REDISTRICTING: What is it? Why it matters?

By Hayg Oshagan
Director of New MI Media
Wayne State University Professor

LANSING, MI — What is it? Every 10 years, every state redraws all of its district election maps. For MI, that’s 110 MI House district maps, 38 MI Senate district maps, and 13 U.S. Congressional district maps. Once these are drawn, you elect your MI House, MI Senate and U.S. Congressional representatives based on which district you live in. If more of us who share a culture or history live in the same district,

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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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Grand Rapids Public Museum Announces Rare Discovery within its Collections

Black and white, photographic magic lantern slides depicting the Tuskegee Institute at the turn of the 20th century were
discovered in the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Collection.

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced today a rare discovery made within its Collections — 69 black and white, photographic magic lantern slides depicting the Tuskegee Institute at the turn of the 20th century. The Tuskegee Institute, now referred to as Tuskegee University,

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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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The Vaccination Dilemma

By Landis Lain

To vax or not to vax. That is the question. I struggle with the answer. Everybody has a different opinion. I do not trust the government of he who shall not be named. The science is so abrupt. I wear my mask every time I go out. I am terrified.

Because as a teenager, my daddy suffered from polio and Guillain-Barre syndrome, my parents were determined that we children be vaccinated. I suffered no childhood diseases beyond a cold,

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Outreach to Vulnerable Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Social Security Administration has a long history of outreach and coordination with advocates and community-based organizations across the nation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing to work with advocates and community-based organizations is essential to reaching the country’s most vulnerable populations, including individuals with low income, limited English proficiency, mental illness, or those facing homelessness.

The agency is fully committed to assisting people in gaining access to the information and services they need with a specific emphasis on applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

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