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Vol. 85 – No. 42 | June 22-28, 2022

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Report Shows Michigan Students Falling Behind Other States By Donald James Senior Writer, Real Times Media

If Michigan were given an annual report card for educating students over the last 50 years, the state would receive poor and failing grades when compared to many other states across America. And it’s not because there haven’t been concerted efforts across broad sectors of the state to improve the level of education for pre-K to12 grade students; it simply boils down to what’s been tried repeatedly - “hasn’t worked.” According to a new 68-page report by The Education Trust-Midwest titled Still Stalled: 2022 State of Michigan Education Report, Michigan is projected to rank 39th in America for fourth-grade performance in reading by 2030 if drastic changes are not facilitated. The state is currently ranked 32nd. For eighth-grade math performance, the report finds that students across the state ranked in the bottom 50% of the nation in 2019 and will sink near the bottom by 2030 if difference-making intervention measures are not successfully implemented and monitored within the next three years.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to the National Newspaper Publishers Association about voting rights and more.

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VPOTUS Kamala Harris Speaks with Black Press on Protecting Voting and Women’s Rights By Sherri Kolade

The Education Trust-Midwest is a nonpartisan, data-driven policy, research, and advocacy organization dedicated to helping all Michigan students – pre-k through college reach academic achievements. The report is brutally honest and timely, as a broad and diverse statewide coalition representing business, civil rights and civic leaders, educators, and other stakeholders strongly urge state leaders to invest better and move forward exponentially to spur educational recovery and growth. In essence, stakeholders want to see Michigan at or near the top of the states with excellent public school learning platforms versus near the bottom looking up. Still Stalled is transparent in focusing on Michigan’s highly ineffective track record of educating students of color, low-income, and with disabilities. The data gathered ranks Michigan in the bottom 10 states, which highlights the disadvantages that African Americans in early literacy and eighth grade math face. While not mentioned by name, Detroit, home to the state’s largest and Blackest public school district, is immensely impacted. The report also finds that over the

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From safeguarding ever-shrinking voting rights in America and taking a stand against gun violence to celebrating Juneteenth and protecting Black mothers — Vice President Kamala Harris addressed many matters that Black communities are discussing nationwide. During a roughly 30-minute virtual meeting on voting rights and women’s rights Thursday, June 16, with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), Harris shared milestone achievements since being elected during her historic win alongside President Joe Biden on January 20, 2021. The interview with Harris coincided with the NNPA’s monumental and historic 195th anniversary of the Black Press of America. “As we know our Black press has been the trusted voice of the community and trusted voice for the nation in terms of speaking of and about ... what is happening in the community,” Harris said. “Your voice is so incredibly important … now more than ever in a very different way we’re dealing with so much inaccurate information and hate speech … which reinforces the importance of the Black press.” Several days before the Juneteenth holiday, Harris also touched on recognizing the importance of celebrating and acknowledging the rights already won after Black Americans faced a treacherous, sometimes lonely path in their journey to freedom. “What does freedom mean? Who has freedom now – who does not have freedom?” She added that Juneteenth in the United States directly acknowledges the generations before who experienced a “deprivation of freedom.”

Harris began the interview with Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA President and CEO, asking her to address the rising gun violence in America, especially as conversations surrounding the growing “Great Replacement Theory” (where White extremists believe that non-Whites will replace them). Protecting BIPOC Communities The racially motivated mass shooting in mid-May in Buffalo, NY, where a 18-year-old dressed in tactical gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire at a grocery store in a historically Black neighborhood, killing ten and wounding three — Harris said that enough is enough. Chavis asked Harris, after recently traveling to Buffalo, how does the Biden-Harris administration feel about what will happen next with racially motivated violence and gun violence. “I’m very concerned,” Harris said, adding that gun violence is an “epidemic of hate.” “We need to take notice of it,” Harris said, adding that equally disheartening are the politicians who aren’t addressing the roots of the problems in White supremacy laced hate speeches and acts precede the gun violence on Black and Brown victims. “I’m very concerned elected officials will not name it.” “We have to name it,” she said, adding that it is time to build a community coalition around communities targeted for hate. “We all have more in common than what separates us.” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel also called for common-sense gun control measures that would keep firearms out of the hands of mentally unstable perpetrators and a crackdown on hate crimes and domestic terrorism. “Given the Republican party’s obsession with making guns available

to anybody who wants them, with no background checks or limits on carrying firearms openly in public, I, unfortunately, don’t see crimes like these going away,” she said recently. “As long as Republicans ... are able to obstruct any attempts to enact the common-sense gun control measures that many Americans are desperate to have in place, the bloodbath will continue.” According to FBI data, hate crimes rose 23 percent between 2016 and 2020, and hate crimes targeting race and ethnicity made up 65 percent of hate crimes in 2020, increasing by 42 percent. In 2020, nearly 3,000 hate crimes were committed across the nation targeting the Black community; hate crimes targeting the same community rose almost 60 percent between 20162020 and more than 40 percent between 2019-2020. And those figures are likely undercounted, according to Giffords. Beyond gun violence and voting rights, women’s rights are being questioned with animosity toward the seemingly waning rights hanging in the balance regarding what the future will hold around the nation; federal voting protections are yet to be implemented. In 1973, a historic U.S. Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, granted accessible rights for women to have legal abortions constitutionally. Now the controversial case is deemed at risk if it’s overturned for the roughly 25 million women and girls of reproductive age in America. However, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took a stance this past spring on the matter of women’s rights in Michigan and their reproductive choices and access. In early April, Whitmer filed a lawsuit and used her executive authority to re-

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Candidates Running in 12th and 13th Congressional Districts Meet face-to-face at Wayne State University By Donald James Senior Writer, Real Times Media

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On Tuesday, June 14, the candidates in the 12th and 13th Congressional District races gathered for a Town Hall Meeting at Wayne State University’s Student Center to speak directly to the people. The Town Hall was convened by the Metro-Detroit Black Business Alliance and the Detroit Branch NAACP. In addition to a live audience, the forum reached a virtual audience, as the event was streamed live on the Detroit Branch NAACP Facebook page. Event moderators were Evrod Cassimy, morning anchor on WDIV Local 4, and Frankie Darcell, legendary national radio personality and author. Sitting side-by-side on the stage from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,

the Town Hall included 13th Congressional Democratic candidates John Conyers III, Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, Michael Griffie, Portia Roberson, Shri Thanedar, and Republican candidate Mar-

tell Bivings. Democratic candidates Sharon McPhail and Sam Riddle did not attend. Democratic candidates for the 12th race included Janice Winfrey, Kelly Garrett, and Shanelle

Jackson. Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib didn’t attend the Town Hall but sent a

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past 16 years, Michigan’s Latino students have improved at one-third the rate of Latino students across America. White students in Michigan didn’t come out of the report unscathed; they lost ground in learning compared to White students in education-leading states like Massachusetts and Tennessee. Michigan’s White 4th graders also are ranked in the bottom five states for showing improvement. Other disturbing findings from The Education Trust-Midwest’s report include Michigan having the nation’s sixth-highest out-of-school suspension rate for Black students. The report points out that such suspensions and expulsions are troubling practices in Michigan – and around the country – due to being overused in general, but especially in populations of Black students. In addition, other findings are that Michigan ranks an abysmal 43rd in the nation for funding gaps that negatively impact low-income students in the state. And teachers in the state’s wealthiest districts are paid approximately $8,600 more, on average, than teachers in Michigan’s poorest districts. “While these results are clearly troubling, they also represent an opportunity for our state to create a ‘new normal,’

where every student has the opportunity to achieve and where students with the greatest need receive the funding and resources they need to succeed,” said Amber Arellano, executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest.” Overall, learning across the state, like in others in America, has been severely disrupted in this era of the COVID19 pandemic. The report states that “the pandemic did not only negatively impact students in Michigan, but also widened the devastating opportunity gaps.” Actually, data from the report reveals that even before the pandemic, Michigan students were struggling to demonstrate academic proficiency in many subject areas, especially math. Data gathered strongly suggests that prior to the pandemic, many Michigan students – especially Black and Brown – were more likely to face greater barriers and challenges to learning because they were not receiving adequate learning resources in the first place to support and elevate their quests to improve learning. The report highlights Massachusetts as the nation’s leader in student learning and performance. If Massachusetts were a country, it would be one of the leading nations in the world for

education. Tennessee is another state that the report spotlights as a national leader in public education. It was noted at one point that Tennessee ranked behind Michigan. Nevertheless, Tennessee made huge commitments from its state leaders, state legislators, parents, statewide educators, and other stakeholders to set higher learning standards, create and monitor an effective evaluation system, and smartly allocate more funds for investments into the state’s public school systems. While The Education Trust-Midwest Report appears to paint a picture of doom and gloom for Michigan public schools, there is a light of hope at the end of the tunnel. Michigan, the report infers, can learn from Massachusetts, Tennessee, and other top-tier states that are educating their public school children effectively and efficiently. But Michigan’s educational stakeholders, across broad spectrums of the state must realize that what they have done for decades haven’t worked and move to make it work beginning now. In addition, the report said there must be more accountability, public reporting, and systemic changes in how the state’s students are educated moving forward. And it is paramount to recruit and retain more effective educators, administrators, staff, and counselors, along with acquiring and using more funding in smarter ways,

Candidates Town Hall From page A-1 video message. Republican candidate James Hooper attended the event. The two moderators asked the candidates questions covering a broad array of issues deemed important to residents of the 12th and 13th Congressional Districts. The event’s kickoff question was directed at Roberson with the same question aimed at Winfrey: The question: Why should voters elect you and not your opponent? “I’m the only person in this race with federal experience,” Roberson said, alluding to her four years of service in the Obama Administration. “I’m the only person in this race that has brought back federal resources to the City of Detroit.” “I’m a proven leader,” said Winfrey. “You know my work. You trust me and know I have your best interest at heart.” Subsequent questions aimed at two other candidates centered on their highest priorities for representing the people in the 12th and 13th. “Without question, it’s housing,” said Hollier. “We are absolutely in a crisis for affordable housing. Our federal housing policy has abandoned cities like Detroit hit by racist and predatory lending practices.” “The highest priority even before we can worry about housing or bringing jobs back is that we have to worry about our healthcare,” said Garrett. “We must have affordable and accessible healthcare for everyone.” Thanedar was asked to speak on his most important accomplishment as State Representative, 3rd House District. “I have brought a lot of money to my district,” he said. “Through federal and state help, we have gotten $1.2 billion for Detroit Public Schools. There’s money to build five new schools.” Jackson was asked to name one passionate issue that she would take on in Congress. “The most pressing issue to address in the 12th and 13th is poverty,” Jackson said. “It’s unfortunate that about 40% of children living in Detroit are living in poverty. I will bring home the resources needed to address poverty.” Griffie was asked the same question. “The number one issue that I would attack on day one is to provide universal pre-kindergarten for every single child in America,” Griffie said. “As an educator and principal, I know that if a child had curriculum-based pre-kindergarten education, they were more likely able to read by the third grade.” Questions to the candidates also centered on mental health and the lack of services to those in need. “We need federal funds to be brought back to Michigan,” Conyers said. “Cutting funds for social programs is something that has to stop. We need to put more funds into marketing 988, the na-

tional suicide hotline created under the National Suicide Prevention Hotline Act to address mental health issues.” On the question asked about Black Businesses’ biggest needs, Winfrey pointed out the lack of access to resources and lack of education. Jackson said access to capital is everything and expanding minority-owned community banks will help Black businesses. Other questions centered on hate crimes, mass shootings, and changing gun control laws. On legislating new gun control laws to help stop mass shootings, Bivings said, “We need to present the data and do a study, and then we can begin to draft policy on mass shootings. I don’t want to go to Congress and draft policy that impacts everyone when everyone is not mass shooting.” Perhaps the issue that drew the most fireworks from the candidates stemmed from the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade. Roberson said that a woman should be elected to Congress in the 13th because she doesn’t believe that men should be making decisions about a woman’s body. “It’s kind of funny to say that we have to have a woman as the only one who can address this issue and the only one qualified to speak to this issue in Congress. but there is a whole debate going on that we can’t decide what a woman is now,” said Hooper. Dagnogo, who arrived at the Town House late due to obligations as a Detroit Public Schools Board member, added. “We know that Roe v. Wade is under attack and know that unfortunately, the members of the House and Senate are male-dominated and have been trying to make decisions about a woman’s body for far too long. We have to elect people and take the House so we can stand in the gap to protect a woman’s right to choose what she does with her body.” Before the Town Hall ended, a video message from Congresswoman Tlaib played. “I’m in Washington doing the people’s work,” Tlaib said. “The people’s everyday issues are the focus of everything I do in Congress.” “I was impressed that they were able to bring all the candidates together. That is not always possible,” Bishop Edgar Vann, Senior Pastor of Second Ebenezer Church and longtime community and civil rights advocate, said after the Town Hall. “And both Democrat and Republican candidates were brought to this forum. I think that’s political maturity.” When asked about his take on the small turnout of maybe 125, Vann said, “I think the turnout was reflective of a lot of people being disengaged from the political process. There is still a lot to be done in terms of voter education. Our people must care about the voting process and why they need to engage and get past the apathy out there.”

especially in making sure there is equity in educating African American and Latino students, along with students with disabilities and English learners. “If Michigan had a fair school funding system, Michigan’s underserved students – Black and Latino students, English language learners, and students with disabilities, would receive a 100% weighted, equitable fund formula,” said Alice G. Thompson, who chairs the Education Committee of the Detroit Branch NAACP and is CEO of Detroit-based BFDI Educational Services, Inc. “This funding would eliminate the achievement gap and foster a solid path for mastery of grade-level proficiency.” The report raises the need to build trust in public education and for parents and stakeholders to know and believe that students are progressing academically. It is also important, according to the report, that parents know that funding is reaching and making a positive difference in their children’s education. Parents also need to have a voice in how federal stimulus funding and other sources of money coming into the school district are being spent. “For far too long, we have not done a good job of properly funding education in a way that the students with the most needs receive funding commensurate with those needs,” said Deidre Lambert -Bounds, President of Ignite Social Media. “My hope and dream is that every child has the ability to achieve at their highest ability without the barrier of inequitable funding.”

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Kamala Harris From page A-1 quest that the Michigan Supreme Court immediately resolve whether Michigan’s Constitution protects the right to abortion, according to a press release. Described as a “nationwide assault on abortion,” Whitmer seeks to give Michigan women the choice to abort their babies under constitutional rights established 49 years ago in Roe v. Wade. “In the coming weeks, we will learn if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade,” said Whitmer previously. “This is no longer theoretical: it is reality.” Other once “settled” matters are being undone, including voter suppression. “How do we overcome voter suppression?” Chavis asked Harris. Harris said by continuing to lift up the states “doing good work” de-

spite challenges with some states restricting voter rights. In January, CNBC reported that the U.S. Senate prevented a set of voting rights bills from going through and blocked proposed changes to the chamber’s rules after seemingly endless weeks of confronting exactly how involved Congress should be to protect U.S. democracy. Harris said there is a “real overlap” between the growing voter rights and women’s rights restrictions. “I do believe in many ways ...we are entering an increasingly unsettled world …. the things we took for granted as being settled are no longer settled,” she said. “Now we’re seeing laws sprouting up around the country about … the issue of a woman’s decision to make decisions about (her) own body.”

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The cold weather has arrived. Make sure your 350,000 Michiganders with suspended drivers’ licenses and ready to combat frigid home is prepared are eligible to get them reinstated given new laws that went temperatures. Here are some tips to keep your into effect in October, 2021. Many will be able to do so simply home warm and cozy this winter. United Way of Southeastern by following instructions on the Michigan Department of State • Make sure that your thermostat settings are the Salvation Army, True N (MDOS) website. set appropriately for the winter. Ideally, havThe Heat and Warmth Fund A sizable portion, however, are in need ofing additional supthe temperature at 68 degrees while you port to address the complexity of fully restoringare their licenses. customer assistance f awake will help save energy and money. A programmable To best serve this group, MDOS and Michigan Department thermostat can make this process a lot easier and could result in enerof Attorney General’s (AG) team, together with DTE Energy DTE Energy donated a total of $5 million to help low in- the winter months,” said Saunteel Jenkins, gy savings of up to $180 over the course of and Miller Canfield, rallied the necessary resources across come residents across the state stay healthy, safe and warm officer of The Heat and Warmth Fund. “W the year. Michigan’s government, legal, nonprofit, religious, and priduring Michigan’s freezing winter weather. to recognize about this donation is not on vate sector communities to host in-person•clinics across this can make your furnace work A dirty air filter THAW to help even more families with thei The company donated $2.25 million to the United Way Spring, helping more than 700 Michiganders so far. and lead to higher energy costs and harder of Southeastern Michigan; $1 million to the Salvation Army; needs, but to also help them access progra DTE’s General Counsel JoAnn Chavez joined of parts. During the winter, even dozens damaged $1 million to True North; and $750,000 to The Heat and vent these crises in the future.” volunteers from the State of Michigan to help get their driving you’ll want to check that your air filter is clean Warmth Fund (THAW). These non-profit outreach agencies DTE has taken additional steps during t record cleared and get back on the road at a clinic in Ypsilanti at least once a month since it will be working will help DTE customers who are struggling to pay their en- deliver help directly to customers in need, in May. harder during these months. ergy bills, while also helping ly with the St When it comes to generation, DTE works closely with them enroll in affordable payto administe an organization called the Midcontinent Independent plans, including DTE’s Emergency System Operator or MISOment that is responsible for operatLow-Income Self-Sufficiency tance) aid to ing the grid across 15 states and one Canadian province. (LSP) payment program.for who rent th MISO recently issued its Plan annual summer assessment grid operations, which may“Many have caught your attention MIHAF (Mi Michigan families because of the emergency procedures in hardthe reare still facingoutlined financial owner Assist port. Specifically, MISO mentioned the potential of “rollships and may be challenged for homeow ing brownouts” that occur duringtheir extreme heat events Here’s what you need to know MISO’s Summer to keep homes warm this winter,” said Jerry Norcia, alsoabout recently recognized by the White Hous this summer. ­Capacity Assessment: chief executive officer and president, DTE Energy. “This do- for other energy companies to follow, spotli nation will help Michiganders who are struggling to access applied enhanced However, when reviewing the report and understand- • DTE does not expect rollingdirectly brownouts inside the DTE Low Income Hom the helptothey need tothe paydiffertheir heating bills and, if they are tance (LIHEAP) aid to eligible ing its implications, it’s important understand area, and the company is preparing for all scenarios so customer acco • To help prevent any heat blockage, vacuum eligible,and enroll in payment programscustomers that will provide more ence between power generation distribution. More than 36,000 residents were enro can have a great summer. and clean all the vents to allow proper heat financial assistance.” fordable payment plan, LSP, during the 2 Generation is DTE’s ability to produce usable power. • When the region – not the DTE service territory – is at risk flow and maintain a comfortable temperaDTE hasindonated than $50 million since 2016 to gram year, and DTE anticipates potentially g DTE is the largest energy producer the statemore of Michture throughout your home. 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Visit dteenergy.com/lsp or call of summer. proper and maximum airflow. people get back on track,” said Chavez. rent energy bills. vation Army, United Way for Southeastern Power distribution is how DTE provides it to customers • If needed, DTE also has large number of customers on • Ensure your heating and cooling system is DTE identified licensing issues as a barrier to employment True for curtailed additionaltoprogram informa “DTE’s longstanding partnershipvoluntary, with THAW helps sta-rates interruptible thatNorth can be efficiently and reliably. This function is typically impactoperating efficiently and delivering the maxmore than three years ago as the company implemented its bilize and empower Michigan families, particularly during in the program. help maintain regional system reliability. ed by severe weather the most, pulling down trees and imum energyat savings by having a contractor Parnall Correctional Facility Tree Trimming training program damaging equipment. On this front, DTE is making aTHAW $7 dopresented annual pre-season checkups. DTE pro| The Salvation Army - 855.929.1640 the prison’s Vocational Village. At that time, DTE its •- I800.866.8429 n extreme situations, DTE may ask customers to turn billion, five-year investment in the electric grid including: rebates. findings to the Michigan Department of State vides and since then, United Way for Southeastern Michigan 844.211.4994 True North - 231.355.58 their thermostats up and- shut off lights and| appliances have grown its partnership and support around this issue. Deploying ayour new command center and smart that aren’t being used to help the broader region. • Switch to LED lightbulbs ■ throughout technologies home. use up to 90 percent less energy “The number one factor preventing people fromLEDs particiAs DTE continues its generation transformation to ■ Trimming trees pating in our career programs was that they had a suspended without sacrificing light output and can last– because trees are a major cause of cleaner sources of power, like natural gas and renewdriver’s license,” said Terrell Lockhart, manager,up DTE Tree Trim-longer. Find theoutages to 25 years right bulbs for ables, rest assure that the company is carefully planning ming. “So we shared this with the Michigan Secretary of State your home with our guide. ■ Accelerating pole-top maintenance he DTE Energy Foundation this transition. In fact, its new Blue Water Energy Center munity. Th to support their push for legislation that offered a pathway to Building new substations awarded more than $1 mil- power plant launched in early June and is the cleanest, • Seal air leaks around your■home and add receiving g license restoration.” insulation as needed to help your for home ■ Planning buried line and battery lion in storage grants pilots to 10 Mich- most efficient natural gas power plant in the United States. children, fa Additional in-person license restoration clinics are schedbe more comfortable and energy-efficient igan-based organizations foniors. For e uled to be held in Pontiac and Flint. Find moreand information at $200 on your annual energy save up to cused on enriching people’s lives Foundation ­Michigan.gov/SOSCleanSlate. bills. Simple fixes include installing weather across the state, just in time for the Detroi stripping on doors and caulking around winthe holidays. 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Reliability projects launched across Michigan to prepare for this winter and the future As temperatures begin to drop, DTE’s electric team is focused on making sure the grid can meet the energy needs of the community this winter and into the future. The company’s Distribution Operations team recently launched reliability projects in more than 50 communities across southeast Michigan. Winter weather and trees are a dangerous combination for the electric grid. Heavy snow and freezing rain on tree branches can cause them to break, fall on to power lines and ultimately cause power outages. That’s why DTE recently identified more than 30 communities to prioritize for surge work that will improve service for thousands of residential and business customers. Their experts are making targeted improvements in the identified neighborhoods from installing new poles and crossarms, placing animal guards on equipment to accelerating trimming trees along electrical lines. The communities were selected based on data-driven analysis which identified circuits that have experienced elevated levels of interruptions to electrical service over a period. Plus, there are about 20 additional multi-

year reliability projects happening in Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Sanilac, Lapeer and Washtenaw counties. The improvement work includes building new substations, installing new substation equipment, reconfiguring overhead powerlines and moving overhead wires to underground. In addition, this fall DTE’s distribution system experts, technicians and engineers in power-generating plants performed preventative inspections and maintenance on the electrical distribution system to ensure it is ready for winter. To learn more about ongoing reliability projects happening in your community visit https://empoweringmichigan.com/reliabilityimprovements/.

DTE aspires not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. One way the company accomplishes this is through dedication to the communities where employees live and serve, in communities like Detroit or Ann Arbor. The holidays still look different this year, and children in hospitals may not be able to see their loved ones and continue holiday traditions. That is why Public Affairs and Distribution Operations teamed up to spread some holiday spirit! On Sunday, Dec. 19 in Detroit, DTE trucks partnered with Michigan Towing Operators in a drive by parade at Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Children’s Hospital to bring holiday cheer from a safe distance. The lit-up truck was driven by Jason Barnett and Carl Simm Jr., DTE line workers, and gas truck was driven by John Frendo, who joined forces with over 100 other vehicles, playing holiday songs and waving to children throughout the event. “When all the trucks lined up at the hospital, the children and staff were watching at their windows while Santa Clause hosted the event on a loudspeaker,” said Carl. “Everyone gets especially excited

when our truck pull it’s decorated in n lights. It’s such a gra ence. I love seeing all joy it brings to everyo The festive trucks more miles the next day, Dec. 20 when and Robert Vanderbu volunteers to visit C dren’s Hospital in A team played music, the children, familie workers as they wav DTE donated flashlig “Knowing we cou to children’s faces incredible,” said Fra manager of events a outreach in Public A imagine how difficul kids to be spending holidays in a hospita we knew we had to So many of these p closed this year and w happen even with CO ing up, staying outs our amazingly decora


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Comerica Bank honors Horatio Williams, founder of the Horatio Williams Foundation, during pre-game festivities prior to the 26th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game. L-R: Linda Nosegbe, LaShawn Jimenez, LaToya Rowell, Horatio Williams, ­Vanessa Reed, Deborah Edwards and Patricia McCann.

Comerica Bank colleagues LaShawn Jimenez (left) and LaToya Rowell (right) present a special gift to former Tigers legend Cecil Fielder at the annual Negro Leagues Weekend Luncheon.

Tiger greats Cecil Fielder and Willie Horton at the Negro Leagues Weekend Luncheon. Fielder was honored with Willie Horton African American Legacy Award.

Detroit Tigers Celebrate 20th Annual Negro Leagues Weekend, Presented by Comerica Bank

The Detroit Tigers hosted the 20th annual Negro Leagues Weekend, presented by Comerica Bank, this past weekend and won two of the three games played during the special three-day salute when the Texas Rangers visited Comerica Park. This annual tradition is the longest-running weekend celebration of its kind in Major League Baseball.

Negro Leagues Weekend featured the 26th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game on Saturday, June 18, and the Tigers didn’t disappoint as the bats came alive and exploded for 14 runs in a win over the Rangers.

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On Friday, Fielder spoke on stage with Fox 2 sportscaster Woody Woodriffe about his career and time with the Tigers at the sixth annual Negro Leagues Legacy Luncheon hosted at Comerica Park, a private event that welcomed former Negro Leagues players back to Detroit.

The pregame festivities were just as exciting as the Tigers began the ceremony raising the “Detroit Stars” flag in center field in honor of the Detroit Stars, who became charter members of the Negro National League in 1920.

During the luncheon, Comerica Bank Vice President and Community Affairs Manager LaToya Rowell discussed Comerica’s involvement and commitment to Detroit.

Several former Negro Leagues players were honored recognized, including Bill Hill, Eugene Scruggs, Pedro Sierra, Ron Teasley and Johnny Walker. Minnie Forbes, the former owner of the Detroit Stars, was also on hand as part of the commemoration. And “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was performed following the flag raising. “Highlighting the many African American trailblazers who have impacted both the game and our community, Negro Leagues Weekend always delivers on a wonderful celebration of baseball’s past, present, and future,” said Linda Nosegbe, Comerica Bank Vice President and Southeast External Affairs Market Manager. “Each year the Detroit Tigers present many memorable moments, and this week will be no different. For 20 years now, Negro Leagues Weekend has been special to Comerica, and we appreciated the opportunity to once again partner on this weekend of great festivities.” Comerica’s LaShawn Jimenez, along with Ilitch Sports + Entertainment President and CEO Chris McGowan, greeted the honorees with special gifts. Among the legends Jimenez presented a special plaque was Teasley, who starred at Wayne State, served in the U.S. Navy and then impacted the lives of so many as an educator and baseball coach at Northwestern High School following his playing days. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Teasley attended Northwestern High School and Wayne State University, where he was a standout baseball and

“Negros Leagues Weekend not only recognizes the past, but it allows us to appreciate the good that so many fought for that impacts our lives today,” said Rowell. “I along with my colleagues many of whom are here today have the privilege to help expand our community investment and drive success through impactful philanthropic partnerships throughout Detroit and Michigan. We stand committed to helping individuals, families, neighborhoods and businesses succeed.

LaShawn Jimenez greets Negro Leagues legend, Wayne State Hall of Famer and former Detroit educator/coach Ron Teasley during Negro Leagues Weekend. basketball player. He served in the US Navy in 1945 and 1946. Teasley played with the New York Cubans in 1948 after being released by the Olean Oilers, a Brooklyn Dodgers farm club. He also played for the Carman Cardinals of the Mandak League in 1949 and 1950. Teasley was inducted into the Wayne State University athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. The first 10,000 fans in attendance received a Negro Leagues replica jersey, courtesy of Comerica Bank, and the Tigers distributed 2,000 complimentary game tickets to local organizations as part of the Negro Leagues Weekend Celebration. Comerica Bank took the opportunity to honor

one of its community partners who is a trailblazer in his own right. Horatio Williams, founder of the Horatio Williams Foundation was presented a ceremonial $20,000 check for his organization. Williams, who was named a Detroit Red Wings/ Detroit Tigers Game Changer earlier this year, was instrumented in organizing a recent Suit and Tux Drive to provide free suits to metro Detroit students for the prom. The Horatio Williams Foundation helps children become leaders and offers a full range of opportunities for our participants to grow and enrich the community. Programs include financial literacy, test preparation, women’s empowerment, tutoring, life skills, youth robotics, college

Rowell also expanded on Comerica’s partnership with the Tigers. “That’s what makes our lengthy partnership with the Tigers so special. We have built a relationship focused on impacting those who live throughout the state of Michigan. We know our success depends on the success of our communities, and we hope our partnerships, like what we have with the Tigers, will continue improving the diverse communities we serve.” In addition to several other special events during the Negro Leagues Weekend Celebration, the Tigers, partnering with Major League Baseball, hosted a “Play Ball” clinic at Historic Hamtramck Stadium Friday afternoon. Volunteers from the Henry Ford Community College baseball team introduced 100 local children to the game through a selection of skills, drills and character-building activities.

2022 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Top 10 Semifinalists Reveal Online and In-Person Public Voting underway as entrepreneurs go head-to-head for $100,000 grand prize from Comerica Bank

The wait is over. The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest powered by TechTown, which has launched some of Detroit’s most popular neighborhood storefronts, officially unveiled its Top 10 Semifinalists on Thursday, July 17 at the Wayne State Industry Innovation Center. These businesses have the opportunity to make their dream of owning a brick-andmortar Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park storefront a reality by winning $100,000 in startup funds from Comerica Bank, as well as a package of accounting, legal, IT and public relations support from Hatch Detroit and its partners. With the semifinalists officially named, voting is now underway allowing for for the public to share their voice and vote for which business they would like to see pop up in their neighborhood. The public can vote once per day for their favorite business to becomes one of the top four finalists until June 23 at 11:59 p.m. by visiting www. hatchdetroit.com/vote. The four finalists of the 2022 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest will be announced Friday, June 24, and the final round of public voting will follow before wrapping up on Thursday, June 30. In addition to voting online, individuals may also cast their vote in person at any of the following locations:

support from day one, they also have access to the technical assistance expertise of Hatch Detroit and the support of our partners at Comerica Bank and TechTown.” Together, Hatch Detroit alumni have opened 49 businesses, employ more than 500 people and have invested more than $7 million in their businesses. Over the years, the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest has helped launch some of Detroit’s most successful and well-known businesses, including, La Feria (2012), Sister Pie (2014), Live Cycle Delight (2015),Meta Physica Massage (2016), Baobab Fare (2017) and 27th Letter Books (2019). “Comerica Bank values the cultivation and support of our community’s small businesses – we are proud to contribute to a passionate organization that uplifts and rewards driven entrepreneurs with big ideas and incubates economic development,” said Linda Nosegbe, Comerica Bank Vice President and Southeast External Affairs Market Manager. “The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest incentivizes innovation, creative thinking and originality that ultimately contributes towards Detroit’s revitalization. We now look forward to this next big step where we see the excitement, reaction and support from our residents for the business concepts who have made it to this stage in the contest.”

Thursday, June 23: Grandmont Rosedale Farmers Market (19566 M-5 in Detroit) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

On July 21, the four finalists will have their opportunity to present their business pitch to a panel of judges, as well as a live audience, for a shot to win the grand prize at The Hatch Off competition. The winner of the 2022 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest will be chosen through a combination of the public’s vote and judges’ deliberations.

“One of the reasons this contest has been so successful is because of the level of support the business owners receive from their neighbors and how community driven it is,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit. “Every vote they receive is someone saying, ‘I want you in my neighborhood and will support you,’ which is incredibly powerful. They not only get the public

Tickets are now available to witness the top four business pitches and see the winner of the Hatch Off competition crowned. The Hatch Off takes place on July 21 at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6p.m., located at the Wayne State University Industry Innovation Center at 461 Burroughs Street in Detroit. To purchase your ticket to the Hatch Off, visit hatchdetroit.com/events.

Wednesday, June 22: Norma G’s (14628 E. Jefferson Avenue in Detroit) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

2022 COMERICA HATCH DETROIT TOP 10 SEMI-FINALISTS

The Top 10 Semifinalists of the 2022 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest were revealed on Thursday, July 17 at the Wayne State Industry Innovation Center during an event hosted by Hatch Detroit powered by TechTown. COLFETARIE: a European dessert and pastry shop, specializing in Romanian desserts and pastries. Their goal is to bring together the cultures of Detroit and Romania, while offering a taste of Europe, right in the heart of Downtown Detroit, no passport needed! Craig’s Coffee: a community coffee roastery and coffee bar that plans to roast and sell their own coffee, while also offering fellow roasters a place to roast and sell their own products. Additionally, the space will serve as a commissary kitchen, where food and drink businesses can use the kitchen for food prep, storage and service. Detroit Farm and Cider: a 4.9 acre commercial farm on Detroit’s West side with plans to build a cider mill and offer youth day camps and horseback riding classes. Gajiza Dumplins: a dumpling shop that specializes in Asian style eats and handmade dumplings from scratch. The dumplings come in more than 30 flavors and range from traditional pork and shrimp Shumai to contemporary western style, including miso cheeseburger gyoza or goat cheese and leek. Their focus is based on Asian street food: fast and delicious. Jo’s Gallery Cafe: a pan-ethnic fusion restaurant located in Detroit on the famous Livernois Avenue of Fashion and adjacent to Jo’s Gallery, a 20-year-old art gallery in the second generation of ownership. The restaurant will serve food with identifiable African origins and influences of Asian, South American, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and American fusions.

K. Walker Collective: a high-street, lifestyle clothing company seeking to fulfill the fashion needs of young urban professionals by offering an eclectic range of street, comfort and refined garments. Lily’s & Elise: a luxury tea lounge on the Avenue of Fashion whose primary focus is in the premium service of European-style afternoon and high tea with fresh pastries and small plates to accompany orders. Little Liberia: an Afro fusion pop-up restaurant looking to find a permanent space to introduce Liberia’s rich multicultural cuisines to the people of Metro Detroit. They serve authentic Liberian dishes, a cuisine whose heritage is a mixture of African, Caribbean, and Antebellum-South African American influences. Motor City House of Stone: a distributor of natural and engineered stone slabs in Southeast Michigan. Focused on providing character, stability, and grandeur back to the Detroit community, they carry a wide selection of Granite, Marble, Quartz, and other premium stone in their 10,000 square foot warehouse located in Detroit. Pong Detroit: a table tennis social club where players of all skill levels and abilities can come together to get some exercise and play a fun, safe Olympic sport. In addition to providing a space for competitive ping pong matches, Pong Detroit engages Detroit youth programs, provides accessible play for adaptive wheelchair table tennis and offers programs for seniors.


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Philanthropist William F. Pickard Gives Back in Millionaire Moves Book By Sherri Kolade Entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist William F. Pickard, Ph.D., executive chairman of GAA Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. With his storied career, Dr. Pickard is no stranger to prioritizing being the epitome of career growth and education goals. “As my career moved from social work to entrepreneurship it became part of my mission to make educational opportunities available to those who followed,” he said. Dr. Pickard began his 47-year entrepreneurial career as a McDonald’s franchise owner in the city of Detroit and is the CEO of Bearwood Management Company and co-managing partner for MGM Grand Detroit Casino, among many other titles including that of founder, chairman and CEO of Global Automotive Alliance (GAA).

Host Dennis Archer Jr., CEO of Ignition Media Group and panelists Glenn Stevens, executive director MICHauto, Jerry Norcia, president and CEO DTE Energy, Liesl Clark, director Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and Carla Walker Miller, founder and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services LLC.

Pancakes & Politics Panel Talks Future of the Clean Energy Economy Philanthropist William F. Pickard, Ph.D.

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Since its founding in 1989, GAA has generated more than $5 billion in sales with eight plants in the U.S. and Canada servicing corporations such as Boeing, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Delphi, Johnson Controls, Starbucks, Home Depot and Merck Pharmaceutical among others.

Skyrocketing fuel prices, last summer’s devastating floods in SE Michigan neighborhoods, and the growing impact of climate change, many Detroiters wonder, are more accessible clean energy solutions the answer?

Dr. Pickard’s long-standing commitment to service and reaching others to help them succeed, combined with his renowned business skill has been a pillar in his life. “I came to Detroit with literally nothing and people uplifted me to help me grow,” he said previously, which inspires him to give back. “It has been my life’s work to strengthen my community, and the best way I have found is to strengthen Black families,” he once said. It makes sense then that Dr. Pickard is continuing to create a new generation of entrepreneurs with the second edition of his “Millionaire Moves” book, coming out in early 2023; the first edition was released in 2016. “I think anyone who reads this book will give them an opportunity to explore, see and do things ... we should all be continuous learners,” he said. Dr. Pickard told the Michigan Chronicle that some types of principles in his new book stem from his first edition, “Millionaire Moves – Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship,” that resonate year after year. From having the right vision and

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Discussions on equity-driven clean energy opportunities to funding prioritizations with ever-increasing clean energy entities, Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes & Politics four-person panel discussion unpacked how Michigan can be a powerhouse in this realm on Thursday, June 16 at the Detroit Athletic Club during its fourth (and final) installment of the year. “The Future of the Clean Energy Economy” featured key energy industry leaders who shared the state of Michigan’s clean energy economy and how more inclusivity will transform how we live, work, and play. Hiram Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media (RTM) and publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, kicked off the event by thanking the panelists, sponsors, and attendees for engaging in rich conversations on relevant topics today like clean energy. “We do it here for a reason,” Jackson said of the Detroit Athletic Club, adding that he wants people who have resources to create change in their networks. “We think it’s really important for us to have these kinds of conversations with you in the room and share with people who view our content on our platform.” The panel, led by host, President, and CEO of Ignition Media Group Den-

nis Archer Jr., included Glenn Stevens, executive director at MICHauto, Jerry Norcia, president and CEO, DTE Energy, Liesl Clark, director at Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and Carla Walker Miller, founder, and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services LLC, one of the largest Black and women-owned energy efficiency firms in the United States.

“I’m less concerned how competitive Michigan is because we have a brain trust working on that,” said Walker-Miller. “I’m much more concerned that the transformation is inclusive. We’ve had all types of wonderful things happen in Michigan and in Detroit, but there are the haves and the have-nots. There are those that have access to the opportunities and those who don’t.”

Archer addressed local renewable energy-related issues from a regionally competitive investment standpoint and how to bridge the equity gap of accessibility and information between the professional realm of experts and power brokers to low-income communities.

Several other panelists, including Clark, shared their organization’s strategic commitment to developing a more informed consumer base on responsible, clean energy use, the automotive transition to electric vehicles (EV), and company investment in local trade schools for prospective energy and utility employees.

“Lately, we’ve had a lot of news about companies not coming here,” said Archer, “But going next door to Indiana or down south to Alabama. Access to affordable energy has played a key role among other things. Can you talk about the importance of that as it relates to attracting business to Michigan?” “I would say that in order to make Michigan competitive,” said panelist Norcia. “We’ve certainly all have to do our own work and we did our part with energy in the sense that we made it very clear that we can compete with anybody in this country when it comes to energy.” Norcia said DTE Energy provides transparent published reports for consumers and outside developers to take note of this, particularly the exemplar of service negotiations with General Motors that now maintain one of the most competitive rates in the country. Walker-Miller has an added take on marketability.

Clark said that clean energy is “where we are going,” and energy efficiency begins with consumers through small changes in ensuring their homes, companies, and places of worship are not expending energy unnecessarily. “We have a lot of opportunity to do that work,” she said. “How can we be more creative and adaptive to a low-carbon future?” It starts with getting budgeted taxpayer dollars back into the hands of the community. Stevens said that young people are interested in working for industries and companies that “solve global issues not contribute to them,” adding that the lion’s share of the clean energy workforce is being birthed here. “(The) greatest concentration of people to work in this industry are the ones growing up here,” he said, add-

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Calandra Green Appointed as Oakland County’s First Black Woman Public Health Officer By Sherri Kolade Calandra Green made history recently in Oakland County. As the first woman of color to become Oakland County’s health officer, the Pontiac native will manage the Oakland County Health Division. Green, a crucial part of the success of the Oakland County school nurse program and the COVID-19 church testing sites during the pandemic, told the Michigan Chronicle during a recent interview that her work has just begun. “Coming into public health just prior to COVID and then … I really learned a lot and it kind of catapulted me in this position that I’m in today,” she said, adding that there is a strong “sense of community” in the Public Health Department. “[With] my style of servant leadership throughout my career ... this seems very natural to me.” County Executive Dave Coulter appointed Calandra Green to fill this key county role, according to a press release. Green, a registered nurse who was instrumental in the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will oversee public health throughout the Oakland County. “Calandra shares our vision for having public health rooted in the community,” Coulter said. “As we transition to a new phase of the pandemic, her

Many are well aware that high poverty and disparity rates in healthcare have resulted in the tragic deaths of many Black Detroiters, particularly during the COVID Coulter’s primary goal for pandemic era. healthy residents encomGreen said that she knows passes babies born healthy, all too well about those disimproving access to health parities and she is standing care for all, resources for in the gap to address them, community mental health especially when it comes to and ensuring the availability breaking down barriers and of services and programs for race-related fears surroundolder adults. ing the vaccine. Green joined Oakland “As a nurse, it was my Calandra Green is County as a public health duty as a public health serOakland County’s new nurse in August 2019. As the vant to educate folks, but on pandemic began in March public health officer. a level that they could un2020, she became the Oakderstand,” she said. “When land County Health Division’s quality I’m out and about in my community and and process improvement supervisor. Her responsibilities included serving other communities it is important for as the COVID-19 school nurse liaison me to continue to engage people, to talk where she hired, trained and deployed about the importance of, you know, liv68 nurses to 28 public school districts ing a safe, healthy life and things that I and 125 private or charter schools. In know that can support them, that [there May of 2021, she rose to the adminis- are] programs through the county.” Green has four degrees and one certrator of public health, developing and managing comprehensive countywide tificate: programs within public health includ- • Doctor of Education in Organizational ing organizing and developing mental Leadership, Oakland University health response both in Oxford and countywide in the aftermath of the Ox- • Post-Master’s Certificate in Lean Leadford High School shooting. ership, Oakland University knowledge, skills and commitment are what we need to move public health forward to achieve our strategic goal of having healthy residents.”

• Master of Business Administration, Baker College • Bachelor of Health Services Administration, Baker College • Associate of Nursing, Oakland Community College In 2021, Oakland University recognized Green, who lives in Pontiac with her husband, with the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Community Nursing. She replaces Leigh-Anne Stafford who continues to serve as a health officer as director of Oakland County Health and Human Services. From addressing infant mortality and mental health to equitable health opportunities, Green said that she is looking forward to using her job as a platform to highlight dire needs in the Black community. “I think that mental health is a huge piece,” she said of protecting the most vulnerable in the community. Leigh-Anne Stafford director, of Oakland County Health and Human Services, told the Michigan Chronicle that Green brings much-needed leadership and management to the table. “These programs are always leading to a better community … and just every day is different. And we get to see how we impact our community,” Stafford said.


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attitude to walking through doors of opportunity, setting up indelible relationships, growing talent/skillsets, developing financial acumen, learning from failure and growing in faith are everyday tips that can help anyone, from those learning to become a successful entrepreneur to those already secure in their entrepreneurship. The principles hold true especially in tough economic times. Dr. Pickard told the Michigan Chronicle recently that he would encourage those serious about starting their own financially independent path to start early in life. “I started out when I was 18,” he said, adding that over the years he started to “collect” things that were important along the way of his journey, including various career paths. “I … was a social worker – that doesn’t always equip you to understand the ins and outs of business but by the grace of God I survived a lot of things. The book evolved out of my teaching a class on entrepreneurship.” Entrepreneurship, according to blndedmedia.com, can help close the ever-widening racial wealth gap, which is seemingly ever-increasing. Data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (2014) shows that Black households have fewer than seven cents on the dollar compared to white households. The white household living near the poverty line typically has about $18,000 in wealth, while Black households in similar economic situations typically have a median wealth near zero. Meaning that many Black families have a negative net worth. On the other side of the financial coin, Black households make up less than 2 percent of those in the top one percent of the nation’s wealth distribution. Meanwhile, white households make up more than 96 percent of the wealthiest Americans and are among the nation’s wealthiest households. Pickard, an exception to these statistics said that “there’s nothing” in his life that he hasn’t accomplished. “Because people helped me when I didn’t have it -- they helped my family when we didn’t have it,” Pickard said, adding that giving makes all the difference. “Giving is just an intricate part of my belief. … I don’t want to be a preacher but you can’t beat God giving.” Dr. Pickard holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He has donated over $1 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. The William F. Pick-

ard Living Center is named in his honor at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Pickard has donated over $3 million to Western Michigan University, which was used to build a new facility on campus Hall-Archer-Pickard East and Hall-Archer-Pickard West. Hiram E. Jackson. CEO of Real Times Media and Michigan Chronicle publisher said that his mentor has been an integral part of his professional life. “Dr. Pickard has been the most influential person in my business career. I was initially introduced to him in 1991 and for the past 30 years I have witnessed him give millions back to the Black community,” Jackson said. “He has unselfishly shared his wisdom and his personal wealth with others and through his actions I have learned how to make Community Service a priority. I have admired how intentional he has been about creating Black millionaires in his network and how he has personally created a legacy of Black Leadership by investing in the dreams of others.”

Clean Energy Economy From page A-5 ing that developing a robust pipeline for clean energy sector jobs is within reach. “We need to cultivate our own and get them to solving issues in net-zero economy. … Great initiatives around state are doing that right now.”

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Minority-Owned Energy Businesses Demand Equitable Engagement Kwabena “Q” Johnson, founder of Plug Zen, a Detroit start-up electric vehicle manufacturer, told the Michigan Chronicle about recognizing the value of minority-owned businesses in this conversation. “If you’re going to use equity diversity, and inclusion,” said Johnson, “Everyone has to be in on it. If you look at that panel, some of us should have been on that stage. That’s what engagement looks like.”

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Johnson said one of the gaps in infrastructure planning for EVs is the inconvenience of charging stations that are planned to be spaced every 50 miles. “We need to focus on public level 2 charging stations,” said Johnson, “Places where people will convene like community centers and parks. Any place where your car is going to sit for more than two hours. It creates the incentive for business and property owners to get involved.” A broadcast of this final forum will be available at a later date — stay tuned to MichiganChronicle.com and for future Pancakes & Politics events.

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How to Spot a Narcissist You probably already know one – a narcissist. Someone you might describe as selfish, self-centered, or maybe even a “drama queen” or “drama king.” They come in many different shapes and forms with just as many varying tactics to corner their victims through methods like intimidation, gossiping and destructive patterns—all to make you doubt yourself. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What is a narcissist? According to Webmd.com’s article on Narcissism: Symptoms and Signs, a narcissist is someone who has “extreme self-involvement to the degree that it makes a person ignore the needs of those around them.” Although everyone can display narcissistic behavior every now and then, true blue narcissists “frequently disregard others or their feelings.” Essentially, a narcissist does not understand how their behavior and action impacts others. Ranging from being a trait to being part of a larger personality disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, symptoms can vary along a spectrum and can show up in a myriad of ways. According to the article, narcissistic individuals are typically very charming and charismatic. “They often don’t show negative behavior right away, especially in relationships,” according to the article. “People who show narcissism often like to surround themselves with people who feed into their ego. They build relationships to reinforce their ideas about themselves, even if these relationships are superficial.” Narcissistic Variety We know that variety is the spice of life, right? Then that variety also applies to two types of narcissism that behavior can fall under, which have similar traits stemming from different childhood experiences. The two types also determine the different ways people will behave in relationships, according to the article. Type one: Grandiose Narcissism Think of people who act more highly than others, like they are better than others – this trait is typically formed in childhood. “These expectations can follow them as they become adults. They tend to brag and be elitist,” according to the article. “Those with grandiose narcissism are aggressive, dominant, and exaggerate their importance. They are very self-confident and aren’t sensitive.” Type two: Vulnerable Narcissism This form of narcissistic behavior is typically because of childhood neglect or abuse, according to the article. People with this behavior are highly sensitive to feedback or criticism, which they feel are attacks on themselves as a person. “Narcissistic behavior helps to protect them against feelings of inadequacy,” according to the article. “Even though they go between feeling inferior and superior to others, they feel offended or anxious when others don’t treat

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Mia Ray’s Glam-Aholic Brand Expands with New Luggage Line By Sherri Kolade

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ia Ray, creator of the Glam-Aholic Lifestyle brand, did it again.

The Detroit native, known for her love of all things Detroit and those that are affordably glamorous, recently expanded her multi-million dollar Glam-Aholic lifestyle brand with a new and already popular luggage line after 10 years of turning her dream into a reality. The self-prescribed momtrepreneur, fashion and lifestyle blogger and influencer grabbed headlines again this time for her highly-publicized recent release of the Glam-Aholic luggage line, which sold out in late May in just under five minutes, raking in a whopping $700,000 in sales. “That

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Mia Ray, creator of the yond my wildest Glam-Aholic Lifestyle brand. dreams,” Ray said of the endless “outpouring” of support from her fans in Detroit and beyond.

The official online luggage collection includes pieces that can be purchased as a bundle or separately until supplies last. Ranging in four colors (silver, pink, black or hot pink) the eye-catching pieces come in sizes including mini traveler, standard carry-on, medium checked or large checked. The luggage collection ranges in prices from $115 to $225; the four-piece set is $715. “[This] makes traveling super easy for the everyday woman,” she said of her affordable luxury line. “I feel like my options are endless to what I wanted to create and feel like this is just the beginning.” Glam-Aholic’s jet-setting business is making big adventures not only with the expanded luggage line but with a sleek, fashionable advertisement of her luggage, appropriately at the DTW airport, according to an airport official, who con-

firmed that this was the first-ever fashion-based advertisement to be done. “It was beyond what I [thought],” she said of the advertisement, adding that the airport allowed her to be the first brand to have a photo shoot on the premises with her four-piece luggage collection and as a Black woman that was a big deal. Detroit came out and showed her major support during a recent popup sale (where some cried tears of joy at her success) not to mention scores of positive online comments. “Mia’s marketing campaign inside DTW comes at a pivotal time

as air travel surges to pre-pandemic levels,” said Morten Gotterup, president, Clear Channel Airports, a media sales provider with the airport. “Smart marketers, like Mia Ray, know this and are leveraging the uniqueness of the airport space to launch new products and engage with consumers as they’re travelling for business or leisure. We are looking forward to continuing to work with her across our airport properties as she looks to expand her new product line.” Ray says that her success is due to determination and not straying from her purpose while

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Behind the Smile:

Local Creative Philip Simpson Spreads Joy By Sherri Kolade He’s a father, husband, artist, self-proclaimed smiler, and student of life. Lifetime Detroiter Philip Simpson is “Chief Smile Guy” at The Smile Brand, is an optimistic lifestyle brand dedicated to the “life of smiling and spreading joy,” which he’s a natural at. “I am a Black artist from Detroit, I’m an artist from Detroit – I focus on spreading (joy),” Simpson said adding that he wants his energy to match his artwork and he encourages others to live inspired. “I’m so happy the community got my back. It’s unreal how many people (are) for me. I always try to treat everyone with kindness and it comes back to me tenfold. … I always said my currency, my true currency, is that my name is good.”

Detroit artist and muralist Philip Simpson always has something to smile about. Photo courtesy of Philip Simpson

The SMILE Brand, which is dedicated to the life of smiling and spreading joy, features products like original smile apparel, prints, acces-

sories, and more. Simpson (a muralist focused on making the city better) is well-known for his smiley faces gracing buildings throughout the city and personalized paintings of people, along with exhibits, installations, and more. Described as the chief smile guy at The Smile Brand is a former art director/CEO at The Baltimore Gallery, has his work cut out for him in making others cheer up. According to nationwide statistics, a number of Americans are not finding things to smile about, which is evident in the rising statistics of people experiencing depression. From March 30 to April 11, 2022, around 22 percent of U.S. adults reported symptoms of depressive disorder in that week alone. Also, according to a report from the CDC, young people are not exempt from these chal-

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lenges. From March to October of 2020 mental health-related emergency room visits increased 24 percent for children aged 5 to 11 and 31 percent for children 12 to 17 when compared to the same time in 2019.

enjoying the first “glimpse of success” after starting her fashion blog 10 years ago. “I was like, there are a lot of things I want to make,” she said, adding that her recent endeavor was “beyond” what she thought it would be. Ray added that people have told her that they have never seen a Black woman with a luggage collection and while she is glad to be breaking barriers (not to mention securing the bag with in-airport advertising) she doesn’t want to be the only one. “Absolutely there should be more Black women doing any and everything that they want to do,” Ray said. “I’m a firm believer that, you know, Black women, we belong everywhere.” Seventeen percent of Black women are in the process of starting or running new businesses, according to the Harvard Business Review, which states that a Black woman is more likely to start a business than a white man. “Black women are the fastest-growing sector of entrepreneurs in the country,

Mia Ray created the Glam-Aholic Lifestyle luggage collection. regardless of race, creed, color, sexual orientation and/ or gender,” said Kenneth L. Harris, Ph.D., national president and CEO of the National Business League, Inc. Ray said that Black women should always create what they wish existed and that

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them as if they’re special.” Know the Signs Because narcissism is still being looked into and studied and because scores of narcissists and people with NPD don’t get treatment, it can be difficult to spot one from the get-go. Yet, there are commonalities from people with narcissistic behavior that could be easy to spot. A few include: A sense of entitlement. “They believe that others should be obedient to their wishes and that the rules don’t apply to them,” according to the article. Manipulative behavior traits. From being manipulative and controlling behavior to initially trying to win a person over -- a narcissist will at first attempt to impress you but over time, their own needs will always be on top. “When relating to other people, narcissists will try to keep people at a certain distance in order to maintain control,” according to the article. “They may even exploit others to gain

her favor is evident. “When it comes to things you can’t explain it [that means it’s] nobody but God,” she said. For more information visit glamaholiclifestyle.com. Megan Kirk contributed to this report.

something for themselves.” They desire to be admired. “One of the most common signs of a narcissist is a constant need for praise or admiration,” according to the article. “People with this behavior need to feel validation from others and often brag or exaggerate their accomplishments for recognition. They also like to feel appreciated to boost their ego.” Other traits include a lack of empathy and arrogance. “If you recognize that you’re in a relationship with a narcissist, you can change your dynamic in the relationship and challenge your partner to alter how they view you and your relationship,” according to the article. “It is possible to change the way your partner looks at you and to help mitigate some of the effects of narcissistic behavior.” That change looks like learning about potential narcissistic traits in oneself and others, then growing and transforming, if need be through counseling, to develop better self-esteem and self-compassion. “This means treating yourself with kindness instead of comparing yourself to others,” according to the article. “You can stop trying to evaluate yourself against others, which can lower your need for praise and recognition.”

Simpson can relate. His own brand came to be after facing depression-related issues after his menswear clothing store, Freshman Clothing, (which opened in 2009) in downtown Detroit closed. “Like most of us in life, I had to find my own voice at the end. I had to find my place because I had got very depressed, ‘cause my store closed,” the Grandmont Rosedale resident said, adding that people can move past their failures and grow from there. “You gotta learn from it.” Once he moved forward, Simpson started the Smile brand in 2012, which he described as life-changing. “It was a way for me to continue to meet new people, build new bridges … and new relationships and find ways to give back,” he said. From 2012 onward, Simpson said he has built his brand around not only encouraging others to smile more but cultivating a good attitude for kindness’ sake. “I wanna talk about why it’s important to be kind and to say ‘Hello.’” From saying “hello” to strangers to forging partnerships with local businesses, the proud Detroit School of Arts graduate said that a lack of a college degree (he studied at University of Michigan) never stopped him professionally and why would it? Simpson’s wholesome works of art – and his infectious bubbly persona – keep this “kid from the Eastside” going into rooms that some might feel he (or his art) has no business going into. “I belong in these places. … I’m not shy to walk into a room and say, ‘Hey, my name is Phillip,” he said adding that now if a painting doesn’t sell he just keeps moving and reinventing his own multi-colored wheel of progress. “There is much going on professionally … and I believe in myself, so I’m in a place where my artwork is what I wanted to be.” Nowadays, Simpson is working with local brands through collaborations where they use his artwork and more. Dante Williams, owner of Cutz Lounge The Grooming Shop in Detroit, has one of Simpson’s works Detroit artist and muralist Philip inside his shop. Simpson’s character The Smile “For me, it really brought my Man. Photo courtesy of Philip Simpson building to life,” he said of the artwork, adding that partnering with other businesses (Black-owned or not) is just common sense. “(It) creates a synergy that community can look at and see that we are working together,” Williams said. “Oftentimes we are in competition, or our goods or services are expensive because we are small but when we are able to collaborate it helps to create more of a unified business sector.” Simpson said that whether he is creating Afro-centric faces, representing his new Smile Man mascot (which he plans to expand), or painting large public art murals, he plans to keep going until the wheels fall off. “I wanna put up a million smiles out here, man. That’s why I’m here on this Earth, man,” he said adding that he’s not at this alone. “(There are) a lot of great artists in Detroit right now setting examples to show these young children, Black kids.” For more information visit https://www.thesmilebrand.com/.

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CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2022!

Fast Forward with Ms. Taylor Johnson! Single Mother Goes from Zero Plans to Graduating with A Degree in Digital Media Production.

Taylor Johnson has seen what life can throw at you at one point in time or another. At 21 and a single mother, the high school dropout had zero plans and no direction for her life. “Something came over me (which was a feeling of regret and failure, and I ended up Googling ways to earn my GED. I was scared, because I hadn’t been to school in years and in my head, I just felt like I wasn’t good enough. I made the call to WCCCD, because the website showed they had a GED program available. WCCCD was friendly and they helped me with everything that I needed to receive my certificate. There were many long days, many bus rides, but that did not stop me, because I was eager and determined. I had something to look forward to,” Johnson said. Johnson was among the class of 2022 when the District held its 52nd Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 11:00 am. Although the graduation was virtual, Ms. Johnson joyfully received her degree in Digital Media Production and shared her accomplishment with her son. It is understandable that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for the class of 2022 to enjoy those perks always associated with graduation such as walk-

ing across the stage when their names are being called while their families cheer; hugs and kisses; to physically receive their degrees. For most students, an in-person graduation exercise would have been great, but for the College, students’ safety is always a top priority. US Congresswoman, Debbie Dingell, (MI-12), was this year’s keynote speaker. “It is an honor to be given the opportunity to address the Wayne County Community College District Class of 2022,” said Congresswoman Dingell. “Our nation’s students have faced incredible challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and this graduating class should be extremely proud for successfully navigating these unprecedented hurdles. I know that WCCCD has prepared them well for the future, and I can’t wait to see what they accomplish. Congratulations again to the WCCCD graduates, and to the faculty and staff who made the day possible.” As always, “WCCCD recognizes the hard work and dedication of students whether they are retooling for a new professional path or earning a diploma or degree. Their perseverance during the pandemic reflects their resilience and a testament to the strength of our partnership with stu-

dents,” said Brian Singleton, Vice Chancellor for Student Services. Among this year’s graduates was Marionda Shawn Owens, a WCCCD Dual Enrolled student who will be heading to Western Michigan University to major in architectural, mechanical engineering. Marionda, 18, from Arbor Prep High School in Ypsilanti, has already racked up over $200,000 in scholarship money. She made the Dean’s List and was recognized by WDIV’s Rhonda Walker’s “Brag Book for Academic Excellence.”

sues I was facing in my household.” This year’s Class Representative was Viola Davis, also a 4.0 GPA graduate and recipient

“When my parents first told me that I was on Rhonda Walker’s “Brag Book for Academic Excellence” broadcasting program on television, I was so overwhelmingly shocked and surprised I started crying. The reason why I reacted this way was because I never thought in a million years that I would ever see myself on television,” said Marionda, whose academic excellence elevated her onto the WCCCD’s Dean’s List and into Phi Theta Kappa where she has been nominated for yet another scholarship. Also graduating was Zelda Jones, who, despite medical challenges, is proud of her academic achievements at WCCCD; while Kamelah Daniel, a 4.0 student received her diploma despite dropping out of high school due to “all the poverty and is-

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of the Special Recognition award. Students Porsha Coleman; Yariksa Cordero-Lozono; Tuesday Dixon; Humphrey Ngwa and Benny Richard were

also recognized for their academic achievement during the ceremony, as recipients of the Special Recognition Award.

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PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT 2022 MICHIGAN CONSOLIDATED ACTION PLAN AND A PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT AMENDMENT TO MSHDA’S NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PROGRAM’S PROGRAM INCOME FUNDING Prior to submission for further funding from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development, Michigan is required to publish an Annual Action Plan document for public review and comment tied to the State’s five year Consolidated Plan. The Annual Action Plan proposes an action strategy by which needs will be addressed and reflects activities undertaken between July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023. The Annual Action Plans are funded by six formula programs covered in the Michigan Consolidated Plan: HOME, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDs (HOPWA), the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Recovery Housing Program (RHP), and the Housing Trust Fund (HTF). The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is responsible for preparing the Annual Action Plan and the annual Michigan CAPER report and soliciting comments from the public regarding the outcomes tied to the Plan on an annual basis. The comment period will commence on Thursday, June 23, 2022 and end on Friday, July 22, 2022. The primary focus will be: 1) to receive comments regarding the draft annual action language and 2) to receive public comments regarding the modified program statement for the MSHDA Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) program income funding. In addition to a written comment period, there will be an on-line public meeting/telephone conference call held on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 between 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Join via Call In Number: 1-877-402-9753 Call In Access Code: 3292085 # Copies of the State of Michigan’s draft Annual Action Plan and the draft amended NSP’s usage of program income statement can be downloaded free of charge from the MSHDA website at www.michigan.gov/mshda. All interested parties are invited to submit written comments to the attention of Tonya Joy, 735 East Michigan Avenue, P.O. Box 30044, Lansing, MI 48909. Written comments must be received no later than July 22, 2022. Comments can also be submitted electronically to MSHDA’s Consolidated Plan Coordinator via e-mail to the hidmailbox@michigan.gov. Special Assistance: Feedback is encouraged from mobility-challenged individuals. Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation should contact the Neighborhood Housing Initiatives Division at 517-335-2524 to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance.

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MENTAL HEALTH COURT LIAISON Salary: $44,928 Annually, Position is Grant Funded (32 hours/per wk) Job Summary: The Mental Health Court Liaison, in collaboration with the 52nd District Court, provides information, referrals, screening, and assessment of eligibility for public mental health services in Oakland County for adults with mental illness, intellectual/ developmental disabilities, substance use disorders and/or cooccurring disorders. In addition, this position develops initial treatment plans, as well as discharge plans. Also, this role provides coordination and collaboration with other entities that support individuals in meeting their immediate needs. Education:

DECISION & DATA SCIENCE RESEARCHER Warren, MI, General Motors. Analyze large-scale passenger vehicle sale datasets to assess marketing effectiveness of online customer touchpoints. Formulate problem of finding next best (optimal) marketing action to increase sales probability as sequential decision-making problem under uncertainty using stochastic programming. Research &develop solution techniques using advanced AI & reinforcement learning (RL) approaches such as Qlearning (Q-L) &deep Q-L &optimization techniques for stochastic problems such as progressive hedging algorithm, iterative diagonalization technique, gradient ascent/decent, &genetic algorithm. Contribute to development of highly detailed discrete-event simulation models designed to replicate daily operation of fleet of electric vertical take-off &landing (eVTOL) aircraft or air taxis under uncertainty using Simio simulation software. Work with the team responsible for the demand estimation to generate the desired trip tables &feed them into the simulation models along with a list of input parameters. Work with eVTOL engrg team to collect specific details of aircraft such as speed, battery capacity, &charge rate to use in simulation models. Master, Data Analytics Engrg, Civil Engrg, Applied Math, Machine Learning, or related. 12 mos exp as Graduate Research Asst, Research Assoc., Researcher, or related, developing solution techniques for proposed optimization problems using advanced AI &RL approaches such as Q-L &deep Q-L &optimization techniques for stochastic problems such as progressive hedging algorithm, iterative diagonalization technique, or genetic algorithm, or related. Mail resume to Ref#4090, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

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• Individual must possess a Master’s degree in a mental health field. Training Requirements (licenses, programs, or certificates): • LP, LMSW, LPC, LMFT - will consider limited license with appropriate experience • CAADC, CADC, CCS, CPS, CPC-R, CCDP, preferred. Experience Requirements: • Three (3) years of experience in social work, human services, criminology, psychology, or related field. Knowledge Requirements: • Knowledge of the OCHN system, providers, eligibility criteria, and community referral resources • Knowledge of OCHN provider network, and how to access additional community services. • Knowledge and understanding of admission and discharge criteria for each treatment program and be able to determine and designate appropriate levels of care. • Knowledge of DSM-IV TR and DSM-V criteria. • Knowledge of Michigan Mental Health Code. • Understanding of recipient rights policies. • Understanding of trauma informed principles. • Knowledge of LOCUS, CAFAS, and ASAM requirements. • Knowledge of substantial functional limitations. • Ability to use basic intervention skills. To be considered for this position, all candidates must submit an application online by visiting OCHN’s careers website: www.oaklandchn.org / scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Careers Link, once you find the position you’re applying for, you must right click the job posting to open the link in a new tab. Oakland Community Health Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Is It Time to Break Up With Your Internet Service Provider? (StatePoint) Surprise fees, contracts, price hikes – it’s no wonder that broadband customers are the least satisfied customers in America according to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index. But having reliable and affordable internet access is no longer a luxury. Today, home internet is essential for everyday activities, like connecting us to our classrooms, workplaces, healthcare providers, loved ones, and so much more. Here’s what to know about the biggest pain points broadband customers experience, and a few tips for avoiding them.

Switching According to industry leaders working to disrupt broadband, switching internet providers is often easier said than done. “Broadband customers are stuck and switching almost never happens. Internet providers rank dead last in customer satisfaction out of all industries year after year and people want to switch,” says Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. “Internet providers make switching such a nightmare. You have to wait for your installation window, sometime between now and next February, drill holes in your walls, then spend the next week resetting all your connected devices. All that before you even know if it is going to work for you.” New services that offer a trial period without locking you into a long-term contract, as well as help cover the cost of terminating your current contract, can make things easier, says Sievert.

Pricing Internet providers are notorious for luring customers in with low promotional prices, then jacking them up after the first or second year. On average, providers raise prices more than 30% after the promotional period ends. And that’s before all the fees -- fees for activation, equipment, installation, even self-installation. In 2020 alone, internet providers charged customers more than $9 billion just in monthly fees. At a time when prices for everything are going up, lock-

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Cable Millions of Americans are still stuck in a costly cable TV and internet bundle, where the price for one service skyrockets as soon as you drop the other. Companies like T-Mobile are helping customers cut the cord. With T-Mobile’s Internet Freedom, you can get great streaming deals, like $50 off any streaming device with Home Internet and any T-Mobile voice line, and 50% off YouTube TV for 12 months with Home Internet and Magenta MAX. YouTube TV is a good alternative to cable TV at a fraction of the cost. Plus, T-Mobile customers can get Netflix, Paramount+ and other streaming deals when they sign up. Internet Freedom will also cover any early termination fees up to $500.

Business Internet The frustration doesn’t stop with residential internet customers. Most business owners know how messy, complex and costly staying connected can be. Many internet providers slap additional fees onto contracts just to label it “business internet.” Even worse, businesses with multiple locations are forced to navigate a patchwork of providers, all with different contracts, prices, policies, equipment, service level agreements, and customer care teams. With Internet Freedom from T-Mobile, businesses can get high-speed internet at affordable rates, with features like static IP addresses and content filtering, so businesses can be sure their connection is used only for business purposes. To learn more about Internet Freedom from T-Mobile or to see if broadband service is available at your address, visit www.t-mobile.com/isp. If you’re unsatisfied with your current internet provider, there’s no need to feel stuck. New services can help make the switch affordable and stress-free.

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The Future of the Clean Energy Economy The clean energy economy will transform how we live, work and play. We will discuss how these developments will impact residents of Detroit and the entire region. panelists

Carla Walker-Miller

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Jerry Norcia President & CEO DTE Energy

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Director Executive Director, MICHauto Michigan Department of and Vice President, Automotive Environment, Great Lakes and & Mobility Initiatives Energy

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