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  • Chopping It Up With The Brothers

    Xavier Jones, Media Specialist|Feb 2, 2023

    Since the dawn of time communities have consisted of three main entities; Women, children, and men. Traditionally each comes with a set of rules and roles, all designed to keep the community going. Traditionally, women look after the children, and the women are covered by the men. This results in a healthy, balanced community. Throughout recent history that dynamic has been bounced on its head. Men in mass have been stripped from communities, thus resulting in overworked women and...

  • Josh Baker: A Family Man With A Basketball Plan

    Xavier Jones, Media Specialist|Aug 5, 2021

    he River Rouge boys basketball team has a reputation longer than I75. The team wins games, and sends players to college. Over the years, the Panthers have been fingertips away from a MHSAA finals championship. River Rouge has chosen Josh Baker to turn the possibilities into a reality. Born in California, and raised in Connecticut. Baker is a long way from where he would consider home. This does not make him unfamiliar with River Rouge and it's history of basketball. During his playing career at...

  • The River Rouge School District announces the hiring of new District Coordinator for Culture, Health, & Wellness Bacari Alexander

    Xavier Jones, Media Specialist|Jul 22, 2021

    The River Rouge School District has identified a phenomenal leader in Mr. Bacari Alexander to serve as the District Coordinator for Culture, Health, & Wellness. The District has adopted, and is continuing to develop a framework that allows schools to support student's social-emotional intelligence, mental health and wellness, as we continue to deepen our work to create academically competitive students. Mr. Alexander will be responsible for ensuring that the culture of our schools reflects our c...

  • Curtis Williams, Reverend, Doctor, Businessman

    Xavier Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Aug 29, 2019

    Curtis Williams is a simple man of God, but his character and credentials helps to understand him on a deeper level. Curtis Williams is an experienced business owner who earned the title of Reverend, Pastor, and Doctor. The native Detroiter finished his high school education at Highland Park in 1975. His marriage to Ecorse native Joyce Turner (Williams) is what brought him Downriver. Reverend Williams was called to ministry at the age of seventeen. His gift granted him access to preach in other...

  • Health Is Wealth: Sumpter Medical Clinic To Open In September

    Xavier Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Aug 15, 2019

    Throughout history, Visger Road has been a lot of things. In a time years before my own Visger was a booming black metropolis. Both sides of the street teeming with business and productivity. 2019 has shown us a different narrative. Few businesses have stood times test. There is a building that sits between Frazier and Beechwood. The ominous, strong standing structure has been in tact for over twenty years. A ghost of the medical center it was in the past. Thanks to Yolanda King and her...

  • Kenny Jo McPhaul Jumps Out The Game

    Xavier Jones, Telegram Reporter|Aug 1, 2019

    Ecorse Michigan has ran its own reputation over the years. From politics, sports, and education, the city is on an improvement tour. Kenny Jo McPhaul is a product of early Ecorse. He remembers it all. A time where the world was still figuring itself out, and Ecorse was struggling to make a mark on the country. Mr. McPhaul has experienced Ecorse through many sets of eyes. The city nurtured Kenny Jo as a child, student, and athlete. After graduation from Ecorse High School in 1979. Kenny Jo...

  • Coffee Hour With Senator Stephanie Chang

    Xavier Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Mar 7, 2019

    State Senator Stephanie Chang had an appointment at the Telegram to have coffee, and discuss issues with the people of the community. Chang visits so she can put her ear right on the problems and concerns of the district. She wants the voices from District One to be projected to Lansing with ease and she wants to play interferance for the residents. The issues seem to focus on health and financial concerns that impacts the residents. The upcoming EPA public hearing was discussed and Chang asked...

  • Cottage And Lakefront Living Show

    Xavier Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Mar 7, 2019

    Despite record setting snow storms and cold cyclones, we must not forget summer is still a real thing. The Cottage And Lakefront Living Show came to the Suburban Collection Showplace to remind us just of that. Nothing but smiling faces flooded Novi. Women, children and men gathered in Novi for a taste of the great outdoors. Hammocks, sleeping bags and innovative lounging gear was the first thing I seen while entering. All terrains and temperatures can be enjoyed. Extreme heat, cold or even in...

  • Bettie Belle Clark: Story Of A Survivor Written By - Xavier Jones Telegram Media Specialist

    Xavier Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Feb 14, 2019

    January 29th Bettie Belle Clark turned 89 years old. She has lived through every lesson America can teach a black woman. Bettie has seen the presidential scandals and hiccups that made us who we are, witnessed icons pass away, and outlived more peers and family than she can count on one hand. Bettie was raised on the Nucklles sharecropping farm in Rossville Tennessee. Her father Jesse "Dock" Clark earned a living by harvesting cotton, peas, and livestock on the farm; Dock also earned his coin...

  • Inaugural Best In Downriver Community Awards is a Success

    Xavier Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Jan 31, 2019

    RIVER ROUGE -The new year is a time where people are dedicated to turning their lives around. Or fine tuning the details of their previous year to ensure the next one is equally successful. We re hardly a fortnight into 2019, but the spirit of a fresh start is already rampant through the Downriver area. River Rouge native, Jaylia Washington is the founder of the Blossoming Ladies Mentoring Program. Washington and her organization hosted the Best In Downriver Community Awards. Categories from...

  • Status And Condition Of America's Vietnam Veterans

    Xavier Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Jan 24, 2019

    The Vietnam war spanned years of global conflict. Each party viewed the war, and other parties involved with different lenses. But most veterans, historians, and civilians claim the war ended with no positive payback for what was sacrificed. American military involvement seems to be taboo information and swept under the rug. Depictions of Vietnam has been a popular topic amongst Hollywood films and pop culture. But even with the war's limelight and controversy; Studies come out that yearly...

  • Community members voice concerns about Fracking In Michigan

    Xavier Jones, Telegram Reporter|Jan 3, 2019

    Climate change is not just a theory, it's as real as the air we breathe. Even though twenty percent of America's freshwater belongs to Michigan, the state's water emergencies aren't treated with the delicacy it deserves. Can we ever forget Flint, and how it's been suffering a legendary water crisis for about five years? Of course not, there are people still suffering today. The next climate challenge Michigan is facing is fracking. Fracking is defined by Google as the process of injecting...

  • Western Wayne County NAACP 21st Annual Freedom Fund Dinner brought the community together

    Xavier Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Oct 18, 2018

    The NAACP's Western Wayne County Branch proved its mission of bringing citizens, government officials, community leaders and youth together for an elegant evening with a purpose. The theme for the event was criminal justice in the 21st century. The Woodlands of Van Buren Golf Course on a beautiful day in October was a perfect place for this event. There are many goals that the branch seeks to accomplish. Ticket sales fund expenses and scholarships for students in the Western Wayne County area....

  • Twenty Five Years Of Soul

    Xavier Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Sep 20, 2018

    Detroit's reputation is a long one. The city is known for electrifying events and festivals. The festivities celebrate cultures and lifestyles seldomly seen in the motor city. When the UniverSoul Circus comes to town the state of Michigan rejoices. Most folks recall the UniverSoul Circus as a monument to their childhood. They remember how it brought their families together for a night that will never escape memory. It's 2018 and the mojo hasn't shifted. The old souls who enjoyed UniverSoul as ch...

  • Rollercade Does It Again!

    Xavier Jones|Sep 6, 2018

    The walls of the Rollercade have been packed all Summer. For certain, this is nothing new. For generations the Southwest Detroit skating rink served the community with good, clean, and wholesome fun. This time around, the fun came with a twist. Kyle Black pulled his resources for the Rollercade's 6th annual school supply drive. Paul's Metro PCS and Phat Headz Barbershop helped to sponsor the event. Everything was free for all who dared to enter. Free entry, skate rental, hundreds of book bags...

  • Carmeuse Helps Rouge Lay Down The Foundation

    Xavier Jones|Aug 30, 2018

    The City of River Rouge is famous for its industrial influence. This famous influence has made the city what it is today. Steel, iron and other goods have kept Rouge going strong. The city's industrial partners do more than work and go home. Last week Carmeuse Lime and Stone paid their duty to the community and to the students of River Rouge High School. Thanks to the Mineral and Stone Powerhouse the River Rouge Mayor's office was available to collect over a hundred book bags and water bottles....

  • It Takes A Village Youth Festival

    Xavier Jones|Aug 30, 2018

    Ebony Elmore took this weekend to host her 5th annual It Takes A Village Community youth event. Families from all over gathered at Memorial Park for art, food, and a school supply giveaway. It Takes A Village serves multiple purposes. It brought the oldest members of the community together to fellowship with their young counterparts. The community gets to operate with vendors who work in literature, health care and culinary arts. Finally it's a day that guarantees happiness and unity....

  • Michigan Comic Con 2018

    Xavier Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Aug 23, 2018

    Thanks to the Michigan Comic Con, downtown Detroit looked like the set of a superhero movie. Fans of animation and comic books gathered at Cobo Hall for a weekend of fun. Each day brought a new experience to the Motor City. Comic books and cosplay served as the tip of the iceberg. Before or after entering the showroom. Fans had the option to visit a board game library, enjoy a lesson of medieval weaponry presented by the Detroit Fight Club, or visit a panel discussion from their favorite celebri...

  • Daddy Can You Hear Me?

    Xavier Jones, Media Specialist|Aug 16, 2018

    Daddy Can You Hear Me is collection of poems and prayers targeted to fatherhood, and what a father figure means to the family. Cass Tech and Michigan State alumni Patrice A Lee is the sole contributor of the poems in Daddy Can You Hear me. The subject matter covers fatherhood in a multitude of perspectives. Ms. Lee wrote this book to remind the community that a father's job is never done, and that it's never too late to start over. There are pieces directed to absent fathers and suggested steps...

  • Panthers Prep For Cass

    Xavier Jones, Media Specialst|Aug 16, 2018

    It's that time of year again. Football programs across the country have been cooped up in their hiding places devising the best strategies for their teams. With about two weeks left until football season, staff, student, and the community alike are itching to see what their favorite teams are coming up with. For the first time in current world history River Rouge High School and Cass Technical High School will have the opportunity to go at one another. Coach Parker and his brotherhood of...

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