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Jackson State University President Thomas K. Hudson visited Detroit on Saturday, July 31 for a funding-raising event for the historically Black university located in Jackson, Mississippi. By Sherri Kolade Jackson State University, a historically Black college/university, has been changing the lives of thousands of students since it opened its doors in 1877. The HBCU, which has undergone seven name changes, was founded as Natchez Seminary in 1877 by the American Baptist Home Mission Society, according to the school’s website. Jackson State University has since expanded and flourished as an HBCU, and

Discussion will focus on company’s efforts to engage Black and brown consumers Wednesday, June 9 at 2 p.m. DETROIT — June 4, 2021 — On Wednesday, June 9 at 2 p.m., Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes & Politics series will feature General Motors CEO Mary Barra. Following the untimely death of George Floyd, GM’s leadership committed to doing the challenging but necessary work to strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion at GM and beyond. A year later, Barra will discuss the automaker’s progress and strategic plan to improve relationships and engagements with

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee today named Quentin L. Messer, Jr. as MEDC CEO. The announcement comes following a national search led by the organization’s Executive Committee that included a needs analysis for the role and input from stakeholders statewide on key attributes the position required for success. “We work hard every day to bring good jobs to Michigan and support strong communities across our state through the critical work of the MEDC. Quentin brings a wealth of experience to this role and a clear passion

MassMutual Great Lakes (MMGL), a Southfield-based firm offering a wide range of financial products and services, is pleased to announce a strategic alliance with Detroit-based First Independence Bank (FIB), the only African American-owned bank headquartered in Michigan and the 7th largest in the country. The alliance will enhance FIB’s ability to provide comprehensive financial services to its retail and commercial clients in Detroit and nationwide, many of whom have been historically underrepresented when it comes to accessing these services. “At MassMutual Great Lakes, we believe every individual, small business

By Megan Kirk Actor and comedian Chris Rock released a film in 2009 centered around Black women and the beauty industry. Taking a closer look at the relationship between Black women and their hair, the film “Good Hair” uncovered truths about the significant role Black women play in the multibillion-dollar industry. It also helped to highlight the versatility of Black hair and why Black women dominate the hair and beauty business. In 2019, Essence magazine reported that African Americans spend $1.2 trillion each year on hair and that number

By Megan Kirk Detroit’s Black small business owners will soon see a new coalition in place to better serve their needs. Several Black entrepreneurs held a press conference to unveil a new partnership with help from TCF Bank. The Metro-Detroit Black Business Alliance will develop programs and initiatives that will help create revenue and sustainability for all Black business owners in the city. Created in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the alliance highlights the specific and unique roadblocks Black businesses endure. Spearheaded by Charity Dean, founder of Dean

Hires solidify Real Times Media as a diverse, digitally focused media platform. DETROIT – Real Times Media (RTM) is proud to welcome Mark Hayes and Andre Ash. In a heightened commitment to digital journalism, Hayes and Ash will work to curate online content for all Real Times Media subsidiaries.Hayes, based out of Atlanta, will lead national, high-profile content planning for the Atlanta Daily World, Atlanta Tribune, and Who’s Who In Black Atlanta. Ash will focus on news and issues primarily connected to the Michigan Chronicle in Detroit, where