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Wayne County Exec Warren Evans $1.6 Billion Budget Approved By Sherri Kolade Establishing, approving, and maintaining a viable budget (that everyone agrees on) for a county as large as Wayne County is no easy feat – yet in a sprawling county, that process is steadfastly happening time and time again. The Wayne County Commission recently unanimously approved Executive Warren C. Evans’ $1.67 billion 2021-2022 budget. The budget, which takes effect on Friday, October 1, provides essential county services like the development of the Indigent Defense Services department, a new program promoted by Evans to provide legal services for Wayne County residents facing trial. “I want to thank Commission Chair Alisha Bell and all our commissioners for their hard work on passing this budget; together we have produced a budget that provides for residents’ essential services while living within our means and without raising taxes,” Evans said in a Warren C. Evans press release. “The partnership forged on the budget is an example of what can be done for the people of Wayne County when our shared goals and objectives align.” The recent approval of the 20212022 fiscal year budget is the third year in a row Wayne County Commissioners unanimously adopted Evans’ recommended budget. Evans has presented the annual balanced budget without a general tax increase during his seven-year tenure as Wayne County’s chief executive officer. This year’s approved budget spends $200 million less than the 2020-2021 budget while expanding public services in several ways, a press release added. Key highlights from the adopted 2021-2022 budget includes: • Establishing the Office of Indigent Defense Services, a new office in the county to coordinate and provide expert legal representation for county residents. • Over $2 million to the Wayne County Prosecutors Office and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office for programs promoting conviction integrity, strengthening the mental health division, support for juveniles -- with increased resources to process sexual assault kits. • A pathway to a $15-per-hour minimum wage for all county employees and a 2.5-percent raise for most county employees. • Five million dollars in accelerated roads funding to speed up needed infrastructure projects across Wayne County

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Kevin Tolbert, center, and his twin sons, Khalil (left), and Kaiden.

Autism (Mis)Understood

Black Parents of Children with Autism Speak Their Truth By Sherri Kolade In this two-part series the Michigan Chronicle has in-depth conversations about autism, especially as it relates to the Black community with misdiagnosis, late diagnosis -- and how the right diagnosis can make all the difference. This series (featuring parents, families and executives) will lead up to the September 11 Autism Alliance fundraising event to help make an impact on autism in the community and beyond. “Don’t let anybody brush you off.” That was the message that Catrice Mathews-Davenport, 49, of Detroit, told herself years earlier when she struggled to find the proper resources for her son, Donovan Davenport, who was diagnosed with autism as a child. “During [my] pregnancy I didn’t think of autism,” she told the Michigan Chronicle. “I knew something was different about this pregnancy. He was the easiest pregnancy I ever had -- he is my second successful pregnancy during that time.” ‘Don’t Give Up on Your Child’ Mathews-Davenport said that her son didn’t move a lot or react to stimulation, especially during the non-stress test in the latter part of her pregnancy. “They would get a heartbeat, but nothing stimulated him,” she said, adding that when his heart rate dropped while in the womb, her doctor scheduled a c-section and he was born at nearly 36 weeks.

“He didn’t cry – an excellent baby,” she said, adding that she and her husband also had a 22-month-old son, Destin, then who did all the neurotypical actions of a developing baby at that age. Mathews-Davenport said that when it came time for Donovan to reach developmental milestones, his journey took a different path. “I couldn’t get him to participate,” she said. “He would sit there, look like why are we doing this?” Mathews-Davenport said that she didn’t think anything of it because after all, all children are different, and he was just “a little behind.” One day around three years old when he was in the hospital after coming down with a bad case of asthma, doctors treated him, examined him and recommended follow-up studying after he would only grunt and babble at them. “I still didn’t think anything of it,” she said, adding that around the house he would point at things and grunt. “That is his way of letting us know he wanted cereal … [or] if he didn’t like the texture of something.” Down the road, when Donovan was officially diagnosed with being on the autism spectrum (she didn’t believe the diagnosis at first), Mathews-Davenport went to multiple doctors for a second, third and fourth opinion – the last one solidified it for her.

once it was confirmed he was on the spectrum she got to work. “I was like where do we start?” Donovan, who has Asperger’s (a high functioning form of autism), subsequently had play therapy, attended mainstream schooling and received speech and occupational therapy, among other things. She added when he was in preschool, people didn’t “understand autism at all,” they just lumped all of the differently-learning students together, which was not a one-size-fits-all situation. The mother of three said that she had an “aha” moment, a learning curve, those first couple of years and learned to lock arms with other parents navigating autism. “People started to ask me for advice,” she said, adding that she started understanding what could be overwhelming for Donovan and how to help him with sensory overload. Mathews-Davenport said that when it comes to autism, parents don’t have to think it is the “end of the world.” “They just think differently,” she said adding that there is a spectrum and everyone who has autism looks different. The most important thing is to get help as soon as possible. “[There are] so many programs out there that help. Don’t let anybody brush you off.” She added that her son is brilliant, especially when working on computers.

“I was very offended,” she said before she believed the diagnosis, adding that

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Black Adoption in Detroit By Megan Kirk

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Adoption is a lifelong process that does not end with the legal filing of court documents. The process of adopting a child can prove lengthy, costly and be laced with emotional ups and downs. Despite this, parents and hopefuls across the world continue to embark on the journey with the goal of expanding their families and bringing home a child. Once families have done the research and decided to adopt, the search begins for a child. Choosing which avenue to travel is a key factor in cost, wait and placement. While there are many paths to adoption, there are four avenues that are most common domestically: foster care, foster-to-adopt, infant adoption and

independent adoption. Other factors such as an open adoption, allowing some contact with birth family or a closed adoption which limits all identifying information with sealed records play a role. Intrafamily adoption allows a child to be born and adopted within the same family. Used commonly for stepparents, intrafamily adoption can occur with any family that shares a bloodline. A family in Detroit knew this would be the best route for them. “I’ve always wanted to adopt for as long as I can remember. We started this process when my partner’s cousin lost custody of his kid. Either the baby went to foster care or a family member. For us it wasn’t a question. You

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much,” she said. Donovan told the Michigan Chronicle that he likes computer work. “I know how to make programs,” he said, adding that he is figuring out what career path he wants when he grows up. “Once he learns something he gets it from that point,” Mathews-Davenport said. Kevin’s Sons and Their Journey Detroit resident Kevin Tolbert, 47, is the father of 17-year-old boys, Khalil and Kaiden, who are both on the autism spectrum. The boys’ daycare discovered that one of them, Khalil, had autism when he was in preschool. “His (Khalil) is probably the more severe form of autism; he was born second,” Tolbert said, adding that his daycare recognized a lot of Khalil’s symptoms early on because he spent a lot of time in the mirror, had repetitive behavior patterns, and more. “I didn’t react well -- I vehemently felt they were so wrong.” Once he learned that they were right after a diagnosis three years later he discovered that his other son, Kaiden, also had autism, but he was higher on the spectrum. Tolbert said because his sons are twins he tried to figure out if it was something genetic that caused

“I spent a lot of time working on that, then decided how or what happened doesn’t matter,” he said, adding that he made it his mission to get his sons the best varying levels of help, which began in kindergarten. Khalil, whom Tolbert describes as very quiet, said that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy was critical in helping him develop communication and life skills — though therapy sessions weren’t covered by insurance initially. “We found out about ABA therapy, which was fairly new at the time ...wasn’t covered by very many employers, now by state law it is covered.” Tolbert said that Khalil is a very different child today, and he appreciates that the ABA therapy helped him progress. “I recommend this to any person with a kid on the autism spectrum,” he said, adding that it’s vital for the Black community to continue to empower themselves when seeking treatment for Black children who have autism. From a faith perspective, Tolbert said that at times Black people who go to church rely on their faith alone to help their children, but, “Faith without works is dead,” he adds. “Many ministers and pastors ...waste precious time,” he said, adding that while it’s important to keep the faith, finding resources

along the way is critical, too, before it’s too late. On the flip side, nationwide reports reveal that even after a Black child’s parents express their concern to healthcare professionals about their children’s development, it can take an additional three years for a diagnosis. Proper treatment after diagnosis is another waiting game, too, at times. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more white and Hispanic children are diagnosed than Black children.

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Adoption From page A-1 take care of your family. So, when the birth parents’ parental rights were terminated, we knew we wanted to adopt,” says Zoey Smith. The adoption process is laden with paperwork and home assessments. It can prove tedious when agencies comb through financial, medical and other records. But potential parents must prove to be in compliance with Michigan laws to be considered for adoption

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Each year, approximately 135,000 babies are adopted in the United States. In 2019, of all children adopted, over 32,000 were white. Black children accounted for just over 11,000 of those adopted, with many being left in foster care. A Detroit organization is helping to place Black children in safe homes via adoption. Homes for Black Children, established in 1969, is the oldest Black adoption initiative in the country. Recognized in the Congressional Record, the organization has helped to place thousands of children. “We are considered a child-placing agency which means we have services in adoption and in foster care. We are a referral source for the Department of Social Services when they have children who have been removed from their home after allegations of abuse or neglect and we work with the family attempting to reunion children with birth family,” says Jacquelynn Moffett, president of the organization. As of 2020, more than 12,000 children are in foster care and close to 3,000 children are ready for legal adoption across the state according to Michigan’s Adoption Services Program. While foster care is one of the most common ways adopted children are placed, the process can be long.

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“Our budget expands services in key areas through increased efficiencies and a common-sense approach to meeting our existing needs,” Evans said in a press release.

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“We are still in the adoption process. We started with foster care. So, to give you a timeline we have had our son since he was 17 days old and he is now 19 months. We hope everything will be finalized by his second birthday,” says Smith. Adoptions can occur internationally but require more than one country’s government to be involved. A report released by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, 4,059 children were adopted internationally in 2018. Black children born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Ethiopia and Uganda are most sought after in adoptions. Despite high numbers of children needing placement both internationally or domestically, Black families are adopting at a great rate. “One of the misnomers is that Black families don’t adopt and that’s not the case. Statistically, Black families adopt at a higher percentage than any other ethnic group. Going back to slavery, Africans Americans have always taken care of children that were not their birth family, so, we have a history of being caretakers for our community,” says Moffett. Black families looking to adopt are encouraged to deep dive into agencies and methods to find the best fit for their family. “Adoption gives children a permanent home who otherwise may not ever experience a real family,” says Smith. “I think that more Black families should consider adoption because our children definitely deserve better. It can be messy, especially when it involves family, but from the beginning we made a decision to put the needs of this child first and not feed into the egos of adults.”

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Earlier this year, in response to Evans’ sound fiscal management of county operations, the investment rating agency Moody’s Investor Service increased Wayne County’s credit rating to A3. When Evans took office in 2015, Wayne County faced a fiscal crisis of a $123 million accumulated deficit, $1.5 billion in

unfunded pension debt, and state financial oversight. After 14 months on the job, Evans eliminated the accumulated deficit, restructured the pension obligations, and led the county out of its state-declared financial emergency. “(The recent) unanimous vote shows our shared commitment to sound fiscal management for Wayne County and its residents,” Evans said. “That we were able to do this in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic speaks to renewed fiscal strength of the county and the tough decisions we have all made in the last seven years to put us on a successful path.”


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Brothers Build Mini Library in Detroit Neighborhood Two brothers with a love of reading decided to bring the world of books to a local Detroit neighborhood. With the help of YouTube, a local hardware store and dedication, the pair were able to build a free mini library for the youngest Detroiters. Free libraries have recently begun to pop up all over Michigan suburbs. In light of the pandemic, the mini libraries have served as another way to connect, dream and travel endlessly through the world of literature. The brothers are helping bring the concept to inner city Detroit. Jerjuan and Armonio Howard started with wanting to do something impactful in the community that raised them. Wanting to take the same books they read as children and make them easy, free and accessible to the kids in their neighborhood, they conceived the idea of building the library.

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Interior designer Doreen Hunter, owner of Hdesigns in Detroit, finds the beauty in creating livable spaces.

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Spaces By Sherri Kolade Longtime interior designer Doreen D Hunter, the principle interior designer for Hdesigns Group, LLC, in Detroit, wants to help clients feel comfortable when they step inside their humble abode or other space– but they have to do the work first. “When approaching any project, the client must be attuned with what she/ he wants the outcome to be,” the mature Detroit resident said, adding that she’s been gifted with designing for as long as she can remember. “I have always had a creative mind and was allowed to express myself from role-playing to decorating my own bedroom.” Hunter said that her style as an interior designer is fluid.

Mini library and some reading options. “The free libraries are not a new thing. They’ve been around, just not in our communities. I would always think to myself ‘why aren’t there any in the hood?’ Where is the free knowledge that we so desperately need? History, information and knowledge will get our minds right as Black people to get where we need to be at,” says Jerjuan. After taking the idea to brother and partner Armonio, the two began doing research to construct the library themselves. Building the library by hand with personal funds, the brothers’ investment in the city is more than financial. “My brother brought the idea to me and I felt like it would be a great idea and be a way to give back to the community and spread knowledge by giving back books that impacted our lives and that we liked to read,” says Armonio. “Just to be able to give back and change another individual’s life that was around the same age when we first got into reading and trying to gain different knowledge -- basically give the youth a head start.” The mini library, located on the corner of Plymouth Road and Strathmoor Street, is painted in red, black and green -- the colors

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“My style is the client’s style. I have no preference because I love design; there is beauty in everything,” she said, adding that the central part of any home is where everyone tends to gather. “For the most part, that is the kitchen.” She said upgrading the look of a house can be done in the kitchen by refreshing a table and chairs to possibly a banquette, along with fireplaces and comfortable chairs with big arms to embrace the body. “What is popular in design goes from product to color,” Hunter said. “Also, we are heavily influenced by pop culture. Trending now is warm colors/hues and it depends on who is telling the story -the paint industry, fashion, automotive [or more].” Hunter, before becoming an interior designer, dabbled with the possibility of becoming a lawyer, according to her biography. Growing up in Detroit she enjoyed Sunday drives “in some of the city’s most prominent areas” like the historic Boston-Edison district, Palmer Woods and Indian Village, places where she has clients today. When driving by, she would often question: “Who lives behind these doors and what does it look like on the inside?” She got a chance to find out many times over, especially with one of her clients, retired native Detroiter Sandra Clemons. Clemons, who now lives in North Carolina with her husband, said that she’s used Hunter’s interior design services

since the early ‘90s. “One thing I heard from using an interior designer is I can have a vision for how I want things to look, but when I finished … it doesn’t look like how I want it,” Clemons said. Before Clemons and her husband moved to their single-story, open floor plan home, the couple lived in a home in a historic district on Oakland Boulevard in Detroit. That particular house was where they both worked and raised their children, who down the line moved into homes of their own. “We wanted to ... make it comfortable for us because we both worked strange hours,” she said, adding that she wanted to spruce up her home one day and became acquainted with Hunter after visiting the Troy-based Michigan Design Center and requesting a Black designer in the early 1990s. “That is when they had referred me to Ms. Hunter,” Clemons said, adding that she and Hunter practically became fast friends and she still uses her to this day.

Hunter told the Michigan Chronicle that while Black interiors designers are no different than other cultures in designing, there is an element that bridges the gap. “We tend to be more creative in understanding other cultures,” she said. “And yes, our work [is] generally bringing movement, rhythm and vibe to that space/ environment, which is done through color, textiles and other elements.” Clemons said from Hunter providing her with patterns and designs to doing the heavy lifting and coordinating – it was a no-brainer to go with an interior design company. “I didn’t have to go to five or six different stores to determine what rugs or curtains were available, or furnishings.” She added that Hunter helped her with bedroom sets, painting placements and bringing her vision to life. “She took the time to understand what I wanted to do -- things I would have

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Source Booksellers Holds Things Down in the Local Literary World By Sherri Kolade Inside the quaint and cozy Black-owned bookstore, Source Booksellers, one could get lost in the hundreds upon hundreds of literary delights that owner Janet Webster-Jones carefully handpicks with the help of others including her daughter, Alyson Jones Turner.

she told The Michigan Chronicle inside her bookstore on a warm, sunny Monday morning. “We’re an established business and we continue to grow and change.”

Webster-Jones sells everything from tea and shea butter to herbal incense and “Michigan” bags along with the plentiful books. When customers came inside the bustling establishment, “We pay a lot of atWebster-Jones gives tention to what books them her undivided atwe buy,” she said of her tention each time. She highly curated selection. helps those that inquire Located at 4240 Cass Black bookstore Janet Webster-Jones Source Booksellers about various books, Ave., Source Booksellers Owner Janet Webster-Jones Photo by Sherri Kolade provides recommendahas been all but an institions for others and also tution in the city for peogives those who purchase books chocolate treats. ple of all walks of life coming to find, and buy, books “Coming in person is much greater than an [online] – but stay for the community of bibliophiles. buy-sell situation,” she said, adding that while she preSource Booksellers offers a unique niche of non-fic- fers in-person camaraderie and relationship-building, tion books. the pandemic forced her hand to “quickly pivot” to onThe sharp-tongued and quick-witted 84-year-old line sales. bookstore owner (who doesn’t look a day over 75) said The business purposely chose to not go the online she was at first reluctant to begin this journey and it route beforehand but coming out on the other side, she took “courage” and “opportunity.” has the best of both worlds. “It didn’t start like this -- I didn’t have a dream,”

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By Rev. Wendell Anthony It is apparent that the body in America is being ignored. Last November, the American people by a majority of 7 million votes elected a new president. Joseph R. Biden got 81 million votes to Donald J. Trump’s 74 million. It was the highest voter turnout since 1900. Despite this, American democracy has been called into question. Voters have been made to believe fraud was committed, machines were rigged, and illegal ballots were cast. Phony voter audits have been called for in the states of Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and even attempts have been made in Michigan. The U.S. Justice Department warned, “that some jurisdictions conducting them may be using or proposing to use procedures that risk violating the Civil Rights Acts.” In a letter to Republican officials, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela Karlan questioned plans by GOP-hired auditors to go door to door. Supposedly, “to confirm if valid voters actually lived at the stated address. The planned canvassing raises concerns regarding potential intimidation of voters in violation of federal law.” This is no more than political gamesmanship 101. It is a solution in search of a problem. It erodes confidence and kills belief in the system of democracy. It has been fueled by the raw bravado of ex-president D ­ onald Trump, demonstrating that he is more authoritative than democratic. His conduct and deviant actions mimic more the likes of Kim Jong-un of North Korea, Vladimir Putin of Russia, or Xi Jinping of China than a Ronald Reagan, or George Bush I and II of America. Trump declared before the nation, “I am the only one that can fix it,” (which he did not and could not). He called the Georgia Secretary of State demanding that he “find him 11,780 votes.” He entertained Michigan GOP leaders Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield at the White House, trying to get them to weigh in on Michigan’s presidential election. Eroding faith and confidence in the U.S. intelligence community, judicial system, U.S. Congress, trust in science and medicine, and even belief in our system of education from the inside out, not the outside in. This naked assault upon our democracy could be witnessed in full view on January 6. The citadel of democracy was attacked by followers of this seditious ex-president. They lay siege to the nation’s capital. They broke through barriers and injured over 140 officers. Five persons were left dead through gunfire, suicide, and an uncontrollable crowd. Human feces was left in hallways. Congressional offices were ransacked. Windows were burst and the invaders rambled through sensitive Congressional documents. The motivation of these insurrectionists was to stop the legal certification of the duly elected American President. Indications are they may have been assisted by members of Congress in this rebellious act. Certain members of Congress continue to refer to this mob as a group of patriots rather than a pack of domestic terrorists. Six Republican senators and 121 in the house backed objections to certifying the state of Arizona’s electoral outcome. Seven Republican senators and 138 Republican house representatives

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ion, “sanctions are required to deter the filing of future frivolous lawsuits designed primarily to spread the narrative that our election processes are rigged, and our democratic institutions cannot be trusted.” The lawyers were ordered to reimburse attorney fees paid by the city of Detroit and state of Michigan. They must also take legal education classes. The beat goes on. After ripping the very gut out of the Voting Rights Act by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, voting suppression laws have exploded like the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The Amidst this mockery of court struct down Section democracy, former Trump 4B to determine which julawyer Rudy Giuliani had risdictions are subject to his license suspended pre-clearance based on and has been ridiculed for their past discrimination making false accusations Rev. Wendell Anthony in voting. Without Section of voter fraud. Over 60 4B, Section 5, requiring federal cases have been states and local governments to obtain thrown out from coast to coast, due pre-clearance before making changes to their lack of merit. Accompanied to voting laws, is simply a toothless by the ‘Pillow Man’ Mike Lindell, this vaudevillian-like legal team of Giuliani, tiger. This past July, the court further Sidney Powell, and others have been gutted the Voting Rights Act in Part 2. laughed out of court. They look more They supported the state of Arizona’s like court jesters than court officers. racist voter suppression laws, which The U.S. Third Circuit Court rejected restricts voting at polling places and such lawsuits challenging the 2020 times of day for minorities. election. The court said, “voters, not 404 bills have been introduced lawyers, choose the President. Free, around the country to suppress and fair elections are the lifeblood of our to reverse the decisions by the people democracy,” was the opinion signed to elect their chosen representatives. by Judge Stephanos Bibas. Recently, Politicians are trying to choose which U.S. District Court Judge of the Eastpeople will vote for them by using gerern District Linda Parker ordered sancrymandering and redistricting. They tions against nine Trump lawyers inare ignoring that in a democracy it is cluding Sidney Powell and Lynn Wood. the voters who choose the politicians Judge Parker wrote in a 110-page opinsupported similar objections to the certification by the state of Pennsylvania. Many of these same Republicans voted to block the plan for a bi-partisan independent commission to investigate the January 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol. Several of these representatives may be called as witnesses by the special committee appointed by the Speaker of the House to investigate this attack. The question before us, which members of Congress and the U.S. Senate may have assisted this mob in the effort to overthrow our democracy?

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are an ode to Blackness. Strategically choosing its location, color and adorning quote, the pair wanted to ensure the mini library served as a neighborhood staple for the youth. “We were very intentional about the location because it is an area we grew up in. We were intentional about the colors used; people see those colors and it means something to them. The artist we chose to paint it, the quote by Malcolm X, everything was intentional about the project,” says Jerjuan. “I’m an author, so I guess I understood the importance of reading and books,” says Jerjuan. “I’ve read a lot of books in my life and the impact they’ve had on me counts as [the] inspiration behind this.” To initially stock the library, the brothers used books from their own personal collections. However, once the social media call was made, readers began to donate their favorite books to the collective. Now, readers are free to drop off or take books at any time of the day.

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Jerjuan Howard

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“When we did the post on Instagram, a lot of people donated books. Bringing books up there, or sending people to take books and leave new ones. Basically, it’s a circulation of knowledge. Whatever it is, you want to keep that knowledge circulating throughout the community,” says Armonio. The duo has no plans of stopping now. They are working on two additional mini libraries to be placed in the inner city. One will be on the city’s eastside in conjunction with a local community activist.

The second library will be placed on site at D-Town Farms on the city’s west side in the Rogue Park neighborhood. The brothers are also encouraging the community to help continue the efforts in their own neighborhoods to build a massive network of inner-city readers. “We’re going to look into doing a workshop where people from their neighborhoods can come in and help build a few and they can put them in their neighborhood and spread love that way,” says Jerjuan.

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help, which I will take the offer.”

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Hunter will assume the position October 1 and will run through October 1, 2022.

done which would have been a mistake.” Hunter, who has been in the design business for decades, is also going to be getting a change of scenery with a historic move as the first African American president of the American Society of Interior Designers - Michigan chapter. “I will be making histo-

ry,” she said. “I certainly want to be a change agent for the chapter and organization. So many people have reached out to congratulate me and offer

Hunter said before someone thinks about calling an interior designer they should have a budget in mind. “What are you willing to invest in your space/yourself?” she said. For more information visit https://hdesigns96. com/.

“That really kept us going,” she said of the over year-long experience. “The online store generated more {customers]. The pandemic changed everything [and] caused a lot of new ways of … thinking new action plans.” She added that she chose not to close the business, but it wasn’t always easy. “We started to scramble and find out how we were going to keep going,” she said. “Fortunately, at the time I paid up all our outstanding bills.” Webster-Jones conversed in an oversized chair with shelves of books behind her and a table of books before her including “Easy Detroit Outdoors” by Amy Eckert and “Why Civil Resistance Works” by Chenoweth and Stephan. “They’re all my favorites,” she said of all the books that surround her. Nearby, large cardboard posters had quotes like “Buy books from people who want to sell books not colonize the moon” and “Don’t let indie bookstores become a work of fiction” show where she stands when it comes to small bookstores. Her bookstore, however, is small by no means, and she keeps things going by keeping it as real and uncut as she is. “That is all there is anyway -- everything else is a pretense,” she said. Sporting a Source Booksellers shirt, Webster-Jones said that her business has grown and the underlying factor of it all is filling a need by serving the community. “Who is the community? Anybody who has the courage to walk through that door,” she said. “It takes energy to decide on something. The energy that is around this kind of business and we generate from this business

to represent the people. 50 democratic state law makers left the state of Texas to prevent their legislature from adopting new voter restriction laws. Texas, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and yes Michigan with its treacherous 39 does not want to be left behind in these voter suppression bills. In Michigan a special Republican election commission, led by Senator Ed McBroom, published a 55-page report indicating, “there was no evidence of widespread systemic fraud in Michigan’s prosecution of the 2020 election.” Despite this report, Michigan Republicans still pursue a course of eroding voter confidence and poisoning American democracy. They seek to eliminate drop boxes, early voting, and making counting provisional ballots more difficult with new voter ID requirements. They’re making moves to overturn the power of local, county, and city election officials, reducing the power of the Secretary of State to manage our elections. If they do not like the candidates chosen by the people, they seek to overrule them. Corporations and businesses beware. The money contributed to these legislators may be utilized for our democratic demise. Stand up against this tyranny. The NAACP and other civil rights groups in cities around the country are calling on the community to remain woke to keep the vote. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the For the People Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. We need both. It is only through federal legislation that the people can stop the death of American democracy. The stimulus bill was important. The infrastructure bills are vital to the internal stability of our nation. However, without the right to vote, and a functioning democracy, there will be no lasting stimulus, or infrastructure for the people. The only structure will be what the people are told to do and when and where they are permitted to do it. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would not be President and Vice President without our votes being counted. President-Elect Joe R. Biden, in a victory speech in his home state of Delaware to thank black supporters, said “you’ve always had my back and I’ll have yours.” Well Mr. President, Democratic Senators who are on the fence, and Republicans who may have lost their way, our backs are up against the wall. Black, brown, women, seniors and youth are boxed in by a filibuster rule not based on the U.S. Constitution. It has been stuck in the muck by a few Democrats and a whole bunch of Republicans. They refuse to fight for our democracy. America cannot stand if we let our democracy fall. Don’t wait until it is too late. All of the power of the Presidency must be used to preserve the right to vote today. Use it like Lyndon Baines Johnson used his power to guarantee our civil rights yesterday. Now is the time for all who believe in freedom to stand up. On this 58th anniversary of the March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let us never forget, “we have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drugs of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy.” [and energy we receive from this business] makes this business happen,” she said. “And that is like a book.” She added that it takes courage to write a book, and she encourages upand-coming authors to write. As a prolific reader, Webster-Jones grew up reading books about Black people and her community and beyond. “When I grew up in my home, they would talk about people who stood up for the race,” she said, adding that she grew up in Detroit’s old westside now called the Dead Zone where the local freeways (I-94, I-96, and the Lodge) bulldozed through once-established neighborhoods. “We were kicked out,” she said, adding that she was born in 1937 and she was but a child when in 1943 an uprising occurred in the city. She picked out a book, “Uprising of 1943 –Run Home If You Don’t Want to Be Killed” that described the race riot on June 20-22. “It started on my birthday,” she said of the uprising. Then two more customers come inside the store and she greets them as her store phone rings. She puts her glasses up over her blue surgical mask and helps someone on the line look up a book. One of the customers, who was helped by Webster-Jones, then sat in an oversized yellow chair by the front door told The Michigan Chronicle that “it’s nice to see bookstores” still around. Webster-Jones, whose smile comes easy, said that her bookstore, like many others, curates inventory and so much more. “We respond to the community,” she said. For more information call (313) ­832-1155 or visit www.sourcebooksdetroit.com or www.Facebook.com/ SourceBooksellers.


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The Prolific Black Businesswoman Personified By Sherri Kolade

She is bold, vibrant, persevering and always ready to slay. The Black businesswoman – you already know her name -- shows up day in and day out in Detroit and across the nation. The country is taking notice, too, as 17 percent of Black women are in the process of starting or running new businesses, according to the Harvard Business Review (HBR), which states that a Black woman is more likely to start a business than a white man. Statistics back up that fact because in comparison to the 17 percent of Black women with nascent businesses, only 15 percent of white men (and 10 percent of white women) are doing the same. HBR adds, however, that despite getting ahead, just three percent of Black women are “running mature businesses.”

Back row — from left to right back row: Hiram Jackson, Christian Greer, Kofi Bonner, Earl Newsome, Antoine Bryant, Dwight A. Ferrell, Daniel Jackson, Todd Corley and Dennis Archer Jr. Front row— from left to right: Angelique Power, Dr. Carladenise Edwards, and Marie Banks.

Michigan Chronicle’s New Faces, High Places Reception Welcomes New Black Leadership Geared to Create Stronger Detroit Portia Powell, Huntington vice president – program manager. Photo provided by Huntington

Regardless of the timeline of how long a Black woman has opened or operated her business, she is celebrated for her worth and work. With American Business Women’s Day recognized on Wednesday, September 22, the Michigan Chronicle is highlighting several local Black businesswomen including their challenges and triumphs. “My Mother Instilled in Me, ‘You Can Do Whatever You Want to Do’” Ronda Morrison, 58, is the owner of House of Morrison Shoe Repair and Leather Care in Detroit (on the Avenue of Fashion at their current location since 1972) has seen her fair share of the family business, which has been in existence since 1954. “I started working with my dad every day in 1983, I was 22,” she said, adding that she took over the family business in 1991. Morrison, is the project coordinator at the company ensuring repairs and services are performed in a timely manner while wearing multiple hats – said that she’s seen it all. “Every Black woman probably had to come through quite a few struggles if they made it in any form of self-employment,” Morrison said, adding that her father showed her the ropes and she learned building and backroom operations, which typically were reserved for men. Morrison, whose mother was an executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield in the 1970s, said that her mother and father instilled in her an inspirational work ethic. “My mother was the one that instilled in me you can do whatever you want to do, and my father instilled in me the wherewithal to sort through many things that required me to stay in business,”

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nown for its resilience, agility, upwardly mobile entrepreneurship sector, and unflappable residents -- is also seeing a resurgence when it comes to attracting non-native Black movers and shakers to the area. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome them to Detroit. The Michigan Chronicle and Real Times Media (RTM), alongside approximately 80 of the city’s current power players, recently officially welcomed the newest Black C-suite

leaders who now call Detroit home at the New Faces, High Places welcome reception in late August. “Our annual New Faces event is important because it not only gives us the opportunity to welcome Detroit’s newest talent in a way that makes their relocation a more comfortable experience, but it also connects Black business leaders in the city, and metro Detroit, with one another,” said Hiram E. Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media and publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. “This kind of intentional connectivity creates an energy and an imme-

diate spirit of collaboration that only benefits progress and stronger outcomes for the city.” Several of these newcomers spoke to the Michigan Chronicle about what it means to be part of the movement of helping build back up a bourgeoning Black Detroit. Pastor Katrese Kirk McKenzie, Smith Chapel AME Pastor The Rev. Kirk doesn’t wait for the flock to come to her -- she goes out to the people and meets them where they are. Whether that is by community outreach activities like election rallies or catering to the needs of residents (especially the youth so they return home as adults), Kirk is quickly establishing herself as a voice of the people. As the pastor at Inkster-based Smith Chapel AME Church since 2020, Kirk, who lives in Midtown, has been leading her faithful congrePastor Katrese Kirk gation and impacting McKenzie the community since she moved to oversee the congregation last year. “I don’t wait for them to come to us -- we got to come to them; be willing to go to them,” Kirk said. Kirk, who was appointed to the church by the Fourth Episcopal District (which covers Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Canada) said that receiving recognition from RTM as a newcomer is a blessing. “It’s an honor to be included in the voice of conversation,” the bold, local pastor said, adding that when she learned of the opportunity to come to Smith Chapel it was one she couldn’t pass up. “Although I was appointed (to this position) it felt ordained by God -- I get to be a part of helping revitalize a community like Inkster and Smith Chapel is important to the community and Inkster.”

From left to right: Antoine Bryant, Conrad Mallett Jr., Dennis Archer Jr., and Anthony King

Kirk’s focus in Inkster is to build up com-

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Black Owned CPA Firm GJC Celebrates Its 80th Anniversary

By Gatini Tinsley

The oldest Black owned CPA firm in Michigan, George Johnson and Company (GJC) is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. The firm was founded in 1941 by former Michigan Secretary of State, the late Richard H. Austin, who struggled to start his career as a CPA in the 40’s because white owned CPA firms refused to hire him. At that time, being a CPA required two years of experience to become licensed. Eventually, one of Austin’s former college professors started his own practice and gave Austin his big shot at entering the field and becoming licensed. After becoming licensed, Austin opened his own firm called Austin, Washington and Davenport. Now African Americans had a firm they could join, making their goals of being a licensed CPA a reality. In

He blazed a trail for us, he gave us a way to do it! I probably wouldn’t be doing what I do if it wasn’t for him,” said McCree.

1971 the firm was rebranded to George Johnson and Company and later rebranded to GJC. The firm has been a steady resource for many small businesses and works with many nonprofit organizations in and around the city.

In a field where there are minimal African Americans going into the CPA profession, McCree is determined to give other African Americans exposure to the industry at a young age.

Still black led, GJC is a community staple that has donated to 34 non-profit organizations in 2021 alone. In April 2016, Anthony McCree was proud to join the firm as managing partner after working for other firms for nearly 20 years. “After hearing the history of the firm, I wanted to be a part of continuing the legacy and making the legacy more known. One of the things we’ve been doing this year is trying to educate people on our history because there are a lot of people who don’t know that we are the oldest black owned firm in the state of Michigan. When Mr. Austin wanted to become a

I didn’t know about the profession until I was in college. I want to do anything I can do to educate our youth and show them a picture of success. A lot of young folks these days want to be entrepreneurs, they don’t want to work for anyone. I have to show them that you can be a CPA and be an entrepreneur,” said McCree.

Anthony McCree CPA, he got the education, but he couldn’t get the work experience because none of the firms would hire him. He really

created a way for other blacks to become CPA’s. He had to go through so much because he couldn’t just go work for a firm.

GJC started an internship program with HBCU’s two years ago where every summer they bring in an intern to have an

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munity engagement and her pastoral leadership. Kirk has already witnessed the “resilience” of the residents and is planning big things this year to help connect the congregation and community in more ways during COVID-19. Not one to just checkboxes to say she got it done, Kirk said that she is about making a change that can be felt by all – including the city of Detroit, which she said has some similarities to Inkster. For her, those changes include making tangible connections with local politicians, other clergy members, and beyond to build relationships to identify the needs of the people and resources. Kirk added that as a Black, female minister she is looking forward to networking even more with other Black professionals locally to bring even more opportunities to Inkster in the future. “Go to the people,” she reiterated of her goal of reaching those most in need. Angelique Power, The Skillman Foundation CEO Angelique Power, the president and CEO of The Skillman Foundation will oversee the organization beginning on Monday, September 13. Power, who hails from Chicago, served as president of the Field Foundation in Chicago. Born and raised on the southside of Chi- Angelique Power cago (by a white, Jewish mother and an African American father) she is all about racial equity and social justice, according to her biography. Power, who is temporarily housed in West Bloomfield (with plans to move to Novi or Northville with her husband and 11-year-old daughter) is certainly at the right place at the right time working in Detroit, which is going through redefining itself in the equity conversation. “It’s been beautiful so far,” she said of the transition from Chicago to metro Detroit. Power – not new to Detroit – has spent the last 20 years often in the city for work, and is using her talent, skills, and new connections (purposefully meeting others in one-on-one conversations) as a backdrop to help her lead The Skillman Foundation. “Detroit is this gem of a city -- there is an electricity to it,” she said of the art, music, and people. “I feel like I’m joining visionaries.”

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with people to understand Detroit better, along with the work she is called to do. “It is not a monolithic city -- a lot of different people who have different ideas about what the future of Detroit would be. I am coming ... in and excited to meet with people, listen and learn.”

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opportunity to work with their minority owned CPA firm. This gives students a chance to get some hands-on experience. Interns from all over the United States are housed at Wayne State University dorms. They get a chance to work while getting paid. Interns see what being a CPA is like from a first-hand perspective. Once the Covid Pandemic ends, they plan to grow the internship program over the next few years so multiple students can have an opportunity to participate in the program each summer. McCree is eager to show African American youth that being a certified public accountant is an option for them.

Quentin L. Messer, Jr. Michigan Economic Development Corporation CEO In May, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee named Quentin L. Messer, Jr. as MEDC CEO. As CEO, Messer is charged with implementing and executing MEDC’s core mission of business development and attraction, community development, providing access to capital, and enhancing Michigan’s image and brand. His responsibilities will include administering all programs, funds, personnel, contracts, and all other administrative functions of MEDC.

But with so much success, even in 2021 McCree still faces the challenges of gaining business from potential clients who may not be familiar with using a minority owned business. “I think there is a reluctancy to some organizations to use black owned firms. The comfort and trust level may not be there, but we overcome it by building our reputation in the city of Detroit. It’s not a reason to give up, it’s a reason to work harder,” said McCree. Native Detroiter McCree takes his responsibility to the city of Detroit seriously. When other companies left Detroit, GJC stood with Detroit before it became trendy to move back.

Messer comes to the Quentin L. Messer, Jr. MEDC from the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) where he has served as President and CEO since 2015. He led efforts around business attraction, small business growth, talent development, branding, and market-responsive, equitable economic growth while also cultivating robust partner relationships and leading efforts to secure significant private sector investment. Under Messer’s leadership, NOLABA became one of fewer than 90 economic development organizations globally to earn accreditation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

“I’m so happy to be in the city of Detroit. When a lot of companies where leaving, we never left. We’ve been here for 80 years. It’s important for us to say that we are headquartered in the city of Detroit, and we’ve always been in the city of Detroit. This is our home and our community. We’re committed to Detroit, we don’t just make money in the city, we also give back to city. Me being a Detroiter my whole life means its very important to me that we always uphold the city of Detroit. GJC has another office located in Chicago.

“America is at its best when Michigan is at its best, and I’m thrilled to join the proven MEDC team, the Governor, the legislature, and economic development stakeholders across this great state in driving an economy that creates upward mobility and opportunity for the broadest possible group of Michiganders,” said Messer, Jr.

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Messer, based in Lansing, told the Michigan Chronicle that the way people perceive Michigan has a lot to do with how they feel about Detroit. “Detroit is critically important,” he said of Michigan’s largest city. “The identity of how people feel about Michigan is set on people’s perceptions about Detroit.” Messer added that there are “very dated” perceptions about Detroit, which extend to dated perceptions of Michigan. He is looking forward to helping shape the positive viewpoints of the city and state. “We have an opportunity to transform that and see an opportunity for themselves in the economy and create opportunity,” Messer said. “You don’t get the opportunity to create that every day.”

Power said that she appreciates Michigan’s natural beauty, local wildlife, especially in the suburbs, and the “thriving urban environment.”

The Michigan Chronicle also recognizes these “New Faces”: Troy Weaver, Tyrel Kirkham, Brad Holmes, Kofi Bonner, Daniel Jackson, Audrey Gregory, Reginal Davis, Christian Greer, Todd Corley, and Antoine Bryant.

“In this move (you) get the best of two worlds,” Power said, adding that from a networking perspective, in the next year she plans to spend every week meeting

Let’s welcome them on their new professional journey here in Detroit as they create new lanes of their own in this land of opportunity.

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From page A-5 Morrison said, adding that Black women are flourishing in business, especially locally. “I am loving the Avenue of Fashion … and on our block [I am] afforded the privilege to mentor and give advice to … so many of these Black women.” “For so Long We Were Told What We Could Do” Portia Powell, Huntington vice president – program manager for the Lift Local Business program and also the owner-operator of Eastside’s Good Vibes Lounge, told the Michigan Chronicle that she is in a unique space professionally where she navigates corporate Nicole Felton is a photographer and America and being an entrepreneur. entrepreneur. Nicole Denise Photography “I have two different perspectives and I’ve done both,” Powell said, adding that long she had to prove herself and today her mother was a single mother, an or- she knows her work, and worth speaks phan, who had her at 15 years old and for itself. inspired her to become the business“What I am finding as a Black woman woman she is. “[I] went through that we have to constantly prove ourselves -process with her as she was learning -- why we are in the seats and positions she continued to push those things into [we are in],” she said, adding that Black me.” women (if you didn’t know) are more Powell, 37, added that her banking than equal for the roles they are in today. “We are ...running the career started with her world -- organizations.” mother and aunt (who happened to be a banker) In that same vein, she motivating her along the added that Black women way and instilling in her have to continue to rise up the importance of finanand accept the challenge cial literacy. that they can do more and go further than their an“My aunt who had cestors’ dreams. been a banker her entire life had only been “We do have to do the exposed to a certain perwork,” she said of credenspective,” she said, addtialing oneself and working ing that when she got hard. “Everybody has to.” to banking, she realized Black Women Are the there were “more aveSuperpower nues” available that her Nicole Felton, a local aunt couldn’t access, Local photographer N ­ icole photographer, and entrewhich Powell reached. Felton took pictures of preneur, who runs Nicole “My aunt, who recently Black women during her Denise Photography, has passed away, I attribute “Queen” photography sesbeen running her photogmost of my career to her. sions. Nicole Denise Photogra- raphy business in metro She became … proud of Detroit since 2015. phy what I became.” She told the Michigan Powell added that, hisChronicle that in her profession, she torically and for so long, Black women likes to capture stories using pictures have been told what careers they could and she recently did a photo series of have. Around the mid-20th century, jobs Black women called “Queen.” for Black women (and Black men) were “It just showcases the Black womprimarily reserved for working in the service industry such as laundry atten- an’s beauty, freedom of sexuality – evdants, servants, butlers and chauffeurs erything beautiful,” the 43-year-old said, in private homes, according to an arti- adding that she recently started making cle, African American Occupations in pillows with encouraging sayings on the 1900s, based on information from a them, which came from her “Queen” series. 1900 United States Census. “It is important for Black women to Powell said that she has overcome, like the women before her, and she is be able to showcase their products [and work],” she said. “Black women are just thriving today in her 21st-century role. the superpower to me – we have this In 2013, while working at a Downrivuniqueness to us. We’re able to deliver er credit union as a manager, she overjust the full package of everything.” heard a white man ask her employee Contact Staff Writer Sherri Kolade why they couldn’t hire someone who with story ideas at skolade@michronilooked like them. She said that for so cle.com.

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Sidewalk Detroit Celebrates Artistry in Public Spaces By Sherri Kolade Sidewalk Detroit vibes on creating real, authentic, dope art that everyone can enjoy in the city with thousands of sidewalks turned into stages underneath the sun, ready and waiting for creatives. Started in 2012 by executive director Ryan Myers-Johnson, the vision of the organization is an easy, equitable one: celebrate the landscape and culture of Detroit. Myers-Johnson told the Michigan Chronicle that, especially through the annual summer Sidewalk Festival designed for family and friends, she wants everyone to celebrate and see the magic of Detroit’s neighborhood streetscapes beyond the tired, old stereotypes of Detroit’s yesterday. With a focus on the Northwest Detroit neighborhood of Old Redford, Sidewalk Detroit is always interested in connecting with the community to bring its creative vision to life. “I’m a native Detroiter – a longtime Westsider,” Myers-Johnson said, adding that Detroit really nurtured her creativity and art life, and she wants to give that back to others. “I studied dance and music in Detroit Public Schools and spent a lot of time in Detroit as a pedestrian walking around, taking the bus to schools.”

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She said that she was always inspired by Detroit’s landscape, architecture and culture. After leaving Detroit for a stint for creative work in New York, she came back here, and around 2008 she knew she wanted to set up shop here in the creative space after she experienced some profound moments, first. “There is a narrative that Detroit is a lost city,” she said, adding that she wanted to infuse new ideas about Detroit to insiders and outsiders through her organization. “My idea was to think of a way we can celebrate Detroit spaces and culture as they are and find some really beautiful pockets in Detroit neighborhoods -- create space; be on the street. Be pedestrians without having to hold the weight of narratives.” She added not using traditional stages but “interesting spaces” for public art is how the annual Sidewalk Festival was born. From working in parks, among other green spaces, to bringing residents into conversations about what Sidewalk Detroit is planning for their neighborhood -- the creative work is all about equitable control.

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hoppers across the city can get ready to indulge in some new digs while not breaking the bank. Resale shops in Detroit are beginning to become more popular and getting the look for less has become the name of the game. However, be careful when shopping. Though subtle in difference, consignment shops and thrift stores are of two different worlds. Thrift stores have had a sordid fashion history at times carrying a stigma. But what was once frowned upon is gaining popularity, becoming the new way to shop. Thrift stores have long since been around, but any items for sale have

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not always been fashion forward. Thrift stores are coming into their own and are now a hotspot for fashionistas on a budget. Hunting down and locating unique, discontinued and one-of-a-kind items is the new high. Thrift on the AVE, open since 2013, is a brick-and-mortar shop that also has items available online. With more than two decades in the game, the owner has an eye for fashion must-haves. Using her years of knowledge, the owner of Thrift on the AVE seeks to fashionably clothe every woman on a budget. “We opened originally as a pop-up December 1, 2013. I’ve been thrifting for 20 plus years [and] I wanted to share my love of thrifting with the masses by

helping women to look fabulous without breaking the bank,” says TaNisha D. Prater, proprietor and senior buyer for Thrift on the AVE. “The idea was thrift store meets Saks Fifth Ave. I enjoy helping people find fashionable pieces at affordable prices.” Finding designer brands at affordable prices can be a chore. Emerging from the traditional idea of thrifting, consignment shops are taking over the landscape of re-homing gently used items. Unlike thrift stores, which typically support non-profits and provide tax-deductible credits for donations, consignment shops are for profit and are considered upscale due to their merchandise.

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Mobile Gaming Lab Launched in Detroit By Megan Kirk Video games are no longer just meant for the home. The game room has just gone mobile, merging entrepreneurship with a true passion for gaming. Round 1 Gaming Lab, one of a very few mobile game trailers in the city of Detroit, provides a luxury gaming experience which is quickly catching on. Founded by partners and local Detroiters Tyrell Slappey, Terrance Crowell and Markita Richardson, Round 1 Gaming Lab brings a gamer’s paradise right to the front doors of its customers. The 26-foot long by 9-feet wide trailer houses five televisions, each equipped with the trinity for gamers: an X-Box, PlayStation One and Nintendo Switch. The climate-controlled theater style trailer can house four players per television making it a max seating of up to 20. A unique feature, the trailer also houses two additional 50-inch televisions on the outside. Tucked beneath awnings, gamers can take advantage of the systems while also catching some fresh air. Launched in June 2021, the gaming lab was the result of chance and opportunity. After having a conversation with his twin brother, CrowFounders Tyrell Slappey (left), Markita Richardson (middle) and ell wanted to launch a business similar to one his future business partner had previously cre­Terrance Crowell (right).

ated. Slappey, former owner of another gaming trailer, wanted to pivot and bring a new gaming vision to life. “We had previously said we wanted to get the previous gaming lab back up and running. We [my twin brother and I] had a meeting with Tyrell and he said ‘honestly I’m done with that one. If we’re going to do something, it cannot be the former,’ and we talked and talked. We didn’t even have a name, we were just discussing the business,” says Crowell. Alternatively, for Slappey, the partnership is credited to a higher power. After successfully launching and running 1 Up Gaming Lab along with another partner, the business partnership was severed. Still wanting to bring the vision to life, the solo member inevitably took a step back from the idea. “I didn’t know how I was going to get this up and running by myself or if at all. I left it alone and I was in church one day and the person who was speaking said someone is going to help you get that business up and running. He said ‘the person you least expect.’ Two days later, Terrence called,” says Slappey. After some conversation, Crowell and Slappey joined forces to bring gamers the ultimate

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Detroit Closet, open since 2017, purchases gently used designer items from shoppers and resales them for profit. Black-owned, the resale shop located on Detroit’s west side on Wyoming and Fenkell carries an assortment of items from Nike to Fendi. With a history in luxury sales, the owner authenticates items inhouse using knowledge gained from working for a high-end department store. “I authenticate because I worked for Saks Fifth Avenue for five years so I have an eye for the designers because I sold it for a long time. I know the serial numbers and the stitching. You can tell the difference,” says Kenia Jones, owner of Detroit Closet.

Sidewalk Detroit holds performances in public spaces for all to enjoy. Photo provided by Sidewalk Detroit

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“The idea is that residents have control and that their vision gets executed in the development of these public spaces and the narrative of their neighborhoods,” she said., adding that the organization pushes up the voices of Black artists that are working in the avant-gar-

de or interested in social practice. “Our key value was ...Black women are the heartbeat of the city of Detroit. Focus on curating work that speaks to artwork and the Black experience.” Sidewalk Detroit’s engaged over 2,000 attendees in their events and raised funds to invest in park improvements like in Eliza Howell Park, which is part of a park improvement plan. Augusta Morrison, Sidewalk Detroit

program strategist, told the Michigan Chronicle that arts and culture are the “life of a city” and it is important in Detroit that everyone has access to it. “Growing up I was exposed to a lot of going to museums, seeing the orchestra downtown,” she said, adding that she plays violin and appreciates the opportunity to promote the arts. “[It’s] a really cool way to meet people where they are at [and] give them a platform to express.”

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“I believe people have gravitated towards individuality and enjoying freedom of expression. Thrifting allows the ability to do this affordably. Not to mention the fact that the quality of garments has changed considerably,” says Prater. “You are hard pressed to find great pieces unless you are willing to pay a pretty penny for it. I have found the absolute best vintage pieces by thrifting.” Unlike brick-and-mortar boutiques, online stores or popular department stores, thrift stores and consignment shops typically carry only one of each item, helping to add to the lure of exclusivity. What is best is that for items that may be sold in abundance, the price point is much less at resale shops.

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mobile experience. In the market for a third partner, a close tie was getting ready to enter the partnership and help make it complete. “Some things fell through, but Slaps and I kept going. His [Slappey’s] mother Markita Richardson came in and all three of us collectively went through the budget, funding process, and brainstormed ideas. We had a few meetings where we laid out the vision for it and the plan for it,” says Crowell. “We wanted to make sure we were all on one accord.” With knowledge of the business already at hand, the team had an advantage in executing their goals for Round 1 Gaming Lab. An avid gamer, Slappey wanted to ensure the trailer was equipped with top-of-the-line systems and the most in-demand games for a top-notch experience. “When you come into the gaming lab, you’re stepping into a luxury mobile arcade. Every game that we have in there, outside of Fortnite, is two to four players. That counts co-op, that counts video game play that we did when we were younger. That’s what gets implemented in the trailer. You’re playing right next to the person. That’s what adds to the ambiance of it. You’re not relying on a headset. The person you’re playing with or against is right there,” says Slappey. A big hit with children, Round 1 Gaming Lab also feeds the inner child in every adult. “You have to be 6 or older to enter, but we’ve done just as many adult parties as we have kids’ events,” says Slappey. From humble beginnings, the 1970s were a big time for video games. Steadily growing in popularity, the impact of gaming was yet to be felt. Though early simulations date back to the

Despite a once negative reputation, resale stores of all kinds continue to pop up across the city. Gaining traction, consignment and thrift stores are changing the landscape of wardrobe and expression.

Inside the lab. 1950’s, gaming caught its first big break in 1972 with the formation of Atari. Now, the video game industry has grown to include several staple consoles, thousands of games and millions of hours of playtime each year. Round 1 Gaming Lab features classic video games of the past. “We have just about everything old to new. Some games from 2000, we have it right here. It may not be everything, but if someone asks, we want to make sure that we have it for them,” says Slappey. As games have evolved, so have the players. Once believed to be a leisure activity for couch potatoes, gaming has grown into an elite system of skill and money. In 2020, the Global Games Market was valued at more than $170 billion. Estimated to climb to more than $300 billion by 2026, the video game industry continues to increase in sophistication forcing indulgers to keep up.

“I try to tell a lot of people it’s (thrifting) is very beneficial. We sell quality products that are gently used. You can go out to Somerset and see a purse for $1,500 and we could have that same purse for $500. So, for the same [item], you could save $1,000 and have that in your pocket. It’s worth investing in because you save so much money for the same look,” says Jones. Across Detroit, resale shops carrying everything from high-end labels to more common brands are making it easier to update your closet. With a growing following, the thrift community is steadily increasing and sharing gems across the country. “You basically have to reach out to the people because there is a big thrift following. You have to target them,” says Jones.

EBB 313 Campaign Helps Detroiters Save $50 Per Month on Internet Bill In June, the federal government introduced the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a free program that provides eligible families with a $50 per month discount on their internet bill and a onetime $100 discount on a digital device. More than 250,000 Detroit residents – nearly 40% of all Detroit households – are expected to qualify for the program. To ensure that Detroit residents don’t miss out on this unique opportunity, Connect 313 recently introduced the “EBB 313” campaign. “EBB 313” streamlines access to the benefit by providing interested residents with a single phone number to call to learn more about the program and find out if they’re qualified. If the resident is qualified, a trained expert will provide to the internet and technology.” information on how to apply or direct If you’re interested in learning them to a local nonprofit organization about the Emergency Broadband who will assist them. Benefit and how you can save $50 per month on your internet bill, call “We are proud of EBB 313, which will directly connect Detroiters with opportunity – the opportunity to access telemedicine, job training, education and so much more,” said Joshua Edmonds, the City of Detroit Director of Digital Inclusion. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to take a giant leap forward in making Detroit a national model for digital inclusion, and we encourage Detroiters to act quickly and receive vital access

(313) 241-7618 today. The “EBB 313” campaign will only operate as long as the federal funding for the program is available, so Detroit residents are encouraged to act quickly.

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Local Black Musicians Keep the Vibe Classic This fall she will be teaching in person. “Right now, we don’t have enough violins for them to start. We do have ukuleles. I sometimes talk to them about the way I learned violin, and bring in my instrument and play for them. They are quite interested.” It’s not hard for Knight to teach and connect with others when it comes to music – she’s been involved with it since she was a child. “When I was five years old my dad asked me what I liked to play: violin or piano,” she said, adding that she chose violin because they lived in a smaller house at the time and a violin was smaller. She learned to play via the Suzuki method of training (also known as the mother-tongue approach).

Local multi-talented singer and violinist Alex Way performs before a crowd. Photo credit by Khary Frazier

By Sherri Kolade She’s liable to give you chills. Native Detroiter Hadiya Adaego Knight is a sight to see, especially on the violin. The eloquently (and sometimes softly) spoken Knight posted a video on Instagram in May of her playing her violin. Dressed in a white flowing dress with a complementary darker-colored headwrap, the performing powerhouse rests her chin on her violin positioned above her left shoulder as her right arm sways with precision. With the eloquence and poise of someone who knows their stuff, Knight plays “Total Praise” by Richard Smallwood as an unseen crowd sings softly in the background above the accompanying music. “This is one of my absolute favorite pieces to sing or play in adoration and worship of Yah,” she said in her post. “It’s a blessing to share my offering of praise with the Most High ... Shalom.” A Musical Gift Her first name (Hadiya) is Swahili and means “gift of Yah” (God). Her parents must have known her assignment because she’s been using her musical upbringing as a gift to others ever since she learned how to play the violin and piano decades earlier. “I was classically trained in violin,” the Michigan State University graduate (with a bachelor’s in music and minor in African American studies) said. The K-12 Dearborn Public Schools teacher told The Michigan Chronicle that she was heavily involved in music youth programs at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra throughout her life.

“They have a wonderful youth program, Sphinx,” she said of diverse classical performances encompassing an annual competition with prizes. “I did a lot of that growing up -- my parents tried to get me as many opportunities as possible,” Knight said, adding that as a teacher she teaches a wide range of subjects, including Choir Music Theory and Music Appreciation. Knight added that when working with students who grew up listening to music from their parents it’s “not difficult to get them to appreciate music.”

“What they train is just not the children to read music, the notes on the page, but train the ears,” she said, adding that a teacher will teach students to play something and will ask the student to repeat it back without reading the music. “It opened me up to different genres.” She added that growing up she played in jazz bands and different things that her peers who were not taught in that method found difficult. “Some people don’t prefer the Suzuki method,” which she said is “tried and true.” Black voices in the classical music realm have not always been celebrated but have always been vital. Digital radio,

“I worked in a couple of different communities; I started working in Detroit. Now I work in … Dearborn. Now I teach predominately Muslim students coming from Yemen and Oman in the Middle East.”

Classic FM, wrote a celebratory article about Black musicians who “shattered racial barriers” on concert stages, in albums and beyond. Nina Simone, recognized as one of the country’s most iconic jazz artists, originally wanted a career as a classical pianist, according to reports, but she was denied admission to New York’s Juilliard School despite having a great audition. She said racial discrimination was a major factor. In 2003, shortly before her death, they awarded her an honorary degree. From Simone merging the worlds of gospel and classical music to present-day trumpeter Wynton Marsalis who leads the way performing in classical concert halls – there is no shortage of Black classical artists inspiring up and coming musicians today. “There are a few people who inspired me,” she said of native Detroiters Melissa White, a “prolific violinist,” and classically-trained Regina Carter. “If I had to pick a single person who influenced me when I was younger it would be Regina Carter.” Music Guides Her Way Alex Way, 28, of Detroit, is a singer, songwriter and violinist. While she is an R&B/neo-soul artist she was classically trained on violin. “I chose R&B because it’s what spoke to me the most. I felt it gave me room for expression. I love classical music as well, though. I began playing violin in 5th grade and haven’t put it down since,” she told The Michigan Chronicle. “I’ve been doing R&B for about six or seven years and classical for about 18 years now.” Way performs with soulful, deep melodic understanding behind her gentle and clear voice. Posting frequently on Instagram, she can be singing love ballads, playing sharply on her violin or posting photos of all of the above with a ring light attached to her phone as the virtual crowds go wild.

Knight said that she first wondered “how that would be.” “Especially when I haven’t had much of an interaction with students that I have now,” she said, adding that many of her students know “little to no English” but music is their connector. She asked her students what music do they listen to and artists they like early on when she started teaching them last year.

“My songs are mostly focused on love,” she said. “My EP, ‘Phases,’ focuses on the different types of love. For example, I have songs that focus on community love, being in love, letting go of love.”

“If there is a student in my class that doesn’t speak English, there are other students that can translate for me. I was worried about it ... I knew it would work out,” she said, adding that she taught her Native Detroiter Hadiya Knight is a beast on the violin and students virtually for the past she teaches students in Dearborn Public Schools the techyear because of the pandemic. niques and beautifies of music. Photo provided by Hadiya Knight

She added that mentorship is “so important” especially in the music world. “Because without it, we don’t keep the movement going and could be missing out on the next genius in the classical world,” she said. “Because, sometimes, the only thing a person needs is guidance to get to the next level.”

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Black-Owned Melody of Comfort Virtual Clothing Store Reopens for Good

By Sherri Kolade

“If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.” Internationally acclaimed poet and author Maya Angelou once said those wise words, and they are a perfectly apt description for local husband and wife, Antonio, 39, and Pernishia Avery, 38, who actually have those very words of Angelou on their clothing brand website, https:// melodyofcomfort.com/. Launched in 2017 (but rebranded and relaunched on Monday, August 23) the native Detroit couple wants to give the community some ‘90s, Martin TV show-style vibes in their online clothing store that sells sweatshirts and more. “When we started in 2017 (this was) something new for us; we didn’t know what we were doing but we had a love for the ‘90s,” the millennial couple who grew up in the 1980s and

1990s,” Antonio Avery said. “We wanted to incorporate the love for the city and fashion from back then.”

He added that their passion back then was present, but they didn’t know how to execute their business plans, which have since been greatly approved. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the mad love their clothing brand receives from customers who support them through it all. “A lot of people liked it and wanted to sport it -- it is a learning process for us and took time to come up with a better product,” Antonio Avery, a former rapper, said, adding that the brand idea came easy. “I was just sitting here when we decided to come up with a brand and tossing names out and trying to think of what would stick and work for us. (It) just came to me, the Melody of Comfort.” Pernishia

Avery

told

the

Michigan Chronicle that she too has a musical background as a singer, and they wanted to incorporate that musical element into their clothing line. She added that the ‘90s and the Martin show was “iconic.” “The print is based off that iconic logo,” she said, adding that their hooded sweatshirts, which rock the words “What Up Doe,” along with a sleeve embroidery patch.

The main sweatshirt colors are blue, red, black, and gray. They plan to launch new colors in the fall, especially during “hoodie season” this season. Their tagline, “When deciding what to wear … listen to your heart,” is something they’ve been doing since growing in confidence with their brand for themselves and the next generation. “We are looking to create a legacy for our two daughters,” they post on their website, adding that their mission is to provide a quality product while “embracing cultural moments from our past” and aiming to “keep it All Detroit, All the time.” Pernishia Avery said that with her daughters as an inspiration for the future of their business, she is also motivated by the past. “My inspiration comes from a long list of entrepreneurs in my family like my mom (Nola), dad (Preston), and my aunt who owned her own restaurant, “Sweetie Mae’s Soul-food and Barbecue” in the ‘60s-’90s.

Melody of Comfort virtual clothing brand launched in late August. Photo provided by Melody of Comfort

Antonio Avery said that Black culture, style, and swag

Melody of Comfort virtual clothing brand has ‘90’s style swag borrowed from the Martin show. Photo provided by Melody of Comfort are infused in their urban style, which many in other communities crave, in addition to comfort. “They’re gonna feel great when they wear it,” he said, adding that the vibrant hoodies “pop” and will make people feel “warm inside.” He added that the husband and wife “love our city.”

“We love what we’re doing,” he said, adding that the resurgence of Detroit is happening with the help of one entrepreneur at a time. “Detroit is coming back.” For more information visit www.melodyofcomfort.com. Contact Staff Writer Sherri Kolade with story ideas at skolade@michronicle.com.


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Creamy Couscous with Broccoli, Tomatoes and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of culinary dietitian Marcia Stanley, MS, RDN Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Servings: 6 1/2 cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons butter 3 cups broccoli florets 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon pepper 3 cups fat-free, 2% or whole milk 1 1/2 cups plain couscous (wheat pasta) 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese 1 1/2 cups seeded and chopped tomatoes 2 tablespoons slivered fresh basil leaves In large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook onion in butter 2 minutes. Add broccoli, garlic and pepper. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir milk into broccoli mixture. Bring to boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Gently stir Parmesan cheese into couscous mixture. Spread on serving platter. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Top with tomatoes and fresh basil leaves.

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rom cereal and milk to yogurt and fruit to broccoli and cheese, combining dairy with plant-based foods creates a superfood power couple that can help ensure you and your family are getting the nutrients you need any time of day. With the rise in popularity of plant-based diets, dairy can help optimize nutrient absorption from plant foods and provide additional nutrients like high-quality protein, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12. You can create delicious meals with the nutrition you need while enjoying the best of plants and dairy. Combining dairy and plant-based foods can be easier with these dairy-powered recipes from Milk Means More. They are ideal for creating a nutritious and delicious plan for every meal throughout the day. Start with a Blueberry Apple Crisp Smoothie Bowl in the morning then build out your lunch or dinner plans around an appetizer like this traditional Middle Eastern Labneh Spread with grilled pita bread and assorted veggies. For the main course, try Lentil Tacos with Tangy Guacamole and a classic Moroccan staple, Creamy Couscous with Broccoli, Tomatoes and Cheese, on the side. Find more recipes that combine the goodness of dairy and plant-based foods at milkmeansmore.org.

Labneh Spread Recipe courtesy of Jenn Fillenworth, MS, RDN of Jenny with the Good Eats Prep time: 5 minutes Servings: 6 12 ounces whole milk Greek yogurt 1 pinch sea salt, for garnish 1/8 teaspoon salt fresh herbs, for garnish 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice pita bread, grilled 2 tablespoons olive oil assorted seasonal vegetables In bowl, mix Greek yogurt, salt and lemon juice.Transfer mixture to fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth.Wrap mixture in cheesecloth and strain over bowl in refrigerator 24-48 hours. Strain longer to make thicker. Once thickened as desired, remove from cheesecloth and top spread with olive oil, sea salt and fresh herbs. Serve with grilled pita bread and assorted seasonal vegetables.

Lentil Tacos with Tangy Guacamole

Recipe courtesy of culinary dietitian Marcia Stanley, MS, RDN Prep time: 40 minutes Servings: 6 Tangy Guacamole: 1 medium ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped 1 tablespoon orange, lime or lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt Lentil Tacos: 2 1/3 cups water 1 cup dry brown lentils, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 2 teaspoons chili powder 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups seeded and chopped tomatoes, divided 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided 12 yellow corn taco shells To make Tangy Guacamole: In small bowl, mash avocado, juice, hot pepper sauce and garlic. Stir in yogurt. Cover and refrigerate until serving time. To make Lentil Tacos: Heat oven to 400 F. In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine water, lentils, onion, chili powder, garlic and salt. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Cover and gently boil 12-15 minutes, or until lentils are just tender. Uncover and boil 5-15 minutes, or until most liquid evaporates. Remove lentils from heat. Stir in 1 cup tomatoes and 3/4 cup cheese. Spoon into taco shells. Stand filled tacos in 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish. Sprinkle tacos with remaining tomatoes and cheese. Loosely cover dish with foil. Bake 3-5 minutes, or until cheese melts. Stir guacamole. Serve with warm tacos.

Blueberry Apple Crisp Smoothie Bowl Recipe courtesy of Rachel Gurk of Rachel Cooks Prep time: 5 minutes Servings: 1

1 cup frozen blueberries 2 cups apples, roughly chopped, reserving 2 tablespoons for topping 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt 1 cup spinach pure maple syrup, to taste ice cubes (optional)

Toppings: 2 tablespoons oats 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup 1 tablespoon pecans, chopped 2 tablespoons reserved chopped apple fresh blueberries

In blender, blend blueberries, apples, cinnamon, yogurt and spinach until smooth. Taste and add maple syrup, to taste. If thicker mixture is desired, add ice cubes. Pour into bowl. Mix oats with maple syrup. Top smoothie mixture with oats, pecans, apples and blueberries.


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Manager, ITSM & DCOps SpartanNash Associates, LLC seeks a FT Manager, ITSM & DCOps in Byron Center, MI. Responsible for leading a team responsible for the delivery of process-driven solutions across the DCOps Tools Management and ITSM domains. Requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Management Information Systems, Computer Science or related field and 5 years related (progressive, postbaccalaureate) experience. Must also have 12 months experience (which may have been gained concurrently) with: building strategy, administering and implementing ITSM platform including Cherwell Service Management; (building strategy, administering and implementing Enterprise Monitoring tools platforms including SolarWinds, CA Spectrum, and CA eHealth; administering and implementing Network discovery and service mapping tools including FixStream (Resolve Insight), and Cherwell; administering and implementing Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations tools including FixStream (Resolve Insight), and CA SOI; and building integrations between ITSM (Cherwell), Enterprise Tools including PagerDuty, ComAround, FixStream (Resolve Insight), VCC, and SolarWinds. Please apply online at https://careers.spartannash.com/.

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