Michigan Matters: Shining Light Awards & YMCA celebrates Aretha

Southfield (CBS Detroit) – It’s a show celebrating community champions as the three Shining Light Award honorees  selected this year– Gilda Jacobs, Kirk Mayes and Charity Dean – appear on “Michigan Matters” to talk about it and their efforts to lift our region. 

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Charity Dean, President & CEO, Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance; Gilda Jacobs, President & CEO, Michigan League for Public Policy; and Thomas Linn Chairman, Emeritus Miller Canfield; with Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain

CBS Detroit


Also appearing with Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain is Thomas Linn, Co-Chair of the Shining Light Awards (created by  Metropolitan Affairs Coalition and Detroit Free Press).  Linn,  Chairman Emeritus of Miller Canfield, talked about the regional awards – which celebrate those helping the region and are held in honor of Eleanor Josaitis, Neal Shine and Dave Bing. 

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Jacobs, Mayes and Dean will be honored at the upcoming Shining Light breakfast held Oct. 6 at The Mint in Southfield.  For information/tickets: ShingingLightAwards.com

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Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain, with Kirk Mayes, CEO of Forgotten Harvest

CBS Detroit


Hard to believe it’s been four years since Aretha Franklin – the Queen of Soul – passed away but the Detroit superstar will be honored in a special concert this Tuesday night “A Night of Respect” to raise funds for YMCA of Detroit which is celebrating its 170th anniversary this year. 

Brenda Franklin-Corbett, who is Ms. Franklin’s cousin and performed alongside her for 50 years, appears on “Michigan Matters” along with Latitia McCree-Thomas, Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing for YMCA of Detroit. 

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Latitia McCree-Thomas, Senior VP of Comm. & Marketing, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit; and Brenda Franklin-Corbett, Entertainer 

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Franklin-Corbett will perform Tuesday along with Freda Payne, another Detroit-born superstar (she sang “Band of Gold” from 1970s).  Others will be part of Tuesday’s gala. For information/tickets: YMCADetroit.org/night-of-respect 

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Brenda Franklin-Corbett performing on stage with her cousin, Aretha Franklin

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Franklin-Corbett shared stories of her time touring with Ms. Franklin. She also recalled appearing in the iconic “The Blues Brothers” hit movie along with her cousin. 

Franklin-Corbett once worked for YMCA many years ago. She talked about the importance of the organization – then and today. 

McCree-Thomas provides an update of YMCA’s work and how it has been adjusting during the pandemic. 

Watch Michigan Matters, Sunday at 8am on CBS Detroit

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