Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Have you ever heard of Scleroderma? If you are a black woman of childbearing age, you need to find out. According to the Scleroderma Foundation, African-Americans in that group are 15 times more likely to contract the disease than Caucasians. The disease occurs when a person's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy tissue in the body.
The month of June is Scleroderma Awareness Month. Here in Detroit, one group hopes to bring attention to the disease, it’s symptoms and affects on the body. The Miss Lu Foundation, established by Lu Brooks, is sponsoring Ladies Let’s Live!, a “Beauty Breakfast and Fashion Show” on Saturday, June 1 to benefit the Scleroderma Foundation of Michigan.
There are two forms of the disease, localized and systematic. Localized affects only the skin. The systematic form can affect any part of the body (skin, muscles, blood vessels and internal organs).
In the United States alone, an estimated 300,000 people suffer from the disease. Of that number, experts say a good percentage, one-third of those affected by the systematic form, are African-American.
“I was extremely tired in the early nineties and noticed spots on my fingers, but no doctor could tell me what it all stemmed from,” says Miss Lu, hostess of the Ladies Let’s Live event. After being misdiagnosed several times, the culprit was finally identified. I wasn’t diagnosed with Scleroderma until 2008, after I was asked to see a rheumatologist,” added Miss Lu.
The June 1 event, taking place at Burton Manor in Livonia, will bring together women from all walks of life. The goal is provide an environment where they can learn, get and give support, enjoy national speakers and celebrate all aspects of beauty, confidence, generosity and perseverance that makes women beautiful.
Harriet Goodall, a senior citizen who lives in Detroit, was diagnosed in 1999 and was only given five years to live at the time. Today, she lives with the disease and has hopes research and awareness will lead to a solution for sufferers. “I just want to live to see a cure,” she says.
Since the disease can potentially affect internal organs, there is a risk of mortality with the Systematic form of the disease. The good news is that with advances in diagnosis and treatment, those affected can potentially live as long as someone without the disease.
When asked why she decided to put on this event, Miss Lu said, “Everybody I talked to had never heard about this disease, so I want people to be aware of it so at least it would be known.”
Ladies Let’s Live includes health and fitness tips, beauty bags and prizes. Also, nationally-known speakers and entertainers including saxophonist Yancyy, Oprah Winfrey Popstar winner LaShell Renee, former Miss USA winner, Carole Gist, and national speaker and author, Kim Brooks, are scheduled to be there to uplift and encourage those that attend.
Ladies Let’s Live! Beauty Breakfast and Fashion Show is taking place on Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Burton Manor, 27777 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, MI 48150. Tickets for the fund-raising event are available at Baker’s Bible and Bookstore, 10200 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48204 or Truth Bookstore inside Northland mall or online at http://www.beautybreakfast.eventbrite.com Call 1-313-757-0345 for more info.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 15:56
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Senator Tupac A. Hunter (D-Detroit) introduced legislation today that would give local governments the power to regulate the use of fireworks any time every day of the year. While Michigan law was amended to expand the sale and use of once-illegal fireworks in the state, there are currently no state laws that regulate their use the day before, the day of, and the day after federal holidays.
“Fireworks in Michigan should be used for celebrating, not disturbing the peace, and this bill will help balance that,” said Senator Hunter. “Without any current local or state regulation on when and where these loud and dangerous fireworks can be used during the holiday period, Michigan’s fireworks law is creating a nuisance for many local communities. My bill would allow local governments to regulate the use of these high-powered fireworks in their jurisdictions on any day and at any time.”
Currently, state law allows local governments to regulate the use of fireworks 335 days out of the year, with the ten federal holidays and the days before and after them constituting an amnesty period where they can be used regulation-free. Senator Hunter’s bill would give local municipalities the power to regulate the use of these fireworks any time on those days, enabling them to oversee the use of fireworks year-round.
“Our current state law has been allowing a fireworks free-for-all under the guise of celebration, and I have heard from many seniors, working men and women and parents in my district asking for something to be done. During these thirty days, they currently have no recourse to prevent the use—and many times, abuse--of fireworks in their neighborhoods, and that needs to be addressed. This legislation would create an avenue for local government to regulate the use of these fireworks in order to uphold the rights and address the concerns of everyone involved.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 13:30
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Detroit Regional Chamber
Courtesty Of Detroit Regional Chamber
“To me, my story is simply that someone gave me a shot, gave me a chance, gave me an opportunity to prove what I could do,” said Robert L. Johnson during his keynote address earlier this afternoon. Johnson, founder and chairman of RLJ Companies and founder of Black Entertainment Television, centered his discussion on the role the private sector plays in urban redevelopment.
After an introduction by Dennis Archer Jr., founding principal and president of Archer Corporate Services, Johnson highlighted two ideas that he is focused on putting into action. First, the importance of giving the African American community a chance and an opportunity to succeed in the workforce through what he calls advanced best practices. Second, he discussed the importance of reducing the same community’s dependence on payday lending providers.
Following his remarks, Johnson was joined on stage by Carol Cain, senior producer and host of CBS Detroit’s “Michigan Matters” and Detroit Free Press columnist. To watch video highlights from Johnson’s keynote, click here.
Keep up with the conversation: check the mpc.detroitchamber.com homepage throughout the Conference for full coverage, including extended posts and up-to-date photos and video, in addition to your eDetroiter emails.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 09:53
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle
Jamil was my son, my friend and my travel buddy. We did just about everything together, but even now I realize how much more that I could have done with him. I write this with a very heavy heart because I chose work over spending time with him and our family over the weekend. I believed that I would have more time to spend with him if I accomplished business goals and we had more resources per success. What I realize now is that the most important resource and accomplishment that I have was him and my stepson. I feel that I failed him, his mother Katrina, my wife and his step-mother Jacqueline, his brother Xavier, his grandparents, his family and friends because I made a bad choice, work over family. I pray and ask everyone reading this to always chose your children and your family over business. Never accept that you have time to spend with your children, your spouse and your loved ones. Jamil believed that we should make time to be with people we cared about. He was a very balanced young man in the way he lived his life. Even now, he is teaching me a lesson through his heart and his faith in Jesus Christ. I hope we all learn a valuable lesson from Jamil and his loving, caring, Christ-led spirit. If I was a hero to him in anyway, he was a hero to me as well.
I want you all to know that Jamil was blessed in many ways by hundreds of family members and friends including his grandparents (Edwin & Helen Lombard Charles White & his wife Vernice, my mother Iris Foster (deceased) and my adopted mother & Mom's sister Crystal Foster and his step-grandparents, Arlandist & Julia McCollum and his cousins that he was up north with including Darryl's wife Chastity. For me, there are three important and key people in his life that I want to personally introduce to you.
His mother, Katrina Lombard, who gave birth to him and cherished him,
My wife, Jacqueline, who came into Jamil's in 2007 when he first joined Boy Scouts at Bates Academy
My stepson and Jamil's brother Xavier McCollum, who was a member of Boy Scouts when Jamil joined.
Katrina has been a strong and proud mother. She enjoyed exposing Jamil to different cultures, communities and ideas. She took him to more cities in the country than I have ever been to, which opened him up to seeing the world with a broader perspective than most children. She and I didn't agree on much, but I will clearly state that she loved Jamil very much and will miss him dearly.
Jacqueline came into Jamil's life in 2007 via Boy Scouts and her role grow when we started dating in 2009. She was consistent from the beginning through May 26, 2013. She loved Jamil as if he was her birth son and she gave him the balance of expression, fun and education that I missed at times. She introduced him to baking and cooking, expanding his creativity via education and pushing him to think of others and not himself. Jamil would not have expanded his evolution and growth without her love and support. It touched my heart that she would accept my son in the same way that she loved her son Xavier. In this way, Jamil was blessed because he had two women who loved him and helped him build the compassionate and giving spirit that he has.
Xavier and Jamil are brothers in the true since of the word. Separated by 1 year and 8 days, initially they have some adjustment to Jacqueline and I's relationship. What was the most amazing thing to me is that they found a way to work through the adjustment on their own and built a bond that is stronger than any brotherly bond I have seen. They planned to go to middle school together and made it there in 7th and 8th grade. They played football and ran track together. They played in the Baker band together and they shared a lot of friends. One of the things that warmed my heart was how Xavier took Jamil under his wing during his first week at Baker. Xavier took him around to all of his friends in the 8th grade and told them, he's my brother. That helped Jamil adjust to the new school and blossom into a wonderful and loving young man. For me to properly honor Jamil, I now must take Xavier and support him the same way he supported his brother.
I just wanted to give you all some more context on the wonderful and amazing child Jamil was and the people who guided him in that walk. Being his father is the greatest thing I have ever done, but it was also for two special women and an amazing brother as well.
Thank you all for your love, prayers and support. We all appreciate it and most importantly, Jamil appreciates it.
Funeral arrangements for Jamil:
Friday, May 31st - Viewing 4pm to 8pm
Haley Funeral Home
24525 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48075
Saturday, June 1st - Funeral 12 noon
Family Hour - 11-12 noon
St. Paul A.M.E. Church
2260 Hunt Street
Detroit, MI 48207
If you like to make monetary donations in honor of Jamil Foster, you can make those at any Chase Bank location to the Jamil Foster Memorial Foundation Acct #2960755272.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 10:21
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Bob Johnson speaks about how he started BET at the Michigan Policy conference. He talks fondly about John Malone, owner of Liberty Media for helping him get started.
Johnson says he built his businesses by forming strategic alliances. He says he's not the smartest guy in the room. He said a lot of African Americans just havent had the opportunities that he had.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 17:07
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