Gift of Life Michigan: Striving to Have a Greater Impact in the Lives of Black and Brown People


Lansing Mayor Andy Schor stands with Sonya and John Edmond while they hold a proclamation and resolution to celebrate Amaia Alysse Edmond Gift of Life Day, who was murdered in 2010. To the far right, Lansing City Councilmember Patricia Spitzley worked with the Gift of Life and others to honor the young victim and the families that work tirelessly to inform the community about organ donation.

Photo courtesy of the Gift of Life Michigan


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The Lansing Barber Styling College has New Owners and New Opportunities

Above: Travis Sanders and Marcel Mayberry are barbers, cousins and business partners. Owning a family business is not new for them and they wanted the opportunity to teach others. They purchased the place where they learned how to become barbers when they heard it was going out of business.

Below: Student barbers training at the Lansing Barber Styling College. Courtesy photos

By Deborah M. Walker

LANSING, MI — The Lansing Barber Styling College has offered great haircuts and many opportunities for over 30 years.

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Author Dara Mayhoe: From A Hard Life, To “A Wonderful Change”

Dara Mayhoe wrote a book about her life and encourages other to do the same.

​LANSING, MI — Dara Mayhoe’s book “A Wonderful Change” dives into her life that started in poverty and despair. She thought that it would be an opportunity for redemption and healing. Now in its third printing, she said that there is still work to be done but she was unaware of how many people’s lives it would touch.

It is hard to believe that a now mild mannered Mayhoe has lived through some of the most difficult circumstances that one could go through.

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Lighting Up Lansing – One Smile at a Time 20-9

Former Lansing resident, Nathaniel Jontèè Dèyshann Risper resides in Tampa, Florida with his husband, Antonio Corso.

Risper is a 2009 Everett High School alumni. After he graduated he went to Lansing Community College where he studied theatre, dance and education. He is the co-founder and Creative Director of Modern Theatrical and owner of Boho ECCD. In 2010 he moved to Florida to work for Disney. Risper said that being a performer at Disney was one of the most memorable opportunities of his life.

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Stephen Alexander: Family Man, Firearms Expert, Latin Dance Instructor and More

Stephen Alexander participating in a solo skydive jump for
Father’s Day at Tecumseh Skydive in 2015.

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LANSING, MI — Stephen Alexander is a man of many talents. He is a husband, father, an expert certified firearms instructor, an award winning Latin dance instructor, ex-Marine, community leader and activist.

Alexander says, “My upbringing taught me what not to do but provided few Black role models of what I aspired to be. My father taught me what not to do as a father myself.”

He was raised in Chicago,

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Lighting Up Lansing – One Smile at a Time 20-7

Richada B. and her daughter, Aleigha H., who is in the 7th grade, love spending one on one time together!

Sometimes it is a trip to the nail shop to be pampered, shopping or even traveling together. They often get in the kitchen and make baked goods such as chocolate covered strawberries, cakes, chocolate dipped pretzels, and cookies together! Baking is one of Aleigha’s favorite things to do and Mom enjoys being the taste tester.

Congratulations to Aleigha for her participation on her school’s basketball team.

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Couple Celebrates 70 Years of Marriage

Left to right: Bernice Embry enjoyed picking sunflowers with her granddaughter, Tamara Jones Bills, and her husband, Ulysses Embry, at Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. Johns, MI.

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LANSING, MI — Ulysses Embry and Bernice McClurkin, were united in holy matrimony on Saturday, March 17,1951, in Talladega, Alabama.

One day Ulysses was visiting his cousin Cora, who was married to Bernice’s sister’s brother-in-law. Well, Bernice just happened to be visiting her sister who lived across the hall.

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