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Vol. 85 – No. 48 | August 3-9, 2022

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Races To Watch 12th and 13th Congressional races are too close to call at Michigan Chronicle press time

Michigan Primary Endorsed Race Results The 2022 Election primary in Michigan continues to be the election to watch as a high number of absentee ballots were turned in for critical races across the state. Due to this high number, district reporting was too low to report at the time of print. Please follow the Michigan Chronicle online for the final results in the endorsed races below. The Michigan Chronicle Editorial Board, comprised of staff writers and editors, is endorsing selected candidates running for district seats in the Michigan House of Representatives, Michigan State Senate, and the Wayne County Commission.

Michigan House of Representatives 1st District: Tyrone Carter 5th District: Steele P. Hughes 7th District: Helena Scott 16th District: Stephanie Young

Michigan State Senate 2nd District: Syliva Santana 6th District: Darryl Brown 8th District: Marshall Bullock

Wayne County Commission District 1: Brian Banks District 2: Jonathan C. Kinloch District 3: Martha G. Scott District 4: Lisa Carter District 5: Ima Clark-Coleman District 6: Monique Baker McCormick District 7: Alisha Bell

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As the Michigan Chronicle prepares to go to press on Primary Election Night 2022, the Congressional races in the 12th and 13th are too close to call based on votes counted and reported so far by the Wayne County Clerk’s Office. Yet, at press time, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib leads in the 12th with 7,368 votes, with 35% of the precincts reporting. In the 13th at the time of print no precincts had reported. While there is an eagerness to learn which two winners will advance to the November General Election in the 12th and 13th, respectively, and become the presumptive victors to be seated when the 118th United States Congress convenes in early January 2023, the Mighty 13th will be watched closer than anytime in its history. After all, perhaps no other Congressional Primary race in Southeast Michigan’s history – particularly in Detroit – has attracted a field quite like the crowded, wide-open, and reconfigured 13th Congressional District. Two major factors have led to the crowded field of candidates vying for the seat in the 13th. The first occurred in December 2021, when the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, amid much controversy, finalized new congressional districts. Many Detroiters felt that the redrawn districts – now including some predominantly white cities surrounding Detroit – weakened the city’s Black political power and representation, particularly in the 13th. In January 2022, U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) announced that she would not run for reelection. Tlaib (D-Detroit), who began her Congressional term in the 13th in 2019, chose to run again in the newly redrawn 12th. Many expected Lawrence to run in the 12th and win. Lawrence is Michigan’s lone Black representative in Congress. Nine candidates are vying for the prized Congressional seat. Of the nine candidates, eight are African Americans: John Conyers III (son of the late and longest-serving Black Congressman in American History), Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (former state representative and current Detroit School Board member), Michael Griffie (a civil rights attorney), Adam Hollier (current Michigan senator), Sharon McPhail (former city council member), Sam

Riddle (community advocate and radio host), Portia Roberson (CEO of Focus: Hope and former Obama Administration appointee), and Lorrie Rutledge (entrepreneur). Shri Thanedar (current state representative) is Indian American. The Michigan Chronicle endorsed Hollier in April, standing 100% with the Warren Evans-led Legacy Committee for Unified Leadership’s selection of Hollier as the “Black Consensus Candidate” in an attempt to prevent the splitting of Black votes in the 13th. Yet, even with Hollier’s selection, seven other Black candidates chose to stay in the race, making it one of the most intriguing and financially costly local Congressional contests ever. The race in the newly drawn 12th Congressional District has also offered intriguing scenarios and narratives of its own. In the district, which includes a part of Detroit, along with Southfield, Dearborn, Livonia, and other western Wayne County cities, Tlaib is vying to return to congress, this time running in the reconfigured 12th – not the 13th. Current Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, who the Chronicle endorsed in the 12th, has made a compelling case of why she is the best candidate, citing her willingness and abilities to work with Congress and President Biden for the people she will serve. While Winfrey has not raised as much money as Tlaib, nearly half of what Winfrey’s campaign has garnered comes from two pro-Israel political action committees. Regarding name recognition, Winfrey, as the City Clerk since 2006, has been well known in Detroit. She also gained popularity outside of the city when she ran against John Conyers, Jr. for Congress in the 13th in 2016. While she lost the primary, Winfrey garnered an impressive 40% of the votes, including in some areas that now make up the new 12th. Winfrey believes that Tlaib is not representing the people of Detroit and other surrounding cities in Congress. She criticized Tlaib for voting against President Biden’s massive Infrastructure package last year, which could have jeopardized billions and billions of needed dollars coming to Detroit and other Southeast Michigan cities. And Winfrey has been openly critical of the positions that Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, has taken on Israel.

dorsed Gov. Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Gilchrist before the primary and does not see any reason to change its endorsement in November. The Chronicle trusts Whitmer to effectively address the issues facing the people of Michigan, including its 1.4 million African Americans, most of whom reside in Detroit and Southeast Michigan.

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What’s Next: The Governor’s Race will be Closely Watched in the Upcoming November General Election By Donald James

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The Primary Election is in the rearview mirror, and Michigan voters will now pivot and focus on the Governor’s race in the General Election on Nov. 8. What’s at stake is whether Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will receive a second term or will her Republican opponent take Michigan’s top job? Yet, which Republican candidate will Whitmer face? At the Michigan Chronicle’s time of press on Primary Election Night 2022, the Republican candidate race for Governor was called by the Associated Press predicting Tudor Dixon the winner with 131,398 votes (40.7%) with 24.9 % of precincts reporting. Many political pundits, election watchers, and political scientists believe that Dixon – endorsed by former President Trump - will win the Primary, earning her a November showdown with Whitmer. Other Republicans hoping to win the Primary and advance to

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer – (@GovWhitmer)/Twitter the General Election are James Craig (writein candidate), Ryan Kelley, Ralph Rebandt, Kevin Rinke, and Garrett Soldano. The Michigan Chronicle emphatically en-

Since taking office in January 2019, Whitmer has been proactively keeping key campaign promises, led by her signature campaign slogan to “fix the damn roads.” To date, more than 13,000 lane miles and more than 900 bridges have been repaired and have generated over 80,000 good-paying jobs. In addition, the governor has made the largest investment in K-12 education in the state’s history – without raising taxes. She has cut taxes for small business owners while investing more than $400 million in local businesses, many of which are Black-owned. And

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The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available and recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for children ages 5-11 years old. The dose is child-sized at one-third the size of the adult vaccine and is shown to be nearly 91% effective during clinical trials, according to officials. Last month in June, the FDA authorized the emergency use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include use in children from 6 months of age and older. For the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, the FDA amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) to include the use of the vaccine in individuals 6 months through 17 years of age. The vaccine had been previously been authorized for use in adults 18 years of age and older. For the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, the FDA amended the EUA to include the use of the vaccine in individuals 6 months through 4 years of age. The vaccine had been authorized for use in individuals 5 years of age and older. Before deciding to authorize these vaccines for the respective pediatric populations, the FDA’s independent Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee was consulted and voted in support of the authorizations. “Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a vaccine for younger children and this action will help protect those down to 6 months of age. As we have seen with older age groups, we expect that the vaccines for younger children will provide protection from the most severe outcomes of COVID-19, such as hospitalization and death,” said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D. “Those trusted with the care of children can have confidence in the safety and effectiveness of these COVID-19 vaccines and can be assured that the agency was thorough in its evaluation of the data.” The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is administered as a primary series of two doses, one month apart, to individuals 6 months through 17 years of age. The vaccine is also authorized to provide a third primary series dose at least one month following the second dose for individuals in this age group who have been determined to have certain immunocompromised conditions. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is administered as a primary series of three doses in which the initial two doses are administered three weeks apart followed by a third dose administered at least eight weeks after the second dose in individuals 6 months through 4 years of age. Information about each vaccine is available in the fact sheets for healthcare providers administering vaccines and the fact sheets for recipients and caregivers. Between an expected fall uptick in COVID cases to a new sub-variant BA.5, people here in Detroit, around the state and across the nation are bracing themselves as the country continues battling the virus while facing over 1 million total COVID-19-related deaths since the pandemic started two years ago. The City of Detroit recently began providing both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for children ages 6 months up to five years of age, following emergency use authorization from the federal Food & Drug Administration and approval by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “This is welcome news for our youngest Detroiters. The data proves the vaccines are safe and effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and all variants. We know that young children and even babies can contract COVID-19, and vaccines reduce the severity of illness which keeps everyone safer,” said Denise Fair Razo, chief public health officer. “I encourage parents to talk to their pediatrician or our clinicians if they have any questions. Please get vaccinated, get your booster and get tested if you have any symptoms. They are the best way to help prevent spreading COVID-19 to others.” Pediatric vaccinations (and booster doses for children ages 5-11 who are eligible five months after com-

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“As with all vaccines for any population, when authorizing COVID-19 vaccines intended for pediatric age groups, the FDA ensures that our evaluation and analysis of the data is rigorous and thorough,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “In addition to making certain the data for these vaccines met FDA’s rigorous standards, the agency’s convening of an advisory committee was part of a transparent process to help the public have a clear understanding of the safety and effectiveness data supporting the authorization of these two vaccines for pediatric populations.” Romulus resident Ashley Williams, a mother of three, told the Michigan Chronicle that her 14- and 10-year-old children are fully vaccinated against COVID and she and her husband plan to vaccinate their threeyear-old against it. The family, who caught COVID last year (except for their youngest), initially was hesitant about the vaccines. “I was very hesitant,” Williams said adding that she works for a non-profit-turned call center that handles COVID-related questions, and she talked to many people infected. As a Black woman, Williams said that she knows that medical discrimination still exists, which she handles by doing what will benefit her family in the long run. “Always talk with your physician and make that decision together,” she said. “Really, at the end of the day do what is best for [your] family and protect each other.” Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, chief medical executive for the State of Michigan, said that the medical field is educating parents on vaccinating against COVID because she said that one of the most vulnerable populations are exhibiting alarming symptoms. “While a majority of children don’t have severe outcomes, COVID can still cause significant outcomes for children,” Bagdasarian said. “It can cause hospitalizations, ICU [visits] -- even pediatric deaths in our state and country. … One of the things we do is we want to have the absolute best health and safety for our kids.” Bagdasarian added that working with parents, addressing vaccine hesitancy and more is also important. “We’re trying to work with all those folks across the board and meet people where they are and address questions with vaccines and some specific points we’ve heard when talking about vaccinating children,” she said, adding that while myocarditis has cropped up in youth being vaccinated, risks are plausible. “The risk [of getting myocarditis] is greater from COVID-19 than the vaccine. … We are doing whatever we can to address some of the questions that families and parents have.” Older children ages 12 and up can obtain vaccinations and boosters on a walk-in basis at all Health Department vaccination sites, including Saturday Pediatric Pop-Up Health clinics scheduled in neighborhoods across the City during July and August. Free lead screenings are also available. A full list of vaccination sites can be found on the Health Department’s website or call 313-230-0505. Bring a vaccination card to the appointment. Free COVID-19 tests and Test to Treat medication are available to everyone who lives or works in Detroit at the Joseph Walker Williams Community Center (8431 Rosa Parks Blvd.). Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. By appointment only: 313-230-0505. For more information visit https://www.michigan. gov/kidsCOVIDvaccine. Find a vaccine provider at vaccines.gov or call 2-1-1 for more information.

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almost 25,000 auto jobs – many in Detroit – have been created in the biggest manufacturing boom in years. Shortly after the first two Michiganders tested positive for the coronavirus disease in March 2020, the governor created and signed Executive Order No. 2020-55 to establish the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities to combat the devastation that COVID-19 was having on African American communities in the state, specifically Detroit. The nation’s first-of-itskind task force, chaired by Gilchrist – Michigan’s first Black Lt. Governor – continues as an advisory body of stakeholders investigating, addressing, recommending, and acting on how best to keep underserved communities safe from the virus. The governor’s decision to create the Black Leadership Advisory Council (BLAC) has been well received. The Council is an advisory unit comprised of forward-thinkers charged with identifying, developing, reviewing, and recommending policies and actions to the governor and other stake-holding organizations about removing racial barriers in Black communities in areas such as education, community safety, health, and business leadership. Whitmer strongly supports abortion rights in Michigan and is fighting the laws banning abortion that are still on the books prior to the 1973 U.S. Su-

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Without any previous political experience as an elected office holder each republican candidate has his or her vision for the state if elected governor. According to Dixon’s website, the candidate proposes a Parents Right to Know Act, requiring schools to post their curriculums and teaching materials online and publicize diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and consultants. She is pro-life and believes the whole American government and society should unite and finally embrace pro-family policies. Nevertheless, the team of Gov. Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Gilchrist has earned the right to serve for another four-year term. Both have shown composure and are battle-tested and resilient. The administration of Whitmer and Gilchrist continues to tackle systemic and structural racism and inequity across broad sectors. Gov. Whitmer is not afraid to make tough and sometimes unpopular decisions, as demonstrated during the early and mid-stages of the pandemic, to keep people safe. She won’t back down and is moving the state forward. Michigan has much to gain with Whitmer at the helm and much to lose if anyone else is elected governor in November.

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preme Court’s landmark decision to permit national abortion rights. And with the recent Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v Wade, Whitmer is fighting Michigan’s abortion laws from 1931 to keep them from being enforced.

Yet, Tlaib has been called a progressive warrior who works tirelessly to make changes for the people, especially in areas such as environmental and economic justice, and social and racial equity for the underserved. Two other Democratic candidates running in the 12th are former state representative Shanelle Jackson and current Lathrup Village Mayor Kelly Garrett. Both African American women have unique skillsets and experiences. Garrett is Lathrup Village’s first African American mayor and chairs the Southfield Lathrup Village Democratic Club. Jackson, when elected to the Michigan House of Representatives for six years beginning in 2006, became the youngest Black woman to accomplish this feat. As a fierce lawmaker, she introduced and helped pass laws that empowered families and neighborhoods.

While all await the official results of the 12th and 13th Congressional races, it must not be lost on anyone that when the official count has been reached, there is a possibility that Detroit – the nation’s biggest and Blackest major city - could be without Black representation in Congress if Tlaib and Thanedar are victorious in the Primary Election. Since Charles Diggs was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1954, there has been at least one African American representing Detroit through the decades. A break from this historic Black political streak would be devastating! When all of the votes for the Democratic candidates are counted and a winner is officially declared in both districts, the Chronicle will post the complete results of each race on our online platform at www.michiganchronicle.com.


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MDOT Director Paul C. Ajegba Leads Progress on Rebuilding Michigan Roads

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By Rasha Almulaiki Despite the four seasons climate, Michiganders often comment on living in a binary of two seasonal traditions, winter and road construction. After too many years of enduring the deterioration of the state’s infrastructure, Michiganders are witnessing a transformation of roads during their daily commutes. Governor Whitmer’s campaign promise to “fix the damn road” is led under the stewardship of Director Ajegba. Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director, Paul C. Ajegba, spoke with the Michigan Chronicle on the progress of the department’s plan to transform the state’s road mobility routes to top-tier conditions. “It’s all federal funding,” said Ajegba. “There is no state of Michigan money and also the beauty is that if we devised a program and presented it to the feds and said we would like to try it. It was agreed to be funded over time. I have been tasked to write a yearly report and account for the funding so that we an continue gaining the confidence that this program that is showing results.”

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By Rasha Almulaiki On Thursday, the Michigan Department of Transportation hosted its ninth student showcase from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Transportation Diversity Recruitment Program (TDRP).

Paul C. Ajegba Paul C. Ajegba served 28 years with MDOT before being appointed by the governor as director in 2019. Since his appointment, residents can witness several large-scale construction projects underway to modernize roads, bridges, and freeway systems in the state repeatedly named with the worst road conditions in the country. Under Governor Whitner’s Rebuilding Michigan Program, MDOT’s directive to rebuild the state’s highways and bridges were unanimously approved by the State Transportation Commission in January 2020. The department was greenlit to sell a total of $3.5 billion in bonds to finance new and modified road and bridge construction projects across the state between 2020 and 2024. “I have to give my boss, Governor Whitmer, a line of credit,” said Ajegba. “She was very passionate about fixing our infrastructure. Over the years, disinvestment is obvious. When she came in and put money behind $3.5 billion, you can drive anywhere in Michigan and can see all the signs of the work being done.” Before being appointed director, Ajegba worked as a Metro Region engineer for three months following a seven-year commitment in the University Region. While there, Ajegba and his team oversaw the planning, designing, and building of several major projects, including America’s Transformation Award-winning US-23 Flex Route. A licensed professional engineer in Michigan, Ajegba completed his undergraduate degree in civil engineering at the Texas HBCU, Prairie View A&M University, and a master’s in construction engineering from the University of Michigan.

The Not-So Bumpy Road Toward Progress The Five-Year Transportation Program (5YTP) is invested in improving the state’s infrastructure conditions to advance the quality of movement and boost the state’s economy along heavily trafficked areas. The list of projects includes statewide rural projects (road and transit) and transportation improvement programs (TIPs) from the 14 metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). MDOT is responsible for Michigan’s nearly 10,000-mile state highway system, comprised of all M, I, and U.S. routes. It maintains Michigan’s

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The event hosted 63 HBCU student interns from Detroit and across the country at the downtown Compuware Building for an all-day program and engaged students in skill-building STEM workshops, discussions with industry professionals, and a host of speakers offering guidance on how to navigate the job market. In closing, students had the opportunity to pitch innovative ideas to partner organizations, including the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC) and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). “I’ve seen it grow from a vision,” said James Jackson, Coordinator of the Transportation Diversity Recruitment Program (TDRP) at the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). “I’ve seen it before it was written on paper, and I was fortunate to meet with my leaders and bring the program to life. Our director graduated from an HBCU and we brainstormed how to continue encouraging excellence and continuous improvement in the field from just four students back then.” The program’s mission is to recruit and expose underrepresented groups of students to transportation-specific career pathways by developing professional competence, expanding their networks, and earning an income to assist with college-related expenses. In 2014 with funding from the Federal Highway Administration grant, MDOT’s HBCU TDRP initially supported four students before growing to reach dozens of STEM student applicants. Paul C. Ajegba, P.E., Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, spoke to the Michigan Chronicle about his inspiration to create opportunities for Black and Brown students. Ajegba has sustained 31 years of experience at MDOT before being appointed to the directorship by Governor Whitmer in 2019. “For me, it really began when I got

my undergraduate in civil engineering when I was in Prairie View University in Texas at that time in the 80s. We didn’t have the opportunity to get these kinds of summer internship positions. Mostly during the summertime, we go work at McDonald to make some money and come back. So having the opportunity now to say the gap that you have is the basic theoretical knowledge but you’re not putting the practical knowledge with it to make an entire experience worthwhile.” Ajegba dedicated himself to creating opportunities he wished were available to himself and his peers at the time. “I always felt if I ever had the opportunity to change our world that I would,” said Ajegba. “Here, we can start to do that.” This year’s cohort of 63 students were recruited from one hundred and seven ABET accredited HBCUs, including Alabama A&M University, Howard University, Tuskegee University, and others. Students are connected to one of 17 Michigan engineering companies to host 32 placements with private firms, such as WSP, HNTB, and HRC. Over 13 weeks, students gain handson experience in engineering, techni-

cal, inspection, and project management services for state road and bridge projects over the summer. Additionally, MDOT provides professional training on appealing to job prospects, building confidence and an adaptable work ethic, as well as guidance on maximizing a growth-based career pathway. “We want to look forward to the future,” said Alonzo Banks, a civil engineering student from Prairie View A&M University in Texas. “I don’t want to limit myself while I am figuring out where to go. The program helped to stay motivated while I work and learn about options.” The HBCU-focused program is structured as a supportive pipeline to fuel representation and cultivate STEM work experience for young professionals of color. “The more people you make aware, they can actually see themselves learning and growing. We need not just Black, but all cultures, all phases, all races, to understand the possibilities that are within transportation.” Students are provided housing and education outreach accommodations through MDOT’s partnership with seven Michigan schools: Michigan State Uni-

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versity, University of Michigan-Flint, Oakland University, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Wayne State University. The exposure to local campuses and graduate programs, said Jackson, is meant to encourage student participants to pursue graduate programs and potential relocation to Michigan for future career paths. When asked if MDOT hires the students directly after the program, Jackson told the Michigan Chronicle, “MDOT has (extended) offers to many interns and has hired one who is currently employed and one that has recently accepted an MDOT offer. We also have 4 HBCU students who are working in Detroit for a few of our ACEC partnership firms, SOMAT, Fishbeck, and Michael Baker. We are expecting more good new this summer as well.” The showcase implemented workshops led by industry professionals. Morning workshops were split between men and women to provide guidance on mental health, challenges, and barriers of an educated minority and to build a confident mentality. Barbara Dunlap, engineer and coordinator at the workforce development and university relations at American Electric, and David A. Johnson, managing consultant at MetLife, held discussions centered on vital components to student success. The keynote was given by Dr. Robert C. Hampshire, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology and Chief Science Officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation. “Twenty-five years ago, I was in a program just like this and that really made a difference. Not just the folks running the program, but the relationships you have all formed are really incredible. I stay in touch with those folks to this day.” Dr. Hampshire assured the mixed audience of students and professionals of the Biden Administration’s commitment to advancing equity throughout all departments. As part of the Build Back Better initiative, President Biden emphasized the need for racial equity across the American economy by advancing educational equity and excellence through opportunities at HBCUs. “That required all federal agencies to take a

MDOT HBCU Intern presenting during the Intern Showcase deep dive in how their programs and policies are impacting, particularly racial equity in this country. And we took that seriously. The federal government is taking this incredibly seriously to understand the impacts, in our case transportation, on equity, or the lack thereof, in our communities.” The STEM economy is set on the “2030 Challenge,” an initiative meant to bolster global architecture, and building community needs to serve a growing demand for sustainability-based engineering and innovation by 2030. Director Ajegba, HBCU TDRP Coordinator James Jackson, and their team look forward to expanding the program by next year. They envision a greater reach by engaging the construction industry in internship placements and growing opportunities for underrepresented students toward a successful career path in transportation. “I always tell my students,” Jackson said. “Education gets you to the door, but experience gets you through the door.”

Paul C. Ajeba From page A-3 120,000-mile highway, road, and street network. The infrastructure revamp includes a multilayered approach to fix dangerous potholes and reconstruct the state’s truck lines on M, I, and U.S. routes. The Rebuilding Michigan initiative is slated to complete 45 statewide projects divided between 27 roads and 13 bridges. The ambitious overhaul has also boosted the state’s job economy, with jobs supported through all plan sectors. According to MDOT’s program portal, 4,772 workers have clocked in 1,817,994 construction hours. The department aims to achieve a trunkline pavement performance goal of a 90 percent rating in “good or fair” road conditions toward longer road life. The program plans to identify and address statewide issues in critical corridors and busy interstates, including I-69, I-75, I-94, and others. “Before, we were spending $1.5 billion and now that’s almost three times what we’re spending,” said Ajegba, “And you can see it all over the state. Not just Southeast Michigan, you can go anywhere and that’s good. In that regard, I think we met the challenge to be innovative with momentum.” The latest of this construction ingenuity in Detroit is the building of the Second Avenue Bridge on Wayne State University’s Palmer parking lot. Part of the I-94 modernization project, the project is Michigan’s first network tied-arch bridge consisting of numerous cables that are crossed from the top of the arch to the part of the structure supporting traffic. The bridge is the first skewed

Paul C. Ajegba, P.E., Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation and students and unbraced network arch bridge to be constructed in the U.S. “This is all part of the vision to do things differently,” said Ajegba. “If we were to build a bridge like that over live traffic, that would be so disruptive. So, we built it on the side and slide it in and that’s still one of those technologies that not too many states are doing because it you know it’s risky to do but I think we’ve proven that it could be done.” Once completed, the new bridge will connect the neighborhoods from the

north and south sides of the bridge for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles. The Second Avenue bridge is expected to reopen for us this fall. Director Ajegba shared his department’s continued dedication toward innovation in the green economy to the future of sustainability. “We have so many projects all over the state, not just construction but even in electric vehicle technology,” said Ajegba. “We are working with a company out of Israel’s ElectReon to put inductive charging on the roadways. As you

drive on the roadways, you can charge your electric vehicle. This is challenging us to try new things. We should remain open-minded because in engineering, most times when you try something and it succeeds, you can then model it elsewhere.” To report a pothole on state roads, residents are encouraged to fill out a Report a Pothole form at michigan.gov/ mdot/travel/commuters/potholes or call 888-296-4546. To receive updates on traffic and closures, visit MDOT’s Email Updates page and submit your contact information.


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Should You Make Extra Mortgage Payments Toward the Principal of Your Home? If you have recently purchased a house, you have probably taken a look at your mortgage statement and noticed that the majority of your first few payments are going toward interest. You do not start paying down a significant amount of the principal until later in your mortgage cycle. If you start to make more money, you might be interested in making additional payments toward the principal of your home. Anthony O. Kellum Is this a smart financial move? There are a few important points to know. You Can Cancel Your PMI Sooner One of the major advantages of making additional mortgage payments toward the principal is that you can get rid of your private mortgage insurance sooner. If you put less than 20 percent down on your home, you might be required to purchase mortgage insurance. You will need to keep paying for mortgage insurance until you reach 20 percent equity. If you want to get rid of your PMI more quickly, you may want to make additional payments to get to that 20 percent mark sooner. You Save Money on Interest Of course, one of the biggest advantages of making additional mortgage payments towards your principal is that you will not have to pay as much money in interest. Interest is calculated as a percentage of the remaining balance of your loan. If you make extra mortgage payments, you can shrink the remaining balance, helping you save money on interest. You Could Make More Money Elsewhere On the other hand, you may not want to make additional mortgage payments if you can use your money to make more money elsewhere. If you have a very low-interest rate on your mortgage, you might be better off putting your money in the stock market, where you can generate a greater return. Of course, the stock market is also a very volatile place, so you need to be careful about how you invest your money. It Depends on Your Goals In the end, you need to think about your financial goals to figure out where your money would serve you best. If you have extra money to put toward your mortgage, you could pay off your house more quickly. Or, you could put it in a retirement account. Think carefully about what works best for you.

GM Grants Automotive Hall of Fame $500,000 for Mobility Education By Sherri Kolade

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etroit is known worldwide for its indelible role as the birthplace of the automobile and its beloved, rightful nickname, “Motown,” carries an ever-present reminder of that legacy and transportation movement impact, which continues to bear witness from generation to generation. Black contributions to the global automotive industry are just a part of that story as Henry Ford was, among other giants who transformed the transportation world – but it’s time for the former to be recognized just as much as the latter has always been. The Automotive Hall of Fame (AHF), a non-profit organization that honors and celebrates the mobility industry’s pioneers and their impact on society, will soon make that possible after recently receiving a $500,000 grant from General Motors (GM) to launch a new educational program. Named, “Black Innovation, Invention, and Leadership in Mobility,” the grant enables the AHF to begin developing a multi-channel experience that helps educate the community about Black contributions to the global automotive industry as well as the industry’s impact on Black families and communities. “The Automotive Hall of Fame is extremely grateful to General Motors for this generous grant to launch this important initiative,” said Sarah Cook, president of the Automotive Hall of Fame in a press release. “There are many voices that have shaped - and continue to shape - the mobility industry, and we are excited to begin the work to tell their important stories.” The Automotive Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization that celebrates the mobility industry’s pioneers and their impact on society through stories, engagement and more, was founded in 1939 and is located at 21400 Oakwood Blvd in Dearborn. The AHF previously honored nearly 800 individuals from around the world who have impacted and influenced the automotive and mobility industries. The opportunity to give the Black community their flowers is not always there due to massive underrepresentation when telling the automotive industry’s history – the GM grant makes that opportunity more seamless to help lift Black voices and increase awareness of their industry-related impact.

“GM is proud to support the Automotive Hall of Fame as it launches its “Black Innovation, Invention, and Leadership in Mobility” program,” said Terry Rhadigan, AHF board member and vice president of Corporate Giving at GM. “AHF’s efforts to create and share knowledge will spark social change through general education and promote new learning and career opportunities for our next generation of mobility leaders and influencers.” Content development for this program is funded by the grant for one year, and the AHF is targeting a launch date of February 2023. The AHF will utilize both its physical exhibit space and digital capabilities to share the new content. In addition to the exhibit, there will be educational programming for a K-12 audience and an honoree lecture series. AHF is seeking community involvement, as well as additional funding, to bring a robust program to the public. “We plan to highlight several key aspects of Black contributions that created the industry, including the labor, invention, design, engineering and leadership that created the modern automotive manufacturing industry,” said Cook. “The program will explore how mobility, vehicle ownership and roadways have impacted Black communities in Detroit, throughout the country and around the world, and will focus on first-hand oral histories of Black leaders, both historic and contemporary.” Over the past year, the AHF established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, led by Hiram Jackson, AHF board member, chief executive officer of Real Times Media and the publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a priority for the Automotive Hall of Fame. Not just as it relates to inductees but on our board, in our staff and in the programming we create,” said Jackson, who doesn’t beat around the bush with a lack of diversity-related initiatives around the automotive industry. “I won’t pretend that we’re proud of our past around diversity. But what I can assure you is that the way forward will be starkly different. This initiative is just an exciting first step of many demonstrating the organization’s commitment to ensure people of color are properly represented as part of the fabric of the automotive industry.” Cook told the Michigan Chronicle that the AHF set out to build an exhibit with wrap-around educational experiences

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Mayor Duggan Unveils Seven-Point Strategy Investment for Affordable Housing By Rasha Almulaiki Since the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Assistance (CERA) program application deadline ended on June 30, thousands of Detroit renters continue to struggle with housing security in the face of an ongoing eviction crisis. On Thursday, Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit City Councilmembers Latisha Johnson, Angela Whitfield Calloway and Mary Waters unveiled a seven-point initiative under a $203 million strategy, which is believed to be the largest single investment in affordable housing in the city’s history. The multi-pronged plan includes turning more renters into homeowners, fast-tracking projects that include apartments at below 60 percent area median income (AMI), rehabilitating vacant homes and apartment buildings and other efforts. The city’s seven-point affordable housing plan: • Launching this September, the city will invest $20 million in a central call center for a “homeless hotline” and community sites for those experiencing housing instability. • In early 2023, the city will build an online directory for Detroiters to register available rental properties. • Detroit Housing Commission will be renovating and renting out approximately a dozen apartment buildings at 30 percent AMI. • The city is working on acquiring in-

Mayor Mike Duggan and city officials announce $203 million affordable housing investment. dividual Detroit Land Band Authority houses and provide subsidies to community development organizations. To help build wealth, there will be options for tenants. • There will be 1,600 new units built across 30 developments, including 250 units available for “permanent supportive housing” for Detroiters to reside in for months while getting assistance. • The city will engage in the largest down payment assistance program. The first phase aims to work with 600 current renters and convert them to homeowners. A $5 million landlord assistance

program will work to expediate building renovations. • For Detroiters participating in job training programs, the city will provide subsidies to use for rent or childcare to help facilitate an easier transition to higher paying jobs. Regarding the permanent supportive housing program, Mayor Duggan said, “These are for folks who have been chronically homeless. It makes no sense to take a homeless person off the street and put them in shelter at six o’clock at night and let them back out on the street at 8 o’clock in the morning and expect their lives to change. These folks

often need a lot of assistance, whether it’s mental health issues, addiction issues, employment issues or something going on in their lives.” The mayor was joined by other city officials to speak about the benefits of the program’s roll out. “As a native Detroiter who grew up in a low-income household,” said Council member Latisha Johnson via zoom, “I know how important it was for my mother to be able to rent a house that accommodated raising five children at that time. Renting an apartment was simply

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Automotive Hall Of Fame From page A-5 that highlight Black innovation, invention and leadership in the automotive industry.

Affordable Housing From page A-5 out of the question for our family and [it] is so for so many Detroit families today. “Addressing housing has to be a multipronged approach and I’m glad to join my colleagues and the mayor to develop these programs to build upon the work that’s already being done so we can address the various housing needs of all Detroit residents.” Mayor Duggan said over the next three years the city is committed to investing $500 million in public and private money, $203 million of which will be implemented by the end of 2022. A new round of initiatives will be announced in February 2023. 2021 Detroit housing efforts in review According to the 2021 annual report of Detroit’s Housing and Revitalization Department (HRD), the department supported 24 projects that were completed or actively under construction in 2021 representing 889 units of affordable housing and 1,186 total housing units. The effort impacted several Detroit neighborhoods citywide, including Midtown, Rosa Parks/Clairmount, Midtown, Milwaukee Junction, Villages, Southwest/Vernor, Woodbridge and others. The units were multi-family, single, rowhouse and multi-use homes. Leveraging HRD’s Public Private Partnership team, Detroiters were provided with support navigating the city’s development processes, accessing public financing tools and acquiring public land. The report accounted for progress on the city’s goals, stating, “In 2018, the City of Detroit set a goal of developing 2,000 new units of affordable housing by the end of 2023. By the end of 2021, 745 new units of affordable housing have already been developed.” In 2018, HRD announced a commitment toward preserving 10,000 affordable housing units over a five-year period. At the end of last year, the department reported preserving 6,127 units of that goal. Amid growing frustrations, residents battle illegal evictions and seek assistance Earlier this month, the Urban Praxis Workshop launched the Eviction Machine, a collaborative project which, among other things, tracks evictions in Detroit by documenting trends, providing interactive data tools and educational resources for tenants on how to prevent and fight eviction. The project’s content and analyses draw on expertise from tenants and organizers working with Detroit Eviction Defense and a Detroit tenants association. The project characterizes the “eviction machine” as the for-profit housing system in Detroit that facilitates residents’ forced displacement and an unjust legal process that privileges landlords and disempowers tenants, undermining housing as a fundamental human right. Last month, the Michigan Chronicle spoke to Alexa Eisenberg, researcher at the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions, on her findings. Their research is focused on exposing housing and racial injustice and supporting tenant-led movements to resist systematic displacement in Detroit. According to her research, roughly 70,000 people, mostly Black tenants, lived under the threat of eviction each year prior to the onset of the pandemic and eviction prevention measures. The instability of the city’s rental housing market can be traced to the onset of the early 2000s mortgage crisis in Detroit. “We’ve seen fundamental changes in Detroit’s housing market where patterns of property ownership have shifted from homeowners to real estate investors and speculators,” said Eisenberg. “Displacement and dispossession, particularly of Black folks, is often a cyclical and policy-induced process.” The result is a housing market in Detroit oversaturated with renters and a reduction in home ownership, both housing options struggle with affordability in rising property values with ongoing development investment and household income instability factors exacerbated by the pandemic. Eisenberg said that according to her research, termination of tenancy cases or “no cause evictions” have increased during the pandemic. No-cause evictions are “tenant termination” cases where the tenant can be evicted at-will by the landlord. “After the introduction of the CERA program,” said Eisenberg, “We saw landlords taking advantage of a loophole in COVID eviction prevention measures… the court interpreted the CDC morato-

rium as only applying to nonpayment of rent cases. When that ended, rental assistance was the only protection – but CERA can only prevent evictions if landlords are willing to participate in the program. “And in Detroit especially, this meant waiting many months for applications and payments to be processed by nonprofits. They are moving slowly in administering the funds, leaving a lot of people vulnerable to landlords getting fed up and deciding to pursue another kind of eviction through termination of tenancy.” These tenants, said Eisenberg, are mostly Black women and children, disabled adults and seniors that are unable to afford other units in the current rental environment with increasing rental costs and unstable employment. Due to the rising number of evictions filed for termination of tenancy, the 36th District Court has streamlined these cases in a docket under Judge Michael E. Wagner. The 36th District Court has announced renters with currently open non-payment of rent cases are still eligible for the CERA program. Under the Michigan Housing Law (MCL 125.401, et seq.), cities are authorized to regulate multi-family rental housing, including requiring that a Certificate of Compliance be obtained prior to occupancy of a rental unit. In 2017, the City Council approved a modified Rental Ordinance. Under Section 8-15-82(d) of the City of Detroit’s Rental Ordinance, “it shall be unlawful for an owner to…collect rent from a tenant for occupancy of a rental property, during or for any time in which there is not a valid Certificate of Compliance for the rental property.” A certificate of compliance is required by the city’s rental ordinance to ensure the landlords are up to health and safety codes of their properties. Yet Eisenberg said that nearly 9 in 10 pandemic-era evictions involved properties operated unlawfully by landlords in violation of the ordinance. Her research showed as of March 15, approximately 5,600 properties in the city had a certificate of compliance. “And, of course, because so few properties are registered, we don’t actually know how many rental properties there are in the city of Detroit,” said Eisenberg. “But from the Census, we can conservatively estimate that there are about 87,000 rental structures in the city. Using that as a denominator, we see about 6 percent of properties, safely less than 10 percent for sure, are code compliant. “There has been some response from the court,” Eisenberg said. “[They] are narrowly interpreting the rental ordinance to apply to only non-payment of rent cases. This only increases the loophole for landlords. If they don’t want to be held accountable for lack of code compliance, they can file for termination of tenancy.” Eisenberg says that “default judgments” are another way the court system favors landlords over tenants. When a tenant does not appear in court, a judgment of possession will be entered against the tenant “by default” in favor of the landlord, without the tenant being there to raise defenses like habitability, retaliation or improper notice. According to the Eviction Machines findings, 1 in 4 cases filed during the pandemic ended in a default judgment. This is down from 42 percent of cases filed before the pandemic. Eisenberg attributes this reduction in part to an operational order from the state court administrative office that is upheld by the 36th District Court, which introduced a pre-trial step to the eviction hearings, allowing tenants an opportunity to reschedule if they miss the first hearing. She said the court should make this change permanent. The city has been working to enforce landlord compliance throughout the city’s zip codes since last July. A rental compliance map was established in 2021 encouraging renters to report properties that require inspection and repair. Additionally, residents can refer to the rental compliance schedule to track enforcement by zip code. Eisenberg said she supports the city’s newly unveiled plan to spend $20 million to rehab apartment buildings and lease them at 30 percent the area median income but says that much larger investments are needed. “The city’s plan is a response to tenants who are living in shelters, hotels, and in their cars after being evicted, who have been speaking out at city council every week. Tenants are telling policy makers they need permanently affordable low-income housing where they can live in dignity. This needs to be the priority.”

“This project is part of AHF’s overall DEI mission and purpose, as outlined by the AHF DEI Committee, is to assess and develop a cohesive course of action for diversity and inclusion at the AHF. As assessed by AHF’s DEI Committee, African Americans are under-represented as awardees in AHF and the story of the contributions of African Americans to the automotive industry has historically been omitted,” she said, adding that the project, interpretation and curation needed a “strong partner” to provide the financial resources to launch. “GM shares our desire to tell these stories and understands our institution’s need to acknowledge our past omissions and to repair or build the relationship between African Americans and AHF,” Cook said. The gift enabled the hiring of Kathleen Donald, vice president of AHF operations and programs. The GM grant also enabled AHF to hire an esteemed scholar of African American Studies and an experienced researcher and curator in African American communities, Dr. Micala “Cila” Evans, who will also help to create a holistic narrative about African Americans and mobility. “I am thrilled to have been chosen as curator for this impressive initiative to keep stories of African American discovery and achievement alive, from the early days of the horseless carriage to the modern era of mobility,” said Dr. Evans. “While we will celebrate these stories in the context of their own time and place, we will also relate them to the here and now and beyond. We want to bring this vision of progress to

our international inductee community, our museum visitors, students/ young adults, policymakers and a more general global audience.” The project requires a large up-front investment to build the initial exhibits and educational content that will be available onsite and online, Cook confirmed. The program will be ongoing as permanent exhibits, content and more are interwoven in K-12 curriculum and museum programs developed by AHF. Also, the costs associated with the upkeep of exhibits, education programs and staff to support continued research will be rolled into the AHF’s annual budget and be a part of AHF general operations. “This initiative is part of the overall re-imagination of the Automotive Hall of Fame and how we tell the story of the automotive industry’s history, impact on society and ongoing challenges in mobility,” Cook told the Michigan Chronicle, adding that onsite and online storytelling will be used and digital elements will be critical. “We plan to utilize our website as a central part of our digital footprint online as we deliver lesson plans, learning activities and other curricula as well as interactive exploration of the major themes of Black Innovation, Invention, and Leadership in Automotive.” Onsite, AHF is exploring digital mapping, augmented reality, virtual reality, and hologram technology as well as touch screen and displays that encourage you to “bring your own device” for a deeper dive.

cars and sold their first automobile in 1915, then went on to produce buses. Charlie Wiggins Alma and Victor Green Ed Davis Ed Welburn Roy Roberts

The AHF will also highlight names from more recent history and individuals that are currently shaping mobility:

Alice Parker – invented the heating furnace

Frederick and Charles Patterson, a father and son carriage company who switched to making

“All of the above are awardees of AHF and have made incredible contributions to mobility,” Cook said, adding that there has been a historical, systemic “omission” and “exclusion” of the Black contribution to mainstream history. “The AHF aspires to identify and share the true story of the automotive industry and highlight all the diverse individuals and stories that have had a profound impact on the past, present and future of this amazing industry and society as a whole.” Other historical names around mobility include: Frederick McKinley Jones – refrigerated truck and air conditioner Garret Morgan – the three-position traffic light Richard Spikes – automatic gear shift and brake testing. Lewis Latimer (not Thomas Edison) – invented and held the patent for the carbon filament that makes the light bulb light Charles Brooks – inventor of the street sweeper John Burr – invented the lawn mower George Washington Carver – held many patents, and the one for synthetic rubber during WW2, which replaced wooden or steel tires, for the tightly pressured air rubber tires we put on all of our vehicles today

The Automotive Hall of Fame is open to the public 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursdays - Sundays. For more information visit www.automotivehalloffame.org.

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It’s OK if You Are

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By Sherri Kolade “I forgive myself for shrinking to fit into boxes that do not belong to me,” Alex Elle once wrote. Do you think you’re too much for some people or do you have to shrink to fit in? Enough already. Mental Health Advocate Emily Gough, who wrote in an article, Forgive Yourself for Shrinking into Spaces That Do Not Fit You, wrote that sometimes in life people face choosing to shrink themselves and their personalities to fit the needs of others. “I was recently around someone where I could feel myself shrinking to fit into their life, and immediately my body started throwing up alarm bells. I didn’t want to feel that way, but I’ve also learned to trust my body,” Gough said. “It doesn’t mean that anyone who makes you feel that way is a bad person, couldn’t be farther from the truth. And it also doesn’t necessarily mean that the connection should end -- It’s simply one of many signals, and it’s something to pay attention to.”

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Black woman’s hair is their crown and glory.

When Black women were enslaved, many times they were made to cover up their hair with scarves to attempt to diminish their beauty. Over time, Black people embraced their hair and ornately displayed their afros during the Black is Beautiful movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s in connection with Black pride.

Also, sometimes bodily signals show up as an idea that “It might be less about the other person and more about how YOU are showing up and why.” Sometimes people are fearful to entirely let others in, and they wind up protecting themselves by “shrinking down” because individuals don’t know if the other person may be able to handle the true version of themselves. “Are you trying to manage the perceived outcome of a relationship by trying to force a connection? Or by showing up as who you believe they want you to be?” Gough asked, adding that it is time to turn that fear factor around and flip it on a positive note. “What if they liked the true version of you way more than the watered-down version you’re presenting? “ According to honestlyrelatable.com, being too much can be a good thing because being the opposite is more worrisome. “Do not become small for people who refuse to grow,” the website author noted, adding that living a life trying to please people and not upset them is no way to live. “My focus was to fix whatever I was doing wrong, which I am thankful that I did because it was really important for me to realize that I was doing everything I could and it still wasn’t enough.”

Nowadays, Black people are still showing up and teaching others how to show out and love their hair while styling their coils, retaining moisture and length, and creating intricate beautiful twists, braids and other looks that slay for days. The evolution of the natural hair movement has taken on many forms, with the latest one resonating with today’s generation now more than ever. And it’s been about 10 years since the latest natural hair movement took root.

Gwen Jimmere, founder and chief innovation officer at Good Hair Bar.

Local hair care guru Gwen Jimmere, founder and CEO of Naturalicious, spoke in-depth with the Michigan Chronicle about natural hair and the opening of her new Livonia-based salon, the Good Hair Bar. Good Hair Bar, located at 37320 W. Seven Mile Road, is described as a highend, high-energy salon for people with naturally textured hair and a “promise of show-stopping hair on your first visit and a 360-degree healthy hair transformation in just 90 days.” Prices start at $115 for natural styles, at $299 for knotless braids and faux locs. The salon does not require their clients to come pre-washed and blown out; they also provide the hair. Inspired by the lack of options when it comes to high-end luxury textured hair salons, the Good Hair Bar prides itself on giving clients: • Certified textured hair experts/stylists (aka Good Hair Gurus). • Impeccable customer service. • Pricing that doesn’t switch up on you once you arrive at the salon (no baiting & switching here, boo). • Little to no wait times. • Hassle-free online booking.

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service and photoshoots to nail techs, massage therapists and more, Jimmere said that she wants her conveniently located salon (right off the I-275 freeway) to give clients something to talk about. “No matter where you are it’s accessible – the salon is designed to be an experience,” Jimmere said. “When you come in, you’re going to have great hair or whatever service you choose. [We] give you a vibe when you walk in.” Jimmere, who opened her business in 2013 (and visualized it in 2011), said that this complex natural hair movement at the end of the day is about Black women learning how to love what grows out of their scalp. She is helping women with this process through her proprietary product line, Naturalicious,

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and now her salon. They exclusively use award-winning beauty products and tools created by Naturalicious. “We focus on growing, styling and maintaining your healthiest hair ever in our gorgeous 4,400 square- foot salon,” she said of the space replete with 16 styling stations, a premium nail space, massage and facial area, along with lash and brow services. Jimmere said that her salon is set to be the opposite of a bad Black hair salon, which she said can easily be Googled with horrifying results. “People are complaining about their experiences all over the world,” she said. “It’s been the status quo.” Pavement Pieces, a New York-based

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Declutter Your Home and Build the Life You Always Wanted By Sherri Kolade Is your humble abode choking the life out of you with its ever-growing cluttered piles of paper and junk? “It’s time to go after liberation in our homes.” Roe Cummings, a millennial and “intentional-living advocate,” who lives with her boyfriend in an 800-squarefoot household in California, used to be stress filled and bogged down by their stuff. Now she wants to liberate others by showcasing their minimalist life on Instagram on their page, “brownkids,” and showing how living a clutter-free lifestyle can be done through the Black lens. But why? The couple says that it’s time to declutter because the home is the second place (outside of work) where people spend the most time, yet it’s not the welcoming haven that is should be if it’s causing stress, underlined by looming tasks of how to keep it clean, keep up with the bills, all while managing the

A decluttered drawer goes a long way in a home. Photo courtesy of Organize Detroit clutter and mess. The pair said that as Black people, there are some fundamental benefits that come with cleaning the home and

ultimately the soul when the clutter lifts and some deep-rooted healing takes place. “As people of color in this life, weren’t we expected, if not unconsciously, to live in dwellings of our own desperation? But, we did it. We reorganized our finances, brainchilded #thejarmethod, and I paid off $11,000 of personal debt on a $19,000 income. We made rent out of sheer know-how — not always on time but always determinedly,” they said. “The year we figured the home puzzle out as a pair, the “job” and “obligation” chains loosened around our necks a little bit. Because, for the first time, money and our home weren’t in crisis anymore.” Many others, unfortunately, are currently in crisis mode when it comes to the state of their homes. According to theorganizerchicks. com, the average American household contains 300,000 items and Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on non-essential items. Also, Americans typically spend 17 minutes a day looking for

items they have lost or misplaced which totals up to about 4.3 days a year or 344 days over the average human life span. Also according to the website, the “single biggest growing” sector of real estate in the country is storage units. And while people are living in bigger homes they are still storing their things elsewhere. Where is the disconnect? According to verywellmind.com, it can start when people continue impulsively buying things (through emotional spending) and the piles and clutter begin while mental health is paying the ultimate price. “Clutter impacts your physical space in an obvious way; but some people don’t realize that clutter can have negative mental health effects, too,” the article notes. “But, by becoming aware of how much clutter you have and whether you experience any stress as a result, you’ll be better able to discern if there’s

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Declutter Your Home From page B-1 an opportunity for you to modify your physical space and improve your mental health.” Christine Platt, author of “The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living with Less,” echoes similar thoughts as Cummings and told NPR that decluttering is particularly necessary for communities of color.

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journalism project, reports that 40 percent of Black women were most likely to wear their hair in its natural state (without heat); 33 percent of Black women would also wear their hair in its natural form, and use heat to straighten their hair, according to Mintel, a market intelligence agency. Around 2011, many Black women YouTubers got their informal start in the beauty industry all because they wanted to show others how to embrace their God-given curls, kinks and coils. And, while gaining followers, they helped grow a movement as many Black women followed suit and either did the big chop, which removed the remaining permed ends from their hair, or transitioned and grew their permed hair out to become fully natural. And, in their kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, salons and home offices they gathered, shared knowledge and deepened sisterhoods while a growing audience looked on. A decade into this movement of many movements, a couple of locals shared with the Michigan Chronicle how natural hair, and the hair industry, has impacted their lives. The Crown Act stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” and is a law that prohibits racebased hair discrimination — a denial of employment and educational opportunities because of one’s hair texture or

Forgive Yourself From page B-1 sort of a situation, no matter how hard you try to fix it. The thing is though, that sometimes people don’t want the situation to be fixed and that does not mean that you should continue to shrink in order for them to feel big,” the author said. “If the situation calls for you to not be who you are and stop growing, you need to realize that this is no longer about you, it’s about them and no matter what you do, you should keep your head up and smile, you are not the issue and until they address the incredible issue that is making them so uncomfortable that they lash out, nothing will be resolved.” Bustle.com notes that to stop shrinking for others’ approval it’s time to realize one doesn’t need approval from anyone to feel good about themselves – even if they are “too much.” “Essentially, confidence and validation go hand in hand,” according to the article. “A lack of confidence stems from a lack of trust in ourselves,” confidence

protective hairstyles like braids, locs, twists or Bantu knots. The Crown Act statistics show that discrimination against hair in the United States, especially on the job, is rampant. Their website states that Black women are 30 percent more likely to be made aware of a workplace policy affecting their hair, which are forms of microaggression. In states like California, Nevada, Colorado, Virginia and New York, the Crown Act is the law. In Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Massachusetts there is pending legislation filed or prefiled. Many states including South Dakota, Texas and Indiana had legislation filed but did not pass it. It was first introduced in California in January 2019 and signed into law the same year on July 3. While necessary strides are being made to ensure that Black women’s natural hair can show up unapologetically across the country, there’s local movement, too. In a landmark vote earlier this March, lawmakers in the House passed the CROWN Act, which prohibits race-based hair discrimination in the workplace, school and more. The salon’s grand opening is slated for Saturday, August 27. Black Information Network contributed to this report. For more information visit goodhairbar.com. coach Lisa Philyaw told Bustle. “When we don’t trust ourselves, then we look to others for approval. We trust their opinion more than our own, so we see their opinion as more valid because we’re not trusting ourselves or our perspective.” Here are some tips to trust yourself and appreciate your big personality even if others don’t: ■ Surround Yourself with Nice People Who Aren’t Judgmental ■ Check The Accuracy of Your Beliefs (and Change Your Perspective to Good) ■ Remember To Practice and Strengthen Your Abilities ■ Try To Understand Why You’re Seeking Approval and Understand That Motive ■ Make A To-Do List of Goals and Do Them Once you have your list, start doing those things, says Dr. Kinga Mnich, a social psychologist, lecturer, and contributor to the article. “Confidence is a feeling and a belief that you can do things no matter how hard they are. Once you complete these fears you will not require approval from others.”

“Afrominimalism is simply how I define my minimalist practice, which is influenced by the history and beauty of the African diaspora,” she said in the article. “But I really wanted to write a book that explained the psychology of ownership ... so that we understand our motivations. … Why is it so hard to let go of things we no longer need, use or love?” She added that once Black people own why they hold onto certain things (especially to their detriment) there is awareness, empathy and empowerment. “And, you know, for Black folks and for other marginalized groups, it’s often the missing link for how and why we consume the way we do,” she said. “I say living with less is now our choice because ownership is just a complicated matter for people of the African diaspora, right? I mean, as a Black woman, when I think of ownership, I have to consider my ancestry. I have to consider the historical and generational inequities of slavery, of Jim Crow, of redlining, you know, and other state-sanctioned limitations on ownership and their lasting implications. Our familial and collective histories are just a big part of and continue to influence how and why we consume. “ Where to Begin? Life Hack says that decluttering is all about reducing and reorganizing in these simple steps:

Reduce your commitments in every area of your life “Take a look at each area of your life and write down all of your commitments,” according to Life Hack. “From here, look at each one and decide whether it really brings you joy and value and if it is worth the amount of time that you invest in it.” 2. Rethink your routines “Many of us do not have any set routines in our daily lives and simply tackle our obligations, chores and daily tasks haphazardly,” Life Hack notes. “Without structure, it can lead to chaotic days and a drop in productivity.” 3. Declutter your friends? This might be a tough one but rethink all of your friendships and see who is meant to stick around and see who is not. “While you should spend more time with positive people, people who help you grow and make you feel happy, you should get rid of toxic people who only drain your energy,” according to the article. Declutter at work Take a “break” from work and get to work on cleaning off your desk (or workstation) to be more productive and focused – your boss will thank you later. Begin with: Your desk • Clear the clutter and remove everything from the drawers. • Put the piles on the floor then clean and wipe down your desk area. • Look through all of the “stuff” and throw away the unneeded items and sort through what’s left and create a filing system so that client or customer is easier to find next time. Declutter at home • Simplify

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spaces. If the bedroom or other rooms are messy, clean them and think like a minimalist. • Clean off things on the floor and throw out or donate unneeded items, then work your way up. • Then move to flat surfaces like countertops, shelves, tops of dressers and the like, and do the same with furniture. Keep what you need. Once the “keep pile” is established organize the inside of drawers, cabinets and closets; place the neatly organized items back where they belong, and handle this one room at a time. Andrea Wolf, owner of Organize Detroit, a professional organizing company that services the metro area, told the Michigan Chronicle that she was into this 16 years ago before it became a trend. From packing and moving to organizing and decluttering, the company has a knack for throwing it out or packing it up – neatly of course. “Our goal is to simplify your life in a chaotic situation, a chaotic space in the house,” Wolf said, adding that decluttering is all about giving people back their time and freedom. “The more you declutter the less stuff in there, the less stuff to manage. The hope is to give yourself the freedom … to use the space differently than maybe you were using it.” Wolf added that her three types of clients include those who are downsizing, accumulating, and just starting out, and they all come to her to streamline their belongings, which she says begins with starting small first. “We always say the best place to start something is a small drawer or cabinet -- don’t tackle the biggest area in your house [yet],” she said. “Finish it completely so you can feel that success... motivates you to tackle another area.”


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Sunny Summertime Safety Tips for enjoying the great outdoors

(Family Features) A bright, sunny day offers opportunities for warm-weather fun. To make the most of your summer, you’ll need to take a few steps to enhance the experience and ensure you’re ready for whatever the day may bring. When it’s time to head outside, consider these tips from the experts at CURAD® to protect your body (and skin) from the elements this summer: Protect Skin from UV Rays Any time you’ll be outdoors for more than 15 minutes, you should wear protective sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, even if it’s partly cloudy or overcast. One mistake many people make is applying sunscreen before they leave the house then not reapplying throughout the day. To help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, reapply sunscreen at least every two hours and more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating. Also be sure to cover all exposed areas, including often overlooked spots like the tops of your ears, neck and tops of your feet, if they’re exposed by sandals or other open shoes. Stay Hydrated One of the most important ways to protect your health when you’re spending the day outdoors is staying hydrated, especially on warm days when you’re losing your body’s water reserves to sweat. Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, throughout the day can help replenish what you lose so you don’t get dehydrated, and you’ll also have an easier time regulating your body’s temperature. Be Prepared for Cuts and Scrapes Summer cuts and scrapes are to be expected, but the faster you can take care of them, the faster you can get back to having fun. An option like CURAD Kendra Dandy Adhesive Bandages can help you heal in style with a four-sided seal that keeps dirt and germs out and a nonstick pad that’s extra absorbent. Designed by Dandy, a renowned artist and illustrator, these fashion-forward bandages are made with a comfortable, stretchy material that conforms to your body for maximum protection. Available in a 30-count standard-sized strip and a 50-count variety pack, these eye-catching bandages feature trendy, one-ofa-kind pineapple, papaya, banana and dragon fruit designs that can add a little fun and flair to your summer wardrobe. “We created our Kendra Dandy designer bandage line to add a splash of fun, color and flair to our classic adhesive bandages, offering consumers thought-provoking styles that add a great feeling to empowered healing,”

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said Kim Washington, Medline vice president of marketing. Repel Bugs Aggressive insects can put a damper on outdoor fun. Bug spray or roll-on products should go on top of your sunscreen, but never under your clothes. Apply a sparing coat to all exposed skin and clothing, paying special attention to your waistband, pant and sleeve cuffs, collar and socks. Rather than applying spray directly to your face, spray the palms of your hands then rub the repellant onto your face. Be sure to wash your hands afterward to avoid accidentally transferring spray to your mouth or eyes. If you have sensitive skin or prefer not to use spray or roll-on for other reasons, products like repellant fans or wearable repellant bracelets may be good alternatives. Some essential oils are also natural bug repellants. Don’t Forget Your Lips While faces, necks, arms and legs are

often top of mind to protect from the sun’s rays, lips can be easy to forget. However, using a lip balm that is rich in oils, beeswax and petroleum can help seal in moisture. Similar to sunscreen, lip balms featuring SPF should be reapplied every two hours when outdoors and often offer added moisturizing benefits. Available in a variety of flavors, some even taste good enough to leave you wanting to apply them over and over again regardless of if you’re venturing outside or not. Wear Light Clothing When it’s hot outside and you’re engaged in physical activity, you’re at a greater risk of overheating. Dressing for the climate, while also protecting yourself from the elements, should be a top priority. If the temperature will vary throughout the day, consider layering so you can warm up or cool down as needed. Lighter clothes that don’t add weight are a good idea, and it’s important to be conscious of the fit. Ideally, clothes should be loose enough to allow

for easy, comfortable movement, but not so baggy they get in the way or pose a snagging or tripping hazard. Don’t forget accessories like a hat and sunglasses, which can protect your head and eyes. Support Summertime Injuries Twisted ankles are one of the more common summertime injuries, especially for hikers or runners who may stumble over rocks or curbs, and even weekend warriors playing pick-up basketball or softball games. Keeping an ankle support on-hand can help stabilize a sprain or provide extra support during recovery. If you do experience a mild injury, it’s important to choose a high-quality product, like CURAD Performance Series IRONMAN ankle supports and braces. With options available to support both mild and moderate ankle injuries, they offer a rugged yet comfortable design to wear on the field, in the gym, at work or out on the town. Find more tips and resources to take care of your body this summer and beyond at CURAD.com.

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Meritor Electric Vehicles LLC seeks a Controls Systems Engineer, in Troy, MI to develop torque security and energy management features for electrified drive systems and develop system safety software and associated diagnostics for powertrain controls; among other duties. Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, or Computer Science and seven years of experience in the job offered or related. Apply to job reference number 220000E4 at: meritor.jobs.net/search

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS OF WEATHERIZATION GENERAL AND HVAC CONTRACTORS AND CONTRACTED AUDITORS / QUALITY CONTROL INSPECTORS HELPFor WANTED Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency workforce agencies have prepared a Midcycle Modification onal Plan. WIOA Planning Region 10 is comprised of four Weatherization Program Serving Wayne County Development Boards known as Michigan Works Agencies Java Developer

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Warren, MI, General Motors. Plan, gather reqmts, analyze, design, dvlp, validate, deploy, &support full SDLC of mobile &web-based Connected Customer &Mobility Solutions Back Office Spring microservices (such as veh-datacollection-configurator / -collector, &veh-metadata) &legacy vehicle communication apps, to send &receive data to &from GM psgr vehicles, using Java, J2EE, Python, Spark, Docker, &SQL languages, &Spring Boot, Jetty, Netty, Protocol Buffer, JavaScript Object Notation, Redis, Vault, JUnit, Cucumber, Gatling, Kafka, Docker, Kubernetes, Git, Kibana, Mutual Transport Layer Security, Certificate Signing Request, Maven, Jenkins, Akamai, Oracle 10g/11, &Unix tools, following SAFe methodology. Perform SW anlys, code anlys, reqmts anlys, SW review, identification of code metrics, sys risk anlys, SW reliability anlys, OOPS anlys &design, &Aspect Oriented Programming. Execute SW modeling &simulation. Design, dvlp, &deliver Vehicle Data Hub SW to Qlty Assurance Engrs for validation, User Acceptance Testing (UAT), &support UAT &production deployments in Pivotal Cloud Foundry cloud platform &static servers. Master, Cptr Science, Cptr Engrg, or Electrical Engrg. 12 mos exp as Developer or Engineer, designing or dvlpg features &interfaces for vehicle communication platform using Java technology, or related. Mail resume to Ref#6729, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Prospective contractors may access Request for Proposals from Seeking agency website at https://www.waynemetro.org/auditor-quality-control-inspectors/ OFFICE ASSISTANT III starting August 8th, 2022. at Oakland University SC has prepared a WIOA Midcycle Modificationwill for the Pre-Bid Conferences be held University August 15, 2022 at: Technology Services

ocal Plan PY 2020 - 2023. Both documents are available on bsite at http://www.descmiworks.com/. The public is invited d make comments on the Plans.

To provide specialized office assistance, Wayne Metro CAA coordinating procedural business or service activities for a complex program 138 Cortland may be submitted via electronic mail or U.S. Postal mail area involving processing, implementno later than the close of business – August 30, 2022. ing, advising on, and reporting specialHighland Park, MI 48203 should be directed to Robert Shimkoski, Jr. by email at ized subject matter. Minimum Qualifi-

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cations: High school an For Auditors and QCI’s it will be 12:00 p.m. graduation and fororContractors at 3:00 p.m. equivalent combination of education Bid packages due: August 19,and2022 by 4:00 p.m. experience. Four years progressiveresponsible office experience, includEmail completed bid packagelyto: ing direct experience in office coordination, i.e., prioritizing work assignments, contractor@waynemetro.org maintaining work flow to meet deadlines. will be forwarded to the Department of Labor and Economic This is time, clerical-technical posior bidders ora full mail bids to the address above. - Workforce Development office. may alternatively deliver

Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation Attn: Robert Shimkoski, Jr. r – Policy Planning and Resource Development Unit 115 Erskine Detroit, Michigan 48201

ompliance with applicable federal and state laws, does not in employmentPROFESSIONAL or in the provision of services on race, HELPbased WANTED on, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, ght, genetic information, marital status, arrest without Engineer political affiliation or belief,Project and for beneficiaries only, r participation Mubea in any North federally assisted program or activity. America Shared Services Inc.,

seeks a Project Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI for ds and services will be made available upon request to the development of automotive stabilizer bar with disabilities.programs Information announcement from contained acquisitionintothis serial manufacture de available inand alternative format upon program written activities request to to plan and coordinate

according to program timelines, budget, and customer and quality requirements; among other City of DetroitBachelor degree in Mechanical duties. Requires Michael E. Duggan, Mayorand two years of or Industrial Engineering experience in a Group processExecutive, engineer or project Nicole A Sherard-Freeman, engineer position withataWork Tier-1 automotive Jobs, Economy and Detroit supplier. Domestic and international travel 20%. Telecommuting permitted Board 20% of the time. Mayor’s Workforce Development to Job Number: NAM00833 at: Cynthia Apply J. Pasky, Co-Chairperson https://www.mubea.com/en/career

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Warren, MI, General Motors. Plan, lead, &assure accurate technical assessments of engrg or Proposals are being accepted for: development costs for passenger vehicle real time ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS embedded control systems SW for all SW engrg activities during product(AESI) lifecycle.Learn Gather &review cation Services Instructor to Earn General Contractor: embedded SW scope & SW architectures reqrmnts incl reqrmnts baselines &complex use case rqrmnts O’Brien Construction Company, Inc. Due: August 8, 2022 Issued: July 19, 2022 &specs for SW vehicle cmpnts including Basic SW (operating system, Input output drivers, device Project: Mariner’s Inn drivers, &power management), middle ware SW kforce Development Board (MWDB)drivers is directly responsible and accountable to the State of Michigan, Labor WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING SECTION (communication for CAN, SPI, Automotive portunity-Workforce Development forAUTOSAR the planningframework, and oversightSW of talent development programs in the Ethernet, utility(LEO-WD) modules, 3 serves & WBE/MBE CONTRACTORS AND Designated by updates, the MWDB, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) as the fiscal &security) &app SW incl. SUPPLIERS FOR INCLUSION IN THIS e entity that provides workforce services to job systems, seekers and employers. DESC’s primary funding streams brake/propulsion/infotainment entertainment Innovation andmodules, Opportunity Act (WIOA), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) that funds PROJECT. ethernet switches, &camera systems, (Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope.) employment program, Food Assistance Employment &analyze &consider impact &SW required to develop &T), Wagner-Peyser Employment Services (ES), and other public and private funding.Project The Corporation enters Description: Mariner’s Inn is a time vehicle cmpnts using programs DOORS/DNG toolsto job seekers and employers. h qualified entitiesreal to provide workforce development and services American &ASPICE &CMMi process (CDC) standards. mixed-use project RPA) and Center for Disease Control Foundation fundingNegotiate may supportcosts contracts resulting from competitive bidin Detroit, MI at Cass Ave &budgets w/ suppliers based on functional breakdown and Ledyard St. between Cass and 2nd. &analysis of from SW engrg scope. Create, analyze, DESC is seeking proposals qualified individuals, organizations and/or firms. The project is a new 61,980 GSF, 4 story &validate w/ Purchasing, Value Chain/Cost package for Engineers, this RFPSW is available at this DESCbuilding website: consisting of 85 total units, as well costs modelsfor for download real time embedded electrical cmpnts. Master, Electrical or Computer https://www.descmiworks.com/opportunities/rfps-and-rfqs/. as retail and commercial space on the first Engrg, Computer Science, Embedded Systems, or floor. related. 24 mos exp as Software, Infotainment, or Connected Car Engineer, Lead or Mgr, or related, This project is subject to Prevailing Wages leadingDevelopment or managing global systems engrg group Solutions to Detroit Employment Corporation Board Mayor’s Workforce Board and Section 3 Requirements. develop a platform, &to develop Calvin &deliver embedded Cynthia J. Pasky, Co-Chairperson Sharp, Chairperson David E. Meador, Co-Chairperson Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation in vehicle infotainment system &feature SW for OEM For bidding documents please e-mail Weems, President prgrm, or related. Mail resume toTerri Ref#10048, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482Jennifer Van Volkinburg at C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265. bids@obriencc.com

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