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UAW Triple Strike Against Detroit Automakers

Key Dates for Michigan’s Crucial 2024 Federal and State Elections

Night of Elegance and Excellence at the 10th Annual Michigan

Late Thursday night, Sept. 14, a historic moment unfolded in American labor relations as the United Auto Workers (UAW) union initiated a strike against Ford, General Motors (GM), and Stellantis. For the first time, the union took simultaneous action against all three major Detroit-based automakers. The action involves approximately 13,000 UAW members in assembly plants across Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri, who walked off their jobs after existing labor contracts expired at 11:59 p.m.

As the upcoming election season approaches, Michigan voters have an essential role to play. The critical months of August and November will see the selection of the next president, local officials, and the replacement for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a prominent figure from Lansing.

In addition, all 13 members of the U.S. House and all 110 members of the Michigan House of Representatives will be up for election. This is a pivotal moment for Michigan voters to actively engage in the democratic process, make their voices heard, and actively contribute to shaping the future of their state and country.

Itroiters. The symbolism of Black beekeepers revitalizing their city is a powerful testament to the resilience and ingenuity of our community.

Voters can request an absentee ballot online through their state’s election website or submit a paper application. It is important for those who prefer to vote by absentee ballot to request their ballot as early as possible to allow for sufficient processing time.

n a breathtaking celebration of talent, determination, and the unyielding spirit of Black excellence, the Michigan Chronicle marked its 10th Annual 40 Under 40 event Thursday evening. This year’s soirée, drenched in the theme “All Black Everything with Gold Accents,” transcended expectations and essentially illuminated the golden gems within the true essence of Black excellence. Hosted by the charismatic duo of Andre Ash and Lynzee Mychael from Michigan Chronicle’s Finally Friday, the night was a triumph for the city of Detroit and its vibrant community of young Black professionals.

July 7: Early voting began.

Shortly before midnight on Sept. 14, GM released a statement expressing disappointment with the strike action, despite offering what it termed an “unprecedented economic package” that included historic wage increases. Stellantis also expressed disappointment in a statement, saying the company immediately went into contingency mode to protect its operations.

Important Dates for Primary Elections:

July 22: Deadline to register by mail or online and be eligible to vote in the August elections.

The evening sparkled with a golden promise as we celebrated remarkable individuals from various walks of life. Among the honorees were the brilliant and visionary co-founders of Detroit Hives, Nicole Lindsey and Timothy Paul Jackson. Their work has not only changed the landscape of beekeeping and urban farming in Detroit but also exemplified the transformative impact Black professionals can have on their communities.

July 23: In-person registration with local clerk with proof of residency allowed between this date and election date.

July 27: The mandatory period of early voting begins.

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As the night unfolded, we had the privilege of honoring other outstanding individuals, each carving their own path to success. Clement “Fame” Brown, the creative mind behind Three Thirteen Detroit’s Brand Name, received the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Brown’s commitment to empowering the city through fashion and entrepreneurship has left an indelible mark.

“Entrepreneur of the year – that’s a big deal,” said Brown. “It’s always an honor to be honored and it’s always a blessing to be in a room full of so many talent ed, accomplished, and popular people that look like me. I’m geeked. I started making and selling clothes as a kid and I always knew that I would have a business, but I never knew it would be Detroit’s brand name business, so I take a lot of pride in the fact that our business rep resents our city’s pride.”

“Together we have created a social, environmental, and financial impact through bees,” said Jackson. Lindsey followed that sentiment with, “It is through our local partnerships and collaborative efforts that we exist in over 28 plus locations managing the health of 4.5 million honeybees – humbly speaking our movement has inspired others locally, nationally, and even internationally to take on similar missions.”

The UAW has branded the industrial action as the “Stand-Up Strike,” focusing on specific plants within each automaker. UAW President Shawn Fain stated, “This strategy will keep the companies guessing. It will give our national negotiators maximum leverage and flexibility in bargaining. And if we need to go all out, we will. Everything is on the table.” Union leaders have also indicated that additional plants could be targeted in future waves if negotiations remain stalled.

July 29: Cities or townships with at least 5,000 residents can begin tabulating absentee ballots.

August 2: Deadline for electors who have lost their absentee ballot or have not yet received their ballot in the mail to submit a written request to spoil their absent voter ballot and receive a new absent voter ballot by mail.

Detroit Hives, a pioneering organization founded by Lindsey and Jackson, harnesses the power of urban beekeeping to revitalize neighborhoods in the Motor City. Their initiative not only addresses critical issues like environmental conservation but also provides valuable education and employment opportunities to Black De-

August 4: Last day of early voting.

Can Reparative Investment Finally

As the 2024 elections approach, the importance of ensuring a smooth and accessible voting process in Wayne County cannot be overstated. With City Clerk Janice Winfrey and County Clerk Cathy Garrett at the helm, efforts are being intensified to guarantee that every eligible voter in our community has the opportunity to cast their ballot efficiently and confidently. This election cycle holds significant weight, particularly for the Black community, as it presents critical issues and positions that will shape our future. Understanding the intricacies of early voting, embracing new technologies, and following best practices are essential steps toward making our voices heard and driving meaningful change.

Taking home the Corporate Excellence Award was Dannis Mitchell, Director of Community Engagement at Barton Malow.

For many Detroiters, Interstate 375, or I-375, has long been just another stretch of urban highway, a concrete artery connecting different parts of the city. To some, it’s a mere convenience; to others, it’s an unremarkable part of their daily commute. However, there’s a deeper, far more troubling story beneath the surface of this seemingly ordinary freeway—a story of pain, displacement, and the lasting impact on Black Detroiters.

August 2: Deadline to send an absentee ballot to an applicant by first-class mail.

August 5: All cities and townships can begin tabulating absentee ballots.

ness district that had been the lifeblood of the community.

“It is so important to recognize that there are young leaders across the country, many that are born here in Detroit. I represent our city nationally and I tell people, ‘Yea I’m a D-girl I’m from the west-side of Detroit,’” Mitchell expressed. “But more importantly, I’ve been able to have experiences within an industry that not many of us, specifically women of color, have the opportunity to engage in and I’ve been the youngest person in the room, the only Black person in the room, and the only Sistah in the room, and I really had to articulate the importance of showing up, giving chances when others won’t, and being persistent.” As a trailblazing Black woman thriving in a predominantly male-dominated industry, her unwavering commitment to fortifying the connections between businesses and Detroit’s communities is unde-

It’s a history marred by pain, injustice, and economic devastation. More than 130,000 residents, primarily Black, were forcibly displaced. Families were uprooted, generational wealth was obliterated, and a thriving community was torn asunder. The wounds inflicted by I-375 run deep, transcending the physical barrier of a freeway to penetrate the very soul of Black Detroiters.

towards mending the wounds inflicted on Black Detroiters and restoring a sense of belonging that was so callously torn away in the past.

The I-375 Boulevard Project is about more than just correcting historical injustices; it’s about redefining the future. It will connect downtown Detroit to surrounding neighborhoods, bridging the gap that was placed upon the city decades ago.

This painful legacy can be traced back to the nation’s interstate highway program of 1956—a program that aimed to connect the country but often did so at the expense of marginalized communities. In the case of I-375, it meant carving a path through the heart of Black Detroit, reinforcing segregation, and perpetuating inequality.

have diluted their voice in choosing who represents their family, their community, and the best of all levels of government.”

All Hands On Deck to Combat Homelessness

Fain clarified the union’s strategy: “I want to give a major shoutout to the thousands of members who are on the picket lines right now fighting for all of us. The Stand-Up Strike is a new approach to striking. Instead of striking all plants at once, select locals will be called on to stand up and walk out on strike. This is our generation’s answer to the movement that built our union – the sit-down strikes of 1937. We told the Big 3 that Sept. 14 was the deadline and we meant it. We gave the companies our economic demands eight weeks ago and it took more than a month to get to the table.” The union is pushing for a comprehensive list of demands. This

August 5: Deadline for electors who have lost their absentee ballot or have not yet received their ballot in the mail to submit a written request to spoil their absent voter ballot and receive a new absent voter ballot in the clerk’s office.

Homelessness continues to plague urban communities, with families and individuals grappling with the challenges of making ends meet in today’s economic climate. Whether it’s struggling to meet monthly mortgage payments or coping with soaring rental costs in a housing market marked by shockingly high prices, a variety of factors contribute to the growing issue of people becoming unhoused.

The tale begins in what is now Lafayette Park, once known as Black Bottom—a neighborhood rooted in African-American culture and history. Named after its dark, fertile soil, Black Bottom flourished during the mid1900s, nurturing the dreams and aspirations of prominent Detroiters like Coleman Young, Joe Louis, and numerous other Detroit legends. But in the name of urban renewal in the 1950s, this vibrant neighborhood was systematically dismantled, erased from the map, and replaced by a lifeless stretch of asphalt.

August 5: By 4 p.m., registered voters may apply for an AV ballot in person at the clerk’s office.

August 6: Deadline for emergency absentee voting.

August 6: Election Day registrants may obtain and vote an absent voter ballot in person in clerk’s office or vote in person in the proper precinct until 8 p.m.

County Clerk Cathy Garrett explains that for all 43 municipalities within Wayne County, early voting offers another option for citizens to cast their ballots. “Many people like to put their ballot through a tabulator machine, and early voting gives them more opportunity to do so. Early Voting poll sites are set up like an election day site; one must fill out a voter application, be checked in the poll book, and be provided a ballot. They will take the ballot to a voting booth to fill out and then feed it into a tabulator machine. Our communities must engage in the electoral process to ensure their voices are heard.”

with a patron. The male suspect allegedly shot the guard before fleeing the scene, while his female companion is accused of concealing the weapon in her bra.

A Holistic Approach to Providing Shelter and Support for Detroit’s Unhoused People

While the residential areas bore the brunt of this demolition, the heart of Black Bottom, its thriving business center, remained largely untouched. Restaurants, theaters, clubs, and bars—the very places that brought Detroit’s Black community together—were concentrated around Hastings Street, the epicenter of African-American culture in the city.


Then, in a cruel twist of fate, Hastings Street, too, was obliterated a few years later, making way for the construction of I-375. This marked the final blow, sealing the fate of Black Bottom and signaling the beginning of the end for Paradise Valley, the Black busi-

Housing Resource Helpline in response to the challenges that residents face in navigating the complex system of housing services. The helpline provides a single point of contact for people seeking housing assistance and connects them with the resources they need.

The importance of this election cycle is immense. Every election is critical, but the 2024 cycle presents key issues and positions that directly impact the Black community in Wayne County. According to Cathy Garrett, “Every cycle, every election is crucial. No matter the level of government or the time of year, citizens are asked to select people to represent them. If they choose not to vote, they

Historically, shelters have provided a temporary respite for those in need, often serving as the first or second option after exhausting alternatives like staying with friends or family. Shelters offer a place to rest one’s head and a warm meal, albeit sometimes for extended periods. For others, being unhoused means living in cars or makeshift outdoor

The August 6th Primary ballot in Detroit will include races for the U.S. Senate, Representative in Congress, State Representative, County Sheriff, County Clerk, County Treasurer, Register of Deeds, County Prosecutor, and County Commission. Additionally, there is one Judge of the 3rd Circuit Court Non-Incumbent Position, precinct delegates for both parties, and proposals to renew the County Parks millage, County auditor selection amendment, and the City of Detroit Library millage. Garrett emphasizes, “All of these races impact the Black community and beyond. Although voting is our right, we must embrace it and make it our responsibility to vote.”

These incidents unfolded during an unseasonably warm spring, leading to increased pedestrian traffic and heightened tensions in the densely populated downtown area.

For one to aptly recognize the harm caused by such projects, it is vital to note that some of the planners and politicians behind those projects built them directly through the heart of vibrant, populated communities—oftentimes to reinforce segregation and sometimes as part of a direct effort to replace or eliminate Black neighborhoods.

Today, the resurgence of Paradise Valley stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of Black Detroiters and the enduring legacy of Black excellence. This historic district, once a vibrant hub for Black businesses and culture, is experiencing a renaissance that harkens back to its glory days. The destruction of Black Bottom may have torn apart a thriving community, but the resolute determination of a new generation of entrepreneurs and visionaries is reclaiming that lost legacy.

The surge in crime and the influx of visitors to Detroit’s downtown core garnered the attention of the Detroit Police Department (DPD), catching them somewhat off guard.

But now, after decades of enduring the scars of I-375, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Plans have been unveiled to transform this once-divisive freeway into a vision that seeks to right the wrongs of the past while heralding a new era of inclusivity and community revitalization.

Advancements in technology are making elections more streamlined. This year in Wayne County, new technologies are being implemented for early and in-person voting. “All changes with voter technologies are highly regulated,” says

Support for the helpline comes from the Gilbert Family Foundation, which has pledged $10 million over three years to fund the program. Wayne Metro Community Action Agency manages the helpline, making it accessible to all Detroit residents. This initiative simplifies access to the City’s various housing services, ensuring that residents in need can easily find assistance.

James White, Chief of Police for the Detroit Police Department, said: “We were caught somewhat flat-footed right out the gate. By design we went into the spring deployment, which is less than the mid-summer deployment, and saw we say an uptick in violence that first warm weekend.”

Chief White attributes the violence in Greektown to a combination of weather conditions and a surge in population.

Fueled by more than $100 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and other partners, this ambitious project aims to create jobs, remove barriers to economic growth, and reconnect the neighborhood with the rest of Detroit. It is a step

In the heart of Paradise Valley, Blackowned businesses are not just flourishing but thriving, offering diverse services, products, and experiences that pay homage to the past while paving the way for a prosperous future. From jazz clubs to soul food restaurants, the Black Press, and art galleries to fashion boutiques, this revival is breathing life into the very essence of what once made this neighborhood a vibrant cultural epicenter. It’s a resurgence that extends beyond brick and mortar; it represents the resurgence of a spirit that refuses to be subdued.

Garrett. “All changes in voter technology must go through federal and state certification and then be approved by the Secretary of State. For early voting, some communities within Wayne County are utilizing ‘ballot on demand,’ which will print the ballot relevant to the precinct the voter is registered to vote in.” To ensure that every vote is counted, there are key practices and best things voters should look for when participating in early or in-person voting in Wayne County. Garrett explains, “It is important to remember that for the Primary election, when voting the partisan section of the ballot, voters can only choose candidates of one party; they cannot crossover vote in the primary. If they accidentally crossover vote, the machine will spit the ballot out alerting of a crossover vote. The inspector will explain to the voter they can spoil the ballot and get a new one. If the voter wants the ballot accepted as crossover voting, the entire partisan section will not be counted, and only the nonpar-

Detroit City Councilman Fred Durhal III, representing District 7, where Eastern Market resides, told the Michigan Chronicle, “It’s still very early in the process, MDOT is

He explained, “ We saw numbers downtown that we have not seen, ever. People are emerging from COVID and there’s a feeling that we’re in a post-COVID era… and with the venues downtown and the reasons to come down with all the activities that are going on, we saw hundreds of more people and, in particularly, young folks, teenagers that we hadn’t seen.”

Responding swiftly to the surge in violence, DPD adjusted its deployment plans. Rather than waiting for mid-summer, they deployed officers in the spring itself to address the situation.

Black Resilience Amidst Gentrification: Reclaiming Detroit’s

The causes of homelessness are as diverse and complex as the individuals experiencing it. In response, the City of Detroit has adopted a holistic approach to combat this issue.

“Providing services and high-quality housing to persons at risk of or who are experiencing homelessness is a key priority of the City of Detroit, said Julie Schneider, Director of Detroit’s Housing and Revitalization Department.

What a Federal Government Shutdown Could Mean for Detroiters?

“This means focusing on building the pipeline of supportive housing and coordinating with the Continuum of Care on the delivery of critical resources such as emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, and diversion and prevention programs. It also means preserving and expanding affordable housing options for Detroiters of all incomes and improving housing stability though comprehensive service offerings available through the Detroit Housing Resource HelpLine and Detroit Housing Services Division within HRD.”

The Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) has taken a monumental step forward, ratifying a new two-year contract with the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). This landmark decision marks the first time in nearly three decades that the

“The city and its partners offer a lot of great services to help Detroiters with their housing needs, but they don’t mean much if people don’t know how to access them,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Thanks to the efforts of our partners and the generous support of the Gilbert Family Foundation, we now have a simple process to guide residents to the right housing resource and a growing number of programs to help them.”

In May 2023, the City of Detroit launched the Detroit

From the days of the Great Migration when thousands of Black families flocked to Detroit in search of jobs and a better life, to the pivotal role they played in the city’s cultural and musical heritage, Black Detroiters have left an indelible mark on the city. However, in recent years, Detroit has experienced significant gentrification, which has raised concerns about the displacement of long-standing Black residents. Similar to a setting sun, there’s a rising spirit, and Black Detroiters are reclaiming their place in the city, despite the challenges posed by gentrification.

The Gilbert Family Foundation’s broader commitment involves pledging $500 million to support projects across Detroit over the next ten years, with housing initiatives being a significant part of their contribution.

Notably, Detroit has witnessed a consistent decrease in recent years, with the number of unhoused residents steadi ly declining. In 2019, approximately 7,847 people were unhoused and entered the City’s community response system. In 2021, about 5,687 people experienced homelessness.

According to the City of Detroit, since the start of the fiscal year 2019 to 2021, Detroit saw a 28% decrease in the

contract. This is a notable increase in approval from previous agreements,

nition of the contract’s

During the Great Migration, thousands of Black families from the South came to Detroit in search of jobs in the booming automobile industry. Despite facing discrimination and segregation, they built vibrant communities on the city’s east

The rise in visitors to the Greektown area is evident in data from, a location analytics company specializing in visit trends and demographic insights through geolocation-enabled mobile devices. From May 1-Aug. 27, 2022, there were 1.3 million visits and 655,000 visitors to Greektown, according to In the same period this year, these numbers increased to 1.4 million visits and 670,000 visitors.

As Detroit’s downtown area continues to attract both residents and visitors, the police department has implemented various enforcement measures to manage the increased population. Notably, metal detectors have been strategically placed throughout Greektown to deter the illegal carrying of firearms.

a broader move towards inclusivity and respect for all students and staff. Contrary to some beliefs, these changes are not merely symbolic; they are essential steps in fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and supported. Financially, the contract introduces an

because of discrimination, but they were also coming because Black people was doing some stuff. When did Black people start doing things in the city? They started doing things in this area in the 1800’s. In the 1800’s the major thing that they were doing in Detroit is they were the

“We have strategically placed them at key points, “ Chief White explains. It has been a deterrent for some, and some have tested it. If you are legally carrying a weapon and carrying a CPL, have a great day. If you’re

satisfaction with the agreement,

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Amidst the glitz and glamour, the event also showcased the diversity of talent within our community. From Paris T. Prichard, a forensic scientist pushing the boundaries of her field, to math wizards like Donna Laster, who
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2024 Elections

Elected officials are also working to keep Roe v. Wade intact thus holding off Michigan’s 1931 trigger ban. Governor Gretchen Whitmer released a statement saying, in part:

tisan section votes will count. Also, under each office title, there is ‘Vote for not more than’ information. Please pay attention to the vote for numbers. If a voter votes for more candidates than the ‘vote for’ designates, the votes for that office will not count, this is called an overvote.”

Reflecting on the broader implications, early and in-person voting in this election cycle can serve as a catalyst for change and progress within the Black community in Wayne County. Garrett asserts, “As previously stated, it provides more opportunity for citizens to exercise their right to vote, to make their voice heard, to ensure they have a government that meets their needs. I hope with the increased options, voter turnout will be increased so we have a more representative government. After all, it is supposed to be ‘Of the People, By the People, For the People!’”

“The words ‘Roe overturned’ are no longer theoretical. I want every Michigander to know— no matter what happens in D.C., I’m going to fight like hell to protect access to safe, legal abortion in Michigan…”

Transitioning seamlessly to the efforts of Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, the upcoming elections are poised for meticulous management. Michigan’s election day is August 6, 2024, with early voting beginning on July 27, 2024. Voters can cast their ballots at one of 14 early vote centers or use one of 35 drop boxes for election-related mail, ensuring convenience and accessibility.

Janice Winfrey, alongside her dedicated team, is committed to executing a flawless election this year. With an unwavering dedication to precision and accuracy, her ultimate goal is to achieve a 100% error-free election process.

“Our last several elections have been 99% error-free, or balanced, is what we call it. But we anticipate a hardy turnout, not so much for the state this August, but certainly for the November presidential general. We expect at least a 50% turnout; that’s been commonplace for the presidential

emphasizing that it is the earliest tentative agreement reached since June 17, 1994. She noted, “This is also the richest tentative agreement. We are reclaiming ground by restoring rights and providing new protections from the previously prohibited subjects from PERA and the Michigan School Code, offering competitive salaries, and improving facilities to retain and attract great talent!”

More than legal implications, overturning Roe v. Wade would impact several systems across the spectrum. With the potential to drive both foster and adoption numbers upward, a ban on abortions could leave many women to choose a less safe route restoring ‘back alley’ and illegal abortion practices, including self-abortions. Moreover, African American women and women of color, who already have a long-storied history with access and inclusion in medi-

tions these professionals make to our children’s education and well-being.

cine and healthcare, may be adversely impacted by the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. “What we are really concerned about is the impact on our patients. Access to abortion is already out of reach for far too many Michiganders, especially Black people and people of color who face additional barriers to care as a result of systemic inequalities and institutional racism. Losing access to legal abortion will impact those communities most, forcing people to become parents or expand their families against their will. Being able to decide and control if, when and how to become a parent is central to building and living a healthy, happy life,” said Vasquez Giroux. Beyond the scope of pro-choice versus prolife, the fight for reproductive choice is one of freedom. As Michigan officials work to ensure each woman who finds herself in the position to choose has access to care without the threat of legal action, many wonder

islature adopts it.

Increase school funding: Statutory changes to increase the School Aid Fund revenue by at least $3.6 billion and establish a permanent weighted funding formula based on student and community needs and universal preschool (0-3).

This contract is not just about numbers and policies; it’s about transforming the district’s climate and culture. Seemingly, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti’s mission has been to create a supportive and thriving educational environment, and this agreement is a pivotal step in that direction. Higher teacher pay makes the district competitive with neighboring districts, preventing the poaching of our dedicated staff and ensuring stability for our students.

Acknowledging the critical role of non-teaching support staff, the contract includes significant bonuses for those who work with special education students, such as speech pathologists, social workers, and occupational therapists. These bonuses range from $2,500 to $15,000, a recognition of the invaluable contribu-

Reject censorship in history instruction: Encouraging Gov. Whitmer to ensure the goal for Michigan schools should be history instruction that is presented by professionals with the subject matter expertise, pedagogical skills, and judgment necessary to present complex information to students that are grounded in provable facts and add to the understanding of modern-day America.

This contract marks a historic moment in labor negotiations, as it is the first time in over a decade that the union could negotiate key bargaining rights restored by the Michigan Legislature last summer. Under state emergency management, many of these rights were stripped away, leaving teachers and support staff with little control over crucial aspects of their employment. Now, with clarity on processes such as layoffs, recalls, and transfers, educators can focus more on their primary mission: educating our children.

Increase mental health supports for the Black community: Recommending Michigan set a goal of increasing the number of Black mental health service providers by 20% each year over five years.

general, and we’re ready and geared up,” Winfrey said.

Winfrey says the upcoming elections will see significant improvements, particularly in using new technology and enhanced reliability. These changes will facilitate quicker and more efficient ballot distribution than previous election processes.

what the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming days. Despite the decision, advocates on both sides of the argument are willing to continue their pursuits.

The City Clerk’s Office of Elections has introduced a new permanent absentee voter list system for a smoother future voting process. This system allows individuals to request to be placed on the absentee ballot list, ensuring that they receive their ballots in a timely and consistent manner for all future elections.

“They (Voters) do not have to request the ballot or fill out an application every single time in advance anymore if they’re placed on the permanent absent voter ballot request list,” Winfrey said.

Winfrey has announced that voters can anticipate receiving an Election Connection newsletter in the lead-up to August 6. “Election Connection newsletter, which has a sample ballot in there so they can know who’s on the ballot and can be better prepared to mark their ballot when they go to vote or mail in their absentee ballot,” Winfrey.

“Overturning Roe v. Wade would be a terrible break with nearly 50 years of judicial precedent and – more importantly – a blow against individual freedom. It is my hope that the majority of justices will reject the findings of this draft. If that is not the case, we need to stand with Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Gov. Whitmer in support of their efforts to preserve the right to reproductive freedom,” said Chair Alisha Bell, on behalf of the Wayne County Commission.

It goes without saying that the dedication of City Clerk Janice Winfrey and County Clerk Cathy Garrett in ensuring a smooth voter process for the 2024 elections is a testament to their commitment to our community. They understand that every vote counts and that every voice deserves to be heard. By providing clear information and accessible options, they are empowering the Black community and all of Wayne County to take charge of their future and make informed decisions at the ballot box. Their efforts are not just about managing an election; they are about fostering a more inclusive and representative democracy. The stakes are high, but with the right tools and knowledge, our community can rise to the occasion and make a lasting impact.

The health committee recommends reviewing state licensure policies to address the barriers that Black psychologists face in obtaining licensure in Michigan.

Ensure equitable distribution of state health funds: Ensure all Michigan communities with a significant Black population receive adequate funds to address mental health issues.

Another significant win is the return of payroll-deducted union dues. Previously, the exclusion of these dues was a discriminatory state policy specifically targeting K-12 educators. This restoration not only simplifies the process for union members but also strengthens the union’s capacity to advocate effectively for its members. The DFT, which boasts a membership of roughly 4,500 individuals, including educators, academic interventionists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, speech therapists, and attendance agents, now has a stronger foundation to continue its vital work.

teachers are well-compensated is crucial not just for their well-being but for the overall quality of education that children receive. When educators are valued and respected through competitive salaries, it directly impacts their morale, motivation, and commitment to their profession. Teachers who feel appreciated are more likely to invest extra time and energy into their lesson plans, engage with students more passionately, and remain dedicated to their roles despite the challenges they face. This level of dedication and enthusiasm can significantly enhance the learning environment, leading to better educational outcomes for students.

Protecting Black voting rights: Urge state officials to remain vigilant in the fight against schemes to disenfranchise Michiganders of color.

“BLAC members have worked hard to identify the needs of the Black community and we feel these recommendations will provide a solid first step towards breaking down barriers in education, community safety, health and business,” said BLAC Co-Chair Dr. Donna L. Bell.

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BLAC will hold a virtual town hall meeting

Moreover, competitive salaries help attract and retain top talent within the teaching profession. In a time when many districts face severe teacher shortages, offering fair and appealing compensation packages becomes a vital strategy to draw skilled educators into the system and keep them there. Teachers with higher qualifications and more experience, who might otherwise seek opportunities in better-paying districts or entirely different fields, are more likely to stay and contribute to the local community when they feel their financial and professional needs are met. This stability and consistency in the teaching workforce are essential for fostering strong, continuous relationships

tions to the governor on critical issues affecting the Black community.

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between teachers and students, ultimately leading to a more supportive and effective educational experience for our children.

This contract is more than just an agreement; it’s a testament to the power of collective action and the importance of standing together in the face of adversity. The DFT and its members have shown that when educators unite, they can achieve significant victories that benefit not only themselves but also the entire community. This agreement sets a precedent for future negotiations and serves as a beacon of hope for educators across the country who are fighting for better working conditions and fair compensation.

The ratification of this contract is a significant milestone for the Detroit Federation of Teachers and the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

As we celebrate this landmark achievement, we must also ponder the future of our children’s education. Will these new provisions and improved conditions translate into better learning outcomes and more equitable opportunities for all students? How will the restored rights and competitive salaries impact teacher retention and recruitment, particularly in underserved areas? Can these changes foster a more inclusive and supportive environment that nurtures every child’s potential? As we look ahead, these questions challenge us to consider the long-term implications of our efforts and the collective responsibility we hold in shaping an educational system that truly serves and uplifts every student in our community.

proof of residency).

October 22: For most voters,* last day to drop your ballot in the mail (starting October 23, we recommend returning your ballot in person to your city or township clerk’s office or satellite office or to a secure drop box provided by your clerk).

October 26: First day of the mandatory early voting period.

November 3: Last day of the mandatory early voting period.

November 4 at 4 p.m.: Deadline to vote in person, with an absentee ballot, at your city or township clerk’s office if you’re registered to vote where you live (after today at 4 p.m., you must vote at your polling place on Election Day).

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A3 | July 10-16, 2024

Embrace Sportz Launches Free Cross Country Camp to Reignite Interest and Unlock Scholarship Opportunities for Detroit Youth

Embrace Sportz announced the launch of a transformative new camp designed to expose Detroit’s youth to the sport of Cross Country. Aimed at students from 6th to 12th grade, this initiative seeks to revive participation in Cross Country within Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and open doors to valuable collegiate scholarship opportunities that have been overlooked for too long. The camp will run from July 7 – July 12.

Despite the rich athletic talent in Detroit, participation in Cross Country has dwindled so drastically that regional championships and national qualifiers have become a rarity. This decline has left significant scholarship money unclaimed, particularly among Black and Brown students, with young women being the most affected.

“After track season ends in Detroit, there’s no continuation into Cross Country training,” said Shaka Dukes, co-founder of Embrace Sportz and a former Mumford High School Track & Field and Cross Country star. “This camp is our effort to change that and provide a platform for these students to shine.”

The week-long camp will simulate the experience of regular Cross Country training, aiming to inspire students to participate in their school teams or join running clubs. Held at Cass Benton Park in Northville, the camp will provide bus transportation, lunch, and snacks daily, ensuring accessibility and convenience for all participants. The camp is free of charge.

“Track & Field and Cross Country are distinct sports, each offering unique opportunities,” added Menachem Dukes, co-founder and fellow Mumford High School alumnus and star athlete. “Our goal is to educate students and parents alike about the potential of Cross Country, particularly the scholarship opportunities that come with it.”

The camp will include comprehensive training sessions, education on proper nutrition and footwear, and a supportive environment for all experience levels. By providing these resources, Shaka and Menachem Dukes are doing the groundwork to ensure Detroit’s youth lead healthy lifestyles and have alternate pathways to college education.

Cross Country offers a unique and transformative impact on our Black youth, fostering resilience, discipline, and a strong sense of community. It serves as a powerful tool for personal growth, teaching young runners to overcome physical and mental challenges while building their confidence and self-esteem. Participation in this sport not only promotes physical health and well-being but also opens doors to educational opportunities through scholarships that can pave the way to higher education and future success. By engaging in Cross Country, Black youth can break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and realize their potential both on and off


Federal Grant of $20.7 Million to Propel Joe Louis Greenway and Iron Belle Trail Project in Detroit

The City of Detroit has secured a pivotal $20.7 million grant from the Biden-Harris Administration as part of the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants. This substantial federal investment is earmarked for the Joe Louis Meets the Iron Belle: Connecting Communities in Detroit Project, which aims to enhance and expand the Joe Louis Greenway (JLG) and Iron Belle Trail (IBT).

The grant will fund the construction of two shared-use paths in Detroit, designed to integrate seamlessly into the broader networks of the Joe Louis Greenway and the Iron Belle Trail. The two trails will intersect at Woodmere and Dequindre Streets, and these areas will feature thoughtful amenities such as signage, benches, trees, and landscaping to enhance the user experience and environmental aesthetics.

A significant portion of the funds, $10.5 million, will be allocated to extending the current Dequindre Cut Greenway north of Mack Avenue to Warren Avenue.

This phase of construction will involve removing one traffic lane in both directions on Dequindre Street to build a dedicated shared-use path. This modification underscores a growing trend to prioritize pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, enhancing safety and accessibility for non-motorized road users.

The remaining funds will be dedicated to constructing a similar shared-use path on Woodmere Street, connecting Vernor Highway and Fort Street. This segment is crucial for linking the Joe Louis Greenway to the Iron Belle Trail. The planning for this section began in 2017, supported by a $30,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to the Southwest Detroit Business Association, reflecting a long-term vision for regional connectivity.

“The Joe Louis Greenway is going to connect nearly two dozen Detroit neighborhoods to each other and the city’s beautiful international riverfront, not to mention the cities of Dearborn, Highland Park, and Hamtramck when it is completed,” said Chief Operating Officer Brad Dick. “We are incredibly grateful to the Biden administration for recognizing the value of this transformational project and for making this critical investment into the Joe Louis Greenway and the thousands of people who will use it.”

The Joe Louis Greenway Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the greenway’s stewardship, collaborates closely with the City of Detroit. Executive Director Leona Medley expressed her excitement about the project, stating, “This expansion underscores our unwavering dedication to transforming green spaces and uplifting community well-being. We are excited to continue working hand-inhand with the City of Detroit, our partners, and the community to bring this bold vision to life, creating a vibrant and accessible greenway for all to enjoy.”

Local residents have also voiced their enthusiasm. Sharlene Burris, who lives three blocks from the new project site, shared, “Just to see the uplift and beautification of our area is so exciting for me. I already use the Dequindre Cut—I walk it, ride my bike on it so I cannot wait until the entire project is completed so I can go from end to end.”

The Joe Louis Meets the Iron Belle: Connecting Communities in Detroit Project is one of three Michigan projects awarded grants from the RAISE program. This funding reflects a broader national commitment to sustainable infrastructure and community development, with numerous projects across the country receiving support.

The Joe Louis Greenway is a visionary project designed to connect neighborhoods across Detroit and its surrounding cities. Named after the legendary boxer

Joe Louis, the greenway symbolizes Detroit’s resilience and determination. The greenway will span 27.5 miles, linking McNichols to the riverfront and connecting Detroit with Dearborn, Highland Park, and Hamtramck. This comprehensive network is being constructed in phases, each new segment building upon the last, fostering a sense of progress and anticipation within the community.

The Iron Belle Trail, a statewide initiative, complements the greenway by offering extensive walking and cycling routes from Belle Isle to Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula. By integrating these trails, Detroit is poised to become a model for urban connectivity and sustainable transportation.

Environmental sustainability is at the core of the greenway’s design. The project includes extensive landscaping efforts to create green spaces that support local biodiversity and offer urban oases for residents. Native plants and trees will be prioritized, enhancing the ecological health of the area, while innovative stormwater management systems will mitigate flooding risks and improve water quality.

Funding from the RAISE program is critical to realizing this ambitious vision. Federal grants enable cities like Detroit to pursue large-scale infrastructure projects that might otherwise be unattainable. This investment not only enhances the quality of life for residents but also attracts new businesses and visitors, contributing to the city’s ongoing revitalization.

The community’s involvement in planning and developing the greenway has been instrumental in shaping a project that meets diverse needs and aspirations. Public meetings and feedback sessions have provided valuable insights, ensuring that the greenway serves as an inclusive space that reflects the voices and visions of those who will use it most. This collaborative approach has fostered a sense of

EPIC Health and Focus: HOPE Join Forces to Expand Vital Food Assistance Program

In a groundbreaking initiative to enhance community health and nutritional support for seniors, EPIC Health (EPIC), a leader in community health centers, has forged a transformative partnership with Focus: HOPE.

This collaboration will transform EPIC’s 11 clinics into Help Centers, significantly expanding the Food for Seniors Commodity Program (CSFP) operated by Focus: HOPE across Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. This visionary alliance is set to revolutionize access to essential food resources and improve the overall well-being of vulnerable seniors in the region.

Portia Roberson, CEO of Focus: HOPE, says this collaboration is a significant milestone in our unwavering pursuit of guaranteeing access to essential health resources for our vulnerable senior population.

“The initiative to transform health centers into help centers is not just a strategic move but a testament to our mission. It’s a mission to reach as many seniors as possible through our program, to ensure that no senior is left behind in their health and well-being. The 11 new EPIC Health

help centers will be instrumental in helping Focus: HOPE achieve this mission,” Roberson said.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a federal program specifically tailored to provide low-income seniors aged 60 and above with nutritious food packages to support their dietary needs. It goes beyond just delivering meals; it symbolizes EPIC Health’s steadfast dedication to the holistic well-being of every person under their care.

Dr. Greg Naman, Co-founder of EPIC Health, says he believes that healthcare is about nurturing the whole person, not just treating symptoms.

“It’s about creating an ecosystem where everyone, regardless of age, has the resources and support to lead a healthy, vibrant life. Our partnership with Focus: HOPE is more than a collaboration; it’s a bold statement that health

is holistic, inclusive, and interconnected with every facet of well-being,” Dr. Naman said.

In collaboration with federal and state agencies, Focus: HOPE offers a vital service to the community by providing over 42,000 seniors with monthly food packages to help them meet their basic needs. In addition, Focus: HOPE facilitates access to health screenings, income support assistance, tax preparation services, and utility assistance.

To qualify for this program, individuals must be 60 years old or older (with proof of age), reside in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, or Washtenaw counties, and satisfy the specified income criteria. The primary goal of this inclusive program is to address the fundamental needs of senior citizens in the community and ensure their well-being.

“By addressing the nutritional needs of our seniors, we are not just eradicating deficiencies; we are fortifying the foundation of a community that thrives on the principles of care, dignity, and respect for every stage of life,” Dr. Naman said.

Caption: Courtesy of EPIC Health and Focus: HOPE

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the track, creating a ripple effect of positive change within their communities.

In recent history, Detroit’s representation in national cross-country competitions has been scarce. In 2008, the Macomb X-men running club’s 17-18-yearold boys won the AAU nationals, while the Ann Arbor Track Club last represented Michigan at the AAU nationals in 2014.

Embrace Sportz held a girls’ team in 2021 that went to the AAU nationals, marking a significant milestone. However, there hasn’t been a male team from Detroit representing Cross Country in the AAU nationals since 2007, a team on which the Dukes brothers were.

“The scholarships are out there; it’s time our kids knew how to claim them,” said Shaka Dukes. “Cross Country is a dying sport in our schools and commu-

nities, but we are here to revive it and show our kids that they can succeed both on the track and in life.”

Enrollment for the camp is now open. For more information and to register, please visit

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ownership and pride among residents, reinforcing the greenway’s role as a unifying force within the city.

Looking ahead, the completion of the Joe Louis Greenway promises to be a defining moment in Detroit’s resurgence. It represents a bold investment in the city’s future, prioritizing connectivity, sustainability, and community well-being. As each segment is completed, the greenway will stand as a testament to what can be achieved through vision, collaboration, and unwav-

ering commitment to progress.

In the years to come, the Joe Louis Greenway will not only enhance Detroit’s physical landscape but also enrich the lives of its residents. It will offer new opportunities for recreation, transportation, and social interaction, fostering a more vibrant and connected community. This milestone marks a significant step forward in Detroit’s journey toward a more sustainable and inclusive future, one that honors its past while building a better tomorrow for all its residents.

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The Detroit Department of Elections will conduct a Public Accuracy Test on Monday, July 22, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. The automatic tabulating equipment to be used for the compilation of ballots at the State Primary on Tuesday, August 6, 2024 will be tested.

The Public Accuracy Test is conducted to demonstrate that the computer program used to record and count the votes cast at the election meets the requirements of law.

The Detroit Department of Elections will conduct a Public Accuracy Test on Monday, July 22, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. The automatic tabulating equipment to be used for the compilation of ballots at the State Primary on Tuesday, August 6, 2024 will be tested.

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Scott Benson: Bankole Thompson Irresponsibly



Work of the Wealth Generation Task Force

I am writing to strongly rebut statements made in a June 19 Detroit News column written by Bankole Thompson about the work of the Wealth Generation Task Force (WGTF), which I convened and chaired.

Thompson irresponsibly mischaracterized the work of the WGTF as “toothless.” But never contacted me about the work of the task force and how we are progressing on the report’s recommendations. If he had, perhaps there would be facts rather than false and faulty assumptions, in his column.

For example, Detroit, using President Biden’s ARPA funds, recently partnered with the Gilbert Family Foundation to invest over $2 million to begin free estate planning and probate legal services for Detroit families. The first workshop on June 20 reached maximum capacity of 80 registrants and the second workshop on 20 July has been expanded to serve 150 people. There are ten additional workshops scheduled, allowing for over 1200 families to receive free will, estate planning, and probate services.

The lack of estate planning and executed wills is a huge issue in the Black community, per Detroit Future City’s May 2024 report, and complicates the transfer of real estate and generational wealth for Black families. We are directly addressing this critical issue through this partnership.

The recommendations to improve wealth generation for Black families is a priority for me and my office. For Thompson to criticize this work is meritless given that he doesn’t have the facts to back up his complaints and offers no solutions.

Residents can preregister here: https://

Scott Benson serves as the Detroit City Councilperson for District 3. The frequent bike rider and sustainability advocate has been a tireless and innovative leader in his community since January 2014.

Pontiac Home Repair Program Provides Critical Support for Families

Home repairs aren’t just about fixing what’s broken—they’re about restoring dignity, safety, and stability to our underserved families and everyday folks who need it most. Our homes are more than four walls and a roof; they are our sanctuaries, the places where we build our lives. Ensuring they are in good condition is vital for the health and prosperity of our communities.

Pontiac’s Home Repair Program stands as a beacon of hope for many. It’s a program bringing much-needed renovations to dozens of homeowners, all funded by federal resources. With a goal to complete 88 home repair projects within the first year, the city has already awarded 57 homeowners this vital assistance. Over the next two weeks, 31 more homes are set to go out for bid, and eight homes have already been completed since the program launched last spring.

This initiative is powered by $37 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, with $3 million specifically allocated to the Home Repair Program. Each household can receive up to $25,000 for necessary repairs. However, the demand far exceeds the available resources, as ev-

idenced by the hundreds of people on the waitlist. This has prompted the city to seek additional funding to expand the program and invite more residents to apply.

To be eligible for the program, residents must earn less than 80% of the area median income, adjusted by family size. This ensures that those who need the support most can get it.

Despite its good intentions, the program has sparked some controversy. The Pontiac City Council has criticized Mayor Tim Greimel for prominently displaying his name on yard signs promoting the Home Repair Program. The signs feature Greimel’s name above the program’s name in larger font, leading to debates about the use of federal funds and the politicization of community aid. The council passed a resolution on June 18 to make it clear they were not consulted about the decision to use these signs and expressed concerns about the decision-making process. They’ve called for the Mayor to notify the council of future signage decisions related to the American Rescue Plan Act initiatives and other city-involved construction projects.

The criticism stems from a belief that the home repair program is a community initiative, not an individual officeholder’s project. The council, which approved

Detroit is on the verge of a significant change in how its residents handle property tax payments. The City Council’s approval of a contract with Paymentus Corporation promises to expand payment options, providing new conveniences and efficiencies. However, this advancement isn’t without its costs and potential pitfalls, especially for Black Detroiters who have long faced economic challenges.

Currently, the process of paying property taxes in Detroit is notably restrictive and cumbersome, to say the least. Residents are unable to view their payment history, utilize modern payment methods such as Venmo or ApplePay, or pay multiple bills at once. While there is an option to pay tax bills with cash at DivDat kiosks, no other locations offer this service, posing significant challenges for many residents, particularly those who are unbanked. The limitations in the current system have been acknowledged by

the treasurer’s office, which has recognized the need for more accessible and varied payment options.

The contract with Paymentus Corporation aims to address these issues. Under this new agreement, residents will soon be able to pay their property tax bills with cash or alternative payment methods at various retail locations, including Walgreens, Meijer, and Walmart. According to Deputy CFO/Treasurer Nikhil Patel, this new software will enable residents to manage their tax payments conveniently while running everyday errands, such as grocery shopping.

The city also plans to extend these capabilities to all other departments in the future, striving for a comprehensive improvement in service delivery.

One significant advantage of this new system is the speed of refund processing. Currently, residents can face wait times ranging from 30 to 120 days for refunds, leading to considerable frustration and financial strain. The new system promises almost instantaneous refunds, a change that

will undoubtedly be welcomed by the community. The frustration of waiting months for a refund will become a thing of the past, replaced by a system that processes refunds in real-time, offering residents much-needed financial relief.

However, these conveniences come with a financial caveat. Although the three-year contract with Paymentus will not directly cost the city any money, residents will incur a 2.35% fee when paying property tax bills using the new system. Though small, this fee raises significant questions about equity and access. How will this additional cost affect Detroit’s Black residents, many of whom already face economic hardships? For a community that has long battled systemic economic barriers, no matter the dollar amount, the prospect of an added financial burden is troubling.

For those making electronic payments, there is a way to avoid this fee by providing an email address or phone number. Without

a list of ethical guidelines shortly after taking office in February 2022, is keen to maintain transparency and collective decision-making in such matters.

However, the core mission of the Home Repair Program remains undiminished: to provide families with the financial means to repair their homes. This mission is critical, as the condition of one’s home has far-reaching implications on health, safety, and overall quality of life. A well-maintained home is a foundation for stability, offering a safe environment for children to grow, reducing health hazards, and fostering a sense of pride and community cohesion.

Home repairs can address a myriad of issues, from structural damages that pose safety risks to energy inefficiencies that burden families with high utility bills. For underserved families who may lack the resources to undertake these repairs on their own, the Home Repair Program is not just about fixing homes but about restoring hope and security.

The broader question remains: when will everyone in need benefit, and what can be done to ensure this priority is sustained in the future? The need for home repairs extends beyond the current capacity of the program. With hundreds of families on the waitlist, it is clear that continuous funding and expansion of such initiatives are crucial.

To ensure long-term success and inclusivity, it is imperative to secure more robust and sustainable funding sources. This could involve lobbying for increased federal support, seeking partnerships with private-sector stakeholders, and engaging in community-driven fundraising efforts. Expanding the criteria and resources of the program to reach a broader audience can help ensure that more families receive the necessary aid.

Moreover, transparency and community involvement in decision-making processes are vital. By involving community members and local leaders in the planning and execution of these programs, the city can ensure that the initiatives are responsive to the actual needs of the residents. Regular feedback and open forums can help bridge the gap between policy and practice, ensuring that the voices of those most affected are heard and addressed.

The story of home repair in Pontiac is a snapshot of a larger national issue. Across the country, many underserved communities face similar challenges, where home disrepair contributes to cycles of poverty and instability. The efforts in Pontiac serve as a model of how federal funds can be effectively utilized to address these issues but also highlight the need for vigilance in ensuring these programs remain community-focused and free from political manipulation.

The Pontiac Home Repair Program underscores the importance of home repairs for underserved families, demonstrating that with the right support, significant positive change is possible. As we move forward, it is essential to continue advocating for these programs, ensuring they are adequately funded, transparently managed, and inclusively designed. The true measure of success will be in how these efforts make our community members feel—valued, secure, and supported. Just as Maya Angelou tenderly noted, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The impact of these initiatives will be remembered not just by the repairs made but also by the sense of dignity and hope they restore in our communities.

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This follows a state statute change allowing poverty exemptions to be applied retroactively. The amendment permits the Board of Review to grant exemptions for the prior year, provided the applicant hasn’t been previously denied. This measure offers some relief, yet the deadline for applying for last year’s taxes is fast approaching on November 1.

With these changes on the horizon, several critical questions emerge. What does this new payment system mean for Black Detroiters? How will it impact their financial well-being and daily lives? Though some may believe it is a small addition, the introduction of a 2.35% fee could disproportionately affect those already struggling to make ends meet. For many, every dollar counts, and an added fee on top of already high property taxes could exacerbate financial strain.

The promise of convenience and efficiency must be weighed against the potential financial burden. While the ability to pay bills at convenient locations like grocery stores or pharmacies is undoubtedly beneficial, the associated costs may negate these advantages for many residents. Detroit’s Black community, which has historically faced economic barriers, may find these costs particularly burdensome. How will the city ensure that these changes benefit all residents, particularly those who may already be on precarious financial footing? What measures will be put in place to pre-

vent these additional costs from widening the economic divide?

Moreover, while the speed of refund processing is a welcome improvement, it is essential to consider how effectively this system will be implemented. Will the technology work seamlessly, or will there be glitches that further frustrate residents? How will the city ensure that the new system is accessible to everyone, including those who may not be tech-savvy or have easy access to participating retail locations?

The poverty exemption for last year’s property tax bill is a step in the right direction, but it’s not a cure-all. While it offers some relief, it’s a reactive measure rather than a proactive solution to the underlying issue of high property taxes and economic disparity. How can the city address the root causes of these financial burdens more effectively? What long-term solutions are being considered to support Black homeowners and prevent them from falling into poverty due to high tax bills?

Detroit stands at a crossroads with the implementation of this new payment system. On one hand, it presents an opportunity to modernize and streamline property tax payments, making the process more convenient and efficient. On the other hand, it risks placing additional financial strain on a community that can least afford it. The city must engage with the community, listen to their feedback, and make necessary adjustments to prevent further economic disparity.

As Detroit moves forward with these changes, it is crucial to keep the needs and concerns of Black Detroiters at the forefront. Ensuring that all residents benefit equitably from these advancements requires thoughtful consideration and deliberate action. The city must ask itself: Are we creating a system that truly serves all our residents, or are we inadvertently deepening the divide? How can we balance innovation with equity, ensuring that progress does not come at the expense of those already mar-


Ultimately, the success of this initiative will be measured not just by the convenience it offers but by its impact on the community. Detroit has an opportunity to set a precedent for other cities grappling with similar issues. By prioritizing equity and inclusivity, Detroit can create a model for implementing technological advancements in a way that uplifts and supports all its residents, particularly those who have been historically underserved. This is the challenge and the opportunity that lies ahead. The new way to pay Detroit property bills has the potential to bring significant benefits, but it also comes with risks that must be carefully managed. By engaging with the community, listening to their needs, and making thoughtful adjustments, Detroit can ensure that this new system serves all its residents equitably and effectively. The city must navigate this path with a clear focus on equity and inclusivity, setting a standard for others to follow.

Has the Need for Marriage Changed Over Time for Some Black Men?

Over time, marriage has seen an evolution. In earlier decades, gender roles were more traditional and defined. Men were seen as providers, mostly working outside of the home, and women were viewed as homemakers who oversaw child-rearing.

Today, marriages have taken on different dynamics, with women working more outside of the home while balancing the roles of wives and mothers. Additionally, men are now more active in child-rearing and household duties.

At the beginning of the 20th century, young adults left their parents’ homes to then marry and repeat the cycle by starting their own families, as marriage provided financial stability and emotional support. Upon the arrival of Baby Boomers and Gen X, gender roles began to shift, and people began to marry much later in life than previous generations did. Young adults began to attend college or trade school more regularly after high school, and this trend continues into the current generations of Millennials and Gen Z.

Today, unlike in years past, reasons for marriage vary. Men and women seem to have different motivations for entering a marriage. According to a Forbes survey, one of the top reasons for women to marry was for financial security, at 42 percent. This was also the top reason for people, regardless of gender. For men, the top reason for marrying was for companionship, which came in at 39 percent. Love, formal commitment, starting a family, convenience, medical insurance, legal reasons, and societal/familial pressures rounded out the top reasons for getting married.

Black Men Open Up on Marriage

Recently, reports have surfaced that African Americans have been less likely to marry than other races and genders. As marriage has changed over time, the question persists: has the need for marriage changed over time for some Black men? We interviewed a few Black men with various backgrounds to hear what they had to share on the topic of marriage.

When it comes to the biggest concern about marriage, unsurprisingly, the answer seems to be money. However, the answers varied.

“One of my biggest concerns about marriage is the issue of belief in God, sex, and finances,” shared Joe Farley, a paralegal and entrepreneur based in metro Detroit. Farley specializes in family law and is also a life coach for men.

“Divorce, child custody, and spousal support are my biggest concerns. Money is an issue as well,” said Stephen Thomas, an attorney who specializes in family law and bankruptcy.

“In my third marriage, a concern was to protect my assets. I highly recommend getting a prenup. I didn’t get one with my third wife and it wasn’t a good decision. I’ll never get married again without one,” shared Kevin Little, a mechanical engineer who is also based in Metro Detroit and is divorced.

Finances have routinely been a top contributor to divorce, a trend that will most likely continue. Another major concern that the men had was that marriage doesn’t seem

to cater to them specifically as men, especially when it comes to legal matters. If children are produced from a marriage, matters can become even more complicated. Matters of child custody and support, alimony, and spousal support were some of the areas in which they felt that the legal system favored women over men.

As for what they are looking for in a spouse, answers included companionship, respect and honor, and conflict resolution. Thomas, who is currently divorced, shared that he may not get married again, but if he were to walk down the aisle once more, companionship and conversation is what he is most looking for.

“The thing I’m looking for now is conflict resolution. In my last marriage, my wife avoided conflicts. I learned that you have to really have those difficult conversations. If I could get it to where we could fight nice and get through conflict it would be good. Also, it would be us looking to make those deposits into our love bank and do those little things often. Marriage falls under God’s law and the government’s law”, Little shared.

Farley, who is currently in his third marriage, has hopes that it will be his last. For him, spirituality is a major factor for marital success, citing the need for his spouse to understand that he is Christian and wants to honor his faith. He also shared that he wants someone who respects and appreciates him as a man. “I have to fight for respect in the world as a Black man and I’m looking for someone who is respectful and honorable,” he said.

For most couples, communication is a large part of a successful marriage. Talking, spending time with each other, words of affirmation, and romantic gestures are some of the ways that couples may experience forms of communication. Prioritizing your spouse and/or partner is one of the ways that many people can agree that leads to a successful marriage.

However, it can be a big concept to grasp and successfully implement. The question persists: is it something that’s always done?

“I don’t think so. We didn’t specify that we are important. We demanded it but we didn’t say it or have a commitment. We’re not open enough, we’re not spending enough time loving ourselves. We have to be more open about our feelings. We’re just not open and honest so that we can get what we want,” Farley said, reflecting on


his previous marriages.

“I feel like I wasn’t made a priority. In counseling, we got better but not enough to sustain the marriage. We had to talk and have those hard conversations to say I don’t feel like a priority. You always have to have a soft start when communicating. Let them know what you need from them. Don’t avoid the conversation. If you do, bad behavior escalates. Hopefully, if they love you, you’ll get the respect, love, and loyalty from your spouse,” Little adds.

Thomas agrees that priority wasn’t present in his marriage either. “I didn’t feel prioritized, we didn’t have a relationship in heart; our hearts and minds weren’t together.” Early family experiences and parental relationships often shape what we expect to find in a partner or spouse.

Research has shown that if someone is raised in a household where parents or guardians are loving and affectionate toward each other, the expectations are often high. Experiencing an upbringing without the effects of physical, emotional, or mental violence is beneficial and creates a positive outlook for what they might expect in their own marriage. In addition, the opposite can be true as well. If someone is raised in a volatile environment where hostility is prevalent, they can be affected by witnessing that behavior.

Farley reflected on how the upbringing inside his household plays a bearing on his current marriage and how there are certain aspects he emulates but shies away from others.

“I feel that upbringing has shaped my views on marriage. I feel my wife expects from me what she saw from her father and mother. Her parents were married, and she expected me to be what is on her list. The influence from my mother and father was that they were married until I was about 8 or 9. From there, my mom raised us, but I spent a lot of time with my father. Holidays,

weekends, and anytime I wanted to see him I could,” he said.

“My father was a provider and I feel that I am to be that as well. I feel I should give my wife whatever she desires. However, my father and mother’s relationship had a lot of arguing. In my house, we don’t do that.”

Unfortunately, Thomas’s two-parent household dynamics didn’t repeat the same cycle in his own union. “I had both of my parents and tried to emulate that, but it didn’t translate into my marriage. I wanted to marry someone like my mama. My exwife didn’t see that marital relationship at home as she had a single father,” he reflects.

Little expressed the difference between growing up in a patriarchal family versus marrying a woman who was raised in a matriarchal one. In his family, his male role models were in the traditional role of providers and didn’t worry about homemaking. He says that he learned what he lived and that he expected marriage to be what his parents displayed in front of him. However, this difference in household dynamics contributed to a culture clash in his marital pursuits. “That probably contributed to my multiple marriages. I kept living what I learned. I did exactly what my father did. My wife lived what she learned as well,” he says.

So, what is the future of marriage in the Black community? In a September 2023 survey, the Pew Research Center showed that the general American public is pessimistic about the institution of marriage and family. Forty percent say they are very or somewhat pessimistic, while twenty-five percent are very or somewhat optimistic. About three in 10 say they’re neither optimistic nor pessimistic. Sixty-three percent say they are pessimistic about the country’s moral and ethical standards.

When it comes to views on the future of the family dynamic, results vary across demographics. At 43 percent, white people surveyed had higher levels of pessimism regarding marriage and the family, while Black people surveyed at 30 percent and Hispanic people surveyed at 34 percent. Black adults are about twice as likely as other racial and ethnic groups to say they don’t know how they feel about the future of marriage and family dynamics.

However, for the first time since the pre-pandemic era, marriage rates are increasing. In 2022, the U.S. saw over 2 million marriages, the CDC reported in March 2024. That marks the first year this figure has been in existence since 2019.

As marriage has experienced a positive trend in the U.S. overall, the trend of Black marriage remains uncertain. All in all, the topic of Black marriage must be examined more often from studying the past to learning from current trends as marriages have been and will continue to be the cornerstone of Black families.

The program, tailored for early-career professional opera singers, provides personalized instruction to meet each artist’s specific needs and is in line with the leading training programs in the country. This initiative, overseen by the acclaimed opera coach and pianist Nathalie Doucet, who serves as the Head of Music at Detroit Opera, transformed two years ago.

“This is an exciting and transformative time at Detroit Opera, as we lead the way in innovation and change within the opera industry,” Doucet said.

It continues to embody the ethos of innovation, community engagement, and outreach characteristic of Detroit Opera’s programming and administration since Yuval Sharon assumed the role of Gary L. Wasserman’s Artistic Director. The program is highly competitive; more than 850 artists applied for five available positions in the 2024–25 program. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 1.

The Resident Artist Program for 2025-26 offers a unique opportunity for selected artists to immerse themselves in an intensive program while residing in Detroit from September 2025 through May 2026. Participants will be privileged to train under the guidance of Doucet and other esteemed guest faculty members in a carefully

(L-R)Brianna J. Robinson, mezzo-soprano Kendra Faith Beasley, tenor River Guard, and baritones Cole Bellamy and Cameron J. Rolling (credit:

tailored curriculum focusing on voice, movement, language, and career development.

In addition to their hands-on training and performances in Detroit Opera mainstage productions, Resident Artists work with Detroit Opera’s artistic leadership—Yuval Sharon and Music Director Roberto Kalb—as well as with guest artists, directors, conductors, and industry professionals. Guest faculty who have worked with Detroit Opera Resident Artists since 2022 include sopranos Wendy Bryn Harmer, Ana Maria Martinez, and Janet Williams; mezzo-soprano Susan Graham; bass-baritone Alfred Walker; conductors Valerio Galli and Francesco Milioto; and coaches Ellen Rissinger, Ricardo Herrera, and Timothy Cheek.

Detroit Opera has a strong commitment to making opera accessible to the local community. One way this is achieved is through the Resident Artists program, which

allows artists to establish direct connections with Detroit. This is accomplished through various means such as recitals, concerts, and collaborative projects with local schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, and institutions.

Resident Artists play a vital role in bringing the joy of opera to the community by regularly performing at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital and participating in public concerts across Detroit and the State of Michigan. The program typically begins with a one-year contract, and exceptional artists may be invited to extend their participation for a second year.

“It is profoundly inspiring to witness the exceptional caliber of singers we attract for our Resident Artist Program, showcasing remarkable vocal skill and sheer artistry. Our top priority is nurturing the next generation of singers by providing a safe space for them to develop and flourish in their careers,” Doucet said.



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Shahida Mausi Continues to Revolutionize Entertainment in Detroit

Shahida Mausi is a well-known figure who is often recognized for her event management and entertainment contributions. She is the founder and CEO of The Right Productions, a record company specializing in event planning and management, particularly focusing on live events, concerts, and festivals.

Mausi, who also runs the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre in Detroit, located on the Detroit River, has brought and continues to bring high-profile events. Launching every summer a highly anticipated summer series of unforgettable music experiences such as the annual summer jazz series.

This revered series has solidified its place as a cornerstone of Detroit’s vibrant cultural calendar, showcasing acclaimed jazz artists from across the globe. The event draws passionate jazz aficionados, increasing tourism and bolstering the local economy.

“I feel grateful. It’s been a journey, and the journey continues, and there are, every day, new opportunities that we explore together as a company and city to bring more energy, to bring more positive action to our community,” Mausi said.

“So we try and look at The Aretha as an incubator, a battery, where we charge people up with positive energy and we hope that powers people up until they come back to visit us.”

Her work has been pivotal in promoting and organizing cultural and musical events, significantly contributing to the local entertainment scene and being a pillar in the community with her impact.

“We’ve done some things here (at The Aretha), and we’re here and able to do some of those things because Detroit is a unique place. It just is. The opportunities we’ve had as a small business may not exist in our small communities, but we are the only black-owned company in the country that manages and operates a venue of this size, of 6000 seats,” Mausi said.

Her dedication to community engagement is abundantly clear in her unwavering support for various educational programs that introduce young people to the art world. Mausi’s involvement extends to me-


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Community Activism Helps Delay Demolition of MBAD African Bead Museum

On Tuesday morning, July 9, the iconic Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum, a cornerstone of Detroit’s cultural heritage, faced imminent demolition. However, a powerful call to action from community activist and musical artist Bryce Detroit on and Instagram post has sparked a wave of support, halting the destruction of this beloved landmark and its rich history—at least for now.

“I’m feeling powerful and feeling the last 30 hours of emotional labor and activism. I’m feeling the energy of collective support and solidarity, for sure. I’m also choosing to affirm that this is a moment that represents the course, and the nature, of the trajectory for Black Detroit,” Bryce said.

Bryce said Mary Sheffield, President of the Detroit City Council, was partly responsible for this effort to save the Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum.

“President Mary Sheffield stepped up as an agent for her district. The way that she took our story directly from us and made sure that that was relayed as wholly and comprehensively as possible to get us to affect a

positive outcome, which was the stay on demolition,” Bryce said.

Olayami Dabls, 2022 Kresge Arts Fellow and owner of 6559 Grand River Avenue for over 25 years, recently raised over “$200,000 for Phase 1 renovations, the MBAD African Bead Museum is launching its Phase 2 fundraising campaign,” according to an active GoFundMe page, raising money for the next steps of phase 2 currently has raised over $4,800.00.

Dabls mentioned that the urgency of the demolition forced the community to come together and halt the process within just two days.

“There are enough people in the community who understand the symbolic value of this building and are coming together to fight off a very powerful arm in the city; this is what this building does,” Dabls said.

Last Monday, Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum was blocked off by orange barrels and yellow tape. On July 8, a fence was placed around the property, and trees were also being cut down in preparation for the demolition.

From Grief to Glory:

How Chelsea Walker is Transforming Detroit’s Wellness Landscape

“It’s challenging to talk about how you’re doing mentally since it’s an invisible injury. People can’t see it, so it’s harder to understand, but I think that’s why it’s so important we feel empowered to open up about it,” said Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. This sentiment echoes powerfully in the work of Chelsea Walker, a pillar of strength in Detroit’s Black community. Her journey from personal grief to becoming a leading wellness advocate is not just a story—it’s a movement. Walker’s work through H.U.G. Haven and Flexology Detroit is reshaping the narrative around mental health and wellness, providing crucial support to a community in dire need of healing spaces.

Walker’s path to becoming a wellness guru was paved with the stones of personal loss. “This journey started for me kind of in a dark space,” Walker shared. The death of her loved ones left her in a deep well of grief, a pain so profound it threatened to consume her. Yet, from this darkness, she found her purpose. Walker realized that the Black community lacked accessible resources for dealing with grief and mental health issues. This realization ignited the creation of H.U.G. Haven, a sanctuary dedicated to Healing Unbearable Grievances.

“So, mental health awareness is something that’s near and dear in my heart. Just from personal experience I always had difficulty navigating anxiety, depression, or just a sense of [being overwhelmed],” Walker said.

“And so, for a really long time, I found

myself looking for something that would serve as a solution, something outside of just therapy or outside of just having support and friends to talk to or just journaling. I wanted something that I could not only do for myself, but something that would be a sustainable solution for the things that I was challenged with.”

H.U.G. Haven is more than just a name; it is a lifeline. In a community where systemic racism and historical trauma add layers of complexity to mental health struggles, H.U.G. Haven stands as a refuge. Walker’s approach is rooted in empathy, understanding that each person’s journey through grief is unique and deserves to be honored. Through H.U.G. Haven, Walker provides support groups, counseling services, and educational resources,

Shahida Mausi,
Photo by Monica Morgan Photography
Chelsea Walker
Demolish Notice from the City of Detroit
Credit: Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum

Demolition Delayed H.U.G. Haven

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Dabls expressed his confusion over the rapid pace at which the City of Detroit proceeded with the demolition process.

“I don’t understand it, but I do know people are very sensitive to changes when they begin to occur. So, if you look at this facility, it is not a typical development. And it only appeals to a certain people. So that alone can frighten people,” Dabls said.

After Bryce Detroit’s recent post on Instagram, a wave of support surged across various social media platforms. Those supporters – ranging from world-renowned Detroit poet and musician Jessica Care Moore to award-winning filmmaker Stephen McGee –showed up to stop the demolition and began to peacefully gather at 8:30 this morning.

“There is an act of development, and Dabls has a plan, and they’re working the plan. This is a grassroots effort, so it moves at a different pace,” Kwadwo Anpu Nwigwe Onifonboyede, a community supporter, said.

Community supporters are asking why the demolition order from the City of Detroit is occurring so swiftly, as the “Grand River Alley” is currently underway behind it.

According to the City of Detroit, “The Grand River Alley runs from Vinewood Street to Taft Street between Grand River Avenue and I-94, this commercial alley borders one of the city’s most iconic arts installations, the DABLS Bead Museum, and arts garden.”

Other community concerns are that the building’s artwork is considered copywritten work once the owner has used creative expression on the property.

Byrce Detroit wrote on Instagram, “From a copyright standpoint, once Dabls affixed

Shahida Mausi

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ticulously organizing diverse activities such as interactive workshops, immersive masterclasses, and comprehensive mentorship programs designed to provide local youth with invaluable opportunities to learn directly from accomplished artists and performers.

Since 1996, when she started her business at 40 with a family, her company has experienced not one but two major economic crises, one of which has recently been the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“With my last child in high school, I started the Right Productions, and it’s been on since then, and it’s been a family business, and that has helped to sustain us,” she added.

“We’ve been through a pandemic and the subprime mortgage crisis. So we took on two economic catastrophes, and we’ve survived. We’ve survived in part because we are known and because our word has always been our bond.”

his creative expression to the tangible medium of his own brick walls (located at 6559 Grand River), then those walls became a canvas, and that exterior forever rendered an immensely valuable work of art.”

“This is a development project. This is the developer’s grassroots development story. This is not a story about an old black man neglecting his things. And now there’s some emergency response to save his neglected property,” Bryce said.

This is a developing story. The Michigan Chronicle will update it on as more information becomes available.

What does Mausi listen to and have in her current playlist?

“I’m listening to a lot of Afrobeats. Bringing some more Afrobeats into the Aretha is something that I want to do, but it’s blown up so fast. So we’ll see what we are able to bring and produce.”

In June, The Aretha hosted a special live performance featuring The Isley Brothers for Father’s Day and Black Music Month. The legendary band’s soulful tunes and energetic stage presence made for an unforgettable evening, celebrating the occasion and the rich legacy of black music. The Isley Brothers are known for their widespread influence and are a personal favorite of Mausi’s, adding an extra layer of significance to the event.

“To sit and listen to the Isley Brothers, guitar solo on Voyage to Atlantis, or The Summer Breeze coming up the riff, it’s a moment in time, a moment in life, and a point of reflection and deep love,” Mausi said.

For information on upcoming performances and ticket information, visit

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offering a haven where the pain of unbearable grievances can be transformed into healing.

“I would always tell people I had never experienced grief honestly, out of ignorance, because I didn’t realize how many ways grief can look like,” shared Walker. “And in spring of 2022, I lost my lifelong best friend of 13 years, as well as my God son, and then a month later, I lost my grandmother. Facing that reality, in addition to other forms of grief, through all of that, I have found a new passion.”

Walker’s work is revolutionary. She challenges the cultural stigmas that often surround mental health in the Black community. Historically, seeking help has been viewed as a sign of weakness, a narrative Walker is determined to dismantle. Her platform is a space for open conversations about grief and mental health, encouraging individuals to face their emotions head-on and seek the support they need.

The silent epidemic of grief in the Black community is a reality Walker knows all too well. From the loss of loved ones to the collective grief of everyday hardships the weight of these experiences can be overwhelming. H.U.G. Haven provides a space for individuals to process these emotions, offering a supportive environment where people can begin to heal.

“Through the beginning stages of healing, I was introduced to meditation and yoga, and I’ve honestly been in love with it ever since. I noticed substantial changes in my productivity, in my self-regulation, and my awareness of myself,” Walker explained. “I actually began doing yoga and meditation at the age of 19 and so now at 28 being on the other side of just experiencing it for myself and actually pursuing it professionally as a career and helping other people is something that I feel extremely grateful for.”

Flexology Detroit, another of Walker’s groundbreaking initiatives, blends yoga with flexibility training in a way that promotes both physical and mental wellness. This unique practice is more than just a workout; it’s a pathway to mental clarity and emotional balance. Her calm, reassuring voice guides participants through routines that are as much about inner strength as they are about physical prowess.

“God is the reason that I have been granted the opportunity to do what I do,” said Walker. “And so, I really take this role very seriously. I consider yoga and meditation to be my ministry in a way.” Flexology Detroit is not just about physical fitness; it’s about holistic well-being. Walker’s innovative approach

addresses the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. Her classes have become a sanctuary for those seeking to reclaim their bodies and minds from the clutches of stress and trauma. Each movement is intentional, helping participants to release the emotional blockages that come with grief and mental health struggles.

Her work with H.U.G. Haven and Flexology Detroit has not gone unnoticed. Walker has been featured in numerous publications and has traveled around the nation to spread awareness to the wellness industry. Despite her success, she remains deeply committed to her community, constantly seeking new ways to expand her reach and impact. She is a regular presence at community events, where she leads yoga sessions, hosts wellness workshops, and engages in heartfelt discussions about the importance of mental health.

Walker’s journey is far from over. As she continues to grow and evolve, so too does her impact on the world around her. She is a living testament to the power of self-love and the importance of community, proving that with the right support and resources, anyone can overcome the challenges they face and find their way to a place of healing and peace. Her story is one of triumph over adversity, a powerful reminder that even in the face of unimaginable grief, there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Detroit’s wellness ecosystem owes much of its vibrancy to Walker’s tireless efforts. She has transformed spaces that were once devoid of hope into sanctuaries of healing. Every corner of H.U.G. Haven speaks to her vision of a world where grief is not a solitary journey but a shared path toward resilience. The walls of her studio echo with stories of individuals who have found solace and strength through her guidance. The mats laid out for Flexology sessions are more than just tools for exercise; they are canvases for stories of personal triumphs and battles fought against the tide of mental health struggles.

Walker’s philosophy is simple yet profound: healing begins with acknowledging pain. In the Black community, this acknowledgment is often overshadowed by the need to appear strong, to weather storms without a crack in the facade. Walker dismantles this myth, advocating for a more authentic expression of emotion. Through H.U.G. Haven, she encourages individuals to face their grief head-on, to cry, to scream, to express their sorrow in whatever way feels true to them. This raw approach to healing is what sets her apart in a world that often shies away from the messiness of grief. Chelsea Walker is not just a wellness advocate; she is a beacon of hope and a catalyst for change, inspiring all who encounter her to embark on their own journeys of healing and empowerment.

Embracing Singleness:

The Power of Self-Love and Independence

In a society that often equates success with being in a relationship, embracing singleness as a black woman can be a revolutionary act of self-love and independence. For many, the journey to self-discovery and personal growth begins with appreciating their own company and understanding that being single doesn’t mean being alone.

The first step in embracing singleness is to shift the mindset from seeking validation from external sources to finding fulfillment within oneself. This involves cultivating a strong sense of self-worth and recognizing that happiness and contentment are not contingent upon a romantic relationship. Engaging in activities that bring joy, such as hobbies, travel, or pursuing new skills, can significantly enhance one’s sense of independence and self-satisfaction.

Self-love is the foundation of a healthy relationship with oneself. It’s essential to prioritize self-care and treat oneself with the same kindness and respect one would offer to a partner. This might include indulging in regular pampering sessions, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and setting aside time for mental and emotional well-being. Meditation, journaling, and therapy are excellent tools for nurturing self-love and gaining deeper self-awareness.

Personal growth often flourishes in the absence of relationship distractions. Singleness provides an opportunity to focus on personal and professional goals without compromise. Many successful single black women attribute their achievements to the freedom that comes with being single. They use this period to advance their careers, pursue higher education, and engage in commu-

Online dating has revolutionized modern relationships, offering a wide range of possibilities for single Black women. However, navigating this digital terrain can be daunting. Understanding how to effectively use dating apps while staying safe and true to oneself is crucial for a successful online dating experience.

Crafting an Authentic Profile

Creating an appealing online dating profile is the first step. This involves selecting photos that authentically represent yourself and writing a bio that highlights your personality and interests. Authenticity is key; showcasing real hobbies, passions, and quirks will attract individuals who appreciate the real you. It’s also helpful to be clear about what you are looking for in a partner, whether it’s a serious relationship or casual dating.

Prioritizing Safety

Safety is paramount in the digital dating world. Black women should be vigilant about protecting their personal information and setting boundaries. It’s advisable to keep conversations on the dating app until a level of trust is established. When meeting in person for the first time, choose a public place and inform a friend or family member about

nity service, thereby building a robust sense of purpose and identity.

Building a supportive network is also crucial. Surrounding oneself with positive influences, including friends and family who respect and encourage one’s single status, can bolster confidence and provide a sense of belonging. Engaging in communities or groups that share similar interests can also be fulfilling and lead to meaningful connections.

To illustrate, consider the story of Angela, a 35-yearold entrepreneur who chose to focus on her business instead of rushing into relationships. Angela’s journey of self-discovery involved traveling solo, taking up new hobbies, and dedicating time to her start-up. Her success and contentment stem from the fulfillment she found within herself and her achievements. Angela’s story is a testament to the power of embracing singleness and the positive impact it can have on personal growth.

Moreover, embracing singleness doesn’t mean closing off the possibility of future relationships. It’s about being selective and ensuring that any potential partner aligns with one’s values and aspirations. By cultivating self-love and independence, black women can enter relationships from a place of strength and confidence, rather than need or societal pressure.

In conclusion, embracing singleness as a black woman is an empowering journey of self-love and independence. It involves shifting one’s mindset, prioritizing self-care, focusing on personal growth, and building a supportive network. By embracing this period of singleness, black women can achieve a profound sense of fulfillment and confidence, preparing them for future relationships that complement, rather than complete, their lives.

your plans to enhance safety.

Navigating Biases and Stereotypes

Navigating online dating also involves being mindful of potential biases and stereotypes. Black women may encounter fetishization or racial prejudices on dating apps. It’s important to recognize these red flags early on and not feel obliged to entertain uncomfortable or inappropriate advances. Blocking or reporting users who display discriminatory behavior can help maintain a positive dating experience.

Patience and Perseverance

Success in online dating often requires patience and perseverance. It’s normal to encounter matches that don’t lead to meaningful connections. Instead of getting discouraged, view each interaction as a learning experience. Setting realistic expectations and understanding that finding the right match might take time can alleviate some of the pressure and frustration.

Recommended Dating Apps

Here are some dating apps for Black women to try:

■ BLK: Specifically designed for Black singles, this app focuses on creating a community where users can connect with like-minded individuals.

■ Bumble: Known for empowering women to make the first move, Bumble can be a

Breaking Stereotypes: The Myths of Single

Black Women

Single black women often face a myriad of stereotypes and misconceptions that can impact their self-esteem and societal perceptions. Challenging these myths and highlighting the diversity and richness of their lives is essential for fostering a more inclusive and accurate understanding of their experiences.

One prevalent stereotype is the notion that single black women are “angry” or “bitter.” This harmful trope undermines the legitimate emotions and experiences of black women who navigate complex social and personal challenges. In reality, single black women, like anyone else, experience a wide range of emotions and are not defined by a single narrative. They are resilient, multifaceted individuals who manage their lives with strength and grace.

Another common misconception is that single black women are lonely or desperate. This narrative fails to recognize the fulfillment and happiness that many black women find in their singlehood. Many single black women prioritize personal growth, career advancement, and building strong social networks. They lead vibrant, fulfilling lives and often choose to be single as a conscious decision rather than a default state.

The stereotype that single black women have unrealistic standards is also pervasive. While it’s true that many black women have high standards, this is often a reflection of their self-worth and understanding of what they deserve in a partner. High standards should be seen as a positive attribute, indicating a desire for meaningful and respectful relationships rather than settling for less.

To counter these stereotypes, it’s important to share diverse stories and experiences of single black women. For instance, consider the story of Michelle, a 40-year-old lawyer who has chosen to remain single to focus on her career and personal passions. Michelle’s life is rich with travel, friendships, and community involvement. Her decision to stay single is rooted in her desire to live authentically and on her own terms, challenging the notion that singlehood equates to lack or deficiency.

Experts can also provide valuable insights into these issues. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed psychologist and founder of Therapy for Black Girls, emphasizes the importance of mental health and self-care for single black women. She advocates for breaking down harmful stereotypes and promoting positive narratives that celebrate the diversity and achievements of black women.

In addition to personal stories and expert opinions, it’s crucial to address these stereotypes in media and popular culture. Representation matters: positive portrayals of single black women in movies, TV shows, and literature can help shift public perceptions. Highlighting successful, content, and dynamic single black women in various media forms can inspire others and challenge outdated stereotypes.

Educational initiatives and discussions can also play a role in debunking these myths. Hosting panels, workshops, and discussions that focus on the experiences of single black women can provide a platform for their voices and stories. These forums can foster a better understanding and appreciation of the complexities and richness of their lives.

Breaking stereotypes about single black women involves recognizing and challenging harmful narratives while highlighting the diversity and richness of their experiences. By sharing personal stories, expert insights, and positive media representations, we can foster a more inclusive and accurate understanding of single black women. This approach celebrates their strength, resilience, and the many ways they lead fulfilling lives.

great platform for Black women to control their dating experiences.

■ Coffee Meets Bagel: This app curates matches based on your preferences, offering a more personalized dating experience.

■ OkCupid: With its in-depth questionnaires and diverse user base, OkCupid allows Black women to find compatible matches based on shared values and interests.

■ One of the oldest and most trusted dating platforms, offers a wide array of tools to help Black women find serious relationships.

Balancing Online and Offline Life Moreover, it’s essential to balance

online dating with offline activities. Spending time with friends, engaging in hobbies, and attending social events can prevent the online dating experience from becoming overwhelming. It also allows for organic opportunities to meet potential partners in real-life settings.

Navigating online dating apps as a single Black woman involves creating an authentic profile, prioritizing safety, being mindful of biases, and maintaining patience. By balancing online and offline activities, Black women can enhance their dating experiences and increase the chances of finding meaningful connections. Online dating can be a powerful tool when approached with the right mindset and precautions.


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After this date, anyone who qualifies as an elector may register to vote in person with proof of residency ( MCL 168.492) at the City Clerk's office, located at 12050 Woodward Ave., Highland Park, Ml 48203 (313) 252-0050 ext. 220 at the following times:

■ Regular business hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday's 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

■ Saturday, August 3, 2024 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

■ Election Day, Tuesday, August 6, 2024 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Persons with special needs as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the clerk's office at 313-252-0050 ext. 220.

Brenda Green City Clerk



The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing.

DATE OF MEETING: July 16, 2024

LOCATION OF MEETING: The Board of Education Members Meet at Barber Preparatory Academy Media Center (In Person) 45 E. Buena Vista Street Highland Park, MI 48203

TIME OF MEETING: 5:00 p.m.





PURPOSE: A Presentation of the Proposed FY25 HPSD Operating Budget. Regular Meeting to Follow at 6:00 p.m.

Linda Wheeler, Secretary Board of Education


Any individual with a disability who require accommodations for participating or attending this meeting should contact the Board of Education at 313-402-0266 in advance of the meeting to request assistance.

MISSION STATEMENT: To provide a high-quality public education that assures students will receive a comprehensive learning experience which prepares them to compete in a global 21st century society.




To All Qualified Electors of the City of Eastpointe:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a Primary Election will be held in the City of Eastpointe on TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2024.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that a Primary Election will be conducted in all voting precincts for the purpose of nominating candidates to the following office:

Vote Only 1 Party Section:

Partisan: U.S. Senate; 10th District Representative in Congress; 12th District Representative in State Legislature; County: Sheriff; Prosecutor; Clerk/Register of Deeds; Treasurer; Public Works Commissioner; 13th District Commissioner; Delegate to County Convention.

Nonpartisan: Judge of Probate Court New Judgeship


Saturday/Sunday: 7am-3pm Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm

The Polls will open August 6th from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Precinct 1. Eastpointe Community High School, 15320 Nine Mile

Precinct 2. Eastpointe Community High School, 15320 Nine Mile

Precinct 3. Bellview School, 15800 Bell

Precinct 4. Eastpointe Early Learning Center, 23750 David

Precinct 5. Michigan Military Museum, 16600 Stephens

Precinct 6. Pleasantview School, 16501 Toepfer

Precinct 7. Eaton Academy, 21450 Universal

Precinct 8. Eaton Academy, 21450 Universal

Precinct 9. Love Life Church, 17363 Toepfer

Precinct 10. Love Life Church, 17363 Toepfer

Precinct 11. St. Thomas Church, 23801 Kelly

Precinct 12. Forest Park School, 18361 Forest

Precinct 13. Spindler Park/Patriot Bldg., 19400 Stephens

Precinct 14. Koepsell Elementary, 21760 Raven

A full sample ballot may be viewed at, Eastpointe Clerk’s Office and/or Clerk’s Office/Elections’ webpage

BE IT FURTHER NOTICED: Absentee Ballots are available for all elections; registered voters may contact the local clerk’s office to obtain an application for an absentee voter ballot. The Eastpointe Clerk’s Office will be open on Saturday, August 3, 2024 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the purpose of accepting applications for Absentee Ballots, only. To comply with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), voting instructions will be available in audio format and in Braille. Arrangements for obtaining the instructions in these alternative formats can be made by contacting the Clerk’s Office in advance of the election. All polling place locations are accessible for voters with disabilities.

PUBLIC NOTICE: A Public Accuracy Test will be conducted Monday, July 15, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave., Eastpointe, MI 48021 for the purpose of testing the accuracy of the tabulating election equipment.

NOTICE: The Early Vote Closing/Receiving Board will be conducted Tuesday, August 6, 2024 at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Avenue, Eastpointe, Michigan 48021 after 8:00 p.m.

Mariah Walton Eastpointe City Clerk



TELEPHONE: 313-537-3570


Detroit Community Schools, Michigan Public School Academy, is now accepting applications for a member of its Board of Directors to fill vacancies for the 2024-2025 school year.

Meeting locations are at the high school building and generally take place Afternoons of each month. Being a member of the Detroit Community Schools Board of Directors is an excellent way for you to become involved in education in the urban community of Brightmoor.

Applications may be downloaded from the DCS website: www. or picked up at the Main Office between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Applications must be submitted to the school office by July 18, 2024.


The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) is soliciting quotes for RFQ No. 25-4096 for Anti-Freeze/ Coolant, Gear Oil, Grease, and Windshield Fluid. RFQ forms may be obtained beginning, July 10, 2024 from RFQ is due by 3:00 PM ET, July 29, 2024.

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Manufacturing Assembly Process Engineer III Detroit Diesel Corporation seeks Manufacturing Assembly Process Engineer III in Detroit, Michigan. This position will be responsible for planning sub systems and contributing to complex projects which could include: research vendors, create/assist with technical specifications, request quotations, select vendors, create timelines, issue purchase requisitions (coordinate with Purchasing), schedule tryouts, assist in the qualification, installations, and approve equipment/tooling for projects, among other duties. Up to 5% international/domestic travel required annually. To apply, email resume to Donald Connelly at Reference job number DT-11829.

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