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  • Anthony Stanco: The Language and Representation of Jazz

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|May 23, 2024

    When Anthony Stanco leaves home in the morning he represents himself, and the family he created. He represents the Sicilian family who started in this country as produce farmers. Stanco represents the city of Frazier Michigan, and the country of America as a whole. Ultimately, Jazz is the driving force that Anthony Stanco represents. The genre and his trumpet have allowed him to feed his family and travel the world. Anthony's music career started like many. As a child in music class striving to...

  • Telegram 2024 NFL Draft Update - Spotlight on Detroit, River Rouge Panthers, Coach Parker and the Community

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|May 2, 2024

    Detroit was chosen by the NFL to host the 2024 Draft. The state of Michigan delivered epically. The city cleaned up well. Attendees would have assumed they were in Las Vegas or Mardi Gras with the traffic. Over 700,000 people were said to have been in attendance at the draft. With the Detroit Lions historic season, and Michigan's National title win the state has been spoiled in regards to football. The draft, its results, and the events surrounding it have intimately redefined Michigan's relatio...

  • NFL Draft Day: How Far Have the Panthers Come?

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram News - Media Specialist|Apr 25, 2024

    World-class talent and business will meet in one space to shock the world to it's core. From April 25th to 27th, Detroit will be home to the 2024 NFL draft. The draft will change lives by bringing commerce to the city and the surrounding areas and allowing many young men to fulfill their professional football dreams. The city of River Rouge has snuck its way into the conversation. In recent history, the Panthers have become a national football powerhouse. Many have pursued fine careers after...

  • Films In The Hood: A Telegram Film Review: "Rouge"

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram News Media Specialist|Apr 18, 2024

    The Freep Film Festival is a film festival produced by the Detroit Free Press. The event is worked in tandem with Michigan.com the papers business and events branch. The documentary film festival showed from April 10th through 14th throughout different venues in the Detroit area. The film, Rouge. Kicked off the pageant of cinema on its opening night at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Rouge is produced and directed by Mohamed "Hamoody" Jaafar. Jaafar is a native of Downriver, a historian, and an e...

  • Women's Day Showcase: Shelly Books and More

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Mar 28, 2024

    It's the American way to be compensated for your skill, output, or quality of work. Professional Athletes are paid millions. High school and college athletes are also starting to receive benefits for their work. Where is the incentive for the arts? Individuals who write, read, and draw work just as hard as the athletes to perfect their craft. Yet they always come up short. Most of us are aware of the phrase, "starving artist". Shelly Books and More, is how Miss Shelly Echols rewards students...

  • Andre Batts: Detroit's Black Comic Book Pioneer

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Feb 29, 2024

    Media representation has plagued the black community since before the invention of the television and movie camera. The community has been depicted as lazy, ugly, violent, and all around degenerates. This has been executed for propaganda and entertainment for entities who never tried to understand the experiences of African Americans. Over the years, artists from the community have tried their best to even the playing field. For decades, Andre Batts has cultivated his own field. The 1980s were...

  • River Rouge High School host Basketball Senior Day

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram News Media Specialist|Feb 29, 2024

    River Rouge High School celebrates it's class of 2024 seniors. The district honors them on their home court, and wish them the best luck on their future success....

  • Nick Marsh: Megatron Migrates to Michigan State

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Jan 18, 2024

    For the past four years it has been easy to hear the name Nick Marsh. It was first heard on Detroit's east side and nurtured in the City of River Rouge. Where he spent his time as a student, and athlete for the Panthers. Flying high on the field and court. Nick's beginning is a humble one and it's just getting started. Marsh came to River Rouge in the eighth grade, making waves at STEM Academy with his presence. During that year he was able to adjust to the new environment and the unique...

  • Community came out to support the Western Wayne County NAACP's Annual Freedom Fund Dinner

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Oct 19, 2023

    The month of October brings certain inevitabilities into the world. Halloween, leaves will change colors, breast cancer awareness, and the Western Wayne County NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. Months of planning brought local, and professionals from across the country to meet. This is where the Western Wayne County NAACP acknowledge and celebrate the individuals who have been instrumental to moving the people forward. Westland welcomed students, elected officials, clergy, veterans, educators,...

  • 2023 Auto Show

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Sep 21, 2023

    The North American International Auto Show is upon Detroit once again. For different reasons the Auto Show has always been a part of the Motor City's legacy. The event shows how Detroit got its name, bringing out tourists, journalists, and car enthusiasts from across the world to Detroit's waterfront. This year the Auto Show is running parallel to a historic event. The United Auto Workers strike. Let's take a moment to acknowledge the Union's hard work amongst this troubling time. The goal is...

  • A Weekend In The Rouge!

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Sep 21, 2023

    The past weekends in River Rouge were a hard one to miss. There was so much going on! From Friday to Sunday the city has been lit up like the Vegas strip. Friday the annual River Rouge Days carnival opened. This year was different from the Rouge Days of before. There was a two dollar fee upon entry, and children under seventeen had to be supervised. The carnival portion took place inside a secured gate while vendors and events like wrestling and an old school car show took place. This new order...

  • What's Wrong with Reparations?

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Aug 31, 2023

    Google defines Reparations as the making of amends for a wrong done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have wronged. Reparations are not a new concept in modern history and can be acknowledged in many ways. For Example. The United States Government publicly recognized its wrong doing for its role in Japanese citizen internment in 1942. The United States has also issued a Reparations package to the Native American population of this land. Lastly, for now. The German government...

  • No Child Left Behind: The Community Celebrates A New School Year

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Aug 31, 2023

    The Summer season is coming to an end. Graduating seniors of 2023 are making their transitions to adulthood, while current students are rising through the ranks themselves. After a safe Summer filled with family and friendly fun, it is finally time for the hallways to be filled and opened up again. Through the weekend the community has banned together to ensure that students have everything they need before the first day of school. Micalah Matthews and Chaunsey Moore of Monumental Mentoring...

  • Telegram Goes to Tennessee - Tales From the NNPA Conference

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Jul 20, 2023

    The NNPA is a nation wide network of black owned newspaper publishers. For over a hundred years, the black press has been instrumental in telling the stories of black people. Fighting the good fight with a pen not a pistol. Every year the NNPA hosts a conference to allow publishers to share information that will better their papers, and their organizations as a whole. The Nashville JW Marriott was packed to the brim with publishers, writers, politicians, and media connoisseurs to exchange...

  • Garrick Smith - Taking Steps to Work for NASA

    Xaiver Jones, Media Specialist|Jun 1, 2023

    Detroit has a reputation of spitting out people who can achieve just about anything. Musicians, athletes, and business gurus only make up a small number of the city's prodigies. These people go on to change the world, and shift the culture as we know it. Garrick Smith is one of these game changers. The Cody High School graduate has been a computer wizard for most of his life. Smith has used his skills to gain clientele, build his skills, and find steady work. He currently lends his hand at All...

  • Books In The Hood Review - Poetically In Motion

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Apr 27, 2023

    Growth and development are vital steps to the human experience. No individual can control what outside forces may affect their lives, but there is one thing we can control. How we cope, react, and move forward from the circumstances. Methods of coping vary from person to person but one thing remains as a universal truth. Unsavory states of affairs from the past have to be dealt with before you can walk through the door of a bright and promising future. Toriana Willaims is making progress as a...

  • Downriver Bar and Grill Extends Its Hours Now Open From 12 PM to 2 AM

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Feb 9, 2023

    When a neighborhood possesses business real estate, the possibilities are endless. There are more things to do, less trouble for residents to get into, and more opportunities for camaraderie in the community. The Downriver Bar and Grill has set a standard and expectation for this. It has been reopened for eight months, and has been a prime source of Downriver nightlife. In a quick trip down the street, The Downriver Bar and Grill has everything possible for a long night out. The community can...

  • MLK Volunteering With The Chip Bag Project

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Jan 26, 2023

    Every third Monday of January Martin Luther King Jr day is celebrated. Although the nation first recognized it as a holiday in 1986, opinions, and practices have always varied on the holiday. Depending on the job, employees are granted an off day. My generation will always remember it as a day off of school. Lastly, for purposes of context. There is a large portion of people who were thriving when the third Monday in the month of January, was simply the third Monday in the month of January....

  • Welcome To The Neighborhood: Yoshi Hibachi

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Dec 22, 2022

    Downriver is in the process of upgrading its infrastructure. Small business are emerging every month. Each one serves the community in its own unique purpose. Yoshi Hibachi is bringing the experience of a Japanese steakhouse to South West Detroit. This is the first time a restaurant like this has been opened in the neighborhood. Yoshi Hibachi specializes in carry out orders, so customers can make it back home to their safe spaces with their hot food. All of your favorite hibachi items are...

  • Rookie Of the Year: Coach Pettway Tackles First Year as Head Coach

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Dec 15, 2022

    With a man as physically big as Coach Eric Pettway, it would be impossible to say he lived in anyone's shadow. Coach Pettway is an accomplished man of his own merits. He had proved himself on the field in various levels of football, and got the chance to coach high school football. This was all before he made a home at River Rouge where he and a dear friend got to build a program of their liking, from the ground up. Over the years, Coach Pettway has grown himself to be more of a people person....

  • Brittany Chriswell is Trailblazing the Silver Screen

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Dec 15, 2022

    Those who attended school with Brittany Chriswell would remember her as a relatively quiet young lady. She stuck to herself, and stayed close to her friend group. Brittany wasn't a loud student, nor did she compete, or desire to be in River Rouge High School's limelight. She played in the band, where she was adored, and looked at as a younger sister by some of her bandmates. After graduating in 2014 Chriswell set off to find a lane of her own. Eventually she ran into a family member who had...

  • Janine Folks Introduces Books & Bling Pop-Up Shop

    Xaiver Jones|Dec 1, 2022

    Janine Folks has spent her career helping people when they need it most. Her spirit has comforted families at funerals, in hospitals, even weddings and churches. At the same time Janine has built a reputation for being a prolific writer, she has written over ten books over the course of her career, and has even been a writer for the Telegram newspaper. Recently Janine was able to combine her talents and interests. She teamed up with Rachel Matthews, and was able to host the first Books & Bling...

  • Meet The Candidates Forum held in River Rouge

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Oct 13, 2022

    River Rouge is undergoing a major political change. There will inevitably be new people in mayoral, treasurer, city council, and school board positions. The race is on. The polls will be opening on November 8th. The neighborhood has been redecorated with signs and banners, and candidates have held events pushing their campaign. The auditorium of River Rouge High School was home for a public forum hosted by the Western Wayne County NAACP and Just Transition. All candidates on the November 8th...

  • H.A.G Presents: A Detroit Blerd Bash

    Xaiver Jones|Aug 18, 2022

    Times are changing. New spaces constantly arise that include lifestyles not prevalent to popular culture ten, or twenty years ago. Simply put, more people have been given opportunities. These opportunities give society a chance to step away from home, and still be comfortable with the situations and people they encounter. Lo Cunningham has always had his thumbs around the paradigm shift. Cunningham crafted a name and professional career for himself doing something my mother never allowed me to...

  • Zaniya King Is Racing To Be River Rouge's First World Champion

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Aug 4, 2022

    Zaniya King walked across the stage of River Rouge High School in June. She has been running across the country for quite some time now. In the 6th grade, King joined the track team. The coaches quickly recognized her talent, and encouraged the King family to consider track outside of middle school athletics. This encouraged Zaniya and her family to adapt to track on as a lifestyle. The 2022 River Rouge alumni joined AAU track, and was accepted with open arms into the Track Life family....

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