enrich Detroit youth. Mr. Branson, the principal of Dixon Educational Learning Academy (PreK-8) recently invited the Honorable Judge Kenneth J. King of the 36th District Court to Dixon for what proved to be an uplifting day for all involved. According to Principal Branson, Judge King spoke about the legal system, and the steps needed to become an attorney, prosecutor and a judge. Principal Branson reports that his students “were greatly inspired and motivated” by the words delivered by Judge King and that the Dixon students look forward to visiting Judge King, while court is in session. In fact, Principal Branson said many of the students expressed their own desires to be lawyers, judges and prosecutors Principal Branson’s message to students is: “Upward and onward Dixon Owls
Former PSL standouts hold down defensive backfields This edition of “Where are they now?” is devoted to former PSL standouts that excel in the defensive secondary. Following are few exemplary players that fill the bill: you can be anything you want just believe in yourself!” The “Best of Young Detroit applauds that message and salutes Judge King and Principal Branson for preparing tomorrow’s leaders today!
Following are some of the top local high school football performances during Week 7 games:
Dequan Finn, King, passed for 202 yards, including a TD pass in a 46-34 homecoming victory against Central.
Robert Beatty III, Delta Prep, accounted for 226 all-purpose yards in a 20-14 victory against Southeastern.
Jalen Jackson, King, continues to run through and around opposing defenses, as he rushed for 251 yards and five TDs en route to helping the Crusaders overcome a 22-6 deficit in a thrilling win against Central.
Taivyon Buck, Denby, threw a TD pass and rushed for 56 yards and two TDs in the Tars’ 22-12 victory against Renaissance. Cass Tech’s Offense, Defense and Special Teams: After surrendering an early interception return for a TD, the Technicians, the defending PSL and Division 1 state champions, locked in on all phases of the game while scoring 28 unanswered points in a hard-fought 28-6 road victory against Mumford. Derrick Corbin Jr., Western, threw three TD passes in a 43-0 victory against Communications & Media Arts.
Craig Shorter, Delta Prep, made 11 tackles, forced a fumble and scored on a 27-yard run against Southeastern.
Donnell Alexander, Saginaw Valley State/ Cass Tech, the redshirt freshman returned an interception 19 yards for a TD and registered two tackles in a 33-0 victory against Davenport University on Oct. 7. For his stellar performance, Donnell Alexander Alexander was named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week. Dillon Dixon, Saginaw Valley/ University of Detroit Jesuit, the junior DB racked up seven tackles against Davenport University.
Desmond King, Los Angeles Chargers/ Iowa/East English Village, the rookie defensive back has already made an impact for the “Lightning Bolts” with 14 tackles made through Oct. 8 contests.
Travis Tidwell, Michigan Tech/ Renaissance, the sophomore DB and GLIAC Freshman of the Year in 2016, registered five tackles in a hard fought 29-24 loss to Northwood on Oct. 7. Travis Tidwell
Jerrod Vines, Central, caught two second half TD passes, and returned a second quarter fumble 99 yards for a TD against King. Armani White, Denby, caught 11 passes, including a TD reception against Renaissance.
Leviticus Fielder, Cody, registered a 45-yard TD run and a 40-yard TD pass in the Comets’ 14-0 victory against Henry Ford.
Playoffs at Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern Friday, October 13 Semifinal Game 1-B Denby (5-1) vs. Delta Prep (5-2), 5 p.m. Semifinal Game 2-A East English Village (7-0) vs. Renaissance (4-3), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 14
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Semifinal Game 3-B Central (5-2) vs. Mumford (5-2), noon Semifinal Game 4-A King (6-1) vs. Cass (5-1), 2 p.m Source: Detroit Public Schools Community District Athletic Department Office
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Michigan Chronicle Reports
The Detroit Branch NAACP and Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition are deeply engaged in exploring strategies to fix the City of Detroit’s water system. Representatives from both organizations publicly addressed the $1.4 billion water and sewage infrastructure crisis in Wayne County.
Learning your product, making a clear presentation to qualified prospects, and closing more sales will take a lot less time once you know your capabilities and failings, and understand and care about the prospects you are calling upon. Following are some guidelines that will improve your gross sales and your gross income. These are the Strategic Salesmanship Commandments. Look them over, give some thought to each of them, and adapt those that you can to your selling efforts. 1. If the product you’re selling is something your prospect can hold in his or her hands, get it into his or her hands as quickly as possible. In other words, get the prospect “into the act.” Let them feel it, weigh it, admire it. 2. Don’t stand or sit alongside your prospect. Instead, face him while you’re pointing out the important advantages of your product. This will enable you to watch his facial expressions and determine whether and when you should go for the close. In handling sales literature, hold it by the top of the page, at the proper angle, so that your prospect can read it as you’re highlighting the important points. 3. With prospects who won’t talk with you: When you can get no feedback to your sales presentation, you must dramatize your presentation to get him involved. Stop and ask questions such as, “Now, don’t you agree that this product can help you or would be of benefit to you?” After you’ve asked a question such as this, stop talking and wait for
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To excel in any selling situation, you must have confidence, and confidence comes, first and foremost, from knowledge. You have to know and understand yourself and your goals.
October 11-17, 2017
the prospect to answer. It’s a proven fact that following such a question, the one who talks first will lose, so don’t say anything until after the prospect has given you some kind of answer. Wait him out. 4. Remember that in selling, time is money. Therefore, you must allocate only so much time to each prospect. The prospect who asks you to call back next week, or wants to ramble on about similar products, prices or previous experiences, is costing you money. Learn to quickly get your prospect interested in and wanting your product, and then systematically present your sales pitch through to the close, when he or she signs on the dotted line and reaches for the checkbook. You must spend as much time as possible calling on new prospects. Therefore, your first call should be a selling call with follow-up calls by mail or telephone (once every month or so in person) to sign him for reorders and other items from your product line. 5. Review your sales presentation, your sales materials and your prospecting efforts. Make sure you have a “door-opener” that arouses interest the first time around. This can be a $2 interest stimulator so that you can show the prospect your full line, or a special marked-down price on an item that everybody wants. But the most important thing is to get the prospect on your “buying customer” list, and then follow up via mail or telephone with related, but more profitable products you have to offer.
Though the federal infrastructure budget is still in the air, the Detroit Branch NAACP is spurring the discussion now with the hopes that area leaders can move faster to influence Congress and implement important municipal changes. “The Detroit Branch NAACP will continue to work in partnership and in tandem with organizations that focus on improving quality of life issues for our community,” said Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, Detroit Branch NAACP president. “Improvements to Detroit and Wayne County’s water infrastructure will boost quality of life in several ways, including creating a healthier community, and it can also be a jobs provider. Let’s be proactive and work to improve Detroit’s and other urban areas’ water infrastructure now before the costs continue to rise and deteriorate even further.” National infrastructure is traditionally thought of
as projects requiring metal and concrete, such as including roads, bridges and freight lines. Many experts and influencers across the country want to update the conversation to recognize a range of needs, including issues like urban and rural access to broadband. “Our nation faces a water infrastructure crisis that demands our federal government step up to the plate as a partner with local communities,” said Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “Federal investments in the Great Lakes are producing results in Detroit and around the region, but clearly more needs to be done. Congress can invest in solutions to help local communities to protect our drinking water, economy and way of life. Delay will only make these problems worse and more costly to solve.” The call for federal action comes as communities across the country grapple with a staggering backlog of work to fix, repair and modernize their drinking water and waste water infrastructure. Nearly $180 billion is needed over the next 20 years, according to the EPA, to update the wastewater and drinking water infrastructure in the eight-state Great Lakes region of Michigan, Ohio,
Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and New York. Nationally, the tab is approximately $660 billion. The State of Michigan faces, according to the EPA, more than $2 billion to fix waste water and storm water infrastructure, with more than $1.4 billion of that needed in Wayne County. Great Lakes communities — many of which have high rates of poverty — cannot afford to pay for these upgrades alone, which are often extremely expensive. Rising water rates put families at risk for having their water turned off. The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition believes that every person deserves the right to clean, safe, affordable drinking water as well as waste water services. At the conclusion of the press briefing there will be a roundtable discussion with a diverse group of legislators, leaders, municipal workers and community organizers. The participants in the roundtable each have diverse viewpoints on urban water systems and will dialogue on infrastructure solutions the City of Detroit should pursue. The Detroit Branch NAACP is the largest branch in the association. For more information, call (313) 871-2087.
If you accept our statement that there are no born salesmen, you can readily absorb these “commandments.” Study them as well as all the information in this report. When you realize your first successes, you will know that salesmen are made, not born.
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Reflections By Steve Holsey
An unexpected setback Usher is without doubt one of the most talented artists to emerge since the mid-1990s — as singer, songwriter, performer and actor. He has what it takes to be in the business until he makes the decision to retire. That said, it is unfortunate that he is currently facing charges from several people on a sexual matter which almost certainly you Usher have heard about. At this point, no one on the outside knows what is true and what is not, and the hope is that truth is on Usher’s side. If it’s not, shame on him, but that has nothing to do with his many talents and what he has achieved thus far. It is the same with the legendary Bill Cosby, the iconic Tiger Woods and others. Messing up — sometimes badly — comes along with being human. As Usher said in one of the biggest hits, “Yeah!” EVERY two years or so I like to mention something strange — that the majority of black female singers from Detroit (“from” Detroit, not necessarily born here) have first names that end with an an “a”.
Fall Back Into Fitness:
Get your sexy back with
Jay Mack By AJ Williams
Jay Mack’s transition into fitness trainer/life coach began with his personal goal of living a healthier lifestyle and the experience he shared in assisting a friend to lose 70 pounds. “After I helped my friend to achieve his goal of losing 70 pounds, I realized I had a deep passion for helping others. He influenced me to go into fitness. I took his advice and went to school to become a certified personal trainer,” he said.
“Now, I get to wake up and help people achieve their goals. It’s gratifying when my clients share how working with me has been life changing from losing weight to getting diabetes under control. It’s extremely fulfilling to live my dream and help with theirs.”
Mack says he’s more than a trainer, he’s a life coach because it’s more than just losing weight or toning up, it’s about changing your lifestyle. He shares with us some of the lifestyle training tips he gives his clients that he calls warriors.
The ladies include Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Freda Payne, Anita Baker, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Martha Reeves, Thornetta Davis, Agatha (Kim) Weston, Brenda Franklin (background singer for Aretha Franklin), the late Ortheia Barnes, Priscilla (CeCe) Winans, the late Alberta Adams, Elbernita (Twinkie) Clark, Alicia Myers, Yolanda McCoullough (former session singer), Telma Hopkins, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, the late Erma Franklin, Rena Scott, the late Belita Woods, Della Reese, Laura Lee, the late Brenda Jones (of the Jones Girls), Ursula Walker and others.
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You can file this information under “Interesting Trivia.” KUDOS to L.L. Cool J, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and the late Nina Simone. They are among the nominees for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In LL Cool J this context, “rock and roll” includes R&B, rap, etc. To be eligible, an artist’s first recording had to have been made 25 years from the current date. Each person has a right to an opinion, but it was still irritating when Tina Campbell of the popular contemporary gospel duo Mary Mary said she voted for the idiot president (my words, not hers) Donald Trump “on her faith” because he “appealed to her Christian values.” At least she also acknowledges that she has disagreed with a lot of what he has done since being in office. Jamie Foxx says one of the greatest experiences of his life was the day Sidney Poitier complimented him on his amazing performance in the movie “Ray.” Poitier said he had been emotionally touched. Foxx literally cried in the legendary star’s presence.
If anyone knows or runs into
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A milennial reintroduction:
The Social Tea
By AJ Williams In celebration of two years in business and commitment to reintroducing the social aspect of tea, Tealing & Co. will host the MTE: Modern Tea Experience. It will take place in downtown Detroit at the Garden Theater on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. MTE’s main event is three signature tea-infused cocktail pairings, which will feature tea blends from the upcoming fall collection. The event will also feature strolling unlimited tea party-inspired hors-d’oeuvres, dessert table inspired by quaint, Parisian tea parties, and local musical artists. Owner LaVonne Ellis began Tealing & Co., a Detroit based premium tea company, to re-
lieve stress, but it grew into a passion and a movement. Ellis wanted tea lovers to enjoy social tea, but not in an average way. “While traveling in Europe a couple of years back, I was inspired by the social aspect of tea amongst locals. I wanted to introduce this social component and bring a unique experience to Detroit for tea lovers to enjoy and bond over,” said Ellis. Tickets for Modern Tea Experience are $40 and are final sale and non-transferable. Guest must be 21 or older to attend and must present identification. For more information on the event, tickets and sponsorships, visit bit.ly/modernteaexperience.
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Reflections From page D-1
Dr. JuJuan Taylor, ask her to contact me at 313.752.3417.
"Don’t cheat yourself, treat yourself. We’re human. I like fried chicken, I like carbs and sweets too, but it’s all about moderation." — Jay Mack Eminem
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Jay Mack’s Warrior Tips
fit — diet.
Movement is mandatory
“The book explains, don’t cheat yourself, treat yourself. We’re human. I like fried chicken, I like carbs and sweets too, but it’s all about moderation. If you are diligent with your diet for six days, have a cheat day on the seventh day. Even God rested, you should too,” Mack said wit
You may think to have abs like Mack you have to work out every day, but he says consistency is critical with a baseline of 30-45 minutes of movement four to five days a week. “I recommend working your 30 minutes into your schedule; it’s what I do. You can walk into the gym before work, take a walk during lunch, or when you’re at home watching TV, you could be doing push-ups or squats during your favorite show,” Mack said. “It also can help to have a partner. You can workout with your kids and make it a family time or bonding time with your spouse.” Cardio Isn’t King Mack says one of the most significant mistakes people make at the gym is doing only cardio. “Too much cardio can be harmful. You’re supposed to do no more than an hour to two per week. If you’re going to the gym four or more times per week and doing 30 minutes of cardio, your muscles will stop reacting because they have memory,” he said. “The best way to lose weight is by shocking your body by changing your workout program every three to four weeks for best results. Ten minutes of cardio as a warm up or cool down, but concentrate the other 30 to 35 minutes on squats, push-ups and doing a little weight lifting.” In his new book, “On the Road to a New You,” Mack goes more in-depth on his exercising tips but also offers instruction on another key component in staying
“The book is designed to make sure you’re prepared when making choices regarding diet.” Less is Not Best Mack explained that eating more meals is better than eating less. The key is eating five to six times a day because it keeps your metabolism going. “When your metabolism is burning, you burn more fat and lose weight quicker. Ideally, you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner along with two to three healthy snacks,” he said. Cocktail Calories With the holidays approaching, ‘tis the season for parties and cocktails. Mack says you can still stay festive with your libations if you make the right choices. “If you want to have a cocktail, limit it to white liquors like vodka or tequila. Be sure to leave out the mixers. Have your libation served on the rocks or as a shot. Also, stay away from dark liquors and wines because those beverages have a higher sugar content,” he said. “On the Road to a New You” is available for pre-order via Amazon. For additional information on personal training and meal prep services, please visit www. anewyoufitnesscampdet.com.
EMINEM has not had a new release in four years, but that is about to change because he has just completed his next album. No release date as yet. It’s a known fact that yours truly is not a big rap/ hip-hop fan, but I have several of Eminem’s CDs.
You are likely to remember Christopher Williams. He had hits in the ’90s like “Talk to Myself” and “I’m Dreamin’.” He was recently arrested for stealing a set of headphones at Kohl’s! Congrats to former Michigan Chronicle reporter and managing editor Cornelius Fortune on being named editor of BLAC Detroit magazine. Lil’ Kim, the potty mouth rap star, said she once turned down a seven-figure deal to pose for Playboy magazine “not because of the money, but because it would have been an honor to be a part of this beautiful man’s archives and historic catalog.” We hear he was a very decent man, despite the way his empire exploited women. But on the other hand, no one forced any woman to pose. Among the celebrity ladies who said yes to the nude request are Vanity, Shari Belafonte, Nancy Sinatra, Lola Folana, Garcelle Beauvais and Joan Collins. BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW...that Ronnie McNeir, who now sings with the Four Tops, and former Motown artist Kim Weston used to go together. She was 12 years older. MEMORIES: “Can I” (Eddie Kendricks), “Make Me Your Baby” (Barbara Lewis), “Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)” (the Temptations), “I Want You” (Marvin Gaye), “Hot Fun in the Summertime” (Sly and the Family Stone), “Love Child” (Diana Ross and the Supremes).
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Saturday, October 14 | 12:00 pm| Detroit Service Learning Academy “I Am Every Woman”: Ladies come out for a day that is all about you! The day will include refreshments, vendors, workshops, raffles, chair massages, and much more. Join CoCo from 105.9 as she gives her special kind of humor with truth and receive words of inspiration from Dr. Sabrina Jackson, “the People Expert.” Grab your girls and enjoy a day where you understand the meaning of “I Am Every Woman!” Info: Facebook/ IAmEveryWoman Sunday, Oct. 15 | 11:00 am| Thrift On The AVE The Speakeasy Storytellers Edition: Success is mastering the lessons of your failures. Hearing stories of adversity and triumph
Sunday, Oct. 15 | 2:00 pm | Eastern Market Drink Dine Detroit Launch Party: The best of Detroit food and drink come together for one special night. Over 15 restaurants and bars serving drinks inside Shed 3. There will also be up to four food trucks in addition to two restaurants/chefs in the VIP Lounge serving appetizers. Come2Gather is a partner and there will be 50+ additional local vendors on hand creating a night bazar. In total, over 50 businesses will be represented. Info: Facebook/DrinkDineDetroit Sunday, Oct. 15 | 4:00 pm | DLoft Detroit Business and Beauty Expo: The Detroit Business and Beauty Expo is an event to bring education and information to professionals in the beauty Industry. There will be a panel discussion on the business of makeup, hair and fashion. Trade secrets will be shared and there will be discussions on brand building, marketing, business finances, customer service and more. Info: Facebook/DetroitBusinessBeautyExpo
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Sphinx Virtuosi Afa Dworkin, artistic director Sunday, October 29 // 4 pm Rackham Auditorium Founded at the University of Michigan by alumnus and former dean Aaron Dworkin, Sphinx Virtuosi is composed of 18 alumni of the Sphinx Competition, which supports racial diversity in classical music. They tour each fall, performing annually at Carnegie Hall and at other leading venues across the country. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sphinx Organization, this program offers a collection of concerti through the ages, including both beloved masterpieces and new works by American composer Michael Abels and Jimmy López from Peru, both of which were commissioned by Sphinx.
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Step Afrika! to make Detroit debut By Alisha Dixon Washington, DC-based dance company Step Afrika! is set to make its Detroit debut on Oct. 13, 7 p.m., at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the with a performance of “The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence.” The 90-minute show is based on Lawrence’s famous series of paintings called “The Migration” that depict the historic 20th century migration of millions of African Americans from the South to the North. After the performance, a panel discussion hosted by John W. Hill, City of Detroit CFO will include special guests C. Brian Williams, founder of Step Afrika!, Jakari Sherman, choreographer and director, Valerie Mercer, curator of African American art at the DIA, and historian Jamon Jordan of the Black Scroll Network. Founded by C. Brian Williams in 1994, Step Afrika! is the first professional dance company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping, the percussive dance style as practiced by African American fraternities and sororities. “Step Afrika! transforms the theater into a space where everyone can make music and dance. The world is Step Afrika!’s favorite stage and the company enjoys performing everywhere from opera houses to community centers,” said Williams. The Step Afrika! experience, with its origin based in African
William Perrigen photo spiritual and cultural tradition, incorporates the educational, artistic and cultural legacy that ties together both the African and African American cultural heritage. Williams, a graduate of Howard University and member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, was inspired to create Step Afrika! after traveling to South Africa where he identified the connection between the form of stepping as seen on Historically Black Colleges and Universities campuses and traditional African dance styles. “We saw the enthusiasm that South African children had for stepping. We thought we should start to do the same work in the United States,” Wil-
liams said. “It’s socially motivated work. It’s a way to teach and inspire children, rather than just perform.” As one of the largest African American dance companies in the world, Step Afrika! currently has a roster of more than 15 performers, including Detroit native Jabari Jones who is excited to perform at home. Jones, a graduate of Morehouse College and proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., began dancing at 8 years old. He credits R&B star Usher as one of his major influences. Before joining Step Afrika!, Jones had performed for artists such as Aloe Blacc, Detroit 1-8-7, Elijah J, Jacob Latimore, K Jay Music, and the
Music Factory. “I am a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and while I was in college, a friend told me about Step Afrika!. I auditioned in May of 2016 and I was blown away by the experience. It was so different. It was not only stepping, but the creativity and what you can do with stepping,” Jones said. “Being able to come back home and to share the Step Afrika! experience feels great. A lot of people look at Detroit or people from Detroit like there is not a lot we can do. It just feels great that I’m able to show that you can make it out, but you also can still show your Detroit side outside of Detroit.” Tickets for “The Migration:
Reflections on Jacob Lawrence” are $20 for children under 17, $25 for seniors, students and DIA members and $35 for general admission. To purchase tickets, visit www.dia. org/events or www.stepafrika. org. In addition to the Oct. 13 performance, Step Afrika! will host five interactive workshops spread throughout the city of Detroit to teach people of all ages the basics of stepping. Step Afrika!, uses stepping as an educational tool for young people with a focus on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. The workshops are free and open to the public on a firstcome, first-served basis. To register for the workshop, go to stepafrika.org. The production is made possible in part through an award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, which funds ideas that engage and enrich Detroit through the arts. “The Migration” is presented in partnership with the DIA and the “Detroit 67 Project: Looking Back to Move Forward.” An exhibition of selected panels from Lawrence’s Migration Series are on view through Jan. 7 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. After the Detroit performance, Step Afrika! will have a three-week run at the New Victory Theater in Broadway’s legendary Theater District as part of the company’s 50-city tour.
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The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) is soliciting RFPs for Information Management (ITM) Software, Control No. 18-2457A. RFP forms may be obtained beginning October 6, 2017 from http://www.mitn.info. RFPs are due by 3:00 PM ET, October 27, 2017.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS LEGAL NOTICE DEA OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) gives notice that the properties listed below were seized in violation of federal law and are subject to abandonment. Laws and procedures applicable to the abandonment process can be found at 41 CFR part 128-48. To claim your property: You may claim the property listed below by submitting the following not later than 30 days after the first date of publication of this notice of abandonment, unless you received a written notice via personal letter in which case the deadline set forth in the letter shall apply. To claim your property you must submit the following: A claim must (1) be in writing, (2) describe the seized property, (3) state your ownership or other interest in the property and provide documentation, and (4) be made under oath subject to penalty of perjury. Mail your claim to: DEA, Detroit Field Division, Asset Removal Group, 431 Howard Street, Detroit, MI, 48226.
1) A white 1998 Ford F150 Pickup Truck, California plate 8S67640, VIN: 1FTZX1765WNB19807. Seized by DEA on 04-25-2010, from Jose A. Rios, in Milan, MI. Registered owner of said vehicle is Jose A. Rios, 511 E 219th Street, Carson City, CA. 2) A gray 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, Ohio plate CF14LT, and VIN: 1G1JF524127133501. Seized by DEA on 05-21-2008, from Joseph Hall, on Southbound I-57, in Detroit Metropolitan Area, MI. 3) A gray 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer, Michigan plate DMW4289, VIN: 1GNDT13S952251162. Seized by DEA on 08-23-2016, from Antanasio Ruiz, on I-75/Clay Street, Detroit, MI. Registered Owner of said vehicle is Whitney Alena Taboada, 3429 Hillside Drive, Apt. 9, Royal Oak, MI. 4) A white 2004 FORD EXPLORER, with Michigan plate ANH263, VIN: 1FMZU73K54UA48671. Seized by DEA on 08-05-2016, from Margarito Tellez Mendez (registered owner), on M-10/Linwood, in Detroit, MI. The properties shall be held for a period of 30 days from the date of the first publication of notice. Upon the expiration of this 30-day period, title to such properties vests in the United States Government. LAST DATE TO FILE: 30 days after the first advertisement. First date of advertisement: **September 27, 2017**
Ready for a New Phone? How to Tell if it’s Time to Switch Your Wireless Provider (StatePoint) When you’re buying a new phone, it’s only natural to wonder if it’s time to break up with your current wireless provider and move on. Doing so might save you money and offer you more convenience and better service. But changing providers is a big decision and there are several things to consider when deciding to change your mobile network along with your phone. Know Your Priorities It’s important to make sure your mobile plan works for you. Look over your bills from the past few months and make a list of what features are important to you -- calling, texting, unlimited data, international calling benefits, travel fees, etc. Right now, there is no reason to ever run out of data each month. Almost all the major wireless networks are offering unlimited data plans and many will give a lot of free extras to get you to switch. But not all plans are created equal. Do your homework to get the best deal. For instance, some wireless providers include taxes and fees in the quoted rate, while others charge taxes and fees on top of the bill. And if you are getting more than one line, ask about family plan rates. If you are over 55, find out if there are any discounted plan rates for your age bracket and make sure the plan meets your needs.
expected to more than double by 2020. Seek out a wireless provider that understands how you really use your phone. For example, T-Mobile ONE family plans now come with a standard Netflix subscription included, so customers can binge all their favorite programs on their favorite devices, without spending a penny over the cost of their mobile plans. Review Trade-in Options If staying current is important to you, check out a network’s trade-in options. These days, many providers will either pay off what you owe on your devices when you switch or give you a sweet trade-in deal. For example, T-Mobile allows customers to trade in their current iPhone for the newest iPhone after just 50 percent is paid off, and customers will have their remaining payments wiped out. Such perks can make a particular network an attractive choice. To learn more, visit t-mobile.com.
Make the Switch Do some research to decide if you need a new smartphone and what kind of smartphone works for you. When you go in to make the switch, have the customer service rep help you to back up your contacts and transfer everything correctly to your new device. Also consider the best way to protect your new phone -- using a case or adding Look for Discounts and Perks a device protection to guard it Americans are now spending against loss, theft and damage. over half their screen time on Breaking up with a wireless smartphones and digital devic- provider can feel like a big deal. es, versus watching traditional Before doing so, do your retelevision. And the trend is only search to make the best decision accelerating -- mobile viewing is for you.
ACCOUNTANT AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY Accounting Office
This position performs accounting for various university fund activities, prepares financial reports and assists with financial system administration. Prepares financial analyses, assists with year-end closing and performs various investment administration activities. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Access and Excel. Ability to use financial accounting technology. Ability to manage financial activities and projects. Refer to online posting for additional requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by October 16, 2017. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu
OFFICE ASSISTANT III AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY School of Nursing
Provide specialized office assistance, coordinating procedural business or service activities for a complex program area involving processing, implementing, advising on, and reporting specialized subject matter. Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Four years progressively responsible office experience, including direct experience in office coordination, prioritizing work assignments and maintaining work flow to meet deadlines. This is a full time, clerical-technical position, salary is $42,021.00 annually. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by October 19, 2017. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu
Design Release Engineer
Warren, MI, General Motors. Validate GD&T of product based on functionality &gaging. Package studies of passenger vehicle BIW systems. Dvlp GD&T best practices template. Dvlp &Maintain list of critical product &process characteristics for Body Shop &stamping plants. Support the program specific datum coordination &verification of Checking Fixture/Gage executions. Perform GD&T tolerance stack-ups &packaging studies using UGNX, VisMockup, &Teamcenter tools. Validate Dimensioning Variation Simulation Analysis (VSA) of Body Lower Structures. Mentor/support Product Release community to ensure timely release of dimensional product reqmts resulting in production of Best in Class passenger vehicles. Lead strategic dimensional integration within &across subsystems, through variation management of product designs &mfg processes to achieve vehicle dimensional reqmts. Bachelor, Mechanical, Industrial, or Automotive Engineering. 60 mos’ exp as Design Release Engineer, Engineer, Consultant, or related, performing GD&T tolerance stack-ups &packaging studies using UGNX, VisMockup, &Teamcenter tools, validating VSA of passenger vehicle Body Lower Structures &/or related powertrain systems. Mail resume to Ref#623, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
ENTRY LEVEL POLICE OFFICER CITY OF SOUTHGATE, WAYNE COUNTY E.O.E Applications can be obtained at the City Clerk’s Office 14400 Dix-Toledo, Southgate, MI 48195 734-258-3015 Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. • Applicants must provide proof they are MCOLES certified, certifiable, or are currently attending or scheduled to attend an MCOLES certified police academy at time of application. • Applicants must meet all established hiring criteria, which is enclosed with the application form. Applications must be submitted and received by the Clerk’s office by: 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017. Janice M. Ferencz City Clerk
FAMILY SUPPORT COORDINATOR The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is seeking a Family Support Coordinator for its Detroit office. The Family Support Coordinator conducts comprehensive and coordinated case management for families with young children (0-5). This includes developing and maintaining partnerships with key organizations, providing leadership, in conjunction with the supervisor, in the implementation of programs that are a focus of grants/contracts and of the NKFM strategic plan specific to prevention of CKD and its precursors; obesity, diabetes and hypertension. A Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in public health, social work or in a human services related field or 5 years of relevant work experience in substitute for a Master’s degree. Please visit www.nkfm.org/employment for complete position details. If interested, send cover letter and resume to HR@nkfm. org with the subject line “Family Support Coordinator”.
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Financial Analyst - GBS Leasing and Environmental
General Motors, Detroit, MI. Research &interpret GAAP procedures &standards, analyze &apply specialized accounting &reporting guidance for internal customers &assist in adoption of new accounting standard. Research, analyze &apply specialized accounting &reporting guidance for Capital, Operating &Embedded Leases, &assist Global Technical Accounting in adoption of new lease accounting standard. Perform monthly, quarterly &annual leasing accounting close activities for internal manufacturing &real estate customers, incldg recording journal entries, maintaining general ledger, conducting account reconciliation &financial reporting/anlys, &preparing balance sheets and P&L statements. Analyze financial reporting information, &prepare financial statement disclosure &footnote for personal property lease Schedule 16. Dvlp &present disclosure data to Accounting Managers &Directors. Conduct lease payment in SAP system, incldg calculating the lease invoice payments. Maintain &update accounting data in Capital Lease Database, &work with a large amount of transactional data. Lead multiple projects to identify, interpret, analyze &summarize potential accounting risks &issues. Standardize the process &desk procedure, &develop new methods &processes for anlys. Master, Accounting or Finance. 12 mos exp as Accountant or Staff Accountant, performing monthly/quarterly/annual accounting close activities for mfg &real estate clients or internal customers, &researching &interpreting GAAP procedures &standards, analyzing &applying accounting &reporting guidance in adoption of new accounting standard. Mail resume to Ref#4108, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
EVENT ASSISTANT AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY Split time between providing business support for the team, planning and executing small events, and providing on-site event support for larger-scale events. Includes maintaining a complex events budget, coordinating purchases in compliance with university policy. Part-time position working 20 hours per week, some evening and weekend hours required. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, event planning, hospitality, communications, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience. One year of experience supporting event, meeting, or project planning. Refer to online posting for additional requirements. Salary commensurate with education and experience. First consideration will be given to those who apply by October 19, 2017. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu
Data Services Engineer General Motors, Detroit, MI. Provide detailed information regarding performance of Connected Consumer Innovation Laboratory pilot &staging platforms, &the effectiveness of services provided by the global environment. Install, configure, maintain &tune Oracle 11g, 12c &future versions on Oracle Linux &install Enterprise Manager Cloud Control (12c) 18.104.22.168 incldg the installation of Agents, in all production, test &dvlpmt databases &configuring them. Use RMAN for diagnosing corruption of persistent data on disks &repaired them using Data Recovery Advisor. Build new Disaster Recovery site for databases in different locations. Troubleshoot Golden Gate replication issues with ODS &modify the Extract and Pump process for the tables that are being replicated. Perform full security Patch installation in Oracle &mysql environments that minimized security threats from outside hackers. Troubleshoot MySQL master &slave process regarding replication lag. Master, Information Technology, Information Systems or Computer Science. 6 mos exp as Oracle/MySQL Data Services Engineer or Oracle/MySQL Database Administrator, installing, configuring, maintaining &tuning Oracle 11g &/or 12c on Oracle Linux, &troubleshooting Golden Gate replication issues. Mail resume to Ref#2646 GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
Cost Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Analyze vehicle exterior body components such as painted fascia skin &assemblies (painted &chromed grilles, ultra-short/mid/long range radar sensors, cameras, wiring harnesses &lamps), aero shutters, brackets, &chromed bezels, using VisMockup Teamcenter software to obtain technical data such as dimensions, tolerances, material, &part drawings using assembly reqmts. Evaluate &validate efficiency of Tier I&II supplier paint &chroming lines incldg concentration of pooling liquids, number of anodes being used, &determination of current density to ensure required chrome plating thickness &appearance, according to actual &expected piece cost. Evaluate global component costing, &estimate vehicle component &supplier tooling costs through anlys of content of raw materials, component mfg processes such as milling, machining, stamping, welding, casting &injection molding, required equipment, such as robotic arms, conveyors belts, holdings fixtures (for paint lines &chroming lines) for component volumes. Evaluate mfg &tooling processes with an understanding of labor &material costs involved in building plastic injection molds &related assembly tooling to determine best practices for manufacture of GM parts &estimating fair tooling cost. Bachelor, Mechanical Engrg, Industrial Engrg, or related. 6 mos’ exp as Engineer, evaluating &validating efficiency of Tier I&II supplier paint &chroming lines including concentration of pooling liquids, number of anodes being used, &determination of current density to ensure required chrome plating thickness &appearance. Mail resume to Ref#28767, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
Warren, MI, General Motors. Create system design models in IBM Rational Rhapsody for Chassis functions incldg Braking, Steering, Suspension &Drivetrain. Complete Change Requests on time &review the system design models. Analyze reqmts in IBM Rational DOORS &check readiness for system design. Create controllers (ECUs) as per GB topology updates. Create serial data buses incldg CAN_1, CAN_2 as specified in the architecture. Create LIN channels as specified by the Master/Slave architecture incldg EBCM_LIN1 &BCM_LIN9. Model serial data communication between different controllers incldg Brake Controller (EBCM), Steering (EPS), Suspension (SADS, ALC), Drivetrain (RDCM, TCCM, TCCM3, DCM &TCM). Create function models &system components based on DOORS. Deploy system components to respective controller based on the Functional Architecture Diagram (FAD). Create protected network signals based on the ASIL (A, B, C or D) of the signal. Verify Cybersecurity anlys for signals critical to vehicle. Create status indications for signals based on DOORS reqmts. Bachelor, Electronics Engrg, Electronics and Telecommunication Engrg, or Electrical Engrg. 60 mos exp as Engineer, Functional Architect, System Design Engineer or related, in job offered or related. Mail resume to Ref#14925 GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
OnStar Core Services System Engineer
Infotainment Applications Architect
Financial Analyst - Accounts Payables Request To Pay (RTP), Global SAP Center of Expertise (CoE)
General Motors, Detroit, MI. Plan &perform all project phases, from blueprint, dvlpmt, deployment &hypercare (issues resolutions, user support, &accounting technical solutions) to migrate DACOR &DLP legacy Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) Accounts Payable systems to SAP ERP system for GM global solutions incldg Accounts Payable (AP), Finance (FI) &Controlling (CO) modules, for GM N.A. Region incldg U.S., Canada, Mexico &Argentina. Provide accounting &technical support for IME module incldg SRM &MM. Perform Accounting root cause anlys, from incident investigation &diagnosis to resolution. Analyze &study N.A. Region (incldg Mexico &Argentina) current legacy systems processes of indirect material, direct material, interfaces &miscellaneous payments to prepare &present current &future SAP business process flows to mgmt. Liaise with IT &business operational teams in North America &Mexico to assist in the dvlpmt of accounting solutions in SAP following GM global solution for Accounts Payables policies &processes minimizing systems customization for accounting business processes. Support &perform change requests &enhancements for U.S., Canada, Mexico &Argentina. Bachelor, Accounting, Finance, or Economics. 12 mos’ exp as SAP General Ledger Administrator, SAP General Ledger Accountant, or related, planning &performing project phases, from blueprint, dvlpmt, deployment, &hypercare (accounting technical solutions) to migrate ERP Accounting system to SAP ERP system for global solutions incldg FI &CO modules, for a region incldg U.S., Mexico &Argentina. Mail resume to Ref#1041-A, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
PROFESSIONAL HELP WANTED
General Motors, Detroit, MI. Monitor, execute new scripts, debug, &validate performance of OnStar passenger vehicle infotainment &telematics services incldg Smart Driver (SD), Theft Alert Notification (TAN), &In-Vehicle Voice Messaging (IVVM) Service, incldg troubleshooting hardware &software failures, &customer escalations, based on transactional data to notification systems, using Oracle SQL/PL- SQL, Apache Hive, &SQOOP. Generate KPIs, daily performance metrics &customer escalation &budgeting reports using Tableau &IBM Cognos reporting tools, escalate performance dips &systems issues &systems issues to developers, &facilitate triage calls to resolve. Engr containments &mechanisms to increase the system service performance which in turn translates into efficiency, cost reduction &revenue generation. Troubleshoot support of new svces launches North America, Europe &China. Calculate data packet sizes &circuit call sizes to forecast air time costs associated with SD, TAN &IVVM services in the U.S., Europe &China, &present &discuss/forecast monthly technical reports to Director System Operations incldg explanations of variances. Bachelor, Electrical Engrg, Electronics Engrg, or Electronics &Communication Engrg. 12 mos exp as Engineer, monitoring &executing new scripts of OEM vehicle infotainment &telematics services incldg Theft Alert Notification (TAN) &In-Vehicle Voice Messaging (IVVM) Service, using Oracle SQL/PL-SQL, Tableau &Cognos. Mail resume to Ref#2261, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.
praise connection Mortgage burning and anniversary at New Liberty
Adrienne Garnette Stewart On Saturday, Sept. 23, services for Adrienne Garnette Stewart were held at Plymouth United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Georgia Hill officiating. Mrs. Stewart passed away on Sept. 12, 2017.
New Liberty Baptist Church celebrated its 79th church anniversary and mortgage burning at Gazebo Banquet Center in Warren. The festivities began with a warm welcome, prayer, an awards presentation and and concluded with remarks. The theme of the joyful and long-awaited event was “Let the church say amen,” taken from Ephesians 3:20.
Seated from left: Mother Lillie Vicks, Pastor Maurice Stimage and First Lady Renita Stimage. Standing from left are O' Neil D. Swanson, Sr., president and CEO, Swanson Funeral Homes, Inc., Pastor Lionel Jackson, First Lady Juanita Jackson, First Lady Shanlonda Staples, Pastor Kenneth Staples and Derrick Hughes
Human Trafficking Town Hall Meeting
By Nicole Black
Bishop P.A. Brooks and C.O.G.I.C. Social Service teamed up with Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones in fighting the battle against and raising awareness of human trafficking in our city. With over than 250 attendees, the community filled the gymnasium of New St. Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ for the Human Trafficking Town Hall Meeting. It gave the community the chance to ask vital questions to the panel, which was a representation of the FBI, the Detroit Police Department, U.S Attorney General’s Office and the State of Michigan, among others.
Mrs. Stewart was the only child of Walter and Christine Mays. She attended Eastern High School and then continued her education by studying Business Administration at the Detroit Institute of Technology and then Marygrove College. He worked for many years in sales and training at 3M. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 30 years, Ernest Stewart. They had a daughter, Adrienne Lindiwe Stewart. She had two sons, Harry Craig Todd and Craig Steven Todd, from her first marriage, to Harry Carney Todd. Mrs. Stewart, a loving, charitable person, enjoyed music and dancing. Adrienne Garnette Stewart’s memory is being cherished by her children, Harry, Craig and Lindiwe, and many other relatives and friends.
Jones, the community, law enforcement — civic, local, state and federal — were thanked for their efforts in attacking this seriouis issue. The town hall meeting provided the community with examples and knowledge of what the signs of human trafficking are. Bishop P.A. Brooks, C.O.G.I.C. Social Services, Detroit City Council President President Brenda Jones and others will continue their efforts throughout the year.
Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Interment took place at Elmwood Cemetery.
John Harrison Hunter, Jr. Services for John Harrison Hunter, Jr. were held on Saturday, Sept. 23, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church with Rev. Andre Spivey officiating. Mr. Hunter passed away on Sept. 17, 2017.
Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones and Evangelist Faithe Brooks
John Harrison Hunter, Jr. was born on Oct. 22, 1928 to Eliza Robison Hunter and John Harrison Hunter, Sr. in Haynesville, Alabama. At the age of 21, he moved to Detroit. He found employment with Chrysler Corp. and worked there for 45 years. In 1957, he married Rosie Aaron and they were blessed with 10 children. Cherishing the memory of John Harrison Hunter, Jr. are eight of his children, Louise, Ivory, Alfreda, Gerome, Anthony, Regeania, Keavon and Lajuan, and many other relatives and friends.
Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Interment took place at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.
The meeting began with Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones stating how glad she was to see that the community embraced the steps to prevent human trafficking in our city. She stated how appreciative she was that the panelist took time out of their schedules to be apart of such a serious crime that is moving through the city rapidly.
Otis Gossett Otis Gossett services were held at St. Philips Lutheran Church on Saturday, Sept. 23. Pastor Marvin A. Griffin officiated. Mr. Gossett passed away on Sept. 15, 2017. Otis Gossett was in Union, South Carolina, on July 5, 1932 to Elizabeth and James Gossett, the youngest of 20 children. His higher education took place at Morris College in Sumpter, South Carolina. He worked for General Motors and then Ford Motor Company.
In the absence of Bishop P.A. Brooks, his daughter, Evangelist Faithe Brooks, spoke on his behalf. Congressman John Conyers, Detroit City Council President Brenda PS Form 3526
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On Aug. 24, 1957, he married Claudine Curry and they were blessed with four children, Alfred Darnell, Sharina Kay, Kevin Dale and Michelle Renee. He loved to sing and was active in the church.
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