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Excerpt from Chapter 5. Afterthought
  You think too much.
  Somewhere in the mist of the storm of whatever you wrestle with, you reached the triumph that you did good or bad; and in concluding success, or you didn’t do well, you at the instance of reflection were content.
  This is wisdom and positive self-esteem; realizing you can move on from dwelling on the past the very next minute. 
  If your goal for strenuous thinking is to grow a muscle atop your head, forget it. You already have one. It is called a brain. If you want to come to the conclusion that you were and always are a success, then you might need to release the reins you have on yourself. 
  You’re not a computer in reality – and continually returning to rethink any trying situation repeatedly is maddening. Who says you can’t make mistakes, even colossal? - For if you are stalwart – you can recount, repay, forgive, applaud and move forward. 
  Afterthought should not be a prison burial and you a grave digger. Digging a never ending mythological grave endlessly; even worse – a computer data command line – [Go to ten] creating an endless loop until you press escape or turn the computer off. Noooo. That’s not intelligent. 
  Retrace the steps of this crime and start anew. Like a soul food chef – toss a handful of sugar into the wind, realizing the meal can be bitter as it tastes. Don’t demand the check yet. Clear your palette. This is only dessert. 
  Freeling Damon Guinn is a Motorcity native (Detroit, Michigan). Educated in the public school system and holds a bachelors degree in communications. He is a dropout of the Hollywood business, formerly working at Paramount Pictures and Eddie Murphy Television on Melrose Avenue. Inspired first by his own family and gaining the most significant inspiration through God and the bible. Mr. Guinn survived and triumphed over a horrific illness and draws insight from those dismal days of maintaining through the storm on his road to recovery. 
  Ready...Set...GO! Regardless of race, color or creed---Ready...Set...GO! by Freeling D. Guinn holds the readers hand and strolls casually thru strongly delicate topics. Never letting go, allowing the reader to enjoy the writing...grasp the authors purpose and take the lead. The book is sold online at Amazon.com and includes a Special Bonus Edition: Father to his Style-- short story classic and The Half-Pint Board Game. 




Trendsetters:  Terry's Place
    Lara Terry was born in Minter, Mississippi.
     As a little girl, she loved styling hair. She told her father, “I ain’t gonna pick no cotton. I’m gonna do hair and count my own money.”
  Her early determination would later pay off. Years later, she moved to Detroit and started working at an automotive plant. She was a wife and mother of two children, before the Lord rekindled her dream of doing hair. 
     She enrolled in beauty school and attended part-time, while balancing family and work life. 
     After graduation, she told her husband, Joe Sr., “I’m leaving this plant. I learned something in beauty school. I can make women look good . This is my passion. I want to sell the look. I want to sell hair.”
    A childhood dream became fulfilled with the opening of Terry’s Wigs in 1971. Clients and business associates affectionately called her Ms. Terry, which she continues to be known by today. 
     Terry’s Wigs, later Terry Place, catered to women of color and is a one of a kind wig store. 
     The salon has undergone a number of changes over the last 48 years. It once offered hair braiding and nail services. Then, it added eyelash and eyebrow arching to it services, which has made them the eyelash/eyebrow capital of the city. A beauty salon was also added to the salon, creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the communities. Her children and family members have also joined in her dream and has taken the salon to the next level by adding new wig styles, Berkshire hosiery and jewelry to their collection.  
    “To see my kids sacrificing their dreams for my dreams and taking my dream further than I had ever dreamed of is amazing,” she said. “God is good!”
  And, Terry’s Place has proven to be good for the city and continues to be a staple in the community. 
    Stop by Terry’s Place at 19139 Livernois Ave., Detroit, Mich. 48221. We’re open six days a week. To schedule an appointment, please call (313)863-4014.



Andre Batts Creator of 
Dreadlock comics
     Andre L. Batts born May 4, 1966, grew up on the west side of Detroit. Andre had a close knit family with his Mom, Dad, Brother Grandmother and his many Cousins and of course Aunts and Uncles. They were all like Brothers and Sisters, but there was one difference, Andre was the only one that had a love for comic books. Growing up during the 70’s other kids would say to him, Man why are you always reading comic books. Andre had a love for comic books such as Dr. Strange, the X-men and the Avengers. He was a self taught artist, who learned to draw by looking at the images that were in the comics that he had been reading. 
    Through time Andre stopped drawing due to becoming a teenager and discovering girls, at this time period Andre still occasionally picked up comics that he generally read as a child. He no longer bought his comics at the neighborhood store, but now Andre had to buy his comics at comic book specialty shops outside the urban Detroit area. It seemed to Andre that they were trying to keep African American from having access to these comics, unless they had the means to go into the suburbs. 
     After years have past by Andre had began studying the Medu Neter and all that was related to his African culture. He started realizing that there weren’t enough African American representation in comic books yet African Americans were spending a lot of money on comic books including him. Andre realized a lot of comic book stories stemmed from ancient African Myths and Spirituality. The Myths were watered down to fit characters such as Superman, the Xmen and others in the Marvel, D.C. Universes. So, Andre, being heavily influences by the books he read in his 20’s and 30’s as well as the music he listened to in the mid 80’s and early 90.s (Reggae and conscious Hip Hop) He began writing and writing and eventually developed his own likeness in his own African American character he created called Dreadlocks in 1993, he released his first Dreadlocks title in 1996; he has been rolling them out ever since.






Black and White Like You And Me
By Gloria Cunningham
SPECIAL TO THE SUN
     Parallel lines sometimes intersect; or at least that’s true when you are speaking about the lives of authors Thomas “Cookie” Marsh and Thomas “Whitey” Daniels and the race relations they represent in their phenomenal book entitled Black and White Like You & Me.
  Parallel life number one: Thomas Marsh. He was born in Laurel, Mississippi in 1951, and moved to Detroit with his parents as an infant. He grew up in a black neighborhood on the Westside of Detroit. He was educated in the Detroit Public Schools at Northern High School – Class of ‘69. He was given the nickname Cookie by his maternal great aunt, Alvenia. Whenever she came his way, he would hound her about making chocolate chip cookies, his favorite. Joyfully, she would say, “Here comes my little Cookie.” and a batch of cookies she would make.
  Parallel life number two: Thomas Daniels. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolinain 1948, he was moved by his parents, as a toddler, to a predominately white neighborhood on the Eastside of Detroit. He received his education at the University of Detroit High School – Class of ‘67. He earned his nickname from his connection to “Whitey,” of the Bowery Boys. As he aged, the name continued to follow him. He is only two shades darker than an albino.
  Their parallel lives continue in so many ways. Daniels is a white Catholic Republican and Marsh is a black Baptist Democrat. 
  Daniels is a retired educator from Brother Rice High School. Marsh is a retired Social Worker from Detroit.
  Daniels played football and baseball in high school, earning a baseball scholarship. Marsh was a high school All-American basketball player, making the All-State Team. After being recruited by many colleges, he picked a scholarship offer. Both men graduated from the University of Detroit.
  Although both men attended the same university, their lives did not intersect until they met at the Geezer Basketball Practice. Each Saturday a group of men, ages 50 and up, meets at Brother Rice High to challenge each other to a high energy game. Although the venue has changed, the mission stays the same: to celebrate similarities and differences among all, to improve race relations and remain fit and fabulous. 
  Daniels met Marsh more than 30 years ago at this Geezer sporting event. Throughout their many years of friendship, they compared life stories. They found their intersections to be moving and beneficial. Daniels encouraged Marsh to join him in sharing their stories in the writing of their first book, which released one year ago this month.
  Whitey Daniels says, “I want people to use this book as a reminder that we need to keep the conversation alive between the races. We need to get to know each other and build relationships. We must realize just because something is different does not make it wrong.”
  He adds, “This book shares my light. I am trying to help people by encouraging better relations among all races, especially white and black. When you read the book, many of you will see pieces of yourself, regardless of where you grew up. Use it for positive change.”
  You can contact them at (313)588-0043 or visit blackandwhitelikeyouandme.com 


The DeMarco Project: An African American Shero
By Kim J. Clark
Aka Expanding Love
SPECIAL TO THE SUN
    In preparing to write this article, the author asked Sergeant (Sgt.) Stephanie Shannon what message did she want to convey to the reader. We realized one article would not fully address what needs to be said. Sgt. Shannon, a Gulf War US Army veteran is one of our own local Sheroes.  
     She is the Founder and CEO of Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, a faith based organization commented to honoring female veterans. Stephanie is also the author of the #1 Amazon best seller, “Battling the Storm within.”
  In this three part series, Sgt. Shannon will address and dispel the stereotypical myths regarding female veterans. Unfortunately, many people do not understand the damaging affects of some of the military related issues females struggle with and quite often misinterpret their behavior. 
     The intent of the series is to raise awareness of service related traumas female veterans live with. In addition, provide a platform for those women and men who have successfully addressed their issues, and share tools that may help empower their brother and sister veterans. While at the same time, raising public awareness and educating citizens on how to more effectively communicate with male and female veterans, alike.
     Sgt. Shannon shares common myths and truths about female military service personal and veteran women:
Myth - Females who join the military are either gay, lesbian or promiscuous. 
Truth - The fact of the matter is, just like men, women join the military for many reasons. 
  It is a way to fund college. They have the desire to serve their country. It is a way to see the world, just to name a few.
Myth - Because of the military training, the women are “rugged” and therefore, not feminine. Their sexuality is always in question.
Truth – Many women in the military are mothers. War veterans understand, family is not first.
  The reality is, the mission is first. If one thinks about it, service people are required to put their emotions on the “back burner” and stay focused on the task at hand. Men who are able to do this are seen as heroes. Women…unstable damaged goods… The elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about is, 1 in 3 women suffer from military sexual trauma (MST) in addition to post traumatic stress disorder (PTST).
Myth - Women are not capable of leading. The assumption is, female veterans are full of emotions and are not able to lead or walk in authority.
Truth – Female veterans make very powerful leaders. Military training teaches; discipline and self -control; strategic thinking; solution driven thought processes, among other skills necessary to be success in business. 
  Sgt. Shannon’s life’s work is a demonstration of how to use adversity and misperception to empower one’s life. Her message to her sister veterans is, “Brave enough to serve. Brave enough to heal.” 
     Hear more from Stephanie on her upcoming interview. She has been invited back for another interview on the Comcast Newsmaker for Women’s month on February 15th.
     Kim is the mother of a veteran who loved his country and was willing to lay his life down for the freedoms he believed in. She is the President of The DeMarco Project, Non-profit organization. Her life’s mission it to save veteran lives and improve the quality of life for traumatized military service persons. If you would like to support her in the work, donations are welcome. Visit the website; www.TheDeMarcoProject.org.