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Judge Approves Final $626 Million Flint Water Settlement By Scott McClallen Staff Reporter — The Center Square)

U.S. District Judge Judith Levy gave final approval to the $626.25 million settlement for victims of the Flint lead-contamination water crisis. “The court is persuaded that the over $600 million settlement is a fair and sensible resolution of the claims against the settling defendants,” Levy wrote in a 178page opinion. “The complexity and volume of this litigation present significant risks and potentially great expense to all parties if the cases were to be tried.” The ruling means that Flint residents can now begin to receive the settlement payout. About 80% of that will fund those who were minors when exposed to lead, with a majority of that amount to be paid for the claims of children aged six and younger. Another 15% will be spent on claims of adults and property damage, 3% on property owners and renters, 2% for special education services, and less than 1% will go toward claims for business losses. “For those who have endured the damage done by the Flint water crisis, I know this day brings only partial relief to what remains unimaginable hardship, but I hope this important settlement can be acknowledged as a positive step in the healing process.” Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. “The people of Flint deserve accountability and to be compensated for any injuries they suffered.” About $35 million will be set aside in a trust fund for future minor plaintiffs. “What happened in Flint should never have happened, and no amount of money can completely compensate people for what they have endured,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “We hope this settlement helps the healing continue as we keep working to make sure that people have access to clean water in Flint and communities all across Michigan.” The state will pay $600 million, Flint $20 million, McLaren Health Care $5 million and consulting firm Rowe Professional Services Co. $1.25 million. Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D–Flint, welcomed the settlement. “No amount of money can change what happened to my city, but this settlement is a measure of justice; justice that we are owed,” Ananich said in a statement. “It is also is an important declaration that the State will be held accountable when its actions – or inactions – cause irreparable harm to the people who live here. That said, our quest for justice does not end here, not by a long shot. There is still much work to do to make sure that anyone who played a role in poisoning the children of Flint answers to the law.”



What’s Next for Detroit and the fight for Reparations? By Sherri Kolade It’s Black Detroit’s time now. Proposal R gained momentum during the November general election with 72,462 voters saying “yes” approving the Detroit City Council to establish a Reparations Task Force to make recommendations for housing and economic development programs that address historical discrimination against the Black community in Detroit. There were almost 18,000 votes against the measure. On July 21, Detroit City Council unanimously voted to have the ballot question proposed to citizens in the November general election. The Reparations conversation has been discussed at length by various groups and entities around the city and was presented as legislation in Congress by John Conyers and HR1 at the local level in the City of Evanston, Ill. Since then, an ordinance was passed to help address the housing disparity caused by the racial divide which started as slavery, the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus reported. Michigan Democratic Black Caucus Chair Keith ­Williams, who is vocal about his pro-reparations’ stance, told the Michigan Chronicle that the city, and its residents, are headed on the right track in the quest to bring vital issues to the forefront for Black De-

Living in a home without the threat of eviction hanging over one’s head could make all the difference for some Wayne County residents in need of help with their rent.


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field for those impacted but it is imperative for America to maintain some semblance of moral authority in the world.”

The Reparations plan will be funded by a three percent tax on recreational marijuana and donations, Williams confirmed. Back in June, Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield passed a historic Reparations Resolution. The effort garnered thousands of signatures and succeeded in creating a committee to oversee the creation and development of a “Reparations Fund.” “While it will take several lifetimes to fully repair the harm caused by slavery and the systemic oppression of African Americans in this country, the time has passed for us to embark upon this righteous journey,” Sheffield said in a previous statement. “Reparations is not only necessary to level the playing

William said that “there is more to come” after the Reparations vote, which he said was just the first step toward reconciliation. “It’s like you’re building a house – you got to build the foundation first,” Williams said adding that in the next couple of weeks the Detroit City Council is looking to get a committed task force going to set up parameters and processes to move the plan forward. Williams said with progress inevitably comes some who, naturally, don’t agree. “A lot of naysayers out there [say this] ain’t going to happen,” he said, adding that he believes in the positive, bright side. “With God

Native Detroiter William Cobbs, (who ran for governor in 2018) is a Democrat who believes a bit differently. He feels that while the people have spoken on the issue of reparations by voting in favor of it, some of their votes are contradictory because of their choice in re-electing a white mayor. “Detroit has a white mayor, Pontiac now has a white mayor – for the first time in history Dearborn has an Arab American mayor,” Cobbs said of how Black communities had “lost traction.” “While other ethnic groups are moving forward for the first time in history … we got our eye on the wrong thing.” Cobbs said that reparations can only truly happen if the right pieces are in place. He added that he supports the idea of reparations but it’s time for Black people to make the argument from a “position of power.” “We keep asking for real power without having the power to create the change we want,” he said. “Reparations will never come until we have the ability to apply some pressure and the way you apply pressure is... creating communities that are self-determined.”

Wayne County Emergency Rental Assistance Program Offers Home Hope By Sherri Kolade

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Wayne County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is making that a possibility with funding available to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utility bills. ERAP is available to Wayne County residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, who are experiencing housing instability, and whose household income is at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). Types of assistance available include help with paying rent as well as for utilities. Utility assistance may include electricity, home heating, water, and sewer. Internet stipends

and relocation assistance are also available. Through this program, a renter or landlord can apply in an online application. If the application is approved, a notification will be made via email. Applications are being accepted and renters can apply via the tenant application now. “Even as the American economy continues its recovery from the devastating impact of the pandemic, millions of Americans still face deep rental debt and fear the loss of basic housing security,” according to an ERAP press release. “COVID-19 exacerbated an affordable housing crisis that predated the pandemic and thus has deepened the economic disparities that threaten the strength of our nation.” To lessen the severity of this crisis, ERAP makes funding available to assist house-



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The COVID-19 vaccines give us the power to protect ourselves and our communities. As a pastor, Rev. Sheffield has seen too many of his church members suffer with COVID-19, then die in the hospital without the comfort of loved ones nearby. But he believes that the end of the pandemic is in our control. “We need to do this. We need to get vaccinated,” he says. Make a choice to change the narrative. Get your vaccine today. Find your vaccine: Visit, call 211, or text your zip code to 438829.


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Black United Fund 50th Anniversary Benefit and Gala. PHOTO: BUF of Michigan









HOMEFRONT Black United Fund of Michigan President and CEO Kenneth Donaldson (left) honors Comerica Bank Vice President and Southeast External Affairs Manager Linda (right) for her work as co-chair of the Black United Fund 50th Cass Tech High School student Anniversary Benefit and Gala. PHOTO: ­ Phoenix Hollier (right) with Linda BUF of Michigan Nosegbe, BUF Gala co-chair.

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Black United Fund of Michigan Celebrates 50 Years of Service, Comerica Bank and Team Member Recognized During Gala Celebration For half a century, the Black United Fund of Michigan (BUF) has been committed to creating what it terms “impactful youth empowerment programs through strategic collaborative partnerships for the underserved, underrepresented in the community.”  On the night of Oct. 22nd, Comerica Bank joined other Michigan companies and distinguished leaders in celebrating BUF’s 50 years of service at a grand gala held at the Soundboard in the Motor City Casino.  “Since they’ve been in existence, Comerica has been one of biggest supporters through the employee payroll deduction, so it was important and appropriate that we were part of the celebration for 50 years,” said Linda Nosegbe, Comerica Vice President External Affairs Market Manager, who also served as the gala co-chair.  During the event, Comerica was given three awards reflecting its continuing support for BUF, in-

Comerica colleagues Patricia McCann, Wendy Holmes and Shaelese King enjoy the BUF of Michigan 50th Anniversary Benefit and Gala.

cluding an award for Comerica’s outstanding support as a leading employee payroll deduction contributor, “Fifty & Forward” award in recognition of Comerica’s support for BUF’s 50th anniversary as a diamond sponsor, and an award to Nosegbe for her outstanding leadership and support as the 50th anniversary benefit gala celebration co-chair. A highlight of the night was the passing of the gavel from current co-chairs to new co-chairs, which Nosegbe described as “very cool.”  In addition to marking the Black United Fund’s half-century of service, an important part of the event was celebrating the students whose education and careers were boosted through the support of BUF and its benefactors.  A student who benefited from BUF support was seated at each table. At Nosegbe’s table was Phoenix Hollier, a senior at Detroit’s Cass Tech High School.  “He has a great head on his shoulders. He was


There’s Power in Pink: Comerica Bank raises more than $37K for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Comerica continued its long-standing support for raising both awareness of breast cancer and funds to help fight it by participating in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign that occurred in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, which organizes the event, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has united communities in the fight against this deadly disease and funded breakthrough research, 24/7 support for breast cancer patients and access to lifesaving screenings for more than two decades.

ongoing needs that arise for survivors.” Comerica’s fundraising goal was set at $25,000 this year and thus far, the organization surpassed its goal and has now surpassed $37,000. While a specific Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event was held on Oct. 9 at Detroit’s Hart Plaza, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary to decentralize some of the activities, such as fundraising walks.

“We raise funds, donations and cancer awareness across Comerica in the Michigan market,” explained Roxsand Dobson, VP, Manager of Risk Services for Retail, Wealth and Commercial Bank, Retail Risk Management and a co-manager of Comerica’s Vanessa Alexa Michigan campaign. “A lot of the funds go for research, really advanced treatment programs for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer,” added co-manager Vanessa Alexa, VP, Enterprise Technology and Operations Initiatives Manager. “The funding also goes to resources to help those who are managing through the journey whether they’re care givers, rides to treatments, other

“Due to the pandemic it’s kind of walking where you are but around at the same time at people’s leisure,” said Dobson. “What a lot of us did across Comerica was on different days throughout the month we dressed up in our neighborhoods and walked for miles. We took a lot of approaches for what we wanted to do in the name of breast cancer.”

One of those approaches is participation in a parallel fundraising effort called Real Men Wear Pink, where men dress in pink to raise awareness of breast cancer and collect donations. Dobson and Alexa told of one Comerica male employee who committed to wearing pink every day with a goal of raising $5,000. The results met and passed that goal.


Vanessa Alexa and team gather at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Detroit Walk on October 9 at Hart Plaza.

(From left to right) Comerica Cares volunteers Denise Leonard, Deborah Hardison Hill, Holly Windom, Michelle Craig and XXXXX assist at this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in October.

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A Veteran, Mother and Exceptional Comerica Team Member

Nicole Taylor interned with Comerica and then was hired full-time in cybersecurity after completing the Exceptional Academy program.

Nicole Taylor is a disabled veteran who works on Comerica Bank’s cybersecurity engineering team. Before working for Comerica, Taylor struggled to find fulltime employment due to the pandemic, managing her disability and raising her three girls. Stories like Taylor’s showcase the dire need of resources for both veterans and people with disabilities. But for companies like Comerica Bank, supporting individuals like Taylor is a core goal. Comerica Bank fosters inclusivity and opportunity for everyone. Through that mission, Comerica was the first organization to partner with and financially support the Exceptional Academy, an organization that provides IT certification training with a focus in cybersecurity for adults with disabilities. Taylor’s journey started with training through the Exceptional Academy, a joint effort between the Living and Learning Enrichment Center based in Northville, Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI), along with support from a former Cisco executive. The program, launched in September 2019, trains adults with disabilities on skills in high demand by local companies. Comerica provided resources from the bank’s Technology Center, headquartered in Auburn Hills, which participates on the advisory committee, guest lectures and meets with candidates throughout the program. In 2019, Comerica committed to hiring graduates from the academy for internships in 2020 to continue the training and mentoring process. As a result, Comerica connected with Taylor. During training, she was in regular contact with Comerica team members for mentoring and training opportunities – and when an internship at Comerica

Taylor shares her experience with the ­Exceptional Academy to leaders in Lansing. became available,Taylor applied and earned the position. Taylor now enjoys a full-time career with Comerica and a future full of possibilities. Comerica is the first bank, 11the overall, recognized by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency as a Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly Employer. Comerica was first recognized as a Bronze-Level Veteran-Friendly Employer in March 2017 and advanced to Silver a year later. Bronze VFEs must commit to hiring a certain number of veterans, among other requirements, while Silver VFEs must meet all Bronze-Level requirements and implement a certain number of veteran-friendly programs such as on-the-job training.

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well-raised by his parents who instilled all these great things in him and he just wants to excel,” said Nosegbe.  High school senior Adanna Nwamba spoke about her opportunity to begin her medical studies through a program at Wayne State University Medical School.  Indeed, hearing these students relate how their prospects for success have been propelled thanks to support from the Black United Fund sent a strong message to Nosegbe, bolstering her ongoing donations to BUF through the Comerica payroll deduction program. “I’m sitting there as part of Comerica part of employee payroll deduction ...actually able to hear from actual students what it means to them and

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Closeup of award given to Linda Nosegbe. why it’s important to continue to support the programs,” said Nosegbe. “It resonated why you need to keep doing what you’re doing. This makes sense to me. I know where my money is going.” As the Black United Fund

of Michigan enters its second half-century of service it is doing so with the continuing support from Comerica Bank. “Comerica’s reputation is built on relationships and our partnership with BUF reflects that,” Nosegbe said.

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Out of the top 32 Real Men Wear Pink Metro Detroit fundraisers, two Comerica colleagues ranked in the Top 17. Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Delivery and Strategic Services James Lee currently ranks fifth, raising nearly $8,000, and Vice President and Retail Workforce Planning Consultant Kyle Mesack ranks 17th with nearly $3,000 fundraised. Comerica’s support for this urgent cause is in keeping with its dedication to caring about people inside and outside the company, explained Alexa who elaborated saying, “it demonstrates our continued commitment to our communities, also to our colleagues or their families that have been impacted by this disease.” For both Alexa and Dobson, involvement with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is much more than a dedicated fundraising effort, because the disease has affected them personally. “I had been directly impacted by breast multiple times,” said Dobson. “As recently as last year I had a very terrible scare. Colleagues were very supportive. It’s really been a very uplifting effort to be associated with.” “In 2015 I was diagnosed myself with breast cancer,” revealed Alexa. “Campaigns like this really created awareness to me and the importance of self-checks and I think that really made a difference in catching it early and having a treatment plan that would allow for future family planning and long-term health.”

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Several Comerica colleagues attend the BUF of Michigan Benefit and Gala, pictured (l-r): Wendy Holmes, Shaelese King, Christina Akoma, Linda Nosegbe, ­Cristal Lampkin and Natasha Lampkin.

Comerica Vice President-Retail Workforce Consultant and Real Men Wear Pink fundraiser Kyle Mesack and daughter, Emerson, took part in the festivities at Hart Plaza as part of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. “We celebrate one another as we go through our efforts here internally here at Comerica,” said Dobson. “We have weekly meetings with captains and supporters, we rally we cry, we rejoice in support of one another and that’s what makes the effort as painful as it is on one end-- it’s beautiful on the other.”

At the Black United Fund of Michigan 50th Anniversary Benefit and Gala, the gavel was passed from current co-chairs to new co-chairs.

Comerica colleagues pictured with Cass Tech High School student Phoenix Hollier (far left) at BUF annual gala.

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Wide shot of student Adanna Nwamba relating how the Black United Fund benefited her medical education.



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Don’t Let Home Rental Financial Disasters Get the Best of Your Coins By Sherri Kolade Being prepared and ready for any potential home-related disaster doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Starting with attainable goals can help to chip away at what feels like monumental preparation. The Michigan Department of Insurance & Financial Services (DIFS) is reminding college students and other renters about the importance of purchasing a renter’s insurance policy to protect their belongings in the event of storm damage, fire or theft. “Renters can suffer significant property losses caused by severe storms, fires and other events, so it is important that they have the coverage they need before disaster strikes,” said DIFS Director Anita Fox. “It is critical that every Michigander, whether they rent or own their home, has the appropriate type of insurance coverage to protect themselves, their families and their belongings.” Many Michiganders who rent an apartment, house or dorm room might not even realize that their personal belongings are not covered by their landlord’s property insurance. Typically, the landlord’s policy only covers structural damage to the landlord’s property and does not extend to the renter’s personal belongings. This means that if a fire, severe storm or theft occurs and a renter’s personal belongings are damaged or stolen, the renter is personally responsible for replacing or repairing their items unless they purchased a renter’s insurance policy before the damage occurred. Omari Hall, learning experience designer, GreenPath Financial Wellness, said that even homeowners should be prepared, naturally, in efforts to keep their homes safe from weather-related events that are caused by simple things like freezing precipitation that could impact water pipes and more. “Having funds saved that can cover three to six months of expenses can help you and your family stay afloat and ease some stress,” Hall said adding that it’s time for people to take inventory of critical documents such as social security cards, birth certificates, bank account and credit card information, wills, mortgage/ lease information, insurance policies and more. “Take digital scans of documents or use your smartphone to take photos. Narrate the video and take note of serial numbers, access, etc. Securely store them online.” Hall added that it’s also important to be leery of people who want to lend a helping hand during times of need. “Watch out for repair scams and fraud,” he said adding that GreenPath, a trusted nonprofit resource, also can help with certified counselors assessing individual household’s situations, understanding what they need as you manage through the emergency and more. “No matter the situation, we look at the person’s entire financial picture and help create an action plan to work through them.” Individuals concerned about their financial recovery from a weather event should contact GreenPath at 866-648-8122 or visit DIFS said that renter’s insurance could help take the guesswork out of


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Joi Harris Rises to Top, Named President of DTE Gas

By Andre Ash

“What was interesting and still is, the program was designed so that it’s hands-on and you get an opportunity to experiment,” Harris recalled. “I have learned at least from my own experience with children, you have to pique their interest. You have to get them interested, much less [get] prepared for STEM fields.”

DTE Energy recently announced the appointment of Joi Harris as president of DTE Gas, the company’s natural gas utility. Harris, a Black woman, is a veteran of the company in both operations and in leadership. Paying dues of hard work has led Harris on a 30-year journey of climbing the ladder of the organization. Prior to the new role, Harris served as vice president.

Harris puts much value in the importance of young people learning and being exposed to STEM early and the doors of opportunity than can open when STEM is made to be fun and engaging, particularly for Black students.

Being exposed to the world of engineering started at an early age. During her high school years, she began shadowing engineers at the age of 15. In the 10th grade she shadowed on Fridays with Michigan Consolidated Gas and that’s where the spark was lit. “They were working on some really exciting projects for our company and we were doing a lot of construction work and I got to see firsthand what it meant to be an engineer,” said Harris. “I think what really impressed me the most about the entire experience were the people that took the time out of their busy days to really invest in my development very early on.” She would ultimately become a company co-op at 18 and has been with the organization ever since. Detroit Edison and Michigan Consolidated Gas merged years later to form DTE. Harris’ interest in the STEM Field likely began well before her shadowing experience in high school. Growing up, her parents made sure she was grounded with a wealth of knowledge in the classroom and outside of it. “My dad is probably the best engineer I know that never went to college,” Harris adds. “He can and could fix about anything, so I was a kid who took things apart in the house and helped my dad work on cars and took an in-

Joi Harris terest in any time he was taking something apart or repairing in the home, I was right there at his hip.” Harris credits her mom and dad who took notice of her love for science and technology and guided her into STEM-related extra-curricular activities. Those activities meant going to school on Saturdays and participating in the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP), an organization which partners with universities, training programs and K-12 school systems in order to connect youth to the best science, technology, engineering and math educational experiences. She would later attend college at Howard University where she completed her first three years and then graduated back home at Wayne State University. During Harris’ early years as a kid, being captivated by STEM and continuing her education on Saturdays of the related subject matter didn’t feel like school.

“Students in the African American community they don’t necessarily know engineers. They don’t have engineers in their families, they don’t really understand what it means to be an engineer. Very similar to my parents, I try to do the same for other kids in this community.” Much like her parents, Harris sees to it that kids are interested and exposed so they can apply themselves to learning about various careers fields in the STEM space. As far as her new corporate role, she brings her exceptional experience and strategic skillset to the forefront in executing the company’s journey to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. “I’m honored to lead the 1,800 team members who are improving lives with their energy by keeping natural gas safe, reliable and affordable for our customers.” She will be charged with an important duty of making sure that customers across the state of Michigan can keep their families warm, use their gas stoves to make a meal and keep their businesses functioning. Under her


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Rainbow PUSH Holds 22nd Annual Global Automotive Summit in Detroit By Andre Ash The automotive industry gathered in Detroit, Wednesday, November 10 for the 22nd Rainbow PUSH Annual Global Automotive Summit which was held at the Motor City Casino Hotel and Convention Center. This year’s Summit attracted over 400 automotive executives, entrepreneurs, suppliers, dealers, manufacturers, consumers, government and elected officials. “Rainbow PUSH is working with automakers to meet advertising, marketing, dealerships, personnel and supplier goals,” said Reverend Jackson, founder and president, Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “We have accomplished so much together, but the best is yet to come, as we push to achieve higher goals.” This year’s theme, Expanding the Minority Opportunities During Electrification, addressed potential disparity gaps in the EV supply chain for African American and other minority suppliers, dealers and professionals.

Greg Jackson, owner of Prestige Automotive Group. “Unless someone says that we’re here, we’re forgotten.”

“It’s an opportunity to say to the automotive industry that we’re here,” said

Under his leadership, Prestige Automotive has grossed billions of dollars

in sales over the years. At one time, he operated a total of 18 automobile dealerships. He felt it was important to attend the annual summit, seeing it as an opportunity to network and build consciences and business relationships for

Black people operating in the automotive industry. “I often say, the Caucasian world, the business world, they’re not out doing things against African American people, they’re just out doing for themselves,” Greg Jackson said. “Someone has to be declaring a call to say we’re here, we matter, we’re consumers, we can do well by you.” The Summit facilitated an important discussion with minority companies while focusing on an inclusive strategy. Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project has played an important role in solidifying the addition of diverse dealerships throughout the country. In addition, Rainbow PUSH is also responsible for the emergence of several African American advertising agencies of record in the automotive space and the significant gains in C-suite positions. The Summit pursued multiple sessions throughout the day with Marc Bland, chief diversity officer of IHS-Market, the automotive industry’s leading information source, who delved into the


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How Women Entrepreneurs Can Plan for Success (StatePoint) The nearly 13 million small businesses owned by women nationwide are essential to the U.S. economy. Accounting for 42% of U.S. small businesses, they employ nearly 9.4 million people and generate $1.9 trillion in revenue annually. Healthy and growing women-owned businesses are vital to an inclusive economic recovery, yet women entrepreneurs face distinct challenges, including fewer resources and less access to professional networks, on top of having a greater share of caregiving duties. “For many small businesses, having access to trusted experts in areas like marketing, business planning, technology and legal can be a critical turning point for getting back to growth,” says Jenny Flores, head of Small Business Growth Philanthropy at Wells Fargo. Right now, the company is deploying over $55 million from its Open for Business Fund to 93 nonprofits across the country to provide more women and diverse entrepreneurs with resources. According to Flores, these tips and resources can help entrepreneurs pivot from surviving to thriving as they recover from the pandemic and look to the future: Mentorship Connecting with mentors is a powerful way for women business owners to share best practices and learn from each other but it’s often hard to know where to find them or initiate those relationships. A new program between Wells

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leadership at DTE Gas, the company will constantly improve their process and examine their strategies to keep natural gas affordable. Harris also is a former Michigan Chronicle “Women of Excellence” and “Who’s Who in Black Detroit” honoree. She reflected on the recognition and what it means. “They’re hanging on my wall in my home office right now and I display those awards with pride. When you’re recognized, particularly by folks that have a keen interest and have a presence in this city like the Chronicle, that’s something special and I don’t take it lightly.” Harris embraces her award recognition and strives to live up to the honor for people who aspire to character and profession. “I want to live up to what that award represents in my current capacity as I’ve done all along the way and that means being present, being available, engaging in community activities as much as I can.” Harris has a profound passion for

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Fargo and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center called Connect to More is giving women entrepreneurs complimentary support through its signature Milestone Mapping Coaching Circle. Born from the challenges of COVID-19, participants get hands-on help setting and reaching business goals from a network of peer mentors and industry experts. “As a non-profit committed to access and equity in entrepreneurship, we are grateful to partner with Wells Fargo to help women business owners accelerate their personal and professional growth as leaders and gain support as they solve big problems that make their families and communities stronger,” says Nicola Corzine, executive director, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. Networking Networking is more than a buzzword. It can help open doors to growth. Check the local chamber of commerce or consider joining a well-known organization like the National Association of Women students who are trying to pursue the same career path and believes her role and relationship with young people is significant and she hopes to make sure students have opportunities and know what’s possible and are prepared. Outside of her corporate role, she finds herself taking up more work. Harris serves as vice president of the boards of directors for DAPCEP, and as a member of the Wayne State University’s College of Engineering Board of Visitors and Industrial Engineering Advisory Board. Harris is also a mother of three. She

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ing coverage for a person’s belongings if they are damaged by events such as a tornado or a fire. In addition, renter’s insurance will help covered individuals find alternative living accommodations if their rented apartment or home is damaged in a storm, fire or other covered peril. “Renter’s policies are usually inexpensive, but they provide important coverage and peace of mind that you and your belongings are protected,” said Fox. “If you purchase a renter’s policy from the

Knowledge is power. Visit Wells Fargo’s Women-Owned Business Resources page for free tools to support critical business decisions. Also, female entrepreneurs should check out some of these women-specific podcasts to pick up new strategies from savvy leaders: • Being Boss digs into the mindsets and tactics that can help women business owners make money doing what they love. • She Leads features respected female leaders from all industries who let listeners know what it takes to rise to the top. • The Center offers a playlist of workshops and classes for women-identifying entrepreneurs. • Women at Work, hosted by Harvard Business Review editorial staff, features conversations about where women are and how they can move forward. Strategy Having a concrete business plan is essential to running a successful business. During the pandemic, many small businesses had to create more online offerings, change relationships with supply chains or reduce hiring. Now’s the time to review which of these adaptions can be built upon in the future. Running a business is never easy. But new resources and support can help women entrepreneurs overcome the distinct challenges they face and plan for growth as the economy picks up. and her husband call Detroit home and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. She hopes her career journey serves as an inspiration. “My hope is that others in our community will also engage and do what they can for our youth -- they need our help right now. People who can offer them opportunities to come into the workplace so they can see what it means to be an engineer, an accountant, someone who works in customer service, so they understand what the future holds for them and so that they know people deeply care.” same company that writes your auto or other type of insurance policy, you may be entitled to a multi-policy discount. This Preparedness Month, we encourage all renters in Michigan to work with a licensed insurance agent or company to investigate their coverage options.” For questions about renter’s insurance or other types of insurance, visit or call 877-999-6442 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Consumers may file a complaint online by visiting For more information, visit Michigan. gov/DIFS or follow the Department on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Automotive Summit From page A-5 statistics, trends and sales analysis. It also put a spotlight on the corporate responsibility of auto companies and analyzed data through a social justice lens. Panels featured robust discussions of the industry’s global purchasing leaders such as the President of Global Commodity Purchasing and Supplier Technical Assistance for Ford Motor Company; Mark Willoughby, vice president of purchasing for Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, and Robert Young, group vice president of purchasing supplier development for Toyota Motor North America. This year presents a challenging time for the industry amid a global pandemic and supply shortages for manufacturing vehicles which presents an additional barrier for Black dealers and suppliers. “We don’t have cars for sale because of the chip shortage; they’re not making cars and not shipping it to our lots,” said Greg Jackson. “There’s been a slowdown in car sales …I want to say everyone is effected equally but we’re [Black automotive business owners] never effected equally.” Lack of access to capital is a part of the gap he attributes to opportunity and success for Black business in the automotive space. A segment of the Summit also featured awards and recognition, with Piston Group, the largest African American auto supplier, receiving the Benchmark Award for its leadership, vision, hard work, management and business acumen. “It’s about uplifting our people, investing in our people and pulling in our resources, and trying to get business from the automotive companies,” said Rapheal Johnson, operations manager, Piston Group. The annual Summit featured sessions with industry leaders such as Marissa Hunter, vice president of marketing for Stellantis North America; Telva McGruder, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for General Motors; Quincy Stephens, head of diversity for Volkswagen of America; Alison Nelson, director of DEI strategies & governance for Ford Motor Company; and Tarshena Armstrong, director of diversity marketing & development for General Motors. Attendees embraced the informative sessions and networking opportunities, including a message from the leader of Rainbow PUSH, Rev. Jesse Jackson. A day prior in Detroit, the community celebrated Rev. Jackson’s 80th birthday during a reception at Motor City Conference and Hotel Center.

While we’re doing the big stuff you can help with the small stuff and make a big difference.

Cleaning your catch basins of leaves, dirt and trash.

Dumping your fat, oil and grease in a disposable container.

Disconnecting your downspouts and rerouting the water.

Periodically cleaning leaves and trash out of your catch basin will help reduce clogs and better handle stormwater flows that will reduce flooding. It’s surprising what you’ll find doing the small stuff.

Don’t put fat, oil, or grease down your drain; eventually, it will build up and create blockages in your drains and pipes, and may cause a backup into your home. Have your delicious cooking stick to your ribs and not to your pipes.

Disconnecting your downspouts and directing rain and snowmelt runoff into lawns and away from the city’s sewer system reduce potential flooding. Who knew how much fun this could be.

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Hassan Melhem Never stop chasing your dreams because eventually you’ll catch one. That’s the motto 36-year-old Hassan Melhem credits for helping him land at Comerica Bank. And Melhem says he’s truly living out his dreams of working in the U.S. banking industry, thanks to a positive outlook on life and plenty of persistence. “My role at Comerica isn’t all luck. It’s something that I looked for and have always dreamed of having,” said Melhem. “I have a degree in banking, but I didn’t always have the chance to be a banker.”

Several Comerica colleagues and guests attended this year NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. Those pictured included: (seated) Summer Faussette, LaShawn Jimenez and Terance Wheeler – Founder and CEO of Terance Wheeler Foundation; (back) Robert Smith, Sylvia Carter-Smith, Wendy Holmes and P ­ atricia McCann.

External Affairs Manager Summer Faussette and Comerica Trust Wealth Advisor LaShawn Jimenez take a moment to pose on the red carpet prior to the Freedom Fund Dinner.

As VP of External Affairs for Southeastern Michigan and National Middle Eastern American Business Development Manager, Melhem is not only getting the opportunity he’s longed for, but he’s now in a unique position to provide a big boost to Middle Eastern businesses, leaders and communities throughout the state and other markets Comerica serves.

Hassan Melhem, ­Comerica Bank Vice President - External Affairs ManagerSoutheast Michigan and National Middle Eastern American Business Development Manager.

NAACP Hosts 66th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner

In October, several Comerica Bank colleagues attended the Detroit Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. This year event represented the 66th annual dinner and focused on the theme “Don’t Rest on Your Freedom!”

In his role, Melhem will oversee relations between the two groups with a focus on community reinvestment initiatives.

First begun in 1956 and guided by leaders Branch President Edward M. Turner, Arthur L. Johnson, and Dr. Lionel F. Swan, the Freedom Fund Dinner was founded in a period of renewed national hope and determination among Black Americans, even in the face of continuing racial violence and tragedy. Today, The Detroit Brach NAACP is led by President Reverend Dr. Wendell Anthony and Executive Director Kamilia Landrum and remains the largest Branch of the NAACP Since its inception in 1912, the Detroit Branch NAACP, has advocated for social, political, educational and economic equality in the community, while seeking to eliminate racial prejudice among the citizens in the community and country. Comerica has served as a sponsor of the Freedom Fund Dinner for the past several years. Comerica also supported the 2019 NAACP national convention, which took place in Detroit, that included launching financial education series for youth and adults.

“I serve as a bridge builder between the bank and Middle Eastern communities by letting them know there is someone within the organization that can help them with their specific needs.” He added the position allows Comerica to further align and support the unique requests of those communities both locally and nationally.

Summer Faussette, Comerica Bank National African American Business Development Manager, stands on the dais among dignitaries at the annual NAACP Freedom Fund dinner in Detroit. Alongside Faussette includes Secretary of State of Michigan Jocelyn Benson (left) and Hopewell Church Reverend Kenneth Pierce (middle).

Comerica Bank served as a sponsor of the 66th annual Freedom Fund Dinner. Photo Credit: NAACP

Comerica Supports the Arab American & Chaldean Council’s Winter Warm Up

The unprecedented crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the lives of millions of people. Families who were already struggling are now at severe risk and many will struggle to pay their utility bills. Colder weather can drive up energy usage as heaters are working overtime to keep indoor temperatures comfortable. The need for coats this fall and winter will be greater than ever before. In effort to help those in need Comerica Bank proudly Approximately 1,000 winter supported the coats were distributed as part Arab American of the Arab America and Chal- and Chaldean dean Council’s Winter Warm Council’s Winter Warm Up that Up community outreach. took place on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the ACC Youth Center located at 62 W. Seven Mile in Detroit. Since the event, the ACC has donated 1,000 coats (600

Melhem has led a series of financial education sessions for seniors at Kenney Plaza in Dearborn sessions through Comerica partnership with ACCESS including a September course focused on identity theft.

Volunteers at the ACC Youth Center stand by the display of the numerous partners, including Comerica Bank, who supported the Arab American and Chaldean Council Winter Warm Up. children and 400 adults), 1,000 hats, 100 pairs of gloves, 1,000 scarfs and 1,000 pairs of sock to those in need to keep them warm during the upcoming winter months. The Arab American and Chaldean Council provides a wide range of pro-

gram and services across Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County that assist in meeting the physical, mental, emotional and financial needs of the community. ACC is committed to making a difference in Metro Detroit while proudly serving the growing multi-ethnic community.

A Look Back at Comerica’s Efforts to Support Students for National Scholarship Month

November is National Scholarship Month, which brings to light the impact scholarships can have on someone’s future. In May, Comerica Bank and the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF) partnered to bring Detroit Empowerment Weekend to the Midwest.

After graduating from Beirut University in 2008, Melhem began working in the construction industry. He entered the sector during a time when Dubai was amid a building boom and stayed in the field until coming to the U.S. for the first time in 2016.

Melhem says he’s incredibly grateful for his roots and 13-year stint in the construction industry. “I’m a first-generation member of my family to reside in the U.S.,” he explained. “I’m really thrilled about joining Comerica because it’s giving me much-needed security and life balance.”

The first ever Detroit Empowerment Weekend, which was created in response to the pandemic, was a success.

In his free time, Melhem enjoys watching Italian soccer and spending quality time with his wife and three children.

“Coming together with the National College Resources Foundation was a natural fit for Comerica Bank’s continued commitment to helping young people and the communities they live in, especially in response to many challenges that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.” said Linda Nosegbe, Comerica Bank vice President and Southeast External Affairs Market Manager.

During three days of activities, over 1,500 individuals attended the empowerment weekend that included also financial literacy, as well

Melhem, who is fluent in English and Arabic, joined the bank in September of this year. He grew up in Lebanon where he started his career paving roads that would ultimately help him shift the course of his life.

He arrived in California before later settling in Michigan after being awarded a government lottery diversity visa, which aims to diversify the U.S. immigrant population.

The three-day virtual series, free of charge, presented opportunities for high school students to have their college application fees waived – as well as chances to earn acceptance and receive scholarships to colleges on the spot.

“Ensuring we provide the next generation of leaders opportunities to better themselves and further their education is critical, and this virtual Empowerment Weekend was a step in the right direction to make that happen,” Nosegbe said.

In November and December, Melhem (seated) has led Comerica’s financial education outreach to Middle Eastern American young adults at ACCESS in Dearborn. Presenting: Comerica Retail Personal ­ Banker Baha Dirani.

While Melhem is still early in his career at Comerica, he’s excited to help the bank make strides in diversity and is looking forward to getting more immersed in the community through the Comerica Cares volunteer program.

as entrepreneur and workforce readiness workshops.

and about 100 students were admitted into college onsite.

On behalf of Comerica, 20 scholarships totaling $30,000 were given out to students.

Overall, $1.3 million in scholarship and tuition assistance was awarded because of the NCRF Detroit Empowerment Weekend.

Over 300 college application fees waived,

For more information on how Comerica colleagues are giving back to our community, visit

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Out of Your Mind:

How to Handle Intrusive Thoughts

By Sherri Kolade “Thoughts are only thoughts. They are not you. You do belong to yourself, even when your thoughts don’t.” Author John Green was onto something when he was quoted talking about how to separate oneself from intrusive thoughts.

But, what is an intrusive thought? The OCD and Anxiety Center defines it as a thought (or thoughts) that are unwanted -along with images, impulses or urges -- that can happen spontaneously or that can be caused by external/internal stimuli. Often, these thoughts are “distressing” and reoccurring. Intrusive thoughts can take over one’s mind and interfere with day-to-day tasks, activities and more. The Wellness Society says that overall, thoughts are subject to “our situation, our viewpoint and also nonsense.”


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The Wellness Society notes that thoughts can produce “positive, neutral or negative reactions,” and they tend to come from the inner meanings we think are correct about our self or the world. Intrusive thoughts for example paint a picture of negative imagery or depict frightening scenarios played in one’s mind. “Most people at some point in their lives will have had a random thought of ‘what if I were to jump from this bridge?’ or ‘what if I pushed this person over?’” According to the Wellness Society, intrusive thoughts are also your brain warning you of possible dangers in the environment, which could be useful. “They often stick around due to you finding the thought unacceptable or unthinkable in some way,” according to the Wellness Society. The Wellness Society’s article adds that the more a person has had a thought, the more likely it is to come back around with some forms of typical intrusive thoughts including: Thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else (based on fear of purposefully or accidentally harming yourself or a loved one that may lead to a distrust around sharp objects or things that could cause harm). Sexual thoughts (including fear of being sexually attracted to infants, members of a family or surrounding sexual orientation).

By Sherri Kolade * This four-part series highlights four runners-up, female-owned food and beverage businesses that competed in a Samuel Adams’ pitch competition in October in Detroit. These are their stories and this is how you can support them. Here is part two. Do you know where your food comes from? Two Black women are on a mission to answer that question by bringing flavorsome culinary delights to the community that are locally sourced and globally inspired through their catering company, Relish Indi-Soul. The catering company that “connects people through the universal language of food” is run by Detroit natives Brittiany Peeler and Le’Genevieve Squires who intentionally blend the home-cooked tastes of their roots with fresh flavors and dishes from their travels. “Relish was created from many different influenc-

Ideas may be violent and may not “reflect your true intention of

es and desires we had growing up, stemming from the memories we wanted to create,” they told the Michigan Chronicle, adding that they met in college. Relish sells samosas, offers pop-ups, private dining experiences, and dishes out more for a targeted audience of on-the-go consumers and experimental diners, according to their company. The business partners-turned couple have also linked up with land-based projects and more to further their sustainability goals. Some of their clients include non-profit organizations like Detroit Phoenix Center and Ruth Ellis in addition to larger companies. “Relish believes that Detroit’s community was the place most deserving of a community for food lovers for change, for better food in a way that doesn’t sacrifice your health or your environment,” the two stated in an email. The duo is a perfect business blend because Squires envisions Relish as a magical time to come together



Check Your Skin, Save Your Life

ABCDEs of Melanoma Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. However, when detected early, it is highly treatable. These warning signs can help you identify melanoma:

6 simple steps to perform a skin self-exam

(Family Features) While it might not be the first thing on your to-do list, prioritizing regular skin checks could save your life. Though a trip to the gym wasn’t uncommon for John Ahern, the bruising he noticed after a particularly strenuous workout was unusual. Ahern’s board-certified dermatologist, Lindsay S. Ackerman, MD, FAAD, made a life-saving observation: the bruises indicated a severe blood issue. After testing, Ahern was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. National Healthy Skin Month in November offers an important reminder to pay attention to the body’s largest organ. Ahern’s story is one of many examples that show how the skin is a window to overall health. “While bruising can be common, when it appears in unusual areas or in the absence of trauma, it can represent problems with other organ systems,” Ackerman said.

Performing regular self-exams can familiarize people with their skin and help identify areas of concern. For example, Yvonne Basil noticed changes to a mole on her toe and quickly scheduled an appointment with her board-certified dermatologist. After a same-day surgical biopsy, Basil’s dermatologist, Dr. Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD, confirmed it was melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Because of the early diagnosis and treatment, doctors stopped the spread and Basil is now cancer-free. “While Yvonne’s melanoma was very serious, it could have been much worse had she not found the mole and quickly made an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist,” Desai said. Regularly checking your skin from head to toe can help catch skin cancer and other conditions early when they are most treatable. These simple steps recommended by the experts at the American Academy of Dermatology to perform

• Asymmetry: One half of the spot is unlike the other half. • Border: The spot has an irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border. • Color: The spot has varying colors from one area to the next. Photos courtesy of Getty Images

a skin exam could help you detect a condition early: • Examine your body in a full-length mirror • Look at your underarms, forearms and palms • Look at your legs and soles of your feet and between your toes • Use a hand mirror to examine your neck and scalp • Use a hand mirror to check your back and buttocks


• Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6 millimeters, or about the size of a pencil eraser, when diagnosed, they can be smaller. • Evolving: The spot looks different from the rest or changes in size, shape or color. Did You Know? Dermatologists are trained to diagnose, treat and manage more than 3,000 conditions of the skin, hair and nails. Source: American Academy of Dermatology

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Relish Indi-Soul From page B-1

and celebrate fellowship around food with quality ingredients while Peeler envisioned the space “where all were welcomed, fed and nourished.” From Squires attending school for food marketing (and pursuing a second degree in culinary arts) to Peeler joining the U.S. Navy and becoming a chefturned butcher at the Eastern Market – the team has layers to their multicultural food ministry. Let our palates say “amen.” “Our community deserves quality foods,” Peeler told the judges. “As native Detroiters, we wanted to recreate childhood favorites that are full of flavors and combined flavors from our travels and sustainable meals.” The co-owners brought their business ideas to life during a pitch competition in October through professional networking organization SheChef, Inc., and the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program featuring emerging Detroit food and beverage brands. Relish pitched their business ideas to a panel of five experts judges in hopes of winning $10,000. They described to the judges how they

Thoughts From page B-1

not wanting to act upon such thoughts,” according to the Wellness Society. “However, it may worry you that deep down there must be a reason why you’re thinking this or that maybe you do actually want to act on them,” the Wellness Society added.

What’s the key to handling negative thoughts? Remember: thoughts Are Not Facts It’s important to recognize that while the thoughts can be terrible, leave you feeling uneasy or uncomfortable – they are just thoughts and not the truth. “Try not to assign importance to them. They will come and go, just like every other thought you ever had.” There’s Something Thoughts and Intent



Simply because someone reflects or thinks about certain things it does not mean that they intend to act on them. “Learn the difference.”

blend the home-cooked tastes of their roots with the fresh flavors and dishes they discovered through their travel experiences to combat the “oversaturated” fast food market locally through “intentional relationships with food.” The judges encouraged the business partners to focus on prioritizing what their specialty is and growing from there to narrow their focus. Jasmine Haskins, owner of Detroit-based Gajiza Dumplins, won the pitch competition, where she discussed her ideas to expand and grow more of her pop-up shop that secures pre-orders. Elle Simone Scott, founder and president at SheChef, Inc. and a judge, said that this was an important one because of the representation of women business owners in the room. “Coming out of culinary school I did not see a vast amount of representation,” she said. “[For] Brown people it is important for us to not only have a place in the industry but … building our seat and tables [along the way].” For more information on the pitch competition visit and https:// For more information on Relish visit trying to get rid of them, we can learn to accept that the emotion will pass and that we can cope,” according to the Wellness Society article. “This will involve allowing the thought in and sitting with it, without taking action to combat the distress.” Developing distress tolerance skills (while not getting overwhelmed by anxious thoughts) takes time and patience with yourself with many tips including being non-judgmental. “Try not to associate the triggered emotion as ‘good or bad,’ ‘right or wrong;’ simply let it be. It is neither of those things. It is what it is,” according to the Wellness Society.

Skin Check From page B-1

• Take note of all the spots on your body, including moles, freckles and age spots

“Learn to sit with your distress” and the uncomfortable thoughts, which is predicated on if you are in a safe environment.

People of all skin tones should perform skin self-checks. When skin cancer develops in people of color, it is often diagnosed in its later stages, making it more difficult to treat. If you notice any new or suspicious spots on your skin, or any spots that are changing, itching or bleeding, make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist.

“Instead of fearing and fighting uncomfortable emotions and desperately

To learn more, visit SpotSkinCancer. org.

Work on “Distress Tolerance Skills”

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“A serious heart problem almost stopped me. I put my heart in their hands.” YOUR HEART IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE An MRI revealed Otis had two abdominal aortic aneurysms and would need heart surgery. “I’ve received excellent care throughout my life at the DMC. I trusted they would know what to do. They reassured me I would be tap dancing again once I recovered,” explained Otis. The DMC cardiothoracic surgeon and heart team repaired Otis’ heart and used a cardiopulmonary bypass machine to pump and cool the blood during the extensive surgery. Otis is back to doing what he loves. “Tap dancing is my soul’s way of speaking to the world. I put my heart in their hands, and I got my voice back.”

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5 Simple, Natural Ways to Boost Immunity (Family Features) Your body’s immune system protects against illness and infection, fighting off threats before you even know there’s a problem. Even though your immune system usually does its job automatically, you can give it a boost with habits that promote wellness and support immunity. Eat healthy fruits and vegetables. Although you may not be aware they contain flavonoids, these phytochemicals found in some fruits and veggies are a vital part of maintaining health. Flavonoids are found in colorful fruits and vegetables like cranberries and elderberries. When it comes to power foods, elderberries’ exceptional flavanol levels make them an immune system powerhouse. Especially important during cold and flu season, elderberries can also be enjoyed in a cup of warm tea for instant comfort. Reduce stress with outdoor activity. Keeping

physically fit provides numerous health benefits such as reducing stress by being one with nature through taking a walk outside. The sun’s UV rays help your body produce vitamin D, which is important for your bones, blood cells and immune system, as well as helping absorb and use certain nutrients. Yoga and massage can also be used

to help stimulate the immune system and promote well-being.

asleep easier and reap the whole-body benefits of a healthy sleep cycle.

Keep a regular sleep schedule. Sleep gives you an opportunity to recharge. This is when cellular regeneration and other healing is most efficient. Keeping a regular routine helps signal to your system that it’s time to rest so you can fall

Wash hands frequent-

ly. Especially during the school year, when germs are rampant and easily carried from school to home, you can give your immune system a hand, literally, by frequently scrubbing away germs before they have the chance to attack. Rely on natural remedies. Modern, stressful lifestyles and exposure to environmental pollutants can put immune systems under pressure. However, some of your existing soothing rituals can actually support better health, too. One example is relaxing with a hot cup of tea. The natural and organic ingredients found in Buddha Teas provide numerous health benefits. Options like Mushroom Wellness, Divine Immunity, Elderberry Tea and Reishi Mushroom blends all

contain immunity-boosting ingredients. While they’re not an obvious ingredient, mushrooms have been incorporated into healing practices for thousands of years for their immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich properties. There are several powerful medicinal mushrooms but one stand-out is the reishi mushroom, known as the “mushroom of immortality” and “divine plant of longevity.” This anti-inflammatory powerhouse is known to promote healthy cell growth and healthy blood pressure, along with improving immune function. Learn more about boosting your immunity naturally at buddhateas. com.

A Golden Way to Get Better Sleep While golden milk has become a trendy beverage of choice, this comforting, herb-filled blend is actually ancient. For thousands of years, golden milk has been an Ayurvedic ritual, with Indian families enjoying a warm nightly cupful before bed. In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric, the main component in golden milk, is thought to impart the energy of the sun to the body, hence its radiant, golden color. Turmeric’s documented healing properties impart substance to this traditional “elixir,” and have given golden milk a reputation as a healing cup of comfort. In addition to improving physical and mental well-being, regularly drinking golden milk has the potential to lessen your chance of becoming ill in the first place. It’s also an anti-inflammatory that supports healthy digestion and promotes calm. This turmeric-dominant blend includes ginger root and black pepper to aid digestion; ashwagandha to tonify, energize and calm; and cardamom, nutmeg and vanilla bean, all meant to encourage rejuvenation and peace. Consider an option like Buddha Teas’ CBD Organic Golden Milk, which includes a THC-free CBD isolate for added wellness benefits. Prepared by mixing with a warm cup of your favorite milk, the smooth, slightly sweet, pungent brew offers a soothing treat just before bed. Many people also enjoy golden milk prepared cold.


5 Tips for a Stress-Free Morning (Family Features) Mornings are often the most important part of the day – they can make or break your mood and set the tone for all of your to-dos. To help combat the hecticness that can arrive when the sun comes up, consider these five tips for a stress-free start to the day. Fine-tune your fashion at night. Whether you are focused on getting yourself out the door or have kids who need to get to school, planning what to wear the night before can help save time. When the clock is ticking and you have somewhere to be, the fear of a missing shoe or misplaced accessory can throw everything off. Express gratitude. Take a few moments after rising to jot down or be mindful of a few things you are grateful for, no matter how big or small. Starting the day in a positive state of mind can lift your mood and provide residual benefits throughout the day. Organize what leaves with you. Designate a place where everyone can stash the things they need to take when they leave the house – whether it’s a backpack, purse, briefcase or gym bag. When you return home at night, empty used or unneeded items and replace them so you can grab and go in the morning. Boost your breakfast routine. While

cereal or toast are easy standbys, certain days call for a more savory breakfast. Skip dirtying dishes at home and snag Wendy’s on-the-go. Breakfast becomes a breeze with craveable breakfast sandwiches like the Sausage, Egg & Swiss Croissant or Bacon, Egg & Swiss Croissant, both made with fresh-cracked eggs and housed on warm, flaky croissants. For caffeine lovers, grab a hot coffee made with 100% Arabica beans, cold brew coffee steeped for 12 hours or a one-of-a-kind Frosty-ccino – cold brew coffee topped with Frosty creamer – for that extra kick to jump start your day. See the complete breakfast lineup at or on its mobile app. Avoid distractions. If you’re like many people, reaching for your phone is the first thing you do after opening your eyes. However, this trap can get you sucked into emails, scrolling through your newsfeed or falling into a social media rabbit hole, which devours precious time. Force yourself to leave your phone and other similar distractions out of your morning routine to get out the door more efficiently. No one wants to start the day in chaos. Simple time management and planning can help make hectic mornings more enjoyable and productive.

Prior to submission of the Michigan Consolidated Action Plan Evaluation Report (CAPER) to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development, Michigan is required to publish the document for public review and comment. The Consolidated Plan proposes an action strategy by which those needs will be addressed, and the CAPER reflects activities undertaken between July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021. The annual action plans are funded by six formula programs covered in the Michigan Consolidated Plan (HOME, Community Development Block Grant, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDs, the Emergency Solutions Grant, Housing Trust Fund, and the Recovery Housing Program (RHP). The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is responsible for preparing the Michigan CAPER and soliciting comments from the public regarding the outcomes tied to the plan on an annual basis. The comment period will commence on November 12, 2021 and end on December 13, 2021. The primary focus will be: 1) to receive comments regarding the draft CAPER report and 2) to receive public comments regarding the formal addition of the City of Detroit’s census tract 5223 to make this area eligible for the utilization of the MSHDA Consortium’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program’s - Program Income funding. In addition to a written comment period an on-line public meeting/ telephone conference call will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 between 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join via Call in Number: 1-877-402-9753 Call In Access Code: 3292085 # Copies of the CAPER report and the draft amended Neighborhood Stabilization Program’s amendment to modify the census tracts eligible for use of program income funds within the City of Detroit may be downloaded free of charge from the MSHDA website at All interested parties are invited to submit written comments to the attention of Tonya Young, 735 East Michigan Avenue, P.O. Box 30044, Lansing, MI 48909. Written comments must be received no later than December 13, 2021. Comments can also be submitted electronically to the MSHDA Consolidated Plan Coordinator via e- mail to Special Assistance: Feedback is encouraged from mobility-challenged individuals. Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation should contact Housing Initiatives at 517.335.2524 to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance.

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THE NEW HOME OF WARRIOR HOOPS. The roar you hear is coming from Wayne State. Our brand-new, 3,000-seat fieldhouse generates excitement that draws people of all ages to the Motor City. Living on campus puts you closer to more sports, more art, more music and more energy than any other state university. When it comes to having fun, everywhere you look, Warriors are stronger than ever.

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Climate Solutions Require A Collaborative Effort Today, our growing population will require an abundance of energy sources to meet our daily needs. We will need greater access to transportation, more housing and workplace options, and more electricity.

Americans can achieve these realities while also addressing climate change. We will need the brightest minds from across America, with diverse opinions and ideas, to collaborate to meet our ever growing energy demand all while reducing carbon emissions in the U.S. Communities throughout the U.S. can help lead the way.

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DTW The Community Energy Center, a cooperative with the National Newspaper Publishers Association and National Association of Hispanic Publications Media, will provide information and perspectives on the integral role of the energy sector in daily life for American families in a wide range of communities.


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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) is soliciting RFP for No. 22-3471 for Consultant Based Study On Feasibility Of Obtaining An Automated Bus For Fixed Route Service. RFP forms may be obtained beginning November 17, 2021 from RFP is due by 3:00 PM ET, December 17, 2021.

PROFESSIONAL HELP WANTED Electric Drive Axle Engineer Meritor Electric Vehicles LLC seeks an Electric Drive Axle Engineer, in Troy, MI to ensure all technical requirements are met within program schedules on new product development programs; among other duties. Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or System Engineering and four years of experience in the job offered or related. Domestic travel required, as needed, up to 5%. Mail resume to: Meghan Pierce, Meritor, Resume Processing / JO#12334987, 2135 West Maple Road, Troy, MI 48084.

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Is it Time to Switch Wireless Companies?

Cellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon Wireless) proposes to build two 40-foot pole Communications Towers at the approx. vicinity of 2110 and 2559 Iroquois Avenue, Detroit, Wayne County, MI 48214. Public comments regarding potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, [Edward Reynolds, e.reynolds@], [1515 Des Peres Road, Suite 200, St. Louis, MO 63131, 314-997-6111].

(StatePoint) In the past couple of years, we’ve had to switch up so much in our routines, and from working from home to virtually visiting doctors, our devices have been there with us through it all. Yet, there’s one switch that most people shy away from: switching wireless companies. While the process can seem daunting, there are many potential benefits to switching plans. Perks PHOTO SOURCE: (c) ViewApart / iStock via Getty Images Plus can include helping paying off your current device, and depending on your current plan, you could receive a lower monthly plan cost or increased benefits and services. Unfortunately, misconceptions about switching plans persist. Some common ones include: 1. It takes too long: Switching plans doesn’t need to be time consuming. For example, in most cases, you can switch to T-Mobile in 30 to 60 minutes. 2. You can’t keep your phone number: You should be able to bring your current phone number to any wireless carrier when making the switch. 3. Your current device won’t work: Most smartphones in the last five years work across all networks, meaning you can bring your current device with you when you switch. 4. The network won’t be as good: Recent third-party studies found T-Mobile, America’s 5G leader with the largest 5G network, has the fastest average 5G download speeds. Plus, you can even Test Drive its nationwide LTE network before switching. 5. Switching is too expensive: Switching carriers could actually save you money. Right now, when you switch to T-Mobile, you can keep your phone number and eligible device and they will help you pay off your current device. Here are some steps to help make the switching process as easy as possible: • Pick a plan: Learn about what plan work best for you and your family. T-Mobile offers plans for military and first responders, customers age 55 and over, family specific plans and more. Learn more at • Compile your current plan information: There are a few pieces of information you need on hand before you visit a store. They include the name of your plan with your current provider, your account number and PIN or pass code, your phone brand and model, and any financial information or credit locks in place that need to be removed. • What to bring with you: A copy of your latest bill in printed form or even a simple screenshot, a valid driver’s license or state-issued ID, your social security number or Tax ID and your phone. If you’re switching multiple lines, the primary account holder will be able to do that for all lines. • Pick a phone or keep your own: To get the most out of the network, you may want to bring your eligible 5G phone or you can upgrade to a new device. Look for deals on new devices ahead of time to see if there are any you are interested in. These steps will take the hassle and headache out of making the switch to another wireless company.


Software Developer Connected Core Applications General Motors, Detroit, MI. Dvlp, debug, &validate psgr vehicle current &new U.S. &global in-vehicle customer facing apps, incldg Analytics, Subscription Manager (SM), Server Push Notification, AppShop, Appshop Updater, Payment, &MyBrand in Android OS, using Java &Kotlin languages, in Agile methodologies (incldg user stories, sprint, &backlogs), using Git, Gerrit, Jenkins, Android Studio, Gradle, Room Database, Team Foundation Server (TFS) &Fortify tools. Ensure E2E secure infotainment experience to customers. Dvlp secure Android Interface Definition Language to provide key customer subscription &terms acceptance data to 3rd party SW apps on psgr vehicle incldg Speech Recognition &Navi apps. Dvlp consumer RESTful web-services using Retrofit, OkHttp, Gson &OAuth libraries that interact w/ Back Office web services securely. Dvlp core Android cmpnts incldg Content Providers, Broadcast Receivers &Services that handle business logic in multi-user &multi-profile environment. Master, Electrical or Computer Engrg. 12 mos exp as Engineer or Developer, dvlpg or validating psgr vehicle in-vehicle customer facing apps, incldg Analytics, SM, AppShop, &Payment, in Android OS, using Java or Kotlin languages, using Git, Android Studio, &TFS tools, or related. Mail resume to Ref#27519-4104, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Innovation Vehicle Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Evaluate U.S., global, &emerging market psgr vehicle body structures &exterior subcomponents, cmpnts &syss sketches, &designs developed by Creative Designers in Design Studio. Create, maintain, monitor &release 3D models of cmpnts &syss using Unigraphics NX, &Siemens Teamcenter. Assist in early virtual CAE anlys, in SW incldg MATLAB, Simulink, Ansa, LS-DYNA, Primer, Animator, HyperWorks (HyperGraph/ HyperView /HyperMesh) &MeshWorks for finite element simulations, incldg psgr vehicle performance under loading incldg crash scenarios. Dvlp &balance engrg, mfg &other program imperatives incldg fuel economy, aerodynamics, mass &cost, w/ vehicle design theme intent (exterior, aero, wheels &cmpnts). Integrate Studio surface w/ engrg criteria using Unigraphics NX, Teamcenter &Vismockup. Discuss &review engrg proposals directly w/ Creative Designers for modifications &changes to sketches &design proposals. Evaluate design sketches to ensure vehicle cmpnt Design for Manufacturability &Design for Assembly. Bachelor, Mechanical or Automotive Engineering, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, creating &releasing 3D models of psgr vehicle cmpnts &syss using Unigraphics NX &Siemens Teamcenter tools, or related. Mail resume to Ref#1501, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Architect, IT Integration Services SpartanNash Associates, LLC seeks a FT Architect, IT Integration Services in Byron Center, MI. Responsible for the installation, configuration, programming, and implementation of P IBM Sterling B2B Integrator and Mulesoft applications and integrated systems. Requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or related field and 5 years related (progressive, post-baccalaureate) experience. Must also have 12 months of experience (which may have been gained concurrently) with: migration and upgrade projects of B2B, Managed File Transfer, EDI and Integration projects; experience on COTS Products – BM Sterling Integrator, Sterling File Gateway, Axway Secure Transport, Axway TransferCFT, webMethods, Tibco and Mulesoft; involved in API design, development and deployment as part of Mainframe to API migration; automating the build and deploy process using Jenkins and uDeploy for continuous integration continuous development process (CICD) to Amazon Web Services Cloud Infrastructure; and End to End transaction visibility and alert management using Splunk dashboards. Please apply online at

Subsystem Lead Engineer – Active Safety & Viewing Warren, MI, General Motors. Define software specs for active safety &viewing components &subsystems incldg long range &short range radars. Implement &maintain features for Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert &Remote Occupant Sensing features, using DOORS &DOORS NG to capture &analyze ASIL rated system software specs for Active Safety subsystems. Define &build mechanization drawings (architectural diagrams) w/ assistance of architecture groups. Review software algorithm models to ensure compliance to requirements. Coordinate w/ external suppliers &internal customer organizations incldg diagnostics teams to define Global B electrical interfaces between ECUs consisting of internally developed &external supplier modules. Verify interfaces are implemented correctly by cross referencing w/ ARXML files each software release. Provide technical support to troubleshoot software issues in Software-in-the-Loop (SIL) &Hardware-in-theLoop (HIL) environments. Master, Mechanical, Automotive, or Electrical Engineering. 12 months exp as Engineer, Technical Specialist, or related, engineering, implementing &validating mathbased &physics-based algorithms, &testing or supporting algorithms on bench in SIL &HIL environments, or related. Mail resume to Ref#20972, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

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Do You Have Undiagnosed Diabetes? (StatePoint) Diabetes is a chronic condition that leads to serious life-threatening complications, however many people go undiagnosed and are undertreated -- a situation being further exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and a good opportunity to better understand risk factors, symptoms and the importance of early diagnosis and action. More than 34 million people in the United States are affected by diabetes, and one-in-five of them are undiagnosed, according to estimates from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health services organization Cigna reports that between January 2020 and June of 2021, nearly 800 of its patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19 were found to have undiagnosed diabetes. Only 14% of those people had previously been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. So why are so many people living with diabetes going undiagnosed? Cigna claims data shows that those at higher risk of having social or economic obstacles to health, also had a higher risk of undiagnosed diabetes and COVID-19, which can compound problems. “As is the case with many medical conditions, timely diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is impacted by persisting health inequities that affect certain communities and populations,” says Dr. Mandeep Brar, Cigna medical director and board certified endocrinologist. “Factors such as race, ethnicity, access to healthful food, education, health care coverage and language barriers, to name a few, all contribute to undiagnosed cases of diabetes.” However, according to Dr. Brar, early diagnosis is critical for everyone: “When diabetes is left untreated, it will progress, causing complications such as neuropathy, kidney disease, diabetic ulcers and wounds, amputations and other serious and life-threatening issues. If you’re living with diabetes, the sooner you’re aware of that, the more quickly you can learn to manage your condition and prevent it from advancing.” According to Cigna, here are three steps everyone can take today: 1. Understand signs and symptoms. Sharing any new symptoms with your primary care provider can be crucial in early detection and proper, timely treatment. Symptoms can include frequent urination, excessive thirst or hunger, unexpected weight loss, cuts or bruises that are slow to heal, frequent infections, very dry skin, extreme fatigue, and blurry vision, according to Dr. Brar. 2. Get screened. Schedule an annual preventive check-up or diabetes screening. Regardless of symptoms, one of the most powerful ways to detect diabetes is to be screened for this disease with a simple blood test by your primary care provider. If diagnosed with prediabetes, there are a number of lifestyle changes you can make to reverse prediabetes and prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems. These changes include eating healthfully, increasing physical activity, losing weight and managing stress. 3. Assess risk factors. Some people are more likely to develop diabetes than others. In addition to being 45 years or older, risk factors include being overweight, having a parent or sibling with Type 2 diabetes and being physically active fewer than three times a week. Additionally, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at higher risk than white people for developing Type 2 diabetes. If you have any of these risk factors, request a screening test with your primary care provider, regardless of your age.

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For a quick, online Type 2 diabetes risk test, visit diabetes. org/risk-test. This Diabetes Awareness Month, get savvy about the disease. Understanding symptoms and risk factors can mean early detection and better outcomes.

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