The City of Lansing Expungement Clinic and Community Resource Fair Offers a Fresh Start

By Deborah M. Walker


LANSING, MICHIGAN —   Ryan James sat in his truck patiently waiting for the City of Lansing Expungement Clinic and Community Resource Fair to begin. James said he went to the fair to have a felony conviction from 1999 expunged from his record. Having the felony on his record has hindered his employment opportunities and made it difficult to find work, James confessed. While trying to get his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), James discovered his felony was still a major barrier to obtaining a well-paying job.

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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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Mary Sanchez: Attention paid to Petito case proves not much has changed

By Mary Sanchez “If LaToyia Figueroa was a pretty white woman, would you know her name? Would you know her beautiful mixed-race face, her cafe au lait skin, the cheery smile of her photo, or know the spelling of her Spanish surname?

Would you — the general public — have wondered how she could vanish after a doctor’s appointment last month?”

The “last month” in that column of mine was July of 2005. And I knew the reply when I penned those words.

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Excuse me, are you listening? 20-21

Dear Readers,

When I was a child, I loved visiting my grandfather in Queens, New York.

One time I had a stomach ache after eating too many sweets. Going to his house and playing with my cousins always gave us an opportunity to eat the “forbidden foods with too much sugar.”

The pack of cookies was on the table and I grabbed as many chocolate chip cookies as my little hands could hold and ran to my spot under the hydrangea bush to eat them slowly.

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Ross on Real Estate: What to consider before deciding to buy a home

By Ross H. Yednock

In an article in the March – April, 2021 edition of the National Association of Realtors starts out “Homeownership is the largest single contributor to intergenerational wealth for American families. But it has not been accessible to all Americans on equal terms.” In a nutshell, that is why I became a real estate agent. I want to change that and help anyone who seeks a clean, safe and affordable place to call home achieve that for them and their family.

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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.

Courtesy photo

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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