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Donald Trump Isn’t the First President to Be Arrested

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Upon turning himself into Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail, former President Donald Trump will become the second person in U.S. history to serve as president and be arrested.

The Future of Social Change Lies in the Hands of Young Black Attorneys

plains, “I recognize it today. So, I’ll do something about it today!”

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Trump was booked on August 24 on more than a dozen charges stemming from his efforts to reverse Georgia’s 2020 election results. Specifically, Trump asked former Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger during a phone call to help him secure over 11,000 votes, the amount in which he trailed Joe Biden in Georgia. During a recorded call that took place on January 2, 2021, Trump told Raffensperger: “All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”

It is the fourth time this year the former president has faced criminal charges. Many of his 18 co-defendants, including former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliana, turned themselves into the jail well before Trump would arrive for booking at 8:30 p.m. EST on August 24. His bond was set at $200,000, and he agreed to a host of release conditions after posting bond. One of the conditions of his release after bonding is that he can’t use social media to target his co-defendants or witnesses in the case.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, the Black woman who brought the racketeering case last week following a yearslong investigation, has asked for Trump and his 18 co-defendants to be arraigned in September and for the judge to set a trial date of March 4, 2024, for the RICO indictments against Trump and his 18 co-defendants.

As a Black woman, she’s stood tall in this historic indictment and arrest, facing racism, sexism, and threats of physical violence against her life, mostly from white extremist groups and domestic terrorists. Trump himself even accused Willis of an improper relationship with a member of the YSL organization that is also being tried in Fulton County.

Despite many of the elements of Trump’s indictment being unprecedented in U.S. history, his arrest isn’t the first one by a former or sitting president, and, coincidentally, it was another Black person who was responsible for the only other president being arrested.

The year was 1872, and President Ulysses S. Grant found himself caught on the wrong side of the law by William H. West, a young former slave and Civil War veteran who joined the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan

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In an era marked by renewed civil rights activism and mass protests, the next generation of leaders isn’t just waiting in the wings—they’re actively shaping the world around them. At just 16 years old, Cayden Brown serves as an awe-inspiring example of this young, transformational power. Yet, he is more than an individual wunderkind. He embodies the urgent need for Black representation in the legal world—a need that is deeply rooted in the history of social justice movements and bears critical importance for the future.

Brown, a student at the Walled Lake Consolidated School District in Detroit, sees himself as a fusion of his people’s collective pain and their enduring resilience. He believes his presence today serves a purpose, not just for him but for the community at large. “There is a need today,” he ex-

“My hope is to change lives. Changing systems is one of many ways to do that and I see that law is one of the most effective. People are silently dealing with so much,” Brown said in an interview with the Michigan Chronicle. “So, when we protest and advocate, it’s a loud cry. It’s a traumatic cry. I was always able to feel that. But I want to go further than simply understanding the pain. I want to eradicate it at the source.”

Like many young Black leaders

before him—think Fred Hampton, Angela Davis, Diane Nash, and so many others—Brown understands that change often starts with youth. Historically, young Black leaders have always been at the forefront of revolutionary movements, from the sit-ins and Freedom Rides of the Civil Rights Movement to the modern-day Black Lives Matter protests.

Brown’s journey in juvenile defense law began with the Oakland County Teen Court Program. Despite initial skepticism about the impact he could make, Brown found his calling in defending young people who, like him, needed a second chance.

“When I watched these children’s mothers sob in the pews because their kids barely got a second chance, I knew I had to defend,” he said.

Here, Brown is representing a fight against a system that has disproportionately failed young Black people

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Detroit Jazz Festival Returns Labor Day Weekend

It has been branded as the world’s biggest “free” jazz festival, and in a grand annual tradition, the Detroit Jazz Festival will once again take off with the sound of music over the Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1 to Sept. 4) in downtown Detroit. Approximately 60 performances will be rendered by jazz singers, musicians, bands, and orchestras on three stages: the JPMorgan Chase Main Stage in Campus Martius, the Carhartt Amphitheater Stage in Hart Plaza, and the Absopure Waterfront Stage in Hart Plaza.

Headlining this year’s festival are jazz legends and native Detroiters Regina Carter (violinist), Kenny Garrett (saxophonist), and Louis Hayes (drummer). The three are recipients of the 2023 National Endowment of the Arts Masters Award, the highest and most prestigious honor a jazz artist can receive in the United States.

In addition, the 2023 Detroit Jazz Festival’s “Artist-in-Residence” is Karriem Riggins, the renowned jazz musician, producer, DJ, and Emmy Award winner. The native Detroiter is known nationally and internationally for pushing the

boundaries of music through new and older generations of musicians and recording artists in the genres of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B-soul. Riggins will perform three times during the festival, including on Sunday, 9:15 p.m., with special guests Jessica Care Moore, Beej, T3, and Common on the JPMorgan Chase Main Stage.

“We are extremely excited to feature three newly awarded NEA Jazz Masters – Regina Carter, Louis Hayes, and Kenny Garrett, who are also Detroit jazz icons, on the stages of the Festival this year,”

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for generations. His role as a juvenile defense attorney is an act of disruption. “When people see someone who looks like me—young and Black—it makes them pay attention,” he stated.

The need for Black attorneys goes beyond mere representation; it’s a matter of dismantling systemic inequalities from the inside. Law has always been one of America’s most segregated professions. According to the American Bar Association, only about five percent of lawyers in the United States are Black. This lack of representation further perpetuates the alienation of Black communities, who often find themselves on the opposite side of the law but rarely see themselves in roles of legal authority or advocacy.

“The youth has always led social movements and it’s always exciting to see but we have to remember that the law is one of the least diverse professions that exists,” said Wayne State University Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, Peter Hammer.

“There are so many entrance barriers and pipelines to get into law school and to be successful in the law environment, so we should, in fact, celebrate every victory of a young Black lawyer. But that doesn’t mean that we are near solving the structural inequities that are preventing people of color from being successful in law.”

The absence of Black attorneys and jurors feeds into a vicious cycle of mistrust and inequity. It results in situations where, all too often, Black individuals do not find a jury of their true peers but instead find systems and people with predisposed prejudices against them.

“The legal system has been a source and tool of oppression of Africans in America since the inception of this country. Black lawyers must understand their important role in not only the reformation but also the abolition of this unjust’ criminal system’ that perpetuates the mass incarceration of our people,” said Jeffrey L. Edison, Esq. “As the late Dean of Howard University Law School, Charles Hamilton Houston, admonished Black law stu-

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Police Department (MPD) a year prior.

West came across Grant while on patrol near 13th and M streets NW in Washington, D.C. He stopped the president for speeding in his horse and buggy and gave him a warning for excessive speed. The next day, West saw the president repeating his behavior and arrested him.

While arresting Grant, West – one of only two Black police officers in the MPD at the end of the Civil War –

dents in the 1920s and 1930s, that as lawyers they must be ‘social engineers rather than parasites on the community.’”

Brown is aware of this gaping need and is determined to fill it. “The justice system is intentionally enigmatic but it’s the number one threat to our community,” he asserts.

“I actually had to change my pattern of thinking from this constant idea of a clash or a fight. When I would hear the word activist or was thinking along the lines of activism, my initial thought was that I was fighting against something. Fighting against the system, fighting against injustice. Fighting.”

Brown’s Trespass Project is a revolutionary initiative that challenges the traditional narratives around activism and legal justice. Moving beyond the idea of “fighting against the system,” Brown aims to enact change from within. The Trespass Project works to empower young Black individuals and their communities by providing them with the legal knowledge and resources they need to navigate a system that often feels impenetrable.

But it’s more than just a legal aid service; it’s a transformative movement aiming to dismantle systemic injustices that have long oppressed Black communities. Through workshops, mentorship, and active court representation, the project aims to rewrite the rules, giving marginalized individuals the keys to a system that has historically been written in a foreign language them. Brown believes that by understanding the system, one can work to change it effectively, and the Trespass Project serves as a powerful testament to this belief.

“Now, I understand that I’ve been able to make some of the most impactful changes by working with the very same system I was opposed to and I’m turning things around from the inside out. So, when you truly examine The Trespass Project, you’ll understand my thought process behind its creation.”

In terms of what the future holds, Cayden is taking time to absorb, learn, and prepare for his next mission. “I’m listening for my next assignment from The One Above,” he says. It’s a pause in

said: “I am very sorry, Mr. President, to have to do it, for you are the chief of the nation and I am nothing but a policeman, but duty is duty, sir, and I will have to place you under arrest.”

Records indicate that Grant told West to uphold his duties as a police officer, and he complied with the arrest. President Grant was taken to the police station and released on a $20 bond. There, he did not contest the fine or the arrest.

This was not Grant’s first citation for speeding in the District of Columbia. According to former chief Cathy Lanier, Ulysses S. Grant received three

a journey He assures us will not stop.” Brown’s ultimate goal? “To change lives by eradicating the root causes of pain and inequality.”

“It is highly encouraging to learn of the initiative, concern, and commitment of this young brother,” said Mark P. Fancher of the National Conference of Black Lawyers.

“My hope is that (Brown), and others like him, will be fully aware that the legal system was not designed to allow for the liberation of people of African descent but was instead designed to manage and control them. Liberation will come from the people engaged at a mass level in a struggle for power sufficient to overwhelm oppressive forces.

“For example, a global struggle by African people everywhere to reclaim control of Africa’s vast resources – oil, gold, coltan, diamonds – can fundamentally transform a powerless people into a people with the capacity to set the world’s agenda. Lawyers cannot lead that struggle within the bounds of the legal system. Their role at best is to disentangle people snared by that system so that the people might continue the fight to defeat white supremacy and capitalism. Lawyers might also seize opportunities for social reform through litigation and policy advocacy that, while not having a liberating effect, at least facilitate the survival of their community’s pending revolution.”

Brown’s story tells us that the fight for racial justice in the courtroom and beyond is a multi-generational endeavor, one that requires the youthful energy of leaders like him as well as the wisdom of those who came before. As society grapples with complex issues of racial inequality, police violence, and social justice, the need for Black attorneys—both young and old—remains both a historical shortcoming and a future necessity. Therefore, if you haven’t paid attention to the Cayden Browns of the world, now’s the time. Their work isn’t just inspiring; it’s critically essential.

“It’s an indescribable feeling to know that the things that I’ve created—or the things The Creator has created and is channeling through me, are felt, and seen and appreciated. It motivates me to keep going,” Brown confidently said. “So, I have no plans to stop anytime soon.”

citations for speeding in his horsedrawn carriage during his tenure as president.

Much like Willis, West made it a point to show the president that no one is above the law. But Grant himself said he knew the penalties of his actions and that he deserved to be arrested. As for Trump, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable evidence, he has concluded that he should not face the legal system for his miscarriages of justice. Still, Willis has been steadfast in her commitment to upholding the law, even when it means indicting the man who once held the highest office in the land.

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and artistic director, Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation. “Their presence, along with the unique energy and vision of Karriem Riggins, will highlight an incredible showcase of diverse talent and revolutionary jazz from around the world.”

While there will be jazz emanating from three stages the entire Labor Day weekend, some “must-see, must-hear, must-experience” artists are Kenny Garrett (Saturday, 7:00 p.m.), followed by Regina Carter “Gone in a Phrase of Air” (8:55 p.m.), both on JPMorgan Chase Main Stage; Dee Dee Bridgewater and the DDB Quartet (Sunday, 7:15 p.m.), on the Carhartt Amphitheater Stage; The Rodney Whitaker Group: Spirituals of John Coltrane (Sunday, 8:45 p.m.) on the Absopure Waterfront Stage; Dafnis Prieto with the Collegiate Jazz Festival Orchestra (Monday, 2:15 p.m.) on the JP Morgan Chase Main Stage; and the Louis Hayes Quintet (Monday, 4:00 p.m.) on the Carhartt Amphitheater Stage.

Since its inception in 1980, The Detroit International Jazz Festival, as it was called at the time, has continually grown to bring people to the Motor City to see, hear, and experience both legendary and up-and-coming artists performing jazz in its many variations. In 2005, Detroit philanthropist and Mack Avenue Records Chairwoman Gretchen Valade took the festival to even higher levels as its major sponsor. Valade passed in December 2022 at the age of 97, but not before her creativeness

greatly impacted the growth of every aspect of the festival, including expanding its presence to cover multiple blocks, adding more stages, presenting smaller events and activities leading up to the Labor Day weekend of jazz, and, of course, assuring that the three-day festival presented many of the world’s most elite jazz stars, while giving lesser known artists major platforms to shine.

“Due to her singular commitment to jazz, Gretchen was dubbed Detroit’s ‘Angel of Jazz’ by the global jazz community,” said Collins, a jazz artist who was appointed artistic director in 2011 and ultimately president of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation. “Gretchen’s passion, commitment, and vision were a legacy in itself.”

And the beat of the festival goes on and on, as it faithfully stays true to its mission and jazz in the Motor City.

“It’s one of the only free, big jazz festivals in the world, and it’s actually a real jazz festival,” jazz star Regina Carter said.

“So many jazz festivals, because of finances, bring in musical talent across other genres, like R&B, to help increase the attendance. But The Detroit Jazz Festival is different; it’s all jazz. And the people who come out know jazz, appreciate jazz, and they let the performers know they appreciate the performances.”

For this year’s full lineup of artists, complete with the day and time of respective free performances, visit DetroitJazzFest.org.

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Modernizing Midtown

Detroit has always been an innovative city — from music to automobiles to being among the first cities in the country to provide electricity. DTE is supporting Detroit’s great resurgence by modernizing its infrastructure to ensure the city has the reliability power it needs to support the growth and innovation of today and tomorrow.

Since 2020, DTE has been investing more than $200 million to rebuild the infrastructure that delivers power to homes and businesses in Detroit’s Cultural Center, Eastern Market, Forest Park, McDougall-Hunt northern Midtown, Medbury Park, Medical Center, Poletown East and Wayne State neighborhoods.

The work, which is expected to be completed by 2030, includes:

• Removing and replacing around 60 miles of cables, transformers and other electrical equipment that deliver power to communities in the area.

• Installing new, stronger utility poles that are more resilient to extreme weather.

• Trimming around 12 miles of trees near power lines. This helps make room for the new infrastructure and improves reliability for our customers.

“DTE has a four-point plan to improve electric reliability — trimming trees, upgrading existing infrastructure, rebuilding older sections of the grid and accelerating our transition to a smart grid,” said Nathan Buenello, DTE underground project manager. “This project is part of that plan and will improve safety and keep customers in power, especially during extreme weather.”

Additionally, the new infrastructure will increase the grid’s capacity to support existing and new residents and businesses, including new developments in Detroit’s Eastern Market, Milwaukee Junction and Midtown areas. Some of the new developments include the Fisher Body Building, Shed X South, Selden Alley, Piquette Building, iHeart Radio, WSU Gateway Theatre, Sugar Hill and EW Grobbel. The added capacity also will help DTE support clean energy

solutions like electric vehicles and a more electrified lifestyle. What’s been done and what’s next?

Since 2021, crews have been working to install new underground pipes in the Midtown area. These pipes, also known as conduit, help protect the wires that run under the city streets from getting damaged.

Soon, DTE will start installing new underground cables and working on overhead infrastructure. This includes installing new poles, wires, transformers and other electrical equipment that deliver power to the Midtown area.

How can I keep up to date on this work?

This project is just one example of the work included in DTE’s four-point plan to improve reliability for customers. You can stay up to date on this project and other work happening in your neighborhood at empoweringmichigan.com/reliability-improvements.

Always call MISS DIG before digging projects

Detroiters, we recently celebrated 811 Day (on August 11, aka 8/11)! This holiday reminds everyone to call MISS DIG at 811 before all digging projects to ensure your safety and the safety of your neighbors.

If you plan to dig in your yard, contact MISS DIG at 811 or www.missdig811.org at least three business days before digging and wait until flags have been placed to mark your utility lines. From there, MISS DIG will alert all underground utilities will come out to place flags so you know what’s there, and then you can carefully hand dig or use a shovel at an angle around the flags. Please also leave flags in place until the work is complete.

The majority of homeowner damages are caused by hand tools like shovels when doing projects such as:

• Installing a fence, mailbox, deck or pool

• Planting trees and bushes

• Laying a patio

• Erecting an event tent with large stakes in the ground

Stay safe this summer, and please also remind your friends and family to always call MISS DIG at least three business days before digging in their yards by calling 811!

DTE continues outreach assisting Detroit residents with energy efficiency upgrades

Powering homes and building up our communities is the cornerstone of DTE Energy’s commitment to helping make Michigan cleaner. Through DTE’s Energy Efficiency Assistance (EEA) Program, neighborhood outreach events have taken place this summer to assist income-qualified customers around the city of Detroit with receiving free home energy-efficiency upgrades. Those geo-targeted areas included the North Coyle neighborhood, just south of Castleton, between Prest and Robson streets, north of Plymouth.

Earlier this month, a block club event was hosted at Mallett Playground in Northwest Detroit, where residents had the chance to enroll in the EEA program, qualifying for energy efficiency upgrades such as insulation, furnace tune-up/AC replacement and water heater replacement, among other weatherization upgrades. DTE’s Public Affairs team was also on-site to share

program participation, please contact us at 866.796.0512 or send an email to energy_saving@dteenergy.com.

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information about all the available customer assistance programs. The summer fun-filled event also included a do-it-yourself home energy savings workshop, free dinner and take-home self-install window insulation kits. Back in May, a local Spring Savings Event was hosted at the 180 Church in the same neighborhood, which also featured mortgage and property tax assistance presented by Wayne Metro, a partnering organization of EEA. Event attendees had the chance to sign up for EEA and learn more about additional resources available for customers who fall within the federal poverty guidelines. The family-filled event included free lunch, as well as mortgage and property tax assistance presented by Wayne Metro, a partnering organization of EEA. Applying a whole-home approach to delivering energy-efficient products and services to customers, while maximizing quality of life is an essential priority of the EEA program. By establishing a pipeline to implement these measures in customers’ homes to increase their energy savings, the program is tackling the necessary home energy needs that have been identified as a priority for this community. DTE is committed to continuing initiatives that further drive neighborhood engagement and help our customers who are in need. To learn more about these initiatives and find out if you qualify for EEA

Detroit Teachers Reach Agreement for Largest Salary Hike in 35 Years

In a critical moment for Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and its primary teachers’ union, a tentative agreement was reached just hours before the expiration of a previous contract. The new contract proposes a six percent increase in salary for teachers at the top of the pay scale, potentially raising their base salary to around $74,000 for the coming academic year. Meanwhile, teachers at the lower end would only move up one step, amounting to an approximate 2.4 percent salary increase. The final vote was Friday, Aug. 25, at noon, with 1,121 “yes” votes and 406 “no” votes, making the one-year contract ratified with 73.4 percent approval.

“We are excited. This is the largest increase since 1989 that the Detroit Federation of Teachers has experienced,” said Detroit Federation of Teachers President Lakia Wilson-Lumpkins. “We are glad that we are making strides to make up the loss during emergency management, and we are taking steps in the right direction.”

The instated six percent salary hike significantly benefits those at the top of the pay scale, but does little for those who are at the beginning or mid-point of their teaching careers. This raises questions about how effectively the new contract addresses systemic inequalities within the profession.

“We knew that it would be a bold stance, but we knew that change would not come to surface if we did not stand in solidarity with one another,” said Janet Wilkens, former Detroit educator that was in the midst of the 1999 Detroit teachers strike. “Yes, it was intentional to charge this just days before the start of the school year. Why? Well, because people listen when drastic measures are taken.”

The issue of teacher salaries in Detroit has been a long-standing concern. Once upon a time, Detroit’s teachers were among the highest-paid in the nation. However, the financial crisis that led the city into bankruptcy, and years under emergency financial management, took a toll on educational funding. Teachers faced wage freezes, crowded classrooms, and deteriorating school conditions, with some even resorting

to public protests and sick-outs to draw attention to their plight.

In Detroit, where most students are Black, the representation of Black teachers is also of concern. It’s not just a matter of diversity, but a need for role models who understand the cultural and social challenges that students face. Research shows that Black students are more likely to succeed academically when taught by Black teachers. However, financial disincentives could dissuade potential educators from serving in a district that requires so much yet, historically, has offered comparatively less than surrounding districts in compensation.

To make matters more complex, the district has had to make tough financial decisions, including consolidating approximately 300 positions to finalize a $1.138 billion budget for the new school year. These cuts affect various roles within the system, including essential roles like school culture facilitators and kindergarten paraprofessionals, positions often pivotal in shaping a positive educational environment.

The history of teachers strikes in the United States and particularly in Detroit underscores an ongoing struggle for improved labor conditions, fair wages, and equitable educational opportunities. Nationally, one of the most notable teacher strikes occurred in 1968 in New York City, where a dispute over community control and racial issues led to a series of strikes that lasted for 36 school days.

In recent years, significant strikes in states including West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Arizona have attracted national attention, advocating for higher pay and better resources. These actions followed a trend of stagnant or even decreased public education funding, with the National Center for Education Statistics reporting that the average inflation-adjusted salary for public school teachers decreased by about 1.3 percent from the 1999–2000 to the 2018–2019 school years.

In Detroit, teachers have also resorted to labor action as a means of protest. In 1999, Detroit’s teachers went on strike for nine days, affecting 172,000 students. They were demanding better pay, smaller class sizes, and improved safety measures in schools.

More recently, in 2016, Detroit teachers organized a series of sick-outs, where teachers orchestrated a collaborated effort to all call into work sick. It caused the closure of more than 90 public schools throughout the city. The sick-outs were not technically strikes but served as a protest against poor working conditions, including overcrowded classrooms and inadequate, sometimes even hazardous, school facilities. These actions came after years of emergency financial management and state-led oversight, during which time the Detroit Public Schools debt rose to over $3.5 billion by 2016, according to a report by Citizens Research Council of Michigan.

“I was 49 years old in 1999, I am now retired and well-seasoned,” Wilkens said. “I commend the teachers of today especially and most importantly our Black educators, our babies need that, but it is important to understand that teachers need a salary that supports their babies and their livelihoods. Are they really asking for too much? Absolutely not.”

Both nationally and specifically in Detroit, teachers strikes and protests serve as a collective, often last-resort action aimed at highlighting systemic challenges that have long-term implications for educators and the students they serve.

One silver lining is that due to recent legislation, teachers have regained collective-bargaining rights on several vital issues, such as performance evaluations and teacher placements. This could bode well for future negotiations and greater advocacy for equitable treatment within the profession.

Key Points of Detroit’s 2023-24 Teacher Contract:

Union members at the highest tier of the pay scale are slated for a 6% salary boost in the 2023-24 academic year. With this change, those holding a bachelor’s degree could see their base salary climb to $73,922, while those with a master’s degree could make as much as $86,000.

Academic intervention specialists are also targeted for a 6% salary increase, raising their annual income from $40,456 to $42,883.

Teachers not at the highest tier would

progress one level up the salary ladder, translating to an average pay increase of about 2.4%, barring those moving to the highest tier.

Retired educators who rejoin the district would be positioned at the top of their respective pay scales, contingent upon verification of their professional experience. They would be entitled to the same bonuses and benefits as their currently serving counterparts.

Special education teachers in particularly challenging-to-staff specializations could receive a bonus of $15,000.

Educators who have dedicated 15 years or more to the district are in line for a oneoff $4,500 longevity bonus. Similarly, union members who have served as long but aren’t on the teacher salary schedule would get a $2,000 bonus.

Professionals like nurses, therapists, social workers, and counselors affiliated with the union are also set to receive a $2,000 bonus.

Retention Bonus $2000.00 for all fulltime members, $1000.00 Retention Bonus for all part-time members

Union-affiliated substitutes are not left out: long-term substitutes are earmarked for a $2,000 retention bonus, while dayto-day substitutes could receive a $1,000 bonus.

While some educators view the new agreement as progress, others see it as an incremental change that barely scratches the surface of deeply ingrained systemic issues. The district and union are set to work on a new salary schedule for the 2024-25 academic year, and many hope that it will address not just the financial disparities but also issues of representation and systemic challenges that educators face daily.

In a city where educators are not merely instructors but often serve as counselors, mentors, and community builders, a more comprehensive and equitable approach to teacher compensation and support is not just desirable but essential. And in Detroit, where the stakes are high and the need is great, anything less than a full investment in our educators would be an injustice to both the teachers and the generations they are tasked to uplift.

Changing the Narrative on College Admissions Essays

For young high school students seeking opportunities for higher education, the process of entering college can be a daunting task. One of the tasks in this process is the required college admission essay.

Oftentimes, it is the profound challenges of a young Black person’s lived experiences that portray their lives as a series of hurdles and obstacles and insurmountable trials. This is a story they are sometimes advised to write, hoping that college admissions officers will find their life personally compelling enough to be admitted into whatever institute of higher learning they oversee.

Many colleges and universities strive to be progressive and intentional about fostering an environment that is academically competitive and racially diverse.

Aya Waller-Bey, a Detroit native, knows this all too well, as she became an admissions officer soon after graduating from college. She recently penned an Op-ed about the issue in The Atlantic titled “A Big Problem with College Admissions Could Be About to Get Worse.”

In an interview with the Michigan Chronicle, Waller-Bey, a Doc-

toral Candidate in Sociology at the University of Michigan, said she eventually decided to study the college admissions process and found that stories of trauma in essays from student applicants were widespread.

“I received a clear message that I should reward high-achieving students from historically marginalized backgrounds who also described struggle and adversity in their admissions essays. The idea that these students should have to prove their worthiness by putting their trauma on display seemed patently unfair,” she said.

“In my research, …Black people, in particular, feel that the only narrative they should share about their identities and backgrounds is a story about trauma. I find that harmful because it diminishes the positive experiences of our young people.”

Waller-Bey believes that anyone can encounter hardship but also holds the belief that there’s a difference between telling youth that the only story they can share and the only story that’s important about their lives and experiences are the most painful ones.

“I find it incredibly harmful to say, ‘Hey... write this story about this very traumatic moment when you were 15 or 16,’ while you’re

still processing and making sense of it. You don’t even know who is going to read it once you submit that application.”

Waller-Bey suggests that there needs to be more education about what happens when a student applies and the opportunity to find other ways to convey one’s story to college decision-makers.

“We need more education about the other types of stories we can tell that also respond to our authentic lived experiences and highlight the joyful or positive aspects of our identity,” she said.

So, why do Black applicants feel compelled to write about their traumatic experiences in their college essays? According to WallerBey’s research, Black students

have been convinced that trauma sells, and admissions officers have been trained the same way.

“It’s because of the expectation that being Black, from Detroit, or a first-generation student entails having this particular narrative, and that colleges and universities will readily accept it.”

It’s been a strategy that has worked for years—adversity stories become paramount to the identity of a perspective collegian applying to get into a school.

Admission officers won’t dictate what students should write, but Waller-Bey finds that while higher education institutions won’t advocate for the content of students’ essays, colleges highlight students in newsletters and online who come from adverse situations. That tends to create a sociological perception among applicants about what colleges find acceptable.

“When students apply to and are accepted by universities, they don’t consider how what they discuss in their stories becomes attached to them. People simply assume that’s the entirety of who they are,” she said. “They’re perceived as just poor kids from the hood, even though they possess numerous talents and gifts that they should have the opportunity to explore without solely being la-

beled or defined by their trauma or struggles.”

However, the problem could worsen following Supreme Court decisions in the cases of SFFA vs. Harvard and SFFA vs. UNC, which ban affirmative action practices in college admissions. This might lead some students to emphasize their adverse situations even more, even if colleges cannot use race as a deciding factor in admissions practices.

Race is a crucial component in student essays and for the admission officers who review them.

According to Waller-Bey’s research, “college-admission officers, 65 percent of whom are white, express deep ambivalence about trauma-focused essays. They do not encourage applicants to write about trauma, but they admit that these narratives provide helpful context when so many students are applying with few opportunities to distinguish themselves, and when schools want to ensure racial diversity in their classes.”

Waller-Bey clarifies that she isn’t urging student applicants to avoid discussing trauma in their college essays. More importantly, she advocates for students to share stories that are meaningful to them and to do so on their own terms.

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Highlight Updates on Downtown Developments

In Detroit’s downtown, a dynamic transformation is taking place that has its roots deep in the Black community’s legacy of resilience, ingenuity, and cultural richness. This isn’t just any rebirth; it’s a renaissance infused with the indomitable spirit of Black entrepreneurs and developers who are setting the pace and tone for the city’s future. The transformation is sweeping from Campus Martius Park to Randolph and Broadway streets and beyond to Harvard Square and Paradise Valley.

Leading this renaissance, in part, is the city of Detroit, the Greektown Neighborhood Partnership, and the Paradise Valley Cultural and Entertainment District Conservancy. However, it’s real estate firms like Bedrock and trailblazing Black entrepreneurs who are not just participants but pioneers in this story.

At the heart of this transformative effort is Bedrock’s ambitious project at Cadillac Square. This 1.5 million-square-foot mixeduse development is more than steel and glass; it’s a symbol of hope and a declaration

of possibilities. Scheduled to break ground right after the 2024 NFL Draft, which will be held at Campus Martius, this project embodies the can-do spirit that Detroit has always been known for.

“It is exciting to see what Bedrock has planned for its Development at Cadillac Square. They have presented a fantastic vision of exceptional living spaces and entertainment venues that harmonize beautifully with other new developments coming to Paradise Valley, Greektown, and along Broadway. The DEGC is proud to have supported each of these projects, which will build on our city’s rich cultural history and provide enjoyment for Detroiters and visitors to our city for generations to come,” said Kenyetta Bridges, chief operating officer & executive vice president of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC).

The renovation of the National Theatre by Bedrock further echoes this spirit. A historic venue that came to life in 1911 and closed its doors in 1975 is getting a second chance. With the expertise of TVG Hospitality and local Detroit-based promoters, this theater is poised to re-emerge as a worldclass hub for music and performance, re-

Car Buying in 2023 –How to Prepare

For decades, most people followed a simple formula when they were ready to purchase a new vehicle. Visit a dealership in person, negotiate a price, complete the purchase, and drive the car off the lot.

Today, there’s a myriad of car buying options available, and whether you’re a first-time or a veteran car buyer, the ever-evolving landscape of the auto industry can leave consumers with a lot of questions. Renée Horne, Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer at Chase Auto, offers five tips to help consumers prepare for their next car shopping experience.

Set your budget, and stick to it

There are a variety of different expenses that come with getting a car – the purchase cost, insurance, maintenance, and fuel being a few of them. Knowing how much you can afford, especially if you plan to pay for it over time, is key to avoiding a car bill that stretches your finances. Chase has a variety of different budgeting tools and tips to help you save for your purchase.   Look for the best deals

Like many other items, vehicles have a price cycle; the end of the month and end of the model or calendar year tends to be when you can find a better deal, as dealers may need to meet quotas or clear out inventory. New models generally hit lots in the fall, so instead of buying a 2024 model in September, consider the 2023 model. This Labor Day, there might even be holiday sales where you can find additional savings. Generally, make sure you are considering multiple vehicles and

specting and reviving Detroit’s rich musical history.

Black developers and entrepreneurs are boldly staking their claim in this new vision for Detroit. Take, for instance, Hiram Jackson, Michigan Chronicle publisher and Real Times Media CEO, and Dennis Archer, Jr., who are turning heads and making plans in the historic entertainment district. This fall, Archer’s Congress Hospitality is launching The Vinyl Society, a sanctuary of sound and culture that pays homage to Detroit’s unique musical legacy.

And the influence of Black entrepreneurs doesn’t stop there. Kevin Johnson, former NBA All-Star and Sacramento Mayor is marrying tradition with innovation at Fixins Soul Kitchen. This full-service restaurant in Paradise Valley will offer soul food with a 21st-century vibe, creating a culinary experience that honors authentic Black culture.

Paradise Valley, once home to a dynamic and invigorating scene of all things Black excellence, is showing itself to be resuscitated by the efforts of Jackson, Archer, and Rainy Hamilton at the helm of the resurgence of Black development.

“The Paradise Valley Conservancy, as a

board and in representing the members of our District, could not be more excited about the recent announcements related to hospitality and retail in the District. The mix of offerings, all delivered with excellence and designed to exceed expectations will do justice for the rich history of the District,” said Archer, Jr., who also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Ignition Media Group and the Conservancy Board for the Paradise Valley Cultural and Entertainment District Conservancy.

Make no mistake; these Black developers are not just constructing buildings. They are building legacies. They’re contributing to a larger narrative that transcends the local and impacts the global. A narrative that, despite challenges and systemic barriers, shines a light on the community’s enduring role as architects of change and symbols of resilience.

But this transformation is not just about entertainment and dining. It’s also about creating sustainable living spaces. Basco, a Detroit-based developer, is taking the lead on a new nine-story residential building, making room for more Detroiters to be part

Silent Film Museum Opens in Honor of Trailblazing Black Actors

Amidst recent headlines of Florida’s attempts to erase black history through the controversial banning of critical race theory and books that celebrate impactful black characters and narratives, a striking paradox emerges. In a pointed step towards acknowledging and celebrating the rich history of diversity in the world of cinema, the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum has officially opened its doors in Jacksonville, Florida.

The museum is a tribute to the groundbreaking contributions of Norman Studios, the first film studio in the nation to produce films starring African-American actors in positive and non-stereotypical roles during the era of silent films.

Jacksonville, often referred to as the “River City,” was once known as the winter film capital of the world and played a pivotal role in the early days of the film industry, particularly during the silent film era. Among its many contributions, Norman Studios stood out for its commitment to breaking down racial barriers and portraying African-American characters in a dignified and empowering manner.

The museum’s grand opening event was attended by Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan, who highlighted the visionary approach of Richard E. Norman, the founder of Norman Studios. Despite being a white man, Norman recognized the discrimination faced by African-American actors and the lack of representation in films and art. This drove him to produce films that centered on African-American stories and characters, defying the prevailing stereotypes of the time.

Richard E. Norman’s pioneering

efforts date back to 1916 when he became one of the nation’s first filmmakers to feature African-American characters playing complex, non-stereotypical roles. This dedication to promoting diversity and inclusivity in film makes the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum a beacon of progress in the history of cinema. One of the standout features of the museum is the exhibition of items from Richard Norman’s personal collection, including his desks, tables, filing cabinets, chairs, and photographs from his film “Regeneration.” These artifacts provide an intimate glimpse into the studio’s creative process and the environment in which these groundbreaking films were produced.

Barbara Wingo, the museum curator, emphasized the historical significance of silent films, which played a pivotal role in spreading American culture globally from the late 19th century to the 1920s. The preservation of Norman Studios’ five-building complex is a testament to their enduring legacy

and contribution to the cultural tapestry of not only Jacksonville but the world at large.

The Norman Studios Silent Film Museum represents a labor of love from its organizers and supporters, recognizing the importance of cherishing and sharing this often-overlooked aspect of film history. Joyce Morgan, Property Appraiser, highlighted the historical richness of Jacksonville and the Arlington neighborhood, where the museum is located, as a fitting backdrop for such a tribute.

The museum opened its doors to the public on August 19th, inviting visitors to explore the history of Norman Studios and its impact on the film industry. As a 501(c)3 organization, the museum aims not only to preserve this history but also to transform the studio complex into a thriving community, learning, research, and tourism center. This epic comeback aligns with the

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of this downtown revival. Adjacent to this, Bedrock is developing the Harvard Square Center into 42 residential units with mixeduse ground-floor amenities.

Adding to the landscape of renewal are two iconic structures: The Serman’s Building at 1238 Randolph and the Baltimore/ Well Building located at 1228-1234 Randolph. Managed by Bedrock, these threeand four-story buildings are not just getting a facelift; they’re getting a soul lift. Slated for selective preservation and new construction, these establishments will offer future spaces for live music, dining, and entertainment venues.

Yet, it’s more than mortar and bricks. It’s about adding another layer of cultural richness to a district that’s already steeped in history and resilience. These buildings, like the Black developers and entrepreneurs shaping Detroit’s future, are set to be cornerstones in a city that is defining what it means to rise, rebuild, and reclaim. Here, too, in these vintage structures, the old and the new will harmonize, epitomizing Detroit’s indefatigable spirit and its knack for turning every challenge into an opportunity for greatness.

Community, governance, and philanthropy are the trio at the heart of Detroit’s momentous urban transformation. While Detroit steers the ship of change, the community, and philanthropic entities add the wind to its sails. Consider the planned demolition of Interstate 375, an audacious project aimed at eradicating urban division

Car Buying

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shopping around at several dealerships to get the best price.

Test drive the vehicle to make sure it fits your needs

This is your time to see how the vehicle looks and feels, try out the interior systems and figure out if the vehicle fits your needs. Schedule test drive appointments to ensure the car you want is still available, ideally a few in the same day or week to keep your impressions fresh in your mind. It’s also helpful to simulate your daily driving conditions as much as possible, such as bringing any car seats or equipment you may have in your car daily. After your test drive, you can ask about the car’s warranty and fuel and maintenance requirements, as well as the possibility of getting an extended test drive or bringing the car to your own mechanic for a second opinion.

Determine whether you are financing or leasing

There are benefits of both a lease and a loan. With a loan, there is no mileage limit, and you are free to customize and change the car as you see fit. After completing your finance payments, you own it. Leases typically have lower upfront costs than loan payments, and at the end of the term you can return, purchase, or trade the vehicle in. But keep in mind that most leases have a mileage limit, so it might not be the best option if you travel often.

How to know if an electric vehicle is right for you

With so many major manufacturers building EVs, there are more options than ever before. However, cost, maintenance, range and charging logistics are all key factors to consider. On average, it costs about half as much to fuel a vehicle with electricity compared to a similar vehicle that runs on gasoline1. But just as gas prices vary, so do electricity costs – based on your loca-

and stitching the fabric of Detroit’s neighborhoods back together. With a recent $20 million award from the Michigan legislature, a new shared streetscape with pavers is set to connect the city’s planned innovation district right back to the Greektown neighborhood. This isn’t just about roads; it’s about laying down pathways of possibilities. The redesign of Monroe Street in the Greektown entertainment district will be more than a reconstruction; when open to vehicular traffic, it has one single lane, enhancing the ease of pedestrian access and enabling quick transitions for festivals and streetscape activities.

Let’s also not forget the recent $14 million in community Revitalization and Placemaking Grants that are fueling projects in Cadillac Square and Campus Martius Park. These funds represent not just an investment but a testament to the power of public-private partnerships. These partnerships are alliances that amplify the collective dream of a revitalized downtown Detroit. And don’t think for a second that this is isolated to just boardrooms and municipal chambers; this is the will of the people manifesting, creating spaces that reflect the community’s aspirations – a momentum fueled by a collaborative spirit and, most importantly, by the resilience and ingenuity of Detroit’s Black community, which remains at the heart of this unfolding story of transformation.

At the heart of so many of these projects are Detroit’s Black men and women, who are showcasing to the world that even when faced with adversity, their spirit and ingenuity know no bounds. With this monumental effort, the Black community is not just a part of the story but co-authors.

tion, your driving style, and the size of your battery. And the cost of an EV itself may be higher than a traditional gas vehicle, although there are options to help offset the cost like federal and local tax incentives.

When it comes to maintenance, EVs typically require less maintenance than traditional cars. EV batteries tend to be covered by 8–10-year warranties (outlasting the amount of time most people own their cars) but EV tires degrade faster due to the weight of the battery.

The median range of an EV with a fully charged battery is roughly 250 miles2, but that number depends on the make and model as well as other factors like weather, traffic conditions and driving style. And when it comes to charging infrastructure, some cities, and states may have more charging stations than others. Make sure to plan your trip ahead of time and map your route.

My advice to customers? Be open to the different options in the market. Do your research and discover all the resources available to help you understand what kind of car and financing will be best for you and your family.

For more information about the online car shopping, financing and education that Chase offers, visit autofinance.chase.com.

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vision of Norman Studios, which sought to champion diversity and quality in each era of Jacksonville’s history.

In a world where representation and diversity in film continue to be important conversations, the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum stands as a reminder of the strides made in the past and the ongoing journey toward a more inclusive cinematic landscape. As the museum opens its doors to visitors, it also opens a window into the untold stories and contributions that have shaped the world of film as we know it today.

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Lomas Brown’s Inspiring Journey of Youth Empowerment and Detroit Lions Legacy

His summer camps are designed for kids and sponsored by the Lomas Brown Jr. Foundation. For the man who bears its namesake, with five kids of his own, Brown finds it important that youth are exposed to opportunities they might not have otherwise had while growing up in sometimes-resource-deprived inner cities.

It’s part of the reason why the former Detroit Lions offensive lineman founded the foundation in 1991, as well as his Learn, Earn, and Play (L.E.P.) camps, which open the minds of young people to explore all types of educational opportunities that Brown believes are vital to building a strong metro-Detroit community.

“My sports camp is a one-day camp that meets for four hours,” Brown said. “(Statistics show that) if I have 100 young men at that camp, only seven of them will go on to college. Two out of those seven may obtain a Division 1 scholarship, while the remaining five out of the seven may receive a Division 2 scholarship. However, those other 93 young guys are going to be right back in this community.”

Brown believes it’s imperative to be a positive leading example for youth interested in sports and to show them how to be a positive force for good off the field as well.

That’s part of the reason for his L.E.P. camp, where he spends upwards of 60 hours with youth, showcasing all the incredible educational opportunities young people can explore.

“It’s really impactful with only 30 kids that I work with at a time. Much of it is technology and computer-based, including nutrition. We have drones, a media and broadcast boot camp, empowerment activities, and event planning. We expose them to so many industries.”

Detroit Native, University of Georgia Athlete Proves that Girls Do Run the World

Rule number one when running the world: Self-Care.

Over the past several years, Black women have been asserting their dominance in the sphere of sports, earning well-deserved acclaim and recognition on a grand stage. Amidst this landscape, Kaila Jackson emerged as a beacon for young women of color in the heart of the Midwest, making her mark in the arena of track and field. However, it’s crucial to acknowledge that while running the world seemed to come naturally to her, it was never mistaken for being easy.

From her early days of challenging classmates to races in the school gym during second grade to winning three national titles and breaking four records at the Junior Olympics in her high school junior year, Jackson’s journey has been defined by various accomplishments and accolades, but also the literal and figurative hurdles she’s had to overcome.

Yet, how does she manage to keep pushing herself to new heights? Her trajectory has been propelled by an unwavering focus, unparalleled support, and a harmonious fusion of diligence and effort.

These elements have pushed the young athlete into arenas that remain inaccessible to many in her field. Beyond these evident factors, a singular common thread that undeniably contributes to Jackson’s narrative is her profound comprehension of self-care encompassing both mental and physical well-being.

forced to develop the skills to navigate her mental well-being when she encountered a health scare that cast a shadow over her future. In the initial stages of her professional journey, Jackson was confronted with the diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. Faced with this difficult challenge, she deliberated surrendering her aspirations of pursuing a career in track and even embarked on a pause to evaluate her options and come to terms with the new life that lay ahead.

“I knew nothing about diabetes, and I just thought I can’t do sports anymore,” Jackson recalled. “But then my doctor explained to me that once I got healthy and started the right medications to maintain my glucose numbers, I would actually probably be faster because your body would be stronger and healthier. I didn’t believe it at first. I set out for a while and my dad asked me if I wanted to just try and go to the track to run and see how up I felt. I ended up doing that and I felt great. I was happy to be back, and I went back to training with my team not long after that. I feel like it was definitely a learning experience. I wouldn’t say everything is perfect now, but I definitely am doing great with managing and going to school, track practice and competing.”

career at the top of her game, the search for the ideal college became a matter of paramount importance. While a multitude of considerations influenced her decision, her well-being remained at the forefront, ultimately directing her to decide on the University of Georgia.

“The one thing that stuck out to me at University of Georgia is that they were so interested in helping me keep up with my health with diabetes,” said Jackson.

“Other schools told me to just speak to a nutritionist about my diabetes, but Georgia knew about Type 1 diabetes. They knew what to do and how to help me. On my visit with them I had an incident where my numbers were low. Everyone told my parents to step aside, and they got me everything I needed. That moment showed me they knew what to do and how to take care of me away from my parents. That was really my deciding factor.”

By participating in leadership initiatives, accessing mental health resources tailored for athletes, and benefiting from the presence of engaged medical professionals and nutritionists on campus, Jackson’s conviction in selecting the University of Georgia is steadfast. The tight-knit network of support, combined with the independence instilled by her parents, has provided Jackson with an environment in which she can further her athletic journey. Within these nurturing confines, she draws inspiration from her fellow young Black female athletes who, like her, conquer challenges with determination and resilience, including gold medalist Sha’Carri Richardson.

“Her recent win really motivates me a lot, especially knowing what she has been through. She set a great example of staying patient. She has shown that as long as you stay patient everything will come. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, be patient and it will all work out.”

And indeed, her efforts are bearing fruit. Jackson travels the globe, shattering records and representing her city with pride. Despite her global endeavors, her roots remain firmly embedded in Detroit. Her endearing personality, unwavering concentration, and exceptional talents have culminated in her recent addition of an international championship to her extensive list of achievements. Throughout her freshman year, her accomplishments amassed over 20 titles, which encompass her status as the U20 PAN AM NACAC record holder, recipient of the Women’s SEC Freshman of the Year award, and holder of the school record for the 60meter sprint.

The camp costs him $60,000 of his own money, ensuring that the financial burden doesn’t fall on the youth and their families. This makes it possible for the camp to be completely free for the participating youth.

Brown is already planning ahead for a big fundraising dinner on April 22, 2024, the same week that the city of Detroit will play host to the N.F.L. Draft.

“I’m proud of the camp and what we’ve been doing. It’s where my heart and my passion lie, along with my foundation.”

Giving back and being a mentor to youth is a significant part of what shapes his life when he’s not heavily involved in the football season as the weekly radio color analyst for the Detroit Lions.

He’s making on-air calls from the stadium broadcast booth during a time when the team is showcasing one of their most exciting and anticipated seasons in a very long time.

“Not only has the organization changed, but the philosophy of the Lions seems to have shifted. Even the attitude about the Lions has changed among fans and players in the league. In the past, it was difficult for players to say they wanted to come to Detroit.”

“Now, all these guys are eager to get to Detroit to play for Dan Campbell, to be under Brad Holmes, and to be a part of this organization led by Sheila Hamp Ford.”

This perspective speaks volumes, especially coming from Brown, who shares a storied history with the organization. The Miami native was drafted by the Detroit Lions, where he would spend 11 years, starting all but one of the 164 games he played with Detroit from 1985 to 1995.

“It’s easy to become deeply involved in this because you want to see the team do well. The team, to me, reflects the people of Michigan— hardworking, resilient, and never giving up. We’re always ready to fight.”

Brown would go on to play for several teams later, and he was named to the N.F.C. Pro Bowl for seven straight seasons.

But it was only in Brown’s second year with the Lions that he would ultimately call Detroit home. He made an incredible mark on the team, so much so that the Detroit Lions surprised him by announcing they would induct him into the Pride of the Lions during halftime of their homecoming game on October 30.

Roy Wood, the Lions team president, directed Brown’s attention to a video screen presentation that showcased the induction announcement featuring Brown.

“It was just awesome, and then I turned around and saw my family. It was a total surprise to me,” Brown said. “This city is my home, and I’m happy to be a part of it, able to call the games, and stay deeply involved with the team and their hoped-for success this year.”

“Mental health is a really big thing when it comes to the sport of track,” said Jackson. It’s about 90 percent mental. Staying on top of my mental state helps in times when I feel lost or stuck on a part of a race that I can’t get over. Talking to someone I feel like is good for anyone to do, instead of keeping it all in and stressing out about it.”

From an early point, Jackson was

With encouragement from her father and a more comprehensive understanding of her condition from her medical team, Jackson discovered a means to harmonize her health objectives with her passion. What initially appeared to be a contradictory path from her track pursuits unexpectedly provided her with the tools she required to elevate her performance to unprecedented heights.

While the demands on her physical and mental fortitude were undeniably challenging, Jackson pressed forward. She not only persevered in her competitions but also shattered records, established novel benchmarks, and steadfastly etched her name into the annals of sporting history worldwide.

As she completed her high school

Presently pursuing a degree in journalism, Jackson nurtures aspirations of becoming a sports broadcaster down the line. Before embarking on that journey, her immediate targets include participation in the 2024 Olympics in Paris and securing an NCAA Championship victory. Grasping the significance of unwavering dedication and concentration required to attain these objectives, Jackson underscores the imperative of safeguarding her mental and physical well-being. She is resolute in her acknowledgment that prioritizing her overall health is paramount in the pursuit of these ambitions, and she is determined to take the necessary measures to uphold her well-being as a foremost priority.

Denby H.S. Football Team Scoring Big on Mind, Body, and Health

With the new school year on everyone’s mind, preparations are in order for parents, teachers, and even student-athletes to return to the classroom and to the sporting arenas.

Getting into high gear for the school year ahead means scoring big on keeping the mind focused and getting the physique in tip-top shape.

The Tar football team at Denby High School knows all too well how to get prepped for what will be a challenging season ahead, both in academics and in the classroom, as pressure and anticipation are building for what’s sure to be an exciting season ahead.

But part of executing a great play on the field means the young Tar men must prepare their bodies for runs, tackles, and some of the most grueling hits they’ll have to endure from their opponents.

“We utilize our weight room to the best of our ability,” said Zach Carr, Head Football Coach at Denby High School (DPSCD) in Detroit.

“We have workouts that are tailored to building muscle mass. We also conduct exercises that focuses on mental health as well. We work on the body and work on the brain.”

Concerns for youth health have taken a sharper focus among parents of student-athletes as hospital visits rise during their respective sports seasons and as reports of injuries and medical incidents of those involved in recreational or sporting activities can be alarming.

It was concerning for fans of one of the most popular college athletes, Bronny James, eldest son to NBA star Lebron James, who suffered a cardiac arrest during a practice session. Equally concerning was the incident in 2022 with Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin, who collapsed after colliding with another player on the field during a primetime game.

There are several studies that highlight the reality of medical emergencies for some people who are very fit and in a competitive sport.

Coach Carr understands the importance of keeping his team equipped with the tools needed to maintain physical

fitness and mental toughness so that his players can endure the rigors of a long high school football season.

“This sport is sometimes about taking that needed break, like ‘hey coach, I’m just not feeling it today.’ It’s okay to say that. I know we play a gladiator sport, but for me as a coach, I really pay attention to the signs. I’m watching where a kid may appear different, where they’re running hard or a little too hard, any signs of a red flag,” he said.

The team has an open-door policy that allows students to communicate with coaches and other leaders if something personally is wrong or challenging. Carr maintains that the health of his students is one of his top priorities.

And, with the assistance of assistant Coach Mark Mobley, Carr and his students strive for their core goals of Character, Accountability, Relationship, and Respect (C.A.R.R. – a play on his last name) on and off the field.

As much as the players feel a sense of pride layered with some disciplined mentorship to play for coaches Carr and Mobley, there is a spark of excitement and school pride that comes from this football.

“It’s part of the brotherhood of football, right?” Carr said as he alluded to the players having fun in the sport. “We’ve got Amire who is the jokester who gets the guys going. We leave it open for our guys to be themselves. Just because you play football, doesn’t mean you got to walk around with a frown on. Show your personality and let’s grow within that.”

But it’s not just the coaches leading these groups of young Tar men to a touch-

down. They’re being managed daily by one of their student peers, who happens to be a young woman.

“I make sure the boys stay in line,” says Marianna Davis, Tar team manager. “I’m glad this role opened up for me. They’re like my second family.”

Davis is a tenth grader who walks to and from school with her brother, who plays on the football team. Not aligned with walking home alone, she wanted to stay around at the school longer and help her brother and the team.

With permission from Carr, she signed herself into becoming the team’s manager.

“We actually can’t do this work without her,” Carr said. “She’s absolutely phenomenal, she makes sure the guys have what they need, …she takes it serious in making sure the coolers are filled, making sure the equipment is right where we need it to be, mouthpieces, and much more.”

As the players set their eyes on being ready for the games ahead this season, the young athletes understand they can only be as prepared and healthy as they are led to be, inspired by the leadership and mentorship of coaches Carr and Mobley.

“They are like father figures to me; to the whole team,” said Amire Harris, a senior running back.

“These guys help you in your everyday life. It’s not just about football with these guys. It’s more-so a life-teaching thing. When we’re on the field, we’re learning about things that happen in our everyday life such as adversity. Football helps you take it on.”

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Our Airport is the Proud Recipient of a 2022 ASQ Award

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is Detroit’s gateway to the world. It is Michigan’s largest airport and among the nation’s best.

Recently, Airports Council International (ACI) awarded DTW one of the highest honors in the aviation industry: the 2022 Airport Service Quality Award for “Best Airport of 25 to 40 million passengers in North America.”

Whether it was fast wait times at security checkpoints, increased and improved signage throughout the airport, or high cleanliness standards: DTW delivered. And it was all by design.

DTW listened to customer feedback and developed action plans for improvement on several fronts. Airlines, Airport Authority staff, janitorial staff, Customs and Border Protection, TSA officers and concessionaires all played significant roles in refining the customer experience at DTW.

“Putting the traveler at the center is more important than ever, and it is the way forward,” said ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira. “We are proud of the team at Detroit Metropolitan Airport for winning the Airport Service Quality Award. This shows that the whole airport community has come together to put the passenger first.”

The fact that travelers’ comfort, convenience and security come first at DTW should not be a surprise; this is the airport’s third ASQ award since 2018. The airport also earned number one rankings from J.D. Power in Customer Satisfaction for Mega Airports in 2010 and 2019; ranked 2nd for Best On-Time Performance for U.S. Airports with more than 100,000 flights, according to AirHelp; received the 2021-2022 Balchen/Post Award Honorable Mention for excellence in the performance of airport snow and ice control; as well as back-to-back Airport Efficiency Excellence Awards from the Air Transport Research Society. Even The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport was named the “Leading Airport Hotel” in North America by the World Travel Awards.

But rather than rest on its laurels, DTW is continuing to raise the bar, focusing on improving the terminals inside and out. The future is bright for DTW as it takes Detroit to the world and brings the world to Detroit.

“We are proud of the team at Detroit Metropolitan Airport for winning the Airport Service Quality Award. This shows that the whole airport community has come together to put the passenger first.”

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World-Class Jazz Violinist Regina Carter is Coming Home to Perform at the Detroit Jazz Festival

Award-winning jazz musician Regina Carter is headed home to perform at the storied Detroit Jazz Festival over the Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1 through Sept. 4).

The jazz violinist, composer, arranger, and educator couldn’t be more excited about performing in the city where it all started for her personally and professionally. Carter and her group will take the stage on Saturday (the 2nd) at 8:55 p.m. on the JP Morgan Chase Main Stage in downtown Detroit.

“It’s always beautiful to come home, and I’m always excited to perform at the Detroit Jazz Festival, one of the biggest ‘all jazz’ free festivals in the world,” said Carter, a former “Artist in Residence.” “I remember first playing at the festival in the late 1980s, early ‘90s with Detroit jazz greats like Lyman Woodard, Kenny Cox, and Straight Ahead…yeah!”

While Carter has an extensive portfolio of music to play for her hometown and thousands of festival attendees from around the globe, she said she will perform music exclusively from a project near and dear to her heart - and Detroit roots.

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Showcased Black Brilliance with Gold Highlights

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) hosted the 19th annual Fash Bash sponsored by Neiman Marcus, which solidified its reputation as the heartbeat of Detroit’s fashion and cultural events. The Fash Bash, born originally in the womb of the iconic Fox Theatre two decades ago, now calls the iconic DIA its home, a fitting venue that mirrors the rich tapestry of art and culture intrinsic to Detroit.

and written tales of sorrow, joy, passion, and perseverance. On the evening’s runway, Black models didn’t merely walk; they danced to the rhythm of history, their natural hair flowing like the Nile, paying homage to the strength and beauty of our roots. They exuded contemporary majesty, and their natural hairstyles – ranging from afros to French braids – highlighted the richness and versatility of Black culture, which remains an inspiration to many in the fashion world.

“I will be performing music that I wrote and some I didn’t write from a project called Gone in a Phrase of Air, which is actually an extension of a project that I did years ago called Black Bottom, a Black community in Detroit where my mother grew up in the 1920s,” Carter said. “Poet Leslie Reese, who is also from Detroit, interviewed people who grew up in Black Bottom. From her interviews, she turned them into a poetic tapestry, and I wrote music to go with that.”

In conjunction with spoken word, photo montages, and film, Carter and her group’s music is expected to take the audience on a historical journey to celebrate Black Bottom and other Black American communities before the neighborhoods were destroyed –the late 1950s to early ‘60s - to make way for urban renewal projects. Carter’s group of musicians consists of Brandon McCune (piano), Chris Lightcap (bass), her husband Alvester Garnett (drums), and native Detroiter Carla Cook (vocals).

Born and raised on Detroit’s west side – Grand St., between Linwood and Lawton before her family moved to a home near W. 7 Mile Rd. and Livernois - Carter began taking violin lessons at four years old.

Through elementary, middle, and high school, Carter continued playing the violin while appreciating the music of Motown Records and the many great jazz musicians living and playing in Detroit.

After graduating from Cass Tech High School, Carter continued her music education at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston before transferring to Oakland University in Michigan to earn a bachelor’s degree in music in 1985.

Upon entering the DIA, attendees were met with a captivating ambiance featuring a vibrant photo opportunity, strolling cocktails, appetizers, and melodic music. The evening pulsed with a blend of haute couture grace and spirited fervor. Attendees, adorned in their most exquisite attire, seamlessly melded into a night dedicated to the art of fashion.

Now, as we embark on the voyage through the 2023 Fash Bash, our compass will be set firmly on the rich tapestry of the Black experience. Every shimmering fabric, every poised stride on the runway, every resonating note of music was an echo of centuries-old tales, struggles, triumphs, and dreams. This wasn’t just a celebration of fashion; it held an undertone of the profound exploration of Black heritage, creativity, and resilience. Through this lens, the event transformed from a mere showcase of couture into a living, breathing narrative, capturing the essence of Black culture’s indomitable spirit and its immeasurable contributions to the world of art, fashion, and beyond. The evening’s journey was more than a spectacle; it was a soulful immersion, a dance with history, and a poignant pause that reminded us that the present is indeed a gift.

The attire was a visual symphony of Black elegance and creativity. Men, standing tall and proud, wore suit jackets that seemed to capture the very essence of Detroit’s nights –glimmering and unpredictable. Women, queens in their own right, shimmered in evening gowns, each sparkle echoing tales of ancestors, dreams, and futures waiting to be written.

This year’s Art of Fashion runway show featured an assortment of the most distinguished Neiman Marcus brand partners like Carolina Herrera, Brunello Cucinelli, Tom Ford, Etro, Monique Lhuillier, Dries Van Noten, Michael Kors, and more. The passionate vision of the Fash Bash has always been nurtured and fiercely protected by the Founders Junior Council. A collective of young professionals, they weave dreams and aspirations, connecting young souls to the sprawling embrace of the DIA, ensuring the heartbeat of Detroit’s art remains not only alive but fervently palpable.

Detroit, our beloved city, has always been the crucible of art, architecture, and fashion, resonating deeply with its historical contributions and ongoing trailblazing by Black creatives. It stands as the epitome of Black contribution and excellence in the American narrative. Nationally, Black individuals have been pivotal in shaping and revolutionizing the realms of fashion and culture. From Harlem’s renaissance to Detroit’s rebirth, Black creatives have painted, sung, designed,

“All That Glitters is Gold,” the theme of the night, was a proclamation. With leaders like Dexter Mason, president of the Founders Junior Council board of directors, and Lane Coleman, president of the DIA board of directors, both Black men, at the helm, it was a reminder that our value isn’t determined by external validation but by the weight of our stories, struggles, and successes - a testament of what truly makes us golden.

Black women were also bursting out the seam as 2023 Fash Bash co-chairs Jenice and Jasmine Williams, alongside their mother, Denise Brooks-Williams, showed that leadership and legacy run deep in our veins. The echoing voices of Dr. Charles Boyd and his daughters from the previous year served as a testament that we, as a community, lift as we climb.

“Just our leadership, first and foremost are Black and my mom, myself, and my sister, we’re co-chairing together representing Black women and Black Detroiters,” said Jenice Williams. “We’re third generation Detroiters on both sides of our family, so intentionality was very important for us. Being able to have our voices as Black women included and feeling like we really were heard and championed in this process has been a beautiful experience for me, so that has been my experience as a Black woman leading this work.”

Yet, this isn’t the inaugural moment where Black individuals have led as co-chairs for Fash Bash. In the previous year, Dr. Charles Boyd, alongside his five daughters, took the helm, paving the way for the familial leadership that the Williams’ embraced this year.

“The Boyd family were absolutely picture-perfect last year,” Williams shared. “Dr. Charles Boyd and his five daughters co-chaired last year and that was a beautiful family experience that we were able to integrate this year - majority of our co-chairs are families, mothers and daughter duos.”

Beyond the lights, the glitter, and the music, Fash Bash served a noble cause - benefiting the DIA, a sanctuary of art. Through its corridors, you feel the pulse of Detroit, a city that has seen trials yet stands tall, shimmering in its brilliance. Fash Bash stands as a beacon of support for the DIA, facilitating personal connections to art for over 300,000 visitors each year. Since its beginning, this highly anticipated event has garnered upwards of $4 million for the DIA.

Closing the night, Donavan Glover brought the crowd to the dance floor with his vibrant beats, a musical journey echoing the rich tapestry of Black culture through line dancSee

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Jennifer Hudson Set to Shine at the 2023 Detroit Auto Show Charity Preview

Detroit is set to witness a dazzling evening of entertainment and philanthropy as Jennifer Hudson takes the stage at the 2023 Detroit Auto Show Charity Preview. The multi-talented actress and singer, celebrated for her Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony wins, will captivate the audience with her extraordinary vocal prowess. The event, held annually, promises an elegant evening of glamour, music, and giving back to the community.

Scheduled for Friday, September 15th, at 7:45 p.m., the performance will be held at Huntington Place, adding an aura of sophistication to the annual black-tie charity preview.

This much-anticipated event not only marks a celebration of the automotive industry but also brings together the city’s best to contribute to a noble cause.

Thad Szott, the Chairman of the Detroit Auto Show, expressed his excitement, stating, “It’s a thrill to have such an incredible talent, especially one who portrayed the Detroit music legend Aretha Franklin, grace our auto show stage on a night that celebrates everything great about this city.” Hudson’s portrayal of Aretha Franklin in the biographical film “Respect” solidified her connection to Detroit’s musical heritage, making her performance even more meaningful to the attendees.

The Detroit Auto Show Charity Preview is renowned for its commitment to giving back to the community. Over the past 25 years, the event has raised an impressive sum of over $100 mil-

lion for various children’s charities. Since its inception in 1976, the Charity Preview has managed to accumulate an astounding $123 million in total donations, making it an unparalleled platform for philanthropy in the city.

This year, the charity preview’s beneficiaries include several impactful organizations:

1. Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan

2. The Children’s Center

3. The Children’s Foundation

4. Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

5. Detroit PAL

6. University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

The evening’s festivities will commence with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. in the Huntington Place atrium, followed by the grand opening of the auto show floor at 6 p.m. The highlight of the evening, Jennifer Hudson’s performance, will begin at 7:45 p.m., promising to be a showcase of talent and emotion. While the occasion is a luxurious affair, it’s also a chance for attendees to contribute to the community. Tickets for the charity preview are priced at $400 per person, with an option of purchasing a pair for $700. This investment not only grants access to an unforgettable performance but also contributes to

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Navigating Networking Events While Black

Networking events serve as crucial avenues for professional growth and connection-building, offering opportunities to forge relationships that can shape careers and open doors to new possibilities. However, for Black people and other minorities, these events often come with a set of distinct challenges that can make the experience significantly more complex. Attending these events can sometimes feel intimidating, leading to decreased confidence.

One of the primary challenges faced by Black people and minorities at networking events is the presence of unconscious bias. Unintentional assumptions based on race or ethnicity can lead to misconceptions about their professional capabilities and contributions. Such biases may hinder meaningful conversations and connections, making it crucial to develop strategies for overcoming these preconceived notions.

Lack of representation is another obstacle that often affects minorities in networking spaces. The absence of role models who share similar backgrounds can result in feelings of isolation and make it difficult to establish a sense of belonging. When there are few individuals who look like you or have shared experiences, breaking into established circles can seem like an uphill battle.

Code-switching, the practice of altering one’s behavior, speech, or appearance to conform to different social situations, is a survival tactic frequently employed by Black people in predominantly white networking environments. This constant adaptation can be mentally and emotionally taxing, making it challenging to present an authentic self and connect genuinely with others.

To help you make the most of your networking endeavors, here are some essential tips to boost your confidence and effectiveness at these events. Shine bright and stand out!

1. Set Clear Objectives: Before attending any networking event, outline your goals. Are you looking to meet potential clients, collaborators, mentors, or employers? Defining your objectives will help you focus your efforts and guide your interactions.

2. Elevator Pitch Perfection: Craft a concise and compelling elevator pitch that

introduces yourself, your profession, and what you’re seeking. Keep it engaging and succinct to ensure that you leave a lasting impression in just a few sentences.

3. Do Your Research: Research the event, its attendees, and any speakers or guests beforehand. Having background knowledge about the event’s focus and the people attending will make conversations more meaningful and help you find common ground.

4. Active Listening: When engaging in conversations, practice active listening. Pay attention to what the other person is saying, ask follow-up questions, and show genuine interest in their experiences and insights.

5. Quality Over Quantity: While it’s tempting to collect a lot of business cards, focus on building a few meaningful connections. Quality interactions are more valuable than a stack of contacts you won’t utilize.

6. Use Social Media: Utilize social media platforms like LinkedIn to connect with people you meet at the event. This allows you to maintain and nurture those connections beyond the event itself.

7. Follow Up: After the event, follow up with the people you met. Send personalized emails expressing your appreciation for the conversation and reiterating your interest in staying connected.

8. Attend Workshops and Sessions: Participate in any workshops, seminars, or breakout sessions offered at the event. These smaller gatherings provide a more intimate setting for networking and learning.

9. Be Genuine: Authenticity matters in networking. Be yourself, share your passion, and express genuine curiosity about others. Authentic connections are more likely to lead to fruitful relationships.

By recognizing and addressing the unique hardships they face at networking events, we can collectively contribute to creating more inclusive spaces that celebrate diversity and cultivate genuine connections. Through education, awareness, and open dialogue, we can break down the barriers that hinder meaningful interactions and ensure that networking events truly become platforms for professional growth, regardless of one’s background.

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ing, including the renowned Detroit ballroom hustle to the intricate ‘pick up the money hustle,’ an ode to the true culture of Black Detroiters.

“Seeing the city come out and support an event such as this and seeing the diversity that we draw in as we celebrate fashion and creativity is such a

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In 1989, Carter became an original member of Straight Ahead, an all-female Detroit-based jazz ensemble. She ultimately moved to New York and was a much-in-demand musician on The Big Apple’s elite jazz scene. In 1995, Carter recorded her first album as a leader, titled Regina Carter; 10 more albums have followed, the latest of which is Swing States - Harmony in the Background, released in 2020.

While Carter has been called one of the world’s premier jazz violinists, she has also been lauded for her musical work in R&B, Latin, classical, blues, country, pop, and African music. In addition to working with such jazz legends as Max Roach, Ray Brown, Kenny Barron, James Carter, Arturo O’Farrill, and Eddie Palmieri, among others, Carter has recorded or performed with Mary J. Blige, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton, and more. One of her most memorable recordings, said Carter, was performing with a string ensemble on Aretha Franklin’s hit single, A Rose is Still a Rose, written and produced by Lauryn Hill.

Nevertheless, earlier this year, The National Endowment for the Arts honored Carter’s achievements in jazz by presenting her with the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship Award.

“I was completely blown away when I got the phone call that I was nominated,” said the three-time Grammy-nominee, MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, and winner of numerous jazz publications’ polls for best jazz violinist.

“It’s the highest and most prestigious award a jazz artist can receive in the United States. And receiving it was extra special because the other two jazz artists awarded the 2023 NEA Jazz Masters Award were saxophonist Kenny Garrett and drummer Louis Hayes; both are native Detroiters.”

As Carter, the former long-time Artist in Residence at the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, prepares for her headlining performance at the Detroit Jazz Festival, she spoke about future musical endeavors, including continuing to serve on

pivotal moment for the city of Detroit,” echoed Jasmine Williams.

The 2023 Fash Bash wasn’t just an event; it was a narrative, a tale of Black beauty, resilience, and magnificence. Through its corridors and runways, we were reminded of who we are, where we come from, and where we’re headed. In the proud tapestry of Detroit and beyond, every thread, every color, every note sings of the Black experience - an unending symphony of power, passion, and promise.

the faculty of New Jersey City University and the Manhattan School of Music, recording a new album, and pursuing opportunities to score television, movie, and documentary soundtracks.

Carter said she would also love to record and perform with the legendary award-winning pianist, recording artist, and film composer Patrice Rushin.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Patrice Rushin since I first heard her play piano on a Jean Luc Ponty record many years ago,” said Carter. “We are going to make that happen! She is actually writing a piece for piano and violin for me to perform at the Library of Congress, but I will be performing it with Xavier Davis, who usually plays piano with me. But, yeah, I really want to record or perform with Patrice.”

However, for now, Carter, who resides in New Jersey with her husband/ drummer Alvester Garnett, is ecstatic to bring her talents back home for the Detroit Jazz Festival.

“I don’t have my parents anymore, but the whole city of Detroit is my family,” she said. “I’m still a Detroiter, and that’s what I tell people wherever I perform.”

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the event’s overarching mission of supporting children’s charities.

For those unable to attend the charity preview, the Detroit Auto Show will open its doors to the public from Saturday, September 16th, through Sunday, September 24th. This wider event will allow car enthusiasts and the general public to explore the latest offerings from the automotive industry while soaking in the atmosphere of this iconic event.

As the city gears up for this remarkable showcase of talent and generosity, the 2023 Detroit Auto Show Charity Preview promises to be a night that celebrates Detroit’s spirit, musical heritage, and commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of children in need. To find out more about the Detroit Auto Show and secure your tickets, visit the official website for details.

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Diabetes is a chronic condition that seems to be everywhere today. More than 1 million Michiganders have diabetes, nearly 65% of them age 55 and older. Diabetes is more likely to affect Black adults, who are 1.4 times more likely to have it than white adults. Diabetes also disproportionately harms Black people compared to white people, with Type 2 diabetes linked to greater incidences of other chronic conditions, such as COPD, congestive heart failure and kidney diseases.

While diabetes can impact quality of life, there are steps you can take to better manage the condition. With education, awareness and positive lifestyle changes, people with diabetes can reduce diabetes’ effect on their health and wellness.

CCA Health Michigan works with its health plan members to help them manage their diabetes and live healthier lives. While medication is important in managing diabetes, nutrition and exercise – plus a realistic plan adjusted to your unique needs – play important roles, too.

“At CCA Health Michigan, we work with our members one-on-one to understand their priorities and together we develop a treatment plan that works for them,” said Linda Perkins, R.N., Director of Clinical Operations at CCA Health Michigan. “We understand the importance of tailoring our recommendations to each member so that their treatment plan is realistic and achievable. We focus not just on the condition itself, but also on each member’s motivation, mental health, mobility, food preferences, cultural values, family dynamics and other factors that can impact their ability to manage their diabetes. We have seen this approach significantly increase the likelihood of their success.”

CCA Health Michigan has eight tips to better manage diabetes:

1. Eat more whole foods. What are whole foods? They’re lean meats and proteins, heart-healthy fats and fresh fruits and vegetables, such as broccoli, asparagus, spinach and mushrooms as well as avocados, nuts, seeds, salmon, albacore tuna and poultry. Legumes like black beans and black-eyed peas are packed with fiber and protein.

2. Cut back on starchy vegetables. Foods such as potatoes, corn, carrots and green peas can raise blood sugar levels quickly and significantly.

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4. Avoid sugary drinks. Drink water instead and consider using sugar substitutes to sweeten coffee or tea.

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6. Be consistent. Eating the same amount of carbs at each meal and eating around the same time every day can also help keep blood sugar levels regulated.

7. Keep moving. Look for opportunities to get your body moving throughout the day, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and parking farther from where you need to go, so you walk more.

8. Get physical. Exercise and physical activity can reduce blood sugar levels. Walking, stretching and low-intensity weight training can be added to your daily routine, one at a time (but be sure to talk to your doctor before you start any new exercise routine). Plans with realistic, incremental goals are more likely to be successful and lead to better health outcomes. Lifestyle changes that take into account cultural realities can help people live with diabetes. Adding one or two new adjustments at a time, such as engaging in more physical activity or cutting back on certain foods, can make a difference. Talk with your doctor and take time to incorporate new food and exercise routines so you can adapt to these changes.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Highland Park Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. for the purpose of obtaining public comment on the request as follows:

❖ Public Hearing on proposed Breakfast Café at 12024 Woodward sponsored by JAKM Holdings, LLC.

The Detroit Public Schools Community District is seeking proposals for architectural engineering design services under RFP 24-0099.

Proposals are due by 12:00 PM, September 18, 2023. Late proposals will not be accepted.

There will be a Pre-Bid Conference for this RFP hosted Virtually on Thursday, September 1, 2023 @ 10:00a.m. The conference can be viewed using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/5n6k5v6z

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The Public hearing will be held before the Planning Commission in person and virtual at The Police Headquarters, 13233 Hamilton Ave., Highland Park, MI 48203. The Zoom meeting link will be posted on the Highland Park Website. Inquires may be addressed to Ty Hinton, Community and Economic Development Director.

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Budget-Friendly Ideas to Boost Curb Appeal

(Family Features) Your home’s first big impression is its curb appeal, so if your place is in need of some sprucing up, you may wonder how you can make some updates without breaking the bank. These 10 ideas are easy on budgets, but they can also make a big impact on your home’s exterior image.

1. Paint your front door. As long as your front door is in good condition, there’s no need to replace it completely. A fresh coat of paint can instantly update your home’s facade. Go bold or stick with a classic hue - it’s all up to you.

2. Dress up the windows. Add character and charm by enhancing your front windows. You might add wooden shutters, window box planters or both. Also look at the trim around the windows. If it’s chipped and peeling, adding a fresh coat of paint doesn’t just look nice, it can protect your windows from damage, too.

3. Clean up flower beds. An unkempt flower bed can drag down an otherwise stunning home. Keep beds tidy and vegetation trimmed, even during the offseason. Watch for weeds and replenish mulch or rock ground cover as needed to keep the beds looking healthy and inviting.

4. Install new lighting. Replacing outdated light fixtures can give your exterior an instant upgrade. There’s no right or wrong style; just choose a color and look that matches the rest of your design.

5. Replace worn welcome mats. A cheerful mat at your front door can be an inviting sight for visitors, but those mats inevitably wear with time, and what was once bright and charming becomes dingy and dull. A new mat can help bring back that cheery entry you once cherished.

6. Pressure wash the drive and walk. Over time, driveways and sidewalks collect an incredible amount of grime. Pressure washing not only eliminates the filth, but the clean surfaces also add to your home’s visual appeal.

7. Add new vegetation. Landscaping is a relatively inexpensive way to introduce more personality to a yard. Aim for a mix of pretty and practical, such as some low flowering bushes and some trees or bushes that offer privacy and shade.

8. Keep up with basic maintenance. When your home is in poor repair, it shows. Pay attention to bent or rusting gutters, imperfections in the roof and other maintenance matters that aren’t just aesthetic; left unrepaired, they can also result in major damage.

9. Pay attention to details. Functional items like the mailbox might not seem like much of a design element, but these small details can be a big distraction if they’re not in good condition. Update or replace as needed to keep your aesthetic in sync.

10. Add seasonal decor. There’s no need to go all out for every occasion, but some timely decorations that celebrate the holiday or season can make your entry fun and festive. Coordinate wreaths, planters, signs and other accent pieces for a cohesive look that says, “come on in.” Find more affordable ideas for upgrading your home and garden at eLivingtoday.com.

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Dorothy Lee Wilkerson was boron in Detroit Michigan, December 20, 1927.

She passed away on August 21st, at the age of 95.

A well-loved member of her community, she was employed at Chrysler Corporation for many years. She retired from Mound Engine Plant in 1989.

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(Family Features) It’s one of the busiest times of the year, meaning managing mealtimes can be tough as families navigate the school year hustle. Between school, work, extracurriculars and social activities, it can be overwhelming to figure out what to eat and when. Put your worries aside and become a true after-school hero with these timesaving, delicious meal planning strategies while giving back to communities in need.

When it’s time for a grocery run, write down everything you need, perhaps on your phone’s notetaking app, being sure to take inventory of ingredients you already have on hand. Keeping the list handy can make your trip to the store efficient while helping you stay on track, avoid multiple trips and prevent buying excess or unnecessary items.

Champion Your Inner Meal Planning

One of the first steps in meal planning should be making a list of all the meals you and your family enjoy on a regular basis. Compiling this list can help simplify weekly dinner plans and reduce stress at the grocery store. Include simple recipes like sandwiches, tacos or chili. If you want to make an easy, tasty dinner to save the day, consider something simple like chicken fried rice. All you need is 15 minutes and Ben’s Original Ready Rice, chicken breast meat, peas, carrots, reduced sodium soy sauce, garlic powder and eggs. As you try new recipes, add any family favorites to the list and consider reinventing classics by bringing in a different side dish like rice and grains to give them a whole new spin.

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To the Rescue with Simple Prep Hacks

Before you plan your meals for the week, take a look at your calendar. On days that include evening activities, opt for easy-to-prepare meals or slow cooker- or air fryer-friendly recipes to save time. Leave more complex meals for less busy days or weekends, and don’t be afraid to schedule a weekly leftover night to empty out the fridge before your next trip to the grocery store.

Take Advantage of Pantry Staples

Turning to your pantry for after-school snacks and quick meals can help keep busy nights from getting even more hectic. For example, the entire portfolio of Ben’s Original Ready Rice - Whole Grain Brown Rice, Jasmine, Spanish Style and more - can help provide tasty, convenient meal options that are ready in just 90 seconds. Plus, until Nov. 12, for every $1 spent on participating products, $1 will be donated to No Kid Hungry through the “Be an After-School Hero” program, which can help provide 2.5 million meals to those who need them most.

Be a Prep Day Warrior

Setting aside some time - maybe a couple of hours on the weekend - to prep food for the week’s meals can help stretch your time and allow more moments to enjoy meals around the table as a family. This time can be used to cut, brown and divide proteins into portions; chop or slice fruits and vegetables; prepare one-pan dishes; make sauces; and more.

Fight mealtime fatigue and make school night meals a cinch with more ideas and recipes at BensOriginal.com.

Source: Ben’s Original

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