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Detroit: Now, but not then…
Crain’s Detroit Business Publisher Keith Crain recently opined that the Detroit Regional Chamber should move its annual Mackinac Policy Conference to Detroit. What?!?? It was something I wrote about as a columnist for The Michigan Chronicle several years and a couple of mayoral administrations ago. My piece came at a time when the discussion on […]
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Change the conversation
Every year for Black History Month, we dust off the books and stories about what is supposed to be an effort to increase awareness and respect for the contributions of black folks to America. Ideally, knowing that they were not limited to or by slavery and oppression would encourage and uplift a people seemingly mired […]
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Do this for a happier, more productive life. #MyTop10
The New Year is a time for new beginnings and much needed changes in our lives, homes and communities. While change is hard, success is simpler than we think. Reducing stress, saving time and better interactions with others are all quite doable. Here is my list of 10 rules for a better, happier and more […]
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“Poor” is a mindset, not a condition
I am not one to use the word “poor” when referencing someone’s financial status for reasons I consider pretty simple: being financially challenged—or broke, is temporary. The word “poor” reflects a deeper and embedded state that prevents the infiltration of hope or the pursuit of opportunity. Unfortunately, the word is commonly used and has become […]
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The Message From Missouri
To the football team at the University of Missouri, I say thank you. Not just for standing up and speaking out for what you believed, but for delivering a lesson that has somehow fallen through the cracks since the height of the Civil Rights era. It’s the same formula that drove the Montgomery Bus Boycott. […]
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Our Hypocrisy of Independence
By now, you’ve seen the viral video of the male sheriff’s deputy dragging the female high school student out of her desk and onto the floor. While the details are still emerging, the video shows undeniable excessive force in the situation. There are a lot of contrasts in this story: male/female; black/white; young/old; subordinate/superior. And, […]
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Straight Outta Compton: Black America’s turning point?
Straight Outta Compton is the highly anticipated movie telling the behind-the-scenes tale of the group, NWA that may deliver more than just a storyline. The group defined Gangsta Rap, and redefined the perimeters of Hip-Hop by using music and lyrics to allow insight into the racial and economic injustices, anger, frustration and struggles of Compton […]
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Marching for a change of heart
For what seems like longer than usual, those protesting the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and the seemingly growing list of African-American men who have died at the hands of police officers have sustained and gained momentum. People of all ages, races and geographic locations have not halted their cries for justice, and this […]
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Talk to strangers
Today, I had a very interesting conversation with a stranger. It’s something I do as often as someone will entertain my invitation to talk. While waiting for a carry-out order in a chain restaurant, I sat next to a middle-aged white lady who was also waiting. The sights and sounds from the television at the […]
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Jobs without preparation still equal unemployment
Every election, and political discussion in between, yields the topic of jobs; job creation, availability, and access. But, nowhere in the conversation is job readiness and preparation. People can easily get by on the promise of “bringing jobs” to the community, but what happen when those who need them most are not prepared? Nothing. Bringing […]
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I don’t do late, and neither should you
Of our many assets, time is undoubtedly the most valuable. Unlike material things, it cannot be duplicated or replaced and should be respected as such. Disrespecting time—mine and yours—is the ultimate insult, and should never be an option. I am still fuming from a recent situation, but rather than simply vent I decided to use […]
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Men Matter
As we celebrate Father’s Day, men will take a bow at center stage. Yet, it shouldn’t be just one day, but instead every day that we recognize and respect the importance and impact of men in our lives, family and community. I recently had the opportunity to interview several men who participate in the Flip […]
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Sterling: Sad, but true
Two days ago, Donald Sterling was the longest standing owner in the NBA, was scheduled to receive his second Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP, and looked forward to cheering his LA Clippers in the playoffs.  Today, everyone from President Barack Obama to NBA players—past and present, seek to make sense of recorded statements of […]
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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 white, and his attackers 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 asked if I could publicly […]
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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 what ails us. I disagree. […]
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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 stage, as it has of […]
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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 memorials and messages of support; […]
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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 stage. But, it is also […]
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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 sentiments. As mothers, we raise […]

Detroit: Now, but not then…
Crain’s Detroit Business Publisher Keith Crain recently opined that the Detroit Regional Chamber should move its annual Mackinac Policy Conference to Detroit. What?!?? It was something I wrote about as a columnist for The Michigan Chronicle several y

Change the conversation
Every year for Black History Month, we dust off the books and stories about what is supposed to be an effort to increase awareness and respect for the contributions of black folks to America. Ideally, knowing that they were not limited to or by slave

Do this for a happier, more productive life. #MyTop10
The New Year is a time for new beginnings and much needed changes in our lives, homes and communities. While change is hard, success is simpler than we think. Reducing stress, saving time and better interactions with others are all quite doable.

“Poor” is a mindset, not a condition
I am not one to use the word “poor” when referencing someone’s financial status for reasons I consider pretty simple: being financially challenged—or broke, is temporary. The word “poor” reflects a deeper and embedded state that prevents the infiltra

The Message From Missouri
To the football team at the University of Missouri, I say thank you. Not just for standing up and speaking out for what you believed, but for delivering a lesson that has somehow fallen through the cracks since the height of the Civil Rights era. It’