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What is Black development? Why is it important? And how is Detroit paving the way? These are the questions Clifford Brown, CEO and president of Woodborn Partners, is answering with vision and persistence. His company, Woodborn Partners is playing an integral role in Detroit’s development renaissance, focusing on building better communities.  Recently Brown along with Mayor Mike Duggan and a host of community leaders, celebrated the grand opening of The Brooke on Bagley, a mixed-use and mixed-income development in Southwest Detroit. This $23 million facility is more

Cheryl Porter, a trailblazer in every sense of the word, is now leading the charge for the American Water Works Association (AWWA) as its President. Her election is historic, marking the first time an African American and a woman of color has held the top board position in the organization’s 143-year history. As the Chief Operating Officer of Water and Field Services for the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), Porter’s ascent to this role signifies a monumental step forward, not just for the AWWA, but for the

Amid the backdrop of Detroit’s skyline, a story of resilience, mentorship, and community uplift is unfolding, orchestrated by none other than Detroit Lions’ wide-receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones. Recently traded from the Cleveland Browns, Peoples-Jones is not just winning on the field; he’s also championing a powerful cause off of it. On a sunny Saturday morning, the air at Cass Tech High School, one of Detroit's most prestigious, is set to be filled with excitement, not just for the grid-iron game but for a game-changing initiative that’s touching young

This summer, the Michigan Chronicle will host its 17th annual Men of Excellence ceremony, a night dedicated to honoring 50 remarkable Black men who have made significant contributions to the city of Detroit. From educators to businessmen, law enforcement officials, government representatives, and professionals across a diverse range of fields, these honorees represent the pinnacle of excellence and leadership in their respective careers. For 17 years, the Men of Excellence ceremony has been a cornerstone event for the Michigan Chronicle, dedicated to uplifting and empowering the Black community

Detroit has named Jessica Care Moore its new Poet Laureate, recognizing her as a voice that embodies the city’s spirit and its resilient arts scene. This announcement, made by the Mayor alongside Detroit’s Office of Arts, Culture, and Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE), highlights a significant step in recognizing local talent on a national scale. Moore, a lifelong Detroiter, steps into this role backed by her substantial contributions to poetry and community engagement. Known for her dynamic presence and poignant words, Moore has consistently used her platform to explore and

At the heart of every pivotal moment in civil rights and political movements, the spirit of “Black Girl Magic” has been palpable, with Black women leading the charge. Their journey is one defined by an alchemy of resilience, leadership, and an unwavering commitment to justice, turning trials and challenges into triumphs. This unique blend of strength and grace under pressure is what imbues Black women’s contributions with a sense of magic; they not only overcome obstacles but do so with a brilliance that sets new standards for

Kenneth Kelly, the Chairman & CEO of First Independence Bank, was honored as the 2024 Banker of the Year by the Michigan Bankers Association (MBA). Kelly, who has spearheaded the bank's leadership since October 2017, was recognized by the MBA Board of Directors for his exceptional dedication to the association, his impactful contributions to the banking sector, his role in the success of First Independence Bank, and his distinguished record in community service. Throughout his career, Kelly has garnered a multitude of accolades and held significant positions that

Comcast has elevated Shannon Dulin to the position of Senior Director of Community Impact for the company’s Central Division, entrusting her with the leadership of philanthropic strategies and initiatives within 13 U.S. states, including her home state of Michigan. Dulin, who brings nearly two decades of experience in community investment and development, is celebrated for her profound understanding of community needs and her ability to forge impactful connections. In her new capacity, Dulin is set to oversee the strategic planning and implementation of Comcast’s community engagement efforts across