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Southfield (CBS Detroit) – Detroit Rock and Roll Legend Alice Cooper and PNC’s Ric DeVore appear on “Michigan Matters” this Sunday (7:30 am on CBS 62) and talk with Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain about their love of the Motor City and how they are making a difference.

Cooper, 73, inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, now lives in Phoenix.

He talked about his new album “Detroit Stories” which he taped in Royal Oak before the pandemic. He helped Cooper Tire find the best garage rock band in America through a contest with the winner announced  this week– South of Eden – who will be the opening act for a livestream concert by Evanescence on May 13.

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Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain, with Rock and Roll Legend Alice Cooper

Cooper shared stories about his encounters with John Lennon, Groucho Marx and others. He also talked about his Detroit roots and how he never lost his love of White Castle sliders.

Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain, with Ric DeVore, PNC regional President for Detroit and SE Michigan

Then, Ric DeVore, Regional President of PNC Detroit and Southeast Michigan, talked about some big announcement the bank has made in recent days  to help the region.

PNC Bank announced it was donating $7.5 million to Detroit’s Housing for the Future Fund, which was started by Mayor Mike Duggan to create more affordable housing.

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He highlighted its Low Cash Mode Program announced to help consumers avoid checking overdraft fees. Nationally consumers lose over $17 billion in overdraft fees.

And DeVore talked about PNC’s SPAC – which is being run by Harold Ford Jr.  This special purpose acquisition company will invest all profits to initiatives supporting economic empowerment and inclusion of underrepresented groups.

Finally DeVore discussed PNC’s $88 billion program which will launch in 2022 and continue for the next four years to help with loans, investments, and other  programs to bolster econ opportunities for those with low and moderate incomes and from underserved communities.

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Watch MICHIGAN MATTERS, Sunday at 7:30am on CBS 62


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NBA names social justice award after basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The NBA is naming its new social justice award after basketball legend and longtime activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league announced Thursday. The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Award will recognize a current NBA player for pursuing social justice and upholding the league's "values of equality, respect and inclusion."

Each team will nominate one player and a selection committee led by Abdul-Jabbar will meet once a year to choose five finalists, the league said. The winner will pick an organization to receive a $100,000 contribution and the other four will choose an organization to receive a $25,000 contribution. The inaugural winner and finalists will be announced later this year.

Abdul-Jabbar, a six-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer, is well-known for his social justice work over the years. In a statement, Commissioner Adam Silver said Abdul-Jabar "devoted much of his life to advocating for equality and social justice."

In an interview on "CBS This Morning," Abdul-Jabbar spoke about the award's significance. "I think this award will enable various guys on various teams to start thinking about what they can do to help things in their community," he said. "They can become activists, people who are leaders in their community."

The NBA legend reflected on other trailblazers in sports that have come before him. "Bill Russell comes to mind immediately because I played basketball and I followed his career," Abdul-Jabbar said. "Muhammad Ali was a friend of mine and his example helped me early on when I was in high school — there was someone that I admired and who made me proud to be a Black American."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 2017. Jamie McCarthy/Getty

Abdul-Jabbar protested joining the draft for the Vietnam War and in 1968, as a 20-year-old, declined to play for Team USA in the Olympics. "The president of the Olympic Committee, Avery Brundage, is the same guy who had refused to let Jewish athletes compete in the 1936 Olympics because he didn't want to annoy Hitler," he said. "That was somebody who I just couldn't cooperate with him."

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The 1968 Olympics famously featured sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists during their medal ceremony to protest racism and injustice against Black Americans. "I was glad that somebody represented that aspect of how Black Americans felt about the Olympics," Abdul-Jabbar said.

For him, it's important for athletes to use their voice, such as former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James.

"Without somebody providing leadership, we're not gonna have any change," he said. "We won't be able to realize the necessary changes if people don't get out there to bring out the issues and show some leadership."

"We all have a right to express our opinions and in our community, in the Black community, we have a duty to deal with issues that bother us because there's been a lot of injustice in our country that's been perpetrated against people of color."

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