A Salute to Mothers

May 11, 2015
Hosted by Charles Haywood Ellis III

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We are saluting and dedicating this show to all Mothers; birth, grandmother, foster, adopted or surrogate. Mothers play such a vital role in our lives and have helped shape many of us into becoming what we are today. Share with us the most influential thing your mother ever said to you or maybe just give a quick shout out to your mom. You may do so by calling in during our LIVE show by dialing 1-888-346-9141

An Hour of Empowerment

An Hour of Empowerment

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An Hour of Empowerment, hosted by Charles Haywood Ellis III will be designed to give you information that will empower, enlighten and educate you to make the best decisions that affect your everyday life. We will provide tools, techniques and knowledge that will cut to the heart of various relevant matters. While the show covers a variety of topics, our primary focus is on voting, self-improvement, education, relationships, urban violence, finances and much more.

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Charles Haywood Ellis III

Charles Haywood Ellis III

He is one of the most respected leaders in the religious community both in Detroit and across the nation. Bishop Charles H. Ellis III is the pastor of the 6500-member Greater Grace Temple in the Motor City, and the Presiding Bishop of the 1.3 million member Pentecostal Assemblies of the World.

He’s known as a man “with a heart for people” who believes in reaching beyond the walls of the church to touch hurting lives. In Detroit, he’s known as a dedicated civic leader and is a board member of numerous community organizations.

His church has been the site of a number of international events including the funeral of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. During the auto crisis, his sermon, “A Hybrid Hope,” was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times on the same day. It made international headlines as he challenged Washington to help save the auto industry. Through this effort Bishop Ellis and this sermon were featured in three documentaries.

Bishop Ellis broadcasts daily to potential millions on his internationally viewed “Amazing Grace” telecast. He’s also a member of the cast of the docu-series, “Preachers of Detroit,” which airs on the Oxygen Network.

Bishop Ellis is happily married to his wife, Crisette, and is the father of three children, Kiera, Charles IV and Kirsten (who made her transition in 1994).

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June 2015

May 2015

  • 5/18/2015: Is America Ready For A Female President? Ready or Not Here She Comes Listen Now
  • 5/11/2015: A Salute to Mothers Listen Now
  • 5/4/2015: The 2nd Amendment...A Controversy of Life and Death Listen Now

April 2015

Attorney Jocelyn Benson



Jocelyn Benson is the Dean of Wayne State University Law School. Previous to serving as Dean. Benson was an Associate Professor of Law and the Associate Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. Jocelyn is also the founder and current director of the Michigan Center for Election Law and Administration. A former member of the ABA's Committee on Election Law. During the 2008 election, she led an effort to block the use of foreclosure lists to challenge voters’ eligibility on Election Day. Benson has earned bachelor's degree at Wellesley College, Master of Philosophy as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, and subsequently earned her law degree from Harvard Law School. View Guest page

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Chief of Police James E. Craig



Chief of Police James E. Craig began his career in law enforcement with the Detroit Police Department in 1977 and was assigned to the 10th Precinct. Forced to relocate due to department layoffs, Chief Craig began working for the Los Angeles (California) Police Department (LAPD in January 1981. During his tenure as a command officer of the LAPD, Chief Craig was responsible for overseeing many of the most violent areas in Los Angeles and was able to achieve tremendous reductions in crime through the implementation of innovative strategy and building strong community partnerships. After a 28 year career with LAPD, Chief Craig was appointed to the position of Chief of Police for the Portland (Maine) Police Department on May 4, 2009. Chief Craig was credited with reducing violent crime by 10% by utilizing a comprehensive CompStat process which focused on command accountability and problem solving. On August 4, 2011, Chief Craig was selected as the 13th Chief of Police for the Cincinnati (Ohio) Police Department. Chief Craig was the first African- American and person outside of Cincinnati to hold the position of the Chief of Police for Cincinnati. Chief Craig prioritized the need for the officer to proactively address neighborhood quality of life and overall crime in the community. On July 1, 2013, Chief Craig was appointed as the 42nd Chief of Police for the Detroit Police Department (Michigan), bringing Chief Craig’s law enforcement career full circle. Chief Craig said that his top priorities are to abate and reduce violent crime and to increase the morale of the rank and file. Chief Craig has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from West Coast University and a Master of Management Degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. He has also started a coursework in a Doctoral Program at the University of Phoenix. Chief Craig has also graduated of the esteemed Federal Bureau Investigation’s National Academy View Guest page

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Helen Crawley-Austin


Helen Crawley-Austin is the Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Consulting Solutions, Inc. (BCS). With over 25 years of Corporate Experience. Helen has committed herself to living a debt-free life and helping others to do the same. Helen has a background in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Ohio and Howard University, respectively. Her experience spans across all levels of End-to-End technical development and management of projects from inception to deployment. Helen has a track record for building high performance teams to propel businesses to the next level. Not only did she lead a software development team from inception to $60M in one year, but she also partnered in her own business to over a million increase in revenue in 18 months. She is now excited to take all the experiences God entrusted her to lead a debt-free revolution with Mastering Money sessions and groups View Guest page

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John Cromer


John is a former Senior Corporate Job Developer for “Michigan Works! Affiliates”, and a former Stability Case Manager for President Barack Obama’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program through Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan in Detroit. John is an active member of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, where he served as Chairman of the Hartford Employment and Returning Citizens Ministry. John has presented to and helped to fill positions at Fortune 500 Companies like AutoZone, Ford Motor Company, Walmart, Comcast Cable Company, McDonalds, Bank of America and others. John received the 2014 Detroit Medical Center’s Commitment to Excellence Award; 2012 Mountain Mover Award; 2007 Empowerment Summit Award; Rosa Parks Tolerance Award, 2006 State of the African American Male Initiative Award and titled as one of “Who's Who in Black Detroit, and various awards and for his efforts to lift people from dependency to the productive world of employment. View Guest page

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Rick Ector



Rick Ector is a keynote speaker that speak for Liberty, Guns & Responsibilities. He was the 2014 Gun Advocate of the Year - Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners. He also was 2014 Second Amendment March Keynote Speaker. Mr. Ector received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering at Wayne State University. Authorship Credentials: How To Get A Michigan Concealed Pistol License (Author) Shooting Illustrated Magazine (Freelance Writer) AmmoLand Shooting News (Contributing Writer) Changing The Game (Contributing Writer) View Guest page

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Crisette Ellis



First Lady Crisette is a native of Detroit and a graduate of Michigan State University where she majored in Public Affairs Management. She is married to Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who is the Senior Pastor of Greater Grace Temple and the Presiding Prelate of the P.A.W. (Pentecostal Assemblies of the World). They have two children, Kiera and Charles IV. Lady Crisette is the Director of the Powerful Women of Purpose (PWP) Women’s ministry at Greater Grace Temple. Lady Crisette is also a successful entrepreneur with Mary Kay cosmetics. In November of 2002, she made history by becoming Michigan’s first and youngest African American National Sales Director in Mary Kay. Through her business she has earned numerous awards, earned cars, trips around the world as well as other substantial gifts. She is also the CEO of Affirmations by Crisette which is a lifestyle brand of affirmation empowerment tees and other products produced with a specific goal of encouraging and inspiring people to use their gifts and talents as well as to stay focused on fulfilling their divine purpose. As a wife, mother, First Lady and entrepreneur, she enjoys encouraging and sowing seeds of optimism into the lives of her family, church members, community and all that she comes in contact with. View Guest page

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Sherry Gay-Dagnogo



State Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, serves as Michigan State Representative of the 8th District. She is an educator, former Detroit City Council staff member and community organizer dedicating to transforming Michigan’s education systems. As a Detroit public school science teacher, Gay-Dagnogo learned firsthand the value of good education systems and the struggles classrooms are facing. She has previously led community engagement projects funded by the city of Detroit, UAW Region 1A, AFL-CIO, AFSCME Council 25, Great Start Collaborative, the Kresge Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, UCLA, United Way of Southeast Michigan and the Skillman Foundation. Gay-Dagnogo hopes to bring this ability to build partnerships to the Legislature in order to support quality public education, academic accountability, small business development, job creation, protecting our seniors and community safety. She sits on the Tourism and Recreation and Financial Services Committees. View Guest page

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Judge Richard B. Halloran



Honorable Richard B. Halloran Jr. was appointed to the bench by Governor John Engler in 1998 and currently serves in the Family Division. Prior to that, he served seven years as a magistrate and judge for the 36th District Court. A strong proponent of the laws creating personal protection orders (PPOs), Judge Halloran testified before the Michigan Legislature encouraging the enactment of criminal laws establishing the crimes of domestic violence and stalking. A former co-chairperson of the Wayne County Coordinating Council to Prevent Domestic Violence, he also served as a member of the Governor's Task Force to develop uniform standards for batterer's intervention programs throughout the State and as a member of the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. From 1998 to 2002, Judge Halloran managed the PPO docket of the Third Circuit Court, issuing approximately 1,500 PPOs per month and overseeing over 70,000 PPOs during that time. In 2003, he founded M.A.R.K. (Men Acting Responsibly is the Key), an organization to encourage men to help stop family violence. In 2012, Judge Halloran was elected to the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section Council. He is a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, sitting on the Domestic Violence Committee. He has served as an instructor for the Michigan Judicial Institute and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan and conducted training for numerous law enforcement agencies throughout Wayne County. View Guest page

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Lon Johnson



Lon Johnson is the Chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party. For more than 20 years, Lon Johnson has been a leader in the Democratic Party. He has served in critical strategic roles for political campaigns and committees, advocacy organizations and businesses. Lon graduated college at Arizona State University and was elected the President of the Arizona Young Democrats. In 1992, Lon worked his first Congressional campaign in a 52% Republican base district. Lon won despite the fact that his candidate was outspent 3-to-1. In the years that followed, Lon continued to run and win campaigns in states across the country. In 1999 Lon took a position fundraising for Al Gore’s presidential campaign in George W. Bush’s backyard: Texas. He proved to be an adept and innovative fundraiser. After winning Congressman Dingell’s primary, Lon took a position with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2003 and as the Michigan Director of America Coming Together in 2004. View Guest page

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Dr. Carolyn King



Dr. Carolyn King is a psychiatrist at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. She works with children, adolescents and adults. Dr. King is an active committee member with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. And is the founder of Reach Out to Youth, a program which connects students ages 7-11 with careers in the medical arts and sciences. Dr. King is passionate about mental health. She has a special interest in educating and building bridges in the community to bring better understanding and acceptance about mental health. In fact she encourages everyone to “Get a checkup from the neck up!” View Guest page

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Dr. Kim Logan-Nowlin



As a national inspirational/motivational speaker, Dr. Nowlin oratory brings encouragement, direction, hope and healing to thousands each year as she travels around the U.S. and abroad sharing words of inspiration for all ages. She is a gifted woman on a mission to help others discover their gifts. Dr. Kim also serves as Professor of Speech Communication for Wayne County Community College District. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education, Masters of Arts Degree in Family and Guidance Counseling, and a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Oral and Interpersonal Communication and Clinical Family Counseling. Dr. Nowlin along with her husband served as co-directors of the family life department of the Lake Region Conference from 2007-2014. They also serve as the co-host of Making It Work Television on 3ABN Dare to Dream Network. Dr. Kim is the author of three published books- The Attitude Adjustment of the Christian Man and Woman, Refusing A Direct Order, and Friends in the Bedroom, But Strangers in Church. View Guest page

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Virgie M. Rollins



Virgie M. Rollins, a native of Benton Harbor, Michigan, is currently the Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Black Caucus. During her tenure as Chair of the Black Caucus, Ms. Rollins organized African American Leadership Summits, which convened to discuss Urban Issues with African American leaders across the county. She has encouraged African Americans to participate at every level of the Democratic Party and to seek party offices and public office. Currently, Virgie is PAC Chair for the National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW). From 2003 to 2005, she served as President of the NFDW, to date she has raised the more money for NFDW than any other President. She was also the First African American Woman to Chair the Michigan Democratic Women’s Caucus. Under her leadership, the Jefferson-Jackson luncheon was established and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award founded as well as a young women’s internship program with the Democratic Governor’s office View Guest page

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Dr. Jeanette Scheid



Dr. Jeanette Scheid is a board-certified general and child psychiatrist who works with children and adults in multiple settings (community-based, residential, inpatient). She has a long-standing interest in mental health in the context of family and community violence. Since 2012 she has served as the Medical Consultant to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Services Administration, where she participates in multiple efforts to address the health and mental health needs of children served by the department. View Guest page

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Ron Scott



Detroit Community Coalition Against Police Brutality

Ron Scott has more than 40 years of experience in activism as well as radio, television, and video production. President of Ron Scott Media Solutions, he is an Emmy Award-winning producer who has completed significant documentary projects on various topics related to current affairs, cultural icons, entertainment, and politics on the North American continent and the Caribbean. He serves as spokesperson for the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, part of a national effort to end police brutality with members in 30 cities. Scott is a member of the Detroit Council of Elders and the National Lawyers Guild. He serves as Board member of the Boggs Center, a Detroit advocacy. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Silver Circle Award in 2008 from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Michigan Chapter; and the “Unsung Heroes” Award from the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus. Ron Scott co-hosts the long-running community and political affairs program, “For My People,” He is also a political blogger for The Detroit News. View Guest page

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Atty. Gerald E. Thurswell



Gerald E. Thurswell has been practicing law for 47 years. He received his Juris Doctor Cum Laude from Wayne State University when he was 23 years of age. He was President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Metropolitan Detroit Chapter. He is recognized by his peers as one of the best lawyers in America. His law firm has a Tier One National Rating from U.S. News & World Report in Medical Malpractice.

Mr. Thurswell has handled many high-profile cases and cases with catastrophic injuries. However, he specializes in Medical Malpractice cases. He is licensed to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court and in several states. He has received the highest possible ratings from multiple Peer Review Organizations. He is recognized in Who’s Who in American Law and has been invited to lecture at several law schools. View Guest page

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Chief Deputy Ray Washington



Chief Washington started his law enforcement career with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office October of 1983. In 1985 he joined the Detroit Police Department. He served in numerous capacities throughout the department: patrol, Gang Squad, undercover work in the Narcotic Section, Violent Crimes Task Force, as well as The Traffic Enforcement Unit. Chief Washington rose through the ranks of police officer, sergeant, lieutenant. In July of 2009, Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon asked Raphael Washington to join his staff as Deputy Chief accepted the position as the Deputy Chief, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. He supervises the operation of the Road Patrol, Warrant Enforcement Bureau, Narcotics Unit, Morality Unit, Internet Crimes, Special Services, Mounted Unit, Marine Division, Special Response Team (SRT), the Fugitive Apprehension Service Team (FAST), and the Violent Task Force Unit. Chief Washington oversees the Dickerson Facility Jail (Hamtramck), as well as all of the Wayne County Circuit Courts. Chief Washington also served for six years in the Michigan National Guard as a Military Police Officer. He has attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College where he studied Criminal Justice and he is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command. Chief Washington is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 248. Chief Washington has also studied at Harvard University earning a certificate in Leaders in State and Local Government. He is a member of Southeastern Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Wayne County Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS). Raphael Washington, is also the Owner / Instructor CPL-Pro..Concealed Pistol License View Guest page

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Joseph Williams


Founder and CEO of New Creations Community Outreach (formerly Transition of Prisoners), he developed and implemented a number of innovative approaches that have helped others to experience total restoration. As Founder and President of the Christian Association for Prison Aftercare (CAPA) he used his vast experience and knowledge to inspire and teach numerous organizational leaders and criminal justice professionals around the world. These successes continue to provide Joseph with the opportunity to share his expertise. Among them are the prestigious bodies of the U.S. House of Representatives and the National Institute of Corrections. Joseph also serves on the national advisory board for the Billy Graham Center’s Institute for Prison Ministry. As President of the Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association he annually hosts the nation’s largest faith-based correctional ministry Summit. With over 30 years of experience in this field. View Guest page

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Honorable Janice Winfrey



Honorable Janice M. Winfrey was elected as City Clerk of Detroit in 2006. She is currently serving her 3rd Term as City Clerk. Clerk Winfrey methodically and simultaneously implemented two new voting systems in Detroit and set precedence in the election community for early and accurate result reporting. Under her leadership Detroit has received grants to improve voting access for our military service men and women, their dependents and our overseas citizens. The City of Detroit was the first municipality in Michigan to allow eligible residents to apply for absentee ballots by touch-screen-enabled devices due to Winfrey's leadership. Also another technological milestone is the creation of the Vote 4 Detroit mobile app that provides election information to voters such as polling locations as well as information on candidates at the local, state, and federal levels. View Guest page

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