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Shaun Robinson

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in dual role as leading lady and producer in ‘Southside With You’

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DWSD hunts bigtime offenders, millions at stake Industrial businesses and even churches have cost the city billions in uncollected revenue

By Keith A. Owens Senior Editor

Come Oct. 1, the owners of 22,000 parcels in Detroit are going to experience a state of shock, courtesy of the Detroit Water and Sewer Department (DWSD). But unlike the first wave of unsettling news to come from the DWSD two years ago when the department was making international headlines resulting from a rash of residential customer shutoffs for delinquency and nonpayment, this time the target for collections are the truly big fish who have not been paying their fair share of water rates — if they’ve been paying anything at all — for years. The announcement of this approach comes at Gary Brown an opportune time for DWSD, which made news again last week due to fears that its WRAP program, targeted to provide payment assistance for lower income customers, was running out of money. DWSD Director Gary Brown quickly put that fear to rest, saying that this was not true. It is also an important response to critics who charged that the rampant shutoffs were unfairly targeting poor and low-income residents for non-payment while allowing larger corporate, industrial and non-profit businesses (including many churches) to walk away free and clear. Not anymore, because in the end, money does talk. And the amount of uncollected funds represented by these 22,000 customers, many of whom are also absentee landlords and real estate speculators, is enough to make a dead man shout. The amount of money that DWSD could have collected from them over the past six years amounts to roughly $75 million — money that they are still legally empowered to recoup, according to DWSD Chief Financial Officer Marcus Hudson. But instead, Brown has decided that to try to claw back that much cash from customers all at once while simultaneously raising their monthly water rates by dramatic amounts would essentially be to declare open warfare. Not worth it. The program that Brown says is designed to bring more fairness and equity to the bill payment system will give customers a three-year phase-in to the new plan that will switch over

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Is the RTA anti-Detroit? Amalgamated Transit Union thinks so, but RTA makes strong case to the contrary

By Keith A. Owens Senior Editor

Earlier this month, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) submitted a strongly worded formal complaint to the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), accusing them of racism and discrimination in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Regional Transit Authority issued a highly detailed response to that complaint 10 days later, presenting numerous reasons — accompanied by supporting attachments and documentation — why they believe such accusations are wildly inaccurate. It is hard to imagine that the ATU fabricated their complaints out of thin air just for entertainment value. No doubt something triggered the discontent that prompted ATU Local 26 President Fred Westbrook to sign the letter representing his union membership plus all those 843 Detroit residents who signed the petition to take the action they did. And certainly the RTA must always remain cognizant of the needs of Detroit’s black majority population when making their decisions. However. Based on the content of the written complaint from ATU, when held up against the thorough response presented by the RTA, it is difficult at best to assert that ATU’s Title VI complaint, as it is written, has much merit. Whatever the strength of the reasons ATU might have for filing the complaint, it appears RTA did a much stronger job of rebuffing those complaints. Once again, this is not to say that ATU members have nothing at all to complain about, only that the listed complaints in the docu-

ment filed don’t appear to be quite so strong when viewed under the light of scrutiny. “For me this is a labor issue, which is best addressed by the administration, but I am a strong supporter of the RTA,” said Detroit City Councilman Scott Benson. “I’m hoping that we can come to an agreement, a resolution, on any labor issues and issues presented by the ATU prior to the implementation by the Regional Transit Authority. I also want to make it clear that I am a strong supporter of ATU and I want to make sure their concerns are addressed, but I also want to make sure that our region gets a strong transportation authority.” Fred Westbrooke, president of the ATU and the one who signed and dated the complaint on August 5, was unable to be reached by the Michigan Chronicle as of press time after several attempts, however the complaint itself is fairly ex-

grew into a politician and civil rights leader.


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Rumors of his death circulated heavily in journalistic circles on Saturday night until it was confirmed by Dr. Bernard Lafayette, MLK confidant and chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference shortly before midnight.

Curry’s connection to the SCLC was through his longtime

At the time of his passing, Curry was raising money to fully fund Emerge News Online, a digital version of the former magazine. He had also continued to distribute his weekly column to black newspapers.

ing. Reactions and memorial information will be forthcoming. The following is his edited speaker's biography as posted on the website of America's Program Bureau: George E. Curry is former editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service. The former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, Curry also writes a weekly syndicated column for NNPA, a federation of more than 200 African American newspapers. Curry, who served as editor-in-chief of the NNPA News Service from 2001 until 2007, returned to lead the news service for a second time on April 2, 2012.  His work at the NNPA ranged from being inside the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in the University of Michigan affirmative action cases to traveling to Doha, Qatar, to report on America’s war with Iraq. 

Few details of his death were readily available Sunday morn-

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Curry began his journalism career at Sports Illustrated, the St. Louis Post Dispatch and then the Chicago Tribune. But he is perhaps best known for his editorship of the former Emerge magazine and more recently for his work as editor-in-chief for the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) from 2000 to 2007 and again from 2012 until last year.

Pioneering civil rights and black political journalist George E. Curry, sometimes identified as the dean of black press columnists because of his riveting weekly commentary in Black newspapers across the country, died suddenly of heart failure on Saturday, Aug. 20. He was 69.

“This is a tragic loss to the movement because George Curry was a journalist who paid special attention to civil rights because he lived it and loved it,” Lafayette said through his spokesman Maynard Eaton, SCLC national communications director.


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Award-winning civil rights journalist George Curry dies By Hazel Trice Edney

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plicit in describing ATU’s charges. “This complaint is brought by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 26 and 843 individual Detroit-area residents who signed the attached petition …protesting decisions by the RTA to divert funding from Detroit and create unneeded bus routes to serve suburban communities, while perpetuating inferior service for Detroit residents. “The population in Detroit, which is served by DDOT, is predominately minority and low-income, whereas, the surrounding suburban areas serviced by SMART are majority Caucasian and relatively higher income. Detroit residents are heavily dependent on public transit, with ridership levels averaging nearly three times the ridership on SMART. Nonetheless, DDOT has increasingly seen funding diverted away

George E. Curry childhood friend, confidant and ally in civil rights, Dr. Charles Steele, SCLC president. Lafayette said Dr. Steele was initially too distraught to make the announcement himself and was also awaiting notification of Curry’s immediate family. Steele and Curry grew up together in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where Curry bloomed as a civil rights and sports writer as Steele

His name is as prominent among civil rights circles as among journalists. He traveled with Rev. Jesse Jackson and appeared weekly to do commentary on the radio show of the Rev. Al Sharpton, “Keepin’ It Real.”

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announces $2 million in support for regional food system initiative The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced that it will award $2 million in grants to 20 programs designed to improve healthy food access for children and seniors in Southeast Michigan. The grants are part of a two-year regional initiative called Healthy Food Connect, funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the Community Foundation. Children and seniors are the two groups most affected by food insecurity in the seven-county region, and overall more than 780,000 people do not have consistent access to the foods they need to live healthy lives. The Community Foundation’s Healthy Food Connect initiative seeks to connect children and seniors throughout the region to the people, places, programs and services necessary to ensure they have healthy food options every day. Through grant-making and a series of coordinated education and training efforts, Healthy Food Connect will support and grow existing exemplary activities; extend the geographic reach and scope of successful programs; and foster additional collaboration and innovation in the regional food system network. “We are pleased to support a diverse group of nonprofit organizations in pooling their collective expertise and re-

sources to make a difference in the lives of children and seniors,” said Mariam C. Noland, president of the Community Foundation. “This is one of the largest regional healthy food access initiatives ever undertaken in southeast Michigan, and we believe it is going to have an impact on our youngest and oldest residents for years to come.” Healthy Food Connect grants support projects that are collaborative, innovative and directly linked to food and health. Priority was given to projects with a strong health component, as well as those designed to expand or replicate successful food access projects or take innovative approaches to existing problems. Applications were accepted from partnerships of two or more organizations working together. The 20 programs funded reflect the collaborative efforts of 72 organizations across all seven counties of southeast Michigan. Two different levels of funding were available. Leadership grants of up to $200,000 were made to support larger scale programs with the potential for systemic impact. Local impact grants of up to $75,000 were made to support projects with a smaller reach and/or that test out new ideas. For a complete list of Healthy Food Connect leadership grantees, please visit

AROUND TOWN Family Fun Day and Community Health Fair

Councilmember Sheffield


Occupy the Corner Finale:

Backpack giveaway and homeless outreach Join clergy, community activists, community organizations, anti-violence coalitions and politicians as they occupy “hotspot” areas engaging youth, sharing resources and having solution-driven conversations about ways to eliminate violence. Detroit City Council member Mary Sheffield and Dallas Councilwoman Tiffini A. Young will be in attendance. When: Friday, August 26, 5:00 - 8:00 pm Where: Leroy Dues Park, 1191 Antietam, corner of Chene and Antietam.

Jazz festival street closings The jazz festival is coming to Detroit Labor Day weekend. Read below to prepare for upcoming road closures: • Street closings begin at 9:00 pm on Wednesday, August 31 (Larned closure Thursday at 12 pm) • Street reopens in time for normal traffic on Tuesday, September 6 • Parking and loading access is maintained throughout the festival. • Instruct your parkers/deliveries to come to the closest access point. For more information, visit

Where: Corrigan Playfield

Paint Creek Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that Blue Care Network of Michigan will once again return as a volunteer sponsor at the annual Art & Apples Festival, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9-11. As part of its sponsorship, BCN will mobilize its employee volunteers to play an active role in the festival, PCCA’s largest fundraiser held in downtown Rochester at the Rochester Municipal Park.   “Volunteerism is an important part of our culture, and our employees regularly touch the lives of people in their communities by donating their time and talent,” said Tiffany Albert, president and CEO of Blue Care Network. “Through BCN Community Outreach, employee volunteers give hundreds of hours of service to local nonprofits every year. We are proud to join the fun of Arts & Apples and support the arts across southeastern Michigan.”  A sponsor for more than a decade, Blue Care Network’s financial contribution will cover the cost of the volunteer T-shirts each participating volunteer will receive. 

Join Councilmember Andre Spivey and the Detroit Health Department for the third annual Family Fun Day. Enjoy free food, fun, health resources and activities for kids. When: Saturday, August 27, 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Blue Care Network of Michigan picks Arts & Apples “Volunteers are key to the success of the Art & Apples Festival,” said Tami Salisbury, executive director of Paint Creek Center for the Arts. “PCCA is grateful for BCN’s continued support of PCCA’s mission of promoting the arts and artistic excellence through a full range of cultural programs.” Several volunteer shifts are still available. All weekend volunteer positions will be assigned at the volunteer check-in tent on the day of the festival and each volunteer will receive a complimentary Art & Apples Festival T-shirt. Recognized as one of the largest juried fine art fairs, the Art & Apples Festival will feature nearly 300 artists from across the nation and two countries. In addition to spectacular art, live entertainment, children’s activities, food vendors, interactive exhibits and an abundance of fresh apple treats await the more than 200,000 festivalgoers and art enthusiasts expected to be in attendance. Art & Apples Festival currently ranks No. 15 in the country, placing it well ahead of many other national and regional, respected shows and fairs.


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5 acre Riverside Park expansion two years ahead of schedule Last summer, the Detroit City Council approved a Land Exchange Agreement with the Detroit International Bridge Company for Riverside Park. From Detroit’s standpoint, the centerpiece of that agreement was DIBC’s commitment to demolish the former Detroit News Warehouse by late 2018 and to transfer that five-acre waterfront parcel to the city to expand Riverside Park. On Monday, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and DIBC Vice Chairman Matthew Moroun announced that demolition of the warehouse is already underway and title to the five acres will be turned over to Detroit two years ahead of schedule. “For too many years, Riverside Park has been a neglected, underused park,” Duggan said. “With (this) announcement, Detroit will move full speed ahead in build-

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City of Detroit to file 597 suits to recoup $12.2 million in taxes from banks and companies The City of Detroit plans to file nearly 600 lawsuits, against mostly banks and companies, to recover over $12.2 million in unpaid property taxes owed from 2010-12.

This is the first round of an ongoing effort by the City to recover what it is owed, with the City planning to go after delinquent taxes for other years, as well.

The City has sent demand letters out this week to banks, investment companies and others, and plans to file all of the suits before the end of the month, mostly in 36th District Court. It is seeking to recoup an average of $19,942 per suit and $7,898 per parcel, covering 1,543 parcels.

Under Michigan law, a city can sue a property owner over delinquent taxes, regardless of whether the property has gone through foreclosure or auction and has been sold. “We are trying to make it harder for profit-seekers to sit and speculate on property without keeping it up or paying taxes like everyone else,” Szymanski said.

“For too long, there are those who chose not to pay what they owed in taxes, leaving everyone else to pay the price,” said David Szymanski, treasurer and deputy chief financial officer for the City of Detroit. “We are working to improve City services for our residents, and to do that – whether its better police and fire protection, streetlights or better schools for our children – we need everyone who does business in this city to pay their fair share.” The City will be going after only those who own property for profit, such as banks and companies. It is not going after any individual who owns fewer than three properties and is not associated with an LLC or com-

“The message here should be clear: If you’re going to do business in Detroit, you have to pay your share, just like everybody else.”

pany. “We are not talking about the family that has fallen on tough times, those struggling to decide whether to feed their children or pay their taxes,” Szymanski said.

“We went to great lengths to ensure that we were going after only those who bought property as investments, not as a place to live. This is about those who tried to make money without paying what they owed. We are standing up for our property

owners who paid their taxes and played by the rules.” The City will also work to recoup taxes owed to Wayne County, Wayne County Community College District, Wayne RESA, the Detroit Public Schools and others.

The city will send demand letters to the owners of delinquent property taxes this week. Those who receive such letters, but opt not to settle their debts, can expect to have lawsuits filed against them by the end of the month.  Persons or entities who receive a demand letter from the City of Detroit are encouraged to immediately call (844)-8713126 to settle their accounts.

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month The theme for Recovery Month 2016 is Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery, which highlights the value of family support throughout recovery. The theme also invites individuals in recovery and their family members to share their personal stories and successes in order to encourage others. Recovery Month provides a platform to celebrate people in recovery and those who serve them. Each September, thousands of treatment programs around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends and colleagues in an effort to educate the public about treatment, how it works, for whom and why. Substance abuse treatment providers have made significant accomplishments, having transformed

the lives of untold thousands of Americans. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population. Therefore, Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these successes. Recovery Month also serves to educate the public on substance abuse as a national health crisis, that addiction is a treatable disease, and that recovery is possible. Recovery Month highlights the benefits of treatment for not only the affected individual, but for their family, friends, workplace, and society as a whole. Educating the public reduces the stigma associated with addiction and treatment. Accurate knowledge of the disease helps people to understand the importance of supporting treatment programs, those who work within the treatment field, and those in

need of treatment. Detroit Recovery Project, Inc., a private non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting recovery and ensuring access to integrated networks for help, would love for you to join us as as we kickoff this year with our Annual Recovery Month Prayer Breakfast that will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Detroit Recovery Project Westside Health & Wellness Recovery Resource Center located at 1145 West Grand Boulevard in Detroit from 10 a.m. to noon. Each year, we draw a crowd of individuals who are in desperate need of encouragement as they begin or continue with their recovery journey. Please RSVP to Timina Smith 313.365.3106

Water assistance program continues to help low-income customers in Detroit The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and the Great Lakes Water Authority made it clear recently that the Water Residential Assistance Program, better known as WRAP, is adequately funded and is not running out of money, as has been inaccurately reported by the media. The Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency and several news outlets, including a story in the Detroit Free Press, indicated that the WRAP program is suffering from a lack of adequate funding and that new enrollees are not being admitted to the program. Both DWSD and GLWA deny that there is any truth to those reports. More than $4 million is currently available to eligible Detroit residents under WRAP. An initial $1.2 million was originally allocated to Detroit from GLWA with another $800,000 from Wayne Metro. The program was further funded with $1 million from monthly voluntary contributions from Detroit Water and Sewerage Department ratepayers to assist with water payments. On July 1, WRAP received an additional $1.3 million from GLWA for Detroit. The program receives additional funding every year thanks to the agreement with GLWA and the city of Detroit. WRAP, which launched on March 1 of this year, provides qualifying customers at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty threshold with help in paying current and past-due water bills. WRAP is a GLWA regional program offered in several counties including Wayne, Oakland and Macomb. The program offers eligible residents up to $700 toward water bill arrearages during a 12-month period. The program also provides customer accounts with a $25 monthly credit toward current bills while freezing past-due balances. Qualifying residents with water usage exceeding 20 percent of the average household water consumption in the city are also eligible for a free home water conservation audit. The audit may provide customers with an additional $1,000 for minor household plumbing repairs. To learn more about the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department or to request water services, make payments, or report water problems, call Customer Care at 313-267-8000 or

Health Department leads citywide effort to improve and streamline resources for a Lead Safe Detroit Over the past four months, the Detroit Health Department (DHD) has stepped up its efforts to address lead exposure in Detroit as part of the Lead Safe Detroit, an initiative that aims to prevent lead exposure, provides services to children exposed to lead, and facilitates the reduction of environmental hazards in the home. The city has begun testing for elevated levels of lead in blood among eligible children receiving immunizations or WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) benefits across Department clinics. Between April and July, DHD has conducted nearly 30 percent more tests compared to the same period last year.

The Department is leading a city-wide coalition to coordinate services and improve support for children with elevated blood lead levels (EBLLs) and their families. Among the services provided are lead education for parents and caretakers; screening and testing for elevated blood lead; home inspections for environmental lead; home lead abatement; and lead enforcement in rental properties. The partnership is led by the Health Department, and includes Building, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED), Detroit Water and Sewage Department (DWSD), Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA),

Housing and Revitalization Department (HRD), ClearCorps Detroit, and Wayne State University’s Green and Healthy Homes Initiatives. Each month, the lead team meets with leaders representing each department. At meetings, the first half is spent discussing each case of elevated blood lead to make sure that each child and family is receiving all the benefits to which a child is entitled to minimize the impact of lead exposure on a child’s health. The second half of the meeting is spent exploring opportunities to improve services – such as facilitating applications for families, coordinating visits by inspectors and nurses, or improving

enforcement on rental owners. The coalition has focused mainly on home lead exposure. Unfortunately, the vast majority of children with elevated blood lead are exposed in the home, as 93 percent of Detroit homes were built before 1978, before lead was banned in paint. So the coalition has focused on opportunities to reduce lead exposure in homes, including water testing, rental enforcement, and improving the coordination of abatement services. “Tackling the lead challenge in Detroit means coordinating our response, and creating a system by which every child with elevated lead levels is identified, and every service we can provide them is delivered every

time,” said Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, executive director and health officer for the Detroit Health Department. “We’ve found that the simple act of testing for elevated lead in our WIC and immunizations clinics has allowed us to test children who never would have been tested elsewhere.” That 30 percent increase in testing is largely responsible for the slight uptick in elevated lead levels that the City experienced between April and June of this year. “When you test kids who are the most vulnerable, you’re going to get more cases and higher rate,” Dr. El-Sayed said, “but that’s because we’ve improved our testing.”



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Curry led the magazine to win more than 40 national journalism awards. He is most proud of his four-year campaign to win the release of Kemba Smith, a 22-year-old woman who was given a mandatory sentence of 24 and a half years in prison for her minor role in a drug ring. In May 1996, Emerge published a cover story titled “Kemba's Nightmare.” President Clinton pardoned Smith in December 2000, marking the end of her nightmare.


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from its system to SMART’s service for the more affluent majority-White suburban communities. “Specifically, RTA has changed the allocation of federal funds, shifting funds away from Detroit and to SMART. This re-allocation of funds has been continued for the past several years, providing more and more resources to the suburban areas to the detriment of Detroit residents, who have seen major erosion to the bus system on which they are heavily dependent. The most recent example of this can be seen in the addition of the so-called “Reflex” routes from the suburbs into Detroit, an unneeded additional service for the benefit suburban commuters, while Detroit residents continue to suffer long waits for inner city service. “These actions by RTA violate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and RTA’s own stated commitment to ensuring that “efforts will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low income populations.” (RTA Title VI Non Discrimination Policy and Procedures). “We also note that African Americans make up only two out of ten members of the RTA Board of Directors, and that Detroit has only one representative on the RTA board.” When read as a stand-alone document, the accusations made by the ATU create significant reasons for concern, especially in light of the long-standing friction between Detroit and the suburbs. For example, it has long been suspected that the primary unspoken roadblock that has prevented the pursuit of better public transportation linking all of Southeast Michigan has been blatant racism. More specifically, the suburbs don’t want to make it any easier for black Detroiters to enter and exit their territory. But the lengthy written response to the complaint delivered by Tiffany J. Gunter, who is the Title VI Officer, Deputy CEO and COO for the RTA, makes it hard for any of ATU’s accusations to stick. According to Gunter, the reallocation of federal funds is now closer to a 50-50 split (52% SMART, 48% DDOT) resulting from action taken by SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) in April 2013. The former 65-35 split favoring DDOT is what existed under the Regional Transit Coordinating Council which no longer exists. Given the rapidly decreasing population of Detroit in recent decades, it’s not surprising that this formula had to be revisited. But even more importantly, Gunter pointed out that Detroit customers rely heavily on both DDOT and SMART, so to try and say that they are being disenfranchised by providing more money to SMART – which isn’t true to begin with – still doesn’t quite deliver the intended impact given that context of near equal usage. Says Gunter: “The most recent SMART On Board Passenger Survey conducted in 2008 illustrates that Detroit residents rely on both transit systems and is attached as Exhibit L. The onboard survey is conducted every ten years. A few key findings from this survey were: • 33.8% of all SMART Ridership comes from Detroit residents, which is an opt-out community.

• SMART Riders in Opt-Out Communities come from: • Wayne County, including Detroit 88.4% • Wayne County, not Detroit 2.9% • Oakland County, 3.4% • Macomb County, 0% • Other Counties, 5.4% • 56.3% of Wayne county SMART riders have an income of less than $25,000. (53.4% all SMART riders) • 44.9% of Wayne county SMART riders do not have a valid driver’s license. (44.7% all SMART riders) • 63.9% of Wayne county SMART riders do not own a vehicle. (62.3% all SMART riders) • 57.9% of Wayne county SMART riders also use the DDOT system. (41.6% all SMART riders) The RTA conducted its business concerning the issue of the federal formula allocation in public meetings. These meetings were held on the following dates and followed all Open Meeting Act requirements. June 11, 2015 RTA Planning and Service Coordination Committee Meeting June 18, 2015 RTA Board of Directors Meeting July 9, 2015 RTA Planning and Service Coordination Committee Meeting July 16, 2015 RTA Board of Directors Meeting

September 10, 2015 RTA Planning and Service Coordination Committee Meeting September 11, 2015 RTA Board of Directors Meeting October 22, 2015 RTA Planning and Service Coordination Committee Meeting October 22, 2015 RTA Board of Directors Meeting The RTA maintains that our organization is in compliance with Title VI and that there is no intentional or unintentional discriminatory acts that have resulted in a disparate impact to Detroit residents.” Added RTA CEO Michael Ford: “I just know that the representatives of the four counties met on these issues in a series of meetings over several months to come to a reasonable conclusion. “We’ve always been working with the unions to talk about opportunities and working together and providing more service for people. I mean, 52 percent of the people in Detroit work outside of Detroit. They need good transportation. They don’t own cars and they need help getting to those jobs. You look at those areas where they live now, for every thousand people within the neighborhoods of Detroit, there’s only about 200 jobs. So our regional master plan really focuses on getting people to and from jobs. Or to educational institutions, or just to have freedom and flexibility and quality of life. Same goes for the suburbs. The regional master plan is about improving quality of life for the whole region.”

Curry was the author of “Jake Gaither: America’s Most Famous Black Coach” and editor of “The Affirmative Action Debate” and “The Best of Emerge Magazine.” He was editor of the National Urban League’s 2006 State of Black America report. His work in journalism has taken him to Egypt, England, France, Italy, China, Germany, Malaysia, Thailand, Cuba, Brazil, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Mexico, Canada and Austria. In August 2012, he was part of the official US delegation and a presenter at the USBrazil seminar on educational equity in Brasilia, Brazil. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and the International Federation for Professional Speakers. His speeches have been televised on C-SPAN and reprinted in Vital Speeches of the Day magazine. In his presentations, he addresses such topics as diversity, current events, education, and the media. Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Curry graduated from Druid High School before enrolling at Knoxville College in Tennessee. At Knoxville, he was editor of the school newspaper, quarterback and co-captain of the football team, a student member of the school’s board of trustees, and attended Harvard and Yale on summer history scholarships.  While working as a Washington correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, he wrote and served as chief correspondent for the widely praised television documentary “Assault on Affirmative Action” which was aired as part of PBS’ “Frontline” series. He was featured in a segment of “One Plus One,” a national PBS documentary on mentoring. He was part of the weeklong “Nightline” special, “America in Black and White.” He has also appeared on “CBS Evening News,” ABC’s “World News Tonight,” “The Today Show,” “20/20,” “Good Morning America,” CNN, C-SPAN, BET, “Fox Network News,” MSNBC and ESPN. After delivering the 1999 commencement address at Kentucky State University, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters. In May 2000, Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, also presented Curry with an honorary doctorate after his commencement speech. Later that year, the University of Missouri presented Curry with its Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, the same honor it had earlier bestowed on such luminaries as Joseph Pulitzer, Walter Cronkite, John H. Johnson and Winston Churchill. In 2003, the National Association of Black Journalists named Curry Journalist of the Year.  Curry became the founding director of the St. Louis Minority Journalism Workshop in 1977. Seven years later, he became founding director of the Washington Association of Black Journalists’ annual high school journalism workshop. In February 1990, he organized a similar workshop in New York City. While serving as editor of Emerge, Curry was elected president of the American Society of Magazine Editors, the first African American to hold the association’s top office.  Before taking over as editor of Emerge, Curry served as New York bureau chief and as Washington correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. Prior to joining the Tribune, he worked for 11 years as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and for two years as a reporter for Sports Illustrated.  Curry was chairman of the Board of Directors of Young DC, a regional teen-produced newspaper; immediate past chairman of the Knoxville College Board of Trustees; and serves on the Board of Directors of the Kemba N. Smith Foundation and St. Paul Saturdays, a leadership training program for young African American males in St. Louis. He was also a trustee of the National Press Foundation, chairing a committee that funded more than 15 workshops modeled after the one he directed in St. Louis. 


hook. But if it does, say hello to your brand new rates. Just to give a more detailed explanation of how much money DWSD could have recouped had they decided to legally pursue the amount owed by those 20,000 customers over the past six years, let’s start with the fact that DWSD charges $750 per acre per month for water and sewer.

From page A-1 from a metered rate that inadequately measures drainage to a rate designed to measure impervious surface area drainage. The process will begin with city parcels in October, followed by the industrial customers in December (which are the smallest number of customers but represent the largest amount of impervious area), then commercial, then tax exempt organizations. Residential customers will not be switched over until fiscal year 2018. “The idea is to gradually bring everyone over to being charged according to impervious area,” said Brown. Parking lots are a perfect example of impervious surface area because they are not charged for all the water that drains off their lots, even though that water flows into a drain (same as with residential customers) and still has to be treated (same as with residential customers). And unlike lawns, where most of the water is absorbed and soaks in, an impervious surface is generally impenetrable by water so the water rolls off into the sewer drains. “While DWSD has had a drainage charge for some time, people were being charged based on the size of their meters,” said DWSD Project Manager Eric Rothstein. “There was a discrepancy because there were a number of folks being charged according to impervious surface charge, which is more, as opposed to those who were being charged on a meter size basis, which is far

less. This dramatically affected collection rates from industrial and businesses, including churches. “There were businesses, like the parking lot across the street, which didn’t have a water or drainage system, so they basically didn’t have a reason to be Gary’s (DWSD) customer.” To give another example, Brown said, “I just visited a church this morning that is paying $184 in drainage (per month). It has 12.5 acres. And then you take another one that has 13 acres, one half acre more, and they’re paying $9,000.” “(This pastor) has a 5,000member congregation, so I’m assuming a lot of them are flushing toilets and using water. But when I look at his bills for August, July and June,

they are smaller than my house. And so therein lies the inequity,” because the pastor with the 5,000-member congregation is being charged by metered rate for drainage, whereas the other pastor who is paying $9,000 monthly is being charged using impervious surface rates. “The goal is to get the people who have been paying too much to come down, and to get the people who haven’t been paying at all, or who haven’t been paying their fair share, to come up.” In order to redesign the way DWSD customers were being charged, the department began doing individual flyovers by air to visually determine the actual number of parcels in the city and who owned which parcels. That process is what led to the realization that there were

22,000 parcels (out of a total of 385,000) taking a free ride on the backs of paying customers. And since DWSD has an annual revenue requirement of $125 million, “…if we’ve got 22,000 customers that aren’t paying, then the other customers are paying that much more,” said Brown. So about two weeks ago, letters went out to these 22,000 customers who were not being billed for drainage, “and we say to them, ‘our records show that you own this property, that there’s impervious area on this property, and it should be getting billed more drainage services’,” said Rothstein. The customers were asked to check the accuracy of DWSD’s information. If the customers can prove the property doesn’t belong to them, they get off the

The average residential home is .04 acres. However, one of the 20,000 non-paying customers is located in the 1100 block of Gratiot with a total acreage of 6.22 acres, of which 5.62 acres is impervious. Multiply 5.62 times $750 per acre and that equals $4,215 per month. Multiply by 12 months to equal one year and that’s $50,580 owed for just one year. Multiply that times six years and that’s $303,480 that DWSD should have been paid in drainage charge from just that one industrial company. But there are a total of 22,000 that have not been paying, representing a total acreage of 1,400 acres. And 1,400 acres, multiplied by $750 per acre per month, multiplied by 12 months, multiplied by six years equals...a lot of cash. “My point is, Detroiters are paying more than they should have been paying for two reasons: we didn’t have everyone in the billing system, and we didn’t do a very good job at collections,” said Brown. “We had a 77 percent collection rate when I got here. Now it’s up to 91 percent, and for every percent of collection raised, DWSD brings in another $3-4 million. We’re trying to get to 95 percent, which is the national average.”



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Trump’s speech in Wisconsin addresses poverty, crime in the black community By Lauren Victoria Burke

released a detailed and shocking report on the behavior of members of the Baltimore Police Department. Trump made no reference to the report, during his speech.

(NNPA News Wire Contributor)

During a campaign speech in Wisconsin, Trump appealed to African American voters offering an alternative to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump also alleged that bad international trade deals that Hillary Clinton supported led to the decline in manufacturing jobs and an increase in Black unemployment.

“Hillary Clinton has had her chance. She failed,” said Trump. “Now it’s time for new leadership.” After the speech, Trump conducted another internal shakeup that installed Breitbart News CEO Steve Bannon as a frontline advisor to his campaign. The speech in West Bend, Wis., where the Black population is less than 7 percent statewide, comes only three weeks after Trump declined to speak at the NAACP’s annual convention in Cincinnati, the National Urban League’s annual convention in Baltimore, and most recently, the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Washington, D.C. Still, Trump maintained that it is the Democratic Party that “has taken the votes of African-Americans for granted.” Trump said that Democrats just assumed that Blacks would support the party and haven’t done anything to earn Black votes. “It’s time to give the Democrats some competition for these votes, and it’s time to rebuild the inner cities of America – and to reject the failed leadership of a rigged political system,” said Trump. “The problem in our poorest communities is not that there are too many police, the problem

Donald Trump addressed poverty and crime in the Black community at a recent speech in West Bend, Wisconsin. Photo taken during a speech at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons) is that there are not enough police.” Trump’s speech suggests that, as a president, the New York businessman may push even more punitive justice reform policies in the U.S., a country that leads the world in incarceration with over 2.2 million people behind bars. Trump also said that Clinton was directly responsible for the recent unrest in Milwaukee and “and many other places within our country” and claimed that Clinton was “against the police.” Protesters marched in Milwaukee last weekend following the shooting death of Sylville Smith as he fled from police. Smith was armed with a handgun and failed to comply with commands to drop his weapon, according to Milwaukee police.

CNN reported that, “at least six businesses were torched, cars were burned and four officers injured,” in violent clashes with police. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett set a 10 p.m. curfew for residents younger than 18 years-old. Trump said that the violence and destruction that occurred in Milwaukee following the recent police shooting was an assault on the right of all citizens to live in security and peace.

community. Democratic crime policies, education policies, and economic policies have produced only more crime, more broken homes, and more poverty. Law and order must be restored. It must be restored for the sake of all, but most especially the sake of those living in the affected communities," Trump said in West Bend.

“I am asking for the vote of every African-American citizen struggling in our country today who wants a different future,” said Trump in his Wisconsin speech. “It is time for our society to address some honest and very difficult truths.”

Trump's speech was reminiscent of the "law and order" rhetoric used by Richard Nixon and George Wallace in late 1960s and early 1970s and later by Ronald Reagan, coded language used to talk about the suppression of Black protests and unrest spurred by the fight for civil rights.

Trump continued: “The Democratic Party has failed and betrayed the African-American

The Republican nominee's speech arrives less than a week after the Department of Justice

The poverty rate for Wisconsin’s Black residents was 39 percent and poverty rate for Whites living in the state was 11 percent, according to researchers from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Nationally, the poverty rate for Blacks was 27.4 percent, compared to a 9.9 percent poverty rate for Whites. Trump called for school choice, merit pay for teachers and a massive tax cut for workers and small businesses. He also said that he would renegotiate NAFTA and “stand up to China.” The reality show star turned Republican presidential nominee promised, “to support more police in our communities, appoint the best prosecutors and judges in the country” and to “pursue strong enforcement of federal laws.” Trump added: “To every lawbreaker hurting innocent people in this country, I say: your free reign will soon come crashing to an end.” Lauren Victoria Burke is a political analyst who speaks on politics and African American leadership. She can be contacted at LBurke007@ and on twitter at @ LVBurke.

Donors, sponsors generously support African American History Museum By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA News Wire Contributor)

Sponsorships and donations have been pouring into the new Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), which is set to open on Sept. 24 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

September 24,” group member Terry Ellis said. “So, we’re really super excited about that.” NBA Icon Michael Jordan also announced this month that he was providing a $5 million gift to the museum along with his game-worn 1996 NBA Finals jersey.

Most recently, the popular 1990s R&B group En Vogue donated their performance-worn dresses to the museum.

The museum will reportedly place the famous jersey in a wing called “Michael Jordan Hall,” that will feature stories of 17 historic athletes.

“Our dresses from the ‘Never Gonna Get It/My Lovin’ video and the ‘Giving Him Something He Can Feel’ video will be debuting in the Smithsonian African American History museum on

In a news release, Jordan noted athletes like Jesse Owens whose “talent, commitment and perseverance broke racial barriers and laid the groundwork for the successful careers of so many

African-Americans in athletics and beyond.”

um has collected more than 36,000 artifacts.

Also, in a statement, museum director Lonnie G. Bunch III said Jordan’s contribution will enable museum “visitors to explore how sports were used to break barriers as a way to gain full participation in American society.”

Museum officials noted the four pillars upon which the NMAAHC stands: It provides an opportunity for those who are interested in African-American culture to explore and revel in this history through interactive exhibitions; It helps all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences; It explores what it means to be an American and share how American valOn Feb. 22, 2012, the Smithsonian broke ground on the NMAAHC at a five-acre site on Constitution Avenue between 14th and 15th streets in Northwest Washington, D.C.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, history, and culture. It was established by an Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African-Americans, according to the museum’s website. To date, the muse-

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Dr. Carmen McIntyre The question I was asked is, “What is cutting and what can parents do about it?” A lot of people have become aware of “cutting” from movies such as Girl, Interrupted, Thirteen and Secretary, and it is gaining increasing attention and concern. Cutting is a form of self-injury, which means a person has purposefully harmed or injured themselves. Cutting means that the skin is broken, is often accomplished with a razor blade or a knife, and the cuts are often made to the arms, legs, and abdomen. The intention of the self-injury itself is not suicide, but self-injury is associated with increased suicidality. Other forms of self-injury include biting, burning (by fire, such as a cigarette; or friction, such as an eraser). People often begin cutting as a pre-teen or young teen, and may continue into young adulthood. It is not uncommon behavior: studies indicate that about 11% of adolescents self-harm in a given year, and about 17% of 17 year olds have self-harmed. Why do people self-injure? This can be difficult to understand, but in general, people self-injure to feel better. This might not seem to make sense, but people who SI are usually experiencing tremendous emotional pain. They may have suffered as the victim of abuse or other trauma. They could be feeling desperate, lonely, angry, rejected, and lonely. This emotional pain is so unbearable that physical pain becomes a way to distract from it. Also, when physically injured, the body releases chemicals that make you feel better. In fact, these chemicals are the same chemicals that are associated with the pleasurable sensations of drugs, such as heroin. As a result, cutting can become compulsive, or addictive, for some youths. What should parents look out for? Ask about wounds or scars from cuts, burns, or other forms of self-injury. People will often blame the family pet who has never been known to scratch, or state it was an accident. Gently question an insistence to wear long sleeved shirts or pants even when it is hot out. The youth might seem secretive, and you may find razor blades hidden away. Also look for signs of depression and anxiety. What can parents do to help? First, be calm when you ask questions. Do not be afraid to be direct: “Are you hurting yourself on purpose?” If they say “yes”, don’t freak out! Do not yell, do not punish, do not make accusations. These reactions can invalidate the youth’s means of coping and make them feel more alone. Still, do not ignore it. Even when the intent is just to distract, accidents can happen leading to death.

Shaun Robinson, TV Host, founder, S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for Girls, serves as panel moderator

Shaun Robinson shines the spotlight on human trafficking in Detroit By Roz Edward Prostitutes are prosecuted in judicial systems across Michigan every day. That’s the black and white of it, but the gray area and growing ambiguity over the definition of prostitutes is sending up red flags for social activists throughout the country. Findings indicate that many sex workers are victims of human trafficking, having been forced into a life of depravity as children. But the fact is that while children are prostituted, they cannot be child prostitutes by definition. “Here’s the thing: if you are younger than 18 and someone is making you have sex for money, you are a victim of sex trafficking, period, because you can’t give consent, end of story,” explains television celebrity and former “Access Hollywood” host Shaun Robinson. Robinson, a native Detroit­ er and author, is adding the resources of the newly formed S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for Girls to spotlight the players and bring the issue of sex trafficking to the national stage. During a recent sex trafficking symposium, “The Empowered Girl: How NOT to Become a Victim of Human Trafficking,” at the Charles Wright Museum, the organization awarded a $5,000 grant to Alternatives For Girls. AFG is a local nonprofit that helps homeless and highrisk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation. “Children are lured in by these savvy predators … many of these [girls] are poor, homeless, have self-esteem issues and a whole litany of social

TV host Shaun Robinson, founder, S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for Girls, stands among program panelists holding the check from her newly launched foundation’s first grant that was donated to Alternatives For Girls. Pictured standing from left are Deena Policicchio, Alternatives For Girls, outreach director; Joyce Haskett, author and survivor; Alice Jay, author and survivor; Debra Monroe, activist and survivor; Celia Thomas, chief operating officer, Alternatives For Girls; Pamela Alexander, director of community development, Ford Motor Company Fund; Deborah Thomas, judge, Third Judicial Circuit Court; and Nicole McGee, FBI-Detroit, victims specialist. — Photo: Andrea Stinson/Stills by Stinson Photography variables that make them vulnerable,” explains Robinson, adding, “but what is more common than anyone knows is that thee are girls who are living with their parents, going to school and being forced after school to have sex and give a pimp money and then coming home and doing homework.”

“We want to dispel the myth that sex trafficking is just women who are standing on corners. They can be on college campuses, and they are being recruited online. There are all kinds of ways that men are luring these girls … including using other women to do it,” says Robinson.

The national Human Trafficking Resource Center states that there were 152 human trafficking cases reported in Michigan in 2015, which included 122 cases of sex trafficking and 18 cases of labor trafficking. In 2016, Michigan has seen a 16 percent increase in reported human trafficking cases.

“We have an outreach team at Alternatives for Girls which goes out into the streets — Michigan Avenue, Woodward Avenue, John R — and gets information and resources out to young girls and women. … We have a hotline and we keep track of young people and work with Child Protective Services

to get them what they need,” explains AFG COO Celia Thomas. “The minute we find a case of trafficking we call in the Michigan State Police and the FBI, as well as the Detroit Police Department.” Since 1987, AFG has provided critical services to the girls and young women it serves, including safe shelter, street outreach and educational support, vocational guidance, mentoring, prevention activities and counseling. The S.H.A.U.N. Foundation grant will provide critical financial support for AFG initiatives,

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Heidelberg Project celebrates 30 years and announces new direction: Heidelberg 3.0

Do be open to listening to what the person has to say. Do ask if they have any thoughts of killing themselves. Do ask if any of their friends are also self-injuring. Youth often learn to SI from others, or can be pressured to SI by others. Do look into getting professional help to address the root of the self-injury. In the Detroit-Wayne region, we have one number for our suicide crisis line, access, and information: (800)241-4949. The national suicide hotline is (800)273-8255. The Teen Helpline is (313)855-4673.

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Yet, just as the city of Detroit is changing, so must The Heidelberg Project change to best serve the community. With that in mind, Guyton recently announced his vision for the future of the project: Heidelberg 3.0. For Guyton, Heidelberg

For the past 30 years, The Heidelberg Project has served Detroit through community engagement and arts education programs, nonprofit work and the internationally renowned art installations of founder Tyree Guyton. By drawing attention to a once forgotten neighborhood and breathing renewed life into the community through art, The Heidelberg Project has contributed to a drastic reduction in area crime while acting as a bridge between Detroit and its suburbs.

add to that mission by injecting new life, new people and new resources into the community.

3.0 presents an opportunity to learn from the successes and challenges of the project’s first 30 years and implement a plan that can be embraced by and serve the community for years to come. Guyton and his team are setting out to transform The Heidelberg Project from an art installation largely driven by one man into a living, breath-

ing arts-infused community for residents and visitors alike to gather, express their creativity, cultivate talent and embrace the culture of the neighborhood. Throughout the transition, The Heidelberg Project will remain focused on its primary objective: to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. Guyton hopes that Heidelberg 3.0 will

“After 30 amazing years, it’s time to bring a close to this phase of the Project. It’s time for change! Haven’t you noticed the clocks?” said Guyton. Heidelberg 3.0 will see the work of the Heidelberg Project and Tyree Guyton continue to bring together residents, Heidelberg Project supporters and new partners to address blight and economic conditions by transforming the physical site and McDougall Hunt neighborhood into a self-sustainable cultural village. “It’s already happening. We’re seeing a cultural shift in the community with new ideas emerging around Heidelberg 3.0. Several folks have moved into the neighborhood to be




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Let’s move Social Security into the 21st century By Paula D. Cunningham AARP Michigan State Director

Reforming entitlement programs is a contentious topic, and most public officials don’t want to go near what some call the third rail of U.S. politics. In response, AARP has launched an effort to get all candidates seeking national office to commit to safeguarding Social Security. In Michigan, that includes the candidates for the state’s 14 Congressional Districts as well as the candidates for President. John Hishta, AARP’s senior vice president for campaigns, says now is the best time to start the debate. “So voters across the country and

Handlebars for the Homeless (H4H) is a guided bike tour supporting the programs in Michigan can get a sense of what the and services of Neighborhood Service Organization. candidates are saying about the issue

2016 Handlebars for the Homeless On Sunday, August 7, nearly 400 beginner and avid cyclists helped raise awareness and funds to help homeless individuals by participating in Neighborhood Service Organization’s (NSO) 5th annual Handlebars for the Homeless. Event proceeds help support the programs and services of NSO, including its Homeless Recovery Services unit. NSO 2016 Handlebars for the Homeless sponsors include MGM Grand Detroit, Daly Merritt Insurance, Meijer, Plante Moran, AAA of Michigan, O’Brien Construction Company Inc., Fusco Shaffer & Pappas Inc., Detroit Bikes, Absopure and Superior Ambulance. The 17-mile bike tour began and ended at the NSO Bell Building, located at 882 Oakman Blvd. in Detroit which, since 2012, is home to 155 formerly homeless adults, and the headquarters for the organization. Registration began at 7:30 a.m., and included light breakfast refreshments, a high-performance T-shirt, spoke card and entry into a drawing to win an A-type bike, manufactured by Detroit Bikes. This is the second consecutive year NSO proudly partnered with Detroit Bikes, which encourages cycling by making an accessible, enjoyable bicycle, designed and manufactured in Detroit. Cyclists toured through the campuses of University of Detroit-Mercy and Marygrove College, through Detroit’s iconic Sherwood Forest, Boston-Edison and Palmer Park neighborhoods and through the re-emerging Live6 Alliance area, for the opportunity along the way to see the community at “ground level” and learn how NSO is working to end homelessness. “The17-mile guided bike tour showcased both the thriving and bustling streets of Detroit while educating the community about the challenges that face the more than 15,000 homeless individuals living on the streets every day,” said David Rudolph, Handlebars for the Homeless founder and NSO board member. “NSO works to move and keep people off the city streets and out of poverty by providing opportunities that give individuals a chance to thrive,” stated Rudolph, a biking enthusiast. Organizers and sponsors of the NSO Handlebars for the Homeless also understand the importance of educating and promoting bicycle safety. “Whether you are a biker or a motorist, we all need to be courteous and alert to stay safe on the road,” said Susan Hiltz, AAA Michigan public affairs director and Handlebars cyclist. “Summer is an especially busy time with more folks


which are often susceptible to fluctuation in funding for programs providing assistance to girls and young women at risk. “Having the S.H.A.U.N. foundation for Girls recognize AFG as one of the pillars in this community with this work, is huge,” says Thomas. “This grant provides money to cover counseling time and case planners to work with young people to determine what happens next. We can also develop more kits that we provide to people who come in with trafficking as their primary issue.” AFG victims’ kits contain personal hygiene items and new clothing for victims of abuse. “We wanted to have this conversation and make it different,” adds Robinson. “We wanted to have all girls and women and make it kind of big sister talk. We didn’t want to get too policy heavy and cause girls to tune out, so we selected a panel of women who were at the forefront of eradicating the problem of human trafficking, including activists, judges, law officials and survivors.” The Ford Motor Company partnered with the S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for the event. “The Ford Motor Company Fund is pleased to

biking, walking and driving.  We all need to share the road, look out for one another and make safety a priority.” David Rudolph said the event was created with the goal of bringing together a variety of people who care not only about biking, but the community. “These are people who really care about what’s going on in Detroit, particularly with the homeless population,” Rudolph said. “NSO is really an organization trying to make a difference in the city. I’m just really excited because this event was a dream. ...Five years ago, it was just a handful of us, now it’s hundreds of us.” For 61 years, NSO has provided a variety of programs for homeless people, as well as many others in the city, including youths, according to NSO Chief Operating Officer Bill Weld-Wallis. NSO’s  Homeless Recovery Services include The Road Home, which is a dedicated mobile unit that makes direct contact with homeless individuals suffering from mental and substance-abuse issues; the Tumaini Center, which is a 24-hour walk-in crisis support center in Detroit that responds to the needs of the homeless, and a variety of other programs. “Our staff are really in the trenches doing this work. This event is important because it raises awareness for the work that we do and puts a face on it,” said Weld-Wallis. NSO is dedicated to providing life-changing and supportive programs to positively impact the lives of the community’s most vulnerable neighbors. NSO’s consumers face multiple challenges that require a comprehensive approach to resolve. This is especially true for people who are homeless. Instead of simply managing the problem of homelessness, NSO is one of the largest forces in the region that works toward eliminating homelessness. Since 1955, NSO has been reaching out to people across metropolitan Detroit by strengthening and empowering neighborhoods, supporting families and helping people in need. Over the years, the scope and variety of services offered have grown into a network of sophisticated, vertically integrated programs that have received local, statewide and national recognition. Its mission, “Changing lives through innovative human services that harness the power of choice,” continues to impact the children, youth, adults and seniors they serve. To learn more about NSO, call 313-961-4890 or visit

From page B-1 join forces with this inaugural event for the S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for Girls here in Detroit while supporting such a dedicated, solution-based organization as Alternatives For Girls,” says Pamela Alexander, director of community development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “It is imperative that we educate and empower young girls and women to be vigilant on those who prey on our communities.” “It’s time to stop blaming and persecuting the victims,” said panelists and human trafficking survivor Joyce Haskett. “I got out because I shot and

killed my abuser … that was the first time I felt safe. And my first night in jail after receiving a life sentence was the best night’s sleep that I could remember.” Haskett was released after serving more than 17 years in prison. The S.H.A.U.N. Foundation also provides support for small grassroots nonprofit organizations doing work in five key areas of girls’ issues: STEM, health, arts, unity and neighborhoods. For more information

and what solutions they’re offering,” he states. “We believe now is the time for the country to address the issues facing Social Security.” The last time Social Security was adjusted to ensure long-term solvency was during the Reagan administration. The goal of AARP’s Take a Stand campaign is to get every candidate to put at least one plan on the table that would make Social Security financially sound so future generations get adequate benefits. AARP isn’t advocating for any particular plan or candidate, but it’s time to move the program into the 21st century. Keeping Social Security strong also makes good business sense. The program contributes $55 billion annually to Michigan’s economy, according to AARP research conducted in 2012, including more than $30 billion in benefits to state residents. More than two million Michiganders — one in five Michigan residents — receive Social Security. The programs keeps more than 520,000 state residents out of poverty.

Paula D. Cunningham If public officials don’t take action, future retirees eventually could lose up to $10,000 a year. Those cuts would be devastating for the vast majority of the state’s recipients who get by on an average of $1,332 a month. The system has worked really well for 80 years and it can continue to work well for future generations as long as politicians are willing to come together and deal with the issue now as opposed to later. As part of AARP’s “Take a Stand” campaign, both presidential nominees -Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump - recently laid out a few ideas to keep Social Security solvent. And while that’s a step in the right direction, AARP is urging the candidates to highlight the issue on the campaign trail and in debates. Clinton’s plans include raising a Social Security tax cap on the country’s highest earners. Meanwhile, Trump has suggested he would repeal the Affordable Care Act and lower corporate tax rates to help level the playing field. Find out more about the candidates’ plans for Social Security at

Michigan Youth is White House HBCU Ambassador Michigan Chronicle Reports

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities named 73 ambassadors nationwide on August 19, 2016. JaMon Patterson, daughter of James Sr. and Edwina Patterson, was named a 2016 HBCU Ambassador. The ambassadors include undergraduate and graduate students who excel in academics, demonstrate leadership capabilities and participate in community service. Patterson is a 2014 graduate of Southfield Christian High School and North Oakland/Macomb Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. While at Southfield Christian, she maintained a 3.89 GPA. She also was cap- HBCU Ambassador tain of varsity soft- JaMon Patterson ball team, captain of varsity competitive cheer team and a member of the all-conference softball team. She volunteered for over 300 community service hours in high school. In the North Oakland/Macomb Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Patterson served as treasurer during her senior year. She also contributed alongside her peer teen group on various committees through service, fundraising and participated in monthly team building activities. She demonstrates the qualities learned within the leadership modules of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Her

Heidelberg closer to the Heidelberg Project and we’re galvanizing this energy and are reinforcing our commitment to the community,” says executive Director Jenenne Whitfield.

As the organization sets out to accomplish this ambitious goal, Guyton and Whitfield will also take time to reflect on all that The Heidelberg Project has accomplished in its first 30 years, from its community impact to inspiring new generations

guiding Scripture is Philippians 2:3: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather in humility value others above yourselves.” Patterson is currently a junior at Clark Atlanta University where she is a dual Chemistry and Chemical Engineering major with 3.9 GPA. On campus, she is a member of the Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program, a recipient of the AcademicScholar Athlete award as a prior varsity softball team member and as an active varsity cheerleader. Recently, Patterson was accepted into the Early Medical School Selection Program at the Boston University School of Medicine. She plans to become a cardiologist. In addition, JaMon is an active member of Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, Campus Activities Planning Board, Femdelacreme Mentoring Organization for Girls and a graduate member of Jack and Jill of America Inc. North Oakland Macomb Chapter. She emphasizes her three key areas of focus of her efforts as educational excellence, servant leadership and community outreach. Over the next year, JaMon will communicate with other students about the value of education and the HBCU Initiative. The North Oakland/ Macomb Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. congratulates JaMon Patterson on her accomplishments. The chapter encourages youth to succeed through our leadership opportunities, community service involvement and impactful programming to provide youth with the power to make a difference.

From page B-1 of artists who now call Detroit home. As the installations come down, key pieces of artwork will be placed in museums and galleries throughout the city and across the nation to preserve the Heidelberg legacy for years to come. Additionally, monthly events and gatherings are planned to celebrate the community fostered through The Heidelberg Project over the next two years. Success for The Heidel-

berg Project has not come without challenges. The organization has faced much adversity, from theft and arson to demolition from city government, but has overcome and prospered thanks to generous supporters and the more than 270,000 people that visit the site each year. That support is more important than ever, as Guyton sets out on this new venture and works to ensure that The Heidelberg Project thrives for another 30 years.



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Detroit Tigers celebrate The District Detroit Night Detroit Tigers fans will have even more reason to cheer on Saturday, Aug. 27, when the Tigers and Olympia Development of Michigan team up for The District Detroit Night at Comerica Park. The District Detroit is one of the largest and most exciting sports and entertainment developments in the country, and the Detroit Tigers are in the heart of it. The District Detroit Night at Comerica Park will be held as the Tigers take on the Los Angeles Angels, where fans can receive custom Detroit Tigers/The District Detroit apparel, win prizes, learn more about this transformational development project and celebrate the Tigers’ role in it. Tickets for the game are available at or 313-471BALL(2255). Olympia Development of Michigan is the Ilitch-owned company leading The District Detroit — a $1.2 billion development project transforming 50 blocks around Comerica Park and the new Little Caesars Arena into new restaurants, shops, bars, parks, offices and places to live. The project will create five unique neighborhoods around six theaters and three professional sports venues to connect Midtown to Downtown Detroit in one vibrant, walkable area. When Little Caesars Arena opens in 2017, the Detroit Red Wings will join the Tigers and the Lions as three legendary Detroit sports franchises located within blocks of each other in The District Detroit. Since 2000, Comerica Park has served as the home of the Detroit Tigers. Comerica Park is hailed as one of the most beautiful ballparks in America, and developments in The District Detroit will further enhance visitors’ experiences.

At The District Detroit Night at Comerica Park, fans in attendance will get an exclusive look into The District Detroit, have the opportunity to win tickets and other prizes and participate in The District Detroit interactive photo booth featuring videos, fan-focused giveaways and much, much more. The night will be the perfect way for Comerica Park visitors to get to know The District Detroit and how important the Tigers, and their fans, are to it. “Our organization is proud to be in the heart of The District Detroit, and we are delighted to share news about this exciting development with our fans,” said Duane McLean, Detroit Tigers executive vice president of business operations. “The District Detroit Night at Comerica Park is going to be a great night for anyone who has a passion for the Tigers and this city. The project is a huge boost to Detroit’s reputation as one of the best sports cities in the country.” Data from the University of Michigan demonstrates that The District Detroit will account for an economic impact of more than $2 billion and create 12,500 construction and construction-related jobs and 1,100 permanent jobs. Tickets for The District Detroit Night at Comerica Park are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at tigers. com and by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437). For complete ticket information including season, group and suites visit or call 313-471-BALL (2255).

Detroit Speaks co-founders Danielle Hughes, Brianna Alexander, and Jasmine Swain

Detroit Speaks

By Alisha Dixon Detroit Speaks is a metro-Detroit organization created to empower and help youth ages 13-18. The organizations vision “is to acknowledge the accomplishments of young Detroiters and provide our youth with the resources to excel in their personal endeavors. Detroit Speaks seeks to give young people the opportunity to find their voice, amidst all of the pressures that comes along with making college and/or career decisions.” Founders and Detroit natives and high school friends Brianna Alexander, Danielle Hughes and Jasmine Swain said they created the program to give back to the city of Detroit. “All of us have moved away and are successful in our careers. We decided to create Detroit Speaks to give back to our city,” said Hughes. Detroit Speaks, Hughes said, began as a conference and evolved into an organization. Partnerships with young Detroit professionals, she said, lets people know “you don’t have to leave Detroit to be successful,” Hughes said.

Chess Row returns to Palmer Park on August 27 In conjunction with Sit on it Detroit and Young Detroit Thinkers, People for Palmer Park will reopen “Chess Row” at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 27th. After years without this popular activity in the park, the community will once again see rows of chess tables in the beautiful southeast end of one of Detroit’s most vibrant green spaces, Palmer Park. At the August 27 reopening, members of Young Detroit Thinkers, an award-winning chess team that teaches chess to young people while at the same time instilling life skills and values, will be present from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. to teach kids the game and challenge them to matches. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. “We have a partnership with Young Detroit Thinkers, an organization dedicated to teaching young people the skills to play chess. We plan to work with the organization’s president, Kevin Fite to bring chess players to Palmer Park, and even host a tournament one day soon,” stated PFPP member, Lee King. “Both Sit On It Detroit and Young Detroit Thinkers are key partners in assisting with the revitalization of Chess Row, another step toward improving Palmer Park and bringing youth to the park for fun and positive, educational experiences.”

People for Palmer Park is committed to the preservation, recreation, and revitalization of Palmer Park, for the good of all. Our vision is to create an urban oasis, regional destination, and daily recreation site that will promote an active and healthy community. To learn more about People for Palmer Park, visit

“Granting young people the opportunity to invest in their aspirations prior to completing high school can lead to an increase in socially conscious, ambitious adults that understand the importance of community empowerment.” The founders are all young professional women. Brianna Alexander is a community volunteer manager with United Way of Greater Atlanta. Danielle Hughes is a current anchor/reporter for WRDW News 12 in Augusta, Georgia. Jasmine Swain is a district manager of in-vehicle technology for General Motors in St. Louis.

school supplies that are needed most include handwriting paper, crayons, pencils and folders with pockets. Donations can be dropped off at Crescent Academy located at 17570 Twelve Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48076. The webinar, called The Speak Out, helps students to prepare for college. Students learn how to choose the right college and how to get ready for the college experience. The webinar also gives information about entrepreneurship and trade school options. The Detroit Speaks Scholarship Center’s mission “is to provide readily available scholarship information for students in the metro Detroit area.” This years Detroit Scholarship Center will be re-launched in September on Community outreach is a significant part of the organizations mission. Detroit Speaks completes at least four community service projects each year. This past holiday season, Detroit Speaks fed the hungry with their “Feed the Hungry Mission.” The organization chose a local food bank and fed over 100 people with volunteers that included influential Detroiters. Last year, Detroit Speaks held a clothing drive for area kids going back to school. The drive, Hughes said, consisted “of new and gently used clothes and allowed parents to come to a wellknown boutique to shop the donations.” “We felt it was important for them to get the full shopping experience despite the financial hardships they may have been experiencing. Each customer walked out with a boutique shopping bag full of clothing, socks and shoes for their children.”

Detroit Speaks hosts an annual school supply drive, webinars and a scholarship center.

In January, Detroit Speaks also helped to raise funds for over three weeks for the Flint Water Crisis.

This year’s school drive, Hughes said, is a partnership with Crescent Academy who will collect the donations. The

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Michigan leaders to Trump: African Americans have everything to lose under your presidency

Following his remarks on Friday, Aug. 19 in Dimondale, Wisconsin, African American leaders in Michigan are speaking out about just how much Michigan has to lose if Donald Trump becomes president. Hillary Clinton’s agenda to create jobs and expand economic opportunities for everyone, not just those at the top, stands in stark contrast with Trump, who looks out for himself and those like him. Trump’s policies would do nothing to expand opportunities for all Americans, including the African American community. In contrast, Clinton would build on the progress under our nation’s first African American president to create jobs and by making investments in Brenda Lawrence infrastructure and housing, breaking down barriers for the formerly incarcerated, supporting small businesses and investing in youth employment. “African Americans in Michigan have so much to lose if Donald Trump is elected as the next president,” said Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence. “Donald Trump does not understand our community or the real issues facing our families. Trump continues to talk at us, instead of talking to us and working with us. Hillary Clinton is different — she listens to us and understands the work that needs to be done to break down the barriers in employment, housing and our schools. I am proud to be an African American woman and I am happy to support someone who understands my black and brown brothers and sisters and that person is Hillary Clinton.” “Hillary Clinton is a fighter for justice and opportunity,” said Congressman John Conyers. “She has dedicated her life to fighting for equal rights for all of us. Unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Clin-

ton understands the need for rising wages, better schools and criminal justice reform. Meanwhile, Trump questions the legitimacy of our first African American president’s birth certificate, failed to disavow hate groups like the KKK, and spews hate to incite fear in some Americans. There is so much at stake in this election. Donald Trump cannot become president.” “Unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton doesn’t just talk, she actually shows up in our communities and gets to work,” said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. “Hillary has visited Flint and sat down with our families to hear from them and come up with workable solutions. Hillary helped to establish Flint WaterWorks, a jobs program for Flint’s young adults to help distribute clean water, healthy food, nutrition information and other services to families in our community. She has released a detailed plan to fight for environmental justice, built off of her thorough understanding of Flint’s challenges. Hillary has been fighting for Flint families, and that is why I am confident Michigan voters will have her back in November.” “When asked whether the auto rescue was a good idea, Trump said, ‘you could have let it go bankrupt, frankly…’ In Michigan, that would have meant the loss of hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, not only among the major automakers but also the many manufacturing suppliers across the state,” said Gerald Kariem, director of the United Auto Workers Region 1D. “Our state’s economy has made progress since the Great Recession, in large part due to rescuing the auto industry, which Hillary Clinton voted for. This election, Michiganders have a clear choice. Do we continue our state’s recovery, building upon the Obama administration’s hard work, or do we go back to the same failed economic policies that benefit the wealthiest few at the expense of working families, implemented by a man who has shown no respect for American workers throughout his career?”

The shame of Milkwaukee

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Now it is Milwaukee. A car with two African-American men was stopped for “suspicion.” The men fled, the policeman pursued, and the driver, reportedly armed, was shot and killed. And Milwaukee exploded. Angry crowds confronted police, set fires, threw rocks. At least half-dozen businesses — including a grocery store, a gas station and an auto parts shop — were robbed or destroyed. The Saturday shooting was Jesse L. Jackson part of a weekend filled with violence in Milwaukee. Five people were shot and killed overnight Friday. Milwaukee law mandates an investigation of any police shooting. Immediately, focus goes to the harsh relations between police and the community. But to understand the reaction to the shooting, it is necessary to go much deeper. This city is “a powder keg,” Ald. Khalif Rainey told The Washington Post. “This entire community has sat back and witnessed how Milwaukee, Wis., has become the worst place to live for African-Americans in the entire country. Now this is a warning cry. … Do we continue — continue with the inequities, the injustice, the unemployment, the undereducation…? The black people of Milwaukee are tired. They’re tired of living under this oppression. This is their life. This is the life of their children.” An exaggeration? An excuse for rioters? Inflated rhetoric? Consider Milwaukee’s stark realities.Milwaukee is the most segregated city in the United States. Black household income is the third lowest in the U.S. Its black poverty rate is the highest in the U.S. These are figures presented in a haunting and damning 2015 report, “The Shame of Milwaukee: Race, Segregation and Inequality,” by Marc V. Levine of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The data show a black population segregated into neighborhoods of concentrated poverty with declining prospects. Real black household income in 1979 was $39,105; in 2013 it was $27,438, a foul decline of nearly 30 percent. Household income for all races in

Milwaukee has declined over the course of this century, but far worse for blacks and Hispanics than whites. Nearly 40 percent of African Americans are in poverty, up from 27 percent in 1969. Nearly 40 percent of African-Americans in the core working age (25-54) are unemployed. This is in stunning contrast to the 15.2 percent black unemployment rate in 1970. For males aged 20-24, the beginning of a work life, over two-thirds of blacks are unemployed — 68.4 percent — a staggering increase from 25.3 percent in 1970. Schools are doubly segregated by race and by poverty. In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King launched the modern Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Ala., saying, “Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States.” Well, the injustice is worse in modern Milwaukee than it was in segregated Birmingham. Black poverty, unemployment and impoverished neighborhoods are all worse. The percentage of blacks attending hyper-segregated schools in today’s Milwaukee is far worse than the Jim Crow schools of Birmingham (71 percent to 56 percent). This is, as Ald. Rainey stated, a powder keg. Police are tasked with “keeping order.” That is like trying to stop a seething volcano from exploding by suppressing the gases coming out the top. Even doing that skillfully won’t work. Milwaukee is not the worst. Black income has plummeted more in Cleveland and Detroit. School segregation is worse in New York and Chicago. Violence stalks the mean streets of impoverished urban neighborhoods nationwide. And this obscene injustice gets worse with no action and little notice. The poor, the New York Times reports, are barely mentioned by either presidential candidate. And they are largely ignored by the media. On Saturday and Sunday, riots occurred in Milwaukee, a major American city. That didn’t make front page of the Monday New York Times, which led with stories above the fold about a Trump adviser, liberal worries about Hillary Clinton and malaria in Venezuela. In Birmingham, Dr. King’s cry against the injustice of segregation touched the conscience of concerned citizens across the country. Will anyone hear the cry of the north side of Milwaukee, or the south side of Chicago? Or will our cities have to explode before action replaces neglect?

Shirley Chisholm and the fight for equal rights for all women By Julianne Malveaux NNPA News Wire Columnist

With a woman heading the ticket of the Democratic Party, it may be challenging for us to remember that women have had the right to vote for less than a century (and Black folks less that). But the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote was ratified on August 18, 1920, just 96 years ago. At Congresswoman Bella Abzug’s (D-N.Y.) insistence Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day in 1971. The first part of the joint resolution of Congress reads, “Whereas Julianne Malveaux the women of the United States have been treated as second class citizens and have not been entitled to the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or intentional, which are available to male citizens.” Reading the words reminds me how far women have come, how far we still have to go, and how little the status of women of color is included when we speak of the status of women. How far have we come? Few would have predicted that an African American would win an election and effectively lead the United States for eight years, few would have predicted that a women would have more than a fighting chance of winning the United States presidency. And yet the very campaign that signals progress is also one that illustrates how much more work needs to be done before women’s equality is attained. Too much of the rhetoric around Secretary Clinton’s candidacy is downright sexist. She should be judged by her positions and there should be absolutely no talk about her looks, hairstyle, attire, or tone of voice. No man could stand the kind of scrutiny that she has had to endure. No man has ever been subject to such scrutiny. The continuing saga of sexual harassment at Fox News is another example of the distance we must travel to reach women’s equality. The company’s former CEO, Roger Ailes, is accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment, and this is a clear case of where there’s smoke, there’s fire. One wonders how many other companies have similarly hostile work environments and how often women, simply attempting to earn a living, are placed in the position of having to manage un-

flattering comments, downright harassment, coerced sex, and even rape. There are documented cases of women being raped in the military then being discharged because they can’t work with their rapists. And let’s not get started on some of what happens on some campuses. That a Palo Alto judge sentenced a Stanford student to a scant six months in a rape witnessed by another student is amazing. That his father actually decried the sentence as too high a price to pay for a few minutes of “action” speaks to how much work we have to do to reach women’s equality. What about Black women’s equality? It chagrins me that Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s (D-N.Y.) historic run for president has been all but ignored in much of the media frenzy about candidate Hillary Clinton. However, it does not surprise me given the many ways African American women’s contributions are sidelined, marginalized or simply ignored. African American women earn less their White counterparts do, but head more households and have more economic responsibility. African American women are far less likely than their White counterparts to be found in the “C” suite in corporate leadership, and far more likely to be further down the ladder in every aspect of life in our nation. While people say they saw the glass ceiling shatter with Hillary Clinton’s nomination, others saw the millions standing at the sticky floor with few opportunities to climb up to that glass ceiling. Those standing on the sticky floor are disproportionately women of color, especially those who earn low wages and have fewer opportunities than others. Maybe Hillary Clinton will bridge the gap when she pursues a progressive economic agenda that includes fair and equal pay, affordable childcare, and other benefits for working women. There has been significant progress for women since the 19th Amendment was passed, significant progress since Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. Yet women still don’t have even a third (not to mention half) of the seats in the House of Representatives or the Senate, nor in any state legislature in the nation. Women Women aren’t even 10 percent of our nation’s corporate leaders. Women still face hostile work environments. While commemorating the progress that has been made in nearly a century, we must also ask whether it will take another century to reach real equality for all women.

Making enough money to meet basic needs is not too much to ask By Shannon Jackson

leaders and elected officials to support a living wage for workers.

My job at Wendy’s on Detroit’s east side doesn’t afford me enough to take care of my basics, and I think companies making billions off that labor should pay their workers enough to do that.

We chose Richmond — the one-time capital of the Confederacy — to illustrate connections between the treatment of today’s workers and our nation’s racist history.

Because I earn only $8.50 an hour, my check is $300 at best for the week. Sometimes it’s only $200 or just above $100, depending on the hours I’m allowed to work. I was promised 40 hours a week, but that never happened.

More than 150 years have passed since the Civil War ended in the United States, but African Americans and Latinos still are disproportionately paid less than white people are. Half of all black workers and three of five Latino workers earn less than $15 an hour, according to the National Employment Law Project, a national advocacy organization for employment rights of lower-wage workers. They are among 64 million Americans in the same situation.

It means no matter how hard I Shannon Jackson work, I don’t earn enough to cover the needs of my three children, Trayvon, 8, Tyshawna, 5, and Brianna, 3. I believe in the American Dream. That’s why I’m back in school. I’m good at managing money, but I’m struggling to keep a roof over our heads because I don’t earn enough to cover housing. Meanwhile, corporations make billions off our labor. My story is like most fast food workers in America. That’s why I joined thousands of low wage workers at the Fast Food 15 Convention this weekend in Richmond, Va. We will lift up our fight for $15 an hour and call on company

Right now, many Americans are fighting injustices. Our low pay is only one of them. We earn less because of hiring discrimination, underfunded schools, and a biased criminal justice system. Even jobs once considered middle class, such as college professors and factory workers, can pay less than $15 an hour. I may not know where I’ll be living in a few weeks, but I know I have to fight for $15 an hour and I won’t stop until we get it. It’s time to rewrite history so that everyone can take care of basic needs. That’s really not too much to ask. Shannon Jackson, 32, works at a Wendy’s in Detroit and is part of the D15 campaign for a $15 hourly wage and the right to unionize without interference.

THE MICHIGAN CHRONICLE August 24-30, 2016 Page B-5 community The Family Tree: Helping metro Detroit families achieve homeownership and more By Donald James

making good decisions, developing effective problem-solving skills, and how to study for academic success in school.

Since its 1998 origin, The Family Tree, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on assisting individuals and families experience homeownership, has lived up to and exceeded its motto of “Taking families from roots to renaissance.” Under the leadership of Pat Pearson, the organization’s founder and executive director, more than 1,000 individuals and families have been empowered to become self-sufficient through homeownership and independent living.

“Working with young girls and young ladies is important to me,” said Pearson. “While they are young, their age presents opportunities for them to effectively learn about growing up, the value of planning and going to college, career-building skills, and how to build financial skills. For The Family Tree, it is an opportunity for us to positively change the cycle that many of the young girls and young ladies are in. It gives us a chance to be a significant part of helping them build strong confidence, courage and character.”

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Interestingly, The Family Tree has evolved from its earlier years of purpose. “The Family Tree started in a five bedroom house on Sheridan St. on the city’s eastside. It was a small transitional house and shelter that was helping women that came from domestic violence situations,” said Pearson. “We helped them to start all over again and regain themselves to go back into the community. We also worked with them to build a financial plan by showing them how to save money and become renters and homeowners.” In the early 2000s, The Family Tree, according to Pearson, evolved into helping entire families. The organization, from its downtown Detroit office at 615 Griswold, Suite 1709, currently offers services in homeownership and housing placement, budgeting and financial counseling, money management, foreclosure prevention, after-school youth workshops, and other areas of empowerment for individuals and families. For Pearson, empowering families to achieve independent living is what drives her consistently. “My greatest joy about what I do is getting up every day and knowing that I am pouring something good into someone else’s life,”

Pearson said. “When I can help a family that’s facing the loss of their home, or help a family get approved for a house that they thought they could never own, it becomes my greatest award for what I do.” Pearson said that services provided by The Family Tree are free. The organization, which serves families in Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland Counties, is a partnering agency of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a HUD certified counseling agency, and a partner agency of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. “We overwhelmingly serve families in Wayne County,” said Pearson, who holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Baylor University in Texas. “While we service all ethnicities of people, most of the individuals and families that we

serve and work with are African Americans.” While Pearson loves working with entire families, she has a special affinity for creating and launching programs that impact youth. One such program is The Family Tree’s Diamond Girls. This program serves young ladies, ages eight to 21. Diamond Girls was created to help young ladies gain self-esteem, etiquette, inner beauty, healthy relationships and learn the value of education in their respective lives. Last year, through The Family Tree and under its Diamond Girls banner, Pearson oversaw an after-school youth empowerment program at selected elementary and middle schools under the auspices of Detroit Public Schools. The program taught young girls the importance of dealing with peer pressure,

The desire to empower adults, children and entire families has long been a part of Pearson’s mission and social DNA. Prior to starting The Family Tree, Pearson, a native Detroiter, was a client service administrator at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. She also worked for Mack Alive, a non-profit organization that focused on empowering selected neighborhoods on the city’s eastside. Based on Pearson’s experience, education, and love for empowering people, she made the transformational decision in 1998 to leave the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and start The Family Tree. “It was very difficult when I first started The Family Tree,” recalled Pearson. “It was difficult because I had to introduce and brand the organization, build new relationships and find funding and donations. It wasn’t easy. However, what kept me going, and still keeps me going now, is my deep concern, care and love for people, and finding ways to help empower them on many levels.” For more information on services provided by The Family Tree, call 313.962.2329, or log on to

Defense workers’ union raises questions over futures at Selfridge ANG AFGE says plans to slash bulk of maintenance crew would profoundly affect Michigan base

and senators seeking their help in getting information from military leaders regarding the cuts, which were announced to employees in April.

The union representing civilian Defense workers at Selfridge Air National Guard Base is seeking answers regarding a plan to slash most of the maintenance crew at the Michigan base.

Employees were told that 95 of 141 positions in the 127th Wing’s Civil Engineering Squadron were to be cut. These employees perform a range of vital maintenance functions for the base’s more than 200 buildings and 3,000 acres of land, including aircraft runways.

The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents nearly 270,000 Defense Department civilian employees nationwide, has sent letters to U.S. representatives

“Personnel cuts of this magnitude to the 127th CES would have a profoundly adverse effect on the base operations

officials with AFGE Local 2077 have attempted to find out more details about the cuts, including how the decision was made to propose these cuts, when and how the cuts would be carried out, and how Selfridge will continue to operate without these maintenance positions. of Selfridge ANGB,” said Alan Kadrofske, AFGE’s legislative representative, in a Aug. 16 letter to Sen. Gary Peters. Similar letters were sent to other members of the Michigan congressional delegation. Since employees were informed about the planned cuts,

“We have had several meetings with senior military leaders here at the base but haven’t gotten clear answers to the many questions we have about these job cuts,” Local 2077 President Jon Suminski said. “We’re hoping our representatives in Congress can help us get the answers that employees

are desperately seeking.” More than 4,000 employees work at the base, which contributes $825 million annually to the local economy, according to a 2014 annual report from the Michigan National Guard, which operates the base. The base supports three separate Major Commands and is home to both the A-10 Thunderbolt II, known as the Warthog, and the KC-135 Stratotanker, an aerial refueler. The base also hosts more than 40 tenants representing every branch of the military as well as the U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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First Independence Bank has great news for homeowners who are “underwater” on their respective mortgages. The fantastic news is that the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP 2.0), under the auspices of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, has been extended.  This means homeowners still have the opportunity to refinance their mortgages, while taking advantage of historically low interest rates.    So exactly what is an “underwater” homeowner?  The definition describes someone who has a home mortgage balance higher than the fair market value of the property.  In other words, when one has little equity in his or her home, and owe more on a mortgage than the house is worth, lending institutions have equated this situation to being underwater.  A classic example:  If the mortgage on your metro Detroit home is $200,000, but the market value of this home is $150,000, then the homeowner and attached mortgage are $50,000 underwater.  This predicament can prevent a homeowner from selling his or her home, unless the homeowner has enough money to pay the out-ofpocket difference.      The term “underwater” has consistently been used since the early 2000s, when homes began to lose a significance part of their values due to “housing bubble bursts,” and periods of bad local and national economic conditions.    In Detroit and surrounding cities, the steady and steep decline in property values has been felt more than in many other regions of the United States.  Yet, through HARP, there’s hope for underwater homeowners.    First introduced in March, 2009, HARP allows borrowers with little or no equity to refinance into more affordable mortgages without new or additional mortgage insurance.  HARP targets borrowers with loan-to-value (LTV) ratios equal to or greater than 80 percent, and who have limited delinquencies over the 12 months prior to refinancing. 

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Through HARP, which has undergone significant changes since its inception, a homeowner can lower his or her interest rates, reduce monthly mortgage payments, and lengthen, shorten or keep the terms of one’s mortgage, all of which will improve respective financial situations.  

Making Detroit dance to one beat is not easy. There are the ones who don’t dance no matter how strong the vibrations of the bass and tremble shakes their core. But from earliest ages on up, people enjoy the way music makes them feel. But who really controls this feeling? Disc jockeys, better known as DJ’s, take center stage to become the ones who get people moving.

Interested? Here are some important facts that a homeowner should know about HARP, before making the decision to apply for the program…  

Brian Jackson, better known as DJBJ, but also known as Mr. 3525 and Mr. Pay Attention, understands the ever-changing world of music and his lifestyle reflects that. Growing up, good work ethic was nothing new to DJBJ. His mother, Rose Marie, and father, Terrence Jackson, inspired him to create his own capital. In the process, he began to build characteristics that opened many doors.

Your current loan must be backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. It’s possible that you may not know whether your loan is backed by either of these entities, because you make payments to some other financial institution, i.e., Wells Fargo or Fifth Third.  To find out if your mortgage loan is backed by either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, a First Independence mortgage officer can be of assistance.  

At the age of 17, DJBJ began his career as a DJ using the subject he was strongest in, math. While he realized obtaining a four-year degree was not something he wanted to invest his time in, he was smart enough to take what he was good at and began building a solid foundation.

Your current mortgage must have been originated before May 31, 2009. You mortgage must not have had a 30 day late payment in the past six months, and must have had no more than one 30 day late payment in the past 12 months.  

His latest business venture is 3525 World, a non-profit created to reach the youth where they are the most, using apps and listening to music. The idea developed after Jackson wrapped up “The Pay Attention School Tour.” The handson tour involved visiting 24 schools, empowering students with knowledge about building credit and social media responsibility while interacting with some of their favorite music artists.

While HARP has been widely touted as a lifesaver for underwater homeowners across Detroit, throughout the state, and around the nation, many homeowners have not taken advantage of this opportunity. Why?  In some cases, homeowners believe that HARP is too good to be true, or involves too much paperwork, or the program is a scam.    Yet, the Federal Housing Finance Agency sponsored HARP is a great opportunity, and eligible homeowners should take advantage of the program before it ends on December 31, 2016.  To learn more about HARP, or to see if you qualify for the program, contact Julie Krumhotz, Branch Manager/Sr. Loan Originator, NMLS#130833.  Her direct line to call is 586-416-5750, ext. 2114.  Julie’s email address is  At First Independence Bank, we believe that consumers should be knowledgeable in all banking and financial matters, including residential mortgage loans and refinancing.  Established in 1970 as a community development financial institution, First Independence continues to make dreams become realities for its community, citizens and businesses.  .  First Independence Bank is an equal opportunity lender and member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  For more information on all banking and financial products and services offered by First Independence Bank at its three area branches, call 313.256.8400, or log on to 

Brian Jackson (aka DJBJ)

“They (the kids) respect a hard worker. Once I saw that, it really made me want to go into a non-profit and cater to youth,” said Jackson, who also credits his mother for motivated him to

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Hillary Clinton’s Comprehensive Plan to Jumpstart Small Business Startups, Growth and Job Creation Michigan Chronicle reports

Hillary Clinton understands that African American-owned small businesses are a critical engine of the American economy. Today, African American-owned businesses employ nearly 1 million Americans, fuel U.S. innovation, and offer crucial ladders to prosperity.During the Great Recession, African American-owned businesses were critical to bringing back the U.S. economy. The number of African American owned businesses increased from roughly 800,000 in 1997 to 2.6 million in 2012, more than doubling. And the number of businesses owned by African-American women has tripled since 1997. In 2012, Af-

rican American-owned businesses generated $150 billion in annual revenue. Yet, with all this progress, African American entrepreneurs still face too many obstacles to success, and opportunities to thrive as an entrepreneur in our country remain deeply uneven. For example, African Americans tend to begin their businesses with half the capital of white men and this difference widens as their businesses mature. Hillary believes our nation cannot reach its fullest potential until we address the social and economic disparities that African Americans still face. And she knows that sup-

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The new app, scheduled for release this fall, takes users into the 3525 World, making Mr. Pay Attention accessible at their fingertips.

One of the main goals of the non-profit is to take youth behind the scenes of some of their favorite artists, to witness the work ethic and how business decisions are made. Users will also have the opportunity to stream DJBJ 3525 live while on the air, mixes, mixtapes and new music. In addition to live streaming, the 3525 World app offers Jackson’s cloth-

ing line Détroit and the 8 Bar Challenge, whereby users can record their music live and send it directly to Jackson.

he takes his career to the next level. World 3525 takes opportunity to the community, connecting to the youth where it’s needed most.

“If you want to be successful, just be yourself,” said Jackson, who over the course of several years has evolved from a timid teen to a businessman with a multifaceted empire. Whenever a new opportunity presents itself,

For more information on 3525 World contact Stay connected with Jackson by visiting or following him socially @DJBJ3525 on Instagram and Twitter.

CEO Organization releases results of second quarter economic confidence survey Economic confidence falls to lowest in three years, but bright spots exist Optimism exists, despite overall CEO economic confidence falling to its lowest in three years. Even with staffing issues and a historically low index score, CEO’s project sales revenues, profitability, and employment will all improve over the next 12 months. The Vistage CEO Confidence Index was 88.8 in the second quarter of 2016, a decrease from last quarter’s 92.3 and last year’s 99.0. The scale is out of 100 possible points. The majority of the respondents were from small to medium-sized businesses with revenues ranging from $1-20 million with staffs of between 20-499 employees. Highlights from the Vistage Michigan CEO Confidence Index include: • A solid 64% anticipate their firm’s sales revenues to increase over the next 12 months. • Half of respondents expect the number of employees to increase during the year. A little less than half anticipate that number to stay the same and 8% expect decreases. • The biggest business issue the majority of respondents reported is staffing at 34%. • Most planned to increase their number of employees steadily over the coming year. • The biggest challenge reported is customer retention at 25%.

• A slight majority expects their firm’s profitability to increase (51%) over the next 12 months with the rest mostly expecting it to remain the same (34%) • The majority of CEOs (48%) report resources as the biggest impediment to executing their strategic plan. “It’s clear companies are projecting sales growth and higher profitability over the next year,” said Jane Owen, president of Vistage Michigan. “Along with growth comes the need to hire and retain staff. “Attracting and engaging talent over time requires creating effective new-hire training; offering opportunities for continuous education; and building programs such as mentoring, diversity and young professional groups. These programs strengthen a corporate brand which will attract the best and brightest.” The Vistage CEO Confidence Index is reported by the Surveys of Consumer at the University of Michigan; lead by Dr. Richard Curtin. Curtain is a Research Professor and the Director of the Surveys of Consumers at the University of Michigan since 1976. Vistage Michigan is part of the world’s leading chief executive organization, providing business leaders with access to new business perspectives, innovative strategies and actionable items for making better decisions and achieving better results. For more information on Vistage Michigan please call 586443-5880 or visit

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porting African American small business and entrepreneurship is critical to building a strong economic future—both for the African American community and for our country.

think and live outside of his own world.

“I really want to (use) music with the youth while changing their mindsets,” said Jackson, who takes his ability to reach inner city children seriously, especially when most only get a glimpse of the fruits of labor through videos and lyrics.

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Hillary Clinton is proposing a comprehensive, job-creating package of reforms and innovations to jumpstart small business startups, and strengthen small business growth. The new proposals reflect what Clinton has heard since her first event of the campaign at an Iowa bike shop and across nearly 100 visits to small businesses since. Over a year ago, Hillary Clinton pledged that she would be the “small business President” if elected. Small businesses create around two-thirds of all new American jobs. • Clinton and Senator Tim Kaine both grew up in small business-owning families. Clinton’s father ran a small drapery business in suburban Chicago when she grew up and Kaine’s father ran a small ironworking business in Kansas City where he grew up. • Kaine will discuss the new plan during a roundtable with small business owners this morning in Lakewood, Colorado, and Clinton will discuss it on a nationwide conference call with small business owners from all across the country this afternoon. Clinton’s plans are aimed at making it easier to start, grow and sustain a small business in America. Her proposals will streamline the process of starting a small business; improve access to financing for small businesses; provide tax relief and simplification for small businesses; Incentivize more health care benefits for small businesses and their employees; ensure the federal government is more responsive to small businesses; and, make it easier to fight back when small businesses get cheated. Clinton’s new plan would: Streamline the process of starting a small business. It takes longer to start a business in the U.S. than it does in other countries like Canada or Denmark -often because of unnecessary red tape and licensing requirements at the state and local level. Hillary Clinton will offer state and local governments a deal - new federal incentives if they streamline unnecessary licensing and make it less costly to start a small business. Improve access to financing for

small businesses. Small business loans comprised just 29 percent of total bank loans in 2012, as compared with 51 percent in 1995. Clinton will work to boost small business lending by streamlining regulation and cutting red tape for community banks and credit unions, which are the backbone of small business lending in America -- while also defending the new rules on Wall Street. Clinton’s plan also would allow entrepreneurs to defer student loan payments with no interest while they get their ventures off the ground. Provide new tax relief and simplification for small businesses. Hillary will create a new standard deduction for small businesses— like the one available to individual filers—so they get tax relief without filing as many forms documenting their overhead costs, potentially including transportation, computer and phone use, maintaining an office, and more. She will simplify the rules so small businesses can track and file their taxes as easily as filling out a checkbook or printing a bank statement. And the new plan would quadruple the startup tax deduction to significantly lower the cost of starting a business. Incentivize health care benefits for small businesses and their employees. Clinton would simplify and expand the healthcare tax credit for small employers in the Affordable Care Act, so that even more employers can provide quality, affordable healthcare to their workers. She will make sure that small businesses with up to 50 employees can be eligible for the credit, and she will simplify complex phase-out and eligibility rules so that it’s easier for many more small businesses to get the credit and cover their workers. Ensure the federal government is more responsive to small businesses. Clinton will push the federal agencies to make government more user friendly and treat small businesses like the customer including guaranteeing a 24-hour response time to small business with questions about federal regulations and access to capital programs. Make it easier to fight back when small businesses get cheated. Clinton will stop large companies from using expensive litigation hurdles to deny small businesses their right to a remedy when they’re denied payment for services—and give small businesses recourse to take on predatory behavior.


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Akwaaba means ‘First in black-owned B&Bs’

By Patrice Gaines Urban News Service

For Monique Greenwood, the decision to be an entrepreneur came down to legacy building. “I could leave my daughter a portfolio of real estate and a business to run, but I couldn’t leave her a job at Essence,” said Greenwood, who was then editor-in-chief of that popular magazine. She chose the bed and breakfast business because she loved staying at inns and thought she had the perfect personality for it.“ You have to have a heart of service and genuinely like people,” said Greenwood. These days she might be called a queen of B&Bs, especially among African American inn owners. She’s been in the business since 1996 and owns five luxury properties with her husband, Glenn Pogue, operating as Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns. “While numerous inns have multiple buildings, to have five separate entities is not common,” said Kris Ullmer, executive director of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International. There are just “ a small percentage of innkeepers with that level of longevity,” said Ullmer about Greenwood’s 21 years in the business. Greenwood has built a “unique model,” said fellow inn owner Daniel Edwards of Morehead Manor in Durham, North Carolina. “ She has a brand she promotes. You will have a different experience at each of her properties.” Greenwood’s inns offer upscale accommodations in historic properties “ with old-fashioned hospitality and modern-day conveniences,” she said. Guests are called by their names and there are amenities such as fresh-squeezed lemonade served on the front porch. Edwards said when he and his wife opened their business in 1997, many white inns depended on a travel guide to attract lodgers. “They put a picture of the property and a bio of the innkeepers,” Edwards said. “ But as African Americans, we couldn’t do that, or we would be shooting ourselves in the foot.” In short, white travelers were unlikely to check into black-owned B&Bs. In one sense, blacks had a network of B&Bs during segregation. Unable to stay at white-owned hotels, black travelers used The Negro Motorist Green Book, published from 1936 to 1966, to find black owned-and-operated lodging. Sandra Butler-Truesdale, once a cosmetologist for James Brown’s and Ray Charles’s bands, remembers how unforgiving the road was for black musicians. “ Entertainers and people who traveled a lot stayed with relatives and friends, and there were certain guest houses,” said Butler-Truesdale. “ Some musicians had buses and they did one-night stands and slept on their buses, heading to other engagements. Sometimes buses stopped at gas stations where people could change and wash themselves.” When Greenwood opened her first

Find your dream house at our Open House. Over 50 auction houses and Rehabbed & Ready homes to shop! Complete list of Land Bank Open Houses at Monique Greenwood inn in Brooklyn, guests were generally family, friends and neighbors. About 95 percent of their guests were black then, versus 40 percent today. “ We still have these clients in Brooklyn, but many more guests are coming from all over the world simply for vacation,” said Greenwood. Early on, she and her family occupied the top floor of the Brooklyn establishment. “The business made enough money for us to live in a beautiful mansion, rent- and expense-free, so we began building up a nest egg from our day-job income to be able to buy more property.” Today, Greenwood has 13 employees. “In 2015, Akwaaba’s sales surpassed the million-dollar mark, with much of the profit being reinvested back into the company,” she said. Greenwood and her husband own other commercial properties, which they have patiently used as collateral to invest in buying and renovating inns. “What has been most important is maintaining stellar personal credit, and doing that often requires being a pro at delayed gratification,” said Greenwood. Her ownership of The Mansion at Noble Lane symbolizes how much America has changed. The 25,000 square-foot, 14room Gilded Age inn in Bethany, Pennsylvania was the estate of the founders of the F.W. Woolworth Company. Mary Grate Pyos of Burke, Virginia, who had stayed at Akwaaba in Washington, D.C., attended the opening of The Mansion. “What’s so exciting about that inn is — as an African American, who not so long ago was unable to sit at the Woolworth counter and get a cup of water — I now get to witness a black woman owning the Woolworth estate,” said Pyos. “I wanted to cheer her on.” Greenwood, an astute businesswoman with a love for Afro-centrism, said she chose the name Akwaaba because it means “welcome” in the Ghanaian language of Twi, “ represents a connection to the Motherland” and because it starts with A — “generally making us first on most lists.”

DeVry Education Group’s president & CEO named to Savoy Magazine’s Power 300 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors (BPRW) - DeVry Education Group’s president and CEO, Lisa W. Wardell, and board directors Lyle L. Logan and James D. White were named to Savoy Magazine’s Power 300: 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors list. Savoy’s Power 300 features a directory of 300 influential African American directors serving on the boards of public companies, highlighting their success and achievement. “It’s an honor to be listed among some of the nation’s most accomplished African-American corporate leaders and influencers,” Wardell said. “Lyle and James bring a wealth of management and governance experience to DeVry Group’s board, contributing to the strength of our institutions and the success of our students.” Wardell was appointed president and CEO in 2016, and has been a member of DeVry Group’s board of directors since 2008. Prior to her current position with DeVry Group, Wardell was executive vice president and chief operating officer for The RLJ Companies, a diversified holding company with portfolio companies in the financial services, asset management, real estate, hospitality, professional sports, film production and gaming industries. Savoy also named Lyle L. Logan, executive vice president and managing director at Northern Trust Global Investments to its list of 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors. Logan

joined DeVry Group’s board in 2007. In addition to serving as a board director, Logan currently chairs the board’s audit and finance committee. James D. White, former chairman and CEO of Jamba, Inc., was also named to Savoy’s 2016 Power 300 list. White joined DeVry Group’s board in 2015. In addition to serving as a board director, White currently chairs the board’s external relations committee. “Savoy continues to be at the forefront of comprehensive coverage of the professional success and achievements of African Americans,” said L.P. Green, II, CEO and publisher of Savoy Magazine. “It is our duty to chronicle these inspiring executives, their distinguished careers and the corporations that demonstrate inclusive board composition in Savoy.” About DeVry Education Group The purpose of DeVry Education Group is to empower its students to achieve their educational and career goals. DeVry Education Group Inc. is a global provider of educational services and the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Chamberlain College of Nursing, DeVry Brasil, DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. These institutions offer a wide array of programs in healthcare, business, technology, accounting, finance and law. For more information, please visit

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DMC’s Project Genesis summer youth employment program is producing full time careers

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By Audrey Kahler “Don’t make excuses, make examples,” says Marlena Conner, RN, at DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital. This is Conner’s mantra as she moves ahead with a career that actually began with her participation in Project Genesis, a DMC youth employment and professional development program. “The DMC initiated Project Genesis because our commitment goes beyond health care. We want to uplift the communities we serve,” said Joe Mullany, CEO of the DMC. “Project Genesis helps local students grow and explore the great career opportunities available in healthcare. It is rewarding to see how the program inspires students to excel, and even more rewarding to see them return to join the DMC family.”

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Skinphorea is proud to announce a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their first brick and mortar location on Thursday, ​Oct. ​13, 5 p.m., at 621 S. Washington Ave. in Royal Oak. As day spas and beauty bars develop throughout the metropolitan Detroit area, this one has drawn the attention of Royal Oak’s growing beauty and retail community. Skinphorea Facial Bar is metro Detroit’s first and only high-concept facial bar, offering customers a facial with a “happy hour” feel including add-on services called “$10 Shots.”  Skinphorea’s mission is to provide women with a unique and euphoric skin experience. Co-owners Shareese Shorter and Jessica Stallings are ready to take facials to the next level. What motivates you to continue to promote healthy skin? (SS) Our skin is who we are and we must take care of it, most of us want to live until we’re 102 years old, and not look like we’re 102. Taking care of your skin is the only way to do it. (JS) Shareese and I noticed the overload of everyday people that worsen their skin conditions because they’re taking advice from Pinterest and other forms of social media and from people that sell skincare products but have no real knowledge regarding the science behind skin. You can buy skincare products from anywhere, you can go to any spa and get a great facial, but true education is far and limited, so we knew education had to be our main priority. What services are provided? (JS) We wanted to bring something different to metro Detroit — a facial bar with a “happy hour” feel. Most beauty bars attempt to be a one-stop shop and deliver a broad range of services. We didn’t want to be the spa that was good at doing everything, but instead specializing in one thing, which is skincare and being great at it. Skinphorea’s number one goal is to provide education to our customers regarding their skin concerns and provide treatments that will make a noticeable difference. We will provide express facials within a bar setting that will include chemical peels, enzyme peels, LED light therapy, microdermabrasion, oxygen facials, back facials, facial and body waxing, eyelash extensions and private party rentals. We have a complimentary juice bar with options to choose from that will target your skin concerns. And did I mention, our products are all natural, no parabens, no fragrances and we have a large selection of vegan products and services. How does care for African American skin differ from others? (SS): It’s important that we understand the

Jessica Stallings (left) and Shareese Shorter needs of our skin so we know what products are going to bring out our skin’s natural beauty. For instance, it’s important that women with oily skin understand what products will reduce the excessive shine, or for women with dry skin to know what moisturizers they can use that will moisturize the skin without causing unnecessary breakouts. (JS) Shareese hit the main point! We need to understand that skin is our largest and fastest growing organ. It is something we have to live with and look at every day for the rest of our lives. Why not take care of it properly instead of always having to cover it up? Makeup can only do so much. African Americans do have to care for their skin differently. We produce more melanin (its what gives us our tans easily). So whenever there is trauma to the skin, we usually deal with hyperpigmentation (those pesky dark spots). Therefore, we have to take a more progressive approach rather than aggressive. No harsh chemical peels without pretreating skin. Most of us were not taught to wear sunscreen but it is a must that we wear it every day. Ninety percent of aging is caused by the sun and yes, that is even with ethnic skin. We get dark spots while Caucasians experience more wrinkles as the sun breaks down collagen. What are some of the common mistakes women make when it comes to their skin? (JS) We tend to use what works for our family and friends. There is no way to properly treat your skin without knowing your skin type and condition. What works for me might cause more irritation and issues for someone else. Consultations are a must. If you receive a facial and they didn’t ask questions and provide a thorough consultation, how in the world would they know how to treat your skin? How can someone make an appointment? (SS) Making an appointment and getting in contact with Skinphorea is easy. You can visit our website or all us at 248-592-SKIN. Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on In­ stagram @Skinphorea. 

This summer’s students are nearing the end of the pro- Marlena Conner gram and when school opens in the fall, they’ll go back with a lot more real world work experience. Participants work 30 hours a week for eight weeks in numerous areas, including patient unit care, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, laboratory, rehabilitation therapy and the corporate offices. The program emphasizes good work habits and supports career development. Each week the students attend a forum led by a health care professional. Conner began her journey with the program in 2010. During her time working at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Conner was able to job shadow in several departments which helped shape her career choice. When she started the program, Conner wanted to be a pediatrician, but after shadowing nurses, found that nursing was her true passion. Three Project Genesis summer programs later, Conner began school at Eastern Michigan University. Two years later she was one of 80 students accepted into the nursing program. EMU’s nursing program requires students to have a specified number of “points” which can be earned by completing certain classes, a high GPA, and hands-on experience in the health care field. Along with excelling in classes and achieving a 3.7 GPA, Conner thinks that her work experience in Project Genesis played a big part in her getting admitted to the school of nursing on her first attempt. Conner graduated from EMU in December 2015 and after passing her exams and certifications, was hired by the DMC as a registered nurse at the DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital. “It feels great to be back, and I do give credit to the Project Genesis program for me being able to get the positions that I have, especially as a student nurse and registered nurse,” says Conner. Sbhe believes that Project Genesis is great for the community as well as students, as it offers local youth a summer opportunity to gain experience, build a resume, and gives them something positive to do during the summer months. Like Conner, several other students have returned to DMC for full employment in various areas of healthcare, including one student who is now a physical therapist. Marlena Conner hopes this year’s students will strive to challenge themselves, always take the opportunity to learn, and never take the Project Genesis experience for granted.

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DTE Energy Teams Up with Franklin Wright Settlements Inc. to Support School Children in Detroit

Due to the generous support of DTE Energy, over 800 Detroit families and youth have enjoyed entertainment and resource support at the annual Franklin Wright Settlements back to school rally and family fun day. It is the goal of DTE in collaboration with Franklin Wright Settlements, Inc. to serve over 4,000 school age children by the end of the summer. “We are delighted to have generous sponsors like DTE Energy to come deep into the community and provide desperately needed resources. This says a lot about who they are as a corporate citizen” stated Monique Marks, President and CEO of Franklin Wright Settlements. Marks added “we have worked hard to engage sponsors like DTE Energy who provide substantial support to this event including gift cards for families to purchase back to school clothes for the children.” According to Monique Marks, $30,000 in gift cards were distributed to Detroit families based on need “When you provide a family with the ability to meet their needs you are really making a difference. These are the moments I enjoy most about being a human service provider.” Participants also received backpacks filled with school supplies.

“These are the moments I enjoy most about being a human service provider.” - Monique D. Marks, FWS President & CEO

Many DTE employees attended the event both as service providers and volunteers. “This is a remarkable event and we are proud to be a force for growth for families in the neighborhoods of Detroit who need a hand up” said David Johnson, Vice president of Customer Service and Marketing at DTE Energy. Ms. Lou Johnson, mother of several school age children, stated that this event was a “true rescue” for her family. Overcome with emotion she added “I had no idea how I would manage to buy back –to- school clothes and school supplies for my girls. It is a struggle for us every year. These gift cards and school supplies were right on time.” “Wow, what a great day this is for the community; thank you so much”.

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Reflections By Steve Holsey

Gorgeous at 50 While it’s true that there are things more important than how one looks, it is also true that being “pleasant on the eyes” never hurt anyone, all the more so for people in the entertainment industry. Two of that industry’s most celebrated beauties, Halle Berry and Janet Jackson, recently turned 50…and the big five-o has never looked better. Berry scored big in a long string of movies and is among only 14 African Americans who have taken home an Oscar in the 87-year history of the Academy Awards.

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Jackson, meanwhile, meteorically rose from the shadow of her icon brother, and if that were not enough, showed numerous times how talented an actress she is. Berry, who reached the landmark on Aug. 14, said, “With open arms I welcomed 50. I’m so blessed to be here.” Jackson, no doubt, feels the same way. OBSERVERS are hoping that Ray J is 100 percent sincere and committed with regard to his recent marriage to actress Princess Love. That’s because he has done things in the past for publicity value. Such as taunting Kanye West, who had just married Kim Kardashian, with a Ray J song titled “I Hit It First.” The I-knowthe-cameras-are-on-me theatrics at the Whitney Houston services. (They had been dating.) And, of course, the graphic, widely viewed sex tape with Kardashian. Getting back to those 14 black Oscar winners, the other 13 were Denzel Washington (he won twice), Jamie Foxx, Sidney Poitier, Louis Gossett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, Lupita Nyong’o, Morgan Freeman, Mo’Nique, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer and Hattie McDaniels.

Jamie Foxx and Barbra Streisand NO ONE ever thought the day would come when legendary singer-actress Barbra Streisand and multitalented Jamie Foxx would sing together on stage, but they did just that at a recent Streisand concert in Brooklyn. They sang the standard “Climb Every Mountain” and sounded good together. By now you have probably heard about LeBron James’ incredible act of generosity. By way of his foundation’s I Promise program, he has donated $41 million to make it possible for over a thousand financially challenged young people to attend college for four years. He chose the UniverLeBron James sity of Akron because he was born in that city. “These students have big dreams, and I’m happy to help them get there,” said James. “They’re going to have to earn it, but I’m excited to see what these kids can accomplish knowing that college is in their futures.” When actress Zoe Saldana married artist Marco Perego, he took her last name…Nick Cannon is now reportedly dating Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas from TLC. She used to go with Usher.

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‘Southside With You’ — dual role as leading lady and producer in early Obamas story By AJ Williams Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, “Southside With You” recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a charming young law associate named Barack Obama (portrayed by Parker Sawyers) tries to woo reluctant attorney Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that takes them from an art exhibit to a screening of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” to a sweet first kiss outside of a Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor. Similar to “Monster’s Ball” as being from the method of being dropped into the middle of a moment in the middle of someone’s life, in “Southside With You” we are privy to a very intimate moment of connection between the future president and first lady of the United States. We are introduced to the very raw and vulnerable moment when chemistry is undeniable and you’ve met a person who in one date has forever changed your life. That’s the story of the Obamas before they were “The Obamas” and Tika Sumpter’s effectiveness as leading lady and producer makes “Southside With You” a journey of romantic realism that we will swoon over for years to come. It takes a person with a lot of guts to portray the living legend that is Michelle Obama as Tika Sumpter admitted, “It was a little nerve-racking at first. Once we were green-lit, I realized, oh my God, now I have to play her, the first lady.” Since Michelle Obama is still living as first lady of the United States, Sumpter decided to connect to the roots of Michelle Robinson, not Michelle Obama. “The first thing I did was really stripped her down. I didn’t focus on Michelle Obama, I focused on Michelle Robinson,” she said. “I Parker Sawyers had to figure out what connected me to her, I had to connect to her being a girl on the Southside of Chicago with a family, just like my family.” One of the main goals of the movie was to make the characters relatable apart from their current high profile status. Sumpter noted that making the Obamas as much like regular people was a necessary ingredient for the movie to be a success.

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“I stripped away the enormity of playing Michelle Obama because this is her 20 years ago and she’s not as polished yet, it’s their human side. It shows Barack Obama smoking cigarettes, you see her in her family’s bungalow home. We know a guy like him, a girl like her and a family living in the neighborhood like that.”

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As if trying to embody the first lady of the United States from 20 years ago was not enough, Sumpter took on the pro-

Tika Sumpter ducer role for “Southside With You.” “I think the most challenging part of producing is that it’s about putting the pieces together. It’s a collaborative effort and everyone has to be willing to work together and agree,” she said. “It’s also getting the money, getting it green-lit. It’s a process, but putting things together is my thing.” Sumpter enjoyed producing so much that she is currently in talks to produce more projects in the future. Creating and forging new paths is a lesson that Sumpter has embraced and started to act upon beginning with producing and starring as leading lady for this film. When asked about the change in direction from her other films and roles. Sumpter noted that change is good. “I am the leading lady and that’s huge,” she said. “That was real important to me because sometimes you don’t always get your shot. So I had to create the shot and take advantage of this oppourtunity. This was going to be my calling card and if (the movie industry) is not going to create for me, I am going to create for myself.”

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ANTHONY ANDERSON, Mark Curry, Tony Rock, Earthquake, Corey Holcomb, Fox Theatre, Oct. 15. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. FRANKIE BEVERLY and Maze, Chene Park Amphitheatre, Saturday, Aug. 27. For more information, visit


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DICK GREGORY, Mike Bonner, Redford Theatre, Sept. 11. Part of the proceeds will go to CeaseFire Youth Initiative. For more information, visit FRED HAMMOND, Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton & New Breed, Karen Clark Sheard, Regina Belle, Casey Janice Hobbs, Fox Theatre, Oct. 21. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. LAURYN HILL, the Fillmore Detroit, Sept. 2. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations.

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CHANTE MOORE, Tony Toni Toné, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, Sept. 16. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations and MotorCityCasino. com. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. MYSTIKAL, Juvenile, 8 Ball & Mug, Pastor Troy, Bun B, Fox Theatre, Oct. 29. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. PUFF DADDY, Lil’ Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, the Lox, French Montana, the Palace of Auburn Hills, Sept. 2. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.

Tika Sumpter Some could think the timing is not the best with the Obamas leaving the White House in January, but Sumpter says it is good timing, but not politically. She wanted to tell a love story and that is what the movie is about — two people falling in love. Although not politically driven, Sumpter did add how Michelle Obama will be missed and the effect that she has had on her life. “Barack is great but for me Michelle is everything. She makes me feel like I can go out and be great, be anything and not dim my light for anybody. She’s still her own person. She’s not under any-

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Knight Foundation awardee presents musical celebrating Detroit’s Black Bottom and Paradise Valley Celebrating the past to enrich the future, Body Rhythm Dance Theatre makes headlines across the Metro-Detroit area as Black Bottom Paradise, a musical about Detroit’s Black Bottom and Paradise Valley is presented Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8 p.m. at The Music Hall.

Adolescent identity explored in ‘The Fits’ at Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre

The Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) presents “The Fits,” a fascinating look at adolescent girls’ sense of identity, creativity and group dynamics, showing Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10 at 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m.

to embody her new ideals.

Eleven-year-old tomboy Toni (played by 10-yearold Royalty Hightower) trains as a boxer with her brother at a community center in Cincinnati’s West End, but becomes fascinated by the dance team that practices there. Enamored by their strength and confidence, Toni eventually joins the group, eagerly absorbing routines, mastering drills and even piercing her ears to fit in. As she discovers the joys of dance and of female camaraderie, she struggles with her individual identity amid her newly defined social sphere.

The girls were cast from the real-life Q-Kidz Dance Team from the West End of Cincinnati. Director Anna Rose Holmer said this allowed her and her colleagues to focus on the physicality and nuanced movements needed to tell the sto-

Shortly after Toni joins the Royalty Hightower team, the captain faints during practice. By the end of the week, most of the girls on the team suffer episodes of fainting, swooning, moaning and shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable catharsis. People wonder if it could it be a problem with the water, something in the air or something very different. Soon the girls embrace these mysterious spasms, transforming them into a rite of passage. Toni fears “the fits” but is equally afraid of losing her place just as she’s found her footing. Caught between her need for control and her desire for acceptance, Toni must decide how far she will go

Elliot Wilhelm, DIA film curator, calls the movie extraordinary, saying “There are not enough films, clearly, in which African-American communities are looked at in ways that are not stereotypical, and 'The Fits' tells a story that can be related to on a universal level, yet remains very specific.”

ry from beginning to end. “Casting all of the girls from the same real-life dance team meant that we could emphasize the authentic sisterhood and collective memory making that young women experience when they bond on a team,” Holmer said in a statement. “We filmed ‘The Fits’ in an immersive environment, living on location and inviting the young cast to see themselves not just as performers, but as co-authors of the characters on screen.” Tickets are $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Here is your opportunity to be educated, entertained and inspired as one of Detroit’s premier dance companies highlights a historic era in Detroit’s history. During the 1920s – 1950s, Black Bottom: Paradise Valley was a hub for black-owned businesses and entertainment, affording young black entertainers an opportunity to perform. This musical chronicles one family’s migration from Georgia to Detroit, struggling to survive in The Motor City. The audience will take a nostalgic journey to a period where camaraderie existed in black neighborhoods despite social ills, racial tension, and economic disparities. Offering a free matinee performance September 23rd at 11:00 a.m. exclusively for public and charter schools, BRDT Owner and Artistic Director, Shirley Bryant, make strides to achieve her goal of community bonding and educating youth on the significance of arts in education. With many questioning the contributions African Americans have made in the United States, the need to edify younger generations about the past is of the essence. Using the story of Detroit’s Back Bottom as a learning tool, history is being made, recreated, and has the potential to unify and promote social change. Prepare for an experience that will captivate your emotions, forcing you to engage in a foot stomping, hand clapping, body swaying, step back into time with a mixture of culture and entertainment. An array of talent is show-

cased through the star-studded production team consisting of Gina Ellis (Dance Director), Al McKenzie (Music Director) and Paulette Brockington (Swing Choreographer). With a cast of dancers from Detroit and beyond, the talent pool is vast with those who have toured and performed with top notch acts including: The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, India Arie and John Legend. Lead characters are played by Gwen Foxx and Michael White, whose dual role is Acting Director. With a grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation-Knight Arts Challenge, Bryant is able to put her creative energy into a project that helps the many appreciate life’s twists and turns. “When we are educated about life, situations, emotions, supporting each other and understanding diversity, then we can grow as a human race together and learn from the past,” Bryant says. “It’s a part of our history that needs to be told. This [Black Bottom] history is fabulous!” Tickets are available through The Music Hall and Ticketmaster. For school group tickets, call (248) 8096119 or email . Body Rhythm Dance Theatre (BRDT) was founded in 2004, with a mission to encourage and promote the growth of dance for children and adults in the Detroit Metropolitan area. The artistic goal is to present repertoires that are both visually stimulating and spiritually uplifting. Styles include: Modern, Jazz, African, Tap, and Hip-Hop. With two locations, Detroit and Southfield, Bryant is tackling her goals and headed in the direction towards seeing her vision being birthed on stage.


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How to Use Your Smartphone to Save Time and Money this Back-to-School Season

( St a t e Po i n t ) Back-to-school season means more errands, more chores and more scheduled activities. It also means a dent in your wallet. But you can recapture some of your free time and save some money along the way by turning your smartphone or tablet into command central. Here are some smart smartphone strategies for families as they head back to school. • Say cheese: Be sure to capture all those toothy grins on camera! It doesn’t take much effort to go beyond posting your first day of school favorites to social media. You can order prints, photo cards, canvas prints and other personalized items from your phone, Facebook, or Instagram using the Walgreens mobile app, even turning your photos into personalized school supplies to send your kids to class in style. Prints will be ready within an hour and many other personalized photo products can be picked up the same day. • Be in touch: Have all the most

important numbers you may need on speed dial: your children’s schools, doctors, babysitters, coaches and other caregivers. • Save time scoring deals: Back-toschool supplies like pencils, pens, notebooks and more can add up, especially if you have multiple kids heading to the classroom. Consult your current store of supplies and create a needed shopping list. Then, scour deals with ease by virtually “clipping” coupons from your mobile device through tools like the Walgreens mobile app. “With a few clicks of the thumb I was able to order most of the items on my school supplies list within minutes during

my lunch break,” says lifestyle blogger Janise Burrafato of “Mama in Heels.” The database has hundreds of offers in searchable categories helping you save time and money during a busy, expensive time of year. What’s more, the app lets you use your mobile device as a point-of-sale device with Apple Pay and Android Pay, allowing you to skip long back-toschool lines and get on with your day. • Get help: Doing it all on your own can be tough, but that’s what families are for. However, this year you can skip the traditional chore wheel. These days, apps can help you incentivize the completion of household duties and assign different tasks on an age-appropriate basis. For more great tips that will have you prepping like a pro this back-to-school season, follow along with “Mama in Heels,” “Katie’s Bliss,” and other lifestyle bloggers using the #MyWalgreensApp hashtag. With the right apps and strategies, everything you need to plan, prep, and navigate the back-to-school season can be found on your mobile device.

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Israel Baptist Church recently honored its pastor, Edward L. McCree, for 20 years of devoted service. The celebration banquet was held at Triumph Church Banquet Center on East Grand Blvd. From left: Davaughn McCree, Pastor Edward L. McCree, First Lady Crystal McCree , Markysa McCree and special guest O’ Neil D. Swanson Sr., president and CEO of Swanson Funeral Homes, Inc.

Detroit Gospel Artist Showcase during Labor Day weekend Gospel recording artist and radio personality Carl B. Phillips is hosting the Detroit Indie Gospel Artist Showcase, Sunday, Sept. 4, 9 pm at New Birth Church of God in Christ, 21801 Beaconsfield in Eastpointe. Since releasing his first independent gospel CD, “Great Rain,” earlier this year Phillips has learned of the challenges indie gospel artists expe-

rience to get exposure for their music. With that in mind, he decided to organize the Detroit Indie Gospel Artist Showcase. Performers scheduled for the showcase include Carl B. Phillips and Friends, who recently had two singles (“Meeting In The Air” and “I Know What God Did Last Summer”) on the Nielsen's/ BDS Gospel charts; Stacye Cranford, who has

Gary D. Hooks, Sr.

There will be a celebration of life for Pastor Gary D. Hooks, Sr. on Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 am, at Fountain of Life and Praise Church, 8051 Ohio, Detroit. A memorial service is set for Friday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m., at the same location. Viewing will be from noon to 10 p.m., also at the church, on Friday, Aug. 26. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Gary D. Hooks, Sr. was educated in the public school system of Phoenix and attended Phoenix College and Arizona Bible College. He has been in the ministry for more than three decades, serving as associate pastor at Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ and Greater Mt. Everett Church. He most recently served as a national adjutant for the Church of God in Christ and district superintendent of the Fountain of Praise District. He traveled extensively throughout the United States conducting revivals and singing with various gospel recording artists. Arrangements for Pastor Gary D. Hooks, Sr. were handled by Swanson Funeral Home.

Stella Mae Fulgham Services for Dr. Stella Mae Fulgham were held on Friday, Aug. 12, at St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church with Rev. Eleazar Merriweather officiating. Mrs. Fulgham passed away on Aug.5, 2016. Stella Mae Fulgham was born on July 7, 1935 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to James and Darthlie Russell. She graduated from Riverside High School and continued her education at Stillman College, also in Tuscaloosa, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial Studies.

performed at the Palace of Auburn Hills during the Detroit Pistons games; and J Bethel and Spoken For, whose new single, “I Gotta Praise In Me,” features “Sunday Best” winner Tasha Page-Lockhart. Also appearing are new artist Tiffany Nicole, psalmist Ryan Rutley, vocalist Joyce Marie Holman and saxophonist Jeremy Cornelius. Admission is free and the featured artists will have CDs available for purchase.

Summer celebration

Parishioners Mitzy Smith and Dr. Joyce Jackson join Father Pat for St. Moses the Black’s annual summer celebration on Belle Isle, Sunday, Aug. 21. St. Moses was formerly the Church of the Madonna.

Outer Drive Faith Lutheran celebrates 80th anniversary Carl B. Phillips, gospel recording artist and radio personality, creates a platform for Detroit indie gospel artists.

Alma Rita Griffin A celebration of the life of Alma Rita Griffin, known to all as Rita, was held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Swanson Funeral Home Northwest Chapel. Ms. Griffin passed away on Aug. 15, 2016. Alma Rita Griffin was born on Jan. 5, 1942 in Long’s Switch, Mississippi to Van Esther Griffin and James Mackintosh. The family moved to Detroit when she was two years old, although she spent most of her life as a resident of Highland Park. She was educated in the Detroit Public Schools, graduating from Cass Technical High School. She worked as an intern at the Michigan Chronicle and began a long career there upon graduation. Ms. Griffin became entertainment editor of the Michigan Chronicle and later was promoted to the position of assistant managing editor. She also sold advertising for the newspaper. In addition to writing, Ms. Griffin enjoyed shopping and spending time with family and close friends. Cherishing the memory of Alma Rita Griffin are a brother, William “Donnie” Griffin, a sister, Gloria Nicholson, and many other relatives and friends.

Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Charles Edward Cooks, Sr. A memorial service for Charles Edward Cooks, Sr. was held on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Warren Valley Golf & Banquet Center with Pastor Samuel Johnson officiating. Mr. Cooks passed away on Aug. 6, 2016.

Mrs. Fulgham was active in a wide array or organizations, and she enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, reading, square dancing and cooking.

Charles Edward Cooks, Sr. was born on April 21, 1939 to Curley and Geneva Cooks in Stephens, Arkansas although he spent his childhood in Toledo, Ohio. After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He furthered his education at Davis Business School in Toledo and after that earned professional accreditation in productivity and quality from the University of Tennessee.

Cherishing the memory of Dr. Stella Mae Fulgham are her son, Dwight, and many other relatives and friends.

Mr. Cooks advanced through ranks at Ford Motor Company, from line worker to top plant management roles. He was an avid, highly skilled golfer.

Arrangements were handled by Swanson Funeral Home.

Cherishing the memory of Charles Edward Cooks, Sr. are his wife, Clare Morman Cooks; daughters, Renee Simmons, Carla Westbrook and Corie Pauling; sons, Charles Cooks, Jr., Christopher Morman-Cooks and Shaun Betts; and many other relatives and friends.

In 1959, she married Charlie Fulgham, who preceded her in death. The following year she moved to Detroit. At Inkster High School she worked as a business teacher, and later was an educator in various capacities — administrator, instructor, assistant dean — at Marygrove College and the University of Detroit Mercy.

Interment took place at Grand Lawn Cemetery.

Howard Dewayne Jenkins

Services for Howard Dewayne Jenkins were held on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Third New Hope Baptist Church Main Campus with Pastor Edward L. Branch officiating. Mr. Jenkins passed away on Aug. 7, 2016. Howard Dewayne Jenkins was born on Jan. 26, 1952 in Meridian, Mississippi to Johnny and Lessie Mae Jenkins. He attended T.J. Harris High School. In 1972, he moved to Detroit and worked for General Motors Corporation. For a short time he worked for American Axle, but returned to GM. Mr. Jenkins married Deborah Gamble in 1974 and they were blessed with three children, Lataisha Marie, Howard Dewayne Jr. and Brian Lewayne. He was a big sports fan and also enjoyed ballroom dancing and stepping. Cherishing the memory of Howard Dewayne Jenkins are his children, Lataisha Jenkins, Howard Jenkins Jr. and Brian Jenkins, and many other relatives and friends. Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Interment took place at Detroit Memorial ParkWest.

Outer Drive Faith Lutheran Church will celebrate its 80th anniversary with a fashion-talent show on Oct. 29, a concert on Nov. 6, culminating in a celebratory divine service on Sunday, Nov.13 at 10 a.m. Rev. James



Arrangements were handled by Cantrell Funeral Home.

Lela Pearl Wilkerson

Services for Lela Pearl Wilkerson were held on Thursday, Aug. 18, at First Progressive Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. James Wheeler officiating. Mrs. Wilkerson passed away on Aug. 11, 2016. Lela Pearl Wilkerson was born in Crenshaw County, Alabama on May 16, 1923. Before moving to Detroit in 1939, she and Zollie Vonnie Wilkerson were married and were blessed with eight children. Mrs. Wilkerson was known as a warm, caring person. After retirement, she spent more time traveling. She also loved gardening, collecting elephants and keeping a well-maintained home. Cherishing the memory of Lela Pearl Wilkerson are her children, Dorothy Blackwell, Pearl Yvonne Burton, Theodore Lamar Wilkerson, Zollie Wilkerson Jr. and Jenise King, and many other relatives and friends.

Swanson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Interment took place at Elmwood Cemetery.


Wiggins Jr., former pastor, will give the sermon. All events will be at the church. Please call (313) 341-4095 for additional information. Rev. Eddie Morales is the pastor.

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