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WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis Ivery calls for consortium between regional community colleges By Branden Hunter At forum two of the Pancakes and Politics speaker series, Wayne County Community College District Chancellor Curtis L. Ivery called for a collaborative, productive regional partnership that would expand and coordinate career, technical and workforce training across southeast Michigan. The Chancellor invited organizations including Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, Henry Ford College, and Wayne State University to discuss and coordinate efforts around the career, technical and Dr. Curtis L. Ivery w o r k f o r c e training needs of students, residents, and the region’s employers. “I am committed to deepening and expanding WCCCD’s community leadership and bringing together the leaders of the various public, non-profit, and private career and workforce education organizations in Detroit, Wayne County, and surrounding areas, around a unified and coordinated agenda for talent development,” said Ivery. Job talent in Detroit was one of the topics at the forum and arose when Vice-Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer at DTE Energy and panelist Dave Meador mentioned the lack of sufficient job talent in the city and the need to feel job openings in the near future. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has been working with area leaders to grow Detroit’s base of skilled workers with comprehensive workforce training efforts in Detroit. An estimated 40,000 skilled workers are needed throughout metro Detroit to fill positions in fields as diverse as advanced manufacturing, logistics, truck driving, information technology and cyber security, health sciences, and more. “We are convinced that a regional response is needed to effectively respond to the region’s need for a highly skilled workforce,” Ivery said. “Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has worked tirelessly with leaders to put a comprehensive network of programs in place that establishes Detroit and the metro region as a national model for effective workforce training and development. We want to support those efforts in ways that help all of our students, residents, and employers thrive.” WCCCD is the largest urban community college in the state,

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Through the Detroit Promise program, students of DPSCD who qualify can attend a two-year institution for free. And while the program can be beneficial for students in the district, Ivery believes there is more work the community colleges can do to help solve the education crisis in Detroit.


ith news of the Detroit Public Schools Community District ranking last in the country in two key subjects according to a report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), all eyes were on education, jobs, and talent at forum two of the Pancakes and Politics speaking series at the Detroit Athletic Club. More than 20 school districts were included in the report, with Detroit ranking dead last for the second year in a row. Two areas that students here are struggling in the most are math and reading, specifically in the fourth and eighth grades. DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti was one of the five panelists and he believes the answers to fixing the school system does not start with the students. “I think it’s important to state clearly that where we are right now in DPSCD is not a true reflection of what our children can do in Detroit,” said Vitti. “Most of you woke up with the news that we were last in the NAEP test. We see those scores, the level of demoralization that goes with it, and the anger and frustration. But the reality is, this is, in many ways, one of the last indictments against the loss of local control in Detroit.” “The district has not been run by a local elected school board. It has not been run by educators that know this work, know education reform, and know urban school reform. It has been run as if the district has been running out of business and not building. Now we have an elected board, a superintendent with a track record of success in larger school districts, and now it’s time to rebuild this district to show the potential

“What I’m going to recommend we look at, is creating a consortium,” said Ivery. “We will bring in every community college in the region, whether it’s Schoolcraft, Macomb, Henry Ford, or Oakland, and address this issue together. We don’t have a minute to lose and we need to move quickly. I believe that we have to fill 800 jobs in the next five years and we have a lot of work to do.”

DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti children have.” Vitti says creating “pathways” for students in DPSCD is the key to assuring that they are prepared to go into the workforce or to college. And while those pathways are targeted toward high school students in the district, the preparation of basic skills, basic knowledge and information, and critical thinking should begin at the elementary level. If those skills are obtained at a higher and more consistent level, then students will be prepared to go into those pathways, which include advanced career courses and career academies. Dr. Curtis Ivery, the Chancellor at Wayne County Community College District and also a panelist addressed the hardships of running an urban educational institution in an area where 51 percent of the children are in poverty.

The unemployment rate in Detroit is currently at 9.5 percent. And although that number is low, compared to previous years, there is still more work to do to continue the decrease. One of the reasons the unemployment rate is so high, is because many believe the talent pool in Detroit is insufficient, which is why the city was not chosen as a finalist for Amazon’s second headquarters. The solution ties back to education as Dave Meador, Vice-Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer at DTE Energy and panelist stated. “The Mayor’s Workforce Development Board that I co-chair with Cindy Pasky started looking at this issue a couple of years ago and it is a sad reality,” said Meador. “At that time, we had half of the adult population in Detroit not participating in the workforce and you know the situation in the schools at that point and time. The career and technical options were not available and for many


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Waiting While Black in Philadelphia Can Get You Arrested By Patreice A. Massey Video of two black men being arrested at a local Philadelphia Starbucks has gone viral. The woman that originally uploaded the video to social media attached the caption:

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“The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing,” said the poster who is a European American woman. “All the other white people are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.” Those in the black community are also wondering the same thing. Driving, walking and running have all proven hazardous to an African American’s health when dealing with law enforcement. Now we can’t even “wait” in peace? The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), issued the following statement following the disgraceful arrest of two African American men in a Philadelphia Starbucks:


“The arrest of two Black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks represents another ominous signal on the increasingly dangerous environment for African Americans. Less than

Protesters demonstrate Monday outside the Philadelphia Starbucks where two black men were arrested last week. (Reuters/Mark Makela) two weeks after we honor the life and work of Dr. King and 50 years after the Kerner Commission found racism and police brutality at the root of public unrest in our communities; we still have a long way to go towards becoming a nation where a person is judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin.” “The Starbucks situation provides dan-

gerous insight regarding the failure of our nation to take implicit bias seriously.” Many have noted that having six officers handcuff and arrest two black men waiting to order coffee is indicative of the overzealous and reactionary use of excessive force that has too often proved fatal to black men,

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women and children. Officers that carried out the arrest claimed the men were “trespassing” and didn’t comply when asked to leave. The two black men who were revealed to be real estate brokers were released from jail at 1:30 am Saturday morning without being charged with any criminal activity. A spokesperson for the Philadelphia District’s Attorney Office stated, “We declined to bring charges against the two men because there was a lack of evidence that a crime was committed.” In its statement, the ACLU of Pennsylvania noted that Police District 9 (Center City west) and the Police Service Area in which this happened have the highest racial disparities in pedestrian stops in the entire city. The ACLU’s most recent report on stop-and-frisk from 2017 shows that 67 percent of stops in the police service area where the store is located are of African-Americans. Meanwhile, Black residents account for just three percent of the area’s population. “Black Philadelphians face daily indignities when they are simply trying to go about their business. This incident shows that Black people can’t even ‘wait while Black,’ stated Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “Starbucks failed these men and all of its customers by treating them in this unfair and demeaning way. Based on all eyewitness accounts, there was no need for police intervention. These men were terribly disrespected by Star-


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bucks employees. For their part, Starbucks has issued the following statement via twitter, “We apologize to the two individuals and our customers and are disappointed this led to an arrest. We take these matters seriously and clearly have more work to do when it comes to how we handle incidents in our stores.” The chief executive officer Starbucks, Kevin Johnson has called for “unconscious bias” training for store managers and apologized for what he called “reprehensible” circumstances that led to the arrest of the two black men at that Philadelphia store. Johnson via a “Good Morning America” interview said that the company is reviewing the actions of the store manager who called the police. He also went on to say that, “what happened to those two gentlemen was wrong.” About roughly 40 protesters gathered outside the Starbucks on Monday but were driven inside by inclement weather turning the protest into “a stand-in.” One person


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and with six campuses across 36 cities and townships and nearly 120 career and academic programs, has led multiple workforce development efforts in Wayne County. Peer institutions have also established multiple programs, ideas, and training infrastructure. A collaborative approach in planning education, workforce connections, systems, and solutions would create a more comprehensive, sustainable, and efficient workforce system to meet

“We can initiate a heightened phase of collaboration among our sister colleges,” Ivery said. “Our collaboration will provide a way to compare and introduce best practices in workforce training and expedite delivery to the communities we serve.”

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in the crowd hoisted a sign that read, “Is she fired or nah?”— in reference to the store manager who called the police. Although the Starbucks manager who called police was the catalyst for the incident, culpability still lies with law enforcement as Shuford points out, “Starbucks may be able to decide who sits in its store, but only the police could decide to arrest these men.” Starbucks said later Monday that the store manager “is no longer at that store.”

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kids, as I describe it, you’re on a path to a job, the streets, or to college. We looked at these technical schools as a viable option for kids.” “The business community, working with the city, DPS, and the foundations, raised $10 million and refurbished Randolph Career Technical Center. There will be 300 adult-education students enrolled there by the end of the year. The next school is Brieihaupt, where they teach automotive and culinary. We have companies in town that have already committed million dollar checks and we will update that program. But there is a clear path out of these high schools.” Forum three of Pancakes and Politics will be Thursday, May 24 at the Detroit Athletic Club, with a focus on Women of Power. City of Detroit Councilwoman Brenda Jones and Tricia Keith, Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, are two of the featured panelists.


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AARP Michigan to hold National Town Hall honoring MLK By Branden Hunter With it being 50 years since the death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., AARP Michigan will host a national town hall meeting, “50 Years: 1968-2018; What’s Next?” AARP is strongly committed to remembering Dr. King and reflecting on the pivotal year 1968 by hosting the town hall on Tuesday April 24, 2018 at 5 p.m., with the reception program at 6 p.m. The event will take place at Wayne State University’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Commons Auditorium at 259 Mack Ave. in Detroit. “The Detroit 1968 town hall is a part of a national series of AARP town halls focused on topics that will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,” said Lisa Whitmore Davis, Associate State Director of AARP Michigan. “AARP Michigan is proud to bring this national AARP dialogue to Detroit and honored to partner again with Wayne State University to educate the community and hear special remarks during the program by WSU Provost, Dr. Keith Whitfield.”

Focus: Hope celebrates 50 years of service with Heroes For HOPE Awards Dinner As I stood outside the offices of Focus: Hope to speak with various participants in their training programs, a woman approached to inquire about the building we were standing in front of and the type of services offered. Calvin Moore, an enrollee in the program, was more than willing to talk about the program that he believes saved his life. “I was in a place of hopelessness,” said Moore. “Getting a job was the last thing on my mind let alone training for a career.” It was an aunt who told him about Focus Hope after some legal issues that had Moore rethinking his life decisions. “She basically presented it as a last chance to change my life. I got the flyer, sat on it for a few weeks and then one day after court I decided to call.”

Lisa Whitmore Davis The topic of discussion for the Detroit town hall will be financial security and economic access for all and will feature a dynamic keynote address and three outstanding breakout sessions.

Moore attended an orientation and soon became enrolled in Focus: Hope’s Machinist training program. As he stood outside proudly espousing the program and the changes he has made in life, one has to think about how proud the founders of Focus: Hope would be to see the program still changing lives five decades after its inception.

Lisa Mesa, Enterprise Relationship Manager at LinkedIn and CEO of Fancyfied, LLC., will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. Mesa’s interactive keynote address will highlight her unique e x p e r i ences and expertise in building one’s brand. She will shed light on Lisa Mesa how to harness the power and influence of your personal brand to create a measurable impact on one’s personal financial security, existing small business or entrepreneurial aspirations.

Focus: Hope is commemorating 50 years of servicing those in need and empowering communities through its various programs and services with its Heroes For HOPE Awards Program & Dinner on Friday, April 20, 2018, at MGM Grand Detroit. It’s stories like Moore’s and countless others that showcase the relevancy of an organization like Focus: Hope after all these years. Focus: HOPE is a Detroit-based, non-denominational, non-profit organization established in March 1968 by co-founders Father William T. Cunningham, Father Jerome Fraser and Eleanor Josaitis. The program’s objective was and still is to overcome racism and poverty by providing education and training for underrepresented minorities and others. At the time of the program’s creation, the social environment in northern Detroit was one of severe racial tension as a result of the 12th Street Riot of the previous summer. The founders’ mission was to create a harmonious community where diverse people live and work together. Starting out in the basement of the Catholic Church of Madonna, where Father Cunningham was the pastor, Focus: HOPE eventually grew to encompass a 40-acre campus along Oakman Boulevard in Detroit. Focus: HOPE’s first significant action was a consumer survey on the disparity of food and prescription drug prices between inner city Detroit and the surrounding suburbs. Since then the program has expanded to include extensive job readiness training in the areas of production, healthcare, truck driving, manufacturing, IT and more, or one could pursue community college educational opportunities.

The three dynamic age and gender based breakout sessions are also centered around financial security:

The organization has been praised for its ability to adapt its service strategy over the years to meet the needs of the community. “The need for Focus: Hope is just as great today as it was 50 years ago if not more so,” said interim CEO, Vernice D. Anthony. As CEO, Anthony is committed to realigning and refocusing the program’s efforts in a way that produces results in today’s environment. “It has been a wonderful 50 years, and we are looking steadily toward the future,” stated Anthony. “We have narrowed down our actions and programs to place a greater emphasis on education and empowerment and using those things to reduce, racism, poverty, and social injustice.”

“Men and Their Money” will be moderated by Michael Daniels, financial advisor and associate Vice-President of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. (retired) and feature panelists David Watkins, banker at Level One Bank and Dr. Truman Hudson, professor and social economist.

Focus: Hope to date has been very effective in the community, but they realize there is much more to be done and would like to acknowledge those who have helped champion their cause. This semi-centennial celebratory dinner will recognize some outstanding members in the community such as Cardinal Joseph Tobin (Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey), Alicia Boler- Davis (Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing – General Motors), Lear Corporation and Tanya Allen (Director, National Association of Women Business Owners - NAWBO). “We will honor their work and commitment to the issues and mission of focus hope,” said Anthony.

“Woman: What’s In Your Wallet?” will be moderated by renowned author and financial expert Gail Perry Mason and feature Juliana Perry, banker at Fifth Third Bank, Cheryl Hudson, owner of Woodhouse Day Spa and Gina G. Hitchens, financial planner at GHG Financial Planning. “Millennials: Making Moves and Money” will be moderated by Camille Walker Banks, executive director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and feature Sam Cannonier, banker at PNC Bank, Armond R. Harris, co-owner of Jabs Gym – Eastern Market and Elizabeth Mays, President and CEO of MCS Multimedia. Detroit is the next to the final stop for this special AARP town hall series The town hall series has also made stops in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans and New York. April 24 is also during national Money Smart Week. This interactive event is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is required. Space is limited so register early. Onsite registration will not be permitted. Public parking for the event ($10 per car) is available in Parking Structure 7, located at 3717 John R at the corner of Mack Avenue. It is also known as the Pharmacy Structure.

The dinner will be a celebration of Focus: Hope but also an acknowledgment of these leaders for the work they have done in their careers and support of focus hope. Heroes For HOPE Awards Program & Dinner is Friday, April 20, 2018, at MGM Grand Detroit. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit:

Students invited to apply for Metro Detroit Youth Day scholarships The Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation (MYAF) is offering educational scholarships to metro Detroit high school students in support of the foundation’s 36th annual Metro Detroit Youth Day. The MYAF invites students graduating from a public, parochial, private or charter school who have been accepted into a four-year college or university or a two-year community college program and have confirmed attendance for fall enrollment to apply for an educational scholarship. This

scholarship will be awarded in connection with Michigan’s largest youth-centric event, Metro Detroit Youth Day (MDYD). Students can submit an application and essay prior to the April 27 deadline online at Awarding 100-125 scholarships per year, the MYAF encourages students to further their education and wishes to assist local students by providing them with an opportunity to support their dreams. To date, the foundation has

awarded more than 1,500 scholarships and hopes to award more than 100 during this year’s event. “We’re proud to have awarded more than 1,500 scholarships to Metro Detroit students since we began the educational initiative in 1991,” said Ed Deeb, founder and chairman of Metro Detroit Youth Day. “We extend our thanks to the community and local organizations for the support we’ve received over the years and hope to inspire students to discover their pas-

sion and continue their education.” The Foundation will recognize scholarship recipients at the 36th annual Metro Detroit Youth Day event on Belle Isle Wednesday, July 11. To donate funds for Metro Detroit Youth Day scholarships, send a check to “Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation” by mail to 27700 Hoover Road, Ste. 200, Warren, MI 48093. For more information, v­ isit www.metrodetroityouthday. org or call (586) 393-8801.

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From attacks on voting rights to police killings of unarmed civilians and growing inequities in earnings and wealth, the civil rights gains of the past six decades are facing threat after threat. But one front in the fight for full equality—meaningful access to higher education—is particularly urgent. With 65 percent of jobs soon requiring more than a high school diploma, the need is greater than ever, especially for African Americans and other communities of color. ore than 50 years ago, Congress passed Wade Henderson the Higher Education Act (HEA), intending to open the doors to higher education by providing students with financial assistance and low-interest loans. Conventional wisdom has traditionally held two things: 1) Higher education is the great equalizer; 2) It is okay to take out debt for the tickets to upward mobility: a college education and a home mortgage. These life decisions—and the struggles and sacrifices that made them possible—helped to build and grow the Black middle class. Now, aspirations for advancement are colliding with the discriminatory legacy of the financial crisis. Our country’s student loan bill has skyrocketed. Student debt is now the second-largest source of household debt after housing. Forty-four million Americans have $1.4 trillion in student loan debt. One reason: Since the 1990s, the average tuition and fees at our universities have jumped an average of 157–237 percent depending on the type of institution. As with the Great Recession, people of color, poor people, and predatory institutions are at the center of this socioeconomic catastrophe. They must also be at the center of the solutions. We must face up to the fact that students of color are more likely to borrow for their education and, unfortunately, to default on these loans. Even Black college graduates default on their loans at almost four times the rate of their White counterparts and are more likely to default than even White dropouts. This increased risk of defaulting on student loans is the direct result of inequities in financial resources, as well as discrimination in hiring, salaries and, all too often, social capital. In 2013, the median White family had 13 times more wealth than the median black family and 10 times more wealth than the

median Latino family. African American students tend to take out more debt than their White counterparts, and both Blacks and Latinos are more likely to default than Whites. Since Blacks with bachelor’s degrees earn only 79 percent and Latinos only 83 percent of what their White counterparts earn, African American and Hispanic students have a harder time repaying their loans. Further contributing to the crisis, Blacks and Latinos comprise 41 percent of the students at the high-cost, low-quality, for-profit colleges. These institutions frequently fail to prepare students for high-salary jobs, instead saddling them with exorbitant debts that they can’t repay. How then can we address these challenges? Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to ease regulations on the loan servicers and for-profit colleges that have gotten us into this mess. U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) of the House Education and Workforce Committee would take this effort even further. Her proposal for reauthorizing the HEA, the “PROSPER Act,” would ensure that students will have to borrow more to get a postsecondary education with the very real likelihood that they will never pay off the debt. This would all but guarantee that predatory, for-profit programs would continue to rise exponentially right alongside our national student debt bill. Efforts to make student aid more costly for students rather than hold institutions accountable for what they do with the aid reflects either a catastrophic misunderstanding of the root causes of this issue or something more disturbing: the blatant effort to recreate the system we had before the HEA was enacted. In this system, traditional college was by and large only accessible to the wealthy, who were usually White. Fixing our broken student debt system should not mean un-doing years of progress since the HEA or saddling marginalized groups with a lifetime of debt. Instead, we need to hold student loan servicers, debt collectors, and institutions of all kinds accountable for their practices. African Americans, Latinos and low-income students from all backgrounds need more income-based grants, loans, financial assistance, and admissions policies that tear down barriers of color, culture, and class, not support them. Helping college graduates to repay their loans isn’t the only challenge. The challenge is enabling and empowering all our young people to make their fullest contribution to our country. This is, in the last analysis, a debt that all Americans owe to ourselves and our nation’s future. Wade Henderson is a founding board member of the Center for Responsible Lending. You can follow Wade on Twitter @Wade4Justice.

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A Milestone on the Journey to Equality By Jeffrey W. Hicks A half-century ago, the Fair Housing AcA half-century ago, the Fair Housing Act was enacted to prohibit discrimination in housing based on race, color, creed and national origin. The law also supported NAREB’s efforts toincrease Black homeownership which we believe serves to increase wealth and other economic outcomes for Black Americans. We have since experienced highs and lows in the journey towards economic empowerment and Black homeownership. While sometimes challenged, we are not discouraged. And, we have learned vital lessons along the Jeffrey W. Hicks way. The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) has advocated for Black Americans to own their homes since 1947, and we are proud to play a leadership role in that struggle. But this is not a solitary endeavor. We must grow a “Community of Concern” by partnering and actively involving civil and human rights organizations, community-based and social service organizations, business groups, and the faithbased community-our oldest and most trusted institution. We must collaborate to create strong, viable communities that help to stabilize Black Americans and their families through homeownership. In 1970, two years after the passage of The Fair Housing Act, Black homeownership was 41.6 percent. It reached its height in 2004 at 49 percent. Today, Black homeownership stands at 42.1 percent, almost the same as nearly 50 years ago. The economic downturn of a decade ago hurt many Black homeowners with high foreclosures, upside-down

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mortgages, and financial upheaval from which many are still struggling to recover. Today, economic segregation remains a problem. Urban centers, long the home of Black Americans, are being gentrified. Many with deep community roots are being forced out by rising taxes and skyrocketing housing values. While obvious obstacles like Jim Crow segregation no longer exist, we still face formidable obstacles to owning homes. Obstacles like credit scoring, which is based not on how diligently we pay our bills, but on how much consumer debt we can amass. Obstacles like crippling student debt, which impacts Black Americans deeply. Obstacles like unfair mortgage lending practices. Despite these challenges, we know that wealth can be built through education, through financial literacy, through creating and growing our Community of Concern to support homeownership. This is how Black America educates its children and how we set up businesses-by using equity from our homes to invest in ourselves, our families and our futures. We stand on the shoulders of NAREB founders and visionaries like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who spoke to NAREB in 1967 about the need for “middle-class Negroes to ... publicly identify with the problem of poverty which engulfs the life of the masses.” NAREB’s motto is “Democracy in Housing,” and we will continue to fight for that. We must continue to be vigilant. We must continue to EDUCATE Black Americans, to ENCOURAGE Black Americans, and do everything we can to EMPOWER Black Americans to build wealth, to build stability, and to invest in our futures through that most fundamental part of the American Dream: homeownership. Jeffrey W. Hicks is the 30th president of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers.

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The Student Loan Debt Crisis is a Civil Rights Issue By Wade Henderson

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President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget Hurts Low-Income, Black and Brown Communities By Cedric L. Richmond Congressman, Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus

If you want to know how a president feels about your community, then all you need to do is look at his or her budget, because it reflects their values—both what they value and what they don’t. If you look at President Trump’s FY 2019 budget, it’s clear that he doesn’t value low-income and black and brown communities because he cuts programs that these communities disproportionately rely on, including the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (food stamp program), Medicaid, the Low-Income Heating Assistance Program, and Community Development Block Grants, which provide funding for projects and programs—af ford- Wade Henderson able housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development—that inner city and rural communities need to survive. One of the most disgusting examples of this is President Trump’s proposal for the food stamp program, a program that serves close to 44 million Americans, 26 percent of which are Black. In addition to proposing to cut the program by $213 billion, which would leave 4 million low-income people without these benefits, President Trump is proposing to prevent families from choosing what type of food they buy for themselves. He wants to send these families Blue Apron-style boxes of perishable and non-perishable food items, including items produced by American farmers. Although the Administration has characterized this proposal as a cost-savings measure that would help low-income communities eat more nutritious foods and American farmers make a profit, it is demeaning and disrespectful, because it’s based on a notion that low-income people can’t and shouldn’t think for themselves. Under this proposal, SNAP beneficiaries wouldn’t be able to decide what they want to eat, including culturally appropriate foods for their family, and they wouldn’t know what foods they were getting, preventing them from planning meals for their family. Additionally,




problems with the proposal. Families may not have a car and be unable to pick up the box of food at the designated location in their community. Also, severe weather events may prevent families from getting food on time, leaving them hungry for days or weeks at a time. On top of that, providing an over-abundance of fresh perishable foods to families where parents work two and three jobs and may not have time to cook them, may make a bad situation worse. These concerns and others make it unlikely that this plan will save the federal government $130 billion over 10 years as predicted by the Trump Administration. The food stamp proposal isn’t the only issue with President Trump’s FY 2019 budget. His budget cuts two critically important education programs for low-income students: GEAR UP, a grant program focused on increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education, and Promise Neighborhoods, an Obama-era grant program that provides cradle-tocollege-to-career services for children living in low-income neighborhoods. In addition, his budget cuts a number of programs that help workers, especially workers who belong to unions. His budget cuts Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants that the agency uses to help employers better enforce workforce health and safety requirements. His budget also targets labor unions, whose membership is 14 percent Black, by investing in more union focused investigations. President Trump’s budget would also insufficiently invest in our nation’s infrastructure, while also cutting grants that fund infrastructure development at the state and local level. President Trump proposes to invest $200 billion in repairing America’s roads and bridges even though there’s trillions of dollars of infrastructure work to be done across the country, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. This insufficient investment will force states to rely too much on the private sector for funding they need to start and finish projects, projects that will likely come with a cost for the very commuters they’re supposed to help: toll roads. President Trump calls his budget “An American Budget,” but the Americans he has in mind aren’t those who are living paycheck to paycheck and aren’t those who are members of Black and brown communities. Congressman Cedric L. Richmond represents the 2nd District of Louisiana, which includes parts of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Finally – good news for aging services! By Paul Bridgewater This past year, there have been many battles between Administration and Congressional proposals for the country’s 2018 budget. It appeared that we might lose or have reduced funding for everything from home-delivered meals to chronic disease self-management education to the Community Services Block Grant. Any combination of such cuts would be serious blows to Ameri- Paul Bridgewater ca’s oldest residents. I was angry, sad, concerned and determined, all at the same time. I couldn’t imagine the impact of federal cuts on those served by the Detroit Area Agency on Aging. Yet finally, the “omnibus” appropriations bill that the President signed on March 23 is good news for those who rely on aging services programs. It preserves 13 valuable programs that had been slated for cuts or elimination (by either the Administration or Congress), but which were preserved and/or received increases. Here are a few that survived the chopping block: • The national program that funds the Michigan Medicare and Medicaid Assistance Program. Instead, it received a $2 million increase. • The Senior Community Service Em-

ployment Program (SCSEP) was level-funded. • The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program was increased by $250 million to $3.6 billion. An additional 10 Older Americans Act programs were not under threat and received notable increases, although they remain underfunded. These include: • Congregate and Home-Delivered Nutrition Programs • National Family Caregiver Support Program • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (Visit to see a full list of what’s in the bill) So what made the difference? Clearly, it was the persistent, year-long advocacy from the National Council on Aging to mobilize advocates – national groups as well as individual citizens with calls and letters to their Congressional representatives. So what’s next? Congress is now working on FY19 appropriations. YOUR help will be needed throughout the year to continue to educate our members of Congress. The years can creep up on all of us. One day we’re advocating for aging parents, the next we’re advocating for ourselves. We need public policies that protect America’s aging population. More than ever, we must speak up, speak out and speak together. Paul Bridgewater is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA)

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God’s World to celebrate 39th anniversary with Festival of Praise By Donald James

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For almost four decades, God’s World has been recognized as the world’s “superstore” of all things gospel, which meant selling albums, CDs, DVDs, Bibles, Christian/inspirational books, calendars, as well as pastor and choir robes and other apparels, communion kits, offering envelopes, and many other church items and supplies. Simply put, the store’s motto is, If it’s gospel, it’s at God’s World! Now, according to God’s World’s founder and owner, Larry Robinson, the superstore is preparing to celebrate its 39th anniversary. A commemorative event, called Festival of Praise, will be held Friday, May 4 (7:00 p.m.) at Greater Grace Temple on the city’s west side. The gospel lineup includes, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Pastor Charles Jenkins, James Fortune, and Take 6. For Robinson, this musical celebration is the epitome of what God’s World has represented for almost 39 years. “We became very famous for carrying and selling gospel music,” said Robinson. “We were famous as a record shop that was able to get out of print and hard to find gospel albums and CDs. We used to carry a lot of gospel music of many gospel recording artists, and most of the artists have come through here over the years. Yolanda Adams once came to God’s World and stayed for hours, even waiting on customers at the counter, much to their surprise.” Robinson added. “Back in the day, you would be surprise how many cities across the United States didn’t have Bible bookstores that carried gospel music, in-

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Willie Brake God’s World’s founder and owner, Larry Robinson cluding big cities like Los Angeles,” he explained. “We had people from Los Angeles calling and asking us to send them gospel music. We’ve also shipped gospel music to people in the Caribbean, Canada, the U.K. and many other international places.” With the advent of online/digital platforms that allow people to download music 24/7 for little cost, brick and mortar types of music establishments have been severely impacted. Many such stores across the nation have closed or have been forced to evolve. Count God’s World as one to have evolved. “The key to longevity for God’s World is having multiple streams of income, all of which are still gospel related,” Robinson explained. “We still sell gospel CDs, but we also sell gospel concert and gospel stage play tickets. Right now we are selling tickets for about 14 different shows and produc-

tions. We also present and promote all-gospel skating parties at Northland Roller Rink, as well as other events.” Robinson’s journey to selling gospel music began at Hosanna Bible Bookstore, located on Livernois Ave. near W. Seven Mile Rd., where he sold albums from a designated space in the shop. Hosanna’s owner soon decided to sell the business, and offered Robinson an opportunity to purchase the place for $3,500. After much prayer, and consulting with his wife and pastor, Robinson, an ordained deacon, sealed the deal on May 7, 1979. Robinson soon changed the name of the Bible bookstore to God’s World, after he was inspired during an earlier trip to Disney World’s Frontierland. Robinson moved his business from Livernois to its present location about 28 years ago. In the beginning of his entrepreneurship, Robinson held on to his

night job at Ford Motor Company. “It began to get to me when I was falling asleep at church,” said Robinson, who was born in Highland Park, Mich., but raised in Nashville, Tenn. “I was a deacon and I remember the pastor telling me to wake up during Sunday services. I was working at God’s World during the day and at Ford at night. It got to be too much; something had to give.” Robinson ultimately quit Ford, and as the old saying goes, “the rest is history.” And, God’s World continues to make history as a survivor. “I read a couple of years ago that 98% of the record stores in the United States have gone out of business,” said Robinson. “So for us to still be here is simply amazing. However, if we would have just depended on selling gospel music, we would have been out of business a long time ago. But, the

main reason that God’s World is still around is because God has been merciful.” Robinson was asked about God’s World’s future. “I believe the best days for God’s World are still ahead,” he said. “I also still have visions of my “Walk through the Bible” project. I want to build a place where visitors can walk through and see many of the things and places described in the Bible, and for people to touch them. I want it to be a tourist attraction, like Disney World, but maybe not that large. However, for now, I want people to continue to support God’s World, which is very much appreciated. With their support, along with God’s will, God’s World will be around for another 39 years.” For more information about God’s World, located at 13533 W. Seven Mile Rd. in Detroit, stop in or call 313.862.8220. To pur-


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Comerica Java & Jazz:

A Coffee House Series showcases local musicians

Jazz fusion singer Isis Damil will take the Comerica Java & Jazz stage to share her impressive musical range with the community at the Detroit Public Library on May 15.

Comerica Bank, Detroit Public Library, host free monthly concerts through July


omerica Bank and the Detroit Public Library have partnered to bring “Comerica Java & Jazz: A Coffee House Series” back to Detroit for its 18th season. Comerica invites the community to enjoy this unique cultural and musical experience in the Detroit Public Library’s Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium. Each performance features free coffee and an opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of local Detroit artists during a relaxing evening of musical entertainment. “The Comerica Java & Jazz music series is a unique opportunity to showcase the magnificent blend of arts, music and culture present in Detroit,” said Patricia McCann, Comerica Bank vice president and national civic affairs manager. “In addition to providing a great opportunity for local artists to demonstrate their talents, Comerica’s Java & Jazz series inspires our community to explore and embrace its rich musical and cultural history.”

Patricia McCann, Comerica Bank vice president and national civic affairs manager, talks with Straight Ahead’s special guest saxophonist Yancyy about this year’s Comerica Java & Jazz performers. “Comerica Java & Jazz: A Coffee House Series” supports local artists and provides a platform for musicians to showcase their talents to the community.

Patricia McCann, Comerica Bank vice president and national civic affairs manager, left, former Java & Jazz performer Obed Succari and Detroit Public Library assistant director of marketing and communications A.J. Funchess, donned the stage at a previous Comerica Java & Jazz event.

Straight Ahead, a female-led jazz group, shared their talents with the community March 20 to kick off the concert series. The local group features the traditions of jazz and embraces contemporary forms of African American music. “The great migration of African Americans in the early 20th century and again in the 1940s brought

Joan Belgrave performed at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall as a tribute to her late husband, Marcus. The jazz singer will showcase her talents as the final performer of the 2018 Comerica Java & Jazz series at the Detroit Public Library on July 17. the southern musical influence with rhythm and blues to Detroit,” said Straight Ahead bass player, Marion Hayden. “Detroit is one of the many cities that has benefited from jazz and a sincere appreciation for the art has flourished here.” Blending instruments, vocals and

soulful passion, musicians have celebrated music as an art form for centuries, offering a non-traditional form of expression and collaboration. “It’s an honor to celebrate our city’s appreciation for jazz music at

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Upcoming 2018 Comerica Java & Jazz performances include: Isis Damil 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 The daughter of two Detroit Jazz musicians, Isis Damil was destined to follow the music in her heart. Having performed with renowned musicians around the country, Damil has honed her outstanding vocal talents to include a variety of musical rhythms. Her style is a reflection of classical training with jazz, funk, soul, scat and fusion.

Al McKenzie 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 From touring the world with musical groups like “The Temptations” to establishing a record label and the McKenzie Academy of Music in Detroit, Al McKenzie has contributed to the musical industry for more than half a century, and he isn’t stopping now. He will turn on the “McKenzie Magic” and delight guests with an evening of melodic jazz.

Joan Belgrave From touring around the world with musical groups like “The Temptations” to establishing a record label and musical institution in Detroit, Al McKenzie has contributed to the musical industry for more than half a century, and he isn’t stopping now. The pianist extraordinaire will perform during the Comerica Java & Jazz series on June 19.

6 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 Known for clean notes, vibrant melodies and vocal versatility, Joan Belgrave is a remarkable jazz singer. In addition to her trademark jazz sound, Belgrave performs blues, gospel, big band, standards and contemporary R&B.

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Comerica Bank’s Michigan Index Increases

Comerica Bank’s Women’s Business Symposium To Feature Cookie Johnson

Comerica Bank will host its second annual Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium in Detroit from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 27 at the MGM Grand Detroit. The event will feature philanthropist, entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and wife of NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Cookie Johnson. The Michigan State University graduate is founder of the premium denim line CJ by Cookie Johnson. She will speak with Emmy award-winning journalist and former WDIV Local 4 news anchor Carmen Harlan. Johnson and Harlan’s interview will follow “Conversations at Comerica,” short talks featuring three outstanding speakers. Consultant Dr. Shawne Duperon is a six-time EMMY winner, Project Forgive Founder and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She will be followed by MGM Grand Detroit senior vice president of Public Affairs Dr. Ju-

Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index increased by 0.3 percent in December to a level of 118.6. December’s reading is 21 points, or 21 percent, above the index cyclical low of 97.9. The index averaged 118.2 points for all of 2017, nine-tenths of a point above the index average for 2016. November’s index reading was 118.3.

liette Okotie-Eboh. Okotie-Eboh is also the bestselling author of “Ten Things I Know.” The third presenter will be Ivette Mayo, founder of award winning training and consulting firm Yo Soy I AM, LLC. Rounding out the event program will be symposium emcee and celebrity chef Jamie Gwen. Gwen also hosts a syndicated radio show and is a seven-time cookbook author. The symposium will include lunch, networking and exhibits from Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest alumnae Rebel Nell and Busted in Detroit Bra Shop. A portion of proceeds from the symposium will benefit Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit-based nonprofit since 1987 that serves to empower homeless and high-risk girls and young women to make positive choices. The symposium is a way for Comerica to continue to invest in opportunities to create diversity in the

workplace and provide a forum for female professionals and business owners to excel in the constantly changing business climate. It allows women in business and leadership positions an opportunity to network with established women who have influenced business throughout the country.

The female-led, smooth jazz singing group, Straight Ahead, kicked off the 2018 Comerica Java & Jazz music series at the Detroit Public Library’s Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium on March 20.

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the Comerica Java & Jazz concert series,” Hayden said. “The series has always been free, community-based and offers a wide variety of jazz sounds that showcases talented artists in our community.” Longtime jazz singer Joan Belgrave enjoys the variety of acts the series showcases, citing her appreciation for unique structure and hybrid genres.

in which the arts are embraced, cultivated and passed down to our future generations,” Belgrave said. “As local artists and community members, we’re very appreciative of Comerica Bank for its continued support of the arts and pleased to be a part of this influential event.” Belgrave is slated to perform during the Java & Jazz series finale, July 17. Growing in popularity each year, the series continues to attract the best of Detroit’s vibrant music scene.

perform,” said A.J. Funchess, Detroit Public Library assistant director of marketing and communications. “The artists commit endless energy and time into each Java & Jazz performance, making the events an enjoyable experience for community members.” Comerica Java & Jazz concerts are held on the third Tuesday of the month from March 20 to July 17 at the Detroit Public Library, Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium, 5201 Woodward Avenue.

Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index moved up again in December, its third consecutive monthly increase. Gains across the Michigan economy were widespread. Seven of the nine factors were positive in December, including nonfarm payrolls, unemployment insurance claims (inverted), housing starts, house prices, auto production, total state trade and hotel occupancy. Industrial electricity demand and state sales tax revenues were both negative. The Michigan economy has been riding the tailwind of a late 2017 increase in domestic auto production. After hitting its cyclical peak in 2015 and 2016, auto production began to slow through the first half of 2017. The destruction of autos from last year’s hurricanes, which struck Texas and Florida, helped pull forward automobile demand. The boost to demand is proving temporary. U.S. auto Robert A. Dye sales slid from a 17.8 million unit rate in December to 17.2 million in January.We expect auto sales to continue moderating this year, which will pull domestic auto production down, and this will be drag on our Michigan Index. We also look for moderating job growth in non-auto-related manufacturing in Michigan this year. This means the state will rely more on its services sector to push up job and economic growth moving forward. The U.S., Canada and Mexico are in the seventh round of NAFTA discussions in Mexico City. This round of negotiations is expected to end in early March without a final agreement.

The Michigan Economic Activity Index consists of nine variables, as follows: nonfarm payroll employment, continuing claims for unemployment insurance, housing starts, house price index, industrial electricity sales, auto assemblies, total trade, hotel occupancy and sales tax revenue.All data are seasonally adjusted. Nominal values have been converted to constant dollar values. Index levels are expressed in terms of three-month moving averages. Comerica Bank, with one of the largest banking center networks in Michigan, is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Michigan and Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, and Florida, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico.

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Ayanna Alcendor, Esq. Great Lakes Legal Group, PLLC. Partner, Co-Founder

Ayanna Alcendor co-founded Great Lakes Legal Group, PLLC in 2018. Previously, she was Managing Member of Allied Legal Consulting. She is a hard-working and determined attorney that strives to get the best results for her clients. She takes special pride in her commitment to competent representation across several practice areas and throughout the “Great Lakes State”. While zealous advocacy is the linchpin of her practice, Attorney Alcendor is also a SCAO-approved civil mediator.

Her diverse legal education and experience allows her to provide clients with exceptional representation across several practice areas including, Probate and Estate Planning, Tax Preparation, Criminal Defense and Family Law-Divorce, Child Custody and Parental Rights, and Civil and Special Education Mediation. She is also a proud member of Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Wolverine Bar, Straker Bar, Oakland County Bar, and the Wayne County Probate Bar Associations. Attorney Alcendor is a volunteer Attorney with Clean Slate Expungement Clinics, Lakeshore Legal Aid, The Mediation Center of Mount Clemens, the Accounting Aid Society, and serves as an Oakland County Guardianship Reviewer.

Making Money Moves By Tatiana Wheeler

Sjonne’ Badgerow and beyond is held in the hands of the young people who not only reach back but to each side, empowering one another.

The continued resurgence of Detroit as one of the country’s most vital centers of commerce This year’s trailblazer is in large part being powered recipients include; Philadelphia by a generation of talented Eagles defensive lineman and and dedicated young men and Super Bowl champion, Brandon women determined to make Graham; Grammy-nominated a difference in the world. The entertainer and CEO of Karew Michigan Chronicle’s 40 Under Entertainment CEO, J. Drew 40 program recognizes the Sheard, and revered actors contributions of those in that Erica Peeples and J. Mallory class and has been honoring the McCree. efforts of young people of color Consistently striving for and commitment to excellence The Absolute Princess, success is not for the faint of over the years. The 40 Under 40 heart and these individuals are honorees of 2018 will join the 40 Under 40 host. proof that hard work, dedication ranks of more than 240 of metro Detroit’s most accomplished professionals and discipline are key to realizing a dream. making their individual and collective marks The 40 Under 40 celebration will take in Southeast Michigan, place, Friday, April 20, at The International “There were so many talented young Banquet Center, located at 1000 Brush Street people nominated. We are very pleased to from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. showcase the accomplishments of many Individuals and corporations interested young leaders in our community,” said Hiram in tickets and sponsorships are available at Jackson, publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. The key to success for Southeast Michigan

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Member Services Manager, Detroit Pistons Sjonne’ Badgerow is a Member Services Manager with the Detroit Pistons. She has been with the organization for almost three years, and previously spent time with the Detroit Tigers in Corporate Partnerships and Community Relations. In her role, Badgerow focuses on membership development, retention and new business. She pays special attention to the tiny details that influence the fan experience and maximizes every interaction with members to ensure a seamless night out at every Pistons game they attend. With the hard work of Badgerow and her teammates, the Detroit Pistons won the 2017 Game Experience Satisfaction Award from the NBA and renewed over 90% of their season tickets holders the last two seasons. In addition, Badgerow successfully generated over 3 million dollars in revenue for the 2017-2018 season, and has surpassed 1.5 million dollars in revenue for the 2018-2019 season. Badgerow received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Saginaw Valley State University, and her Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Wayne State University. She was also a letterwinner and captain of Saginaw Valley State University’s Women’s Track and Field team.

Angela N. Blocker

Owner, Studio Detroit Dance Center A native of Detroit, Michigan, has had a love for the arts and helping children her whole life! Angela Blocker has a degree in Mass Communications. In addition to working as an elementary interventionist at David Ellis Academy West in Redford, Michigan, and serving on the staff of the multi-campus Triumph Church as the Director of Liturgical Arts, Angela is both a choreographer assistant and lead dancer for the “Queen of Soul” Ms. Aretha Franklin, and the proud owner and operator of the award winning Studio Detroit Dance Center which is located in Hazel Park, Michigan. Angela began ballet dancing at the age of four years old. Since 15 years of age Angela has been recognized and respected nationally as a skilled instructor. Studying at numerous dance studios across the country including, Wendy’s School of Dance, Freedom Dance Expressions, Fem Fatale Dance Studio, Angela’s has competed and garnered both local and national awards as a result of the skills she has exhibited multiple dance styles including Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Afro-Caribbean and Tap. Angela has earned several accolades throughout her career in various parts of the country including awards for student and teacher choreographer pieces.

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Lester Booker Jr.

Assistant Manager, Diversity Communications General Motors Lester Booker Jr. was named Assistant Manager, Diversity Communications in June 2016. His responsibilities include providing strategic counsel with key insights that leverage critical media relationships to reach multicultural audiences. In this role, he is also responsible for managing GM legacy partnerships and story telling campaigns across all brands to increase awareness, while generating earned media coverage. Booker joined the GM family in 2014. Beginning as an agency partner, he managed brand partnerships and experiential marketing engagements for the Buick brand. Prior to GM, Booker worked at Campbell Marketing and Communications and held multiple positions with the NBA Detroit Pistons and WNBA Detroit Shock. In 2015, Booker was named “CMU 10 Within 10,” which recognizes young alumni that bring honor to Central Michigan University through their careers and community involvement. Booker also received Employee of the Year in 2010 from the Detroit Pistons. A Detroit native, Booker holds a Master of Science in Administration degree, with a sports concentration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast and cinematic arts both from Central Michigan University.

Melissa Butler

Founder, Chief Executive Officer The Lip Bar Melissa Butler is a Detroit native who has skillfully and strategically launched start-up beauty brand, The Lip Bar, into a nationwide phenomenon. Melissa obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance from Florida A & M University before going on to work on Wall Street as a licensed stock broker. Her journey from stocks and bonds to beauty was created by her frustration with the beauty industry’s lack of diversity and excessive amounts of chemicals. This frustration led Melissa to manufacture lipstick in her Brooklyn kitchen in effort to challenge the status quo and the industry’s linear take on beauty. “Everyone deserves to have representation. Without it, we are left seeking validation” – Melissa Since launch, Melissa has taken The Lip Bar on Shark Tank, The Bethenny Show and it has graced the pages of Essence, Ebony and Cosmopolitan Magazines. The Lip Bar is headquartered in Detroit and can be found on as well in Target stores across the country.

Shaleontyne Constantine Human Resources Manager ChemicoMays

Shaleontyne Constantine is the human resources manager at Chemi-

coMays in Southfield, Michigan. She has been with Chemico for more than 15 years. In her current position, she is responsible for management development, conflict resolution, employee relations, benefits, performance management as well as training and development. Before co-launching the human resource department at Chemico, Shaleontyne worked in the finance department as an accounting analyst. She has proved to be human resources professional with strong administrative background. Her education, finance and community service experience provides the skills needed to handle the sensitivity, diversity, demographics, cultures and social issues that come with being in HR. Shaleontyne is known for being Self-motivated with an effective combination of communication and organizational skills. She has demonstrated the ability to build and maintain positive, professional relationships while working with diverse populations. Shaleontyne is a certified human resource professional and received her Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification in 2017. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Oakland University in Michigan and is currently pursuing a MSA in Human Resource Management. She and her husband, Bernard, and their three children reside in the metropolitan Detroit, Michigan area.

Rytonie “Chef Tony” Durden Jr. Executive Chef/ Owner Durdens Catering

Rytonie “Chef Tony” Durden, Jr. remembers picking up his first spatula in the kitchen at the tender age of three. Growing up with a large family he always wanted to be in the kitchen to help m i x something up. It was at a young age where the love for food found a place in Rytonie’s heart. Beginning his professional catering journey at his family-owned lounge, Chef Tony credits his family for inspiring him to choose a career in culinary arts. Chef Tony received his formal culinary training at Baker College through their premiere culinary program where he received a degree in business with a major in Culinary Arts. He has a wealth of experience throughout the metro Detroit area which includes working with a wide range of companies like Hyatt, Compass Group, DMC, and more. These experiences in the culinary industry lead Chef Tony to establish Durden’s Catering in 2006. His biggest accomplishment in his culinary career to this point is meeting his idol Chef G. Garvin and competing and winning on the national television show the “Underground BBQ Challenge”.

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Brittni Brown Head Publicist The Bee Agency

Named as a top 25 African American PR Millennial to watch via Huffington Post, Bee Brown serves as an innovative communication professional, dedicating her service to her client’s success. Her top-tier nationally recognized public relations agency, The Bee Agency, has been representing companies and individuals as worldwide media influence. Her expertise attracts notable clientele including Detroit vs Everybody and The Lip Bar. Her work has resulted in her to hold secured placements for clients in HUFFINGTON POST, FORBES, and ESSENCE. She holds the honor of representing nationally recognized clients who have grossed over $1million combined. She currently serves as the Future Corps Leader of The Future Project, a world-renowned educational movement. An advocate of leadership, personal and professional branding; Bee’s speaking engagements have included The Detroit Lions, City of Flint and CRAINS Detroit Business. Brittni’s work has resulted in honors from the State of Michigan, City of Detroit and City of Romulus. Her results-driven expertise has allowed her to introduce her education workshop, known as Beecoming Your Brand: The University. Bee currently resides, plays and works to rebuild Detroit as the New Renaissance.

Adam Clements

Senior Attorney Perkins Law Group PLLC Adam Clements, 3_, is a Senior Attorney at the Perkins Law Group PLLC in Detroit, primarily practicing in the area of criminal litigation on both the State and Federal levels. As a fearless litigator, Adam consistently uses his creative passion for justice to successfully defend clients who have the odds stacked against them. Adam also currently serves as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Highland Park and recently served as an Executive Board Member of the prestigious Augustus D. Straker Bar Association. Adam’s passion for justice stems from his early years when he watched Matlock and Perry Mason on television. Those characters fueled him to pursue a law degree from Wayne State University. Adam also enjoyed a stellar athletic career. His unmatched talent at Southfield High School led to a football scholarship at Villanova University. Adam still enjoys the sport of football and cherishes his opportunities to give back to the youth in the metro-Detroit area by providing mentorship to area youth by coaching football in the Detroit Police Athletic League.

Ian Conyers State Senator 4th District

State Senator Ian Conyers represents the 4th Senate District of Michi-

gan. Great-nephew of Congressman John Conyers and raised in Detroit, Conyers attended University of Detroit Jesuit High School before attending Georgetown University for both his B.A. in Government and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. Conyers work positions have included: Field Director in the Democratic primary for the former State House District 7; Democratic party Treasurer for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District; Ward 6 Constituent Services Deputy under former D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty; Regional Field Director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign; Small and Disadvantaged Business Director of The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative. Conyers ran for the Michigan State Senate in a 2016 special election, and entered office as the youngest state senator in Michigan’s history, at 28 years of age. Conyers sits on the Economic Development & International Investment, Energy & Technology, and Banking & Financial Services Committees in the State Senate. He is minority vice chair of the Transportation Committee. Conyers also serves on the board of Athletes Without Limits, and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi.

Prentis Edwards, Jr.

Judge Wayne County Third Circuit Court Judge Prentis Edwards, Jr. was appointed to the Wayne County Third Circuit Court in 2017. He previously served as Chief Judge Pro Tem on the 36th District Court in Detroit. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Edwards was an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office where he served in the Special Operations Community Prosecution Unit, and Trials Division, prosecuting a variety of complex and serious crimes. He also worked as a policy analyst and legislative aide in the Michigan State House, Senate, Detroit City Council, and as an attorney for the Detroit Public Schools, respectively. Judge Edwards is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Diversity Inclusion Advisory Committee, the Detroit Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association, the Association of Black Judges of Michigan, the Charles H. Wright Museum, and the NAACP Detroit Chapter. Judge Edwards is a graduate of Michigan State University, Eli Broad School of Business and Western Michigan University -Thomas Cooley Law School. He is a lifelong resident of the City of Detroit and a product of the Detroit Public School System.

Armond R. Harris Co-Owner Jabs Gym Eastern Market

Willie Fortune, better known as “Fortune 500” is a professional middleweight boxer with 10 knockouts under his belt. Fortune has fought on HBO Pay-Per-View and Showtime cable channels. Within his 11-year tenure, he’s a three-time Detroit Golden Glove Champion. Fortune is also the CEO and Co-Founder of Jabs Gym LLC - an award-winning boxing and fitness gym that provides group fitness, boxing and personal training classes. Recently, Fortune co-created a oneof-a-kind fitness program that incorporates boxing and yoga — a yin-yang pairing that has been trademarked as BOYO.™

Armond is an entrepreneur, gym owner, and television personality. Armond received his entrepreneurial start at 18 years of age after entering Bizdom U, Dan Gilbert’s academy for start-up businesses. After two years of building businesses in Bizdom, Armond enrolled at Wayne State University, where he studied finance, played Defensive Back for WSU’s Football Team, and became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. A year later, Armond was recruited by Sodexo Inc. where he would manage accounts with over 150 employees across Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

The pro boxer turned businessman has become a Detroit mogul in the world of boxing and fitness. Since opening his second Jabs Gym in the heart Detroit, he’s fighting for better lifestyles in the city inside and outside the ring. He lives by his coined phrase “we make life champions before ring champions.” Fortune has also started an initiative to provide opportunity and inspiration for metro Detroit’s youth to discover the joy in working out and boxing. He selflessly mentors youth and amateur boxing teams throughout the community.

Armond simultaneously co-founded the Run This Town Detroit fitness movement with over 500 participants every week, and would later have chapters in Chicago, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, and at Eastern Michigan University. In 2014, Armond launched Armond Rashad Enterprises, LLC., working with Oakland University, Quicken Loans, Triumph Church, Western Michigan University, and the Detroit Pistons organization to name a few. In 2016, he signed a contract with NBCUniversal to be a cast member on Oxygen network’s Last Squad Standing. In that same year, Armond purchased Jabs Gym Eastern Market, which is now one of the most popular fitness training facilities in Detroit.

Clement “Fame” Brown Founder, Owner THREE THIRTEEN

Clement “Fame” Brown Owner of THREE THIRTEEN apparel is hailed

as a “brand warrior” whose eye for fashion and design have made him a tremendous success in the world of retail. The confident creator has established himself and his brand as true to life representatives of Detroit style. After opening FAME Shop, a maker-space and production house for clothing in northwest Detroit in 2010, Brown’s determination as well as his perseverance lead him to create THREE THIRTEEN apparel in 2015. Brown is distinguished among his business counterparts for the authenticity and profound humanity he brings to the world of retail business. A self-made mogul, Brown is set to open his second brick and mortar spring of 2018 on Avenue of Fashion in Detroit. The polished professional makes mentoring and small business development with his peers an important factor in his equation for success. Brown is a BMe Leader Award recipient and a member of the MIT Media Lab Innovators Guild. Brown is also an alumnus of Goldman Sachs 10K SB Program first cohort in Detroit.

Ebony Cochran Founder, Senior Consultant Blackwood Credit Services Adam Clements, 3_, is a Senior Attorney at the Perkins Law Ebony Cochran, known as The Debt Survivor, owns and operates Blackwood Credit Services located in St Clair Shores, Michigan. Blackwood Credit Services is a consulting firm that specializes in credit consulting and small business consulting. She prides herself on helping each client on a one on one basis and really getting to know their situation. Ebony was once like many of the clients that she services today. Her lack of knowledge on the subject of credit earned a credit score of 486. After hard work and diligence, she worked her way up to an 837. To date Ebony has assisted over 1700 clients and helped them to eliminate over $20,427,574 in inaccurate debt reported on her clients’ reports. She calls her clients debt survivors and posts many of their results on social media using the hashtag #testimonyreport. Ebony is no stranger to running successful businesses. She owned and operated an income tax preparation business for 10 years and went on to sell it to H&R Block. She also is the Founder of The Blackwood Organization, a 501(c)(3) committed to giving back to the community.

Juanita Davis Slappy Diversity Communications General Motors

Davis Slappy joined General Motors from Ford Motor Company, where she served in-house as the Multicultural Communications Public Relations Director via agency alignment with Uniworld Group. In her current position, she contributes to diversity and inclusion storytelling across General Motors brands. Davis Slappy has ten plus years of marketing and strategic communications leadership experience. Before Ford, she served in various communications capacities via GlobalHue, with clients such as FCA (Chrysler), U.S. Navy and Walmart, among others. She holds a B. A in Journalism from Hampton University, upon graduation went onto work at ABC affiliate WVEC, WJLB FM 98 and ESPN. The love of her city brought her back home. Her strong commitment to her craft and the City of Detroit is evident in her professional record of accomplishment. She has contributed to some of Detroit’s marquee events, such as the Parade Company’s Hob Nobble Gobble Black Tie Gala, Super Bowl XL host committee, Detroit Grand Prix and Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank and Trust Marathon. She’s a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and married to Theron Slappy.

Todd (DJ Chokes) Everett Founder The Todd Everett Experience

Even though he was raised in Buffalo, NY, Todd Everett (DJ Chokes) has always been exposed to the great music of “Motown” while growing with Hip-Hop as it became mainstream on the east coast. Hailing from a diverse musical family, Chokes knew he wanted to become a DJ at a very early age. After High School, Chokes moved to Detroit, Michigan and began studies at Eastern Michigan University and Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. During this time, Chokes interned with Detroit’s Fox 2 News and WJLB FM 98. January of 2017, Chokes wanted to build a legacy for his family, give back to the community and inspiring DJs, and never be mistaken as a boring DJ with a laptop. As a result, he created The Todd Everett Experience Professional DJ & Lighting Services. Chokes is no stranger to high profile events for companies such as Quicken Loans, The Sean Anderson Organization, DTE, GM, Ford and The Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation, just to name a few. DJ Chokes has a unique style that sets him apart from mainstream DJs. His charm, smile and charismatic personality amazes his audiences when he speaks on the microphone.

Jereshia Hawk

CEO, Online Income & Sales Strategist With over 4 years of corporate Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial experience, Jereshia Hawk has led multi-million dollar projects and started two global online businesses. After 14 months of building her business, Jereshia became a Corporate Dropout and crossed her bridge into full-time entrepreneurship. Through online courses, consulting and networking, Jereshia leverages her skills as an Income Strategist to help online experts and content creators 4X their revenue through positioning and sales strategy. She teaches the everyday side hustle how to leverage the corporate strategies she’s mastered to build a predictable profit process by turning their ideas into income, reclaiming financial flexibility and independence. Jereshia’s mission is to increase the representation of women in higher level leadership positions within corporate America and entrepreneurship. She enjoys long walks down the school supply aisle at Target. Yes, she geeks out over new Post-It Notes and pens. If you want want to start selling your signature services and exponentially increase not only your impact, but your income, she’s the woman for you!

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Jahquan Hawkins

Dean of Students Oakland Community College Jahquan Hawkins is a proud husband, father, college success coach and native Detroiter. He has built a successful career in higher education, leaning on his own experiences as struggling college student himself. Jahquan currently serves as Dean of Student Services at Oakland Community College (OCC)’s largest campus in Auburn Hills, Mich. As a mentor, speaker, author and community college administrator Jahquan is guided by his core belief in “empowering the community by empowering others.” In 2011, he helped spearhead OCC’s “Man Up Program”; providing higher education exposure opportunities to young men in Southfield Public Schools. He remains co-director of this dynamic effort, helping over 300 young men earn transferrable college credit as dual enrollees at OCC. In 2016, Jahquan published his first book, Finding My Way: A Practical Guide to College Success. The text has been adopted by Harper Woods Schools, Job Corps, Wayne State University and others as a mechanism to help students adjust culturally to the higher education environment. Jahquan is currently writing a children’s book designed to inspire youth to intentionally pursue their dreams through education.

Charles Hollowell Jr. CEO and Founder Splash Brothers Auto Spa LLC.

Charles Hollowell Jr., is a successful American entrepreneur, businessman, real estate investor, speaker, and the CEO and founder of Splash Brothers Auto Spa LLC., which is a Mobile Car Wash/ Detailing & power washing company that service everything from Cars, Motorcycles, Boats, Homes, Commercial properties, Driveways, Patios & Decks, and much more! Covering Wayne, Oakland, & Macomb counties of Michigan.

Coralee Hawkins CEO and Lead Designer Coralee Luxe Events

Coralee Hawkins is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made her a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Hawkins has created a name for herself by taking her passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle. She continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. Hawkins, unique eye for design has landed her in several local and national magazines thus naming her the “David Tutera” of her generation. Today, Coralee Hawkins leads an accredited and award-winning company built for today’s fast-moving industry from hard work and experience. Hawkins has a natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Her name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision. Coralee is luxurious to the core! You can find Hawkins work in Jet Magazine, Black Enterprise, and countless others. In 2018, Hawkins received the “Best In Black” Award for best event designer. Today, Hawkins is on a mission to continue to add her unique touch on events across the world.

Wyatt Jones, III Principal Loyola High School

Wyatt Jones, III has been working at Loyola High School in Detroit, Michigan since 2004. In 2015, after eight years as Dean of Student Formation, Mr. Jones was hired as principal. A Detroit native, coming from a family of educators, Mr. Jones earned a Masters in Education from Madonna University after graduating from Allegheny College with a BA in Communications and History. Mr. Jones has committed himself to educating the young people of Detroit and surrounding areas. He founded Dream Chasers Mentoring Group, a non-profit agency focused on assisting young men between the ages of 7-17 with character development and goal setting in 2012 and is working toward his ED.D degree in Educational Leadership at Madonna University. Noted for his excellence in leadership and education, Mr. Jones was nominated for Best Black Principal by the Michigan Chronicle in 2017 and was a finalist for the Governor’s Award for Service in 2015.

Brandy R. McMillion, Esq. Assistant United States Attorney Eastern District of Michigan

Brandy R. McMillion, Esq. currently serves as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan where she prosecutes federal health care fraud and drug diversion cases. She is designated by the United States Department of Justice as one of twelve special prosecutors across the country dedicated to prosecuting medical professionals fueling the opioid epidemic. Brandy obtained her B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Industrial & Operations Engineering from The University of Michigan in 2001 and 2002, respectively. She graduated with honors and pro bono distinction from The George Washington University Law School in 2006. She was a Commercial Litigator with two large law firms in Chicago, Illinois prior to transitioning her career into public service. In her spare time, Brandy enjoys supporting the Michigan Wolverines, volunteering and influencing the lives of children and families. Brandy is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Detroit Alumnae Chapter; and serves on the Boards of Warrior Women Against Poverty and the George Washington University Law School. Brandy enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and their three children, Briana, Bryce and Brayden.

Dannis Mitchell

Diversity & Inclusion Manager Barton Malow Company Dannis is a construction industry professional committed to developing and implementing programs that provide employment and contracting opportunities to diverse candidates and subcontractors. Results driven and dedicated, she has more than 15 years of industry experience that has focused on business and workforce development. Dannis uses her experience to drive growth within the industry while dissolving entrenched biases through targeted engagement initiatives. As Diversity & Inclusion Manager for Barton Malow Company, Dannis leads the company’s efforts in leveraging resources to increase capacity and utilization of targeted businesses and workforce candidates on construction projects. She builds and manages relationships with key stakeholders including union representatives, community development organizations, educational institutions and corporate partners to connect contract bidding and talent engagement opportunities that support Barton Malow Company’s business and workforce development diversity program. Dannis currently supports workforce recruitment efforts by serving as a resource for skilled trade apprenticeship programs in Michigan, North Carolina and Georgia.

Moussa Niang

Global Purchasing Buyer Ford Motor Company Moussa Niang is the President and CEO of Foundation 221, Inc. a humanitarian non-profit organization that provides services to orphans, assists women and children with health issues, and aims to build community leaders within the youth. Niang currently serves as VP3 of Operations for the National Black MBA Association, Detroit Chapter. He has served as the Director of Community Service and Development for the chapter where he has launched several initiatives that aimed either to provide relief to the community, bring awareness, grow, or develop the community. He is active in Detroit’s revitalization effort, having participated in the Brightmoor Task force team mandated to restore Brightmoor to a vibrant African-Caribbean town. Moussa has implemented several youth leadership initiatives. He is a Global Purchasing Buyer at Ford Motor Company where he managed an annual turnover of over 200 million USD. Moussa holds a Bachelors in Financial Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Paul Quinn College in Dallas, TX. He also has a MBA in Strategic Leadership and several certifications.

J. Mallory McCree Actor Trailblazer Honoree

Loren “LOJO” Hicks Founder & CEO Michigan Fashion Week

Loren “LOJO” Hicks - Clothing Designer & Founder of Michigan Fashion Week, with an extensive fashion background that ranges from fashion publications to modeling and styling for top photographers locally and abroad. Born and raised in the Detroit area, LOJO is known for her keen eye for fashion and her love for making all her clients look good. Although LOJO holds a bachelors degree in Statistics, from Grand Valley State University, she has chosen to make fashion design her principal focus in life. LOJO has had extensive training in sewing and designing, and although she’s young, her desire is to one day pass what she has learned to the next generation. She has been sought out to speak at several universities and colleges on fashion and design. Currently based in Metro-Detroit, LOJO has been busy working with her clients as well as her chief project, Michigan Fashion Week- 2018. LOJO, married, mother of two girls expanded her eye for fashion with Lillian’s Bows & Clothes for the young fashionista’s as well.

Roslyn Karamoko Owner Detroit Is The New Black

Roslyn Karamoko is originally from Seattle, WA and attended Howard University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising. Upon graduation Roslyn moved to NY and started her career as an intern for Sean John. Eventually, she landed a spot in the Buyer’s Training Program at Saks Fifth Avenue, and spent much of her career working in the Buying and Planning divisions of the luxury retailer. Roslyn’s love for people and culture took her to Singapore next, where she was an inaugural member of an international fashion e-commerce start-up. She was recruited by the conglomerate to source and introduce international brands to the Southeast Asian market. She moved to Detroit in 2013. Called “The Motor City’s Hottest Designer” by TIME Magazine, Roslyn started Détroit is the New Black in 2014. “Detroit is where you see creativity and opportunity intersect. I wanted the brand to reflect that intersection.”, says Karamoko. In July of 2016, Détroit is the New Black opened its flagship store on Woodward Ave in Downtown Detroit.

Dr. Erin Merriweather, DDS General Dentist Waller Health Center

J. Mallory McCree, a native of Detroit, MI, has been paving his way towards stardom. After attending Rutgers University, earning a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts (Calista Flockhart, Sebastian Stan, Mike Coulter), J. Mallory moved to New York City. He booked roles in New York’s premiere off-broadway houses such as Signature Theatre and Playwright’s Horizons. Soon after, McCree would make his Broadway debut in the all black revival of, A Streetcar Named Desire. Acquiring a strong background in theatre, J. has broken through to film and television.

Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Dr. Erin Merriweather’s passion for her city ran deep. Graduating Renaissance High School in 2003, her career goals led her to Michigan State University with a degree in Chemistry, then University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry graduating in 2011.

Some of McCree’s prominent leading roles include the films, From Nowhere (SXSW 2016 Audience Award Winner), Cloned (Cannes Film Festival) and Fox Searchlight’s, Black Nativity. Most notable television credits include season 6 of Homeland on Showtime (Sekou Bah); ABC’s hit show Quantico; and Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix. McCree has also guest starred on Law & Order SVU (NBC); Blue Bloods (CBS) and Code Black (CBS). Mr. McCree will next be seen in TNT’s, The Last Ship. J. Mallory was also featured in the March 2017 issue of Elle Magazine kicking off the INTEL feature. You can learn more about J. at

Merriweather was awarded a position at Detroit Community Health Connection (DCHC): a non-profit, federally qualified health center. She was honored to serve demographics of patients who were typically unaware of dental health options.

Kerrie M. Mitchell

Vice President of Marketing and Development Matrix Human Services Kerrie Mitchell is the Vice President of Marketing and Development for Matrix Human Services, a not for profit organization based in Detroit, MI. Mitchell is a graduate of Wayne State University, where she received a BA in Communications. At Matrix Human Services she serves as the youngest leader of a six person executive team, which now has 550 employees and 33 locations. One of Mitchell’s responsibilities within the company is to build awareness of the programs and free services available to the community. These programs are designed to help the children and families of Detroit reach self-sufficiency. Kerrie takes pride in her role of continuing the vision and mission of the 112-year-old non-profit as well as introducing new strategies to the organization. Mitchell also leads the organization’s fundraising efforts, encouraging individuals and corporations to aid in Matrix’s mission to educate children, support families and revitalize the neighborhoods of Detroit.

Kamal Norton

CEO All Pro Color Design and Print Solutions Kamal Norton grew up in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Cass Technical High School. He went on to study finance at Wayne State University, and is owner and CEO of All Pro Color Design and Print Solutions, located in Oak Park, Michigan. Kamal’s entrepreneurial skills started in middle school, and progressed when, as a college student, he offered graphic design and printing services. Since then, All Pro Color has blossomed into a viable resource for entrepreneurs, small businesses, political campaigns, churches, non-profit organizations and everyday people. All Pro Color is a small business that has been instrumental in driving industry standards by offering high quality, full color printing at competitive prices, with an unbeatable turnaround time, to over 21,000 customers nationwide. Kamal oversees the overall business development of All Pro Color but focuses on ecommerce and printing technology. Kamal loves his city and is very active in the community supporting organizations geared toward youth development. He is a sport fanatic and enjoys traveling, food and family. Kamal and his wife, Talisa, have two children, Reagan Marie and Kamal Alexander.

Initially, she worked at Corner Dental in Toledo, OH then after 2 years transitioned to Southfield Dental Care. After 3 years, a career opportunity that supported her main reason for becoming a dentist finally surfaced: it served the community. Dr.

From DCHC, Dr. Merriweather has transitioned to Waller Health Center, another non-profit, where she currently continues serving the people of Detroit. Dr. Merriweather believes everyone should have access to health care regardless of social economic status. She is grateful she can serve the people who need it most.

Chandra Moore

Director of Design and Founder coG-studio LLC Chandra Moore is the Director of Design and Founder of coG-studio LLC in Detroit. Moore received her Bachelors and Masters of Architecture from University of Detroit Mercy, with a focus on the meaning and the mechanics of Youth and the Urban Environment. In addition to analyzing Urban Communities like Detroit, Chandra was given the opportunity to practice in the United States, China and London where she worked on a joint venture with London’s Architecture firm Zaha Hadid. With over fifteen years of vast experience, she has served as a Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy-School of Architecture and Lawrence Technology University-School of Architecture. In 2011 she started coG-studio LLC, a multi award-winning design firm where they provide unique opportunities and solutions for working families, young professionals, and developers. As she has worked on a variety of projects from the 20 acre Detroit Medical Center Courts, to the Detroit Future City. Her passion remains in revitalizing Urban Communities; revamping the way families live; while improving the return on investment for Real Estate Developers across the country.

Margaret Okotie-Eboh School Culture Facilitator Detroit Public Schools

Margaret’s career in education reflects her commitment to serving others. In middle school she was named a Millennium Dreamer by Disney World and McDonald’s as one of 2,000 students worldwide who do their best and give back to the community. As the School Culture Administrator at Benjamin Carson High School of Science & Medicine, Margaret has excelled as a leader and mentor of students, and as a liaison between students, staff, and parents. She has successfully recruited business partners to provide an array of resources to her students, including field trips and sponsorship of the annual senior class breakfast and awards ceremony. Career Day has blossomed since Margaret took the helm. Proven leaders from all walks of life are recruited by Margaret to talk to students about their lives and careers. Her efforts on Count Day ensure that student attendance is close to 100%. She calls students and arranges for them to attend school on that important day in October. Margaret serves as senior class sponsor for this year’s graduating class, helping to plan activities. Margaret loves volunteering at ProLiteracy Detroit, and international travel.

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Erica Peeples

Christen Rochon


Erica Breann Peeples, born May 22nd, is an American actress born and raised in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Erica first discovered her passion for acting as a child. She was apart of a youth theater group called Mosaic where she performed in numerous productions. After a successful academic career in high school, Erica’s innate passion for acting, led her to apply to the famed Juilliard School where she was accepted and studied drama. After graduating from Juilliard, Erica went on to star in several famous off Broadway productions, such as Joe Turners Come and Gone, A Raisin In The Sun and Piano Lesson. She’s had several small television roles on series such as Law and Order Criminal Intent and Law and Order CSI. Most recently, Erica landed the lead role in the feature film True To The Game alongside Columbus Short, Vivica A. Fox and the late Nelsan Ellis. True to the Game will b e in theaters nationwide September 2017. It’s just the beginning for Erica. She’s a rising star and is sure to entertain and captivate audiences around the world.

Pastor Welton T. Smith IV New Life Family Church

Pastor Welton T. Smith IV was born and raised in the Metropolitan Detroit area. As God would have it, he accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at a young age and has not looked back. The evidence of God‘s hand upon his life was witnessed early, and Pastor Smith quickly became a servant of the Lord. In January 2002, he was officially licensed to the preaching ministry and later ordained in February 2006. Pastor Smith, by the spirit of God, was lead to launch out and do something out of the ordinary. God was ushering in a new thing; he directed Pastor Smith to birth a church that operated under Kingdom Authority, rather than man-made traditions. Out of those divine orders, the New Life Family Church was born on Resurrection Sunday, in April 2007. Since the time of its inception, New Life has become a life-changing experience for all who have encountered it! Pastor Smith walks in a powerful anointing to reach the unreachable, the broken, the wounded, and the rejected. He has earnestly committed to demonstrating unconditional love to all that God sends his way.

DeLashea Strawder

Associate Artistic Director & Director of Music Programs Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit DeLashea Strawder has been active in youth development and community arts education for more than a decade. Strawder is the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Music Programs of the internationally acclaimed Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and serves on the National Creative Youth Development Action team. Strawder is recognized as a leading conductor and pedagogue. She facilitates creative youth development and arts infused education trainings for teaching artists, educators and organizations locally and at national conferences. As an artist and arts administrator working at the intersection of education, culture and community development Strawder knows firsthand the power of creativity necessary to build access, foster engagement, transform communities, and inspire systemic change.

Dr. Makeda K. Turner

Assistant Director of Academic Programming and Student Development University of Michigan, Comprehensive Studies Program. Dr. Makeda K. Turner is the Assistant Director of Academic Programming and Student Development at the University of Michigan, Comprehensive Studies Program. She has over 14 years of experience in higher education, working in various capacities including admissions, advising, and first-year instruction. Dr. Turner was educated in the Detroit Public Schools, graduating from Cass Technical High School. She is a proud alumnus of Eastern Michigan University, having earned a Doctor of Philosophy - Educational Leadership, a Master of Art - Educational Leadership & Student Affairs, and a Bachelor of Business Administration - Marketing. Her dissertation titled “The Essence of a College Summer Bridge Program: Voices of Students Who Completed College” explored the experiences of college graduates who participated in a Summer Bridge Program, and contributing factors to the participant’s academic and professional success beyond college graduation. Dr. Turner is an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. She has been happily married to her husband Nye for almost 12 years. They have two young children, Nye II and Mya.

Allanté Whitmore

Engineer, Educator, Entrepreneur Allanté is a proud Detroit native making her mark as a social entrepreneur in the city and continues to expand her reach. She is known as one of the founding co-hosts of theHAPPENING, a Detroit-based brunch for young professionals. Allanté led the McNair Scholars Program at Wayne State University before leaving to pursue a joint Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on uncovering the environmental and social implications of autonomous vehicle technology. She spends her free time on her newest project, Blk + in Grad School, chronicling her experience as a Black woman navigating academia. Through this entrepreneurial endeavor, she melds her passion for education and engineering by providing encouragement and tools for women and people of color to successfully navigate the graduate education journey. Although away, Allanté maintains close ties to Detroit and plans to return when she completes her Ph.D. In her leisure, Allanté enjoys traveling, volunteering with her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and spending time with her grandfather, Herbert Whitmore.

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Publisher, Digital Thought Leader and Influencer An influencer, media personality and serial digital entrepreneur, Christen Rochon engages women around the world with her genuine approach celebrating a well-balanced digital lifestyle. A broadcast industry veteran, Christen’s authority in media, fashion and technology has been solidified through her 15+ broadcast marketing career in TV and radio, as well as her role as Digital Lifestyle Expert contributing to Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine and News One Now on TVOne. As a respected digital lifestyle contributor, Christen takes pride in empowering audiences with what’s trending in technology news that everyone can use. With the award-winning “style meets technology” brand leading the way, Christen continues to build & cultivate additional lifestyle channels in automotive (, travel and STEM programs to more holistically connect style and technology empowered living for all.

J. Drew Sheard II

Grammy-Nominated Producer CEO Karew Entertainment 3x Grammy-Nominated Producer. Executive. Artist. CEO. Businessman. J. Drew Sheard II is indeed a man of many hats. As a Detroit native and graduate of Marygrove College with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, J.Drew’s passion for music has always been clear. He was the first producer to be signed to Pharrell Williams Star Trak label as a teenager. Now, as an executive and award-winning producer himself, he’s collaborated with world renown artists such as Karen-Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Faith Evans, Diddy, Lil’ Kim, Snoop Dogg, Mali Music and many others. As an artist, he’s released 3 solo projects, including his debut “The Long Way Home”. He also executive produced and co-starred in the hit BET reality series “The Sheards”. A few years ago he took on the position of A&R at Karew Records. As of recently, he was elevated to CEO/President and has since then expanded the label into a full service entertainment company that specializes in music, films, and apparel. The company recently celebrated their first chart-topping Billboard #1 song under his leadership.

Eonica M. Smith

Chief Executive Officer & Founder Onie Organics & Detroit Natural Hair Expo LLC. Eonica Smith Is a 30 year old CEO from Detroit, Michigan. She is a single mother of twin daughters, Logan and Laiyah. In just shy of 2 years Eonica Smith has manage to take the hair and beauty industry by storm. She is the founder of Onie Organics. A luxury hair care product line. she has created 7 of her own formulas right from her kitchen, Her Formulations were made to promote healthy growing hair by using nothing but top of the line ingredients that have been proven to work. Eonica is also the founder of the Detroit Natural Hair expo, the largest natural hair expo in the midwest that is held here in Detroit. The event brought in over 1500 attendees from all over the USA in 2017. Eonica is the Co-Founder of Revolutionary Women Inc a organization that mentors, inspires, empowers and teaches other young women to also become CEO’s. She is passionate about helping others, her family, mentoring and giving back to her community. She is the true definition of black girl magic.


enior Director of Community and S Social Responsibility Detroit Pistons Erika Swilley is the Senior Director of Community and Social Responsibility for the Detroit Pistons. Previously she spent time in community relations for the Chicago Sky and Sky Cares Foundation and Golden State Warriors. In her role, Swilley coordinates the philanthropic initiatives of the Pistons and their players. She also organizes events as part of numerous league wide initiatives as part of NBA Cares, as well as, has an instrumental role with player development and works closely with team sponsors and the players’ personal foundations. Swilley was named 2007 and 2008 Palace Sports & Entertainment Community Relations Employee of the Year and has received three World Championship rings as part of overseeing community relations efforts for the WNBA Detroit Shock and Golden State Warriors. In 2009 Swilley was selected as a “Woman of Excellence” by the Michigan Chronicle and in 2010 was recognized in “Who’s Who” in Black Detroit. Swilley received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a major in communication, marketing and sociology.

LeeRoy Wells Jr.

Vice President Consumers Energy Company LeeRoy Wells Jr. is vice president of operations support for Consumers Energy. He is responsible for managing customer and employee experience enhancement across the company’s safety and health, supply chain, administrative, real estate, fleet and facilities functions. Wells previously served as executive director of electric system operations and maintenance. Wells also guided zone managers in delivering operational excellence, system reliability and speedy storm restoration. Wells’ previous Consumers Energy roles include director of customer and service infrastructure, and managerial positions in electric systems maintenance, instrumentation, controls, infrastructure and operations. Wells joined Consumers Energy in 2006 as part of the electric generation operations team responsible for electric infrastructure reliability. Wells is a proud husband and father of four. He graduated from Michigan Technological University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and received a master’s degree in organizational leadership and management from Lourdes College. Wells also holds a master’s certificate in project management from The George Washington University School of Business, and certification in business acumen for high-potential executives from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Kimberly Williams

Vice-President Universal Special Events, Inc. Growing up in a family-owned business can be very difficult at times, but when you have a passion for your work it makes it a lot easier to handle. Kimberly Williams is a part of the Valet Parking Industry. The only African American valet company in the state of Michigan; Kim is Vice-President alongside Tonia Williams. The motto of their business is “Providing a Positive First and Last Impression”. Kimberly started working in the business at a very early age, watching and observing the business. She knew how to step in when the CEO is busy or out of town. At 21 years of age, she is a very young Vice-President but knows how to handle her business. She works with the homeless providing goodie bags as well as started an organization called “Sisters in the City” which provide services to various organizations in the community such as Gleaners. Kimberly is looking forward to one day becoming President of the company.

Samuel Spencer

Chief Financial Officer, Chief Procurement Officer and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions Chemico Group Samuel Spencer is the Chief Financial Officer and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for The Chemico Group. Mr. Spencer is responsible for managing finance and accounting departments as well as all corporate mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Spencer also oversees Supply Chain and Information Technology. Mr. Spencer has years of experience in investment banking, corporate finance, cost engineering, procurement optimization and management consulting. Prior to joining The Chemico Group, Mr. Spencer served as Vice President of Finance, Operations and Process at the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council where he oversaw multiple operational areas while advising middle market companies on mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Spencer also held roles at Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division, UBS Investment Bank, Dana Holding Corporation and A.T. Kearney. Mr. Spencer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), and received his Six Sigma Green Belt certification. He attended The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he received a Master of Business Administration degree specializing in Finance and Accounting.

Raymond Tucker

Vice President, Client Manager Bank of America Merrill Lynch Raymond Tucker is a Vice President, Client Manager for Small Business Client Management at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. As a Client Manager, Raymond manages a portfolio of small business clients within the Michigan, Ohio and Indiana markets. He partners with 8 Small Business Bankers and together they are tasked with delivering the entire enterprise to their clients. Prior to his current role, Raymond spent 3 years as a Financial Center Manager starting in the Saginaw market and moving to the Detroit market. Raymond is a member of the Small Business Client Management Spirit and Caring Committee, along with the Black Professionals Group and LEAD for Women employee networks. As an engaged leader in these programs, Ray volunteered well over 70 hours in 2017. Some of his noteworthy volunteer time was spent responding to the water crisis in Flint, Habitat for Humanity and Angels of Hope. Raymond enjoys cooking, bowling and spending time with his family. He has a strong passion for helping create energy and engagement not only with his family and friends, but also with his fellow colleagues and partners.

Anthony White

Artistic Director Detroit Youth Performing Arts Company Anthony White is the Artistic Director for the Detroit Youth Concert Choir and Performing Arts Company. Mr. White succeeded Fleming Ivory, the founder of the organization in 2001. He has directed more than 1000 youth from the metro Detroit area, in which he has created a platform for them to develop their skills in performing arts. Anthony White has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Marygrove College. Mr. White and the Detroit Youth Choir have performed at various places in the U.S and Canada. The organization was awarded the Spirit of Detroit, Mary McLeod Bethune Award and the DMC Community Service Award. In 2016, Mr. White received recognition from WXYZ Local 7 News as “Person of the Week”. Lastly, the Detroit Youth Choir also won the Texas Gospel Music Excellence Award 2018. Mr. White also serves as the Minister of Music a t Victory Community Church in Detroit. Lastly, all this would not be worthwhile if it wasn’t for the love and support of his loving wife, NeQuan White and daughter Shyel, who is also a member of DYC.

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Vice President of Talent Development Quicken Loans Family of Companies


KimArie Yowell is a native Detroiter and after spending several years in various leadership roles in Dallas, she returned home to participate in the revitalization of the city. She is the Vice President of Talent Development at Quicken Loans. KimArie is responsible for leading her team to create sustainable and holistic development programs for all team members. This includes onboarding, team member development and leadership development, as well as organizational development and engagement initiatives. She has more than 20 years of experience in client service, sales and corporate education, focused on organizational success. She has an MBA and Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix and an Executive Master of Science in Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. KimArie has an intense passion for the development of people and helping them achieve their true potential. She firmly believes that one’s ability to effectively make an impact in the world rests on their ability to be inclusive, follow their passion and allow their intent to impact their outcomes. She spends her spare time with her family, friends and volunteering in the community.

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“Success is never the individual act of one, but the collective acts of many. The individual must first determine success is the only option.” – LeeRoy Wells, Jr.


CONGRATULATIONS LeeRoy Wells, Jr., Consumers Energy Vice President of Operations, on being named a Michigan Chronicle 40 Under Forty 2018 Honoree.

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As a supervising senior auditor within Comerica Bank’s internal audit department, Shontell Everett is constantly striving to better herself as a professional, mother and community figure. Born and raised in Taylor, Michigan, the Metro Detroit native has dedicated the last 22 years to expanding her skills working with various departments within the bank. Everett established her career with Comerica as a customer service representative while raising her two sons and earning her bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Christine Moore (center), executive vice president and general auditor for Comerica Bank, was recognized by Career Mastered with its Women’s History Leadership in Action award. The women honored with this recognition have demonstrated leadership in their careers and are exceptional role models of what a woman can do. Celebrating her achievements were Comerica colleagues Angela Williams (left) and Ketra Lewis.

Comerica colleagues Patricia McCann (left), Pat Alexander, Charise Key-Gray, Lynn Pearson, Larry Bryant and Keith Buchanan joined Stephanie Mitchell at the Michigan Chronicle’s 2018 Women of Excellence recognition ceremony as she accepted her award. Mitchell, vice president and manager of Comerica’s Southfield Tower banking center, received the award for her exceptional success in business and her community and philanthropic involvements. For more than 10 years The Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence has celebrated local African American women who inspire colleagues and the community through business achievements, community service and strategic leadership.

As Everett’s interest in pursuing a career in the financial industry grew, so did her education. “During my time as a customer service representative, I enjoyed Shontell Everett learning from and interacting with colleagues in other departments,” Everett said. “Gaining a better understanding for the different perspectives and areas within the bank inspired me to continue my career and step out of my comfort zone.” After serving as a credit specialist in the small business department for seven years, Everett revisited her marketing background and earned her master’s degree as a marketing representative. Following nearly a decade of creating brand collateral and marketing materials, Everett found her way to the internal auditing department. Since establishing herself in the department, she’s earned a promotion and is working to achieve a Certified Internal Auditor certificate. “Supporting marketing initiatives allowed me to establish relationships with community partners and colleagues throughout the bank,” Everett said. “In my current role, I enjoy the opportunity to further those relationships and work alongside those folks to ensure efficiency and accuracy in their departments.”

Comerica colleagues Tommie Moore and ­Samantha Cunningham and their families joined Detroit Tigers Mascot PAWS at the opening celebration for Detroit PAL’s new headquarters and athletic facilities at The Corner Ballpark presented by Adient. Comerica Bank is the official bank sponsor of the new headquarters and plans to install an ATM in the building’s front plaza, providing guests of the new Corner Ballpark and Corktown residents and visitors the convenience of banking at a Comerica ATM beginning this summer.

Comerica Bank’s military initiative team hosted current and prospec-

Comerica Bank hosts free document tive partners for an exciting afternoon at Little Caesars Arena. Comerica colleagues and their guests enjoyed a tour of the state-of-theshredding and electronic collection event at Comerica Park art arena, including the Comerica Bank Players Club, during the Little Comerica Bank, Iron Mountain and Re-Source Partners invite the community to the annual Shred Day event on Saturday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Comerica Park. Shred Day is a free document shredding event designed to help raise awareness for identity theft protection. Iron Mountain will shred paper documents onsite using mobile shredding units or live shredding trucks. The shredded paper will then be turned into pulp and recycled. Re-Source Partners will be collecting electronics such as computer systems and accessories, handheld devices and office equipment for recycling. Gleaners Community Food Bank will be collecting nonperishable food items during the event as well. Everyone is encouraged to give back while protecting their identity. Comerica Park is located at 2100 Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

Caesars Arena’s first year as the home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. Participants savored the opportunity to meet and interact with four-time Stanley Cup Champion and former Detroit Red Wing Kirk Maltby following a lunch and networking session. The military initiative team, co-chaired by Comerica Bank’s Patricia McCann and Cindy Croft, actively supports veterans and active duty military through benefits, fundraisers and community-based events.

Lending a helping hand at the Play-Place for Autistic Children dance were Comerica Bank volunteers Antoinette Frost, Nicole Wade Bell, Holly Windom and Michelle Craig. Play-Place for Autistic Children provides a fun-filled, judgment free, haven of hope for families with autism and special needs challenges. Michael Cheatham, Community Reinvestment Act manager for Comerica Bank’s Michigan market, discussed the basics of the stock market with POWER Org Math students as part of the organization’s Math and Financial Empowerment Series. The series aims to provide financial tips and education to community youth ages 10 to 16 to help provide a better understanding of finances and financial decision making as they approach adulthood. POWER Org Math embraces, engages and empowers Metro Detroit youth to increase their confidence, competency and proficiency with mathematics.


Detroit has long been known as a great jazz town. Celebrating its 18th season, Comerica Bank Java & Jazz continues the tradition of providing a monthly after work concert series that showcases some of Detroit’s finest creative talent.

Comerica Bank Java & Jazz • May 15, 2018 6:00 p.m. Detroit Public Library – Main Library 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202

Isis Damil

Area chefs competed to see who could create the most innovative and delicious desserts featuring Girl Scout cookies at the annual Girl Scout Cookie Gala. Enjoying the annual gala were Comerica colleagues (clockwise from left) Patricia McCann, Antoinette Frost and Shaelese King with guest Joe Hickman.

Clearly one of Detroit’s musical treasures, Isis Damil is a producer, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and current member of the Stellar Award Winning, Grammy nominated group J. Moss and PAJAAM! Isis is a new breed of musical artist who is comfortable in all musical genres while creatively making any style completely her own. Her vocal stylings are a mix of her classical training with Jazz, funk, soul, scat and fusion.

Shontell Everett, supervising senior auditor, Comerica Bank internal audit department, enjoys spending time with her children Devin, left, and Darius. In her spare time, Everett likes to watch movies with her children and enjoys connecting with her family during the holidays. Responsible for planning and executing audits, developing budgets and schedules, and managing teams to ensure quality results and efficiency, Everett oversees and interacts with numerous colleagues. An avid people person, she lives by the mantra “treat others as you wish to be treated.” “I’ve been blessed to foster positive relationships during my time at Comerica and enjoy identifying best practices and areas of improvement for each audit team I work with,” Everett said. “I’ve always been thankful for those that have shared knowledge with me throughout my career, so I take advantage of any instance I can do the same for others.” Connecting with individuals in the workplace is only the beginning, as she also plays an active role supporting Comerica Cares volunteer initiatives. Constantly supporting her church, she lends a hand whenever possible, assisting with coordination and implementation efforts for shelter events, food donations and other initiatives benefiting community members in need. During her 22 years with Comerica, Everett has volunteered at Gleaner’s Community Food Bank and the North End Youth Improvement Council’s AdoptA-Child program. Everett and her department have also played an instrumental role in volunteering at the Oakland County Sherriff Office’s annual Benefit for the Disabled Fishing Derby for the past nine years. “We look forward to the fishing derby each year because we’ve formed relationships with the officers and participants and it warms my heart to see the excitement on their faces and watch them enjoy the fishing and boating activities,” Everett said. What are your hobbies? “I love to read fiction, self-help and autobiography books whenever possible. I’ve found these types of books to be a healthy combination of informative, yet interesting reads. It’s nice to observe and reflect with self-help books and I like to learn about the lives of others through their own eyes by reading autobiographies. Fictional novels provide a break from life and allow me to imagine and escape. An avid reader all of my life, my girlfriends regularly encourage me to write a book of my own – which may happen one day.” What are your goals for the future? “I hope to continue my growth and development at Comerica Bank as I continue to create and maintain relationships with co-workers and community partners. While I’m open to opportunities, I’m very happy with my current position, so I’m furthering my knowledge and background of the industry. Working to achieve my Certified Internal Auditor certificate, I hope to find innovative ways to improve efficiency for my audit teams. As I begin to near retirement, I hope to dedicate more time volunteering with the senior citizen community and assisting mentally challenged and disabled individuals around the country. Having taken a number of cruises, traveling to a few Caribbean Islands and visiting Florida regularly, I’ve decided my retirement home will be somewhere warm and regularly keep an eye and an ear on travel packages to Hawaii, as it’s currently my dream vacation destination.”

For more information on how Comerica colleagues are giving back to our community, visit

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The Entrepreneurs Guide to

Moon Phase

By AJ Williams This is the generation of the alternative entrepreneur, the age where alternative methods of achieving success like mindfulness and meditation are at the forefront of popularity. Millennials, even X-lennials like myself are turning away from the traditional definitions and avenues of success and looking inward and even to astronomy and spirituality to understand not just the method of success but the energy of success through moon phase energy: NEW MOON – A new moon phase has an introspective and introverted feeling; it’s the lowest energy of the cycle. It serves as a good time to rest, dream, nurture your creative side, make a vision board, set intentions and goals.

Detroit CEO Hopes For Love Connection On Lifetime’s

“Love at First Flight” By AJ Williams

Nothing tests a budding relationship like travel, and the new series Love at First Flight takes it a step further, matching new couples to embark on a romantic (and stressful) journey across North America — with the chance to get married at the airport immediately after their final flight lands.

Waxing Crescent Moon, First Quarter Moon(waxing half moon), Waxing Gibbous Moon – These moon phases have more engaging energy, giving way to a desire to prepare, energies gradually rise from waxing crescent through waxing gibbous moon. This a phase is an excellent time to put in place the plans and structures needed to realize your new moon business goals and intentions, update services or pricing, schedule meetings, communicate new ideas and write down thoughts for new projects, delegate takes and plants metaphorical seeds.

Meeting for the first time in New York, the couples criss-cross the country towards Los Angeles, as their compatibility is tested not only by the unpredictable pressures of travel, but also by a series of uniquely crafted travel-based challenges. Cass Tech Alumni and former MSU Spartan, Stephanie Johnson is the Founder and CEO of Detroit’s Singles & The City (http:// – an exclusive member based community for single professionals willing to become the person they seek to attract. After a corporate layoff in 2015 – Stephanie took her then passion of hosting events and turned it into profit, having expanded her company to 5 cities in less than 4 years. Singles & The City has active chapters and hosts’ monthly events in Dallas, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Detroit.

FULL MOON – A full moon phase brings with it a creative, inspiring, productive energy because the moon is at the peak of its energy phase. This is a great time to work and play, create new programs, write new blogs, or launch the business or intentions you set in the new moon phase because the light of the moon will shine positively.

Although watching her from afar looks seamless, she’s the first to be transparent about being a full-time Entrepreneur. Stephanie nearly lost everything in 2016 – sleeping on friend’s sofas and Lyfting to her own events. Despite the loss, she managed to open 2 new chapters in Los Angeles and Chicago.

Waning Gibbous Moon, Last Quarter Moon (waning half moon), Waning Crescent Moon – The last of the moon phases before it starts over brings a desire to clear, energies are beginning to recede as we transition from the full moon peak to the low new moon phase. It’s a great time to wrap things up, especially anything that has been weighing on you, invoice, clear your desk, and banish clutter, take care of any to-dos now that will keep you from feeling restful and peaceful during the upcoming new moon.

Filming Love At First Flight was an amazing experience and Stephanie is very excited to share her life with the viewers. Tune in and find out how this local entrepreneur made the best out of uncertain situations and maybe even found the love of her life…all while traveling North America with a stranger. LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT airs ­Tuesdays @ 10/9C on Lifetime

Superstar NE-YO Partners with Lincoln for

“First Listen” Music Series By AJ Williams The Lincoln Motor Company has launched the next chapter in its Lincoln First Listen music series featuring singer, songwriter and multiple GRAMMY® award winner NE-YO. This sixth installment features the Revel sound system in the luxurious setting of the all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator as NE-YO discusses the inspiration for his new song “Good Man.” “I’m excited to partner with Lincoln, a brand that is synonymous with style, class and luxury,” said NE-YO. “Through this showcase of the Lincoln Navigator, I hope to inspire good men everywhere who are balancing career, family and identity, while leading by example to show people what it is to be a good man.” Capturing the quiet confidence of both artist and vehicle, the video’s behind-the-scenes narrative is personal and up-close. On a cinematic nighttime drive through Los Angeles, both the understated elegance of Navigator

along with the artistry and class of NE-YO are showcased. NE-YO’s single “Good Man” serves as the soundtrack. The artist’s voiceover of his lyrics touches on the many facets of being a good man, a theme reinforced throughout as diverse settings bring out different sides of NEYO to humanize his larger-than-life persona. “Highlighting NE-YO’s vehicle choice as a symbol of his personal growth is an ideal narrative for the 2018 Lincoln Navigator,” said Jennifer Edwards, Lincoln multicultural communications manager. “His journey represents the maturity, class and quiet confidence Lincoln is known for. As his lyrics bear out, NE-YO is a new man – a good man – and the 2018 Lincoln Navigator is a completely new vehicle.” Music is an important part of Lincoln’s commitment to the arts. In addition to events, concert series and more, the brand also demonstrates that commitment through its Lincoln First Listen series.

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Whi ch at a early bo e bre in No h pro elor d mic By Roz Court s sa rth, abein teens, m ide fires le sta ast Ca ok, "Thast canvi, Mi gram of Legal ed to District is nd she was in her hig placry, anbein g lo36th sing with Brande Edward and a Na ing ncer Su e Bla cer chiga at DTE VP, JoAnn g yal som ary quee invitan n,cted e fo dwith n Hun the lishe tionw and He rvival ck suexpe ethi er; wan werta ill toArch ch Wo rvivor Mahalia n of gosp legendter en Officer Guide V mys That r alRob way d by ide Cri ali ma ng ngwom tin ing thfe Tax to ro WDI of l A resu n’s ld. s Pra ,000 in Am , als formed Jackson. el music, sis to Winter nic g Chie co I un Un elf Ewa and Hun Dr. the$100 ege m o dred ," wa of town rgent Ali de g in ucanderic to he alon un with r, AB Willia le.c and By Fac der de claim her own She later ards Detr healtmino teachupw approach Sandra th h e ofth shoppin in Detroit ed ez; rs an lp fend try rter rity es cou somethi oit has downC-C s justheal m Pic at Chav raise om I Keith Meditati gospel highly acs. mak Repo LIO healt toh an developm es to com ren’s Wild pubg it of tand guest host Sen qu de un rse e d hou ka and for smang of a become . child we C on Sing group, the Tim bre rs are: on. ings merWh ior Edi fin deor Monday ial . 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A turn nt fu Influ an ma es t was t canressiv rac sc nacy n talent 40 is rd 8:00 p.m. towa wa cy to attrathe best straexperts woefullybig es her ris d en ofall ndship d to de a proiversi o me toonset her pare breakfast. ho Sundays erne forMich winning re trus teac lly savi y wa thhbireast so , and Wom occ k ngs, in her contest that tegie can mi ty ne t at ms ual cce would each do sunal m to bour ct new s firs thday. ur Ann and the short on natio but ed spon ted he grow ol, gift tomanot a eth 5:00 p.m. from 12:00 cloc cerks of so, ed, arl ethi as bef oth se to businesss leave the ntone of singing for resulted to the chilon- Interort wh In fac ore breast ch ucat sibi withrs ar n and personal char an en the y er enclavesgeoning dia 2nd savvy men t its ng a week after they a wo mAtouc — the d he dure, business e that pare t t, mit ard co ildre ing lity she gnose Sum clubs Detroit’s best lon Stores supp ir com downtow ica pop-up th e in set up entrepreneur forw mos ld argu mu y wo lp eac they their ence h, gti at the was d witDrDay . Ho m-to will close n Last DTE e a nsid n, known nities uld wo Show time, bein 39en’s h bre lloise g. “Few wouthe hardest yet fortuncerme vol is appa shop phen n, the Thanksgiv for the downtow30 smallportesCahave all h oth uld tentdise er it th youn of yea . Wom — week’s r ofone shop omenon and wellthe give of So un er first Bar. She the Flame are rs old thast n DetrHollo tee , the Christmas ing and discrimirently a good to the iallyase no en g this ayear heal recordin sign bac to pro al ma cieFrom r for ’s the oit toways in ing is oneg jobs, and we powerful . serve asthe ir imagi needs bre bu t nating holidays. k to mise powe 1953. and left: tydren fit for g cont ed her ers. ast cate workers, dec ir annu hou of of bo Acco da t a only I r ide ogr r of will the Asdowntow Am a consumown nami alm nings gyvenTres amer a fer for were Her two bigg ract in rewardin tha a blacancer er- Dea a village our work of —kept bey And muc d to Ener day shop visitors de th lo rd nger po sor a ma s of e n ng “And tha ED t t for have me l-Ga spon est som nt in and su pro ck e Tres Gallowa ou s cerem ter- was ond by Me” and other h like llow pers.he t somholi hits Hill at cal g ndou That pwome atur mnate to committed to wo affects inv esty, s th Ston h draw WM ay, sign a Prod Rem lies on “Don’t edu alt influ sly daughte e - ma ony. with hono all of se s Ea an to tgen The in Detr new deve so many bla igate U mos rn, whic cato e You Knoinds idea about h car wome n,lowa fouuctio fro 's r, Th a do red sh y, ck oit, unco lopments conv how r, 11;igan dauraise women supporting fami ” says ns;mMad Rees co at la was st M d na seve reat Cha nd eroed ghte n are e fund anks e entional may w.” and at . underwo tio Unit ul er rm Mich st tiv tru at ask unney, us r, ison me st id nvention be major e continue re ne d sys St 9. ort e MaK d anayla ste l- con w thean. 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It were an they teacthes ng pr d w hing adUulth Posh Revival Rebirth + Nov. th ed retrofittinIn additione projects ainTIES per the ey k ase wa e on e ATION bac killin page A-2 ver s Deux of Art: do he so of ho ab ts in gu , the g over Chase Se Pled had n’t rs -cal essi vo out g 59 y wh of Ste sely firm page k deew See w e M ge a le on lu LED branches 70 percent is peo o jus phen A-4 Comerica La Page Even ISTR of Al righeven ith a d ad as nin the light ple t of t as as Vegas Managem s and D3 city with and finCompanyBank, The Para EA legi t no knowstra ults a juring inscr ‘lone before TED an t the firm ent Syst new Buil ight mo ibe glimpse offer exclu de ding 527 ’s $150 ems. 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Nosic lov on Detroit,”cial activ to revitalizi ll solutions ha ist of ybo St ove etrorys in on ec h, C tion Se ack nty ud to Detr lly sustaina dy g in ers t al ties gan ajoryou din on theo wit said Mattity througho ng ha om EO an So head cove all M ’re ygets g. e Pa girl Bea ne to oit.” it goi ichi ble “The it sh … to In ly. am alsotercitie of ing m tostAm d Dome news ssed meneri ra ng panding - ca. to Morgan sustaina Arnold, glob ut of Sust City of me atbe ge shad uty ou nk e, ki com The ong doplrorist as 20 and s , the stic. as it this es ear Th be nd e s to wbe D1 al Mor Chase. ble finan infrastru the scop ainabilit Detroit domeld log ? This th itacrig na 17 hi ese lieve e! fle Te wa wo to Tr n St es ce, ne e ica No lean tio for e of the to rro gan Cha . Office ing “We s that y appl uld cture sti ov Am To ht; lly sou r.gree Am d. 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Detroit youth make good in ‘The ATL’ during national chess tournament!

A most special journey: Chess and so much more was offered up to a distinguished group of Detroit youth who traveled to Atlanta for the United States Chess Federation’s National Junior High Championship. work I would like to be a software engineer or a mechanical engineer…(Nationals) went very well. I wanted to win all seven games, but if I didn’t do that I wanted to win five because I knew five wins would be a trophy. I would like to thank my parents (Pamela and Reuben Smith) and all of my family because they supported me the whole way. I also would like to thank my coaches, my friends, and my teachers.” Photos by Roslyn Ruffin

‘Keep pushing’ was a mantra for tough chess players facing our nation’s best By Scott Talley Special to the Michigan Chronicle Detroit City Chess Club founder Kevin Fite called the recent United States Chess Federation National Junior High Championship “one of the toughest tournaments in a long time.” Fortunately Detroit youth are tough, they also are intelligent and resilient, and all of those attributes were recently displayed by roughly 50 boys and girls from our city who traveled to Atlanta for the prestigious tournament held April 6-8. On a national stage loaded with outstanding youth chess players from about 40 states, Coach Fite informed the “Best of Young Detroit” that an impressive contingent of students representing University Prep Science & Math Middle School, Cornerstone and Bates Academy represented our city in outstanding fashion, while overcoming tournament pressures and adversity. Matches were won and shiny hardware was brought back to Detroit by these students, but most importantly, all of the youth were deeply enriched by the experience, which included some leisure time in the city of Atlanta. The “Best of Young Detroit” caught up with some of the youth that represented our city at the Detroit Institute of Arts just days after the national championship tournament. Holding down their usual location at the DIA during the Friday “leisure” chess sessions presented by the Detroit City Chess Club, the chess warriors had some very positive stories to share about their Atlanta trip, as well as their journey through chess and life. Following is a slice of their very special story, as told by five outstanding young people from our community: Jonathan Byrd, fourth grade, Bates Academy: “My experience at Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia was the most fun ever! My favorite part was playing the game—my most favorite part was winning four rounds. I had to win five rounds to get a trophy, but I still wasn’t sad. All I did was just play my game, look at the board, focus, try not to come out in the room so quickly and just win my games. My mom (Ursula Byrd) was proud of me for coming out and winning three rounds in a

row.…When I’m all done with school, I want to be a scientist or either an astronaut. I mostly want to be an astronaut because I love to go up in space, explore space, and maybe even land on Mars.” Renee Canty, eighth grader at University Prep Science & Math Middle School and an aspiring dancer: “What I enjoyed (about Nationals) is that I got to play different people that did different openings that were new to me, and I got to try them out. To prepare, I got rest, ate a good breakfast and got my mind right…I didn’t think I would do as well as I did (at my first Nationals). I won the first two matches, I lost one, and then I drew and won…I like to thank my mom and dad (Wanda and Paris), my coach and the principal of my school.” Murathi Inaede, seventh grade, University Prep Science & Math Middle School: “I enjoyed mostly the tough opponents (at Nationals) because I really like to play hard people. I think it’s really fun to play a lot of people that are better than me—I get to learn different things. I only lost one game and I drew one, so I won five-and-a-half games. I was thinking that I just have to keep pushing and winning. I like to thank my mom and my dad (Iye and Kamau Inaede) because I asked could I join the chess team and they didn’t say no and I also want to thank my brother (Ausar) because he always helps me anytime I need help in chess.” Ivan Ruffin, sixth grade, University Prep Science & Math Middle School: “My favorite thing I loved most about Nationals is that you play people from all other states…I enjoy chess because all of the pieces do different moves and there is a lot of thinking involved. (In Atlanta) My matches went well—I won five-and-a-half games out of seven and this was my very first Nationals. I would like to thank my friend Ivory, who is also on the chess team, and my mom (Roslyn Ruffin).” Paul Smith, eighth grade, Cornerstone Jefferson Douglas Academy, won five out of seven matches to place 20th in the nation (K-8 Under 750 Section): “I most enjoyed playing and having fun with my friends and classmates, and I just enjoyed the city of Atlanta…What keeps me playing is that it’s fun and it urges me to think more, which helps me in school. When I’m done with school, I plan on going to college and maybe play a sport, and if that doesn’t

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Renaissance teacher Kiarra Ambrose is a true ‘Game Changer’

The “Best of Young Detroit” congratulates Renaissance High School math teacher Kiarra Ambrose for being the 201718 Game Changer of the Year presented by Farm Bureau Insurance. The award recognizes local teachers that go above and beyond to make a positive impact in their classrooms and in the lives of their students. Along with the recognition, “Game Changers,” which has partnered with the Detroit Pistons, provides financial contributions to the classrooms of nominated teachers.

Ms. Ambrose, this season’s $10,000 grand prize winner, was acknowledged by a large and extremely appreciative throng of community members at the Pistons home finale on April 9 at Little Caesars Arena. Throughout her teaching career, Ms. Ambrose has successfully led high school courses in Algebra I, Honors Geometry, and Honors Algebra II. She also has taken on multiple leadership roles including math content lead, mentor teacher, dance coach, National Honors Society (NHS) advisor, math club advisor, and Class of 2020 Sponsor. In addition, Ms. Ambrose has committed time to tutor and mentor students outside of the classroom. She also works with young girls through Amachi, a non-profit organization that focuses on a holistic approach to provide young people the values and skills they need to become exceptional community leaders and members. At center court of Little Caesars Arena, Ms. Ambrose was joined by other nominees for the grand prize award, which included Ms. Stephanie Griffin, a teacher at Cass Technical High School, who also is a steering committee member for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren. As a “Game Changers” nominee, Ms. Griffin received $1,000 for her classroom earlier this season. For their never-ending commitment to youth in our community, the “Best of Young Detroit” salutes Ms. Kiarra Ambrose and Ms. Stephanie Griffin!

State champs: Brewer Academy continues proud Academic Games tradition!

List of ‘100 Physician Leaders to Know’ includes CT’s Dr. Reginald Eadie Can a student sitting in a Detroit Public Schools Community District classroom today become a nationally recognized health care leader? Absolutely, and one of the special people our students can look to for inspiration is Dr. Reginald Eadie. The Cass Tech (Class of 1986) alum recently became the president and CEO of Trinity Health of New England, a nonprofit health care system that operates St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut and Johnson Memorial Hospital and Home & Community Health Services in Stafford, Connecticut. Dr. Eadie, who holds a doctor in medicine degree and a master’s in business administration, is board certified in emergency medicine and has 20 years of leadership experience. Previously, Dr. Eadie was senior vice president and regional chief operating officer at Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Eadie also previously served as president and chief executive officer for three hospitals within the Detroit Medical Center system, and as chief medical officer for the system’s Harper University and Hutzel Women’s Hospitals. A published author on the topic of obesity, Dr. Eadie has received numerous professional awards and has been named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Physician Leaders To Know.”

The “Best of Young Detroit” has taken great pride on reporting on the accomplishments of young chess players from Detroit, as they have demonstrated their prowess across our region, state and country. However, it also should be known and appreciated that Detroit students have a long history of outstanding performance in Academic Games, a series of games designed to stimulate and test student knowledge in a variety of subjects, including math, English, social studies and logic. One of the schools that is continuing Detroit’s rich history in Academic Games is Brewer Academy, which brought home championship hardware from Grand Rapids

following the state Academic Games Super Tournament prior to Easter break. Brewer’s All Stars and Superstars teams were tri-state champions in “Equations,” while the MVP team scored state championship status in “On-Sets,” and the All Star team won a state championship in “OnWords.” Brewer’s teams are skillfully led by teacher Mr. Durand Shepherd and assisted by Mrs. Angela Riley-Jackson. Mr. Shepherd also was presented the Christopher Holstein Lifetime Achievement Service Award from the Michigan’s League of Academic Games (MLAG) for his outstanding service to students and past state championships.

“Best of Young Detroit” Pershing great Glenn Doughty is a winner and giver in the game of life!

The date was April 8, 1976 and members of the Baltimore Colts football team showed their versatility by playing a charity basketball game against the Carroll County All Stars. The members of the Colts would prevail, 101-98, in a fun and highly competitive contest, which raised money for a local hospital. And one of the Baltimore players that contributed to the good cause was a wide receiver from Detroit named Glenn “Shake and Bake” Doughty. Selected by the Colts in the second round of the 1972 NFL Draft, Doughty became a fixture in the Baltimore community during and long after his eight-year professional football career. But make no mistake about it, Doughty was molded in Detroit. At the tender age of 16, he was an all-state football selection during his days at Pershing High School, where he also starred in baseball and was a member of a state championship basketball team coached by Will Robinson whose lineup included five players that eventually played in major professional sports leagues: Doughty and Paul Seal (NFL), Hall of Famer Spencer Haywood and Ralph Simpson (ABA and NBA), and Marvin Lane (MLB). Doughty’s recruitment to the University of Michigan preceded the hiring of legendary football coach Bo Schembechler. However, once Schembechler arrived in Ann Arbor and realized the versatile talent he inherited from

Detroit’s lower east side, he did not hesitate to make Doughty an important part of the Wolverine’s offense. The first time Doughty carried the ball for Michigan he darted 80 yards for a touchdown in a 1969 game against Vanderbilt and many more big plays would follow during his days in the iconic maize and blue uniform. Despite changing positions and having to overcome some injuries, from 1969 to 1971, Doughty gained 2,347 all-purpose yards for the Wolverines, including 1,464 rushing yards, 518 receiving yards, and another 365 yards on kickoff returns. During that same period, the Wolverines returned to national prominence, winning 28 of 33 games, which included two Big Ten titles. Equipped with a degree from the University of Michigan and immense athletic talent, Doughty, who had been coached in football and life by two of the all-time greats (Robinson and Schembechler), was more than ready to be a productive professional football player when the Colts drafted him. In Baltimore, the playmaker from Detroit became known as “Shake and Bake,” and during his pro career he hauled in 219 receptions, including 24 touchdowns, while also earning a reputation as being one of the best blockers at the receiver position. Doughty was the Colts’ “Offensive Player of the Year” in 1973 when he averaged a whopping 23.5 yards per catch and his efforts contributed to Baltimore winning three consecutive division titles. While Doughty earned cheers on the field, his work off the field accomplished more. And much of his good work benefited inner-city Baltimore, a community very much like his hometown, Detroit. A past recipient of the United Way’s “Man of the Year,” Doughty’s greatest gift to Baltimore is no doubt the Shake and Bake Family Fun Center, which he founded in 1983. The center reopened in March and is now operated by city employees. It features 40 bowling lanes and a disco roller skating rink and has served more than 1 million people in a variety of ways since its founding by a son of Detroit. As Mr. Doughty’s gift continues to bring hope to youth and families in Baltimore, his greatness as a human being should also be celebrated in Detroit and presented as a true role model for our youth.

The “Best of Young Detroit” welcomes feedback from our community. Please submit story suggestions and other comments to Scott Talley at or 313-590-3686.

Fathers wanted and welcomed this Thursday for Dad’s Day in Pre-K The “Best of Young Detroit” encourages readers that come across our section on Wednesday (April 18) or even Thursday (April 19) morning to spread the word about the Second Annual Dad’s Day in Pre-K. This vitally important free event for our community is presented by Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Early Childhood Programs department and will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. this Thursday at Northwest Activities Center. Targeting male parents and caregivers, this event will provide supportive information and resources through speakers, networking and educational materials. Participants also will receive free food, t-shirts, prizes, giveaways and more. The “Best of Young Detroit” has no doubt that this will be a life-enhancing event after speaking with Franchott R. Cooper, who is an Early Childhood Program supervisor for Detroit Public Schools Community District. “This is a conference about uplifting fathers to be better fathers as they invest in their child’s education beginning in preschool,” said Mr. Cooper, who is hoping to attract 300-400 dads. “We are going to feed the fathers body, mind and spirit, and they will leave out better than they came in because together we are better.” Mr. Cooper, a licensed master social worker who is passionate about Detroit youth and families also shared that a host of community dignitaries will be present to warmly welcome fathers, and that the giveaways will include some choice raffle prizes made available by local businesses. Fathers can register prior to the event by visiting, but walk-ins on Thursday morning are also welcomed. Northwest Activities Center is located at 18100 Meyers in northwest Detroit near Mumford High School.





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Supplier Quality Launch (SQL) Engrg Manager

Warren, MI, General Motors. Lead &mentor an engrg team (SQL Engrg Supv, &SQL Engineers) to achieve mfg readiness &meet component design intent by timely delivery of supplier Production Part Approval Process (PPAPs), Supplier Readiness Valves (SRVs) &R@R, &identify &summarize electrical, body, interior, chassis, &powertrain component issues &launch alerts. Dvlp &issue five phases summaries incldg issue description, root cause, containment, next steps, &lessons learned &deliver psgr vehicle (conventional &electric psgr vehicle, &SUV) vehicle components &achieve timely launches through various stages of Global Vehicle Development at vehicle assy plants in MI &ON. Mitigate &investigate engrg specs &reqmts, qlty concerns, &dvlpg technical solutions using analytical assessments to identify appropriate alternative courses of action for resolution. Support Change Approval Board &Engineering Implementation Team &review Engineering Work Orders &Temporary Work Orders in consultation with Program Management team. Bachelor, Mechanical Engrg, Electrical Engrg, or related. 24 mos exp as Engineer, evaluating &approving supplier PPAPs, SRVs (or Gate Reviews or Audits) & R@R, &identify &summarize electrical, interior or powertrain component issues &launch alerts. Mail resume to Ref#1086, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-­C32-­C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Senior CAE Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Dvlp advanced full vehicle structure concepts for vehicle programs (electric, hybrid &internal combustion engine vehicles) applying nonlinear FEA, using Ansa, LS-DYNA, Primer, Animator, HyperWorks (HyperGraph/HyperView/HyperMesh) &MeshWorks. Create &prepare models for FE simulations, &perform, execute &optimize nonlinear FEA of psger car, midsize truck &SUV full vehicles to meet front/side/rear high/low speed impact crashworthiness performance of BIW &Body on Frame (BoF) light weight/high strength steel/aluminum structures for vehicles distributed in U.S., global &emerging markets. Dvlp advanced vehicle structure concepts in compliance with FMVSS 208 full frontal &30degree angle impact, 301 rear offset impact, 214 side impact, NCAP standards, &IIHS recommendations for frontal impact (offset deformable &small overlap rigid barrier) &compliance with related UNECE, ChinaNCAP, Brazil CONTRAN &AustraliaNCAP) regs. Bachelor, Mechanical or Automotive Engrg. 36 mos exp as Engineer, creating &preparing models for FE simulations, &performing &optimizing nonlinear FEA of psger vehicle full vehicles to meet front, side &rear high speed impact crashworthiness performance of BIW &BoF light weight/high strength steel structures for global or emerging markets. Mail resume to Ref#1617, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Senior Design Release Engineer, Warren, MI, General Motors. Engr &dvlp psgr vehicle bumper fascia &grille systems &components incldg fascias, grilles, impact bars, small plastic &sheetmetal brackets, &fasteners, according to the GM Global Vehicle Development Process to meet physical/dimensional, durability, safety, legal (homologation), timing &cost reqmts &interface with vehicle dvlpmt teams from Body, Chassis, Electrical. Provide full technical specification in order to meet all legal reqmts according to global regions (FMVSS 108, Canada CMVSS 108, Europe UN ECE R61 &42, Brazil CONTRAN) where vehicles will be commercialized. Dvlp Statement of Work, shared with suppliers during first process to supplier nomination in preliminary Strategic Sourcing Process. Dvlp technical content of parts to make Design Studio sketches feasible. Assign workload &geometry reqmts to 5-10 Product Designers in Bumper/Fascia &Grille Product Development Team, &ensure design meets GM engrg specs, &part performance &safety standards incldg front high speed impact pedestrian protection according to FMVSS &NCAP standards. Bachelor, Mechanical Engrg, Industrial Engrg, Production Engrg, or related. 24 mos exp as Engineer, engrg &dvlpg psgr vehicle bumper fascia &grille systems &components incldg fascias, grilles, impact bars, small plastic &sheetmetal brackets to meet durability, safety, &legal (homologation) reqmts. Mail resume to Ref#41297, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Senior Software Developer

Senior Software Developer, Warren, MI, General Motors. Design, dvlp &test major HMI enhancements &new features for psgr vehicle embedded ECU modules in center stack modules (CSM), instrument clusters, heads up displays, radios, &related vehicle infotainment systems in Android platform, using Java, HMTL5, Android Studio, IBM Rational Rhapsody, &Arduino. Integrate CAN, LIN, Bluetooth handsfree applications, &internet apps into automotive systems. Execute UML based HMI designs. Apply Model-ViewController (MVC) design patterns for user interface development. Co-ordinate with off shore team members in semi-automation of assets extraction from graphic resources supplied in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator formats &in building Extensible Markup Language files (XMLs) for front-end display screens in infotainment systems. Dvlp &architect Android apps that use XMLs for front-end input &write Java programming for simulating functional reqmts with UML tool IBM Rhapsody to model screen flow, data population &functional behavior. Master, Electrical Engrg, Electronics Engrg, Computer Science, or Computer Engrg. 12 mos exp as Engineer, Software Developer, or related, designing &testing HMI enhancements for psgr vehicle ECU modules in CSM, instrument clusters, &related vehicle infotainment systems in Android platform, using Java, Android Studio, & Rhapsody. Mail resume to Ref#34284, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Senior Design Release Engineer

Lead Cost Engineer Lead Cost Engineer, Warren, MI, General Motors. Plan, coordinate, &assure accurate engrg evaluations &technical assessments of cost of materials, using UGNX, Teamcenter Vismockup, TcPCM, E2, &CePro of psgr vehicle HVAC system designs, from inception through to production &JIT/JIS delivery at U.S. &global high volume vehicle assy &component mfg plants. Estimate cost of current &new psgr car, SUV, truck, multipurpose &autonomous vehicle HVAC components incldg HVAC modules, cooling modules (for autonomous vehicles), &cooling fan modules. Engineer &create detailed vehicle parts lists (mass, material specs, &dimensions) using UGNX &Vismockup. Perform deep anlys of engrg parts lists, seeking cost optimization in mfg process changes without compromising the product design &performance. Dvlp vendor tooling cost anlys for HVAC systems assembly processes incldg blow molding, injection molding, compression molding, stamping, welding, &forging, &define total program investment reduction in high &low-cost countries. Bachelor, Mechanical Engrg, Electrical Engrg, Automotive Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, engrg &dvlpg psgr vehicle heating, HVAC systems incldg HVAC modules &cooling fan modules, using UGNX, Teamcenter Vismockup. &E2 tools, from inception through to production &delivery at U.S. &global high volume vehicle assy &component mfg plants. Mail resume to Ref#613-DD, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Senior Design Release Engineer

Warren, MI, General Motors. Enginr &dvlp dimensional tolerances, using UGNX &Teamcenter tools, of psgr cars, pickup trucks &SUVs to meet fit &finish specification for gap&flushness for doors, hoods, fenders, head/tail lamps, fascias, moldings &BIW systems. Define, dvlp &release eGD&T strategy, specs, reqmts &standards for general assemblies in Lower/Upper Structures, &in compliance with Common Datum Locating Strategy assy strategy using UGNX &Teamcenter. Perform tolerance stack up studies to support engrg solutions to predict dimensional variation in 1D linear system. Dvlp &present Dimensional Technical Specifications risk assessments results to cross-­functional teams. Attend physical assemblies &tear downs &correlate variation analysis simulation results to physical vehicles assemblies. Dvlp project solutions using DoE &DFSS tools to optimized body exterior components &subsystems functionality &assy stack ups focusing on assemblies issues resolution. Bachelor, Mechanical, Automotive, Industrial Engrg, or related. 24 mos exp as Engineer, engrg &dvlpg dimensional tolerances, using UGNX &Teamcenter tools, of psgr vehicles to meet fit&finish spec. for gap &flushness for doors, hoods, fenders, lamps, fascias, moldings & BIW systems. Mail resume to Ref#682, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-­C32-­C66, Detroit, MI 48265. Validation Engineer Validation Engineer, Warren, MI, General Motors. Evaluate electrical schematics, design &build test benches, &maintain full vehicle electrical system &subsystem benches for new technology development (NTD) to be used by Subsystems Bench Lead Engineer to improve dvlpmt &validation of Active Safety Systems features incldg Driver Monitoring System, Front Collision Camera, Automated Park Assist &Collision Imminent Braking &Lane Centering Control modules. Apply technical reqmts for subsystem program &program timing. Create comprehensive subsystem-specific Learning Analysis, Development and Validation subplans collaborating with Subsystem Lead Engr, DRE, &System Lead Engr. Read, monitor, interpret &simulate LIN, GMLAN, Ethernet &CAN Serial Data Communication. Initiate requests for test properties &kits. Perform &validate Subsystem Validation Bench testing for conventional passenger vehicle front &rear camera subsystems using VehicleSpy, Vector CANoe, neoVI Fire, &DPS tools. Plan the bench, read &interpret electrical schematics &create bench build plans incldg bench layouts &topologies. Bachelor, Electrical Engrg, Electronics Engrg, Control and Automation Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer performing &validating Subsystem Validation Bench testing for conventional passenger vehicle front &rear camera subsystems using VehicleSpy, Vector CANoe, neoVI Fire, &DPS tools. Mail resume to Ref#1876-204, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Senior Design Release Engineer Senior Design Release Engineer, Warren, MI, General Motors. Engr &dvlp psgr vehicle bumper fascia &grille systems &components incldg fascias, grilles, impact bars, small plastic &sheetmetal brackets, &fasteners, according to the GM Global Vehicle Development Process to meet physical/dimensional, durability, safety, legal (homologation), timing &cost reqmts &interface with vehicle dvlpmt teams from Body, Chassis, Electrical. Provide full technical specification in order to meet all legal reqmts according to global regions (FMVSS 108, Canada CMVSS 108, Europe UN ECE R61 &42, Brazil CONTRAN) where vehicles will be commercialized. Dvlp Statement of Work, shared with suppliers during first process to supplier nomination in preliminary Strategic Sourcing Process. Dvlp technical content of parts to make Design Studio sketches feasible. Assign workload &geometry reqmts to 5-10 Product Designers in Bumper/Fascia &Grille Product Development Team, &ensure design meets GM engrg specs, &part performance &safety standards incldg front high speed impact pedestrian protection according to FMVSS &NCAP standards. Bachelor, Mechanical Engrg, Industrial Engrg, Production Engrg, or related. 24 mos exp as Engineer, engrg &dvlpg psgr vehicle bumper fascia &grille systems &components incldg fascias, grilles, impact bars, small plastic &sheetmetal brackets to meet durability, safety, &legal (homologation) reqmts. Mail resume to Ref#41297, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Vehicle Software Programming Strategy Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Plan, define &execute (using Knowledge Management Systems (KMS), Soft Part Release, &OTA Field Action Tool tools) ECU programming &reflash strategies &ensure timely updates &feature enhancements to psgr vehicle ECUs incldg Engine Control Module (ECM), Transmission Control Module (TCM), Special Function Module, Body Control Module (BCM), Electronic Power Steering &Electronic Brake Control Module & Multi Connection Telematics Module. Ensure integration of customer, technical, business, &operational considerations such as vehicle safety, vehicle health, system robustness, &optimized delivery of updates &feature enhancements at vehicle assy/component mfg plants, dealerships &OTA remote reflash over cellular network &Wi-­Fi connectivity delivery points. Perform DFMEA &PFMEA to ensure robustness. Optimize &improve existing solutions through application of OpEx &DFSS methods. Apply, based on probability of successful adaptation within GM, strategy mgmt techniques &models such as Balanced Scorecard, Strategy Map, SWOT, Political Economical Social Technological, Gap planning, Blue Ocean, Porter’s five forces &Values Rarity Imitability Organization while defining strategy. Decompose strategy into strategic initiatives governing rearchitecting &dvlpmt of technical, procedural, systemic &infrastructural enablers. Master, Electrical, Mechanical or Controls Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, planning &defining, using KMS, ECU programming &vehicle health strategies &ensure updates &feature enhancements to psgr vehicle ECUs incldg ECM, TCM, &BCM. Mail resume to Ref#6165-­ 206, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-­C32-­C66, Detroit, MI 48265.


Domain Lead Cybersecurity and Programming

Information Technology & Launch Manager

New Boston, MI, Brose NA. Manage &lead Brose New Boston Plant (NBO) IT infrastructure supporting mechatronic systems mfg plant incldg planning, implementation/organization, &replication of NBO IT infrastructure &innovations at Brose plants in US. Plan &improve (&set commons standards for Brose NA plants) Brose IT technologies to Brose plants, from initial organization &planning &incldg setup, maintenance, &support of large scale Brose mfg plant computerized management information systems, platforms, servers, software, &databases &VMware server. Lead, &mentor IT Administrator/IT Technician (NBO), IT Coordinator (IL Plant), & IT Coordinator (SC Plant). Responsible for external software &hardware suppliers (vendors) supporting infrastructure maintenance &repair at 3 Brose Plants. Manage &control IT org. &systems &ensure configuration, functioning &ongoing support of IT infrastructures, software, databases, hardware (servers/backup servers, telecommunication equipment, performance &production testers, PLC software/PLCs, PBX/telephony, workstations, &time &attendance equipment, &safety/security systems) &systems management &support incldg VMware virtual server installation, maintenance, upgrading, worker training to IT personnel, &installation, configuration &support of Wimera software tools, Netview conferencing features, &iET service support software, &evaluate new hires to operate &support IT systems, ensuring full plant worker health &safety at NBO. Assure plant-­wide monitoring of production equipment, prevent downtime in production, continually assessing risks &factors possibly interrupting production lines, &assure backup redundancies of key equipment of NBO. Five years’ experience as Information Technology Coordinator or Manager, managing or leading IT organization &systems &ensuring configuration &support of IT infrastructure, software, &hardware (servers/backup servers, telecommunication equipment, performance &production testers, PLC software/PLCs, workstations, &time &attendance equipment, &safety/security systems) incldg VMware virtual server installation, maintenance, upgrading, &installation/support of Wimera software tools &iET service support software. Mail resume to Ref#2471 Human Resources, 3933 Automation Ave, Auburn Hills, MI 48326.

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Warren, MI, General Motors. Perform automated testing &memory edit telematics module using Analysis Test Tool &calibrate test modules according to radio matrix of prototype psgr vehicle variants. Program &identify Regular Production Code according to vehicle usage matrix, using Mongoose Pro II hardware &DPS tool to improve utility functionalities of telematics modules incldg Vehicle Control Platform (CVP) &Telematics Control Platform (TCP), Center Stack Module & Autonomous Vehicle Platform (MultiConnect Telematics Module (MCTM). Document issues observed in ESIM portal &verify issues. Verify mfg feed data for prototype telematics modules &upload into Global Enterprise Production Information Control System. Work with back office registration to verify Code Signing Request for device registration. Coordinate with pAPI team to validate mfg feed data. Engr, dvlp &ensure that proper security measures for wired &wireless connections are implemented for MCTM as per Cybersecurity reqmts in compliance with ISO/FDIS 14229-1:2012(E), ISO/FDIS 14229-2:2012. Perform secure programming on Telematics module via Wi-Fi protocol with hidden service set identifier &certificate based authentication &through wired ethernet over secure channel. Master, Electrical Engrg, Electronics Engrg, Computer Science, or Computer Engrg. 12 mos exp as Engineer, Domain Lead, or related, programming Regular Production Code or other standard coding for vehicle configuration options, using Mongoose Pro II hardware &DPS tool to improve utility functionalities of telematics modules including Autonomous Vehicle Platform, VCP &TCP, or related. Mail resume to Ref#25740-205, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.


Classified PROFESSIONAL HELP WANTED Programmer Analyst

United Shore, Troy, MI. Dvlp Loan Origination System, real estate credit lending, &related apps using .Net framework 4.6 with Visual Studio 2017, C#, ASP.NET MVC 5, &SQL Server. Dvlp unit tests using MOQ &NUnit. Work with team &Product Owner to determine high level design &size of project. Build &groom backlog with Developer team, Product Owner, &Scrum Master. Dvlp Solution Design document &release plan. Remove roadblocks &coordinate dvlpr team's efforts. Inform business customer &Product Owner of effect that changes in requmts will have on delivery of other projects &backlog items. Design, dvlp, &implement improvements to internal technology tools to facilitate delivery of full array of loan products to customer base, incldg brokers, correspondents, financial institutions, &individual mortgagors. Master, Computer Science, Computer Applications, or Information Technology. 12 mos exp as .NET Developer or .Net Software Engineer, dvlpg Loan Origination System &real estate credit lending apps using .Net framework, C#, ASP.NET MVC 4, &SQL Server. Mail resume to Ref#99, 1414 E Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48083.




This position will assess the needs of racially and academically and economically disadvantaged students and initiate efforts to direct university resources to meet these needs. Develop, coordinate and implement programs and services designed to increase recruitment, retention and graduation of Oakland students in general and of ethnically and racially underrepresented students in particular. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Two years’ experience working within an educational setting with minority students, including developing and implementing diversity and retention issues. Ability to work evening hours. Refer to online posting for additional position requirements. This is a grant funded position. Salary commensurate with education and experience. First consideration will be given to those who apply by April 20, 2018. Must apply on line to:

PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICE OFFICER (PSSO) - FULL-TIME Canton Township now accepting applications for the Public Safety Service Officer (Full-Time) position. Application Deadline: Open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Job description w/complete qualifications and hiring process available on Canton Township website: (EOE)


RETENTION COORDINATOR AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY Assess the needs of racially and ethnically underrepresented students and initiate efforts to direct university resources to meet these needs. Develop, coordinate and implement programs and services designed to increase recruitment, retention and graduation of Oakland students in general and of ethnically and racially underrepresented students in particular. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and/or experience, Two years experience working within an educational setting with minority students, including developing and implementing diversity and retention issues. Ability to work evening hours. Salary commensurate with education and experience. This is a grant funded position. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by April 20, 2018. Must apply on line to:



Oakland University Police Department Seeking


This position will support and facilitate development office projects, excluding major gift work, for the School of Education and Human Services. Responsibility for development functions including annual staff/faculty fundraising (AUFD), events, stewardship, alumni efforts, and other development related efforts not directly linked to cultivating and soliciting major gifts. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. One to two years’ experience in development, fund raising, program management or an equivalent combination. Knowledge of technology and its application to development and fund raising activities. Some evening and weekend work required. Salary commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by April 20, 2018. Must apply on line to: PROJECT SCHEDULER IN SOUTHFIELD Dürr Systems, Inc. has an available position of Project Scheduler in Southfield, MI. Although the Project Scheduler will work in Southfield, MI, the Project Scheduler will be required to travel 20% of working time to customer sites in North America, South America, Asia, & Europe, as well as to parent company in Germany. Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering or Industrial Engineering or Construction Engineering or Construction Management & 24 months experience as a Project Scheduler. Position also requires: Exp. must include: 1) 12 mos. exp. planning & prioritizing all aspects of paint systems projects from inception to completion; & 2) 24 mos. exp. using Microsoft Project software. Exp. reqs. may be met concurrently during the same time period. Job duties: Support the Project Manager in planning & prioritizing all aspects of paint system projects from inception to completion. Create schedules in Microsoft Project for all departments involved in the projects, as assigned. Generate graphs & installation sequencing. Analyze status of project. Work alongside the entire project team & track all updates. We are an equal opportunity employer & all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, the presence of a medical condition or disability, height, weight, or any other protected status. We maintain a drug-free work place & perform preemployment drug & alcohol testing. Qualified applicants should send resume & verification of reqs. to Chayna Eno, HR Generalist, Dürr Systems, Inc., 26801 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48033.


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Full-time position w/ benefits, collaborative environment directed by Fort Street Session (church board) Salary $50,000. Email by April 30, 2018. Position description available at

To carry out the patrol functions of the Police Department including: law enforcement, traffic control, crime prevention and interdiction, report writing, traffic and parking enforcement, hazard identification, building and property security, criminal and traffic accident investigation, and rendering first aid. Required: Current MCOLES Certification or certifiable pending Academy Graduation. A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession of a valid Michigan driver’s license and an acceptable driving record. Ability to work varied shifts, weekends and holidays. Successful applicants must pass oral, written, physical and psychological examinations, and an extensive background investigation. Salary is $63,565 annually. See online posting for additional position requirements. Must apply on line to:

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Design Release Engineer -­ Exterior Lighting,

Warren, MI, General Motors. Engineer &develop, using Unigraphics NX &Teamcenter, psgr car, light duty/mid-­size truck, &SUV lighting components including Headlamp (HL), Rear Combination Lamp (RCL), Front Fog Lamp, Center High Mounted Stop Lamp, License Plate Lamp, Side Indicator, Daytime Running Lamp (DRL), &Cargo Box Lamp, according to Global Vehicle Development Process to meet physical/dimensional, electrical, regulatory, &timing reqs &interface with vehicle development teams from Chassis, Body, &Electrical, Design Studio &Mfg Engrg. Provide full technical specs to meet legal requirements according to global regions (FMVSS108, Canada CMVSS108, UNECE R48, Australia ADR13, &China CCC). Assign lamp development tasks among core member engineers, &coordinate meetings of Product Development Team-­cross-­functional group from GM &external lighting suppliers. Coordinate &coach DFSS projects to define reqs, develop solutions, &optimize designs of automotive ext. lighting components &systems. Bachelor, Electrical, Mechanical or Automotive Engrg. Twelve months’ experience as Engineer, engrg &developing, using UGNX &Teamcenter, psgr vehicle lighting components including HL, RCL, &DRL, to meet physical/dimensional, electrical, regulatory, &timing reqs. Mail resume to Ref#303, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-­C32-­C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Esther Ann Kleeves Field Esther Ann (Kleeves) Field passed away peacefully in her sleep early Sunday morning, April 8, 2018 after a brief illness with both her children by her side at the age of 82. Esther was born and raised in Muskegon, MI, where she met and married the love of her life before she moved to settle in Hull, MA in 1955 where she continued to live for many years. Beloved wife of the late Leonard C. Field Sr., Esther is survived by her son Leonard C. Field Jr. and his wife Caroline (Tierney) Field of Rockland, her daughter Janet (Field) Corner and her husband Russell C. Corner of Rockland and her brother Howard Kleeves of Michigan. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Michael A. Meech and fiancé Rosie Tropea of Abington, Francis X. Meech III of Texas, and Kayla Esther-Ann Meech, Leonard C. Field III and Erin E. Field of Rockland and Matthew and Abigail Donovan of Hull. She also has many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Esther has joined her husband of almost sixty years, two brothers John and Ronald and her parents William and Katherine of Michigan. For additional information and online condolences, please visit

3 Reasons to Consider Refinancing Your Auto Loan

(StatePoint) Most people know they can refinance their mortgage, but less than half are aware that they can also refinance their auto loan, according to a study by Harris Poll for Ally Financial. It’s a simple task that could reduce your car payments by about $1,300 a year. The following considerations can help you determine whether refinancing your auto loan is the right step for you. • Interest rates: Can you reduce your monthly costs by lowering your rate? Compare your current interest rate to those advertised. Keep in mind that there are several aspects of your financial history that may have impacted your interest rate for a loan, including credit score and credit history. If your credit score has significantly increased since you financed your vehicle, it may be time to refinance to a lower interest rate. • Tight monthly budgets: If you need to make some room in your budget due to changing life circumstances or simply have a desire to sock more money away into savings,

refinancing your auto loan is est paid over the course of the a move that may have a subloan. This may appeal to you stantial impact on your financif you can now afford a higher es. For example, those who monthly payment than when have refinanced their vehicles you purchased your vehicle, through Clearlane, Ally’s onthanks to a raise or new stream line auto financing platform, of income. have reduced their monthly If you choose to refinance, be payments by an average of sure to review your loan agree$112. ment and terms to make sure you • Reducing the term: Another understand your current loan. reason many choose to refi- You should also be aware of any nance is to reduce the number costs that could be incurred by of payments they will have to refinancing or changing the terms make, with the goal of reduc- of your loan. ing the total amount of inter-



Advise the leadership on strategic direction, management and policy issues related to information technology for the School of Nursing. Research and implement current and emerging technologies used to collect, store, report and analyze nursing student related data for the School. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, information technology or closely related field. Five years of experience with information systems and packaged solution support in project coordination, program design, development, testing, maintenance, data integration between systems, and quality control. Three years of experience with one or more of the major Database Management Systems with Oracle preferred. Knowledge of Banner system preferred.Refer to online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by April 20, 2018. Must apply on line to:

4 Facts About Seafood and Your Health (StatePoint) We hear a lot about the important nutrients in vegetables and fruits, but the health benefits of eating seafood regularly aren’t always in the spotlight. It should be a no-brainer when it comes to seafood, which is packed with omega-3s. Yet, most Americans only eat one serving of seafood a week.

fish regularly during pregnancy. Another recent study found that pregnant women who ate at least two seafood meals each week helped boost their child’s IQ up three points by age 9. Learn more about the best fish to eat during pregnancy at seafood-pregnancy.

Here are some evidence-based facts to help set the record straight.

3. How to get more seafood. Incorporating more seafood into your diet doesn’t need to be a challenge. It’s easy to get the recommended two to three servings each week by simply swapping out the protein from your favorite dishes with seafood. For example, chicken tacos become fish tacos, and grilled steak salad becomes grilled shrimp salad. What’s more, seafood is just as healthy whether it’s fresh, frozen or canned, making it a convenient item to stock up on when shopping, and ultimately helping you eliminate wasted food in your household.

1. How much seafood should I be eating? Studies show that seafood benefits your heart, eyes and brain, and may also help you fight chronic diseases and memory loss. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines encourage all Americans to eat at least two servings of seafood each week. That’s double the amount most people currently eat. To reap the range of nutrients found in seafood, try to get a variety of fish in your diet, including shrimp, salmon, canned/pouched tuna, tilapia and pollock.

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2. What if you’re pregnant? Seafood is especially important for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as young children, since it is one of the only natural food sources rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. EPA and DHA are critical for brain and eye development, supporting the old adage that fish really is “brainfood.” One recent study shows that moms-to-be who ate fish two to three times each week had babies that reached milestones -- such as imitating sounds, recognizing family members and drinking from a cup -- more quickly than children born to mothers who didn’t eat

4. Start the day right. Nutrition experts recommend incorporating protein into your breakfast as a way to boost metabolism and balance your blood sugar levels for the entire day. Kicking off the morning with tuna avocado toast or salmon on a bagel will help keep you feeling fuller for longer, prevent cravings before lunchtime and help you reach your weekly seafood goals. More nutrition facts, recipes and other resources can be found at For better wellness, give your health a boost by eating a variety of seafood at least twice a week.

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