MSU Shooting Aftermath: The Fight to Lower Gun Violence
By Andre Ash
It’s been weeks since a gunman shot several students on the campus of Michigan State University, Monday, February 13, killing three and wounding five.
The tragic news had brought heartbreak and sadness for many of the victims families. The outcome has also brought up the discussion of state legislation needed to address mental illness and gun reform in political circles in Lansing.
It was also the rallying call during a homegoing funeral service for one of the deceased victims, Arielle Anderson, a sophomore at MSU.
“We are here because Arielle made a difference,” said Brian Banks, former State of Michigan Representative. “We have a Democratic Governor who stands ready to sign into law anything that makes sense and addresses our situation,” Banks said. “We demand change, we demand action. Because too many of our young people are dying at the hands of gun violence and mental health is at the root of that.”
The mass shooting incident is an unwelcomed alarm for parents when children away are at school and what this incident does for their mental state of mind.
“It’s terrifying,” said Dr. Rose Moten, a clinical psychologist. “As a parent, my everyday prayer is that my children are protected. You have to have a lot of courage to send your kids out in this world, because there are so many possibilities of what ifs and what could happen.”
Dr. Moten speaks to her personal faith that one’s child or children are making good decisions although there’s a whole world filled by anyone person or incident ready to derail one’s life.
“It’s not easy for us parents but we have to do it everyday for our kids to be able to get out there and spread their wings.”
The campus shooting has yielded some movement in the state government to draft legislation on the issue of gun reform. In early March, the Michigan House of Representatives passed universal backgrounds checks.
“This is a historic step toward protecting children and saving lives from gun violence,” said Ryan Bates, Executive Director of End Gun Violence Michigan. “This legislation ensures that no gun in Michigan weather a pistol or an assault rifle can be legally sold without a background check. This bill will save lives and move Michigan toward a day when guns are no longer the number one cause of death for children.”
The track to secure government action has also prompted mental health care professionals to speak out.
“I’m tired of hearing politicians
Students to Shine in the Spotlight During Detroit Public Schools Community District’s “An Evening Of Fine Arts” At The Fox Theatre May 18
Mayor Duggan Proclaims Progress During State of City Address
By Sherri Kolade
On Tuesday, March 7, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan gave his 10th State of the City speech at Michigan Central Station, aptly representing buoying hope, resiliency and history.
Duggan delivered his annual address live in the newly renovated Grand Lobby of Michigan Central Station, the center of Michigan Central’s hub for advancing new technologies and programs that overcome barriers to greater social, economic and physical mobility.
The historic Station, which has served as a symbol of Detroit’s deterioration around the world for decades, is expected to be repaired and usable by the end of this year.
“When it opened in 1913, the city had 100,000 visitors a year,” Duggan said to a packed crowd of the historic site, which was shuttered in 1988 after the last train left and blight entered the picture on the aging, downtrodden facility. “This was their [the guest’s] first impression of our town.”
In 2009, Detroit City Council voted 7-1 for its demolition.
“The people who blocked demolition were the ones who felt it had value,” Duggan, elected in 2013, said. “I knew one thing for sure it was not going to be demolished.”
Duggan, who took heat years earlier for an agreement with the station’s
owners to put new windows on the facility in 2015 (some described it as putting lipstick on a pig), said that the criticism eventually turned into praise.
“When the windows started going in the effect was electric,” Duggan said of the building’s facelift looking better and in turn making the city shine a bit brighter, too.
During Duggan’s rousing address, he discussed how the city didn’t remain so economically viable—even roughly around a decade ago.
Less than a month after entering office, in January 2014, the mayor delivered his first State of the City address. At the time, the city was bankrupt, under emergency management, and was struggling to provide even the most basic services. Since that time, the city has seen the biggest construction boom since the 1950s, the lowest unemployment rate in more than 20 years and a historically high increase in property values in practically every neighborhood.
An increase in the city’s economy is good news for everyone, like job seekers (thousands more positions will soon become available) or residents redefining Detroit through their remarkable works and volunteerism.
From Detroit surpassing Silicon Valley in electric vehicle production and manufacturing (with new charging opportunities coming online soon) to the passage of Proposal N – progress is being made in the city and many ad-
vancements are also coming from Black developers.
“We have developers from this community building across the city,” Duggan said during the address.
An example is the Fisher Body 21 factory, which will be transformed into 433 apartments and a public market as part of a $134 million development project led by builders Greg Jackson and Richard Hosey. They also hope to provide affordable housing to the city’s Greater New Center region.
Jackson and Hosey are not alone.
From developers to owners, an emerging crop of Black-led projects is coming online across the city and the roughly one-year-old Detroit Pizza Bar in Detroit is no exception.
The Black-owned pizzeria, which opened last April 1, was given a shoutout in Duggan’s speech as exemplifying one of the many bourgeoning businesses improving commercial corridors and businesses, especially in neighborhoods like Livernois-Six Mile (Live6). The project, funded by the Strategic Neighborhood Fund, a public-private partnership aimed at improving 10 neighborhoods throughout Detroit, is one more meaningful way of how the city helps emerging business owners.
Byron Osbern, co-partner at the Detroit Pizza Bar, told the Michigan Chron-
Whitmer-Gilchrist Administration Passes
By Sherri Kolade
The Whitmer-Gilchrist Administration recently passed its 50day, second-term mark.
The real impact of their tenure in the government is felt across the state of Michigan, Detroit, and the economic growth that trickles down to the Black/ BIPOC residents.
Sunday, February 19, marked the first 50 days of their second term, which Whitmer recently touched on.
“On day one, I told you I would work with anyone to grow our economy, help Michiganders feel safe, improve our infrastructure and lower costs to help families put food on the table. Fifty days in, I want to provide a progress report,” Whitmer wrote in an email statement. Their administration got the ball rolling early in the year
also introduced a budget proposal, including tax credits for childcare and preschool teachers, a temporary pause of the sales tax on electric vehicles and more.
“2023 is off to a productive start, but the work is far from over,” Whitmer said. “Let’s keep getting it done.”
Their administration also reaffirmed and expanded legal protections for LGBTQ+ residents following the Michigan House and Senate passage of an amendment to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.
“Every Michigander deserves to be treated with dignity and respect under the law,” Whitmer said. “I’ve been calling for changes to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to strengthen legal protections for our LGBTQ+ community for years, and I am proud that we are finally getting
Vol. 86 – No. 28 | March 15-21, 2023 Powered by Real Times Media | michiganchronicle.com City.Life.Style. B1 Roots. A3 See GUN VIOLENCE page A2 COMERICA HOMEFRONT Michigan Chronicle See STATE OF THE CITY page A2 See SECOND TERM page A2
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan gives his annual State of the City Address
Photo courtesy of the City of Detroit
beginning in January with the announcement of funding for construction and improvements on nearly 700 affordable housing units from Cheboygan to Detroit, creating over 60 permanent jobs and 1,100 construction jobs. From announcing an estimated $9 billion budget surplus to improving roads and continuing the transition to clean energy –a lot is taking place in the Whitmer-Gilchrist administration. Later in February, Whitmer
Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist and Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Mainstream Award Shows: Are They Diverse Enough for Black America?
icle after the address that Black development is important in a majority Black city.
“We definitely want to ... have our voices be heard,” he said of economic improvements for and by “people who look like us.”
Osbern added that while he was inspired by the address, he hopes to see even more tangible change with more decision-making level involvement on the back end of business deals and not just down the line at the worker level.
“Like they say, ‘If you’re not at the table you’re on the menu.’ We definitely got to be at the table making these decisions,” he said.
Duggan told the Michigan Chronicle that Black ownership is crucial.
“I think Black ownership is critical for development, for homes, for businesses, and it has been exciting to see,” Duggan said, adding that Motor City Match is also a great partnership with some busi-
nesses, like Detroit Pizza Bar. “We have 144 new businesses in this city [177 percent of them minority-owned].”
Duggan said even when he was running for mayor he had meetings with potential business owners who said they don’t have the funds to start their businesses, which allows Motor City Match to make up the difference. “We get 300 applications a quarter and this is allowing people from Detroit to start businesses.”
Duggan’s lengthy speech was framed by an upbeat tone that suggested the direction the city is headed: a positive one, and it’s not hard to see why.
According to a University of Michigan Economic Forecast, while the nation is on the cusp of a national recession, Detroit’s reputation for resiliency is now manifesting itself in other areas as well.
Unquestionably, there is a growing sense of optimism in Detroit with more jobs expected to be created, more earnings anticipated,
“Our vision for Michigan must be inclusive and big enough for everyone to thrive. With this amendment of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, we are taking long-overdue action to help ensure full civil rights protections for Michiganders, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation,” Gilchrist said. “Let us build on this progress and continue our work to create a more equitable
and prosperous Michigan.”
Progress also looks like eating healthy at a reasonable price.
Whitmer also recently proclaimed March 6-10 as School Breakfast Week.
Whitmer highlighted her education budget initiative to offer free breakfast and lunch to all 1.4 million public school students in Michigan. The state would become just the fourth to get this done and improve the overall health and wellness of students across the state.
Black students, and
and more prospects expected for residents – even though hard economic realities like unemployment still exist.
Detroit’s continued success in luring well-paying jobs is a major contributor to its healthy economy.
“Despite projections of a mild national recession, the Detroit economy has proven to be more resilient today supported by multiple years of balanced budgets for the city post-bankruptcy. We will continue employing the administration’s growth and opportunity strategies to further sustain and grow the City’s economy and improve the quality of life for Detroiters,” said Jay Rising, chief financial officer of the City of Detroit.
Duggan told the Michigan Chronicle that the revitalization of Michigan Central is a long-awaited opportunity that is just as symbolic as it is a tangible reminder of what the city is all about – a good rebirth.
“It means a lot for people,” he said of Michigan Central. “People are going to be really pleased at how people restored it.”
The address can be viewed at detroitmi.gov or on the City of Detroit Facebook and YouTube pages.
others in the BIPOC community at large, are often impacted by pricey school lunches.
“What we saw consistently was that families of color, particularly Black families, had food insecurity rates that were twoto-three times as high as white households,” said Elaine Waxman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute in a Word in Black article. “That’s not a new story, but again, particularly early in the pandemic, it was really exacerbated for Black families.”
Research shows that children who eat breakfast are more likely to reach higher levels of
Are We Continuing a Legacy of Victimhood?
By Sherri Kolade
Black people in our plight of standing against racism, narratives that are continually perpetrated against us, and police brutality, among other things –too much is going on. Are we perpetuating the narrative of victimhood or still pushing through with power and offense rather than defensive tactics that keep us stuck?
According to FBI statistics, hate crimes increased by 23 percent between 2016 and 2020. Racism and ethnicity-based offenses accounted for 65 percent of all hate crimes in 2020 and saw a 23 percent increase in that time. In 2020, there were around 3,000 hate crimes against Black people across the country; these crimes increased by more than 40 percent between 2019 and 2020 and by nearly 60 percent between 2016 and 2020. Moreover, Giffords asserts that such numbers are probably an undercount.
While hate crimes have raged against the Black community for generations dating back to slavery and the Jim Crow era, Black people have faced many issues and have overcome them each time. Yet, is there a legacy of victimization that is keeping Black people stuck?
Trauma can impact people in different ways.
Defined as a “deeply distressing or disturbing experience” or even a physical injury, trauma can manifest itself in ways that show up most unexpectedly.
De’Nisha “Dinah” Beasley (who holds a double Master’s Degree in social work and theological studies) has over 14 years of experience serving in mental health, social work and education arena, working as a restorative healing specialist in inner-city communities, and is the executive director for a non-profit organization focused on saving children from child sexual exploitation. Beasley, the founder of the Center for Restorative Services and Solutions (The CRSS) where she utilizes her knowledge of trauma-informed and restorative practices to help individuals heal from trauma, restore relationships and build healthy communities. She told the Michigan Chronicle that she sees children handling trauma by acting out at school and elsewhere.
“Behavior and academics are all related to trauma,” Beasley said.
Detroit resident and mental health advocate E’yandra Otis agrees. “[We] need to take a bigger look at mental health, period,” Otis told the Michigan Chronicle. “A society cannot move forward if we have so many people have trauma not addressed, not spoken about.... You have to make victims feel safe to share their stories.”
Former U.S. President Barack Obama’s well-known words turned into a movement that continues to remind Black people, among others, that we are our own change agents and revolu-
tionaries especially when it comes to rebuilding lives beyond the trauma and noise.
Previn Martin, of Detroit, told the Michigan Chronicle that the state of race in Detroit is “in flux” right now and sometimes working beyond the trauma requires practical work.
“I think it still needs a lot of work. I think there are some struggles that there’s always going to be between the races, and then that’s not just white, Black, Arabic and Hispanic and things like that,” he said, adding that Black people in particular are still traumatized on the effects of British-led colonialism among other things. “I think it has a lot to do with where you are within your socioeconomic group. [And with the queen’s death] a lot of colonialism feelings are coming up. I personally believe that the whole monarchy system is very, very outdated.”
Annie Mae Holt of Detroit told the Michigan Chronicle that as part of the Baby Boomer generation moving from Birmingham, Ala., to the city (during the week of the 1967 Rebellion) she speaks from experience on race as a transplant.
“I continue to see us as citizens in Detroit fighting to make things better,” she said, adding that even in her adult daughters she sees how they take on different impressions of race and it’s all about coming together to find a solution. “[We] just gonna have to start getting together and having a healthy dialogue.”
The former educator added that it’s about being the village and looking after one another. “We the village,” Holt said.
The solution to the obvious wealth gap, which also impacts trauma? More money needs to be added in lower-income areas to redistribute tax wealth.
Kalani Ture, a senior fellow at Yale University’s Urban Ethnography Project and assistant professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland, said that the Black experience in America leaves a lot to be desired, and reparations are needed.
“Furthermore, racism remains a caustic carcinogen wasting African American life such that in this post-George Floyd era, marked with replacement theory terrorists, the normalization of trauma, violence, and grief colors the daily news and extinguish any hope that we will become a more perfect union,” the social scientist and African American Studies professor, told the Michigan Chronicle.
Jerjuan Howard of Detroit told the Michigan Chronicle that the state of Detroit is segregated. “Economics plays a role in it, race in Detroit,” he said echoing similar thoughts, and adding that neighborhoods need to be shown a lot more love. “There’s a lot of great stories on the westside, eastside, the north end. The solution is to tell our own narrative a lot more, embrace each other a lot more.”
achievement in reading and mathematics, perform better on assessments, have increased memory and concentration and maintain a healthy weight.
“It’s hard for kids to learn on an empty stomach,” said Governor Whitmer. “Every student should be able to start their day with a nutritious meal so they can stay energized throughout the day and focus on class. Let’s deliver on my budget proposal to offer all 1.4 million public school students in Michigan free breakfast and lunch, saving families over $850 a year and helping them succeed.”
For more information visit michigan.gov/whitmer.
gun laws,” said Dr. Brian Stork a urologist and gun violence researcher at the University of Michigan health system. “We have to do both. We need more services for mental health care and we need common sense gun reforms. It’s not an either or choice.”
Dr. Strok was a part of a group of physicians and mental health experts who spoke out in support of a multiple gun violence bills pending in Michigan legislature. The bills include universal
background checks, safe storage, and extreme risk protection orders.
“Firearms are the most common method of completed suicide in the United States, and they are dependably lethal. Very often there are warning signs indicating that individuals are in imminent distress. In these situations, an Extreme Risk Protection Order can be a life-saving intervention that can enable us to interrupt the deadly progression from impulse to action,” said Dr. Sonya Lewis, a psychiatrist, and Vice President of the Michigan-based group, Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence.
mental health, an easy-to-use mobile app, a 24-hour nurse line and the MIBlue virtual assistant, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are ready to help you feel your best — without the stress.
Page A-2 | March 15-21, 2023 | michiganchronicle.com LONGWORTH M. QUINN Publisher-Emeritus 1909-1989 Michigan Chronicle A Real Times Media Newspaper SAMUEL LOGAN Publisher 1933-2011 JOHN H. SENGSTACKE Chairman-Emeritus 1912-1997 CONTACT US 1452 Randolph • Detroit, MI 48226 • (313) 963-8100 • e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org HIRAM E. JACKSON Publisher | AJ WILLIAMS Managing Editor From page A-1 From page A-1
State Of The City THE MICHIGAN CHRONICLE PUBLISHING COMPANY ADVERTISING DEADLINE Classified: 3 p.m Friday Copy, corrections and cancellations, preceding the Wednesday publication. Display: 12 p.m. Friday preceding the Wednesday publication. For all news and calendar items: Deadline is two weeks prior to event. Weeks that contain holidays, deadline is Thursday prior to publication date. OFFICE HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Closed Sat. and Sun. The Michigan Chronicle is published every Wednesday. Periodical Postage, paid at Detroit, MI. Price $1.00 and other post office. MEMBER OF AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION POSTMASTER — Send address changes to: MICHIGAN CHRONICLE • 1452 Randolph • DETROIT, MI 48226 1452 Randolph • Detroit, MI 48226 • Phone: (313) 963-8100 Publication No.: USPS 344-820 606 418 250 031 751 268 519 19 26 39 43 59 17 37 PICKS 688 795 842 773 926 874 8260 6163 WEEK’S BEST LOTTERY
A-1 use mental health care as an excuse to
insurance YOU CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT. With the largest network of doctors and hospitals, coverage for
For J.D. Power 2022 award information, visit jdpower.com/awards Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Learn more at MIBluesPerspectives.com/ReadyToHelp Ranked #1 in Member Satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in Michigan W009227
Students to Shine in the Spotlight During Detroit Public Schools Community District’s “An
DETROIT – More than 200 middle and high school fine and performing arts students will showcase their immense talent during a public event at the historic Fox Theatre for the Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) “An Evening of Fine Arts,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18.
The community will be treated to performances by DPSCD’s top instrumental music ensembles, vocal music ensembles, dance companies and theatre excerpts. In addition, original works of art by the district’s top visual artists will be displayed in the Fox Theatre’s Grand Lobby. It is a celebration of the students’ achievements and provides them with a one-of-a-kind experience to perform on the same stage as the world’s greatest artists. DPSCD’s signature event will celebrate its 54th anniversary this year, and it kicks off their “Come Home” Alumni Hall of Fame Weekend.
An Evening of Fine Arts triumphantly returned to the Fox Theatre last May through the combined support from Comerica Bank, 313 Presents, Olympia Development, Ilitch Sports + Entertainment and Detroit ACE. The united philanthropic effort generates a greater impact and inspires thousands of Detroiters as they gather to celebrate the students’ accomplishments.
“It is impossible not to have goosebumps while watching our students perform at this event. We are grateful for the support we have received as a District to bring back this event to the Fox Theatre,” said Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, DPSCD. “It means so much to our students and their teachers and families. If you did not attend the event last year, you need to attend this year. The performances match any professional concert!!!”
The Ilitch Companies have supported Detroit Public Schools students over the years and An Evening of Fine Arts is a natural extension of the partnership that has included financial and in-kind donations, internships and educational programs.
“The students’ dedication and talent are testaments to their own abilities, as well as the incredible guidance of their teachers and the support of their entire school community,” said Chris Ilitch, CEO, Ilitch Companies. “An Evening of Fine Arts is a major highlight of our long-standing partnership with the Detroit Public Schools Community District. It is an honor to host and showcase these remarkably talented young performers on the historic Fox Theatre stage.”
See AN EVENING OF FINE ARTS page A-10
Tickets Available Now: Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Top 10 Reveal and Hatch Off with Winner Announced
in the 2023 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest by TechTown, and the process to narrow down the top applicants is now underway. It will soon be the public’s turn to participate and support entrepreneurs seeking to open their own brick-and-mortar retail businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park.
TechTown announced that tickets are now available for two key contest events: the Top 10 Reveal and the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Hatch Off. Tickets and details for each event can be found at HatchDetroit.com.
The Top 10 Reveal will be held at TechTown Detroit on April 4, while the Hatch Off will take place at the Wayne State Industry Innovation Center on April 26.
chance for our com-
at what the
2022 Hatch Detroit Contest by TechTown semi-finalists at the Top 10 Reveal Party. This year Top 10 will be announced at a special event on April 4 at TechTown.
future of the city’s small business landscape could look like,” said Christianne Malone, assistant vice president for economic development at Wayne State University and chief program officer of TechTown Detroit. “We’ve reimagined the Top 10 Reveal event and are excited to showcase these incredible entrepreneurs, then let the community decide which business they want to see open in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park.”
The four-month contest, which kicked off in early January, includes two rounds of public voting – Top 10 and Top 4 – allowing the community to vote for their favorite business to win the $100,000 grand prize from Comerica Bank, as well as a package of accounting, legal, IT and public relations support from TechTown and their partners.
to debut their business concepts in front of the community that could potentially be frequenting their businesses once they open,” said Linda Nosegbe, Comerica Bank National Community Impact Manager. “These two events give our top candidates the chance to debut their business plans while also providing the greatest opportunity for the public’s voice to be heard in which
A3 | March 15-21, 2023 michiganchronicle.com See HATCH DETROIT page A-10
313 Presents, Olympia Development, Comerica Bank and Ilitch Sports + Entertainment Present DPSCD’s Showcase Event Comerica
Photo Credit: Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
dancing and string instrumentals.
Holdings, Inc. The voices
students resonate throughout the evening at the historic
Evening of the Fine Arts not only presents the talent of Detroit’s youth but does so through a variety of acts that also show their passion for the arts. Photo Credit: Ilitch Holdings, Inc. Beautiful performances highlight Evening of the Fine Arts at the Fox Theatre. Photo Credit: Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
attendees can get tickets to either event at HatchDetroit.com
– Aspiring entrepreneurs
submitted their businesses to
Fine Arts” At The Fox Theatre
is once again partnering with 313 Presents,
Development, and Ilitch Sports + Entertainment
present DPSCD’s showcase event.
The talent of students from
Public Community School district is expansive including performative
Photo Credit: Ilitch
KEY COMERICA HATCH DETROIT DATES: April 4: Top 10 Reveal at TechTown Detroit April 5: Top 10 voting begins at noon April 12: Top 10 voting ends at noon April 13: Top 4 announced April 24: Top 4 voting begins at noon April 26: Hatch Off with winner announcement at Wayne
“At this stage in the contest, it’s vital for these budding entrepreneurs Industry Innovation Center
As a keynote speaker, Erica Dhawan, an internationally recognized leading authority, speaker, and advisor on 21st-century teamwork, collaboration, and innovation, will share strategies to unlock the collective power of teams, build a culture of trust across any distance and create authentic engagement to ensure competitiveness.
Comerica Prom Dress Drive Returns for Fifth Year with new Community Partner, Jackets for Jobs
Public encouraged to drop-off dresses, accessories at select Comerica locations April 3-21
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that expands economic opportunity for women and entrepreneurs of color, empowers the next generation, and honors the accomplishments of Michigan women. Cassin is also the General Partner and Co-Founder of the BELLE Michigan Impact Fund. She is a highly-regarded organizational development and operations expert, an accomplished healthcare entrepreneur, and recently named one of Michigan’s 100 Most Influential Women.
NICOLE LEWIS, CEO of Nicole Lewis & Associates. The award-winning sales and marketing executive founded Nicole Lewis & Associates, a business strategy and development consultancy. Lewis has a distinguished career defining strategies to drive growth and has succeeded in building, turning around, training and mobilizing organizations to exceed goals. She is the president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Greater Detroit, which advocates for women entrepreneurs. RONIA KRUSE, President & CEO OpTech. As a women-owned professional services firm, OpTech provides talent development and solutions services to Fortune 1000 and government clients by tailoring solutions within the verticals
of government, healthcare insurance, utilities, finance (banking) and manufacturing. Kruse leverages her background as a successful entrepreneur in talent management and workforce solutions; as a Certified Public Accountant and financial expert with a big 4 professional service firm; and as a strategic change agent and human capital disrupter to help board of directors and companies achieve maximum financial results.
To register or for sponsorship and additional information, visit https://events.comerica. com/wbsdet2023.
Cassandra Worthy, one of the Women Business Symposium’s featured speakers, is the world’s leading expert on Change Enthusiasm®, and is lighting the world on fire with her refreshingly unique take on not just ‘managing’ but growing through change.
An amount equivalent to all sponsorship dollars collected will benefit Alternative for Girls (AFG), a Detroit-based nonprofit serving homeless and high-risk girls and young women. Since 1987, AFG has provided critical services to the girls and young women we serve, including safe shelter, street outreach and educational support, vocational guidance, mentoring, prevention activities, and counseling. AFG’s goal is to empower the girls and young women we serve to make positive choices.
Since its inception, Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium has successfully engaged thousands of attendees across Comerica’s markets with a variety of speakers and conversations.
Jackets for Jobs is an award-winning nonprofit organization that provides career clothing for metro Detroit job seekers. For over two decades, the community organization has assisted over 35,000 job seekers put their best foot forward to obtain employment.
For people experiencing barriers to employment and independence, clothing insecurity is real. It can mean not having anything to wear or not having the right thing to wear. Both are barriers to advancement. Jackets for Jobs’ provides a stable source of well-maintained and displayed clothing that is suitable for any need, from casual to workwear.
Jackets for Jobs is located in Detroit at two locations, including: on the eastside at 5555 Conner, Suite 2097 and westside at 18100 Meyers Road.
Page A-4 • michiganchronicle.com • March 15-21, 2023 Enrich your DETROIT – The Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium returns to Greater Detroit helping women in business Learn, Connect, Grow & Celebrate their potential. The popular business networking event returns to an in-person format for the first time since 2019 on Wednesday, April 5, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ET at Ford Field. Entering its fourth year, the Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium provides a platform developed specifically for women business owners, executives and professionals at all levels from across metro Detroit to “Power Up Your Potential.” Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance.” Erica shares innovative strategies to unlock the collective power of teams, build a culture of trust across any distance Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium Returns to Greater Detroit on April 5 Comerica’s Women Business Symposium brings women in business together to Learn, Connect, Grow & Celebrate their potential through the lineup of inspiring speakers and panelists. CB-742891-02 03/23 MEMBER FDIC. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY LENDER. Your dress is their dream. Donate to the Comerica Bank Prom Dress Drive beneﬁting Jackets for Jobs to make prom dresses available to teens served by the nonproﬁt, April 3-21. Comerica Bank Prom Dress Drive Drop-Off Locations: Your gently used formal dress could make a teen’s prom an unforgettable experience. Comerica is proud to be partnering with Jackets for Jobs to make prom dresses available to teens served by the nonproﬁt. By dropping off your gently used dress today, you’re giving someone else a very special tomorrow. Stop by your nearest participating Comerica banking center to donate a new or gently used, cleaned prom dress, April 3-21. All sizes, shoes, purses and accessories are welcome. For more information, visit comerica.com/promdressmi Stadium Blvd.-Pauline Banking Center 1969 W. Stadium Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103 734.761.6113 Auburn Hills Campus Banking Center 3501 Hamlin Road, Ste. 1 Auburn Hills, MI 48326 248.371.7501 Woodward-Hunter Banking Center 36440 Woodward Ave. Bloomﬁeld Hills, MI 48304 248.644.6945 Telegraph-Long Lake Banking Center 3910 Telegraph Road, Ste. 100 Bloomﬁeld Hills, MI 48302 248.642.4710 Michigan-American Banking Center 16150 Michigan Ave. Dearborn, MI 48126 313.584.0591 Comerica Bank Center 411 W. Lafayette St. Detroit, MI 48226 313.222.3694 Fisher-St. Paul Banking Center 415 Fisher Road Grosse Pointe, MI 48230 313.881.9851 Livonia Operations Center 39200 W. Six Mile Road Livonia, MI 48152 734.632.4506 Gratiot-Cotton Banking Center 50300 Gratiot Ave. New Baltimore, MI 48051 586.949.1035 Northville Banking Center 129 E. Main St. Northville, MI 48167 248.349.3301 Grand River and Beck Banking Center 47440 Grand River Novi, MI 48374 248.349.4053 PROM DRESS DRIVE ®
Tech Opportunities for BIPOC Entrepreneurs
By Sherri Kolade
What does it look like when we chase our wildest dreams?
That is the question the Michigan Founders Fund (MFF) member and entrepreneur, Johnnie Turnage, asked when speaking to the Michigan Chronicle about how the Fund is helping others actively pursue their passions while finding their footing in the often inequitable world of business.
The Michigan Founders Fund is a network of business owners and investors that have committed 1 percent of their ownership, carry or profit to help important regional organizations working to improve the state’s communities and quality of life.
Collaborating to build a more robust, inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem and a more varied, expanding community, the group aims to help Black and Brown business startups see success in the long run through innovative, inclusive means to bring a more financially stable environment closer to home for them.
Turnage has about 15 years of experience in this space as an award-winning grassroots activist, CEO and tech entrepreneur.
Turnage, who began his career in social justice and grassroots organizing early on working for Get Out the Vote, where he led local youth in neighborhood canvasses and voter registration efforts, is all about strengthening ties that bind others together, especially through business and purpose.
The MFF also has similar pillars by aiming at growing the presence of successful high-growth ventures and advancing civic leadership in Michigan.
They achieve this by:
• Establishing a robust, diverse and active founder-to-founder support network to aid entrepreneurs in their endeavors;
• Fostering a culture of founders for founders and founders for the community; and
• Giving founders a straightforward method for charitable giving and chances to participate in their communities while running their businesses.
“These pillars lay the foundation to collectively create the future we want to see across our state. Entrepreneurs working together and with community leaders results in a stronger, more sustainable Michigan,” according to its website.
“Access to capital for Black-owned businesses has been a challenge,” Charity Dean, president/CEO of Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance, who also connects the dots with Black businesses and entrepreneurs said previously. “If we close the wealth gap by 2050, the State of Michigan can gain $92 billion.… This lack of generational wealth [along with] racism and structural barriers expenses is not just in the country but the state and is costing the country and region billions of dollars.”
Why It’s Time to Upskill in 2023
By Sherri Kolade
COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on women who work, and those who are looking to work. After the pandemic began in March of 2020, hundreds of thousands of women had left the workforce in many cases due to childcare and family issues relating to COVID-19. In addition, a report by Business.org showed that even when women are working, women in Michigan make 22 percent less than their male counterparts.
“The pandemic has hit women in the workforce especially hard. Some have had to stay home with children when schools were closed, others were in jobs which simply dried up as businesses had to shut their doors,” said Judy Richmond, JVS employment specialist and women to work coordinator.
“As more people are vaccinated, and hopefully more businesses open up, we want women to have all the tools and skills they need to find the right job.”
Thankfully, employment opportunities for women are back on the rise nearing pre-pandemic levels, according to reports.
Now it’s all about finding the right job, post the Great Recession and in the era of job ghosting and quiet or rage quitting. It can be a tough challenge due to an oversaturated market, lack of skills or numerous other reasons.
Whether employed or underemployed, improving one’s skills never hurt in the in-between process of a job search.
The term “upskilling” might be just what is needed to advance toward whatever that next step may be.
According to thebalancemoney.com, upskilling is the process of supplementing an existing skill set with additional competencies. In order to have a workforce with greater proficiency, companies can upskill their employees through corporate training programs. Through private training, certification, and ongoing education, employees can improve their skills in any career field.
According to a CNBC report, out of the 1,431 Black women surveyed, 75 percent say their organization does not take full advantage of their skills.
Also, typically, Black women in the United States are paid 38 percent less than white men and 21 percent less than white women, according to national reports.
Prioritizing one’s professional development, especially in a challenging job market, can make all the difference for some. Layoffs, hiring freezes, and high turnover rates can make staying competitive in your field more important than ever. The more you upskill, “the better prepared you’ll be to master emerging technologies and advance your career,” said Tenille Jones, director of outreach at Kenzie Academy from Southern New Hampshire Univer-
Some perks of upskilling range from building skill sets to learning new technologies.
Increasing your output and level of engagement at work can “positively impact your mental health,” said Jessica Erb, a career advisor at SNHU, adding that upskilling is a new skill development for a current role and reskilling is learning for a new career or position. Jasmine Patton, Detroit executive director, chief chamber connector, community leader and commerce communicator, told the Michigan Chronicle previously that women need to be “proactive” in protecting their mental health on a daily basis.
“I’m a firm believer of tapping into strength from God and pivoting in the process,” Patton said, adding that she knows many Black women even those in her own family, who were hard workers, and that transcends generations. “We come from women who had careers and serve in the service industry. … we took care [of people] personally and professionally.”
Patton said that it’s time to recognize how to serve while cultivating your role as a leader, which is all part of the journey.
“It is important to honor practicing and pivoting in all seasons, especially when you are a leader,” she said. “It is important to give yourself the grace to change your schedule and move your priorities.”
These Tax Tips Can Make Filing (1040) EZ
Sponsored content from JPMorgan Chase & Co.
With tax day approaching, there’s no time like the present to get started on your 2022 returns and submit them well before the April 18 deadline.
This year, you have a few extra days to complete your taxes. With the typical deadline of April 15 falling on a weekend, followed by Emancipation Day on Monday, this year’s filing date is on Tuesday, April 18.
“Though there are a few extra days to file, make sure to still give yourself ample time to gather and organize your tax information to take advantage of any and all tax deductions, or other tax breaks that may apply to you and your family,” says Kelly Perez, Wealth Advisor for J.P. Morgan Private Bank. “Many key deductions that may reduce your tax bill or provide a refund are often left on the table due to lack of preparation. Whether you file on your own or work with a paid tax professional, the initial groundwork is the key to maximizing your benefits.”
Ready to submit or get started? Here are some tips to help simplify the process, maximize your potential refund or minimize your tax burden before you finalize your return.
Get organized. Make sure you have important documents like last year’s return, current W-2s, 1099s and mortgage interest statements on hand. You’ll also want to gather receipts for tax-deductible purchases, travel, charitable contributions and other potential write-offs. You can look online to find checklists of documents you might need to help you file.
Be aware of tax law changes. While
taxes are inevitable, what you may owe or get refunded might not be. As you finalize or start your 2022 tax return, be aware of changes to federal, state and local tax laws that could affect your refund or how much you owe. For example, if you benefitted from the child tax credit, earned income tax credit or child and dependent care credit on your 2021 return, don’t be surprised if you get a smaller refund this year. Credits expanded as part of federal Covid relief packages have now returned to pre-pandemic levels.
Are you working from home permanently? If you have a home-based business, you might qualify for a home office tax deduction. You can potentially write
off expenses for a part of your home you only use for business purposes.
To itemize or not to itemize. Determine whether you’ll itemize your expenses or take the standard deduction. If you think your qualified expenses will be more than the 2022 standard deduction ($12,950 for most singles and $25,900 for most married couples filing jointly), it might be worth it to itemize. Taking the standard deduction can make the filing process easier, but it could mean you pay more in taxes or receive a smaller refund.
Contribute to retirement accounts. You can fund a traditional or Roth IRA through the April 18, 2023, tax filing
deadline and have it count for 2022. Traditional IRA contributions lower your tax bill right now, while your Roth IRA withdrawals are tax-free in retirement. You can contribute up to $6,000 to an IRA each year, or—if you were 50 years or older in 2022—up to $7,000 of your earned income.
Seek help when you need it. If you have a more comprehensive tax return, it can be a good idea to work with a certified public accountant (CPA). If you need assistance in general, check if you qualify for free in-person or remote programs offered by the IRS or local organizations depending on your income, age and disability status.
Go faster by going digital. Filing electronically will get your return to you more quickly than filing by mail. Selecting direct deposit to a bank account or prepaid card will make the process even faster.
Need more time? If you can’t file by April 18, you can fill out a Form 4868 that will extend your filing deadline to October 16. An extension to file isn’t an extension to pay, so if you think you’ll owe, plan to submit an estimated payment amount when you file your extension.
The bottom line – Filing your taxes doesn’t have to be difficult. Getting organized now will help make tax season easier this year and put you in better shape for years to come. For more tips to help you make the most of you and your family’s finances, visit J.P. Morgan’s U.S. Tax Center at privatebank. jpmorgan.com/gl/en/insights/planning/ us-tax-center.
A5 | March 15-21, 2023 michiganchronicle.com
PHOTO: Getty Images
After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, Dana wasn’t given much hope—until he turned to Henry Ford Health for a second opinion.
His team treated Dana with an MRI-guided linear accelerator, the most precise radiation therapy available. Dana needed fewer than half of the planned radiation treatments, and he was surprised that he didn’t experience any pain, burning or peeling. Now, he’s looking forward to retirement, and traveling the U.S. in a mobile home to pursue his love of fishing. Discover Dana’s story, and learn more about prostate cancer treatment at henryford.com/prostatecancerinnovation
Page A-6 | March 15-21, 2023 | michiganchronicle.com
I’m a cancer survivor whose biggest catch was the rest of my life.
Am I at increased risk for severe COVID-19 if I
Am I at increased risk for severe COVID-19 if I am 50 years or older?
Am I at increased risk for severe COVID-19 if I am a current or former smoker?
Am I at increased risk for severe COVID-19 if I am overweight?
Am I at increased risk for severe COVID-19 if I have a heart condition?
Am I at increased risk for severe COVID-19 if I have diabetes?
Am I at increased risk for severe COVID-19 if I have a weakened immune system?
Am I at increased risk for severe COVID-19 if I have a chronic lung disease?
Searching for a way to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 and a vaccine option? Now it’s easy to sign up and get updates, resources, and information that can help you or those you care for. Enroll today to receive this information directly to your inbox.
michiganchronicle.com | March 15-21, 2023 | Page A-7 © 2023 Pﬁzer Inc. All rights reserved. PP-CVV-USA-2366 March 2023
list above does not include all possible factors that put you at higher risk of severe illness from
more at CDC.gov.
with certain risk factors*
of severe illness
from COVID-19. Talk
pharmacist if you have questions about your risk for severe COVID-19. Scan for updates and resources on COVID-19 and a vaccine option, or visit bit.ly/updatemeoncovid19.
Sunday, April 30, 2023 at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
DR. AARON L. CHAPMAN
Dr. Chapman, a servant of God, is often referred to as a relevant power-packed Minister of the priceless gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Dr. Chapman is an alumnus of Murray Wright High School. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a minor in General Business. Dr. Chapman began his pursuit for a dual Master’s Degree in Divinity and Theology at Ashland Theological Seminary graduating with honors in June 2006. In his desire to be all that God had called him to be, Dr. Chapman earned his Doctoral Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2011.
Dr. Aaron L. Chapman served as a faithful member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church for 11 years where he was called to preach
the gospel under the tutelage of Rev. Dr. Tellis J. Chapman. In April 2005, God called him to Pastor the Dedicated to Christ Baptist Church, Ecorse, MI. Since the inception of Dedicated to Christ, Dr. Chapman has established several ministries.
Additionally, Dr. Chapman serves as professor in Homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary and Moody Theological Seminary. He is also a professor at Heritage Center in Denominational Studies as well as several other educational institutions. Within the ranks of the local, state and national conventions and congresses, Dr. Chapman is the newly appointed Homiletics Professor of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., Homiletics Instructor for BM&E State Convention, former Vice-President of DIMA, former Congress President for the Central District Association, and a sought-after Homiletics conference speaker. He is the author of the newly released books “Preaching without Heart,” “I’m Called to Preach Now What?”, “Leaving Life’s Envelope Empty,” and “Mining for Masterpieces.”
Dr. Chapman will be welcomed along with his beautiful wife, Valarie Kay, and their children, Aaron Christian and Destiny Kay Chapman.
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church has served Southfield and surrounding communities since 1982.
Michigan Chronicle — We’re proud
Bank of America is guided by a common purpose of making financial lives better. Through our focus on responsible growth, we deliver for teammates, clients and shareholders, while addressing economic mobility, racial equality and social progress focused on the needs of the community.
That’s why we invest in the Pancakes & Politics series supporting the efforts of community changemakers working to address complex societal challenges.
Visit us at bankofamerica.com/about.
Page A-8 | March 15-21, 2023 | michiganchronicle.com Visionary Partners Legendary Partners Vanguard Awards Michigan Chronicle Motor City Casino Hotel | 2901 Grand River| Detroit, MI 48201 Wednesday | April 5, 2023 | 6 PM Justice Kyra Harris Bolden Michigan Supreme Court Kenyetta Hairston Bridges COO and Executive Vice President Economic Development and Investment Services DEGC Rev. Dr. JoAnn Watson Senior Pastor West Side Unity Church Lifetime Achievement Award Byna Elliott Global Head of Advancing Black Pathwa ys JPMorgan Chase Woman of the Year Women of Excellence Special Honorees
©2022 Bank of America Corporation | MAP4117394 | ESG-297-AD
Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Southfield, Michigan is pleased to announce the arrival of its new Senior Pastor, Dr. Aaron L. Chapman. Pastor
is transferring from Dedicated to Christ Baptist
Service of Installation for
at 5:00 p.m.
Church, Ecorse, MI. A
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Southfield –welcomes new pastor, Dr. Aaron L. Chapman.
michiganchronicle.com | March 15-21, 2023 | Page A-9 APPLIES TO BOX AND 2-WAY BETS ONLY. STRAIGHT, 1-OFF AND WHEEL BETS ARE EXCLUDED FROM THIS PROMOTION. Odds of winning: Daily 3: Straight: 1 in 1,000; 3-Way Box: 1 in 333; 6-Way Box: 1 in 167; 1-O Straight: 1 in 1,000; 1-O One Digit: 1 in 167. Daily 4: Straight: 1 in 10,000; 4-Way Box: 1 in 2,500; 6-Way Box: 1 in 1,666; 12-Way Box: 1 in 833; 24-Way Box: 1 in 416; 1-O Straight: 1 in 10,000; 1-O One Digit: 1 in 1,250. Knowing your limits is always the best bet. Call the Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline for con dential help at 1-800-270-7117. APPLIES TO BOX AND 2-WAY BETS ONLY. STRAIGHT, 1-OFF AND WHEEL BETS ARE EXCLUDED FROM THIS PROMOTION. Odds of winning: Daily 3: Straight: 1 in 1,000; 3-Way Box: 1 in 333; 6-Way Box: 1 in 167; 1-O Straight: 1 in 1,000; 1-O One Digit: 1 in 167. Daily 4: Straight: 1 in 10,000; 4-Way Box: 1 in 2,500; 6-Way Box: 1 in 1,666; 12-Way Box: 1 in 833; 24-Way Box: 1 in 416; 1-O Straight: 1 in 10,000; 1-O One Digit: 1 in 1,250. Knowing your limits is always the best bet. Call the Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline for con dential help at 1-800-270-7117.
Comerica Business Resource Groups Impact the Community
Comerica Bank has 19 business resource groups that create strategies supporting business outreach and community impact, while partnering with relevant associations and nonprofits, and operate across the bank’s primary markets to pursue strategies that meet the banking needs and increase financial inclusion of the diverse communities it serves. Comerica’s 19 BRG teams have contributed to more than $1.3 billion in BRG-related closed business since 2020.
Comerica Supports United of Southeastern Michigan’s 7th Annual Women of Influence Summit
Comerica’s African American Business Resource Group and colleagues host an educational and networking event in partnership with the Dr. Ossian Sweet Foundation for Comerica customers and community partners at the Horatio Williams Foundation in Detroit.
Comerica’s Michigan African American BRG Celebrates Black History Month
February marked Black History Month, a tradition that got its start in the Jim Crow era and was officially recognized in 1976 as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebrations. It aims to honor the contributions that African Americans have made and to recognize their sacrifices.
In celebration of Black History Month, Comerica’s Michigan African American Business Resource Group (BRG) hosted an educational and networking event in partnership with the Dr. Ossian Sweet Foundation for Comerica customers and community partners at the Horatio Williams Foundation in Detroit.
Designed to educate attendees on the life and legacy of Dr. Ossian Sweet via the documentary “The Chronicles of Dr. Ossian H. Sweet,” the event offered an opportunity to meet new people, have conversations, and build strong connections within the Michigan African American community.
“This was an exciting day,” said LaShawn Jimenez Comerica Bank vice president, trust wealth advisory and chair of the Michigan African American BRG. “Daniel Baxter did a phenomenal job educating us on Dr. Ossian Sweet, it also allowed Comerica the opportunity to celebrate clients, community partners and black business owners.
In the 1920s, Dr. Sweet moved into a De-
troit home with his wife and daughter. Shortly after their arrival, a mob of angry white people descended on the family’s home. In anticipation of such an uprising from the community, Sweet had several people at the home who were armed with firearms. Shots were fired in self-defense but Sweet, his wife and all the other Black adults were charged with murder.
At the first trial, the jury could not agree on verdicts for several defendants. The judge declared a mistrial, the court accepted the defense motion to sever the defendants and the prosecutor decided to first try Henry Sweet, Ossian’s youngest brother. After the all-white jury acquitted Henry Sweet, the prosecutor declined to prosecute the rest of the defendants and dismissed the charges against them.
Comerica’s Business Resource Groups (BRGs), 19 in all, are externally focused designed to create strategies supporting Comerica’s business outreach and community impact, while partnering with relevant associations and nonprofits, and operate across the bank’s primary markets to pursue strategies that meet the banking needs and increase financial inclusion of the diverse communities it serves. Comerica’s BRG teams have contributed to more than $1.3 billion in BRG-related closed business since 2020.
Comerica Sponsors ALPFA Michigan Quarterly Reconnect
Comerica recently sponsored the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) Michigan’s first Quarterly Reconnect event of the year at the Whitney Hotel in Detroit.
Members of Comerica’s Michigan Hispanic Business Resource Group (BRG) along with other colleagues attended the event to connect with other Detroit area Latino professionals and network with ALPFA Michigan board members and other corporate sponsors in a unique and friendly social setting.
Led by the Michigan Hispanic BRG, Comerica’s overall support of ALPFA Michigan includes sponsoring the Quarterly Reconnect events and 2022 Student Conference, as well as partnering to deliver financial education sessions for students, businesses, and entrepreneurs.
The Association of Latino Professionals For America
Comerica’s colleagues connect with other Detroit area Latino professionals.
(ALPFA) Michigan’s provides professional development workshops and career resources to its members to empower and develop leaders for the nation, with a goal to help expand the opportunities and presence of successful Latino business leaders and professionals in Michigan and to promote their presence and influence throughout the state.
From page A-3
business they want to see join their community.”
TOP 10 REVEAL
April 4; 5-8 p.m.; TechTown Detroit
Over 150 applications were submitted to the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, and on April 4 the Top 10 business concepts will be revealed.
Attendees of the Top 10 Reveal will get to know the 10 semifinalists via a fireside chat from 5-5:45 p.m. followed by an open house from 6-8 p.m. where they can mix and mingle with the entrepreneurs. The event will feature a cash bar with complimentary small bites provided by Hatch alumni businesses. Tickets are free at HatchDetroit.com with a suggested donation to support Hatch Detroit and TechTown.
Public voting to narrow down the semifinalists from 10 to four will begin April 5 at noon and run through April 12 at noon. Community members can vote for their favorite businesses once per day by visiting HatchDetroit.com. Ad-
ALPFA provides members scholarships, career fairs, networking events and mentorship opportunities.
Nationally, ALPFA connects over 95,000 Latino professionals and students across the country and offers access opportunities for networking, leadership development, and 50,000+ paid summer internships with top Fortune 1000 companies.
Comerica colleagues LaToya Rowell, National Community Affairs Manager, (far right) and LaShawn Jimenez, Michigan African American BRG Chair, (far right) pictured with Dr. Ossian Sweet Foundation Daniel Baxter and wife, Karen (middle).
Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. In celebration of Women’s History Month Comerica’s Women’s Business Resource (BRG) proudly sponsored the United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s 7th Annual Women of Influence Summit.
Comerica Bank’s Linda Nosegbe, Wendy Holmes, and Shaelise King at the United Way Women of Influence of Influence Summit.
The Summit features women who share personal stories and professional experiences while highlighting those who have inspired them along the way. Funds raised from the event support the United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s focus education and equity.
The Women of Influence Summit also included “The Market,” an onsite marketplace featuring local women-owned businesses who shared their products and services with over 600 attendees.
Comerica’s Women’s BRG is supports women and woman-owned businesses in the diverse communities Comerica serves.
The United Way of Southeastern Michigan raised funds for programs focused on education and equity while providing an opportunity for over 600 attendees to network and connect with local women-owned businesses.
Detroit Red Wings, Tigers, and Comerica Bank Recognize Women’s History Month Game Changers
As a part of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers ongoing series, in partnership with Comerica Bank, this March, four new Game Changers will be recognized for their efforts in the community. In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, four Detroit-area women are being acknowledged.
Lori Patterson is the Executive Director of Figure Skating in Detroit, an organization that combines the power of education with the grace and discipline of figure skating. Under Lori’s leadership, Figure Skating in Detroit has been featured in the National U.S. Figure Skating Championships and in National Geographic’s docuseries IMPACT.
Jill Harris, Executive Director of Women of Tomorrow, has dedicated her life to improving education in the Metro Detroit area. As the Executive Director of the Women of Tomorrow, a Mentoring
and Scholarship program in Detroit, she aims to inspire young women to live up to their full potential. Prior to working in education, Jill dedicated her time to helping local charities.
Charlene Turner-Johnson, the Volunteer President and CEO of B.A.S.S. (Building Assets to Strengthen Society) Inc., a local non-profit that focuses on affordable housing, youth development, and community engagement. For over 40 years, Turner-Johnson has been founding and leading non-profit organizations in the Detroit area that help guide and nurture children.
Cindy Abbott is the CEO of Warrior Sports, an organization that values collaboration among cross functional areas, strong customer relationships, and creating the best product in the marketplace for athletes of all levels. Abbott began her career with Warrior Sports in finance leadership and was promoted in 2019.
ditional opportunities to vote in person will be announced at a later date.
COMERICA HATCH DETROIT
CONTEST HATCH OFF
April 26; 6-9 p.m.; Wayne State Industry Innovation Center
The final four contestants will have a chance to make one last pitch, “Shark Tank-style,” in front of a panel of judges and attendees at the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Hatch Off. A winner will be crowned and receive the $100,000 grand prize, courtesy of Comerica Bank. The event will feature a cash bar with complimentary small bites provided by Hatch alumni businesses. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at HatchDetroit.com.
Public voting for the Top 4 will begin April 24 at noon and run through the completion of the pitch competition at the Hatch Off. Community members can vote for the business they want to see win it all once per day at HatchDetroit.com. New this year, the Hatch Off will be live streamed at HatchDetroit.com and the Hatch Detroit Facebook page, so that those unable to attend in person can still participate in crowning the winner.
Outstanding art exhibits on full display to kick off Evening of the Fine Arts in 2022. Photo
Credit: Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
An Evening Of Fine Arts
From page A-3
Admission to An Evening of Fine Arts is free and open to the public. Free Tickets are required for entry and available in advance at participating schools, the DPSCD Office of Fine Arts and Eventbrite.com.
“An Evening of Fine Arts has become a beautiful community celebration of our youth’s extraordinary talents and unbelievable artistic gifts,” said Steve Davis, Comerica Bank Michigan Market President. “We appreciate the opportunity to team with 313 Presents, Ilitch Companies and the City of Detroit to offer this stage and connect our community to one of this year’s most rewarding events. Along with our partners, we can’t wait to see what the performing students from Detroit Public Schools will present this year at the Fox Theatre, one of the most iconic and historic venues in the country.”
313 Presents President Howard Handler said he’s thrilled that the community will get to experience these students’ talents first-hand. “313 Presents is proud to continue its support of Detroit Public Schools Community District’s An Evening of Fine Arts at the Fox Theatre,” Handler said. “The
event not only provides inspiration to the students who showcase their work on a such grand stage, but also inspires the community to lift our young people and celebrate their passion and potential. We hope the success of the event continues to build and cannot wait to see what students have in store for us this year.”
Rochelle Riley, the city’s Director of Arts and Culture, said “It is vital that we not only celebrate excellence, but celebrate it early. Our children who want to become part of one of the nation’s most vibrant and accomplished creative workforces, need to know that they don’t have to leave Detroit to be great and they can take great stages before Carnegie Hall. They can be showcased at one of our preeminent venues – the Fox Theatre. They deserve it, and so does the city. I cannot wait to see them shine.”
For more information about An Evening of Fine Arts visit Detroitk12.org and follow the district on Facebook at Detroit Public Schools Community District, Twitter at @Detroitk12, and Instagram at @Detroitk12.
Tickets are FREE and Available to the Public at Eventbrite.com
Page A-10 • michiganchronicle.com • March 15-21, 2023
A packed audience, along with judges, applaud the 2022 Hatch Detroit Contest by TechTown finalists and their presentations at the Wayne State Industry Innovation Center.
Event emcee Mark Lee (far right), introduce the five finalists of the 2022 Hatch Detroit Contest by TechTown.
C ity. L ife . Style
B1 | March 15-22, 2023
“Tapestry in Black” Podcast Brings Elevated Conversation to the Table
By Sherri Kolade
Digital content creator Khaliph Young knows a thing or two about developing social media strategies and leveraging smart TVs and mobile apps to promote lifestyle brands as he does it for a living at his company Zen Zen Mobile.
Young is knee-deep in producing video and podcast content, visual brand storytelling, social media and content strategies.
It was a no-brainer then for Young to marry his love of content with his appreciation for Black history and culture as a Black brother in Detroit.
He recently debuted his latest brainchild, a podcast, “Tapestry in Black,” during Black History Month to showcase the creative local forces of arts, music, racial reckoning and more on his show.
“Black stories are the fabric and tapestry of America and make up an endless cornucopia of soulful and life-changing experiences,” according to the show’s description. “The stories are different but the Blackness is the same. The ‘Tapestry in Black’ podcast series shares stories of the Black people that lived them.”
The show, broken up into seasons, features local Black people doing unique things in and around the city. Their passion for developing it and what they plan to share is all on the line as Young centers the show around their lives, upbringing, influences and more, intertwined with upbeat instrumental music and background sounds to keep the listener engaged.
Young told the Michigan Chronicle that the podcast was birthed out of several creative ventures he went on including a previous show he had, “Soulitude,” which explored the human experience at the onset of COVID.
“I was listening to those stories. And I was like, ‘Oh, man, you know, this would be really good to follow up with that,’” he said of the podcast. “And then once that episode was done, it was like, you know, let’s follow up with some other interesting stories. And so, I started with my mom and some other people I knew that had some interesting stories, and then some I didn’t know they had interesting stories until they told me and so it just became a situation where preserving our oral histories and sharing our oral histories, you know, much like the griots [African storytellers].”
With season one already a wrap, Young plans to roll out season two down the line once more interviews are secured.
According to podcasting host, Buzzsprout, podcasts have increased in numbers since their inception in the early 2000s.
With the introduction of smartphones, smart speakers (such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home, etc.), mobile devices, and in-dash entertainment systems, the market expanded.
See TAPESTRY IN BLACK Page B-2
Mainstream Award Shows: Are They Diverse Enough for Black America?
By Andre Ash
ABC televised the 95th Academy Awards Sunday night, a moment to celebrate and acknowledge the best in television and film. Yet are Black Americans falling out of love for mainstream award shows?
It was eight years ago the #OscarsSoWhite campaign ignited the internet, a sharp criticism over the Academy’s lack of diversity or representation in nominations of people of color. The negative rebuke online led the Academy to undergo a review of its operating and voting procedures and membership system.
Years following the #OscarSoWhite fallout, a USC Anneberg Inclusion Initiative studies the impact of online awareness.
“When April Reign unleashed #OscarsSoWhite, she tapped into the collective desire for change and the outrage that people felt at seeing actors of color excluded once again from this career-defining award,” Smith said. “This comprehensive look at the Oscars demonstrates that exclusion was normative for many years and still is in many categories. But it also shows that there is power in collective action, and that energy has ensured that the years since #OscarsSoWhite do not look like the years that came before.”
At the top of the show, the Academy made mention of how the organization has progress to be more inclusive, recognizing the diversity which existed in most of the 23 nominating categories, while also acknowledging great films which didn’t receive a nomination.
“While we’re on the subject of diversity, …there are a number of excellent films and performances that were not nominated tonight,” said Jimmy Kimmel, host the Acad-
emy Awards. “Till and The Woman King which are both based on true stories and are very worthy of your time if you haven’t seen them.”
At every turn, the Academy made efforts to showcase more people of color and their strive for inclusivity.
Dewayne “The Rock” Johnson presented the Best Animated Feature Award, Rihanna performed “Life Me Up”, a featured song in the Black Panther movie released last year. One of presenters for the Nominee for Actor in a Supporting Role category echoing the call for diversity in the industry.
“We have been more inclusive and intention in showcasing more of a reflection of the audiences who are inspired by them.”
Despite the intentional focus to be showcase more diverse talents, the Oscars perhaps missed the mark in the category for Actress in Supporting Role, at least according to Black America.
The reaction was swift when the category win went to Jamie Lee Curtis, sideline actress Angela Bassett for her role in Black Panther.
The social media response was immediate and left some willing to turn the channel.
“Good for Angela Bassett not smiling nor clapping,” remarked twitter user @keatingsixth online. “Y’all expect Black women to not only be exceptional, but be happy for others who get accolades we deserve over and over.”
Another twitter user remarked, “she will always be an Academy Award winning in my eyes, I don’t care!” said Khalia. “Legendary Angela Bassett, they playing in my auntie’s face too much!”
Moments after the big Oscar snub, Michael B. Jordan
Classical Roots Celebrated at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall
By Andre Ash
Metro-Detroiters celebrated two nights of a powerful and soul-touching performances March 9th and 10th during the 2023 Arthur L. Johnson – Honorable Damon Jerome Keith Classical Roots Celebration.
The event featured the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, bass-baritone Davóne Tines, clarinetist Anthony McGill, poet Jessica Care moore. It was all led by Na’Zir McFadden, DSO’s Assistant Conductor and Phillip and Lauren Fisher community Ambassador.
“This just shows what this city has done to support African American composers,” said Erik Rönmark, DSO President and CEO. “When you look at the city itself and the orchestra and the way it has championed composers in the past, it’s just really impressive.”
Rönmark states the legacy the orchestra has in championing work by Black composers is something that is really “embedded in our DNA.”
He notes as much as great a night(s) the Classical Roots is annually for the orchestra, it’s not just something to be noted for once a year but instead inclusivity wrapped within its programming all year long.
“It’s what we want a orchestra in the 21st century to be, a reflection of its community.”
The early March weekend marked the 45th classical roots concert and 22nd celebration. The event honored Dr. Charles G Adams, a Detroit minister, educator and community civil rights leader who spent his life in music.
“We want to pay homage to composers and com-
munity leaders who meant so much to support what orchestra and music means for our community really mean,” Rönmark says. “It’s what these evenings are all about when you highlight artist and community leaders who really understand the value of arts, music, and culture and what it does for a city.”
The night also honored a local educator and trumpeter who taught through DSO’s Civic Youth Ensembles and now giving back of his time to youth musicians.
“To be here receiving this honor is incredible,”
Where City Meets Life and Life Meets Style michiganchronicle.com
See CLASSICAL ROOTS Page B-2
See AWARD SHOWS Page B-2
Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors shout-out Angela Bassett while presenting at the Oscars
Angela Bassett – Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee
Tapestry In Black
According to statistics, over one-third (104 million) of Americans listen to podcasts regularly. Podcasting grew dramatically during COVID, and podcast listeners were increasingly diverse.
Young said that similar to the African Sankofa bird (whose feet face forward while its head is turned back with an egg in its mouth) letting people share their stories on his platform stirs up feelings of remembrance from the speakers while empowering the listeners to remember to reach back.
“Knowing where we come from and who we are helps and I think a lot of youth is at a loss and don’t have that connection. And that’s why
... we’re lost in America because we don’t have knowledge of self you know, or family or family history. And so, I just want this to be able to encourage others to kind of, you know, especially the youth [to] sit with your elders and talk to them and learn from them as the best you can.”
Young added that in the ‘60s it was a “turbulent time for African Americans in the United States.”
He said that many of his guests have spoken of living during that time, which is seemingly repeating itself with unrest and violence.
“It was just an interesting time that really parallels with our times the last four to six years,” he said.
Video Producer Iman Young, a story producer and editor for the podcast told the Michigan Chronicle that as a third-generation communications professional, it’s an “honor” to work with her father.
“I’ve seen him work on many projects, but this one seems special. The thought of working with family on building our own framework for documenting Black oral narratives is most fulfilling,” she said.
Larry Bragg, 73, who grew up in the ‘60s, appeared on one of the podcast episodes when he described how stepping out of high school into a world of “chaos and change” was an unsettling norm for people, Black people especially, in his day.
said, adding that growing up he experienced his neighborhood change with the infiltration of drugs, the Vietnam war and other outside influences. The music of Motown also was the soundtrack of his life with its influences and cultural impact. “[It was] all part of it.”
Bragg said that being on the show and retelling his history, a slice of American history is one for all generations to take in and understand so that history doesn’t repeat itself.
“I think it’s important because how do we get to the next level if we don’t know what people went through back in the day? How are they going to move forward?”
and Jonathan Majors, leading actors behind the CREED movie, walked on stage as presenters and made reference to Bassett.
“Hi, auntie. We love you.”
While #Blacktwitter had a night criticizing the Bassett snub, there was a positive Black win in the Best Costume category for her costume designs for the Black Panther movie. Ruth Carter becomes the first Black woman to win two Oscars.
Black shouldn’t do in response to the #OscarsSoWhite fallout.
“Here’s what I do know. Begging for acknowledgment, or even asking, diminishes dignity, and diminishes power. We are a dignified people, and we are powerful, and let’s not forget it.”
where he brought creativity and inspiration for six years.
Anthony Davis was also honored, a composer, artist and pianist who captures audiences with his inspirations in relation to historical injustices.
“I grew up in the ‘60s east side of Detroit,” he said Kris Johnson, presented with the Marlowe Stoudamire Award for Innovation and Community Collaboration. “It’s always important to honor African American musicians as a whole, I specifically think classical music. I think it’s what other organizations may over look, but the music we see on stage here at the DSO is first rate.”
The Marlowe Stoudamire Award for Innovation and Community is presented annually. The late Stoudamire helped steer the Classical Roots mission and was a part of DSO’s Steering Committee
“Classical Roots is such a historical phenomenon,” said Lawrence Matthews, an attendee and local opera singer. “As a Detroit and singer I was always encouraged to visit and being here, it was breathtaking. The variety and style of music, having the composer here was amazing to see him in the flesh and talk about how important it is for Black people to show up and be visible and it was on stage.”
The series is on Amazon music, iheart, iTunes, and podbean or you can just search for “Tapestry in Black” podcast.
For more information visit tapestryinBlack.podbean.com.
“Thank you to the Academy for recognizing the superwoman that is a Black woman,” said Carter, as she delivered her acceptance speech. “She endures, she loves, she overcomes. She is every woman is this film.”
While there have been Black actors and actress snubbed and recognized, Jada Pickett-Smith argued in 2016 on what
Mainstream award shows such as the Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys, have been on a decline in viewer ratings. In recent years based on the changing viewer habits and streaming options. However, Black people honoring the best in themselves in nothing new, a reflection of the lack of representation in people of color, years in the making by mainstream platforms. Some of the shows created to honor African Americans in their respective fields include The Soul Train Awards, The Source Awards, and The BET Awards.
Page B-2 | March 15-22, 2023 | michiganchronicle.com From page B-1
From page B-1 michiganchronicle.com | DQE Michigan Chronicle DIGITAL DAILY Keeping You Informed At All Times Of The Day From page B-1
KEEP YOUR COVID-19 VACCINES UP TO DATE This winter... Help protect yourself, your family and the community by keeping your COVID-19 and flu vaccines up to date. Let’s enjoy all the togetherness we can this winter. Find a vaccine location near you at Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine DetroitOpera.org FRI MAR 17 AT 7:30 P.M. SAT MAR 18 AT 7:30 P.M. SUN MAR 19 AT 2:30 P.M. @DETROIT OPERA HOUSE SPRING DANCE SPONSOR SEASON SPONSOR PRESENTING SPONSOR JACQUELIN HARRIS. PHOTO BY DARIO CALMESE.
More than 8,000 households have enrolled! The moratorium continues for these residents.
michiganchronicle.com | March 15-21, 2023 | Page B-3 NO DETROIT RESIDENT WILL FACE WATER SHUTOFF IF ENROLLED IN AN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM If you are low-income, apply for the DWSD Lifeline Plan. Go to waynemetro.org/DWSDlifeline Call 313-386-9727 If you are not low-income and have a past due balance, the 10/30/50 Plan is for you. Enroll at detroitmi.gov/DWSD Call 313-267-8000 DWSD Lifeline Plan provides the LOWEST total water, sewer and drainage BILL IN THE NATION at $18 PER MONTH
The Moratorium Can Continue For You
All You Need To Do Is Apply!
Detroit TV Weatherman Dancing ‘Positivity’ with His Forecasts
By Andre Ash
Mike Taylor has been forecasting the weather for five years at Detroit’s ABC affiliate, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7. He is a part of the station’s First Alert Weather team and can be seen on weekends and periodically through out the weekday. Many viewers may know him from his on-air broadcasting, but some may know him as the dancing weather guy. Taylor has garnered a lot of followers intrigued by his slick moves and style on social media.
In an One-On-One interview with Michigan Chronicle, Taylor recounts a sunny day and being in a good mood when he decided to video lip sync the song, “Happy Feelings” by Maze featuring Frankie Bravely.
“I was just trying to put some positivity out there on social media,” he says. “I posted this video pretending like I’m singing as if I can and I got over 8,000 (views).” He soon realized this spontaneous and cool Instagram reel was the type of content that drew more people than much of his weather content on his personal accounts.
He soon partnered with his colleague and weekend co-anchor Ameera David for a dance street where the aim was to show positivity. They hit it off on the studio floor to a trending social media act in a seven-second video. The moon walk video of the duo hit millions of views online.
“I’m a fan of music,” said Taylor. “I used to dance all the time in high school. I was one of those people who dance around at home and practice.”
“A lot of my dances are one takes. I’d do one take, see how
it looks, and just upload it.”
Those natural dance skills seem to be paying off in his free styling moves and slides and sometimes at work across the studio floor.
The Detroit native is recounts being inspired as a kid watching Michael Jackson do the moon walk and taking the time to himself to be intrigued by all types of dance such as salsa, ball room, ballet and spinning.
“Once I realized people started to like it, I realized I had to shake the dust off these knees,” he says in laughter, as he recounts returning to dance after putting it on pause for years after high school.
Dancing is just one of his skillsets. Being from a town of car manufacturing and love for cool vehicles, he attended Mississippi State University where he initially majored in mechan-
Building trust comes before building finances.
ical engineering. But there had been a severe storm moving over Detroit he had been watching from afar while at school. The concern he had over weather conditions back at home, led him to make a phone call to his mother.
“Clearly you’re into weather, you should probably do that instead,” Mike recalls his mother saying. It was at this point he would change his college major to meteorology in the middle of undergraduate school.
After graduating college, he went to work for multiple news stations across the country over several years. He eventually landed back home and returned to WXYZ-TV, the place where he got his start as an intern.
Mike is inspired by several Detroit TV weathercasters he remembers going up watching, but who stood out the most for
him is former WDIV-TV meteorologist Andrew Humphrey.
“The presence of Andrew let me know that, ‘Hey, I can do this too!’”
“You don’t find many Black meteorologist on TV and that was the beauty of Andrew Humphrey,” he said. “His presence on-air and directly showed kids like me that this isn’t something you can’t do or reach for.”
Taylor find himself being the one who inspires others kids from Detroit who write him letters or acknowledges his presence and their interest in weather and science.
“When we get bad weather, you could be on-air for hours.” In other words, Mike knows he’ll be on this feet for a long time. It’s on bad weather days he often switches his dress shoes and rock his gym shoes or sneakers for comfort, which don’t typically show on the tele-
vision green screen.
“No one would know I have the comfort on,” he said. “But then it caught on (in the workplace) where people would ask, ‘ what shoes you have on today?’”
And just like in dance, when it comes to shoes, Mike will show up b in style from his Jordan Ones, to Bel Air Jordan 5s, and his Nike weather color waves.
“I have to wear my severe weather shoes and depending how bad the weather is that will depict what type of shoes I wear.”
“He’s got on his radar shoes, it’s going to be a bad day!”, a symbol Taylor is jokingly reminded of by his colleagues of in the newsroom.
When it comes to his love for weather, he understands predicting it and be a reliable source of information for viewers is an important part of his day job.
Dancing and being fascinated by a style of gym shoes has been something he’s had enjoyed since high school and it’s still very much a part of him. And he’s proud to showcase it and all it captures of Mike being himself.
Mike doesn’t find himself needing to fit a mode of what people expect in his role. He finds unexpected ways in which people have reached out to appreciate his forecasts and how dancing puts a smile on their faces.
“I want them (viewers/followers) to see me as a whole,” he says. “I want people to wake up smiling and if it’s because of something I did, then great –that’s really the push.”
Page B-4 | Mach 15-21, 2023 | michiganchronicle.com
_ Financial support for the things that matter most. Whether you’re running a household, growing a business, serving on a board or planning for retirement, our PNC-Certified Women’s Business Advocates are here to help. We’ll work closely with you to understand your unique needs. Then we’ll access resources and connections, and provide financial solutions to help you get where you want to go, in work and in life. Reach out to an advocate today at pnc.com/women ©2023 The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. All rights reserved. PNC Bank, National Association. Member FDIC
5 p.m. at the school (7600 Goethe St., Detroit, 48214) Applications are available at the school (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. M-F) or on the website beginning April 1: https://boggsschool.org/ school-information#applications.
Annual Wellness Exam is Key to a Healthy Year for Older Adults
(StatePoint) You’ve selected your insurance plan for the year. Now, it’s time to start using your benefits, beginning with an annual wellness exam.
An annual wellness exam with a health care provider is important for everyone, but especially for older adults. As we age, we are more likely to develop chronic health conditions, according to Dr. J.B. Sobel, chief medical officer for Cigna Medicare, which serves hundreds of thousands of older adults through its products. An annual wellness exam can help detect potential health issues early so they can be addressed before they worsen, he added.
“By meeting with your primary care provider early in the year, you can highlight the things that are important to you, and work together to develop a plan for your care for the year ahead,” Sobel said. “This will ensure you live each day with vitality, happiness and improved health.”
Many providers will reach out to schedule an annual wellness exam. If your provider doesn’t contact you, make sure to call them.
&evaluate static &dynamic linear &non-linear (implicit &explicit) FEA simulations of psgr vehicle chassis structures &suspension &steering cmpnts for Advanced Vehicle Development (AVD) &post-AVD vehicle prgrms to assess FEA reqmts incl strength (nonlinear material anlys), static stiffness (constant amplitude load anlys), dynamic stiffness (frequency dependent &variable amplitude load anlys), fatigue (to obtain cycles to material crack initiation w/ variable amplitude loads &constant amplitude loads), N&V performance (natural modes &frequency range anlys), safety, &crashworthiness. Bachelor, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Automot Engrg, or related. 36 mos exp as Engineer, performing or analyzing FEA simulations of psgr vehicle suspension cmpnts for vehicle program to assess FEA reqmts incl strength, stiffness, fatigue, &crashworthiness, using Abaqus &HyperWorks tools, or related. Mail resume to Ref#20771-201, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Automated Driving Lead Software Platform Engineer
Warren, MI, General Motors. Engr, design, create, &build Super Cruise &Ultra Cruise automated driving features based on vision, radar &LIDAR sensors, fault mgmt, &commn-based CAN, LIN, Automot Ethernet, &Flexray) &OTA capabilities in GM Autonomous Compute Platform incl. sys on chip &ECU. Gather automated driving business &technical reqmts, create SW architecture, &write design docs, using JAMA tool. Collaborate w/ SW engrg teams to create prototype SW, in C++ &Python prgrmg languages, using Git, Gerrit, &Jenkins
A number of annual check-ups are available at no extra cost to those with Medicare. They include a “Welcome to Medicare” visit for customers who have just reached Medicare eligibility and an “Annual Wellness Exam” for existing customers. Many Medicare Advantage (MA) plans offer more extensive annual visits at no extra cost. Some even offer incentives for completing a visit. Talk with your provider and Medicare insurer about your benefits.
Each annual exam may be a little different. Regardless of the type, Sobel offers the following tips to ensure you get the most from your visit.
Prepare. Before you go, write down anything you’d like to discuss with your health care provider, including changes to your health over the past year. Bring your prescription and over-the-counter medications with you. Ask plenty of questions and take notes. You might even want to take along a family member, trusted friend or caregiver to ensure you understand everything your provider has shared.
Be open and honest. It’s tempting to make things look rosier than they are when talking to your health care provider, but minimizing what you are feeling can lead to an incorrect diagnosis or prescription. Speak openly about unhealthy habits, like smoking or lack of exercise. Your provider won’t judge you. Being honest is the only way your health care provider can help you reach your goals.
Mind mental health. Your emotional health impacts your physical health. Many people think depression is a natural part of aging, but it doesn’t have to be. Talk to your doctor if you are feeling sad, anxious or hopeless. Treatments, such as talk therapy, medication or both, may be covered by Medicare. Monitor medications. Adults age 65 and older tend to take more medications than other age groups, increasing the risk for adverse reactions, such as cognitive impairment and falls. It’s a good idea to take your medications to your annual wellness exam and discuss any potential problems or side effects you’re experiencing. Don’t forget about over-the-counter drugs, vitamins or nutritional supplements you take.
Schedule screenings and get vaccines. There are a number of important health screenings and vaccines that you may need depending on your age and gender, such as colon cancer screening, bone density test, mammogram, flu shot or COVID-19 immunization. Ask your provider about the screenings and vaccines you’ve had already and schedule any you need as soon as possible. You may even be able to do that before you leave the office. Also, don’t forget to visit your eye doctor and dentist. These visits are covered by many MA plans as well. Find out more at www.cignamedicare.com.
“You wouldn’t drive your vehicle without proper preventive maintenance, so please don’t ignore preventive maintenance for your most prized possession – your health,” Sobel said. “An annual wellness exam is a great place to start!”
Follow | Like | Share
ANNOUNCEMENTS PROFESSIONAL HELP WANTED PROFESSIONAL HELP WANTED PROFESSIONAL HELP WANTED michiganchronicle.com | March 15-21, 2023 | Page B-5 Classifieds 313 963-5522 MICHIGAN CHRONICLE Published Every Wednesday www.michiganchronicle.com Please visit our website for more classified ads. Attention: Vended Meal Companies Detroit Achievement Academy is requesting proposals for vended school meals. The Vendor will provide meals according to United States Department of Agriculture regulations and guidelines, as well as State of Michigan Department of Education policies and guidelines. A copy of the RFP will be available by email at email@example.com by April 3, 2023. The pre-bid meeting will be held on April 5, 2023. All proposals must be submitted electronically no later than 4:00 pm on May 1, 2023. Hard copy proposals must also be submitted to: Detroit Achievement Academy 7000 W Outer Dr Detroit, MI 48235 The Detroit Achievement Academy’s Board of Education reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all proposals or to accept the proposal that it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in the best interest of the school district. OPEN ENROLLMENT THE BOGGS SCHOOL The Boggs School’s open application period for the 2023-24 school year is Apr. 1-30, 2023, and our random selection drawing, if needed, will be May 5 at
Tax Manager Doeren Mayhew & Co., P.C. has an opening for an International Tax Manager in Troy, Michigan responsible for preparing and reviewing income tax returns for U.S. taxpayers and determining U.S. filing requirements for taxpayers with ownership interests in foreign corporations. Master’s degree or foreign equivalent in Business Administration, Accounting, Accounting-Financial Operations, or related field, or related field of study and 5 years of experience in the job offered or a related international tax advising position Experience must include: preparing and reviewing personal income tax returns; conducting Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) status determination, income calculating, and reporting; conducting tax consulting on international tax issues and technical tax research; preparing and conducting tax training; completing Forms 5741, 3520, 3520-A, and 8621; reviewing international tax cost projections, tax equalization, and hypothetical tax calculations. Any applicant who is interested in this position should apply at https://doeren.hrmdirect.com/ employment/job-opening.php?req=2387458 &&&nohd#job Software Developer Warren, MI, General Motors. Member of Modernization Agile Release Train in Digital Business Team Technology group, dvlp, test, validate, &release new features in Connected Vehicle Cloud (CVC) SW apps in Java prgrmg language, using microservices architecture (MSA), Spring Boot, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, &messaging libraries using Apache Kafka to migrate data among apps &data clusters, &logging libraries to organize HTTP &cache logs. Migrate monolithic apps to MSA using internal generator libraries. Analyze &improve CVC SW based on sys reqmts from Product Owners. Perform Create, Read, Update &Delete (CRUD) operations using Representational State Transfer (REST) Application Programming Interface (API). Build &maintain Continuous Integration &Deployment pipelines leveraging technologies incl. Azure DevOps server, Azure &Jenkins pipelines, &Bitbucket, &Git tools. Perform automation builds using Maven &Kubernetes tools &Apache Kafka for messaging. Debug, test, dvlp pilots to validate updates to library for Postgres &Oracle databases &CVC apps password security using HashiCorp Vault. Bachelor, Computer Science, Information Technology, Cptr or Information Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Developer or Engineer, dvlpg or releasing features in SW apps, &performing CRUD operations using REST API, or related. Mail resume to Ref#3045, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265. Cell Design Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Engr, design, dvlp &synthesize advanced battery cell technology for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). Select proper battery cell chemistry incl. Lithium Iron Phosphate, Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide, &Lithium Nickel Cobalt Manganese Aluminum Oxide for cathode based on energy, power, &vehicle range reqmts, &graphite &silicon for anode based on energy &power reqmts. Select appropriate cell format incl. pouch, prismatic, &cylindrical for different BEVs based on vehicle size, mass, &structure design. Formulate &adjust chemical formulas to augment &improve fast charging capability of battery cells based on BEV reqmts. Apply optimization techniques incl. DOE &DFSS to engr &dvlp low cost, optimized battery cell performance, incl. calculation of graphite (anode), NMC (cathode), &related additive materials loading in cells, &battery cell cycling, to improve battery safety &electrochemical properties. Coordinate cmpt incl. cathode, anode, separator, &electrolyte design &cmpt integration through Advanced Cell Process of Engrg, Advanced Technology Work &Anlys, Dvlpmt &Validation. Master, Chemical Engrg, Chemistry, Material Science &Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Chemist, Engineer, Researcher, or related, formulating &adjusting chemical formulas to improve fast charging capability of battery cells based on Hybrid Electric Vehicle or Battery Electric Vehicle reqmts, or related. Mail resume to Ref#2226, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265. Researcher Warren, MI, General Motors. Research, dvlp &improve models for aftertreatment catalyst w/ reduced Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) emphasizing reduction in use of platinum, palladium, &rhodium essential metals, to meet State of California Air Resources Board Level III Super-Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle 30 &China7 regs. Apply advanced numerical methods incl. Finite Element Method (FEM) &Finite Difference Method (FDM) to solve Partial Differential Equations (PDEs), to research &dvlp novel solution to obtain reduced-order (0 &1 dimensional) model, for describing transient non-isothermal diffusion, convection &reaction processes in gasoline ICE psgr vehicle catalytic converter, to reduce loading of PGM &optimize real time controls in catalytic converters. Apply advanced numerical methods incl. FEM &FDM to solve PDEs, to research &dvlp novel solution to obtain reduced-order (0D &1D) model, for describing transient non-isothermal diffusion, convection &reaction processes in Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) next-generation lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, incl. performance &cycle life of both positive &negative electrodes, to better understand chemical failure mechanisms of future BEV Li-ion batteries. PhD, Chemical Engrg or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, Researcher, or Graduate Research Asst, applying advanced numerical methods incl. FEM &FDM to solve PDEs, to dvlp solution to obtain reduced-order models, for describing processes in catalytic converter, to reduce loading of PGM or optimize real time controls in psgr vehicle catalytic converters, or related. Mail resume to Ref#8542-G, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265. Senior Process Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Engr &dvlp layouts of plant tooling &eqpmt installation for psgr vehicle axle gear (ring &pinion), &Electric DU gear &gear shaft mfg processes, tooling designs, &evaluation of workstation ergonomics &HMI, at GM Cmpnt Holdings Grand Rapids (MI), Toledo Transmission Operation (OH), &Ramos Arizpe Transmission Plants, to produce steel, machined gears, pinion gears, &gear shafts, &related ring welded cmpnts, in high volume mfg plant environs. Track &resolve tooling &machinery pending installation of axle gear &Electric DU gear &gear shaft production launch issues such as missed production targets, &launch deliverables sign off. Create SORs, analyze, commission, &debug Machinery &Eqpmt for gear production methods, incl. CNC cylindrical gear grinding, broaching, shaving, shot peening, burnishing, tooth honing, shaping, turning, hobbing, tooth chamfering, bore honing, &welding, while qualifying new process &changes to existing process to statistical capability reqmts. Required travel to plants in U.S. (MI &OH) incl. 10 days each yr to MEX, to validate &qualify machinery &eqpmt to produce axle gears (rings &pinions) &Electric DU gears &gear shafts, up to ~60 days P/A (= ~16% annual travel). Bachelor, Mechanical, Automotive Engrg, or related. 36 mos exp as Engineer, engrg &dvlpg layouts of plant tooling &eqpmt installation for psgr vehicle gear mfg processes, tooling designs, &evaluation of workstation ergonomics &HMI, to produce steel, machined gears, in high volume mfg plant environ, or related. Mail resume to Ref#1856, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265. Senior Engineer FEV North America Inc. seeks a Senior Engineer based out of our office at 4554 Glenmeade Lane, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. Note, this is a hybrid position whereby the employee will work both from home and from the aforementioned office address. Hence, the employee must live within a reasonable commuting distance of the aforementioned office address. Note, this position does not require travel. Assume a lead role within the Engine and Hybrid Powertrain Systems Business Unit and be responsible for managing projects, mentoring lesser experienced engineers and providing general technical direction to the team as required. Technical topics will be focused on heavyduty diesel engine development and testing programs for on-road and non-road applications as well as spark-ignited, gas and hybrid powertrain systems; among other duties. Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and three years of experience in the job offered or related. EOE M/F/Disability/Vet. Apply to job reference number 23-00036 at: www.fev.com Automation Validation Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Analyze, dvlp, debug, perform end to end (E2E) testing, &automate mobile apps on In Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) test benches of myBrand (myChevrolet, myGMC, myBuick, myCadillac) mobile apps, in Java &Selenium prgrmg languages, using Perfecto, Jenkins, BitBucket, Selenium Webdriver, TestNG, Team Foundation Server, &IBM RTC tools, &Vehicle Spy scripting using neoVI FIRE2 HW. Dvlp keywords (function blocks), in Java prgrmg language, using Eclipse Integrated Dvlpmt Environ, &Git &Vehicle Spy tools, following Agile &SAFe methodologies. Debug Back Office apps, using TDI &ATT tools. Perform experiments &proofs of concept w/ HW to test TCP w/ mobile apps. Achieve 100% virtual design &dvlpmt of testing mobile myBrand apps &connected features for different IVI test bench setups, through CAN bus diagnostic simulations of OnStar Core Module (TCP), using Vehicle Spy &Global SIM tools. Review &analyze mobile, vehicle &Back Office design docs to identify potential sys integration issues. Master, Computer Science, Computer Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer or related, debugging, performing E2E testing, &automating mobile apps, in Java &Selenium prgrmg languages, or related. Mail resume to Ref#36536-12301, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265. Virtual Design, Development & Validation (VDDV) Engineer - Chassis Structure, Suspension, Steering & Wheel Systems Warren, MI, General Motors. Engr &improve conventional ICE psgr vehicle, HEV, BEV &autonomous psgr vehicle chassis structures (frames, subframes &wheels), &mechatronic front &rear suspension &steering cmpnts incl shock absorbers, struts, top mounts, knuckles, lower &upper control arms, stabilizer bars, using Abaqus CAE, FeSafe, NASTRAN, OptiStruct, Siemens NX, Tecware, Teamcenter Vismockup, HyperWorks ste, &Design Life tools. Perform, analyze,
for version control &continuous integration. Evaluate prototype metrics incl. safety (incl. compliance w/ Worldwide &U.S. FMVSS No. 111 Rear Visibility standards, &primary &secondary bootloader process optimization), robustness, &performance (CPU &memory usage), using QNX Momentics debugger. Perform prototype SW testing, calibration, &evaluation on test bench &in vehicle, using ETAS INCA, Vector CANalyzer, CANoe, &CANape tools, &RAD-Moon, RAD-Galaxy, RAD-Star, &Lauterbach HW. Master, Electrical, Computer Engrg, or related. 36 mos exp as Engineer, engrg or designing automated driving features based on vision, radar &LIDAR sensors, &commn-based (CAN, Automot Ethernet, &Flexray) capabilities in autonomous or self-driving psgr vehicle incl. embedded ECU, or related. Mail resume to Ref#2185-209, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265. Design Release Engineer - Power Inverter Warren, MI, General Motors. Engr, dvlp &release Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Traction Power Inverter Module sys &cmpnts (housings, cooling syss (fins, inlet/outlet ports), power modules, printed circuit boards, brackets, &connectors) reqmts &designs - to power electric motors ®enerate power from electric motor to charge vehicle RESS - for 2025 to 2028 &beyond model yr Performance All Wheel Drive Electric &Affordable Electric Vehicle platforms, using Siemens NX, Teamcenter, Teamcenter Vismockup, &ECM tools. Assure product designs &reqmts are compliant w/ GM Bills of Design, Bills of Material &Bills of Process. Apply DFMEA &Design Review Based on Failure Mode to new part designs &design changes to analyze &report product engrg designs meet vehicle reqmts incl. durability, reliability, environ, temperature &humidity. Engr &dvlp SORs, CTS &SSTS. Define Interface Control Documents reqmts for power inverter syss, subsyss, &cmpnt interfaces. Master, Mechanical, Automotive, Electrical Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, dvlpg or releasing BEV or hybrid electric vehicle Power Inverter Module sys &cmpnts reqmts &design, using Siemens NX &Teamcenter tools, or related. Mail resume to Ref#43228, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265. Controls System Engineer –General Assembly (GA) Warren, MI, General Motors. Review mechatronic eqpmt designs in GA area to meet Global Common Controls HW standard (GCCH-1), Global Common Controls SW (GCCS-2), Global Robotics SW. Retrieve &evaluate mfg data from Scalable Error Proofing &Error Proofing Platform syss to ensure qlty of psgr vehicles &qlty performance of GA. Engr, design, evaluate, implement, &optimize current &new automated sys controls incl. machining eqpmt, ancillary eqpmt (load, unload, washers), robotics, material handling eqpmt, parts sorting eqpmt, conveyors, automated guided vehicles, mfg process eqpmt, &automation controls technologies incl. programmable logic controllers (PLCs), FANUC robotics, HMIs, hydraulics, pneumatics, Servo Drive &Variable Frequency Drive syss, 3D machine vision syss, error proofing syss, &plant floor networks, using ePlan tools for HW &Ethernet &Devicenet commn. protocols, &Siemens Step 7, TIA Portal, RS Logix 5000, Studio5000, &RoboGuide tools for SW. Required travel to GM supplier plants in MI &KS to review designs, fixtures specs, eqpmt functionality, &perform safety reviews, &GM Vehicle Assy Plants in TN, KS &KY, to review, debug, &validate tooling, &eqpmt in General Assy automated &robotic syss installations &new program launches, up to 4 mos P/A (≅30% annual travel). Bachelor, Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial Engrg, or related. 24 mos exp as Engineer, designing or optimizing automated sys controls incl. material handling eqpmt, conveyors, &automation controls technologies incldg PLCs, robotics, Servo Drive syss, &machine vision syss, using TIA Portal &Studio5000 tools for SW, or related. Mail resume to Ref#5600, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265. Lean Material Strategies (LMS) Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Work w/ Vehicle Syss Material Execution Plant Leads to implement automated (robotic) syss for material storage, material flow &parts sequencing to support GM vehicle assy plant General Assy areas. Identify &implement automated material delivery eqpmt, incl. Automated Guided Cart syss, automated fork trucks, &automated tugger units, within vehicle assy plants to optimize material flow for current &future prgrms. Plan &lead deployments of Operator Assist Technology (OAT) &Automated Storage &Retrieval Systems (ASRSs) to optimize required manpower &floor space to support future vehicle prgrms in GA. Continuously improve all LMS initiatives, incl. optimization of presentation of materials (material racks) to operators on lines, &process documentation of standardized work to support LMS. Use AutoCAD tool to define plant delivery routes (pickup &drop off) for installation &execution of all automated material syss, incl. weekends &shutdown periods. Provide on-site technical support &issue resolution assistance during all executions. Required travel to GM Factory Zero (Hamtramck), Flint, &Orion vehicle assy plants in MI to evaluate &validate kitting &lineside material strategies, installation of OAT eqpmt, &support deployment of ASRSs for material storage, up to 24 wks P/A (≅46% annual travel). Master, Industrial Engrg, Supply Chain Mgmt, Mgmt &Information Syss, Logistics, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, improving LMS initiatives, incl. optimization of presentation of materials (material racks) to operators on lines, &processing documentation of standardized work to support LMS, or related. Mail resume to Ref#32349-2, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
SOURCE: (c) PeopleImages / iStock via Getty Images Plus
michiganchronicle.com | EQD
A NCAKESANDPOLITICS2023 #PANCAKESANDPOLITICS2023 #PANCAKESANDPOLITIC S CEO Bedrock, LLC Kofi Bonner President Penske Corporation Bud Denker President & CEO Henry Ford Health Robert G. Riney 241 Madison Street | Detroit, MI 48226 March 16, 2023 @ 7:30 AM Detroit Athletic Club Chairman & CEO Sixteen42Ventures Dennis Archer, Jr. Moderator PLATINUM PARTNERS CONTRIBUTING PARTNERS MEDALLION PARTNERS panelists BROADCAST PRESENTING PARTNER OVERDRIVE PRESENTING PARTNER Big Projects. Big Impact. Join us for a robust discussion about mega projects and how they impact the revitalization of Detroit and its economy. PIONEER PARTNER SoldOut! Forum I News Reporter WWJ, News Radio 950 Ryan Marshall