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We must remove our racially tinted glasses
Detroit’s most recent black eye is the beating of a man who accidentally hit a child, and then did the right thing by stopping. For some incomprehensible reason, several people began beating Steven Utesh. The attack put him in critical condition, where he remains today. The issue of Utash being […]
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My CTS Experience
I was flattered to receive a message asking if I would be willing to drive a 2014 Cadillac CTS, and participate in a survey about my experience. Having been a former but longtime customer of the GM Cadillac (Escalade) brand, I agreed knowing it would at least be nice. I […]
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Empowerment over politics
It amazes me that whenever there is a discussion about the socials ills we face as a county and community, the conversation inevitably turns to politics and elected officials. Somewhere along the line, people have come to believe that politics and politicians are both the sole cause and solution to […]
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The N-Word
I can’t think of any one word that has created and sustained such an ongoing but never resolved discussion as the N-word. The meaning, impact, whether it should be said and by whom is oft debated, but rises above the average conversation when it makes its way onto the national […]
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Remembering Angelo
The news hit hard and fast: Angelo Henderson had died.  I was sitting at my desk trying to make sense of what I had hoped were rumors flying furiously over social media and text messages.  Once confirmed, I cried. The days following have been filled with seemingly endless albeit appropriate […]
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Keep Going…
It’s one of my favorite sayings, and I use it at every opportunity because I find it appropriate regardless of the circumstances. That is because everyone, no matter where they are or are trying to go, gets tired, discouraged or considers giving up. Life is full of challenges at every […]
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Moms must grow up, too
I searched the Internet for a cool word or coined phrase to accurately describe this phase my life. I found a few, but nothing whose definition accurately matched mine. I had even wondered if other mothers felt this way, until I had a conversation with a friend who shared my […]
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Name? Age? Sexual Orientation?
I’m happy for Michael Sam, the University of Missouri football player who recently “announced” that he was gay; I’m happy because he’s happy, not because I now know his sexual orientation.  But, in this day and age I am still struggling with why this matters and who really needs to […]
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Altered Images: Honor or disrespect?
There was the picture of President Barack Obama made to resemble Hop-Hop artist 2 Chainz; then, there were the seemingly endless party flyers and Instagram posts with an edited image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to include gold chains and peace signs. Are these images disrespectful, or simply an […]
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Who’s to blame?
The high profile death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman has seemingly set off a hunt to find the guilty party to whom his death can be attributed. Hoffman was open about his heroine addition, even to his alleged drug dealer. A few days after his body was found in his […]
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Once upon a time when schools were safe
When the news about the 9/11 terrorist attacks began to surface, people understandably panicked. All over the country, they left work and took their kids out of school. I was already at my children’s school for a meeting with the headmaster, but took the time to go and see my […]
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Hoodies are not weapons
The “hoodie” has long been a fashion statement, but today it seems to be turning into a more serious conversation. What was sparked by the Trayvon Martin killing has spilled over into numerous incidents around the country where the “hoodie” somehow now signifies more than a person simply wearing a […]
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Obama to American men: Man up
The matter of sexual assaults on college campuses has reached The White House. And, that’s a good thing. For as much as people decry government intervention in their personal lives, the reality is that there is room and reason to call for more responsible action in many areas. And, this […]
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Time to let it go
The recent NFL championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49’ers was almost completely overshadowed by a social media firestorm about Pam Oliver’s hair. I watched as Facebook and Twitter came alive and she emerged as a trending topic, nearly all of which the comments were brutal. […]
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Apologize for..?
Social media and regional tongues continue to wag over the recent comments made to The New Yorker Magazine by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. This isn’t the first time he has made a seemingly insensitive rant about the beautiful city of Detroit and its lovely residents. And, I doubt […]
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A Woman’s Worth
Before the confetti hit the ground after celebrating GM’s historic announcement of its first female CEO, the salary of newly named GM President/CEO Mary Barra was announced. Sounded like a great deal for those who could get it, until you looked at what the outgoing president/CEO Dan Akerson made…and what […]
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Commentary: In one week, the birth and death of Detroit
What we know now as the city of Detroit was founded on July 24, 1701. It was the birth of what would become one of America’s greatest cities — home of innovation in music, automobiles, sports, manufacturing, religion and many other “firsts” that too few are aware of. Yet, on […]
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There’s no place like home…or, is there?
I have always felt a bit restless in my hometown of Detroit. A city that I love, but sometimes feel stifled by. Always working and in the process of being better, Detroit seems to be in a constant state of emergence…without ever really coming out. For as many years as […]
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2012 A New Opportunity
It’s a New Year and yet another opportunity to get it right or make it better! After not taking time to post on my blog, it is back on my agenda to do so on a regular basis…starting now! Come back often for my thoughts, perspectives, opinions and what I hope […]
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Happy New Year
2011 has been a remarkable year…I lost loved ones; a job that I loved and a truck that I loved even more. I learned who was really my friend, and separated them from those who were only pretending to be. I rediscovered my inner strength, and was reminded of who […]

We must remove our racially tinted glasses
Detroit’s most recent black eye is the beating of a man who accidentally hit a child, and then did the right thing by stopping. For some incomprehensible reason, several people began beating Steven Utesh. The attack put him in critical condition, w...

My CTS Experience
I was flattered to receive a message asking if I would be willing to drive a 2014 Cadillac CTS, and participate in a survey about my experience. Having been a former but longtime customer of the GM Cadillac (Escalade) brand, I agreed knowing it would...

Empowerment over politics
It amazes me that whenever there is a discussion about the socials ills we face as a county and community, the conversation inevitably turns to politics and elected officials. Somewhere along the line, people have come to believe that politics and po...

The N-Word
I can’t think of any one word that has created and sustained such an ongoing but never resolved discussion as the N-word. The meaning, impact, whether it should be said and by whom is oft debated, but rises above the average conversation when it ma...

Remembering Angelo
The news hit hard and fast: Angelo Henderson had died.  I was sitting at my desk trying to make sense of what I had hoped were rumors flying furiously over social media and text messages.  Once confirmed, I cried. The days following have been fi...