Category: Community Written by Minehaha Forman
Every DPS and high school student who attended school for the entire day yesterday, Oct. 3, will soon be able to pick up a free pair black leather, low-top Nike sneakers thanks to Bob’s Kicks For Count day campaign.
Jason Johnson and Christian Dorsey, owners of the Midtown shoe shop Bob’s Classic Kicks, created the non-profit Kicks For Count Day and raised the funds to donate more than 20,000 high quality sneakers to all kids attending a DPS high school all day on Count Day.
“We are a product of DPS,” Johnson said of himself and is business partner Dorsey. The two attended Martin Luther King High School together. “We’re just giving back to what created us and where they’re saying all the blues are. We need to give something to the blues people.”
Count Day is crucial for public school districts across Michigan, a attendance on these day is directly correlated to the amount of per-pupil funding each district will get from the state.
This year marks the debut of Bob’s Kicks for Count Day according to Johnson and Dorsey. Johnson said that the program is annual and one that he plans to expand it to include all DPS students, k-12, on Count Days in the coming years.
“We shouldn’t be the only ones doing something like this,” said Dorsey adding that school funding and attendance is crucial to the quality of our future leaders. “Hopefully, this opens up the door for a bunch of stuff. This is what we’re serious about.”
The business owners and non-profit founders said they got some heat for offering to donate the shoes as an incentive for kids to attend school. .
“Some People called it a bribe, that’s ridiculous,” Johnson said. He compared the shoe incentive to giving away coats on a cold day or turkeys for Thanksgiving. “We’re giving something that children really need,” he said.
The Kicks for Count Day campaign is a community initiative with heavy donations from individuals in the Detroit community.
The two recalled their DPS days and said they have noticed some progress the district has made since then.
“It’s dope this year for DPS,” Dorsey said. “They never gave us any books or laptops, you might get a pizza party but that’s about it,” he said. “They pay more attention to attendance now. If you don’t show up to class, they call your house.”
Dorsey also noted that DPS has rebuilt a lot of its old facilities “They got a new King, Cass, Mumford and Finney. When we went to school these buildings were still old,” he said.
As for doing business in the City of Detroit, the two have no complaints.
“We have good days here.” Johnson said. “Businesses keep moving here so something’s gotta be right. People need to realize Detroit is where it’s at.”
After meeting with DPS emergency financial manager Roy Roberts, Johnson and Dorsey said they were impressed.
“We had a long conversation with him. He’s trying to do something positive for the district,” Dorsey said. “And from what I’m understanding, they’re having record numbers in school today.”
The shoes could be distributed as soon as next week when attendance records are tallied and all precautions are taken to eliminate fraud and make sure each eligible student gets a pair. All qualifying DPS high school students will be able to redeem a voucher for one free pair of black Nike sneakers at Bob’s Classic Kicks on Woodward.
Johnson founded Bob’s Classic Kicks 8 years ago and the business continues to thrive today.
Dorsey and Johnson urge students to go to school not just on Count Day. “You have to be in school all day, every day, that’s the only way you’re going to get educated,” Dorsey said.
The message the Johnson and Dorsey have for DPS students is one of hope.
“We want kids to know you can graduate from DPS and still own your own business, go to college, be doctor or lawyer, whatever you want,” they said noting that many DPS students are downtrodden by the district’s image. “It’s deep. We just want to be on the same playing field as everybody else.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 09:22
Category: Community Written by WWJ
Whether it’s apple pie, rhubarb pie or a savory slice of cheesecake that will cure your sweet-tooth craving, these restaurants deliver. For the upcoming holidays and changing seasons, don’t skimp out and simply stroll out to the supermarket for a quick pie. These restaurants are offering handmade sweets with the freshest ingredients.
Achatz Homemade Pie Co.
1063 E. Long Lake Road
Troy, MI 48098
Though not entirely a restaurant and more of a local bakery, this Troy establishment has some of the best “just like mom used to make” homemade pies. Fillings include favorites like strawberry rhubarb for a reasonable price at between $3.29 to $3.79 for individual slices and 10-inch full pies at $14.99 to $17.99. If rhubarb isn’t your favorite, Achatz also serves a decadent pumpkin crumb pie, French pecan pie and even savory pot pies.
Opus One Restaurant
565 E. Larned St.
Detroit, MI 48226
When you’re out for a night on the town enjoying the sights or perhaps about to see a show (or dinner theater at the restaurant), Opus One in Detroit offers a fine-dining atmosphere in what was previously an old taxi garage. The building was beautifully renovated and now offers a full-course dinner menu, bistro and some of the best handmade ice cream in town. Choose from the pastry cart where each tempting treat is in plain sight for the satiated diner. Options often include large slices of pie or cheesecake, offering both chocolate and fruity variations.
162 N. Old Woodward Ave.
Birmingham, MI 48009
Though a bit pricey, generally around $12 to $20 for the pastries and desserts, Kilwins is still a consistent favorite in Birmingham and the surrounding area. All of the desserts are homemade, freshly baked and given a touch of loving care to make local favorites like the fudge and cashew brittle simply the best and a must-try. Kilwins’ cinnamon buns are perfect for autumn, providing a great treat to start out your crisp morning.
4160 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Who says raw-food restaurants can’t have wonderful desserts? This Detroit restaurant, which is a completely vegan and vegeratarian raw-food eatery, has become quite popular for its unique twist on serving food as well as its amazing apple crisps and cashew cheesecake. If you’re in the mood for unique food in an unfamiliar atmosphere, The RawCafe offers reasonably priced desserts at $5 to $10. You would have never guessed that these treats came from a health-conscious recipe.
The Hudson Cafe
1241 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
Ready for some dessert for breakfast or maybe a sweet and delectable brunch? The Hudson Cafe in downtown Detroit can certainly deliver, especially with treats like its red velvet pancakes and graham cracker French toast. The cafe also offers a wide varieties of autumn-inspired pies, coffees and hot chocolates. Although a dining experience for two will normally cost around $40 if you’re going for a full meal, taking the time to drop by and try some of the sweeter options will certainly delight.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 14:18
Category: Community Written by Damon Autry
The Rainbow Push Automotive Project kicks off its 13th annual Global Automotive and Energy Summit tomorrow at the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel. More than 250 automotive executives, entrepreneurs, automotive suppliers, community leaders, and others, will convene to discuss methods to strengthen and create opportunities in the automotive and energy industries for people of color.
Panel discussions at the conference will focus on such topics as developing partnerships between Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers, enhancing diversity in automotive advertising, gaining access to corporate services, examining the impact of women of color in the automotive industry, and a host of other subjects. The Automotive Project will also unveil its study during the conference that chronicles the economic impact of the automotive industry on urban communities. This study, among other things, explores the reasons why African Americans were so disproportionately affected by the recent economic downturn and how the automotive industry became the main catalyst for middle-class-America status for African Americans.
Glenda Gill, executive director of the Automotive Project, said inclusion and diversity industry-wide has to improve. “Some auto companies are sprinting with inclusion as their mantras,” she said. “Others have been slow, yet steady. Still others are moving at a snail’s pace even though the ethnic marketplace subsidizes their revenue and sustains their companies.”
For more information of the Global Automotive and Energy Summit or the Rainbow Push organization, visit www.rainbowpush.org.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:52
Category: Community Written by Rashida Maples, Esq, Hello Beautiful
During my tenure as a student of the Florida A&M University – School of Business MBA Program, I learned at a vital stage of my academic career the importance of continued networking. We were required to complete three internships prior to graduation, so the vast experience, perks and knowledge we received came in many lessons and opportunities outside of our daily duties working within some of the top companies in the United States and Worldwide.
One of the many perks, in my opinion, was the ability to attend the National Black MBA Conference each year, commencing my third year of the five year program. I can admit my attendance was not 100 percent fueled by a desire to network in its “traditional” sense, however, I also recognized the benefits of being able to make introductions to some very talented individuals in the business sector while enjoying festivities at a Biz Markie party.
With professional friends in medicine, law, business, the arts, journalism and science, one thing we all share is continued attendance to many conferences hosted by numerous professional organizations. Conferences such as the Corporate Counsel of Women of Color and K&L Gates LLP Career Strategies Conference, The National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention and Career Fair, Black Entertainment and Sports Law Association Conference, The National Medical Association Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly and The National Black MBA Association Conference exist to benefit those currently working in said professions, as well as those looking to make an entrance to those fields.
This week The National Black MBA Association Conference is being held in Indianapolis, Indiana and will host thousands of attendees and participants looking to connect with other like-minded individuals for networking, partying and job seeking. Derrick Bryant, President of the National Black MBA Association New York Chapter, believes these conferences offer young professionals many benefits to assist with their career journey. “Each year the NBMBAA hosts its annual conference and offers benefits to young professionals such as, access to Fortune 500 Companies and their decision makers, networking opportunities with other professionals, mentoring opportunities, professional development, entrepreneur seminars, career fairs and the opportunity to join NBMBAA committees in an effort to learn new skill sets in leadership, marketing, public relations, web design and financial management.”
Mr. Bryant also noted that introductions to local chapters, and continued support on the local level after said conferences, can open doors to additional opportunities. Currently the New York Chapter of NBMBAA has the following events in its pipeline:
Exclusive career night event with GE Capital
Capital One networking event
AXA seminar: “Strategies for Recovery: Getting Your Financial house in Order”
NYU seminar: Preparing for the NBMBAA Conference
BBH (Brown Brothers Harriman) career night event and its Annual Gala/Scholarship Reception
Additionally, The National Association of Black Journalists welcomes journalists, media executives, public relations professionals and students to their Annual Convention and Career Fair every year to network, participate in professional development sessions and celebrate excellence in journalism, while the NMA Annual Convention & Scientific Assembly offers an exciting venue to interact with the largest spectrum of African American physicians, academicians and scientists in the country as well as other allied health professionals.
As young professionals and entrepreneurs, it is important to consider and implement numerous networking strategies into our career campaigns in order to keep up with what’s new in any particular industry, along with introductions to the movers and shakers who make high leveled decisions. Though every individual’s motivations for attending said conferences may not be identical, there have always been surprise relationships developed and fostered from meeting new peers who may be able to assist you within your pursuits of success, no matter the career path.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 13:51
Category: Community Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) - It’s your chance to enjoy fine dining in the D on the cheap.
Friday marks the start of Detroit Restaurant Week, and 17 restaurants are serving up specially priced three-course dinners starting a $30 per person.
“You get a fantastic meal actually,” said Chef Paul Grosz, owner of Cuisine in Detroit’s New Center. “It’s really a great way to … try something new or to go to one of your favorite restaurants and just take advantage of it.”
Grosz described a few hot items on the menu.
“I came up with a new soup. It’s a crab barley soup — it’s a great fall item. We’re showcasing our braised beef short ribs and flying in daily, the Alaskan Halibut. And then I took a chicken breast and we’re stuffing it with some duck meat — it’s kinda a neat thing.” Grosz said.
Other participating restaurants include: 24Grille – Westin Book Cadillac Detroit , Andiamo Detroit Riverfront – GM Ren Cen, Angelina Italian Bistro – Downtown, Atlas Global Bistro – Midtown, Caucus Club – Penobscot Building, Cliff Bell’s – Downtown, Coach Insignia – GM Ren Cen, Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille – Foxtown, Detroit Seafood Market – Paradise Valley, Fountain Bistro – Campus Martius Park, Iridescence – MotorCity Casino-Hotel, La Dolce Vita – Palmer Woods District. Rattlesnake Club – Stroh River Place, Roast – Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, Roma Cafe – Eastern Market and The Whitney – Midtown.
See the menus at www.DetroitRestaurantWeek.com
Reservations are recommended and can be made by visiting this link or by contacting the restaurants directly. Fall restaurant week runs through October 7.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 09:25
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