Kimelman reinvents the food industry in Detroit

By Bre’Anna Johnston
Dow Jones Detroit

Who do you trust when it comes to food? Detroiters travel outside the city to buy groceries, leaving the inner-city markets and stores to dry in the misdt of this economic drought.

“Literature  has made Detroit seem like there is nothing there. As for quality some places aren’t that good,” said Noam Kimleman, a social entrepenuer, that started food justice projects such as the Get Fresh Delivery and Detroit Youth Food Bridage“ There aren’t enough resources available, that’s the problem. People need healthy food already made, instead of just produce.”

By getting students and businesses involved such as 4 Counters Bistro, Slow Jams, and the Eastern Market, Kimelman wants to spread the word about localizing Detroit’s  food economy.

“I think it’s a pretty good idea, but over time its going to be something great”, said Ameera Valentine. “When I go to the Eastern Market, when I go there, I have more substitiues and more convient options besides fruits and vegetables.”

This summer, 20 students and his team, Amy Berkhoudt, Anna Choi, and Jen Rusciano and committed resturants and markets will continue to promote healthy, quality food around the city.

“This program is really about training our future leaders to use the resources and technology to solve problems in their own community,” said Kimelman. “The program pays a $580 stipend over  60 hours of work time to worker, where they learn the fundamental work ethics including business development, financial literacy, and customer service.”
Kimelman said his other food initiative, the Get Fresh Delivery is in 20 locations, mostly located in the northwest side of Detroit. With more funding, Kimelman can expand his businesses, and gain support from more local restuants and stores. Kimelman will also be able to employ more students year-round.

    Contact BRE’ANNA JOHNSTON at

Customers look through the Detroit Youth Food Brigade’s local produce choices.
Photo provided by Noam Kimelman.

WSU Journalism student takes an innovative twist on the Homeless in Detroit

By Bre’Anna Johnston
Dow Jones Detroit

“Its something beautiful,” said Corey Wheeler, the design editor for the South End at Wayne State University and founder of “A Day with the Homeless,” a charitable art project to give perspective to the homeless population around Detroit.

“This is something the world hasn’t seen before. Each person had their own story, they’re not just a number or a stranger on the street,” said Wheeler.

The Media Arts and Studies major plans to distribute disposable cameras at the Grand Circus Park to 35 or more homeless men and women to capture their daily lives. The homeless will be served a free breakfast and will be offered $15 if they return the camera on the following day.

If the project is success, Wheeler will use an estimated 1120 photographs to make a 21 ft by 13.5 ft digital copy to display in the art community.

 “My main goal is to get the public’s attention, and show the individuality of each person,” said Wheeler.“I’m not doing this for the attention, I’m just the guy behind the idea,”

“It’s a really good idea for Corey to do this,” said Donna Musolli, managing editor of the South End. “Driving home from class, I know there’s this woman  that panhandles and I wonder what she does, where she’s going, or does she have a place to live?”

By giving the participants freedom to document their day however they please, Wheeler said that “the realism and individuality of each person will be seen.”

“I hope to gain respect, not for myself, but from the homeless. Someone else can be inspired by it, see it, or feel it,” said Wheeler. “No one understands the individuality of them. There is a possibility that  anyone can become homeless. I hope that it motivates people to do better in their life.”

Since having the idea for 2 years, his editor-in-chief, Emily, inspired him to take the initiative and get his ideas out there.

“He’s a very creative, driven person who finds ways to achieve what he wants,” said Emily Morman, Corey’s inspiration for this endeavor. “We were sitting in The South End’s office one day, and the idea for his project came up in conversation. He already knew what he wanted to do but he wasn’t sure how to get funding for it. I just suggested he check out the website Kickstarter. He looked into it, and from what I can tell, he’s getting a lot of support for his project.”


Corey Wheeler’s alluring advertisement for the his charitable, art project
Photo provided by: Corey Wheeler

Greenbliss: Saving the environment one product at a time

By Molly Force
Dow Jones Detroit 

The front of Greenbliss, located at the Compuware building in Detroit.

By buying the products at Greenbliss, customers are helping the environment, as it is now, but also the environment of generations to come.
Greenbliss Design Center is an environmentally friendly store, temporarily located in the Compuware building in Detroit across the street from Campus Martius Park. The owner’s name is Bliss Cureton, a 36-year-old who sells eco-conscious home décor, solar powered gadgets, and sustainable furniture.
    According to Cureton, the most successful products that Green Bliss sells are the laundry ball, solar cell phone chargers, ceramic chalkboard containers, and garden grow pots. The company started as a website in November of 2010 but later converted into Greenbliss Home Parties.
The main goal for the store is a “permitted location in Detroit and in Oakland County,” Cureton said.
As far as the store goes, Cureton has a few staff on call but she mostly does it on her own.
When asked about being proud of her progress, Cureton said, “Yes, the reaction I receive from customers…they love the products we sell.”
The vision for the future for Greenbliss is to have the products at a store that clients can see in person, a place where they can learn the benefits buying the products.
“Many pollutants and toxins exist in our bodies off gases from painting or flooring adhesives used in carpeting or tiling is a result of using non eco-friendly products where ventilation and insulation issues may exist. All these factors contribute to allergies, asthma, reproductive issues, tumors, or cancer just to name a few,” according to Green Bliss’ website. “The Greenbliss Design Center was created to make it easier for our customers to buy products that are made of some green material.”
Greenbliss intends to educate people on the pollutants used in everyday life that are harmful to the environment as well as give them the opportunity to buy products that allow living a “greener” lifestyle.
    Almost all of their products are available online, with prices as low as 10 dollars and as high as 850 dollars.
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Kelley Jones’ Story, Arranged in Flowers

by Kyara Gamble
Dow Jones Detroit

 You have to stop just to look at these beautifully arranged flowers, instantly, they take your away. Many wonder who made these beautiful, color-decorated centerpiece and where they can buy them. Goodness Gracious Inc. is a flower company that started officially at the beginning of 2007, by Kelley Jones, is an entrepreneur florist that started at the age of seven. From that moment on, Jones knew that doing weddings, special events were what she wanted to do.
 Jones informs me, “I was in the Marines before I started my own business, as a chef. But I stopped because I wanted to be closer to my children.” With little to no advertisement for people to know about her work, Jones sees that her success has taken off without having to brag, “Your product is your biggest success” Jones tells me, “You have to know that your work will speak for itself and that people will keep your name out there, because you know that you have done a wonderful and well worthy job”
        With the company being ran for twenty years, Jones was able to have regular customers, such as Oneita Jackson, a Detroit Free Press copy editor, she isn’t just a customer, but a very good friend as well.
    “She is very modest, very humble” Jackson explains, very excitedly about talking about Jones’ work. “I’ve never seen flowers done like this, I remember I was at a banquet and I was unable to eat because I was so mesmerized by the flowers on display. They just take your breath away, “I keep my word” Jones says, “Not many people can say that they will do something and actually do it”
        Jones remembered the places that she has been, from weddings to banquets, to doing arrangements for celebrities that’s she has done, traveling from Chicago, to Italy, and Miami. Jones has opened herself to new things and wonderful possibilities. “It’s always a challenge, getting things together making sure your flowers are just right and everything looks good” Jones said.
      Even Erin Perry, a high school journalism coordinator at the Detroit Free Press, a good friend and now loyal customer, she even thinks that Jones’ work is just absolutely beautiful and wonderful. “I don’t even like flowers, but When Oneita recommended Kelley’s work to me for my wedding, I fell in love with her work and the things that she’s done. It was beautiful!” Perry says.
       Seeing the people loving Jones’ creations and the way she puts herself out there, without really having to out herself out there, Jones has given up a lot but have gained more with being able to stay at home with her children and run her business without any problems, “I was able to stay with my children with a stay at home business, some days I’m working for two to three hours, some days its twelve hours. But the work I out in I know that I am able to say I’m happy with the things I have accomplished so far” With Jones dedicating her time to her children and her business, she can proudly say that she is very happy with being a floriust. She has no plans to stop now, “I’m just getting started!” Jones finished.


Kelley Jones, cutting flowers, explaining to the Dow Jones students how hard she works and what it takes every day to make a masterpiece. Marielle Kouassi/Dow Jones Detroit

Dow Jones High School Journalism Workshop Detroit Tour

By Molly Force
Dow Jones Detroit

Neala Berkowski, a senior at Gross Point South, didn’t know what she was getting herself into when she got on the big white charter bus parked outside for a tour of Detroit.
“I had no idea what to expect,” said Berkowski.
Dow Jones High School Journalism Workshop, a weeklong program sponsored by Wayne State University and the Detroit Free Press, gave 31 students from the metro Detroit area the opportunity to see a different side of Detroit on Wednesday by touring some unlikely and unusual places. Students also got to gain some knowledge from some unassuming experts.
 “Young journalists could see parts of their own world up close,” said Co-Director of the Dow Jones Workshop, Alicia Nails. According to her, the goal of the fast-paced tour was to give the students a different perspective on Detroit and show them places they may have never known about.
    The students’ first visit was to Metro Parent Publishing Group, the headquarters of Black Life, Arts, and Culture (B.L.A.C.) Magazine as well as Metro Parent Magazine. The editor of B.L.A.C. magazine, Kimberly Hayes Taylor, shared some advice based on her knowledge of the business.
    “Whatever you do, be good at it,” said Taylor. “Get stronger at the areas you are weak.”
Along the way, students passed different neighborhoods and learned about the nicer Boston Edison versus Highland Park.
    Quickly following, the workshop students were able to visit ABC’s Channel 7 WXYZ News Station and watch live action news and meet the anchors. They also got to see the news happen from the control room’s point of view with hectic flashing computer screens.
    The lively Oneita Jackson, also known as “Oneita Big Mouth of,” hopped on the big, white charter bus, took charge, and gave the second part of the tour. She is now a copy editor for the Free Press, but because of her adventuresome personality, she has done several different jobs in her lifetime, including construction work on The World Trade Center and working on Wall Street.
Sticking with her goal of showing the students the so-called ‘diamonds in the rough’ in the city of Detroit, Green Bliss was the first stop on her tour, located in the Compuware building across from Campus Martius Park. Jackson stopped traffic as the students ran across the busy street. The store’s owner is Bliss Cureton, who sells Green home décor and gadgets like solar-powered iPhone cases as well as naturally made furniture.
    While in Green Bliss, the students ran into Bill McGraw, editor of the new media revolution Deadline Detroit and a former Detroit Free Press writer. His advice to the aspiring journalists was to simply read and write. He strongly suggests reading newspapers everyday to learn the style of writing and the mindset journalism requires.
    Five minutes later, students arrived at Rachel’s Place, a small secondhand vintage clothing store, located on Pine Street. Rachel Leggs is the owner of the shop, which was voted “Best Vintage Clothing” by Metro Times and featured on MSNBC’s Nightly News. Her advice was for students to just believe in themselves and do what they love.
“Don’t follow the money,” said Leggs.
    Right after, Michigan Central Depot Train Station was where the students stopped to see the old, but still beautiful building they have heard so much about on the news. Manuel “Matty” Moroun, also the owner of the Ambassador Bridge, owns the station.
    Students hurried across the Bagley Pedestrian Bridge, a long walkway that unites Detroit’s East and West, sweating from the heat and hearing a few honks from truck drivers on the road below along the way. After making it across, they arrived at Mexicantown and had a swift walkthrough of Xochi’s Mexican Imports and Honey Bee Market Store.
    After quickly walking back across the bridge to jump on the bus, Jackson took the students to one of her favorite places, Belle Isle, and then raced over to her own place in West Village, one block from Indian Village. Covered with books and little knickknacks, students wandered around her apartment and admired the wild décor. For example, her wine rack that she conveniently converted into a jewelry holder. According to Jackson, around 900 books reside at her apartment. She recommended some of them to the students that have helped her along the way.
    After visiting her own apartment, Jackson rushed the students over to the home of her friend, Kelley Jones. She is the owner and founder of the business “Goodness Gracious Inc.”, which is a flower company that provides florals for all sorts of occasions.
    Students took a speedy drive through the Heidelberg Project, an outdoor art display made of discarded objects on Heidelberg Street in Detroit. The tour ended at the Detroit Free Press, where students met page designers, editors and the Web team.
    “The tour was really eye opening,” said Jane Hess, a junior at Gross Pointe South High School. “I’ve lived in metro Detroit my whole life and I’ve never been to any of those places. I want to visit Detroit more now.”   

Dow Jones High School Journalism Workshop students walk across the Bagley Pedestrian Bridge.

Alicia Nails: Broadcast Journalist

Katie Murphy
Dow Jones Detroit

“When I was in eighth grade we had a class assignment, I did not realize then I was definitely doing broadcast journalism,” Alicia Nails said. “Most students would stand up in front of the class, I always chose pictures because I like to connect words with journalism.”
Alicia Nails is the Director of Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne State University. With Nails’ ability to connect words with pictures, it connected her to broadcast journalism because in that field, words and pictures are brought together she said.  Nails had found out she wanted to be a journalist when she was a sophomore in college.
“My favorite aspect of journalism is the research and the writing,” said Nails, “and by definition you are asking people about interesting things or things that are interesting to them.”
Nails was not only involved in broadcast journalism, but other fields as well including magazine writing and selling cosmetics for six months in Atlanta right after college. She still is a freelancer for BLAC magazine and has been for the past five years.
“People are attracted to magazines visually and the cover pulls people into what the content is going to be and engage people,” Nails said. “So magazines are like a little mini vacation, go into another world, fantasy world, where people are happy and problems are being solved.”
     “Magazines have been a learning experience and way to contribute to the community,” said Nails. “I got to work with journalists to learn print, and to learn magazine journalism which I hadn’t learned before.”
The continuously changing environment of journalism, is the aspect of journalistic writing that appeals to Nails the most she says.
    “I enjoy the different experiences, how it is different everyday, different exposure, places, cities, different subject matter,” Nails said. “You get to talk to people about things they are passionate about, things that matter.”
What Nails finds successful about her job is that she gets to do something that she enjoys said Nails.
“I’m able to do what I’m good at, interpreting many ideas and events important to the community,” said Nails.
What draws Nails most to broadcast is that it relates pictures, music, sound bytes and writing together said Nails.  She enjoys being able to tell a story through a picture, she added.
For aspiring journalism students, Nails says to “be proactive, and seek out people and exposure, set yourself apart from everybody else.”

Dayton native takes over the D’

By: Kenneth Williams
Dow Jones Detroit

Everywhere: That’s where Oneita Jackson makes observations about the city of Detroit. Jackson first came to Detroit 11 years ago as a Copy Editing Intern from Washington D.C. Jackson, who was born in Dayton, Ohio, quickly immersed herself into Detroit culture via interacting with individuals, her journalism career, and through her self presumed “nosey” persona.
“I’ve known Oneita for 3 years and she’s zany! I never quite knew what that word was until I met her,” said Kelley Jones, owner of Goodness Gracious Inc., who met Jackson at the Charles H. Wright Museum while showcasing her floral business. According to Jackson, she was so interested in Kelley’s flowers and sparked a conversation from there. From there, they became “good friends” as Kelley says.
According to Jackson, one of her favorite places is the popular island attraction “Belle Isle”.
“What I love most about Belle Isle is the water! It’s calm, soothing, and peaceful. I love the serenity.”
Jackson isn’t just a Detroit fanatic, however; she’s a business savvy fashionista who’s making a name for herself on the Detroit fashion scene with her line of t-shirts. Jackson’s son, Jayemi Jackson who just graduated from University of Detroit Jesuit high school said “My mother loves Detroit a lot! Her t-shirts represent that.”
Jackson’s line of t-shirts are featured in the Detroit Store at the Somerset collection. When asked how she views her status, in regards to being a resident of Detroit, she said “I’m a Detroiter, not a Detroit native.”
On 6-22-12Jackson served as the tour guide for the Dow Jones Detroit High School Journalism Workshop at Wayne State University, during which she took the group to various places downtown.
Amanda Dortch, a student at the workshop said “It was  amazing meeting her! I know no one like that and her personality is so refreshing. She’s awesome!” Jackson graduated from Howard University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Currently, she owns and operates her own blogging site “” in which she blogs about current events and showcases her fashion line. Her blog, Ostreet, is famous for voicing her opinions on what’s happening in society. Most people may not understand how a Copy Editor from Dayton took the city by storm in a matter of 11 years. It’s safe to assume that Oneita will continue to make a name for herself in the near future.

“Listen! I’m going to take you guys to a few of my favorite spots around town!”
TIM CARROLL/Dow Jones Detroit

Oneita takes the Dow Jones Interns on a tour of her home. Tour guide of the year!
TIM CARROLL/ Dow Jones Detroit

Social media impacts the future of journalism

Dow Jones Detroit

In today’s digital world, newspapers are becoming more and more ancient. With constant layoffs and shrinking staffs, journalists are learning to multitask and become a “one-man army.” The social media may seem like a “spin-off” of a newspaper, where it is more of an accessible news database. However will this new high-tech form of journalism be the death of our old-fashioned ways?
“The newspaper is a mass media for the most part.  They’re using information that we create to reach those readers” said Frank Witsil, web editor of the Detroit Free Press. “There are more things you can do in digital. You can’t shoot a video in a newspaper” said Witsil. “There are a lot more tools, lot more you can do.”
With 644 million active websites online, according to Netcraft, the social media can cater to one’s interest by specializing on the topic and learning more about their target audience. Programs such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are not only supplying information, but are changing journalism and the world.
“The biggest disadvantage is it is so quick, you see stories and instances where things are breaking” said Chuck Stokes, the editorial and public affairs director for WXYZ-TV/Channel 7.
Stokes believes the social media is “constantly developing” and the “information is not as relevant” compared to a newspaper. “With a flood of information, you don’t know what is accurate,” said Witsil.
However, does speed technically mean the social media is better? With new information constantly being updated onto the World Wide Web day-by-day, there is always room for errors and incorrect facts and statistics.
“Digital doesn’t always have those years or traditions,” Witsil said comparing online journalism to print. “We’ve created our own pathways…One of the challenges our industry is facing is not how to find a better way to tell a story, but how to support it.”
Depending on different circumstances, some people cannot afford to obtain a laptop, smart phone, or tablets and rely heavily on newspapers and magazines for information.
“At Wayne State University, I worked on computers all the time. Now, that I’m retired, it’s hard for me to go back on it” said Theressa Johnston, 68, a retired senior clerk in the Testing Research and Educational building at Wayne State University. “I’m really afraid of the internet because it’s too much information out there on everybody, invading privacy unless they pull all of that information out there” said Johnston.
Johnston, who is not “tech savvy” or good at working with technology, prefers reading the newspaper compared to scrolling around on a laptop or tablet.
 “Even though it’s easier for me to use the computer because I can pull it back and move it forward. However, my eyes have a problem with adjusting” said Johnston.
As we continue to head into the future, rumors continue to speculate about whether the print industry will survive or join the forces of social media. Donna Musolli, managing editor of Wayne State University’s newspaper, The South End feels as if the two can work together.
“Social networking is the best way to connect with people and get our articles out” said Musolli. “It’s not like facebook is cancelling out our print edition, it’s helping each other out.”


About Chanel Taylor: Inspiring a new generation

Dow Jones Detroit

At only 14, Chanel Taylor is proving there’s more to her life story than sharing the iconic designer, Coco Chanel.
Along with her grandmother’s fondness over the aroma of Chanel No.5 and the combination of six letters taken from her parents’ names, Anthony and Cheryl, the Sagittarius plans to be more of a go-getter rather than a trendsetter. The rising freshman will attend Mercy High in the fall. She plans to obtain a PhD in communications at Texas Christian University, Northwestern University, Colombia, or University of Florida.
 “I am determined to be a smart, educated woman” Chanel said. “I want to do a lot for the world, to better it and I feel journalism is going to give me that branch to do different things, to branch out. I have a lot of dreams. I want to write a couple of books, be an author, I want to open a couple of non-profit organizations, kind of like Boys and Girls Club, ministering to young girls.”
Someone who knows Chanel almost as much as she knows herself is her best friend Kayla Rennard.
 “Chanel is a very open person. I can go to her for anything. She is real and gives great advice. She inspires me because she knows where she wants to go in life” said Rennard.
That’s fitting for someone whose mother describes her as talkative and friendly through her mom, Taylor hopes to use her voice to create an impact and help provoke change.
“I think she would be a very good journalist” said Cheryl Taylor. “She is curious, loves to write, and likes to learn.”
Chanel Taylor hopes to become a respected journalist like one of her many role models, Good Morning America’s anchor Robin Roberts.
“She seems like she genuinely cares what she’s recording about but she also seems like she’s fun and bubbly,” said Chanel.
“Looking at the state and condition of the world today and how young females are looked at,” Taylor says upsettingly, she wants to help inspire her generation love and respect who they are.
 “We’re not respected, especially young African-American young women. We’re not respected at all by music, society” said Chanel. “And a lot of girls have to be a certain way or to look a certain way to get a guy’s attention, but you already have the creator on your side who will give you all the attention in the world because he loves you and cares about you …You need to have self-respect and be proud for who you are without stooping down to somebody else’s standards because they want you to do something else for them.”
 “God has given me the gift to talk and why not use the gift He’s given me to spread news, but I want to use it in a positive way,” she said.

Upcoming freshman, Chanel Taylor hopes to inspire others by opening up her heart to the world.

About Rasaan Turner; From High School Music-Head to Journalism Major at Tougaloo College

By Celina A. Ortiz

Dow Jones Detroit

At 17 years-old, Rasaan Turner describes himself as “A really conflicted individual. I overthink my new and old interests and how they change people’s perspectives of me.” He has graduated from Davis Aerospace Technical High School and is moving on to Tougaloo College in Mississippi to study journalism. As preparation for the expectations awaiting him, he has joined the Dow Jones High School Journalism Workshop to continue to expand his writing abilities. This summer he was selected for his second consecutive summer apprenticeship at the Detroit Free Press.
Since middle school Turner has been writing fiction, creative expression and newspaper. Though he says objective writing comes very easily to him, he enjoys trying his hand at other genres. He says the books he likes to read reflect the writing he experiments with in his free time. “I’ll walk into the bookstore and just grab a book off the shelf and read it,” Turner says, and explains that he feels it is important to keep himself well versed in different types of literature.
A phrase that Turner lives by is: Never give up. When he was 10, Turner’s mother says she realized his potential and encouraged him to continue because of his natural ability to write. “He was offered two ‘full rides’ to college. It was his persistence to get things done that helped him achieve such high acknowledgment because he sticks to his motto.” When Turner  struggles in school, he says he stays motivated by setting goals and relying on meeting them to overcome the difficulties with school, life throws at him.
Turner says he enjoys surfing the web and browsing shopping sites on the Internet. Other relaxing activities he says he “delights in” are riding his bicycle for hours and reading alone while listening to music. Turner says he feels mature beyond his years, as if he’s  “60,  because I admire older people. They relax and live off retirement, not really worrying about making quick decisions.” Between his support system at home, his educational foundation and life experiences, Turner says he feels he is an excellent candidate in the field of journalism.

Celina A. Ortiz
(313) 433-4152