GM responds to allegations of racism
DETROIT – GM is responding to allegations of racism that were printed in a full-page advertisement in Sunday’s Detroit Free Press. The advertisement accuses GM CEO Mary Barra of consistently refusing to meet with several Black-owned media companies. Detroiter Byron Allen is asking GM to allocate at least 5% of its advertising budget to go toward Black-owned media companies. The ad claims less than 1% of GM’s marketing budget goes toward Black-owned media companies. GMThe automaker cited its work with HBCUs, its partnership with National Association Of Black Owned Broadcasters and AIMM.
Petition aims to block planned move of Royal Oak Veterans Memorial
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – There is a heated battle in Royal Oak over the planned move of a war memorial. READ: Decision to move Royal Oak Veterans Memorial sparks controversyThe memorial is surrounded by construction fencing currently, and that’s the problem. Is it going to be that much noisier?” Royal Oak City Manager Paul Brake said. Not an absolute need -- It’s a want,” Erica Sykes with the Save the Memorial Group said. READ: Royal Oak to relocate war memorial under $3 million city project
Cass Tech, Gucci partner to change cultural expectations
DETROIT – A mega-designer brand is getting some much-needed schooling from Detroit high school students. After a slip-up caused a storm of bad publicity, Gucci partnered with Cass Technical High School for a long-lasting relationship that will change cultural perceptions. In the spring of 2019, the luxury brand Gucci released a sweater that received backlash over its use of blackface. During this time, Gucci looked at Cass Tech in Detroit. AdIt turned into an opportunity for both Gucci and Cass Tech as meetings with students and collaborations have continued through the pandemic.
Trump puts spotlight on crime rates in American cities including Detroit
DETROIT In his acceptance speech during Thursday nights Republican National Convention, President Donald Trump blamed the spike in crime in major American cities on Democratic politicians, including Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. He pointed to the nations cities with high crime rates and those that have seen clashes between police and protestors this summer during demonstrations against police brutality. While he didnt specifically name Detroit, according to transcripts of his speech, he did lump together the nations most dangerous cities. Trump and his campaign have recently leaned into focusing on crime rates and unrest in places like Detroit hoping it will help him win the outer suburbs. A recent poll released by the Trafalgar Group gave Trump a one-point advantage over former vice president Joe Biden.
Northville School Board President makes controversial comments on COVID-19
NORTHVILLE, Mich. A local school board president is in trouble for what he posted on Facebook, about the Coronavirus. Northville Public School Board President Matthew Wilks Facebook page is getting a lot of attention after he suggested the coronavirus is a hoax. Part of that post states, This pandemic exists only in falsified statistics, shouted on the news without context.As a parent, and as a PTA President, Im very disappointed, said Ridge Wood Elementary PTA President Lisa McIntyre. RELATED: School confessional: School is not ready for students to returnI wish that this wasnt real, said Dr. Rana Awdish with Henry Ford Hospital. COVID has been catastrophic and we have to make sure that we address it in the best way possible.
Protesters gather at Ypsilanti City Hall, mayors house following controversial comments
YPSILANTI, Mich. Protesters gathered on Monday night at Ypsilanti City Hall as well as Mayor Beth Basherts home following comments the mayor made at a recent council meeting. Last week, during a vote on the reappointment of KaRon Gaines to a commission that advises the council on eliminating prejudice and discrimination, Mayor Bashert said, Since I will be crucified if I vote against any Black person on any commission, Im going to vote yes.READ: Ypsilanti mayor apologizes for racist comment about Black residentOn Monday night, a group of about 50 people called for her resignation. They also want to change the citys operational structure -- with big changes within the citys police department. READ MORE: Protesters gather in Ypsilanti following mayors controversial commentBashert issued an apology in a Facebook post:
Latest on "Live!" co-host controversy
People Magazine reports that the daytime talk show hosts are expected to part ways earlier than anticipated. While Michael Strahan was originally expected to stay on "Live!" until the end of September, it seems like his last show might actually be this Friday.cbsnews.com