Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
LANSING – The Michigan Film Office announced today the pilot for new a cable television series and the second season of the Internet program Detroit Rubber have been approved for film incentives from the state.
The television pilot project is a reality show following a Michigan gym owner and his staff as they work to train professional athletes and the middle-aged dads that work alongside them. Shooting in Plymouth, the project is being directed by Michigan native Chris Farah with Mike Farah and Anna Wenger producing.
“Both of these projects highlight Michigan entrepreneurs and their businesses while providing opportunities for the talented crew base we have here in the state,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “It is especially exciting that Chris and Mike Farah, two talented filmmakers from our state, are bringing another project home to Michigan.”
The pilot was awarded an incentive of $78,153 on $259,922 of projected in-state expenditures and expected to hire 35 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 2 jobs.
Detroit Rubber Season 2 was awarded an incentive of $68,348 on $235,987 of projected in-state expenditures. The project expects to hire 20 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 1 job.
Detroit Rubber follows Rick Williams and Roland “Ro” Coit, owners of the Royal Oak sneaker shop Burn Rubber and boutique two/eighteen. The show will continue to highlight these Michigan entrepreneurs as they balance family, a growing business and day-to-day struggles.
Michigan native Christos Moisides will serve as director and producer on the project with executive producers including Marshall Mathers and Paul Rosenberg from Shady Films and Evan Bregman, Ben Silverman, Montrel McKay and Danny Lee from Electus. The eight episode show will again air on the premium YouTube channel LOUD, which has more than 135,000 subscribers and 1.5 million views each week.
In Fiscal Year 2013, 19 projects have been awarded a total of $33,078,203 on $127,566,757 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,376 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 599 jobs.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Film Review Committee, comprised of senior MEDC staff including the Michigan Film Commissioner, reviews all completed applications using the statute to guide approval decisions.
The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan. For more on the Michigan Film Office, visit: MichiganFilmOffice.org.
Pure Michigan is a brand on the rise, representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead agency for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.
For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit: MichiganAdvantage.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:50
Category: Community - Original Written by Bankole Thompson/Chronicle senior editor
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony today unveiled plans for the 50th anniversary of the March on Woodward led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Several organizations, institutions and individuals, including the NAACP and the United Auto Workers (UAW), are joining hands in a coalition to celebrate the 1963 march, which was the prelude to the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice. It was at the Washington march and on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream,” speech now cited as one of the greatest oratory presentations in history.
The Detroit celebration on June 22 will be a march down Woodward Avenue following the same route that King took when he marched in Detroit, organized by the Detroit Council for Human Rights and chaired by the late Rev. C.L. Franklin.
“It has been 50 years since Dr. King walked down the streets of Woodward Avenue in the city of Detroit to begin a collection from the bank of freedom and justice. He would later declare at the mall in Washington in August 1963 that the check has come back marked ‘insufficient funds,’” Anthony told a media roundtable today at the NAACP offices in Detroit.
“Even though the check came back marked ‘insufficient funds,’ Dr. King still declared to the world that he had a dream. That dream was for people to be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. The dream was for jobs, justice and peace.”
Anthony said recreating the historic march down Woodward with labor, faith-based, community, business and grassroots organizations is to continue to demand equality at the highest levels of government.
This year’s commemoration will feature a long line of speakers and there is no keynote speaker.
Despite the progress that has been made since the King years and with Barack Obama becoming the first African American president, Anthony said, “We are mindful that we still need jobs, justice and peace. We are mindful that democracy is under attack. We are mindful that everyone is not pleased with the changing realities that are visible within our nation.”
Rev, Franklin, who was a close friend of Dr. King, said this about the March on Woodward and its significance to succeeding generations:
“A demonstration should be held every year on the last Sunday in the month of June until the last vestige of inequality in this country is wiped out. It is our responsibility to fight for what is ours, and that means every day.”
Franklin, who was pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church, led the Detroit Human Rights Council and its directors including Jackie Vaughn III, Rev. Albert Cleage, James Del Rio, Rev. J. A. Bruce, Rev. Ordie Burns and Lillian Hatcher on May 17, 1963 to unanimously adopt the “Declaration of Detroit,” resolution at his church.
African Americans at the time had only consisted of 30 percent of the city’s population, but according to the resolution they made up of “70 percent existing in substandard housing; denied after 100 years of Constitutional freedom the full measure of the social contract, we do hereby declare before God and all men that we will no longer abide, tolerate or countenance this manifest injustice.”
The demands in the resolution for some still ring true today as Blacks continue to face some of the same hurdles, notwithstanding the progress that has occurred in the Black community since 1963.
Events leading up to next month’s celebration will include a series of strategy sessions called “Voices for Action” on June 21, on the eve of the anniversary dealing with the rights of workers and the necessity to provide opportunities in job creation, entrepreneurship, ending youth violence and protecting the right to vote.
A video contest for school and college students is also part of activities marking the anniversary, according to NAACP Executive Director Donnell White. Students wishing to enter the contest are asked to upload a one-minute video explaining how they are helping to rebuild their community at www.freedomwalkdetroit.com/contest, the official website for the program. Students could win prizes such as an Apple MacBook Pro or an Apple iPad Mini.
“We thought it was important that we connect King’s legacy with today’s actions, and youths working toward Detroit’s revitalization is a perfect way to do that,” said Anthony.
UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles said, “We have many milestones to celebrate since King walked Detroit’s streets. But we are asking that everyone take a step toward finding solutions as we go forward and the anniversary celebration is a good place to start.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:38
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber L. Bogins
Summer is right around the corner and June is National Child Safety Awareness Month. Summer is full of fun, travel, going to the beach and more -- here are eight summer must haves to keep kids safe this summer
1. Parking Pal Magnet: SAFER unpacking; keep kids safe in parking lot
This is a super safety product; unpacking the car at the beach can be challenging -- beach chairs, coolers, beach umbrella, towels, toys, kids, ect. The Parking Pal Magnet is a magnet to place on a safe part of the automobile and a child places their hand on the magnet to stay in place safely while the car is unloaded. Parking Pal makes trips to the beach and anywhere else this summer easier and safer.
2. SwimZip Swimwear: SAFER swimwear
We are all aware of the dangers of exposure to the sun. SwimZip Swimwear offers super cute swimsuits in UV50+ protection. SwimZip blocks 99% of the UVA and UVB cancer causing rays from your little ones skin! We all might as well purchase SwimZip suits because it offers safety from the sun for kids so simply.
$17.99 - $29.99
The Noblo Umbrella Buddy: SAFER beach umbrella use
Invented by two moms to stop fly away beach umbrellas (and the injuries that can result from this), the Noblo is a simple to use beach umbrella anchor. Three easy steps: 1) Fill noblo with sand, 2) velcro to beach umbrella, and 3) relax at the beach. Noblo will take care of your beach umbrella.
4. Zoe b organic Beach Toys -- SAFER beach toys, SAFER for the kids -- Safer for the planet
• Made from corn, not petroleum.
• SAFER for our kids: no toxic chemicals like BPA, phthalates.
• SAFE for our oceans: If washed out to sea, our toys will fully break down in 2-3 years (not 500 years, like ordinary plastic).
• The world's first biodegradable beach toys.
• Made in USA.
• 5 pieces set: bucket, sifter/lid, shovel, 2 cups.
• Color: turquoise/lime, pink/orange
5. Eye Cream Shades -- SAFER Eyes: UVA &UVB sun protection for those little eyes.
Eyes Cream Shades is a leader in providing quality sunwear for kids ages 6 months and above. All Eyes Cream frames are fashion forward, comfortable, as well as durable; and all lenses are polycarbonate and provide 100% UVA & UVB protection. As everyone knows, sunglasses are not "toys" or novelty items, but serve an important health function -protecting precious eyes. Many celebrity moms and dads sport their little ones in the Eyes Cream Shades brand.
6. S'well Water Bottle -- SAFER days with proper hydration: This is such a great water bottle for the beach!
S'well is a fashionable, reusable, sustainable water bottle company. Their bottles are double walled in stainless steel leaving liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Not only will you have a great water bottle for the beach, but you will help in S'well's effort to bring clean water to the world's poorest communities. Water is essential for life, but one billion people (one sixth of the world's population) do not have safe access to it. To address this crisis, S'well is a proud to partner with WaterAid.
The bottles shown above feature a quartz finish (no-slip) for that much-needed, sweaty-hand grip -- perfect for the beach on a hot day.
7. Dr. Robin All Natural Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 30+ -- SAFER sun protection
With all the information about sunscreen/sun exposure a SAFER choice is Dr. Robins.
Made in California
Specially formulated by a Pediatric Dermatologist
Made in California and specially formulated by a Pediatric Dermatologist. Believing less is more, Dr. Robin created this broad spectrum mineral sunscreen without irritating chemicals, phthalates, parabens, or fragrance. Dr. Robin's special formula is: Gluten-free/ Water Resistant/ Formulated to minimize allergic reaction/ Coral Reef Safe. Dr. Robin is Robin Schaffran, M.D., a caring mom who happens to be a Beverly Hills Dermatologist.
8. Little Toader AppeTEETHERS - SAFER Teething Toy; keep babies entertained this summer
While adults and children have fun this summer, so can babies with AppeTEETHERS by Little Toader. Using a play on words with "appetizers" and "teethers", AppeTEETHERS are fun, safe and effective teething toys that look like real food. While BBQing this summer, baby can enjoy a Chompin' Chicken Wing or Baby-Q Ribs…coming soon are fruits, veggies and sweets. These patented silicone teething toys are free of BPA, Phthalate, PVC and lead providing the perfect amount of resistance to sooth babies' sore gums and best of all they are fun.
"One super important safety necessity at the beach is to show your children where the lifeguard stand is and tell them to go to the lifeguards if they are lost. Its easy to get disoriented at the beach and children do not always think to go to the lifeguards," shares Kathleen Pisano, inventor of Noblo.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 16:08
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber L. Bogins
The American Heart Association wants metro Detroiters to let their footsteps be heard as they start their journey to better heart health at the Metro Detroit Heart Walk at Ford Field on June 8 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Stadium doors open at 8 a.m. followed by a welcome ceremony at 10 a.m., then the walk at 10:30 a.m. This event is free to the public, however, individuals and teams are encouraged to register and fundraise in advance.
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death while stroke is the No. 4 cause of death in Americans. The annual Heart Walk is a nationwide event that allows attendees to participate in physical activities while raising funds for heart disease and stroke research and education. Thousands will walk or run through downtown Detroit to celebrate those living with or lost from heart disease.
“When you join Heart Walk, you join more than a million people in 350 cities across America in taking a stand against heart disease and helping save lives,” said Joel Kahn, chair of the Metro Detroit Heart Walk and professor of Medicine at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine. “From every dollar raised through the Heart Walk campaign, three dollars goes back into the community to help improve the lives of Michigan residents.”
Attendees can participate in a wide range of activities including: a mascot race, Fifth Third Kids’ Zone, Bokwa fitness demonstration, health screenings and live entertainment among others. Radio Disney, Sean Lee of WWJ News Radio 950 and Anqunette Jamison of Fox 2 News will also be on-site to interact with the crowd. Attendees have the option to participate in a 1-mile or 3-mile walk, or the Barton Malow 5K Fun Run/Walk. This year, the Association added a Torch Ceremony to honor those impacted by cardiovascular disease and stroke.
“The Heart Walk is more than a one-day celebration,” said Kahn. “It is the first step to a longer and healthier life free from cardiovascular disease and stroke.”
Parking for the Detroit Heart Walk is available for $4 through Ampco System Parking in Lots 4, 5, and 6 and for $5 through Olympia Entertainment in Lots 1, 2, 3 and W. Follow the Metro Detroit Heart Walk event on Twitter using the hashtag #DetroitHeartWalk.
The Heart Walk is nationally sponsored by Subway and Jenny Craig. The Metro Detroit Heart Walk is locally sponsored by FMR, Fifth Third Bank, Meritor, Ford Field and Levy Restaurants, Michigan Radio, FOX 2 News and WWJ Newsradio 950. For more information about the Heart Walk and registration, visit miheartwalk.org or call 248-936-5782.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:54
Category: Community - Original Written by Carol Cain
MOUSSA KABA is a teen enrolled at Cornerstone Health High School which started as a joint effortmof Cornerstone Schools, Grand Valley State University and Detroit Medical Center to train more young people for healthier careers and address the growing need in that burgeoning jobs sector.
- Photo Courtesy CBS 62 / Paul Pytlowany
With seismic technology shifts and other changes sweeping through companies, schools and communities, what’s ahead for the state that put the world on wheels?
A big time talent gap as those changes have helped fuel a divide as many workers and companies in manufacturing, information technology, healthcare and engineering are in jeopardy with reports of over 63,000 jobs in Michigan unfilled right now.
If nothing is done, this situation will only worsen with baby boomers retiring, leaving more voids with fewer young people prepared for those jobs.
Add in the brain drain of young talent and what’s left is a talent disconnect that could threaten Michigan’s future.
Which is why leaders from across the state including Gov. Rick Snyder, Quicken Loans Founder Dan Gilbert, Amway President Doug DeVos, Ford Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields, DTE Energy CEO Gerard Anderson, UAW President Bob King, and Northern Michigan University President David Haynes -- are channeling new efforts and programs to address this problem.
CBS 62 will showcase some of those efforts in its latest “Eye On The Future” prime time TV special “Bridging Michigan’s Workforce Divide” airing Sunday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. This program shows what is taking place in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Marquette that will help bridge that disconnect.
And it also shares insights from experts on what people and businesses need to know to be better prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Snyder kicked off the conversation earlier this year with his two day economic summit in the Motor City that brought together students, educators, CEOs and business organizations to focus on it.
“We could lower our unemployment rate 1.5 percent by filling those 63,000 open positions,” Snyder said.
“We’re focusing as a state to say that the jurisdiction that does the best job of matching supply to talent will have a strong strategic advantage over other parts of the country and the world,” Snyder explained.
Among some of the programs highlighted in the fast paced “Bridging Michigan’s Workforce Divide” special:
Cornerstone Health High School which joins Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone Schools and Detroit Medical Center as they team up in a new charter school in Detroit that has a mission of helping its first class of 70 students gear up for careers in the burgeoning healthcare sector.
Detroit Chassis, an auto supplier on Detroit’s east side, had such a growing need for employees as its business grew that it turned to Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Community Ventures programs and hired dozens of workers who were considered unemployable.
It gave those workers a chance at a new life and also helped the company prosper.
Cliffs Natural Resources in the Upper Peninsula – like many companies across the state -- is addressing its talent needs by working with schools including Northern Michigan University and business organizations to find and train good workers.
With 50-percent of Cliffs’ workers retiring the past five years, it has become a focal point for the iron ore mining company.
There are lessons to be learned from Cliffs Natural Resources, Detroit Chassis and Cornerstone Medical High School.
“Bridging Michigan’s Workforce Divide” will also show viewers where the good paying jobs are right now in key Michigan markets.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:17
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