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A night with "Magic" Johnson at Michigan Chronicle Newsmaker Gala

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DETROIT, MI - Real Times Media and the Michigan Chronicle honored top movers and shakers in the city of Detroit at the Legacy in Motion black tie gala Saturday night. This year’s notables were honored in the Grand Riverview Ballroom of Cobo Conference Center.

Several hundred senior level executives, political and business leaders, dignitaries, luminaries and guests gathered at Cobo to pay tribute to a prestigious group of individuals and organizations.

The event featured sports icon, business mogul and philanthropist Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who will receive the prestigious 2014 Legacy in Motion Lifetime Achievement Award. Retired General Motors executive Roy Roberts was also be honored.

“It was my pleasure to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to “Magic” Johnson,” says Hiram Jackson, managing partner and CEO, Real Times Media, Inc. “His business and philanthropic efforts span 20 years; and although his brand and contributions are global, he’s made no less of a significant impact here in the city of Detroit and in urban communities throughout the state of Michigan.”


Detroit's 60-foot Christmas tree lights up downtown
DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Thousands of people, young and old came to watch as Detroit's Christmas tree was lit in downtown's Campus Martius Park on Friday night. From there a crane hoisted the 60-foot-plus tall Norway spruce to the center of a platform placed over the park fountain.

The tree is wrapped in 19,000 multicolored LED lights and adorned with red and silver ornaments. It took about three weeks to prepare the tree and park for the 11th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony at Campus Martius Park which ran from 5 PM - Midnight. This also marked the official rink season opening.


Immigration plan draws cheers, criticism across US

WASHINGTON - Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation's fractured immigration laws in nearly three decades and set off a fierce fight with Republicans over the limits of presidential powers..


X1 TALKS: Comcast launches industry's first voice guided TV interface
“Talking Guide” Reads Aloud Channel Names, Show Titles and DVR Commands; Allows For Independent Search and Discovery For People With Disabilities

PLYMOUTH, MI - Comcast today announced the industry’s first voice-enabled television user interface, a solution that will revolutionize the way its Xfinity TV customers, especially those who are blind or visually impaired, navigate the X1 platform. The “talking guide” features a female voice that reads aloud selections like program titles, network names and time slots as well as DVR and On Demand settings. The feature will be available to all X1 customers in the next few weeks. 


Star-studded line-up in store for the 2014 America's Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van

DETROIT, MI - The Parade Company announced today an incredible celebrity line-up to appear in the 88th America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van Furniture, recognized as one of the best Thanksgiving parades in the country by US News & World Report Travel. On November 27, this year’s parade Grand Marshals Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White will lead the iconic parade down Woodward Avenue and be joined by stars Big Sean, Vanilla Ice, Nicole Curtis, Hilary Farr and more. 






National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Hosts 10th Annual Kidney Ball to Fight Kidney Disease

DETROIT - The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan will gather friends and supporters for the 10th Annual Kidney Ball on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the MGM Grand Detroit.

The event, which features the theme “Motown Magique” will include a night of live music, great food, cocktails, and even a candy “bar” to top off the evening, all making it the most fun charity event in metro Detroit. Last year’s Kidney Ball raised over $600,000 for the NKFM’s many programs and services that help the more than 900,000 Michigan residents living with chronic kidney disease, and the many more at risk. 


Bill Cosby pulls out of guest spot with Letterman, goes silent on rape

NEW YORK - Last month, comedian Hannibal Buress resurfaced allegations that Bill Cosby has been a serial rapist over the course of his career. One woman, who had spoken out before, came forward in October to retell her story in minute detail. Cosby has remained silent on the rape allegations, and as of today, will continue to officially do so, his lawyer claims. 


Gov. Snyder intros next generation cyber policy at Cyber Security Summit in Detroit

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled the Michigan Cyber Initiative 2015 to an audience of nearly 700 information technology experts and professionals from across the globe at the North American International Cyber Summit in Detroit this morning. The updated cyber policy outlines the bold, necessary steps to protect the state from ever-increasing threats of cyber attacks and further establishes Michigan as a national leader for cyber protection, education and economic development. 


Get ready for the Children’s Center 2015 AutoGlow Presented by Ford Motor Company

DETROIT, MI – Tickets are now on sale for The Future Starts Here, the 2015 AutoGlow of The Children's Center, presented by Ford Motor Company. The gala event, held Jan. 16, 2015, is the largest fundraiser for The Children's Center and directly supports its mission to help children and families shape their own futures.

Ford Motor Company returns as the Presenting Sponsor of AutoGlow, building upon 85 years of support for The Children’s Center. The event is hosted by Lisa and Bill Ford and, for the first time, Jane and Mark Fields. 




Inclusion and the justice system: Why jury diversity matters

DETROIT - In a continued effort to raise awareness on the importance of jury service, Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade, Chief Federal Defender Miriam L. Siefer, State Representative Rashida Tlaib and Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez announced today a community forum that will focus on the racial and ethnic diversity of juries and the importance of jury service. 


Interview with Documentary Producer Anthony Brogdon

Note: “The Great Detroit: It Was-It Is-It Will Be” was released in April 2014 and has been screened at various locations in metro Detroit. Anthony Brogdon is a first time filmmaker who spent three years bringing the documentary, which showcases the positive sides of Detroit, to the screen at a cost $15,000. He sat down recently with Tell Us Detroit recently to talk about public reaction to the film, how he got started and future filmmaking projects 



Ferguson sitting on powder keg as grand jury nears decision

Anthony Gray, attorney for the family of Michael Brown, speaks as National Action Network Ferguson chapter president Rev. Carlton Lee, right, listens during a news conference Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. Gray and Lee spoke about preparations as citizens wait for a decision from the grand jury whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

FERGUSON, MO -  Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still at work or when it would render a decision.

Snowbound Bills head to Detroit to ‘host’ Jets

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Whether by plane, snowmobile or sled dog, the Bills are leaving snowbound Buffalo behind for Detroit to play their "home" game against the New York Jets on Monday night.

And there's no telling when they will be back.

The Parade Company unveils winning student's design during 23rd Skillman Foundation Float Contest

Naomi, an eighth-grader at Detroit’s Earhart Elementary-Middle School, won a float design contest sponsored by the Parade Company and the Skillman Foundation. A float based on her drawing was unveiled Wednesday at the Parade Company studio on Mount Elliott on the city's eastside. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT, MI - Eighth grade student Naomi West of Earhart Elementary-Middle School in Detroit saw her artistic creation brought to life for the first time today at The Parade Company when she was announced as the 23rd Annual Skillman Foundation Float Design Contest winner.

Naomi will be joined by her family as she accompanies her float along the parade route during America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van.

Detroit Home Owners: $100 Could Buy You a Vacant Lot

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - If there is a vacant lot directly to the side of your property you may be able to purchase it for $100. Mayor Mike Duggan appeared with a homeowner Wednesday afternoon news conference to announce details of the first Detroit Side Lot Sales Fair.

Betty lives on Lewerenz Street with a vacant lot next to her home for the last four or five years. She is delighted with the chance to purchase the property and says she may use the land to grow Christmas trees.

IMAGINE: The Detroit River as a World Heritage Site

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The Detroit River is one of the busiest waterways in the world with a past which cultural heritage educator Kim Simmons believes should earn it designation as a World Heritage Site.  

Free Gifts, More Data Highlight Verizon Connection Day

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Traveling during the holidays can be stressful. To help ease travelers’ stress and improve their experience on the busiest travel day of the year, Verizon Wireless is declaring Nov. 26 CONNECTION DAY, and is offering ALL wireless consumers the opportunity to connect with everything they love– friends, family, games, apps, news with great promotions courtesy of Amazon, Apple, Boingo Wireless, Conde Nast, Gogo Technologies JetBlue and Pandora.

Q3 Wearables Market Up 40% Year-On-Year: Futuresource Consulting

BOSTON, MA (Tell Us SA) - Consumer demand for wearable technology is rising fast, with Q3 global shipments totaling 12.7 million units, up 40% from just over nine million units in Q3 2013, according to the latest quarterly research from Futuresource Consulting.


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