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Church holding musical


St. Peter’s Primitive Baptist

Church Feed the Homeless and Hungry Outreach Ministry is sponsoring a musical pro- gram on Sunday, May 2, at 7 p.m. The church is located at 17251 Joseph Campau near E. McNichols.

The program will

Row 1: Gloria Hall, Vivian Glenn, Mary Hunter, Trilby Smith, Alma Mayson, Mary McGill, Sandra Ash. Row 2: Johnnie Brodgon, Yvonne Reed, Yolanda Smith. Row 3: Elsie Finner, Renee Jarmon, Chriscanthia Foster-Jones. Row 4: Rosemary West-Bowlson, Gwendolyn Williams, Jeffrey King. Top row: Lori Harris, Althea Kyles and Janella Hardin.

Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.

presents 23rd annual fashion show

Top Ladies of Distinction,

Inc. is a national nonprofit hu- manitarian organization dedi- cated to providing “Service to Youth and Adults.” The orga- nization is engaged in a vari- ety of services and community based programs and projects. The five major thrusts are: Top Teens of America, Status of Women, Senior Citizens, Community Beautification, and Community Partnerships. The national projects include Sickle Cell Anemia, NCNW, UNCF, and the NAACP. Cur- rently, under the leadership of President Gloria Hall, the Detroit Chapter continues to advance in positive directions toward improving the life of citizens in the community.

Alma Mayson, chapter or-

ganizer, in 1987 envisioned Break-Fash for MiLady as a scholarship gala to benefit graduating top teens pursu- ing post secondary educa- tion. A special feature of the gala was added two years ago, as the vision of Yvonne Reed led the organization to iden- tifying outstanding women in the community who often go unrecognized, thus “Every- day She-roes” was born. The first group (2008) of “Everyday She-roes” included Florine Bostic, Gloria Jeninngs, Doro- thy Coston-Jones, Pamela E. Parham, Robbie Caldwell-Pugh

and Josephine Gilbert-San- ford. Included in the second group (2009) were Keisha Allen, Andrea Calvert, Sheilah Clay Mary Gaskins and Mary Hunt. This year the vision- ary Jeffrey King proposed the inclusion of men. Therefore, the chapter recognized both “Everyday She-roes” and “Ev- eryday Heroes.” The honorees were Elizabeth Miller, Junetta Doloris Wynn, Doris Chavis, Dora Blain, Pamela Jones, Darnett Corvin-Leak. The males were James Bateman and Richald Welch.

The beloved Top Teens

were showcased throughout the affair. Their presence was strongly evidenced as they served as hosts and hostess- es, assisting senior citizens, the handicapped, the honor- ees, and the models off and on the runway. Each grade level was presented to the audi- ence, ending with the seniors, whose future endeavors of colleges and intended majors were announced. This year’s seniors are eligible to receive a scholarship from the event. A highlight was to hear words of gratitude from former Top Teen Eboni Bell, a freshman at Howard University in Wash- ington, D.C.. Eboni was one of last year’s scholarship recipi- ents. The Top Teen’s advisors are Renee Jarmon and Althea

Kyles. This event, that took place

March 13 at the Southfield Westin Hotel, was well at- tended. Trilby Smith was ac- knowledged as “Top Lady of the Year” for the outstanding services she rendered to the Detroit Chapter. Elegantly at- tired in white, she received a bouquet of roses, a pink iden- tifying sash and a congratula- tory plaque to commemorate the occasion. The program continued with spectacular fashions draped about incred- ible models ushering in the spring season. Participating apparel merchants were Day’s Fashions, Well Suited, Silver Fox Furriers, Ashley Stewart, Mahogany Brown and Simply Couture Jewelry. The models’ hairstyles were compliments of Rencia Henry, hairstylist at Beautiful You Salon. Rick Love served as disc jockey and James Brogdon was the pho- tographer.

The planning committee,

chaired by Mary Hunter, with members Virginia Bert, Elsie Finner, Twanisha Glass, Velda Hunter, Renee Jarmon, Jeffrey King, Althea Kyles, Yvonne Reed and Trilby Smith, extend a special thank you to all who continue to make this annual event a success.

MANY FEMALE consumers like the extra space offered in the Ford Edge.

Automakers breaking ground with women

By Melody Deniece Moore


Fifth Third partners with Vista Maria See page B-1

Get tax credits you deserve

See page B-1

Women are being sought

after by automakers that are creating special features in the latest cars to appeal to women.

From the vehicle’s style to its

color to extra interior space, certain features are attractive to women and car manufacturers are reaching out more to that market.

Courtney Caldwell, founder

of Road and Travel magazine, said automakers are doing so without ignoring male con- sumers.

“(Automakers) have been try-

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ing to make vehicles more appealing, while at the same time not turning off men,” Caldwell said. “The Ford Edge has a huge console that can be

used to put a purse in and it can very easily hide it. It’s just as good as laptop or a lunchbox.”

Caldwell said the Dodge

Caliber has features tailored to what women like. For example, the Caliber has a chilled glove compartment, which Caldwell says women can use to keep their child’s milk cold, while men can keep their drinks cold while tailgating.

The buying power of women

has grown over the last five years and automakers are capi- talizing on it. According to national statistics, women account for 80 percent of vehi- cle purchases.

Ford Motor Co.’s new

crossover utility vehicle (CUV), the Edge, offers features that

See Women & cars page A-4


ture some of the best gospel groups in the city, including the Dynamic Soul Survivors, the Southern Four, the Daugh- ters of Vision and others.

The proceeds of this ben-

efit will help provide transpor- tation for the homeless, back and forth to the shelters. Tune in to the radio broadcast every Saturday at noon on WDRJ 1440 AM, visit www.1440wdrj. com or call (313) 893-9094.



VOLUME 70 – Number 17••

News Briefs

Ford appointed global supplier

communications manager

Angela Spencer Ford has

been appointed to Chrysler Group global supplier com- munications manager. In her new position, she will imple- ment communications initia- tives to support the company’s global supply base.

Ford joined Chrysler Group

Angela Ford

in 2000 as communications manager of safe- ty programs. Since that time, she has served in a number of other communi- cations posi- tions, including manager of Safety and Government Affairs, and

most recently as communica- tions manager of Diversity and Human Resources.

Detroit schools set to close

The Detroit Public Schools

plans to close 51 schools, sav- ing the district nearly $19 mil- lion a year.

See Briefs page A-4

Michigan Chronicle to

increase newsstand price

In its 70 years of publication, the

Michigan Chronicle has had few price changes. However, due to inflation and the cost of operations, we are forced to increase the price of the paper. Effective Jan. 17, it will be $1. This rate will also apply to the Michigan FRONTPage. Since the 1960s the Chronicle has only increased its price three times.We have maintained the 50 cent newsstand rate for as long as possible, but economic realities have caught up with us.

For 70 years, we have been “the

voice of the community” and will endeav- or to remain so for years to come.

Sam Logan Publisher


EDITORIAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-6 INSPIRATIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-3


SERVICES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-4 & B-5

SPORTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C-1 & C-2 HOROSCOPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C-6

ENTERTAINMENT. . . . . D-1 thru D-3 CLASSIFIEDS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D-5

DR. KING TRIBUTE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-3

THE LINCOLN MKRconcept vehicle on display at the North American International Auto Show is one of several sedans starring at the show. – AJ Mueller Photography

Detroit auto show revs up with

ion with the GM Style event. The invite-only affair, emceed by Jimmy Kimmel, host of

celebrities, but what does it all mean?


By Marcus Amick


ell, it’s finally here. After all the anticipation, the 2007 North American International Auto Show kicked off this past Saturday in star-studded fash-

ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” was covered by just about every major network in the city. Dubbed by GM as Detroit’s largest ever gathering of cars and stars, the style show opened with Jay-Z stepping out of a cus- tomized “Jay-Z Blue” Yukon Denali.


The gala featured celebrities strolling

the runway in some of today’s hottest fashion lines, paired with more than 15 GM vehi- cles, including


the Camaro convertible concept. Models included Hollywood celebrities such as Carmen Electra, Vivica A. Fox, Nick Cannon, Cheryl Hines, “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson, Christian Slater, and Detroit native Kristen Bell, star of the CW television network’s “Veronica Mars. ”

Marcus Amick

Grammy award-winning R&B artist John Legend per-

formed at the event and former Detroit Pistons star John Salley was also on hand for the affair.

There’d been a lot of buzz about the GM Style event months before the affair among journalists and others hop-

See Star Power page A-4

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD nominee Jennifer Hudson

showcases General Motors’Escalade. – Monica Morgan photo

Also inside

Public rejects


save superintendent


DPS moves to

By Bankole Thompson


The Detroit School Board

moved to include Super- intendent William Coleman among a list of finalists seeking the district’s top job, despite objections from a 40-member community advisory committee.

Dr. Connie Calloway of Normandy Public School in Missouri and Dr. Doris Hope- Jackson of Calumet Public School-District 132 in Chicago were the two highly recom- mended candidates for the posi- tion, according to the commit- tee.

Dr. David Snead, former DPS

superintendent, came in third with Coleman ranking behind.

However during a Jan. 4

board meeting, board member Tyron Winfrey made a motion for Coleman to be included in the finalist stage.

“The board was trying to nul-

lify some of this controversy to allow him (Coleman) to come before the board and the com- munity,” Winfrey said. He said it

See Coleman page A-4

DR. RACHEL KEITH (left) and her husband, Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith.

Metro Detroit mourns health care advocate

Wife of respected judge

Cornelius A. Fortune


Dr. Rachel Keith, 82, a

woman who defied the odds at a time when women had to strug- gle for respect as doctors, died Jan. 4. The cause of death was not known at press time.

The wife of Sixth Circuit

Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith, Rachel Keith pioneered the way for other African American women to become physicians.

Keith was born in Monrovia,

Liberia, on May 30, 1924 to par- ents who were American med- ical missionaries. The family

returned to America in 1926, and settled in Richmond, Va. She completed her undergradu- ate studies at Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., in 1943, where she was second in her class.

Dr. Keith completed her med-

ical degree at Boston University School of Medicine in 1949 and began her internship at Harlem Hospital in New York. She com- pleted a two-year residency in internal medicine at Detroit Receiving Hospital in 1953 and entered private practice in 1954.

“She was well respected in

See Rachel Keith page A-4

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March 31-April 6, 2010

Pastor Prophet Cedric

Banks and co-pastor Donetta Banks of Heart of Jesus Inter- national Deliverance Church have been hosting a combina- tion revival and job fair.

The goal of the revival is to

empower and impact the com- munity with jobs, prophecy, preaching and teaching, finan- cial stability and much more.

Service times and dates are

Sunday, 3-6 p.m., and Tues- day, 7-9 p.m., at 15570 Toep- fer, Eastpointe; and Thursday

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Church revival, job fair

and Friday, 7-9 p.m., at 111 E. Kirby, inside the International Building.

All events are free and

open to the public. Attendees can meet with both for-profit and non-profit vendors after service at 8:30 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The revival will run through

2010. Call

(586) 222-6307 for

more information or visit


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50 Cents

dialogue, diligence


By Bankole Thompson


On Sunday, Jan. 14, all roads will lead

to the Mariott Hotel-Renaissance Center where the Michigan Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Con- ference, under the leadership of its pres- ident, Dr. Claud Young, will honor the Jan. 15 birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a ministerial dinner.

This will be a gathering of civic and

community leaders and Black clergy. The Rev. Tellis J. Chapman of Galilee

Missionary Baptist Church will receive the Pastor of the Year Award. Rev. Charles Adams of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church will keynote the event.

Frank Taylor,

chairman of the De t r o i t - b a s e d Southern Hospital- ity Group, is the general chairper-


son of this year’s celebration. He has expressed concern about how King’s legacy is being honored today.

Bankole Thompson

He wants the younger generation to

study King. However, I want to take the charge to

the Black church, unquestionably one of the most powerful and influential groups in our community.

See SCLC page A-4

Nate Shapiro dies

Final services were held Jan. 7 for

Nate Shapiro at the Ira Kaufman Chapel. He died Jan. 3 at the age of 87.

Shapiro, registered professional engi-

neer, was presi- dent of Con- sulting Engin- eering Associates Inc., a Detroit- based firm found- ed in 1956.

He was born in

Detroit, attended Cass Technical High School and Wayne State Uni- versity.

He was an exec-

Nate Shapiro

utive board member of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP-Golden Heritage member, and in 1955 received Engineer of the Year recognition from the City of Detroit.

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The Rev. Lord James Shaffer recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Pictured (from left) is the honoree, First Lady Maggie Shaffer and O’ Neil D. Swanson, Swanson Funeral Home Inc., spe- cial guest and friend of the birthday celebrant.

commandress, being honored

100th birthday celebration

Charlsena H. Smith, imperial


Commencing the weekend

of April 9, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Romulus, nobles, daughters, family and friends will travel from all over the world to pay tribute and honor Dt. Charlesena H. Smith, 42nd imperial commandress of the Imperial Court, Daughters of Isis.

In addition to numerous

events planned, a testimonial on Saturday evening will con- clude the charitable weekend honoring Dt. Smith.

A native of Toledo, and

member of Mecca Court #73, Daughters of Isis for more than 30 years, Dt. Smith became the 42nd imperial commandress on Aug. 20, 2009 in Atlanta.

During her tenure as im-

perial commandress, she will be responsible for lead- ing the membership of more than 10,000 women called the Daughters of Isis.

The Imperial Court, Daugh-

ters of Isis, an auxiliary of female members of Prince Hall Shriners, was formally orga- nized on Aug. 24, 1910. The Daughters of Isis is a frater- nal, charitable and benevolent organization, and with her theme “giving with commit- ment, unity, loyalty and love,”

the imperial commandress will make presentations to several charitable associations, one being the Sydney Lynn Welch Cancer Foundation.

This organization of 12

Courts at its inception can now boast of over 200 courts, with a growing membership in the continental United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Germa- ny, Italy and Japan.

Mrs. Smith was educated

in the Toledo Public School System, is a graduate of Staut- zenberger Business College, and received various leader- ship certificates while em- ployed at a Toledo hospital.

In addition, she has a cer-

tificate from Effective Leader- ship Program, Management Center, from Bowling Green State University.

Mrs. Smith is an active

member of Mount Pilgrim Bap- tist Church, working with the Power Point Ministry.

She retired from ProMedica

System after 43 years of ser- vice as support coordinator for the Nursing Service Office and Staff Development Depart- ment.

Her Masonic affiliations include past worthy matron,

Jewel Chapter No. 20, Order of Eastern Star, P.H.A.; past loyal lady ruler, LaPaz Assembly No. 35, Order of the Golden Circle; state grand loyal lady inner guard, Ohio Grand Assembly Order of the Golden Circle; past most ancient matron, Ruth Court No. 6, Heroines of Jericho; past illustrious com- mandress of Mecca Court No. 73, Daughters of Isis.

She also served as imperial

directress of public relations for 10 years for the Imperial Court, Daughters of Isis, and is a member of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.

Dt. Smith is the daughter

of the late Noble Charles and Daughter Susie Harrison.

Married to the late Noble

Charles L. Smith, H.P.I.P., she is proud of one son, Cameron Lewis, and his wife, Meisha. She is the grandmother of two girls, Cierra and Caterra, and great-grandmother of one boy, Garron.

For more information about

the event call Dt. Gloria Tils- dale at (419) 539-2263 or Robert Gladden at (313) 934- 4283.





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