One Hell Of a Ride to Success Part II


Rickey Gladden is breathing on his own now, and I got to speak with him breifly.  He is  weak, and and has a very long road to recovery.  I’m in need of any help that we may receive to help with medical bills and traveling while he is unable to travel.  I thank you in advance.  God Bless, and please keep praying, the journey has begun.  Rickey thanks everyone for their prayers.

“I’m going to be alright ma”


One Hell Of a Ride Toward Success


The obstacles I’ve faced since I’ve started my journey of mastery, in New Media Journalism have been quite compelling, but the car accident my son was involved in, late Saturday night, thousands of miles away from home and with no family members has me a bit confounded but I must continue on with my journey, being so close to the end.

Rickey Gladden loves his children immensely and left Detroit, to work. Through my studies, I’ve been told that writing about family members is a big no-no, but I want the world to understand my struggles as I use this form of media to help encourage other people who find it difficult to succeed throughout the ups and downs of life.

Rickey still is breathing with the help of a respirator.  The doctors are going to remove the tube soon and hopefully he will breathe on his on, if not he will have a trachea inserted.  I have not raised enough money to get to Portland, Oregon yet, but I will remain hopeful.

THE HIDDEN VOICES: Within The Detroit Public School System

Some parents of the Detroit Public Schools feel their children’s pressure of their fight to keep the chosen schools for closures open, for their children’s educational journey.

Gompers Elementary-Middle School at 14450 Burt Rd., Detroit, Michigan, faces closing its doors June 2017 for failing M-STEP scores, three years in a row.  This 21 million dollar school was built to replace three older schools, including the first Samuel Gompers Elementary School.  Photo By: Cynthia Gladden

State testing used to measure the academic growth of school-age children is the Michigan Student Test of Educational Performance test, also known as the M-STEP test.

Heaven Young is a fifth grader at Gompers Elementary Middle School.  Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Heaven Young, a fifth grader at Gompers Elementary-Middle School, has finished her testing and says “I’m glad it’s over with because I feel like a lot of pressure is put on us kids to keep the school open.”

A group of parents is speaking out against the testing of their children.  These parents have opted their children out of the M-STEP test, which shifts the responsibility of the failed test scores in the educational process of teaching within the schools, as 95% of the children within the failing schools are expected to be tested, or the school will be sanctioned by the State of Michigan.

The Green Light Project Expands In Detroit

The partnership of  Detroit businesses joining Project Green Light has expanded since the one year and 100th participating stores mark in January 2017.  There are now 144 companies partnered in Detroit to help fight and solve crimes in the areas of the installed real-time cameras.

More green lights can be seen flashing as residents walk and ride on the streets of Detroit.   This light sits atop of a Citgo gas station on Schoolcraft and Evergreen.  Image By: Cynthia Gladden

Brancy Crawford, of Detroit states “she feels more safe with all the blinking green lights, and she shops in areas that have the real-time cameras installed.”  Crime has been a downward trend in areas where green lights have been installed on local businesses.

Sunoco gas station on McNichols and Six Mile has a bright green light that alerts citizens that it is linked to the Detroit Police Department.  Photo By Cynthia Gladden

Forty-four more businesses have partnered with the Detroit Police Department to help deter crime since January 2017, making Detroit a safer place for its citizens.

A Heart Can’t Be Heart When Cigarette Smoke Is Inhaled



Smoking is known to be a leading cause of heart disease for men in the United States, but second-hand smoke can be deadlier with the effects of more than 7000 chemicals in a cigarette plus, the smoke being exhaled by the smoker.


The chemicals ignited in tobacco will damage the function of the structure of the blood vessels in the heart. These blood vessels are the primary roles to the heart beating. The hidden injury will lead to plaque beginning to build up in the blood vessels and cause damage slowly.

Heart attacks for men have a ratio of 70% to 89% for sudden cardiac events. David Townsend of Detroit, Michigan is a heart attack survivor. He had a sudden cardiac event that led to an emergency triple bypass. David states that “if you don’t smoke don’t start.” His quest to be smoke-free, since his bypass surgery has been a struggle because of second-hand cigarette smoke, that has enticed his desire to smoke again.

His multiple scars from his bypass surgery are a constant reminder of his smoking habit that may shorten his lifespan.

Smoking has become a social habit that causes health concerns in many people that are not smokers. Secondhand smoke is even worse because toxic mixtures of poisons exhaled and burning from a lit cigarette affect individuals who do not smoke. The statistical information of cigarette smokers and secondhand smoke that affect non-smokers has an immediate effect on the blood vessels of the heart.





Tiny Town Comes to Detroit

The blight of real estate in Detroit has allowed room to construct a neighborhood with tiny houses.  Twenty-five houses are in the process of being built, to create homes for the homeless and low-income families.  The building of tiny houses is an effort to help the homeless and low-income citizens, with a chance to buy a home.

Detroit is the first city to build tiny houses where all the houses have its own unique style.  The plans were created to make each resident feel a sense of feeling exceptional while obtaining ownership of the tiny house.  The tiny houses are developed by an organization that is named Cass Community Social Services.  The size of the new homes is 250 square feet – 400 square feet.

Tiny house construction   Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

The cost to build the new homes range from $40,000-$50,000 and they are constructed in batches of six.  The Cass Tiny House project is funded with private money, in the form of grants and donations from several organizations. When the new residents move in, they will start by signing a one-year lease.  The lease of the property will not be more than one-third of the resident’s monthly income.  As long as the tenants pay the rent and comply with the rest of the terms of the lease, after three years, the tenant qualifies an opportunity to sign a land contract for the price of four more years of rent. The community of tiny houses will show a new neighborhood of tiny houses, from Cape Cod to Victorian and Modern style homes.

First finished tiny house Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

In conclusion, this project is not a complete solution for sheltering the homeless, in Detroit, but instead a pilot study for the use of the blighted land while creating homes for the needy.