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Telva McGruder empowers aspiring African American engineers at General Motors

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Telva McGruder’s career at General Motors spans 20+ years.

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By Porsha Monique

Telva McGruder’s career at General Motors spans 20+ years. Having started as an electrical engineer, she has worked her way up through the ranks and took on a wide variety of jobs before becoming the director of Global Facilities Engineering and Manufacturing Operations within the sustainable workplaces team at General Motors (GM). Her team, focuses on everything facilities and environmentally related as well as real estate for the company, which includes working with a team of architects, civil engineers and structural engineers to build buildings. “My team does all the engineering for the construction of new buildings for the company [including] paint shops, body shops, office buildings, etc. We remodel the interiors of buildings and we change manufacturing buildings so we can produce new products.” McGruder excitedly stated.

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Rolling out caught up with the dynamic leader to hear more of her story and how she helps GM attract talent in STEM and STEAM fields

How do you attract young people interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) occupations?

One of the things I love about GM is that we spend a lot of time thinking about how we’re going to invest in people. One program I volunteer with is called “A World in Motion”, which is in partnership with the Society of Automotive Engineers. With this program, we have hundreds of volunteers throughout the country that go into urban classrooms and give students design challenges. We spend six to eight weeks with them in the classroom and have them build boats out of paper, so they’re learning about recycling, dynamics, friction and all of that. We also engage in robotics teams and we have a partnership with “Girls Who Code”. Now, we’re attracting many female engineers and leaders. So, lots of different ways we get kids involved in STEM and STEAM.

How does GMAAN fit into those efforts?

One of the most important things we do [to attract talent] is GMAAN (General Motors African Ancestry Network). I’m the president of GMAAN, and we have a STEAM component in our community service pillar. In that component, we participate in and support organizations such as DAPCEP (Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering classes), and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. One of the things I’m doing as the new president is trying to increase the number of members that are actively engaging with students so we can work on developing our pipeline more robustly from an African Ancestry perspective.

How do you manage work-life-balance?

I’m married with three children, and I’m also a martial artist. I don’t necessarily see work and life as different. When I’m at work, I’m primarily working, and when I’m at home, I’m primarily at home. But I try to have enough focus and discipline so that I structure my life to do the things that I’m passionate about.

I have to be adaptable too. So, if all of a sudden, one of the kids call, and we have unexpected things come up, then we adjust to that, and I don’t feel guilty about it because they’re certainly what’s most important.

Also, I have to give myself my time. I need my time to pray in the morning and to meditate. When I don’t do those things, my day doesn’t go that well. Then the last thing I do is practice. At night, I try to practice martial arts at least three days a week.

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Ex-NFL star Chris Johnson accused of masterminding murder-for-hire scheme

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Prosecutors relied on testimony from the informant, who alleged that Johnson forked over a handsome stack of bills to have rising gang member Dominic Bolden kill the suspected shooters. The informant said Bolden successfully carried out the murderous mission, killing one of the suspected drive-by shooters on Jan. 19, 2016, and the other on June 24 of the same year.

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Former star NFL running back Chris Johnson. (Image source: Instagram – @chrisjohnsontwo8)

By Terry Shropshire, RollingOut.com

Former NFL star running back Chris Johnson is accused of planning and financing a successful “murder-for-hire” scheme that left two dead and being heavily involved in a major drug trafficking operation in central Florida, prosecutors allege.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, an informant claimed that Johnson sought and obtained retribution after alleged gang members shot him and killed his friend in a drive-by shooting in Orlando, Florida, on March 8, 2015.

Prosecutors relied on testimony from the informant, who alleged that Johnson forked over a handsome stack of bills to have rising gang member Dominic Bolden kill the suspected shooters. The informant said Bolden successfully carried out the murderous mission, killing one of the suspected drive-by shooters on Jan. 19, 2016, and the other on June 24 of the same year.

Bolden’s reward was multipronged, the informant said in an affidavit, according to the documents obtained by TMZ. Not only did Bolden get the bag for killing Johnson’s gang enemies, but he also rose up the ranks of the local gang in Florida, eventually becoming the “de facto leader” of the drug trafficking organization (DTO). Thirdly, Johnson allegedly provided seed money and a major contact in order for Bolden to traffic as much narcotics as possible, according to the documents.

Neither the state’s attorney’s office nor the Florida attorney general returned media inquiries to confirm this information.

Johnson, 34, who last played in the NFL in 2017, has not been charged with any crime and vehemently denied involvement in any murder or drug operation through his representative.

The former star running back rose to national fame when he rushed for more than 2,000 yards for the Tennessee Titans, a rare feat in the NFL. He played six of his 10 seasons with the Titans before being traded to the New York Jets.

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NBA player tests positive for COVID-19, rest of season suspended indefinitely

ROLLINGOUT — Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert has contracted COVID-19 ESPN reports. But the sports news station stated that Gobert was not in the arena at the time he discovered that he has the virus.

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The National Basketball Association has just decided to suspend the rest of the season due to the coronavirus, ESPN reported at about 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

The NBA commissioner and the owners have decided to go on an indefinite hiatus after one of its star players tested positive for the potentially deadly virus.

Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert has contracted COVID-19, ESPN reports. But the sports news station stated that Gobert was not in the arena at the time he discovered that he has the virus.

When the NBA learned of Gobert’s condition, the NBA leaders met up and decided to immediately halt the current Jazz game and then decided to quit playing.

The Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets, however, are allowed to continue to play out their game in Texas as owner Mark Cuban and some in the arena have just come to grips with this shocking news.

Cuban relayed that he is in shock at how fast this pandemic is developing and the catastrophic economic and health ramifications that appear to be headed the country’s way. He also said many of the players know of what is happening as Cuban overheard players talking on the bench about Gobert and the NBA season suspension.

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Tamra Simmons discusses producing ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ and what’s next for her

ROLLING OUT — Tamra Simmons, executive producer of the Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,”  sits down with rolling out’s “Cook it Out” show host Jae Davis to discuss her journey in entertainment industry.

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Tamra Simmons, executive producer of the Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,”  sits down with rolling out‘s “Cook it Out” show host Jae Davis to discuss her journey in entertainment industry, her mission to elevate the voices of Black women and her upcoming TV projects in the first part of an exclusive three-part interview.

Tamra Simmons discusses producing ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ and what’s next for her

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