This Week on One Detroit:

Detroit’s Church of the Messiah supports Venezuelan migrants with clothing, food

More than 60 Venezuelan migrants have arrived in Michigan and are being assisted by the Church of the Messiah while staying at a shelter in Detroit. The church started noticing the migrants show up for Sunday services and quickly collected footwear and clothing for them, as well as provided food for them. 

Everybody in the community told them to come to the church,” Pastor Barry Randolph of the Church of the Messiah said. 

 Some of the migrants came directly from Venezuela while others have spent time in other countries like Peru, Ecuador and Colombia before coming to the United States. Many are fleeing economic hardships and political corruption.  The United Nations estimates more than seven million people have left Venezuela, many to other South American countries with some making their way to the U.S.  

One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota spent a Sunday afternoon at the church talking with Pastor Randolph, Jennine Spencer Gilbert, a volunteer who has been leading the efforts to help, and some of the migrants about the help they’re receiving from the church and community and the support still needed. 

​New data released by EHproject shows Black women are at higher risk for heart disease

New statistics from the medical team at EHproject show African American women are at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease than their white counterparts. The latest report found 47.3% of Black women have heart disease and are 2.4 times more likely to develop heart disease over their lifetime.

The report also found Black women to have the highest rate of hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke than women of any other ethnic group in the United States. According to the data, the average age for a Black woman to experience a heart attack is 72 compared to age 74 for white women. 

The most common symptoms of heart disease in women, which can vary from men’s symptoms, include pain or aching in the chest, known as angina; jaw, throat or neck pain; discomfort in your lower back or stomach; excessive tiredness; and nausea or vomiting. Recommended ways to promote heart health include reducing high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels, being physically active, and managing stress. 

Henry Ford Health Cardiologist Dr. Brittany Fuller joins contributor Stephen Henderson, host of “American Black Journal,” to talk about the alarming data released by EHproject this year and the reasons for higher incidences of heart disease among African American women. Dr. Fuller also provides some helpful advice on what women can do to reduce their risk factors.

Detroit DJ Whodat talks love of house music, Black women artistry for Women’s History Month

Lifelong Detroiter Terri McQueen, popularly known as DJ Whodat, is a luminary in electronic music. With a global career that spans over a decade, Whodat has solidified her position as a driving force within Detroit’s electronic music scene and the city’s vibrant arts community. 

For Women’s History Month, Contributor Chien-An Yuan caught up with McQueen to talk about her love for house music, being an African American woman in the music industry, and what motivates her to create the soulful, expansive mixes and eclectic productions that make up her unique sound. 

One Detroit Weekend: March 22, 2024 

It’s the first weekend of spring and there’s plenty to do in and around Detroit. Movie lovers can spend their weekend at the Greater Farmington Film Festival, while those who love the outdoors can check out Lumberjack Day, and music fans can head to the Motor City Blues Festival. Plus, celebrate Easter early with The War Memorial’s Bunny Brunch and Helicopter Egg Drop, get hands-on with science while having a drink, and more. See what’s coming up on “One Detroit Weekend” with Cecelia Sharpe of 90.9 WRCJ. 

Upcoming Events: 

  • The Greater Farmington Film Festival takes place through Sunday, March 24 at various locations throughout Farmington and Farmington Hills. 
  • The Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum hosts its Scientific Sip & Sketch Friday, March 22 for adults 21+ to enjoy their favorite drink while making a letterpress bookmark. 
  • The Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit puts on Lumberjack Day Saturday, March 23, which includes the lumberjack pancake run, a maple syrup infusion and more.  
  • The Motor City Blues Festival takes place Saturday, March 23 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, featuring artists Tucka, King George, Pokey Bear, Theodis Ealey, J-Wonn and West Love.  
  • The War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms celebrates Easter early with its Bunny Brunch and Helicopter Egg Drop Sunday, March 24 featuring a visit from the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt.  
  • The annual Marche du Nain Rouge returns to Midtown Detroit Sunday, March 24 for a parade of costumes, floats, marching bands and krewes from all corners of the city. 
  • The Maybury State Park hosts a Winter Night Hike Sunday, March 24 for a chance to check out the park at night and interact with some of the park’s nocturnal residents. 
  • The Ringwald Theater inside Affirmations in Ferndale presents a production of “Beautiful Thing” by Jonathan Harvey on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays through April 1.

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