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All Black Everything:

Triple Strike Against Detroit Automakers

A Night of Elegance and Excellence at the 10th

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

When WDIV Local 4 Anchor/Reporter

IKaren Drew reached out to the Michigan Chronicle in April about a historic opportunity to do some impactful storytelling about Highland Park, I had two thoughts. My first thought was “This is a great idea!” My second thought was “This is a crazy idea.”

Shortly before midnight on Sept. 14, GM released a statement expressing disappointment with the strike action, despite offering what it termed an “unprecedented economic package” that included historic wage increases. Stellantis

After my second thought, I thought again about a quote I first in journalism school some 20 years ago: “Journalism is a great way to do public service; to have an impact on your community.”

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

In collaborating with the Michigan Chronicle and Local 4 editorial teams, Karen’s idea evolved from telling a story about

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

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

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

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

ness district that had been the lifeblood of the community.

“Don’t settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that’s in us.” –

Angela Bassett

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

al negotiators maximum leverage and flexibility in bargaining. And if we need to go all out, we will. Everything is on the table.” Union leaders have also indicated that additional plants could be targeted in future waves if negotiations remain stalled.

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

(Left to Right) Kyle McKenzie and Reggie McKenzie of the Reggie McKenzie Foundation join Michigan Chronicle Executive Editor Jeremy Allen and Local 4 Anchor/ Reporter Karen Drew at the Ernest T. Ford Field House in Highland Park.

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

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

The 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference was a watershed moment in Michigan’s political landscape, and the conference chair, Suzanne Shank – President, CEO, and Co-Founder of the largest Black-owned full-service investment banking firm – was the driving force behind so much of its success.

on the stage, but we wanted people from around the country to inform us as Michiganders. It really is like a village planning this conference, but I’ve been really privileged to serve in this capacity. I run a women-owned firm. I understand that I’m often the only woman in the room. And I felt an obligation, really, to make sure that we… had women – and Black women – well-represented on the big stage, where it gets a lot of attention.”

A string of shootings in Greektown in mid-April left both visitors and residents of this bustling downtown destination in awe. One of these shootings tragically claimed the life of a popular and beloved security guard following a dispute with a patron.

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

cans in charge of the conference, and certainly not a lot of women, but never a Black woaman. So, I just think to show that to young women that this is achievable is very important to me.

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

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

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

Mama Shu Harris winning a CNN Hero’s Award, to telling a few stories about how the Avalon Village community in Highland Park benefited from her efforts, to eventually this groundbreaking idea to spend 24 hours straight reporting live in Highland Park, telling stories about the people, places, business, and organizations that need a spotlight shined on them. It also served as an opportunity to address the city’s ongoing needs. It was unprecedented. From 6 a.m. on June 3 until shortly after 6 a.m. on June 4, Karen did 24 live shots with people in the city ranging from community developers to business owners to the police chief and families in the city.

All Hands On Deck to Combat Homelessness

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

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

Shank, a renowned business leader and advocate for diversity and inclusion, brought her unique vision to the conference, shaping a program that showcased the state’s most pressing issues and featured a remarkable lineup of speakers, predominantly women, particularly Black women.

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

As the first Black woman in history to chair the Mackinac Policy Conference, Shank was determined to create a platform that reflected Michigan’s diverse voices and perspectives. She worked tirelessly to curate a speaker list that included some of the most influential women in politics, business, and advocacy, including U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, to name a few. But she also wanted Black women leaders. In total, 40 percent of the speakers were women.

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

“The women we had there speaking were not just there because they’re women. I mean, we had Valerie Jarrett (CEO of The Obama Foundation). Who has more experience than Valerie Jarrett? Alicia Boler Davis (engineer and CEO of Alto Pharmacy) is constantly discussed in the Wall Street Journal as the next Fortune 500 CEO. She had 800,000 people reporting to her when she was at Amazon. So these are just dynamic leaders who just happen to be Black women.”

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

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

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

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

I joined her for several of the live shots and members of the Michigan Chronicle’s

The union is pushing for a comprehensive list of demands. This

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

“It was a bit more work than I anticipated…but I was very intentional about wanting to have certain types of speakers. I wanted it to be bipartisan. I wanted a cabinet secretary. So I reached out to the governor. I reached out to the mayor a couple times. I reached out to people I trust to help bring in real talent that would give a slightly different view,” Shank said in an interview with Michigan Chronicle during the conference.

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

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

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

“We wanted a lot of Michiganders

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

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

“We didn’t want the same speakers we’ve always had. We wanted thought leaders, and they happened to be women. We wanted CEOs and they just happened to be women. When you set a goal, it’s not so hard to achieve. Once we decided we wanted to be very intentional about having women on stage, it was really easy to make it happen,” Shank said.

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

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

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

“I felt an obligation to do it even though my schedule is horrendous because I know there haven’t been many African Ameri-

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

There was also a focus on young women. President and CEO of the Michigan Black Business Alliance, Charity Dean, for instance, led a panel discussion addressed the importance of racial equity in Michigan’s population growth. Deanna L. Stewart, Founder and Executive Director of Equity Alliance of Michigan, participated in a session that showcased local examples of philanthropy fueled by trust and economic justice as a way to show how to engage communities in these efforts in non-threatening, inclusive, and data-rich ways. Michigan Senator Sarah Anthony moderated a discussion about how Michigan needs to work to solve its housing supply shortage and the crisis that will come of it if steps aren’t taken for better housing options.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What a Federal Government Shutdown Could Mean for Detroiters?

This year’s Mackinac Policy Conference was full of breaking news, exciting announcements, and engaging policy discussions. But at last week’s conference, in an exclusive interview with the Michigan Chronicle, Dennis Archer Jr. hinted at some big news of his own, shedding a little light to the whirlwind of speculations about his potential bid for Detroit’s upcoming mayoral race.

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

Black Resilience Amidst Gentrification: Reclaiming Detroit’s Legacy

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

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

Archer Jr. – Chairman and CEO of Sixteen42 Ventures and son of former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer – said he has given

In May 2023, the City of Detroit launched the Detroit

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

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

ous consideration to following in his father’s footsteps and

ning for mayor of

He also said that Detroit’s

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

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

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

year of his third term as mayor, could make a gubernatorial run in Michigan to fill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s seat, which will be vacated due to term limitations in January 2027. Duggan could also make a move to Washington in the instance that current President Joe Biden is re-elected in November’s election. Duggan has endorsed a Biden re-election, and the two have had a close working relationship since Duggan’s first term as Detroit’s mayor.

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

mayor has to make a decision about his future before Archer Jr. makes his decision.

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

and west sides. Over time, these neighborhoods became centers of Black culture and entrepreneurship.

“There’s a lot of speculation that (Duggan) may seek a higher office. If so, I can’t really say that

“I don’t think that’s it is a secret that I’m considering running for mayor if our existing mayor does not run for mayor. I’m a big fan and supporter of Mike Duggan and the work that he’s done, so for me, the best thing for the city – in terms of continuity – would be for him to seek another term,” Archer Jr. said.

According to Historian Jamon Jordon Black resilience in the city has roots that extend far before the Great Migration and will persist

I’m doing one thing or the other… until he makes up his mind because I think he’s doing an outstanding job. Once we get that news from him, I’ll start to probably be a little more public with discussions about what I would do.”

long after our current phase of gentrification.

“Black people were coming to Detroit because Black churches were here, black schools were here, and its was Black businesses here,” said Jordon. “They were coming of course

It’s been suggested that Duggan, who is in the penultimate

Archer Jr. has a strong case for a run, regardless of Duggan’s future. Archer Jr. is heavily involved with the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce as a well-connected businessman in the city and across the region. Aside from being the Chairman and CEO of Sixteen42 Ventures, he’s also the CEO of Ignite Media Group, he is the creator and managing partner of Central Kitchen + Bar, he recently opened Vinyl

ing generations. Motown Records, founded by Berry Gordy Jr., was not just a record label but a symbol of Black excellence and empowerment. However, as Detroit faced economic decline and population loss in the late 20th century, many

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paring for this moment since the results of the 2016 election were final. We recently filed a law suit to stop the 1931 law from going into effect, and we’ve also asked the state courts to affirm that the Michigan constitu tion does already contain a right to abortion. Our advocacy arm, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, is a founding member of the coalition that launched Reproduc tive Freedom for All, a ballot initiative to affirm the right to abortion and reproductive freedom in the state constitution,” said Vasquez Giroux. “The bottom line is that we will do everything in our power to keep abortion legal in Michigan, and if SCOTUS makes that impossible, we will do everything we can to ensure our patients can access the care they need.” upward, a ban on abor tions could leave many women to choose a less safe route restoring ‘back alley’ and illegal abor tion practices, including self-abortions. Moreover, African American women and women of color, who already have a long-sto ried history with access and inclusion in medi

corporate boards to have more diverse representation and pass the legislation.

editorial team, including Donald James and Ebony JJ Curry, also contributed stories to assist in telling important stories about Highland Park. James wrote about the history of Highland Park that helped paint a picture of an economic boom in the 1950s to an economy struggling to pay its utility bills in the 2020s. Curry told the story of Highland Park’s revitalization efforts through commercial and residential development. I told stories about the Reggie McKenzie Foundation and the pivotal role it plays in the development of the youth, and I also wrote about the city’s recent water debt crisis.

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and – more importantly – a blow against individual freedom. It is my hope

ings of this draft. If that is not the case, we need toity Leader Schumer and Gov. Whitmer in support of their efforts to preservetive freedom,” said Chair Alisha Bell, on behalf of

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

I also partnered with Karen to talk Mayor Glenda McDonald and Police Chief James McMahon about crime, other water issues, street lights, development, and so much more.

It was truly a collaborative effort between two leading Detroit news organizations. The effort resulted in more than 24 stories, told in real time, over an entire day.

Better collection and analysis of criminal justice data: BLAC recommends data collection and professional analysis be initiated with the assistance of our Attorney General, Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES), Association of Michigan Prosecutors and other stakeholders to collaborate, collect and analyze data strategically.

Ban no-knock warrants: Urging the House Government Operations Committee to hold hearings on HB 5013 and other legislation that would ban or limit the use of noknock or quick knock warrants, and urging the state legislature to pass meaningful reform and advise Gov. Whitmer to sign the bill after the leg-

Reject censorship in history instruction: couraging Gov. Whitmer to ensure the goal for Michigan schools should be history instruction that is presented by pro fessionals with the sub ject matter expertise, pedagogical skills, and judgment necessary to present complex infor mation to students that are grounded in prov able facts and add to the understanding of mod ern-day America.

“Typically, you see the finished story online or on air. This time you get to see the story gathering – behind the scenes as we talk to folks, shoot our video, and really get a feel and a vibe of this community. By spending 24 hours we get a better grasp of the city,” Karen said.

“I’ve been covering Mama Shu’s contributions to Highland Park for many years, and they are nothing short of legendary. This event is our tribute to her and the city and a call to action for the future,” says Karen Drew. “I wanted to do this to let viewers witness the resilience and spirit of the community.”

the chancellor embraces.

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

for a brighter future.”

Bob Ellis, General Manager of Local 4 emphasized the significance of the event and the continued growth of his station’s partnership with Michigan Chronicle.

will provide a solid first step towards breaking down barriers in education, community safety, health and business,” said BLAC Co-Chair Dr. Donna L. Bell.

we can talk about and then make a plan. How can we highlight and help Highland Park and Avalon Village?” Karen said.

The conference was a testament to Shank’s dedication to equity and inclusion. From the opening remarks to the final session, the stage was filled with women who shared their experiences, insights, and solutions to Michigan’s most pressing challenges. The audience was filled with leaders from various industries, nonprofits, and community organizations, all united by a shared commitment to creating a more equitable Michigan.

“What has been most surprising to me is the diversity of people who

Society in downtown Detroit’s Paradise Valley neighborhood, and he serves on several boards across the city. Additionally, he has several development projects in the works in Detroit. And that’s just the short version of his expansive resume.

are coming up to me and making positive statements about the conference. That’s really rewarding to me because I wanted everyone to feel welcome and I wanted everyone to get something out of the conference,” she added.

The 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference will be remembered as a milestone moment for the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and the thousands who attend the annual Mackinac Island event, thanks to Suzanne Shank’s unwavering dedication to creating a more just and equitable future.

The stories aired live on WDIV 4 television and on, and the written stories appeared on both ClickOnDetroit.Com and There’s also a library of videos on the Click On Detroit / WDIV / Local 4 YouTube channel.

“As someone raised in Highland Park, I have witnessed firsthand the tenacity and resolve of this community This 24-hour news event is a testament to the enduring strength and potential of Highland Park,” said Hiram E. Jackson, Publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. “The Michigan Chronicle’s collaboration with WDIV Local 4 highlights our commitment to telling the stories that matter most to our community and inspiring collective action

“Our collaboration with the Michigan Chronicle underscores our commitment to community storytelling and the powerful role of local media in fostering understanding and change. We are proud to bring this multiplatform, historic event to life,” he said.

“I think of transformational leadership as a thoughtful approach that causes people to change but also causes the systems and circumstances they are operating in to change too,” Ivory said. “Transformational change doesn’t just ask people to do certain things; it asks them to change their view of what’s possible and excites them to drive that change together because they believe that what they’re doing will create positive change for everyone. That’s how entire systems change because people believe that they need to for themselves and others to live better lives.”

BLAC will hold a virtual town hall meeting to discuss its policy recommendations on Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m. Join BLAC and a virtual audience in discussing the recommendations to support the Black community.

“Chancellor Ivery is a true transformational leader and an outstanding CEO, who is more than worthy of the CEO of the Year Award he just received, “ said Prof. James C. Mays, who teaches entrepreneurship and supply chain management at WCCCD’s Corporate College. “In his 27 years at WCCCD, Dr. Ivery has elevated WCCCD to become nationally recognized for excellence and innovation and preparing our students professionally and personally to do great things in the world.”

The 24 Hours in Highland Park series didn’t end when the cameras stopped rolling in the early hours of June 4, though. Local 4 and Michigan Chronicle will follow this historic event by condensing the day into a one-hour special, which will air on each entity’s digital platforms in midJune. On June 26, the media companies will come together again for a town hall, filled with lawmakers, residents, nonprofits, and other business leaders who are willing to help create solutions to some of the longstanding problems.

BLAC is housed in the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. Members represent many professional backgrounds, including economics, law, public safety, health and wellness, arts and culture and media. They leverage their experiences and expertise to make recommendations to the governor on critical issues affecting the Black community.

“Whatever we discover and learn from our 24 hours in Highland Park,

We went into the day not knowing exactly what to expect. It wasn’t too difficult to execute, technically, but the day was a challenge for a number of reasons. Would the community trust our authenticity as journalists trying to help find solutions? Would families let a news crew into their homes to document their lives? Would public officials be willing to answer tough questions about the city’s challenges? Would Karen be able to endure 24 straight hours of live reporting?

Ultimately, the answer was a resounding “YES!” to all of those questions. We learned a lot about the resolve of Highland Park. We learned that the community is hopeful for what’s next, and that they’re eager to let others know about the things that make their community special.

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If he does run, the list of potential opponents is also impressive. James Craig, who was Detroit Police Chief and candidate for governor in 2022, has also expressed interest in running in 2025. Craig also campaigned for U.S. Senate this year before dropping out of the race in February.

Detroit City Council President Mary Sheffield began laying the foundation for a potential campaign for the mayor’s seat back in August 2023 when she established the “Mary Sheffield for Detroit’s Future” committee. Her term as city council president ends when Duggan’s term ends in 2025.

Other names that have been mentioned as potential candidates for Duggan’s seat if he doesn’t run for re-election include Lt. Gov. Garland Gilchrist II, Wayne County Com-

missioner Warren Evans, President and CEO of the Michigan Black Business Alliance Charity Dean, Executive Director of Building Community Values Chase Cantrell, and Oakland County Commissioner Dave Coulter, who dismissed rumors of his potential run at January’s Detroit Policy Conference. As for Gilchrist II, he also sat down for an exclusive interview with Michigan Chronicle last week, but he didn’t suggest one way or another whether he’d make a run for Detroit mayor or Michigan governor.

“The news is, I can promise to everybody in the state of Michigan that I’m going to make it my business to go and meet them where they are, to understand what their priorities are, to let them know about how I, alongside the governor, have been working to change the trajectory of what’s possible in Michigan,” the lieutenant governor said.

“I’m just looking forward to continuing to have that conversation. And it’s my job to help them. That’s my whole job. And so what that means for me in the future, you’ll find out pretty soon.”

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The Role of Down Payment Assistance in Affordable Housing for Millennials and Gen Z

Addressing the Need for Down Payment Assistance in Black and Brown Communities

As the dream of homeownership becomes increasingly elusive for many, particularly within Black and Brown communities, the importance of down payment assistance (DPA) programs cannot be overstated. Millennials and Gen Z, already burdened with student debt, stagnating wages, and rising living costs, face significant barriers to entering the housing market. This reality is even starker for young people of color, who often contend with systemic financial inequities and discriminatory lending practices.

Overcoming Barriers through Down Payment Assistance Programs

Down payment assistance programs play a crucial role in bridging the gap to homeownership. These programs provide financial support that can significantly reduce the initial cost of purchasing a home, making it more attainable for first-time buyers. For Black and Brown communities, DPA programs help counteract historical and ongoing discrimination in the housing market. By offering grants, low-interest loans, or forgivable loans for down payments, these programs lower the entry threshold and make homeownership a realistic goal for many who would otherwise be excluded.

One of the main barriers to homeownership is the accumulation of a sufficient down payment. For many young people of color, generational wealth gaps mean they cannot rely on family support to the same extent as their white counterparts. This disparity makes DPA programs not just beneficial but essential in leveling the playing field.

Why Affordable Housing Matters in Urban Neighborhoods

Building affordable housing in urban neighborhoods is a critical strategy for fostering inclusive, vibrant communities. Urban areas often offer better access to jobs, education, healthcare, and other essential services. By prioritizing affordable housing in these locations, we can ensure that low- and moderate-income families have the opportunity to thrive in environments that support upward mobility.

For Black and Brown Millennials and Gen Z, urban affordable housing projects can provide a foothold in neighborhoods that are otherwise financially out of reach. These communities benefit from the cultural richness and economic opportunities that urban centers provide. Moreover, integrating affordable housing into urban development helps prevent the segregation and marginalization of low-income families, promoting a more equitable distribution of resources and opportunities.

The Broader Impact of Down Payment Assistance

Beyond individual homeownership, down payment assistance has broader social and economic impacts. Homeownership is a key driver of wealth accumulation and financial stability. When more families in Black and Brown community’s own homes, it strength-


BBQs for Biden-Harris: Cooking Up Voter Engagement in Michigan

The Biden-Harris campaign has taken a flavorful approach to voter engagement in the heart of Detroit, where the echoes of industry and Motown blend with the aroma of... barbecue. Their recent initiative, “BBQs for Biden-Harris,” ingeniously melds the staple of neighborhood cookouts with the urgency of civic participation, targeting Michigan’s pivotal role in the upcoming 2024 election. This series of events is not just about filling plates but filling ballot boxes, using cultural connection as a catalyst for political action.

At the launch event last month, over a hundred Detroit locals and labor union members gathered alongside notable figures like Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes, and Mayor Quinton Lucas of Kansas City, Missouri. Food trucks lined the venue, dishing out free BBQ and specialty hot dogs, creating an atmosphere of community festivity that transcends typical political gatherings. The setting in Detroit, a city synonymous with resilience and Black cultural vitality, under-

scores the campaign’s strategy to engage deeply with communities that are crucial to shaping political outcomes not just in Michigan but nationally.

“A second Trump presidency is so dangerous for Black folks,” said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “When we say the stakes in this election are high, take your issue, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are better on it than Donald Trump and whoever his running mate is going to be. So, the choice is clear. But the even more important choice we have to make is how we get engaged.”

The concept of the cookout carries deep significance in Black culture, symbolizing kinship and unity. For many, these gatherings are where family ties are strengthened and collective wisdom is shared. By embedding this tradition into their voter engagement strategy, the Biden-Harris campaign is extending a warm, inclusive invitation: “You’re invited to the cookout.” This is more than a call to enjoy good food; it’s a call to engage in the democratic process, to be present and active in shaping the future.

The BBQs for Biden-Harris series aims to make the political feel personal. By discussing jobs, healthcare, and eco-

nomic policies over plates of barbecue, the campaign personalizes issues that might otherwise feel distant or abstract. This approach not only fosters a sense of belonging but also emphasizes the direct impact of political decisions on everyday lives.

Contrarily, the recent rollout of “BBQs for Biden-Harris” across Michigan raises intriguing questions about the timing and strategy behind this initiative, especially following President Biden’s engagements at historically significant venues for the Black community. One might ponder whether this is a deliberate nod to the colloquial invitation, “You’re invited to the cookout,” a phrase deeply embedded in the Black American cultural lexicon that symbolizes acceptance and inclusion. Coming on the heels of his commencement speech at Morehouse College, a venerated HBCU, and his appearance at the Detroit branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner, the largest sit-down dinner of its kind in the nation, is the BBQ campaign a strategic continuation of outreach to Black voters, or a broader attempt to humanize and localize a national political campaign in a

Amidst the shadows of former manufacturing giants, Highland Park, Michigan, stands resolute—a city poised on the brink of a profound transformation. This narrative isn’t merely about economic metrics or architectural blueprints; it’s about the heart of a community once filled with vibrancy, now channeling its past strength into a future filled with promise. This story unfolds through the dedication of visionaries like Eric Means and Jovon Burkes, whose efforts are not just revitalizing structures but are breathing new life into the spirit of Highland Park.

In the late Eric Means’ ambitious undertakings, one could see the outline of a new Highland Park rising from the remnants of economic decline. Means, whose developmental acumen was also imprinted on the Cambria Hotel in downtown Detroit, launched a transformative project for over 34 acres in Highland Park. This project envisioned turning economically stressed residential parcels into a booming industrial complex. Sadly, at 48, Means’ untimely demise could have stalled this monumental

project. However, his legacy was honored and continued by his resilient wife, Tracy Means, alongside Kyle Morton of Ashley Capital. Together, they navigated the complex challenges of pushing forward a project that was in jeopardy of becoming another forgotten blueprint.

The development site, straddling the line between Highland Park and Detroit and less than ten miles from major automotive companies, became a focal point for potential revitalization. The groundwork involved was Herculean—extensive demolition, abatement, and restructuring of the site’s very foundation. What once housed abandoned homes and untended lots was meticulously transformed into Means Logistics Park, a 446,500-square-foot testament to industrial innovation and community resilience.

The park itself, developed by Ashley Capital and constructed with the expertise of Oliver / Hatcher Construction, features expansive warehouse space and a modern office environment designed to attract leading industries. Its strategic location offers unparalleled access to major interstates, positioning Highland Park as a central node in Michigan’s logistical network. This transformation was highlighted by a record-set-

ting concrete pour, laying a literal foundation that promises stability and growth.

However, the revival of Highland Park is not solely a tale of commercial renaissance; it is profoundly rooted in the residential rejuvenation led by Jovon Burkes. Burkes, a native son of Highland Park and a beacon of community engagement, extends the transformative impact beyond industrial confines. Through his organization, HCC Connection, Burkes addresses the intricate tapestry of socio-economic challenges faced by individuals emerging from the shadows of addiction.

“Through this journey, I’ve experienced some trials and tribulations, but you have to take some risks,” Burkes’ shared with the Chronicle. “In 2008, I started to purchase these homes, and a lot of people looked at me like I was crazy. But these homes began to increase in value, and as the value went up, I took that financial gain and poured it back into the houses, into the community, and into the block. Now, with my neighbors seeing this it has encouraged them to do more with home improvement to keep up the neighborhood like our community did back in the day.”

Understanding the fragile journey of recovery, Burkes has dedicated himself to rehabilitating the historic homes of Highland Park, particularly those on the often-overlooked “other side of the tracks.” These homes, rich with architectural heritage yet marred by years of neglect, are being restored one at a time. Burkes’ mission is deeply personal—motivated by his own familial experiences with addiction, he infuses his work with empathy and a robust commitment to community uplift.

“I grew up here, my mother grew up here, and my grandparents migrated here, so, I’m three generations in,” shared Burkes. “Highland Park is my home.” Burkes’ holistic approach goes beyond mere physical restoration. Each home is a sanctuary, a place where individuals can rebuild their lives with dignity. His programs offer comprehensive support, blending housing solutions with counseling and life skills training, ensuring that every resident has the resources to transition successfully into a hopeful future.

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LT. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II speaking at BBQ for Biden-Harris kick-off


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pivotal battleground state?

Moreover, how will these community-centric BBQs resonate with the voters they aim to attract? While the allure of free food and a festive atmosphere might draw crowds, the effectiveness of this approach in converting attendance into active political support remains to be seen. Will these gatherings genuinely engage voters in meaningful dialogue about the issues that affect their daily lives, or will they be perceived as superficial attempts at camaraderie? As the Biden-Harris campaign grills up their policy discussions alongside hot dogs and ribs, the critical question remains: will voters feel truly seen and heard, or merely invited to a party with political undertones? The campaign’s ability to weave substantive policy engagement with genuine community interaction could be key to transforming these cookouts from social events into impactful political mobilizations.

“Go find [the folks you know] and tell them how important this election is. Tell them what Biden and Harris have done for your community, for your state, for your country, and frankly, for the world. And remind them who Donald Trump is… Remind them that when he left office, unemployment was 6.5 percent. Where are we now? 3.9. Who did that? Joe Biden. We have to tell that story,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes. “We have to make sure people understand the risk we run if we allow Donald Trump anywhere near that White House again. We cannot let it happen…We need to be having these conversations starting now, making sure folks understand the importance of this election, and the importance of getting this work done.”

Food has a unique power to bring people together, and the Biden-Harris campaign is leveraging every bite. The free food offerings not only draw crowds but also create a relaxed environment conducive to conversation about tough issues like economic policy and healthcare reform. These discussions are crucial as they help demystify political jargon and showcase the administration’s efforts in a relatable manner.

Michigan, as a battleground state, represents a microcosm of the broader national electoral landscape. The success of these BBQs could serve as a bellwether for the campaign’s overall strategy. Engaging voters in Michigan through these community-focused events is a tactical move aimed

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into fostering personal development through his S.W.A.G. (Strain With Ambition to be Great) and ID: It’s Doable programs. These initiatives are crafted to empower young men and student-athletes, assisting them in navigating the complexities of identity, trauma, and life transitions. As a mentor, Burkes embodies the role of a community anchor, stabilizing the present while securing a brighter future for Highland Park.

“I’ve asked myself; how can I give back to the community,” shared Burkes. “At one point of time there were 58,000 people in Highland Park. We had some of the best businesses here and the thing I loved most about growing up here was seeing how big and beautiful these homes were. As a kid I would walk down these blocks and wished I was able to afford or live in those big homes. So, fast forward, I bought a number of homes and fixed them up. To be able to come back and purchase them and make them look good for the community has always been my goal.”

As Highland Park stands on the precipice of transformation, the intertwined roles of commercial and residential redevelopment become crucial in redefining its future. Commercial enterprises, like Means Logistics Park, are vital for a city reclaiming its economic prowess. They bring with them a surge of jobs, significantly lowering local unemployment rates and infusing the community with new economic life. This influx of opportunities not only boosts local income but also instills a sense of purpose and pride among residents. Industrial complexes serve as more than just workplaces; they are beacons of economic stability and potential growth engines for local businesses, creating a multiplying effect that revitalizes entire communities.

Equally vital is the focus on residential redevelopment, a cornerstone for nurturing the social fabric of any rising city. Jovon Burkes’ mission to rehabilitate Highland Park’s historic homes addresses a fundamental need for safe, dignified, and affordable housing. These restored homes are not merely structures; they are the building blocks of a community, offering stability and a sense of belonging to families and individuals striving for a fresh start. As these homes are rejuvenated, they erase the blight of neglect and replace it with hope, beautifying neighborhoods and encouraging a renewed community spirit. The impact is profound, fostering a healthier living environment that contributes to the overall well-being of its residents, reducing crime, and enhancing local engagement.

“It’s kind of funny that we have this 2.9 mile radius,” said Burkes. “You have that side of the tracks where I grew up and then you have this side of the tracks. Being from the other side of Manchester, you never really come on this side. So, when I was over here cleaning up and redeveloping, the people around thought I was from out of state for about a year or two. But once I explained that I was from Highland Park, I realized a few neighbors next door went to school with my father, I went to school with the neighbor’s granddaughter across

at boosting voter turnout and solidifying support in a state known for its electoral volatility.

“On Joe Biden’s side, we have a party and a campaign that is built for the future: building more and investing more in infrastructure, investing more in labor, [and] investing more in health care,” said Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas. “When you think about the other side, they want to take away rights. They want to take away the rights to organize. They want to make sure that we are pulling our country back to a time none of us want to be…In November, we are celebrating a victory not just for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, not just for Democrats in Michigan and around the country, but we are celebrating a victory for labor. We are celebrating a victory for Black America. We’re celebrating a victory for Detroit. And we are celebrating a victory for our entire country.”

The stakes of the 2024 election are clear, and the Biden-Harris campaign is intent on making sure they are understood at the community level. These BBQs are not only feeding people but also fueling a dialogue about what’s at stake—from protecting workers’ rights to securing access to affordable healthcare. Each event is an opportunity to connect policies with personal stories, making the political implications as tangible as the food on attendees’ plates.

As the BBQs for Biden-Harris campaign continues to unfold across Michigan, its impact will be closely monitored. The effectiveness of this blend of grassroots engagement and strategic political communication may very well set a precedent for future campaigns, especially those aiming to engage deeply with specific demographics.

In a world often divided by politics, the Biden-Harris campaign’s initiative seeks to unite. Offering a seat at the table (or the picnic bench), they invite Michiganders to discuss, learn, and influence the political climate as a community. This strategy is not just about winning votes; it’s about winning trust and building a coalition, one cookout at a time.

The road to 2024 is lined with challenges and opportunities alike. In Michigan, the path is paved with thoughtful engagement, where the promise of a better future is served up with a side of ribs and a hefty portion of realism. Whether this invitation to a political community cookout strategy will secure Michigan for Biden-Harris remains to be seen, but the campaign is clearly committed to ensuring that every Michigander feels invited, included, and integral to the political process.

the street, and many have close generational ties to the city. So, even though it’s small, it’s a big city. Once a Highland Parker-er, always a Highland Parker-er and once they found out who my family was, it was all love ever since.”

The synergy between commercial and residential redevelopment catalyzes a comprehensive urban revival. For passionate leaders like Eric Means and Jovon Burkes, the commitment to Highland Park is deeply personal. Their endeavors are not just about physical construction but about building a community where every resident has the opportunity to thrive. This dual focus ensures that economic growth and improved quality of life go hand in hand, laying a foundation for a sustainable future. As these developments progress, they invite residents to partake in their city’s rebirth, fostering a community empowered by its own resurgence and more connected through shared successes and revitalized hope. This holistic approach to urban renewal is essential, proving that when a city rises, it should lift all its people with it.

Highland Park’s resurgence, catalyzed by the visionary efforts of Eric Means and sustained through the passionate commitment of Jovon Burkes, is a narrative of redemption and renewal. It’s a community reclaiming its space, not just on the map but in the hearts and minds of its residents. It’s a reminder that the strength of a city lies not just in its infrastructure but in its people.

“A lot of times when it comes to redevelopment, it’s easy to get frustrated,” Burkes explained. “But it’s when you think about the purpose, the purpose overcomes any obstacles that you may face. The passion and focus helped me persevere through those issues.”

As Highland Park continues to rebuild and redefine itself, the work of Means and Burkes stands as a testament to the power of community-driven change. This is more than economic development; it’s a community’s heartbeat strengthening, beat by hopeful beat. Highland Park is indeed here, always has been, and through the enduring efforts of its champions, always will be—a shining example of resilience and renewal in the heart of Michigan.

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ens the community’s overall economic health and resilience. Property ownership can lead to greater community investment, improved local schools, and better neighborhood services, creating growth and development.

Additionally, homeownership fosters a sense of pride and stability. It allows families to plant roots, participate more fully in their communities, and build a legacy for future generations. For Millennials and Gen Z, achieving homeownership through DPA programs can represent a significant milestone toward financial independence and

community empowerment.


Down payment assistance programs are vital tools in the quest for affordable housing, especially for Black and Brown Millennials and Gen Z. By addressing the financial barriers to homeownership, these programs enable more young people of color to achieve the American dream of owning a home. Furthermore, by focusing on urban neighborhoods, we can ensure that affordable housing developments support diverse, vibrant, and equitable communities. As we move

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$8.8 Million Grant

Fuels Inclusive Entrepreneurship for Local Businesses

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) are championing economic equity with the recent announcement of eight Inclusive Entrepreneurship Support Grants (IESG) recipients. These grants, totaling $8.8 million, represent a strategic investment in dismantling barriers for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators in marginalized communities. By fostering an environment of opportunity, the program not only fuels economic growth but also empowers individuals to transform their aspirations into tangible success stories, strengthening Michigan’s economy from within.

“The Inclusive Entrepreneurship Support Grant program is part of our work to support every Michigan entrepreneur and innovator as they chase their next big idea in Michigan. Together, these grants will help us unleash Michigan’s ingenuity, grow our economy, and build the future of sustainability, affordable housing, health sciences, and clean energy. Let’s keep working together to ensure Michigan is the best place to start a business and innovate,” Governor Whitmer said.

The Innovative Economic Development Program (IESG) is a $10 million initiative that was made possible by the collaborative effort of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the community. The MEDC was inundated with an impressive 620 applications, collectively requesting a staggering $580 million in funding. These applications presented comprehensive strategies addressing crucial economic development challenges in Michigan, spanning vital areas such as clean energy, infrastructure, post-secondary education attainment, talent attraction and retention, healthcare innovation, childcare, and urban and rural future mobility.

“The Inclusive Entrepreneurship Support Grant recipients will drive impact in some of the state’s key strategic priorities, from clean energy to affordable housing. This was a very highly competitive application process, and we are proud to support the growth of these eight grantees. Still, work remains to provide future opportunities to Michiganders and businesses, and Team Michigan remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring anyone can ‘Make It in Michigan,” Quentin L. Messer, Jr. MEDC CEO said.

After allocating $500,000 to the Lansing Economic Area Partnership and the Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance and reserving $200,000 for program administration, three of the eight deserving recipients were based in Detroit. They will distribute the remaining $8.8 million to further their impactful initiatives. These initiatives, ranging from clean energy solutions to biotech advancements, are set to make a significant difference in their respective fields and communities.

Detroit Awardees included:

Dunamis Charge ($2.5 million): The Detroit-based developer of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions is expanding its operations to better serve the community. As part of this expansion, the company is also focus-

DA Renaissance at Risk: Detroit’s

etroit, a city famed for its resilience and transformation, stands at another crucial crossroads. This time, the focal point of uncertainty is none other than the iconic Renaissance Center (RenCen), a towering symbol of the city’s skyline and ambitions. General Motors CEO Mary Barra recently ignited a flurry of speculation about the future of this landmark as the automaker prepares to vacate and relocate its headquarters to Dan Gilbert’s Hudson’s Detroit building in 2025.

Speaking at a gathering hosted by the Detroit Economic Club, Barra outlined GM’s commitment to Detroit, emphasizing that while the company is set to reduce its physical footprint, it remains dedicated to finding a sustainable future for the RenCen. However, the possibility of demolition looms as a stark reminder of the brutal realities of urban real estate dynamics. “We’re committed to doing the right thing. It’s such prime real estate. I’m sure we’re going to come up with a good solution,” Barra stated, keeping all options on the table, including the potential demolition of the structure.

While this decision reflects the company’s strategic adaptation to post-pandemic work environments, it also raises significant questions about the future of the RenCen, one of Detroit’s most recognizable landmarks.

Barra, laying out the reasons behind the move. “As we looked at the size of the RenCen and considered the shift towards more remote work post-COVID-19, it made sense to transition to a space with less square footage,” she explained. The Hudson’s building, located on Woodward Avenue and developed by billionaire Dan Gilbert’s real estate company, will serve as GM’s new home under a 15-year lease. This move represents a significant downsizing for GM, transitioning from 2.3 million square feet in the RenCen to just under 100,000 square feet in the Hudson’s building.

The RenCen has been more than just an office space for GM; it has been a central part of the company’s identity and a significant player in Detroit’s revitaliza-

tion efforts. Barra highlighted GM’s contributions to the RenCen during their 28-year occupancy, including making it more accessible to the public and enhancing its role as a community hub. “We’ve done a lot to improve the RenCen. It’s a special place,” she said, underscoring the emotional and historical significance of the building. However, the reality of post-pandemic work habits can’t be ignored. Barra noted that much of GM’s salaried workforce remained remote even after the initial lockdowns ended. In response, she issued a companywide mandate in December 2023, requiring white-collar employees to return to the office at least three days a week starting January 8, 2024. This policy faced some resistance from employees, but Barra defended the decision, emphasizing the need for in-person collaboration in the automotive industry. “We build and design vehicles and have support staffs that all need to be there. We can’t design a vehicle over Zoom,” she asserted.

The move to the Hudson’s building is part of a broader trend towards more flexible, modern workspaces. Barra pointed out that 40% of GM’s technical talent has been with the company for less than five years, many of whom were hired during the pandemic and had never worked in the office before. “We used the pandemic time to renovate to more modern facilities. When people did come back, they were like, ‘I get it. I want to be here,’” Barra explained. She emphasized the importance of in-person interactions for mentorship and networking despite a vocal minority of employees who prefer remote work.

While GM’s relocation is significant, the future of the RenCen remains uncertain. Barra assured the audience that GM, city leaders, and Gilbert’s company are committed to finding a viable use for the building. “We’ll look at what’s the best use for that building or that property,” she said.

Then Dan Gilbert enters the chat, a pivotal figure in Detroit’s ongoing transformation. Speaking at the 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference, Gilbert echoed Barra’s sentiments about the RenCen’s importance to the city’s landscape. Gilbert’s Bedrock LLC, along with city and

The Detroit Medical Center and Detroit City Council Partnership Renewed Amidst Controversy and Commitment

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) will continue to receive significant tax exemptions following the Detroit City Council’s decision to approve a 15-year extension of the Renaissance Zone Act. This pivotal move was unanimously passed last month after a tension-filled delay caused by intensive debate over union contract negotiations. The scene was set as DMC staff made a powerful display of unity in their push for a fairer deal, underscoring the deep-seated issues at play.

The Renaissance Zone program, originally intended as a boon for economic development, offers substantial tax abatements to businesses that can demonstrate a tangible benefit to the community. The approval came on the heels of a critical period of negotiation, where DMC officials engaged with union representatives to address lingering concerns that had previously stalled the process.

In a striking sentiment, Kevin Moore, president of Teamsters Local 299, did not mince words when he expressed his frustration with DMC’s approach to negotiations,

accusing them of acting in bad faith. “They stonewall, they cancel negotiations and now they’re acting like they care about the workers in the city of Detroit,” Moore declared, signaling a deeper systemic issue within the labor practices in Michigan. His fiery commitment to advocate for Detroit’s workers was palpable as he promised relentless support for their cause.

Amidst the procedural discussions, Valerie Dodson, a DMC employee, voiced the harsh realities faced by many of her

colleagues. Her testimony highlighted the struggle against stagnant wages and rising healthcare costs, painting a vivid picture of the everyday challenges that DMC staff endure. “I actually make less in 2024 than I did in 2023 because we haven’t gotten a wage increase but yet, my health care went up,” Dodson revealed, adding a personal dimension to the broader economic implications of the council’s decision. The Renaissance Zone is not just a local initiative but a collaborative effort involv-

ing the city, Wayne County, and the state. It aims to foster economic stability and growth across eight designated areas of Detroit by offering a range of tax incentives. These include waiving various city, county, and state taxes, designed to stimulate business activity and community development. This decision comes against a backdrop of a shrinking healthcare landscape in Detroit, which has seen the number of hospitals plummet from 19 in 1987 to just six today, four of which are under the DMC umbrella. Over the past decade, DMC claims to have spent a staggering $1.8 billion on uncompensated care, illustrating its critical role in the health infrastructure of the city. “Equitable access to quality health care is a right, not a privilege, of every Detroit resident,” Mayor Mike Duggan, who served as the chief executive officer of the DMC before his tenure as mayor, expressed his support for the decision in a statement. “Today’s vote ensures every Detroiter will be able to receive top-level care, no matter their income level.”

However, the hourlong discussion was not without its controversies. Council Presi-
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state officials, are exploring future uses for the property.

“We are in a sort of a brainstorming mode right now,” Gilbert said. “Those buildings have been landmarks for the city for decades now, and it’s beautiful riverfront land and property.”

Gilbert’s vision for Detroit goes beyond the RenCen. He advocates for a holistic approach to economic development that includes all parts of the city, not just the central business district. Projects like Henry Ford Health’s campus overhaul in New Center and Ford Motor Co.’s Michigan Central hub in Corktown are examples of this broader strategy. “Everything is connected to everything else,” Gilbert stated, emphasizing the interconnected nature of urban development.

Despite these ambitious plans, Detroit faces ongoing challenges, including inconsistent policymaking and a stagnant population. However, Gilbert remains optimistic about the city’s future, pointing to the influx of young talent and innovative businesses as signs of Detroit’s revitalization. The recent hiring of Jonathan Mildenhall as Rocket Companies’ first chief marketing officer exemplifies this trend. A London native, Mildenhall was drawn to Detroit’s unique appeal and potential. “You don’t have to sell Detroit anymore,” Gilbert

said. “Because Detroit sells itself.”

The potential redevelopment or demolition of the RenCen represents a critical juncture for Detroit. The RenCen is not just a building; it’s a symbol of the city’s resilience and ability to reinvent itself. The decisions made in the coming months will have lasting implications for Detroit’s identity and trajectory. Barra and Gilbert, along with other stakeholders, are tasked with balancing economic realities with the emotional and historical significance of the RenCen.

The Renaissance Center’s story is a microcosm of Detroit’s broader narrative. From its inception, the RenCen was envisioned as a catalyst for urban renewal, a beacon of hope during times of economic hardship. Its potential demolition or redevelopment could either mark a new chapter of innovation and progress or a painful erasure of a beloved landmark.

Detroit’s journey is far from over. The city has weathered numerous storms, from economic downturns to demographic shifts, and emerged stronger each time. The fate of the RenCen will be another test of this resilience. As Barra, Gilbert, and other leaders navigate this complex landscape, their decisions will reflect the city’s values and aspirations.

In the end, the RenCen’s

ing on enhancing its community outreach initiatives and increasing its efforts toward job creation.

CircNova ($1 million): This Detroit biotechnology startup utilizes cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology to drive its drug discovery efforts. It has received support to establish a state-of-the-art laboratory and recruit essential personnel to further its research and development initiatives.

“Awarded funds support the launch of CircNova’s laboratory including research director and lab technical staff. This award also enables the hiring of our full-time soft-

future will be shaped by the collective vision and determination of Detroit’s people. This iconic structure has stood as a testament to the city’s enduring spirit, and its next chapter will undoubtedly be a reflection of that same spirit. Whether through innovative redevelopment or respectful preservation, the Renaissance Center will continue to be a symbol of Detroit’s relentless pursuit of progress and reinvention.

As Detroit stands at this pivotal crossroads, one thing is clear: the city’s legacy of resilience and renewal will guide it forward, ensuring that whatever the

ware developer, responsible for the design and build of our industry-groundbreaking NovaEngine,” Crystal Brown, owner and CEO of CircNova, said.

Union Heritage ($500,000): Detroit-based early-stage investor is expanding its team and services to provide culturally competent support to Michigan startups. This includes offering mentorship, funding, and resources tailored to the unique needs and challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the region. This expansion aims to further bolster the local startup ecosystem and drive innovation and economic growth in Michigan. For more information on the MEDC and their initiatives, visit

future holds, it will be built on a foundation of strength, community, and unwavering optimism.

of multiple parties to ensure our community maintains access to critical healthcare services they need and depend on,” stated Brittany Lavis, CEO of the DMC. This renewal marks a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to balance economic incentives with the healthcare needs and labor rights of the local community, setting a precedent for future negotiations and developments within Detroit’s evolving landscape.

Looking ahead, the DMC is set to continue providing essential emergency and healthcare services to Detroiters, focusing on serving the uninsured and underinsured populations. The agreement also includes commitments to enhance community health initiatives and support a diverse supplier program, aiming to involve more minority, women, and Detroit-based businesses.

Redistricting means drawing fair maps that decide which areas and groups are represented by the people we elect to office.

Drawing fair district maps directly affects who is working for us and what happens in our communities.

In drawing new lines, the Commission uses specific criteria including population, geography, diversity, partisan fairness, and community cohesion.

Telling Commissioners what you think about the maps is how your interests get represented. Voters have at least three chances to show up and speak up about which Senate district map works best for their community of interest.

Find meeting schedules and submit comments at or call 1-866-6273247 (866-MAP-FAIR) for information. Tuesday, June 11

10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1:30-3:00 p.m., and 4:00-7:00 p.m. Detroit Cass Technical High School 2501 2nd Ave. Detroit, MI 48201 Wednesday, June 12

10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1:30-3:00 p.m., and 4:00-7:00 p.m. Martin Luther King High School 3200 E. Lafayette St. Detroit, MI 48207 Thursday, June 13

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The John Shippen National Invitational Golf Tournament: A Prelude in Black to the Detroit’s Rocket Mortgage Classic

The excitement is “on course” once again as The John Shippen National Invitational Tournament returns to the storied Detroit Golf Club (DGC) on the city’s west side from Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23, 2024. The following weekend (June 27 – 30), the Rocket Mortgage Classic will be in full swing at the DGC.

The John Shippen National Invitational Tournament was created in 2021 by Intersport in partnership with Woods and Watts Effect. The two entities’ mission is to expand opportunities for talented amateur and professional Black golfers by removing barriers that have prevented African Americans from realizing their dreams of playing pro golf.

The John Shippen Invitational is actually a series of three golfing competitions, all of which provide opportunities for the nation’s top African American golfers to receive exemptions to compete in selected tournaments sanctioned by the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) and PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association of America).

This year, all three Shippen tournaments will have “purses,” the term for prize-money paid to winning golfers and other top finishers.

“Offering purses for all three of The John Shippen events is a hugely important step as we continue to support the top Black men and women golfers in their development,” Jason Langwell, executive director of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, said in a statement. “Pursuing a professional golf career is an expensive endeavor. Our goal is to help ease the financial stresses and reward the players that perform well in our events.”

According to Langwell, the 2024 men’s John Shippen tournament winner will receive $13,200 from the $22,000 purse. The golfers finishing second and third will earn $6,600 and $2,200 respectively. However, only the winner of the men’s tournament will receive the coveted exemption to play in this year’s PGA Rocket Mortgage Classic.

While the expansion of purses is excellent news, a prize-money payment of any kind did not exist for John Shippen Invitational winners until last year.

“Due to our successful efforts in 2023 to create a purse for the very first time, I appreciate that Intersport saw fit to step up, go out and find sponsors, and pull money out of its budget to actually have an official purse for The John Shippen Invitational Tournament,” said Gregory Jackson, chair of ‘The Johnny,” the committee comprised largely of African American members of the Detroit Golf Club to honor the legacy of John Shippen by providing viable pathways for up and coming Black pro golfers in the country. “However, even with Intersport’s official purse this year, the goal of The Johnny Committee is to again create our own purse.”

Jackson is spearheading efforts of The Johnny to surpass the $90,000 raised in 2023 for the Invitational. The goal in 2024, said Jackson, is to fundraise $150,000.

“The funds raised by The Johnny will supplement the $22,000 purse provided by Intersport,” Jackson explained. “Intersport’s purse will only provide payments to the top three finishers. The Johnny will promote diverse representation and provide resources to a larger portion of the field to help offset some of the expenses incurred by African Americans in their pursuit of playing golf at a high level.”

In 2023, Chase Johnson won the John Shippen National Invitational at DGC, earning prize money from The Johnny and an automatic exemption to play in the ensuing Rocket Mortgage Classic. On the women’s side, Paige Crawford won the John Shippen Cognizant Cup in Clifton, New Jersey.

“The Shippen tournaments for Black women golfers, unfortunately, are not played at DGC due to the timing of their tournaments,” Jackson said. “The Johnny’s intent, however, is to carve out a prize pot of money, and going forward award the women who win Shippen tournaments and a number of them who place.”

The 2024 John Shippen Cognizant Cup for Women was held

on May 6 at the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, New Jersey. The winner was 15-yearold Ashley Shaw from Litchfield Park, Arizona. She was awarded an exemption to play in the LPGA’s Cognizant Founders Cup Tournament, held May 9 – 12, where the teen phenom competed against the world’s best female golfers.

This year’s second Shippen event is The John Shippen National Invitational (for women), held on June 4th and 5th at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The winner will earn exemptions to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give from June 13 -16 and the Dow Championship from June 17 – 30.

Later in June, all eyes will focus on the top Black men golfers – amateurs and professionals – competing in this year’s Invitational (June 21 -23) at DGC. Jackson said The Johnny Committee and Black members of the Detroit Golf Club are proud of their ongoing support of the annual golf tournament to empower African American golfers.

“We believe, and no one has proven us wrong, that the Detroit Golf Club has the largest African American membership of any private golf club in America – by far,” Jackson said. “With over 100 African American members, it seems only right that we put together a significant pot of money to expand the purse for African American pro men and women golfers to

make the Invitationals something very special while paying tribute to the golfing legend John Shippen, who was the first American-born golf professional and the first Black Golf professional.”

Jackson said that in addition to African American members of the Detroit Golf Club supporting The Johnny, several Caucasian members and corporate sponsors have contributed to the cause. Jackson also said that he has great respect for the legendary John Shippen, who persevered in the face of constant bigotry and racism that raged in the late 1800s into the 1900s.

Born on December 5, 1879 in Washington, D.C., John Shippen, Jr. soon moved with his family to Southampton on Long Island, New York. As a young teen, he helped build the fabled Shinnecock Hills Golf Course, one of the nation’s earliest golf clubs. Shippen caddied for White golfers but learned and mastered the nuances of the game despite segregated laws and overt efforts to prevent Black people from playing at private and public golf courses in America.

When the second-ever U.S. Open was played at Shinnecock

Hills in 1896, Shippen entered the tournament despite outrage and protests from several English and Scottish professionals in the field. Nevertheless, Shippen played and finished in fifth place. With the field of foreign-born players competing in the U.S. Open, Shippen became the first United Statesborn golf professional and the first Black golf professional in the nation. Shippen went on to compete in four other U.S. Opens: 1899 (25th place), 1900 (27th place), 1902 (5th place), and 1913 (41st place).

After serving as a golf professional at numerous golf clubs on the east coast, Shippen retired from the sport in 1960. In 1968, the golfing legend passed at the age of 89. In 2009, the PGA honored Shippen with a PGA of America membership posthumously. For more information about The John Shippen National Invitational, log on to For businesses, organizations, and individuals wanting to make contributions to The Johnny to expand the purse for Black golfers competing in this year’s men’s Invitational, call the Law Offices of Randall J. Gillary at 248.528.0440.

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DJ Legend Delano Smith and Rising Star sillygirlcarmen Unite for Groundbreaking Project ‘PLAY’

The electrifying collaboration between legendary DJ/Producer Delano Smith and rising star DJ/Artist sillygirlcarmen is poised to redefine the electronic music scene with the recent EP release ‘PLAY.’ The three-song project dropped May 24th, leading into the Movement Memorial Day weekend, creating a sound-transcending music boundary by merging decades of experience with fresh, innovative energy.

Delano Smith, a Detroit icon since 1978, has been a key figure in the city’s DJ culture and music scene. He has played a significant role in shaping the sounds that have had a global impact on dance floors and influenced many artists.

Carmen Johnson, also known as sillygirlcarmen, is a multi-talented performer from Detroit. She is a DJ, singer, and actress who has showcased her skills in various locations worldwide, including Detroit, LA, Montreal, and Paris. Carmen has participated in events like Charivari Detroit, Movement, West Coast Weekender, and Miami Music Week.

“I feel great about the direction that electronic music has taken. It’s growing every year. And the festival here was just a testament to that, and how popular even though it’s still relatively underground, how popular it is to the city, and good for the economy. It’s very multicultural. Everyone gets along. I really enjoyed being here ( at Movement)”, Smith said.

Delano Smith and sillygirlcarmen’s collaboration creates high-energy, danceable tracks rooted in Detroit’s musical legacy. The unique blend of nostalgic and forward-thinking sounds appeals to fans of classic house music and newer electronic sounds, showcasing Detroit’s ongoing innovation and influence in electronic dance music.

“Working with Carmen has taught me a lot about promoting and preparing for a release because, being a DJ and producer, you can’t be good at everything,” Smith said jokingly. “She knows what she is doing with the singing and vocal arrangements. So, it’s a pleasure to work with her, and we’ve been getting some positive reviews on the EP”.

Smith is working on a few projects and has a new release on his label, Mixmode Recordings, later in the year. He will also have a double EP released later in the year on a label he has been working with called Sushitech Records. Smith is producing a series of late-night parties here in Detroit for the after-hours scene.

“After two o’clock, there’s a void there, and we need a safe space where people can enjoy this music. I’m gonna be producing a monthly there (TV Lounge),” Smith said.

Fans of the genre, both old and new, will find themselves enthralled by PLAY’s compelling blend of rhythms. Once again, this proves that when it comes to high-energy, danceable music, Detroit will continue to be in the conversation, and Delano Smith and sillygirlcarmen have something to say about it. PLAY.

“I’m looking forward to this being the first year one of my songs will be performed live. Carmen will be singing one of the tracks from our EP during the last part of my performance. She has dancers and everything, and I saw the set in a couple of rehearsals, and it will be amazing. So I’m really looking forward to that,” Smith said.

“Black Ice: The Rhythm”

Premieres May 30, Spotlighting Representation Gaps in Sports and Detroit’s Underserved Communities

Gerald McBride, a well-known media professional and radio host at MIX 92.3FM, is releasing his first film, “Black Ice: The Rhythm.” The film explores the stories of unsung heroes in a predominantly white world of hockey while also depicting the experiences of Detroit youth as they navigate unfamiliar territory. “Black Ice: The Rhythm” will premiere at select Emagine Theaters from Friday, May 31, to Thursday, June 6.

At the film’s heart is the protagonist’s journey, Robert, played by Detroit actor Arthur Cartwright, affectionately known as ‘Buck.’ Haunted by the untimely deaths of his parents, Buck abandons his dream of becoming a professional hockey player and spirals into rebellion. His grandmother, Ruby, fights to keep him out of trouble while battling cancer, adding a layer of emotional depth to the story.

“It was important for me to build a connection with the kids that played on the team on set. We had many conversations, laughs, and fun between takes that helped us connect. So when we got on screen, it felt natural,” Cartwright said.

‘Black Ice: The Rhythm’ is a powerful exploration of African American experiences, framed through the lens of belief and devotion in Black families. It chronicles the inspiring story of overcoming trials and tribulations, including incarceration, single parenthood, absent fathers, and unplanned teen pregnancy, through belief and harmony. It’s a testament to the power of community, strength, and forgiveness.

“This film is necessary for a few reasons. First, it’s important to give exposure to the kids who play hockey in Detroit, which is known as hockey town. It’s really amazing while we were at the Adams Butzel Complex shooting this movie, which we spent probably 30 days straight there at the arena, that people would walk in say, “Wow, there’s a hockey rink here on the corner of Lyndon and Myers?”. So many people would walk in there and say they didn’t realize that hockey even existed here,” McBride said.

The movie’s powerful focus on faith, family, forgiveness, perseverance, and prosperity during challenging times is profoundly moving and resonates with audiences. It tells a compelling story about how these core values can serve as guiding lights,

“Black Ice: The Rhythm” will premiere at the following Emagine Theaters: May 31- June 6

■ Emagine Birch Run

■ Emagine Canton

■ The Birmingham 8 powered by Emagine (Old Woodward location)

■ The Riviera Cinema powered by Emagine

■ Emagine Lakeville in Minnesota

empowering individuals to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

“We have an opportunity to share this with people, possibly all over the world, about this world of hockey with African Americans who play it because there’s so few that play the sport. Still, you’ll find that there are kids who love the sport right in the inner city of Detroit,” Mcbride said.

The cinematic achievement is a testament to dedication to McBride’s Detroit roots and commitment to inspiring the next generation of Detroiters. The film, filmed against the city’s iconic landmarks backdrop, features a local cast, including native Detroit actors and students. It tells the story of urban students harnessing their innate talents to master the game of hockey, highlighting the resilience and creativity of Detroit’s youth.

“After seeing the movie, I would love people to take away the fact that they don’t have to have any limitations on themselves. No matter what people say it’s supposed to be, if you have faith, you can do it, you know, and that’s what I want people to take away from it,” Cartwright said.

We have an opportunity to share this with people, possibly all over the world, about this world of hockey with African Americans who play it because there’s so few that play the sport. Still, you’ll find that there are kids who love the sport right in the inner city of Detroit.”

Gerald McBride

Seventeen years ago, on Detroit’s East Side, Silence the Violence began as a modest march by residents of the Church of the Messiah to honor loved ones lost to gun violence. Today, this powerful movement has grown exponentially, with communities across Michigan dedicating an entire month to events and activities aimed at demanding meaningful change and ending the scourge of gun violence.

“We started ‘Silence the Violence’ seventeen years ago


Silence the Violence also coincides with Moms Demand Action’s “Wear Orange” month, and many events are co-sponsored.

FLINT: On May 25, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, there will be a Rally and March from Flint City Hall (1101 Saginaw St.)

YPSILANTI: June 1, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Community NonViolence Awareness Training, Huron Heights Apartments (669 Woburn Drive)

ROYAL OAK: June 2, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Gun Violence Awareness Town Hall Meeting, First United Methodist Church (320 W 7th St.)

NILES: June 3, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Active Shooter Mitigation, Trinity Episcopal Church ( 9 S 4th St)

GROSSE POINTE: June 6, 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm, Students Demand Action Panel, Grosse Pointe Woods Public Library (20680 Mack Avenue)

to honor the innocent victims of gun violence and to call for change, and now that change we prayed, marched, and voted for has arrived. These new gun laws are going to save lives, and we need to make sure that everyone knows about the progress that we’ve made,” Pastor Barry Randolph of Church of the Messiah said.

Church of the Messiah will host the annual march on June 15 at 10 am and expects more than 1000 people to participate. Pastor Barry was joined by 11th-grade student Kelly Huggett from Holland, whose community organizes a resource and activism fair.

GRAND RAPIDS: June 7, Gun Violence Awareness Day Resource Fair, Butterworth Hospital Lobby 10 am - 12 pm & Devos Children’s Hospital Lobby 2 pm - 4 pm (100 Michigan St NE)

KALAMAZOO: June 7, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Premiere of “What Went Wrong,” Urban Alliance (1009 E Stockbridge Ave., Kalamazoo 49001)

MARQUETTE: June 8, Time TBD, Gun Safety Vigil and Gun Lock Blessing/Distribution, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (201 E. Ridge St., Marquette, 49855)

YPSILANTI: June 8, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Stop the Violence Community Outreach, Prospect Park ( 550 N Prospect Rd)

FLINT: June 9, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, New Legislation TeachIn, Vernon Chapel AME (5802 Dupont St., Flint 48505)

MILFORD: June 9, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Screening of Gabby Giffords’ film “Won’t Back Down,” Milford Independent Cinema (945 E Summit St)

HOLLAND: June 9, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Wear Orange Event, Centennial Park, (250 Central Ave. Holland 494923)

EAST LANSING (Note: This event is for ages 12-18): June 12, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Soul Box Art Project, East Lansing Public Library (950 Abbot Rd)

ADA: June 11, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Ada Township Park Gazebo (1180 Buttrick Ave SE, Ada, 49301)

ST. JOSEPH: June 14, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Candle Light Vigil, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (914 Lane Drive St., St. Joseph 49085)

DETROIT: June 15, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Silence the Violence March & Community Fair, Church of the Messiah (231 E Grand Blvd)

“I’m exhausted and terrified by the reality of constant school shootings in our country. From Uvalde to Oxford and MSU, our schools have been turned into crime scenes. But it absolutely does not have to be this way. As young people, we’re fighting back and demanding a future where every student is safe in their school, home, and community,” Huggett said.

The schedule includes 30+ events at 24 locations, including marches, film screenings, training, community resource fairs, art events, an expungement fair, and more.

TRAVERSE CITY: June 15, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Community

Resource Fair for Teen Wellness, Traverse City District Library (610 Woodmere Ave)

INKSTER: June 19, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Peace Walk, Old City Hall (27301 South River Dr.)

GRAND HAVEN: June 22, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Silent March to End Gun Violence, Central Park (N. Fifth St. and Columbus Ave.)

OXFORD: June 22, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, 3rd Annual March with Oxford, Centennial Park (41 S Washington St)

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS: June 22, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Expungement Fair and Gun Safety Event, Lakehawks Community Center (95 W. Broadway Ave., Muskegon Heights, 49444)

WHITEHALL: June 24, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Gun Violence Teach-In, White Lake Community Library (3900 W White Lake Dr)

EAST LANSING: June 25, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Soul Box Gallery Opening, East Lansing Public Library (950 Abbot Rd)

HOLLAND: June 27, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Teach-In on the New Gun Violence Legislation, Herrick District Library - North Branch (155 Riley St., Holland 49424)

ANN ARBOR: June 29, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Program of Remembrance, Education, and Action, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church (1679 Broadway St)

DETROIT: June 30, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Annual Charles W. Reid March and Rally, Mosque 1 (19160 Evergreen Rd) and O’Hair Park (19400 Pembroke Ave)

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Early Released Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning” Sold Out in Under an Hour at Two18

The highly anticipated Air Jordan 17 Low ‘Lightning’ sneakers, released early at Two18, flew off the shelves at lightning speed, selling out in under an hour and solidifying their status as a must-have for sneaker enthusiasts.

The early release of the Air Jordan 17 Low ‘Lightning’ caused an absolute frenzy in the sneaker community, drawing in sneakerheads from all over, including Cleveland. This highly coveted shoe was made available exclusively at Two18, with only four total selected stores nationwide chosen by the Jordan brand for the early release.

Roland “Ro Spit” Coit, the owner of Two18, proudly showcased the shoe at the release, fully aware of its immense anticipation but also says because of the continuous hard work happening at all of the stores (Burn Rubber), the Jordan Brand is noticing to the point of sending executives to the store site.

“With the Jordan brand, they’ll usually bring a shoe back every four or five years. But this is the first release; it came with a briefcase. It’s just been highly anticipated. People have been asking about it for years, and nobody could find them. So now they’re bringing it back,” Coit said.

The Jordan Brand chose Two18 to bring back the iconic Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning,” which last hit the shelves in 2003. This beloved shoe held a special place in the hearts of Jordan enthusiasts and was reintroduced over the Memorial Day weekend through an exclusive in-store event.

“The dope thing about the Jordan Brand is they come here (Detroit). They don’t just send shoes, sit in the office, and hope they sell. I had a Jordan Brand executive who came here today. They wanted to talk to the people in the line and see how the city was moving. Look around; we are in Eastern Market, and there is so much culture and energy here. They see our hard work from things we’ve done in the past,” Coit said.

This June, the skyline of Detroit will serve not only as a backdrop but also as a runway for the 12th annual Michigan Fashion Week (MFW). Scheduled to start on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, at The Godfrey Hotel, this year’s theme, “Glamour Cloud,” is an homage to the lofty aspirations and celestial venue of the event—The Godfrey Hotel’s rooftop lounge on its 7th floor.

MFW has solidified its status as the premier event for showcasing both emerging and established fashion talents in Michigan and across the Midwest. This year, however, promises to transcend previous shows, with over 100 designers and numerous vendors participating, poised to attract thousands of attendees. The week-long event will spotlight more than 30 fashion designers, who will reveal their latest collections, and over 60 professional models will take to the runway, representing the diverse beauty and talent of the Midwest. But Michigan Fashion Week is more than just a display of fashion; it’s a vibrant ecosystem supporting small businesses and offering a launchpad for the next generation of fashion innovators. Loren Hicks sits at the helm of Michigan Fashion from its very inception. As CEO and founder, her leadership has transformed the week from just another regional event into a pivotal showcase in the Midwest. Her approach isn’t just about displaying clothes; it’s about creating opportunities and setting

When we talk about Paradise Valley, we’re not just talking about a place on the map. We’re talking about a rich tapestry of Black history and culture that has shaped Detroit’s identity. Once a bustling business and entertainment district from the 1920s to the 1950s, the original Paradise Valley was a beacon of Black excellence, community, and resilience. Now, decades later, this legacy is being revitalized, and it’s nothing short of revolutionary.

Enter The Vinyl Society, a new cocktail lounge at 1427 Randolph Street, a venture nine years in the making by Dennis Archer Jr. This sophisticated space doesn’t just serve drinks; it serves history, culture, and a vision for Detroit’s future. Archer, son of former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and a prominent entrepreneur, has created a venue that pays homage to the past while setting a new standard for hospitality in the city.

A Journey Through History Paradise Valley, originally part of Black Bottom, was a thriving hub for Black-owned businesses, jazz clubs, and theaters. It was a place where legends like Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald performed, where Black entrepreneurs

flourished, and where the community came together in solidarity and celebration. However, the urban renewal projects of the 1960s displaced many residents and dismantled this vibrant community, leaving behind a void that has long yearned to be filled.

In 2015, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan renamed Harmonie Park to Paradise Valley to honor this rich history. It was a symbolic move but one that paved the way for tangible change. Dennis Archer Jr. saw an opportunity not just to create a business but to resurrect the spirit of Paradise Valley. In 2016, he was awarded the spaces at 1407 and 1427 Randolph Street, and by early 2020, he had acquired the buildings, setting the stage for The Vinyl Society. Crafting an Experience

The Vinyl Society is a masterclass in blending historical preservation with contemporary elegance. Archer and his team drew inspiration from some of the most prestigious hospitality venues around the world—Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar in New York, Hotel Costes in Paris, Bar 1200 in Los Angeles, and Connaught Bar in London. These influences are palpable in the chic design choices and sophisticated ambiance that define the lounge.

The transformation of the former UDetroit Cafe space into The Vinyl Society was a meticulous process. Birmingham-based design firm Ron & Roman

was tasked with fusing historical elements with modern design. The result is a stunning 2,300-square-foot space that feels both timeless and fresh. Furniture and architectural pieces from D&D Millwork in Warren, coupled with Archer’s personal art collection, add layers of character and sophistication. But it’s not just about aesthetics. The Vinyl Society is a sensory journey with a refined dress code and an exquisite drinks menu curated by beverage director Desmond Oliver. With a total capacity of around 130 people, the lounge offers an intimate yet vibrant setting for patrons to enjoy meticulously crafted cocktails, live performances, DJ sets, and even intellectual programming like fireside chats with industry leaders.

A Community Hub

Archer’s vision for The Vinyl Society extends beyond creating a luxurious cocktail lounge. He aims to make it a cornerstone of the community, a place where people can come together to celebrate arts and culture, engage in meaningful conversations, and experience the best of Detroit’s hospitality. The lounge is set to host a variety of events, from live music performances to cultural celebrations, ensuring that it remains deeply rooted in the community it serves.

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a stage where diversity isn’t just welcomed—it’s celebrated. This year, Michigan Fashion Week takes a significant leap by integrating sustainability into the heart of its mission. Designers are encouraged to think and create responsibly, using materials that are kind to the planet. This push towards eco-friendly fashion isn’t just trendy; it’s necessary, and MFW is leading the charge by showing that style and sustainability can go hand-inhand. The styles you’ll see on the runway this year are deeply influenced by Detroit’s heritage—a city that’s been through tough times but is known for its incredible comeback stories. The collections are expected to reflect this resilience, blending historical elements with new, innovative ideas that point towards a hopeful future. Detroit’s influence on fashion is profound, rooted in a history that intertwines with its industrial prowess and cultural vibrancy. The city’s fashion scene has always
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been a mirror to its soul—reflecting the grit, determination, and creativity of its people. From the sleek lines of 1950s car culture to the bold statements of Motown’s golden era, Detroit has continually reinvented itself, and its fashion industry has followed suit.

In the mid-20th century, Detroit was a powerhouse of production known for its automobile industry. This industrial boom wasn’t just about cars; it created a ripple effect that influenced various facets of life, including fashion. The city’s workers, mechanics, and engineers brought a unique style to their everyday wear, blending functionality with a touch of rugged sophistication. This practical yet stylish approach to clothing laid the foundation for a distinct Detroit fashion identity.

Motown, Detroit’s legendary music label, also played a crucial role in shaping the city’s fashion narrative. The iconic looks of Motown stars—glamorous gowns, sharp suits, and polished ensembles— set trends that transcended the music world. These styles weren’t just about aesthetics; they represented a sense of pride and aspiration, a desire to present oneself with dignity and flair.

Fast forward to the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and Detroit’s fashion scene continued to evolve. The city’s economic challenges in the 2000s spurred a new wave of creativity. Designers and artists began to repurpose and upcycle materials, creating innovative, sustainable fashion that reflected the city’s resilience and resourcefulness. This era marked the rise of a DIY culture, where fashion became a form of expression and resistance.

Today, Detroit’s fashion influence is undeniable. The city’s unique blend of industrial grit and artistic flair has given rise to a new generation of designers who are making waves on the global stage. Brands like Detroit Vs. Everybody has captured the city’s spirit, turning local pride into a worldwide phenomenon. This blend of local heritage and global reach is what makes Detroit’s fashion scene so compelling.

MFW encapsulates this spirit, providing a platform where local designers can showcase their talent and tell their stories. Loren Hicks’ vision for MFW is not just about fashion; it’s about community, sustainability, and innovation. By encouraging designers to use eco-friendly materials and sustainable practices, MFW is paving the way for a future where fashion is both stylish and responsible.

Choosing The Godfrey Hotel’s rooftop as this year’s venue is a stroke of genius. It’s not just a place to watch a fashion show; it’s a statement. With Detroit’s skyline as the backdrop, the venue symbolizes the city’s ongoing transformation and the high aspirations of its creative communities.

As we gear up for this exciting event, Michigan Fashion Week invites anyone with a love for fashion and innovation to join. It’s set to be a week where we not only appreciate creative expression through fashion but also engage with the broader implications of our choices as consumers and creators.

This June, MFW isn’t just putting on a show; it’s shining a spotlight on the future of fashion and how Detroit is claiming its spot on the global stage. Ready to see what’s next? Join us for a week of fashion, innovation, and community.

Looking Forward

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This community-centric approach is evident in the deliberate choice of location. The Vinyl Society is situated in a growing neighborhood, with new restaurants offering Asian fusion, Latin fusion, and Southern cuisine set to open nearby. By positioning The Vinyl Society in this dynamic area, Archer is helping to create a vibrant ecosystem that honors Detroit’s past while fostering its future.

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The shoe, known as the “All-Star,” showcases a classic design with white leather, a combination of black and yellow accents, and a briefcase reminiscent of the original high-top release. Along with purchasing the shoe, customers were also treated to a free T-shirt and white gloves.

If you were unable to attend the early release event over the weekend, don’t

The opening of The Vinyl Society is a testament to the resilience and ingenuity of Detroit’s Black community. It’s a celebration of the city’s rich history and a bold statement about its future. Archer and his partners have invested between $1.8 million and $2 million into the project, creating a debt-free venture that stands as a beacon of what’s possible when we honor our past and innovate for our future.

The Vinyl Society is more than just a cocktail lounge. It’s a revival of Paradise Valley’s legacy, a tribute to the Black ex-

worry. You can still buy a pair, as the official release will occur on Thursday, May 30. Keep an eye out for updates!

“Get to your local boutique in Detroit; it’s going to be tough because we were the only ones to have it today. Puffer Reds in Ypsilanti may be getting them. The worldwide release is May 30, so you got your chance there. You might have to drive to Chicago, so you might have to take a little drive or pay a little extra on the aftermarket,” Coit said.

cellence that built Detroit, and a promise of what’s to come. As we step into this new era, let us remember the words of Maya Angelou: “You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.” The Vinyl Society is a place where we can remember, celebrate, and look forward—together. So, whether you’re a longtime Detroiter or a visitor to this storied city, The Vinyl Society welcomes you to be part of this groundbreaking journey. Come for the cocktails, stay for the culture, and leave inspired by the enduring spirit of Paradise Valley.

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Notice of Public Hearing

Academy of Warren will hold a public hearing June 18, 2024 at 5:30 pm at 13943 East 8 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48089, (586) 552-8010 to review the proposed 2024-2025 operating budget. A copy of the proposed budget is available for public inspection at the above address.

Notice of Public Hearing

Hope Academy, a public school academy, will hold its Budget Hearing on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. at Hope Academy located at 12121 Broadstreet, Detroit, MI 48204. The budget will be available for inspection at Hope Academy.


The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) is soliciting proposals for Infoblox 3-year renewal.. RFQ Control No. 24-4034 may be obtained beginning June 5, 2024, from Responses to RFQ are due by 3:00 PM ET, June 26, 2024.


Responsible for all activities concerning the purchase of complex commodity assignments of material and services for the operation of the university. Responsibilities include assignments of major contracts and authority to independently make purchasing decisions for the university. This position is also responsible for the research and analysis of Purchasing. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in business administration or related field and one year experience as a buyer or related experience. For a complete list of requirements and to apply on-line, please visit

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity for all individuals, irrespective of gender identity or sexual orientation and including but not limited to minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


This position is responsible for the administration, operation, and direction of activities for Accounting Services and Grant Accounting including College of Medicine/University Pediatricians clinical research post-award accounting compliance and reporting. Plans, develops, and implements university wide policies and practices related to accounting, grants, internal controls, tax reporting and university audits. Required qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant professional experience. For a complete list of requirements and to apply online, please visit

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity for all individuals, irrespective of gender identity or sexual orientation and including but not limited to minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Notice Of Public Hearing: KIPP

Detroit Imani Academy Budget Hearing

The KIPP Detroit Imani Academy Board of Directors public budget hearing will be held during its annual meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 5:00pm EST.

Location: 19321 W Chicago, Detroit, MI 48228

The proposed budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year is available for public inspection at: 19321 W Chicago, Detroit, MI 48228.

The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. The Academy shall comply with subtitle A of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Public Law 101-336, 42 USC 12101 et seq or any successor law. Should you require specific accommodation(s) please contact prior to the meeting.


The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation seeks proposals from qualified development teams or end users to construct a high-quality industrial or manufacturing project. invites The Development Site is bound by 6233 Concord Avenue/Edsel Ford Service Drive on the north, Farnsworth Street on the south, Concord Avenue & Canton Street on the east, and Bellevue Street/Railway on the west. The site measures approximately 37.24 acres and is zoned M-4 - Intensive Industrial District. The deadline for the Requests for Proposal will be Friday, July 12, 2024 at 10AM EST. Responses must be submitted via email to or

Requests for Proposal packages will be available on or after Thursday, May 30, 2024 via the DEGC website at and mitn/detroiteconomicgrowthcorporation.

A Pre-bid conference will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 10AM via Zoom Conference: https://us06web.zoom. us/j/85090440807.

facility in Detroit, Michigan. Job duties include: 1. Problem solving down equipment such as Barcode Etchers, Vertical Machining Centers, Horizontal Machining Centers, Washers, Inline Gages, and Leak Testers with maintenance technicians and engineers.

2. Ability to work a flexible work schedule including off shifts, weekends, and holidays.

3. Quality activities associated with carrier machining operations including performing layered process audits (LPAs), creating Quality Alerts, performing Root Cause Analysis using 5-Whys, and managing Containment activities.

4. Maintain quality & process documentation - Control plans, Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (PFMEAs), Reverse Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (RPFMEA), Picture Process Sheets, Tooling Sheets, etc.

5 Investigate and implement cost reductions using cost per unit (CPU) analysis relating to tooling, maintenance, supplies and scrap accounts.

6. Utilizing CAD software, AutoCAD and SolidWorks, to improve tool life and reduce cycle time.

7. Use of CNC (Fanuc & Siemens) programming to improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and first-time quality (FTQ)by use of machine parameters, G & M codes, macro programs & variables.

8. Applying industry standards such as ISO/TS 16949 to meet internal and external quality criteria (Q^4 and IATF).

Position requires: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, or foreign equivalent education, and 4 years of experience working as a Process Engineer, Sr. Process Engineer , Plant Operations Manager or other Engineering positions in the manufacturing field. 4 years of experience is required in each of the following:

1. Maintaining quality & process documentation including Control plans, PFMEAs, RPFMEA, Picture Process Sheets, Tooling Sheets.

2. Problem solving down equipment including Vertical Machining Centers and Horizontal Machining Centers with technical workforce including maintenance technicians and engineers.

3. Utilizing CAD software, AutoCAD and SolidWorks, to improve tool life and reduce cycle time.

4. Utilizing G & M codes to modify CNC programs to improve OEE and FTQ.

5. Applying industry standards including Quality Systems including ISO/TS 16949. Experience may be obtained concurrently. Applicants should apply on line at and reference Job ID# JREQ-210643.

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for the first time after a major life event, when emotions may run high. Being a CFP® professional involves coaching clients to overcome any psychological hurdles that may be holding them back from reaching their goals and smoothly guiding them through life transitions.

Myth: Financial advisors are essentially salespeople.

Fact: CFP® certification requires you to commit to act as a fiduciary, meaning to act in the best interests of your clients at all times when providing financial advice. This is why clients are overwhelmingly satisfied with the services they receive from CFP® professionals. And that high client satisfaction is why more than 10,000 firms across the United States employ CFP® professionals.

Myth: Financial advisors have narrow roles.

Fact: The notion that financial planners have narrow roles is a misconception. In reality, financial planners, particularly CFP® professionals, provide comprehensive financial advice across various domains. Rather than focusing narrowly on one area such as investing or insurance, they consider many factors potentially impacting their clients’ finances, including budgeting, saving, investing, retirement planning, tax strategies, estate planning and risk management. CFP® professionals support their clients through a wide range of financial life stages and transitions, such as having a first child or starting a new business.

Myth: Being a financial advisor is lucrative, but not satisfying.

Fact: It’s true that being a financial advisor is financially rewarding, especially with the right credentials. The CFP Board 2023 Compensation Study found that the median total compensation for financial planners in 2022 was $198,500, with CFP® professionals earning 12% more than other financial planners. The survey also reveals that CFP® professionals overwhelmingly report high levels of personal fulfillment, with 84% experiencing significant satisfaction due to the stability, work-life balance and career growth opportunities. Many also find enormous personal satisfaction in helping people achieve important things in life, such as homeownership, funding their children’s education and planning for a comfortable retirement.

Myth: All financial advisors have the same credentials.

Fact: While anyone can call themselves a financial advisor without specific training, to be an expert and to earn the trust and confidence of prospective employers and clients, you must earn the right credentials. To learn more about career options with CFP® certification, visit

From helping people build and protect their wealth to securing your own financial future, there are many benefits to becoming a CFP® professional. Consider disregarding the stereotypes you may

ANNOUNCEMENTS ANNOUNCEMENTS HELP WANTED HELP WANTED | June 5-11, 2024 | Page B-8 Classifieds Please visit our website for more classified ads. Delivered Daily to Your Inbox! Scan the QR Code to Sign Up for the Digital Daily Newsletter Get BUDGET HEARING THE BOGGS SCHOOLS The Boggs School’s budget hearing will take place Wed. 6/12/24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boggs School, 7600 Goethe St., Detroit, MI 48214. The draft budget will be available for public inspection at the school on Fri. 6/7. Installation of Windows and Grates at Sherwood Forest Branch Library Invitation For Bid (IFB) Number IFB-TL 2138 Procurement Timeline: Task Due Date Bid Issued Date May 28, 2024 Mandatory Walkthrough June 6, 2024, 10:00 a.m. Deadline for vendors to submit questions June 7, 2024, 4:00 p.m. Answers to questions posted June 11, 2024 EOD Deadline for vendors to submit proposals June 28, 2024, 2:00 p.m. Bid Opening (Microsoft Teams) June 28, 2024, 2:05 p.m. The Detroit Public Library is requesting sealed bids from qualified bidders to provide window and grate replacement for the Sherwood Forest Branch Library. There is a mandatory walkthrough at the Sherwood Forest Branch, located at 7117 West 7 Mile Road, Detroit, Michigan 48221. Vendors are encouraged to precisely measure all windows and grates to provide an accurate price quotation. To read the entire bid, visit or search Detroit Public Library on American Axle & Manufacturing has openings for Mechanical Engineers/Quality Coordinators at its ATDC
5 Myths About Being a Financial Advisor – Debunked (StatePoint) Do you know what financial advisors do? Or are misconceptions about being a financial advisor holding you back from exploring this profession? To help you understand what your career as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional could look like, consider these common myths about financial planning careers. Myth: It’s all just numbers and math. Fact: While numbers are certainly involved in financial planning, there is much more to it than that. In fact, the job requires great communication skills and a high level of emotional intelligence. This is because money management habits are often guided by personal attitudes, beliefs and emotions, whether that looks like overspending or risk aversion. What’s more, clients often visit a financial advisor
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Maintaining personal financial health: While you’re growing your business, it can be easy to lose sight of your family’s financial health. A CFP® professional can help you protect your personal assets and continue moving toward your other financial goals at a time when your business seems like a top priority. These are just a few of the areas in which a financial advisor can help your business be successful. They can also offer cash flow analysis, advise on your insurance needs, create a succession roadmap and more. For additional insights into small business financial planning, and to find a CFP® professional to work with, visit LetsMakeAPlan. org. Launching a small business is both an adventure and a ton of work. Seek expert assistance with key financial planning strategies so that you can focus on the aspects of your business you are most passionate about.

I am honored to showcase the 2024 S.W.A.G. (Students Wired for Achievement and Greatness) Scholarship Award recipients. These exceptional scholars have demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication to academic excellence, making them truly deserving of this recognition.

To Our Seniors: As you prepare to graduate and embark on new academic endeavors, remember that your efforts have not gone unnoticed. We see you! Your accomplishments demonstrate your commitment and motivation to pursue further studies and make meaningful impacts in your chosen areas. We believe you will be the trailblazers shaping a bright future ahead.

The Michigan Chronicle is dedicated to supporting Detroit students who demonstrate drive, respect, and a passion for higher learning. Through community-based initiatives such as S.W.A.G., our goal is to make a meaningful impact on at least one person’s life.

The impact of these actions can last a lifetime, not just for the students, but for the entire community. My life was profoundly influenced by people who chose to act, serve, and give. I’ve experienced firsthand the benefits of their motivation and encouragement. Now, I am grateful for the opportunity and responsibility to pay it forward to our young people, a commitment that I hold near and dear to my heart.

Finally, I want to offer a special thank you to my friend Gary Torgow and to the Huntington Bank for their continued support of the S.W.A.G. Scholarship Awards and their unwavering commitment to the Detroit community.

Klay Cole

I’ve found that hard work is always repaid in many ways throughout life. You never know what doors may be opened to you when you exert yourself and put in the work; it allows for you to overcome various obstacles life may throw at you. I’m very honored and thankful that I have been chosen for this award and I am ready to move on to the next chapter of what’s in store for me.

Favorite Quote: “Do not wear yourself out to gain wealth. Stop and show understanding.”

Koi Fletcher

Favorite Quote: “The resources to heal our wounds are already at our disposal.

Quote: “The man that knows something knows that he knows nothing at all” - Erykah Badu

Jeffrey McBride

Dear 2024 SWAG award recipients,

On behalf of our team at Huntington Bank and our CEO Steve Steinour, please accept our heartfelt congratulations on receiving our 2024 SWAG award.

Each of you are exceptional young people who have risen to become leaders and examples of the best that Detroit has to offer.

Since the inception of our partnership between the Michigan Chronicle and our Bank, we have awarded over one million dollars in SWAG scholarship to hundreds of deserving Detroit high school students.

This year’s class of 2024 SWAG awardees join an illustrious group of great young people who have pursued post-secondary education in schools in Michigan and across America. Many of these young men and women have graduated and started their careers including some who have even interned at Huntington and accepted jobs at the bank.

We are so honored to be connected with you in such an important time in your lives, we celebrate the wonderful future ahead of you and we are immensely proud of your achievements.

With very best wishes,

Never forget where you come from just remind yourself how far you’ve come. Along your journey you will leave many behind, but you can’t let that stop you because there is no growth without change. Be confident, certain, and mindful before everything you do this is my motto for success. Thank you for the opportunity receiving this reward is an honor!

Favorite Quote: Be the change you wish to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi”

Taylor Patton

I am a young woman who is looking to make a change. Becoming a lawyer is what aspires me to be my best self.

Favorite Quote: “Be the change you want to see”

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Tamara Cooper

I will always work hard to step out of my comfort zones. Being stuck in one mindset while the world is constantly changing feels like a step in the wrong direction. I want to evolve with the world in the best way possible and help others do the same.

Favorite Quote: “Never let fear of failure block your blessings. If you are not failing, then you are not growing.”

Ky’Mari Futrell

I hope to make those who brought me up proud and give them something to look up to. I want to be the fruition of all their hard work.

Favorite Quote: “Our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Aniah Humphries

Work hard for the things you want. Don’t let life’s challenges detour you from achieving your dreams. Even if it takes you a while the goal is to get there.

Favorite Quote: “I can’t cry about having a lot on my plate, when the goal is to eat.”

JaDair McGowan Life is about choices, make a lot of them!

Favorite Quote: All I want are the simple things in life, power, prestige and money” - The Wiz


I’m a hard-working individual in and out of school. I advocate for change in my community to educate the youth and pave a way for success for them. Also, I have did various sports throughout high school I’m a versatile and humble person.

Favorite Quote: “This much I know- You’re Young, Able, Intelligent, and Empowered to do Great Things.” by

Andre Graham

My Name is Andre Graham, and I strive to

Erin King I am here. It’s taken so much strength and courage to still be standing but I’m here, I won’t give up and I’m doing it all in your honor Ma. Thank you for paving the way and Thank You S.W.A.G for the opportunity!”

Favorite Quote: “Be Fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. Follow your heart and do the things” -Destiny K & Julian Goods

Julia Murray School doesn’t teach you how to have true love for yourself. It is important to prioritize learning how to love yourself because it will change

to help her through her journey.”

Destiny Wright I am not breaking generational

Melanie Hughes East English Village Preparatory Academy at Finney Chanell Lucas East English Village Preparatory Academy at Finney Cynthia Roddie East English Village Preparatory Academy at Finney Tyrell Slappey Brenda Scott Academy Megan Waterbury Northwestern High School Darnisha Ceci (Cynthia D. Roddie)
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your life and help you to reach heights that you never thought you could. Favorite Quote: “When they asked her how she climbed the final stair of high school, she said God who gave her feet strength, who told her she can, who held her when life was hard, who sent angelic souls
curses I am becoming a generational starter. Favorite Quote – “Beautiful things belong to beautiful people.” Robert Robinson Don’t ever think it’s too late to do better. It may take patience but it’s never too late to become the person you want to be and don’t ever let anyone tell you different. Always push to be better than you once were. All you have to do is believe in yourself and make that belief with work ethic. Thank you for the opportunity and this reward this will forever be something I will cherish! Favorite Quote: “You got to make your own worlds, you got to write yourself in.” 2024 S.W.A.G. Influential Educators 2024
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