Pay and parity is the female battle cry for decades

Pay and parity is the female battle cry for decades

When it comes to equal wages and equal respect for equal work, just about every professional woman has a story to tell. A recent series on Amazon Prime, “Good Girls Revolt,” recaps such misadventures. Mine involves a green bikini and a press conference for a major auto maker in Omaha. I’d flown into Omaha with […]

Can our neighborhoods benefit from downtown and Midtown investment? Maybe, say local leaders

Can our neighborhoods benefit from downtown and Midtown investment? Maybe, say local leaders

Fifty leaders – ranging from corporate to grass roots residents, foundations to community development professionals, academics to bankers – converged on Baker’s Keyboard Lounge on Thursday, July 27 to mull this question over, all the while feasting on Baker’s trademark “catfish nuggets” and peach cobbler. In a wide-ranging conversation co-moderated by Donna Murray Brown of […]

Detroit reviewed through one Detroiter’s critical lens

Detroit reviewed through one Detroiter’s critical lens

This was not a day for Hollywood. Fifty years later, it remained – for me – a day of anger, hurt, resentment and tragedy. I wasn’t here to witness Detroit’s deadly, devastating 1967 uprising, which began July 23 and lasted for several unforgettable days, but I wear its scars. By riding past the crumbling landmarks […]

Pistons’ income could support Detroit neighborhood fund

Pistons’ income could support Detroit neighborhood fund

Over the last week, some have taken to the airwaves and social media attacking my character, my intelligence and most importantly my ability to represent the interests of District 5 residents. Most days, Monday through Sunday, I dedicate a minimum of 12 hours to studying materials, meeting with residents and business owners, assisting constituents and […]

Little Caesars Arena is a reminder of Detroit’s divide

Little Caesars Arena is a reminder of Detroit’s divide

Little Caesars Arena stands as a glowing symbol of Detroit’s economic resurgence. Admittedly, the Detroit tax-payer supported arena is fueling job creation and spin-off developments, but not for us in Detroit. Something’s clearly amiss when 90 percent of the hard hats in the arena and other publicly-funded construction sites are worn by Caucasians. It seems […]

Trash Detroit? There are treasures worth saving in our city

Trash Detroit? There are treasures worth saving in our city

As United Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI) completes renovation of a historic community building, I hear a familiar question: “Wouldn’t it have been better to tear down the old structure and build a new one?” Those wondering about the reason for UNI’s current work on the original 1923 portion of the Lawndale Center, in Detroit’s Springwells area, […]

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