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Former Detroit FBI Chief Andy Arena promises answers for Flint residents By Keith A. Owens Senior Editor

Known in Detroit mostly for his role in bringing down former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick when he was the director of the FBI’s Detroit office, Andy Arena figures the least he can do as the point man in the Flint water crisis investigation is to provide thorough, detailed answers to the people of Flint for what happened to them and why. Because if something like this had happened to him and his family, it doesn’t take him long to consider how he might react.

President Obama brings hope to Flint

“The people of Flint deserve a hell of a lot more than what they’ve gotten so far. And my oath to them is I’m gonna get you the truth. I’m gonna Andy Arena get you the facts, and I’m gonna get you an explanation as to how this happened,” he said during a recent interview. “Maybe some people brought to justice. Maybe we learn from this and we don’t do it again. Maybe just some peace of mind for some people.”

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“I grew up in Southwest Detroit, on Spring­wells and Vernor, and I live in Northville. I’ve lived all over the world. All over the country. If I got up this morning, and I turned my faucet on, and the water came out looking like that, what do you think would happen? So you’ve got to ask yourself why would it take two years? Why do people kinda blow it off, or come up with explanations that don’t make any sense?”

You could see it in the faces of the people lining the streets of Flint in the rain, all of them waiting for just a glimpse of the presidential motorcade delivering President Barack Obama to their city to let them know up close and in person that “I got your back.” The hope and joy that shone on so many black faces all along the motorcade route that the nation’s first African American president had heard their cries and had come to their city to let them know that Flint really does matter to him.

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In February, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette appointed both Arena and Royal Oak defense attorney Todd Flood as the team designated to get to the bottom of the Flint water crisis. Arena and Flood have worked together many times before, and are known to have a strong working relationship as well as mutual respect. Nevertheless, there was an immediate outcry from some the minute Schuette made his announcement because not only is Schuette a part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration, his office will be responsible for defending Gov. Snyder, if necessary, from whatever Arena and Flood find out. Furthermore, Flood has given money to Schuette’s campaign, so it’s not surprising that critics are vocally wondering how Flint can possibly get any honest answers from the office of the man tasked with protecting the governor who has been taking a considerable amount of heat for how he has handled — or mishandled — this entire affair.

Maybe it was the personal letter written to the President from the 8-year-old child, Amari­ yanna (“Mari”) Copeny, the President referred to as “Little Miss Flint” that prompted him to finally view the scene of the crime himself. Then again, maybe this visit was something he had been planning for a while now, but just hadn't been able to manage. Who knows? What matters is that the President of the United States came to Flint, just in case there is anyone remaining who still doesn’t quite grasp the magnitude of all this. Because government screwups like this simply don’t happen on a regular basis, and government incompetence like this is the sort of stuff that spawns textbooks designed to teach future generations about how things can go so un-

Arena says he understands the suspicion,

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WHAT’S INSIDE ‘Empire’s’ breakout star Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon is the main attraction on the smash hit TV show “Empire.” But the breakout star is Jussie Smollett who portrays Jamal Lyon, the middle son of Cookie and Lucious Lyon.

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UAW leader praises DFT leadership, supports teacher sickout By Jimmy Settles

senting the teachers that make up the Detroit Public Schools system. Most importantly, the mass sickout brought further awareness to the corruption and greed from which DPS students suffered the most.

From one union leader to another, I would like to publicly acknowledge the Detroit Federation of Teachers Interim President Ivy Bailey on her commendable act of leadership during the recent teacher sickout. Considering teacher staged strikes are illegal in Michigan, Bailey rose to the occasion and strategically fought for Detroit’s educators with solidarity and transparency by conducting a public demonstration in which massive amounts of teachers called off from work “sick,” forcing all but three DPS schools to shut down until the educators’ demands were met. She marched beside more than 1,500 teachers and fought with strategy and discipline while remaining commit-

Although there are many issues to be addressed, I am most impressed with Bailey’s ability to remain focused while in the eye of the storm. She has managed to remain centered on the most critical issues — DPS students and due compensation for teachers. This demonstration represents our democracy working at its best, proving the people can overcome injustices when handed a raw deal.

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Jimmy Settles ted to our children. Recognizing there are many more hurdles to overcome, the protests were effective in repre-

Due to DPS’ financial crisis, teachers were slated to have not received pay throughout the summer. Instead of demanding more money from the district, Bailey accepted the victory and

salvaged both jobs and wages enabling members to stand strong and return to fight another day. Lesser leaders would have used this time in history to make a name for themselves. We have seen those kinds many times over. Instead, Bailey kept her focus and got results without grandstanding — a rare quality among many people in leadership positions. Once the organization’s goal was reached and its collective statements heard, Bailey responsibly encouraged members to return to work. This is the mark of true leadership in understanding the war is not always won in one day, but through steadiness, tenacity, strategy and intelligence. These are qualities our young leaders can mimic, and these are the kind of traits that can get results.


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Study seeks women’s insights on what works best for uterine fibroids A new registry that launches this month gives women who have uterine fibroids the opportunity to help determine which strategies are most effective in treating the common condition.

the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), in partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which provides scientific oversight and administration.

try for the first time will help us collect strong, relevant information from the patients themselves that can then be analyzed to determine what treatments work best for which women.”

The registry, called Comparing Options for Management: Patient-Centered Results for Uterine Fibroids (COMPARE-UF), will enroll more than 10,000 women at clinics affiliated with nine medical centers across the country. Participating women will be asked at annual intervals specific questions about the treatments they’ve elected to receive, and how well the treatments seem to be working for them.

The DCRI serves as the research and data coordinating center for the fiveyear project. Enrollments sites include Mayo Clinic Collaborative Network, University of California Fibroid Network, Henry Ford Health System, University of Mississippi Medical Center, University of North Carolina, Brigham and Women/ Harvard Clinical Center, Inova Health Systems and the Department of Defense Clinical Consortium. The University of Michigan will become an enrollment site later this year.

Patient advocacy groups, which had been integral in helping design the study, said the registry launch this month is a much-anticipated milestone.

Approximately three years after initial treatment, researchers at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) will analyze the patients’ feedback to determine which procedures provide the greatest benefit to women – insights that have been lacking for both women and their physicians. Specifically, studies will focus on symptom relief, reproductive effects, and effectiveness among different patient subgroups, including African-American women, who are disproportionately affected by uterine fibroids. “This is a common condition — it affects up to 75 percent of women to varying degrees and is the leading cause of hysterectomies in the country — yet we don’t know which treatment works best for a given patient,” said the study’s principal investigator, Evan Myers, M.D., professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University School of Medicine. “Patients have clearly stated that they wanted these questions answered, but preferred a registry to randomized trials, particularly because hysterectomy is one of the current options.” The registry was funded in 2013 with a $20 million funding award from

Potential participants must have a documented diagnosis of uterine fibroids and be older than 18 and young enough to still have menstrual periods. Current treatments to be evaluated are hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), myomectomy (removal of the fibroids within the uterus), endometrial ablation (laser or heat treatments to destroy the uterine lining), radiofrequency ablation (using radio waves to destroy the uterine lining), uterine artery embolization (blocking blood supply to the uterus), and magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound (using ultrasound to destroy the fibroids). The study will add other treatments, including medications. “Uterine fibroids have a big impact on women’s quality of life, affecting their ability to work and to participate in the things that they enjoy,” Myers said. “There are also high costs, both in treatments and in managing the pain and heavy bleeding that many women experience. “One of the things that makes fibroids difficult to study is that they cause lots of different kinds of symptoms, and the symptoms can be complex, ranging from fairly minor discomfort to infertility,” Myers said. “This regis-

Education Achievement Authority launches Summer Smart Start

In partnership with colleges, universities and enrichment programs throughout Michigan, the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan is excited to announce the launch of EAA Smart Start — a program providing more than 1,500 students through out the district with hands-on summer learning experiences. “Smart Start is just the beginning. Our students need and deserve to participate in the best enrichment and academic summer programming available,” said EAA Chancellor Veronica Conforme. “This program will keep them motivated, engaged and accelerate their learning through out the year.” As part of the extended school year model, Smart Start students will participate in: • Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (paid summer jobs for students 16 and up) • The Cranbrook Educational Community: Summer Camps • Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) • Camp Enterprise • Pingree Farms • Eco-Works • Michigan State University • University of Michigan • Wayne State University • Lawrence Technological University • Marygrove College

• Wayne County Community College “This is an important partnership because it lays a strong foundation for Detroit students to pursue high quality, in-demand STEM careers,” said DAPCEP Executive Director Jason Lee. “DAPCEP instructors are looking forward to welcoming Smart Start students to our program and developing Detroit's future leaders.” Smart Start will not only provide students with opportunities to strengthen their math and reading skills but also to visit college campuses, participate in a workplace environment, engage in a variety of STEM careers, partake in additional SAT preparation and interact with their peers across the state. These programs will also expose students to entrepreneurship training, game design, architecture composition, environmental sustainability work and graphic design. Detroit Parent Network will be connecting with parents of students in the program to keep them up to date on the program, its benefits and transportation logistics. “Smart Start will encourage the participating students to stay mentally engaged throughout the summer and thus more ready to learn come the fall,” said Yolanda Eddins, Senior Director of Detroit Parent Network. “Detroit students need access to summer programs to ensure they stay active and safe.”

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"There are far too many women suffering with complications from uterine fibroids. This research effort initiated by AHRQ and PCORI is groundbreaking and crucial,” said Sateria Venable, founder & executive director of the Fibroid Foundation. “My hope is that COMPARE-UF will lead the way to more consistently and adequately funded fibroid research. If we focus our efforts, we will reap the rewards - health, fertility and quality of life." About the Duke Clinical Research Institute The DCRI is the largest academic research organization in the world, with a mission to develop and share knowledge that improves the care of patients through innovative clinical research. The DCRI conducts groundbreaking multinational clinical trials, manages major national patient registries, and performs landmark outcomes research. DCRI research spans multiple disciplines, from pediatrics to geriatrics, primary care to subspecialty medicine, and genomics to proteomics. The DCRI also is home to the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Diseases, the largest and oldest institutional cardiovascular database in the world, which continues to inform clinical decision-making 40 years after its founding.

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Michigan Chronicle to host Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Alumni Reunion By Donald James

will not permit the complete listing of all past honorees. However, it should be noted that the list would represent the region’s most prolific movers and shakers for change and empowerment, and many more Men and Women of Excellence will be saluted in the future.

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For the past eight years, the Michigan Chronicle has annually selected some of metro Detroit’s most interesting and remarkable people as Men of Excellence and Women of Excellence. These honorees have demonstrated exceptional vision, leadership, commitment, strength, passion and the ability to affect positive change in and beyond their respective fields/careers.

Former Detroit Mayor Dennis W. Archer weighed in on being a past “Men of Excellence” honoree. “For 80 years, the Michigan Chronicle has been the most important newspaper in the city of Detroit, our region and state for the African American community,” said Archer. “In the very recent past, The Michigan Chronicle has seen fit to honor African American women and men considered to be excellent. As a past honoree, I am sure I speak for the women and men so honored in the past that it was a sense of ‘having arrived’ to have been so chosen by a newspaper with such a rich history. I congratulate the new honorees.”

John Hope Bryant of Operation HOPE will be the guest speaker at the much anticipated May 13 event to be held in the Grand Ballroom at Cobo Center. Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank along with St. John Providence Health, Henry Ford Health System, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Coca-Cola, Detroiters are anxious to meet the 2016 honorees and celebrate their accomplishments.

Alice G. Thompson, CEO of Black Family Development, Inc., who was honored in 2014, added, “I ask myself, ‘Why was I selected?’ when honored as part of the Women of Excellence group. It was not about my name, my title, or my position, it was about the work that I am doing. I realize that this work is making a positive difference. So, I’m excited to have received this honor, along with so many other women who are also working to make a positive difference, and there are many other women who deserve this type of recognition.”

John Hope Bryant is an African American financial literacy entrepreneur and businessman, and the founder, chairman and CEO of nonprofit Operation HOPE. He has served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, is co-founder of Global Dignity, co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index. In January of this year, Bryant and his team organized the largest gathering of leaders in the world for the empowerment of the poor and the underserved. More than 3200 delegates from 25-plus countries gathered for the HOPE Global Forum Annual Meeting of Operation HOPE. Honorees chosen by the Chronicle represent a cross section of individuals in the community, civic circles, business, faith-based entities, media, entertainment, hospitality, education, automotive industry and many other sectors of society in greater Detroit. Many of the past honorees have excelled in philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors. While some past honorees are more well-known than others, the common thread that has connected all Men of Excellence and Women of Excellence is unselfish service to positively affect change for people and communities in metro Detroit. On Friday, May 13, at Cobo Center’s Grand Ballroom, beginning at 5:00 p.m., the Chronicle, in recognition of its 80th anniversary, will host its Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Alum-

John Hope Bryant ni Reunion. This event, for the first time, will honor both Men and Women of Excellence, together. Thus, approximately 100 honorees will be feted for 2016. Additionally, past honorees of excellence have been invited to attend this year’s gala event. Mayor Mike Duggan will deliver opening remarks.

have been chosen this year, as well as those in the past, were all nominated from hundreds of nominees. Therefore, to be chosen of excellence puts each man and woman into an elite group of individuals that the Chronicle believes are among this area’s most influential men and women.”

“The distinguished men and women honored this year not only have professional success to their credit, they are also men and women who have become strong beacons of light and change for African American communities throughout this region,” said Hiram E. Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media and publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. “Those who

Since the inception of the Chronicle’s Men of Excellence and Women of Excellence annual honors, there have been more than 800 honorees saluted. Space

Tony Stovall, a past honoree and co-owner of downtown Detroit’s historic Hot Sam’s Quality Clothes, stated, “It was a tremendous honor to have been included as part of the Michigan Chronicle’s Men of Excellence a while back. There are many people in this city who are doing some tremendous things to make a difference. I’m extremely humbled that I was noticed and appreciated for any contribution that I’ve made to my community, to my city, and to and for my people.” For more information about attending this year’s Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Alumni Reunion on Friday, May 13, at Cobo Center, call 313.963.8100 or visit dteenergy.com/ foundation.

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Rising costs of the big dance (StatePoint) The prom is a time-honored tradition and a rite of passage for teens. Originally inspired by graduation celebrations and debutante balls, the prom today is now an extravagant, defining moment in a teenager’s life, and bears little resemblance to the promenades of the past, especially when it comes to cost. Going to the prom can put a fairly large dent in one’s wallet. In fact, the average family with a teenager spends nearly a thousand dollars on the dance, according to a recent prom spending survey by Visa. Take a look at the budget breakdown below. “The Promposal” Just as significant as the dance itself, the new “promposal” trend is an elaborate -— and often public -— way that teens ask someone to the prom. Teens are spending about one-third of their overall prom costs on it, totaling around $324, according to the Visa survey. What are some popular promposal tactics? Spelling “prom” with pepperonis on pizza, airplane banner flyovers, giant duct tape posters and the jumbotron at a sporting event are just a few ways teens are “popping the question.” Fashion First When proms first became common, teens were encouraged to wear their “Sunday best” -— implying that they wear a nice dress or suit that they already owned. Not so anymore. For girls, going to the prom is all about the dress, and finding the perfect one at the right price is no easy task. In 2012, girls surveyed by Seventeen magazine said they planned to spend $231 on average for a dress, $45 on shoes,

$23 on a handbag, $32 on jewelry and $118 on hair, nails and makeup combined. While guys typically spend less on prom clothing and accessories, they’re still shelling out heavy cash to arrive in style. Guys spent on average $127 for a tuxedo, $20 on a corsage for their dates and $100 on other accessories, according to research from USA Today. Cut Costs, Save for ­College The steep cost of prom night is leading teens to look at alternatives to traditional prom practices. One way high schoolers are saving is by ditching typical outfits and making their own. One creative example is Duck Tape prom wear. The Duck brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest annually offers more than $50,000 in scholarship dollars to creative prom-goers who craft DIY prom fashions. Over the last 15 years, the contest has attracted more than 7,000 entrants seeking the top prize of $10,000 each in college scholarships. So, in addition to recouping your prom investment, the scholarship can help offset the skyrocketing cost of college, which has increased by 40 percent in the last decade. For more information about the contest, visit www.stuckatprom.com. Carpooling with a big group, asking a family member to take pictures with a nice camera and creating DIY flowers (i.e. Duck Tape roses) are all ways to add a personal touch to the prom, and they cost significantly less than the usual limos, professional photographers and flowers. Setting a budget and looking for opportunities to save money can ensure thje prom is an amazing night that doesn’t break the bank.

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$42 million more in demolition funds approved by state and federal government Michigan Chronicle Staff reports

The City of Detroit’s blight removal program will now expand into even more neighborhoods, thanks to $42 million in additional funding approved by the US Treasury and Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The Treasury Department approved the allocation the last week of April and MSHDA gave its approval on May 3. To date, the city has been allocated $170 million in federal blight removal funds, including this newest round. So far, the city has used those funds to demolish more than 8,600 vacant buildings since January 2014. The city plans to take down 5,000 vacant structures this year and 6,000 next year, Mayor Mike Duggan said. The MSHDA approval brings with it the ability for the city to expand its demolition program boundaries to include more city neighborhoods. The Detroit Land Bank had submitted a formal request on March 1 to MSHDA to further expand the boundaries in the city where federal “hardest hit” blight removal funds can be spent. The City of Detroit’s demolition program is the largest in the nation, but now, thanks to the latest round of funding, the city expects to add more than 2,600 houses to its demolition list. More importantly, with the newly approved boundary expansion, more than 1,200 will take place in neighborhoods where federal dollars previously were not allowed to be used. Thousands more Detroiters will now benefit from strategic blight removal in their neighborhoods. Gloria Sykes, who lives in the midwest neighborhood near Livernois and Chicago, said she and her neighbors are excited that their neighborhood is part of the expanded HHF zones. “This is great news for our neighborhood and the families here,” she said. “I want to be out in the yard and enjoy life, but seeing blight all around you gets depressing. This will help us. We are excited to work with the mayor on improving our neighborhood.”

Demolitions are part of a much broader anti-blight strategy under way in Detroit. Property auctions, nuisance abatement agreements and community partner sales have led to over 1,400 properties being renovated in neighborhoods across the city. Nearly 4,000 vacant side lots have been sold to neighbors and been put back to use. And aggressive anti-foreclosure efforts have kept tens of thousands of families from losing their homes and becoming vacant. The city’s demolition program is having a positive impact in ways that go beyond removing blight. A 2015 report from Dynamo Metrics and Rock Ventures found that home demolitions have been responsible for increased property values in Detroit neighborhoods. It found the valuation of homes within 500 feet of an HHF demolition increased by an estimated 4.2 percent, or more than $209 million citywide. In neighborhoods where all aspects of the city’s blight removal program are in effect, the increase in property values has been even greater. The city anticipates more good news on the demolition front, as the State of Michigan was recently awarded another $188 million from the U.S. Treasury’s Hardest Hit Program. An announcement of Detroit’s share of that award should be coming in the next several weeks. “We are so grateful to our partners at MSHDA and the US Treasury Department for their continued display of confidence in our city's blight removal efforts,” Mayor Duggan said. “I am very proud of the work being done by our demolition team at the Land Bank and Detroit Building Authority.” When the original federally-designated zones were approved in 2013, only 21% of Detroiters lived in neighborhoods eligible for federally funded demolition. However, Mayor Duggan successfully lobbied to have those zones expanded. Thanks to MSHDA’s approval of the third expansion of our HHF boundaries, 90% of Detroit residents now live in neighborhoods where the city can demolish dangerous and abandoned buildings.


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believably wrong. But if Gov. Snyder had been doing his job, there’s really no reason why President Obama should have had to make this trip. Sure, it was great to have the Big Dog in town, and to have all that excitement is a real rush. But it’s not like the man isn’t busy, even as he approaches lame duck status. Just to be clear, the primary reason why President Obama had to come to Michigan was because of how poorly Gov. Snyder has handled this entire situation from beginning to, well, yesterday. Granted, it’s bad enough that the Flint water crisis happened at all, but that crisis alone is not what brought President Obama to Flint. What brought the president to Flint was the fact that the crisis is ongoing, will be ongoing for a number of years, and Gov. Snyder has completely lost the trust of the people of Flint. The people he never even bothered to address directly until the President's visit to Northwestern High School yesterday where he was granted the distinct honor of being the only public official at the event to be booed. Loudly. When Gov. Snyder tried to apologize, telling the angry crowd that government had let them down (still not able to take responsibility) the crowd set him straight, yelling back that “You Amariyanna (“Mari”) Copeny wrote a letter to the President. let us down!” It’s true that the governor released a 75-page plan for Flint in March, and to his credit there are some good things in that plan. There really are. But what the people of Flint needed to see from their state's top elected official was immediate action on their behalf, not the deflection of blame and the hiring of PR firms. And they needed their governor to come directly to them, face-to-face. Instead, Snyder allowed the crisis to get even further out of hand and the anger to fester until it boiled over that Wednesday. But just as telling as the explosive anger of the crowd inside Northwestern High School, and the near-deafening volume of all that booing, was the ice-cold reception he received from President Obama Wednesday morning as he stepped down from Air Force One and greeted the dignitaries assembled to meet him on the tarmac. Obama seemed to have a kind word and a smile, or even an embrace or warm pat on the shoulder, for everyone except Snyder, whom he barely seemed to acknowledge except as a courtesy recognizing his tolerated existence. Maybe it had something to do with Snyder saying last week from Europe that he doubted he would have time to meet with the President because he had a “pretty full schedule.” From the New York Times: In a rare overture by a Republican governor to the Democratic leader, Mr. Snyder said on Monday that he had made a formal request for a meeting with the President, hoping to sit down with Mr. Obama during his visit to Flint planned for Wednesday. Mr. Snyder’s comments reversed a statement he made last week during a trip to Europe when he was asked whether he would meet with Mr. Obama. In response, the governor appeared to give the President the brushoff. “I’ve got a pretty full schedule next week,” Mr. Snyder told the Detroit News by telephone from Zurich, adding that he did not plan on being in Flint on Wednesday. On Monday, Mr. Snyder seemed eager to amend those remarks, saying that he had made a request to Karen Weaver, the mayor of Flint, to meet with her and Mr. Obama. “What I have done, when I did get it confirmed the President was coming, is we’ve been in ongoing dialogue and I’ve made a formal request for a meeting with the mayor and the president,” Mr. Snyder said. So obviously, something in those previously made plans kinda changed. I’m guessing it’s because Obama would never have even had to come to Flint in the first place if Gov. Snyder had been doing his job. So when the President decides he has to make a special trip to Michigan to fill in where the Governor has been lacking, it's probably not a good idea to be missing in action. Again.

You can’t put a price on safety, but paying individuals to surrender weapons goes a long way toward increasing the peace. On Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Mathis Community Center (19300 Greenfield Road, Detroit), Wayne County Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon, Caliber Collection and Judge Greg Mathis will hold a gun buyback program — Cash for Caliber — aimed at decreasing gun violence and loss of innocent life. Those interested in surrendering any type of unloaded gun may do so, no questions asked. In exchange, individuals will receive a $50 gift card for each gun surrendered. “Gun buyback programs are effective because they allows people to get rid of weapons in their homes they don’t want around,” said Napoleon. “Too many of our babies and loved ones are falling victim to gun violence. This allows us to work together to get guns off the streets which will save Serial numbers lives.”

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While gift collected are used cards are given to make the colon the spot, a lectable pieces of unique bonus jewelry created by to gathering Mindich, the high-caliber Jessica CEO and president cache is that the serial numbers of the Caliber Colfrom the weap- lection. ons collected are used to make the collectable pieces of jewelry created by Jessica Mindich, CEO and president of the Caliber Collection, which will continue to raise money to fund future gun buyback programs. Over 1,500 guns have been acquired and fashioned into jewelry which has sold in more than 85 countries. Caliber Collection donates 20% of sales to gun buyback programs and so far has raised more than $135,000 for police departments in Newark, Hartford, the San Francisco Bay Area and Detroit. “Everybody can play a role in helping reduce gun violence. Whether it’s participating in a buyback program, designing jewelry made from gun metal or talking to your friends about the devastating impact illicit guns have in our communities,” said Mindich. “I am proud to be a part of the Wayne County buyback program which is not only strengthening trust between law enforcement and the community, but is offering an opportunity to make homes and lives safer. Please join us in helping raise the caliber of the community by promoting peace." Gun violence has taken an extreme toll in metro Detroit, killing more than 296 people in 2015. Detroit Police officials say last weekend was particularly deadly with more than 21 victims of gunfire resulting in six fatalities. Sadly, 12 children have been shot this year in Michigan with four dying from their injuries; nationwide, 194 children age 11 or younger have been injured or killed by gunfire (Source: Gun Violence Archive). Renowned television judge and native Detroiter Greg Mathis is providing the Mathis Community Center to serve as the location of the event and will be on-site to assist the effort. Cash for Caliber will operate on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. and will run until the gift card supply has been depleted. Parking is available and the event will be staffed and secured by WCS personnel. As a result of Caliber Collection’s success, Mindich created the Caliber Foundation, which offers support to victims, families and communities affected by gun violence. The Caliber Foundation is the grateful recipient of recent grants from Shepard Fairey/ Obey Giant, Library Street Collective, Wylie E. Groves H.S., Illitch Holdings, Inc and Rock Ventures. Mindich also founded the Raise the Caliber Initiative, a national advocacy campaign to end illegal gun violence. Proceeds from Raise the Caliber partnerships are donated to the Caliber Foundation. For more information on this unique line of jewelry and the associated Raise the Caliber partners and Caliber Foundation, log on to www.calibercollection.com

Promise to residents but encouraged the critics to give him and his team a chance to get the job done. “At the end of the day, just watch us. Judge us by what we do,” he said, adding that he is confident that his investigation will be carried out without any undue political pressure. “I’m not a politician. I’m not a Republican or a Democrat. The only politicians I’ve dealt with are the ones I’ve put in jail, so they’ll vouch for me,” he said with a laugh. As for the charge that Flood

has contributed to Schuette’s campaign, “I don’t think you can find an attorney out here who hasn’t donated to politicians. That’s just what they do. I talked to Todd, and Todd gave money to Republicans and Democrats. He’s given money to Bill Schuette, he’s given money to Kym Worthy.” Arena also pointed out that he has had an unusual amount of experience investigating these sorts of cases throughout his career. “My wife said to me, I don’t think there’s anybody … that

From page A-1 has handled these types of cases as often as you have. I look back at my 24 years with the FBI; I was second in command of that team with the first internal investigation of Whitey Bulger in Boston. In Youngstown, Ohio, I was the head of the FBI which was probably the largest public corruption investigation in the history of the FBI. We had 72 convictions in three years of public officials. The 9/11 investigation, I led that investigation for two years. That was the largest criminal investigation in the

history of the United States.” And then, of course, he was in charge of the City Hall corruption investigation in Detroit that led to the charges that brought down Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and others in his administration. “In my mind, when you run investigations like this, you have to do it as quickly as possible, but you gotta do it in a manner that is thorough. You can’t go too fast and you can’t go too slow. Right now I think we’re going at the right pace. To have charges come out after

two months (Stephen Busch and Michael Prysby, both employees with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality who have been suspended from their jobs without pay, are facing multiple felonies and misdemeanors), that’s pretty quick.” “I always say the cardinal rule of investigating is let the facts lead you to the truth. The cardinal sin is, I know the truth, let me find the facts. Too many times that’s what people do. Some investigators fall into that trap.”


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20th annual Detroit Fishing Derby to be held in Palmer Park Event expected to reel in more than 500 young people More than 500 youths are expected to become anglers on Saturday, May 21, when the 20th annual Detroit Fishing Derby gets under way at Lake Frances in Palmer Park.

Expanded opioid training helps Detroit and Wayne County

By Tom Watkins

Opioids are effective painkillers that also induce feelings of sleepiness and euphoria. Over a third of those dying from opioids have prescriptions from five or more doctors. Further problems arise when the federal production limit for prescription opioids has been reached, and people realize they can get their high from heroin – typically cheaper and faster as well. Wayne County has an opioid death rate above the state average, costing us economically, costing us precious loved ones. Bryon Beals of the Detroit Fire Department said this way of treating overdoses “keeps the community involved.” The good of the community is, after all, the heart of both DWMHA and first responders’ missions. Opioids are depressants, meaning they slow down bodily functions, as opposed to stimulants, which speed them up. They block the natural dopamine checks and balances in the brain, sending feelings of pleasure and reward into overdrive. Over time, the body adapts to produce less of these receptors in the brain, which is why people feel the need to chase getting high the longer they’ve been using. “This system will slow down your diaphragm,” said Dr. McIntyre. “Pretty soon you stop breathing. When you stop breathing, your muscles shut down, and those muscles include your heart. That’s how opioids cause death.” But compared to other drugs, such as cocaine, opioid overdoses are a slower process. That’s where naloxone comes into play. Naloxone binds to the body’s opioid receptors, blocking the effects of opioids. When administered during the correct timeframe during an overdose, this treatment can be life-saving, enabling people to get the longer-term treatment they need and deserve. Naloxone is an ideal treatment because individuals can neither get high on it nor abuse it, and it has no effect on individuals without opioids in their system. One myth that risks the lives of those who have overdosed is the belief that if an acquaintance calls 911, they will both go to jail. In reality, life-saving is the priority of first responders in the field. Additional fear of judgment, stigmatiza-

Morning session has a 9 a.m. registration, with the event from 10-11:30 a.m. Afternoon session runs from 1-2:30 p.m., with registration starting at noon. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded.

Recently, over two dozen first responders attended a training on administering Naloxone, a drug that works to stop opiate overdoses. Participants included first responders from Michigan State Police, Grosse Pointe, Inkster, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Melvindale, Detroit Fire Department, Detroit EMS and Detroit Transit Police. The training was held by the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority’s (DWMHA) Substance Use Disorder department, and administered by DWMHA Chief Medical Officer, Dr. McIntyre. “Some people may say, “Who cares about the druggies?” but drug poisoning deaths have increased 742% since 1999,” said Dr. McIntyre. “Opiates are everywhere. It’s not a “white drug,” it’s not a ‘black drug.’” Heroin use has become an epidemic in Michigan. Currently, opiates are the number one killer of females ages 15-35, with Native Americans having the highest death rate overall.

Spearheaded by Hook, Line and Sinker Inc. and co-sponsored by the Detroit Recreation Department, this free fishing derby will have two sessions in which kids ages 7-14 can participate.

Based on the old adage of “teach a man how to fish,” this event exposes kids to a sport that isn’t commonly shown to inner-city youths, said founder Gary Williams. Every year, Lake Frances is loaded up with approximately 3,000 Bluegill, and volunteers teach kids the

simple steps of how to fish. “Our volunteers are critical in teaching young people the basics, like how to hook and toss a line, and overall catching a fish,” said Williams, who founded Hook, Line and Sinker Inc. in 1995. “We want to show kids how to engage in positive outdoor experiences, sports and recreational activities.” Kids should bring their own fishing equipment and live bait. More volunteers are needed to make this event an absolute success. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, please meet at Palmer Park’s Lake Frances at 8 a.m. on the 21st. This year’s sponsors include Detroit Area Steelheaders, Greektown Casino-Hotel, MGM Grand-Detroit, Page Toyota, Safari Club International-Southeast Bowhunters Chapter, UPS and Wayne County Sheriff’s Youth and Seniors Fund. Registration forms for the derby are available at all Detroit recreation centers. For more information, call (313) 494-4884 or (313) 224-1129.

tion, and other punitive measures, such as losing financial aid or social security, can literally kill. The Detroit Fire Department’s Michael Furby volunteered to take part in Dr. McIntyre’s demonstration as she showed first responders how to properly position the body of a person who has overdosed. Correctly placing the person’s body is important in order to prevent harm to both the individual who has overdosed and oneself. She also demonstrated how to assemble and administer the Naloxone, which takes the form of a nasal spray. Wrapping up her presentation, Dr. McIntyre told participants, “We’re both in the business of saving lives. We just do it a little differently.” The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority is the largest Community Mental Health organization in the state, serving 100,000 with substance use disorders, mental illnesses, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and children with serious emotional disturbances. Each police officer received two naloxone kits at the end of the training, with two doses per kit. Because the doses last 30-90 minutes, administering a second dose may be necessary for individuals with higher amounts of opiates in their system to ensure they don’t go back into overdose. The certificates earned during the training will also allow first responders to replace their kits once both have been used. Officer Robert Kennaley (owner of the police K-9 “Spence” who also attended) of the Melvindale Police Department, said, “Before we had to wait for the Fire Department and could only provide regular patient care, and now that we’re able to get there first and give life-saving techniques, it’s phenomenal.” His dog, Spence, has been on the force with Kennaley for two years. If you or someone you know is in need of substance use services, contact DWMHA’s 24-Hour Help Line at 800-2414949. Tom Watkins is the president and CEO of the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (www.dwmha.com). He served the citizens of Michigan as state superintendent of schools and state mental health director.

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Autism treatment

Recently, we covered the symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). I’d like to address treatment options. First, a few words about what causes it. ASD is not a single disorder, but a group of disorders. Hence, there is no single cause, but researchers believe it is likely a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There is no link between vaccines and ASD. There is no single specific test to diagnose autism, although there are specialty screening tools such as the M-CHAT. Pediatricians and primary care physicians routinely include screenings for developmental delays in routine visits, and should refer to behavioral health specialists if there is any suspicion of ASD. Evaluation of ASD is completed by a multidisciplinary team which includes qualified physicians and psychologists, the family and other supports, such as teachers and social workers. In 2012 Michigan was the 30th state to enact autism insurance reform, which ensures behavioral and other treatments through the age of 18. While there is no cure for ASD, there are treatments designed for specific signs and symptoms. Early identification and intervention are important. Interventions may be home-, school-, or clinic-based. Treatment should always be person-centered: there is no one-size-fits-all therapy.

Motor City Comic Con 2016 promises big action, local talent By Cornelius Fortune

Some evidence-based therapies behavioral therapies include Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). These work with children and their parents or caregivers to understand behavior, how it is affected by the environment, and help to acquire new skills that improve communication, social interaction, and life skills.

Each year, the biggest comic book convention in Michigan rolls out a who’s who list of actors, artists and others within the industry. It’s a celebration of fandom, and an opportunity for fans to get some face-to-face time with some of their favorite celebrities. COMIC BOOK ARTIST and The 27th annual event will be native Detroiter Arvell Jones held May 13-15 at the Suburban will be a guest at this year’s Collection Showplace, 46100 Motor City Comic Con. He Grand River Ave., in Novi, with created the character Misty more than 50,000 attendees ex- Knight who will figure prompected.

Persons with ASD are often engaged in Occupational Therapy (OT) to teach them how to function and live as independently as possible. Activities learned include feeding, and dressing, as well as work or recreational activities. Speech therapy may be required to improve communication skills, including understanding speech, learning gestures or using picture boards, and improving speaking and swallowing skills. Sometimes dietary approaches are useful. Children may be very sensitive to certain foods, such as gluten, or may need nutritional supplements. Always work with credentialed nutritionists and/or physicians before venturing into dietary changes. Medications may be helpful in addressing some core symptoms. For example, medications could address depression, poor attention, seizures, or hyperactivity.

Forget POW! BLAM! ZOOM!

Whatever superlatives you choose to hurl at it, word balloons can’t fully express — or contain — the excitement generated by Motor City Comic Con.

inently in the Netflix series

This year’s roster includes “Luke Cage,” which feaMalcolm Goodwin (“iZombie”), tures a black lead character Seth Gilliam (“The Walking superhero. Dead”), Lena Heady (“Game of Thrones”), Adam West and Burt Ward (from the ‘60s “Batman” TV series), and a long list of others. That’s why Motor City Comic Con might be considered Mecca for many local fans of the industry, but Arvell Jones, 2016 convention guest and a native Detroiter, helped to launch the very first comic book convention in Detroit as a Cass Tech student, called Detroit Triple Fan Fair (DTFF). He was also one of the first black artists to be employed

Malcolm Goodwin

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Veteran-led disaster response organization to host five-day training event Training event to help clean up the Brightmoor neighborhood in Detroit Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, will host a multi-day training event in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit while aiding the community in its redevelopment. The event is called MOBEX Motor City, short for mobilization exercise, which will be held May 12-16.

Regardless of the treatment option being considered, the goal is always the same: to maximize one’s ability to function.

MOBEX Motor City serves as a mock disaster response and provides unique training opportunities for Team Rubicon members. It will be the nonprofit organization’s largest training exercise since its inception in January 2010. More than 100 members are expected to be in attendance.

Dr. Carmen McIntyre is chief medical officer at Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. If you have a question, please submit it to AskTheDr@ dwmha.com.

“We’re looking forward to not only honing the skills of our members, but also serving the city of Detroit,” said regional administrator and Marine veteran Mike Watkins. “This is a unique opportunity for our team to become better equipped for disasters and better connected to a community in need.”

Team Rubicon is partnering with Motor City Blight Busters to provide chainsaw, heavy equipment, incident management, and damage assessment training while simultaneously cleaning up the Brightmoor neighborhood. Over the course of five days, several city blocks will be cleared of debris and urban blight. By giving volunteer members additional training on several aspects of disaster response operations, the organization will be able to respond more effectively and efficiently to the next emergent disaster. With more than 35,000 members across the country, Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Approximately 75 percent of its members are veterans while 25 percent are first responders, emergency management professionals, and other service-minded civilians. Beyond disaster relief, Team Rubicon helps veterans find a renewed sense of purpose, community, and identity—vital as many return to civilian life after more than a decade of war.

Team Rubicon was founded in the wake of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake by Jake Wood and William McNulty, both Marine veterans. It has grown from eight to 35,000 members with more than 120 operations under its belt, including Haiti, Superstorm Sandy, and the earthquake in Nepal. The organization is currently responding to the severe flooding in Houston as well as the earthquake in Ecuador. Team Rubicon performs its services at no cost to those affected, thanks to the generosity of its donors. To learn more about Team Rubicon’s mission, or to become a supporter, visit www. teamrubiconusa.org. About Team Rubicon Team Rubicon (TR) unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. TR offers veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. For more about Team Rubicon, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.


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by Marvel Comics in the mid ’70s on such titles as “Iron Man” and “Iron Fist.”

Tuskegee Airmen teaching kids the joys of flight By Keith A. Owens Senior Editor

It’s OK if you have to drive to where you’re going, but getting there by plane is much cooler. Especially when you’re flying the plane yourself. The idea of learning how to fly doesn’t ordinarily cross the minds of most young people — or most older people either, for that matter. Because flying is one of those activities that can easily seem like something that is restricted to either airline pilots or rich folks with their own private jets. In short, that simply isn’t true. The Tuskegee Airmen, who have been teaching young people how to fly and exposing them to the wonders of aviation for years, have been disproving that fallacy for quite some time. Many Detroiters may not even know that the Tuskegee Airmen were actually first incorporated in Detroit in 1973 at the home of Lt. Colonel Alexander Jefferson, according to current president of the local Macon Thomas Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Bill Burnett. Macon Thomas ranks as the largest chapter in the nation with 146 members. “Some of the people there with him to help incorporate the organization was Lt. Jefferson, Wardell Pope, Harry Stewart Mayor Coleman Alexander Young, and several others. And that was in Detroit. In the basement of Lt. Col. Jefferson’s home. By the way, he’s still living and is 94 years of age,” said Burnett. This year the Tuskegee Airmen are celebrating their 75th anniversary nationwide. There are 56 chapters throughout the US. The Macon Thomas Chapter black tie gala event will be held Nov. 12 at the Roostertail. Last year, the Macon Thomas Chapter won the award for best chapter in the nation said Burnett, who has served as president since 2010. On Sunday, May 15,

the Tuskegee Airmen will be among a number of groups joining the Friends of Detroit City Airport and the Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Aerospace Technical High School PTA/PACSA to present the 1st Annual Detroit Fly-In at the main terminal of the Coleman A. Young International Airport, 11499 Conner Street, from 1-5 pm. The event is a natural fit for the Airmen, since the focus of the event will be to “introduce and inspire Detroit area youth to the field of aviation through the community’s ‘votech’ school system.” Planned activities at the event will include free flights for kids, ages 8-17 years old, drone demonstrations, and information on FAA internships for air traffic control. “We took a group of kids a couple years ago to NASA Space Camp [in

This weekly series kicked off Monday, May 2, and continues every Monday until May 23. Each week focuses on a different “behind the scenes” topic led by the zoo staff. Admission is free for all

MALCOLM GOODWIN (left) plays Detective Clive Babineaux in the hit CW series “iZombie.” set it up.” While black comic book artists such as Jones continue to push for more accurate portrayals of African Americans in popular media, Malcolm Goodwin, who plays

detective Clive Babineaux on The CW’s hit show “iZombie,” was attracted by the character’s honesty. Not his moral compass, rather, how he seemed like a real detective. “I love the fact that you have this struggling rookie detective that’s trying to make a name for himself,”

Goodwin said. “There’s good intentions involved, but he doesn’t have all the skillsets together. I like that the show starts at that particular place — you can watch the pilot episode and the last episode, and those are two different detectives.” Goodwin, who got his “big break” playing Jimmy Zee in the Ridley Scott directed and Denzel Washington-starring film “American Gangster,” is ready for his first Motor City Comic Con. In fact, last time he walked the streets of Detroit, he had a guest role on “Detroit 187,” the short-lived Detroit cop drama, which aired on ABC in 2010. “I’m really excited about it,” Goodwin said. “People supported the show (‘iZombie’) and stuck with it. We’re going to our third season of the show. I’m really excited to be back in Detroit.” For more information, visit www.motorcitycomiccon.com. For details about Arvell Jones’ summer comic book workshops, visit www. comicartworkshop.com.

Huntsville, AL]. Many of these kids had never been in an aircraft and never been out of the City of Detroit. It was the greatest experience of their lives,” said Burnett. Last summer at Belle Isle the Tuskegee Airmen attracted 34,000 youngsters show up at an event they sponsored to introduce young people to aviation. “This year, we’re gonna do it again, and we’re looking for 40,000,” he said. Burnett said that kids as young as 15 years of age can begin training to get their private pilot license. By age 16 they can become qualified to do solo flights, and at 17 they can petition the FAA to take their final exam to get their private pilot license.

Silver Explorers offers exclusive zoo experience while keeping seniors moving Priority Health and the Detroit Zoo have joined forces to launch a fun and interactive walking series. As part of a new program in metro Detroit called Silver Explorers, adults ages 62-plus are invited to the zoo for an hour-long walk that includes a VIP zoo experience, consisting of an insider’s view of the zoo and educational/interactive activities.

As it turned out, Jones had a very low threshold for the not-so-subtle miscalculations of his colleagues when it came to their portrayals of black characters on the page. These were particularly informed by the blaxploitation era of movies, which were enjoying a boom at that time. “Everybody had their opinion of how black people acted and how they talked,” Jones said. “I didn’t understand any of it. Not the clothing, not the dress. We couldn’t tell them they couldn’t write black people.” Marvel didn’t employ black staff writers back then, so Jones had some battles he won, while others, he lost. Despite the climate, Jones ended up co-creating Marvel’s first black woman with superpowers, Misty Knight. The character will be featured on the new the Netflix original series “Luke Cage.” Not bad for a black kid from the east side of Detroit. And Jones has plenty of new projects in the works, including launching an independent imprint, as well continuing The Comic Art Workshop, an annual educational (and instructional) opportunity for children and adults. It’s co-hosted with fellow Detroit-based artist Keith Pollard, in an effort to bring more interest in the comic book medium. “We usually set the date after we see how many people are interested,” Jones said. “Once we get 10 students, then we

Priority Health Medicare and MyPriority members who are 62 years and older by showing their ID card and who reside in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Adults age 62 and older who are not Priority Health members may participate in the program as a free guest of a Priority Health member. Space is limited to the first 60 participants. Pre-registration is available by calling (248) 324-2771.

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Tenth annual Arise Detroit! Neighborhoods Day Churches, block clubs, community groups and businesses are now registering for 10thh annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 6 in neighborhoods throughout Detroit. The day is a spectacular demonstration of community pride with more than 200 community service and improvement projects and celebratory events in neighborhoods throughout the city. Last year, there were a record 256 registered community service and improvement projects held in connection with ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day, stretching from the riverfront to Eight Mile Road. Hundreds of organizations and thousands of volunteers participated and events were held in every zip code in the city. The idea behind the event is to create an opportunity to showcase the pride and spirit of neighborhoods and forge relationships that can help improve the quality of life for city residents going forward. “The 10th annual Neighborhoods Day is truly a milestone,” said,” said, Luther Keith, executive director of ARISE Detroit! “It’s a testament to how much love there is in our community for the people and organizations that are making a difference every day.” Groups can register at www.

arisedetroit.org or phone 313921-1955. In exchange for a $50 registration fee, groups will receive a custom made banner promoting their event, t-shirts, a resource toolkit of information on community services and inclusion in the marketing and promotion of Neighborhoods Day. Registration deadline is July 5. Registered groups will

also receive vouchers to obtain free supplies for their beautification and cleanup projects. As in the past, community groups, block clubs and churches will host neighborhood cleanups, help build new housing, host health fairs and free health screenings, parades anti-crime events, community service projects, youth concerts, school events and sign

up volunteers for community programs. Community groups and organizations planning similar events in the month of August – not just on Aug. 6 -- can have their events also promoted and marketed as part of the Neighborhoods Day observance if they pay the registration fee. All events will be posted online at www.arisedetroit.org.

Funded by the Kresge foundation and other supporters, ARISE Detroit! is a mobilization coalition of more than 400 non-profits, churches, community groups and organizations. ARISE Detroit! recruits volunteers and markets events and programs on behalf of local community groups trying to improve the quality of life in Detroit.

Making the University of Michigan a Family Affair

Two Generations Embrace Wolverines, Benefits of Higher Education

Michigan for granted,” said (Kevin) McNeir, 56, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, a former pastor and an award-winning journalist whose career began as a copy editor and staff writer with The Michigan Chronicle under the tutelage of the newspaper’s now deceased and highly respected publisher, Sam Logan.

By D. Kevin McNeir Washington Informer Editor

“I joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in my freshman year and realized that I was more than prepared to tackle the academic hurdles and challenges that so often derailed other Blacks, forcing them to leave the University and either return home or go to another less academically-rigorous college,” he said.

The buzz remained high on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where a throng of students received their diplomas – the culmination of years of hard work in the classroom, laboratory and countless hours in the library. But for one young Black male who completed his sojourn as a student in the prestigious and academically-challenging Ross School of Business, it was his formal entrance into a unique “club” formed by his parents and sister who have made “Wolverine education” their legacy and ongoing tradition. “Michigan is extremely challenging academically – and while I have done quite well, it’s sometimes been a struggle to compete with some of my classmates in the business school,” said Jared McNeir, 22, whose mother and father, class of 1982, and his sister, class of 2012, all matriculated with undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan [UM]. “Fortunately, there were resources available to support incoming Black students beginning with the Summer Bridge program in which I participated,” said Jared, a 2012 graduate of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School [UDJHS], president of UM’s Sigma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and an Academic Success Partner for Michigan’s Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives where he assists first year, at-risk students as they transition from high school to the more challenging environment of college. “I decided to attend UM because of its business program and because of the opportunity to receive a great education at a price that was affordable. But having the chance to continue my family legacy was the real icing on the cake,” said Jared who will move to New York City later this summer where he’ll begin working for Accenture as a consulting analyst, putting his academic focus of strategy and marketing and intern experiences with Ernst & Young, Fox Sports Detroit and Target Corporation to good use. His older sister describes UM as “the best public university in the state of

A family that has made the University of Michigan their chosen academic home for two generations. Pictured are D. Kevin McNeir, Jasmine McNeir Brooks, Candace L. Jenkins and Jared McNeir. /Courtesy photo Michigan.” “When I first came to Michigan I was unsure what I wanted to major in. But I knew I had the grades and ability to succeed. I am a product of two Detroit natives, both Michigan alumni and their college memories had been instilled in me. Like my brother, I too took advantage of the university’s resources offered by the Office of Multicultural Initiatives,” said Jasmine McNeir Brooks, 26, a member of UM’s Nu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. who mentored other students beginning in her junior year as both a resident advisor and coordinator – a role which she continues today as an alum. She said she has fond, moving memories of her time in Ann Arbor. “My most memorable experience at Michigan was watching President Obama win the election for his first term,” said the wife, mother and current college success coordinator at Detroit’s Consortium College Preparatory High School. “I was a freshman and was voting for the first time. Being a Black student and ushering in our first Black president was a proud moment for me. As I look back, I realize that attending UM was the best decision I could have made. I’m hoping one day to have my son, Jackson, follow his parents, his uncle and his mom into the Wolverine family.” Jasmine and Jared’s mother, also a member of Delta Sigma Theta, an attorney and a department administrator for

Detroit’s Juvenile Court Services, said she’s proud of the fact that her family “bleeds maize and blue.” “Even though I graduated from one of the top high schools in the City of Detroit at the time [Cass Technical High], our instructors at Michigan went through most of the material we had learned in high school in about half of the first semester,” said Candace L. Jenkins, 56, now divorced, who met her former husband and still good friend, D. Kevin McNeir, during their freshman year at UM. “The upside to my initial academic challenges was the struggle taught me better time management and enhanced my ability to seek help when needed. I’ve taken those lessons into my career and life. Michigan’s academics, diversity and reputation have been key to my success,” said the Detroit native. Jared’s father, Kevin, a former honors student and later religion instructor and Teacher of the Year at UDJHS, now lives in Washington, D.C. where he serves as the editor of The Washington Informer – one of the oldest and most respected Black-owned newspapers in the country. He said that while Michigan wasn’t his first choice, he’s glad he “saw the light.” “I would later earn graduate degrees at Emory University and Princeton Theological Seminary, but when I was considering where to complete my undergraduate studies, I really took

“We often joked about the revolving door – a door where Blacks entered proudly one semester and then were forced to leave after one or two semesters because they couldn’t keep up with the requirements,” he said. “But it wasn’t a joke – it was hard work.” “Luckily, I had the support of my fraternity brothers, many of whom were graduate students, several of my good friends and classmates from UDJHS and dedicated UM administrators like Denise White and Reggie Armstrong who served as the directors of several programs that assisted the small but determined number of Black student on campus in the 1970s. It was like a family.” Kevin added that he still laments over the small number of Blacks who succeed at UM. “So many Blacks come from high schools that don’t prepare them for the rigor of UM,” he said. “Others would rather take advantage of the party scene rather than making studying their first priority. Our family has been fortunate to have role models and strong parents who valued education and instilled that same belief in us.” Both Kevin and Candace had parents who illustrated the importance of higher education, earning their undergraduate and graduate degrees at colleges that included Friends University, Wayne State University, Hampton, Tuskegee and Meharry Medical School. “One day I hope to see my grandson, Jackson, who’s now almost two, continue the tradition as a third-generation Wolverine,” Kevin said. “It’s tough to find another school that has as much to offer on so many levels as the University of Michigan. I’ll always be a proud Wolverine. For our family, it has made a profound difference in our lives.”


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Hypocrisy and the ‘n-word’ By Raynard Jackson NNPA News Wire Columnist

Once again, liberal hypocrisy was on full display at the White House Correspondents’ Association’s (WHCA) annual dinner. The dinner was begun in the early 1920s and usually the incumbent president and vice president of the United States attend. It is supposed to be a time of merriment and humor; but over time, it has be- Raynard Jackson come more and more of a liberal lovefest for the journalistic community in Washington, D.C. Members of this group brag about their supposed storied history, but as is habit with liberal journalists, they only tell you what they want you to know. The first thing one should do is take special note of is the first word in its name. I rest my case. What’s not included in their own historical narrative is the fact that they didn’t allow women to join until 1962. WHCA leaders were forced to change that policy figuratively at gunpoint. In 1962, iconic journalist Helen Thomas urged President Kennedy not to attend the dinner unless the WHCA changed their policy on female membership in the organization. They agreed and Kennedy attended the event. The other thing the WHCA won’t tell you is that in their more than one century of existence, they only had one black journalist to head the group, Robert M. Ellison of the Sheridan Broadcasting Network, and have only had one African American on their board, April Ryan, White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks. In recent years, WHCA has begun to hire noted comedians to provide the entertainment for their dinner. They have hired comedians like Sinbad, Jay Leno and Jon Stewart to name a few. For this year’s dinner, they hired comedian Larry Wilmore (who is black), the host of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” on Comedy Central. Wilmore was an unmitigated disaster. But what was even more disastrous than Wilmore’s performance was the deafening silence from liberals to his act. You can view his unedited performance on C-SPAN’s website. His ending was what got everyone’s attention and not in a good way. Speaking directly to President Barack Obama, Wilmore said, “But behind that joke is the humble appreciation for the historical implications for what your presidency means. When I was a kid, I lived in a country where people couldn’t accept a black quarterback. Now think about that. A black man was thought by his mere color not good enough to lead a football team. And now to live in your time, Mr. President, when a Black man can lead the entire free world. Words alone do me no justice. So, Mr.

President, if I’m going to keep it 100, Yo, Barry, you did it, my nigga!” Obama grinned from ear to ear and gave Wilmore a bear hug. If a White comedian, especially a conservative one, had called the first black president “my nigga” he would have been immediately excoriated and rightfully so. When Trump questioned Obama’s birth certificate, the media gave the issue wall to wall coverage. The Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the National Association of Colored People (NAACP), the Urban League, Al Sharpton, Joy Reed, Melissa Perry, etc. all demanded every Republican official to immediately “repudiate” Trump, and if they didn’t, these liberal groups and individuals implied that these Republicans somehow agreed with Trump’s position. I find it totally hypocritical now that these same liberal groups and individuals have all come down with a severe case of laryngitis. As of this printing, the WHCA has not issued so much as an apology to the president or the American people for the total and incomprehensible disrespect Wilmore showed towards our first black president. What have we, in the black community done to create an environment where a person, let alone a black person, feels comfortable calling the president of the United States “my nigga”? If we can’t condemn a black person for using this insidious word, how can we justify criticizing others for doing the same thing? How can we criticize Jennifer Lopez or the Quentin Tarantino, the director of the cult classic “Pulp Fiction” and “Django Unchained,” for using it? How can we criticize former West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd for using it on the senate floor or during an interview with “60 Minutes”? Instead of Obama nervously laughing at Wilmore’s description of him, he should have immediately taken to the microphone and denounced Wilmore on the spot. So, to all my liberal media friends, especially the black ones, the next time Trump makes a statement you disagree with, I don’t want to hear your moralizing lectures about racism and civility. The next time a Republican official makes a stupid, racially-charged comment about Obama (and they will), I hope those same liberal members of the media will also get a sudden case of laryngitis like you did over the Wilmore foolishness. I know why Republicans are silent on this issue — they have absolutely no credibility within the Black community. But liberals “claim” to love Black folks, but yet they can’t muster enough courage to take a principled stand and denounce Wilmore’s performance. What a shame this moment has found them totally unprepared for the moment that could have been their finest hour. Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF).

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“At the end of the day, my most important title is still mom-in-chief.” — Michelle Obama

Don’t send Flint down the drain — fix the problem By Jesse Jackson The Flint water crisis is now two years old — and the water still isn’t safe to drink. There have been civil and criminal investigations, two congressional hearings and extensive reporting, particularly during the presidential primary in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed a special task force. Yet only 33 pipes — three of every thousand — have been replaced. The Obama administration’s limited declaration of emergency was extended for four Jesse Jackson more months in April, but the administration made it clear no further extensions will be granted. State emergency resources will end at the same time. Residents still depend on bottled water and filters, and they won’t be supplied beyond August. Now residents are not only suffering from the lead poisoning but from depression and anxiety driven by an agony that it seems will never end. Melissa Mays, one of the mothers who forced the exposure of the poisoned water, appeared on my radio show last week. She is sick and tired of being sick and tired. At a demonstration protesting the two-year anniversary of the crisis, she said, “Flint wasn’t a community that was ‘worth going out on a limb for.’ So, our job is to prove them wrong. Our job is to show them we are not going sit down and take this anymore. And you know what, I have been peaceful. I have tried to fight this in the courts, in the labs doing all the things to prove that the water was poisoned. We got that proof. The water is poisoned. And two years later, it is getting worse. “I watched my 13-year-old son damn near pass out today from blood tests looking for bacteria and immune disorders. He’s 13. So, I am reaching my breaking point. I’m tired of being peaceful. I’m tired of being nice. They’re not listening.” The city has gone back on water drawn from Lake Huron, as opposed to the toxic Flint River. But in mid-April, Professor Marc Edwards and the Flint Water Study team at Virginia Tech, the courageous team that helped expose the poisoning, reported that new testing shows Flint’s water remains unsafe to drink.

The Flint crisis has led to the exposure of leaded water and aged pipes in other communities in America. But it is clear that Flint paid the price of being poor and largely black. The governor’s own task force concluded, “Flint residents, who are majority black or African American and among the most impoverished of any metropolitan area in the United States, did not enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards as that provided to other communities. “Moreover, by virtue of their being subject to emergency management, Flint residents were not provided equal access to, and meaningful involvement in, the government decision-making process.” Now the Michigan Civil Rights Commission is holding its first hearings on the role that discrimination played in the crisis. Some indictments have come down, but the problem isn’t being solved. Gov. Snyder couldn’t find funds in the state to replace the lead pipes exposed by the toxic water. Yet he’s allocated $1.2 million of state funds to pay private attorneys for his criminal defense fund. The residents want action. They need an emergency program to replace the lead pipes. They want an end to the state appointed emergency manager system. It was an unelected emergency manager, with no accountability to the residents of the city, who made the decision to use the toxic Flint River water. And they want Medicare coverage for all those impacted by the poisoning. The latter is not unprecedented. Residents of Libby, Montana, benefitted from a special provision put into law by Sen. Max Baucus that provides full Medicare coverage for every person who was exposed to asbestos poisoning from the mine owned by W.R. Grace & Co. that left hundreds dead and many more sick. The same should be done for the victimized residents of Flint. This country continues to squander billions on failed “nation building” efforts on the other side of the world. We wasted over $2 trillion on the debacle in Iraq that has helped destabilize the greater Middle East. As Flint has revealed, we will face spreading calamities from obsolete water systems, dangerous bridges, crumbling roads, dated and insufficient mass transit. It is time we stop pretending we can police the world and start rebuilding our own country.

Blackonomics: From power talking to power doing By James Clingman (NNPA News Wire Columnist)

Veteran radio talk show host Carl Nelson, will present his third Power Talk event on June 17-19, 2016 at Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. The event has featured the likes of Tony Browder, Ashra Kwesi, the late Dr. Frances C r e s s - We l s i n g , Pastor Willie Wilson, Dr. Claud Anderson, and Dr. Patricia Newton, among many others. The speakers are called “Power Talkers,” and rightly so because they are most James Clingman knowledgeable in their particular fields of endeavor. They are unapologetically Black, and they impart their wisdom to a Black audience in an effort to create what I will call, “Power Doers.” But, no matter who is doing the talking, if there is no subsequent follow through, quite frankly, what’s the point? Do we talk merely so that Black people can have more information, or is it merely to repeat the information we already have? Or is information just a “booster shot,” a reinforcement of sorts to keep us from being so discouraged that we give up on ourselves? If we do not respond appropriately to what we hear, specifically by executing strate-

gies to eliminate some of the problems we discuss at these kinds of events, then we have relegated ourselves to mere cheerleaders for those who share their information with us. We do that so well (“Ase!” “Amen!” “That’s right!” “Teach!” “Tell it!”), but then we leave our haven of knowledge, go back into the real world, and do absolutely nothing except wait for Power Talk Four. Our events should have legacies that we can celebrate and share when we meet again. We should have victories as a result of thousands of us coming together at an event, especially at a Power Talk event that showcases some of our top brothers and sisters. They are not the run-of-the-mill, milquetoast, talking-head Blacks who earn a great living discussing mundane issues and offering meaningless solutions to Black problems. Not only should we hear their words, we should act upon them. At this year’s Power Talk Three, last year’s participants should present something tangible that has taken place over the past year as a result of the information and instructions discussed at last year’s event. Doesn’t that make sense? I was one of the Power Talkers last year and have been invited to come back this year; as many of you know, I am also a “doer” even more so than a talker. So, during my speech last year I noted 16 things Black folks can do in response to my words. I posited that some of our people

are waiting for the world to end; some are waiting to be put into FEMA camps; some are waiting for racism to end; some are waiting for reparations; some are waiting for political fairness; some are waiting for equality; some are waiting to be rescued by who knows whom; and some of us are just waiting to be exterminated by the powers-that-be. My question was: “What are we doing while we wait?” As Red said in the movie, Shawshank Redemption, we had better “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’,” thus, I offered the following things to do while we wait:

• Teach our youth the history of Black business—even before we were brought here;

• Work to raise our consciousness to a level of “unconscious competency;”

• Hold ourselves accountable for our own freedom;

• Leverage our collective dollars against injustice and inequity by withdrawing them;

• Organize ourselves around practical economic and political solutions that benefit us; and

• Use our collective consumer dollars to create conscious Black millionaires;

• Commit some of our time, talent, and treasure to the uplift of our people,

• Leverage our collective votes against “politricksters”;

WHILE WE WAIT!

• Establish more viable, professional, well-managed businesses, and support them; • Establish Black owned and controlled trusts, equity funds, revolving loan programs, legal “offense” funds, and endowments; • Form strategic alliances and partnerships that can take on larger projects; • Scale up our businesses to the point of being able to hire our own people— our own youth;

• Teach entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking to our young people; • Make our demands on politicians from a position of economic strength; • Vote as a bloc for those who publicly state and commit in writing their support for our interests; • Withhold our votes from anyone and any party that does not support our interests;

I will add one more: Join the One Million Conscious Black Voters and Contributors at www.iamoneofthemillion. com. To the attendees of Power Talk Three, commit to being “Power Doers” when you leave. That way, when it returns next year, we will have much to celebrate. And to the Power Talkers, as my colleague, Amefika Geuka has proposed, commit to joining the Harvest Institute Think Tank, and use your collective talents to help us actually solve our problems.


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Called to Care Health Expo On Saturday, May 28, State Rep. Brian Banks and the Right Turn Project will present the Called to Care 2016 Health Expo, at the East English Village Preparatory Academy, 5020 Cadieux, Detroit, with WCHB 1200 AM radio personality Mildred Gaddis serving as host.

‘Detroit Fly-In’ announced Friends of Detroit City Airport, in conjunction with the Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Aerospace Technical High School Community PTA/PACSA, presents the First Annual “Detroit Fly-In” (an aviation open house) on Sunday, May 15, 1-5 pm, in the main terminal of the Coleman A. Young Airport, 11499 Conner on Detroit’s east side. The purpose of the event is to introduce and inspire Detroit-area youth to the field of aviation and the career opportunities available through the community’s votech school system. Activities include free flights for youth (ages 8-14), drone demonstrations, informa-

tion on FAA internships for air traffic control, interactive opportunities and a number of surprises. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen, including a possible appearance by World War II POW veteran Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, and other military, civic, trainers, service personnel, students, parents and administrators will be onsite.

The keynote speaker will be Lila Lazarus, award-winning journalist, speaker and health expert. Vickie Winans, CoCo, Ted Winn and Blanche McAllister-Dykes will perform. The free event starts at 10 am. The workshop sessions will be as follows: Mental Health — Keep your mental health a priority during the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Diabetes/Obesity — It’s time to be honest about

Exhibits include static displays of various planes, helicopters and informational resource tables on aviation careers and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational curriculums.

Heartfelt in Detroit

Don't wait for inspiration to strike. Cultivate it! Join hundreds this summer and discover Heartfulness, a practical and effective form of meditation that helps individuals build and sustain inner repose, balance and peace of mind. The Heartfulness Conference in Detroit promises to be one of the most engaging events of the year for both experienced meditators and those curious to learn its benefits in a secular and open environment.

ry teacher of Heartfulness meditation, visiting from India. Kamlesh, a 40-year practitioner of Heartfulness meditation, is passionate about communicating his ideas on the science of meditation, evolution of consciousness and useful guidance in everyday life. Kamlesh will personally lead participants in a meditation session to close out the day.

Participants will hear from keynote speaker Gopi Kallayi, Google’s chief evangelist for brand marketing and one of the leading voices encouraging yoga and mindfulness in the workplace today.

The full-day event will also feature spotlight sessions with community leaders in an effort to empower the voice and presence of Detroit. The conference also includes a special performance from the Grammy-nominated classical Indian flutist, Shashank Subramanyam.

The highlight of the event will be a talk with Kamlesh D. Patel, the prima-

This is a donation-based event. All are welcome.

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diabetes and obesity. Lean how to make lifestyle changes to manage your diabetes.

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Cancer — Don’t wait until it’s too late. Help prevent cancer with your lifestyle. Hepatitis C — Hepatitis is a hidden epidemic. Are you one of the millions of Americans living the chronic hepatitis C? Autism — When autism speaks, it’s time to listen. Learn more about causes,

Dementia/Alzheimber’s — Always remember for those who cannot. Accidents — Get the legal advice and support you need after experiencing an auto accident, slip and fall, sports injuries and medical malpractice. There will be screenings, medical exams, food, raffles, giveways and more.

USPS food drive The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is pleased to announce the 2016 Letter Carriers’ Food Drive which will take place on Saturday, May 14. Those wishing to contribute to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive are asked to leave non-perishable food items by their mailbox shortly before the time of regular delivery or drop the food items off at the post office. This would include canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, 100 percent juice, cereal, peanut butter, etc. The food will be delivered to a local food bank. The food drive is the outgrowth of a tradition of community service long exhibited by members of the letter carriers union.

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The Napoleon family; (l - r) Sharon, Benny, Freddie and Hilton Front (l - r) Kathy, Betty “Mabet” and Anita

Head Table family members: Frank Currie (brother); Joan Parker-Jones (sister-in-law); John Arthur Currie (brother); Betty Napoleon; Charles Currie (brother); Mattie Henley (cousin); Earl Boyd (cousin), Catherine Leonard (cousin)

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The trustees of the Hudson-Webber Foundation has announced that Melanca Clark has been named president and CEO of the Foundation. She joins the foundation from Washington, D.C. where she currently serves the U.S. Department of Justice as chief of staff of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, a grant-making component of the DOJ, overseeing the ofMelanca Clark fice’s administration of nearly $1 billion in active grants. She will assume her new role in August 2016. “The original donors of the Hudson-Webber Foundation left a tremendous legacy of striving to improve the quality of life in the city of Detroit. It took a deliberate and thorough search to find an individual who is particularly capable and committed to lead the foundation into its next chapter. We found that leader in Melanca,” said Jennifer Hudson-Parke, board chair. “In our search, we looked for a candidate who will continue to foster a culture of collaboration among our partners and peers, advance our strategic direction, and reflect a passion for our mission areas. Melanca’s personal character and leadership qualities, career experiences, and her genuine desire to see Detroit continue to prosper give us complete confidence that we have selected the right candidate to serve as our third president and CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation.” Throughout her career, Clark has demonstrated innovative and collaborative leadership while striving to build strong communities through a social justice lens. At COPS, she devised creative funding strategies and partnerships to advance community policing and police reform. At DOJ’s Access to Justice Initiative, she developed and implemented the office’s strategy for increasing legal counsel for homeowners facing foreclosure, working with HUD’s International and Philanthropic Affairs Office to engage a group of foundations around opportunities for philanthropic support. As a senior policy advisor with the White House Domestic Policy Council, she convened foundations and key stakeholders to enlist support for and communicate the president’s priorities with respect to enhancing fairness in the criminal and juvenile justice system, strategically aligning philanthropic and private sector investments. Prior to serving in senior positions in the Obama administration, Clark held a variety of positions advancing equal access to opportunity including as counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, John J. Gibbons fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at the Gibbons Law firm, and as a Skadden fellow and assistant counsel with the Economic Justice Group of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Clark also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., U.S. District Court, New Jersey, adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, and a litigation associate in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. “I am honored and thrilled to have been chosen to lead a foundation that has such a storied legacy in Detroit,” said Clark. “The Hudson-Webber Foundation is singularly committed to ensuring that Detroit achieves its greatest potential by improving the vitality and quality of life of the entire Detroit metropolitan community, and I look forward to working with the trustees and staff to build on the foundation’s catalytic investments.” Clark earned her law degree from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts and her undergraduate degree from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. She will be moving to Detroit with her two children to join her husband, Moddie Turay, who was named executive vice president of Real Estate and Finance for the Detroit Economic Growth Corp in October 2015. To read this story in its entirety, visit michiganchronicle.com.

By Donald James Special to the Chronicle

Faye Alexander Nelson, vice president of public affairs for DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation, is not accustomed to engaging in aimless talk. She is, however, accustomed to achieving organizational goals that empower the community. For Nelson, who in June will assume the dual roles of board chair and president of the DTE Energy Foundation, action always speaks louder than words. In her current executive roles, Nelson oversees DTE’s corporate citizenship strategies and economic development initiatives in the 450 Michigan communities served by DTE Energy’s electric and natural gas portfolio. She also administers DTE Energy Foundation that awarded more than $16 million in grants in 2015 — a 25 percent increase over the previous year — to various organizations and programs for the empowerment of communities around Michigan. “Our investment focus is on education and employment, environmental stewardship and economic progress,” said Nelson, who has served in her current positions since February 2014. “Through our investment in those key areas, we have done a really solid job in supporting the community throughout the state. I’m very proud to be part of the leadership team that works to make our community better.” In the education and employment sector, one of the priority areas of investment this year is youth employment.

“Last year, we invested over $1 million in summer youth employment. This year, we’ve increased our investment to close to $1.4 million,” Nelson said. “Much of those dollars are invested in the city of Detroit, in partnership with the mayor’s Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program.” The foundation’s funding will help create jobs for about 425 youth, all in support of the mayor’s goal to hire 8,000 youth this summer. The foundation has also made funds available for about 60 youth and young adults in Detroit to work year-round at various city recreation centers. The DTE Energy Foundation additionally provides grants that impact metro Detroit youths in such cities as Highland Park and Pontiac, and has entered into an employment program partnership with the United Way of the Lakeshore in Muskegon, Michigan, which will make it possible for 100 youths to work this summer. In addition to youth programs, the DTE Energy Foundation, under Nelson’s directive, funds other types of projects, such as a $750,000 contribution to Eastern Market for the DTE Energy Plaza, a $100,000 investment and partnership venture with Red Cross to install 6,000 home smoke detectors statewide, a $100,000 grant to area Meals on Wheels to support programs that will feed seniors in the community, as well as many other types of diverse ventures and initiatives. Prior to DTE, Nelson served as president and CEO of the

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Former Miss Southfield USA opens performing arts and training school By Princess Hayes Pageant B. Atterberry, founder and owner of PBA Royal Performing Arts and Training School, began modeling at age 12. She started her career as a model through a local agency that connected her with agents in Chicago, New York and in her home city of Detroit. She has modeled in fashion shows for Sears, Macy’s, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Fashion Bug and countless others. She was also a dancer and was a dance coach for the Southfield Lathrup Falcons, a team she too danced with during childhood. She had soon found herself on another path, participating in beauty pageants. In 2010, Atterberry began her own beauty pageant system called “Crown Me Royal.” She would go on to host beauty pageants in cities from Flint, Genesee County and Bay City and Grand Rapids to Oakland Macomb and Wayne counties. After a few attempts at working to build recognition, Atterberry began working as an instructor for the same agency that taught her everything she knew. From 2011 to 2014, she continued to learn the modeling, acting and performing arts businesess, attain several degrees and hold the title Miss Southfield USA 2014. January 2015, Atterberry opened her first PBA Royal Performing Arts and Training School in Southfield. She eventually opened a second location in Detroit and then later a third location in Royal Oak.

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Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, the organization responsible for leading the transformation of Detroit’s downtown riverfront. Under Nelson’s 10-year executive tenure, the Conservancy successfully transformed a 3.5-mile sector of what was once an unattractive downtown waterfront, punctuated with abandoned industrial structures, neglected vacant lots and an array of other eyesores, into a pedestrian-friendly, must-visit locale. The waterfront, under Nelson’s administration, produced attractive greenways, parks, gardens, and wide pathways to accommodate visitors wanting to ride bikes, walk, jog or relax with family and friends. “I’m proud of the vibrant riverfront that’s there today, which has generated over $1 billion in public and private investments,” said Nelson. “I’m very proud of overseeing a project that most people didn’t think could happen, and now has become an attractive gem that the community has passionately fallen in love with.”

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Detroit Entrepreneur launches Photography Summer Camp By AJ Williams Metro Detroit Entrepreneur Launches a Photography Summer Camp for Kids Sacred Overstreet-Amos is the owner of Moon Reflections Photography, a Michigan native, wife, and mother of two. She is a published photographer, military veteran of the Air Force, who holds a degree in communication from the University of Michigan. Overstreet-Amos is launching a summer camp geared toward children that are passionate about photography. The Young Creators Summer Photography Camp will be held June 11-30 in Farmington Hills. The purpose of the camp is to enrich young creative minds by giving them a hands-on space to create and advance their skills. The children will get to know their camera inside and out, how to cut it on/off, auto vs. manual, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, exposure, white balance, posing and composition, the history of photography, careers in photography, and more. Photography is about capturing details, light, and moments and solidifying those precious moments in time. It is an art that over time can be developed into a career. The summer camp program will nurture and expand your child’s love of creativity and photography. “I have loved photography since I was

in high school and I would get my girlfriends together for photo shoots, deciding what we would wear, doing our hair and nails and wearing the latest fashions,” said Overstreet-Amos. “My Aunt bought me a Nikon N60, everything was filmed back then. I loved it! When I was in the military I wanted to be a photographer. There were no jobs available in that area. I never thought that I could have my own business until I met my husband and he supported my passion. Moon Reflections Photography was created in 2009. While studying abroad in Italy, I took my Nikon and a point and shoot digital camera. I captured some really beautiful landscape images. I used those images to enter into the Lathrup Village Art Fair, and that was the beginning of MRP. Today, MRP shoots in a variety of mediums from high school seniors, small businesses, headshots, portraits, intimate weddings and events. Eventually, MRP will expand into real estate and landscape photography.

“Faye has played a pivotal role in the transformation of Detroit’s riverfront, which now attracts millions of people from all walks of life, and serves as a catalyst for economic development in the region,” DTE Chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson said in a media statement just before Nelson joined the giant energy company. “I know that Faye will bring that same level of leadership and passion to DTE, which can only help us reach our goals to become a force for growth and prosperity in the communities where we live and work.” The leadership and passion that Anderson referenced was a big part of Nelson long before she began her pro-

While waits have been long at times at other centers, customers typically at the east side center can be seen in about 15 minutes, Brown said. DWSD Customer care representatives are available to work with residents who have past due balances and who want to make payments and payment plan arrangements to avoid shut-offs. “Our interest is to avoid water service disruptions,” said Brown. “Because we have 20 customer care agents at the east side center, we are able to assist customers much more quickly so they can get into a payment plan or make a payment to avoid having their service disconnected.” Brown added that DWSD is working with more than 200 customers a day across its three centers in an attempt to avoid disruptions in water service. For customers whose water has been shut off, DWSD staff at all locations are immediately directing them to a cashier, rather than wait in line behind customers seeking to enter a payment plan. Once a payment has been received, the customer’s address is added to a list for immediate restoration, which typically occurs within 24 hours, if not sooner. Residential customers who seek payment plan arrangements should be prepared to provide the following: • Government-issued ID such as a driver’s license; • Social Security number; • Documentation verifying customer lives at the address and has responsibility for the water, through either a deed as a homeowner or lease agreement if a tenant; and • A deposit to enter a payment plan arrangement.

“Residential customers seeking financial assistance once they are on a payment plan arrangement are encouraged to contact local agencies for further help,” added Brown. “This includes organizations such as Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency at 313-3869727 to apply for the new Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP).” About the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department serves more than 200,000 Detroit residential and commercial customers. DWSD’s water network consists of more than 2,700 miles of transmission and distribution mains and nearly 3,000 miles of sewer collection piping. To learn more about the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department or to request water services, make payments, or report water problems, call Customer Care at 313-267-8000 or contact us at: www.detroitmi.gov/dwsd.

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PBA Royal Performing Arts and Training School plans to add more locations through out the metro Detroit area, and focusing on betterment of self, love and dedication. The school is taught by certified instructors, including Atterberry, who teaches the modeling and pageantry classes. The school offers lessons and training in dance, modeling, acting, pageantry, and musical instruments for ages 3 and up. For more information on PBA Royal, please call 248-909-7167 or visit the website at www.pbaroyal.com.

As a result, Nelson has never left Detroit in search of greener educational and career pastures. After graduating from Cass Technical High School, she attended Mercy College of Detroit, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She stayed in the Motor City to earn a law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law. It should be pointed out that Nelson has had many chances to pursue career opportunities in other cities, but has refused in order to render her professional expertise to the Motor City. “I love Detroit, and being here is very personal for me,” said Nelson, who along with her native Detroiter husband, Attorney Albert Taylor Nelson, Jr., are the parents of four adult daughters. “Growing up in Detroit was a wonderful experience. It hurts to see the downward spiral that the city has experienced. So it’s very important for me to make contributions to assist any way that I can to bring my hometown back.” For more information please visit dteenergy.com/foundation.

Thanks to the $42 million in new blight removal funds coming to Detroit, there will be increasing opportunity in Detroit’s demolition and home rehab industries. This Friday, contractors in these areas will be able to meet and hear from a range of city officials to find out how to access those opportunities.

• Encourage contractors to get into demolition by providing information on licensing, equipment needs, bidding etc. Connect with minority-owned companies, including 313 Construction, Rickman Enterprises, ABC Demolition, Direct Construction Services, DMC Group and others.

To help meet the growing demand for production, the city will host a Contractor Opportunity Fair to connect more Detroit-based and minority-owned Detroit contractors with this increase in opportunity. One huindred and fifty individuals representing over 100 companies have already registered.

• Connect contractors to demolition-related opportunities and learn how to do business with the City.

“MRP is more than photography; we The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. want to inspire the youth and give them an informed start to following their pas- on May 13, at the Northwest Activities Center, located at 18100 Meyers. Regissions,” she said. tration begins at noon. If you are interested in The Young The goals of the fair are to: Creators Summer Photography Camp, visit the MRP website, www.moonre- • Increase the number of Detroit conflectionsphotog.com, or register online tractors certified with the City of Deatwww.moonreflectionsphotog.com/ troit. Detroit companies that have been in business for two years or less can class/. get certified with the City of Detroit for just $150, a steep discount from the usual rate of $600. Detroit certified contractors will have their business listed on www.detroitmi.gov, www.buildingdetroit.org, and provided to Detroit Land Bank auction home buyers. Registered contractors will also be eligible for work The DWSD 10/30/50 Plan has no with the City of Detroit and the Detroit income restrictions. Under the plan, 0% Home Loan program. customers pay a minimum of 10 percent of their past due amount with the remaining arrearage spread over a 1224-month period. If a customer misses a payment, they may re-enter the plan paying 30 or 50 percent of their past due amount. The Eastside Customer Care Center, 13303 East McNichols, Detroit, one and a half blocks west of Gratiot, is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

fessional life. Born and raised in Detroit, Nelson’s roots as a youth are planted in the Boston-Edison area of the city. Her father, a four-decade Chrysler Corporation factory worker, and mother, a stayat-home mom, instilled in their five children the importance of education and developing and maintaining a great passion for helping others in the community. Nelson’s parents also taught their children how to appreciate the greatness of Detroit.

Detroit Contractor Opportunity Fair to be held Friday to help fill need for increased demolition demand

DWSD offers express service at eastside customer care center To better serve customers and help them avoid lengthy lines, the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department is announcing that it is providing express service for customers at its east side Customer Care Center, located at 13303 East McNichols. The larger center is best equipped to manage customer concerns quickly because it can accommodate three times as many customers per hour than DWSD’s other locations, said Director Gary Brown.

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• Learn about lending opportunities through a variety of banks and programs such as the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund. The City of Detroit’s demolition program is the largest in the nation, but now, thanks to the latest round of funding, the city expects to expand it even further. In the past two years, the city has demolished more than 8,600 vacant and dangerous buildings. As a result of the additional funding, the rate of demolition is expected to grow to 5,000 structures this year and 6,000 next year. There also are more than 1,400 vacant homes in the city that have been or are being renovated as a result of the city’s Land Bank auction, nuisance abatement program and other community partnerships. To register for the Detroit Contractor Opportunity Fair today, please visit www.detroitmi.gov/demolition.

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How to get hired right out of college with the right internship Improving economic conditions have finally caught up to millennials, providing them with a brighter job market, according to the United States Department of Labor. But a recent Federal Reserve Bank of New York report says the devil is in the details. Not all new college graduates are doing equally well. The kind of degree they earned is an enormous factor in the job hunt. “There’s no question that your field of study significantly alters your prospects, but even having chosen the right field is no guarantee,” says Matt Stewart, an entrepreneur and co-founder of College Works Painting (www.collegeworks.com), an internship program that provides practical business experience for college students. “How you approach your field, such as engagement at an internship, can boost your professional prospects immensely.” For example, interns with College Works Painting operate their own house-painting business with hands-on guidance from mentors. They learn valuable leadership skills by functioning as leaders in a business. “Unemployment for our alumni has remained at less than 4 percent, including when youth unemployment exceeded 16 percent a few years ago,” Stewart says. “This kind of challenging yet fun student experience helps ensure a good career for college graduates right out of the gate.” He offers tips about what students

should look for in an internship so they can gain the professional experience they need to land a job after graduation. • Know what you will actually be doing. While simply being in a company’s culture has value, many businesses assign students to their lowest-level work. Grunt work, to some extent, is a fact of life in most professions. But that kind of work won’t propel a student’s career. Consider an internship that gives you real responsibility and provides experiences that will definitely come in handy in your future career. • Consider a company’s internship recognition. Don’t accept an internship with just any organization. Think about the business awards the company has won, the type of articles that have been written about the company, and how the company contributes to their industry and community. If you can, get information on how other former interns fared. • For any student, real experience is crucial. Whether you’re an artist, athlete, musician, theater major, English student, a STEM-field student, or a business major or future entrepreneur, getting experience often comes with a heavy price. This includes the loss of personal or family finances. Look for opportunities that provide guidance while allowing you to apply skills to real-life challenges such as budgeting, marketing, and managing employees. These are transferable skills that apply to any industry.

over 1.2 million homes and businesses across the state. We inspect nearly 10,000 miles of pipeline each year using advanced technologies, and modernize about 100 miles of pipeline annually. We also add an ingredient that makes natural gas smell like rotten eggs, making it easily identifiable in the case of a leak. If you smell natural gas or suspect a leak, do not use electronic devices or open flames, leave the area immediately, and call DTE Energy at 800.947.5000 24 hours a day.

“Regardless of how the economy is doing, you’ll want to put forth your best effort,” Stewart says. “As we’ve seen, the market can take a nosedive at any time.”

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THE MICHIGAN CHRONICLE business City of Southfield selects OHM Advisors as master planner for Northland Center The city of Southfield announced today that it has selected OHM Advisors, an integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm with offices in Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, as master planner for the redevelopment of the former Northland Center mall at Eight Mile Road and the Lodge Freeway, located in the City’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) District. The city of Southfield purchased the 114-acre mall property last December to pave the way for redevelopment. The City will demolish the mall and remediate the site which will then be sold to a private developer(s). Through a published competitive bidding process, the city of Southfield selected OHM Advisors from a field of seven finalists to develop a conceptual market-driven master redevelopment plan. The firm was founded in Detroit in 1962, and in recent years has diversified and expanded its footprint with clients that include Fortune 20 companies, cities and townships, retailers and private developers nationally. “OHM Advisors is a top-rated architectural, engineering and planning firm,” commented Mayor Ken Siver. “We think the firm’s experience with large, mixed-use projects aligns closely with our ultimate vision for the property that will provide revitalized retail, residential, office and community space on the current site.”

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OHM Advisors has assembled a team that not only understands the history of the Northland Center site, but also brings a unique perspective to its development potential. Team members include: OHM – project management, planning & development, civil & transportation engineering; AKT Peerless – environmental engineering; Arcadis – structural engineering; Callison/RTKL – architecture/planning; The Danter Company – market analysis & assessment; Edna Bell – public relations; Ice Miller LLP – economic development incentives/municipal finance; Moncur – branding; and Tom Carter – mixed-use development advisor. The city of Southfield is committed to finding developers who share its vision for making a site with the storied history of being the first and largest shopping mall in the nation (when it originally opened as Northland Center in March 1954) to again become a destination for residents and visitors alike. Beginning today through May 9, eight-foot fencing will be erected around the perimeter of the existing site; however, the Regional Bus Transit Center and the City’s Downtown Police Sub Station will remain open and accessible. Employees of St. John Providence Hospital who have been parking at Northland Center will be reassigne

M-1 Rail Penske Tech Center Grand Opening Mayor Duggan joined Councilwoman Mary Sheffield, Congresswoman Dingell and members of the business community on Tuesday to officially open the M-1 Rail Penske Tech Center. The Penske Tech Center will be the headquarters of the M-1 Rail technology systems, rail cars and operations team, and is located between Bethune and Custer streets on Woodward. The 19,000-square-foot technical center facility will sit at the northern end of the 3.3mile rail loop.

Since 2011, M-1 RAIL has helped generate $1.3 billion in construction-related economic development along the Woodward Corridor and surrounding neighborhoods. Known as the QLINE, the service will be part of an improving transit system in Detroit, connecting with DDOT, SMART, the People Mover and Amtrak to give Detroiters easy access to their work and play, as well as hospitals, shopping and education institutions.

Import/Export made easy at Macomb County workshop Michigan Chronicle Staff Reports

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Does your company import or export materials or goods? Are you struggling to navigate the many rules and regulations surrounding this type of activity? Did you know that a Foreign Trade Zone can help you streamline the process while minimizing costs and saving staff resources?

FTZs were created by the U.S. Congress to foster international trade and enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. companies. Treated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection as if it were located outside the United States, an FTZ can offer significant savings on import duties for both components and consumer-ready merchandise.

To help business owners learn more about these subjects, the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development will host Exporting 101 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Wednes-

Other significant benefits of FTZs are realized for companies that re-export finished products or deal with materials that are deemed scrap upon their arriv-

al in the United States. The savings are so great that many large corporations operate their own designated FTZs. For smaller companies without the resources to take on this type of endeavor, TVI Logistics of Warren offers a solution. According to TVI Logistics' CEO Constance Blair, “If your company is paying an average of $485 or more per week in merchandise processing fees, you might want to consider utilizing our services to save time and money.” “Partnering with TVI Logistics ensures that our business continues to exceed our customers’ expectations and

meet our evolving needs,” said Donna Yost, CEO of The Life Chest™. “TVI’s white glove service, packaging, and assembling services are integral to maintaining our brand and customized product line.” Exporting 101 will feature business leaders like Yost who are already using FTZ services as well as trade experts from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Baker Tilly. For more information, visit www. MacombBusiness.com or call (586) ­469-5285

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Evans Distribution launches initiative to assist Detroit based businesses Evans Distribution Systems, a family-owned and operated logistics company with an impressive 87-year history and strong commitment to the economic growth of Detroit, is launching the Detroit Fulfillment Initiative. DeFI will help provide product-based businesses in Detroit with the necessary tools, services and connections to launch and increase their market share. The initiative intends to accelerate the growth of Detroit by providing strategic opportunities to business owners that are looking to start or grow their product based business.

The Seventh Annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year Contest gets underway The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit is accepting nominations for its seventh annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year contest. Detroit Goodfellows sponsors the contest to show its sincere appreciation and gratitude to Detroit Public School administrators, teachers and support staff who, each year, work so diligently to identify students in need of its holiday gift packages. The 102-year-old charity’s mission is to ensure there is “No Kiddie Without a Christmas.”  Students in grades 3 through 8 at a Detroit Public School can nominate their favorite teacher for the Goodfellow Teacher of the Year recognition by answering the question: “Why is your teacher so special?” in 50 words or less.  The winning “Favorite Teacher” will receive a $200 gift card to purchase supplies for his or her classroom and a commemorative plaque. The winning teacher will also be acknowledged at the Detroit Goodfellows Annual Tribute Breakfast this fall.  Additionally, the winning student will receive a Barnes and Noble gift card, a plaque, and special candy treat for his or her classroom courtesy of the Detroit Goodfellows. Nomination forms are now available online at the Detroit Goodfellows web site, www.detroitgoodfellows.org.  Entries may be returned to this website or may be returned by mail to the Detroit Goodfellows PO Box 44444, Detroit, MI

“As a company with deep roots in Detroit, we are passionate about the growth of the city. DeFI is our initiative to help product-based businesses reach the next level,” said Derek Byrd, Marketing Manager, Evans Distribution Systems. “We’re here to help out the makers in Detroit, the companies producing goods and tangibles. We’re thrilled about the level of excitement and energy our partners and companies have for the initiative.”

DeFI has partnered with companies like SS Digital Media, a strategic digital marketing company, and Baker-Hopp 48244.   All nominations must be re- & Associates, a risk management and commercial insurance provider, to proceived no later than May 27, 2016. vide education and support in their area The Goodfellows Board of Directors of expertise that companies may need. will review all nominations and will se- DeFI is actively searching for additionlect a winning teacher by June 1, 2016.  al local partnerships with leading comThe winner and nominating student panies in their field that are passionate will receive “surprise notification” at a about the revitalization of Detroit. With school assembly in early June. the support of its partners, DeFI will ofLast year’s winner of the sixth annual fer educational workshops, toolkits and Goodfellow Teacher of the Year contest was Tracey Diebel, a fifth grade math teacher at Detroit International Academy for Young Women, in Detroit.  Diebel had been at the school for five years Purple Heart Truck Run stops in Deand a teacher for 24 years. The win- troit ning nomination came from 9-year-old Mayor Duggan and City Council memfifth-grader, Malijah Strong. bers honored wounded veterans ThursFounded in 1914, the Detroit Good- day by welcoming the Purple Heart Run fellows is the original and oldest Good- Truck to Detroit as part of its national fellow organization and is not affiliated awareness tour. The Run is a road trip with any other Goodfellow group. It also across America where Purple Heart responsors an emergency dental pro- cipients thank Americans from across gram for children, awards scholarships the country for their appreciation and through Wayne State University, pro- support of our nation’s military veterans vides free shoes to children in need and and their families. helps send hundreds of needy children Driven by Cpl. Tyler Huffman, a disto camp each summer.

resources to help companies deliver products internationally. “DeFI is taking the fear out of e-commerce and selling products online. What’s really exciting is that DeFI will help entrepreneurs get their products out to the world and help small businesses grow into larger ones. This is a great opportunity for small businesses to connect the dots and start their e-commerce activation,” said Nick Skislak, Founder, SS Digital Media. Gretchen Hopp Doyle, President at Baker-Hopp & Associates, is equally excited, adding, “DeFI provides passionate entrepreneurs the understanding of how to bring their product to market, which is no easy task. Baker-Hopp & Associates is celebrating our 100th anniversary this year and when you’re in the business as long as we have been, we know how pertinent it is to have help from experienced individuals during the early stages. We are passionate about the city of Detroit and appreciate the opportunity to be involved with an initiative that helps empower entrepreneurs within the city.” Working with partners to offer resources ranging from office space, financial counseling, marketing services and risk management, to insurance, supply chain and technology acquisition, DeFI’s goal is to provide companies with all the necessary services and tools needed to meet their fulfillment demands. For information about DeFI, please visit www.detroitfulfillment.com.

Purple Heart Truck stops in Detroit abled veteran wounded in combat in Afghanistan, the customized Purple Heart Ford F-150 will make its way from coastto-coast and back, rallying communities to thank our country’s military veterans and support this great mission. The 2015 Ford F-150 Super Cab truck has been adapted to suit combat-wounded veterans who are paralyzed or have lost legs or arms. The Purple Heart Run began in Mt. Vernon, Va., on May 2, and will cross the nation before returning to Washington, D.C. for Memorial Day on May 30.

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Reflections By Steve Holsey

Was it meant to be? This writer was never a believer in predestination, and I’m still not as a rule, but with the departure of Prince and Michael Jackson, two of the most extraordinary music artists and performers that ever walked the face of the earth, one has to wonder. Their contributions, as well as their influence, are monumental, almost beyond description. And then, before the age of 60 — in Michael’s case, long before — they made a sudden exit, leaving voids no one could ever fill.

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That’s because each gentleman — at their creative and commercial peaks at the same time — brought so many new things to the table. True, they had their influences, but they were unique. Also, no one could ever imagine Prince or Michael Jackson being old. They were shooting stars, blazing across the galaxy for all to see and enjoy, and then they vanished — almost as though it was meant to be. JENIFER LEWIS, who was featured a short while back in a story in this publication, called me to say how much she enjoyed the story, and that she treasures it. As it turns out, she has a friend who lives in Detroit (an ex-boyfriend) and he sent the story to her. It is rare for an artist to call or write to express gratitude, and the conversation was lengthy and fun. Lewis is best known for “sassy” roles such her Jenifer Lewis current one on “Blackish,” although she is not restricted to those kinds of characters, as proven in such vehicles as the movie “What’s Love Got to do With It?” and the “Temptations” miniseries. Lewis, 59, who says she is blessed to have been working consistently since the late 1980s, is currently writing her autobiography and promises that it will be as honest and full of fire as she is.

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“Children, be ye ready!” she quipped.

THE OLD saying, “Haste makes waste,” is very often true. For example, in last week’s column I identified Lamar Odom as an “ex-NFL star.” That should have been “NBA star." I had the correct information in front of me, but still typed the wrong thing. Of course, if I was a sports fan, I would not have needed to look it up in the first place.

Lamar Odom

Which brings to mind something funny Laurence Fishburne once said during an interview with the Chronicle. At one point I asked what his interests were outside of acting. The first thing he mentioned was listening to jazz. Then he said, “I don’t like sports.” And when I responded, “I’m not into sports either,” he grinned and said, Laurence Fishburne “You’re not? Good!” IT HAS been 12 years since the last New Edition album, but the group plans to have something new in 2017 to coincide with the airing of BET’s film bio on the group, or the album might be released late this year. Johnny Gill got chuckles when he joked, “I was just disappointed that Denzel wasn’t available to play me!” But on the serious side he explained, “Actually, I just want somebody who can capture the essence of me, and I think that’s important for all of us in the movie. They (the actors chosen) are going to spend a week or two with us, to get to know us, our personalities, things like that.” Eddie Levert is currently touring in support of his new single, “Did I Make You Go Ooh?” Once that tour is complete, the O’Jays will start their summer tour. Amazingly, the O’Jays had their first Johnny Gill national hit, “Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette),” in 1965, and they are still going strong. “Lemonade” has given Beyoncé her sixth No. 1 album on the national charts…Prince’s original band, the Revolution, is re-forming, minus André Cymone and Dez Dickerson. I

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By Steve Holsey As far as individual stars go, the main attraction on “Empire” is Taraji P. Henson, as the sassy, loquacious, smart, street-edged, flashy, brash, but still likeable Cookie Lyon. But the breakout star, for more reasons than one, is Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, one of the three sons of Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie Lyon. This record industry family takes “dysfunctional” to a different place, and the ratings for the show continue to be through the roof as evidenced by its consistent showings in the Nielsen ratings.

1992 film “The Mighty Ducks,” followed two years later by “North,” directed by Rob Reiner. Then came the TV series “On Our Own” that had a short run on ABC (1994-95). Interestingly, Smollett’s sister, Jurnee (now Jurnee Smollett-Bell), was also part of the cast. Three years younger than her brother, she has also done TV shows such as “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper,” “NYPD Blue,” “Cosby,” “ER,” “Full House” and “Grey’s Anatomy” along with numerous films, among them “Eve’s Bayou” and “Beautiful Joe.”

Smollett, 32, knew “Empire” was a solid hit when he was literally mobbed at a Whole Foods store. That and other realities let him know that his life would never be the same again. “I used to hear people say nobody can prepare you for fame, and it’s actually very true,” he said. “But there is such beauty that comes with it when you’re able to use your platform in a positive way. I don’t take this career for granted, and I have been given a very special platform through ‘Empire’ to speak about love, truth and acceptance.” The popularity of Smollett, as well as Jamal, is also significant in that both are gay, although that fact (about Jamal) had been less emphasized in the second season —until the last few episodes — no doubt due in part to the varying levels of discomfort felt by some viewers, especially in the black community. SOONER or later, the reality will sink in that sexual orientation is not something a person chooses, so it’s not “wrong” or “right.” It just “is.” And no one should feel they have to hide who they really are, especially since roughly 15-20 percent of the public in the U.S. is either gay or bisexual. It’s just that people are increasingly more honest today.

Smollett began his career in the

Smollett doesn’t look biracial although, let’s face it, in the truest sense, most black people are “biracial.” His father was Jewish and his mother is African American. As an “Empire” cast member, Jussie Smollett has had an opportunity to work with a smorgasbord of some the industry’s biggest names, everyone from Alicia Keys, Naomi Campbell, Ne-Yo and Jennifer Hudson to Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Mary J. Blige and Courtney Love. BUT IT was while filming a show-related Pepsi commercial that he got his biggest thrill — meeting the legendary singer-actor-activist Harry Belafonte. “I felt like I was meeting a king or a pharaoh,” said Smollett. “He is a great man and he has kept his voice as an activist without losing his voice as an artist.”

But then he recounted something else from that day. “I didn’t know I was going to meet him. I was wearing a raggedy tee shirt, so I put on the only thing I had in my bag, a sweater.” Smollett has a great relationship with all of the “Empire” cast, but is particularly close to Taraji P. Henson, his friend, confidant and, when necessary, defender. He cites her as “one of the greatest character actresses and leading actresses of our generation, phenomenal in everything she does.” On the recording front, Jussie Smollett fans are anticipating his debut album. He takes great pride in having been signed by Columbia Records, and hence being label mates with the likes of Beyoncé and Adele. But in the meantime, the fans will have to be satisfied with the many songs featuring Jussie Smollett on the three best-selling “Empire: Original Soundtrack” albums. The songs include “Good Enough,” “Born to Love U,” “Nothing to Lose,” “Heavy,” “No Apologies,” “Never Love Again,” “Conqueror,” “Ain’t About the Money,” “Hemingway” and “Freedom.” A dream duet for Smollett would be with Janet Jackson whom he describes as “forever the ultimate.” Considering the way things have been going, it could happen. Growing up, his idols were Michael Jackson and Prince. As for his life in general, including “coming out” on national TV, Smollett said, “We don’t all understand each other. I believe that love is the only thing that matters, and I would hope anybody would leave themselves open, not to gender, but to love. You’re not going to tell me that loving someone is wrong.” Love for his craft, talent, ambition, hard work and tenacity have taken Jussie Langston Mikha Smollett far, and it’s easy to believe that the best is yet to come.


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RESCHEDULED NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the City of Highland Park will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, May 23, 2016 4:00 p.m. at the Robert B. Blackwell Municipal Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room. The purpose of this Public Hearing will be to obtain views from the community on the proposed request for rezoning:

Facilitate data driven decision making with regards to the success of the residents through the numerous lenses of University Housing. Supports an expanding effort to improve student success and retention outreach for undergraduate students. Will assist students with information on tutoring and supplemental instruction. Minimum Qualifications: Graduate degree in Higher Education Leadership, Counseling, Education or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/ or experience. One year of professional experience in Word, Access, Excel and Banner. Salary up to the high $30s, commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 16, 2016. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu

• The City of Highland Park has received a request for zoning variance from Christopher DuComb owner of 13306 Hamilton Ave., Highland Park, MI 48203. The request is to rezone 13306 Hamilton, 252 Waverly and 256 Waverly from Mixed Use Urban Village District to Transit Oriented Design District and to rebuild the Willy Burger Restaurant, build retail space, a parking lot, and for construction of a digital billboard sign. • The City of Highland Park has received a request for a height variance from Christopher DuComb owner of 13306 Hamilton Ave., Highland Park, MI 48203. The request is to construct an industry standard 70’ billboard structure facing Davison Freeway. Please be further advised that you have the right to appear at the hearing and make comments or to submit your comments in writing. Written comments can be submitted, no later than May 20, 2016 to:

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Department of Community & Economic Development Attn: Zoning Public Hearing 12050 Woodward Avenue Highland Park, MI 48203 Mayor Hubert Yopp City of Highland Park

ASSISTANT STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY Athletics Department

Brenda Green, City Clerk

This position will assist in day to day management of the Intercollegiate Athletics Weight Room. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, daily oversight and management of various Olympic Sports Programs. Minimum qualifications require a Bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, kinesiology or similar field of study or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A minimum of two years Division I Intercollegiate Strength & Conditioning experience. NSCA (CSCS) or CSCCa (SCCC) as well as First Aid/CPR/AED is also required. This is a full time position which requires evenings and weekends. Salary up to the high $30s, compensation commensurate with education and experience. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 18, 2016. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu

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Applications received in excess of available seats will be placed on the 2016-17 Wait List until a lottery is scheduled.

Pursuant to guidance in accordance with 24 CFR 570.611 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City of Highland Park is requesting an exception to the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program conflict of interest regulations found at 24 CFR 570.611. The request is made on behalf of Ms. Gladys Washington, an individual whose has applied for assistance under the City’s Housing Rehab assistance program. Ms. Washington, is also the mother of Ms. Brenda Green, the sitting City Clerk for the City of Highland Park. As a relative of an Elected Official, Ms. Washington is considered a covered person per 24 CFR 570.611 (c) with a possible conflict of interest: 24 CFR 570.611 (c) Persons covered. The conflict of interest provisions of paragraph (b) of this section apply to any person who is an employee, agent, consultant, officer, or elected official or appointed official of the recipient, or of any designated public agencies, or of sub-recipients that are receiving funds under this part. The City understands that HUD may grant an exception to the conflict of interest provision if a conflict of interest exists and when certain threshold requirements have been addressed sufficiently for us to determine that granting an exception will further the purposes of the Act and the effective administration of the recipient’s programs. It is the City’s position that an exception is warranted based on the following reasons: 1. Gladys Washington’s household income has been calculated by the City and based on the information provided; Gladys Washington is income eligible for the CDBG Housing Rehab Program. 2. Should the exception be granted, Gladys Washington will receive the same benefit as is being provided to other qualified applicants; 3. Brenda Green is not party to the function or responsibilities, or the decision making process with respect to the City of Highland Park’s Housing Rehab Program. 4. The City’s Housing Rehab program is open to all eligible applicants throughout the City. Gladys Washington applied in accordance with existing program policies and procedures. Ms. Washington’s application for assistance was processed accordingly and did not receive any special consideration. 5. An undue hardship will be placed on Ms. Washington when weighed against the public interest served by avoiding the prohibited conflict. The City of Highland Park is conducting a public hearing to gather comments and input prior to submitting a request to HUD for an exception to the apparent conflict. Persons wishing to provide comment should plan on attending the Public Meeting.

HELP WANTED U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan - Administrative Assistant Vacancy Announcement at http://www.mied.uscourts.gov. Located in Detroit, the employee performs administrative support services for the Deputy Court Administrator and Clerk’s Office professional staff. EOE

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DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

PSYCHOLOGIST AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY Counseling Center

This position functions as the point of contact and representative of the School of Nursing for all clinical sites utilized by the campus. Responsible for establishing and securing clinical sites to implement the clinical component of the nursing programs. Will make site visits during student experiences ensuring all requirements with clinical affiliation agreements are upheld. Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in nursing. Two years as practicing registered nurse required. Hold active, unencumbered Michigan Nursing License. Ability to work independently, and resolve problems with sound, professional judgment. This is a full time, administrative professional position, with a salary up to the mid $60s. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. Compensation commensurate with education and experience. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 18, 2016. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu

This position will provide counseling, assessment, and outreach to students and university staff. Carry a full psychotherapy caseload to help meet demand for counseling services. Conduct crisis evaluations, consultations, and Dean evaluations. Assist in areas of psychological assessment, diagnostic report writing, group therapy and outreach. Minimum qualifications require a Ph.D Degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, licensed or license eligible as a Psychologist in the State of Michigan (must obtain license within one year of hire) and a minimum of three years clinical experience. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. Salary up to the mid $50s annually, commensurate with education and experience. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 19, 2016 Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu

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The Public Hearing will be held Monday, May 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm at the Robert B. Blackwell Municipal Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 12050 Woodward Ave, Highland Park, MI 48203 Written comments may be submitted to: Department of Community & Economic Development 12050 Woodward Ave, Highland Park, MI 48203 or via e-mail to YRobinson@HighlandParkCity.org. All written comments received prior to the public hearing will be forwarded to the HUD via Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans & Community Welfare.

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DEAN OF STUDENTS Loyola High School of Detroit, all-male school, is seeking a Dean of Students for this model institution in an urban environment. The Dean is responsible for student formation and coordinates support programs and co-curricular activities. 5 yrs experience in a high school required. Send resumes to:

MLuedtke@loyolahsdetroit.org.

Interested firms must submit (5) five sealed bid copies no later than Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 12:00 Noon Public opening to follow To: Detroit -Wayne Joint Building Authority Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1316 Detroit, MI. 48226 Attention: Gregory McDuffee, Executive Director

CITY OF HIGHLAND PARK RESCHEDULED NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING DECLARATION OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST

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Michigan State University Infrastructure Planning and Facilities is hiring for the following positions:

Preventive Maintenance Worker - Posting #3258 Preventive Maintenance Worker - Posting #3259 Preventive Maintenance Worker - Posting #3265 View complete postings and apply online at www.jobs.msu.edu. Refer to the posting numbers. The closing date for these positions is Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. MSU is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

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MEN’S HEAD GOLF COACH AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY Athletics Administration

Plan and implement all phases of a competitive national level NCAA Division I men’s golf program, including student-athlete recruitment, scheduling, conducting practice sessions, conditioning programs, public relations activities and scouting/game preparation. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum combined three years’ experience in coaching and/or equivalent experience (i.e.; teaching professional). This is a full time, individual contract position, with evenings and weekends required. Salary up to the low $40s, commensurate with experience. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 18, 2016. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu Pharmacist: Detroit, Michigan: Responsibilities include: Prepare medications; Measure, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medicine; Review prescriptions to assure accuracy, to ascertain the needed ingredients, and to evaluate their suitability; Provide information and advice regarding drug interactions, side effects, dosage and proper medication storage; Assess the identity, strength and purity of medications; Maintain records, such as pharmacy files, patient profiles, charge system files, inventories, control records for radioactive nuclei, and registries of poisons, narcotics, and controlled drugs; Compound and dispense medications as prescribed by doctors, dentists or other authorized medical practitioners, by calculating, weighing, measuring, and mixing ingredients, or oversee these activities; Plan, implement, and maintain procedures for mixing, packaging, and labeling pharmaceuticals, according to policy and legal requirements, to ensure quality, security, and proper disposal; Advise customers on the selection of medication brands, medical equipment and health-care supplies; Provide specialized services to help patients manage conditions such as diabetes, asthma, smoking cessation, or high blood pressure, and collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, monitor, review, and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of drugs and drug regimens, providing advice on drug applications and characteristics. Requirements include: Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy; 2 months training as a Pharmacist; 12 months employment experience as a Pharmacist; and Must have a valid and current Michigan Pharmacist License. Send 2 resumes and cover letters by mail (no calls) to Mahmoud Rifai. ATTN: Mahmoud Rifai 8656 Wyoming Avenue, Detroit, MI 48204.


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Leslie Mosell Sims Services for Leslie Mosell Sims, MD were held on Saturday, May 7, at Metropolitan Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Billy J. Hill officiating. Mrs. Sims passed away on April 21, 2016. Leslie Mosell Sims was born on Oct. 19, 1959 in Detroit, the second of three daughters born to Robert and Evelyn Ulmer Sims. She attended schools in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills, and later attended Harvard-Radcliffe College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Always thirsty for knowledge and looking for new challenges, she enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health, earning a Master of Science in Public Health. She took her education even further by enrolling at Yale School of Medicine. She received her Doctor of Medicine in 1989 and completed her residency in ophthalmology at the University of South Florida. She became a board certified ophthalmologist and began her medical practice in 1994 as a staff oculoplastic surgeon with the New York Medical Group in New York City.

Historic Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrating 145 years of God’s grace Twenty-sixteen is an exciting year in the life of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The A.M.E. Church is 200 years old this year and Ebenezer A.M.E. Church is celebrating its 145 years of Christian service in our great city of Detroit. Ebenezer will celebrate 145 years with an anniversary banquet on Friday, May 27, 7 p.m. at the St. Regis Hotel, locat-

The Harper Woods Parents Band Boosters is hosting a Walk for Music Walk-A-Thon at the Harper Woods High School track located at 20225 Beaconsfield, Harper Woods, on Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to noon. The goal is to raise $10,000 to offset costs for band camp to relieve some financial burden on band student families so every student can attend band camp. The Harper Woods High School Marching Band has consistently earned a Division I ranking and with the help of all who can and will support this effort, they will continue their march to victory. All are welcome to join in the fitness and fundraising fun.

Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Interment took place at Elmwood Cemetery.

ed at 3071 West Grand Blvd. The speaker will be the Honorable Dr. Karen Weaver, mayor of Flint, Michigan. For ticket information, please call Andrea Williams at (313) 933.6943. On Sunday, May 29, the guest speaker will be John Richard Bryant, senior bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, preaching the 10:30 a.m. morning sermon at Ebenezer, located

Harper Woods Walk for Music Walk-A-Thon By Nicole Black

Cherishing the memory of Leslie Mosell Sims are her parents, Dr. Robert and Evelyn Sims; sisters, Lydia Sims and Lisa Sims; and many other relatives and friends.

For additional information, please contact Christine Skerritt at cskerritt@ live.com.

Don Collins Archibald Services for Don Collins Archibald took place on Sunday, May 1, at Swanson Funeral Home with Rev. Tony Henderson officiating. Mr. Archibald passed away on April 28, 2016.

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ebrate 145 years of God’s grace. All are welcome. The first phase of this special celebration will culminate on Father’s Day with the First Annual Clark Terry Jazz Buffet and Concert.

They are inviting friends, family and community leaders, to join in this service. Help cel-

Don Collins Archibald was born June 28, 1946 in Brownsville, Tennessee to Sally Archibald and Crawford Hill. He married Patricia A. Martin in 1988 and they had one daughter, Adrianna Kaye. In his lifetime he owned numerous small businesses. The memory of Don Collins Archibald is being cherished by his daughter, Adrianna; ex-wife Patricia Martin; a sister, Audrey Miller; and many other relatives and friends.

Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Interment took place in Somerville, Tennessee.

GREATER NEW MT. MORIAH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 586 OWEN - DETROIT, MI

91ST CHURCH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION “The Church Moving into its Destiny by the Renewing of its Mind!” Romans 12:2

Sunday, May 15, 2016 GUEST SPEAKERS:

THE REVEREND KENNETH JAMES FLOWERS, PASTOR Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Detroit, Michigan

10:00 A. M. Worship Service

THE REVEREND RICHARD WHITE, III, PASTOR Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Detroit, Michigan

3:30 P. M. Worship Service

SISTER EMMA J. DAVIS, General Chairperson RERVERND TRACY L. BELL, General Co-Chairperson THE REVEREND KENNETH JAMES FLOWERS, Pastor

Gwendolyn Bush-Smith Services for Gwendolyn Bush-Smith were held on Saturday, April 30, at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams officiating. Mrs. Bush-Smith passed away on April 22, 2016. Gwendolyn Bush-Smith was born on May 18, 1948 in Detroit to the union of Joe Lynn Williams and Herby Lee Williams. She graduated from Northwestern High School. She attended Wilberforce University and much later earned a bachelor of science degree from University of Detroit Mercy College. For 38 years, Mrs. Bush-Smith worked for the State of Michigan in the Department of Social Services. Prior to that, she was employed at Allstate Insurance Company. She was tireless community servant and was a part of numerous organizations. Cherishing the memory of Gwendolyn Bush-Smith are her children, MaryAlice L. Johnson, Writer L. Bush and Charles L.L. Bush, and many other relatives and friends.

Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Interment took place at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Katrina Denise Bailey Services for Katrina Denise Bailey were held on Saturday, April 30, at Rhema Church of the Living God with Rev. Dr. Mable E. Allen officiating. Mrs. Bailey passed away on April 23, 2016. Katrina Denise Bailey was born on Dec. 6, 1967 in Fort Deposit, Alabama to the union of Robert E. Bailey and Anna F. Bailey. She worked for the United States Postal Service. The memory of Katrina Denise Bailey is being cherished by her son, William Norman IV; brothers, Darrell and Keith Bailey; sisters, Sonya Bailey, Barbara Postell and Renita Allen; and many other relatives and friends.

Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Interment took place at Elmwood Cemetery.

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