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State of Black Detroit: What’s Killing Our Babies
By Whitney Grehsam
There is a killer on the loose in black communities all across America. The victims are its most vulnerable members and their lives are often snuffed out without a whisper of complaint even though the deaths are often preventable. The killer is particularly vicious and busy in Michigan; largely in Detroit, Flint and the Saginaw regions of the state. The victims are exclusively women and infants. The killer is a toxic combination of stress from racism, poverty, lack of access to healthcare and medical bias.
State of Black Detroit These factors together create medical conditions for pregnant women that too often lead to difficult pregnancies due to stress and unhealthy underweight babies who have trouble thriving because of the mothers’ high stress levels adversely affect her hormones. This has led to a virtual epidemic of high infant mortality rates among black babies all across the country. “We define infant mortality as an infant that does not survive to see their first birthday,” said Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, senior vice president of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer at Henry Ford Health System. “And the rate is extremely high in the city of Detroit and the Detroit metropolitan area. Within the city of Detroit, it varies but we see about 130 to 150 and some years 200 infants die before their first birthday.” She said the rates are similar to other
urban areas, but the number exceeds many developing countries. “There are developing countries that don’t have statistics as poor as ours.” In fact, premature births are the No. 1 killer of babies in Detroit, which has the highest infant mortality rate among major U.S. cities. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, the infant mortality rate in the United States was 5.8 deaths per 1,000 live births nationwide. However, among African Americans, it was 11.4. In Michigan, it was 6.6 per 1,000 births statewide, but there was a wide and persistent disparity between white and black babies’ death rates in Michigan. In 2018 the white infant mortality rate was 4.5 per 1,000 live births while the black rate was 15.1 per 1,000 live births. And a few years ago, The Detroit News reported that children 18 and younger die at a higher rate in Detroit than elsewhere in the U.S., “most often the victims of illnesses and conditions of infancy, and secondly by violence.” Stacey Scott Ph.D., a public health expert and founder and President of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center (GISS) in Toledo said the key factor that contributes to the disparities in the infant mortality rates between black and white babies – especially in Michigan - is racism. “Social determinants of health are factors that we see contributing to all types of health disparities, not just infant mortality,” she said. “It goes into housing, the criminal justice system, unemployment … the residual impact of all these systems is that black people fare far worse than their counterparts.” Scott pointed out that studies have even shown that professional, middle-class, African American women who make more than $50,000 a year compared to African Amer-
“So it’s not necessarily social-economic issues that contribute to poor birth outcomes as many would want us to believe,” she said. “We attribute it to chronic stress as a direct result of racism.” “Chronic stress can impact hormones which we see triggers early labor and leads to premature labor and low birth weight,” Scott added. “Racism is not going anywhere so what do black people do?” Dr. Wisdom from the Henry Ford Health System says it’s going to take aggressive community-based programs that offer a holistic approach in supporting expectant mothers to deal effectively with this crisis. She noted Henry Ford Health System is a sponsor with the Detroit Regional Infant Mortality Reduction Task Force and has been working to fix the social safety net so women in need of support can more effectively access services. This includes connecting at-risk women and neighborhood advocates to clinical and social services in or near their neighborhood before women present with poor birth outcomes. The Women Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network: Detroit is also part of this coalition. Dr. Wisdom said it focuses on three of the city’s neighborhoods: Brightmoor, Chadsey-Condon, and Osborn. And although infant mortality rates are higher in these neighborhoods, residents are surrounded by a strong network of organized services that offer resources, accessible medical care, and assistance for everyday life. “Our Community Neighborhood Navigators (CNNs) are based in community centers in each of these areas,” she said. “WIN Network: Detroit connects women in these
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State Of Black Detroit From page A-1 neighborhoods to the programs and resources that exist to serve them.” “The program has been so successful that we have won several awards last year,” Dr. Wisdom proudly noted. “We won the American Hospital Association Dick Davidson NOVA Award, which honors effective, collaborative programs focused on improving community health status. And a second recognition we received in Modern Healthcare, we were one of the top 25 innovators in the country because of this program.”
She stressed other collaborators in this effort include are Ascension, DMC, and Oakwood hospitals among others. Scott, from the GISS Center, lauded the work of Dr. Wisdom and others working to address the crisis. However, she stressed an equally important component in dealing with risk factors for black women is dealing forthrightly with the attitudes and biases of physicians and other healthcare professionals which often contributes to the stress of black women. “If you are going to see a physician and you are having problems
and they are not paying attention to you because you are aback woman, that is a problem,” she said. Scott said it’s going to take more than just helping black women gain access to a proper level of prenatal healthcare. There is a need to challenge the behaviors and assumptions of institutions as well as medical professionals. “You have to combat racism in the healthcare system,” she said. “These institutions have to move from being non-racist to anti-racist. And to do so is going to take these hospital accreditation people to call it out. There have to be policies in place to help overcome the explicit and implicit bias you see in the healthcare system that impacts health outcomes for black women.”
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Payday Loan Stores Concentrate in Financially Vulnerable Communities ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Using GIS mapping software and addresses provided by the Overall, the analysis shows Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, correlations with payday the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) geocoded and store location and commumapped addresses for all licensed payday stores in Michigan nities that have higher as of June 2017. At the time of this analysis, there were concentrations of people 555 licensed payday storefronts that had mappable Michigan of color and lower-incomes, addresses. Plotting geographic location allows us to make as well as more rural areas. comparisons of the census tract demographics where payday stores are deployed—including by race, ethnicity, and income level—and whether the census tract is in a Metropolitan Statistical Area. Overall, the analysis shows correlations with payday store location and communities that have higher concentrations of people of color and lower-incomes, as well as more rural areas.
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The payday loan business model is built to take advantage of financial shortfalls, which makes it strategic to locate stores in proximity to communities most likely to experience these shortfalls. With this context, communities with less income and wealth would predictably have more stores in their vicinity so that payday stores can capitalize whenever a family cannot make ends meet. The median household income for African-Americans and Latinos in Michigan is $30,732 and $41,318 respectively, compared to $54,670 for White households.
While statewide, there are 5.6 payday stores per 100,000 people in Michigan, payday store concentrations are higher in census tracts that have more African-Americans and Latinos. Census tracts that are over 25% and 50% African-American and Latino are 7.6 and 6.6 payday stores per 100,000 people, respectively.12
By Arthur Bridgeforth Jr. Payday loan stores, while seeming to be corporate saviors for consumers seeking emergency cash, are often ushering black, brown and low-income consumers into an endless cycle of debt. The report entitled “Power Steering: Payday Lenders Targeting Vulnerable Michigan Communities,” found that payday loan companies strategically locate their stores in urban and rural areas populated by low income people in general and black and brown consumers specifically. “We looked at where all the stores were located,” said Lisa Stifler, director of state policy for the Center for Responsible Lending based in Durham, N.C. and co-author of the report published August 2018.
Figure 3: Michigan payday store concentrations communities of color—Payday Michigan payday storebyconcentrations by stores per 100,000 people13
communities of color – Payday stores per 100.000 people All Michigan census tracts
Tracts over 25% African-American & Latino Tracts below 25% African-American & Latino
Tracts over 50% African-American & Latino Tracts below 50% African-American & Latino
0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 9.0 According to the report there were a total of 555 payday loan stores in Michigan in 2017 that were operated by 10 stores collected an estimated $513 mil- for its customers’ convenience. different parent companies. Out of that lion in fees from Michigan consumers. 4 Power Steering: Payday Lenders Targeting Vulnerable Communities HeMichigan said advocates like the Center for number there were: The study had to estimate the amount of Responsible Lending and other critics • 30 Stores in Detroit generating esti- total fees because Michigan law doesn’t of the payday lending industry tend to require pay day lenders to report their mated fees of $5.1 million look at what they believe fees should be loan totals to the public, Stifler said. for everyone. But not necessarily at how • 77 Stores in Wayne County (excluding Some payday lending companies like consumers value the service provided. Detroit) generating estimated fees of Spartanburg, S.C.-based Purpose Finan$12.9 million “No two customers that come in our cial pushed back against the notion that • 54 Stores in Oakland County generat- they take advantage of black, brown and stores have the same set of circumstances,” Fulmer said. ing estimated fees of $9.1 million low-income people. Consumers consider the fees they’ll • 48 Stores in Macomb County generat“We provide services to hardworking pay to borrow from payday lenders, but ing estimated fees of $8 million middle-income people,” said Jamie Fulthey also factor in the cost of not makThe result is a drain of millions of mer, senior vice president of external afing the decision to borrow: “The cost fairs for Purpose Financial. dollars in fees from Michigan that fill of payday loans versus the cost of overthe coffers of out-of-state companies. Purpose Financial operates 1,800 Ad- draft fees and the penalty fees for late Among the 10 parent companies that vance America payday lending stores in bill payments,” Fulmer said. operate stores in Michigan, eight are 28 states, including 144 Advance AmeriStill, the Center for Responsible based outside of the state. Over a five- ca stores in Michigan. Lending’s report contends that payday year period from 2012-2016, the latFulmer added that Advance America loans and fees become a drain on conest information available, payday loan places its stores in high-traffic locations sumers. Those consumers wind up in
the vicious cycle of borrowing essentially the same loan and repaying it plus the fees every two weeks. “There’s a cascade of consequences that comes from a person just taking out one loan,” Stifler said. “Often consumers have multiple payday loans with different companies at the same time. The limit in Michigan is two loans at any given time.” Here’s how payday loans work. A person goes to a payday loan store to borrow $500 for example. They present proof of income and then secure the loan with a personal check from their bank account for the $500 plus the loan fee. “On a $500 loan, a consumer in Michigan pays a fee of $65.49,” Stifler said. “That is the equivalent to an annual percentage rate (APR) of 341 percent. Nationally the average consumer borrows between $300 to $500,” Stifler added. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the average payday loan borrower is stuck in 10 loans a year. Taking a $500 loan as an example for those 10 loans, the borrower will rack up $654.90 – just in fees. When the principal loan amount is added to all those fees, it equals out to a consumer paying $1,154.90. More than double the original $500 that was borrowed. “If they reach the point of having taken out eight loans in a year, the payday lenders are required by Michigan law to inform the person borrowing, that they can enter an extended repayment plan,”Stifler said. “That means they don’t borrow any additional money, but they are required to repay the loan, plus the additional fees. But the payday lenders aren’t required by Michigan law to
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Michigan Chronicle Partner in Newly Launched Black News Network The Black News Channel (BNC) has become the nation’s only 24/7 news and information television network which is primarily focused on African Americans. Programming will include special news features on topics that most affect communities of color. The Michigan Chronicle is a part of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), along with 224 other African-American-owned newspapers and digital companies who will be providing content for the BNC. The BNC is based in Tallahassee, Florida and created by J.C. Watts, Jr., a nationally known entrepreneur and former U.S. Congressman representing Oklahoma’s Fourth District. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr, a progressive Democrat and President and CEO of the NNPA without any reservations asserted, “The launch of the Black News Channel (BNC) is very timely at the beginning of 2020. This is good news for all in Black America. The BNC tran-
scends the current partisan divide in the United States. The interests of African Americans, as well as all other people of color and all of humanity who cry out for freedom, justice and equality will be more effectively addressed Hiram E. Jackson as direct result of the daily 24/7 diverse and newspacked broadcasts of BNC in the U.S. and throughout the world.” Real Times Media CEO and Michigan Chronicle Publisher Hiram E. Jackson is serving his second term on the NNPA Board of Directors. Real Times Media (RTM) is the parent company of the Michigan Chronicle. RTM is a Detroit-based multimedia company that includes a conglomerate of five publications – AtlantaDailyWorld.com, AtlantaTribune.com, ChicagoDefender.com, the Michigan Chronicle, and the New Pittsburgh Courier. The BNC positions itself in this manner: Black News Channel is an indepen-
J.C. Watts, Jr., Bob Brillante and Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr dent network that is minority owned and operated, and it will be the nation’s only provider of 24/7 cable news programming dedicated to covering the unique perspective of African American communities. BNC is the endeavor of the network’s visionaries and co-founders, Chairman J.C. Watts, Jr. and CEO Bob Brillante. BNC will provide access to information and educational programming to meet the specific needs of this growing and dynamic community that is a major consumer of subscription television services.
BNC will provide an authentic, new voice that represents African Americans in mainstream media and fosters political, economic, and social discourse; the network will be one voice representing the many voices of African Americans. BNC’s programming will illuminate truth about the unique challenges facing urban communities and help close the “image gap” that exists today between the negative black stereotypes perpetuated by mainstream media news and our enterprising African American communities.
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Payday loan From page B-1 put them in an extended repayment plan.”
ate problems for conventional banks and their customers as well. In fact, an executive with the American Bankers Association (ABA) based in Washington D.C., indicated that there are certain regulations that preclude banks from being able to provide smaller loans and credit opportunities to bank consumers that turn to payday lenders.
venient small-dollar credit,” said Virginia O’Neill, executive vice president of regulatory compliance and policy for the ABA.
“It is essential for regulators to remove barriers that curtail banks’ ability to use automated, efficient underwriting to make loans that serve “That leads to default, consumers’ short-term, overdraft fees with their small-dollar needs. Albank and ultimately clolowing banks to easily develop In Michigan, communities of color are most often found in the state’s urban centers. We can most see sure of their bank ac “Many consumers rely a diverse range of susthe relationship between race and store location graphically in the Detroit area, Michigan’s largest city. (Also count,” Stifler added. “It on small-dollar loans and tainable short-term credit see Appendices 3 and 4 for maps of Grand Rapids and Lansing, MI.) creates problems with regulators widely agree products will help expand other bills and expenses.” that banks are an import- consumers’ access to this Figure 4: Payday loan can store locations in communities color—Detroit, and surrounding source of of fair and con- MIcredit,” O’Neillareas14 added. Payday loans cre- ant In the worst of cases, consumers become delinquent in the extended repayment plan.
Michigan payday store concentrations by communities of color – Payday stores per 100.000 people
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Detroit at Work Be Ready for 2020! For the next five weeks, guest columnist Nicole Sherard-Freeman, Executive Director of Detroit at Work and Workforce Development for the City, will share the inside track on how to get ready and stay ready for jobs and careers in Detroit. This week, she shares what Detroiters should know about the jobs that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is bringing to the City. Five Things to Know About FCA Jobs If you pay attention to TV news, online ads or outdoor billboards, you’ve probably seen signs for Detroit at Work, the City’s online and neighborhood Career Center network formerly known as the One Stop MichiganWorks! Agency. While we’re still glad to be the MichiganWorks! Agency for the City, we want you to get to know the Detroit at Work Career Center in your neighborhood. Together with nine community-based partners across the City, we’ve completely overhauled the look and feel of what happens at a Detroit at Work Career Center. Last year, the big news on jobs in Detroit was FCA. For the first time anywhere across the country, FCA is putting Detroiters first in its hiring for nearly 5,000 new jobs. FCA created a partnership with the City of Detroit to ensure residents — beginning with those who live in 48213, 48214, and 48215, including veterans Nicole Sherard-Freeman and returning citizens—are first in line for the jobs. FCA is opening an application window for Detroit residents in April. This is all great news, and here’s five things that you, your family, friends, neighbors and community should know about FCA jobs! FCA jobs are the kinds of job opportunities Detroiters have been asking for. Many in our community have long talked about the need for our young people and adults to have access to jobs, and everyone wants a job that pays well. It’s also true that many in our community need an opportunity to develop skills and gain experience to be marketable now and into the future. Of course you have to bring your A-game to get an FCA job. Once you’re in, the job will be a chance to develop skills and get valuable experience. An FCA job today will help you prepare for a career. The starting salary for a Production Operator (automotive line worker) is $17 per hour—and you don’t need prior experience to get the job. If you’ve looked at local market data, you know that $17 an hour is an outstanding starting salary for an entry level job. You do have to bring a positive attitude, good work ethic, and a willingness to learn. If you have all three, you’ll do well, and can take advantage of FCA’s internal training and advancement programs. FCA Production Operator jobs are a good way to get in when you want to move up. While the majority of jobs available now are Production Operators, the first place FCA looks when they’re ready to hire apprentices is to its current workforce. Many of FCA’s skilled trades apprentices come from their Production Operator employee base. Once you get in, you’ll have a chance to learn more and move up. FCA is also hiring for Skilled Trades workers and professional employees. For those who already have experience in production supervision or quality control, and for all electricians, pipefitters, millwrights, machine repair, and other skilled trades, FCA has openings now! Even if you don’t have a journeyman’s card, eight years of professional documented experience can sometimes be enough to get the job. Check Detroit at Work.com for all opportunities, including professional disciplines including HR and Communications. FCA jobs are not easy. While Production Operator jobs don’t require a special skill set, they do require the willingness to work hard. Standing and walking for a minimum of three hours, lifting up to 30 lbs. repetitively, staying focused on safety first, and paying close attention to detail are all ‘skills’ you have to bring to work every day. One of the reasons FCA chose Detroit is because of our long history of doing hard work under tough conditions. Detroiters built this City, including the autos. We have a reputation for hustling harder and having the grit to make almost anything work. Making the most of the opportunities with FCA will be no exception. Encourage your friends and family to decide whether a career in manufacturing could be the right move, then log on to Detroit At Work.com or come into your neighborhood Detroit at Work Career Center to Get on the List! Come back next week for the next installment in this Detroit at Work series: How to Get on the Detroit at Work FCA List.
“Shop Local, Shop Small” on National All Things Detroit Day By Shannon Stecker When your calling comes knocking at the door, you answer it, and that’s just what founder, Jennyfer Crawford, also known as Ask Jennyfer, did in 2012 when she came up with the idea for “All Things Detroit.” What started as a pamper party in her apartment quickly grew into a semi-annual small business shopping experience in Eastern Market that has seen more than 13,000 patrons at one time. Keeping the growth momentum going strong, Crawford is proud to announce that All Things Detroit will now have a national holiday, “National All Things Detroit Day,” which will be the Sunday before Easter every year. This year’s date is Sunday, April 5. “All Things Detroit is about people and their stories,” said Crawford. “I wanted to create a space where you are meeting so many different people from so many places, and you’re building a following. It’s more than just a one-day sale.” Crawford makes all of this possible through her “All Things Detroit” app, seller marketplace and her “Ask Jennyfer” personalized consulting services, which includes helping interested business owners launch a website, create a logo, order business cards and more. A benefit to vendors and customers alike, this year’s
All Things Detroirt Jennyfer Crawfod. National All Things Detroit Day will feature 260 vendors selling everything from oneof-a-kind pieces of art, jewelry, and clothing to food, plants, skincare, face painting, fun for kids and more. Additionally, a shuttle will be provided to take patrons on a whiskey tour and to businesses in the area who are offering discounts as high as 80%. The highest discounts will be provided during the beat the crowd hour (9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.). There are even exclusive partnerships in the works to make this year’s
event like no other. Think black Friday, but black Sunday, and for small, local businesses. “My favorite part about All Things Detroit is the people,” said Crawford. “All of these people have amazing stories, and they are investing everything into what they love which makes their products and the shopping experience unique.” To find out more about the April 5, or November 1 show, check out the official website, Iloveallthingsdetoit.com. For vendors there
is a $200 application fee for an 8x10 space, but larger spaces can be accommodated. The applications will remain open up until the spaces are filled. Event goers can also visit the website to purchase tickets. General Admission tickets will also be available on Groupon. Just open the app and search “All Things Detroit” to find discounted packages. For a sneak preview be sure to check out the YouTube video local artist King A-Uno created to support the event and small businesses.
DTE Energy Continues Cost Reductions for Natural Gas Customers DTE Energy’s natural gas customers are seeing milder heating bills this season as the cost of natural gas continues to fall. For the fourth consecutive month, DTE is passing those savings on to its customers through the monthly gas cost recovery (GCR) charge to help customers better manage their budgets through the winter.
This is the lowest price customers have seen in the past 10 years, and comes during the months when natural gas usage is typically at its highest.
With this latest reduction, DTE has cut the price GCR customers pay for natural gas by 60 cents, or 20 percent, since October 2019. The new rate will be set at $2.20 per 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas.
“Keeping energy costs affordable for our customers, especially during the winter, is one of our top priorities,” said
As a regulated energy company, DTE passes its cost for natural gas on to customers with zero markup, meaning customers benefit directly when the price of natural gas falls.
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Harriet Carter Promoted to Vice President, Customer/Partner Services at Detroit Metro CVB Bureau Services Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) President & CEO Larry Alexander has announced major changes to the Bureau’s leadership organizational structure, including the promotion of Harriet Carter to Vice President, Customer/Partner Services. The DMCVB’s three other directors were also promoted to vice presidents.
U Prep Schools Names Danielle Jackson Interim CEO University Prep Schools (U Prep Schools) has named Danielle Jackson as Interim CEO. With more than 20 years of experience as a K-12 educator, Jackson most recently served as U Prep Schools’ chief academic officer. She replaces former CEO Mark Ornstein, who was hired in 2013. Ornstein left the organization on January 22 for personal reasons. “Jackson has the complete confidence of the Detroit 90/90 organization and all stakeholders in our schools as she takes on this new role,” said Vincent DeAngelis, board chair, Detroit 90/90. “Under her leadership we will work to ensure a smooth transition and will continue to deliver the innovative practices and transformational experiences for our students for which we’ve become known, while taking all the necessary steps to complete our long-term CEO strategy.” Prior to accepting the position of chief academic officer six years ago, Jackson held the position of principal of U Prep Academy High School for four years and has taught and led at the elementary and middle school levels. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership from Wayne State University. In addition to her work at U Prep Schools, she is a certified professional coach and has served on the board of directors of a local charter school. A native Detroiter, Jackson understands firsthand the needs of the community U Prep Schools serves.
“The goal of this restructuring is to create a leaner, more efficient organization that exceeds the expectations of our customers and industry partners,” said Alexander. “By perpetuating critical forward thinking we can continue to drive metro Detroit into the Harriet Carter future as a vibrant destination and increase tourism and meetings.” As VP, Customer/Partner Services, Carter is responsible for working with partners to develop programs and strategic initiatives that enhance convention experiences in metro Detroit. Her position is critical to maintaining and improving relationships with customers and enhancing the visibility of the DMCVB within the hospitality community. She will continue to oversee the operations of the convention, visitors and partner services, as well as significant DMCVB events such as the ROSE Awards (Recognition of Service of Excellence) and the Annual Meeting. Carter began her career with the DMCVB in 1989 as an account executive in the sales department. An integral part of the DMCVB’s effort to bring national conventions to the metro Detroit region, she was recognized several times as a top sales producer at the Bureau. In 1999 Carter was promoted to the Director of Bureau Services, where she dealt closely with the membership and convention department, and all groups confirmed to host their meeting in metro Detroit. She has received several awards including the City of Detroit Mayor’s certificate of appreciation, the Detroit City Council’s Spirit of Detroit Award and the State of Michigan Seal Award. In 2011, she received the Woman of Excellence Award for
making a difference in the Detroit community. Carter holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Business Administration from Michigan State University. She has earned two professional certification designations:
Cost reductions From page B-5 Dan Brudzynski, vice president of Gas Sales & Supply, DTE Gas. “When our natural gas costs come down, we pass these savings directly to our GCR customers, which results in lower winter energy bills.” These price reductions are automatically reflected on customer bills issued beginning February 1, but only for those customers who purchase their gas from DTE. Customers who participate in the gas choice program and have enrolled with an alternative gas supplier will continue to pay their contracted rate and will not see savings from this reduction. DTE remains responsible for reading
Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) and Certified Hospitality Sales Professional (CHSP). She is a member of the Event Services Association (ESPA), Event Industry Council, a board member of Women in Leadership Detroit and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. meters and printing bills, maintaining a safe and reliable natural gas distribution system and responding to emergencies. However, customers enrolled with an alternative gas supplier purchase the actual gas they use each month from that company at an unregulated rate. “We recommend that all consumers regularly examine their bill and review their costs for natural gas no matter who their provider is,” said Brudzynski. “The Michigan Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) website is an excellent resource for customers to see how the price they pay compares to DTE and other providers.” The MPSC’s price comparison tool is available at Michigan.gov/CompareMIGas. For more information about how DTE’s prices are set, visit dteenergy. com/price.
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The Best Wine Gifts for Your Best Wine Friend By Shayla Varnado Valentine’s Day is only a few days away, but what am I most excited about, Galentine’s Day! As the founder of Black Girls Wine (BGW), I’m always excited to gift my wine friends with exclusive BGW merchandise and wine gifts. It’s the perfect opportunity to surprise your bestie, friends, or family members with some sweet treats. Or in our case, wine and wine gifts because what wine friend doesn’t want wine for Galentine’s Day?!
Shayla Varnado Personalized Wine Glass Nothing says Happy Galentine’s Day to your favorite wine friend like a wine glass made especially for them. Sipping wine from a glass that’s all about you sounds like a great evening! Think about the things your wine friend loves and decorate with those things. Maybe they love bling, hot pink, or leopard. Whatever it is that makes them smile, consider personalizing a glass with a couple of those things. And of course, don’t forget to include their name. Wine Gift Box For your favorite wine friend who loves trying a variety of wines, especially diverse winemakers. It may seem like a lot of work but it really isn’t. Just find out what your wine bestie’s favorite kind of wines are and filling the box should be pretty easy. We know quite a few that are black-owned too! Spa Day If you’re looking for a way to help your Galentine relax, a spa day is a great idea. During Valentine’s Day, many spas have specials and additional offers because of the special day. From sweet treats to cheese trays to wine, several spas have options for a quiet and relaxing time for your bestie to unwind and get ready for a great Galentine’s night out. Wine Flavored Gummies Looking for a tasty wine treat that’s different but could be a friend fan favorite? Wine flavored gummies are a great pick. They come in all different flavors, from Rose to Merlot, they can quickly get their wine fix without having to pop open a bottle of wine. A Wine Gift Bag When you want to show your wine friend some love on Galentine’s Day, a wine gift box with some of their favorites would be a memorable gift. Add items that are both meaningful to them as well as fun too like a book from their favorite author, their favorite bottle or bottles of wine, a matching wine glass set (so you can have a glass of wine too of course), a comfy blanket or socks and some tasty treats. Black Girls Wine Society Membership If you have a wine friend that loves the idea of gathering with other wine lovers monthly, traveling for wine experiences, and making new wine friends, the Black Girls Wine membership could be an ideal gift. Members of the exclusive wine sorority receive several benefits like the annual yacht party during the summer, wine tastings with their chapter, monthly wine meetups at different restaurants and wineries in their city, and access to so much more.
Valentine’s Day Guide 2020 By AJ Williams MICHIGAN CHRONICLE MANAGING EDITOR
Valentine’s Day is here and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. It’s the day of LOVE. No matter whether or not you believe it’s a Hallmark holiday, who can turn their nose at celebrating LOVE. Yes, LOVE in every form and for every relationship status. Despite what the masses say, V-Day is not just for the married squad. Single? Renew: Flirting, first dates, and dating apps can leave you exhausted and maybe even disheartened when it comes to love. So instead of downing the pints of ice cream (or pints of Hennessy if you’re anything like me) shake off the negative vibe, cleanse out your heart chakra and grab your favorite single gal pals for a Galentine’s Day Ladies Night Out or Host a singles-only dinner party and celebrate single life and selflove!!! Dating? Refine: Have you ever heard the theory that you should live with someone before you decide to leap into marrying him or her? The same theory can be applied to dating. If you are dating someone but haven’t taken the next step to be exclusive, Valentine’s Day may be just the day to test if your relationship is ready for the next level. But how can you measure this deeply in a short period? #OutOfTownTrip. Yes, out of town trips are a great way to see your possible #Com-mitmentBae in a mini live-in situation. The trip
doesn’t have to be a week vacation, but a weekend trip can be a good insight into compatibility, decision-making, and lifestyle. Married? Reignite: Sometimes the bump and grind of life can suck the soul out of a marriage. Kids, bills, and errands without taking time to reignite can lead to the road of a spouse becoming your roommate. You can’t ditch responsibility, but you can take a break from it to reconnect with the love of your life on Valentine’s Day. Typically, being married means time is of the essence, so get carried away with a staycation at Motor City Casino. Grab a suite, and then head to dinner at the top of the city to enjoy the panoramic view at Iridescence restaurant.
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“The Photograph” Soundtrack is the backdrop to your
2020 Valentine’s Day On Valentine’s Day, Issa Rae (HBO’s Insecure, Little) and LaKeith Stanfield (FX’s Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You) connect in a romance where a woman must learn from the secrets in her mother’s past if she is to move forward and allow herself to love and be loved in “The Photograph.” In anticipation of the upcoming film and to celebrate the day of love, Back Lot Music has released the original motion picture soundtrack. The soundtrack to the film features an original score by multi-GRAMMY® winning recording artist Robert Glasper, as well as two new songs by recent GRAMMY® nominee Lucky Daye and GRAMMY® winning artist H.E.R. The romantic drama, starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield, arrives in theaters nationwide on Valentine’s Day. The warm, rich and
my expectations in the way he pulled the music into the story in such an emotional way.”
sophisticated jazz music that suffuses almost every frame of THE PHOTOGRAPH was exactly what writer-director Stella Meghie had envisioned to accompany the film’s visual aesthetic. She couldn’t think of any better choice to capture that vision than Grammy® Award-winner Robert Glasper. “I met Robert at one of his shows two years before we worked on this film and I told him that I wanted him to score the film,” Meghie says. “He completely exceeded
Glasper had similar sentiments in working with Meghie: “It was an honor to be a part of this amazing film. Working with Stella was great. She allowed me to completely be who I am musically without compromising her vision. It was the ultimate win, win!” The film’s producer Will Packer agreed that the way Glasper weaved the story together with the music was brilliant. “One of Robert’s gifts is his ability to evoke emo-
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tion,” Packer says. “He makes you feel something when you combine his music with picture. His rich, soulful music not only tells you how to feel, but it informs you how to view some of the decisions that the characters make. He just gets the way that mood, music and cinema all interweave together and the fact that
each one is very important.” Packer continues: “The film takes place in two different time periods, two different cities and with very different energies and vibes, so the music had to be our great connector. It had to be the thing that pulls it all together and to inter-
weave the story, just like the narrative. The songs became part of the narrative and helped to augment it. With a movie like this, one where you want to really feel something, music is essential.” THE PHOTOGRAPH opens nationwide on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.
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Detroit Automotive royalty, Eddie Hall Jr., family and friends gathered Saturday, February 8th, 2020 to celebrate his son Evan Hall’s 30th Birthday at Ford Field. Detroit’s Who’s Who arrived in style and indulged in dinner, entertainment, and celebratory cocktails to toast Evan’s ENCORE30. Happy Birthday, Evan! Cheers to many more!
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Sweet, Luscious Snacks for Loved Ones (Family Features) Valentine’s Day naturally brings thoughts of hearts, flowers, sweetness and love. Because it also occurs during American Heart Month, it’s a perfect opportunity to start taking care of your own heart and the hearts of loved ones. Part of the charm of the day’s celebrations is in giving family and friends flavorful foods to enjoy from chocolates and candies to other sugary treats. However, the festivities don’t have to be completely focused on unhealthy bites in order to make someone feel special. This year, it can be easy to share in the fun of Valentine’s Day by serving those you love with sweet, seasonal treats. For example, these Frosted Watermelon Cutouts make for ideal snacks for children and adults alike whether it’s an after-school treat or a sweet dessert with just three ingredients, heart-shaped cookie cutters and minimal time spent in the kitchen.
If you’re really looking to impress that special someone, this Watermelon and Chocolate Dessert Board calls for creativity and plenty of tasty morsels like berries, cashews, almonds and dark chocolate. Without any baking or cooking required, simply spread out the ingredients for a platter that’s just as visually appealing as it is appetizing. Both recipes include the benefits of watermelon, which boasts plenty of vitamin C to boost the immune system’s defenses as a cholesterol-free, fat-free and sodium-free food. Plus, watermelon draws its red color from the powerful antioxidant lycopene (12.7 mg per serving), which may help protect cells from damage, and the healthy treat is American Heart Association HeartCheck Certified with just 80 calories per serving, making it the perfect centerpiece for Valentine’s Day recipes. Find more Valentine’s Day inspiration and recipes at watermelon.org.
Frosted Watermelon Cutouts 1 seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2-3/4-inch thick slices 4 brownie bites 1 cup frosting (any flavor) Using heart-shaped cookie cutters, cut shapes out of watermelon slices or simply use cut watermelon wedges, if desired. Top heart shapes with brownie bites and add frosting as desired.
Watermelon and Chocolate Dessert Board Servings: 6-8 1/2 medium seedless watermelon, cut into wedges and cubes 1 cup fresh raspberries 1 cup fresh red cherries 1 cup strawberries, trimmed and halved 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup roasted, salted cashews 1 cup chocolate covered almonds 1 bar dark chocolate, broken into squares 1 cup coconut chips mint leaves, for garnish On serving board, arrange watermelon in center and surround with raspberries, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, cashews, almonds, chocolate and coconut chips. Scatter mint leaves around board for garnish.
Surprise Your Valentine With Cupid Jobs This Valentine’s day you can “Cupid” your special gift similar to “Uber” or “Grub Hub.” Perhaps you would like to deliver flowers or a specialty gift delivered to that special someone, contact Cupid to the rescue. Cupid Jobs is a new app that allows consumers to hire a “cupid” to personally deliver various gifts to your loved one. Finding your cupid is easy with the Cupid Jobs app, now available in the App Store & Google Play store. Enter the city closest to you to meet Cupids in your area. See their gig profiles and go to their user page
to learn more about that Cupid. Choose the Cupid you want on your team. Hire the Cupid you have chosen and request a date and time of delivery. Your Cupid will get back to you to confirm that time or advise the closest time to the one your quest that is available. Cupid Jobs is now offering a Valentine’s Day Special: $19.99. Delivery of one red rose by a Cupid to your Valentine together with a greeting card that will be read aloud at delivery. $29.99 Add-on: a trained singing Cupid will also serenade
your Valentine with a romantic melody together with either package above. (You’ll get to choose a song from one of several options) $39.99. Upgraded offer, a bouquet of red roses or mixed flowers (per your choice) to your Valentine together with a greeting card that will be read aloud at delivery and a Valentine’s Day balloon Choosing Cupid this Valentines Day and or just for any special occasion will make your love life simple. Download the app and pick the cupid that fits your needs by visiting http://cupidjobs.com
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Senior Systems Analyst Wanted in Troy, MI. Worker will provide support and coordination of all facets of regional IT system infrastructure and applications. Perform systems analyst activities and make recommendations in area that require a high level of technical competency. Position requires 60 months / five (5) yrs exp as Systems Analyst in manufacturing IT environment; Three (3) yrs exp with ERP system; Exp with ERP System 21 and ID4 applications; Knowledge of manufacturing, quality and engineering processes; Exp with planning, organization and performing systems analyst tasks; Exp with setting priorities of tasks among multiple assigned projects; Exp with organizing projects among a broad spectrum of personnel. Travel 25% of time to Sodecia North America business units (including Canada and Mexico) is required. Applicants must send resumes and salary requirements and/or inquiries for further details to Sodecia Automotive Detroit Corp., 969 Chicago Road, Troy, MI 48083 or Michele.Ziegler@sodecia.com. No calls.
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Warren, MI, General Motors. Engr &dvlp Cylinder Set Strategy 1.5 liter 4 inline cylinder gasoline engines using Design for Mfg./Assy (DFM/DFA) principles, for implementation at engine plants in U.S., Mex &Chn. Execute deliverables for launch incldg product content definition &milestone gate reviews. Review early &Beta level released 2D part prints in Teamcenter &identify GD&T specs &gen. reqmts for machined inline nodular cast iron engine crankshaft, cylinder head &engine block features according to ASME standard Y14.5 (form, orientation, position, profile &runout), &create process sheet, gauge &cutting tool designs, &inputs for PFMEA. Identify milestone dates for Product &Process Design Reviews when engine design iterations are due for review &approval, &plan virtual builds, assessments &engine tests to solve DFM/DFA issues. Master, Mechanical Engrg, Mfg Systems, Mfg Engrg, Automotive Systems Engrg, or related. 24 mos exp as Engr, reviewing early &Beta level released 2D part prints, identifying GD&T specs &gen. reqmts for machined nodular cast iron engine crankshaft, cylinder head or engine block features according to ASME Y14.5 standard, &creating process sheet, gauge &cutting tool designs for PFMEA, or related. Mail resume to Ref#3699, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Senior Software Engineer – Automated Driving Warren, MI, General Motors. Perform, debug, &validate mapping &localization features for level2 autonomous &semi-autonomous psgr vehicles. Create, debug &test in house tools, libraries &SW in C/C++ &Python languages, using MATLAB &Simulink tools, incldg build syss, libraries, algorithms, &frameworks, in Linux &Windows, to ensure safe functioning of safety critical autonomous vehicles incldg LIDAR, RADAR, high precision cameras, &Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensors. Dvlp tools to compare HighDef map data with Med.Def. maps &generate bias metrics to measure performance of autonomous vehicle. Work on complex problems involving Coordinate Transformations, Object Perception (incldg images, point clouds, segmentation, ®istration), Mapping &Localization, Path Plng, Obstacle Avoidance, Object Tracking, &Vehicle Control incldg validation of map database. Use Agile dvlpmt utilizing code repository, code review, work &issue tracking tools incldg Git, Gerrit, Jenkins, Bitbucket, &IBM RTC/DOORS NG tools. Master, Electrical Engrg, Computer, Control Syss Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, creating &testing inhouse tools &SW in C/C++ &Python languages, using MATLAB &Simulink tools, incldg algorithms &frameworks, in Linux &Windows, to ensure safe functioning of safety critical autonomous vehicles incldg LIDAR, RADAR, high precision cameras, &IMU sensors, or related. Mail resume to Ref#2605-204, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Embedded Software Engineering Architect Nexteer Automotive Corporation seeks an Embedded Software Engineering Architect in Saginaw, MI, to lead software architecture planning, design, and implementation among other duties. Min. bachelor’s degree in electrical, electronics, or computer engineering, computer science, or related field of study and five years of experience in the job offered or related. To apply, mail resume to: Angela Passariello, Nexteer Automotive, 3900 E. Holland Rd., Saginaw, MI 48601, Ref #10441006.
Design Release Engineer – Low Radios Warren, MI, General Motors. Engr, dvlp, improve HMI, &release psgr vehicle infotainment syss incldg low radios, touchscreen displays &button assemblies in Center Stack Module (CSM), using Teamcenter, VehicleSpy, IBM RTC, &E-2 tools. Integrate &validate radio software to verify compatibility with Body/Electronic Climate Control /Telematics Communication Protocol/&Video Bypass Modules, IP Cluster, Park Assist &power lift gate features, &rear vision cameras. Ensure sys performance in compliance w/ FMVSS safety standards for fault detection mechanism. Support production validation phase of infotainment sys, considering stability &durability of product during Development Validation &Production Validation phases. Analyze captured CAN bus communication logs of vehicle subsystem ECU reprogramming &vehicle features &reading DTCs over CAN using VehicleSpy. Master, Electrical or Mechanical Engrg. 12 mos exp as Engineer, dvlpg psgr vehicle infotainment syss incldg low radios, touchscreen displays &button assemblies in CSM, using VehicleSpy &E-2 tools, or related. Mail resume to Ref#1248, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32C66, Detroit, MI 48265. Manager - Waste Elimination & Continuous Improvement Warren, MI, General Motors. Define &improve current U.S./CAN/MEX Outbound Vehicle Logistics Network (supply chain) incldg finished vehicle assy plant yard flow incldg vehicle storage &inventory control; delivery of finished vehicles from vehicle assy plants to ports, plants to dealers, &from ports to dealers, to reduce cost of delivery (eliminate waste), inventory in logistics pipeline, &transportation damage, &to improve GM to dealer service level. Dvlp Statement of Requirements, plan, dvlp, &deploy new vehicle Global Logistics Integrated Design &Execution logistics bus. model using Oracle Transportation Mgmt Sys tool incldg organizational capability, business processes, logistics network &leverage OnStar telematics &Cloud based technologies. Lead team w/ Waste Elimination &Continuous Improvement Logistics Analysts &Vehicle Logistics Sr Financial Analyst. Bachelor, Ind. Engrg, Production Engrg, Supply Chain, or related. 12 mos exp as Outbound Logistics Mgr or Outbound Supply Chain Mgr, managing &improving OEM vehicle maker Country or Region Outbound Vehicle Logistics Network (supply chain) incldg finished vehicle assy plant yard flow, vehicle storage &inventory control; delivery of finished vehicles from vehicle assy plants to ports, plants to dealers, &from ports to dealers, to reduce cost of delivery (eliminate waste), or related. Mail resume to Ref#1492, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
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