Category: Community Written by Rian English
In 2011, Clear Channel Communications began cutting radio staff from stations around the country, and replacing beloved Deejays and hosts with syndicated talent.
The most recent round of cuts affected employees at stations in major markets across the U.S., including those in Los Angeles, Dallas, San Diego, Detroit, and Miami. Cuts included on-air talent as well as production and administrative staff. However, in Detroit an unexpected and unappreciated cut has silenced one of Detroit’s most beloved radio hosts, Frankie Darcell.
Darcell was one of the leading voices of the African-American community in Detroit. She garnered listener loyalty with her lively “talk of the town” topics, candid celebrity interviews and introspective “mix meditation.”
Unwilling to go into the specifics about her sudden departure from her WMXD-FM (92.3) radio show, Darcell noted she had no idea she would be let go from the position she held for 11 years.
“My new career started on that Friday,” she said. “I was certainly saddened and disappointed but that moment can come for any of us. Whenever you work for someone else, you are at the risk of getting that tap on the shoulder.”
Despite the recent news Darcell came across poised and optimistic about the future.
“I see this as the beginning of the next chapter. I’m at the top of my game. In fact, if I were a car I would really just be in second gear. I absolutely love what I do and God could not have blessed me any more than he has by me being in radio and media in particular. Its an amazing privileged to be paid to be yourself.”
Darcell went on to note the numerous projects she is currently working on and how she will always find a way to be heard on Detroit’s airwaves.
“I have pretty much learned to multitask in media. I have written three books, I’m in the middle of my fourth book and I’ve hosted my own television show. I have learned to use all my skills and become multidimensional, not only in entertainment but politics and social media. Detroit is my home and I have no intentions on leaving. I still plan on using my talents here, but I can say I will make more of an investment in myself and focus on building my own brand.”
Darcell has received an immense amount of support from her fans and said “because of the recent news I have had some wonderful comments sent my way from people all around the country. I knew there would be some sort of response when I left the office that Friday morning, but I had no idea it would become a national story.”
While Darcell gave no specific information about her next move, she responded with an insightful anecdote: “I don’t want to put a comma where God has put a period and I don’t want to put a period where God has put a comma. So I am just open to whatever the next blessing is.”
To stay connected with Frankie Darcell and all her new ventures, she urges fans to follow her on Facebook and twitter @FrankieDarcell.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 13:05
Category: Community Written by Sheena Wilder
Big Boi's Big Kidz Foundation names Clifton L. Camp, Esquire as 2013 Board of Director Member
ATLANTA, GA - As an Atlanta Influencer Clifton L. Camp, Esq., founder of MarketingCamp, LLC, which builds brands in the fashion, lifestyle, film, publishing and entertainment industries, has been named to the board of directors for the Atlanta-based Big Kidz Foundation, Inc. The appointment will be announced Dec. 19th, 2012 during the Big Kidz Foundation Holiday Mixer, 6:30p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Stankonia Studios | 677 Antone Street | Atlanta, GA. | 30318.
About Clifton L. Camp, Esquire
Camp, a native of Detroit, Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Michigan and a JD from Georgia State University Law School. He is well known in the Atlanta community for his keen eye for emerging trends and his entrepreneurial spirit. In the early 1990’s he launched the Detroit Urban Coffee House, which Motown recording artist KEM and Grammy winning rap artist Eminem credit for launching their careers. Most recently, Camp became the Executive Producer for Miles and Me, a new movie starring Eddie Murphy as Miles Davis, Halle Berry and Laurence Fishburne.
During his eight years as CEO of MarketingCamp, LLC, Camp has hosted and presented numerous events and served as an advertising agency for UPTOWN Ventures Group and Who’s Who Publishing Company. Camp’s affiliates and clients include Real Times Media, the artist Gilbert Young, three time Grammy Nominee DWELE, author Denise Scott, UPTOWN Magazine and K & G Fashion Superstores among others.
Camp was included in the directory Who’s Who in Black Atlanta in 2011 and 2012 and currently serves on the Host Committee for the 2nd annual Flavors & Colors of Haiti event, the 1st annual Georgia Entertainment Awards, and The Legendary Awards. He resides in Johns Creek, Georgia, with wife Keir and daughters Chene, Stori, Skylar and son Chase.
About Big Kidz Foundation
Big Kidz Foundation, the philanthropic vision of Grammy Award Winning Antwan “Big Boi” Patton (Outkast member), is an effort to take education and knowledge to another dimension. Established in 2006, with a firm belief that cultural exposure, musical and literary expressions, and the invaluable experiences of travel, makes for a well-rounded person. Big Kidz Foundation's mission is to nurture the intellect of youth by providing them with culturally diverse experiences in the field of humanities, while enhancing their leadership abilities and creating socially-conscious individuals.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 13:02
Late Detroit Tiger’s Community Affairs coordinator to be honored on organ donation float in prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle
Organ donor Kristen Joe’s family will complete her portrait made of floral materials at Dec. 15 celebration at Comerica Park
Everyone knew Kristen Michelle Joe would do great things with her life, and fast. As soon as she could talk, Kristen began singing in the choir at New Bright Star Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit. She took piano lessons for more than a decade, played the violin and harp, and graduated from high school at age 16. A University of Michigan graduate and Detroit Tigers community affairs coordinator – a job she loved -- Kristen made people feel special in life.
In death, Kristen did the same, saving four lives through organ donation and helping many more as a tissue and corneal donor. The 28-year-old woman from Detroit, who died in February 2012 after a fatal asthma attack, will be among 72 donors honored with “floragraphs” on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year’s Day.
Kristen Joe’s family and friends will complete her floragraph – a portrait created with floral materials – at a special event at 2-5 p.m. Saturday, December 15, at Tiger Club at Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward, in Detroit.
“It is a great honor for our daughter Kristen’s floragraph to be on the Donate Life float at the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade and we are excited to have the opportunity to attend the events in Pasadena,” said her parents, Drs. Annette and Lonnie Joe. “When Kristen renewed her license last year, she told me she wanted to register as an organ donor. Kristen was a very generous person and was always giving presents. Even though this has been the most difficult time in our lives, we have joy knowing that her sweet voice continues to echo through her many loving gifts.”
Kristen’s legacy of giving, like that of all donors, reflects an individual’s heroic decision when one signs up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. Her floragraph is being sponsored by Sallop, a full-service insurance brokerage firm with more than 50 years of unparalleled excellence in risk mitigation and commercial insurance. Sallop is working with Gift of Life Michigan and the Gift of Life Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) to finish the floragraph in Michigan.
“She was the Community Affairs Coordinator with the Detroit Tigers, and Comerica Park is the perfect place for her family, friends, and colleagues to commemorate her legacy,” said Remonia Chapman, MOTTEP program director. Upon completion, the floragraph will be shipped back to California to be installed on the Donate Life float in time for the 124th annual Tournament of Roses Parade.
Also at the special event, Gift of Life Michigan and the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan will present the Detroit Tigers with a Donate Life “Champion Award” for their long-standing support of organ, tissue and eye donation. Every year, the Tigers host a “Donate Life Day” game to promote the cause and sign up people on the donor registry.
In 2012, more than half a million people have joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry to record their decision to help others by becoming an organ, tissue and cornea donor. Each donor can save up to eight lives and improve the lives of 50 more through tissue donation.
To sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, visit giftoflifemichigan.org, call 800.482.4881 or visit any Secretary of State branch office. Michigan residents who sign up will receive a red heart donor emblem for the front of their driver’s license or ID card. Those who have signed the back of their license, or registered previously, should update their registration to get the red heart donor emblem.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2012 12:16
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle
The Michigan Health Ministries of Ascension Health will consolidate the Marketing, Public Relations and Communications functions under the leadership of one state-wide leader. Janice Cosby has accepted the role of chief marketing officer for Michigan. The change is effective January 1, 2013.
Cosby has been asked to evaluate and address specific priorities to leverage Ascension’s footprint in the state and lay the groundwork for business growth from a state-wide perspective. Among the priorities will be developing a Michigan Market brand identity and leverage contracts resulting in significant cost savings across all ministries. The Marketing Leads at each Michigan ministry will have a direct reporting relationship to Cosby.
She brings long experience and leadership qualities to this important role. She has served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at St. John Providence for more than four years, previously was vice-president at McLaren Health System, and has expertise in systems thinking, strategic planning and execution.
The Michigan Health Ministries of Ascension Health include Borgess Health, Genesys Health System, St. John Providence Health System, St. Joseph Health System and St. Mary’s of Michigan.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 December 2012 12:00
Category: Community Written by Kate Abbey-Lambertz/ Huffington Post
When the founder of Detroit's new delivery service appeared on my front porch bearing the can of pop I had ordered online just 14 minutes earlier, I had to invite him inside to ask a few questions.
25-year-old Jimmy McBroom isn't just quick on a bike. On Monday, he launched Konbini, a service that allows those in the Midtown and Downtown neighborhoods to order groceries and home goods online -- from ketchup and cleaning products to clementines or condoms.
The Utica native and Cranbrook grad went to Columbia University, where he wrote his thesis about "right-sizing" Detroit. McBroom returned to Michigan after graduating in 2010, but the idea for Konbini came from a late-night delivery service he used frequently as a student in New York.
"I'm not trying to stock anything too crazy," he said. "I'm just thinking sometimes people feel lazy, don't want to leave the house, and … after a certain hour you're stuck with what you have at the liquor store or the gas station."
McBroom envisions students at nearby Wayne State University as his "bread and butter," and some of the options -- pints of ice cream, ramen, Red Bull, individual rolls of toilet paper and the plastic Solo cups used in that most traditional of drinking games, beer pong -- seem to cater to a clientele that fuels a "study hard, play hard" lifestyle with late night snacks.
Konbini is currently open from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m and has a flat $3.50 delivery fee for orders, which are placed online and paid for in-person by cash or credit. McBroom said he's hesitant about the long hours, and as they see when customers place orders they may whittle down. After all, for now it's just McBroom, his roommate, a few friends volunteering and their bikes.
"My goal is to start a sustainable business. I'm not trying to be the one who's delivering food all day," he said. "It would be pretty sweet to be a job creator."
Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2012 12:33
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