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Motown legend Maxine Powell with friends, several years ago   SAM RIDDLE PHOTO

Motown legend Maxine Powell with friends, several years ago

God bless Maxine Powell

By Sam Riddle
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Motown legend Maxine Powell was a lady for all seasons who helped those most in need of handling themselves and fame. My superficial contact with Madame Powell consisted of giving her a ride to work as she waited on a bus around Livernois, and seeing her assist Councilwoman Martha Reeves on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young City-County building.  Goodness knows there were elected officials then and now that could have used a Maxine Powell assist. God bless her soul.

The National Action Network of Michigan and NAN founder Reverend Al Sharpton won out after demanding Detroit emergency manager appointee, Jim Bonsall, be fired from his post as Detroit’s chief financial officer.  Bonsall resigned under withering NAN fire— nationally and locally — after he apologized for asking if he could “shoot someone in a hoodie,” while also disrespecting a Black woman with misogynistic crap that was not tolerated in America’s Blackest city. A half-azzed apology was a no-sell. Guy was kept on a political nano moment too long for Governor Nerd whose EM Negro proxy appears to be cracking a bit under community pressure.

Cracking the plantation whip with 28 years only angers a city whose new brand of leadership must choose right over wrong and not be motivated by fear of getting caught. Do what is right all the time and fear not. Yep.

I know we are supposed to be too cold for mere sports — LOL. The teams of Detroit are uplifting the collective self-esteem of a city crying for teamwork. Thank you Tigers and Lions!

Feedback from this Facebook post: “Dogs have taken over the D Riverfront. Be good to them!”

Facebook friend:  “But women in black get arrested! This summer the peace activists, Women In Black (WIB), were ordered off the Riverwalk with their silent March for Peace. The ACLU took up their cause in defense of constitutional rights in public space, even though it is privately managed, and the Riverfront Conservancy relented telling WIB, ‘ok, you can march.’ However no other group, especially a diverse or raucous group has tested the space in exercise of free speech. Some DSA students under 18 were ordered off at 5 p.m. — have to be accompanied by an adult after 5. Imagine how Belle Isle will be.”

Thank you! That Riverwalk needs to be open for all, especially those exercising the First Amendment.

A young lady posted I was “poppin’ it” in terms of news coverage, I thanked her after grappling with “poppin’ it” and requested she understand that with me it is about the issue not the individual when you see media coverage of my “agitate to educate” activities. The haters surround us but “agitate to educate” is a way of life for some of us who are beyond the media intoxication that fuels too many.

Super Dan Gilbert is satisfying his media jones in a most hypocritical manner; What did he think would be “60 Minutes’” take on Detroit?

A tweet: “Hurts to be silent but silence called 4 my mother retired from GM —  a proud UAW member until she passed. God Bless U Ma.” That tweet was a riddle of sorts.  Looks like things are poppin’ over at the UAW Chrysler operation with someone spreading malicious gossip trying to block General Holiefield from making history by succeeding Bob King as #1 at UAW. Hmmm. Haters… Also note that Fiat is putting pressure on UAW about Chrysler — this is a big money hatchet job on Holiefield.

Self-love literally is the first step on a collective love journey. Can’t worry about what is not in your control. But you loving you is contagious. We must never let haters cause us to lose hope or dislike ourselves and never let haters make you weak in your faith. Keep the faith. Stay on the battlefield.

Sam Riddle is political director for Michigan National Action Network. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter

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