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Rev. Dr. Jim Holley to launch Church Network TV on Comcast 20

Gov. Snyder lowers barriers to employment for felons

By Donald James Special to the Chronicle

Rev. Dr. Jim Holley, senior pastor of The Historic Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit, is set to embark on an innovative venture, when he launches Church Network TV (CNTV) on Monday, Oct. 1 on Comcast 20. Under the banner theme, “Serving Our Present Age,” CNTV will debut at 12 noon and run to 12 midnight, seven days a week. Dr. Holley, however, looks to expand the network to 24 hours, seven days a week. According to Dr. Holley, the network will be totally rooted in spiritual entertainment, which in addition to preaching, will provide spiritually-based programming for all ages. There will be Christian/ faith-based movies, with a host rendering commentary Rev. Jim Holley and conducting interviews with the films’ respective executive directors, producers, and/or actors/actresses; spiritual cartoons for children; gospel and spiritual music programs for millenniums and other adults; Christian cooking programs with audiences; roundtable discussion-type shows featuring local members of the clergy on formats similar to ABC’s “The View” and Fox’s “The Real.”

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eAngelo Franklin, 34, is an unlicensed barber on Detroit’s west side. If he had things his way, he would have his barber’s license sticking to the mirror behind his barber’s chair. Instead, Franklin cuts hair under the table to make ends meet because of a felony conviction he received in 2010, stemming from an armed robbery case which saw him serve seven years in prison. Franklin, who learned how to cut hair while in prison, hopes to obtain his barber’s license in the near future and is one-step closer to doing so, since Republican Gov. Rick Snyder announced that the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has removed all criminal history questions from licensing applications, except when required under state or federal law. Gov. Snyder is also getting rid of the “Were you convicted of a felony” question on state licensing applications and job applications for all state departments and agencies. The felony conviction checkbox will be replaced with an affirmation of good character statement beginning October 1. While a criminal history review could still happen later in the hiring process, state departments will not be able to use criminal history as an initial screen for applicants.

“My vision is to pull local churches together to collectively transform Detroit through the gospel,” said Dr. Holley. “There are many church networks doing a wonderful job, like The Word Network and The Impact Network, but they are basically doing the wonderful things nationally and internationally. I felt we needed a network to focus on things locally and get our local churches to work together.”

“This is a huge step towards me trying to rehabilitate myself and earn an honest living,” said Franklin, who has had difficulty finding a job because of his conviction. “I do feel like I’m a changed man, but once these jobs and barber schools see that I’m a convicted felon, they judge you without ever experiencing the current you. This news doesn’t promise me a job, but it at least promises me a fair chance.”

CNTV’s first program is “The Gospel Truth” hosted by Dr. Holley. “I just want to kickoff and let the people know what we’re trying to do,” said Dr. Holley. “We want to ask for the viewers’ support. We want to do everything possible to push CNTV so it will serve the spiritual needs in Detroit. I want the people of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck to know that they are at the table of what we are doing.”

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Owner of New Beginnings Counseling Consulting and Restoration Tierra Jackson supports Gov. Snyder banning the felon box on state job applications.

The governor is trying to make it easier for convicted felons in Michigan to re-enter the workforce by lowering barriers to employment. He also signed legislation in 2017 that now allows the Michigan Department of Corrections to hire formerly convicted felons. While these changes only apply to applications state jobs, Snyder said he also wants to set an example for the private sector in giving ex-felons improved chances to success-


Ford GoRide Partners with DMC to help Detroiters Get to the Doctor By Patreice A. Massey MANAGING EDITOR

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According to the National Conference of Staff Legislature, approximately 3.6 million Americans fail to receive health care due to a lack of transportation. This problem is potentially even more prevalent in Detroit, where according to the U.S. Census; the number of people without a vehicle is 16 percent higher than the national average. Without reliable transportation, many patients miss their appointments. Ford Motor Company in partnership with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) is now providing GoRide non-emergency medical transportation service across the DMC network, improving the way patients get to and from appointments by providing safe and timely transportation. “Too often, patients miss medical appointments simply because it’s too hard to find transportation they can consistently count on,” said Marion Harris, Ford vice president Mobility Business Group. “GoRide tack-

les this problem by providing a human-centered service that is reliable, that makes it easy for DMC staff to schedule and book transportation for their patients, and also focuses on ensuring people have a safe and great experience.

Ford GoRide is serving patients receiving medical care at DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Sinai-Grace Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, DMC Heart Hospital, Harper University Hospital and Hutzel Wom-

en’s Hospital. “Helping patients with mobility issues or no access to transportation make it to their medical appointments on time and in a safe and comfortable manner is a key part of delivering on our

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Employment The “Stop Hep A” campaign includes prevention messages on billboards, inside buses, at movie theaters, and through flyers, handouts, and the Health Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Materials are available at, or by contacting As of Aug. 29, 2018, there have been 880 cases of hepatitis A diagnosed and 28 deaths in Michigan since Aug. 2016. Eighteen cases in Washtenaw County have been confirmed as part of the outbreak. No common sources of food, beverages, or drugs have been identified as a potential source of infection. Talk to your health care provider or call the Health Department at 734-544-6700 to get the hepatitis A vaccine. As of mid-August 2018, the Washtenaw County Health Department and area health care providers have given over 15,000 hepatitis A vaccinations to local adults since October 2017 (Michigan Care Improvement Registry). Because the virus spreads through the feces (poop) of people with hepatitis A, proper handwashing is vital in stopping its spread. Hand sanitizer does not kill the hepatitis A virus. Learn more about the outbreak at washtenaw. org/StopHepA.

REI Co-Op hosts National Public Lands Day volunteer event More than 100 volunteers will join REI Co-Op, the Friends of Island Lake, Crossroads Sierra Club and the Huron-Clinton Metroparks to celebrate the 25th annual National Public Lands Day on Sept. 29 at Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron Parkway and Island Lake State Recreation Area, 6301 Kensington Road. Individuals, families, corporate and community organizations will lend a hand to help restore natural areas and do trail maintenance. Volunteers will help at both Kensington Metropark and Island Lake Recreation Area, the volunteer event will begin at 10am. “Being good stewards is the foundation of what REI Co-op believes in and we are happy to continue to put this belief into action” said Lyn DeGroot, REI Outdoor Programs and Outreach Market Coordinator, “We hope everyone of all ages will join us for an annual celebration of our public lands and help preserve the great natural lands we all enjoy.” According to then National Environmental Education Foundation, National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. Held every year on the last Saturday of September, National Public Lands Day brings together hundreds of thousands of volunteers to help maintain and restore America’s treasured places. Kensington Metropark and Island Lake State Recreation Area are each more than 4,000 acres of land and host more than 30 miles of natural surface trails between the two parks. “Kensington Metropark is a sacred green space and has approximately 1.5 million visitors annually” says Amy McMillian, director of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. “We are thrilled to partner together and have such great volunteers supporting our Natural Resources Department and helping our natural areas thrive.” Friends of Island Lake State Recreation Area is an example of one primary volunteer group. The Friends of Island Lake has been coordinating their volunteer efforts since 2005, focusing on trail maintenance projects, hosting outings and fundraising. “We love enjoying the outdoors and know we have to do our part to help preserve the land” says Friends of Island Lake volunteer, Tony Pitts, “National Public Lands Day brings great awareness to not only the parks but how our actions can make a positive impact while pitching in, and having some fun, at the parks.” Pre-event registration is required. To register for National Public Lands Day volunteer event, click on For additional information about this volunteer event, contact Katie Kowalski, Volunteer Services Supervisor, at katie.kowalski@ or (810) 494-6020.

From page A-1 fully return to society. Each year, about 50,000 people are convicted of felonies in Michigan. “While a job applicant’s criminal record is certainly a relevant consideration in an employment decision, applicants who are filtered out of the process at the beginning simply for having a record are denied the opportunity to show their qualifications,” Snyder said in a statement. “Getting a job is an essential part of successful re-entry for most prisoners. The continuation of Michigan’s comeback depends on all populations and communities being part of our success.” In March, Gov. Snyder signed a law to bar municipalities from regulating what employers can or cannot ask during job interviews. The bill was a pre-emptive backlash against salary history bans in other parts of the country, but sparked criticism from some who said it would cause unintended consequences by hurting efforts to pass sensible fair chance policies at the local level to help offenders get jobs after their incarceration and not commit new crimes. Bills that would ban private employers from including a criminal history box on employment applications have not passed the Legislature. Tierra Jackson is the owner of New Beginnings Counseling Consulting and Restoration and she helps eligible clients get their records expunged. While Gov.

Snyder’s new mandates are his latest step in his focus on smart justice, but Jackson would like to see the initiative taken another step forward for all employers. “It’s very exciting and positive news what Gov. Snyder is doing, but I wish he was doing a bit more,” said Jackson, who has a criminal record of her own and became an entrepreneur. “It’s a step in the right direction for people with a criminal history to at least apply for state jobs. But what I don’t really like is the fact that he’s not pushing for it to become a law where all employers in the state of Michigan have to ban the box. Hopefully that is an initiative the next governor makes a priority.” The licensing change also will allow for more trades to be taught at vocational villages, special units inside prisons where inmates receive job training and will create a domino effect for people like Franklin, who not only wants jobs, but advanced education and housing, too. “The three main issues that hold a lot of felons back in jobs, housing, and career licensing,” Jackson added. “For people in those situation, these new changes mean everything. You can come home from prison, get your license, work in or own a shop or salon, and pay taxes, which helps you then further your lifestyle. At most apartments and rental properties, they don’t want convicted felons there. But if you have some type of legitimate income and show that you pay taxes, you can at least try to become a homeowner.”

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CNTV’s programming will originate from a stateof-the-arts studio located in Highland Park and will reach 200,000 Comcast subscribers’ homes in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. Now in his 47th year as senior pastor of The Historic Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit, Dr. Holley is one of the nation’s most innovative ministers, whose voice resonates in truth on issues pertaining to empowering others. As a visionary minister, who isn’t afraid to think outside of the box, Dr. Holley has spearheaded many successful ventures related to spiritual entities, the community, entrepreneurship, and education. His entrepreneurial endeavors have included starting Country Preachers Cookies, carried by several major airlines. In 2017, Dr. Holley brokered a partnership between The Historic Little Rock Baptist Church and Cleary University, which prepares students for certificate programs in business leadership, entrepreneurship, and marketing, and other areas. While CNTV is the brainchild of Dr. Holley, he credits many others for rendering their expertise.

“I sought the advice of people in the faith-based world, entertainment, media and other areas,” said Dr. Holley. “I may have had the seed for CNTV, but the watering of the seed and the sunshine come from many other people and sources.” For Dr. Holley, it’s important that CNTV becomes the vehicle that unites local churches. “Media is moving so fast, and I want to make sure that local churches move with it,” said Holley. “Through CNTV, there is an opportunity to do just that. Local churches can do so much if we work together. Right now we have about 165 local churches that will be working together on one network.” Dr. Holley adds: “There really will be something there for everyone,” said Dr. Holley. “That’s why CNTV will be entertaining and will keep people engaged and loyal to what we are doing. Detroiters are loyal, church folks are loyal, and we want to make sure that CNTV is loyal to all of our viewers by providing the best in local Christian and faith-based programming.” For more information on the launch of Church Network TV, call 313.872.2900.


From page A-1 DMC mission,” said DMC Chief Strategy Officer Joel Keiper. “This collaboration with Ford GoRide is one example of how we work to address the needs of our community members and collaborate to provide beneficial solutions that improve the patient experience.” DMC Rehabilitation Institute patient Rosa Brown, 74, suffered a near-fatal stroke earlier this year. Now, less than four months later, she is expected to make a full recovery. Brown is grateful for GoRide’s transportation service, and relies on it to make every rehabilitation appointment on time. “I’ve never been late to an appointment because of GoRide. The drivers are very courteous, they help me in and out, and they try to make me very comfortable,” said Brown. “After my stroke, I wasn’t able to drive, so GoRide has been a wonderful solution for me and I’ve had nothing but a great experience with them.” With professionally trained drivers and Ford Transit vans outfitted

specifically to transport people with mobility challenges, GoRide is enabling DMC to help improve access to its medical facilities across the Metro Detroit area, improve efficiency and enhance patient care. GoRide’s 97 percent on-time pick-up and delivery average is a factor in helping the medical network provide the medical care its patients need. GoRide drivers receive extensive training – including training in passenger assistance safety and sen-

sitivity to enable the highest levels of safety for wheelchair passengers. They also understand patient rights and know how to perform CPR. Booking rides with Ford GoRide is handled through DMC-based schedulers working with GoRide dispatchers. Patients with appointments at the DMC locations or approved physician partners, can also schedule their transportation over the phone or through the Ford GoRide website at


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Detroit CFO John W. Hill to step down in December


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Detroit’s Chief Financial Officer, John W. Hill, who helped lead the city’s finances through bankruptcy and onto its best financial footing in years, has informed Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones that he will be leaving his post by the end of December. Hill, a government and finance turnaround expert, was hired in 2013 by former Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to undertake the city’s financial restructuring during bankruptcy. It was expected that Hill would leave shortly after the city emerged from bankruptcy in December 2014. But, Duggan, impressed by Hill’s work to clean up the past, manage the John W. Hill present, and plan for the future, convinced him to stay to help move the city forward and resolve issues, including addressing the city’s legacy pension obligations, and helping the city emerge from state financial oversight. “After leading financial turnarounds in Washington D.C. and now Detroit, I am even more convinced that the right team can bring about reform and systemic change in a relatively short period of time and help the government get back on track,” Hill said. “With the support of the mayor and City Council, my team and I have helped rebuild the city’s financial operations and set it on a course to manage its finances long-term.” In his position as CFO, Hill led the restructuring of all finance, budget, grants management, procurement, and property assessment functions and created a new centralized financial management organization called the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, including all new positions, salary schedules, and a performance management system for employees.

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reportedly cashing out Detroit casino

Detroit native and billionaire entrepreneur, Dan Gilbert, is looking to exit the casino business, including properties in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Detroit, according to a report by Bloomberg News. Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse are representing Gilbert’s casino company in the sale process, and Caesars Entertainment Corp. is among the possible bidders that have expressed interest in some properties, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. Representatives for both banks and Caesars declined to comment. “It is Jack Entertainment’s long-standing policy to not comment on rumors or speculation,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. Gilbert, who also owns the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, began eyeing gambling as part of a strategy to revive struggling downtowns in older U.S. cities. He backed a 2009 ballot measure to legalize casinos in Ohio

and opened his first property in the historic Higbee’s department store building in downtown Cleveland three years later.

International, paid $1.06 billion for another such property, the Hard Rock Rock Casino Northfield Park, near Cleveland, the same month.

Jack Entertainment, based in Detroit, has interests in six casinos and racetracks, including Jack casinos in Ohio and the Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit, which Gilbert acquired in 2013. The properties may be sold separately. He’s worth an estimated $7.8 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Still, the business is competitive. Gilbert’s properties only ranked third and fourth in terms of gambling revenue this year among Ohio’s four standalone casinos, even though the Jack Entertainment properties are located in the center of the state’s two largest cities.

The gambling industry is in the midst of an acquisition wave, thanks in part to the emergence of casino-based real estate investment trusts that allow bidders to pay higher prices for properties. The U.S. Supreme Court’s legalization of sports wagering in May has added to their potential growth prospects. Caesars completed the acquisition of two Indiana racetrack-casinos for $1.7 billion in July. MGM Growth Properties LLC, an affiliate of MGM Resorts

Caesars has considered purchasing Gilbert’s casinos in combination with Vici Properties Inc., a REIT it spun off last year, according to the people. Caesars was Gilbert’s partner in the Cleveland and Cincinnati properties, which operated under the Horseshoe name until he bought out Caesars three years ago. Gilbert’s company is still an investor in Caesars’ Horseshoe Baltimore casino. Vice President John Payne supervised the company’s central U.S. casinos when he worked for Caesars.

Officials hold the groundbreaking of the Detroit Pistons new training facility in midtown Detroit.

Detroit Pistons partnership helps create jobs for Detroiters The Detroit Pistons, The Platform and Christman-Brinker launched a new partnership with SkillSmart to create a workforce development system for the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center, helping not only connect Detroit residents with good-paying jobs, but also giving them valuable work skills. Utilizing SkillSmart technology, Detroiters will have direct access to workforce opportunities created around construction of the new state-of-the art practice facility and team headquarters located in the New Center area. And, for Detroiters requiring additional training and skill development, the city of Detroit’s Workforce Development arm, Detroit At Work, will provide Detroiters free job skills training. “Our goal is to increase construction workforce opportunities for Detroit residents now and in the future,” said Pistons Vice Chairman Arn Tellem. “Using SkillSmart will not only align Detroit job seekers with available positions at the new performance center site but create a more qualified pipeline of potential employees that will be mutually beneficial for job seekers and employers

throughout the coming years as additional construction projects begin throughout the city of Detroit.” The SkillSmart system is available at and will serve as a valuable resource for both job seekers and employers. The site categorizes available positions by using necessary skills and prerequisites, while inviting job seekers to build an individual profile based on their work experience, training and education, and other life experiences. The tool will then provide them with a score for each available position showing how well their skill set and qualifications align with the job, while also suggesting resources – such as the free training programs through Detroit At Work – that help potential employees become stronger candidates for available positions through additional training opportunities. The Detroit Pistons partnership with Detroit At Work is already supporting Detroit’s future workforce as the organization has contributed $100,000 to the Randolph Career Technical Center through the Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. “We are grateful for the Detroit Pistons’ commitment to

help build a construction skill trades pipeline for both students and adults at Randolph Career Tech Center,” said Jeff Donofrio, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Workforce Development Team. Job seekers at any stage of their search will benefit from the SkillSmart platform whether they’re searching for a job that matches their current skill set; looking to expand their qualifications; or simply starting their search and learning about the types of positions that will be available and how to begin preparing for future opportunities. By building a SkillSmart profile, prospective employees will learn how to become better-prepared for future opportunities and take a step toward developing a stronger and more prepared workforce that will benefit the entire city of Detroit. SkillSmart’s technology and programming provides a multi-faceted approach aimed at helping construction of the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center achieve the decades-old challenge of meeting a 51 percent Detroit-based workforce on construction projects. “For many years, large-scale

development projects have fallen short of reaching the city’s 51 percent Detroit-based workforce requirement because there simply have not been enough skilled-trade workers in the city. And, this benchmark becomes increasingly more difficult to reach today with so many projects currently competing for the same workforce,” said Pat Devlin, Secretary Treasurer of the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council. “The Detroit Pistons are being proactive in their approach to implement a workforce development platform that encourages immediate participation from qualified candidates interested in construction skilled trades apprenticeships, while also enhancing Detroit’s future workforce potential by directing other applicants to additional training programs.” “Increasing Detroit’s skilled labor force by bringing those who seek to enter the ­workforce together with employers who are offering jobs is an important goal in our developments,” said Dietrich Knoer, President and CEO of The Platform. “We believe that the new affiliation with SkillSmart will increase The Platform’s impact on work force development in Detroit.”

The Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center will create construction-related jobs in the short-term while increasing city income tax and property tax revenue generated by the organization’s relocation to the city. The building is slated to open next summer. The first phase of construction has begun as foundation work, concrete basement walls and underground utilities have been completed. Structural steel work has commenced on the site with concrete floor pours expected to begin in late September. “It’s clear the Detroit Pistons, The Platform and Christman-Brinker are committed to using local workforce development as an opportunity to drive regional economic growth,” said SkillSmart co-founder Jason Green. “This project will provide the Detroit community with both the near-term benefits and job creation around construction of the new Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center, as well as the long-term benefits of understanding and building a talent pipeline for the future of the city.”


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Thirty minutes with the Queen I’ll never forget, not a moment or a second By Loretta S. Tatem

ment, Ms. Franklin uttered, “I was just cajoling you.”

Since the unfortunate death of Aretha Franklin three weeks ago, I’ve been grooving to her vast repertoire of recordings being played non-stop on satellite radio. I’ve been cruising to old favorites and acquiring new favorites from an extensive list of songs I’d never heard of until now. I’ve been perusing through video footage and closely following media reports about her remarkable journey. And what a remarkable journey it was. This fierce songwriter for freedom, justice, love, and the Good Lord; this gifted songstress and piano player, this remarkable, natural woman Loretta S. Tatem with supernatural talent, in my eyes, possessed Wakanda-worthy girl power long before the acclaimed film.

A few weeks later, I received a letter of offer, but in the end, I respectfully declined for personal reasons, but mainly because as thrilling as it seemed, I had to follow my heart.

While reading a lovely tribute about her life, I became quite reflective and feel compelled to publicly share my personal story about The Queen of Soul, a golden mushroom and me, a story that’s nearly two decades old. Always an avid listener of R & B radio, I tuned in and learned from an onair announcement that Aretha Franklin was starting a new record company and was looking to fill two positions in the metro Detroit area. I wondered why such an announcement would be aired publicly. Ironically, I recalled that the very job where I was then employed had been announced the exact same way on another R & B station just a few turns north on the dial, some 14 years earlier. Still wary about the authenticity of the announcement, I called a now very beloved air personality who worked for the station at that time to verify the validity of the announcement. All true. So, I applied. No more than 10 days later, I received a call from Ms. Franklin’s attorney’s office advising that my resume had been received and she wanted to meet with me. No sh*! Wait. ME? What? For real? All these thoughts whirled through my mind in less than a millisecond. Though the call seemed other worldly and Twilight Zone-ish, somehow, I managed to summon a much more diplomatic response. “I’d be honored,” I replied. It was winter in Detroit, late January or early February of 1999. I recall the interview occurred just days after an all-too familiar Detroit snow storm. I entered the former Golden Mushroom restaurant and was greeted by a gentleman who informed me that Ms. Franklin would be with me in a few minutes. I waited in nervous anticipation and then the moment came. I was escorted into the dimly lit restaurant where there was one brilliant star. Talk about other-worldly, I wanted to pinch myself and curtsy at the same time. After all, I was in the presence of a queen. But I refrained from all odd behavior and remain thankful that I did not gush over her celebrity status. It was surreal—me—an ordinary girl who grew up on Collingwood and Dexter; me, an ordinary girl but an extraordinary child of the Most High King was sitting across the dining table from a queen, The Queen of Soul who had stood before a King: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Presidents: Jimmy Carter, William Jefferson Clinton, George W. Bush, and the first African American President of these United States: Barack Hussein Obama, II. I was in an empty restaurant (except for bodyguards and waitstaff) seated before this manner of woman. Me. We had a lovely conversation, Ms. Franklin and I, discussing the recent snow storm, my desire to become an author and my work history. In fact, I slid right into my comfort zone when she inquired about my favorite recording artists. Rather proudly I stated that my alltime favorite female recording artist was Ella Fitzgerald. With the same boastful air, I proceeded to name other female recording artists that I favored including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jill Scott, Tamia, Patti LaBelle, just to name a few. I silently sighed after going through my list, confident that I had nailed that question.

From that moment on as I followed her illustrious career, my appreciation, admiration, and yes, respect for Ms. Franklin and her music grew. I grew particularly fond of her earlier songs such as the entire album, Aretha Franklin This is Jazz No. 34, with my favorite Aretha song of all time being “Skylark” on that album. Her longing in this recording is palpable. You see, Ms. Franklin was just so damn good! She possessed the musical acuity to identify an emotion—love, loneliness, happiness, heartbreak, freedom—intuitively link that emotion to the lyric with soul, sass and sincerity and render it exquisitely, poignantly in song so that each time that song was played that you loved so much, you would immediately relate to the lyric, the emotion, and attach it to your personal experience. I can attest to this because each time I hear the first eleven words of “Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool For You Baby)” I reminisce about a past relationship when I was, well…just refer back to the content in the parentheses. Or, when I hear “Make Someone Happy,” I think about my sugar pie honey bunch. And my latest favorite, a demo entitled “Are You Leaving Me,” well, that song just makes me wanna press the replay button repeatedly whilst I sit on my sofa on a Saturday evening with some brown liquor and lament over the one that got away. And yes, in case you were wondering, Feel Good was his name. To be fair, there are many recording artists that have the same musical prowess, but none with Ms. Franklin’s panache. She did it, sang it, and said it, her way. Just two days prior to the heartbreaking news that Aretha Franklin was in grave condition, I hosted a dinner party for my two forever friends, Patti and Alethea, in honor of Patti’s birthday. After our feast, we were full and satiated and probably just under the legal limit of inebriation when one of my favorite playlists began playing continuous Aretha Franklin songs including “Dr. Feel Good,” and Patti and I decided to sing along. In our sauced-up minds, we thought we sounded exactly like Aretha. Patti took the lead and at appropriate intervals, I’d chime in with a colorful uh-huh and all right, punctuated with a neck roll and a handwave. And then we brought it on home with the last line of this racy, provocative, and beloved blues song, “Oh good God almighty the man sure makes me feel real guuud-uud-uud!” Our friend Alethea just shook her head and smiled at her two ridiculous-sounding sister-friends. We all laughed at ourselves and continued listening to the next few Aretha tunes that were on my playlist. That was a great moment and a memory that I will forever cherish. Indeed, it was somewhat coincidental in that we did not expect to learn just two days later that Ms. Franklin was in her final days here on this earth. The story of my interview with Aretha Franklin continues to be one of the highlights of my life and I remain grateful for the opportunity. I believe that everything happens for a reason and I do often wonder why that opportunity presented itself to me all those years ago. While I don’t fully know the answer, I suspect perhaps it was to be a teachable moment for me to resolve to assert with confidence and boldness, why not me. Or maybe, just maybe, the reason is for this very moment. Farewell Ms. Franklin. Rest in heavenly peace. Loretta Tatem is the author of several articles and short works of fiction. She is a native of New York and currently resides in the metropolitan Detroit area.

Hail Aretha: This Is How We Roll

By Dan Dildy

A few weeks ago, Detroit and the world lost a magnificent champion of people everywhere. Aretha Franklin was heralded as such at The Greater Grace Temple in a regal, celebratory telethon that made us proud to be Detroiters. But there are those in mainstream America who will never understand why we conduct our homegoing ceremonies the way we do and that’s alright. Mainstream America sometimes looks upon our homegoing ceremonies as too extravagant, irreverent, and downright blasphemous; they call them funerals, but we call them celebrations of life. And while the lens of the common perception Dan Dildy isn’t adjusted to view the cultural significance of our farewell services in a more understanding way, we, by tradition, conduct ourselves with more joy than lament, more spontaneity than dictation, and more drama than script; we purposefully do them our way. Beginning with two days of public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Aretha arrived in a classy1940 white, LaSalle hearse provided by Swanson Funeral home. Lain in a casket of gold, she was adorned for several days in various wardrobe changes consisting of fine, satin clothing and shoes, appropriately befitting a queen. That is how we roll for a queen. The length of Aretha’s service was of little concern and, in many ways, an integral part of the program. Governor Snyder and Mayor Duggan were booked early to offer their eulogies so the serious celebrating could begin. Besides, the announcement by the mayor that Chene Park was to be re-named Aretha Franklin Amphitheater was apropos and a fitting endowment to Aretha’s legacy and for the city. And as the tribute progressed, some mainstream discussion on social media outlets began teasing out their interpretation of events without any understanding of the dynamics involved. For example, there were erroneous questions about Gladys Knight’s health,

and fake concerns over the optics of Minister Louis Farrakhan sharing the same stage with former President Bill Clinton---------as if anyone really cared. Aretha was known to be a good friend to both men. One of the most-discussed faux pas was the perceived groping by Bishop Charles H. Ellis. Perhaps an uninvited endearment, yes, but some folks attempted to turn it into an outward sexual assault, but it was clearly an accident that could have happened anywhere; he simply hugged Arianna Grande warmly, a common affection in our church communities. Again, we roll like that. Even Rev. Jasper Williams, assigned to deliver the actual eulogy, has been criticized due to his misguided admonishment of single mom households when, in fact, the Queen in the casket was a successful single mom herself. The good reverend was out-of-bounds for sure, but the event was a family affair and all has been forgiven, because that’s how we roll. Aretha’s homegoing was unprecedented; it was attended by folks from virtually all walks of life because Aretha touched the hearts and souls of so many diverse groups for more than six decades. No amount of outside interpretation by mainstream, uninformed nitpickers can define our ceremonies or her life. At the end, Stevie Wonder sang a love song, and Jennifer Holliday swooned a sweet gospel standard about going home as the pallbearers solemnly flanked Aretha’s casket and carried her to the awaiting LaSalle. Rev. Jesse said it wasn’t a party, but it bordered on one. There were tears, happy dancing, hallelujahs, laughing, clapping, and hugging---it was a family reunion. And sadly, the trite eulogy offered to the nation about the Queen of Soul from the soul-less President of the United States was that Aretha ‘worked’ for him. Taking offence, noted wordsmith Michael Eric Dyson denounced Trump’s comments, “You lugubrious leech… doppelganger of deceit…lethal liar… dimwitted dictator…foolish fascist”, Dyson said, “She ain’t worked for you. She worked above you. She worked beyond you.” Since this is a ‘family’ newspaper, I hesitate to define what that vocal riff actually meant, but somehow I think Aretha would be smiling.

MDCR Director Commends Governor for Leadership in Removing Question on Criminal History for State of Michigan Job Applicants Arbulu calls on Michigan’s private and public sector employers to follow the Governor’s example in their own hiring processes

When in the presence of Ms. Franklin, it is immediately evident that she does not mince words. Rather, her words are deliberate. Concise. After jotting down a couple notes, she looked up at me and asked, “Is there anyone else?” A beat—and then total mortification arose—but not because I had forgotten the obvious, but because I thought it went without saying that one of the reasons I was there that day was because I admired her musical artistry and celebrity. I recovered gracefully, only to have her chuckle at my apparent discomfort and respond that Ella Fitzgerald was one of her favorite artists as well and that she often paid homage to the Lady of Song during many of her concerts. I’ll never forget that while internally, I was climbing off the ceiling of embarrass-

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Agustin V. Arbulu, Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, issued the following statement in response to Governor Snyder’s recent Executive Directive that state departments and agencies no longer include a question about an applicant’s criminal history or convictions in a job application or job posting. “Of all the challenges former prisoners face, securing a job is on the top of list. We commend the governor for taking this bold first step in helping ensure that individuals who have served their time are able to find the employment necessary to achieve stability in their lives and contribute to Michigan’s economy.

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Now it is vital that local government and

the private sector follow his example and implement ‘ban the box’ directives commonly used in the screening process. Removing this barrier to employment isn’t only of benefit to returning prisoners, it is in the best interest of us all when all people have the opportunity to compete for a job, based on their skills and qualifications, and to provide for themselves and their families.” The Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the operational arm of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, is charged with investigating and resolving discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The Department also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives and equal employment law. For more information on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, go to www.

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Mayor Mike Duggan

City officials unveil plan to address Detroiters’ transportation challenges

The city of Detroit unveiled its strategic plan for transportation to address some of the most pressing challenges facing Detroiters by making it easier, safer and more affordable to get around the city. The plan comes out of the concerns voiced by the community as the city works to connect residents to the growing number of opportunities available throughout Detroit. The plan, developed in partnership with Bloomberg Associates, outlines a number of strategies over the next four years to improve transit in Detroit, with some key initiatives, like updates to the DDOT system and neighborhood traffic calming projects, already underway. The city is also committing to better outreach and community engagement for every project outlined in the strategic plan, to ensure residents have the opportunity to participate in planning and actively engage in the process. “Transportation means access for every Detroiter in one way or another, whether to employment, affordable housing, retail opportunities, recreation or education,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Transportation is the thread that ties of all these things together and we will work to provide more and better choices, so Detroiters can access every avail-

able opportunity across the city.”

The plan features five main goals: economic opportunity, safety, vibrancy, community outreach, and city functionality. Each goal features improvements requested by residents that will directly impact neighborhoods and are important to the future of mobility in Detroit. The five goals in the strategic plan will improve transportation in Detroit by. Each of the five goals feature one- and four-year benchmarks to measure progress. One-year benchmarks will be achieved with existing funding and some benchmarks are well-on their way to being met. The city will identify funding and solutions for four-year benchmarks as oneyear benchmarks are completed, with the goal of full implementation of the strategic plan by 2022. “The goal of this plan isn’t just to deliver better projects, but to build a better city, one where Detroiters’ opportunities are not limited by their choices for getting around,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, Transportation Principal with Bloomberg Associates and former New York City transportation commissioner. “With more frequent bus service, a new Eastside bike network, safer streets and new investments in state-of-good-repair road proj-

ects, Detroit has already come so far so fast.” The strategic plan is the result of a collaborative effort within the city of Detroit. Leadership and staff from the departments of Public Works, Planning, DDOT, Police, Parking, Neighborhoods and Mobility Innovation, worked together to develop and determine the goals, strategies and benchmarks in this plan. Under the plan, all aspects of transportation will now be considered when making project decisions. For example, when a new streetscape is being planned, a project manager will work with traffic engineers, planners, municipal parking managers, DDOT operations, and the department of neighborhoods to make sure constituents voices are heard in the project. “A new level of collaboration between city departments is necessary to achieve the goals of this plan,” said Chief Operating Officer Dave Massaron. “We are going to break down traditional silos that exist in government and work together across departments to move our city forward and build the world-class transportation system that our city deserves.” To view the full plan and find more information, visit

Under Hill’s leadership, the city of Detroit has emerged from all active federal and state oversight for the first time in approximately 40 years, earned three credit rating upgrades in less than three years, now exceeding the rating from March 2012, passed legislation to establish the Retiree Protection Fund, an irrevocable trust that will accumulate over $335 million by 2023 to address the City’s legacy pension obligations, begun taking actions to reduce debt service expenses by paying off debt early and executing a successful refinancing, and accrued a total General Fund balance of $592.8 million at the end of FY 2017 compared to a $73 million total fund deficit at the end of FY 2013 with an estimated FY18 operating surplus in excess of earlier projections. With Hill leading the charge, Detroit also achieved two consecutive years of zero questioned costs of federal grant awards, compared to $18.5 million in FY 2013, and an 88% reduction in audit findings (12 in FY 2017 vs. 98 in FY 2012), and increased financial analysis, reporting, and transparency, including creating monthly financial reports and posting them to the city’s public website and creating a longterm financial projection and rolling model to regularly examine the city’s financial position and plan better. Duggan praised Hill for his service and the long list of accomplishments achieved during his tenure, which he said have restored Detroit’s credibility not only on Wall Street, but also right here at home. “From a financial management standpoint, the city of Detroit is now one of the most professionally run cities in the country,” said Duggan. “Considering where our city was just five years ago, this is a remarkable turnaround, and it simply would not have been possible without John Hill’s leadership and the outstanding team he has assembled.” Hill and his team also replaced the city’s annual

budget with a four-year financial plan, which ensures Detroit will annually balance its budget for the upcoming fiscal year plus the three following fiscal years. He put in place a system for documenting, issuing and implementing comprehensive financial policies and procedures for the first time in the city’s history and established key budget principals to ensure long-term balanced budgets, adopting conservative expenditure and revenue estimates under which the city’s budget cannot exceed revenue estimates certified and approved by an independent, permanent Revenue Estimating Conference. Hill also helped the city transition to having the State of Michigan handle income tax returns and withholding of city income taxes. Under the new system, taxpayers can now file and pay taxes electronically, which increased the number of new filers substantially. “John (Hill) is one of the most effective and capable municipal chief financial officers I have worked with in my 20 years in this business,” State Treasurer Nick Khouri said. “His leadership managing the city of Detroit’s finances during and after bankruptcy created a framework for future success. I thank John for all he has done to ensure Detroit’s comeback continues.”

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Black Family Development, Inc. Hosts World Conference

“Since 2010, Black Family Development, Inc. (BFDI) has partnered with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), an accredited graduate school, to lead Restorative Practices initiatives in our region. BFDI and IIRP work together to implement programs that have proven effective in reducing violence and increasing family and community engagement,” states Alice G. Thompson, CEO, Black Family Development, Inc.

On October 24 - 26, 2018, BFDI will host the IIRP World Conference, “Strengthening the Spirit of Community”. This 3-day event will explore effective ways to build community, respond to conflict and harm, and enhance the well-being of neighborhoods, organizations, and families and individuals through the lens of Restorative Practices and allied approaches. Attendees will be able to hear from Detroit residents who have championed the cause of Restorative Practices in their Detroit east side neighborhood in Precinct 9 using Restorative Circles to resolve community problems. Attendees will hear from Restorative Practices Practitioners from around the world who are using Restorative Practices in their government, organizations, schools and community. The significant aspects of Restorative Practices are . . .

“All humans are hardwired to connect. Just as we need food, shelter and clothing, human beings also need strong and meaningful relationships to thrive. Restorative Practices is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals, as well as social connections within communities.”

The fundamental hypothesis of Restorative Practices is that human beings are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes in their behavior when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to them or for them. The “aim” of Restorative Practices is to develop community and to manage conflict and tensions by repairing harm and restoring relationships. This work is most important to our schools. The State of Michigan’s 98th Legislature in regular session in 2016 enrolled House Bill 5619 into law, as approved by Governor Snyder. The Michigan Legislators passed this law in an effort to reduce school expulsions and suspensions. Most importantly, this legislation encourages the use of Restorative Practices as the first consideration to remediate offenses such as interpersonal conflicts, bullying, verbal and physical conflicts, theft, damage to property, class disruption and harassment and cyber-bullying.

In addition, the revised State Student Code of Conduct, as well as the new legislation, indicates that school districts and school boards shall consider using Restorative Practices as an alternative to suspension, or in addition to suspension. Kudos to the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and its Board of Education, who have revised and approved the District’s Student Code of Conduct, which encourages and lays out standards for the use of Restorative Practices in all DPSCD schools. The use of Restorative Practices will keep more students in the learning environment, while at the same time help to solve problems and repair harm. Black Family Development hosts 10 licensed Restorative Practices trainers, and is a frequent invited guest of Wayne RESA, providing Restorative Practices training to school leaders, educators, social workers and counselors. Black Family Development’s Restorative Practices initiatives have included numerous trainings throughout Michigan, and have been extended to include Canton, Ohio, and Henrico County, Virginia school districts. Restorative Practices is making a difference.


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Michigan Chronicle MICHIGAN CHRONICLE AND ARISE DETROIT! TEAM UP One Year in The Life, a new monthly supplement to the Michigan Chronicle Roots section, is dedicated to coverage of the Detroit experience at a grassroots level. The edition is the result of a partnership between ARISE Detroit!, a nonprofit coalition of more than 400 organizations, and the Michigan Chronicle, the state’s oldest and most respected African American newspaper. The project is made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan.

Volunteers with the Sussex Block in northwest Detroit.




Thousands of Detroiters devote time and effort to 12th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day By Santiago Esparza Neighbors Staff Writer

Ron Matten is director of Demographic Inspirations PHOTO: Paul Warner NEIGHBORHOODS DAY IMPACT Organization: Demographic Inspirations has acquired several parcels of land in the Dexter-Linwood Cordon community. They create safe, calming and healthy spaces by clearing, cleaning and building raised beds for the planting of flowers and vegetables - including radishes, squash and peppers. The organization won a Detroit Future City grant to design a lot and added picnic tables to create a relaxing gathering space. They hold events, including an Octoberfest with horses and face-painting for the children.

Maurice Marchbank eased down a ladder, wiped the sweat from his brow and admired his handiwork. The 35-year-old Detroiter had just chopped down some unruly branches from a tree on an otherwise tidy block of Sussex Street on the city’s west side. “We have to look around and see what needs to be done and do it,” he said. “One person cannot do it. It takes a team.”

Marchbank was one of hundreds of volunteers who took to Detroit streets to clean lots, make home improvements, share important community information and foster a greater sense of community as part of ARISE Detroit’s 12th annual Neighborhoods Day on Aug. 4. Over 200 organizations registered for Neighborhoods Day, which continued throughout August with various activities at Detroit Public Library branches and at other venues. Thousands more participated in festivals, concerts, parades, health fairs and

See Neighborhoods Day page B-2

Impact: Some 25 volunteers from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the community helped to clear out the old vegetation, cut grass and built more raised beds, improving the 14-lot Dexter-Linwood Cordon Community Garden. They cleaned out the butterfly meadow and erected signage as required to maintain non-profit status for the garden.

ARISE DETROIT! NEIGHBORHOODS DAY BY THE NUMBERS ■O  ver 220 registered organizations participated in neighborhoods throughout Detroit. ■M  ore than 30 churches and faith based organizations held events.

Contact: Ron Matten, 15368 Fairfield Street Email:

■S  eventeen projects were adopted by volunteers from Blues Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.


■N  early 44 percent of the registered groups performed blight removal or beautification projects. ■T  hirty seven percent of the events involved health fairs, festivals and back to school events. ■E  ighteen percent were youth oriented activities. ■V  olunteers for the events ranged from less than 20 to more than 100.

Volunteers from Blue Cross and Blue Shield did a garden cleanup with Demographic Inspirations on Fairfield. Detroit. PHOTO: Paul Warner


Hakim Weatherspoon at Horse Power - PHOTO: James Ribbron


Volunteers from the Chadsey Condon community getting supplies ready for school backpacks. PHOTO: GTB



Organization: Detroit Horse Power, a nonprofilt group, founded by a former teacher to teach urban youth to ride and care for horses as a way to develop critical skills that will set them up for future success. Impact: Presented a horse festival called “Saddle Up Detroit” at Salsinger Playfield on Linwood, on the city’s west side. Provided opportunities for children to see, pet and ride horses in Detroit. “This is an amazing experience for kids because they don’t see horses in the city, but today they can ride, pet and see horses. I didn’t grow up around horses. Growing up I could not even imagine seeing a horse in the city. This experience with Horse Power is great for me. I want every kid to have this experience,” said Hakim Weatherspoon. Contact: David Silver, executive director, 313-899-0075 or ­

Organization: Chadsey-Condon Community Organization, founded in 2006 to revitalize the area bounded by Wyoming Avenue, West Warren, John Kronk and the Jeffries Freeway by engaging residents. Impact: Cleared a vacant lot and alley where trash and debris had piled up near Michigan Avenue and Livernois on the city’s southwest side. They collected 30 bags of weeds and trash. Global Team Blue, who handles some advertising for the Ford Motor Co., came out to help pack 400 book bags with supplies that were given away as part of the event and to clean the alley and vacant lot. Contact Info: Amanda Holiday, executive director, 6446 Michigan Avenue, Detroit; 313- 974-7162 Organization Starfish Family Services: Establishing sites that will serve as Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Impact: Volunteers planted flowers and vegetables in community garden. Cleaned up playground and landscaped. Contact info: Kailey Vowles,: 2237 South Fort Street; 734-713-9219

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Neighborhoods Day From page B-1 back to school events. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan committed 300 employees to volunteer at 17 projects across the city, including 10 Detroit public schools. The event draws volunteers from the suburbs and the city to commit thousands of hours of help on projects big and small. “It is nice to be part of this,” said Denise Brown, a 62-yearold member of the Sussex Block Club in the Puritan/Fenkell area, who participated in Neighborhoods Day for the first time by landscaping the yards of vacant homes in her area. “We tried to do it last year but could not get it together. Now we can see where we go from here.” It was easy to see where the block club had done its work as lawns were freshly mowed,

bushes trimmed and weeds pulled. Purple and white balloons were on display so area residents and visitors could see where the work was performed. ARISE Detroit! executive director Luther Keith said the event is a way to bring city and suburban residents together and unify them in bettering Detroit. “It’s a truly inspiring thing to see unfold all across the city,” said Keith, who traveled to 10 events across the city on Neighborhoods Day. “People were excited and energized about showing what they are doing to build a stronger community.” Neighborhoods Day has evolved from cleaning up lots, parks, around vacant structures and similar offerings. It has expanded to include events like this year’s Jazz on The Ave festival in the, sponsored by

University Commons on Livernois, a large flower farm display called The Garden Detroit, on Manistique on the east side, a backpack giveaway on the city’s north end, the Belle Isle and Grandmont Art fairs and the Sidewalk Festival, which drew thousands of people to the Artist Village on Lahser near Grand River in northwest Detroit.. This year, Neighborhoods Day included a Horse Festival, called Saddle Up, Detroit, by Detroit Horse Power, at Salisinger Park on Linwood, one the city’s west side. “My mom is going to be so surprised,” said a beaming 6-year-old Ke’Von Thomas of Detroit as he looked every bit the hero from a cowboy movie. “This is my first time riding a horse.” His grandmother Deborah Nobles brought him to a horse

festival. Youths were able to ride horses, engage in arts and crafts and take photos at the event as part of Neighborhoods Day. “I told my grandson we were going to a barbecue but brought him here instead,” Nobles said while snapping photos and taking videos with her cellular telephone. “This is a great event and I am glad he could be part of it.” Neighborhoods day also featured a job fair and opportunity for people with a criminal record to have records of their crimes expunged. About 100 people arrived early for an opportunity to secure a job and clean up their records at UAW Local 22 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on the city’s southwest side. “I am hoping to get as much


information as I can,” LaMont Polk, a 41-year-old Detroiter said while looking at the dozens of tables set up with job or training information. “There are options everywhere.” Organizer Percy Johnson, a UAW pipefitter, was blunt as he told attendees that it was up to them to follow through on training and job opportunities by submitting applications, chasing down school transcripts and stay in touch with him. “Use me as your guide to make sure you are being addressed with what you are trying to achieve,” he told a small crowd gathered near his table. “There are many good-paying jobs. But you have to follow up.” Mark your calendar for the 13th annual Neighborhoods Day, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.


Organization: Union Grace Church, a metro Detroit church that makes community service part of its mission. Impact: The Mission Ministry, under the leadership of Tara Via, cleaned the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park located at the corner of Rosa Parks and W. Grand Blvd. Members also prayed for and with the residents in the area and many joined in to help clean up. The church, pastored by Bishop Reginald E. Smith, also provided resource materials on health, housing, provided food and clothing, along with Bibles. The ministry reaches out to the community weekly at the park on Saturdays during the summer. Contact: Shirley Corder, Union Grace Church, 30623 W. 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI. 313-300-5372 or

Jazz on The Ave; where they served food and choirs belted out in song

Mark Elzy at CPR Class 100 Black Men - Photo James Ribbron (1) NORTH END IMPACT Organization: 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit is a group of concerned African American men whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the African American community Impact: In partnership with the Historic People’s Community Baptist Church and Blue Cross/ Blue Sheild of Michigan, they provided health services, education, screenings, fitness, nutrition training classes and good healthy food. They also offered a CPR class, a Zumba class, vendors with lots of information. Volunteers from Henry Ford Health Systems assisted. Contact: Mark Elzy, executive director, 8601 Woodward Ave, 313-874-4811

Organization: University Commons. This nonprofit organization seeks grants and other funds to improve the aesthetics and the economic viability of Livernois Avenue from 6 Mile to 7 Mile. For more than 15 years it has conducted activities that include the popular “Jazz on the Ave.” and other events that provide entertainment and a showcase for jazz artists, youth artists, dance troupes, cheerleaders, artists and street vendors. Grants have funded storefront facades, murals, lights for streets and alleyways and other improvements. They encourage residents and shoppers to walk the Avenue, connect and foster new connections with merchants and each other. Impact: University Commons hosted “Jazz on the Ave.” on Neighborhoods Day, presenting music from noon until 9 p.m. at Mike’s Market. It featured jazz artists, youth instrumentalists and the Cass Tech High School Marching Band. The day’s events, spread out across eight venue spaces and retail establishments, included art classes, flower arranging and exposure to other hands-on artistic expression. There was a trolley car and a wine tasting for adults. More than 5,000 hotdogs were served to those who attended the festival-like event. Contact: Lolita Haley 19966 Livernois; 313 492.8062 or


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M.L. King alumnus Shannon Smith delivered over 100 bottles of water to his alma mater and John R. King Elementary.

Cass Tech alums Keenan Smith (left) and Clarence Johnson delivered over 800 bottles of water to their alma mater.

Water donations from DPSCD alums pour in to help affected schools in Detroit, Justin Gordon, saw what he was doing and decided to join in on the action. Gordon, who attended Renaissance High, had some water in his car and dropped it off at Mumford High. The following day, he took $20 of his own money and donated 100 more bottles of water to CMA High School.

By Branden Hunters Due to elevated levels of lead and/or copper in drinking sources in 16 Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) schools, Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti shut off every drinking fountain districtwide. The district allocated $200,000 to supply all 106 DPSCD schools with cooled water coolers until a long-term solution is provided, but that money and supply of water is bound to run out within months. In an effort to assist DPSCD with supplying enough water to every school in the district, a number of DPSCD alums have started water drives for their respective schools, to help cushion the district’s budget and provide community assistance. Shannon Smith graduated from Martin Luther King High School in 2008 and donated over 150 bottles of water to his alma mater and 10 cases to John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy on Detroit’s west side. Smith just so happens to be running for Board of Education in Detroit but wanted to make it clear that his efforts were not politically driven, but about humanity, dignity, and ensuring that the entire community is advocating for children not yet able to speak up for themselves. “Since learning about the contaminated water in Detroit Public Schools Community District schools, my campaign team and I have been brainstorming ways to support students, teachers, and staff affected by this safety issue,” said Smith in a post on Facebook. “During this process, we realized something simple: we cannot always wait for others when doing what needs to be done. This is why my team and I have decided to donate water to schools affected by this crisis.” Cass Tech High School was built in 2005 and is a state-of-the-art, six-story edifice that cost well over $100 million to build. Yet, it was on the list of

Gordon is a graduate of the University of Michigan and ran a program over the summer at Mumford where he helped 9th and 10th-graders create a short film called “RIVAL$.” They made RIVAL$ t-shirts to commemorate the experience, which Gordon is selling to support his initiative to provide DPSCD students with clean water. “I’m selling the t-shirts

for $15,” said Gordon. “I want people all around the world to know that 10 of your $15 will go toward cases of water to a Detroit school of your choice. The other $5 will be for my gas, so that I can pick-up and drop-off the water. I’m just trying to do my part and it’s exciting to see others want to do something about this attack on our black and brown students.” Dozens of other DPSCD water campaigns have sprouted all over the city. Jamilah Jackson is a journalist for the City of Detroit and gathered a few other Renaissance alums to deliver water to their alma mater. Clarence “Clay” Duvose is a popular trainer and boxer who owns a gym in Ferndale. He attended McGregor El-

ementary and Heilmann Middle School in Detroit and is using his “Clay Hova Cares” organization to collect water. Costs to fix the infrastructure in DPSCD were estimated to be as high as $500 million, which the district does not have. The drinking water shutoffs in the schools could last for months, so, many of those collecting and donating water plan to do so until a permanent solution is figured out. “So far, I’ve collected about 30 cases and I plan on collecting more so that I can donate to 2-3 schools a day,” said Duvose. “It might sound crazy, but I plan to hit every DPSCD school until this problem is fixed. If we don’t take care of our own, no one will.”

Personal trainer and boxer Clarence “Clay” Duvose donated cases of water to DPSCD schools. schools that tested positive for elevated levels of copper and/or lead, possibly due to old infrastructure. Clarence Johnson played football for the Technicians in 2012 and along with several of his classmates, Chante Adams (2012), and Keenan Smith (2011), donated 875 bottles of water to the school. Since student-athletes cannot drink water from the school’s source, they have to use water jugs to repeatedly refill water bottles during practice and games for football, volleyball, and cross country. Cass Tech football has over 70 student-athletes on its varsity football team and needed the extra help, since the school itself has close to 2,500 students. “There is this culture at Cass Tech where we reach back to current students,” said Johnson. “I connected with my old football coach, Thomas Wilcher, and he helped us coordinate it. It’s important work and I encourage others to do the same. “I try to stay current on what’s happening in my neighborhood and city and what’s going on with the water in the schools made me want to get involved. I’ve been in those seats before at Cass

Tech and in a DPS school, where we lacked resources. I know how that feels and it felt like no one really cared about us. If you have the power to make change, then you have to do it.” Johnson’s old classmate at Bates Academy

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Ford Fund, Michigan Women Forward Kickoff ‘Empower Change MI’ Business Pitch Competition for Female Social Entrepreneurs

By Patreice A. Massey Motor Company Fund and Michigan Women Forward (formerly Michigan Women’s Foundation) are kicking off their second business plan and pitch competition to help accelerate the number of female business owners and develop the next generation of women social entrepreneurs. Empower Change MI is a year-long continuum of educational opportunities, technical assistance, mentoring and financial resources to encourage creative thinkers with plans for business startups that will also make their communities better places to live. Ford Fund will award more than $50,000 in prizes and impact investments to women wishing to start, develop or grow social venture enterprises. Investments will be made in the following categories:

• Ideation: This category focuses on the creative process of generating, developing and communicating new business ideas. A $2,500 cash prize will be awarded to a potential business owner that has a good idea but needs help building a strong business case. • Launch: This category is for business owners that have started an organization or business and have been pursuing the work for a while, but need financial support to get it off the ground. A $7,500 cash prize – plus up to $10,000 in optional social impact investments – will be awarded to help a potential business owner bring their original ideal to fruition. • Growth: This category is focused on businesses that have the potential to scale significantly in size and revenue. A $10,000 cash prize – plus up to $25,000 in optional social impact investments – will be awarded to a business

that is up and running with their game-changing idea, but needs funding and other support to scale. “All of us at MWF and Ford Fund want to encourage women with a dream and a great idea to change the world to participate in the Empower Change MI pitch competition. The process is not as laborious as many other contests, with the initial phase limited to a chance to share your passion and your dream in just two pages. Our wonderful judges will then decide which aspiring entrepreneurs are ready for coaching on expanded business plans and their presentations,” said Carolyn Cassin, CEO and President, Michigan Women Forward. “Our contestants tell us how valuable the process is in their efforts to start or grow successful social enterprises.” To enter the competition, a two-page con-

cept paper and a simple financial overview must be submitted by Sept. 15, 2018. Interested business owners and entrepreneurs can apply https:// Submissions will be reviewed and semi-finalists will be selected to participate in interviews in late October. From that group, up to 10 will be selected to move on as finalists. Each finalist will be paired with a coach and mentor that will assist in developing a business plan and elevator pitch for the final competition in February 2019, where they will present their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and social impact investors. "Ford Fund has a long history of supporting programs that help women overcome obstacles and we are proud to again partner with Michigan Women Forward for the Empower Change MI competition,” said Yisel Cabrera, community relations manag-

er, Ford Motor Company Fund. "Helping make people's lives better is core to everything we do at the Ford Fund and this program is a great example of how we live out this mission. Through all of the coaching, mentoring and resources Empower Change MI provides, we are helping women succeed individually and we're strengthening the communities where they live and work, as well." Winners from the inaugural business pitch competition (titled EmpowerHER) held last February include: • 2018 Ideation winner: Every Two Minutes, a company developing technology to help prevent sexual violence. • 2018 Launch winner: Motor City STEAM, which is creating an organization to bridge the gap between STEM education and the arts. • 2018 Growth winner:


City of Detroit Swears In New Inspector General Detroit has a new Inspector General – Ellen Ha – who was appointed by Detroit City Council on July 31, 2018 and sworn in on August 28, 2018. Ha, the City’s second Inspector General, began her non-renewable, six-year term August 20. The City of Detroit’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) was established as an independent agency by the 2012 City Charter. The mission of the Office of Inspector General as clearly stated in the Charter is “ensur[ing] honesty and integrity in City government by rooting out waste, abuse, fraud, and corruption.” The jurisdiction of the OIG extends to “any Public Servant and City agency, program or official act, contractors and subcontractors providing goods and services to the City, business entities seeking contracts or certification of eligibility for city contracts and persons seeking certification of eligibility for participation in any city program, Ellen Ha either in response to a complaint or on the Inspector General’s own initiative in order to detect and prevent waste, abuse, fraud and corruption.” “Throughout her career, Ellen has proven herself to be a thoughtful, fair and extremely hardworking lawyer and I’m very happy for her,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “A person of her ethics and integrity is a perfect fit for the position of Inspector General.” Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones added, “Ms. Ha brings many years of legal and municipal experience to the OIG position. Ellen has a very high level of integrity and will continue the fine work begun by former IG, James Heath. We, the members of City Council, wish her well in this new assignment.” Born in South Korea, Ha immigrated to Detroit in 1975, at age 10. She learned English as a second language at McKinney Elementary School, attended Taft Middle School and began her high school years at the Detroit Renaissance High School. Ha received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus; and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1991. She began her legal career at the City of Detroit Law Department during Mayor Coleman Young’s administration as a Junior Assistant Corporation Counsel.

Thereafter, she went into private practice as an associate at Garan Lucow Miller (GLM) in its downtown Detroit office. While at GLM, she was appointed to the City’s Human Rights Commission by Mayor Dennis Archer. Ha was also appointed as a member of the Michigan Advisory Board to the United States Civil Rights Commission, during President’s Clinton’s administration, and traveled around the State of Michigan with other commission members to take testimony and investigate allegations of civil rights violations. During the ‘90s, she served as a board member with New Detroit, Inc.; Detroit International Institute; and American Citizens for Justice, now known as the Asian American Center for Justice. In addition, she lectured on Asian American history and the law at the University of Michigan on the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses for 15 years.



Ha left GLM to accept a trial attorney position as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the Detroit District Office. She left in 2001 to return to the City Law Department, during Mayor Archer’s second term, as a supervisor of the newly created FOIA Section pursuant to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). As the City’s FOIA Coordinator, Ha played an instrumental role in the Governor’s hearing of the removal of then Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. She continued to serve the City in the Law Department during the administrations of Interim Mayor Kenneth Cockrel, Mayor Dave Bing, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, and Mayor Mike Duggan. In 2014, Ha was promoted Chief of Staff of the Law Department by then Corporation Counsel Butch Hollowell, where she continued to provide legal counsel in all City matters related to FOIA. She continued to serve as the Law Department’s Chief of Staff until her recent appointment by City Council. “As the City continues to move forward, I am mindful of the importance of the Office of Inspector General (OIG)’s role in the City’s continued self-governance and growth. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the City in such an important role,” Ha said. “The Charter provides the OIG with the independent authority and power to identify and to investigate fraud, waste, abuse and corruption in the City government. With the dedicated staff at the OIG and with the cooperation of all of the City’s citizens, officials, employees and contractors, I look forward to contributing to the revitalization of Detroit by working to expose any such activity.” The Office of Inspector General continues to be vigilant in its mission to root out fraud, abuse, waste, and corruption. Citizens and employees can report complaints via the OIG Voicemail Hotline at 313.964.TIPS (8477) or website at www.detoig. org which contains a link to a secure online reporting form. Complaints may be made in person at the OIG Office located at 65 Cadillac Square, Suite 3210.


SignOn, which creates jobs for the deaf community while helping homebound students learn. Ford Motor Company Fund – the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company – has long supported programs that help women succeed by overcoming social, educational and financial obstacles. Ford Fund is active in STEAM (science, technology, education, arts and math) education that is focused on encouraging girls and young women to consider careers in technical fields such as engineering and design. Ford Fund also provides scholarships for female veterans to participate in advanced skills manufacturing training with Workshops for Warriors, and teams of Ford employees work on a regular basis year-round at homeless shelters, food banks and family centers, assisting women and their loved ones through the Ford Volunteer Corps.


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Disappointed Lions fans look on during their 48-17 loss on Monday Night Football to the Jets. PHOTO: Kory Woods.

Four takeaways from the Lions’ Monday Night loss to the Jets By Branden Hunter


he Detroit Lions played on Monday Night Football for the 33rd time in the franchise’s history, which ended in an embarrassing season-opening blowout loss to the New York Jets, 48-17. Quarterback Matthew Stafford played one of his worst games ever, throwing four interceptions. Here are four takeaways from the Lions’ loss to the Jets: Stafford was bad, bad, bad, bad Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is set to make $27 million this season, after signing a 5-year, $135 million extension last year. A lot was expected out of him in 2018. No one expected him to throw four interceptions in the first game of the season against the Jets. Stafford finished the game 27-46, for 286 yards, one touchdown and the four interceptions. He had a passer rating of 47.9 before

he was pulled from the game in the fourth quarter for back-up Matt Cassel, who tossed an interception of his own. “The story of the game was turnovers,” said Stafford after the game. “We had too many of them, I had too many of them, and you can’t do that to your team. I told those guys in there that I’ll take this one. I hope I never have to say that again and I’ll push myself as hard as I can to make sure I don’t have to.” Stafford started the second half 4-5, for 80 yards, and a 24-yard touchdown to Golden Tate to tie the game at 17-17. It was downhill from there. Stafford threw two more interceptions and Detroit never scored again. Still no running game LeGarrette Blount got the start for the Lions

Lions Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay left the game due to concussion protocol. PHOTO: Kory Woods

The Lions ran for 39 total yards as a team. PHOTO: Kory Woods

PSL Gold Division:

EEVP, Western, Osborn, Southeastern, CMA.

PSL Black Division:

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King, Central, Renaissance, Denby, Frederick Douglass, Pershing

Friday, September 14.

PSL Green Division:

All games at 4 p.m.:

Cass Tech, Mumford, Cody, Northwestern, Henry Ford.

Week 3 Detroit PSL standings: Cass Tech (3-0) King (3-1) Denby (3-0) Cody (3-0) Renaissance (2-1) Mumford (2-1) Henry Ford (2-1) Osborn (2-1)

Western (2-1) Southeastern (2-1) Pershing (1-2) Central (1-2) CMA (1-2) EEVP (0-3) Northwestern (0-3) Frederick Douglass (0-3)

EEVP at Cass Tech Western at Southeastern Osborn at CMA at Mumford High Renaissance at Pershing Denby at Frederick Douglass King at Central Cody at Northwestern Mumford at Henry Ford

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From page B-5 but was not very productive. In fact, Blount only had four carries for minus-three yards. His longest run was three yards. The leading rusher was Theo Riddick, who had 20 yards on four carries. The Lions’ 2nd round draft pick in 2018, Kerryon Johnson, ran for 17 yards on five carries. He showed flashes against the Jets but needed more carries to get going. Ameer Abdullah was a healthy scratch before the game. He was the team’s leading rusher in 2017. The last time the Lions had someone run for over 100 yards, it was Reggie Bush in 2013. As a team, they ran for 39 total yards. Not the debut Matt Patricia expected Matt Patricia is the first head coach since the Raiders’ Tom Cable, in 2008, to lose by 31 or more points in his head-coaching debut. Only Marty Mornhingweg suffered a worse debut loss for the Lions: he lost by 35 to the St. Louis Rams in 2001. Patricia was brought in to be this defensive guru from the New England Patriot’s dynasty but allowed the Jets of all teams to score nearly 50 points of them. Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold threw a pick-six to begin the game, but soon rebounded to throw two touchdowns on 1621 for 198 yards and a 116.8 passer rating. Even running back Isaiah Crowell was able to run for 102 yards on 10 carries and two scores. He had a 62-yard touchdown run in the game. After the game, Patricia said the adjustments start with him and they need to start fast. They travel to San Francisco on Sunday. “There’s not a lot to be happy about after tonight,” said Patricia. “We all have to be better and it starts at the top. We didn’t execute the game very well in any phase of the game and we next week we have to be better than we were tonight.” Insult to injury It was a rough night on and off the field for the Lions, losing by 24 and losing starting defensive end Ziggy Ansah and starting running back LaGarrette Blount to injury doing Monday’s loss to New York. Ansah injured his shoulder and went to the locker room with 5 minutes, 30 seconds left in the second quarter with an apparent shoulder injury. He did not return to the game but did have four tackles and one sack. “It was his shoulder, so we got to go in there and take a look at it and see what’s going on,” Patricia said after the game. Blount left after a hit with 8:07 left in the third quarter. He returned to the sidelines in the fourth quarter with helmet in hand, but no injury was announced by the Lions. He did not record another carry. Right guard T.J. Lang also left with a back injury. He did not play all preseason with a foot injury and has been frequently injured since he was signed by the Lions in 2017. Darius Slay left the team’s season opener midway through the first quarter with an apparent head injury. He laid motionless on the Ford Field turf for several seconds after colliding with teammate Ezekiel Ansah. He did get up and walk off under his own power after a couple of minutes. Slay was immediately escorted to the locker room for further evaluation. The Lions radio team indicated he would be tested in the concussion protocol. Later on Twitter, Slay tweeted out that he was “good.” PHOTOS: Kory Woods


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Guest, Pastor Lawrence J. London, Pastor Donald Parson

Street Dedication and Back to School Community Street Fair Pastor Andre Butler Launches New Ministry

By Nicole Black

The New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church was honored to share in the street dedication of their proud pastor, Pastor Lawrence J. London. Pastor London is noted for his preaching as a revivalist across the country, but it is the methodical clarity of the message that he preaches that has won him an audience worldwide. Over 40 years ago, Pastor London became the pastor of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in 1975 and is still thriving today. Over the years, Pastor London has gained many awards and accomplishments including a Master of Arts degree from Ashland, Ohio, two Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Ministerial Studies from Selma University and Law degree from the Tennessee School of Religion. “Even though I’ve been pastoring for over 40 years, I am still learning today. You can never learn too much when you’re called to pastor by God,” said Pastor London. He credits his parents, the late Mr. Wilson, and Mrs. Willie Bell London for his strong spiritual upbringing. Pastor London inherited his father’s spirit of benevolence and compassion. He credits his mother for his quiet and reserved spirit. Pastor London and the New Jerusalem MBC is known for their work in the community. The same day as the street dedication they provided the church and community with a Back to School Back Pack Giveaway where they provided kids in the neighborhood with school supplies for the upcoming school year. “I am very grateful to have a street named in my honor at the same place where I have been pastoring for 40 years,” said Pastor Landon. “I love what I do and that is empowering and impacting the community and my congregation.” Pastor London shared this honor with his wife, family, congregation and a host of pastors and friends. For scheduled church services times, please call the New Jerusalem MBC at (313) 836-8970.

Bishop Eric F. Mitchell celebrates 22nd Pastoral Anniversary By Nicole Black The Greater Emmanuel Temple of Deliverance “The Church in Zion” will be celebrating their pastor, Bishop Eric F. Mitchell’s 22nd Pastoral Anniversary on September 26, 2018, at 6 pm. Pastor Mitchell has led his congregation for more than 22 years outgrowing three different locations, two edifices on the east side of Detroit and the new location located at Lodge Service Drive and Wyoming in Detroit, MI. He is known as the “Prophet of the City of Detroit” and for his Sunday Night Services that has caught the attention of thousands around the globe. Pastor Mitchell is the CEO of the Greater Emmanuel Community House Outreach (ECHO), an outreach program that serves the community. ECHO is Bishop Eric F. Mitchell geared towards the advancement of education, self- esteem, free tutoring, mentoring, college scholarships as well as providing food weekly from the food bank sponsored and partnered by Forgotten Harvest. He is the overseer of Zion Ministries International which is headquartered in Detroit, MI., where he leads several ministries under his leadership. Pastor Mitchell celebration service will be held at the Greater Emmanuel Temple of Deliverance located at 15701 James Couzens Fwy. The celebration will include Pastor Joseph Hope of Atlanta, GA., as the guest speaker.

By Nicole Black Lead Pastor Andre’ Butler, son to Detroit’s Senior Pastor Bishop Keith Butler of Word of Faith Church, launched his new ministry, Faith Xperience Church on this past Sunday, September 9th, at the historic Detroit Music Hall of The Performing Arts located at 350 Madison Ave. in Downtown Detroit. Adding to the roster of outstanding churches within the city of Detroit, Faith Xperience Church services last no longer than 90 minutes and has a casually dressed environment service that promptly starts at 10 am. This power-packed service engaged guests and parishioners with a thought-provoking message, innovative worship and creating a life-giving experience for adults and children. Pastor Butler preached the 1st part of his new series entitled:

“He’s Waiting on You.” With an anticipating crowd of eleven hundred attendees at the first worship service, Pastor Butler expressed his gratitude of thanks those who came out to make this worship service a success. After the awesome preached word went forth, sixty-eight attendees decided to give their life to Christ. “Detroit has always been a place of growth,

collaboration, energy, and innovation.“ From the time you walk into Faith X, you will feel that same energy and passion from start to finish. We are passionate about helping more Detroiters discover their purpose while making a difference within the city and the world they live in.” says Butler. With an undeniable passion for equipping others to experience the future God has for them,

Pastor Butler is on a mission to share God’s desire to prosper His people in every area of their lives, and His command for them to do their part in winning the world to Jesus. The sought-after conference speaker and host is known for his practical and relatable approach to preaching God’s word. For more information regarding the Faith Xperience Church, please visit

Detroit The Gospel Journey Concert By Nicole Black The Motor City is known throughout this country for great gospel music, artists and musicians. Some say that Detroit is the gospel music capital of the world and yes, I truly believe it. The sound of good gospel music has made its way over the airways with iconic Detroit artist from back in the day up until now. Gospel legends such as The Clark Sisters, The Winans, Fred Hammond, Vanessa Bell Armstrong captivated our hearts Marcel West with their God given gifts and talents to still be relevant and making great strides in their careers for more than 40 years, whom all has set the tone and have paved the way for young artist today. With Grammy and Stellar Awards and special recognition from across the country, many Detroit artist and musicians has played a major role in keeping the legacy of gospel music alive. With such a rich heritage in gospel music along with the artist mentioned above, Thomas Whitfield & The Thomas Whitfield

Choir, Pastor Rudolph Stanfield Jr. and New Revelation, Michael Fletcher and the Michael Fletcher Chorale, Rev. Charles Nicks and the St. James Baptist Church, Donald Vails Choir has made an impact and imprint in gospel music relative to the good choir sound. These artist and choirs will be celebrated and honored in a great gospel music tribute celebration concert and documentary. The Detroit Gospel Journey Celebration Concert will take place on September 21st at the Zion Church in Troy, MI. This is a kick off celebration for the widely anticipated documentary, Detroit The Gospel

Journey Volume 1. “The sights and sounds of Gospel Music from the Motor City will spring forth once again. Were going down memory lane and paying tribute to many of those who propelled Detroit into the gospel capital it is today. I encourage everyone to come out and help us celebrate our own” says concert host, Marcel West. This musical tribute will include The Thomas Whitfield Company, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Elder Derrick Starks, and guest director, Jay Williams of Tallahasee, FL. For more information regarding ticket purchase, please email detroitthegospeljourney@


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Where City Meets Life and Life Meets Style

Cobo Hall Unveils Hubert Massey’s ‘Detroit: Crossroad of Innovation’ By AJ Williams City.Life.Style. Editor Detroit’s newest piece of public art by renowned artist Hubert Massey was unveiled at Cobo Center. The 30’ x 30’ permanent fresco, “Detroit: Crossroad of Innovation,’’ vibrantly celebrates the city’s diverse industrial and cultural heritage. Located outside of the Grand Riverview Ballroom, the fresco features positive regional stories and incorporates symbols which reflect Detroit’s pride and enduring influences from the past, present and future. The initiative was led by Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) Art Foundation. Photos are available here. “Hubert Massey’s fresco showcases the spirit of Detroit at its best,’’ said Larry Alexander, DRCFA Board Chairman. “We hope that the nearly 1.4 million people who visit Cobo Center each year will see his masterpiece as a wonderful tribute to the culture, history and achievements that make our city great.’’

Mom Empowerment and More To Celebrate Baby Grand Marshall By AJ Williams – City.Life.Style. Editor

Hubert Massey “I’m thrilled to create a fresco for Detroit and Cobo Center that celebrates the city, its people and the long wonderful history of innovation,’’ said Massey. “Buon Fresco is the perfect technique for this mural because its colors are strong and it’s built to last for years, just like Detroit. Visitors from all over the world will now really understand the contributions we have made as a city.’’ The fresco is part of a public art initiative launched by the DRCFA and the DRCFA Art Foundation, also known as Cobo Art. Through Cobo Art, Detroit’s Cobo Center joins major convention centers throughout the country featuring public art including cities such as Chicago, Nashville, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. “The mission of Cobo Art is to make art free and accessible to the public, including both Detroiters and visitors who come to the city and convention center,” said Lisa Canada, DRCFA Art Foundation chairwoman and DRCFA vice chair. “We are excited to have a beautiful, permanent legacy piece here at Cobo Center. We look forward to continuing to expand our art collection for all to enjoy.”

A great mix of over one hundred women gathered to honor Anistia Thomas, community leader and shower her soon to be firstborn Grand Marshall. However, in true Anistia style instead of a traditional baby shower, she created an event to empower Motherhood +Career+ Life Balance Wellness! Along with several traditional ceremonial moments the shower included a women's empowerment panel, amongst the panelist were: Toni Jones (Founder: WifeComma) Natasha Lee Maxwell, Destiney Green (Founder MomCrush Monday) Meagan Ward (US Embassy Ambassador, Founder: Femology, Creatively Flawless) and Dr. Sherelle Hobbs (Assistant Superintendent Ypsilanti) The panels dropped nuggets on motherhood and more: • “Don’t feel guilty about your ‘ME’ time. Take Your Turn. It’s ok for the children to have scheduled play dates, hang out with friends, study new things, go on field trips and spend your money. The standard should be the same for yourself. Learn to be kind to yourself as often as you are kind and supportive to your children.” – Natasha Lee Maxwell

Massey, who is a Kresge Arts Fellow, is hailed for his distinctive frescos, tile murals and a commitment to community engagement in his work. His works include a 72’

• "To me, being a mother is truly the best job and most rewarding in the world! Having three successful adult makes me proud of my children, and it is the ultimate progress a mother could ever make in life. If there is one thing that I can say that has been the best lesson to understand, that would be, when your children are two, you watch them and tell them what to do; when they are teenagers, you set expectations and teach them how to make wise and responsible choices; as the parent of adult children, I have learned that I watch them make responsible choices and even when they do not, I keep

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Purposed Party Mobile Spa Parties that Empower By AJ Williams – City.Life.Style. Editor

Detroit’s premier girl empowered party bus, Purposed Party, will launch on Sunday, September 16, 2018, 3-6 p.m. at Christian Tabernacle Church, located at 26555 Franklin Rd. Southfield, MI 48033. Happening during National Women’s Friendship Day, this celebration marks a movement meant to uplift girls and women. Attendees will enjoy face painting, glitter tattoos, mini makeovers, a spa craft station, and one lucky lady will win a Purposed Party package giveaway.

Purpose Party Loretta Forbes

“Purposed Party offers unique party packages for girls, teens, and women to choose from for their birthdays or special events,” says founder and owner Loretta A. Forbes. “We also offer play dates, mother/daugh-

ter dates, and parties for organizations like the Girl Scouts. We bring our uniquely-designed parties to you and we do all the work so that you can relax and enjoy your special day. Purposed Party encourages girls and women to be their own kind of beautiful. We curate personalized party experiences so that each and every party guest can be their own unique self and celebrate in their own unique way.” With the fun and girly elements of traditional girl parties and an added educational flare of self-esteem building, etiquette training, and leadership development, Purposed Party encourages girls to embrace that they are not a princess for a day, but a


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Mom Empowerment From page C-1 silent unless they ask for my help and even then, I will only coach them as they make their own decision. This has caused our relationship to blossom and bloom into respect, trust and wisdom! This is where knowledge (them) has met wisdom (me)."

arship fund for HBCU's. Thomas’ hope is that others will carry on this new trend for their families. For more information on hosting a ‘Stork Exchange’ contact Anistia Phiaria via IG @AnistiaPhiaria


On why she veered away from the traditional baby shower Thomas wanted the shower to be a reflection of her personality and commitment to community and creating a financial legacy.

From page C-1 diameter terrazzo floor in the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; a tile mural featuring the rich culture of the Latino community in Southwest Detroit; and a fresco mural at the Flint Museum of Art. “Detroit: Crossroad of Innovation” will be his largest accessible work in downtown Detroit. Massey learned the Italian Buon Fresco painting technique from two of the assistants who worked directly with Diego Rivera while creating the iconic Detroit Industry Frescos at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

“Being a Woman who lives a lifestyle of empowering women, I wanted my shower to reflect my personality, in which I give back to others- it didn't feel like work to me to ensure that women walked away with a piece of insight and confidence of Motherhood." She continued, “I believe that we as a community should become more financially aware in establishing legacies for our children, which is why I hosted the first ever Stork Exchange for men as my male baby shower.”

Massey put the finishing touches on his fresco during a private reception at Cobo Center on September 7. The public is invited to view the fresco during a special celebration on Sunday, September 23 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cisneros Siebert & Shank, a trillion dollar investment firm hosted as Thomas’ special guest raised funds for the Grand Marshall trust and for the Thurgood Marshall Schol-

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TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF THE CITY OF HIGHLAND PARK: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a GENERAL ELECTION will be held in the City of Highland Park on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018. The last day to register for the election is TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. Persons residing in the City of Highland Park registering after the deadline will not be eligible to vote at the election.

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Paul Bollinger, Interim Executive Director Telephone: (313)561-2892 E-Mail: TDD/TTY: (800)545-1833 1. Access (no “www”). 2. Click on the “Login” button in the upper left side. 3. Follow the listed directions. 4. If you have any problems in accessing or registering on the Marketplace, please call customer support at (866)526-9266. Thursday, September 20, 2018, 1:00 PM ET 4500 Inkster Road, Inkster, MI 48141 Monday, September 24, 2018, 3:00 PM ET Attn: Paul Bollinger, Interim Executive Director Administrative Office 4500 Inkster Road, Inkster, MI 48141 Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 3:00 PM ET

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE ONLY TWO WAYS TO SUBMIT RESPONSES TO THE BREITHAUPT ADULT TRAINING PROVIDER RFP: 1. Submit responses via email to descprocurement@detempsol. org. Files sizes cannot exceed 10MB. Please send more than one email if attachments together exceed 10MB. Label the subject line as: “Response to Job Development RFP, Email X of X.” (Indicate if email is 1 of 1, or 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.) 2. Submit an electronic version of the proposal on a flash drive to DESC’s offices at 440 E. Congress, Ste. 400, Detroit, MI 48226, and address to Procurement Specialist. DESC DOES NOT HAVE AN OPTION FOR UPLOADING PROPOSALS. On behalf of the Mayor’s Workforce Development Board (MWDB), the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) is seeking proposals from qualified applicants to provide adult training services to 200 unduplicated adults in the following areas: • Auto body repair & auto service maintenance • Robotics • Culinary arts • Hospitality & customer service DESC plans to select one proposal through this RFP. However, DESC may select more than one proposal to reach its goal of training 200 adults. The contract period is anticipated to be from November 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019.

Copies of the MDEQ’s Technical Fact Sheet, Proposed Project Summary and proposed permit conditions are available for review at the following locations, or you may request a copy be mailed to you by calling 517-284-6793. Please reference PTI Application Number 549-97A.

Requests for the RFP package must be emailed to DESC at In order to receive a RFP package, qualified applicants must submit the following information via email: company name, address, office phone number, fax number, contact person’s name, title, and valid email address.

AIR QUALITY DIVISION (AQD) Internet Home Page - DETROIT: MDEQ, AQD, Cadillac Place, 3058 West Grand River Blvd., Suite 2-300 (Phone: 313-456-2761)

Proposals must be submitted electronically on or prior to September 28, 2018 at 12:00 PM (Local Time). A Public Recording is scheduled for September 28, 2018, 12:30 P.M., at DESC, 440 East Congress – Suite 400, Detroit, Michigan 48226. The bids will not be available for viewing. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that its bid is received by DESC on a timely basis. Late bids will not be accepted.

LANSING: MDEQ, AQD, Constitution Hall, 525 West Allegan Street (Phone: 517-284-6793) DETROIT: City Hall, Coleman A. Young Municipal Building, 2 Woodward Ave (Phone: 313-224-3400) The public is encouraged to present written comments on the proposed permit action. Written comments or a hearing request should be sent to Ms. Annette Switzer, Permit Section Manager, MDEQ, AQD, P.O. Box 30260, Lansing, Michigan, 48909-7760. Comments may also be submitted from the webpage (click on “Submit Comment” under the Global Titanium, Inc., PTI Application No. 549-97A listing). All statements received by October 12, 2018, will be considered by the decision maker prior to final permit action. If a hearing is requested, the comment period will be extended until the close of the hearing. Only if requested in writing by October 12, 2018, the informational session and public hearing will be held on October 18, 2018, at the Heilmann Recreation Center, 19601 Crusade Street, Detroit, Michigan. The informational session will begin at 5:30 p.m., at which time AQD staff will be available to answer questions. The public hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. The sole purpose of the public hearing will be to take formal testimony on the record. Those interested may contact the AQD at 517-284-6788 on October 15, 2018, to determine if a hearing was requested and will be held. Individuals needing accommodations for effective participation at the hearing should contact Ms. Lisa Shooltz at 517-284-6793 one week in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance. MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY Ms. Annette Switzer, Permit Section Manager

Mayor’s Workforce Development Board Cynthia J. Pasky, Co-Chairperson David E. Meador, Co-Chairperson Jeffrey M. Donofrio, Executive Director

The City of Highland Park is accepting bids from qualified contractors to conduct work for our Home Rehabilitation program. The program shall be funded with Community Development Block Grant dollars. The contractor will be performing home rehabilitation according to the individual homeowner’s greatest needs. The RFP can be picked up in the Community and Economic Development Office of City Hall- 12050 Woodward Ave., Highland Park, MI 48203. Please deliver two (2) copies of the bids in a sealed envelope to the City Clerk’s Office by 2:00 P.M. on September 19, 2018. The bids will be opened on October 1, 2018 at the City Council meeting. For questions please call Community and Economic Development Director, Theresa Johnson at (313) 252-0050, ext. 257, or e-mail her at



The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is holding a public comment period from September 12, 2018 until October 12, 2018, and a public hearing, if requested, on October 18, 2018, for Global Titanium Inc.’s proposed operation of two existing natural gasfired dryers, four existing crushers and for proposed modifications to the current permitting requirements for two existing induction crucible furnaces. The facility is located at 19300, 19321, 19250, and 19221 Filer Avenue and 19300 and 19380 Mt. Elliott Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. The public comment period and, if requested, public hearing is to allow all interested parties the opportunity to comment on the proposed conditional approval of a Permit to Install (PTI). It has been preliminarily determined that the operation of the existing units and the proposed modifications to the current permitting requirements will not violate any of the MDEQ’s rules nor the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.


The successful bidder is required to furnish payment (Labor and Materials) and performance bonds in the amount covering the faithful performance of the contract and the payment of all obligations arising thereunder, in the amount of 100% of their contracts, executed by a surety, which is licensed to do business in the State of Michigan.

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REQUEST FOR RFQ The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) is soliciting RFQs for AVL VMware Software UpgradeVersion 6.0. Control No. 19-2670. RFQ forms may be obtained beginning September 12, 2018 from RFQs are due by 3:00 PM ET, October 5, 2018.



[Section 3, Minority- and/or women-owned businesses are encouraged to respond]

The City of Highland Park City Engineering Department will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. at 12050 Woodward Highland Park, Michigan 48203 2nd floor Council Chambers to receive comments regarding the FY 2019 City Engineering Department schedule of fees.

Bidders are required to furnish a bid guarantee equal to (5%) of their bid. The Bid guarantee shall be in the form of either a bid bond or a certified check, made out to Central City Integrated Health.

The contractor will be required to comply with the federal government Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 3 Act (24 CFR Part 135). All contracts (subcontracts) shall include the “Section 3 Clause” found in the City of Detroit Section 3 Plan template. The Section 3 program is administered by the Department of Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity (CRIO). For information and questions, please contact CRIO directly via department web page on the City of Detroit website, email, or phone 313224-9515, program manager, Patricia Ford.




All bids will be publicly opened on October 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas., 550 East 9 mile rd. Ferndale, MI 48220. All interested parties are invited to attend. Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas, will award a contract to the lowest, most responsive and responsible bidder – however, Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas reserves the right to waive any irregularity in any bid or to reject any or all bids should it be deemed for its best interest.




Sealed bids will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at. Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas., 550 East 9 mile rd. Ferndale, MI 48220. No bids will be accepted after this time. All bids must be submitted by trade and line item.




A mandatory pre-bid meeting and examination of the premises will take place at the project site (10 Peterboro St., Detroit, Michigan, 48201) on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m. Specifications provided at meeting. Contact Joe Early @ (313)-350-5662

Saturday October 6, 2018 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Detroit Central City Community of Mental Health, Inc. is seeking qualified contractors to perform various renovations in its office located at 10 Peterboro St. Detroit, MI 48201. Work includes obtaining City of Detroit alteration permit, Furnish and installs windows, installation of new aluminum double hung windows. Contractors desiring to bid shall demonstrate the following qualifications: At least 5 years’ experience in their relative trade, licensed as required by state and/or local law. Insurance: General Liability and Auto Liability with Central City Integrated Health., and The City of Detroit named as Additional Insured. Workman’s compensation insurance is also required. Bid packets will be available at: Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas., 550 East 9 mile rd. Ferndale, MI 48220. Contact James Pappas at (248) 543-4100, or (e-mail) with questions regarding project specifics as found in the bid packet.

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Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation Board Laura A. Hughes, Chairperson Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation Nicole A. Sherard-Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Warren, MI, General Motors. Design, engr, &dvlp virtual vehicle integration solutions, for psgr vehicle body on frame (BOF) chassis structures incldg cradles, &BOF &body in frame (BIF) chassis systems incldg suspension systems (incldg rear axle, control arm, stabilizer bar, stabilizer bar link, leaf spring components, with coil spring, bumpers, strut absorber, absorbers, knuckle, strut mount, rear mount, plastic strut shields), using UGNX, Teamcenter, &Vismockup tools, in concept &production vehicles. Work with package verification, clearance anlys, suspension kinematics construction &anlys, to check clearance of components, wheel, knuckle, control arm, tie rod, brake calipers &check of suspension travel, according to engrg criteria. Collaborate with Advanced Engrg, Studio &Mfg Engrg team members. Ensure work follows the Global Vehicle Development Process incldg all sync points &design release schedules. Formulate &create concepts &execute typical cross sections &engrg criteria incldg clearances, DFM/DFA to establish reference concepts for DREs. Bachelor, Mechanical or Automotive Engrg. 12 mos exp as Designer, Design Engineer, Engineer, or related, designing psgr vehicle BOF chassis structures incldg cradles, &BOF & BIF chassis systems incldg suspension systems, using UGNX, Teamcenter, &Vismockup tools. Mail resume to Ref#52, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Lead Program Validation Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Supervise &lead Product Validation Engineer (PVE) team. Dvlp &issue global &emerging market mid-size truck (MST) monthly full vehicle Validation Metric &High Risk reports including Chassis, Body, Exterior, Interior, Electrical, Powertrain, Thermal, &Certification (regulatory), to Validation Leadership. Conduct monthly Product Validation Manager meetings among US, Brazil, Germany, Korea, India, &China groups. Review &approve MST full vehicle Program Validation Completion Letters. Control vehicle architecture &derivative program validation deliverables to present at Program Quality Readiness Review, incldg Global Vehicle Chief Engineer &act as single point of contact across the architecture &derivative programs for new MST architecture platform &MST current production. Dvlp validation input to Global Workshare Agreements. Create Architecture Learning, Analysis, Development &Validation (A-LADV) plan. Monitor &report LADV plan execution status &issues to Global Vehicle &Process Integration Review, Global Program Status Review &/or G-VCE reviews for current &new MST programs. Approve Certification plan to meet Country of Sales reqmts (type approval, exhaust emission, evaporative emission, fuel economy &pass by noise) for 55 countries. Bachelor, Mechanical, Automotive, or Electrical Engrg, or related. 24 mos exp as Product or Program Validation Engineer or Product or Vehicle Validation Mgr, or related, dvlpg or writing global &/or emerging market psgr vehicle monthly validation or high risk reports incldg Body, Interior, Electrical, Powertrain, Thermal, &Certification (regulatory), to validation leadership. Mail resume to Ref#870, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32C66, Detroit, MI 48265.




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Design Release Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Engineer, develop &release psgr car, truck &SUV instrument panels (IP) incl. IP trim, mechanisms, carriers, glove box &latches, &foamed trim parts, &floor consoles incl. main carriers, retainers, armrests, mechanisms, &decorative trim covers, &metallic speaker grilles in door trim, IP, headliners, &A &D pillars, using Teamcenter, Vismockup, &E2 tools. Engr &release metallic speaker grilles with metal, forming &etching processes. Integrate &validate metallic speaker grilles, floor console systems &IPs with passive safety (airbag) systems incl. front/knee airbags, &ensure system appearance, &adherence to U.S. &global N&V, durability, fatigue &corrosion performance criteria &rqmts. Define IP &floor console performance according to Component Technical Spec, Sub-System Technical Spec, Vehicle Technical Specs &certification compliance with regs (US, Europe, Asia, Middle East &Latin America) defined by FMVSS, UNECE), NCAP, EuroNCAP, LatinNCAP, &China CNCAP crash &durability standards, &IIHS ratings. Bachelor, Mechanical, Automotive, or Mechatronics Engrg. Twelve mos’ exp as Engineer, developing &releasing psgr vehicle IPs incl. IP trim, IP structures, mechanisms, carriers, glove box, &foamed trim parts, using Teamcenter, Vismockup, &E2 tools. Mail resume to Ref#903, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Lead Engineer - Fuel Systems Warren, MI, General Motors. Lead Engrg &development of psgr car safety critical fuel systems for internal combustion &hybrid psgr cars including fuel tanks, fuel &fuel vapor transfer lines, emission control canisters &filler pipes. Mentor &set technical duties of DREs, &guide them to solve product, process &supplier technical issues. Collaborate with external suppliers on engineered solutions. Validate vehicle safety critical fuel systems at initial integrated vehicle build, non-saleable manufacturing build, &saleable mfg validation build prior to launch. Prepare &sign safety related fuel systems validation results &reports to internal Regulation &Certification Group to certify vehicle safe for sale in all regions. Analyze fuel tank filling performance data to ensure performance meeting criteria General Motors Worldwide 14508 specifications &recommend changes to parts to improve product performance. Work with &advise internal Field Safety Investigators on potential problems. Review FMVSS301 barrier crash fuel systems parts post test to determine pass/fail criteria. Bachelor Mechanical, Electrical, or Automotive Engrg. 24 mos’ exp as Engineer, Engrg psgr vehicle safety critical fuel systems including fuel tanks, fuel &fuel vapor transfer lines, emission control canisters &filler pipes. Mail resume to Ref#124, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Design Manager Warren, MI, General Motors. Design, plan, manage, &lead future Chevrolet global &emerging market full vehicle mid-size SUV exterior design program. Supervise, lead, dvlp, set design &performance goals &mentor team of Creative Designers enabling execution of full vehicle exterior design program architectures &vehicle deliverables on time, with required qlty, &interacting with global cross-functional teams (Product &Mfg Engrg, Marketing, Planning, Finance, Program Mgmt, Purchasing, Qlty, Design &Mfg) in support of Global Vehicle Development Process. Dvlp, approve &manage Global Design Operating Plans through entire GVDP. Manage GVDP deliverables &sub-processes (incldg Lighting, Color & Trim, Brand Identity, Wheels &Accessories), &internal deliverables such as math deliverables to property builds &clay &digital models for aero tests. Use Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS, Alias Studio Tools, Bunkspeed, Autodesk Showcase, VRED &PowerPoint to analyze overall exterior design &demonstrate within full design process improvements in productivity. Bachelor, Transportation or Industrial Design. 12 mos exp as Design Manager or related, designing &leading global &emerging market full vehicle psgr vehicle exterior design program incldg execution of full vehicle exterior design program architectures &vehicle deliverables on time, with required qlty, &interacting with global cross-functional teams. Mail resume to Ref#3817, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Advanced Serviceability of Design Engineer - Exterior Electrical Warren, MI, General Motors. Dvlp &validate implement psgr vehicle common serviceability &diagnostic specs, service part release strategies, service information &simultaneous production, &service part release in Engrg Release and Publication Activity system, for electrical systems incldg front view camera modules, ethernet switches, &LIDAR, &related diagnostics systems to improve &ensure aftermarket maintenance &serviceability incldg ease of vehicle maintenance, diagnostics &repairs &reduction in warranty costs. Assign globally parameter identifier data, display identifier data, control parameter identifier data &diagnostic trouble code in CAN &Ethernet to improve speed &accuracy of vehicle diagnostics. Use UGNX &Teamcenter Vismockup tools to perform serviceability anlys &simulations. Dvlp, communicate &advocate service technical reqmts for serviceability incldg Subsystem Technical Specs &Component Technical Spec. Review engineering work orders using E2 to monitor &manage design change impacts to service parts, service information &other service deliverables. Bachelor, Electrical, Mechanical, Automotive or Mechatronics Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, dvlpg &validating psgr vehicle common serviceability &diagnostic specs, service part release strategies, service information &simultaneous production, &related diagnostics systems to ensure aftermarket maintenance &serviceability incldg ease of vehicle maintenance, diagnostics &repairs &reduction in warranty costs. Mail resume to Ref#1946, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Senior Software Engineer BorgWarner PDS (USA) Inc. seeks a Senior Software Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI, responsible for developing core software modules that are re-usable generic products that are integrated into specific solutions for various drivetrain products, among other duties. Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, computer science, or electronics engineering plus five years of experience or Master’s degree in same fields plus three years of experience. Please send resumes to: Ms. Catherine Wood, Resume Processing/JO#9027636, BorgWarner, 3800 Automation Avenue, Auburn Hills, MI 48326.

Application Engineer (Grand Rapids, MI), responsible for conceptualization of material handling systems; preparing equipment lists, specification clarification, and pricing; analyzing customer data; conducting equipment design reviews; utilizing and understanding TGW Core Technologies, TGW Technical Application Bulletins, Blueprints, TGW solutions, PC monitors with CAD display drawings, among other duties. BS & 2 yrs. of exp. Send resume & salary req. to Leigh Baker (Code AE - GRMI), TGW Systems, 3001 Orchard Vista Dr. SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. No phone calls please. EOE.

Designer Warren, MI, General Motors. Design, engr, &dvlp virtual vehicle integration solutions, for body closure systems incldg front (hoods &fenders) &rear closures (tailgates, endgates, &decklids), using UGNX, Teamcenter, Vismockup &ExClose tools, in concept &production vehicles. Design &provide safety recommendations to program reqmts &integrate new body components &systems for U.S., global &emerging market conventional, hybrid, &full electric psgr vehicle (psgr car, truck &SUV) body systems incldg front &rear closures. Collaborate with Advanced Engrg, Studio &Mfg Engrg team members. Participate in Design Reviews &Program Development Team meetings, &dvlp design proposals to install body systems. Perform appropriate studies &devise alternatives solutions to meet Mfg Engrg, Advanced Engrg &Studio reqmts. Formulate &create concepts &execute typical cross sections &engrg criteria incldg clearances, DFM/DFA to establish reference concepts for Design Release Engineers. Apply the results of CAE anlys &Wire Harness Assessment to improve proposals for solutions. Modify &update 3D math according to engrg work order issued by Systems Management Team. Bachelor, Mechanical Engrg, Automotive Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Design Engineer, Engineer, or Designer, designing &dvlpg virtual vehicle integration solutions, for body closure systems incldg front (hoods &fenders) &rear closures (tailgates, endgates, &decklids), using UGNX, Teamcenter, &Vismockup, in concept &production vehicles. Mail resume to Ref#428, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Global Validation Technical Integration Engineer (TIE) - Software Programming Warren, MI, General Motors. Plan &dvlp validation strategies to ensure fully robust vehicle ECU software content programming incldg functional, performance, &reliability reqmts. Establish end-to-end OTA programming validation methodology using Vector &Intrepid tools &collaborate with various internal depts &external Tier I suppliers. Train, dvlp, mentor, &evaluate technical capability of people both internally &externally. Act as global single point owner for global software programming validation using Vector &Intrepid tools domain incldg OTA programming, dealership service programming &vehicle assy plant flash programming. Provide Global technical leadership in endtoend corporate needs relevant to all types of Software programing delivery channels (Engrg Dev, Assy Plant, Dealership, &OTA) for all vehicle software content. Establish strategic directions in all phases of validation in Global Vehicle Development Process-Design, Development, Validation, &Verification including Tier I supplier validation. Bachelor, Electronics Engrg, Electronics &Communication Engrg, Electrical Engrg, or related. 60 mos exp as Engineer, Engrg Supv, or Engrg Mgr, executing or leading execution of tools dvlpmt for software programming validation &/or perform or lead software programming validation, incldg dealership service programming &vehicle assy plant flash programming, or related. Mail resume to Ref#5540, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Lead Design Engineer – Fascias Warren, MI, General Motors. Design, release &assure timely dvlpmt, using UGNX &Teamcenter tools, of psgr vehicle fascias, bumper beams, impact energy absorber systems, styled grilles, wheel liners, aero performance effects, air dams, air curtain systems, safety pedestrian protection systems &structural reinforcements for new performance vehicles. Act as voice of Bumpers, Fascias, &Grilles Engrg Grp with Studio Engrg to meet design &engrg reqmts in line with design intent &present detailed reports in meetings to Chief Engr &Engrg Directors. Provide technical leadership &guidance to dvlpmt teams to help navigate project road blocks, &recommend design changes that will improve performance. Coordinate design &engrg teams to devise engineered solutions to meet safety performance &legal reqmts defined by the FMVSS581, CMVSS215 low speed regulatory bumper impact standards, &FMVSS208 full frontal &30 degree angle impact standards, including (U.S., Canada, Mex, Israel, Middle East, S.A.) &European reqmts. Meet high speed impact crashworthiness, vibration, modal performance aerodynamic &thermal targets. Bachelor, Mechanical Engrg, Automotive Engrg, Industrial Design, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, designing &releasing, using UGNX &Teamcenter tools, psgr vehicle fascias, bumper beams, impact energy absorber systems, styled grilles, air curtain systems, safety pedestrian protection systems &structural reinforcements, or related. Mail resume to Ref#2151, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

ENTRY LEVEL FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC CITY OF SOUTHGATE, WAYNE COUNTY E.O.E Applications can be obtained at City Clerk’s office 14400 Dix-Toledo, Southgate, MI 48195 734-258-3015 8a.m. – 4p.m., Mon. thru Fri. • Applicants must provide proof at time of application that they are/have: • Be at least eighteen (18) years old. • MFFTC FIREFIGHTER I, II certified, or currently enrolled in a MFFTC Firefighter I, II curriculum. • Licensed Paramedic by State of Mi. and current ACLS certification or awaiting State of MI licensing test. • Passed written and CPAT portion of Firefighter Test offered by The Conference of Western Wayne through Schoolcraft College (734-462-4806). • Applicants must meet all established hiring criteria, which is enclosed with the application form. • CONFERENCE of WESTERN WAYNE testing information: Schoolcraft College testing 734-462-4806 The ONLY ACCEPTED Firefighter written and CPAT test is offered by CWW through Schoolcraft Community College. Starting salary is $40,375.96 with excellent fringe benefits. Applications can be submitted to the Clerk’s office until further notice. Janice M. Ferencz City Clerk

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