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Reflections By Steve Holsey

Here to stay

Longevity in the music a industry is far from being guarantee, but some have the skills, charisma, forand ward-thinking attitude beat growth commitment to the odds. When Usher, now 38, first appeared on the recording scene in the early ’90s, it didn’t take long for it to become apparent that he was in for the long haul. Usher The hits (such as “U Got It Bad” and “Yeah!”) were consistent, the live performances first rate and he diversified, demonstrating big his acting skills on the screen and, most impresthe sively, on Broadway (in drama long-running musical “Chicago”). ONE OF THE nicest and world classiest people in the is Claudette Robinson. Last week, I received an e-mail from her. She is elated over the success of the Miracles exhibit that ran for a year at Claudette the Grammy Robinson Museum in Los Angeles. She also reports that she is writing her autobiography and that she is being honfrom ored with a resolution the Los Angeles City Council has for the many things she done over the decades. Among the dumbest things said recently came from Darryl McDaniels (D.M.C. of Run D.M.C.). With the rap supergroup’s he crossover appeal in mind, actually said, “When Obama white first got elected, all my

TLC (Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins)

of friends said that’s because what Run-D.M.C. did.” a THERE HAS not been 2002, new TLC album since on but the duo sure delivers their new single, “Haters,” from their self-titled album, dealdue June 30. It’s about peoing with mean-spirited ple who will always maintain a a presence. “Don’t change what thing. People ’gon say they say,” the songs says repeatedly. The groove is hot, too. Chris Rock can always be counted on to express himself with honesty. In a recent interview, Chris Rock he made it clear that black celebrities are not exempt from racism.

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Welcome to City.Life.Style

Welcome to the neighborhood, Hill Harper


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By AJ Williams

City.Life.Style. Editor ChroniLast year, the Michigan Best In cle introduced its inaugural were the awards Black Awards. These Us By Us) and definition of FUBU (For residents of Dewere voted on by the determine who troit neighborhoods to black-owned was the best barber, best and more. restaurants, best in music top finalist Enters Best in Black Soulasis Music Brandon Williams of who has Group, hometown musician consistently replayed worldwide, yet is right members that black excellence here at home in the D.


is done with said. “If what you are doing portraying are honor and integrity, you the best in black.” be a dogThe music industry can integrity in eat-dog world. Maintaining hard. Wilcan be a cutthroat business to maturity, liams credits his integrity man I am the saying, “I’ve grown into be more honortoday. I’ve grown to I wasn’t this guy, able. When I was 22, grown and have but over the years I’ve and balance learned to sit down some my music and life.” and Williams Best In Black With age comes wisdom Williams defines what integrity. Page D-2 means to him as having See Brandon Williams he “Best in Black is excellence,”

‘The Single Woman’s Checklist:

a Prepared, Eight Essentials for Becoming Productive and Powerful Woman’

They include: and enjoyment as a • Increasing productivity Sh’Lene, author, moti- single woman. On May 20, De’Nisha your purpose and establishing clinical social worker vational speaker, minister, introduce her sec- • Unveiling and personal goals. set to professional and entrepreneur, is and Woman’s Checklist: Eight areas of self-development fiond book, “The Single a Prepared, Productive • Identifying (from inner peace to Essentials for Becoming a guide for single women self-improvement and Powerful Woman,” nances). preof faith. a vision for your life and women can use to • Creating “The book is a blueprint be paring for the next phase at where they should self-evaluate and look author • Maximizing time to become a prepared, the goals,” create and where they are and single woman. productive and powerful said. Checklist” sees singlehood “The Single Woman’s Sh’Lene, a native Detroiter, Science of Sina hindrance. In “The author earned a Bachelor Grand as an opportunity, not she writes about the degree in Psychology from gle Woman’s Checklist,” single woman can important steps she believes See Checklist Page D-2 take to live fulfilling lives.

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May 17-23, 2017

No, seriously. I’m going to be your neighbor… By Keith A. Owens Senior Editor

Hill Harper? Moving to Detroit? For real? OK, I probably should maintain my journalistic cool about all this, not allow myself to fall into the celebrity-worship trap. Remain jaded at all costs. But I have to admit, I do think this is pretty cool. Not so much because of Hill’s TV star status, although a little Hollywood glitz isn’t always such a bad thing, but more because of Hill’s reputation off the screen. Over the years, as his acting Hill Harper star has risen, Harper has gained an equal amount of notoriety for his commitment to the betterment of young black men. In other words, this is a star – a black male star who has used his elevated status to give back. And back. And then back some more. And now he’s giving back to Detroit, even though he’s from… Iowa? Hey, I won’t even go there. Not today, anyway. Right now, it’s just nice to have a story about a positive young brother who believes in the potential of Detroit the way we do. Not that there’s anything wrong with the (numerous) stories we continue to read about the non-black Detroit boosters and transplants because we welcome any and all Detroit supporters who mean what they say when they say they love Detroit. But you’ll forgive me if I feel a bit of extra glee whenever the Detroit Love camera shines on a young black male who says he wants to join the community.

Arts and culture; Detroit’s biggest open secret

By Keith A. Owens Senior Editor

To anyone existing beyond the city limits, Detroit’s notorious headlines over the years might make it seem that the words ‘Detroit’ and ‘culture’ cannot co-exist within the confines of the same sentence. Because how can an overwhelmingly black, overwhelmingly poor city, a city that even today is trying to shake the reputation as one of the most violent in the nation, possibly be a cultural magnet? And to be blunt: Isn’t culture reserved for rich white people? No. It’s not. Perhaps one of Detroit’s best kept wide open secrets is that, even throughout bankruptcy and in the face of so many other challenges, Detroit still has more culture spilling over the sides of our cup that runneth over than most cities could possibly handle. On Thursday morning, at Pancakes & Politics Forum III, destination Detroit: Creating a World Class Hub for Arts, Culture and Entertainment, four of Detroit’s best-known and most influential cultural leaders will come together to discuss how to build on Detroit’s artistic and cultural foundation to let the rest of the world know about the gold mine that we’ve been sitting on for quite some time now. Thursday’s panel will include: Salvador Salort-Pons, President and CEO, Detroit Institute of Arts; Juanita Moore, President and CEO, The Charles Wright Museum of African American History; Ron Kagan, CEO, Detroit Zoological Society; and George N’Namdi, Founder and President of N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art. These four guests alone, and the cultural institutions that they represent, have provided a consistent level of cultural riches to Detroit and the surrounding community that quite literally place our city in a category by itself. And just like Detroiters are prone to do, the vast majority of us don’t even realize what we have in our own house. Now add to these institutions the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Movement Electronic Music Festival, Detroit’s breathtaking unparalleled musical history making it the music capital


More specifically, and I don’t mean to brag here, I really don’t, but, well…


HILL HARPER IS MOVING TO MY NEIGHBORHOOD. Serious. Just got it confirmed that Hill Harper will be buying the Fisher Mansion in Boston Edison, which just happens to be the same Boston Edison where my wife and I have lived for the past 12 years. Our friendly Boston Edison Neighborhood Association has informed us that Harper has already indicated he plans to be an active and contributing member in the Association. Apparently there was


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Equality index for blacks inches closer to whites in the 2017 report By Lauren Victoria Burke

cent, up from 72.2 percent the year before;

(NNPA Newswire Contributor)

• The social justice index for Black Americans dipped from 60.9 percent to 57.4 percent;

In their annual State of Black America report, called "Protect Our Progress," the National Urban League (NUL) suggested that the nation should invest in a "Main Street Marshall Plan" that would solidify gains made by Black Americans during the Obama Administration.

Aaron Foley: Telling Detroit’s story


The plan includes many policy ideas the NUL has proposed in previous reports including funding for expanding pre-K, increased Pell grant funding, increasing the minimum wage, and funding for summer jobs. "During the Obama era, the economy added 15 million new jobs, the Black unemployment rate dropped and the high school graduation rate for African Americans soared. Now that progress, and much more, is threatened," said Marc Morial, the president and CEO of the National Urban League, during a brief press con-

• The health index for Black Americans grew from 79.4 percent in 2016 to 80 percent in the 2017 report. Morial also suggested that recent activism against many of the Trump Administration’s proposals, including massive cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, have been delayed or blocked completely.

Marc Morial, the president and CEO of the National Urban League, suggested that recent activism against many of the Trump Administration’s proposals, caused the White House to change course. In this photo, Morial speaks during the "2016 State of Black America" launch event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. (Freddie Allen/ AMG/NNPA) ference about the release of the 2017 report.

the 2017 State of Black America report concluded that:

By the metrics the report used to assemble their data,

• The overall equality index for African Americans is 72.3 per-

"Because of the vital work of the Urban League and other civil rights activists the administration has backed off of many of their first massive proposed cuts," said Morial. "These cuts would be a massive move backwards for African Americans.” Morial has a familiar ask: A $4 trillion investment in education, infrastructure and job training.


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THE MICHIGAN CHRONICLE May 17-23, 2017 Page A-2 news University researchers continue investigation of Legionnaires’ disease in Genesee County A research team led by Wayne State University is sharing findings from testing last fall and will resume sampling Flint water in June. In partnership with the City of Flint, Genesee County Health Department, Genesee County Medical Society as well as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, researchers are working to understand and reduce the incidence of Legionnaires’ and other infectious respiratory diseases in Genesee County, Michigan. Legionella was detected in approximately 12 percent of 188 randomly selected homes in Flint and neighboring areas outside of Flint sampled from Sept. 6 through Oct. 29, 2016. In most cases, concentrations of Legionella were low. In addition, the occurrence of Legionella in these homes was similar to what researchers have found in other communities. Through systematic community-based sampling, the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership (FACHEP) obtained 18 Legionella pneumophila isolates from environmental samples collected in 2016.  Sixteen of the 18 isolates were identified as L. pneumophila serogroup 6. “This is important because the urine antigen test commonly used to detect Legionnaires’ disease in patients targets a different type of L. pneu-

mophila (serogroup 1). Therefore, it is important for medical professionals to continue to analyze sputum samples to diagnose Legionnaire’s disease,” said Dr. Michele Swanson, a microbiologist from the University of Michigan. Enhanced monitoring for the disease in 2016 resulted in more than 300 tests – urinary antigen and sputum – being negative for L. pneumophila. “During 2016, 17 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in Genesee County, and no deaths were reported; the majority of the cases occurred in residents (13 of 17) living outside of Flint during the two weeks prior to their illness” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Through an agreement with the MDHSS that strictly protects patient confidentiality and privacy, FACHEP also obtained 33 Legionella pneumophila bacterial isolates from patients with Legionnaires’ disease. The isolates were from patients treated in Genesee, Oakland, and Wayne counties between 2013 and 2016 but they were not limited to the residents of those counties. Of the 33 patient isolates, there were 16 different strain types of L. pneumophila based on analysis of Legionella DNA.

strains have been isolated from patients in other outbreaks and, according to the work of others, were also isolated from water at McLaren Hospital in Flint. Additional laboratory and epidemiological analysis is required to determine the likelihood that any persons acquired Legionnaires’ disease from water or mist in their home plumbing systems that contained L. pneumophila.

One of the environmental L. pneumophila serogroup 1 isolates obtained in a residence in the city of Flint was found to be the same sequence type (ST1) as the strains from four patients treated for L. pneumophila infections. Sequence type 1

“These are very complicated questions, and we are working with a team of investigators including epidemiologists, microbiologists, water engineers and statisticians to understand what happened in Genesee County,” McElmurry said. “Most important is the assistance of residents who continue to work with us on this challenging problem. We look forward to collecting and analyzing additional samples to help us better address questions.”

Shawn McElmurry, leader of the FACHEP research group, noted that the investigation is challenging.

Legionella bacteria grow best in warm water when adequate disinfection is not maintained. Common locations for the bacteria are cooling

towers and plumbing systems of large buildings, hot tubs, hot water tanks, decorative fountains and pools. Legionnaires’ disease is more common in warmer months. An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease occurred in Genesee County following the change from water supplied by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to water from the Flint River, supplied by the City of Flint. Legionnaires’ disease may occur when individuals inhale water or mist containing Legionella bacteria. “It is important that all necessary steps be taken to determine why this outbreak occurred so that the health of the residents of Genesee County can be protected,” said Dr. Marcus Zervos, Henry Ford Health System and a member of the Wayne State team. The FACHEP research group, a consortium led by WSU that includes the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Kettering University, Colorado State University, and Henry Ford Health System, is investigating the relationship between changes in the source of drinking water and the Legionnaires’ outbreak. Legionnaires’ disease

is an illness that affects lungs and breathing. The disease starts with flulike symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, and chills. In some people, typically the elderly, smokers, or those with weakened immune defenses, more serious symptoms can develop in as little as one to two days. People with severe Legionnaires’ disease may develop high fever, a cough that is usually dry but sometimes produces mucus, difficulty breathing, chest pains, chills, and diarrhea. People who experience these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention and may require admission to the hospital. Individuals can minimize their susceptibility to developing Legionnaires’ disease by maximizing their lung health. Quitting smoking and receiving the pneumococcal and flu vaccines are three steps people can take to maximize their lung health. For some residents who are at higher risk for Legionella and also for lead toxicity, the Genesee County Medical Society recommends that they use only reverse osmosis-purified bottled water or other sources of water purified by reverse osmosis (e.g. home units).  “When we do not have clear data, we err on the side of safety. Residents at higher risk for Legionnaires’ disease and other infections as outlined in our press release of March 29, 2017 should continue to use bottled water,” said Dr. Laura Carravallah ,Genesee County Medical Society. “If you have questions about whether you fall into a high-risk group for Legionnaires’ disease, please ask your health-care provider.” The Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership research team is funded in part by a contract from the MDHHS.

Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County and Lawrence Tech unveil new home Over the last three years, Lawrence Technological University and Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County have collaborated on a project that strived to blend family needs with innovative architectural design. Beginning with on-theground research into the needs and values of the populace served by HFHOC, which is comprised of single mothers, differently-abled individuals, and families of all forms and sizes, the end result is the Boncrest House.

orations and emerging technologies in advancing architectural practice and crafting a more sustainable, generous, and affordable built environment.

Tim Ruggles, HFHOC CEO/Executive Director says, “This collaboration has been one of the most fascinating endeavors of our 20+ year history at Habitat Oakland. We appreciate the partnership with LTU and the College of Architecture and Design throughout the entire process. We’ve also had great support from dozens of partners, sponsors and hundreds of volunteers who have helped create this truly unique house.”

■ Metal roof

Directed by Department of Architecture Chair Scott G. Shall, AIA, associate professor at LTU’s College of Architecture and Design, the project focused on building for a situation rather than fitting a situation into a building. Over the course of the collaboration, which launched in the fall of 2014, LTU students were encouraged to explore community development and alternative ways of building that are more inclusive, democratic and affordable. Over 40 LTU graduate students participated in the collaboration and Shall believes the Boncrest House experience will be instrumental in helping them to understand the value of multi-disciplinary collab-

The end result was a three-bedroom, one-anda-half bath contemporary house in an established neighborhood with features that include: ■ Focus on sustainability ■ Energy Star rated with HERS rating of 50 ■ Concrete floors ■ Modern design ■ Frost protected shallow footing, completely insulated with donated Dow foam ■ Modular furniture between bedrooms


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May 17-23, 2017

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QLine connects ‘economic development dots’ In economic development parlance, Friday’s public opening of the QLine in downtown Detroit is a compelling case of connecting the dots. Along Woodward Avenue from New Center through Midtown to the bustling entertainment and financial districts, the streetcar-on-rails will deliver (over 12 strategically located stops) the most vital of all ingredients to the resurgence of the state’s largest urban center — people. The QLine (also referred to as the M-1 Line) received a $9-million Michigan Business Development program performance-based loan from the MSF, which promotes economic development and creates jobs throughout the state.

DPW relaunches street sweeping program after seven-year absence After a seven-year absence, the Detroit Department of Public Works has re-launched its residential street sweeping program. The last time residential side streets were swept citywide was 2010, before the service ended due to city budget cuts. Mayor Mike Duggan announced during his State of the City address in February that the street sweeping program would resume in May. Now it has. With several new street sweepers added to its fleet, crews have begun the first of three planned annual sweeps of over 2000 miles of neighborhood residential streets, starting in northeast Detroit in District 3. The improved service is possible thanks to an increase in state transportation funding associated with the passage of the 2015 Roads Bill. The city has allocated $3.2 million this year to the program. Department of Public Works crews will sweep 100 curb miles (330 blocks) a day of Detroit residential streets. Each sweeping cycle of the city will take approximately 10 weeks

(depending on weather) and will move across the city, generally from east to west. The launch of the street sweeping effort coincides with the annual Motor City Makeover program, which runs the first three Saturdays in May. This year theme is Motor City Makeover 365, emphasizing the many efforts by city workers and residents to clean and beautify the city every day. “We are thrilled to be able to reinstitute a service like this, which reaches every neighborhood and helps keep our city clean year-round, said Ron Brundidge, DPW director. “We’ve added new street sweepers to our fleet and hired additional machine operators to ensure that we are fully staffed for the relaunch of this program.” To assist in notifying residents as to when their scheduled sweeping will occur, the department will post signs requesting no parking 48 hours prior to a sweeping. It will be important that residents adhere to posted No Parking signs to ensure machines have access to streets for proper cleaning

Amid the grand-opening fanfare of the QLine’s 6.6-mile loop, visitors will discover the latest of a long line of symbols of Detroit’s economic revival, marked by an influx of private capital, public incentives, and residential and mixed-use developments along with historical renovations, many supported with grants and loans from the MSF. Since the city emerged from bankruptcy in late 2014, more than two dozen projects have received some form of state support along the Woodward Avenue corridor. Among the high-profile projects is MSF’s authorization of $450 million issuance of private activity bonds to finance construction of the entertainment district (including Little Caesars Arena). 2017 City Modern (between Brush Park, John R/Brush Street) Mixed-use development Total private investment: $43 million CRP: $7.5 million Brownfield: $15,796,867 Tax exemption: $1.8 million Jobs: 26 jobs

opment CRP: $6.9 million Total private investment: $43.8 million Jobs: 50 2016 Griswold Project (150 Michigan Ave.) Commercial development CRP: $4.8 million Brownfield MBT: $3.6 million Total private investment: $70.1 million Jobs: 3 HM Ventures Group (1509 Broadway St.) Hospitality/accommodations CRP: $3.5 million Brownfield: $1.6 million Total private investment: $22.28 million Jobs: 48 The Plaza Midtown (3800 Woodward Ave.) Mixed-use development CRP: $3.5 million Total private investment: $21.1 million Jobs: 30 Urban Science Applications (101 Renaissance Center) Information technology BDP: $566,600 Total private investment: $2 million Jobs: 102 2015 1145 Griswold Street Mixed-use development Brownfield: $2.5 million 21st-CJF: $2.4 million CRP: $1 million Total private investment: $22.7 million Jobs: 60 207 East Baltimore Avenue Residential development CRP: $225,000 Total private investment: $1.8 million 5734 Woodward Avenue Mixed-use development CRP (2014): $240,625 Total private investment: $1.5 million Jobs: 10 678 Selden Street Mixed-use development CRP: $670,000 Total private investment: $3.7 million Jobs: 4 Strathmore Apartments (70 W. Alexandrine) Mixed-use development CRP: $3.5 million Total private investment: $28.4 million 751 Griswold Street, Detroit Mixed-use development CRP: $682,279 Total private investment: $4.4 million Jobs: 70

Adient (243 West Congress Street) Automotive manufacturing BDP: $2 million Total private investment: $97.8 million Jobs: 115

Casamire Detroit (680 Delaware St.) Residential development CRP: $1 million Brownfield: $400,000 Total private investment: $10.2 million

Metropolitan Hotel Partners (Location: John R Street) Mixed-use development CRP: $6.5 million Total private investment: $34 million Jobs: 30

CDK Global (500 Woodward Ave.) Information technology BDP: $1 million Total private investment: $3.6 million Jobs: 100

Recovery Park (2255 E. Ferry Street) Agriculture 21stCJF (2015–16): $1.4 million Total private investment: $1.9 million Jobs: 105

Du Charme Place (1544 E. Lafayette St.) Residential development CRP: $5.7 million Brownfield: $2.7 million Total private investment: $38.4 million Jobs: 6

Shoppes at Woodward (6568 Woodward Ave.) Mixedused development CRP: $750,000 Total private investment: $5.8 million Jobs: 37

M1 Rail: $10 million Total private investment: $131.9 million Jobs: 41

Third & Grand (2911 W. Grand Blvd.) Mixed-used development CRP: $2 million Brownfield TIF (State): $6.7 million Total private investment: $54.6 million Jobs: 55 Trident-Corktown (2128 Trumbull Ave.) Mixed-used devel-

Rivertown Phase I (1700 Atwater St.) Mixed-use development CRP: $8.1 million Brownfield MBT: $6.9 million Brownfield TIF State Mills: $3.9 million Total private investment: $61 million Jobs: 39



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A grateful community says goodbye to a favorite son By Lee Claire Beloved civic leader and popular jurist, Judge Louis F. Simmons passed away on Saturday, May 13 at the age of 86.

UAW Ford celebrates Mother’s Day with a community of Mothers By Olga Hill UAW-Ford stood in solidarity with women once again as it hosted its third annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Saturday, May 13, at the UAW-Ford National Programs Center in downtown Detroit. More than 300 women were treated to an afternoon of empowerment, encouragement and appreciation. The event was Co- hosted by Randi Myles, midday personality and assistant program director for Radio-One Praise 102.7 FM, and Angie Starr, Mason and CoCo in the Morning sidekick, on 105.9 FM. Attendees were entertained by the mesmerizingpoetry of nationally recognized poet Jessica Care Moore. Moore shared her experience of traveling the world reciting her poetry and then returning to her hometown of Detroit awaiting her next performance, struggling to feed her then newborn son, King. Through her poem, “The Welfare Office,” Moore reflected on a time when she had to swallow her pride to ensure her children would be okay. An all-star panel of women shared their personal stories of motherhood, reflection of lessons taught by their own mothers and things they learned along the way. “You can do it,” is what Brenda Perryman remembers her mother saying to her as she lay in a hospital bed for three months after being involved in a near fatal car accidental that paralyzed her from the waist down. After being told by doctors that her daughter would never walk again, instead of sharing the diagnosis she encouraged her to keep forging on and to push herself. Through prayer and perseverance she regained feeling in her toe. She believes it was through this experience of tragedy to triumph and the endless amount of unconditional care she received from her mother that she was inspired to dedicate her life to working with children. “Mothers have passion, be passionateabout something,” said Patricia Murray. She recalled her mother was a passionate woman, playing music every Saturday morning while cleaning the house. The sounds of Sam Cooke, Donny Hathaway and Lou Rawls would fill the

house with joy, and she whistled while she worked. Her mother worked during the day and earned her degree at night. While still being a mother. She considers her mother to be a trailblazer moving into a predominately white neighborhood and becoming heavily involved in the community, paving the way for other African Americans. Murray asked the audience, “What’s your passion? Are you living of passions?” She encouraged every woman in the room to live their life with purpose and passion, and develop a plan. Myra Anderson, mother of rap superstar and Detroit native Big Sean, said, “Two things I know for sure — God can run my life better than I can and you don’t own your kids because they belong to the universe.” Anderson reminded the women of the importance of their role as mothers; they are caretakers and provide guidance as their children begin their own journey of life. She saw music as a way to keep Sean out of trouble, but it turned out to be his life. Upon graduating from high school and being accepted by Michigan State University, Sean received a call from rap superstar Kanye West with an invitation to produce music. Anderson left the decision up to Sean and says she has never regretted allowing her son to forge his own path. “Motherhood doesn’t end after death,” said Shamayim “Mama Shu” Harris, founder of Avalon Village. Her son, Jakobi Ra, was only two years old when he hit and killed by hit and run driver. The horrendous pain affected her, her family and the community. She feared that he would be forgotten. After receiving a restitution check in the amount of $246.26, she used the funds to lay away his headstone. She recalled feeling her son’s presence throughout the next nine years, urging her do something with a nearby park in Highland Park. She decided to dedicate the park in honor of Jacob Ra. She honored the legacy of her son by turning the negativity of her grief into something positive. From this tragedy, Avalon Village was born and today is Mama Shu is working to turn a blighted neighborhood into a self-sustaining ecovillage that will serve as a safe place for children to play and learn.

Long recognized for groundbreaking decisions on the Bench, Judge Simmons retired on Jan. 1, 2005 after 23 years as a member of the Bench. He practiced law until he was appointed to the 36th District Court by Gov. Milliken in 1981. Two years later, he was elevated to the Wayne County Circuit Court by Gov. James A. Blanchard on May 6, 1983. Judge Simmons was a Phase II Individual Calendar Judge and served in the Civil Division until his retirement. In a landmark decision in March of 1999 Judge Simmons, denied the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's motion to reconsider its request for a temporary injunction against Made In Detroit. Made in Detroit is a Detroit-themed apparel and retail company, and over the years it has come to be the unofficial motto of hundreds of thousands of proud Detroiters. Simmons, the devoted husband of Carrie Ruth Simmons, was born in Beaumont, TX and moved to Flint, MI at an early age with his mother and younger brother Iron Alphious. He attended Central High School and Flint Junior College. He moved to Detroit and enrolled at the University of Detroit. His studies were inter-

Judge Louis F. Simmons rupted by a stint in the army, but he returned to Detroit to complete his Juris Doctor degree in 1956. Simmons married in 1956 and had two daughters, Patricia and Kathleen. He had a great sense of humor and impacted many people with his kindness and generosity. Family visitation will take place Thursday, May 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Swanson Funeral Home at 14751 W. McNichols. The Family Hour is 11:00am and Memorial Service at 12:00pm

LANSING, Mich – The Michigan Health Endowment Fund (Health Fund) announced today that the Michigan Medigap Subsidy is expanding its eligibility criteria to help more Michigan residents. This is part of the Health Fund’s $120 million subsidy assistance commitment to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities cover a portion of their Medigap insurance, used to supplement Medicare. The subsidy will now be available to Michigan residents with a qualifying Medigap policy and an annual income at or below 225 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), or $26,730 or less for an individual and $36,045 for a couple. Previously, the subsidy was limited to those with an income of 150 percent or less of the FPL ($17,820 for an individual or $24,030 for a couple). “We needed to make sure we were able to provide assistance for those who needed it most, so we initially prioritized a smaller group of Michiganders,” explained Terry Gardner, chief operations officer of the Health Fund. “Now we are confident that the dedicated funding for the subsidy can help even more people, so we’re broadening the eligibility.”

Hill Harper some confusion earlier about which Fisher mansion, because there are several in Detroit due to the number of Fisher brothers.

of the entire world (name another city with as many stars in as many genres as Detroit), the numerous and wide variety of other ethnic/cultural/neighborhood/ art festivals taking place throughout the summer, MOCAD, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Public Library… So yes. We have culture for days. The challenge is how to broadcast this secret to the rest of the world so that it’s no longer so much of secret, and also to continue getting the word out to our own residents making them more aware of the vast array of cultural resources that are available. What makes this particularly important right now is that we live in an age where the arts have effectively been removed from the classroom. And that’s not just in Detroit but throughout the country. But in Detroit, where so many of our world-class musicians will be

According to a press release, Harper said that “Detroit is a great American city that was forged on innovation, social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Having lived here filming two movies in Detroit over the past four years, I have come to love this city and its people. I believe in Detroit. It is truly a vibrant, unique and great American city.”

From page A-1 the first to tell you how they got their early – and invaluable - instruction from whichever public school they happened to attend, one can only imagine what the landscape might have been like had those music teachers been erased from the scene. We can’t allow our young people to drift into the world without a thorough exposure to the culture that is right here in their own backyard, and we can’t allow the not-so-young people to not feel more invested in the local arts scene. The point being that the arts matter, and they matter greatly. A great city without great art and great culture is little more than a location on a map trying to convince itself that it’s a great city. But a city with the sheer depth of art and cultural talent found in Detroit is a city that has no excuse for not being great.

A memorial service for the Hon. Louis Frank Simmons, Jr. will take place on Friday, May 19, at Gesu Catholic Church, 17180 Oak Dr. The funeral mass will take place at noon following the family at 11 a.m. The family will greet friends on Thursday, May 18, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Memorial Service will begin at 6 p.m. at Swanson Funeral Home, 14751 W. McNichols in Detroit.

Michigan Medigap subsidy expands eligibility to help more Michigan residents

To determine the best way to expand the program, the Health Fund sought

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on Friday, May 19th at Gesu Catholic Church on 17180 Oak Dr.

Harper is also a New York Times best-selling author, and he plans on bringing his Summer Empowerment Academy (SEA) to Detroit this summer, which focuses on young people. SEA is a free high school and college readiness program that Harper’s Manifest Your Destiny Foundation runs in the most challenged areas in cities across the country. Which is to say that, despite the glowing and welcome narratives about the New Detroit, we still more than qualify as a ‘most challenged area’ because, well, we just are. I’m not going to depress anybody today by reciting the statistics all over again (although I will come back to them later), but suffice it to say that we can definitely use the energy and enthusiasm of a Hill Harper, who has also bought the Roasting Plant as a business investment. According to the Detroit News: “Harper’s plan is to use the coffee roastery and cafe as a platform for his

input from senior and disability advocates, including the Michigan Medicare/ Medicaid Assistance Program, Area Agencies on Aging, and AARP; insurance carriers; and state government officials and departments. “The Health Fund is dedicated to helping improve the health of Michigan residents, especially those most vulnerable like older adults,” said Paul Hillegonds, Health Fund CEO. “Expanding the Medigap subsidy program is one way we can do that, helping more low-income seniors and individuals and people with disabilities afford the health care coverage they need.” For those who qualify, the monthly subsidy will be: • $125 for individuals under 65 with a disability; • $40 for individuals between the ages of 65 and 75; • $65 for individuals 76 or older. The subsidy is only available to Medicare-eligible individuals currently enrolled in Medigap plans under five participating insurers: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network, Health Alliance Plan of Michigan (HAP), Priority Health and United/AARP.

From page A-1 Manifest Your Destiny Foundation that helps underserved youths. He wants to use the Roasting Plant to provide tactical work skills and professional growth opportunities for young people in Detroit.” Sometimes it’s nice just to let yourself feel good about some good news. And this right here? This is some good news.

Equality Index From page A-1

The "Main Street Marshall Plan" is one of the most detailed proposals impacting African Americans put forward by any civil rights organization in the U.S. "These main streets are in big cities and in small towns...they are where this nation's poor and middle class live,” said Morial. “We need action and not rhetoric.” A special about the State of Black America will air on TV One on May 31. Learn more about the 2017 State of Black America report at Lauren Victoria Burke is a speaker, writer and political analyst. She appears on “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin every Monday. Lauren is also a frequent contributor to the NNPA Newswire and Connect with Lauren by email at LBurke007@ and on Twitter at @LVBurke.



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‘Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Breaking Barriers’ highlights importance of getting help for mental health It impacts every family, every neighborhood, every race and religion. But mental health conditions are treatable.

of this campaign is to continue this conversation within our homes, schools, places of worship and health care community to educate ourselves about mental health so we are more comfortable seeking help and able to get treatment when we need it.”

“Opening Minds Ending Stigma,” a statewide campaign launched a year ago by the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is debuting a new mental health awareness broadcast in May to coincide with Mental Health Month. “Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Breaking Barriers,” a riveting 30-minute documentary, airs in Detroit and Grand Rapids in May. The program features candid and inspiring stories of Michigan families impacted by mental illness who, following treatment and recovery, are actively involved in mental health advocacy and support. Show times include Sunday, May 21, at 11:30 a.m. on WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in Detroit and Saturday, May 27, at 7 p.m. on WOOD-TV 8 in Grand Rapids While one in five people will experience a mental health condition in a given year, too often help is not sought. Often it is a stigma that may come from our own expectations, our family’s, as well as cultural and religious views that present additional

Lynda Zeller, deputy director of the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said the state’s goal is to make public community mental health services as accessible as possible.

Andrea Cole, executive director and CEO of the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation roadblocks. Communities of color are often more reluctant to talk about mental health (the National Alliance on Mental Illness found African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience severe mental health conditions). But there is help.

like diabetes or heart disease. Research has shown people with mental health conditions can live full productive lives. Research has also shown that without proper treatment, mental health conditions can worsen and make day-to-day life difficult.

“We are working hard to improve access to mental health treatment which should be part of everyone’s routine health care. We know that early intervention and treating the whole body in an integrated approach is critical and helps reduce stigma by normalizing care.

Mental illness is a health condition, that is treatable, just as physical conditions

Andrea Cole, executive director and CEO of the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation, said,

“But we also have to change some of the misconceptions about mental health. The goal

“There are 46 Community Mental Health Services Programs in Michigan serving all 83 counties,” Zeller said. “You can always seek help at Community Mental Health. There are crisis lines 24-7. Counseling centers in universities and colleges are also very good places to seek help.” Following the May broadcasts, “Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Breaking Barriers” may be accessed without charge for educational and community use at www.endingstigma. org. The conversation is also continuing with an ongoing web and social media campaign, including public services announcements.

DOJ reversal on drug prosecutions will fuel mass incarceration

By Cornell Brooks NAACP National President

The decision by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions requiring federal prosecutors to pursue the most severe charges possible, regardless of whether they would expose low-level offenders to mandatory minimums, represents not only a threat to public safety, but exacerbates mass incarceration. This decision by DOJ to overturn previous previous Justice Department guidance will lead to thousands of people spending unnecessary years of imprisonment while doing nothing to advance public safety.

The attorney eneral’s directive suggests that this long ugly era of mass incarceration now has eternal life. Contradicting commonsense, conscience, and experience of red and blue state governors, this new policy takes us quickly backward,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks. Earlier DOJ Guidance that discouraged the federal prosecution of low-level drug offenders resulted in a 14 percent drop in federal prosecution of drug cases and a focus on more serious offenses and more dangerous offenders. Since reaching its historic peak in 2013, reforms in drug prosecution and sentencing as well as the Obama admin-

istration’s clemency initiative led to a significant decrease in the federal prison population, which had dropped 14 percent (to 188,800) by April 2017. The Sessions memo essentially guarantees a larger federal prison population, ensuring that money that would be better used on preventing crime will be spent imprisoning people who are no risk to the communities. The memo takes us back to the “War on Drugs” mentality that has led to our current age of mass incarceration, making the U.S. the world leader in the number of people incarcerated. The racial disparities in arrest, prosecution, and incar-

ceration have led to the devastation of African-American families and communities. The NAACP is not ready to move backward. We must work to dismantle our system of mass incarceration, instead of exacerbating

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Summit aims to continue collaborative effort in tackling the opioid epidemic On Thursday, May 11, the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA), in collaboration with Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) hosted the Second Annual Opioid Abuse and Heroin Overdoes Solutions Summit at Burton Manor in Livonia. The summit was created last year to discuss the national crisis that impacts individuals from all demographics. The issue affects families, job markets, increases the cost of health care and greatly impacts the law enforcement communities. With close to 500 registered attendees, from law enforcement and medical communities to faith-based and recovery organizations, this year’s summit followed the vision laid in last year’s successful meeting. DWMHA and GDAHC brought together subject matter experts and community leaders to review and refine the first summit’s strategies to further fight the epidemic. “We are riding the momentum of last year,” said Tom Watkins, president and CEO of DWMHA. “With this united front, we are up to the challenge of combating the opioid epidemic that has plagued our communities.” According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 52,404 people have died of overdoses in this country in 2015. Michigan ranks 18th in the nation for all overdose deaths with drug-related deaths have climbed from 1,553 in 2013 to 1,980 in that year. “The key to winning this fight is to stand together,” said Kate Kohn-Perrot, CEO of GDAHC. “Deaths related to opioid overdose can be prevented with the right coordinated supports.” The year will feature a strong lineup of presenters, starting with Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley. Several subject matter experts are on the program including Dr. Debra Pinals, from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Wayne State University’s Dr. Cynthia Arfken, and Dr. Ben Jones, Detroit president of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, who will moderate a discussion and Q&A session on “Collaboration to Affect Change.” Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority will highlight the work it has done with Naloxone Opioid Overdose Kit trainings, distribution of Deterra Drug Disposal Bags and the placement of Drug Take-Back Boxes throughout Wayne County. On top of the work it has done, DWMHA honored the work of others, recognizing law enforcement agencies who have used the kits successfully with the Collin Rose Excellence in Saving Lives Award, named after the brave Wayne State Police officer who lost his life last year while serving his community. Health professionals including physicians, nurses, allied health workers, hospital and medical center staff, and health plan staff, social workers, law enforcement, counselors, educators, elected officials and government staff, court staff, corrections officers, clergy, families affected by devastating disease, funeral directors and members of the community at large are invited and all have a stake in the outcomes of this critical summit. Attendees will receive 5.5 MCBAP-approved CADC hours awarded by DWMHA. ABOUT THE DETROIT WAYNE MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority ( is the largest and most diverse CMH system in Michigan. We are committed to being consumer and community focused, data driven and evidence based. Through programs and services that utilize promising best practices we hope to promote a community that is supportive and embraces individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use disorder. ABOUT THE GREATER DETROIT AREA HEALTH COUNCIL The Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) is southeast Michigan’s premier health care collaborative. It leverages multi-sector and multi-stakeholder collaboration to develop and evaluate innovative ways to improve the health and wellbeing of people living and working in southeast Michigan. As a health care leader for more than 70 years — recognized nationally and regionally — GDAHC represents everyone who gets care, gives care and pays for care.

Aaron Foley: Telling Detroit’s story

By Alisha Dixon Just two months into his appointment as Detroit’s neighborhood storyteller, esteemed journalist, author and Detroiter Aaron Foley is using this position as an opportunity to tell Detroit’s story, one Detroiter and one neighborhood at a time. “In the past, when journalists went over to work for city government, they would go into public relations and marketing. This is not that. This is something new entirely where you use all of the same things you were doing on the journalism side to go out into the community and tell what’s going on,” Foley said of the new position. Although he calls the position “experimental,” the goal is to provide a platform for the voices of Detroiters, new and old, to be heard. “As of right now, I’m not even sure what it looks like, but I can tell you there is an opportunity to amplify and uplift the voices of everyone in Detroit.” Foley, author of “How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass,” represents one of the most influential voices in Detroit due to his ability to be unapologetic in the way that he both celebrates and criticizes the city, all while offering solutions. Peter Kadushin, Mayor Duggan’s director of communications, identifies Foley as a great asset and a bridge between city government and residents. “Aaron brings a unique storytelling style to City Hall. He and the mayor are both dedicated to creating meaningful and impactful ways to give Detroiters and their neighborhoods a stronger voice,” Kadushin said. “We are excited for Aaron to join our team.” The position, created by Mayor Mike Duggan, is unlike any other City of Detroit position because it is truly about residents and about telling stories that are far too often ignored by mainstream media. “The City of Detroit is doing a lot of things. Blight

demolition, Land Bank, streetlights and crime reduction — those are some of the big things that the city is doing and can be talked about, but there are other things that don’t get talked about as much but still have a big impact,” Foley said. “Some of the other things like developments in the neighborhoods outside of downtown and outside of Midtown. For example, Livernois-6 Mile. There’s a lot that’s going on, but that just does not get the same attention as Dan Gilbert, that does not get the same attention as Ilitch and the stadium and arena. And that’s not to say that’s not important because it is.” Foley, former editor of BLAC Detroit magazine, said in this role he wants to fill that gap by creating a website where residents can learn about what is happening in the neighborhoods. “People often ask about what’s going on in the neighborhoods and there are things going on, but you would only know it if you lived in those neighborhoods. You know it and the people around you know it, but people on the other side of town don’t,” Foley said. “So, what I’m supposed to do is make a platform where people can know those types of things.” Since settling in to the new responsibility, Foley said he receives hundreds of emails from residents who want to share their stories with him. The response, he said, is encouraging and he looks forward to learning more about the heartbeat of the city, Detroiters. Whether it’s the new arena, a new black-owned business opening in Grandmont-Rosedale or “the old lady on the block that’s been holding it down for 40 years,” Foley said he is committed to telling the real story of Detroit beyond of the 7.2 square miles of Midtown and downtown. “A church going through a revitalization, the people that keep the parks up or the people that play in the parks — that’s the part of Detroit that I know, and that’s the part I want to share with the rest of the world,” said Foley

Russell Simmons supports STEM competition at Detroit Edison Public School Academy Michigan Chronicle Reports

On Tuesday, May 9. Detroit Edison Public School Academy students took part in the CSTEM Challenge Send-Off event, sponsored by RushCard and Russell Simmons (co-founder of RushCard). Twenty students from Detroit Edison prepared their entry for the national CSTEM Challenge, which will take place in Houston on May 20. RushCard donated $10K to support the students’ participation in the program. The students eagerly worked to put the final touches on their entry for the competition — a fully functional robot created from scratch. They also took part in other STEM activities such as programming, coding and building model molecules. The students had a great time exploring the various STEM fields, and six of them said they are interested in pursuing degrees in STEM. RushCard will also fly out and provide accommodations for six of the Detroit students in Houston, where they will participate in the national CSTEM Challenge, which will feature 1,000 students from Pre-K through college competing in the areas of robotics, computer programming, innovation, debate, film, photography,

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Salsa, Sangria & Swing

Afro-Caribbean jazz with Orquesta La Inspiracion, May 20 Get out your dancing shoes! Palmer Woods Music in Homes annual World Music concert with Orquesta La Inspiracion will be held on Saturday, May 20 at 8 pm. The garden concert (in a tent) includes a look inside a historic home prior to the music and a meal during intermission. Tickets can be purchased online at palmerwoods. org or by calling 313-891-2514. Founded by Puerto Rican congera Ozzie Rivera and under the musical direction of pianist Bill Meyer, La Inspiracion is a large ensemble of some of the Detroit area’s most talented and knowledgeable Latin musicians, featuring a hot horn section led by saxophonist Chris Kaercher, with Steve Hunter on trombone and Ken Ferry on trumpet; percussions with Bobby Guzman, Enrique Hernandez and Miguel Gutierrez; rhythmic bassist Eduardo Caraballo; and soulful vocals with the dynamic Dulce Checkler, Bobby Guzman and guests Carter Collins and Audrey Northington. The beats of salsa, merengue, cumbia and Afro-Caribbean jazz entice swaying in seats and dancing in the garden.  Festivities are held in a spacious tent in a Palmer Woods garden, with a very tasty Mexican-style meal — prepared by community leader and one of President Obama’s Champion of Change honorees, Eva Garza Dewaelsche — served during intermission.  Prior to the concert, tour a portion of an amazing historic home designed by C. Howard Crane, Detroit’s greatest theater architect (his masterpieces are among the city’s most impressive movie palaces, such as Orchestra Hall, Fox Theatre, Fillmore Detroit, Michigan Opera Theatre and many more). Palmer Woods is an elegant historic neighborhood founded more than a century ago and filled with some of our region’s most unique homes, mansions and gardens.  La Inspiracion’s band direc-

mance, The LA Times raves, “Bessie Smith’s outsized talents — and personality — are vividly channeled through a powerhouse performance by Miche Braden.” The New York Times describes Miche as “A big voice full of blues, bawdy and unapologetic…she knows when to let it soar and when to keep it at a low simmer.” Detroit-raised Braden returns home for the Palmer Woods Music in Homes grand finale concert to share her bold and brilliant talents, from devilish to angelic.

tor and pianist Bill Meyer is a Detroit treasure. The former music director, conductor and pianist for Motown’s Martha Reeves, he toured and recorded with jazz great Marcus Belgrave, and has worked with such acts as Smokey Robinson, Cab Calloway, Natalie Cole, Savion Glover and many others. Each month, Palmer Woods Music in Homes presents jazz, classical or world music concerts in historic homes and gardens through mid-June. Tickets for concerts, $50$70, with discounts for groups of 10 or more, can be purchased at or by calling 313-891-2514. The address of the concert home in Palmer Woods is revealed when tickets are purchased. All concerts include receptions with delicious cuisine that reflect the musical themes. Concerts are produced by the Creative Arts Collective

with the Palmer Woods Association with the support of Be Well Medical Center in Berkley, Barefield DesignWorks, Blossoms in Birmingham, City Living Detroit, the Michigan Chronicle,, WRCJ 90.9FM. Music in Homes works to strengthen the Palmer Woods neighborhood and Detroit’s image, support the arts, showcase Palmer Woods as a wonderful place to live and visit, and enrich the quality of life and cultural environment in our city. 

Upcoming concerts: Friday, June 16, 8 pm JAMES CARTER Quartet Garden Concert  (tour home prior to concert) International saxophone sensation James Carter fills enormous festivals and concert halls around the world, so it is a rare treat to hear him in a more intimate setting. Extraor-

dinarily virtuosic, Carter soloed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Neeme Järvi in 2002 and 2003, performing a saxophone concerto written for him and commissioned by the DSO, which he since has performed with major orchestras worldwide.  Carter has the soul of Lesster Young, the grit of Eddie Haarris and the technical proficiency of John Coltran” according to Blogcritics Magazine Music. Joining him is composer/ guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, who describes Carter as “the John Coltrane of our era.” Carter, Hayden, and Barefield can be heard on the Blue Note Records release “Detroit Jazz City” with other legendary Detroit artists. In the 1980s-’90s, Barefield and Carter toured the world with jazz great Lester Bowie and others. Bassist Marion Hayden and drummer Djallo Djakate Keita will keep the sound solid and swinging.  Saturday, June 17, 8 pm MICHE BRADEN Quintet Garden Concert (tour home prior to concert) David Alan Grier, who was scheduled to perform on June 17, will be filming a new TV show and will not be able to join us in Detroit. We are thrilled to announce that Miche Braden will replace Grier. 

Detroit Bike Share to introduce city’s newest transit system, MoGo Detroit Bike Share, an affiliate of the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), in collaboration with the City of Detroit, Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), recently announced the official name for Detroit’s first public bike share system, MoGo, Detroit Bike Share. Playing on the city’s recognition as the birthplace of the Motown sound as well as its reputation for being the Motor City, the brand envisions a new future for mobility and movement in Detroit through the introduction of a public bike share system. With 430 bikes and 43 stations throughout 10 neighborhoods, MoGo will make transit more accessible to all Detroiters when it launches in May. “We are thrilled to introduce Detroit to MoGo,” said Lisa Nuszkowski, executive director, MoGo, Detroit Bike Share. “Today’s announcement continues the city’s mobility evolution, providing Detroiters and visitors alike with more accessible options to move around the city.” This day also marked the launch of MoGo’s website,, where people can purchase passes, find stations and learn more information about the system. “We are so proud to support Detroit’s first ever bike share program. It’s one of the more unique partnerships we’ve made because of its special wellness component,” said Wright Lassiter, III, president and CEO, Henry Ford Health System. “Bike Share not only provides a convenient transit option for patients, visitors, employees and neighbors, but also improves the life and vitality of a revitalized Detroit.” Pass Information MoGo offers several pass and pricing options to meet a variety of needs. • The Daily Pass runs $8 per day and includes unlimited 30-minute trips for 24 hours. • The Monthly Pass costs $18 per month and riders receive unlimited 30-minute trips for the entire month.

• The $80-per-year Annual Pass gives riders the option to pay $80 up front or $8 per month, and offers unlimited 30-minute trips for the full year. A special discount is available for people 65 years and older.

An extraordinary Diva who’s well known for her portrayals of Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, Valaida Snow and other legends, Miche Braden is famous for her role as blues giant Bessie Smith in the award-winning sensation “The Devil’s Music, The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith.” The musical, which premiered off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre in 2011, has won high praises from the New York Post to The New York Times for Braden’s portrayal of the “Empress of the Blues.”  The musical continues to thrill audiences across the country. In a recent perfor-

A versatile artist, actress, singer, poet and songwriter, Braden was mentored by Motown’s Thomas “Beans” Bowles, and Funk Brother Earl Van Dyke, in addition to Jazz Master Harold McKinney. She has sung with Milt Hinton, Lionel Hampton, Regina Carter, and James Carter. She is featured on the James Carter release “Gardenia for Lady Day” (Sony/Columbia), and appeared with him at Carnegie Hall. Braden is featured on CDs to be released this year by Regina Carter and Gayelynn McKinney, with whom she shared the stage in the ensemble Straight Ahead.  This will be an exciting night of music from the great divas of jazz and blues, not to mention Braden’s own fabulous compositions. Braden’s Detroit band includes virtuoso musicians: guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, pianist Buddy Budson, bassist Marion Hayden and drummer Djallo Djakate Keita. Tickets: $60; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $70.  * All concerts include a delicious light dinner, beverages and dessert during intermission. Concerts in May and June are held in spacious tents set in the lawns and gardens of homes. Ticketholders may tour a portion of the home prior to the concerts in May and June. In the case of severe weather, Palmer Woods Music in Homes (MIH) will move the concert to the beautiful art deco Detroit Unity Temple or other appropriate nearby venue. Tickets are not refundable. MIH reserves the right to make program changes if necessary. Long considered to be one of Michigan’s premiere communities, Palmer Woods actively works to preserve and enrich the quality of life in Detroit. The concerts help raise funds for neighborhood preservation and improvements, as well as support the arts and project a positive and creative image about Detroit. Performances are held in different historic Palmer Woods mansions and cool homes. The “concert halls” have included homes designed by legendary architects Minoru Yamasaki, Albert Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Marr and others. The Palmer Woods Association and the Creative Arts Collective (a Detroit-based arts organization directed by Palmer Woods residents Spencer and Barbara Barefield) join hands to present Palmer Woods Music in Homes.

• The Access Pass, for qualifying riders, costs $5 for the year and offers 30-minute unlimited rides. • The Founders Pass includes an Annual Pass, plus limited-edition MoGo gear and other benefits for $100. MoGo also offers a Corporate and Community Pass Program, which will provide organizations of all sizes the opportunity to purchase discounted passes for their staff. “Bike share has been proven to be an invaluable addition to public transit in cities across the country. We are very excited about this addition to Detroit’s transit system and look forward to its success,” said Dan Dirks, director, Detroit Department of Transportation. MoGo’s 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse, located in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood, currently houses 18 seasonal and permanent employees. For more information on available positions with MoGo’s operator, Shift Transit, visit “Our partnership with Bike Share aligns with HAP’s mission which is to enhance the health and well-being of the lives we touch,” said DeAndre Lipscomb, vice president, marketing and community outreach, Health Alliance Plan. “Not only does this program offer incredible convenience, it also offers a fun way to stay fit. We encourage all those who live, work or visit Detroit to take advantage of this Bike Share program, which HAP is pleased to help bring to the city of Detroit.” For more information about MoGo, Detroit Bike Share, or to purchase passes, please visit


mural and sculpture under the theme of environmental stewardship. The CSTEM Challenge is hosted by nonprofit organization C-STEM, which was founded by Detroit native Dr. Reagan Flowers. Dr. Flowers grew up in Section 8 housing in Detroit and overcame many obstacles, including failing second grade and having a drug-addicted mother, before going on to get her Ph.D. and founding C-STEM, which has helped over 200,000 under-resourced students (predominantly young

From page B-1 women of color) to the STEM disciplines. RushCard’s partnership with C-STEM is part of their efforts to bring STEM opportunities to Detroit youth and young students of color. Earlier this year, RushCard and Simmons sponsored 150 students from Cody High School in Detroit to see the film “Hidden Figures” that showcases the story of African-American female mathematicians working for NASA in the 1960s.



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Dresner Foundation grants $1M to Grow Detroit’s young talent More than 500 young people in Detroit will be able to land summer jobs this year and next thanks to a $1 million grant to the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) for the Grow Detroit’ s Young Talent (GDYT) program from the Dresner Foundation. GDYT, launched by Mayor Mike Duggan in 2015, is now within $200,000 of its $10.1 million goal to be able to provide summer jobs for 8,000 Detroit youth this year. The foundation awarded the grant to DESC to provide two years of summer work opportunities to a total of 1,003 Detroit youth aged 14 to 15. The funding will support GDYT’s career explorations component that focuses on firsttime work and career opportunities with mentoring and support services. “I can’t thank the Dresner Foundation enough for its support of our city’ s young people,” Duggan said. “Thanks to its generous support, more than 1,000 young Detroiters will have the opportunity to have meaningful summer work experiences to help them along their career path.” The Dresner Foundation was created by the late real estate developer Joseph Dresner and wife Vera, both of whom were children of immigrants and graduates of Detroit’s Central High School. The foundation, based in West Bloomfield, focuses on improving lives through grants that support health research, youth and family programs and animal welfare. “The Dresner Foundation is pleased to provide support for GDYT. It’s a foundation priority to enhance opportunities for youth,” said Virginia Romano, managing director of programs. The mayor created GDYT to centralize youth summer employment options in the city and to expand opportunities for young people ages 14-24. In its

first year, 5,600 youth were employed through GDYT. That number rose to more than 8,100 in 2016. Prior to GDYT, about 2,500 Detroit summer jobs were offered to youth each year through a series of smaller independent programs. In GDYT, young people age 14-17 make $8 an hour and those 18-24 make $9.50 in six-week part-time jobs. Participants also receive 12 hours of work readiness training and 24 hours of other skills training that includes financial literacy. More than 230 employers participated in the program in 2016. Duggan earlier this year outlined

ways GDYT is being enhanced this year to provide a wider range of career readiness and pathways including: • Expanded vocational training. • Opportunities to earn industry recognized training certifications. • Career-pathway internships for second- and third-year GDYT youth ages 16 and older. GDYT held a Connections Career Fair at Cobo Center at which more than 700 young people in the program will meet with employers and other partner organizations for on-site interviews and

access to coaching and interview preparation. The Dresner Foundation is dedicated to transforming lives in profoundly positive ways through grants focused on health, youth and animal welfare. At the Dresner Foundation they believe in working with organizations in our focus areas to create opportunity, have community impact, and promote wellbeing. For more information, visit www. For more information about GDYT, go to

Wayne State University, American Heart Association to host Detroit Heart Walk The Southeast Michigan American Heart Association is set to host the Detroit Heart Walk on May 20 at 8 a.m. at Wayne State University. The walk is free and participants are encouraged to register. Events like the Heart Walk help raise the necessary funds to continue life-saving research and education. The walk features a timed 5K, kid’s zone, fitness activities and family friendly entertainment.

“Our goal is to improve cardiovascular health by 20 percent and reduce the number of deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020,” said Beth Collins, Detroit Heart Walk vice president. “Getting people active is one way that we are able to get closer to achieving our goal.” More than 800,000 people in the U.S. die from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascu-

lar diseases each year. But 80 percent of cardiovascular disease may be prevented through healthy habits such as eating right, controlling cholesterol, getting physical activity and not smoking. “As an urban serving university and as part of our overall mission, I believe that this engagement is a reflection of our commitment to the broad communities we serve and the mission of the American Heart As-

sociation,” said Stephen Lanier, co-chair of the 2017 Detroit Heart Walk and vice president for research at Wayne State University. “The Heart Walk promotes fun ways to be physically active and make healthier choices every day, and it allows us all to embrace the cause to create healthier, longer lives.” The Detroit Heart Walk is nationally sponsored by Subway. Local sponsors include: Wayne State University, Harley Ellis

Deveraux, Meijer, Barton Malow Company, Advantage Living Center, Heartfulness Institute, Rise Above Heart Failure, Total Health Care, Walgreens, Kroger, Beaumont, Borg Warner, Detroit Demand Performance, PVS Chemicals, Inc., St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bright Side Dental, Chemical Bank, Community Network Service, Cooper Standard, Medical Weight Loss Clinic and Testing Engineers & Consultants Inc.

Ronnie Alvarez Cass Technical High School

Melody Brooks Cass Technical High School

Damon Creighton, Jr. Theodore Roosevelt High School

Charla Franklin Renaissance High School

Ashleigh Garrison International Academy

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Bryce Hicks Dr. William F. Pickard Keynote Speaker

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Please join us for an uplifting evening as we honor some of Detroit and Metro Detroit’s brightest young stars and announce the winners of the 2nd Annual Michigan Chronicle S.W.A.G. Awards. Successful entrepreneur and author Dr. William F. Pickard will impart words of encouragement to the students sharing how he overcame life challenges and created a roadmap to success. A celebration of student success beyond academic achievement, the S.W.A.G Awards ceremony will be a great event for any student seeking additional inspiration to push through to success and those who seek to be an inspiration.

Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology

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Taylor King Mumford High School

Diego Navarrete Cass Technical High School

Caleb Vasser Detroit Edison Public School Academy Early College of Excellence

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62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Keynote Speaker Senator Elizabeth Warren(D-Massachusetts).

62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Awardee Sally Yates, former U.S. Attorney General.

62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Great Expectations Awardees with Keynote Speaker Warren. (from left to right) Jaren Johnson, President, Eastern Michigan University Black Student Union; Senator Warren; Darius Anthony, President, Eastern Michigan University NAACP Chapter and Angelique Peterson-Mayberry, Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board.

62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Awardee Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California, 43rd District).

62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General CoChairs representing UAW Region 1A Darryl Goodwin and Jim Thrower, President & CEO, Jamjomar

Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee Member Marvin Beatty, Vice President, Community and Public Relations, Greektown Casino and Hotel; 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair, Dan Gilbert, Founder & Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures and Josh McManus, CEO, Rock Ventures.

62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee Jane C. Garcia (center), Board Chair, LA SED, joined by (from left to right) Senator Warren, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Kimberly Gill, Anchor, WDIV; Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee Member Hon. JoAnn Watson and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

The 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner paid special tribute to women. DTE Energy Foundation helped to provide an opportunity for 200 women to be guests at the Dinner. Additionally, there was a performance by Detroit students representing various women leaders throughout history.

Winners of the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 27th Annual Art & Essay Contest were seated on the Green Dais. Their award winning Art & Essay entries were also on display along the red carpet inside of the Dinner Hall.

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! – A Super Career Expo, took place on Thursday, April 20th before the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Hundreds attended the fair to match opportunity with potential

Shaun Robinson, Founder, S.H.A.U.N Foundation for Girls, was the guest speaker at the Youth Empowerment Symposium hosted in partnership with Freedom Institute on Saturday, April 22.

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Congressional cuts harmful to healthcare

By Herbert C. Smitherman, Jr.

As physicians, we take an oath to do no harm. Police officers promise to protect and serve. Legislators are selected by the people to defend our rights, oversee our policies and work in our best interest. However, it seems those we have trusted to govern our nation have forgotten about the people who depend on them the most. Recently, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was presented beDr. Herbert C. fore Congress and Smitherman, Jr. voted on in the blink of an eye. A bill that represents one fifth of our economy, impacts everyone in our country rich or poor, insured or not, was put into an 1800 page document and voted on 24 hours after being filed. The vote was held with no debate, no hearings, no Congressional Budget Office analysis, and with many congressional members admitting not to have read the bill at all. This bill, both in substance and process, was a disturbing approach to governance and a willful neglect and disservice to the American people. Let’s take a look at the facts of the AHCA Bill voted out of the House: • Under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) health insurance would be cut to as many as 24 million people, and large companies will no longer have to provide health Insurance coverage to their employees, undermining where most families in the U.S. receive their health Insurance coverage. • This new bill cuts Medicaid in a big way. Medicaid insures 70 million people in the US with 66% of its spending going toward care for poor seniors and the disabled. Under this new bill, Medicaid gets cut by $880 billion, cutting care and hurting many of the most vulnerable Americans in the country. • Hospitals got more insured patients with the ACA so the government reduced what hospitals got paid from Medicare. The new bill cuts 24 million people who received new health insurance but keeps the cuts in Medicare. Even with millions of people cut from insurance this new bill keeps the Medicare cuts to hospitals in place which would disproportionately hurt rural and urban hospitals, causing cuts to hospital services that could lead to hospital closures across the country. • While this bill robs the deserving, it is working overtime to help big business. The AHCA gives states access to waivers that can enable insurers to charge

more for people with pre-existing illnesses and can charge seniors up to five times as much as younger people for the same amount of health insurance coverage. So even though President Trump’s key campaign promise was, “No one would lose coverage for pre-existing conditions,”, this is one of the main features ripped from the bill. • The bill’s waivers serve as a free pass allowing health insurance companies to opt out of covering any basic services they so choose, such as hospitalization, pregnancy, emergency room care, gynecological services, cancer care, behavioral health and drug treatment coverage, which includes mental health and addiction treatment; a mandatory provision that was built into the Affordable Care Act. • This AHCA eliminates funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund after 2018, which provides for investment in prevention, wellness and public health programs to improve health and restrain the rate of growth in health care costs. After this provision phases out, there will be no programming to help keep individuals well. • The $808 billion in Exchange subsidies currently provided to middle class families to subsidize the purchase of their health insurance on an ACA Exchange are radically cut in this bill and these monies are shifted to the wealthiest 1% and corporations in the form of an $800 billion tax cut. This bill decreases health insurance coverage to millions of Americans, raises premiums, eliminates protections for pre-existing illnesses, and raises deductibles. This is not a healthcare bill it is a “wealthcare bill”. The real purpose of this bill is to take money out of healthcare to pay for a GOP tax cut bill. That’s why the healthcare bill had to come first in order to find the revenue to pay for the GOP tax cuts. This bill is the largest redistribution from the poor to the rich in a single bill in U.S. history, and hurts the elderly, the sick, the poor and the middle class. So the poor and middle class pay twice. First in the loss of healthcare coverage for their families and second, no benefit from the tax breaks generated by the revenue theft from healthcare. Any bill that does this much damage to the well-being of the American people is unbecoming of the U.S. Congressional members who voted for it, and unworthy of our great nation’s history in protecting the most vulnerable among us. Herbert C. Smitherman Jr, MD, MPH, FACP is vice dean, Diversity and Community Affairs, associate professor, Department of Medicine and Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University School of Medicine/Detroit Medical Center.

The time is now for rebuilding Detroit’s election process Garlin Gilchrist II Candidate for Detroit City Clerk

Voting in the city of Detroit continues to become a more challenging process each election. Whether you vote in person or by absentee ballot, every election brings longer lines, broken voting machines and confusion over ID requirements, making it more difficult for Detroit voters to exercise their rights in the democratic process. Last fall, the city grabbed national headlines for having vote tally discrepancies, to the point where votes could not be recounted in nearly 60 percent of Detroit’s precincts. In addition, the ACLU of Michigan sent a strongly worded letter to Garlin Gilchrist II the current Detroit City Clerk, demanding she stop misinforming voters about voter identification requirements. This is unacceptable. It’s no surprise that residents do not trust the integrity of our elections and are staying home on Election Day. The result is that only about 48% of registered voters in Detroit cast ballots in the 2016 general election. New voting machines and better training for election-day volunteers is an important first step, but not enough to restore trust and increase voter turnout. Many Detroiters, like my wife and I, do not own a car. We had to travel nearly a mile and a half, then wait an hour

and a half to vote. Many voters can’t take that much time off of work or they don’t have a way of getting to the polls. That’s why every idea must be on the table for Detroit’s next city clerk to improve access to voting for Detroiters. We must increase the number of polling locations, so no voter has to travel more than a mile to vote, especially in neighborhoods we know have limited bus service. Those who want to vote by absentee ballot and miss the mailing deadline should not be forced to drive downtown to the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center or the Elections Office on West Grand Boulevard to submit their ballot. Traffic can be heavy, and parking at those locations is expensive and hard to find. If you are short on time, getting there by bus is often not an option. To accommodate voters, we should use neighborhood locations like city recreation centers, health centers and other existing city facilities as drop-off points for absentee ballots. Ideas like this have worked in other cities and improved voter turnout. For example, Philadelphia, a similar geographic size as Detroit, offers more than 1,500 polling places compared to fewer than 500 in Detroit. That means no Philadelphia voter travels more than five blocks to cast a ballot. This contributes to that city’s 64 percent voter turnout, a significantly higher rate than Detroit’s 48 percent last November. Rebuilding trust in the integrity of elections in Detroit must happen quickly or we will lose the voices of even more frustrated residents. As we witnessed last fall, we cannot allow our voices to go unheard or discounted for another election. The stakes are far too high.

End the killing of black children by police Brian L. Pauling CEO and President 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

The time is now for America’s legislative body at the state and local levels to bring a full stop to the endless harassment and killing of black children at the hands of the men and women in law enforcement sworn to protect and serve them. Of those that made the news, Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old from a Dallas suburb was the latest victim of law enforcement. Jordan’s death follows an unrelenting pattern of black children who are subjected to undue harassment Brian L. Pauling and excessive force, or death, by police officers. Many of these reported killings have taken place in settings where children are simply doing what young people do in the course of their daily life. In school, at social events, in playgrounds and on their streets black children are harassed, tormented or killed by police officers. For victims, their families and the greater community, the trauma of these acts against children is too much to bear. These acts also shed light on our state and local legislative bodies as institutions that have not acted in the better interest of keeping our children safe. After waiting months, we have learned the U.S. Department of Justice will not file charges against the two Ba-

ton Rouge police officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake, for the death of Alton Sterling last summer in a convenience store parking lot. Now, it is up to the Louisiana State Attorney General to decide whether to pursue criminal charges against these two police officers. Will the state attorney general fail citizens, too? The failure to prosecute and convict nearly every officer involved in fatal force shooting of unarmed black people, underscores the urgent matter of substantive accountability and justice. The police officer who killed Jordan Edwards was swiftly terminated, but that is not accountability in measure to the life he took. Police officers are public servants. They answer to municipal and state elected officials. When will our elected officials stand for justice and ensure that the children of our communities are protected and served rather than harassed and killed? Do we need to elect new legislators in order for them to take notice and take action regarding these egregious killings and traumatic treatment of our citizens? Police officers, by law, are granted an extraordinary range of authority to make life and death decisions. It is time for elected representatives to use their authority — entrusted by the public who vote them into office — to rein in police officers by changing the laws that shield them. The safety of our children, wherever they may be, begins and ends with elected representatives who enact laws and have the power to hold their subordinates accountable for their actions or failures. We certainly will hold them accountable on Election Day.

CFPB lawsuit seeks consumer restitution from high-cost online installment lenders By Charlene Crowell Four online lenders offering highcost, small-dollar installment loans face a federal lawsuit alleging that the lenders collected on debts that consumers did not legally owe. Filed in late April by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the lawsuit charges online lenders Golden Valley Lending, Silver Cloud Financial, Mountain Summit Financial and Majestic Lake Financial as having engaged in unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts. The lawsuit also alleges the businesses did not make proper disclosures to consumers. Consumers living in 17 states are affected by the lawsuit. If successful, the lawsuit could Charlene Crowell result in restitution for affected consumers, ban future loan collections, and civil monetary penalties. According to CFPB, since at least 2012, the lenders sold installment loans valued from $300 and as large as $1,200 that carried annual percentage rates from a low of 440 percent to as high as 950 percent. These high interest rates allegedly violate state usury laws and in turn, void all of part of the loans. CFPB alleges that the four corporations unlawfully collected loans as the transactions violated state laws, as well as the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. As such, the firms: • Failed to disclose the real cost of credit, including the annual percentage rates on the loads made; • Deceived consumers about loan payments that were not owed; and • Collected loan payments which consumers did not owe. “We allege that these companies made deceptive demands and illegally took money from peoples’ bank accounts. We are seeking to stop these violations and get relief for consumers,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. The standard loan repayment schedule was one payment every two weeks or 20 payments over a 10 month period of time. For each payment made, a “servicer fee” was charged, usually $30 for every $100 in outstanding principal, plus 5 percent of the original principal. For example, on an $800 loan, borrowers would actually repay $3,320 over the 10-month repayment schedule. To provide context for just how cost-

ly these loans were, in less than six months - from August to December of 2013 - two of the firms, Silver Cloud and Golden Valley, originated approximately $27 million in loans; but collected $44 million from consumers. In recent years, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) has advocated against predatory payday and car title lenders who have been pushing longer-term loans that can be as high as $10,000. “For these loans, the packaging is different but the end result is the same: a triple-digit interest rate, long-term loan that is structured to give payday lenders access to borrowers’ bank accounts and keep them stuck in a cycle of unaffordable debt,” said Diane Standaert, a CRL EVP and Director of State Policy. “This growing issue will not be resolved until a combination of legislation, regulation and enforcement are together ensuring that consumers and the financial marketplace will be protected. Complete consumer protection will occur when the financial marketplace is comprised of lenders who serve, rather than exploit, consumers,” Standaert concluded. Last year, CFPB returned $39 million to consumers wronged by unlawful debt collection practices and additionally collected $20 million in civil penalties. As of March 2017, CFPB has returned nearly $12 billion to 29 million Americans harmed by illegal and predatory actions of financial companies. However, CFPB’s ability to continue to protect consumers remains in jeopardy. Recent legislation introduced in the House of Representatives would strip the agency of its authority and independence. The Financial CHOICE Act, dubbed ‘the Wrong CHOICE Act’ by consumer advocates, would reverse consumer protection advanced by CFPB over a range of lending areas. On May 4, the measured was approved by the House Financial Services Committee on a 34-26 vote. A full floor vote on the bill is expected in mid-May. “Among other things, the ‘Wrong CHOICE Act’ would prevent the consumer agency from regulating small dollar loans and initiating enforcement actions against the unfair, deceptive and abusive practices of predatory actors,” said Melissa Stegman, a senior policy counsel with CRL. Charlene Crowell is the communications deputy director for the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at



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Friday, June 30, 2017 • MotorCity Hotel 5pm Hors d’oeuvre Reception • 6pm Induction Ceremony Derick W. Adams, Esq. - Vice President Human Resources, Health Alliance Plan Scott Benson - Councilman, District 3, City of Detroit Rozell Blanks, Sr. - Vice President of Human Resources, MGM Grand Detroit Dr. Jesse R. Brown - Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Wholistic Center Paul Bryant - CPA/ Audit Partner, Plante Moran Larry Callahan - Founder & Director, Selected of God Major Clora, Jr. - President, CLORA Funeral Home Awenate Cobinna - Director of Business Affairs and Associate Council, Detroit Pistons Patrick Coleman - Owner, Beans & Cornbread Dr. Lloyd C. Crews - Council President Pro Tem, City of Southfield Brian Day - Chief Technology Officer, Henry Ford Health Systems Victor Edozien - President & Chief Executive Officers, SET Enterprises Rev. Dr. Lawrence C. Glass, Jr. - Senior Pastor, El Bethel Baptist Church Don Carlos Godfrey, III - Administrative Assistant & National Programs Center Executive Director, UAW Ford Roderick Hardamon - Founder & Chairman, Urge Development Group, LLC Randy Henry - Director &Producer, WDIV-Local 4 Sylvester L. Hester - Chief Executive Officer & President, Global Automotive Alliance Eddie Hobson - Senior Manager Global Procurement, American Axle Manufacturing Derek Hurt - President, Law Office of Derek A Hurt, PLC Boysie Jackson - Chief Procurement Officer, City of Detroit Anthony Jackson - Owner & Chef, Jackson Five Star Catering Lorron James - Vice President External Affairs, James Group International Conway A. Jeffress - President, Schoolcraft College Alfred Jordan - Detroit Municipal Affair Manager, GFL Environmental Incorporated Michael Joseph - International Representative, UAW Ward Manuel - Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics, University of Michigan Chauncey C. Mayfield, II - Partner, Honigman, Miller, Schwartz & Cohn, LLP Eric Means - Owner, Means Group Johnny Menifee - Fire Chief, City of Southfield H. Keith Mobley - Director, Corporate Contributions & Community Relations, AAA - The Auto Club Group Charley Moore, Jr. - Boys Scouts of America Detroit Mario Morrow, Sr. - Chief Executive Officer, Mario Morrow & Associates, LLC Charles Nolen - Owner, Cutter’s Bar & Grill, President 1919 Corporation Corey Parker - Athletic Coordinator & Football Coach, River Rouge School District Michael Rafferty - Vice President of Small Business, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation Julius J. Readus - Senior Financial Advisor & Assistant Vice President, Merill Lynch Moses Shepherd - Founder, Ace Investment Group Jerome Sheppard - Chief Executive Officer, Epitec William Sherron - Owner & General Manager, Vicksburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Tolulope Sonuyi - Emergency Medicine Physician, DMC Sinai Grace Hospital Andre L. Spivey - Councilman, District 4, City of Detroit Michael Steinback - Executive Director, Detroit CARES Jesse Thomas - Chief Executive Officer, Harbor Health John Thorne - Executive Director, Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance Moddie Turay - Executive Vice President of Real Estate and Financial Services, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation Kenneth Watkins - Senior Shareholder, Sommers Schwartz, P.C. Fred A. Westbrook, Jr. - President. Algamated Transit Union Local 26 Shaun Wilson - Senior Vice President, Detroit Office, Truscott Rossman The Honorable Kurtis Wilder - Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court Roger Yopp - Owner, Savannah Blue

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Actor Hill Harper buys Detroit Roasting Plant Coffee Award-winning actor, author and entrepreneur Hill Harper, whose acting credits include CBS’ CSI: NY and Showtime’s HOMELAND among numerous other notable television and film roles, has taken over as owner of Downtown Detroit’s Roasting Plant® Coffee. Harper, an honors graduate of both Brown University and Harvard University, has long used his platform as a celebrated actor and writer to work in support of underserved youth through his Manifest Your Destiny Foundation. Harper is now widening his reach and providing tactical work skills and professional growth opportunities for Detroit’s youth through his ownership of the city’s Roasting Plant Coffee. “Detroit is a great American city that was forged on innovation, social enterprise and entrepreneurship. My ownership of Roasting Plant Coffee in downtown Detroit builds upon that legacy. It is truly an honor and privilege for me to help fuel the Motor City, not just with Roasting Plant’s incomparable coffee — but by providing career paths and launching pads to greater success in a booming industry for young Detroiters hungry for opportunity and active mentorship,” said Harper. “Having lived Hill Harper here filming two movies in Detroit over the past four years, I have come to love this city and its people. I believe in Detroit. It is truly a vibrant, unique and great American city.” Harper’s investment in Roasting Plant Coffee is a hands-on one, too. He recently purchased a home in one of Detroit’s historic neighborhoods and has already begun its restoration. Harper plans to focus on making Roasting Plant’s job training program a success and to increase his involvement with local charitable organizations. Additionally, Harper is bringing his successful youth Summer Empowerment Academy (SEA) to Detroit this summer. SEA is a free high school and college readiness program that Harper’s Manifest Your Destiny Foundation runs in the most challenged areas in cities across the country. “We are very fortunate to have Hill Harper as part of our community here in Detroit,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Not just because of his new role as a resident and entrepreneur in the city, but because the personal commitment he brings with him to help support and provide opportunity to the city’s youth and returning citizens.” Specializing in just-roasted, justbrewed by-the-cup coffee, Roasting Plant is a fast-growing company at the forefront of the coffee industry’s future, In addition to the purchase of the Detroit store, Harper has invested directly in Roasting Plant, Inc., and serves as both an Advisor and Brand Ambassador to the company as a means of providing not only the freshest cup of coffee in the city but as an engine of economic empowerment for Detroit and its young residents. “Our experience in the Detroit market has exceeded our most optimistic expectations and we’re grateful to our loyal customers,” said Mike Caswell, Roasting Plant Founder. “When Dan Gilbert invited us to join Opportunity Detroit we jumped at the chance to be part of this great American city’s renaissance. We’re so excited to now be partnering with Hill Harper to bring an entrepreneurial approach to empowering young people across the city.”

Business booming for kids at Mackinac Center marketplace

By Roz Edward

Detroit’s most enterprising next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs convened for a small business summit at the Detroit Historical Museum. Kids from 5 to 14 presented business products for testing, tasting and touching in a dazzling display of business showmanship and competed for cash prizes at the Detroit Children’s Business Fair hosted sponsored by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan and the Michigan Chronicle. Business innovations represented at the open marketplace fair, ranged from candy creations to chemical free plant pesticides, and from jewelry to stunning photographs of Detroit jewels. Ambitious young entrepreneurs were encouraged to create a product, develop a business model and marketing strategy and bring the product to market. As purveyors and shoppers walked the cobblestone streets of Old Detroit on the lower level of the Detroit Historical Museum, ambitious young business owners stood ready to bargain and barter their special wares to win money prizes for business expansion, research and development and the all-important bottom line. Well-groomed 9and 10-year-olds in business suits complete with power ties, extended their hands with hearty handshakes followed by impressive product

presentations, competition judges made their way from vendor to vendor to sample their offerings and rate the budding businesses on product originality, creativity and business potential. “We believe in the power of entrepreneurship. We believe in the power of businesses to really be a building block of strong communities,” explained John Mozena event organizer and vice president of Marketing and Communications at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. “In addition to all of the research work we do and all of the educational work we do, we thought we would put our money where our mouth is, and show it in action with young kids.”

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a free market think tank, is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Michigan residents by promoting sound solutions to state and local policy questions. “We believe that when you let people reach their potential, and when you create real opportunities for everyone and let them live their lives as free as possible from government interference, great things happen and people live a better quality of life,” says Mozena. As more than100 shoppers visited the nearly 20 youthowned micro-businesses, an important dynamic became apparent, as participants

grasped the bigger business picture. They embraced the value of hard work, increased their self-esteem and were eager to share their good fortune and commit a portion of their sales to philanthropic and charitable opportunities. One enterprising student and his pitch man, caught my attention as I passed his ZJ Cardboard Creations booth, where he asked passersby, “Hey, do you like folding laundry?” I responded with a resounding “no,” and he launched into an enthusiastic demonstration of his perfect-fold laundry invention. “I use recycled cardboard and made special cuts to place clothing on, so all you have

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Dorinda Walker: An inspirational warrior tells her story to help others overcome hardships

By Donald James

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As a result, Walker went to live with her father, who she described as a street hustler who sold pills in the 1970s to subsidize his heroin habit. During an altercation over $10, Walker said her father killed a man and was sent to prison. Walker again lived with her mother, who was now released from rehab. This living arrangement included a man, who her mother met in rehab. He was physically abusive to both Walker and her mother.

Dorinda Walker has an epic story to tell. It’s a story of growing up with heroin-addicted parents, physical abuse, suicide attempts, dropping out of high school, exploring street life, and much more. Yet, Walker refused to allow the early chapters of her life story dictate the latter chapters, because today, she is vice president of multicultural marketing for a Fortune 100 Corporation. Yet, for Walker, growing up in New Jersey was rooted in dysfunctionality. “My father’s side of the family, for the most part, were gangsters, drug dealers, and number runners,” she explained. “My mother came from a well-educated family. However, she got involved in drugs.” Walker said her mother was a functional heroin-addict. To support her habit, she worked as a legal secretary and paralegal, but was caught one day stealing at a local supermarket. Walker, a little girl at the time, was with her. Facing a judge, Walker’s mother had to choose between jail or rehab; she chose rehab.

“I felt that I was alone and didn’t have a voice,” Walker recalled. “I was afraid because I was shuffled around and abused. I was afraid if I had a voice I would have been considered a burden

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Dorinda Walker From page D-1 and thrown away. Therefore, I developed very low self-esteem, became angry and rebelled. In the 7th grade, I began getting failing grades. I had fights every day in school, and was suspended.” The fall of 8th grade, Walker’s father, according to Walker, was released from prison. Wanting to distance herself from the physical abuse dispensed by her mother’s boyfriend, Walker reunited with her father, who was living in the projects with his girlfriend. Things went well, said Walker, until her father was diagnosed with AIDS. Walker was devastated, and reacted.

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to do is fold the board and it folds the clothes,” he beamed adding that five percent of the proceeds would be used to provide patients at Children’s Hospital with folded paper airplanes. The Detroit Children’s Business Fair is one arm of Mackinac Center’s comprehensive approach to improving the quality of life for Detroiters and Michiganders. Founded in 1987 the institution promotes policy changes and enhancement through a multi-pronged approach. The center focuses on change in the areas of; state and local policy, fiscal practices, legislative initiatives, educational programs, labor acts, criminal justice reform and its legal foundation. “We are very heavily identified with the right to work … and it’s one of the first public policies we supported. Just like with the right to free speech you have a right not to speak. So just as you have the right to free association you have the right not to be in a union if you choose not to,” said Mozena. The advocacy organization has been hailed for its vigorous support of citizen’s rights and its consisten-

“I dropped out of school, began selling drugs, and didn’t have any moral integrity,” she said. “I was dating older men and drug dealers. I also supplied my dad’s heroin habit. He was in and out of the hospital many times due to his condition. He felt God was punishing him for introducing my mother to drugs, for not being a good parent, and for killing a man.” Walker said her father eventually died, and her mother disappeared. Finding it difficult to deal with life, Walker, while living on her own, twice attempted suicide.

mom telling her years later “No, was the best gift you ever gave me. It forced her mom to choose between her love of family and her addiction of crack, and she chose family. They subsequently enjoyed 16 years of living in a three family home along with Dorinda’s maternal grandmother. Walker’s mother was later diagnosed with cancer, for a second time, “She died while in hospice care at my house,” Walker said. “I gave her something that I was not able to give my father, which was forgiveness. My forgiveness allowed her to die in peace.” Today, Walker and her husband of 24 years have three children and one granddaughter. Walker is also a successful corporate executive of multicultural marketing for aa Fortune 100 Company. Independent of her professional work, Walker shares her life story with regularity with at-risk youth, drug addicts, and struggling women. While there are many tenets that Walker believes are liberators to one’s difficult past, there’s one that towers over the others. “Forgiveness,” Walker said. “You have to have the ability to forgive people, if you don’t you carry a weight that prevents you from living a life of joy and abundance.”

Eventually, through what she called, “God’s grace,” Walker went to Walker is now ready to live with an aunt, who she said had a success- tell her riveting story in a ful professional career. new book, and is looking Ultimately, Walker met a at options about a movie man, fell in love, married, and / or television series and began having chil- about her life. dren. Her mother, whom “I believe my story The photo of the girls at the booth is Eena Arts, run by Mena and Zena she had not seen in 18 will benefit and empowmonths, resurfaced with er people,” she said. Nasiri. a crack addition. After cy in ensuring personal freedoms. your life owning and running your going through rehab, once “Many people may not be struggling with the same “If you go back to our philosophical own business.” again, she relapsed. Walk- issues I had. But, if they first principles it is all very consisYouth owned businesses in er’s mother asked to move are struggling, and don’t tent that we are about individual the 2017 Detroit Children’s Busi- in with Dorinda. know how to overcome liberty and the right to live your ness Fair at the Detroit Historical “Mom, there comes a it. I want them to trust in life the way you want to … wheth- Museum included: time in one’s life when the higher power of God, er that’s in the work place or living Aireyonna Co you have to love someone because if I made it, they from a distance,” Walker can too!” BeUtoFul Creations & Lucky told her mother. “I love Charms For more informayou, but I cannot allow tion Chemical Free Zone about Dorinda you to live with me and Walker, or to book her Cutie Cream my family. I can’t subject as an inspirational/moDelicious Smoothies my children, or myself, to tivational speaker, call EenaARTS your drug addiction any- 310.677.4540, or log on to Ground Up Coffee Shop more.” Hot Heads That was a defining She can also be found on KIDD Caramel Apples moment in their relation- Facebook at www.faceKraftabulous Kreations ship, Dorinda recall’s her L’Animal Gourmet Cupcakes MimiBears NML Productions Pic Detroit Relaxing Essentials By Z Rockin’ Jewelry by Jessica Slime Factory by Jenna & Grace Goldman Sachs 10,000 increase in their revenues ZJ Cardboard Creations Small Businesses De- and 57% reported creating “There’s really no better place to troit celebrates the grad- net new jobs. In addition, have a children’s business fair than uation of 80 small-busi- the program has a 99% in Detroit, which rose through the ness owners who have graduation rate and 84% success of its entrepreneurs and is completed a rigorous edu- of graduates are conductturning to a new generation to lead cation, coaching and busi- ing business with each its revitalization,” Mozena conclud- ness support module and other. Including the May ed. are ready to deepen their 2017 graduates, there are contributions to South- approximately 260 10KSB east Michigan’s econo- alumni doing business in my. The event takes place the Detroit region. on Wednesday, May 17 “Small Businesses are at 3 p.m. at Wayne State playing a huge role in the north of Detroit, FTCH recently em- University’s St. Andrew’s ployed nontraditional measures to Hall, 918 Ludington Mall revitalization of Michirehabilitate the deteriorating Cad- (Anthony Wayne Dr. & W. gan’s and Detroit’s economy,” says Camille Walkdell Drain in the cities of Farming- Warren Ave.), Detroit. er-Banks, director of the ton and Farmington Hills to protect The Goldman 10,000 Small Businesses drinking water, property and infraSachs 10,000 Small Busi- Detroit program. structure. nesses initiative aims The 10,000 Small BusiBeauboeuf’s extensive back- to help create jobs and nesses Detroit program ground includes 16 years as su- economic growth by prois accepting applicapervising engineer of the project viding small-business tions for its next cohort, development section for the Mich- owners in the area with which begins in Septemigan Department of Transportation, practical business eduber 2017. The program is managing a $3 billion budget with cation, business support open to businesses that responsibility for all capacity im- services and access to have been in operation for provements and new road projects capital.  The program is at least two years, have a for the State of Michigan. In this active in urban and rural minimum of two employrole, she oversaw development, communities across the ees and have recorded revRegine Beauboeuf budgeting and scheduling of road- US. Results of the pro- enue of at least $100,000 nationally have in the last fiscal year. Ohio, is slated to officially open side programs, including major gram later this summer. Four addition- transportation projects, rest areas shown that 18 months For more information, al engineers and scientists across and visitor welcome centers, land- after graduation, 76% of visit http://10ksbdetroit. various disciplines, along with sup- scapes, wetland mitigation sites, participants reported an com. port staff, are expected to be hired. and noise abatement initiatives. The new office will plan, execute Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer LEGAL NOTICE and oversee design, engineering, Granholm appointed Beauboeuf, construction and environmental sustainability projects for city of a registered Professional Engineer (PE), in 2004 to the Michigan Detroit-based clientele. Board of Professional Surveyors Notice is hereby given that the Education Achievement Authority Current projects led by the De- and the Michigan Board of Profesof Michigan (“EAA”), shall dissolve effective close of business on troit office include a study for rain- sional Engineers, serving as board June 30, 2017. All persons with claims against the EAA are requestwater harvesting and reuse at a chair. Beauboeuf currently serves ed to present them in accordance with this notice. Claims must be major football stadium and replace- on transportation and business filed with the EAA at the following address: Clark Hill PLC, attention ment of Martin Luther King Jr. Bou- management committees for the Jenice C. Mitchell Ford, Esq., 500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 3500, levard over The Lodge (M-10), along American Council of Engineering Detroit, MI 48226. Each claim must include: (i) the name and adwith associated improvements Companies and as secretary of the dress of the claimant; (ii) the basis for and amount of each claim (in such as extending the ramp north Michigan chapter of the Conference sufficient detail to permit the EAA to make a reasonable judgment of The Lodge to Grand River Avenue of Minority Transportation Officials whether the claim should be accepted or rejected); (iii) documen(M-5). The Lodge project, including tation establishing the claim; and (iv) the date or dates on which (COMTO). traffic signal replacement, signage each claim arose. Each claim must be received by the EAA no later Beauboeuf holds a bachelor’s upgrades and total rehabilitation than the close of business on September 1, 2017. The claim will be of Grand River Avenue from Cass degree in civil engineering and arbarred if it is not received by the EAA by such date. The giving of Avenue to I-94, will significantly chitecture from the University of this notice does not constitute recognition that the person/entity to improve traffic flow in anticipation Haiti, and an MBA from Davenport whom the notice is directed has a valid claim against the EAA. This of increased vehicle traffic volume University. She speaks French and notice is given on behalf of the EAA on May 24, 2017. near the new stadium district. Just Kreyol.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses celebrates graduation of 80 Southeast Michigan small-business owners

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Transportation infrastructure expert to lead new Detroit office Michigan Chronicle reports

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, a leading 60-year-old architectural engineering firm, announced this week the addition of Regine Beauboeuf as director of client services and office lead for the firm’s newest location in the city of Detroit. “We are excited to welcome Regine, especially as we continue to grow in Southeast Michigan,” said Kamran Qadeer, FTCH senior vice president and principal. “She brings significant transportation infrastructure experience to our operations, tightening our focus on the region’s increasingly complex needs as it grows and changes.” Beauboeuf, a civil engineer with 33 years of large transportation project experience in the U.S. and Canada, recently joined FTCH, a top five engineering firm in Michigan, after spending 13 years at global engineering and construction firm Parsons as vice president and as board member of Parsons Transportation Group Inc. of Michigan. During her tenure, she served as project manager for the development of the Detroit River International Crossing. “I’m thrilled to be part of FTCH’s expansion to Detroit to continue the firm’s tradition of striking a safe and healthy balance between the environment and the region’s rapidly modernizing and multifaceted infrastructure,” said Beauboeuf. The FTCH Detroit location at 1001 Woodward Ave., one of nine offices in Michigan, Indiana and



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#GOYOUNG: Graduation season is best season for CAYF Scholars!

A gift that keeps giving: The life of Coleman Alexander Young will always have a positive impact on Detroit, as long as our city’s youth continue to make the most of CAYF scholarships.

City’s longest-serving mayor lives on through special foundation

By Scott Talley Special to the Michigan Chronicle During these very chaotic political times, the “Best of Young Detroit” invites our community to think back to a period in our city’s history when a gentleman named Coleman Alexander Young (May 24, 1918 – Nov. 29, 1997) was making history. In 1973, Young won the mayoral election to become the first African American elected to our city’s highest governmental position. And when he assumed the office in January 1974, Young was beginning a significant journey, which resulted in him becoming the longest-serving mayor (20 years) in Detroit’s history. During good, and more often challenging times, Mayor Young demonstrated truly strong leadership, which went beyond the utterance of hollow words, while forging alliances with organizations that shared his commitment to our city, including the UAW. Nearly a quarter of a century since he left office, Mayor Young’s legacy lives on strongly in a positive way through the Coleman A. Young Foundation (CAYF). “Of all the things I’ve accomplished, I think this may be the greatest thing I’ve done,” said CAYF executive director Khary Turner, who was quoting a statement made by Mayor Young about the foundation Young established in 1982 to provide opportunities for future generations of Detroit youth. Today, CAYF remains true to its mission of developing leadership among Detroit youth, which is done through the awarding of college scholarships, mentoring and other forms of support focusing on personal growth and development. CAYF scholarships are for $5,000 per year for four years of college and since 1986, the foundation has awarded roughly $5 million to about 500 students. Even more impressive is what CAYF Scholars have done with their opportunity, achieving a 91 percent graduation rate during the past two decades, far exceeding national graduation rates for all students that enter college. “That’s the secret sauce question that we get asked a lot (Why have CAYF Scholars obtained a phenomenal graduation rate through the years?) and there is a secret sauce, but it’s really simple—it’s love,” stated Turner, who became CAYF’s executive director in 2012. “A lot of it has to do with knowing our kids, knowing their needs and following through.” Connecting students with mentors, mailing care packages, and even sending nightly 8 p.m. texts to a particular student are just a few of the personal, loving methods applied by CAYF to ensure its scholarship recipients are successful at the institutions they attend, which include colleges and universities in the state of Michigan and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the nation. And given the changes that have occurred in our community since the foundation was created, Turner says CAYF is needed now more than ever. “It’s vital because in today’s society college readiness and acclimation is a much bigger conversation,” said Turner of the foundation, which has always gone to great lengths to identify deserving scholarship recipients that may have otherwise been overlooked. Turner added: “We are a society that has gone from a uniform school system to a system of schools that operate differently, and far too many students need that extra support. They want to go to college just as bad as previous generations, but they have a different type of anxiety. We have been doing this for 35 years, but we had to take on a heightened sense of

urgency to get kids to and through college.” Recently the CAYF family had a chance to relax and rejoice when the foundation held its annual “Awards Experience.” The program celebrated the 2017 CAYF scholarship winners and the CAYF “Educator of the Year.” It also provided an opportunity to honor the CAYF Scholars that recently graduated from colleges across the state and country. “I think Mayor Young would say ‘well done’ to the graduating high school students that received CAYF scholarships and to our CAYF Scholars that just graduated from college,” said Turner, whose organization also has a partnership with the Skillman Foundation, which provides additional scholarships (Skillman Foundation Legacy Scholars) up to $10,000 each to promising Detroit youth. “Love and consistency that’s all it is. You believe in the students and expect excellence. Developing kids is a long game. It’s about walking through life with them. It’s not sexy work, it’s commitment work.” Moving forward, Turner said he wants members of our community to not just have heard about the foundation, but instead to know all about it. And with that said, he invites everyone to visit the CAYF website at, where information can be found about scholarships offered by the foundation and other programs, including REAL Skills 2.0, which provides a curriculum led by CAYF staff, scholars, alumni and other professional volunteers who prepare teenage youth for college and life. The CAYF website also is the place to go for anyone who wishes to support the foundation on any level and in any capacity.

man A. Young Foundation at the University of Michigan — Ann Arbor for the next four years!” Photos provided by Kennette Lamar and the Coleman A. Young Foundation.

Class of 2017 Coleman A. Young Foundation Scholar College Graduates Carl Cowan Jr, graduates from Wayne State with a media arts degree Nahida Legu, graduates from University of Detroit Mercy with a nursing degree

The “Best of Young Detroit” salutes the entire 2017 CAYF scholarship class, as well as all of the recent college graduates that benefited from scholarships provided by the foundation. The CAYF support given to these young men and young women will no doubt have a lasting impact on our city given that a significant percentage of CAYF graduates come back to Detroit upon graduation to work and lead. In closing, the “Best of Young Detroit” would like to share some thoughtful reflections from two Detroit students that were celebrated during this year’s CAYF “Awards Experience.” Imora Perez, Cass Tech, 2017 John Burns Book Scholar, will be attending Spelman College where she will major in psychology: “My favorite part of the reception was hearing and admiring what business professionals did to provide for young adults in the CAYF. They emphasized their role in the foundation and in Detroit, which is important when it comes to serving the community.” Danielle Williams, Renaissance, 2017 John Burns Book Scholar, will be attending the University of Michigan where she will major in film production: “I am filled with the utmost honor to be a Coleman A. Young Scholar! I’m so grateful to have been selected to represent such an amazing foundation. Their investment into the next step of my educational journey fills me with a gratitude that I truly can’t express with just words. I look forward to representing the Cole-

Class of 2017 Skillman Legacy Program Scholar College Graduates Christina Alexander, graduates from the University of Michigan with a global environment and health degree Lamar Allen, graduates from Fisk University with a business administration degree Malak Aljawobaei, graduates from Wayne State with honors with a psychology degree Jason Gant, graduates from Grand Valley State with a film and video production degree Agoberto Guerra, graduates from Wayne State with an industrial and systems engineering degree Williamena Kwapo, graduates from the University of Michigan with an organizational studies degree Azia Martin, graduates from the University of Michigan with a material science and engineering degree Quentin McKinnon, graduates from Bowling Green University with a business degree Brittany Morris, graduates from Ferris State University with a criminal justice degree Celina Ortiz, graduates from Agnes Scott College with a religion and social justice degree Class of 2017 Coleman A. Young Foundation Scholars (Graduating high school seniors) Rumi Begum, Detroit International Academy For Young Women, 2017 CAYF Scholar, will attend Wayne State and major in biology Djiby Coulibaly, Renaissance, 2017 Carl & Patricia Young Book Scholar, will attend Michigan State and major in human resources management Martia’ Peterson, Detroit School of Arts, 2017 William J. Beckham Jr. Scholar, will attend Howard University and major in engineering Imora Perez, Cass Tech, 2017 John Burns Book Scholar, will be attending Spelman College where she will major in psychology Danielle Williams, Renaissance, 2017 John Burns Book Scholar, will be attending the University of Michigan where she will major in film production

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Remembering Mel Daniels: Pershing product rode hard work to Hall of Fame

In today’s world, when top basketball prospects are sometimes identified as early as grade school, a player like Mel Daniels (July 20, 1944 – Oct. 30, 2015) may have never been discovered. Fortunately for basketball fans, Mr. Daniels came along during a different era. As a student-athlete at Pershing High School, Daniels was a long way from being an overnight sensation. According to legend, the great coach, Will Robinson, had to literally use threats just to get Daniels to come out for the basketball team as a sophomore. At the time Robinson approached him, Daniels had never played or even watched a basketball game. Daniels was initially assigned to the junior varsity team, and not because he was good enough for the JV squad. Instead, Coach Robinson wanted to keep an eye on him and most of Daniels’ game action came in the waning seconds of lopsided contests. However, during the summer following his first season, Daniels slowly began to gain some confidence and skill, as Coach Robinson’s players were required to participate in three leagues to promote their development. By his senior season, Daniels had grown to six feet, nine inches, and was a player of some

note, but still a long way from achieving fame. His first stop after Pershing was not a big college basketball powerhouse, but instead Burlington Junior College in Iowa. Afterwards, Daniels was off to the University of New Mexico, which was not regarded in the same light it is today, but Daniels was about to take off as a player. In three seasons at New Mexico, Daniels averaged a robust double-double (20 points and 11 rebounds) en route to becoming a second team All-American selection as a senior. This led to Daniels being a first round selection of the Cincinnati Royals of the NBA and the Minnesota Muskies of the ABA in the 1967 draft. Although the NBA was the more established league, the Muskies offered more money, so he became the only first-round NBA selection to sign with the ABA at that time. As it turns out, the ABA was getting a player still on the rise. Daniels averaged 18.7 points and 15.1 rebounds in 628 regular-season games in eight seasons in the ABA with Minnesota, Indiana and Memphis. In 109 playoff games, he averaged 17.4 points and 14.9 rebounds. With the Indiana Pacers (prior to the team joining the NBA) he played on championship teams in 1970, ‘72 and ’73. Daniels was a seven-time ABA All-Star, led the league in rebounding three times and holds the league record with 9,494 career rebounds. The ABA’s most valuable player in 1968-69 and 1970-71, Daniels was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012. The Pacers retired Daniels’ No. 34 jersey in 1985, and Detroiters should always remember him as well. For our youth, Daniels is a reminder that there is always an opportunity to get better in athletics and life through hard work.

Student Voices

Davis Aerospace students want affordable health care for all The United States House of Representatives has narrowly approved legislation that would repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, and now the bill is in the hands of the Senate. As America awaits the action of the Senate, three of our student contributors at Davis Aerospace Technical High School have weighed in on the debate and have made a strong, compelling, passionate case for affordable health care for all. The “Best of Young Detroit” thanks each of our contributors for staying abreast of important societal issues and for taking the time to share their thoughts. Deshawn Washington, junior: “One of the most important topics in today’s society is health care. In 2014 ten percent of the United States population had no health insurance according to the U.S Census Bureau. The United States was one of three countries of the 34 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that did not have universal health care. “This topic has been argued for the past 12 years. Some say, for America to be the richest nation on Earth that it’s a disgrace for any American citizen to not have affordable health care. I could debate all day that the right to purchase affordable health care would stop medical bankruptcies, improve public health and reduce overall health insurance spending. Health care should really be a provided government service. In 2012 the total amount that was spent on health insurance was 2.8 trillion dollars and that accounted for 17 percent of the U.S Gross Domestic Product. At the same time about 62 percent of personal bankruptcies in the United States are related to medical expenses. Those numbers decreased when we all had greater access to affordable health care through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). “I’m speaking for everyone when I say, people are happier when they can afford things that are beneficial to life. Affordable health insurance is at the top of that list. The government should give people the health care that we all desperately need.” De’Ernest Johnson, junior: “Health care is the bridge between life and death for some people. Most families rely on it to help them survive. The United States is one of the few places that does not guarantee universal health coverage for its citizens. No ordinary person can handle the expenses of the treatment in which they need to survive. The Declaration of Independence states that all men have “inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” I contend that our inalienable rights should entitle us to having the health care needed to preserve life and pursue happiness. If a person cannot afford the treatment and their condition is life threatening, the government is robbing them of their right to life. No one can control what disease or condition they get. Most of these conditions come without warning. “You cannot treat life-threatening conditions as if they are a common cold and with a little medicine will go away. Some conditions are extremely expensive. How can an average citizen afford the cost of that while they work

for minimum wage? In order to afford these treatments on their own they would have to sell their own personal items such as houses, cars, even their jewelry. Then what will they have left? They will still be having problems because there is no guarantee that it will be enough to cover the treatment. Now I am not saying that the government should cover the whole cost, just a majority of the cost, so there is not much of a hassle on the citizen who needs treatment. “What would the United States be if most of its citizens started dropping like flies simply because they could not afford the treatment needed to survive? Health care is not something that can be taken away without having a major effect on the people. Too many U.S. citizens depend on health care. The elderly, cancer patients, people with diabetes—all and more rely on health care because they cannot afford the costs that come with their conditions. For example, 9.3 percent of U.S. citizens have a severe case of diabetes and more than 20 percent have cancer. Both of these conditions take lives every day. Health care can help give these patients something to look forward to in life. How could you even consider taking something that so many families rely on, their only piece of hope away from them?” Johnnie Davis, junior: “Your beloved family member has been diagnosed with kidney failure and they’ll need a kidney transplant in order to avoid a lifetime of dialysis sessions, but wait, they don’t have health insurance. Now how are they going to get that kidney or even the dialysis sessions for the matter? Without health insurance, people in situations similar to the one I presented will have little chance of survival, or will live a life ridden with debt. This is an unfortunate possible reality for the 32 million Americans that were insured under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). “President Trump recently got the House Republicans to pass a bill (the American Health Care Act) to repeal Obamacare, and the bill is now in the Senate. The thing about the bill sent to the Senate is that it will mainly benefit the wealthy. If passed by the Senate, lower income citizens in America could have their affordable healthcare plans stripped from them as early as 2018. If the current Republican bill gets passed, premiums will increase to double the amount of it’s predecessor. With the Republican bill, consumers could also pay 30 percent higher for their premiums for one year. Those who couldn’t pay initially also would have this additional cost barrier to get past. In addition, those who had preexisting conditions that were taken care of under Obamacare may find themselves no longer insured. “All Americans should have access to affordable healthcare and the health care proposition supported by President Trump and the House Republicans isn’t affordable for every American. In most countries health care is actually free. The reason everyone needs health care is because not everyone that gets injured or contracts a disease can pay for the costly medical procedure directly from his or her income. America is sometimes frowned upon due the lack of the government providing healthcare for citizens, but if every American was provided health care I’m sure our nation would look better from the perspective of other countries. “

Joy Brown-Paymon

The “Best of Young Detroit” would like to remind our community that there is still time to view the 80th annual “Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition” at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The exhibition includes hundreds of imaginative works created by Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) students. The exhibition can be viewed through May 28 in the DIA’s Special Exhibition Galleries South on the second floor near Farnsworth Street. Viewing of the exhibition is free and the public is welcome. The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward. Hours are: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Magdalene Sanchez Przygodski

Still time to view DPSCD Student Exhibition at DIA through May 28

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12 And Under Spring Competitive Division Friday, May 19 Southfield Tigers vs. YMCA Tigers at Miller (6:30 p.m.) Saturday, May 20 Southwest Aztecs vs. Mighty Warriors at William Clay Ford Field (11 a.m.) Southfield Tigers vs. Detroit Playmakers at Inglenook (1 p.m.) Southfield Cardinals vs. Blue Jays at Inglenook (1 p.m.) Mighty Warriors vs. YMCA Tigers at William Clay Ford Field (1:15 p.m.) Southfield Tigers vs. Detroit Stars at Inglenook (3:15 p.m.) Southfield Cardinals vs. Detroit Playmakers at Inglenook (3:15 p.m.) YMCA Tigers vs. Detroit Raiders at William Clay Ford Field (5:45 p.m.) Sunday, May 21 Detroit Yankees vs. Detroit Raiders at Balduck (noon) Indians Baseball Club vs. Motor City Royals at Balduck (noon) Indians Baseball Club vs. Southwest Aztecs at Balduck (2:15) Detroit Raiders vs. Motor City Royals at Balduck (2:15)

14 and under Friday, May 19 Southwest Aztecs vs. Incredibles at William Clay Ford Field (6:30 and 8:45 p.m.) Ecorse Raiders vs. Detroit Stars at Balduck (6:30 and 8:45 p.m.) Sunday, May 21 Detroit Braves vs. Detroit Yankees at Balduck (2 and 4:15 p.m.)

10 and under Competitive Division Thursday, May 18 Detroit Stars vs. Downriver Demons at William Clay Ford Field (6:30 p.m.) Friday, May 19 Southwest Aztecs vs. Southfield Cardinals at Miller (6:30 p.m.) Saturday, May 20 Indians Baseball Club vs. Southfield Dodgers at Inglenook (1 p.m.) Indians Baseball Club vs. Detroit Stars at Inglenook (3:15 p.m.) Detroit Braves vs. Southfield Orioles at Inglenook (1 p.m.) Sunday, May 21 Southfield Cardinals vs. Midwest Cubs, at William Clay Ford Field (1 and 3:15 p.m.)

10 and under New Teams Division Thursday, May 18 Southfield Orioles vs. Detroit Braves at Palmer Park (6:30 p.m.) Saturday, May 20 Yes Academy vs. Southfield Padres at Inglenook (1 and 3:15 p.m.) Detroit Yankees vs. Harms Elementary at William Clay Ford Field (11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.) Blue Jays vs. Southfield Padres at Inglenook (1 and 3:15 p.m.) Southfield Orioles vs. Southwest Aztecs II at Inglenook (1 and 3:15 p.m.) Sunday, May 21 Blue Jays vs. Full Count Kings at William Clay Ford Field (3:30 p.m.)

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The meaning of property and power By Anthony O. Kellum If you’ve ever watched someone put your furniture on the curb, you’ve tasted the bitter poison of powerlessness. What greater humiliation could you suffer than being evicted from a place you called home. Kellum Principle #1: Property is Power! And power can only be yours when you live the American Dream of owning the land on which you live. Free yourself from the powerless enslavement of “renter-consumer syndrome.” Create a paradigm shift that changes the way we think, so that everyone understands: the more property you possess, the more power you have. Power you can use to rebuild communities and neighborhoods. It’s important for us to have a good understanding of the word power before we proceed into how the principles can work for you in spirit, community, and finance. Becoming a real estate entrepreneur will give you the priceless ability

to write your own ticket in life, to get whatever you ask for in the form of fulfillment on levels that cannot be computed on a calculator. The simple act of working the entrepreneurial spirit will build wealth in itself. Your purpose will lead you to personal fulfillment and financial success. With the fruitful pursuit of owning property, you are achieving something great in your life, and loving the rewards. And house by house, you are multiplying your successes and realizing that you hold the answer to Detroit’ renaissance that our city desperately needs. In that way, you are replenishing our neighborhoods, subduing the system to work for you, and thereby taking dominion over God’s glorious earth. At the same time, by having faith and confidence in yourself that you will succeed by living your entrepreneurial dreams, you are strengthening your bonds and beliefs in God for giving you the tools and the determination to uplift your mind and your lifestyle for your

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Anthony O. Kellum family and your community. This is a spiritual quest in many ways. And as a result, you’ll become immensely successful by the simple act of doing what I believe is the good deed of providing homes for families at the same time rebuilding neighborhoods. In doing this, your good fortune will follow the reputation that you create for yourself. As you get involved as a real estate entrepreneur, people start to know who you are. They know you invest in “community” you’ll become respected for what you do. They will call you, with more oppourities, they call you to invite you to their church banquet and other events.

As a result, reputation creates the oppourities because you’re successful at what you do. Keep in mind that success is personal; your success and my success could be two different things. As you proceed, I want you to take pride in what you are accomplishing without measuring it by what your friends or colleagues are doing. Please understand, being a real estate entrepreneur is a spiritual calling. What is more sacred than our homes, our children, our community and our neighborhood’s? When you have the power to control and improve neighborhoods, that is profound. That’s why I want you to think big. Think far beyond the normal scope think of yourself as a prophet who’s coming to turn around our distressed neighborhoods. We live in a world where most people are toiling hopelessly like worker-bees, frantically building the grand hon-

eycomb under the control of the mighty Queen Bee. But those lowly, exhausted masses of worker-bees never get to savor the sweet honey that is all around them! And in the end, they just die, bitter and broken... Our country needs worker-bees, but you can become a powerful Queen Bee in your own right who can feast on as much honey as you desire!

Valerie Daniels-Carter restaurant company is comprised of Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels, Burger King, Coffee Beanery, Nino’s Southern Sides, My Yo My Frozen Yogurt, VJ Cafe and Pizza Hut. Prior to establishing V&J, she worked in banking and finance, including First Wisconsin National Bank, now U.S. Bank.

In 1982, she was named senior auditor for MGIC Investment Corporation. Daniels-Carter, who also serves as a director on the Green Bay Packers and various other corporate boards, has been active with AAA for 22 years. She has served on multiple board committees, most recently as audit committee chair, and has led the efforts to raise the association’s collective preparedness in cybersecurity. She was elected vice chair of the AAA board in 2015. She was the catalyst for opening three orphanages in Kenya and Ghana for children whose parents have died of AIDS. Daniels-Carter has been awarded a number of distinguishing honors including B:10” the Business Woman of the Year T:10” Frazier Network; Northwood University, DistinS:10”

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Valerie Daniels-Carter elected as new chair of AAA Board of Directors During the 114th Annual Meeting in Boston. AAA announced the election of Valerie Daniels-Carter as the new chair of the AAA Board of Directors. Daniels-Carter is cofounder, president and chief executive officer of V&J Holding Companies Inc, the nation’s largest female owned franchise organization. She has been active with AAA for 22 years and served on multiple board committees. She was elected vice chair of the AAA board in 2015 and has played a leading role in raising the association’s collective preparedness in cybersecurity. Daniels-Carter is president and CEO of V&J Foods Holding Companies, the largest female-owned franchise organization in the country. Daniels-Carter’s quick-service

American Dream great for everyone. Serving under-privileged families and distressed communities remains his chief focus with the launches of his “Property is Power” speaking series.

guished Business Leader Award; Trailblazer Award from North Milwaukee State Bank; Entrepreneurial Spirit Award presented at the Multicultural Prism Awards; Essence magazine’s Top 10 Black Female Entrepreneurs; and Black Enterprise magazine’s Women of the B.E. 100. Her company has received awards such as the Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses (Working Woman Magazine), Top 200 Restaurants in the U.S. (Restaurant Finance Monitor) and numerous other accolades, both locally and nationally. Daniels-Carter graduated from Lincoln University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned a master’s degree in business management and an honorary doctorate from Cardinal Stritch University.


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Welcome to City.Life.Style Whatupdoe! I am beyond excited to introduce you to the newest addition to the Michigan Chronicle’s expanding content platform, City.Life.Style,: Where city meets life and life meets style.


By Steve Holsey

Here to stay Longevity in the music industry is far from being a guarantee, but some have the skills, charisma, forward-thinking attitude and growth commitment to beat the odds.

Those who know me already know, and soon you will to, that I am a diehard “D-girl.” My love for this city, my city, our city is ingrained deeply in my heart. Detroit has, in part, made me the woman I am, dedicated and creative, with a swag of assurance that no matter what

When Usher, now 38, first appeared on the recording scene in the early ’90s, it didn’t take long for it to become apparent that he was in for the long Usher haul.

The hits (such as “U Got It Bad” and “Yeah!”) were consistent, the live performances first rate and he diversified, demonstrating his acting skills on the big screen and, most impressively, on Broadway (in the long-running musical drama “Chicago”). ONE OF THE nicest and classiest people in the world is Claudette Robinson. Last week, I received an e-mail from her. She is elated over the success of the Miracles exhibit that ran for a year at Claudette the Grammy Robinson Museum in Los Angeles. She also reports that she is writing her autobiography and that she is being honored with a resolution from the Los Angeles City Council for the many things she has done over the decades. Among the dumbest things said recently came from Darryl McDaniels (D.M.C. of Run D.M.C.). With the rap supergroup’s crossover appeal in mind, he actually said, “When Obama first got elected, all my white

TLC (Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” ­Watkins) friends said that’s because of what Run-D.M.C. did.” THERE HAS not been a new TLC album since 2002, but the duo sure delivers on their new single, “Haters,” from their self-titled album, due June 30. It’s about dealing with mean-spirited people who will always maintain a presence. “Don’t change a thing. People ’gon say what they say,” the songs says repeatedly. The groove is hot, too. Chris Rock can always be counted on to express himself with honesty. In a recent Chris Rock interview, he made it clear that black celebrities are not exempt from racism.

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City.Life.Style. will be your go-to for all things hot in the city. From pop culture and style to life and love, City.Life.Style. will cover the hottest events, the latest movies, restaurants and music, and bring you an unapologetic perspective on relationships, love and life shared from


life throws at me, my black girl magic will turn it into lemonade. I’ve held various positions with the Michigan Chronicle throughout the years. However, serving as editor of City.Life.Style. is by far the most exciting to date. The Michigan Chronicle always has and will always remain the voice of the community. To continue this partnership, we welcome you to share your voice through “See Something.... Snap Something.” From Belle Isle to Seven Mile we want to hear from you on what’s dope. Hot. Happening. Each week we will randomly select a few of the pics you send our way via #CityLifeStyle to share in our photo gallery.

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said. “If what you are doing is done with honor and integrity, you are portraying the best in black.”

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Last year, the Michigan Chronicle introduced its inaugural Best In Black Awards. These awards were the definition of FUBU (For Us By Us) and were voted on by the residents of Detroit neighborhoods to determine who was the best barber, best black-owned restaurants, best in music and more. Enters Best in Black top finalist Brandon Williams of Soulasis Music Group, hometown musician who has played worldwide, yet consistently remembers that black excellence is right here at home in the D.


Williams defines what Best In Black means to him as having integrity.

The music industry can be a dogeat-dog world. Maintaining integrity in a cutthroat business can be hard. Williams credits his integrity to maturity, saying, “I’ve grown into the man I am today. I’ve grown to be more honorable. When I was 22, I wasn’t this guy, but over the years I’ve grown and have learned to sit down some and balance my music and life.”

“Best in Black is excellence,” he

With age comes wisdom and Williams

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‘The Single Woman’s Checklist:

Eight Essentials for Becoming a Prepared, Productive and Powerful Woman’

By Alisha Dixon

On May 20, De’Nisha Sh’Lene, author, motivational speaker, minister, clinical social worker and entrepreneur, is set to introduce her second book, “The Single Woman’s Checklist: Eight Essentials for Becoming a Prepared, Productive and Powerful Woman,” a guide for single women of faith. “The book is a blueprint women can use to self-evaluate and look at where they should be and where they are and create goals,” the author said. Sh’Lene, a native Detroiter, sees singlehood as an opportunity, not a hindrance. In “The Single Woman’s Checklist,” she writes about the important steps she believes single woman can take to live fulfilling lives.

They include: • Increasing productivity and enjoyment as a single woman. • Unveiling your purpose and establishing professional and personal goals. • Identifying areas of self-development and self-improvement (from inner peace to finances). • Creating a vision for your life and preparing for the next phase • Maximizing time to become a prepared, productive and powerful single woman. “The Single Woman’s Checklist” author earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Grand

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Valley State University, a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University. This diverse background and her passion for helping women has allowed Sh’Lene to become a mentor to a network of women all over the world. She hopes that “The Single Woman’s Checklist” will motivate more women to discover their power and potential in all aspects of their lives — personally, spiritually and entrepreneurially. For Sh’Lene, entrepreneurship is a major part of personal empowerment. She received the Motor City Match Business Planning Award to launch the Single Woman’s Power Network, to equip single women with the knowledge and resources that will inspire an increase in self-awareness, self-development and self-advancement.

Friday, May 19 | 5:30 pm | Detroit Opera House BRAVO SALUTE (2017 Bravo Bravo): Feature three levels of lavish food, drinks and entertainment inside our historic Detroit Opera House. The performance lineup includes Ben Sharkey, DJ Godfather and Essence of TOnE’ Entertainment performing live! Info: www.

Saturday, May 20 | 2 pm – 6 pm | Cobo Center THE SINGLE WOMAN’S CHECKLIST BOOK LAUNCH AND SEMINAR: Eight professional speakers to help equip single women with the knowledge and resources essential to the growth of their overall self-awareness, self-development and self-advancement. Info: www.

Saturday, May 20 | 6 pm | The Wright FRESH PRODUCE MUSIC SERIES FEATURING COLLECTIVE PEACE: The Fresh Produce Music Series is a music series created by Urban Organic Lifestyle Marketing of Detroit that showcases new, fresh and unflinchingly independent emerging musical acts. Info:

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“I have a ministry for single women and spiritually the women were growing, but a lot of them were sitting around idly and not focusing on things that pertain to our natural selves like health, finances and credit scores. Those types of things were just not being addressed at all,” Sh’Lene said. “I was also really inspired to create the Single Woman’s Power Network after reflecting on my own life and my own personal growth,” she said. The SWP Network will provide a space for women to support each other in every way. Reflecting on her own life, she said she is grateful her mentors and the network of women that have and continue to support her. “I grew up in the inner city and we did not have access to a lot of resources,” she explained. “So, throughout my life I have been blessed to be connected to people who wanted to help me. They have been so influential in my life, helping me get where I am now, and I wanted to create this experience for other women.”

The self-taught musician can play many instruments although he prefers drums. He reveals that he also dabbles in singing, although none of that will be happening publicly anytime soon. Although singing ballads for him is for now on the back-burner, Williams enlisted a variety of singers and songwrit-

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has invested this into his career since he started playing professionally at the age of 12. When asked how he stays so consistent and relevant in Detroit and abroad, he responded with the word “versatility.” “The main thing for me is versatility. Since I am not with one particular band or venue, it has assisted with the growth and expansion of my music,” he explained. “If you want me to play African music, Spanish music, rock or R&B, I can because I dedicate myself to being versatile. I am more than just a drummer. I consider myself an entertainer.”




ers, among them the duo singers/songwriters A PLUS (Anesha and Antea Birchett) for his “XII” album project. This format of music was inspired by one of Williams’ idols, the multifaceted Quincy Jones. “Quincy took all of these different people who may have never worked together and brought them in to collaborate on an album and made it work,” Williams said. Although “XII” symbolically means completion for Williams, he’s


He said when he is out and about in all-white areas, he gets “what-are-youdoing-here?” stares — that is, until they realize he is Chris Rock, the star. Two talents from Detroit, Michael Henderson and Rena Scott, recently performed at the Catalina Jazz Club, in Los Angeles. In 1978, Scott joined Henderson on his Top 10 hit “Take Me I’m Yours.” Patti LaBelle says Dolly Parton, who wrote and originally recorded the classic “I Will Always Love You,” asked her Patti LaBelle to do a soul version of the country superhit, but Patti didn’t get around to it. Then Whitney Houston’s remarkable version came out and Patti knew there was no reason for anyone else to sing it.

nowhere close to being finished. His next project, “Love Factor,” promises to work with the same format while exploring all of the aspects of love, from marriage to divorce. “My first album was about love also, but I wanted it to sound like what perfect love feels like, but (love has) so many facets. This upcoming album will focus on all aspects about and in love,” he said. For more on Brandon Williams and Soulasis Music Group, visit www.

From page D-1 BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that Jesse Jackson’s brother, Charles Jackson, was a member of the Independents, a popular 1970s vocal group. Their biggest hit was “Leaving Me.” MEMORIES: “Cold Sweat” (James Brown), “Ribbon in the Sky” (Stevie Wonder), “Betcha She Don’t Love You” (Evelyn “Champagne” King), “Lovin’ on Next to Nothin’” (Gladys Knight & the Pips), “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (Thelma Houston), “17” (Rick James), “Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)” (the Temptations. BLESSINGS to Daphne Andrews Williams, Jay Berry, Alex Alexander, Sharon Cleveland Blount, Verna Green, Montez Miller and Lorenzo Colston.

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WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Seal: “I don’t think anyone can sit on the fence anymore. We have to make up our minds.” Let the music play! Steve Holsey can be reached at and PO Box 02843, Detroit, MI 48202.

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By Alisha Dixon The QLINE is LIVE in the D and although the circular rail system along Woodward includes 20+ stop connecting the North End, New Center, Midtown and downtown, we’ve narrowed down the TOP 5 stops that will give you the biggest bang for your fun.

Baltimore St. Station Detroit Hardware Co. The Baltimore Gallery North End Collective*** Atomic Chicken*** *Connect to Amtrak service

At the Baltimore St. Station, serving the North End, you can shop for a fly new dress and luxurious body butters from the shops at the North End Collective. To refuel after your shopping spree, head to Atomic Chicken to grab a Motor City Hot Chicken sandwich with a side of blue mac ’n’ cheese. While you’re at it, hop on the Amtrak for a quick trip to the Chi.

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Self-care is the theme of Grand Circus Station. You will feel rejuvenated after the Wild Lavender and Seaweed Sugar Glow treatment and deep tissue massage at Woodhouse Day Spa. While feeling zen, grab a bottle of Merlot from House of Pure Vin to help you find your inner Basquiat at Painting With a Twist.

Located in the heart of Midtown, the Canfield St. Station is where you can sweat off pounds at Bikram Yoga Midtown Detroit to justify eating those Crack Fries from Hopcat and guzzling Moscow Mules from The Block. Afterward, show off your new physique in a vintage t-shirt and the new Nike MD Runners from Bob’s Classic Kicks while bowling a game or two at The Majestic.

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Montcalm St. Station **** District Detroit Comerica Park Fox Theater Hockey Town Café The Fillmore

Stop at the Montcalm St. Station located in the new District Detroit and catch games from all of Detroit’s professional sports teams — the Lions, Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings. To fill up after games, order chili and a beer while lounging on the patio of Chelli’s Chili Bar.

The QLINE runs Monday through Thursday from 6 am to 11 pm, Friday 6 am to midnight, Saturday 8 am to midnight, and Sunday 8 am to 8 pm. The cost to ride the QLINE is $1.50 for three hours and $3 to ride all day, but discounts are available for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased on the QLINE Detroit Mobile App,, or at ticket kiosks at each station.

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A map of the boundary of Detroit Downtown Development Area No. 1 in relation to highways, streets, stream, or otherwise is as follows:


Legal description of the boundaries of Development Area No. 1 is as follows: Beginning at the intersection of the U.S. (north) Harbor Line of the Detroit River, established on April 13, 1953 by the Corps of Engineers, and the east right-of-way line of Rivard extended, then east along the Harbor Line to the east line of Lots 1 and 7 of “Plat of part of the Guoin Farm”, as recorded in Liber 11, Page 596 of Deeds, W.C.R.; then north along said lot lines to the north line of Atwater, 50 feet wide; then west along Atwater to the east line of Rivard; then north along Rivard to the north right-of-way line of East Jefferson; then west along East Jefferson to the east right-of-way line of St. Antoine; then north along St. Antoine to the north right-of-way line of East Congress; then west along East Congress to the east right-of-way line of Beaubien; then north along Beaubien to the south right-of-way line of Fort; then east along the south line of Fort to the east right-of-way of St. Antoine; then north along the east line of St. Antoine to the north right-of-way of Macomb; then west along the north line of Macomb to the east right-of-way line of Brush; then north along Brush to the north right-of-way line of Gratiot; then north along Gratiot to the east right-of-way line of the Walter P. Chrysler Freeway; then northwest along the east line of the Walter P. Chrysler Freeway to the north line of a public easement, (Elizabeth Street); then west along the north line of vacated Elizabeth Street, as extended west to the west right-of-way line of the Walter P. Chrysler Freeway; then northwesterly along the southwesterly right-of-way of the turning roadway from the Fisher Freeway to the Walter P. Chrysler Freeway, and the south line of the Fisher Freeway South Service Drive to the west right-of-way line of Brush; then north along the west line of Brush extended north to the north right-of-way line of the Fisher Freeway North Service Drive; then west along the north line of the Fisher Freeway North Service Drive to the east right-of-way line of Woodward Avenue; then north along the east right-of-way line of Woodward Avenue to a point on the north right-of-way line of Charlotte Street and its extension thereof; then west along the north right-of way line of Charlotte to the west right-of-way line of Fourth; then south to the north right-of-way line of Temple; then west along the right-of-way line of Temple to the west rightof-way line of Grand River; then southeast along the west right-of-way line of Grand River to the northwest right-of-way line of First; then southwest along the northwest right-of-way line of First to the westerly line of First; then southerly along the said westerly line of First to the intersection with the right-of-way northerly right-of-way line of Congress; then west along Congress to the west right-of-way line of Sixth Street; then south along Sixth Street to the south right-of-way line of West Jefferson Avenue; then west along West Jefferson to the east line of Brooklyn, as extended from the north; then south along Brooklyn to the U.S. Harbor Line; then east along the Harbor Line to the east line of Rivard and the point of beginning. The Restated Tax Increment Financing Plan and Development Plan for Development Area No. 1 maps and associated materials are available to the public for public inspection at the City Clerk’s Office on the 2nd Floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily beginning April 25, 2017. All aspects of the proposed amendments and modifications to the Tax Increment Financing Plan and Development Plan for Development Area No. 1 will be open for discussion at the Public Hearing.

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Serve as the university’s chief administrator in the application and compliance of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act requirements and other appropriate state and federal laws, regulations, and statutes pertaining to higher education and disability. Coordinate campus services for students with disabilities; evaluate and implement reasonable accommodations; and provide a diverse program to address students with disabilities needs. Minimum Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Counseling or an equivalent combination of education and/ or experience. Counseling licensure or other licensed medical health profession. Three years academic support experience at the college or university level. This is a regular full-time position. Salary commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional minimum requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 25, 2017. Must apply on line to:

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The proposed amendments to the Restated Tax Increment Financing Plan and Development Plan for Development Area No. 1 provide for, but are not limited to, certain modifications to the following: Catalyst Development Project, Ally Financial, Housing/Office/Retail Development and Absorption Fund, Land Assemblage, Tigers/Lions Stadia Complex, DDA Operating Fund, and Duration of the Plan. In addition, the amendments will provide for modifications to the Revenue Sources, and such revisions as to reflect the current status of the development projects of the Plan.


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Responsible for student leadership development initiatives. Coordinates community service/ engagement initiatives. Manages and oversees marketing and promotion of the Leadership and Volunteer Center. Supervises Graduate Assistant and Leadership Consultants. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree is required, a Master’s degree in higher education administration, student affairs, student development, or related field of study, or an equivalent combination of education and/ or experience. Minimum of one year experience with leadership development, working with community service/engagement programs. Graduate internship experience considered. Flexible to work evenings and weekends. This is a full time position with salary commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 22, 2017. Must apply on line to:

PROFESSIONAL HELP WANTED System Test Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Execute systems stress testing &exposure testing for General Motors OnStar infotainment &telematics systems. Perform end to end telematics validation, define &test in vehicle communications architectures, specify supplier software, &design, dvlp &launch of OnStar modules such as Vehicle Communication Platform (VCP) &Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). Integrate OnStar modules to Infotainment Radio Modules. Validate end to end telematics systems incldg back-office systems, Wi-Fi, wireless networks (GSM, CDMA, 3G, LTE), vehicle architectures, particularly in the areas of audio, entertainment, displays, theft, occupant protection, &vehicle entry controls. Monitor all the performance parameters &reporting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) measurable such as SMS &Packet Data. Use Qualcomm tools (QXDM, QCAT), Intrepid tools (CANoe, VehicleSpy, RadStar &RadGalaxy) &Wireshark to execute test procedures &analyze VCP &TCP issues in vehicle architectures such as Global Architecture (GA), Common Arch (CA) &Europe (PSA). Bachelor, Electrical or Mechanical Engrg. 12 mos exp as Engineer, using QXDM, VehicleSpy, RadStar, &Wireshark to execute test procedures &analyze VCP &TCP issues in vehicle architectures such as GA, CA &PSA. Mail resume to Ref#33061, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.

Design Release Engineer Exhaust System Warren, MI, General Motors. Create, design, dvlp, &validate future luxury passenger car exhaust system, incldg muffler, front pipe, resonator, exhaust tip, &body mounted exhaust heat shields from VPI (Vehicle Program Initiation) through launch, with continuous improvement actions after launch, using VisMockup, Unigraphics NX, &Teamcenter. Lead Product Dvlpment Team with crossfunctional participation from suppliers, validation, mfg, N&V (Noise & Vibration), purchasing, service, &supplier qlty. Design, dvlp, &validate passenger car exhaust system, in strict compliance with US FMVSS, State &Local Vehicle Noise Regulations &Korean Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 35 “Noise Prevention System” &1999/101/EC (European Commission), UNECE R51.02 “Noise Emissions” standards &reqmts. Work with Designers to ensure CAD data in UG &Teamcenter &VisMockup is updated regularly. Adhere to program timing by ensuring major &minor vehicle milestones are complete such as tooling kick-offs for Mule &IV (Integration Vehicle), design validation complete by IV MRD (Material Required Date), &P (Production) release completed on time. Bachelor, Mechanical, Automotive or Aircraft Systems Engrg. 12 mos exp as Engineer, creating, designing, &engrg passenger car exhaust system, incldg muffler, front pipe, resonator, exhaust tip &body mounted exhaust heat shields, using VisMockup, UGNX, &Teamcenter. Mail resume to Ref#564, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.    

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PROFESSIONAL HELP WANTED Process Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Evaluate, analyze &order prototype parts required to assemble pre-production (prototype) passenger cars, sport / crossover utility vehicles, trucks, &performance vehicles, &support every test of prototype phases. Evaluate stamping, laser cutting, CMM &CNC milling processes. Download &evaluate parts reqmts from Bill of Material from EMSWeb Reporting system. Search for supplier information in GM &external systems, such as Part Finder, Global Purchasing System (GPS), &identify new suppliers, evaluating their engrg &production capabilities. Use qlty reports to improve &solve parts dimensional qlty issues to meet high qlty standards at integration prototype phase &support qlty execution teams in processes &product design changes decisions. Inquire with Design Release Engrs about missing or inaccurate information for part requisition. Create requisition in Engrg Material System (EMS). Provide engrg support to prototype buyer to issue PO to supplier on time. Follow-up with the supplier to ensure parts will be available on time. Bachelor, Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Production Engineering or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, using qlty reports to improve &solve parts dimensional qlty issues to meet high qlty standards at integration prototype phase &support qlty execution teams in processes &product design changes decisions. Mail resume to Ref#46676, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.  

Lead Design  Release  Engineer  

Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Perform   design  review  of  software  architecture  of  a   Telematics  product  with  supplier.  Act  as   key  stakeholder  conduit  from  internal   &external  customer  feedback,  new  vehicle   platforms  under  dvlpmt,  &the  introduction   of  new  vehicle  technologies  incldg   autonomous  vehicle  technologies,  &define,   create,  implement,  determine  &lead   specification  dvlpmt  &release  calibration   files  &diagnostics  for  OnStar  automotive   infotainment  &telematics  electronic  control   module  for  all  vehicle  features,  functions,   &vehicle  variants.  Dvlp  technical   specifications,  Statement  of  Reqmts  &Sub-­ System  Technical  Specifications  using   DOORS,  RTC,  &SharePoint.  Perform   &participate  in  DFMEA  review  of  technical   specifications  for  new  features  &functions.   Resolve  vehicle  level  infotainment   &telematics  system  integration  &customer   feedback  issues  focusing  on  Human   Machine  Interface,  applying  Intrepid   Vehicle  Spy,  Intrepid  neoVI,  &Vector   CANoe,  &ATT  tools.  Perform  tests  on   OnStar  telematics  software  in  supplier   ECU  on  test  benches  &test  vehicle  to   duplicate  failure  issues  &nonconformity  to   internal  reqmts,  &generate  logs.  Verify  new   software  fixes  &resolve  vehicle  level   telematics  issues.  Bachelor,  Computer   Science,  Computer  Science  &Engrg,   Electrical  Engrg  or  related.  5  yrs  of  exp  as   Infotainment  Engr  or  Software  Engr,   performing  tests  on  telematics  software  in   supplier  ECU  on  test  benches,  or  mobile   apps  on  test  setups,  to  duplicate  failure   issues  or  nonconformity  to  internal  reqmts,   generating  logs,  and/or  verifying  new   software  fixes,  or  related.  Mail  resume  to   Ref#43750,  GM  Global  Mobility,  300   Renaissance  Center,  Mail  Code  482-­C32-­ D44,  Detroit,  MI  48265.    

Creative Designer

Warren, MI, General Motors. Work independently in dvlpg new design themes for full passenger car, SUV &truck concepts &automotive details for full vehicle exteriors incldg exterior design elements such as aerodynamic configuration, appearance, color &materials, &body in white, hoods, doors, liftgates, roof systems, roof racks, rocker panels, ground effects, head lamps &taillamps, grills, chrome moldings, outside rear-view mirrors, wheels &liftgate applique designs. Research &evaluate latest vehicle design trends &technology. Study competitors &GM brand design language. Create original design themes for future products using conventional pen &marker, &digital tools such as Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS, Alias Studio Tools, Autodesk Showcase, VRED, PowerPoint &Wacom Cintiq. Work seamlessly with clay sculptors to transform sketch vision into 1:3 scale &full size clay property, &with digital sculptors to transform sketch vision into digital models. Prepare &present visualization images in high definition for the Design Leadership, Cross-functional Leaders &Clinics. Associate, Transportation or Industrial Design. 6 mos exp as Creative Designer or Automotive Designer, working independently in dvlpg new design themes for full passenger vehicle concepts &automotive details for full vehicle exteriors incldg exterior design elements such as aerodynamic configuration, appearance, color &materials, &body in white, hoods, doors, liftgates, roof systems, roof racks, rocker panels, lamps, grills, mirrors, &wheels, using conventional pen &marker, &Photoshop, PowerPoint &Wacom Cintiq. Mail resume to Ref#4540, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.  




DSP Firmware  Engineer    

Visteon Corporation  is  seeking  a  DSP   Firmware  Engineer  in  Van  Buren  Twp.,   MI,  to  function  with  a  team  of  embedded   software  developers  to  develop  the  HMI   logic  controller  for  automotive  radio   programs,  and  perform  software  tasks   throughout  the  entire  software  cycle,   among  other  duties.  Bachelor’s  degree   in  electrical  and  communication  eng.,   electronics  eng.,  or  computer  science   and  five  years  of  experience  in  the  job   offered  or  software  engineering   occupation.  For  confidential   consideration,  please  apply  online  at    Please   respond  to  job  Requisition  Number  17-­ 0033.  EOE.    

Data Center  Transformation  Manager    

Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Work  with   Innovation  team  members  to  understand   data  center  migration  approaches,   business  continuity  switchover  plans,   architectures  &designs  to  migrate  data   center  infrastructure  among  multiple  data   centers.  Use  MS  Visio  to  review  data   center  architectures.  Identify,  triage  &work   with  support  providers  to  identify  solutions   to  technical  obstacles.  Act  as  technical   liaison  with  &between  the  application,   migration,  infrastructure/operations   &architecture  teams  to  technically  enable   migrations.  Ensure  Application  teams   adequately  document  &adhere  to  internal   process  in  building  UNIX  &Windows   servers  as  per  GM  requirements.  Use   Project  Management  (incldg  project   charters,  plans  &schedules)  &Microsoft   tools  to  capture  business  impact  detection   &response  project  scope,  time  &cost.   Master,  Information  Technology,   Management  Information  Systems  or   related.  2  mos  exp  as  Business  Analyst  or   Systems  Analyst,  using  Project   Management  (incldg  project  charters,  plans   &schedules)  &Microsoft  tools  to  capture  IT   project  scope,  time  &cost.  Mail  resume  to   Ref#34285,  GM  Global  Mobility,  300   Renaissance  Center,  MC:482-­C32-­D44,   Detroit,  MI  48265.      

Creative Sculptor

Warren, MI, General Motors Company. Plan, and develop Class A surfaces of passenger vehicle exterior of full and scale models. Interpret and define design intent of designer, collaborating with engineering, packaging, and tooling teams. Translate design intent into 3D surface clay models including the use of creative clay modeling equipment to develop surfaces that meet design and engineering specifications, design sensitivity, and aesthetic proportions. Use human factors principles, engineering/production specifications, and ergonomic data in design of vehicle concepts and components. Mentor and work with cross-cultural cross-functional global teams of engineers and designers to understand their design intent, requirements, and engineering constraints. Develop Class A surfaces for initial concept to production surfaces. Plan and deliver project clay models as per Decision Fixed Points (DFP) over vehicle development timeline. Work to achieve GVDP creative process, from Vehicle Program Initiation (VPI) to Styling Freeze (SF), production surfaces from Initial Data Release (IDR) to Verified Data Release (VDR), approving and sending final surfaces to Engineering for engineering development. Achieve surface quality as per Global Styled Math Data Standards. Assure current math data is represented in clay properties. Mentor Sculptors and program Tarus 3-axis CNC milling machine to create base models and prepare them for final finishing with part break-up, gaps and small details. Associate, Industrial Design, Industrial Technology, Industrial Mechatronics Technology or related. 12 months’ experience as Digital Sculptor, Digital Modeler or Creative Sculptor, mentoring and working with global teams of engineers and designers to understand design intent, requirements, and engineering constraints, and developing Class A surfaces for initial concept to production surfaces. Mail resume to Ref#349, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265.   Design  Quality  and  Program  Manager   Warren,  MI,  General  Motors  Company.   Manage  &control  Program  Mgmt  &Design   Quality  activities  in  connection  with  dvlpmt   of  new  passenger  car  vehicle  architectures   &concepts  at  Chevrolet  Studios  for   interiors  &exteriors  of  performance   vehicles.  Supervise  &control  Assistant   Program  Mgr  in  vehicle  program  planning.   Plan  &guide  product  architecture  &vehicle   concept  creative  design  dvlpmt  targeting   local  &global  markets,  providing  emerging   market  background  for  product  validation   under  FMVSS,  CONTRAN  &UN  ECE  regs.   Lead  Design  Quality  teams  (Execution,   Appearance  &Launch)  to  collect  customer   data  within  target  vehicle  sales  regions   during  vehicle  dvlpmt  incldg  perceived   content  &quality  execution  of  surface   quality.    Conduct  major  program  gate   reviews  with  senior  leadership.  Manage   Global  Vehicle  Dvlpmt  Process  (GVDP)   deliverables  Single  Team  Data  release   (STD),  Design  Sign  Off  (DSO),  Styling   Freeze  (SF),  Color  &Trim  Design   Appearance  Release  (CTDAR)  &Verified   Data  Release  (VDR)  on-­time  performance   &first  time  quality,  &internal  deliverables   incldg  clay  &prototype  models  dvlped  by   internal  shops  &new  materials  dvlp  with   external  suppliers.  Lead  Assistant  Program   Manager  in  conducting  of  Program   Operations  multifunctional  meetings   (POPs)  &Program  Execution  Meetings   (PET)  to  be  Voice  of  Design  driving   effective  &timely  escalation  of  program   issues  focusing  on  maintenance  of  design   intent,  balancing  the  implementation  of  the   engrg  solutions,  manufacturability   conditions  &cost  boundaries.  Associate,   Industrial  Design,  Industrial  Technology,   Production  Process  Technology  or  related.   36  mos  exp  as  Design  Quality  Lead,   Design  Quality  Manager  or  Design  Quality   &Program  Manager,  planning  &guiding   product  architecture  &passenger  vehicle   concept  creative  design  dvlpmt  targeting   local  &global  markets,  providing  emerging   market  background  for  product  validation   under  FMVSS,  CONTRAN  &UN  ECE   regulations.  Mail  resume  to  Ref#2293,  GM   Global  Mobility,  300  Renaissance  Center,   MC:482-­C32-­D44,  Detroit,  MI  48265.  


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Services for Earl Lloyd McCrary, Jr. were held on April 12 at Greenfield Presbyterian Church with Rev. Peter Moore officiating. Mr. McCrary passed away on April 6, 2017. Earl Lloyd McCrary, Jr. was born on June 25, 1978 in Detroit to Josephine and Earl L. McCrary, Sr. He graduated from Oak Park High School and took art classes at Wayne State University. He worked for Comcast for 12 years. It was there that he met his wife, Martina. He loved working with computers and other technological devices, mixing music tracks and cooking. Cherishing the memory of Earl Lloyd McCrary, Jr. are his wife, Martina Andrea McCrary, and many other relatives and friends. Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Interment took place at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Tracey Jean Toston Services for Tracey Jean Toston were held on April 15 at Miracle of Faith Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Theodore Peck officiating. M’s. Toston passed away on April 4, 2017. Tracey Jean Toston was born on Oct. 7, 1964 in Detroit to Leotis and Carrie Toston. She attended the Detroit Public Schools and after graduating from Denby High School, found employment with the U.S. Post Office. Cherishing the memory of Tracey Jean Toston are her parents, Leotis and Carrie Toston; a sister, Lisa Toston; a brother, Leotis Toston, Jr.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Kathleen L. Hooker Kathleen L. Hooker, a longtime social worker and devoted mother, passed away on May 5, 2017. Services were held on Thursday, May 11, at St. Scholastica Catholic Church with Fr. Tyrone Robinson of Presentation Our Lady of Victory Parish officiating. Born in Beaufort, South Carolina on Jan. 1, 1924, Mrs. Hooker attended South Carolina State University where she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. She continued her education at Howard University where she earned a bachelor of arts degree. Mrs. Hooker received a master of social work degree from Wayne State University in 1963. She worked for the State of Michigan, Vista Maria school and the Detroit Public Schools. She retired in 1989. Mrs. Hooker married James C. Hooker, Sr. in 1946, and they raised their three children on Detroit’s west side. She enjoyed sewing, baking, traveling and quilting. She was an active member of Presentation Our Lady of Victory Parish where she served as a team counter and member of the quilting club. Also, for more than 60 years she was a member of the Bridgettes bridge club. Kathleen L. Hooker is survived by her children, James C. Hooker, Jr., Beryl A. Hooker and Clair B. Hooker; two grandchildren, Karin Berry (Damon) and Vonetta Smith (Chris); seven great-grandchildren; special sister and friend, Lillian Ragsdale; and many other family members and close friends. Arrangements were handled James H. Cole Home for Funerals.



Arrangements were handled by Swanson Funeral Home. Interment took place at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery. BUDGET HEARING NOTICE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE Cornerstone Health and Technology School District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 13, 2016 at 7:30 am at the Cornerstone Health and Technology School. The location is 17351 Southfield Freeway, Detroit, MI 48235. The budget is available for public inspection at the same address. The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. BUDGET HEARING NOTICE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE Cornerstone Jefferson-Douglass Academy District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 13, 2017 at 7:30 am at The Cornerstone Jefferson-Douglass Academy. The location is 6861 E. Nevada Detroit, MI 48234. The budget is available for public inspection at the same address. The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. BUDGET HEARING NOTICE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE Washington-Parks Academy School District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 21, 2017 at 7:30 am at the Washington-Parks Academy at the location 11685 Appleton, Redford, MI 48239 The budget is available for public inspection at the same address. The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. BUDGET HEARING NOTICE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE Madison-Carver Academy School District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 29, 2017 at 7:30 am at the Madison-Carver Academy 19900 McIntyre, Detroit, MI 48219. The budget is available for public inspection at the same address. The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

Donald Ray Johnson On April 1, services for Donald Ray Johnson were held at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Charles G. Adams officiating. Mr. Johnson passed away on March 24, 2017. Dr. Donald Ray Johnson, Ph.D., was born on May 14, 1945 in Mt. Vernon, Texas, to Hazel Green and Judge Johnson. Before moving to Wichita Falls, Texas, he attended public schools in Mt. Vernon. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1963. After graduation, he moved to Detroit where he completed his undergraduate degree in music. He then attended the University of Michigan, earning a master’s degree in 2004 and a doctorate in 2010. Mr. Johnson was employed with MISD for 30 years as a music teacher. He also taught music in his private studio for many years. He loved all things music as well as the Detroit Lions. Cherishing the memory of Donald Ray Johnson as his wife of 24 years, Carolene Williams Johnson, and a host of other relatives and friends. Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Interment took place at Grand Lawn Cemetery.

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